Spring Cleaning for the Body & Mind (Without Dieting)

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It seems everywhere I go women are talking about the hottest diet or quickest way to shed those extra points fast. With spring in full fruition and bathing suit season just around the corner, dieting has quickly become the latest buzz word. From juice cleanses to Weight Watchers, fasting to Atkins, diets are all around us. In fact, I actually saw a book the other week called “The 8-Hour Diet”  and thought to myself “Really? This is what it’s coming to?” Is this how it has to be?

Trust me, I’ve been there and that’s part of the reason I’m so anti-diet today. Throughout my late teens and early twenties, I was obsessed with dieting — a chronic-dieter, if you will. I tried everything from my first diet (South Beach) in Junior year of high-school to my last diet (The Lemonade Celebrity Detox) right before spring break during my Senior year of college.

After reading every book, trying every fad, dissecting every health magazine and purchasing every diet food on the market without any real results, I finally decided enough was enough! I was sick of living my life full of restriction and guilt, and desperately longed to actually start living my life. So I did. And guess what? The weight fell off, my mood improved, my energy increased and most importantly I got my life back. I soon realized there is more to life than counting calories and stressing over the scale, and that reaching that “dream weight” has just as much to do with your mindset than what you eat, per se.

Since I’m so very passionate about this topic, last night, I hosted a women’s wellness workshop at a local yoga studio entitled “Detox & De-Clutter Your Mind & Body this Spring (Without Dieting).” Today, I thought I’d share a few key takeaways with the Share It Fitness Crew to help you get your spring cleaning on (the healthy way), because after all sharing is caring!

Get Rid of Negative Emotions You’ve Been Holding Onto

Like I said, reaching your wellness goals has just as much to do with our emotional health than our physical health. That’s why one of the most important steps for cleansing the mind & body this spring is unleashing those negative emotions! Throughout the day, a lot of “stuff” comes up be it stress from work, body image issues, relationship woes or concerns about money, and as the day goes on this “stuff” builds up. Therefore, it’s important to let go of these negative roadblocks so they aren’t holding you back or preventing you from feeling your very best self.

Some of my favorite ways to release these blockages include:

  • Meditation
  • Deep Breathing
  • Essential oils
  • Journaling before bed or upon waking
  • Yoga
  • Developing a calming morning routine

Treat Your Body With Love

As women, we are super hard on ourselves and our body. We often pick apart all the things we dislike from round tummies to fat thighs, telling ourselves we aren’t “good enough.” This type of self-hate talk can be extremely harmful to our health, destroying our confidence levels while holding us back from reaching our full potential. When you say you’re not enough or you “can’t,” it becomes a reality. Instead focus on treating your body with love, and praising yourself for all that you can do or already are.

My favorite ways to honor myself & my body are:

  • Taking a long shower or bath
  • Getting a massage
  • Reading a book
  • Taking a nap
  • Making yourself a home-cooked, nourishing meal
  • Finding an exercise that makes you feel good
  • Practicing positive affirmations

Nourish Your Body with Whole, Clean Seasonal Foods

Speaking of treating your body with love, you also want to pay attention to the food you’re putting inside your body. This means eating real, clean foods, something I’ve discussed before on Share It Fitness. In addition to eating Real Food, strive to eat in season. Not only is eating according to the seasons practical and economical, but it also promotes overall wellness as it’s the way nature intended us to eat. Go for local and organic when you can, but more importantly just do the best you can do and work with what you have!

A Few of My Favorite Spring Cleansing Eats:

  • Leafy Greens: Leafy greens like kale, spinach and arugula improve circulation, clear congestion, boost energy, support the immune system and are generally uplifting! I love making Kale Avocado salads with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, sweet onion and sea salt.
  • Asparagus : Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant & supports digestion
  • Lemons: This citrus fruit is packed with Vitamin C, and acts as a natural diuretic to shed that excess bloat for spring
  • Cherries: Immunity booster & rich in melatonin, which helps regulate sleep
  • Garlic: Super anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial and aids in cancer prevention
  • Celery: Rich in Vitamin K and C and also increases liquid elimination to de-bloat the tummy
  • Fresh herbs like turmeric, rosemary and parsley which are especially detoxifying

On this note, you’ll also want to weed out the “fake stuff”, eliminating/cutting back on artificial sweeteners, refined sugar, artificial coloring and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to name a few. Also check in with your caffeine and alcohol intake to see where you may be able to cut back for a “cleaner” feel.

Hydrate Properly

Are you drinking enough water? More often than not, the answer is no. While we all know water is good for us and we’re told over and over again to drink more of it, the fact of the matter is most of us simply aren’t. Not only does water hydrate the body, but it also helps our organs function properly, keeps skin clear and hydrated, improves digestion, increases energy, promotes clearer thinking and reduces headaches to name a few!

Keep a large eco-friendly water bottle on hand, and fill up regularly throughout the day. I like to start my mornings off with a cup of warm water with the juice of 1/2 lemon, which helps kick-start digestion, energize the mind and cleanse the body! Some other healthy and delicious refreshing beverages include unsweetened coconut water, herbal and green tea.

Are you hooked on dieting? What are some ways you can cleanse the body naturally this spring? If you’re struggling to feel your very best this spring or want to make healthy changes for your lifestyle without dieting, feel free to browse my programs or schedule a complimentary 15-minute Diet-Free Breakthrough Session with me today! 

 

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