Spring Cleaning

Welcome to March!

Can you believe we are almost to spring again? If you are like me you are itching to get out in your yard, garden, patio, or community garden space

Young Plant in Spring

and get your hands into some beautiful dark soil!  Why do we as humans crave such beauty in dirt? The feel of that soil in your gloved hand, the carefully prepared mulch and compost that you’ve been saving for months for just the right time.  Ummm, spring, planting and new growth.  

Many of us use spring for cleaning our interiors, our office space, our email accounts,  and especially our bodies!  Here is to all of your fresh green starts this spring!  I thought you might be intereste
d in some of my spring projects, maybe it will motivate you to get your spring on!  

While my husband and I strive to have a clean eating lifestyle all year long ( when my kids were young there favorite complaint was  “Do we have to have salmon again?”)

Once a year in February or March depending on our work/travel schedule we step up our routine.  I am not a fan of fads and I refuse to drink only lemon water and cayenne pepper or to only drink green juice for days in the hopes of cleansing out all my prior errors!  

Here is what one of these restart months as I like to call them looks like for us:

One month of MORE  organic vegetables, fruit, berries,  beans, sustainable fish, nuts, chia, flaxseed, Greek yogurt, coconut water, and lots of specialty teas and my favorite pure sparkling water with fresh lemon, cucumber, or lime slices!  Doesn’t that sound delicious?

I am not going to innumerate what we “don’t eat” because it doesn’t matter, after a week of eating exclusively like this, my skin feels better, my energy is up, and I’m sleeping better than ever, so really it doesn’t matter what I can’t eat, we are full and satisfied, usually with every meal.

Don’t get me wrong, anyone who knows me understands that this list is missing my favorite indulgence, Wine! But one month of giving some love to my liver is the least I can do for all the work it does for me!  

Also since I have a strong history of inflammation my supplement regimen also gets an uptick with extra doses of Priority One’s Priority Lipo, Vitamin D3 3000 (this pale skin of mine is a reminder that yes we live in the #PNW) EPA/DHA, and my go to favorites that I never leave town without Hypo Gest, and Priority Zyme.  The last two are life saviors for me.  I will not travel without them, actually I don’t leave for the office (3 minutes from my house without them)  Look for upcoming posts on my essential tips for healthy travel coming up.  

All this internal cleansing really motivates us, I’ve already printed my vegetable garden plan (gardenplanner.seedmoney.org) Love this app! I’ve even braved the snow and pruned my roses, and grapes!

No matter what or where you find yourself in your health journey you can start fresh today. Every day can be your new spring beginning!

Good Health to You!

Danielle S. Baumgart, President