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3 Tips to Spring into Spring

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Recipes | One Comment

“Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems.” Ranier Maria Rilke

Happy spring equinox! Spring symbolizes a rebirth. Look outside at what’s happening, the snow is melting and the ground unthawing to make way for new sprouts and then plants to emerge. This is known to be the time of year that is most stressful for mother nature.

Our body’s systems reflect the energy present in the world around us. Our bodies are very dependent on the sun’s energy; with the longer and brighter days, we naturally have more metabolic energy.

With today being the spring equinox (and spring starting tomorrow!), try these tips to renew yourself and align yourself with nature:

1. Let go. What can you give up in order to move forward? Think of this as either mental/spiritual or physical. Can you clean out your physical space? What items from your house can you give up to make more space for new things to come into your life? What ideas, thoughts and habits can you let go of? Seasonal anxiety is typical in the spring, and it’s made easier by lightening up our lives and getting rid of things that no longer serve us. How would you like to be reborn?

2. Add more raw foods. It’s time to shake off the slowness of winter with lighter, more expansive and yang foods. As green plants start to emerge, you’ll want to slowly increase fresh tasting foods and bitter greens into your diet. Start by slowly adding some raw foods into your diet, as your metabolic energy is increasing as the days get longer and warmer. Still keep your focus on eating warming foods, but add a few more salads here and there (see below for a fantastic Spring Equinox Salad recipe).

3. Add some liver-loving foods. Spring, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is liver season. This is the time of year when your liver is most active because it wants to clear out old junk! Sour and bitter flavours aid digestion and metabolism and stimulate healthy liver function. PMS can also be related to a sluggish liver (come to my talk tonight if you want to learn more about this – details are below!).

Eat these liver-loving foods:

  • Lemons – their bitter taste is very, very good for your liver. Juice half a lemon into a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning to stimulate your liver and digestion.
  • Arugula – contains glucosinates, which stimulate natural cleansing enzymes. And arugula’s bitterness helps to encourage the digestive process and stimulate the liver.
  • Brussels sprouts – support both phases of liver detoxification and also contain glucosinates, which help the liver to eliminate toxins and excess hormones.
  • Garlic – known as a liver protector, and, in Ayurvedic medicine, is said to speed up circulation and cleansing. Garlic contains strong antioxidants and provides important sulfur compounds that the liver uses to build certain enzymes.
  • Beets – one of the most common and effective natural liver detoxifiers. Betaine, found in raw beets, helps to protect the liver and gallbladder and encourage detoxification.
  • Radishes – excellent for detoxifying the liver and gallbladder.
  • Herbs – especially those with a pungent flavour, such as basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill, bay leaf. Dill is especially good for your liver, as it supports both phases of liver detoxification.

Make this spring salad, below, and get excited about all the shades of green to come.

Spring Equinox Salad

Spring Equinox Salad

2 cups arugula
2 cups any other green (I like spinach or romaine)
1 cup green grapes, sliced in half
2-3 green onions or 10 ish chives, sliced
¼ cup fresh mint leaves or fresh dill, torn into rough pieces, chopped or left whole (depending on your preference)
1 cup chopped other green vegetables (get creative! Some of my faves: avocado, cucumber, endive, Brussels sprouts leaves, snow peas, celery, savoy cabbage, sliced radishes, steamed green beans…)
1 batch of Shallot Vinaigrette

Tumble arugula and spinach onto a big plate or bowl and scatter grapes, green veggies, chives or green onion and grapes overtop. Drizzle with Lady of Shallot dressing, or any other lemony and garlicky vinaigrette. Serves 4 beautiful people.

Other great spring recipes:

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1 Comment

  1. donny
    April 1, 2014

    That recipe sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

    Reply

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