“…in the spring we sow the seeds which prepare the full harvest of ourselves.”
Eat Right for Spring…
- Eat less and try fasting to cleanse the body of the fats and heavy foods of winter.
- Bitter foods are excellent for cleansing the blood – rye, romaine, asparagus, amaranth, quinoa, alfalfa, chamomile.
- Eat plenty of young, fresh greens – dark green lettuce, spinach, kale…
- Limit intake of salt/sodium rich foods.
- Sweet and pungent flavored foods are recommended – use a little concentrated sweetener (honey, stevia, maple syrup) and fresh herbs (basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, bay leaf).
- Raw and sprouted foods can be emphasized.
- It is best to cook for a shorter time but at higher temperatures so food is not thoroughly cooked.
There are a number of ways to do some spring cleaning on the inside. One may cleanse by eating nothing (consuming only liquids), eating a single food, or by eliminating one or more foods from the diet. There are many detox kits that contain supporting herbs and helpful diet outlines – a common one is Wild Rose Detox Kit. Juicing is excellent as it supplies the body with all the necessary nutrients while giving the digestive system a much needed break.
Sprouting Your Seeds
Soak: put seeds (2 TBS) in a jar, fill ½ with filtered water and cover with a screen (or paper towel), secure with an elastic band. Soak over night.
Drain: drain the soak water using strainer lid. Refill, rinse and drain again.
Rinse: sprouts should be rinsed at least twice a day using cool water.
READY TO EAT: Repeat the rinse and drain cycle for 4-6 days, on the last day set in sunshine so leaves turn green. DO NOT rinse again. Refrigerate and eat within a week.
By: Challah Ewing