All tagged spring cleaning

The closets, the kitchen cabinets, the office desk drawers, the mind, the body, the soul. All of it deserves a spring cleaning /  decluttering session. I haven't yet seen the popular Netflix docu-series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on how to declutter and tidy up your home, but what I HAVE seen is people's overnight obsession with the KonMari method of sparking joy. If you haven't heard it being discussed at the various water coolers all over the US, here's the one-liner that explains it all.  'If it doesn't spark joy in your life, get rid of it.' While the KonMari method might feel like a fad, let's apply its underlying philosophy to the various areas of your life that could benefit from some spring cleaning.

When I first went to Dr. Sullivan, a naturopathic doctor in Washington, D.C., I sensed that something was wrong in my body. My stools were infrequent - once or maybe twice a week - and were painful and difficult to pass. I was feeling anxious and rushed all the time. We talked about everything that was going on with me at the time. I was newly married, I was spending 70 hours each month in my volunteer work while working full-time, I was the primary cook of a carnivore, and I was 26. Nearly everything about my life was new and demanding…By the end of the detox diet, I was going to the bathroom after every meal.

Have you ever noticed what happens when you have been sick and you pretty much stop eating your routine diet? You simply cannot bring yourself to consuming a full meal. As a result, your body doesn’t want the food and you begin to stave off the complex food and eat liquid or high water content foods, such as broth and/or fruit juices. Do you notice once you begin to feel better, you visibly look better, your skin and eyes look refreshed. That is your body detoxing itself of the toxins and waste your lymphatic system had difficulty doing on its own!

I was so busy trying to get over feeling poorly and get back to my busy schedule that I never stopped to consider the true cause of my respiratory distress and what I might be contributing to my repeated illnesses.  As an American living in a fast-paced city, I hear myself and others talk about our busy lives and ability to push through a sickness like it’s a badge of honor…Learning to tune into what my inner self is trying to tell my conscious self has helped me realize what small changes might have a big impact on my mental, emotional and physical health.