With tulips blossoming and cherry blossoms emerging, springtime is a great season to have a spring clean, not only on your house but your body also.
In Chinese Medicine springtime is ‘liver’ time and traditionally time for fasting.
However, we must consider for each individual what kind of a detox is suitable.
If you are already healthy & well, perhaps you are able for a water fast on one extreme.
We do NOT recommend this for everyone – for many, reducing or eliminating sugar and ‘white’ carbs,
such as white bread, is enough if the individual has a typical western diet high in refined carbohydrates.
Here are some tips if you decide to do a ‘spring clean’: Wait until you have a period of little stress or responsibilities weighing on you. Detoxing or fasting when you are highly stressed or very busy can do more
harm than good. Choose spring-time for detoxing, or fasting, it is best avoided in the cold, winter months. Aim to have your main meal earlier in the day Aim for 2 to 3 meals per day, avoid snacks in between unless you feel ‘hangry’ – then aim for 2-3 meals with 1-2 snacks when needed. If you are pregnant, have been unwell, or feel you have quite a poor diet or sugar addiction, aim to improve your diet slowly:
Gradually start to include more unprocessed foods such as colourful fruit and veg, meat, fish, eggs, chicken, wholegrains such as rice, quinoa, sourdough bread, brown soda
bread, oats, rye, organic dairy, fermented foods such as live yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, plant protein such as beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.
By gradually increasing healthy foods, you start to crowd out the bad stuff!
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