Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gentle Spring Cleanse

 Almost Barefoot Living and the Leafing of the Green!
Try a Simple Gentle Spring Cleanse
I am breaking in these vibram sole walking - jogging contraptions.. almost barefoot.. and starting to really like the feel of them.  Supposedly, they really help align your body better and get you using the pads of your feet more than the heels.  I am working on my
 "year of getting in the best shape ever"  and this is a good start.  Being fit is the new sexy, but I still love my belly and don't worry about how long it will take as long as I do a little something every day. Slow and steady wins the race.

Ah, SPRING! I am in love with the lime green trees that grace the hills and meadows right now.. lacy wispy lively color.. mesmerizing..they make me think of limes and summer .. I just had to add  them to the gentle cleanse recipe below- they help with weight loss and digestion.

Creating dishes that excite every taste bud make the most delicious recipes. I strive to include a pungent, sour, sweet, salty and bitter ingredient especially in soups and stir-frys to attain that perfect flavor. I think each of these flavors have their own season to naturally dominate our cravings too.. bitter taste (think dandelion greens) is important in spring - as it helps cleanse our blood after the heavy comfort foods of winter when we love salt and fat to stay warm...pungent spices go well with the squash and the yummy root veggies we ignite in the fall giving us grounding nutrient dense energy to stay warm into the winter and then those sweet and sour tastes we get with water filled fruits hydrate and energize us in the heat of the summer.  What do you think?  Is it true for you too?

So -- coming into the leafing of the green (and yellow!) in is a time to collect some dandelion flowers and make dandelion vinegar or wine, use the leaves in salads for the bitter blood cleansing action they give and add them to this gentle spring cleanse recipe which I love because you can bring in all the tastes mentioned above and drink the liquid these veggies create at the same time to get a mineral building lift storing the energy you need to dance into summer. You can expect to lose a few pounds too.


Upon rising - two glasses of water, one with half a lemon squeezed into it.
15 minutes later: one bowl of cooked whole grain cereal - use brown rice, amaranth, quinoa or buckwheat
flavor with two tablespoons of fruit juice for sweetness or 1 tsp Better Butter (mix a 1/4 cup of cold-presssed oil into a soft 1/4 pound of your favorite butter) or  a little salt or tamari for a savory taste.

Lunch- One or two medium bowls of my steamed veggies recipe below:
Dinner - Same as Lunch
11am and 3pm: one or two cups veggie water saved from steamed veggies, add a little sea salt or kelp and drink slowly.

Before Bed: Consume no additional foods after dinner (ideally after 7pm). Drink only water or herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile blends.
The above Detox diet was designed by Elson Haas, MD.

Ingredients:VEGGIES: 4 cups cut up of your favorite mix of colorful fresh veggies. I love a mix of carrots and beets (sweet) , cabbage, green beans, asparagus, kale, chard, celery, cauliflower, sweet potato, red onion (pungent), add daikon radish and  fresh greens (bitter) towards the end.

SPICES AND HERBS: Combination of those that you like, experiment with:  Basil, oregano, thyme, tumeric, cayenne, cumin, ginger, kelp powder (salt substitute).

Instructions:  Fill pot up to bottom of steamer with water, add cut up colorful veggies to steamer, cover and cook for 10 minutes -- checking to see if veggies have softened, okay if they are bit crisp.  Make sure your dense veggies are at the bottom and lighter ones and greens at the top.  Steaming takes very little time compared to boiling veggies.

When done, grab a bowl, ladle your veggies in and experiment with sprinkling spices on top.  I like to start with a pinch of tumeric and cumin and will add pepper and kelp powder (salt substitute).  A little cayenne powder and a squeeze of lime(Sour) makes it all come together.

Other Resources for Detoxifying this Spring

1) AUDIO: Consider listening to this podcast.. only 16minutes and a great time to consider gentle ways toboost your energy for Summer.
Cleanse mucous, congestion, fermentation, and inflammation in the digestive tract
Purify the blood

2) VIDEO: 3- tips for de-tox: Tried and true, and ones I have been recommending to clients for years.  Check them out at 

Drink More Water
Too often we misinterpret thirst for hunger. Our signal for thirst may cause us to eat as we mistake it for hunger pains. Reach for water first and make sure you are well hydrated before eating any meal throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Add More Parsley and Cilantro (Coriander) To Your Diet 
Parsley and cilantro (coriander) are very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body. Add these amazing herbs to juices, salads, soups and meals.

Breathe Deep Into Your Abdomen  
Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercise you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Think of your lymph system as your own personal garbage removal system (which most of us will need in full steam after the holiday season). Practise 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out. You can do this exercize watching the TV, walking the dog, during meditation or whilst practising yoga.

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