Monday, March 25, 2013
the final spring clean
We have spent the last few weeks in March talking about cleaning, organizing and all around creating a happier home. This has been such a fun month for me and thanks so much for all the feedback. I love hearing what you are enjoying and trying to incorporate those things more. I have loved the "Happier Home" tips so I think I will continue those throughout the year. I love finding simple things that make a big difference so thanks for coming along for the ride!
For the final week of Spring Cleaning I wanted to focus on cleaning our body. I am a big fan of detoxing as long as you do it in the best way for you. I have done everything from a 3 week detox to a weekend detox and they have revolved around just taking certain foods out, only juicing and beyond. There are so many ways to do it so the secret is finding the way that works for you.
A detox has so many benefits but the most common are flushing out toxins, increased energy, better sleep and even weight loss. Jim and I did a detox last year and without trying I lost almost ten pounds and Jim almost 15. That was not the goal but it was a great way to shake off that winter weight gain. My favorite thing about the detox was it opened my eyes to how food makes me feel. We did the Whole Living Action Plan and at the end of 3 weeks I could really tell what dairy, gluten and sugar did to my body. If you take these items out of your diet for 2-3 weeks and add them back in you get to feel how your body responds these common allergens. We learned that Jim is basically lactose intolerant and processed food makes me feel tired and sick.
This week I am going to highlight a few detox options and hopefully help you find a better way to give your body a spring cleaning. My biggest tip would be to start small. If you are a fast food junkie don't go for a month long juice detox it will only discourage you. If you are in a very busy season then maybe pick a weekend detox because it can be very tiring and you will need that extra time to rest. I hope you will give one of the strategies a try this spring!