This article was contributed by Mia Rigden, licensed Holistic Health Coach and founder of RASA, a wellness community that regularly offers #RASAchallenges as well as personalized 1:1 nutrition and holistic health coaching.
Spring without cleaning is like gin without tonic, twist without shout—they just go together. While we associate the season with decluttering our offices and homes, we often neglect to apply our spring cleaning ways to our body. At RASA, we look at this pivotal change of seasons as a time to tune in with our bodies, experiment with fresh produce, get inspired by new wellness rituals and motivated to redefine our health and fitness goals.
Not convinced? Here are a few more reasons and benefits of taking on a spring detox.
1. It’s the season of new beginnings.
While the calendar year may start in January, mother nature's new year is springtime. The days start to get longer, new life grows and our bodies crave a reset. As the season changes, you may naturally notice a change in your sleeping patterns, energy levels, diet and mood. Go with it. Think of this like a second chance at your resolutions.
2. Clear your body of toxins.
In Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions, spring is the most appropriate time of the year to detox, especially in the liver. Coincidentally, liver-detoxifying produce also grows this time of year (celery, asparagus, peas, yum!).
3. Re-energize after a sluggish winter.
New season, new energy! During the winter, we tend to hibernate a bit more: we stay in on Saturday nights, binge on popcorn and Netflix, and wear lots of layers. Once spring hits, we are inspired by brighter mornings, warmer weather and welcome all the clichés: sunshine, birds chirping, blossoming trees, tulips, tank tops. You get the point. Who doesn't want to jump start the warmer months feeling lighter, more energized and confident?
4. Summer is coming!
A spring detox will not only help you get into shape, but also reset and conquer cravings. This will help you to make better decisions come rose and BBQ season, and bounce back easier after a boozy beach weekend or ballpark indulgence.
5. All the veggies.
What a time to eat produce. The Farmers Markets are brooding with fresh crops to give your detox a boost of nutrients and myriad of flavors. Experiment with exotic vegetable varieties and healing herbs. Just because you're detoxing, does not mean that you need to eat bland food.
In the spirit of spring cleaning, here is a recipe from my signature detox program, the RASA Challenge. Perfect for resetting and taking advantage of all the beautiful greens the season has to offer.
SPRING GREEN MARKET SOUP
Serves: 4-6 | Time: 1 hour
- 4 cups season leafy greens, try
to include at least two different types
- 4 asparagus stems
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 cup parsley, stems included
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 thumb-sized nub of ginger
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
- 2 cups broth
- Water to cover
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lemon juice
- Maldon sea salt
Heat coconut oil or ghee in a Dutch oven. Roughly chop all vegetables. Add celery, asparagus, onions, ginger and garlic, stirring until fragrant, then add greens, parsley and turmeric and stir for a minute or two longer.
Add broth then enough water to cover the vegetables (about two cups). Let simmer for 20-30 minutes and puree in a high speed blender (or use a hand blender) until smooth.
Season as desired, and serve with a squeeze of lemon and some Maldon sea salt.