Lacey’s Tips for Daily Detox

We ladies know how to do it! 10 inspiring women  started off 2015 by setting intention, reflecting, finding quiet time and nourishing our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. From morning meditation, to afternoon veggie juice and evening detox bowl, all the ladies were glowing before heading back home where they could begin to integrate the tools and techniques. I feel so blessed that I was able to offer a New Year’s Detox Retreat in Espanola… it was the perfect way to start the year!

Saturday afternoon I presented a 90 minute holistic workshop on Daily Detox and Digestion. Here is a summary of what we talked about…everything from dandelion tea and eye cleansing, to tongue scraping and food combining…and no topic was off limits!

Lacey’s 10 tips for daily detox

1. Start each day with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon to stimulate the gallbladder, liver and the digestive system..hello regularity! Add  a pinch of cayenne if you wanna live on the edge!

2. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of purified water daily to promote detox and hydration. To make the water more alkalzing (and delicious), add fresh herbs like basil and mint as well as fruit like orange slices, lemon or berries.

3. Re-create your morning routine to include cleansing exercises (kriyas) such as oil pulling, tongue scraping, netti pot and eye cleansing.

“Eyes are the most used organs of our body. We perceive our world with our eyes, and they also are the most over-used from being locked into our laptops to our cell phone to TV screens. The eyes then, lack energy and release heat, crying for relief, and cooling. Eye cleansing process cleanses the eyes by removing external dust particle, body heat and secretions of the eyes that come in the way of normal movement of the eye lid helps that irritate the eyes. This process helps in having clear vision, reduces itching, eye strain and burning eyes. It cools the eyes and keeps fresh. Most essentially, it cools the body very powerful, energizing the eyes and improve the vision. It even reduces under eye bags.

source: http://bfoodfree.org/practice/pancha-kriya-5-yogic-cleansing-practices/

4. Practice dry brushing before you take a shower to stimulate the lymphatic system and cleanse the skin (the body’s largest detoxification organ). Once you’re in the shower, alternate between hot and cold water to improve circulation. Always end with cool water.

5. Exercise, sweat and spend time in nature! This will not only help the body detox but also improves overall mood and well being.

6. Incorporate proper digestion techniques like food combining, drinking liquids in between meals, eating when calm, and chewing slowly!

7. Eat local and seasonally to maximize nutrients and choose organic to reduce intake of toxins and chemicals.

8. Eat more raw foods, green foods and juices! These foods are nutrient dense, alkalizing (PH balancing) and contain all the enzymes needed for digestion. Enjoy 1 raw meal per day or work toward 50% raw at each meal.

9. Re-balance your gut health for overall immunity. Take digestive enzymes which include amylase, protease, cellulase and lipase to improve digestion and absorption as well as a probiotic supplement (10 billion minimum). Include fermented foods like kimchi, saurkraut, kefir and kombucha.

10. Meditate! Sit down every single day even if it’s for 5 minutes. Sit tall and comfortable with eyes gently closed; bring your awareness to your breath. Count the breath to help with concentration. As thoughts arise, simply recognize them without labeling or judging and come back to your breath. Cleansing the mental body is key in promoting longevity and reducing stress.

Start slowly and create a new routine. Even if you add one of these each day, it is a step forward toward cleansing your mind and body.

 

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The 4 bodies: Part 1: You are not your physical body

When you think of the word body, you probably first think of the physical body. And when we talk about taking caring of our body, again, we usually refer the physical body; the bones, muscles and flesh of which we are made.

The physical body is our vessel or temple for this lifetime, and many of use take steps to nourish it. We may do this through regular exercise or by choosing a natural and wholesome diet.

But what if you realized there is more to you than your physical body? …That you, as a Being, are not just your physical body. Nor are you your thoughts or emotions (but that’s another story that will come soon enough in the next 3 posts). What if becoming stronger, healthier, more energized, happier, calmer, etc, had nothing to do with the physical workout regime you do each day?

When illness arises in the physical body, it is usually a sign of an imbalance in our other 3 bodies. When something shows up in our physical body, we usually take action, ask questions and do something about it, whether that be going to the doctor, or choosing a natural alternative. But how often do we take time to “work out” our other bodies? By creating balance and building a strong foundation in the other 3 bodies, we will naturally feel strong and supported in our physical body.

