Part 4 – The Low Down on Cleansing

The Low Down On CleansingThe Fiji cleanse was quite a roller coaster ride.  I thought it would be easy as we were eating a really healthy, clean whole food diet.  Having said that, I had developed a few bad habits that made cleansing really challenging.  The first was cappuccinos.  I used to have 3-4 cups per week.  I had managed to get my self up to two cups a day, so it was now 14 per week.  The other daily habit I had developed was a small piece of bread with breakfast.  It’s funny how easy it is to justify if it’s only one a day, but those bad boys added up and I paid the price.

Starting the Cleanse

The night before the cleanse was due to begin, we had dinner.  We were served a buffet of sliced raw vegetables, raw hummus, lettuce, stir fry vegetables, soup and fish.  I passed on the fish but ate a very generous size of everything else.  I thought if I wasn’t going to eat for five days and only exist on juices, I’d better stock up.  Turns out, this was not a very good idea.  The next morning for breakfast, there was fruit, sliced vegetables, hummus, lettuce and dressing.  Again I loaded up.  We then headed off to the do the pole climb.  Lunch was also more of the same. Beyond lunch there was no more food…

During the lunch break, Jurgen and I headed off for our colonics.  I had a light headache during the pole climb, but didn’t think much of it.  It was pretty hot so I just put it down to a little dehydration.  After the colonic, the headache became much worse.  By the time we headed back to the main hall for the evening session, my head was pounding.  I began to feel very unwell and was ill several times.  I felt so unwell that I had to head back to our room.  I was sick again and then I got into bed.  I was quite shocked at how much food I had thrown up and how terrible I was feeling.  I realised was eating way more than my body could digest.

Day Two

The Low Down On CleansingI managed to sleep right through the night and woke up with another headache.  I was still feeling nauseous and very drained.  We headed over for breakfast, which consisted of fresh juice.  After taking exactly 2.5 seconds to drink that, breakfast was over.  Given that I was still feeling so unwell, I don’t think I could have eaten anything anyway.  As the day went on we were served one very small thing every few hours.  These included juices, wheatgrass shots, Udo’s oil, smoothies, savory smoothies, or clear broth.  It’s surprising how your body stops being concerned with eating while you are cleansing.

Coffee – The Natural Enemy Of Cleansing!

During the morning session our leaders asked how everyone was feeling.  Another lady was also in a bad way.  Coffee was a hot topic and I started realize how it was playing a role in what I was now experiencing.  My body was releasing toxins into my blood stream.  My 14 cups of coffee each week were suddenly in the forefront of my mind.  I thought at this stage if I was feeling so unwell, that my body was working hard to get rid of it all. The colonics and drinking lots of salt water and electrolyte water was helping to flush the toxins out too.  It was going to be a waiting game. I knew I would have to start feeling better soon.

Rest, Rest, Rest

I was tired but this is quite normal during a cleanse.  We were told to rest a lot and take it easy.  Walking and jumping on the mini trampolines for a short while was fine.  Any heavier exercise was discouraged.  If you exercise too much during a cleanse, your body can release toxins much faster into the blood stream.  You can literally drop to the floor. There was no need to tell me twice, take it easy and napping became my mantra!

Perfumes, Deodorant & Moisturizer

The Low Down On CleansingWe were also advised not to wear deodorant or perfumes. They can stop the body from releasing toxins from the armpits and through the skin.  People can also be quite sensitive to smell while they are cleansing. I stopped using them and found that a quick wipe under the arms with a damp paper towel removed any musty smells! When we came off the cleanse I did start to use deodorant again.

Day Three – Yeah!

By the third day, I was feeling great.  I felt sorry for the others in our group who had started feeling unwell.  The more we were learning about our health and wellbeing, the more we started to really understand the benefits of cleansing. Each time we were served a small juice, I found myself savoring it slowly.  The flavours became really intense and I felt really full.

I was happy to learn that we were on the right track with our food and smoothies.  There was going to be a few small adjustments going forward but for the most part, we were doing everything we needed to do to create real health.  I was surprised that only on two occasions did I think about food.  When I really checked in with my tummy to see if I was hungry, I wasn’t and the feeling passed.

Day Five – Coming Off The Cleanse

By the fifth day we were ready to start coming off the cleanse.  How you come off a cleanse can be more important than the actual cleanse itself. It was recommended that we eat small raw food meals. The only thing I wanted was lettuce with a little dressing.  This is all I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire day and I was full.  The lettuce tasted amazing and I didn’t want anything else.   I didn’t really want to stop cleansing.  I was feeling so good; my skin was fantastic and had a lot of energy.  I wasn’t thinking about my next meal anymore.  My stomach had flattened and I felt I had released a bit weight.

