March – Spring Reset

Q1 is officially over. That’s 25% of the year down.

This year I’ve been focusing on just ONE health habit to elevate my wellness each month.

My word of the year is FOCUS so I’m really, really trying hard to practice doing less, but better. It’s hard. I want to do it all. But the honest truth is I really can’t do it all. Not well. Can you relate?

In March I committed to doing (and leading) two seasonal cleanses each year, one in Spring (March) and one in Autumn (September).

Doing a cleanse as part of a group adds the extra accountability that ensures it gets done and remains fun and positive. So if you didn’t join this time around, why not register your interest in joining us in September for Reset and Renew: 30 Day Cleanse

 

Why Detox

 

Before I dive into my detox experience you might be wondering why even bother to detox? Doesn’t the liver take care of that anyway?  

Well yes, and no.  

Yes the liver, and kidneys, and skin, and digestive tract, are always working to keep things moving along and through and out, and the body is a marvel at always working to maintain health and balance….

BUUUUT

… we live in a super toxic world.  We’re exposed to unprecedented amounts of environmental toxins.  On a physical level alone we’ve been exposed to around 80,000 new chemicals in the last 50 years or so. Our body’s are battling with these daily.

And that’s just physical.

Thanks to amazing technological innovations we’re now constantly connected, which takes its toll on our mental body. Every bit of information we’re exposed to takes up part of our attention, and fragments it. Every bit of information we take in, we have  to process. Think just how much you have to deal with and respond to on a daily basis?

Detox is about pressing the ‘pause’ button, or at least the ‘slow motion’ button so that we can start to process everything our physiology and psycho-spiritual body is expected to handle.

It’s an opportunity to focus on our self-care and refine how we’re living, so that we can operate at a higher level.

Is this you? When was the last time you updated your habits and elevated your lifestyle to operate at the next level?

I like the computer analogy. Imagine if every time you got a notification from your computer letting you know that there were updates to install, you just ignored it. Forever. What would happen? The computer would slow down, get problems and eventually break and become obsolete.

Same deal with our bodies. We have to reboot from time-to-time, ideally with the changing of the seasons.

So that’s that. Onto some insights and highlights from my detox this spring.

My Spring Detox

First off, I am still mid-cleanse, so it ain’t over yet, but I like to write about my monthly habit at the end of the month so here goes.

The 30-day cleanse I’ve been doing has three phases

 

💃Activate

💆🏻 Reset  

🧚‍♀️Renew

 

I cleared out a lot of cupboards and drawers in phase 1, to create greater harmony in my space and start to let go of things that were clogging up space unnecessarily.

Phase one is all about getting ready for the cleanse. That means preparing our space, carving out time in our schedule, planning for success. Failing to plan is planning to fail, so these first 10 days are crucial. Plus it gives you time to slip into detox mode. Whatever you’re planning to do for your main detox, you can start experimenting with.

 

Juice pulp crackers! if you’re juicing make sure you do something useful with that pulp, don’t just let it go to waste!

I’ve been juicing lots of greens, starting my day with a fresh green juice, followed half an hour later by a super-charged cacao elixir (the fat in the cacao helps the nutrients from the juice get absorbed).

I’ve been drinking lots of water. This is crucial because the detoxification supplements I’ve been taking assist in liver detoxification, but you don’t just want to have toxins being released, and shaked up, and then left to float around. You want to get that stuff out, and water is a great way to help the body flush stuff out.

 

Inspiration-Station

I’ve also been spending a lot more time offline and doing less of everything.  I’ve chosen two books to focus on during this period for inspiration, and can highly recommend both of them.

Essentialism keeps reminding me to be intentional about what I’m saying say and no to, and the Beauty Diet has so many great tips on healthy living and how to support your body with simple practices and nourishing foods and herbs.

 

Upgrades

The idea with a seasonal detox is that you pick up some upgrades, so that when you go back to regular life, you’ve actually elevated a few areas, or picked up some new healthy habits.

