Spring has (finally!) sprung! Naturally, many people associate spring with new beginnings, cleaning, and detoxing. Why detoxing? It may be because in Traditional Chinese Medicine, springtime is associated with the Liver, which is our main organ of detoxification. I personally like to think of this time less about literally removing toxins from our body, and more about giving our body a bit of a reset for spring! Think of it like “spring-cleaning” for your body and mind!
So before you click away from this page thinking that you don’t want to hear about yet another detox plan, hear me out! I do not recommend week long juice cleanses or fasting. A detox or “reset” does not mean starving yourself, nor does it mean you must be drinking concoctions made of weird ingredients that taste terrible.
What do you mean then by reset?
Yes, let’s be crystal clear about what I’m talking about! We have all been guilty of it at sometime or another – falling into a trap of bad habits that don’t serve our body or mind well. For some people these are dietary – eating too much sugar or junk, drinking too much alcohol, or eating too little of the good stuff! For others it’s a lack of sufficient movement throughout the day due to our desk job or commute to and from work. For others, it’s mental or emotional stress, from work or school, being in relationships that don’t bring us happiness, or not living an authentic life.
How do you know you need to reset?
So what does this involve?
This reset plan is going to emphasize putting into place health-promoting habits, and minimizing or avoiding those things that don’t encourage our health or happiness. We’re all human, and we’re all different. For some people, an all-or-nothing approach works best. For others, a bit of freedom or flexibility with the reset would make it easier to stick to the plan. Either way – the point is to stick with the healthy habits to the best of YOUR ability. Be kind to yourself, if you make a mistake or slip up, don’t worry! Just get back on track. If the reset is stressing you out, then we need to adjust.
Our body eliminates wastes through a number of pathways in the body, and it’s important to ensure that each of these is functioning at it’s best for this reset plan to work well. We want to promote healthy elimination while we add in our healthy habits. We will keep these in mind through the reset plan. We eliminate through:
The Reset Plan
Follow these 6 steps for 2 weeks, and I am confident you will have more energy, and feel as though you are back on track to living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
I suggest that you actively commit to the reset plan for at least 2 weeks. You may not notice much of a change during week 1, but I am confident that by week 2 you will have more energy and really start to feel well! One last bit of advice – it is key to plan in advance! Go grocery shopping to stock up on healthy foods so that you always have something reset-friendly on hand. Plan your week out and set aside time for movement and breathing. Bring a water bottle with you everywhere you go. And remember, be kind to yourself! This commitment that you are making to your health is something to be proud of!