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Three Simple Ways to Cleanse

Three Simple Ways to Cleanse

Last week I decided to eat very simply in order to cleanse my system and as a practice of awareness.  I ate slowly and only at particular times of day.  Breakfast was some sort of whole grain that I had soaked the night before – like millet or brown rice – cooked with blueberries or half an apple and some cinnamon.  Lunch was soup with lots of green vegetables.  Dinner, more whole grains and vegetables.  I ate a few hard-boiled eggs occasionally as well, and some strawberries and avocado.  Eating this way for a short-while can really help highlight the difference between hunger and craving.  If I’m hungry, something simple will satisfy me.   If I’m craving, I’m going to think eff the broccoli, where’s the chocolate cake?

At the end of the week, I felt clearer and more energized, especially upon first waking.  I tasted things more, my sinuses were open and I slept much more deeply.  It was hard at times and amazingly easy at others.  But you don’t have to cut out a lot in order to get some cleansing benefits.  In fact, ADDING things to your diet can help tremendously and can be a great place to start.

Here are three things you can add to your daily routine to cleanse your system:

Lemon – drink a little fresh-squeezed juice with hot water in the morning, and/or add it to your water to drink throughout the day.

Nettles tea – I can’t say enough about nettles!  They are one of the most nutrient-dense plants, so full of minerals.  You can buy tea bags at East End Food Co-op or other health food stores (Alvita or Traditional Medicinal brand) and brew up to 3-6 teabags a day.  I like to buy it in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs and make it extra strong.  It’s a very safe, food-like herb with a mild grassy taste (you can add mint if that doesn’t sound appealing to you).

GREEN veggies of every kind -  Just add them in wherever you can. Your body really wants them.  Go to the farmer’s markets and try out the different greens you see – the farmers should be able to give you advice on how to cook their wares.  I love adding arugula on top of my pizza – the bitterness of the herb goes well with the cheese, and will actually help the body digest it better.

Try them out and see what you notice!

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