The springtime, I believe, is the best time of year to go “vegan” or “vegetarian” for a period of time.
Traditionally, many cultures and religions around the world have used some type of cleansing or fasting ritual, especially in the Spring and Fall months.
In the springtime, fasting can relieve the pent-up stagnation of winter (physically, emotionally and spiritually).
Traditional Chinese Medicine says the spring correlates with the Liver and Gallbladder meridians. Reducing animal fats and proteins, as well as fasting, supports the healing and renewal of this complementary meridian system.
Every Spring, I too, begin a fasting ritual to support my liver and gallbladder and help me feel revitalized.
I eat lighter foods (salads, sprouts, spring soups) and reduce animal proteins and fats for a few weeks.
I sometimes follow that up with three days of The Master Cleanser (lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, water). While doing the Master Cleanser, I abstain from food entirely and only drink the liquid for a short period of time (three to five days). Some folks fast for longer, but I feel that 72 hours works perfectly for my system.
Instead of The Master Cleanser, sometimes I’ll do a Liver Detox/Cleanse from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing. Here is a partial list of what her liver detox entails:
- Drink 8 glasses of water per day. Add ¼ tsp. vitamin C crystals to each glass of water (it’s a natural heavy metal toxin chelator).
- Have a dark leafy vegetable salad every day
- One cup of miso soup with sea vegetables the night before you begin the cleanse
- Make a liver tonic: 4 oz hawthorn berries, 2 oz red sage (salvia), 1 oz of cardamom seeds. Steep 24 hours in 2 qts. water. Add honey. Take 2 cups daily.
Whatever you are called to do at this time of year, whether it’s to go vegetarian, or clear out toxins from your body, get started now and spring into spring feeling renewed and refreshed.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.