 

This time around I’ve really been cutting back on technology (a whole other post on this coming soon on my experiments with life without a smartphone!) but I’ve also picked up some simple practices and tools like…

 

Chaga and Charcoal

Activated charcoal. have you heard of it? Do you use it?

This natural and ancient substance is such a cool tool to have on hand. Charcoal absorbs toxins like a sponge so is great for detoxing. I was recommended charcoal tablets when I travelled through India, to help with any belly-troubles. The idea is that you take the charcoal and it sweeps through and attracts anything dodgy. then drags it right on outta you.

 

 

 

 

I even made myself a detoxifying juice by adding some to my green (now black) juice this morning. Not the most appetising, I know!

 

 

You can also make a simple face mask AND wash your teeth with it!!! Amaze-balls if ever there was amaze-balls.

And, as you look like something that’s returned from the dead, it’s also great for scaring the kids in your life 😉

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Funnily enough, this stuff is great for whitening your teeth in a healthy natural way. I know, you wouldn’t expect it, but it does work a charm!

 

 

And chaga, ahhhh, medicinal mushroom tea, how I love thee now.

I’ve certainly been cugging-the-chaga ☕️ these past few weeks.

Considered the king of the medicinal mushrooms, it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant and has liver-protective properties. Its basically a bad-ass you want to be chugging on 👍🏾

Recipes

Simples:
💓 a teaspoon of chaga plus hot water. Enjoy the simplicity

Chaga Chai
💓 teaspoon of chaga
💓 water or a nut milk
💓 cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, ginger, teeny bit of black pepper
💓 maca (optional)
💓 dash of salt and some honey to sweeten if desired
Simmer for 20 minutes and then enjoy

Chaga-Super-Charged-Cacao
💓 tablespoon of ceremonial cacao
💓 teaspoon of chaga
💓 hot water
💓 dash of cinnamon and sweetener is desired
– blitz in blender, pause, enjoy!

 

 

Brucy -Bonus

A quick tour of my juiciest juicing tips, including tutorial on that pulp cracker bread mentioned above.

 

The video’s  a bit ropey, but we’ve all got to start somewhere, right?

Heaps more ropey videos and fun resources in my Reset & Renew programme. Why not join us? You get lifetime access, so once you’re in, you’re in, and you can do this bi-annual reset with us every year. Sounds good, right?

Just make sure you join and order your Cleanse and Restore kit a few months ahead of kick-off, we sold out this time around!

 

Easy Ayurvedic Detox

With spring in the air (and a baby due imminently!) I’ve been busy clearing my outer space to freshen things up and get ready for new beginnings.

I would normally do a thorough internal detox at this time of year to clear out the inner gunk that accumulates over the winter, but being 8.5 months pregnant and all means my favoured juice-fasts are a no-go right now.

Kicharee is super easy to digest (it kinda looks like it’s already been digested, right?!) which is why it’s such a great detox food. Anything that takes the pressure off your digestion for a little while will free up your body to focus on any clearing and maintenance that’s needed.

Luckily Ayurveda (Yoga’s sister science – btw if you’re practising Yoga but not Ayurveda you’re missing a serious trick!) has the perfect dish for cleansing.

Whatever your constitution is, whether you’re young, old, sick, healthy, pregnant or otherwise, Kitcharee will do your body good.

It’s a one-pot, easy-to-make, all-around-healing and digestion-kindling meal. It balances all three doshas (meaning it’s good for everyone!) and is also given to anyone who’s sick to assist their recovery. Sound good?

For a simple and gentle detox make a batch of this and eat just this two-three times a day for a day or two, sipping on hot water in between meals.

If you’re pregnant, or not ready to dive into a more intense detox or fast for any other reason, this is a great way to gently cleanse and support your body from the inside-out.

There are probably a million variations of this recipe but here’s the essential mix to get you started.

