It may not feel like it, but Spring has officially sprung and the sunny warm days are almost in our sights (I hope). If winter typically comes with less activity, more lethargy, and overall lack of motivation, this may be the perfect time to pause, regroup, and reboot. For those who have worked with me, you know I’m not a huge fan of the term detox– but I AM a fan of the word declutter. There is nothing more satisfying and energizing than decluttering a messy space, a busy mind, and an overworked body. So, how does one declutter their mind and body exactly? There are a few ways to begin.
- Start with water – Hydration has always been one of most difficult habits to stick to on a daily basis. Use your April declutter to focus primarily on water intake. Begin by aiming for half your body weight in ounces – for example, if you way 150 lbs, you’re aiming for 75 ounces of water each day. That may seem like a lot compared to what you normally drink; but if you take into account how much fluid you would normally consume (coffee, tea, juice, soda, wine, etc.), you may meet this fluid requirement already, just not from water. Challenge yourself to meet this fluid requirement from strictly water for at least three days a week. Begin and end each day with a glass of room temperature water with lemon and you’re already down 16 ounces!
- Get Raw – Try consuming a raw diet at least twice per week to begin with, and if you’re feeling like this is doable, increase the frequency. A raw diet focuses primarily on fresh or frozen produce, nuts, seeds, and beans. If you’re nervous about the idea of trying a raw diet, try exploring some recipes on Pinterest or plant-based cookbooks to get some inspiration. A sample day for a raw diet could look a little something like this:
- Breakfast: Smoothie (Unsweetened almond milk, fruit, spinach, flaxseed, chia seed)
- Snack: Roasted mixed nut medley + ½ banana
- Lunch: Buddha bowl (fresh greens, tomato, peppers, hemp seeds, lentils, olive oil, herbs and spices, lemon juice)
- Snack: Raw veggies with hummus
- Dinner: Homemade vegetable soup, Avocado & Tomato Salad
If you have food allergies or intolerances that do not permit you to try a raw diet, you can make adjustments by incorporating fresh, wild-caught fish, and small portions of whole grains. The goal is to declutter, meaning limiting processed or packaged foods, caffeine, added sugar.
- Go Organic – If possible, it may also be beneficial to switch to organic produce during your Spring declutter. Doing your best to avoid pesticides and chemicals to ensure you are decluttering and not overworking your body’s core systems. Not possible to shop completely organic? Not to worry! Check out the latest list of Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables, and if you notice that there are a few foods on the list that you consume daily, perhaps focus primarily on purchasing those in organic form.
- Go Green or Go Home – Decluttering your mind and body can involve more than just the food we consume. We are exposed to environmental toxins each and every day, it’s hard to completely avoid. However, one thing we can do, is use all natural cleaning products, shampoos and conditioners, toothpastes, body washes and even make-up products at home. Believe it or not, making your own household cleaners is extremely simple and usually consists of some combination of baking soda, white vinegar, lemon, and water. Pinterest comes in very handy for this one too! No time to make it yourself? Check out your local nutrition and health stores for some great options.
- Get Your Sweat On – Did you know that your skin is your largest organ, and one of the key organs involved in the natural detoxification process? We can rid our bodies of unwanted or excess toxins through our sweat, so why not make a point to sweat daily? Spending 10 minutes in a dry sauna, doing hot yoga, going for a run, or doing any kind of exercise that will get you sweating are just a few ways to get your declutter on.
- Just Breathe – Decluttering the mind is just as important as decluttering the body. Focusing on carving out time to breathe each and every day during your Spring declutter will help put you at ease, and it may even help you stay focused on the rest of your Spring goals. Dedicate 10-15 minutes each day to breathe. Need a bit of guidance? Download an App like Calm or Headspace for some guided meditation.
Spring is the perfect opportunity to get back to feeling your best, and even though we’re still in winter coats and wool socks, that doesn’t mean we can’t started on the decluttering. Just breathe in, breathe out, and get started! Happy Spring to you all!