The other 3 bodies include the mental, emotional and spiritual body.

There is more to us than just our physical body.  If we can learn from it, the physical body is an amazing  teacher and an obvious teaching that nothing is permanent and that everything is ever changing. When the physical body changes (ie: our body size or weight changes, we break a leg, get sick, etc), there is a part of us that doesn’t change, which always remains the same. It is not always easy to recognize this truth, but the more we increase our awareness and strengthen each of our 4 bodies, the more we are able to live our life holistically, with less of a focus on solely the physical body.

When is the last time you did a work out for your emotional, mental or spiritual body?

I have included a few tips below on how to to build or maintain a strong physical body. When it comes to holistic nutrition, our intention is to build a strong foundation in all 4 bodies, with the spiritual body being at the root or core. By acknowledging our spiritual body, we acknowledge and connect with our true essence and all universal energy.

Tips for strengthening the physical body

Follow a wholesome, natural food diet. Choose whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and quality protein. Eat locally and seasonally, get to know who grows your food and ask a lot of questions.

Eat more leafy greens and raw foods, focus on an alkalizing diet.

Stay hydrated. Drink at least 2 litres of purified water each day.

Move! Get outdoors! At least once a day, do some sort of movement, whether that be an exercise program, taking a walk or swim, dancing around your house or yoga.

Yoga asanas (poses) specific to strengthening the physical body include Goddess pose, warrior series, core strengtheners like boat and plank, and tree pose.

 

Boost Energy Naturally…Inside Scoop: notes from my workshop

A holistic approach to boosting energy naturally

 Attitude

Keep a positive attitude and perspective. The mind can only focus on one thought at a time.

Practice affirmations (fake it until you make it!) & Prayer

o I am fully energized and enjoying life

o I feel rested and fully awake

o My body and mind are rejuvenated

o Source, God, Spirit, Mother Earth, etc…. Give me the strength to get through today.

Asana

Savasana (10-20 minutes without moving)

Child’s pose (5 minutes of deep breathing)

Heart openers

Shoulder stand and inversions (headstand, legs up the wall, plough)

o Resets the nervous systems

o Creates a deep sense of relaxation

o One of the most restorative postures

o Calms the mind

o Heart higher than the mind

o Expansive breathing increases lung capacity and opens heart

o Focus on the heart center and feelings of compassion, kindness an unconditional love

o Promotes longevity

o Improves circulation

o Increases blood flow and oxygen to upper extremities

o Stimulates thyroid gland

Pranayama

Deep yogic breathing

o Increases oxygen to the brain which increases energy levels

o Expands lung capacity calms mind; brings focus and clarity

Alternate nostril breathing

o Balances the body and nervous system

o Calms the mind, lowers stress

Get moving! Exercise and expressive movement guided from within

Dance and sing more…be guided from within

Get 30 minutes of exercise each day, mix of cardio and strength training

Exercise outside for fresh air and sunshine vitamin D

Exercise (and dark chocolate!) release endorphins – a feel good mood transmitter

Food

Choose a whole food diet (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nut, seeds, healthy fats, quality protein)

Include more raw food into your diet.

Limit refined sugars, flours, processed foods,
etc

Limit stimulants like coffee and alcohol

Include feel good foods & Stay hydrated

o Drink 2 litres of water per day (1 litre upon rising/ in between meals)

o Increase fluids depending on activity level and climate

o Serotonin (calmness/relaxation) whole grain carbs, kiwis bananas, pineapple

o Dopamine/norepinephrine (energy/alertness): organic meat, wild fish, nuts, eggs, organic dairy

Superfoods, supplements & herbs

Maca

Ginseng

Ashwaganda

Raw cacao

Spirulina, kelp, chlorella, and all types of sea veggies (complete protein!)

Reishi mushrooms and chaga

Rhodiola

Sleep

Rest when you feel tired

Sleep 7-9 hours per night

Create a relaxing bed time routine and keep the lights dim to promote serotonin

Spend the first 30 minutes of your day outside to promote energy

o morning tea on the balcony, meditation, gentle walk, in the garden