Monday, February 6, 2017

Day 11! Detox Done Ubud, Bali

11 days, 10 nights, 0 food. 11 lbs lost, 11 friends gained, and a basket full of new knowledge to bring home. People always ask about my experience here, and it isn't something I can put into a few sentences, let alone even finding the right words. Every trip has been different. Every detox a new lesson learned. In order to know what happens here, to understand this process, you have to go through it yourself. And even then, your experience will be totally different than mine.

This morning we broke our fast with a lovely bowl of papaya. Lovely because it was in star and heart shapes, just for that extra touch of love. We went around the table and shared what we felt was our major high. The consensus of everyone was that the group was the highlight. You know how there is always that one person in the group that either doesn't want to be there, or two people don't get along, or someone is just flat out annoying... well not in this group. Everyone was supportive, holding space for one another, and genuinely caring. It really makes a difference when you have a group like that. Thanks new friends!

Papaya
Before and After - 11lbs/5kilo
The ending group

This entire trip has been rain, except the last few days. The beach was calling my name. NIH is the best in that they just supply a driver for me, and off I was to Sanur beach for a few hours. I didn't do much there, literally sat outside a cafe, ate some lunch, swam, walked around a bit, and went back to Ubud. It was perfect 3 hours.
Two of my awesome drivers on the left, and the two on right
keep NIH looking amazing!

I had a smoothie for lunch and later a bowl of soup. My gut
is like a babies gut. I have to bring in food, nice and easy.

The view outside Genius Cafe

I finished my last day off having dinner at Soma with Ema, John, and Nicole. I had Mini Gado Gado Rolls, basically vegetables wrapped in cabbage. Nicole and I ventured out for some evening shopping and had the best time. Anything for the last sale, we were getting some major steals! The Balinese believe a sale is good luck, so if they haven't had many sales that day, they will sell it to you for nearly free. We were getting sarongs for $2, and Bali pants for $4! Cheap! The ladies would then take the money, and smack the merchandise and bless it, hoping for more sales.

A little store front

Nicole and I at Clear Cafe for one last snack for the night.

PS. I passed a ton of gall stones this morning. LOADS. I feel lighter.

PPS. Thanks friends for reading these little day blogs. I hope you felt inspired to get out of your box and try something new, or at least think about what you eat for your own health. Remember, you are what you eat (or absorb), and if you change your expectations into appreciations, your whole world will change. 

"Never underestimate the power of LOVE. With love, the impossible becomes possible. Love is the only universal language that requires no words to understand. Love is really all that matters in this world. Love and happiness go hand in hand." -NORA


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Day 10 of 11 Letter Burning Ceremony

Tomorrow we break the cleanse. Today was no shakes, but only juice, water, tea, and broth. This was because we were doing the Liver Flush. At 2pm and 4pm we take these herbs, then at 6pm, an epson salt shot, and 8pm, a lime juice/oil concoction (tasted like salad dressing). Immediately following the 8pm oil drink, you lay down on your right side, so that your liver gets coated. In the morning you do an enema and look for the gall stones.

Georgia with our "shots". 

So because we weren't doing shakes, it made for a mellow day. I had my colonic. I went to Gaia, the same place I went to in 2015. I felt their bed side manner was better than Cacoon. The nurse there said that I didn't have a lot coming out, but that is normal for someone who has detoxed three times, and eats a clean diet.  She also said I was gassy. HA! Like I didn't know that Lady. I fart in my sleep for goodness sake!

Tonight, to have a final release of letting go, the group had a Letter Burning Ceremony. We wrote letters to whoever we chose, whether that be ourselves, family, exes, fear, the unknown, and then we burn then. It's a beautiful ceremony, especially at the end of the detox. I have attached pictures to explain some of the process.


The entrance to the ceremony space

As we walked in, Mada was singing prayers.

You can see my letters in front of me, and the bowl in the center is
where they get burned, as well as where the offerings go.

Mada blessing me.

