When the season shifts to lighter mornings and warmer days (not that we have had much of those lately), you may start thinking about some sort of cleansing, whether it’s for your home or your cars. For anyone new to cleansing, it can be quite a scary word.
There is definitely something positive about moving from the heaviness of comforting heavy foods to lighter cleansing nourishing foods. Not only that, there is more to choose from because the onset of summer means more ripe produce.
To kick-start the cleansing process, it’s always a good idea to start lightening up your diet. As well as fruit and vegetables, add lots of dark green leafy vegetation. The best way to eat these is in the form of fresh vegetable juices and smoothies, particularly if you are not used to eating fruit and vegetables, most people enjoy smoothies and juices. Ease up on processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
When you start eating lighter, you will feel the difference. Other bonuses include clear skin, much less bloating, better sleep and far more energy than you know what to do with!
Your challenge for the next seven days:
Swap your usual breakfast for a freshly made smoothie. You can either make it yourself, which in that case, use 60% greens such as spinach and 40% fruit. Use no more than two fruits. Blend with a little water or 50% water and 50% pure fresh juice, if you prefer it a little sweeter. Coconut water is wonderful too. Alternatively, your local juice bar can make you one fresh. Ensure you ask the server to add greens if they have some available. Green smoothies may look weird, but the greens will not affect the taste.
Cut back or cut out tea and coffee and opt for herbal teas, pure water or alternative coffees such as barley, dandelion or chicory. Try something different each time until you find something you really like. Tip: Get samples where possible!
Check out how you look and feel at the end of the week.
Watch out for headaches and feeling generally unwell; believe it or not, this is a good sign. Of course, if you feel really unwell, it could be a sign that you are either really toxic or the detox has bought out something that was already there. If that is the case, stop everything.
With the general yucky feeling, don’t give up, Rest assured these feelings will not last very long. Just know – it’s supposed to happen – it’s called a healing crisis, you may have heard of it before – it is true despite reservations from medical doctors. Your body has to push out the toxins via the cells, so yes, do expect to feel bad before you feel good. You will feel terrific when you come out the other side.