It’s common for me to encounter many questions when I share that I create and lead healing and educational courses around nutrition, mindfulness and conscious living. Very often, these questions are either personal, related to digestion, immune-issues or other forms of dis-ease within the body, or the questions are more general, related to the concept of cleansing and whether it’s safe.
My approach to cleansing is more traditional than what is in the current lexicon and in my approach I incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Shamanic perspectives on living with nature and holding sacred ceremony, as well as the reality of living life post 2010: we often need our nourishment to be efficient, simple to make, inexpensive, and easy to incorporate into a fast-paced life. I get it. Which is why I aim to create recipes, courses, content and resources that are easy to digest, applicable to your life and memorable so when you reflect later, you realize you’ve learned a ton and are different – without trying to be different!
When looked at from this perspective, cleansing is absolutely safe. The cleanse philosophy I live by and the courses I offer all integrate whole, vibrant foods that are aligned with the season you sit in, so that you can live with integrity to the season and environment around you. I believe that when you do, you’ll find yourself observing and enjoying the world you see more and more!
Whether you join us for a cleanse experience or aim to design your own, there are 3 components I believe all cleanse programs should incorporate to set you up for lasting, healing success:
Introduce and expand quality, nutrient dense food in your diet
Check in with what season you’re in and what foods are showcased most at the grocery store. Aim to do most of your shopping in the produce or frozen vegetable sections of the grocery store. Consider yourself a nutri-tarian – quality, delicious, fresh, vibrant nutrients.
Repair and Rebalance the gut & Heal Digestion
Research has revealed that health in the gut is critical to overall health, contributing to many diseases such as diabetes, obesity, depression, and immune and thyroid disorders.
Repairing and rebalancing the gut requires plenty of fiber in the diet, eating fermented foods (such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and other high-quality, multi-species probiotics).
Shift mindset and take steps to manage your stress
Stress is a significant contributor to imbalance within the body and leads to sleep issues, weight-gain, many immune disorders and anxiety. Taking steps to manage stress and shift your mindset away from a stress response towards acceptance will change your life. This can be done through yoga, yoga nidra, conscious movement, breathwork and meditation.