Winter Detox – Juicing

Yep, it’s cold. And the last thing we usually want to think about as we’re throwing our scarves around our neck and heading out into the elements is a cleansing juice. But apart from the physical benefits of clearer skin, glowing (and puffy-less) eyes, a tummy that doesn’t bloat and of course, an unheard of energy boost, there are amazing spiritual benefits we can glean from replacing even one meal with a plant-based feast.

When you cut the sugar and refined carbs (that includes the morning mocha and turkish toast with honey :-) and replace with a juicy mix of dark leafy green veg, beetroot, carrot, celery, crisp apple, ginger and/or tangy citrus (or whatever veg you feel like!), you’ll also notice a myriad of mental and spiritual benefits:

  1. A clearer mind: as our bodies free themselves from focusing on heavily digestive processes, they’re free to move to our thoughts, our awareness and our mental patterns, helping us to release our limiting beliefs into limitless potential.
  2. A feeling of lightness: sometimes everything feels harder when it’s cold and we rely on heavy, dense foods as a source of comfort. When we give our tummies a rest, we allow a lightness of being to take over our bodies and a natural expansive state opens within us. When we feel lighter physically, we also feel more in-tune energetically.
  3. A slower pace: we’re stressed, busy and usually rushing to get home before it gets darker, colder or starts raining again. Switch to a vitamin and mineral liquid boost and watch your self become calmer, more naturally embodied in your being, and more centred no matter what the situation.
  4. An opening to others: when it’s cold, it’s easy to become contracted. Watch your body language as you move through the day, especially as you rush from the bustop to the office, or from that freezing part of the house to grab your ugg boots (or is that just me??). A simple switch in diet to clean wholefoods and juices can increase your metabolism, decrease the bodymind’s desire to contract and instead, free you into a space of open expansiveness. Just try a 10 minute meditation in the mornings after a switch to juicing and see how your heart opens!

Think it’s too cold for juice? Be generous with the ginger. Ginger (Zinziber officinale) is a fantastic circulatory stimulator with immune-boosting and antioxidant properties. An excellent addition to your diet to give you a warming, nurturing and zingy boost to your day. Happy detoxing.

© Kate Powe

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