You put a bracelet on after the blessing. When the bracelet
falls off, that is when you have "let go".
 After the blessings, each person then gives three offerings to the Gods. You put the offerings into the fire; rice, flower petals, and..... Honestly, I wasn't sure what the other thing was, and I wasn't about to raise my hand and ask. Then Mada prays for you, as you meditate on your ancestors. You put your letters into the fire, and continue to meditate as the Gods take them away. Afterward, we all take some of the ash with tongs and put it in a coconut. There is a river next to our retreat that we emptied the ashes into, so that they are taken out to sea. Isn't that awesome!?

Selfies after ceremony!

It was dark so the lighting isn't the best. The group had 12, but some where on 7 day detoxes,
and Michael left today.

Mada and I after ceremony. This man is a jack of all trades.
He is building his own home, has many degrees, and just knows
how to do just about everything!

Tomorrow is the final day, last blog will be short and sweet! ox 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Day 9 of 11

THE SUN CAME OUT! What a difference a little sunshine makes. We started our morning with a lovely walk. Good conversation and beautiful scenery, makes for one amazing hour on your feet.

Rice Fields

Ducks with a local cafe next door that uses their eggs.

Graffiti on the trail

Afterward, we headed to our last Steam & Sauna. I did three sessions of sauna and cold pool, and then went and got a sun burn, literally. It was glorious.

Beautiful Pond area at the Spa

Red Dragonflies are rare to see.
Read here about them.

No workshops today, so in the afternoon I went and did some shopping. I stopped by a cafe called Habitat, which is near the monkey forest. I got a juice there, but was sitting next to two men eating Pad Thai. The smell alone made my stomach grumble. I seriously had the devil on one shoulder, and angel on the other thing going on in my head.
Devil:  "Do you smell that?  Get it! Push the guy over, steal his plate, and run!"
Angel: "Don't ruin your fast, Cole, look how hard you have worked!"
Devil: "It's your favorite food. THAI! I can see your salivating, EAT IT! Take his plate and just shove your face in it!"
Angel rolling eyes

*sigh
I drank my pineapple, mint juice and went on my way.

Two more days. Easy Peasy


Friday, February 3, 2017

Day 8 of 11: Kitchen Workshop

Another rainy day. I saw the sun for 10 short minutes, even skipped yoga just so I could enjoy it. Today was spa day. I got my nails done, and a facial, thanks to lovely NIH for treating me!

Georgia and I had our one on one session. We talked a lot about histamine. Considering that I have Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a chronic allergy disease, in which white blood cells (Eosinophils) show up in the esophagus triggered by food allergies, it would make sense to check out my histamine levels. If one has high histamine levels, most likely they will have high levels of Eosinophils, as it's been shown that high histamine increases your Eosinophil levels.
That's a lot of E words.  Enough!

Georgia and I discussed how to get the histamine levels down. Diet is a big factor, as all foods contain histamine, some more than others. The biggest to avoid would be fermented foods and meat that has been sitting out, or leftovers. The longer the unfrozen meat has sat in the package at the grocery store, the worse. As it sits, the histamine rises. There are other foods to avoid as well, and I'll eat those in moderation, but FRESH is always best.

I am adding Quercetin to my supplements. This helps reduce the histamine in the body. Slippery Elm and digestive enzymes will also be added to my daily smoothies to help with inflammation and leaky gut, at least for the first month after my cleanse.

Anyway..... after our one on one, we had the Kitchen Workshop. This was great! It was a new class, that hadn't been offered before and it really opened up my brain to so many fun and exciting things to try. I recently bought a dehydrator, and had been using it mainly for drying out my activated nuts, but flax seed crackers here I come, (and so many other recipes!) We learned how to make cashew yogurt, although fermented (a no-no for my new diet), it looked really yummy.  Unfortunately we can't try it until the last day when we break the cleanse. We also learned about other gut happy tools, like bee pollen, moringa, gelatin, and how to make your own sweet gelatin treats! It was a great workshop. I should have recorded it! I'm super excited about trying the bell pollen. It comes in granules, and it's cheap over here. I'll be stocking up and hoarding it back in my suit case. It's great on oatmeal, yogurt, chia pudding, etc.

No pictures. Sorry guys. But the sun is out (It's day 9 as I write this), and I'm going out to play in it!

xo

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Day 7 of 11: Ida High Priestess & the Hindu Mafia

Yes...that says 11. I realized that the detox is actually 11 days, 10 nights. 

