We all seem to be so busy and caught up in life that we often forget where our priorities really should lie. Not only for our own benefit but for those around us. I believe our number one priority is our health, it is priceless and should be invested in no matter what. “Your body is amazing and the only body you will ever have. The same body you have had since you were a baby is the body you will inhabit when you are 75 years old. And along the way- yes it will change, and it will continue to change- but it is still yours. No matter what shape it is, how much you love or hate it, whether it feels tired and worn down or lively and invigorated, your body and its health is the most precious thing you have.” -Cameron Diaz.
I’m sure I am not making any false assumptions by saying at least once in your life you have felt bloated, lethargic, had a skin breakout, been moody, or just all in all felt horrible in your own skin. Honestly it is no surprise with the amount of processed foods floating around in our day to day life. All the myths and conceptions that get tossed around it’s hard to know what is right or wrong, not to mention the toxins that seem to make their way into our bodies daily which effects our metabolism, immune system and behaviour.
Leading up to my retreat, like many people I had a busy month with work, study, training, sports and then trying to maintain a life balance. I was feeling out of routine, bloated, and fluey. Which is why I decided to do a detox when I was away on my yoga retreat. My detox was far less drastic than a lot of the detoxes that hit the market as I am not a strong believer in purging or deprivation. This detox consisted of parts of my usual diet which is no gluten, no refined sugars, no diary, no alcohol, lots of vegetable juices and no meat (prior I was a big meat eater.)
On top of the detox diet I also did yoga every day morning and night, a lot of walking, herbal saunas, and using all of my natural skin care products. I will touch on natural skin care products and the benefits in another post but basically I switched all of my skin and hair product a little at a time over 6 months ago. The reason for this was because I am so conscious of what I put into my body food wise, yet I was using skin and hair care products that are full of chemicals, potentially making drastic changes to my hormones without even knowing. So for me it was to help eliminate toxins in my body.
A regular day for my diet is to eat meat 5 out of my 7 meals a day, so cutting out meat was the most challenging part of the detox for me, but considering all I had to do was order from a menu made it much easier. Research has shown that cutting meats from your diet even if it is once a week can dramatically help change your health. Cutting out meat from your diet one day a week is said to reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease by up to 19% according to a Harvard University study. It also encourages people to increase their intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes in their diets.
After my week of detoxing the biggest differences I found for me was I was far less bloated. I had shape and definition back in my stomach. My skin was glowing and could quite easily go without makeup. My energy levels were through the roof, I found I was eating less food, whether this was because of the detox or the heat and yoga I am not sure. The most exciting thing of all was I found a whole new love for amazing vegetarian Thai food. I am a very routine person so I tend to eat the same thing day in and out especially throughout the working week so eating amazing fresh food with strong flavors and fresh herbs was delicious.
Below was my daily routine throughout the detox:
5:30am – Meditation
6:30am – Ocean swim
7:30am – Fresh lemon and ginger tea
– Oatmeal made with water, topped with fresh fruit
– Egg white omelet, with smoked salmon, and a side of salad.
8:30am – Meditation followed by Asana Yoga for 90-120min
12pm – A shot of Wheatgrass
– Roast Pumpkin salad with seeds and lemon dressing
– Seaweed rolls with vegetables and dipping sauce
– Any other fresh salad normally with pumpkin, sweet potato or rice noodles (for carbohydrates)
3:30pm- Vegetable juice (my favorite = beetroot, green tea, blueberries, ginger, ice)
– A bowl of fruit salad- Watermelon, pineapple, dragon fruit, banana, papaya
– Spirilina balls or nut bars (recipe will be on my blog soon I promise)
4:30pm– 15min meditation followed by 90min Asana Yoga
6pm – Herbal Steam Bath
7pm – Thai vegetable curry with brown or black rice sometimes added tofu
– Vegetable stir fry with glass noodles and tofu
– Green papaya salad
8:30pm- Bed time
I highly recommend anyone to go and take some time out for yourself. This was one of the best experienced I have had and I can not wait to do it all over again. The retreat I went on was Blooming Lotus Yoga Retreat.