before I start-3 important disclaimers:
#1.It is NOT spring yet.
Oh come on- I know that. but soon it will be- and I may have told you before- I am one of those strange people that prepares for every situation.
I don’t appreciate surprises.
I don’t consider them “the joyous happy moments of life” or whatever.
I consider surprises a cause of unnecessary distraction, possible anxiety and a general disturbance.
Sure- I can’t prepare for everything- (oh yes.I can)but I can do my best to consider all possible “joyous little moments of happiness” in advance.
So the best time- in my opinion- to start spring cleaning- is right now, so that when spring actually springs on me- I shall be ready and in top condition.
#2. I don’t believe in “detoxing your body in 6 days” or things like that. In my opinion, the body should be taken care of 24/7/365.
So why am I spring cleaning my body?
Because I noticed I regressed to eating more sweet foods- that although containing natural date syrup, (and the cookies are home made oatmeal cookies!), still- I find myself craving that sweet taste more and more lately- and I guess you are all aware that many times sugar is hidden in the strangest places , such as vegan protein yogurt, teriyaki sauce, and soy milk.
This stuff is addictive for sure, and I feel like I want to get off this train that gets me going back and forth to the kitchen cabinet , to make “just one more of these really healthy nutritious buckwheat -rice cakes with natural peanut butter (and-naturally- a drizzle of date syrup). and while I’m there- can’t have that dry taste in my mouth -why not have some vegan yogurt with a nicely sliced banana, oh and that date syrup why don’t I.
You can see this is not going anywhere. or- might I say- it is definitely going somewhere I don’t particularly like to go.
So it’s more of a tweak than a detox I would say.
And I would. say. I mean, this is what I tell myself anyway.
#3. I’ve said it before but you know- do your own research on the subject of health and nutrition. because it is the most important research you will ever do, and because I am no certified anything in this field.
So why read this? (good question!)
Well because I do my research, because I care+ I have a ton of free time, being an early retiree and all that.
plus because I am true skeptic, I have a tendency for disbelief, after almost 30 years at a job that taught me well enough that everybody lies (so did watching a few episodes of “House” but anyway)+ I have no affiliated anything to keep me “in line” or anything like that.
So what does this “Spring cleaning” consist of?
#1. no more slacking on my intermittent fasting routine.
I can tell you that since taking my exercises up a notch, I ‘ve been feeling extremely hungry, and from time to time, a “small afternoon snack- only an apple! apples are good for you!” turned into quite a feast.
The thing is- there are so many benefits- in my opinion to intermittent fasting, that-by the way- include -so research says- detoxifying your body-that slacking is a shame, and “spring cleaning” is a chance to try and get there .
***I have to be honest and tell you that the day I wrote this post, I had this urge to defy all that good advice I am so generously distributing here, and couldn’t keep myself away from the fridge for the better part of my afternoon.I do wonder what that was about: do I have a self sabotage instinct? I decided not to get worked up about it, and try to understand where that came from, ( other than the obvious “I Jinxed myself by writing that post “).
#2. Enough with the cookies-cakes and stuff–
even if they are made of healthy nutritious things- date syrup is still sugar, and in my personal experience- it gets my sugar craving kicking just like its white sugar distant relative. if this is not the case for you- keep partying!
#3. going back to basics: my good friends parsley and coriander!
These are just about the easiest thing to grow- just sow and water- wait a few weeks and there you have it- a bed of parsley.
To the left- we have our parsley- tomato-cucumber- green apple(!!) with cooked wild rice, and a drizzle of tahini.
To the right, we have our parsley-again green apple slices-onions- and cooked lentils.
You can always clean your drawers too.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.
I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.