Happy (almost) 2018 friends!
I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions, but I'm a firm believer in setting goals (short term and long term) and creating a plan around those goals. I want to start the year resetting more 'physical' habits and would love for you to join me.
There are many reasons people feel the need to press the reset button this time of year. Overindulgence, chronic stress, feelings of fatigue or sluggishness are the usual suspects, but there are also positive grounds for clearing out the cobwebs such as wanting to gain more energy and increase vitality, achieve higher levels of clarity, and realign with our selves.
The intention is not around weight loss, but resetting health and wellness goals and there's no better time than at the start of a new year. Weight loss may be a by product of eating healthy, sleeping better, lowering inflammation, but the main goal is to change habits that don't serve us.
It’s true that certain foods and herbs can aid in the detoxification process, but what else can we do to boost our cleansing process on a daily basis?
::Exercise: Moving our bodies is essential for balance and overall health because it creates the conditions to breathe deeply, stretch, circulate the blood and lymph, and sweat. The more we move, the more efficient our body becomes at circulating and flushing out toxins. Gentle, low-intensity exercise such as yoga, stretching, or walking is best during a reset time, while higher-impact exercise is recommended at least 3 times a week once you are back to eating a regular, healthy diet.
::Dry skin brushing: Dry skin brushing helps stimulate your lymphatic system, which is responsible for ridding the body of toxins. Skin brushing improves the surface circulation on the skin and keeps the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, and resulting in an improved ability to combat bacteria, plus helping your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient! Skin brushing also strengthens the immune system and helps aid the digestion system, both of which are greatly involved in the detoxification process.
::Sauna: Although it is a major eliminative organ, most people’s skin is very inactive. Sweat is a most important elimination route for toxins. Repeated use of the sauna can help slowly restore skin elimination. Viruses and toxin-burdened cells are weaker than normal cells and tolerate heat poorly. The heating of the tissues, which takes place in a sauna helps the body heal from infections and disease more quickly. I make it a habit to go to the sauna once a week for a deep, cleansing sweat. It feels amazing and does a body good!
Below is a guideline we'll use in the reset. You can do the program for just one day, but I would recommend at least three to really feel the benefits. You can also go longer if you like and you don't have to start when we do, but the benefit will be the group interaction over on Facebook.
Drink as much water as you feel like you need, but consume at least 2 liters throughout the day. Always begin the day with warm water with lemon, as this will assist in flushing your digestive system, preparing your tummy for food by increasing stomach acid, and alkalizing your entire system (see Recipe Guide). Herbal teas are acceptable, but choose ones that are particularly detoxifying. Burdock, cleavers, chickweed, yarrow, nettle are great.
You can have a smoothie for breakfast and afternoon snack, but it also fills in for a lunch if that is all you feel like. You can make up an entire batch for a day if you know you’ll be on the go and sip on it when you need a pick-me-up. Or you can prep the ingredients and make it fresh if you’ll be near a blender.
Soup can be eaten for lunch and dinner or as a snack too. I really like it blended, but feel free to keep it chunky too!
- Upon rising: drink warm water with lemon
- Breakfast: Smoothie or Soup
- Throughout the day: water! Aim for 2 liters a day (about 6-10 cups), depending on your activity level
- Lunch: Smoothie or Soup
- Snack: Smoothie if needed
- Dinner: Smoothie or Soup
::Things to Avoid: caffeine, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, extended computer time, television, stress
::Things to Embrace: sleep and rest, time outdoors, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, sauna, dry skin brushin
I hope you all find your own reasons for trying out this simple reset. Take things slow, set realistic goals for yourself and be celebrate each small victory! I truly wish you all the best for 2018– this year is going to be the cleanest, greenest yet.
Cheers to good health,