*NOTE: This entry is mostly images, so if you don't see them in your email, go here.

Today was a big day. I didn't get much sleep last night due to the pounding rain on my roof, but I got up early for another Campuhan Ridge Walk. This time, it was a bit more wet. Just a bit.


Flash Flood Rains
Group shot for the morning walk.

Bali dude.
Papaya Tree



After our hour long, flash flood, rain storm of a walk, it was time to see Ida. Ida is a the youngest High Priestess in Indonesia. You can read her story here. 

Today, for the third time in my life, I had a water purification ceremony from Ida. Each experience has truly been it's own. She is such a beautiful human. I always feel the biggest release after the ceremony, and today felt spectacular. The biggest difference about this experience was what happened during the 40 minutes of meditation before the water pouring started.

We sat on our meditation pillows while Ida sang the prayers and song. She blessed the water, while we meditated with her. About 10 minutes in, three of the holiest looking old dudes walked into the room. Each had a staff. They wore long robes, and their hair was up in buns on the crown of their head. They wore multiple large rings and necklaces, and had white stringy beards. These men didn't just walk into the area, they made an entrance. Kind of like a slow saunter, each one left about 3-4 feet between them, single file. They walked to a point, and then right faced toward Ida. After doing a few things behind a wall, they came back out, and found a spot up higher on some stairs. They sat cross-legged, like us, so I figured they were joining the meditation. Nope. The three holy dudes, started to chat. Like we weren't even there. Just bullshitting while we tried to concentrate on Ida and the meditation. One started smoking. One took a phone call after his cell phone rudely rang three times. It was straight up like the Hindu Mafia just walked in. Ganstas.

After the emotional ceremony, we usually go and meditate more with Ida, but apparently these men were the highest of priests, and Ida had to give them her attention. Dewey, one of our hosts, said that the way they behaved is why so many people appreciate Ida. She has respect, and is humble, where as these dudes, they left an impression of not giving a shit, (I'm sure they do, but I was baffled by their behavior).

Ida blessing the water for the ceremony.
Hindu Priests (seriously though, the Hindu Mafia)

The group with Ida in the center

They have two monkeys that hang out in
the temple. Georgia, and Dewey, playing with
one of the girl monkeys.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Day 6 of 10

Feb. 1st, a new month, and a month with one of my favorite holidays, Valentines day! I call this the LOVE MONTH, and not just love for your family, friends, or that special person, but most importantly, for yourself.
I return so often to Natural Instinct Healing not only for the detox; the reset of my body to help with allergies, but also because every time I leave here, I find the courage to love myself again. Sometimes I forget. I think we all do. We get bogged down by the daily stresses of life. We compare ourselves to others, especially on social media. We get dumped. We listen to our inner voice that shames us, calls us names, or tell us how stupid we are when we've done something dumb. NIH resets that for me. After my first detox, I hadn't ever really felt that love for myself. I can't credit NIH for all of it, as Everett was a HUGE factor in leading me into self-love, but this process, really reminds me of how important self-care is in order to keep that self-love going.



Today began with a lovely yin-yoga class. Yin-yoga is similar to restorative yoga, but harder. You use your muscles and gravity, where as in restorative, you don't, but with both practices you hold the pose for minutes at a time. I think yin-yoga is actually the hardest yoga I have ever done. It doesn't look hard, but holding poses without anything holding you up, is not comfortable. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the class.

I had an appointment with Dr. Adolf Brown. For those that read my first blog with Adolf, he is the doctor who uses Applied Kinesiology to find my food allergies. He was the first doctor to tell me I had a candida overgrowth. While his practice may seem skeptical, he really has helped me immensely. After my first visit with him, I did a two month Candida cleanse, and then continued to avoid sugar/yeast in my daily diet. Today's visit we checked my candida levels. Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm clear! He also said because I've been so healthy with my gut, that peanuts are okay in moderation (I was once told I was allergic). Eggs, chocolate, and pork should be avoided. Pork is a new one for me. I love pork tacos. So we'll see about this dietary no-no recommendation upon returning home. He also told me that he can't check my histamine levels, but there are doctors who can, and it might be wise, due to my sneezing and itchy skin. When we discussed the histamine diet however, he suggested I not go that route, not yet at least.

mmm.... did someone say pork tacos?

