How to Prepare for Detoxing

The cusp between winter and spring is the ideal time to do an internal cleansing program to allow your body to release toxins that may have built up over winter. If the body gets purified, the rejuvenation process can start and your body can gain strength and immunity. If you're sharing with us a Thoughtless Weekend of Cleansing and Purification, you might want to follow a few simple steps to get the most out of it. In order to prepare the body tissues for cleanse and release of toxins, try to eliminate a week before our weekend all processed foods, packaged, canned and frozen foods, sweets, alcohol and coffee and heavy dairy products such as aged cheeses, yoghurt, foods that are deep fried, raw foods and heavy desserts. Avoid breads and crackers as well as fermented foods like pickles. Modify your diet to predominantly eat vegetables and whole grains, that are light, warm, cooked and easy to digest. That creates a more alkaline environment within the body which supports the cleansing and detoxifying process.

Certain fruits, spices and vegetables are especially helpful during the cleansing process. Cooked prunes and figs for breakfast along with stewed apple or pear. Most sweet juicy fruits are excellent cleaners. Eat a lot of cooked leafy greens and light nutritious whole grains such as quinoa, barley, amaranth, and rice. Detox spices include ginger, turmeric, coriander, fennel and fenugreek seeds opening up channels of the body and support the flushing of toxins through the skin, urinary tract, colon and liver. Drink plenty of hot water and herbal teas throughout the day. 

During the preparation phase your focus might shift to your internal condition. Letting go of day to day inhibiting patterns, spending time meditating, taking walks in nature. Deep breathing focused on prolonged exhalations to rid the body of old ideas, emotions and blockages are all wonderful ways to connect to your true self. 

Daily routines are important to establish a life in harmony with your surroundings following the rhythm of life. In our time together we will learn cleansing techniques for body and mind at different times of the day, yoga poses promoting waste elimination and a positive mental outlook and healing techniques through our 5 senses, so you can take home a practical understanding of what you need to increase vitality and get a fresh start into spring.