spring clean eating
Spring breezes, spring cleaning. Such shift in these newly green months. This month in class we practice to remove blocks from our physical bodies to foster a reception of blessings in our lives.
Similarly, in April I have a ritual of changing my diet during the 5 weeks prior to my birthday in May. It is a chance to get intentional, to clear out, have less to receive more. I honor the anniversary of my own making. I remember that I participate in my own day to day making right now, with each one of my choices. How amazing.
Clearing vs cleansing
In college I had a severe eating disorder that wiped out most of my inner ecology and leaves me quite sensitive to what and how I eat. Some people find great success in cleanses and fasts. I have found that I feel depleted and diminished rather than clear. My annual renewal of a clear and spacious relationship with my food and my choices is loosely based on the Clean Program from Dr. A. Junger.
Be tender with yourself xx Try this:
1. Start to notice how you feel before you eat. What are you really, actually hungry for? Juicy? Crunchy? A drink of water? A rest? A conversation with a friend? Listen to your hunger for a moment before you respond out of habit.
2. LIsten to how you feel while you eat. Is it satisfying? Is it what you were looking for? If it isn't do you have the option of putting it down and changing course? Keep listening to what you need. Otherwise, what you eat won't satisfy you and you will want more and then it becomes a battle with your will rather than a sensation of pleasure and contentment.
3. How do you feel after you eat? Start to notice so that you know what lifts your energy. What grounds you? What revives you without keeping you up all night? All our foods have different properties. Listen to how you feel after you eat so that when you need it, you can eat to balance your moods and your energy.
Simply explained, my APRIL menu looks like this:
Breakfast = smoothie
[mid morning snack fruit and nuts]
Full lunch following Clean Program guidelines
[afternoon green juice or green smoothie]
Dinner = smoothie
Bless the Clean team for their excellent clinical research, but the recipes are not what I would choose. I am a deep and devoted foodie. Using their guidelines I have explored other sources to delight my tastes and satiate my spirit. Check out the list below. I love the concoctive possibility of recipes, sourcing my food at local markets, prepping, chopping, smelling ~ it all feeds me. We are what we eat. We are also how we eat. Savor yourself.
Most importantly, I make sure to feel fed. This is not deprivation. My effort is to increase the good of what I eat. It increases the good of how I feel and thereby the good of how I express myself.
Changing my food means changing my food habits and gives these benefits:
- Less time cooking and cleaning means more time to read or write or indulge in what I've long to do
- More time moving because I feel better, lighter. Plus, at the start I need to get out of the kitchen. I cook every meal and have a habit of eating more than I should as a result of being in the kitchen so much. Done in the kitchen, I'm free to roam.
- My yoga practice has levity, ease. My thoughts are brighter. This is who I would choose to be.
Bring on the birthday. I'm ready to celebrate the life I've been given.
RESOURCES : a book list and websites for exploration
- Clean, by Dr. Alejandro Junger
- Crazy, Sexy, Juice, Kris Carr
- Suja Juice Solution, by Annie Lawless
- Salad Samurai, by Terry Hope Romero
- It's All Good, by Gwenyth Paltrow
- Bowl + Spoon, by Sarah Forte
Much love and pleasure to you!