The KonMari method is all about tidying up, disposing of those things that we no longer need, and holding on and organizing items that "spark joy". The craze has caught on because deep inside we all want to dispose of the things that don’t belong to make space for the new. No season embodies this method or feeling more than Spring—the flowers are budding, the weather is warming, and we want to welcome change.
Spring cleansing, detoxing our bodies, whatever you want call it—is really an extension of our desire to get rid of that sluggish, weighed down feeling—the things that don’t “spark joy”. Our bodies have a natural filtration system (our lungs, livers, skin, and kidneys), but the holidays, hibernation, and happy hours can all cause them to get a little out of tune.
Here are some things that I frequently hear from clients, but when we fine-tune them, changes start happening:
“I am drinking a ton of water.” We’ve heard it before, your body needs water to remove the toxins from your body. Measure how much water you are drinking. Fill a pitcher with water first thing in the morning and see how many ounces you actually get through. It might take a few days for your body to adjust to the extra water. The amount of water that you need is specific to you. Aim for 1-2 liters (4-8 cups). And no, coffee and tea don’t count, but Celery Juice does!
“I exercise, eat a salad for lunch every single day and I am still not losing any weight.” As your momma always said, it’s important to eat vegetables, especially when you want to reset or detox. I am talking about 5-6 cups of vegetables, per day! That’s a lot of green to mow down and as much as I love vegetables, when I was consciously tracking how many cups I was eating, I was eating about 2-3 cups (not the recommended 5-6) and I thought I was amazing for doing it. Adding in natural detoxifier foods to your diet will help your body remove excess toxins, water, and even weight. Some examples are any members of the cruciferous family (kale, broccoli, cauliflower), parsley, cilantro, ginger, garlic, and turmeric. Here are some examples of ways to get more greens into your diet that are easy and delicious, Chicken Broth Detox Soup, Roasted Cauliflower Tabbouleh, Moroccan-Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup, and Kale and Cabbage Detox Salad. Sometimes mixing up the foods you eat and opting for new healthy foods challenges your body out of its routine.
(Side note: if you are having trouble digesting your greens, that is another issue. Switch to cooked vegetables for a while as they are easier on the digestive tract. Try taking a digestive enzyme or drinking apple cider vinegar diluted in water 30 minutes before a meal.)
“I’ve tried Paleo, Keto, and Atkins and I still feel sluggish. ”Most fad diets work for a short period time or for a specific population. They are also so restrictive and hard to maintain for the long haul. If you did; however, compare all “diet” options out there next to one another, the common thread would be to remove SUGAR and most likely remove GLUTEN. If you’ve already tried that consistently, then think about trying a 2,000-year-old Ayurvedic cleansing protocol which consists of eating Khichdi (sometimes spelled Kitchari) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a minimum of three days. It’s a complete protein made of basmati rice and split mung beans and you can add some cooked vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, or spinach to make it more interesting. Follow @eatsmileglow on Instagram as we’ll be posting the recipe there shortly.
So, Spring is in the air. Clean your closets, toss the outdated, lovingly keep the items that spark the most joy for you and drink plenty of water, eat lots and lots of new and different vegetables, and focus on key herbs and spices that move things along.