Spring into action, help and assist the liver. Often looked at as detox, I like to think of it as easing the load on the Liver.
My observations of how we do things in the West is always in extremes and this carries through with food and cleansing. Taoist philosophy and practice connects to all aspects of a food and not just its vitamin or mineral content i.e. its colour, season, action energetically in the body, taste and spirit. These are some of the differences that are looked at when considering easing the load.
If our approach is with compassion and gentleness towards our body, changes and healing takes place at a different level – mostly deeper, as the unwinding of tissue tension allows blood and qi to flow to more cells consistently.
To ease the load firstly cut down on the snacking especially sugars, carbs and extra amounts that you might be having already, even that which is deemed healthy. Increase green tea, water or lemon juice. Cut out alcohol and coffee or reduce to a minimum, again this is individual, I have seen some pretty sick people after they give up these two items when at health retreats, the key is to be gentle yet disciplined, keep a diary if necessary to keep you on track.
Once you have a few days with cutting down on those things mentioned already and you have increased the green tea, lemon juice and/or water you can then look at the following:
Lemon juice upon rising with hot water followed by Green tea Sencha or Matcha. Then eat.
Start the day with steamed greens /Broccoli /Kale /Green beans/Spinach only (blanch with steam 30 seconds)
Keep laptops and phone away from eating place.
40 mins after eating, have water followed by green tea, keep the fluid intake going until lunch.
Lunch same as breakfast except you can have Brown rice with the greens. No soya sauce or flavours with food.
40 mins after eating have water followed by green tea. Keep fluids going in the afternoon.
Then no later than 6 pm, steamed greens again same as morning.
Go easy on fluid at night-time. Have an early night no later than 10 pm.
You can repeat another day or two like this depending on circumstances and what you are looking to achieve.
If you feel you want to go deeper you can. Please then contact myself or a trusted health professional for further help.
This is aimed at a gentle release that can be done several times, instead of a big purge that is strict and seems outwardly to release more. In my experience people who do the strict cleanses end up either obsessed with cleansing or not long after filling themselves back up with the foods and drinks they worked hard to release and eliminate.
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are the greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts you return to the source of being.
Patient with friends and enemies you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself you reconcile all beings in the world.
– Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching