I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Among all the resolutions many of us make, losing weight and eating healthier usually top the list. I am no exception, since I am not one to deprive myself of the food and drink I love during the holidays.
And while eating healthier is always preferable, a detox cleanse diet is not the best approach during the winter months. As an Herbalist and Holistic Esthetician my goal is to be in balance within myself and with nature and I recommend this to my clients as well; a healthy body means healthy skin (remember our skin is our largest organ). For me, as the seasons change, the foods we eat, the herbs we use change too. If you live in a cold climate like I do, winter is a time for rest and nourishment. This includes more sleep, meditation, and nutrient rich foods. Juicing and eating cold foods like salads are counter intuitive to what our body needs. Doesn't it make sense to eat the foods that are in abundance this time of year,? Root vegetables for example. And doesn't it make sense to prepare foods by using methods such as braising, soups, stews, roasting?
Whereas in the summer we naturally want lighter foods, cooling foods and who wants to turn the oven on for hours and braise a roast or veggies when it is 90 degrees outside?
Here are some tips for getting back to a healthier you this winter:
- In addition to root vegetables, add other seasonal veggies such as winter squash and leafy green.
- If you eat meat make sure it is grass fed and add bone broth to your diet.
- Limit sugar intake and when you do use a sweetener make it raw local honey or maple syrup
- Use warming herbs and spices. Sip some Chai
- Take time out to rest, meditate.
- Take a bath with relaxing herbal bath salts
We can still get on track by gently detoxing and eating healthy this winter and save the cleansing/ juicing for the Spring. After all, both Dandelion and Nettles are the first spring herbs and probably the best detoxifying herbs. If we look to nature, she has the answers.