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Spring clean to a healthier you

It is official – Spring is here! I love this time of year when the weather is starting to get warmer and the flowers are beginning to bloom. This really is the perfect time of year to Spring clean everything in your life.

This month I wanted to share with you some simple steps you can take to Spring clean your body and mind and create a healthy, happier you. After all “the most important relationship you have in your life is the relationship you have with yourself” (DVF), so spend some time focusing on this particular relationship.

The inspiration for my March newsletter came from clearing out all the ‘stuff’ we have accumulated over the last 2 years from living in our apartment. We are getting ready to move and to start a fresh somewhere new, it felt very energizing. Spring is the perfect time of year to throw out some of that old stuff and welcome new energy into your life. This month I want to share with
you 12 steps that you can take to a healthier you. It’s important to recognize that no two people are the same; what works for one might not work for the other. So think about right now and what works for you in your
life. What steps are you drawn to the most? Which one’s do you think will be the easiest for you to implement right now and which one’s will you tackle
later? Start small and big things will happen!

  1. Drink More Water – I’ve already discussed the importance of this in previous newsletters. The body is made up of 75% water so it makes sense that we need to replenish this. Try adding a little fruit juice or a squeeze of lemon or lime if you just aren’t keen on the taste.
  2. Increase Whole Grains – eating whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, millet and even couscous will significantly benefit your health and contrary to popular belief will not make you fat. It’s the processed junk food that will!!
  3. Increase Sweet Vegetables – if like me you have a sweet tooth, adding more of these vegetables to your diet really can help. Try vegetables like sweet potato, cooked carrots, corn & parsnips.
  4. Increase Leafy Greens – green is associated with Spring, a time of renewal, refreshment and vital energy. We all know the AMAZING nutritional benefits greens have on our bodies, especially the dark leafy greens.
  5. Practice Cooking – start with something simple like a salad or soups. Go through that initial period of trial and error, burn the rice before you perfect it. Practice makes perfect. You will learn to get an appreciation for what you are preparing and putting into your body.
  6. Experiment with Protein – try adding more or reducing your intake of protein to see what effect this has on your body. Try different types of protein like beans, tofu, chicken, turkey, eggs or fish and practice cooking!
  7. Eat less meat, dairy, sugar, chemicalised artificial junk foods, less coffee, alcohol and tobacco – this one speaks for itself. Everyone would benefit from doing one or all of these.
  8. Develop easy and reliable ways to nurture your body – spend time each day doing something special for your body, for example; using a hot towel, scrub in circular motions towards your heart all over your body. This is a great tool for relaxation, detoxification and circulation.
  9. Have healthy relationships that support you – I truly believe that those who you surround yourself with have a great effect on who you are and what you do. Lose the relationships which drain you and bring you down.
  10. Find physical activity you enjoy and do it regularly – start with something simple like walking, especially now the weather is changing and (hopefully) getting nicer.
  11. Find a job you love or a way to love your job!
  12. Develop a spiritual practice – this could mean embracing religion or following tradition or it could simply mean getting out into nature, under the stars, into the mountains or by the sea. Whichever works for you and gives you that sense of peace and wellbeing

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