Signs of spring are popping up everywhere! A naturopath once told me
that spring fever actually does exist. Well, I think he is right,
because every spring I feel a strong urge to organize, purge and clean!
Perhaps spring means a fresh start for everyone? Have you thought
about purging your kitchen and future grocery lists of heavily
processed foods that tax your body and cloud your mind?
You may have even considered giving your body a fresh start with a
detox or cleanse.
Our bodies are actually well designed to detoxify and cleanse
themselves- but processed food products with artificial additives and
preservatives, refined sugar, and harmful fats put it under extra
strain. We can do our own detoxing by cleaning up our diet and
emphasizing real foods. In other words, foods with just one
ingredient. You have heard people say in many different contexts, “it
is what it is” – well…. that is what food we eat should be: WHAT IT
To give your body extra help in cleaning itself, start the day with
1/2 lemon squeezed into warm water . The tart taste will wake you up
more than a cup of coffee and will aid in digestion.
Emphasize raw and steamed vegetables and fresh or frozen fruits. Pick
high quality protein foods such as fish, eggs, poultry, beans, nuts
and seeds, unsweetened dairy products (soy or almond milk) and healthy
fats, such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.
If you need help with spring cleaning your body, call me for an
appointment at 441-6602. Many health insurance plans cover the fee for
registered dietitian services.
Health and Happiness,