You feel it coming don’t you? Longer days, shorter nights, the site of flower buds, nesting geese – ah yes, spring is here! It is the time of rebirth and renewal. Soon you will be shedding layers and feeling the warmth of the sun’s rays on your skin.
We tend to focus on tidying up our external life, but what if we looked internal and focused on cleansing from the inside out? Life is constantly changing for us, but flowers will bloom each spring. In this post, I’m going to tell you some of my favorite things to do to get your body in sync with the cycle of nature and spring detox in a healthy and clean way. Instead of forcing your body into a spring detox, support it by feeding it nourishing and revitalizing foods for soaring energy and a glowing complexion, naturally letting go of any winter burdens that might be weighing you down.
Most of us are afraid to “let go” of things in life whether it be a favorite piece of clothing, a relationship, the past, or your favorite food. These desires or attachments are almost always people or objects that don’t serve you in a positive way. We correlate spring with starting fresh, buds bloom, temperatures rise, animals awaken and the earth comes to life again. So you can see why NOW is a wonderful time to practice letting go. Spring is generally considered the period between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Equinoxes are special days during the year when day and night are almost equal.
Almost always the objects, period in time or people we can’t seem to let go of is what is holding us back from being FREE and finding our true self. In yoga, this is called vairagya or non-attachment. The easiest and most accessible way to practice non-attachment might be to start right in your own pantry! I’m not talking about looking at expiration dates and disposing of what might be old, but consciously with intention take a look at the nutrition labels and make healthier choices for a cleaner home food environment.
So let’s set you up for success! Here are a few tips to create a healthier and cleaner food environment.
- Purge the Junk: Start by tossing out the obviously unhealthy items in your pantry. Some common culprits include: refined sugar, high sugar soft drinks, cake mixes, high-sugar cereals, microwave popcorn, high-sodium canned soups, chips, candies and cookies. You might prefer to donate any unopened non-perishable items to your local food bank. With any leftover sugar (granulated white sugar) or brown sugar I will make a natural sugar scrub (for my body, face, hands or lips) adding some essential oils.
Here are some healthier fats, sweeteners and grains you can slowly incorporate into your cooking and baking:
- Fat: ghee (clarified butter/liquid gold), coconut oil, sesame oil, extra virgin olive oil, other nut and seed oils
- Flour: almond flour, chickpea flour, coconut flour
- Sugar: dates, honey, agave
- Other: quinoa, brown rice pasta, soba noodles, legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.)
- Store food safely: Plastic has all kinds of chemicals that seep into our food, especially as it gets warmer and more humid outside. Instead, store pantry items such as grains, dried fruit, nuts, etc.… in glass containers or Mason Jars. They are BPA free, oven safe, portable and leak proof. Not only is this a safe environment for your food but it makes great counter décor! I LOVE to use them for grain salads, overnight oats and yogurt parfaits.
- Eat in color & in season & produce:
- Fava Beans
Written by guest blogger Amanda Kelly:
She is a knit fabric research & developer by day who discovered her passion for yoga 5ish years ago while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is currently working towards her 200hr RYT at MOYO.
Her yoga journey started as a means to escape herself, her past and find her way: the letdowns you can’t predict, opportunities that end up being too good to be true, and moments when you feel like you will never survive another day.
Wildly in love, married to her middle school sweetheart, she now knows that everything in life happens for a reason and you are exactly where you are supposed to be in the present moment. Sharing her passion of yoga, wellness, adventure, and personal style, her mission is to inspire and guide people through her own personal journey and experiences.