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Eat your greensGlow Newyears Seattle

When in doubt eat a plateful of lightly cooked greens. This is of my basic tenants in life. It really fixes everything. Packed with vitamins and fiber they nourish your body and aid in liver detoxification. Try to make this a daily goal. I like to see half my dinner plate covered in cooked greens. I eat them first to make sure I get them all in. Use a salad plate and pile it high so it looks abundant. On a smaller plate portion size is much easier to control without leaving you feeling deprived.

Drink your water and herbal tea

Drinking plenty of water is especially important while cleansing. Once you mobilize all the crud that’s built up, it needs to be flushed out. Make sure you are drinking your water is filtered and take it without ice. In Chinese medicine cold water is thought to be damaging to the Spleen and Stomach, the main digestive organs. This time of year your food should also be lightly cooked to make it easier to digest. Adding in a detox tea will really ramp up your cleansing. I like dandelion leaf, nettles and mint in equal parts of a delicious and detoxifying drink. Remember most herbs have diuretic properties and you will need to drink a cup of plain water for every cup of tea.New years cleanse seattle

Don’t push yourself

If at all possible take this time to get plenty of rest. This isn’t the time to burn the midnight oil because you are asking your body to do extra work eliminating toxins. This is a great time to become more introspective and tune in to what is nourishing you in life, what is stuck and what needs to be let go.

Move your body

Aim for some light to moderate exercise every day. This is not the time to train for a marathon. Some cardio is fine but if you start to feel depleted back it off. Yoga, Pilates, Bar method and swimming are all great choices. Aim to sweat but not go anaerobic, or breathless for too long.

Plan Ahead

There’s nothing worse than coming home from work while cleaning to realize you’re starving and there’s nothing to eat. Plan your menu and make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks around for emergencies. I love cooked beets lightly pickled in ( unseasoned) rice vinegar and olive oil. Easy, filling and detoxifying for your liver. I keep a protein supplement on hand for high protein breakfasts and snacks. This will keep you blood sugar even through the day and your energy high.

Want more information on how to do a food and supplement based cleanse? Try our Elemental Detox.

Lindsey Lawson MS L.Ac Seattle ChristmasLindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy, happy living, food and is a regular blogger.  For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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I thought I’d share my own introduction to the benefits of a simple, food based detox diet. Growing up, my mother was always very health conscious. I was raised vegetarian and we ate organic, farm raised food before it was the thing to do. I remember driving back from the dairy farm down the road very slowly to keep from disturbing the milk. It was unpasteurized with a thick, fatty top.

First experience: Fasting I did my first broth and juice fast in high school. I wanted to go a week but I stopped after 5 days. I was amazed at how good I felt but thought but was ready to eat again. The most miraculous thing that happened involved a small cyst in my arm pit (gross right?) I had had it as long as I could remember. Not a pimple just a small lump that didn’t hurt. During my fast it turned into a pimple and then went away, forever. I asked my doctor about it later that year and he thought it might have been an encased lymph node. Basically, my body thought that this area would never heal and just shut it off. Clearly the diet did something.

Enter food based cleansing I was introduced to the kind of cleansing I do now when I was 19. It took me awhile to be brave enough to do a 3 week cleanse. I followed it with another month of adding in foods I suspected I was sensitive to. This is called “challenging.” First eat the food several times in 1 day and then go back to the anti-inflammatory diet. If you have any reactions like gas, bloating, skin, irritation, headache etc. this food is red flagged as one you are sensitive to.

This cleanse was different than the fast. Number one it was food based (!). I added supplements to increase liver function, sooth irritation in the intestines and promote elimination. Similar to the effects of my earlier fast, I felt great but I had even more energy. My digestion was regulated. I wasn’t bloated and I felt clear headed.  My skin glowed.

