Yay it’s March and I’ve felt the urge to do a Spring detox.
I know – I’ve read all the pros and cons, yes the Liver and the Kidneys are what detox the body, and you don’t “need” to detox. But I like to try these things and find out how “I” actually feel, rather than take anyones word for it.
Looking back, when I had just two children, I was a lot healthier and more active. I juiced everyday, ate healthily and made banana and almond milk smoothies when I was hungry. Two children later, and cooking balanced meals was way too much for me. Some days all I could manage to make myself was super noodles with grated cheese on top!!
Last year I had my first glass of red wine for years. And I loved it. Maybe a bit too much. I got myself into a habit of drinking a couple of glasses every night that my husband was off work, and watching my favourite trashy TV programmes to unwind. The exhaustion from sleepless nights with babies and young children, slowly became feeling knackered all the time with a Red Wine headache. Oops!!
So, being an all or nothing type person, I decided to do Jason Vale’s 28 day Juice Challenge. I’ve got a brilliant juicer already, so no big investment. Buying the ingredients has been less than what we’ve been spending on food anyway.
Making the juices first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach with children wanting sandwiches and toast (they never stop eating), to take them to the loo, find their favourite toy, solve a computer problem, look at what they’ve just made, has been a challenge I’ll admit.
But later in the day when I’m feeling more balanced, it’s a cinch – I prepare the fruit and veg – and they juice them for me (they love it). I have a few flasks and can prepare a couple ahead of time which makes the rest of the day easy.
I had one moment where I nearly jacked it all in, and ran down the hill to get some Fish and Chips, but my husband bravely convinced me not to. It’s also hard not to eat stray crisps and uneaten slices of soggy Pizza left around by the children. Some times I feel light headed and hungry, but I feel fine after the next juice.
Today is day 7, and overall I feel pretty good. Yesterday I had an amazing day with the children. I was more present, mindful of my thoughts and actions – less irritable and snappy, and had more energy. I even managed to actually take in a few pages of a book when they’d gone to bed – normally I read the same line over and over again till I give up.
I’m not missing wine or coffee, but I’d love a chunk of bread and butter dipped in a butternut squash soup right now. I’m really looking forward to that when I’m done.
I’m hoping that this plan will help me feel healthier, more energetic and make better food choices – like I always used to.
Crystals To Support Your Spring Detox
Did you know there are Crystals that encompass the energy of Spring and can support your Spring detox?
My favourites are
Peridot – this has a bouncy, happy energy – that reminds me of the Zesty-ness of a of a fresh ripe Lime. It energises you and brings the Spring Sunshine into your life . Michael Gienger writes Olivine (Peridot) has a strong detoxifying effect and stimulates the liver, it enhances the liver and gallbladder.
Green Aventurine – the Ultimate Spring Stone. It brings you all the joyful, hope-filled, exciting feelings of Spring. I love Naisha Ahsian’s words
“ Green Aventurine’s essence is that of a spring bursting forth after a long dark Winter”
Doesn’t that bring you just the most beautiful imagery?
Jade – has a friendly, playful energy- like that of the most popular boy in your School. Being green it embodies all the essence of Spring- joy, luck, happiness, and abundance.
Bloodstone- has quite a heavy grounding energy. But it helps you get moving and get things done. It is known as a great Purifier, both physically and energetically, it is strengthening and fortifying (Naisha Ahsian), and so a great accompaniment to your Spring detox.
Green Moss Agate – one of my favourites. All the most beautiful shades of Green, it has a gently grounding energy, that helps you connect to Nature and being outside in our beautiful Earth. It has a peaceful, stabilising energy (Naisha Ahsian) that can bring you gentle support through any crazy “hangry” moments.
I hope Spring brings you abundant joy and laughter.
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