T. Kari Mitchell - Nourishing News -  

Spring 2016  

 Spring greetings, friends!

I pray that you and your family are healthy and that your year is going well.  Thank you for your continued support and blessings.  As always, past blog posts, newsletters, recipes and more can be accessed on the Lifestyle 120 website.  Click here to visit Lifestyle 120.  If you know someone who can benefit from our health and wellness news, please share the love and light.  

Spring is a prolific season, full of hope, new beginnings and unlimited possibilities!  A time to renew and reconnect to self.   An opportunity to shed the extra layers from a long winter and position ourselves for a fresh start.

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Spring Forward!

Detoxing is a way of releasing the old so you can make room for the new.

Be mindful of the rhythms of life.  We are departing a season of contraction and arriving at a season of expansion.  Are you feeling heavy, tight and constricted?  It may be time to clean up your life.  An excellent way to prepare for spring is to initiate a detoxification plan. Now is the time to cleanse your body, mind, spirit and environment, so you can blossom. 

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”—Anaïs Nin

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Clean Sweep

Detoxing involves more than just removing impurities from your plate.  It also includes living clean.  How do you go about releasing that which no longer serves you?  How can you prepare yourself to prosper this spring?  Here are six suggestions to help refresh your life and enable you to spring forward.

1.  Eat clean

Replace the heavy, starchy foods of winter with lighter, brighter fare.  As spring blooms bring an array of lively hues, you, too, can supply your body with this vibrant energy by eating foods rich in color.  The rainbow of pigments produced by the phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables will nourish your cells and restore your body to a healthier state so you can flourish.  Replace processed foods loaded with sugar, white flour, salt and fats with nature’s bounty.  Cleanse your plate by adding fresh, colorful produce to each meal. 

For additional resources, you may want to read the following related articles:

“T.K.’s 14-Day Cleansing Plan”—March 2015 newsletter

“Detox Your Life for Spring 2015”—March 2015 blog post

“Spring Green Cocktail”—March 2015 recipe

 2.  Exercise often

An effective workout may cause you to break a sweat.  And that’s a good thing!  Sweating is great for the body because it helps remove toxins through the skin.  If you don’t currently have a specific fitness routine in place, begin with a brisk thirty-minute walk.  Walking is not only good for your heart, muscles and circulation, but it also helps to detox the mind.  Lift your spirit and stimulate your creativity—begin exercising today.   

 For inspiration, you may enjoy the following related article:

“Walking Unencumbered”—May 2015 blog post

 3.  Soak your body

A warm, deep cleansing bath can aid in purifying your internal organs, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.

You may already have the following natural products in the cupboard.  Added to your bath water, one half to one cup of…

--Apple cider vinegar offers anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.

--Epsom salt, grandma’s trusted remedy, provides relief for achy joints.

--Aluminum-free baking soda boasts detoxifying properties.

Aromatic herbal baths provide many healing benefits.  Throw in your favorite dried flowers or use 7-10 drops of the concentrated liquid form.

--Eucalyptus oil can help alleviate congestion.

--Lavender oil soothes and relaxes the body.

--Rosemary oil helps relieve muscles aches.

--Tea tree oil helps reduce inflammation.

There are many fragrant, detoxifying oils available.  Choose the ones that pique your senses.

4.  Release toxic relationships

If you’re holding on to toxic relationships that prevent you from growing, perhaps you should ask yourself why?  If it’s too difficult to abruptly release your ties, consider a gradual removal.  Distancing yourself for a period of time will allow the space needed to exhale.  Shedding the baggage of a poisonous relationship can be healing and may allow you to blossom in unexpected areas of your life. 

5.  Declutter your space

Many people donate unwanted or unneeded items annually to favorite charities.  But you don’t have to wait for that designated time of year.  Release the items that you’re not using now!  Take inventory.  Go room by room and determine what may be blocking the flow.  Do you have to map out a path to get to your desk because of a mountain of clutter?  If you can’t see the walls or the windows, it’s time to dejunk!  Open the windows and allow air to freely circulate through the newly created spaces in your home.  Surrendering stuff you no longer need will help you gain a fresh perspective.

6.  Meditate 

Spending quiet time each day is an essential healthy lifestyle practice.  We all need space to decompress, deflect and reflect.  Taking time to relax restores the body and elevates us to a higher level.  Allow the positive effects of meditation to wash over your entire body.  Begin detoxing today by incorporating me-time into your daily regime and notice the difference in how you feel.

Other detoxifying considerations

Household items like detergents, cleaning products, beauty and cosmetic items will be covered in future newsletters.  But for now, the list provided may be just what you need to begin living a cleaner life.

Blossom like a gorgeous, fragrant lily this spring—detox your life! 

It can be challenging to create and activate a personal healthy-living plan alone.  Do you need support with your 2016 wellness goals?  Schedule a complementary breakthrough session with me this week.  Click here to schedule an appointment.

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Sip the Garden 

Are you looking for a unique gift idea?  Give the gift of health.  With birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and graduations coming up, Sip the Garden: Fun, Easy Drinks for a Healthier Family is just a click away.  This recipe collection offers ways to add more fruits and vegetable to your day. 

Click here for more information.

 

 


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Lifestyle 120 Radio 

As you know, I began co-hosting a monthly wellness series with Dr. Pat of the Dr. Pat Show – Transformation Talk Radio in February.  If you missed the most recent show that aired Monday 3/21, you can access it here. The next episode is scheduled for Monday, April 18.  Listen live!  

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Watch for Lifestyle 120 blog posts, Aha Moments: A Few Reflections on Wellness, throughout the month of January.

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Consider This 

“You must take personal responsibility.  You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”-- Jim Rohn

Spring into action.  Transform your health this season by living clean.

Love, peace and health,

T. Kari Mitchell                                                                                                                            

Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach

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