May Day or Beltane, signals the half-way point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in the Northwest, the weather is vacillating between warm-hot days and cooler, cloudy nights. Now is a good time to make some shifts in routine to support ourselves in adapting to the warmer, longer days.
DIET: Mid spring is a good time to make your diet just a little lighter overall (heavy foods like nuts, dairy, wheat and meat you can enjoy less often, and a little less quantity). Add some fresh salads, ideally at room temperature, into your diet, especially good at the mid-day meal when digestion is stronger and raw foods are easier to process. You can make a dressing of cold-pressed olive oil with lemon and fresh pressed garlic and black pepper and salt to taste. Enjoy local organic berries as they become available, and to support your liver, eat more bitter greens (artichokes, kale, collards, mustard) and take bitter herbs like turmeric, burdock and those found in teas such as yogi tea detox. If the tea appeals, try adding in a cup first thing in the morning, until the […]