Fall is a time of natural transition, to reset your system, slow down and restore your body's health. Below I explain why certain seasons are best for a cleanse and what you can do to prepare for the cooler months ahead to prevent the common weight gain and flu.
WHAT SEASONS ARE BEST FOR A CLEANSE?
Spring and Fall! Spring is the time of re-growth and renewal and after a dormant season (Winter), there is a lot of old build-up we need to flush out from the system. Fall is time when we get ready for the “storing season” so our bodies should be cleaned and prepared for the winter months, both physically and emotionally. Physically, it helps to build the immune system up in order to prevent the common cold and flu and prepare your organs for colder months, and emotionally it helps attain a clearer and more focused mental state.
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR BODY IN THE SUMMER?
Our bodies tend to build up toxins over the summer months of heat that can lead to coughs, migraines and stuffy noses in the coming weeks. Fall is the best time to slow down and purge toxins that are holding us down and contributing to weight gain. Similar to the trees losing their leaves; you are shedding what is no longer serving you as you prepare yourself for the coming cold months.
Most importantly, regular seasonal cleansing is a fantastic tool for continually stepping up your eating and self-care habits. With each cleanse, you’ll create a few new habits that stick over the long term.
HOW DO I GET READY FOR THE COOLER MONTHS AND AVOID WEIGHT GAIN?
- Consume lightly steamed veggies and soups
- Sip teas that include detoxifying herbs, my favourites are dandelion, stinging nettle, and milk thistle
(you can find them at your nearest health food store)
- Eat beets, steamed, baked, or juiced
- Add lemon to your drinking water in the morning
- Take a good probiotic
- Avoid processed soy or soy milk
- Eliminate allergens such as wheat and dairy for a while
- Get a massage and steam bath with herbal aromas
- Include starches from squash, crunchy apples and pears, and gluten free grains
- Supplement with vitamin D and an extra B vitamin if needed
HOW DO I GET THE MOST OUT OF MY CLEANSE?
Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming Fall Cleanse Challenge beginning November 7th! We will be removing inflammatory foods such as sugar and gluten and focusing on wholesome, healthy foods such as leafy greens, healthy fats, and good-quality proteins as a sure way to get your body in detox mode without feeling deprived. Yes, you can support a natural cleansing of your body without feeling hungry or restricted! Often a cleanse opens the door to healthier living. When you feel healthier and happier, your life can change dramatically. You start wanting to make better choices and attend more to your fitness. I’d love if you join me on this exciting program so that you can look and feel great for the holidays!