It's been raining like this everyday. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Day 5 of 10 Goa Garba

This morning we took a bike ride through the countryside. It was raining, but not the typical Bali tropical rain storm, which we have been experiencing a lot lately, more of just a sprinkle. The bike ride is always my favorite. Being outside of the touristy area, I have seen some funny things while on this bike ride. People pooping in rivers, and then just down the river, teenage boys bathing in it. No joke. This time around, however, I didn't see anything that laughable and/or gross.
For the first time in Bali, I was cold. It felt refreshing. The drops hit my skin, the air against my arms going down hill gave me shivers, but then going back up a hill... I LOVED IT. What is usually pretty easy when eating food, was such a good challenge while detoxing. I purposely wouldn't put my bike into easier gears, to get that extra work out, and my heart rate up.

Group ride, minus 2, in the rain.

One of the stops along the way is the Goa Garba cave. Fascinated by myth and tale, I can't seem to find a well researched story. There is a temple, called Pura Pengukur-Ukuran, a place where all things are measured, i.e., mental, spiritual, and physical strength, and was built in 1100's. The temple was a used for a school, where potential religious leaders could learn. It was divided into three sections. The first was the dormitory/kitchen area. The second section was the educational area. The third was an area for meditation and prayer.

Entrance to the temple Pengukur-Ukuran, Pic taken in 2015 as
it was too gloomy and rainy this trip to get a good shot!

Below the temple, down a hill, is a place called Goa Garba. Goa means "cave" and Garba means "in the belly of the earth". A strong man, with aspirations to be the prime minister of the kingdom, built a separate entrance to the temple, all by himself, that also lead down to Goa Garba (see image with me on stairs). His name was Kebo Iwa. In this cave that he built, he meditated for 42 days without food. It is also that he practiced his war skills, having had to go through a series of challenges before he obtained his physical and spiritual powers. During the training, he defeated everyone. No one could beat him. This is why Goa Garba has become popular for people who want to gain physical and mental powers.

Can you imagine, moving those big slabs of stone by yourself?
Kebo Iwa was one tough dude.
There were many different areas to meditate, but Kebo Iwa did his here.
A little closer of the insides of the cave.

After the bike ride, we had a Conscious Cleanse workshop. This workshop goes over the emotional and mental side of our health. What are we afraid of? What is holding us back from our fullest potential? How can we ignore the inner critic in our head? Lola lead us through a meditation, then asked us questions, and we answered them in our journal. The biggest solutions to most of my fears/issues, s and has always been, self-care. Exercise, eating the foods that nourish me and ignoring the ones that make me sick, daily affirmations when I feel like I'm not enough, or I'm afraid I am going to fail. Playing! We, as adults, forget that play is so important! 

Lola also talked a lot about blame and making choices. When we blame others for why we are the way we are, it takes away our power. Stop blaming everyone, and instead, look in, and get honest with yourself. The only person who has the power to change you, is you.

Now on to the dirty stuff. To end my day, I had a colon cleanse. I decided to get one early in the retreat because it feels like something inside me is blocking my enemas. The night before, I finally did have some stuff come out of my bum, but not my usual. So during the colon cleanse, I thought for sure I would get a big load. However, the place I went, wasn't my favorite due to the lady who did the procedure on me. The center is called Cocoon, and it's beautiful, something out of the Jetsons. It has a gorgeous view out the back, and the inside of the building felt like something from the future, with its white lights between the beams, and rock pathways. I'll take a picture next time I'm there. I was brought into a room, and told to strip down from the waist, and put on a robe. The lady went over the process, but I couldn't understand a second of her English. In the past, it was a slow process, but we did four fills, and it was over in less than 10 minutes. Each fill being approximately 2 liters of water, and then letting out the water, while pushing on my tummy, and "watching" the stuff go down the tube. But there was one problem, I couldn't see the tube, so I had no idea if stuff was coming out. Each fill felt like I had IBS the entire time. That chilly, yucky sensation of having to get to the toilet or your ass is going to blow... yeah, that feeling. The last fill, I felt like she didn't really let it all out. She instructed me to go to the bathroom, and I was in there for 20 minutes, pooping water, and no toilet paper. Seriously. I was using paper towels, and cursing her. I also pooped water and small bits of mucoid plaque up until I went to bed. The lady never came back to check on me, nor talk to me about what came out, or her thoughts, etc. She was not my favorite. I asked Lola, and apparently another girl here had the same bad experience, so Lola is going to go have a talk with said lady. Lola always saves the day.

