Spring Clean Your Health in 4 Easy Peazy Steps
HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!!! Spring is a great time to start things fresh and anew!
Just look outside and watch the world transform and awaken right before your eyes! Birds happily singing, flowers fragrantly blooming, spring rains graciously giving all things a refreshing drink from heaven. Why, with all that’s happening who can’t help but smile and look forward to springtime!
If you’re body is struggling with things like sneezing, itchy eyes, etc. we need to look at the root cause…ask WHY is your body struggling? Over the counter remedies don’t actually get to the root of the problem.
Did you know that God created our bodies to adapt to all seasons knowing that we would encounter spring pollen? He sure did!
Actually, if our immune system and our gut (which, by the way, most of our immune system is in the gut) are in good working order, then the grass and pollen really shouldn’t be bothering us. Think about that for a moment!
It's time to not only spring clean our homes but also our health. We won’t be able to enjoy spring to the fullest extent if we’re low on energy, battling through sickness or even worse in the hospital.
Believe me, it’s worth taking the time and money to invest in your health now BEFORE you get sick!
Let’s make health simple for this spring season…
1. EAT GOODER. (that’s just VERY bad English, but it was fun to say. Wink. Wink.)
Enjoy cleaner foods by eliminating factory-farmed animal products which are full of toxic chemicals, hormones and antibiotics, eat real foods not fake processed foods which are loaded with toxic ingredients.
Now is the time to make up for all the salads you didn’t eat regularly during the winter. (I don’t know about you but when the weather is cold, it’s more challenging for me to make & eat a bunch of salads). Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to kick it in full gear! Try to have a salad every day or put a big handful of greens in your protein shake. Also, incorporate a rainbow of fruits and veggies daily. Check out recipes to give you new ideas so it doesn’t get boring. Be careful of processed salad dressings which can defeat the health benefits of your salad. Focus on organic fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods that promote inflammation like sugar, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, alcohol, processed foods, etc.
Remember to drink plenty of water too!
2. EXERCISE – MOVE IT! MOVE IT!!
Enough of being cooped up all winter!! (I’m also talking to myself on this one. I get so consumed in writing, studying, coaching and preparing to teach that I MUST schedule in physical exercise or I find myself exercising my brain more than my body :p).
GET MOVING!!! Sound-off; 1-2; Sound-off; 3-4; 1-2-3-4! MARCH!!!
Ok, so if you don’t like to march then at least walk, jog, jump, swim, hike, dance, skip, (yup, I have been known to skip from one end of the house to the other and dance to some of my favorite happy God songs (pausing here so you can visualize and laugh if you need to, haha). In the past, I’ve had my grand-daughter skipping and dancing but for some reason it's "way cuter" and "oh so precious!" when she does it than when I do. Sometimes life just isn't fair.
Golfers, like my husband, can get in some good exercise especially if they walk the golf course (of course ;) and and then bend down in the tall grasses searching, searching and SEARCHing for those little white round balls which happen to have a mind & direction of their own.
The point is, whatever you love to do, do it so you MOVE YOUR BODY.
3. LIGHTEN THE TOXIC LOAD.
Let’s face it, we can get “full of it” from time to time ("toxic overload" is what I’m talking about).
It’s smart to do a detox in the spring and fall in order to get rid of the extra gunk that’s hiding inside & making it really hard on your liver and other organs. Just think of how much better you’ll feel and the energy you’ll have when you aren’t weighed down with all those toxic poisons!
Some signs you may need to detox are headaches, skin rashes, fatigue, irritability, depression, pain, bloating, constipation, brain fog, and inability to lose weight.
Foods that will help detoxify are garlic, leafy greens, citrus fruits, raw vegetables, chia and hemp seeds.
Remember to get plenty of water and don’t forget that exercise too.
Along with the foods mentioned, I have a couple of favorite cleanses that work really well called Clean Start and Tiao He Cleanse which targets the colon and liver. There is also a Dieters Cleanse and Para Cleanse.
Be sure to also take probiotics for a healthy gut especially if you’ve been overly stressed or if you've been on antibiotics. Eating daily fermented foods and plain yogurt or keifer with live cultures is always a great addition.
4. THINK ABOUT what you think about. Hmmmm……
Not only can our body become toxic but so can our minds. Don’t allow your mind to think toxic thoughts, it will affect everything around you including the ones you love and care about.
Stinkin’ thinkin’ can also have a damaging effect on your physical health. We have to be on purpose about what we think about or else the devil will make sure our thoughts our toxic and then our words as well as our lives become toxic.
I like to suggest filtering thoughts through Philippians 4:8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
There you have it, a few tips that will surely put a SPRING in your step! What kind of tips do you have to share? We’d love to hear them!
If you’re interested in personalized transformational nutrition coaching or herbal consulting to help you in your journey please contact me or go to my FREE HEALTH DISCOVERY PAGE and fill out the form. I’ll be happy to contact you to see if we’d make a good fit. In the meantime, here’s a free e-book for you!
Remember God created and designed YOU to be healthy in body, soul & spirit! Don't settle for less.
Healthy hugs & blessings,
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