My first intention for the week was to add to Claire’s interesting thoughts on friendship. I have lots to say on that subject but with Fall upon us I thought I should give you some tips for getting ready for the W word. Winter can offer some unique challenges so the change of seasons is a perfect time to think in terms of detoxifying your body. Summer takes a toll with increased heat, celebrations and alcohol. Not to mention that even though we have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, we are often in situations where it’s hard to make the right choices.
When the days get cooler I think it’s easy to get motivated to make some positive changes. The brisk mornings remind us of going back to school, new beginnings, a fresh start!
It’s important to clean out the digestive tract in order to boost our immunity in preparation for cold and flu season. Here are some suggestions for a simple detox:
1. Dust off your Dutch Oven! Once a week fill it with carrots, celery, butternut squash, onions, garlic. Braise the veggies in olive oil and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Cool and Store in a tight container. With root vegetables at their peak, this is an easy way to incorporate them into your meals.
2.Treat yourself to Triangle Pose. Fall is a good time to start a Yoga class or just do more yoga at home. Yoga strengthens the body and particularly twisting postures will help detoxify your organs by stimulating the liver and kidneys.
3. Frequently Flush! Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Along with water try tart, unsweetened juices such as cherry and cranberry. Drinking lots of liquids is the best way to help detoxify your system.
4. Try Triphala! This is a blend of Ayurvedic herbs that helps to regulate digestion. Triphala removes toxins and fats from the cells and at the same time is a source of vitamin C. You can get it at Whole Foods in tablet form and may be taken every day, one to two hours after a meal.
5. Cut Carbs! Replace the cake and cookies with Winter fruits like apples and pears. Eat them fresh or include them in an Indian chutney along with onions, raisins, a little brown sugar and lots of ginger. Trust me, this is a fiber rich dessert that will satisfy your sweet cravings.
Certainly there are other more drastic ways to detox, but I feel that moderate and gentle is always best. After a few days you’ll begin to notice a lightness in your body. You will be able to think more clearly as the mental fog lifts. And with any luck you’ll have continued good health throughout this gorgeous season and into the cold, white Winter.
photos by Chris Primavera