Source Centre Spring Refresh Guide

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AppleIt is now a time for cleansing, detox and new beginnings. Spring is a wonderful time to undertake a cleanse and we invite you to join us to commit to nourishing yourself with whole foods, connection, and time in nature.

I hope you’ll join us and feel great this spring!

 

Preparation

(for the week leading up to your refreshing cleanse)

  • Hydrate by drinking 6-10 glasses of water daily
  • Up your intake of fresh greens (including kale, spinach, collards, arugula, cucumber, broccoli, bok choi etc.).
  • We encourage you to eat more raw, or, when cooking, to favour steaming and baking foods rather than frying them.
  • Set an/some intention(s) for what you’d like to shift through your cleanse. Acknowledge your common obstacles to living an empowered life.

Cleanse

(April 21st - 28th and beyond)

  • Phase out stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and any kind of drug(unless proscribed by a doctor) for this period so that your liver can properly renew itself.
  • Keep to a vegetarian diet to ‘lighten the load’ for your digestive system, and eat foods in their simple forms, rather than in a refined state.
  • Here is a list of foods ideal to nourishing and revitalizing your body:

Grains

  • Brown Rice
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat

Greens

  • Leafy (Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard, Spinach Arugula, Dandelion)
  • Broccoli
  • Bok Choi
  • Seaweed

 

Vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Turnip
  • Sweet Potato
  • Squash
  • Pumpkin

 

Fats

  • Cold-Pressed + Unrefined Oil (Olive, Safflower, Coconut, Flax, Hemp)
  • Avocado
  • Seeds (Pumpkin, Sunflower, Chia, Sesame, Hemp)
  • Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts)

 

Fruits

  • Pears 
  • Apples
  • Berries

Protein

  • Beans (Adzuki, Mung, Chickpeas, Kidney, Pinto, Black)
  • Lentils
  • Tempeh

 

Complementary Practices

“Cleansing” doesn’t need to be merely a dietary shift, but can involve all areas
of your life. Embrace the momentum of renewing your body with practices
that refresh your relationships, your environment and yourself.

  • Spend time alone and in silence with yourself.
  • Take time to walk in nature, either at the park, by the lake, or in the country.
  • Take a break from watching screens (computer, television or phone).
  • Find ways to express yourself creatively, whether through writing, dancing, singing, or making visual art and crafts.
  • Clean your home/workspace
  • Sleep earlier, and longer.
  • Take your time.
  • Get body work (chiropractic, massage, reiki, acupuncture, cranial sacral etc.)
  • Dandelion (eat fresh greens in salad, or make teas of the dried leaves and root) 
  • Milk Thistle (make tea from the dried root) 
  • Basil (especially wonderful in cooked meals, or shredded into a salad)
  • “Heel” Detox Kit; Homeopathic Cleanse support
  • ReCleanse Herbal Cleanse
  • Wild Rose Herbal D-tox
  • Blessed Herbs Cleansing Kit
  • For Life Natural Foods - 257 Augusta Ave
  • Whole Foods Market - 87 Avenue Rd
  • The Big Carrot - 348 Danforth Ave
  • The Sweet Potato - 2995 Dundas West
  • Tutti Frutti - 64 Kensington Ave
  • The Herbal Dispensary - 409 Roncesvalles
  • Herbies Herbs - 556 Queen St West

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