I'll leave you with the quote of the day on our inspirational board:

"Let today be the day you love yourself enough to no longer just dream of a better life, let it be the day you act upon it." -Steve Maraboli





Monday, January 30, 2017

Day 4 of 10

What a difference a day makes. I slept in until 5:30 am, instead of my usual 4:30 am, and then went on a walk in the rain. My energy level felt pretty good, given I have only had a couple glasses of juice and detox shakes, the last three days. When I say shake, what I really mean is, a bland tasting, bentonite clay drink, with psyllium husk, little bit coconut water and an even smaller amount of juice. Bentonite clay is a naturally-occurring, microscopic volcanic ash. It generates and maintains a very strong electromagnetic field, which allows it to attract and hold unwanted, toxic substances, so they can be eliminated out of our bodies, via an enema while detoxing. Psyllium husk is a natural, water-soluble, gel-producing fiber which is extracted from the husks of psllyium seeds. It encourages optimal colon functioning and helps get the gunk out too! We drink 4-5 of those a day and then end the day with broth. Some people LOVE broth, and sip down two bowls, I am not one of those people. Just the smell of broth makes me cringe. Lola, my host, gives me juice instead. I love Lola.

Broth with limes in it.
Left is detox shake with bentonite clay,
and the small jar is the psyllium husk. Put together, shake, and drink.



My enemas haven't been as amazing as my first two detoxes. Usually I get a lot coming out, but the last two enemas, I'm getting nothing but water. This is discouraging. For those of you who don't know how it works, let me explain. We drink the shakes, it pulls toxins from our intestinal wall, and then we do an enema to get it all out, morning and night. The enema bag has a long tube that you stick up your b-hole, and let the water go inside you. You don't have to do the entire bag at once, just what you can hold. This morning I did a bag and a half, 1/2 bag over three attempts. I did handstands, jumping jacks, massaged my large intestine, and nothing. Georgia, my other host, said that it could be stress. The muscles in my body aren't letting them go, because I'm holding onto a lot of stress. I blame Trump. Effing A-hole.

The day started with yoga together as a group. There is a new yoga instructor here and I want to take her home with me. She is amaaaazing! The last two sessions, I started the class feeling super hungry, but had forgotten that hunger by the end. It's the perfect amount of challenge and relaxation.

Yoga Class


After yoga, we had our nutrition class. We covered macro nutrients.  Protein, carbs, and fats. A few things about each that I think you should know too.

