March 10th, 2014

5 Ways to Green Your Spring

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Groovy Green Livin Spring

I’m patiently waiting for a sign of spring. Any sign. Waking up to yet another inch of snow this morning certainly didn’t help.

I’m going to have to pretend that spring is almost here. 

Most of us associate spring with a time for starting fresh. Flowers start to blossom and the air carries that wonderful scent of new green growth.  For many spring simply means cleaning out the dirt, dust and disorder that have crept in over the past year.

Here are a few ways that I’m planning to celebrate a green spring when it finally does arrive.

Do a Cleanse

Colon cleansing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to clean out our bodies by removing built up toxins from inside the colon. There are dozens of options available for clearing the colon of this accumulated waste and it’s important to find the solution that works for you.

The cleanse I do each year is a liquid fast for 5 days.  I use a company called Blessed Herbs which puts together a kit with simple instructions for the cleanse. The kit comes in two flavors, ginger and peppermint. I prefer the ginger flavor, but it’s personal preference. There are a lot of  cleanse options out there and it’s important to find one that works for you. Make sure to speak with your physician before doing a cleanse.

Green Your Grilling

At our house it’s not uncommon to find us barbecuing year round. We have been known to trudge out to the barbecue on snowy days just for the sake of a juicy veggie burger. Now that spring is just around the corner break out that grill and make sure you have green grilling utensils ready for use. Also read up on the proper temperature for cooking meat and other food on the grill. Research has shown that cancer-causing compounds are formed when protein foods (meats, poultry, fish) are cooked at high heat.

Green Your Spring Cleaning

Did you know that cleaning product companies aren’t required to tell us what chemicals they use in their products? From cleaning your carpets to your every day cleaning supplies, it’s time to reevaluate what products you’re using and either make your own or invest in safe products from companies that are completely transparent with their ingredient lists.

Invest in a Few Houseplants

Spring is coming and soon the windows will be open. If you’re looking for a simple way to improve your indoor air qualityindoor house plants are the answer. Many common houseplants act as an air filter, removing toxins from the air we breathe.  Here is a list of the Top 10 Houseplants that Clean the Air.

Start Planning a Garden

Over the years I have been very diligent about planting a garden each spring with my three boys. Working together to create a vegetable garden has always been an incredibly rewarding process. Not much can compare to watching children tirelessly dig and craft a garden. If you are interested in planting a garden HERE are a few tips to get you started  this spring.

How do you get ready for spring? Are you going to plant a garden this year?

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4 Responses to “5 Ways to Green Your Spring”

  1. Excellent tips! It seems like Spring might finally be here!

  2. […] Check out Groovy Green Livin blog for amazing tips. […]

  3. We woke up to snow this morning. Ugh! So I’m reading your excellent list and dreaming of spring! :-)

  4. I keep dreaming of spring and the snow keeps coming :)

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I continue on my journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I just might stop to make some noise about issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I fight for a safer world for all of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes in your life can lead to a non-toxic, healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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