Spring symbolizes new life. The earth changes from dark and grey to full of color and light. Use this time to brighten and lighten your meals. Go from sleepy, restful winter to the vitality of spring.
Spring Cleaning has a very rich history from century old pagan festivals to ancient Jewish traditions to our more modern public health initiatives of the early 1900s. The Spring Equinox marks a change in the seasons and how the sun moves across the earth. It is a time for change, rebirth, and renewal. The Jewish tradition of cleaning the house and getting
rid of all traces of yeast to prepare for the Passover, the “Shaking of the House” tradition from the Persian New Year, the churches cleaning for Lent or in preparation for Easter are all ways that our homes and places of worship are cleaned every spring. In the U.S., Spring Cleaning was launched as a public health initiative by Johnson & Johnson to stop the spread of disease in the early 1900s. After the “Germ Theory” of Pasteur and further studies by Koch, Johnson & Johnson started
working on sanitized surgical tools and vaccines and wrote a free book to teach people how to clean inside and outside of their homes.
Before electricity, people cleaned their homes each spring when it was finally warm enough to open the window to get rid of dust and soot
and fumes from coal furnaces. The spring breezes could help carry away the dust, and it was still cool enough that the bugs weren’t too bad.
My favorite is the theory of Natural Cleansing. When we eat seasonally and locally, we naturally cleanse and detox. Depending on
where you live, what’s available to you right now that is in season? I can eat spring greens, herbs, dandelions, wild onions and garlic, chickweed, nettles, and cleavers, and I have some greens in the garden. That’s it. If we still had chickens, they would be laying eggs now. If I had dried herbs and foods last fall, I would probably be about out of them. All I would have to eat is these nutrient-dense greens. I would be eating foods that are high in minerals and vitamin C and very low in fat.
None of these foods are starchy carbs. If I were a meat eater, the animals would be breeding, nesting, and giving birth. This would not be a good time to hunt. I would be eating lighter, shedding the winter weight, and regaining my energy, so I can start planting seeds, weeding, and preparing for a season of food.
Spring cleaning is more than just cleaning house or detoxing the liver. This is a time of mind shift. The dark, lonely days of winter and leafless trees keep us inside and isolated. We don’t spend much time outdoors, there aren’t a lot of festivals and events, and we enter the Lenten season. A time of sitting in quiet meditation and reflection. Spring signals a time of change. There is a lightness to the air, the light green of new leaves, the bright
green of spring herbs, the spring festivals, outdoor sporting events, Easter egg hunts, and end of school parties, performances, and recitals that bring us all together.
The weather has us opening windows to fresh air and exercising outside and spending more time with
friends and family. There’s a whole change in activity and mindset. And even with the time change if you don’t have to get up too early, the darker mornings allow you sleep in a little later for that “rest and digest” mode of repairing and rebuilding the body.
If I didn’t
have the convenience of grocery stores that ship me foods from all over the world, I would be cleansing naturally, the way nature intended. I LOVE FOOD, so I won’t only be eating what’s in my backyard. While I do love my herbs and spring greens, I also love avocados that definitely will not grow here. I do strive to eat as locally and seasonally as possible, and I strongly believe that our body was designed to eat this way. Dr. Christopher taught us to “use the herbs under your own fig tree.” We
shouldn’t be shipping foods to the other side of the planet and searching for exotic herbs to nourish and heal. We have everything we need for our body in this place right here. Use the change in the seasons to lighten up your meals. Shed the heaviness of winter and embrace the energy of spring.
I do not remember Dr. Christopher mentioning a Spring cleanse; however, I would encourage you to follow his 3-Day Juice Cleanse to rid the body of any accumulated matter as we transition into a new season. I like to start with the extended herbal cleanse. I make sure I’m following the mucusless diet, and I start the Lower Bowel formula and Kidney formula. After a week, I add the Liver & Gall Bladder formula, and I start eating more raw vegan meals and some blended
meals. The third week, I add the Blood Stream formula and do at least 1 day of juices, preferably the 3-Day Juice Cleanse, then I start adding back raw vegan foods and slowly transition back to the mucusless diet.
Clear out the heaviness of winter by cleansing your
system and getting it ready for the vital, energizing warmth of spring and summer.
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