Cleansing involves eliminating toxins, negativity and anything else that keeps us “stuck.” Our job this summer is to get the gunk out (literally and figuratively). Each week, I’ll post 2-3 times and, in each post, I’ll give you a couple of Action Steps. That’s right...I’m not giving you a slew of rules and things to do. No long list of forbidden foods. This is a gentler and more gradual approach. But make no mistake, by summer’s end, you’ll experience a major transformation of both your body and your spirit.
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To begin the process, I have two Action Steps for you this week.
Action Step 1: Begin every day by drinking at least 8 ounces of water with lemon.
This step is simple, but SO important because it’s an extremely effective way of eliminating impurities in the body. Lemon juice cleanses both the urinary tract and the colon, making each one more efficient at flushing out toxins and harmful organisms. It also increases enzyme production in the liver, which improves digestion.
If you’d like to drink lemon water throughout the day, all the better. But, at the very least, have a glass upon waking up (if you, normally, have coffee or tea in the morning, that’s fine - just have the lemon water first). Each day, this will kick start the process of cleansing your intestines and supporting your liver. Remember, they’re going to be working hard for us all summer long, as we remove the rubbish in our bodies.
Action Step 2: Incorporate more dark, leafy greens into your diet.
I’d like you to be consuming at least one large plate of salad each day (you can break it up between lunch and dinner, if you’d like). You can eat whichever greens you choose (remember: the darker the green, the better). Try to change it up, so that you’re not eating the same greens each day. That way, you’ll take in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and phytochemicals.
Of all the foods out there, greens are, hands down, the best food to eat to naturally detoxify the body and improve your health. That’s because most greens stimulate the liver. Hormones and digestive enzymes are released, which assists the liver in eliminating toxins. When we reduce the amount of toxins in our system, the entire body runs more efficiently. Digestion requires less energy and we absorb more nutrients from our food. This translates into feeling lighter and more energized.
Here’s a great way to incorporate more of those greens: the Villager Salad. It’s name reflects the simplicity of it - romaine lettuce, scallions and fresh dill, in a light dressing of lemon and olive oil. I love to crumble feta cheese on top, but you can easily leave that off, if you wish. I've included the recipe below.
Two special requests: (1) If you know someone who might be interested in cleansing with us this summer, please share the love and forward them this link (http://www.sicilean.com/2013/07/summer-mind-body-cleanse.html) I’d love to build our community :) (2) If you have ideas, recipes or other resources to share with our cleansing community, please comment below. I want this to be a truly amazing and transformative summer for all!
Let the cleansing begin...
1/2 large head of romaine lettuce, washed and sliced thinly
2 scallions, sliced
1/2 small bunch of fresh dill, chopped
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 large lemon
Pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 c. feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Whisk together and set aside.
Add the romaine lettuce, scallions, and dill to a large salad bowl and toss to combine.
Add dressing and toss until salad is nicely coated with dressing. Place crumbled feta over top and serve immediately.