The first official day of Spring is coming up on Monday, March 20, 2023, also known as the Spring Equinox for us here in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Spring Equinox marks the point in time when the sun is directly over the Earth’s equator as it moves northward. It’s the day when the sun and the moon have an even amount of light and darkness—meaning, both day and night are roughly the same in length.
Why should we take note of this astronomical date?
We only have two equinoxes per year, Spring and Autumn, and living life in accordance with our planet and the seasons allows us to live in harmony with nature.
Spring is a wonderful time to shed the layers of winter and reset our bodies with seasonal fruits and vegetables, light to moderate detoxes, and plenty of fresh water and exercise.
The ancient Indian medical system known as Ayurveda is based on a natural and holistic approach to preventive medicine. It cleanses with the four seasons to reset and align with mother nature for better health and balance.
I try to follow this rhythm naturally; I create my own custom program and have been cleansing and detoxing over the years.
It’s important to figure out what works for you as an individual, as we are all very different. My advice is to do your research and talk to your doctor, naturopath or acupuncturist. So many natural medicine doctors have their favorite “safe” programs you can try.
If you’re looking for a place to start, my recommendation is to try cutting out the top food groups that, when omitted, can naturally cleanse and reset your body.
Try to eliminate one of the above items per week, or two or three or ALL if you're feeling “all-in.” If there’s something you can’t give up, try cutting back instead. For example, I rarely give up caffeine. I just cut back to one cup and give up the sweeteners. Life is about balance, after all.
As you omit foods, also think about what foods to add in. Load up on whole foods (meaning non-processed foods) and add in as many colors of the rainbow as you can as you eat with the Spring season…
Some Springtime foods include strawberries, asparagus, carrots, avocados, artichokes, cherries, tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, cabbage, cucumbers, grapefruit… and the lists goes on, especially for us Southern Californians. Visit your local farmers market for an array of locally grown produce!
A Spring cleanse is great for you and your whole family, or whomever you share your meals with. Cutting back on sugar and animal meat can be very beneficial and replacing them with extra fresh fruits and vegetables can boost your radiance and create a highly vibrational body.
Remember: You get to customize your program to fit your lifestyle.
Happy Spring and happy cleansing!
About The Author
Fitness has always been a guiding force for Kathy Lopez, owner of Studio Be. Her inherent drive for health has naturally translated into helping others achieve strength, balance and wellness. Kathy has been voted Ventura's best Pilates instructor nine years in a row. Learn more...