PROTEIN

  1. The faster the animal, the easier to digest. Think fish, chicken, but cows, not so much.
  2. You should have 1 gram protein per 1 kilo of body weight a day.  I weigh about 64 kilos (140lbs), so 64 grams of protein a day is healthy for me.
  3. Complete proteins are from animals, and contain all the amino acids we need, but meat is also acidic, so two days a week, eat vegetarian.
  4. Incomplete proteins include; grain, tofu, nuts, seeds, legumes, vegetables, cheese, and yogurt (preferably unsweetened). With incomplete proteins, to get all the amino acids essential to your body, you need to eat them throughout the day, or combine two more more in one sitting.
CARBS
  1. Simple Carbs, such as white bread, white pasta, white rice, sweets, crackers, chips, etc., try and avoid. These should not be eaten in large amounts because they cause a rapid rise followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar levels. When blood sugar drops, fatigue, hunger, headaches, irritability, and sugar cravings occur. Aka, HANGRY!
  2. Complex Carbs, such as whole grains, (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, corn, jasmine rice, etc,), legumes, beans, peas, soy produce and root vegetables, etc., are better. They increase fiber, decrease blood cholesterol, stabilize blood sugars, regulate your poo, decrease appetite, and help with your energy levels.
FATS
  1. Fat doesn't make you fat. You need fat to burn fat.
  2. Healthy fats; avocados, coconut oil, butter, Ghee, extra virgin olive oil, etc.  
  3. Unhealthy fats; margarine, or any hydrogenated oils. 
  4. Don't listen to the dairy industry. Non-fat dairy, low fat, skim, are NOT healthier choices. The process of reducing the fat strips important nutrients, such as calcium and protein. Most times the fat is replaced with sugar making it completely devoid of healthy nutrition.
My day ended with an amazing session with Lola. We discussed things that I have forgotten about with concerns to self-care. Running two stores, and the second store being it's first year in 2016, made last year a very busy, hard, and stressful year. I haven't been doing the things I really enjoy, or taking time-outs for me. I stopped gardening, making map art, studying Spanish, dancing, or just hiking. I didn't climb one mountain last year in Skagway. NOT ONE! And since I left in October, the busy hasn't subsided. Work, travel for work, and yes, getaways, but I'm still going, going, going! My word for 2017 is MOVE, but here, Lola says it's STOP & BE STILL. That is near to impossible for me. I get bored, antsy, let's go, let's move, hurry up, move along. But I am working on it. We made a lovely plan of prioritizing myself instead of work this spring. Training for a half marathon, delegating more, daily affirmations, letting go of fear (writing letters to it and burning the letters), taking the time to cook for the week. SELF-CARE: It's so much more important than working that one extra hour. And once you make it a priority, everything else seems to be less stressful.

I'll leave you with a few pictures of my walk yesterday. Of course, if you want to see others, you can go to my Instagram account.

Rice Paddy Walk

Ducks in a row.
Chilled out cow that was chewing on grass for hours.



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 3 of 10

Day three is always the hardest for me. Upon waking, my entire body felt like it had a head ache. From my little baby toe, to my head. I hurt. I also felt like I had to vomit for about three hours. I have detox rash all over my arms, and a million bug bites all over my body. Did I mention I am choosing to be here? It's not easy. I'm not on holiday. I'm here to do some serious hard work, because the outcome is always worth it.

This morning I talked with my friend Mohammed. I wasn't sure where he was in the world, and I was worried he might not get back home. But, he's from Egypt, where Trump still has business ties with that country, so folks from that country are still permissible. Plus I found out Mo actually has a US passport, not just a green card or visa, but I am still worried. What if things just continue to get worse. I got online immediately and started sending money to the ACLU. They have power. They have the means to fight back. I, on the other hand, just have my voice.

When detoxing, emotions come out. I cried this morning for my country. But who am I kidding? It's not because of my detoxing emotions, it's because I'm scared. I cried the day Trump was elected. I cried the day he was inaugurated. I cried today when he wouldn't let human beings back into the country, even ones who were LEGALLY here. I cry because that's how I let out my fear, anxiety, sadness, and disbelief. 

This is how my day started. Sick and scared. But this isn't meant to be a political post, this is my detox experience.

We went to the sauna today for the hot/cold treatment. You get in the sauna, heat up, sweat as much as you can tolerate, and then jump in an ice cold pond. If you don't have a sauna, you can use a hot/cold shower. Why is this beneficial? It's similar to mild exercise, burning 300 calories per average session. It helps detoxify you, increases your energy, circulation, and clears out negative energy. Just what I needed today, except that a few fellow detoxers kept bringing up politics while in the sauna. They were in agreement with my views, lovely people here, but, talking about it was raising my heart rate, and making me feel dizzy. Dizzy because I'm in a hot sauna, with three days of no food, and talking about huge issues. That would make anyone light headed. After three sauna/ice pool jumps, I went and chilled by the pool by myself. 

The place we go to is magical. It's the oldest hotel in Ubud, called Tjampuhan and Spa, built in 1928. You can get lost in the little paths that lead you to pools, saunas, natural springs, etc. If I ever come back to Bali and don't stay at the Natural Instinct Healing, this is where I would want to stay. Absolutely gorgeous.


The right side is the cold pool, left side is hot!

Selfies are not my thing, but here's one of me in front of the Natural Spring Pool.

Just a lovely scene on the path inside the hotel garden.


