Hello, spring! Well, we are almost there. As we prepare for the equinox, it is a great time to get ready to detox. Make it a big or small detox, it doesn’t matter. The change in seasons is a great time to enact change with one’s health!Why focus on a detox now? Well, a couple reasons. According to Chinese medicine, the spring equinox is a great time to focus on your liver and gall bladder. Both these organs benefit from a cleanse! Also, as seasons change, seasonal colds tend to come up. Detoxing can help your immune system work more effectively. Lastly, seasonal changes are just such a great time for a fresh start. Spring especially brings so much abundance and opportunity. It’s a great time to use that energy for yourself.
What can we do TODAY to prepare for a detox around March 21st?
Here are 3 things:
1. Create good habits around water intake. I know for myself, it is hard to get enough water when I’m wearing a mask so much. Make it a priority now to get the proper amount of water per day. This would be equal to half your body weight in ounces. That will set you up for hydration success as your detox approaches.
2. Start limiting one food group that you know you won’t be enjoying during your detox i.e. diary, gluten, alcohol or sugar. Cutting one or two of these now will make for an easier transition into your detox.
3. It’s not really that warm yet. And, bodies detox best with warmth either created through exercise or ambient warmth around you like from a hot bath or a sauna. At least think through how you’ll get some heat in your life for your upcoming detox.
I’m including instructions for a spring detox that can be modified for 3 to 10 days depending on what commitment you are able to make right now. I’m also offering 25% OFF my Advanced Naturals Liver Detox supplement if you want to add that to your detox process.
Let me know if you plan to detox! I love to support my clients in any way that I can. Scheduling a colonic to start your detox can help you be more successful!
Adapted by Cassandra Orjala based on a Dr. Hunter detox plan and information found in The Seasonal Detox Diet
SPRING EQUINOX FAST
Choose the foods that are most available in your area from the list below. Natural food markets will help to source organic ingredients. For our area, I suggest Natural Grocers, Pilgrims Market and Huckleberries Market as good options to try. Some of the foods in this fast can be eaten in either solid or liquid form, which makes this cleanse easier for a beginner. If you are up for 3 days, you’ll help your body get rid of toxins. 5 days and you’ll start healing your body. If you can do the full 10 day fast you’ll completely cleanse your body as well as renew your bloodstream. I encourage people experienced with cleansing to try a 10 day fast twice a year; in spring and autumn.
For the entire cleanse, allow 1.5 to 2 hours between meals and snacks.
TIME FRAME: 3 to 10 days
BREAKFAST: Bulking Diet
3 unsulphured prunes
1 banana or avocado
1 or 2 apples or pears
Herbal tea or waterT
he above foods can be taken in solid or liquid form. If you want to substitute any equivalent quantity of fruit of choice, you may. I tend to not eat grapefruit this time of year, so I would substitute or omit and make sure to do 2 apples or pears.
This is optional for both morning and mid-afternoon.Celery, carrots, apple or another vegetable or fruit of choice1/2 cup sunflower, hemp or pumpkin seeds, shelled and raw.
Water, heavily diluted naturally sweetened juice or herbal tea
LUNCH & DINNER:
The following is what you will eat for lunch and dinner in total. You can alway substitute equivalent vegetables of choice. You can use salad dressing and spices on these. You may steam vegetables for one meal per day.
3 cups green lettuce
3 cups spinach2 carrots
2 stalks celery1 tomato or avocado
1 cup sprouts
2 scallions or green onions
sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds and sesame seeds
Add or alternate with dandelion greens, endive, watercress, mustard greens, radishes, jicama, bell peppers, Jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms. Variety is great!
If using lots of broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts and cauliflower, steam it.
Ginger, turmeric, fennel and garlic are great spices to include.
Equal parts extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice.Add garlic and herbs to your liking.
Make sure you are getting a minimum of 3 quarts of fluids daily. Make sure you water is distilled, filtered or spring water. All teas should be herbal and non-caffeinated, with the exception of green tea.