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Notes from IIN’s Founder: Spring Detox Your Routine for Health and Happiness

April 16, 2013

Joshua Rosenthal, Founder, Director, and Primary Teacher, of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, shares his wisdom about creating a healthy, happy life that helps transform the world.

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal. You can see the first signs outside –green leaves, growing grass, and early flowers blossoming.

This season is also commonly thought of as a time for cleansing. Many people decide that they are going to go on a fast or detox, especially if they have put on weight during the winter months. Some clean clutter from their homes. Others transition into a new job or career.

I’ve been working in the field of nutrition for more than 25 years, and I know that being healthy is a daily practice. So is living a life that you want.

You can think of spring as a time to renew all of your biggest dreams and goals. Start planting the seeds of your dreams to make them happen. But you need to take daily action to make progress.

Long term fasting is not an effective way to get progressively healthy. It tends to do more harm than good. If you want to change the way you eat, make one small, significant change. For example, add greens into each meal. Prioritize this, and see how your energy changes.

As it is with your health, you can’t become successful in a new career overnight.

If you want to transition your career to health coaching, start by breaking your goal down into smaller action steps. If you’re in the Health Coach Training Program, prioritize your assignments. If you are starting your practice, make time to do at least two Health Histories per week.

Break through procrastination by putting your long-term goals first. You may have hobbies or activities that you need to put on hold temporarily. Just put them in the parking lot. You can get back to them when you make some progress.

Be a detective. Do you spend too much time on Facebook or email? If you turned these off, how many hours would you free up? Notice where you spend your time, and see if what you’re doing is helping or hurting your progress.

How will you spring cleanse your routine to move toward your long-term goals?

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