“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” ― Arthur C. Clarke
It’s March! True, winter is still here but already there are signs of spring everywhere and the season is shifting. With the season is also an energy, a sense of renewal and rebirth. Represented in nature the air is filled with anticipation for a blossoming of activity. In our own lives, I know I am not alone in feeling this, there is also energy building.
The cold, darker months cause us to be more reclusive and wrapped up. Even when the winter isn’t so cold, or the climate doesn’t call for it, by nature this is a season of gathering, storing of energy and restoration.
Now is the time to be born again, begin fresh, and use the natural energy boost of Spring to move us closer to the goals we set for this year!
I cherish this time of year as an opportunity to give attention to feeling renewed and that includes my body and in my environment.
Using recommendations and techniques of Feng Shui is a great tool in creating clear, energy – flowing space within the area you live. Simple changes like the position of furniture, keeping pathways clear, and throwing out dead flowers, are some examples.
For the body, incorporating a cleanse at this time of year is a great way to boost digestion, increase energy, and stimulate better nutrient absorption.
There are many cleanses out there, and often times they are seen as rigorous, and tedious, or unpleasant. However, on the contrary there are quite a few gentle methods available that are practical and even fun to do! Yes, I said fun about doing a cleanse! Let me explain. Starting a cleanse, or any kind of detox , should be for an end result or goal. They should also be used under the guidance of a professional, and properly customized to fit your body type and personal needs.
I have done several cleanses, all of which were extremely rewarding, and have been instrumental in my journey to greater health.
One of my favorites is an elimination diet. This involves removing specific foods that may be causing allergic reactions or signs of intolerance.
Some of the most common allergens include dairy, gluten, nuts eggs, fish, shellfish, caffeine and soy .
The elimination cleanse requires removing suspicious foods for a period of time – from two weeks to a few months – and observing how the body reacts. After the elimination phase, foods are reintroduced one at a time to see whether the symptoms resurface, signaling that a specific food is the issue.
It is ideal to keep a food diary so as to record any reactions.
Food allergies can affect the immune system and cause immediate symptoms such as hives, rashes, puffy eyes, vomiting, and even anaphylaxis. However, many people suffer from food intolerance. These symptoms can be less severe and even show up two or three days after eating the food. Some signs may include indigestion, heartburn, nausea, cramps, headaches, and fatigue, among others.
Today’s Effort- Detox to Boost Energy
Try eliminating one of the allergen foods for 1-2 weeks and see how your body feels. Many people notice positive results just days after a detox, while others it can take a bit longer.
If you would like to follow a guide and have support during your detox days, click here.
There are so many delicious, nutritious, and under- appreciated, whole food options to enjoy.
Have fun with trying new foods while taking a break from others!
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad- Gluten & Dairy Free
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 large bunch of parsley, washed and dried
2 scallions or large spring onions
2 medium-sized tomatoes
1 small cucumber
1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.Cook and cool the quinoa. Leftover quinoa works great for this recipe!
2. Juice the lemon into a small bowl or glass measuring cup.
3. Chop the parsley and mint (if using). You will need roughly 1 1/2 cup packed chopped parsley and 1/2 cup packed chopped mint for this amount of quinoa .
4. Slice the scallions thinly
5. Chop the tomatoes and cucumber into small pieces.
Reserve half of the diced tomato to use for garnish at the end.
6. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Toss gently to coat the grains.
7. Add the chopped veggies into the bowl with Quinoa, gently toss to stir. Add another 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Toss again. Taste. Season with additional salt and pepper.
8. Serve into bowl for eating and garnish with remaining tomatoes, mint leaves, and hemp hearts.
Keep extra in fridge for 1-2 days .
Add a side of grilled chicken (for meat eaters), or beans for extra protein!
Optional ingredients and additions:
1 small bunch of mint, washed and dried
Wild black rice
Chickpeas or black beans
Enjoy today and as always, be proud of yourself!
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