The Bulk

1 cup of mung beans (soaked overnight)

1 cup of basmati rice (or another grain such as quinoa or brown rice)

3-4 cups of water (if you want it thicker use slightly less water, for a more soupy consistency add a little more)

The Seasoning

A chunk of fresh ginger

1sp cumin seeds

1tsp mustard seeds

¼ tsp of each of turmeric, ginger powder and coriander powder

Seaweed (optional, I use kombu but you can substitute for another)

Salt to taste

Vegetables

Whatever seasonal vegetables you have in the fridge. Here’s where it’ll vary each time you make this. This time around I used broccoli, carrots,  swiss chard, and spinach.

Toppings (optional)

Handful of fresh coriander

Lightly toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Heat some oil in a pan and fry the fresh ginger, cumin and mustard seeds.
  • Add the mung beans and rice along with water, bring to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Then add the seaweed, turmeric, ginger and coriander, plus the seasonal vegetables.
  • Turn the heat down to low and cook for a further 10-20 minutes.
  • When the kitcharee is almost done you can toast some sesame seeds in a pan, chop some fresh coriander, add both onto your dish when serving along with a drizzle of oil for extra oleation (internal oiling – big in Ayurvedic cleansing.)

I’m not one for spending long in the kitchen so I use a pressure cooker for this. After step 1 above I bung everything in and pressure cook for 10 minutes. Turns out delicious!

Recipe adapted from A Pukka Life, this is an accessible introduction to Ayurveda.

 

Five Simple Rituals to Detox This Spring

Spring is the yearly equivalent of early morning. It’s full of potential, we have everything ahead.

Just as how we spend the first few moments of each day sets the tone for the rest of our day,  the start of spring is also a powerful juncture where we have a unique opportunity to positively impact what’s ahead.

Here are five simple practices to get this new beginning off to the best start.

  1. Detox Your Outer Space

There’s a natural desire to cleanse at this time of year. That extra layer of winter fat is no longer helpful or needed, it’s just weighing us down. Spring is a dynamic and buoyant time when we’re naturally poised to thrive, but it’s difficult to soar when we’re weighted down with excess, including external excess.

Spend a week or two clearing out your space. External clutter is just internal clutter on display. If you need some inspiration check out Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. You can listen to the audiobook on youtube for free.

The approach is simple, divide your stuff into categories – clothes, books, gadgets/equipment, sentimental items etc… – then tackle each one in turn.

For each item ask yourself whether it’s still useful, have you used it in the last 6 months? Will you use it in the next 6 months? If it’s not useful, then, does it spark joy? If it’s not useful and it doesn’t spark joy, pass it on, allow the item to be useful or joyful to someone else.

When our space is cluttered we block the flow of new ideas. Our space shouldn’t be a museum to who we’ve been but an open invitation to the person we’re becoming. Cherish who you are now by releasing the stuff that no longer serves you.

Another wonderful resource for this first step is www.theminimalists.com. They also have a great podcast, tune in and get some inspiration on your commute to work. Joshua Becker puts it beautifully, “There’s more joy to be found in owning less, than could ever be found in pursuing more.”

“Elimination equals illumination”- Elson Hass

2. Detox Your Inner Space

You might find that your inner space starts to naturally detox just by following step 1. I’ve heard of many people who’ve tried the Marie Kondo method, or some other form of minimizing, and found excess weight dropping off as a side effect. As above so below, and as without so within, it would seem.

Detoxing our inner space is a lot like detoxing our outer space. If we don’t clear out our outer space from time to time we end up with excess stuff cluttering up our space and creating inefficiency in our lives. Think of kitchen cupboards that get full of old food. When we accumulate too much over time some stuff get stuffed to the back of cupboards, we forget its even there, it essentially becomes useless, just taking up space. And then it goes off.
I like to think of a physical detox like clearing out our internal cupboards. For a short period of time we stop the influx of food and dial everything down to zero. You might do a complete fast, or you might just simplify your diet down to nourishing juices, smoothies, and soups.

