Time for a New You – Spring’s Here

CLEANSING YOUR BODY WITH

WHOLE   FOODS.

Spring is here.  We’ve cleaned the house, washed   the windows and are checking our bicycle tires and planning our gardens.  Now, let’s remember the most important item on the “cleaning” list – our own bodies!

Did you know that most people don’t even think about their bodies and how they function until something malfunctions or we get sick?

Since prevention is highest on my list of health care, let’s look at a basic diet- which means anything that passes through your lips-  ideas that can cleanse your body and bring about not only healthy short-term results, but encourage long term lifestyle changes which may prevent the onset of nasty colds, some allergies and chronic dis-ease.

Whole foods are a vital part of this process!  Whole food can be defined as food that is consumed closest to its natural state, closer to its raw, uncooked form and therefore at its highest quality.  In this condition, all the enzymes are found intact.  The amino acids are in their finest form.  The minerals, trace elements, carbohydrates and “life force” are present.  This life force in food is capable of reproducing healthy tissue and replacing body parts damaged by an empty nutrient diet.

Remarkable things begin to happen in your body as well as your mind when you improve the quality of food you consume.  There is an amazing intelligence present in every cell of our bodies.  When the food coming in to our bodies is of higher quality than the tissues which the body is made of, the body begins to discard this “old material” to make room for the superior material which it uses to make new and healthier tissue.  In simple terms, “out with the old and in with the new” high-test fuel for the body. You are worth it!

It’s a simple Law of Nature that our bodies try to produce healthy cells unless we interfere by putting excess “empty nutrition” into our bodies.  Some examples of “empty nutrition” are processed and packaged foods, additives and unpronounceable substitutes, diet drinks and carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, alcohol, coffee, candy etc.

As we cleanse our bodies of these toxins,  some cleansing symptoms may (sometimes referred to as a healing crisis)  occur,  such as headaches, especially when kicking caffeine, nausea and skin breakouts, which may last anywhere from 3 days to several weeks.  You might say, “I didn’t have these conditions when I was into my old way of eating”.  Please realize that your body needs time to clean out an accumulation of those bad substances.  Is your life worth giving your body the chance to experience renewed energy both physically and mentally?

Foods that help the body detoxify naturally are fresh dark green leafy vegetables, kale, chard, Crucifers; cabbages and Brussels sprouts, asparagus, beet roots & greens, raw seeds and nuts and partly unsaturated oils like olive, walnut, coconut and grapeseed.  Some fruits and whole grains, mainly millet and brown rice, also help clean out our systems.

Adding these foods to your regular diet – a little at a time, like one or two per week – may help kick-start the cleansing and change your mind and your bodys’ desire for junk foods.  Also try eliminating or at least cutting back on some of the junk at the same time- replacing it with the good stuff.

It’s a good idea to check with your health professional before beginning any cleanse.  As a health coach, I suggest a regimen of certain foods and filtered water that can be eaten to help cleanse and replenish the body’s energy, vital organs, systems and functions.

Our deep love and enjoyment of our beautiful surroundings should begin with loving ourselves enough to take care of our bodies and minds with food – first!

Happy Spring!

Just for Fun – Planting with the Kids :)

Another adventure with the youngest grand kids that was fun.  They do grow quickly and there’s a lot one can miss when not there.

Mr Smiley, otherwise known as Gabe, is adorable and at 7  months he’s beginning to eat things like rice and some fruits .  Miss Sophia, an energetic almost 3,  is a hoot.  Very vocal and interested in just about everything!  Especially playing soccer on the lawn.

She also helped us shop, she loves to go shopping… for vegetables and fruits at the farmers’ market, acclaiming with delight at all the wonderful vegetables and “punkin” seeds.  She now knows the names of many fruits, veggies and plants.

What a wonderful opportunity to teach her – or any child –  about vegetables and fruits and how they help her grow strong and smart and healthy.   If you take your kids to a farmers’ market they may begin to understand how those wonderful foods are grown.

One thing you can do, now that Spring has sprung, is either buy some seeds and plant them in your garden…if you haven’t a garden, consider clay pots and window sills for planting in the house.  It’s an exciting adventure to watch a plant grow from a seed.  Even for adults.

Or, if you are not sure about seeds, get a few seedlings, the tiny little plants like basil, parsley or chives.  Those are usually very hardy and will grow just about anywhere.  And they are edible, which makes them all the more rewarding, especially for kids.   Do explain that NOT ALL plants are edible please, especially for little ones.

I remember the first time we planted something we could eat.  My kids were about 5 & 2 and their most annoyingly wonderful questions were, ” How long does it take to grow?  Why is it taking so long?”   And every day they would check the pots to see if anything had sprouted.

They got to water the plants and learn that they needed food too.  Good chance to teach them  gardening and responsibility for their project.

When we finally, after about 7-10 days saw some teeeny green leaves beginning to surface,  that was amazing.  A triumph for them.  They began to see their work (preparing the soil, planting the seeds, watering) coming to fruition – well, beginning to anyway.

It was exciting and they loved watching the leaves grow and change into a mature plant that we used for cooking, especially the basil.  Smelled and tasted wonderful too.

If you plant even one little pot of basil or parsley, the rewards are amazing.  If they really grow well, you may need to transplant in to larger pots.  Planning ahead for success doesn’t hurt and you can always surprise your gardening geniuses with a new plant, pot and extra soil as a reward for their work.

It is wonderful how good those fresh little veggies taste compared with much of the stuff we get from the store…especially tomatoes.  All my friends agree, there’s a vast difference in the aroma and taste of a tomato fresh from the garden and the store-bought kind – even the organic ones.  It’s work that’s well rewarded at harvest time!

Just as a side, I am no expert in gardening.  But I have found if I follow the instructions on the seed packet and the informative hints from the local garden shop staff, I’m able to grow delicious greens, herbs, and yes, tomatoes too.  It is soooo satisfying to walk out on my patio and grab a handful of arugula, lettuce and a tomato from my pots and make salad from the “garden”.

Impresses the heck out of guests, even when they too have a garden.  In the mountains, our growing season is preciously short, so the rewards are treasured.   Take a few moments and thank Mom Nature for what you are able to plant and then reap the rewards with gratitude.   I improves the flavor you can savor and share with your neighbor…

Happy Spring!