Simple Daily Practices To Transform Your Health Happiness


It can be really hard to pick up new habits. Though, I think it tends to be easier if you are already engaging in some “disruptive behavior”. Ooooh! Sounds so naughty! This is one reason that I include some simple, yet highly effective, daily practices into any period of intentionally “disruptive” cleansing. Not only does the motivation to do them come a little easier, they also tend to stick around a lot longer after the fact!

I try to give some extra love to the major elimination organs of the body, during any period of cleansing (and really most any time is a good time to keep these guys clean as can be). So here they are in all their purifying glory:

  • Skin Your skin removes water soluble and fat soluble toxins. To keep it clean take in sunlight and sweat through exercise or sauna.
  • Lungs We exhale out body fluid through our breath and breathing out gases in our body. It is important to keep the lungs clean by taking in clean air and consciously purging the stale air in our lungs.
  • Kidneys Your kidney removes water-soluble toxins through urine. Good clean drinking water, and lot’s of it, can help to flush toxins that may accumulate in the kidney.
  • Colon The colon removes the fat-soluble toxins. Keep the colon healthy by eating fiber rich, unprocessed foods and having healthy bowel movements.
  • Tongue A coating (white, green or yellow) on the tongue is an indication of an imbalance in the digestive system and typically toxic build up. Scraping that junk out of the mouth before ingesting food or water is a great way to keep a suprising amount of toxins out of your body.
  • Brain Ok, not quite an “elimination organ”, but good to pay attention to this one! It is believed that your brain consumes upwards of 5,000 media messages daily. These messages are just about anywhere you look, but are especially pervasive on the television, radio, online, print media, billboards—etc. Best you can, try to limit your exposure to some of these channels, and see how you react. It may be tough at first, but once you get past the withdrawals from constant stimulation, you may find yourself sinking into the beautiful bliss of your own thoughts and wisdom!

As a bonus— here are some of my favorite Ayurvedic practices that keep elimination organs radiant!


Warm water with lemon first thing in the morning

This one is stupendous! After cleansing your mouth: teeth, tongue and gums, add some warm water to the juice of one fresh squeezed lemon. This simple step is a great way to start the day off right—which encourages us to remain on course for the rest of the day! If you want to be absolutely crazy (in a good way) add a sprinkle of organic cayenne pepper. It will wake you with a zing!


  • Lemons are packed with vitamin c and potassium, both of which are good for the immune system, optimal brain function and clearer skin.
  • Lemons are very alkaline, thereby balancing acidity in the body, which if left unbalanced can teeter over into inflammation and disease.
  • Lemons and warm water aid digestion.
  • Lemons and lime are high in minerals that loosen toxins from the digestive tract.
  • Lemons act a s a diuretic, so they speed up the process of releasing toxins from the body.


Belly breathing to wring out the lungs

Just taking the opportunity to take some really deep full breaths with a deep full exhalation can do wonders for wringing out the lungs.

Pay attention to your breathing—try it right now! What do you notice? I bet it is pretty shallow and coming more from your chest rather than deep in your belly. That shallow breathing can leave the lower lungs with a lot of stale air. Take a d-e-e-p full breath, one that makes you belly stick way out, and then let all that air out. W-a-y out. Open you mouth wide, squeeze your belly in, stick your tongue out — get that air out of there! Repeat, repeat, repeat!


Morning Pages

This comes from Julia Cameron’s most awesome book The Artists Way. Spend some dedicated time in the morning writing stream of consciousness thoughts, without judgement (wonderful while sipping your warm lemon water!). Be sure to put pen to paper, rather than use the computer.

It’s good to limit this activity to a set amount of time or a set number of pages. I think 15 minutes or three pages is optimal. Let your mind go wild, release all the jumbled thoughts that are kicking around to the page.  This will do wonders to keep your mind fresh and clear, ready to start your day! You may choose to write about your dreams and spend a little time trying to interpret what your subconscious might be trying to tell you. Either way this sweet little practice can bring a lot of clarity and calm to the rest of your day by giving yourself the opportunity to tap in and be mindful.

These are just a few suggestions for optimal health and happiness! I have many more included in my Spring Cleanse. Details coming soon!


You - So Fresh, So Clean

2013-12-27 15.40.32 Oliver and I just finished up a 10 day elimination diet and cleanse that I put together and plan on conducting with groups this spring. We both felt so stellar throughout the process — not to mention slimmer, healthier, more energetic, empowered, and serene! I thought it would be a crime not to share some of the basics with you all. One of the things I appreciate most about cleansing, is the opportunity to remind myself that I have control over the inside of my body. I may not be able to control what is going on in the topsy turvy world around me, but I can control what I feed my body, mind, and soul. Being very conscious of this fact brings such freedom!

On top of that, I tend to experience the following when cleansing:

  • Freedom from sugar!
  • Freedom from caffeine!
  • Boundless energy and vitality (especially in the morning)
  • Connecting to my intuition, creativity, wisdom.
  • A lightness to my step, feeling longer and leaner.
  • Clear eyes, a sharp mind, and a more open heart.

These awesome benefits happen every time, some more profoundly than others.

Taking 10 days to practice self control, prioritize self care and to be very intentional about what I put into my body, leaves me feeling centered and completely empowered! Plus, each time I cleanse a new positive habit tends to stick around—which is a major win!

So what did we actually do? We did a 10 day elimination diet and ayurvedic cleanse. The elimination diet basically took out all the usual suspects:

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Caffeine
  • Sugar
  • Processed Food
  • Meat
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Negative Thinking

I know what you’re thinking…"what the heck did you eat ?!”

A lot! I will post this week with a few tasty recipes that we included in our cleanse. This cleanse is based in ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in the bodily systems through diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. In ayurveda, the health of the digestion track is key. The Ayurvedic cleanse consisted of simple daily practices to keep the major elimination organs clean. Those being the:

  • Tongue
  • Skin
  • Lungs
  • Kidney
  • Colon
  • Mind

I will share a couple of practices in the next couple of days to help keep you clean - clean - clean! Oh! And, all this healthy eating was in preparation for a three day Juice Fast. Intermittent fasting has so many wonderful benefits for your health. Additionally, it is a wonderful practice in self control and self awareness. While juice fasting I tend to experience the most wonderful clarity and confidence in my self and my decision making. I feel closer to who I am and what I want. I highly recommend trying a fast so that you can experience the benefits yourself!

Oliver and I had a really positive experience, and over the next few days I will share with you some of my favorite parts!

Stay tuned for more details!