Spring time is the best time to cleanse, why else would it be called spring cleaning? Winter is on his last legs and the hopes of summer are starting to peak through. During the winter we tend to eat more rich foods, party a little more over the holidays, and even skip more workouts due to colder weather and more sick days.
Every year around this time I like to cleanse my body. Yes, I shower every day; I’m talking about the inside of my body. I tend to do it a little different each year. First, I pick a time-frame and set a few days aside that seem quiet on my social calendar. This way, I choose to stay home and not be tempted to go out with friends and blow it on a cocktail or dessert. This year, I decided to split it up throughout the month of April. Three days this week, and two or three days each of the next three weeks.
Next comes the preparation. Am I going to be drinking juices, eating raw foods, or what? Living in NYC, I usually used some cooked foods like my homemade Do-It-Yourself Green Detox Soup. I didn’t have a juicer, nor could I afford these overly expensive, home-delivered, chic detoxes that can cost up to $300 or more! My logic is that it should
This year, since I am in LA and it’s warm weather as usual, I decided to buy some fresh juices and eat a small amount of clean food throughout the day. I’ll show you what I mean:
Wake up: Green tea
Breakfast: One fresh squeezed juice from Pressed Juicery (Brentwood)
Mid-morning snack: ½ banana and 1 tbsp almond butter
Lunch: Almond, date, sea salt shake with added chlorella
Mid-day: One fresh squeezed juice
Dinner: Organic arugula salad, carrots, snap peas, sunflower seeds, olive oil and fresh lemon with one hard-boiled egg. And don’t forget the dried figs for dessert!
So here’s my point. There is no one way to do a cleanse and it shouldn’t cost you a mini fortune. I don’t recommend to starve yourself, especially if you want to keep up your workouts, like I do. Eat and drink clean, organic fruit and veggies. Add a little clean protein like organic eggs or almond butter. Don’t deprive yourself. Feed your body and soul well for a few days and you will feel the difference!
Email me through the Contact page if you would like a free copy of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition‘s Spring Cleanse Guide by April 30th! You will receive a great resource on why it is important to cleanse and even recipes to do it yourself!