Other things that we do here? Parasite zapping, massages every other day, workshops, rice paddy walks, meditations, watch documentaries, swim, lay in a hammock, and chill out! Still to come: cultural excursions, bike ride, colon cleanse, liver cleanse, and more workshops. All in our little bubble, safe away from the smells of food and chaos.

NOTE: I fee like my first blogging of this experience is much more thorough, and to avoid repeating myself, I'm just not getting too much into the details this time around. If you are interested in learning more, read my first 14 day cleanse here. (Scroll to bottom and then go up). 




Saturday, January 28, 2017

Day 2 of 10: Digestive Workshop

Bright and early morning of 4:30am. Okay, not so bright, as it's dark here until 6:30am.  They say when you detox your sleeping can be completely opposite of your norm.  My norm is to usually go to bed a few hours before 4 am in the states, and here I'm asleep by 8pm.  I could blame it on the jet lag, the roosters, or all the other little critters waking me up so early, but there is nothing to blame when you actually are enjoying the change.

Today was hard. I'm hungry, and my body aches, and the girl in my yoga class who didn't wear a bra but insisted on inversions was slightly driving me crazy. No one wants to see floppy boobs upside down... gah! I'm hangry, irritable, tired, but that's okay! I'm accepting it.  I'm choosing to be here.

This morning we had the Enema & Digestive workshop. This is one of my favorite workshops. Not only do we get to talk about what comes out of our systems from our enemas, but also where it call came from in the first place. Let's get started, shall we?
Here is what our insides look like, just in case you forgot from health class.

My own chart for educational purposes.  I'm not an artist, and yes that's broccoli, not a shrub.

Looking at my chart, on the left, you see my version of our esophagus, stomach, small & large intestine, rectum, and a happy poop. The image with the fish, apple, and broccoli inside some lines, is your small intestine. On the lining of our intestines is our cellular wall, (the small squares).

#1. The left side of this image shows a healthy side.  Lovely little cells, with nutrients going through them, but nothing else, because the cells are close together. YAH healthy cells!

#2.  On the opposite side, we have a unhealthy cellular wall.  When our cells are so far apart, food can go through, which is what we call Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Your body starts screaming at you that something is in it that shouldn't be, and you get sick! Think IBS, chronic fatigue, allergies, arthritis, joint pain, skin rashes (story of my life!), nutritional deficiencies, thyroid issues, weekend immune system, etc.

What causes our cells to get so wacky and far apart?
  • Stress - Not only mentally/emotionally, but physically as well. For example, over taxing your body and not feeding it properly while training for a marathon.
  • Alcohol - Dude.. moderation people. You don't need an 12 pack in one sitting.
  • Rx - Food is medicine. If you can find a way, try and get off your meds, if you can't, that's okay too.
  • McDonalds and other fast foods - because, duh, it's not really food!
  • Allergens -  In my case; yeast, eggs, chocolate, avocados, dairy, tomatoes, almonds, peanuts. Do you feel sorry for me yet?
Which brings us to #3, and the reason why I was stopped after my first retreat in the grocery store, emailed, and/or texted, by people who read my blog, to see if I wanted to get coffee/tea and talk about poop and mucoid plaque. This stuff is interesting, but super gross. I basically would explain to them all of what I am explaining to you now, but we can still have a tea date when I get back if you want.

*NOTE: Don't click on the link if you don't want to see what it looks like... but I promise not to judge you if you do.

#3.  Mucoid Plaque: When our bodies are being attacked by all these toxins, mucous starts to form, almost like a scab, blocking any nutrients trying to get into our blood stream. No nutrients = you're gonna get sick! The plaque is thick, like rope, and really hard to break. I have my own photos of this stuff from my previous two detoxes.  The first detox being the worst. Most of mine looked similar to what is shown on the link, but I do have one enema where a really disgusting, large, piece of what resembled hard rubber, came out.  You couldn't even cut it, or scratch it. I was in shock that something like that came out of me. Just another reason why I LOVE detoxing every year... I want to let that shit go (quite literally). GET IT OUT!

That's all I have time for today.

Think about this post the next time you eat. They say "you are what you eat," but really, you are what you absorb.

Happy eating!