The focus is on simple foods that are easy to digest so that your digestive system gets a much-needed break. When our digestive system isn’t so busy continuously breaking down complex foods it has time to go rummaging around in the cupboards of the body and pulling out the old stuff that’s no longer useful, often stored as fat!

Take some time to cleanse internally in spring and your body will reward you tenfold throughout the rest of the year.

The body loves efficiency, when we allow it to clear out the excess inner space-invaders we’re rewarded with greater physical energy and mental clarity.

3. Spend More Time Outdoors

Make the most of the longer and warmer days and get outside to soak up the vitality of the season. We know intuitively that being in nature feels good so make the most of this free source of healing energy.

If you haven’t heard of Earthing then definitely look into it and give it a whirl. It’s as simple as taking your shoes and socks off and stepping out onto your garden lawn. I won’t go into too much detail here, I wrote this blog recently where I dive into my experiences with it this last month, so if you’re interested, check it out.

I will just say that it’s reduced my partner’s anxiety levels from a 7 to a 3 in the space of a few weeks.

He is nowhere near as far down the “hippy” end of the spectrum as I am. He’s definitely more your ‘man-of-science-type’ and is generally skeptical about these sorts of things, but he’s been totally hooked on earthing since he first stepped barefoot onto the grass for 10 minutes a few weeks ago and noticed that it took the edge off his anxiety. He’s been doing it every day since and has felt better than he has in a long time.

It seems that making direct contact with the earth harmonises our physiology. It reduces inflammation, pain, speeds up injury recovery and has a positive effect on our emotional and mental wellbeing. It’s basically magic as far as i can tell 🙂

4. Detox Your Habits

Take a little time-out at the beginning of spring to simplify your routine and spend some quiet time in reflection. The space we create during a time-out gives us access to a new perspective, it allows us to take stock of our existing habits, patterns and behaviours.

Assess whether your habits are still serving you, or what they might be costing you. Are you a five-coffees-a-day person? What’s that costing you, if anything? Do you tend to over-schedule and be constantly busy? What might that be costing you?

What stories and thought patterns are perpetuating old habits?

What are you ready to release from your mind space?

During detox we come off auto-pilot and make some conscious course-corrections, we want to be sure we’re heading in the right direction, towards greater health and wellbeing.

5. Plant New Seeds of Intention

Once all the clearing and cleansing is done we can focus on setting positive intentions for the year ahead. Carve out some quiet time where you can sit and journal.

Here are some enquiry questions to get you started:

What are the challenges I face right now?

How do I want to feel?

What’s one simple thing I could start doing to feel how I want to feel tomorrow, next week and next month?

What diet or lifestyle routines do I want to change?

Am I getting enough sleep?

What yoga or exercise routine feels the best to me right now?

Take time to pause now and do some of the above and you’ll head into the rest of the year with a spring in your step!

 

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We picked apart our daily routine to up-level our habits and experience more energy, vitality and ease in our daily lives.

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The Benefits of a Spring Detox

We get so caught up in the daily grind, moving through life on automatic, that we need to take time out occasionally to shift gears.  We need to take conscious breaks to step out of routine to examine our routine itself.  The things we’re routinely eating, the activities we’re routinely doing – are they supporting our higher vision for ourselves? Are they in alignment with what we want and need for ourselves? Do we even know what our heart’s deepest selfie desire is? Or are we on a treadmill mindlessly running on the spot full speed to destination nowhere?

It can seem hard, selfish even, to take time out for ourselves. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from yoga it’s that we are entirely responsible for ourselves and our experiences. If we don’t put ourselves first and fiercely defend our right to feel awesome and enjoy life, well guess what? Yeah no one else is queuing up to do that work for us.

