Feeling a little sluggish or slow from hibernating during the winter months is actually quite natural. Our bodies are in sink with the rhythms of the seasons, and the winter months are a time to slow down, promoting a more inward restorative mood. It’s a time to focus on nurturing yourself and others, and reflect on your dreams in preparation for the expansive energy of spring.
The winter months are when we consume heavier foods, and often crave an increase in protein and fats, as our bodies look to regenerate and insulate themselves during the colder months.
Over the winter months we move less, drink less water and eat more comfort foods, and with toxins accumulating all year round, this can leave us feeling tired, sluggish, and toxic as winter draws to a close.
The good news is you don’t have to go to a health spa to detox, a spring cleanse in the comfort of your own home, may be just what you need to feel fresh and energized again.
Our Bhavana “Spring Cleanse” cooking class provides the inspiration you need to look and feel vibrant and alive this summer. For more information on this class, click here.
In the mean time here are Bhavana’s top 3 Spring Cleanse tips:
1. Eat a detoxifying diet.
Start the day with freshly squeezed lemon juice and warm water.
Eat fresh organic sourced produce whenever possible.
Select easy to digest fruits and vegetables that support detoxification such as wild blueberries, apples, pears, pineapples, papaya and prunes. Cooked vegetables such as leafy greens, brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.
Use herbs and spices that support detoxification such as ginger, turmeric, fennel, coriander, parsley and cumin.
Drink plenty of quality filtered and re-mineralised water approximately 2 litres a day
Avoid canned, frozen, processed, packaged or left over foods.
Take a rest from red meats, dairy, fried foods, oily foods, breads, added sugar and all alcohol.
2. Gentle movement:
Avoid vigorous exertion, instead choose exercises that support the gentle bumping and massaging of the detoxification organs, such as yin yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or a brisk walk.
3. Plenty of rest:
Resting supports the detoxifying processes of the body. Try getting to bed by 10pm for 8hrs of restorative sleep.