Spring Cleaning – to Achieve the Balance Within

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“As no two elements of nature are in conflict so when we perceive the ways of nature, we remove conflict within ourselves and discover a harmony of body and mind in accord with the flow of the universe .”  Kung Fu the Series

Everything happening in the external world is happening within us.

Traditional Chinese Medicine explains it with the Five Elements Theory.

The Five Elements include the internal organs, and the interconnected and interacting relationships between them that can often fall out of balance. The Five Elements Theory describes the changes that continuously occur within our bodies and correlates them with the seasons.

Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal & Water –

The seasons like these elements are in constant movement and change. Simultaneously, these changes are reflected in our inner workings. Just as the elements support and inhibit one another, by aligning ourselves to the present season can provide balance and flow in body, mind, emotions and spirit. Aligning ourselves with nature allows patterns of life to flow gracefully and provides a platform for healing and enhancing our overall well- being.

Spring correlates with wood –

It symbolizes creations and new beginnings.

The Climate: wind

Supports functions of the liver & gallbladder.

The most beneficial Spring foods are dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables ie. Arugula, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale.

Foods that aid detoxification and strengthen the liver include food with sour and pungent flavors.

Sour sources – lemons, limes, vinegar adzuki beans, grapes and mangos.

Pungent sources- onions, garlic, ginger, leeks, scallions, cloves and fennel.

By using the vibrational frequency of nature and the principal of natural law we can help heal and balance our bodies and emotions. Physical exercise and reading can help restore balance too.

Spring has cleansing and detoxification aspect and the perfect time to cleanse the gall bladder and the liver. Time to clear out the old and make room for the new!

The secret is balance.

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Organic vs. Conventional Produce

RobertishereThis past weekend my cousin and I went down to the keys.    On our way down, we stopped at Robert is Here, a local farmer’s market in Florida City.  Everyone stops to get a taste of their famous fruit shakes and gather produce.  We decided we were going to cook our first night’s meal, pick up some fresh fish from one of the local fisheries and produce from Robert’s.  I was all excited to support our local farmers and buy produce that was freshly picked and locally homegrown.  That is of course until we got there and saw the size of the produce we were buying.  That’s right, the size.  Everything seemed to be on steroids!  I thought to myself, there is no way on this earth that these crops could have grown to this size  naturally without being genetically modified in some way.

Here is an example of an organic granny smith apple on the left and one from Robert’s on the right.granny apples

 

carrotsAn organic carrot on top and one from Robert’s on the bottom.

Maybe it’s a bad time of the season but I was also disappointed that everything we bought tasted bland.guananbana

I will admit I did not ask how these crops grew this way but the monstrous size of these crops just seemed to far out to be real.  In truth, I can’t say if Robert’s crops are genetically modified for certain but I do know this …

The food consumed today is far removed from what our grandparents and great-grandparents ate.  In earlier days, all food was “organically grown.”  The soil was rich in nutrients, as well as essential minerals which yielded a more healthful crop.  In today’s world, it is a mystery of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, and genetically modified food that are fed to our animals or sprayed on plants. Resulting in one BIG toxic mess.

key largo viewEating organic might be more expensive, but well worth the money you’ll save on your health, as well as extending your time on this planet.

Take home message buy organic and use whenever possible!

Our Key Largo view to the left : )

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Joycelyn Bejar
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