Change your habits and change health. I learned so much about my body starting with that experience.  Now in addition to my regular healthy diet I cleanse at least once a year. It’s easy to let a few treats become regular habits. Too much dark chocolate, too much caffeine, a good IPA, and eating out are my usual vices. I’ll never forget being up until 3 AM wired on the caffeine in a chunk of dark chocolate I ate at 3 PM just a day after I stopped cleansing! Beyond that I also use it as a time to detox from other things like TV, phones or the addiction of rushing.  If that isn’t possible, then I add in more of the things that feed my soul like exercise, nature, mediation, and reading.

Make your plan and follow it  So now you’ve heard my story but don’t take my word for it. Try it yourself. All you need it three weeks and a plan. If you have a plan for what you CAN eat you won’t notice the things you’ll be avoiding.

Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy , happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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The most common New Year’s resolutions involve living healthier and losing weight. My favorite way to start the New Year is with a cleansing diet. It’s no secret that I love me some Kombucha. I drink Kombucha almost daily but, I especially enjoy it as a treat during a detox. It’s bubbly and refreshing and provides a little afternoon pick me up when my energy is dragging.

Ancient Drink with Modern Health Benefits

Kombucha is a drink that has been around for thousands of years made from fermented tea. The Kombucha mother or SCOBY is added to green or black tea with sugar. The synergistic combination of yeast and bacteria that makes up the Mother then eats the sugar and transforms the tea into a healthful beverage. It’s rich in probiotics, glucaronic acid which aids the liver in detoxification and b vitamins which promote nervous system health.

Careful! Booze! Some of you might remember when Kombucha were pulled from the shelves due to alcohol content a few years ago. I wrote a post about it I was so upset that it was gone! Commercial products now been reformulated to have lower alcohol content or are labeled as an alcoholic beverages.  Those with very low alcohol levels or the homemade variety are a perfect special treat for your detox. Because raw, unpasteurized Kombucha is a living drink it will continue to ferment and create alcohol when left at room temperature. I like to take mine out for a few hours before I drink it for this very reason 😉 To maximize the health benefits and minimize the alcohol store your Kombucha in the refrigerator until you are ready to drink it.

Making Kombucha yourself is intimidating but easy and cheap. More info and buy supplies here.

Basic recipe click here.

Here is Seattle are lucky to have some delicious pre-made options if you aren’t ready to make your own. Some of my favorites are GT’s Synergy, Grape, and Supergreens.  I also like Dr. Brew out of Portland.

Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy , happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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I remember years ago when I did yoga in the basement of a Methodist Church in Wallingford with Bill Mitchel. Maybe some of you Lavender Seattle WAuse to go there too. It was magical. Bill was one of the founders of Bastyr. I never met John Bastyr but I met the other founder and author Joe Pizzorno many times. He was the school president when I was there. Bill was much cooler. Picture a healthy, balding, pretty fit grandpa. He believed in nature as healer and was truly gifted as a teacher.

I’d come to class and he’d be in his work clothes then strip down to his undershirt and boxers.  He’d cue some awesome, inspiring hippy music while we all settled in. We waited in relaxed anticipation when it was finally quiet and he’d close his eyes and start to grunt, sigh and talk. “Grandmothers, grandfathers……..”grunt, pause. “Moon and Sun…” Sitting cross-legged and gently but erratically swaying. This is how it always started and he went “somewhere else.” Opening to another world and taking us with him. After the yoga was done he’s always pass around an herbal tincture, tell us about its function, and invite us to taste then meditate on the spirit of the plant.

I’ve used Lavender Essential Oil clinically for many years. Heck, I even used it during the birth of my son! I’ve been amazed at the effects I’ve seen it have to relieve stress, reduce pain, soothe skin and just bring us into the moment. Powerful but gentle. When I journeyed to the plant myself she came as a Grandmother. I really like that image because we are often disconnected from our extended family but Lavender can deliver a big grandmotherly hug whenever you need one. I bought a bottle on a whim to pack for my birth. My doula mentioned that many laboring women find Lavender or Orange essential oils helpful. I thought “oh what the heck.” I swear every contraction I had I was huffing that stuff. It really made a difference for me.

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