Renew, Refresh, and Revitalize Your Life with a Spring Cleanse!


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{Photo taken at the Larchmont Farmers’ Market – these berries are always delicious!}

Since spring is just around the corner (March 20th to be exact!), now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. Here are some areas of my life that I enjoy organizing, lightening, and cleansing during the spring season.

My Home

I enjoy going through my belongings and my living space and deciding what I can throw away, donate, or recycle. I actually like to do this fairly frequently, but if you don’t, spring is the perfect time to get rid of anything that is unnecessary. Trust me, it will feel amazing to have a cleaner, lighter space to live. I love the energy of a clean room! And speaking of a clean room, I think it’s a great idea to have at least one plant in your home. Lots of plants can detoxify your home, so I recommend doing a little bit of searching and deciding what plant you can pick up for your home. Be sure to share what you settle on!

My Plate

I love to eat foods that are in season. A great way to figure out what foods are local and in season is to visit a farmers’ market. Since I am in Los Angeles, I love picking up fresh berries, greens, and other fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ market. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy lighter foods and shift away from the heavier foods that we were enjoying during the winter. If the weather is still cold where you are, consider making a vegetable broth with the remains of the vegetables that you use throughout the week. My friend Tina makes a delicious vegetable broth and it’s so simple! Here’s what to do: when you’re cooking, you can keep the parts of vegetables that you’d otherwise throw away, and store them in a container in the refrigerator until you have enough to make a broth. Some vegetables/herbs to consider using are: celery, carrots, onions, cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, scallions, cilantro, thyme, and oregano. When you have enough to make a broth, fill a large pot with your vegetables, herbs, and water, bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Strain, keep this broth in your refrigerator, and add fresh vegetables, organic tofu, and a healthy whole grain such as quinoa to enjoy when it’s cold.

If the weather is warm, start making smoothies! If you know me, you know how much I love to start my day with a smoothie, especially during the spring and summer. Take a look at my recipes and choose from your favorites :).

My Body

For the past few years, I have always enjoyed doing a spring cleanse. I love it! The feeling of being on a cleanse and nourishing my body is amazing. Of course I try to eat as healthily as possible year-round, but spring is an especially wonderful time to detox. Did you know that sprouts are detoxifying and they are widely available during the spring? Nature is telling us to do some cleansing :) If you are wanting to slim down, recharge, and give your metabolism a boost, you have to sign up for this amazing detox! You’ll enjoy lots of delicious recipes as you lose weight, get clear skin, reduce your toxic load, gain energy, and much more. Many people have tried this detox and loved it. It’s your turn to be one of those people! What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

I recommend getting massages. I love massages and have promised myself to do a better job of getting them more regularly. I also enjoy taking baths. If you have access to a tub, fill it with some Epsom salt, which has lots of magnesium and is easily absorbed by your body while you’re taking a bath. Magnesium is an essential mineral and will help you heal, feel relaxed, and help with sore joints, aches, pains, and more. Try it!

Show your body you care by moving! Find an activity you love and enjoy it often. As you increase your physical activity levels, be sure to stay hydrated. I have lots of clients who tell me that they hate drinking water! Since there’s no way around drinking water, you may want to add these fruits, vegetables, and herbs to your water to give it some flavor. There aren’t any added sugars in these suggestions, just yummy goodness! Try any one or more of these combinations and let me know what you think:

Watermelon/Basil

Strawberry/Mint

Lemon/Mint

Cucumber/Lemon

Raspberry/Mint

Blueberry/Basil

My Kitchen

Another great place to do some spring cleaning is your kitchen. Do you know what’s been sitting in your pantry? Do you have anything that you can donate to a local homeless shelter? Go through your processed items and make a conscious effort to eat healthier foods. Things that I have in my pantry are: canned beans, whole grains, tomato sauce, and pasta. Make room for these healthy options, but try to eliminate processed junk, such as chips, cookies, soda, etc. 

My Life

As the seasons change, I contemplate what’s going well in my life and what’s not. Where can I improve? Am I happy with my relationships? Can my finances use some help? Am I involved in my community? Am I doing a good job of helping others? I encourage you to take some time out for yourself and consider what your goals, hopes, and dreams are – and make a plan for how you’d like to accomplish these wonderful things in your life. My friend Rachel once reminded me that the journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step. I encourage you to remember these words as you make plans for yourself so you can know that your goals are within reach, even if it seems like it will take lots of time, effort, and patience to reach them. Trust yourself.

I also think that I’ll make another vision board this spring. I have tons of magazines and extra boards that I can use. I may even get a prettier board if I’m up for it :). If you’ve never made a vision board before, you should try it! It’s lots of fun and it’s just another way to put your dreams/goals in front of you.

How are you celebrating spring? Do you have any recipes that you’d like to share? Let us know! As always, if you want to work with a Nutritional Consultant, I am here for you. Contact me for your FREE initial consultation!

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