Preparing my body for spring is my favorite thing to do! It’s all about renewing, shedding excess layers, and creating space for new growth. All of that is exciting as we get to lay the groundwork now for the rest of the seasons. The foods we eat, how we exercise, and how we care for our health is all affected by the changing seasons. Spring is a transition from the restfulness of winter into the vibrant growth of summer.
1. Add in more sun-reaching, tender vegetables to your diet. Think of plants that reach up, as opposed to the rooted winter veggies like potatoes and carrots. Baby kale, bok-choy, collards, asparagus are all good options to start off the salad season. Eating raw plants is literally feeding your body ‘life force’- all of the nutrients and cells of the plant go directly into your system and fill you with life energy.
2. Begin to awaken with the earlier rising sun. The now active birds can certainly help with this. All of nature works with the natural cycles of daylight except for humans. We force artificial light when it is dark outside and change our clocks so that our natural circadian rhythm no longer functions as it should. Try to see how it feels to rise closer with the timing of the sun.
3. Incorporate more twists into your yoga practice. It’s time to “wring out the dishrag” as I like to say in class. Squeezing and compressing the internal organs allows freshly oxygenated blood to flow to them and to release stagnant energy, creating spaciousness.
4. Purge! Your clothes closet, your kitchen cabinets and even your bookshelf. Go through and discard items that are weighing you down physically or emotionally. They call it “spring cleaning” for a reason. Take it literally this year and really make some space in your life to make room for the new!
5. Eat less. Yes, I said it. We no longer need the extra calories that were once used to keep us warm during the long winter months. It is time to lighten up and that means less food at each meal. I feel best when I eat several small meals spread throughout the day and keep my later meals small.
How do you prepare for spring?