Spring Cleaning – Part 2

If you are new to cleansing, here’s an easy way to start: change how you eat for 1 day — or, if you can sustain it, for up to 5 days. Depending on how unhealthy your current diet is, this can create a subtle to dramatic difference.

Simplify your meals. A suggested menu might be 

Salad with vinaigrette dressing

Salad with vinaigrette dressing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • a light breakfast of fresh fruit
  • a large salad for lunch with an assortment of raw vegetables, dressed with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
  • a dinner of lean protein (baked chicken breast, grilled fish, etc.) and steamed vegetables drizzled with EVOO and sprinkled with savory herbs of your choice. Make sure 2/3 of your dinner plate is vegetables to 1/3 protein.

Or have your larger meal midday, if that works with your schedule. Avoid alcohol, caffeine (to the extent possible) and processed foods, especially things containing trans fats and refined sugar and flour. Drink herbal tea between meals. There are some lovely flavors (I love peppermint iced tea in the warm weather and hot ginger tea when it’s cold out) – you won’t even miss your soda or blended coffee drinks. And be sure to drink plenty of clean/filtered water to wash the toxins out of the body that get released during the process.

Why this Works

Our bodies detoxify overnight – from roughly 11 p.m. until 11 a.m. By eating lightly and uncooked foods before noon, your body can spend more of its energy detoxifying and less on digesting a heavy meal.

Why Raw?

Raw foods contain enzymes that help break them down once ingested. Heating foods above (approximately) 110 degrees Fahrenheit destroys these enzymes and your digestive system must produce its own enzymes in order to break down the food you’ve eaten. This uses up precious energy and is why you might get sleepy after a large meal. You can also purchase enzymes to aid in digestion at your local natural food store.

One final hint

Keep busy. Go for a walk, get involved in a hobby, or do something to keep occupied so you won’t be sitting around thinking about eating! I find I’m less tempted to nosh when I’m engrossed in an interesting project.

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About Abby

I am a fictional literary character. I work as a massage therapist in Ellicott City, MD, and in my spare time I help the local police solve crimes. In my former life I was a corporate lawyer. I graduated from Cornell University, Harvard Law, and the Baltimore School of Massage. To keep fit I run and practice yoga.
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