Ditch the Winter Cleanse

25/01/13 2:05 PM

It’s super trendy and it seems that everyone is doing it these days. Cleansing. Not me. Nope. Cleansing in the midst of winter feels counterintuitive. I truly believe that if it feels wrong, then I should honor those feelings. I have a hunch I’m not the only one that has said “no” to the mass messages of starting the New Year with a cleanse.

Many cleanses are liquid based – Master Cleanse and juice cleanses for example. Others rely heavily on raw foods. Neither of which will keep me from shivering all day long when the high is forecast to be 17 degrees! Give me soup, roasted vegetables, warming spices and the occasional hot chocolate (made with almond milk of course). I advocate eating clean during the winter and cleansing in the spring which follows the natural rhythms of the seasons and is better for our bodies.

Here are my top tips for eating clean during the winter:

  1. Drink water. Especially first thing in the morning. It helps to flush all toxins out of our cells. Do this every day! Adding lemon gives you a nice dose of vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system and supports detoxification. I recommend  heating your water and letting it cool slightly before adding the lemon, as the heat will compromise the vitamin C.
  2. Cook at home.  Roast, steam, stir-fry.  Incorporate healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil and avocado to reduce winter dryness.
  3. Use warming spices like cinnamon, turmeric, allspice, nutmeg, clove, and ginger to add flavor and ignite your inner fire.
  4. As it is the season of reflection and going inward, try journaling either first thing in the morning or just before bed.  Turn off your inner editor and just let the words fly.  No need to worry about grammar or spelling.
  5. Get plenty of sleep. Winter is a time for hibernation. Fall into the groove by going to bed a little earlier.
You’ll be amazed at how good you feel!

Posted by Deborah Buell | in Blog, Conscious Eating, Healthy Eating, Winter | Comments Off

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