Your Simple Spring Detox Plan

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Eating whole foods like vegetables is a great start to your Spring detox.

It’s finally that time of year – the days are getting longer, the snow has melted away, and maybe that extra layer of fat on your body is about to be exposed through skimpier attire. As the world enters this season of renewal, it’s time to begin your own Spring Detox Plan.

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NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON

You may be feeling a bit sluggish from all those comforting winter meals and cold nights spent on your couch in front of the TV.  It’s the perfect time to begin your Spring Detox Plan and get energized for the warmer months ahead. Just as you would Spring-clean your house or apartment (which I highly recommend at this time of year too…it will make you feel lighter when you get rid of unneeded “stuff”), you can do a spring detox for your body.

Set aside a period of time (a week, 2 weeks, or a whole month) and consider that your “Detox” time.  How long you detox is totally up to you, but the less healthy your usual habits are the longer you’ll need to benefit from a detox. When you free yourself of all the unwanted stuff that’s holding your body back from being at its best, you’ll find yourself refreshed and full of the renewed energy of the season.

ASSESS WHERE YOU ARE

If you’re feeling tired and sluggish, chances are your lifestyle has caught up with you. Take a look at how many hours you’re sleeping, whether you’re feeling stressed or agitated, and what family, social, work, and financial pressures you’re currently under.

Everyone has some stressors, so if you don’t think you’re facing any stress you’re not being honest with yourself. Identify your stressors and come up with a plan to deal with them on a daily basis.  Maybe you need to establish some new habits, like going to bed 30 minutes earlier every night or watching less TV.

ELIMINATE THE TOXIC

You don’t need to do anything fancy to detox your body or run to the store for a special Detox Kit.  Start off by eliminating all the foods that don’t do good things for your body – processed carbs (sugar, white flour, preservatives) and junk food of all types. Try to take alcohol out of your diet, or restrict it to significantly less than you’re used to, for at least a few weeks. You might be amazed at how good you feel when you give your liver and digestive system some rest.

FLUSH IT OUT & GREEN IT UP

If you aren’t drinking enough water regularly, now’s a great time to get into the habit.

Cut out caffeine and all other stimulants for your detox and you’ll be able to assess where your energy levels are at when they’re not supported by energizing drinks.

Keep it simple and stick to herbal teas and water. Although there’s no evidence that 8 glasses (2L) of water is the right amount for everyone, it seems to be a good general guideline for most people. Drink your water between meals so that you don’t dilute the acidic digestive juices in your stomach.

Add more vegetables to your diet, especially greens like spinach, kale, romaine, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, and arugula (I’m not a huge fan of this one, but I hear some people love it). Different colours means different phytonutrients, so get a wide variety of plant nutrients.

BREATHE IN AND EXHALE

I always recommend meditation to help clients cope with the day-to-day stresses they face. Just spending 5-10 minutes a day focusing on your breathing can make a big difference to your sense of well-being.

Spring can be a wonderful time of year. Begin this amazing season with a simple Spring Detox Plan that gets you energized and ready to enjoy the brighter days ahead.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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