By Danielle Diamond, NLC
If you’ve spent these last few weeks of winter hiding under thick wool sweaters and indulging in your favorite foods, then you aren’t alone in feeling warm…and, well, maybe a little heavier than you’d like to be.
And if you overdid it to the point of messing with your digestion, and are dreading the fact that spring break is right around the corner, then I have a great video that will help you get back on track- a brand new twisting video. Yep! I’m going to show you how you can cleanse with food and yoga!
Iyengar (that famous yoga guy), likened twisting your body in yoga poses to what you do when you’re wringing out a sponge- it releases all the bad stuff like toxins in the organs and stale breath in the lungs, then when you unwind you replenish those stores with a fresh supply.
Of course it’s much more scientific than that, but I prefer to just go with the metaphor.
When twisting you want to really pay attention to keeping the hips square and not letting them get involved in the rotation- you want the twist to occur between the hips and shoulders for the best result.
When you twist, start from the ground up; so first rotating the navel, then the ribcage, then the shoulders, and lastly the head if that movement is available to you- if not, it’s cool to keep your chin in line with your sternum.
Once you feel like you’ve “wrung out” winter, get back on track with healthy eating habits. You can start by adding certain cleansing foods that help you detox in order to clear your system of those last peppermint hot chocolates.
Cleansing foods generally are full of fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients that will help to free your body of impurities and maintain liver health (your liver is the main detoxifying organ, so it pays to keep it healthy).
When I was studying for my Nutritious Life certification with Keri I learned that some of the most nutrient dense cleansing foods are:
Greens such as Spinach, Kale, Romaine
There are many more foods than can assist in detoxing and cleansing, but this list is a great place to start. Start by adding one of these foods at each meal, and if you really want to boost your cleansing efforts, try to only eat these foods for a few days.
The upside to eating all of these nutritious, cleansing foods? You’ll notice increased energy, decreased bloating, and a loss of those unwanted pounds that are keeping you from feeling spring break ready.