25. 03. 2011

Spring Into Health

You have probably heard of spring cleaning for your home, but have you ever considered spring cleaning your body? Day to day and month after month, many of us consume foods that aren’t good for our health; perhaps it’s too much fat, too much sugar or too many processed foods. Maybe we’re eating the same types of foods on a daily basis; this can prevent us from getting the vast array of nutrients we need to optimize our health. Take advantage of the change of season to do a short cleanse.

A cleansing diet is based on eating whole foods and avoiding things like canned goods and fried foods. Vegetables and fruits can be eaten freely, they can be lightly sautéed, steamed or eaten raw. Now that the temperature is warming up, our bodies can accept more raw foods. Traditional Chinese medicine tells us that raw foods are cold in nature and are best eaten during the warmer months.  A cleanse is a good time to choose organic produce, so that we can decrease our body burden of chemicals, even for a short period of time. Meat can be reduced or cut out, depending on the individual’s needs. All forms of sugar should be removed from the diet. A good staple to use is brown rice. It is a source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. Following a simple diet like this, even for a short period of time, can…

Read the original Dr. Mom blog post published in March 2011 on Beijing-kids.com here.

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