Valentine’s Day chocolate, winter comfort food, chocolate Easter bunny ears, Cadbury cream-filled eggs, pastel M&M’s, green beer– and no, that doesn’t count as your green drink for the day!
Many of us indulge in goodies over the winter months. We celebrate the Vernal Equinox as the change of seasons. We begin to think about spring cleaning. We think about swimsuit season (and often gasp in horror LOL). March is a transitional time and a great time to think about making changes in your diet and eating habits. It’s also a popular time for doing a detox. Spring cleaning for your body.
While there are many products and processes on the market, they differ greatly in quality. It’s important to choose the one that is right for you – your constitution, your personality, your current stress level and your cleansing goal. It’s also crucial to know what to expect. During a detox you are releasing toxins into your system at a rate higher than usual. You may feel sick and at this point many people stop cleansing even though this is precisely when it is working! You may experience intense emotions or memories.
It’s important to have someone guide you through the process so that you can endure the tough spots and make it to the other side. When you are cleaning a closet, you pull out all the old stuff and make a big mess before deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. You stir up dust. This is the detox process. March through the mess to the end.
Now is a time to think about changes you want in your food habits. You might make some lists – of current habits or goals or changes you’d like to move towards. You might want to do a formal detox or just eat gently for a few days. What would that look like? It might be juicing (celery and cucumber is a gentle, detoxifying combination) or you might decide to have lightly steamed veggies and salad for a week.
Maybe March is a time to play with new foods while you shake off the winter doldrums. Maybe it’s a time to plan your summer garden and start seedlings or laying out the garden-beds. Maybe instead of thinking about what you want to get rid of, think about what you’d like to add to your diet. If you clean the closet, what are you making room for? What do you want to bring into your life?