Get a fit start to spring with Mario Valentić !

Read tips from Healthyfit by Mario Valentic  on how to look forward to a healthy and fit spring.

Eight or so years ago, the beginning of spring would inevitably be accompanied by my biggest woe of early springtime – allergies.  Since we can’t do anything to avoid spring, the only thing that remains is to work hard on self-improvement and become the best possible version of ourselves that we can be. This is how, one year, I opened the ˝door˝ to a whole new world of information that had previously been unfamiliar to me. The turning point was Dr Alejandro Junger’s book ˝Clean˝, after which I decided to do my very first detox.

The results were surprisingly positive, and my allergy symptoms got a whole lot better – actually, they were almost completely gone! What’s more, I got a fantastic boost of positive spring energy. This is how doing a detox programme became my yearly ritual, one that helped me reset my body, cleanse myself of negativities and establish synergy between my body and mind. As it usually goes, in the end I even became thankful for having had problems with allergies, as this had opened up new horizons for me and helped me establish a healthier way of living.   When people want to know why I do this detox programme and ask me to compare it to something simple, I like taking cars for an example. At least once a year, you take your car for maintenance to help it run as smoothly as possible. Now, ask yourself what an effect a good ˝spring cleaning˝ would have on your body!

People often have an aversion to food that they don’t usually eat, or can find it difficult to adapt to the three-week programme. Actually, this all boils down to them not having the necessary willpower. What I can tell you is that meals can be very delicious even without meat, and that smoothies (which can also be prepared with water and without bananas) can be a hearty dinner, just like soup can.  To make the programme even more effective, include hot and cold showers, which are a very fun and healthy habit to have. I also started jumping on the trampoline, which soon became one of my favourite things to do in my gym. Also, you can use breathing exercises to eliminate quantum poisons, which are perhaps the leading cause of disease.

It is important to stress that you might lose some weight during the detox programme. Some athletes shed a lot of pounds, but this needn’t worry you as weight loss does not imply a loss of strength.  It’s even possible that your strength will improve, and that your aerobic capacity will become better. If you’re bothered by the idea of losing weight, bear in mind that the pounds will return when you complete the detox programme and get back to your ˝normal˝ diet.

When it comes to breathing exercises, here are some guidelines: you can perform them either in a sitting position or lying down, as long as you are relaxed and able to invest the necessary mental effort into doing the exercises. After you have settled down in a comfortable position, connect with your breath – feel your entire body filling up with fresh air. Do this for two minutes. Next up is breath conditioning, which means you have to breathe calmly and deeply and bring your maximum inhalation and exhalation point to awareness. Then start connecting movement with breath by lifting your outstretched arms to shoulder level while inhaling, and then slowly lowering them.  Finally, continue breathing lightly and fluidly for a while longer, and then open your eyes when you’re ready.

If you’re still vacillating about whether or not to do the detox programme, here’s a tasty Carob Frappuccino recipe that’s bound to sway you towards saying yes.

1 ½ cup of almond milk (or rice milk)

2 teaspoons of carob powder

1 small piece of celery root (peeled)

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons of soaked (or sprouted) buckwheat

3 dates or 2 teaspoons of raisins

Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you don’t have a powerful blender, grate the celery before blending (from the book ˝Detoks program od A do Ž˝- Dunja Gulin and Mario Valentić)

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