Triple D Spring Clean

Triple D Spring Clean

Welcome to AH HA Moments and to the official first day of Spring 2014! An ¨Aha Moment¨ is a moment of sudden realization, inspiration or insight. This column is based upon the insights and inspirations of Alyssa Hathaway – (AH) (HA). Alyssa is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor currently living in Quito, Ecuador. Her creative approach to wellness stems from her professional background in the Art and Design Industries.

While I normally jump-start the turn of a new season with a wellness goal, for example, participating in a 30 Day Smoothie or Yoga Challenge, this year, I´m ready to raise the concept of ¨spring cleaning¨ to a new, holistic level. I invite you to join me for the Triple D Spring Clean. Let us be kinder, cleaner and more conscious not only to our physical bodies but also to our minds and homes (a.k.a. our sanctuaries). 

I encourage you to incorporate the 3  `Ds´ — Detachment, Detoxification and Declutter — into your routine. Spring is a great time to start fresh, to bloom, to blossom and to boost your Chi. Maintain these practices beyond this week and month. Transformation begins with tiny, micro-adjustments. Be the change!

Also, honor Bio Individuality. There’s no one-size-fits-all diet – every person has highly individualized nutritional requirements. Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition and cell structure all influence your overall health and the foods that make you feel your best. That’s why no single way of eating works for everyone. The food that is perfect for your unique body, age, and lifestyle may make another person gain weight and feel lethargic. Men eat differently than women, children eat differently than adults, and we all have very different preferences. Our personal tastes and inclinations, natural shapes and sizes, blood types, metabolic rates and genetic backgrounds influence what foods will and won’t nourish us. Simply stated, steer clear of comparison. Honor yourself — you are unique!

I´ve created a mini guide below that provides several suggestions and resources to get you started. I will check in again next week with more tips and perhaps even a few flavorful recipes to keep you inspired!

Triple D Spring Clean

1. DETACH the mind from negative thoughts

Eliminate negative thoughts or those that are not serving you. Break free from patterns that are destructive. It takes 5 positive thoughts to compensate for ONE negative thought or belief.

Create a daily mantra. Start simple:

My breaths will be deep and my heart will be open
My breaths will be deep and my heart will be open.
My breaths will be deep and my heart will be open.

2. DETOX the body

  • Practice 12 hour daily fasts between the time you eat dinner until the time consume something solid the following day.
  • Eat mono meals/simple salads to ease digestion and to amplify the assimilation and absorption of nutrients.

Loren Lockman, the Director of the Tanglewood Wellness Center in Costa Rica, drives this point home in his video ¨Simple Salads for Optimum Health.¨ He states that the fewer ingredients and the better combined they are the easier time your body has optimally digesting the food. Anything that is not fully digested has no chance of absorbing and therefore no chance of assimilating. The body has to work really hard to digest and process food. You want to digest the food so you can reap the benefits of the nutrients. Again, if you don´t digest properly you will not receive the benefits. One cannot be less efficient than working hard and getting nothing from it. You will be surprised at how much more energy you have and how much more you will appreciate the flavors, colors and textures of single ingredients. It´s worth it! Chew slowly and thoroughly. Enjoy the beauty of single fruits and vegetables. Practice the Law of Efficiency.

You can learn more from Loren Lockman directly by watching this video:

3. DECLUTTER the home

Remove 27 items from a different room of your house every day for the next 5 days.

  • Day 1 – Bedroom
  • Day 2 – Kitchen
  • Day 3 – Living Room
  • Day 4 – Bathroom
  • Day 5 – Laundry Room/Office/other

Our homes are a reflection of our insides. The energy in our homes should flow just like you want the energy to flow in your body, your intestines and your lymphatic system. According to Black Sect Buddhist Feng Shui 27 (2+7) adds us up to the number 9 which is a favorable number in China. Every area in your home corresponds to an area in your life, and  you can heal your space just like you can heal you body.

It’s so simple. Just pick up a garbage bag and fill the bag with 27 items. It doesn’t matter whether you give away an item or  throw it away. Just remove 27 items each day and you will feel lighter and fresher.

Additional Tips and References

Create a special space for journaling your intake of foods, habits and thoughts over the next 4-5 days. Open a new word document, Iphone note or purchase a colorful diary. You may be surprised by your actions and be more inspired to change. I´m sure by the next time I check-in on Tuesday, March 25th, you will already feel freer and ready to soar into spring with more vibrancy.

Here are some of my favorite books to keep you on the right track:

Be Fearless. Be Free.

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Alyssa is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor currently living in Quito, Ecuador who has lived and breathed all things wellness-related from a very young age. She began teaching group fitness (Zumba, Kickboxing, Cycling) at the age of 17, has a competitive dance background and spent her young-adult years living between Chicago, Miami and London where she acquired her knowledge of Raw/Living Foods, Yoga (Jivamukti, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Forrest Yoga) and other forms of body-movement including Gyrotonics She has completed a course on Chinese Taoist Health Philosophy and Tonic Herbalism and recently co-founded Restore the First House, a company dedicated to providing the tools and support to restore the body + mind as nature intended. In Fall 2014 Alyssa will launch a nutrition and lifestyle consulting business with an emphasis on Living Foods, Movement, Chinese Herbalism and Essential Oils.

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