A detox doesn’t have to be all about food, although giving ourselves a break to only consume foods that nourish us deeply is a wonderful and obvious place to start.Roblox Hack No Survey No Download

My spring detox this year has involved me giving myself permission to cut back on busy-ness and slow right down. A focus for me was simply to cut back on snacking between meals. I know I eat for many reasons other than hunger (stress, boredom, excitement even!) and I know this habit undermines me. When I snack I steal a little joy from my next meal, because I won’t be fully, truly hungry to properly receive the nutrients and nourishment.

It’s a good idea to plan a detox in advance. Clear the calendar and Warrior get everything ready so that the process is as easy as possible.

Dividing your detox into three phases is a good approach so as not to shock the body; have a preparing phase, going in deeper phase, and finally a chance to emerge back into regular life, hopefully with some new insights and health uplift.  Enter. Go Deep. Emerge.

For my entering phase I switched to living foods, i.e. raw foods. I focused on my snack habit and started to bring more awareness to when I was snacking, what my triggers were and how I felt after the cheap nfl jerseys snack-attack. I wanted to beat myself up for snacking in this phase as I’d hoped I could just stop immediately. But this has been part of весна my detox practice, being compassionate with myself and simply getting curious, without judgment, about what was arising.

For my going in deep phase I switched to juice feasting. Juice feasting means you can have as much fresh juice as you want. You’re not worrying about calorie restriction but rather giving your digestive system a break, because juice is super light and easy to digest.

I was really quite worried about the juice feasting. I seem to have a lot of fear around going hungry. I expected to get very ragey and ‘hangry’.  I was most surprised to find this wasn’t the case at all. The juices I made were choke-full of nutrients The and I found myself feeling deeply nourished without solid food. A revelation!  I was also able to stick to three large juices a day with no ‘snacking’ in between.

The point of dialing everything down to zero in a detox is that you can then see very clearly what’s optional. What extra snacks, drinks, meals, are we eating that our body doesn’t really need? What activities are taking up mental bandwidth without adding any actual value? What emotions are we stuffing down with chocolate and biscuits that would be better acknowledged? How much unnecessary weight/waste are we lugging around? It all becomes much clearer through a detox.

The problem with snacking as I’ve discovered is that it makes your blood sugar level constantly bounce around, up, down, PoE up, down.  Our digestive system never gets the opportunity to fully digest what’s already been consumed and move into the deep fat metabolism that makes us feel grounded and calm in mind and emotions. All layers of our being are interconnected; if the body is out of whack the inner, subtler layers will be affected too. I can see from this detox the negative impact snacking has on my mental performance.

It also means we’re out of synch with our natural hunger/satiation cycle. If we never allow ourselves to get fully hungry, how can we ever feel properly satiated?

As Tidying I experienced the benefits of not snacking I realised that the same principle applies to my relationship with the internet/social media. I’m constantly checking emails and social media whenever there’s a spare moment.  This has my mind constantly bouncing around on a superficial level.

From this detox I’m taking forwards the practice of not snacking and scheduling time to check email and social media. I need a little more space in my life to digest my experiences fully.

One final practice that I’ve been focusing on this detox is the practice of self-oil massage. As I cleared space in my diary from the busy-ness and social commitments I booked daily appointments with myself for a importantes self-oil massage followed by a hot soak in the bath.  In Ayurveda oil is linked closely to love. Self-oil massage is like enveloping our body in liquid love. It’s such a nourishing practice to amp up self-love and acceptance. It’s hard to articulate how it has such a profound effect but from just a couple of weeks I know this is a practice I’ll be taking forwards.  My critical mind has rarely been happy with my body as it is and I know I’m not the only one. Our culture promotes a subtle or not so subtly self-loathing of our bodies. Through self-oil-massage I’m massaging away the ridiculous notion that my body isn’t perfect as it is right  With the help cheap nba jerseys of this liquid love I’m accepting all of myself into a loving embrace.

Detox is a chance to step off the treadmill, cheap mlb jerseys pause, re-evaluate and open to experiencing new and better ways Magazine of being.  You pick up the thread of your life post-detox ready to continue living at a higher level.  Schedule time in just for you. What are you waiting for?