Farrar & Susan after a Mud Run - You can still be "clean" and get muddy!
Are you worn out from the holiday season? Did you eat and drink too much? Did you exercise and sleep too little? Are you sluggish and ready for a fresh start in the new year? Take these simple steps to detoxify your life for a "clean" 2014:
Sleep: Rest is the ultimate healer and an easy way to rejuvenate your body. While you sleep, your cells are able to focus more energy on detoxification and renewal.
Exercise: Exercise gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing. You'll sweat out toxins and find mental clarity, too.
Deep Breathing: Oxygen nourishes every cell in your body, so take in a deep breath of fresh, clean air then breath out the air your body has already used.
Sweat it Out: Visit the steam room or sauna, take a hot shower or do some physical activity. Your body will eliminate toxins right through your pores.
Clear Your Head: Set aside some time to meditate or simply sit quietly, freeing your mind of thought and finding peace.
Choose Positive Energy: Take a "glass is half full" perspective on life. Our energy rubs off on each other, so share good energy and surround yourself with happy, loving people. Be thankful for all of your blessings.
Take a Break from Technology: Turn it all off and tune it to family, friends and nature.
Put it in Perspective: What are your priorities? Do they line up with how you spend your time? What steps can you take in 2014 to improve that balance? Write it down.
Buy a Green Plant: Live plants are natural air detoxifiers.
Improve Your Products: Choose cleaning and personal products (i.e. counter spray, toothpaste, and soap) that are made with natural ingredients rather than toxic chemicals. You can even make your own.
De-Clutter: Purge your home and your life of unnecessary items.
Be Careful with Plastic: Plastics can leach harmful chemicals into our air, food and drink especially when heated or used for a long period of time. Try substituting glass, ceramic or stainless steel for food storage. Skip plastic wrap on your food and plastic curtains in your shower. If you do use plastic, make sure it's free from BPA & Phtalates.
Hydrate: Water is the ultimate detoxifier. Drink it warm in the AM with lemon, cayenne pepper & turmeric for an extra flush. Choose a reusable water bottle (disposable bottles are more likely to leach toxins--see left).
Fill Up with Fiber: Eat lots of colorful vegetables & fruits, especially greens, nuts, seeds, legumes. Fresh, whole foods are best. AVOID PROCESSED FOODS!
Shop Smart: Choose organic produce, especially for the Dirty Dozen--apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, nectarines (imported), peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, bell peppers (more info at www.ewg.org)
Eliminate: Remove commonly toxic and inflammatory foods from your diet and add them back in one-by-one to see which work for you and which do not: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, soy, wheat, dairy, and processed foods.
Your fun friends,
Susan and Farrar