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.