Spring

Spring is a great time to cleanse your life.  With warmer weather right around the corner it’s good to start eating lighter foods.  Fruits and vegetables will start to come into season that will help with this change.  Add strawberries to your breakfast, lemon to your water, beets, asparagus, and artichokes to your meals.

It can also be a good time to clean out your home and get rid of excess.  If you haven’t used it in over a year consider donating it.  Once you begin to feel the warmth, planting new life can be a great thing to do in the spring time.  Don’t have room, don’t worry just take a trip into nature and enjoy the new blooming plants.

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Artichokes

Artichokes are in the thistle family.  They have been grown for centuries in various regions.  Optimal growing time for the Northern Hemisphere is March, April and May.

Artichokes are very beneficial to your health.  They promote digestion through increasing the bile flow which aids in digestion of fats.  And also aid digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  They’re a powerful antioxidant that can help with cancer prevention.  Eating artichokes can lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.

Artichokes can be boiled or steamed.  Cut the sharp tips and stem before you cook.  When the leaves in the center pull away easily, it’s done.  You can enjoy either warm or cold.

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