5 Tips for Cleansing without losing your mind

Cleansing is awesome.

There is a sense of freedom and lightness that comes from letting go of habits that aren’t helping you, extra weight, and helping your body get rid of toxins.

As a busy mom, wife and entrepreneur, I find that going at a gentle pace with my cleansing serves me better than doing something radical.  At the end of the day, I still need to make dinner for my kids, make sure they have clean clothes to wear, and not be so run-down that I can’t be present and nurturing for them.

So, if you are in the same boat, I wanted to offer some simple tips for cleansing at a pace that will still allow you to be there for your family and your business.

  1. Make sure you are getting enough water throughout the day.  Adding some greens (either in a smoothie, or powdered greens) and squeezes of lemon with help up the cleansing properties of water for you.
  2. Move your body every day.  When we move, whether walking, dancing, doing yoga- whatever, we increase our circulation, which helps our bodies off-load toxins, and we nourish our organs with fresh nutrients and oxygen.  When move our bodies, we also tend to deepen our breath.  Breathing is an incredible tool for detoxification, make the most of it.  Plus, it helps us stay clear in our mind and keep a good attitude.
  3. Exfoliate.  Our skin is our largest organ of elimination (yes, your skin is an organ), so to help keep things moving along, it’s great to start each day- or ever one day a week- with a dry body brush.  You can find these at any health food store, and just take a few minutes before you shower in the morning to scrub your body with the dry brush.  Start at the hands and feet, and move toward your heart with circular strokes.
  4. Experiment with letting go of foods that can be problematic for people.  The biggest ones include; sugar, dairy, wheat, soy and eggs.  For me, creating a nutrition program that includes very little sugar is the best.  I notice such a big difference in my energy, my skin and my weight, that it has become a way of life.  Get really curious about this for yourself.  How does your body feel when you’re not eating lots of sugar?  What about letting go of dairy or wheat for a few days.  Experiment with this so you can notice the effects these foods have on YOU.
  5. Play with your awareness.  Your thoughts have a huge effect on your body chemistry.  Stressful or negative thoughts create toxic levels of stress hormones, and can ultimately create disease in the body.  This doesn’t mean that you should pretend that there are only butterflies and rainbows in the world- being delusional isn’t healthy either.  What you can do is create a mindfulness practice that lets you see your thoughts instead of be your thoughts.  There is a wonderful freedom that comes form being able to just notice that you’ve gone off on some dark tangent, but not get wrapped up in it, feeding it from the fuel of your imagination.  You can also incorporate practices that encourage positive mental states, which create healthy hormone levels and body chemistry that encourages health.

Play with doing some of these things.  Pick one or two if you are feeling pressured, or decide to spend a  few weeks incorporating them all.  Chances are, you’ll feel lighter and more energized by the end of it.

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