Flush It Out For Summer - August 2017

Learn how to eat, drink and clean your way to a detoxified and healthier you!!

By Lisa Van Reeuwyk

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As you embrace the bountiful season of summer, what better time to flush out your system and reap the benefits of mother nature’s bounty? There are many affordable and easy adjustments you can make to your eating and cleaning routines to flush out a few toxins from your body and home.

The warm sun of summer time provides a cornucopia of fresh, organic, GMO free, nutritious and natural food to eat. It is an ideal time to plant a few seeds and grow some of your own food. Fresh herbs are easy to grow, even in a windowsill for you apartment dwellers. Add some parsley and cilantro into your dishes and throw in some chia seeds too; all excellent natural detoxifiers. Introduce some spirulina into your diet and believe the bottle when it tells you to add it gradually to your diet; let the cleansing begin my friends!

As the dust bunnies build up on your counter tops from all those beach days, take this opportunity to say goodbye to your harsh cleaning products and opt to fill up your bottles with some home made concoctions with natural ingredients like tea tree oil, essential oils, lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda. A simple and easy recipe for cleaning mirrors is 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar. Try using hot water with a splash of vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil for cleaning your floors.

If you feel guided to do so, then do an actual cleanse to kick start the process. Visit your local health food store and ask some questions about different products. You may want one where you can still eat a lot of food (the more your eat, the more you poop, the more you cleanse philosophy). Or perhaps a juicing cleanse may be what you need to give your system a rest. Or something in between may be best suited for your needs.

Many people are being guided to give up eating meat. If that isn’t your guidance then consider buying grass-fed organic poultry and red meat. Many people are adopting the philosophy of less meat, better meat. There are some friendly and helpful local farmers in BC that offer the purchase of a 1/4 or 1/2 a cow with plenty of different cuts of meat to give you a well rounded selection for recipes. If you have limited freezer space, consider making the purchase with another family to split it up and save on costs.

If you have a sweet tooth, switch to a couple of squares of dark chocolate when you feel like a sweet treat rather than the usual baked or processed treats. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and may even lower your risk of heart disease. One could even say that dark chocolate is the super hero of sweet toothed people out there. I know it has been a saviour for me personally!

Another way to cleanse out your system is eliminating gluten from your diet for a trial period of one week or more. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The term gluten free is everywhere right now and grocery stores are making it easy for consumers to locate alternatives to their usual bread, pasta and cracker products.

Gluten intolerance is linked to a wide array of symptoms ranging from bloating, digestive upsets, fatigue, brain fog and even Keratosis Pilaris - those nasty little bumps we get on the back of our upper arms. I noticed this improving personally before I was aware this was a documented connection in the medical community. It is nice to have smooth triceps again!  Once you feel ready to re-introduce gluten into your diet, have two servings a day for three consecutive days. Make sure to pay close attention to how you feel to see if you want to keep it off the menu indefinitely.

Now for the guidance from our angels.

This article was inspired by this oracle card from Doreen Virtues Daily Guidance From The Angels Oracle Cards (Publisher: Hay House) as seen in this article. This is about as straight forward a message as they come. This card warns you to stay away from toxic situations and people. Be gentle with yourself as you cleanse harshness from your life.

The angel in this card reminds me of how we all once felt; fresh, vibrant, free of impurities and the burdens of this electronic era. She stands among a field of orange lilies while holding an effervescent white and yellow flower in her hand. This white flower has cleansing and detoxifying properties and the orange lilies represent inner calm and confidence.

Please remember, we are getting more sensitive as the world becomes more stimulating, hectic and pervasive into our personal time. The food you eat is one of the few decisions that you entirely control; choose well my friends and watch the transformation begin. Make the changes at a time of year that enables you to establish them as healthful new habits.

Lisa Van ReeuwykLisa's Bio: Bloom Lisa (Lisa van Reeuwyk) is a spiritual coach who uses tarot & oracle cards to inspire and guide her clients. She first discovered the ancient wisdom of the tarot almost 20 years ago and has found herself living a life connecting with people & guiding them down their life path through her work in television production, consulting and coaching. Lisa was raised in Kelowna, BC and now resides with her family in the Metro Vancouver area. Lisa column has information on healthy, inspirational & spiritual living. Peace, grace & love! - Lisa Van Reeuwyk Website - Email

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