The Low Down On CleansingFor the rest of our event in Fiji, I was eating a very small portion of stirfry veggies and greens at each meal. They were delicious.  We also had wheatgrass shots and Udo’s Oil. I realized that I had been eating most of the right types of food in the past, I’d just been eating too much of it.  I couldn’t eat anywhere near what I had been able to before the cleanse.  I’ve changed my dinner plate to a side plate.  That seems to be the perfect size for me now.

I’d Definitely Do It Again

I was happy that we did the cleanse in a controlled environment.  I think if I’d felt so unwell without the support, I would not have continued the cleanse.  The leaders were amazing.  On arrival back from Fiji I’d released 4kg.  I was starting to get a little cuddly before the cleanse so this was a nice added bonus.  I also tried coffee on two occasions since we’ve been back and found I didn’t like it any more.  This was completely unexpected!  I’ve also had no interest in bread.  When preparing our meals, I’m making sure at least 70% of the plate is water rich, raw food.  I’ve also starting making healthy raw soups again.

Checklist For Life In the Real World

Here are few changes I’ve made since coming back from Fiji:
•    Use smaller plates and be aware of portion sizes.
•    Make more raw veggie breakfasts.
•    Use Udo’s Oil for my skin and to help remove toxins.
•    Use healthy fats and oils to promote great brain function.
•    Colonics every three months for colon care.
•    Do a yearly worming and parasite cleanse.
•    Complete a cleanse at least once year.
•    Daily probiotics are important – use different ones.
•    Drink water – hydration is key to every function of the body.
•    8-9 hours of sleep a night is perfect for me.
•    Exercising daily is oxygenating my blood and cells.
•    To love my body and give it want it really needs to be well.

Some of the things we had during the cleanse were:
•    Watermelon and lemon juice
•    Almond and avocado smoothie
•    Clear vegetable broths
•    Spinach soup – yum!
•    Wheat grass shots
•    Udo’s Oil
•    Savory juices such as freshly blended celery and tomato
•    Proboitics
•    Salt water
•    Electrolyte water
•    Water

Did you like what you’ve read?  Leave a comment below about your experiences with cleansing, I love to know what you’ve experienced.  If you feel this was valuable share it with your friends and family! Have a fantastic weekend!

With love & gratitude,

Nikki xx

Part 3 – Udo’s Oil – Best Beauty Secret Ever!

Udo's OilDuring our Fiji cleanse, we learnt all about oils and fats that can heal your body.  We have always included natural oils and fats into our diet.  It was great to know that we were on the right track.  We also discovered that some oils can heal the body and some can damage the body.  So depending on what you choose to eat and how you prepare it, your food will either nourish your body or break it down.

Your body needs healthy fats and oils for every cell to function properly.  They help to increase your energy levels and metabolic rate.  They nourish your hair, skin and nails so you’ll look fabulous.  They can even help to lift depression.  They can lower your blood pressure and balance your emotions.  Healthy oils actually help to burn fat.  One point that really jumped out to me:

Your Brain Does Not Function Without Essential Fatty Acids!

Essential fatty acids are the healthy fats.  Your body cannot make them so you need to consciously include them in your diet. There are two kinds, Omega 3 and Omega 6.  It’s important that you have them in the right balance.  Often western diets are low in Omega 3 and high in Omega 6. An imbalance can  create a lot of major health issues.  The healthy ratio between the two is 2:1, twice as much Omega 3 to Omega 6.

The essential fatty acids you can include in your diet are flax oil, soybeans, olive oil, walnuts, avocados, seaweed, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and almonds. Hemp oil also is very healing, although be aware that it may show up in drug screens.

The oil we were given during the cleanse was called Udo’s Oil.  Wow, this stuff is amazing.  Dr Udo Eramsmu, Ph.D. is an authority on fats and oils.  The short story is that Dr Udo studied biochemistry and genetics.  He was poisoned while working with pesticides and turned to nutrition to heal his body.  As a result he has made a full recovery.  He has become an expert in his field and developed Udo’s Oil.

We were taking Udo’s Oil three times a day during our cleanse.  We were given a small piece of pineapple to eat after it.  The pineapple just makes the oil easier to drink.  I discovered the most amazing thing while I was having Udo’s Oil – I didn’t need to wear any moisturizer on my face or my body!  Just a note here, this is the first time in my life that I have not worn moisturizer.  Even Jurgen’s skin looked really smooth and healthy.  We were both glowing and actually looked less crinkly! The oil was feeding our body’s from the inside out.

We found Udo’s Oil when we got home.  It’s was around $48 for 500ml, at one of our local health food shops.  I suggest if you are interesting in trying it, that you shop around.  I have found a few places since that are cheaper.  It was also available online for around $78 for 1 litre.  Make sure you keep the bottle in the fridge.  The light and air will destroy healthy oils very quickly as they are a very pure oil.

Jurgen and I are both having a shot of Udo’s twice a day with the pineapple chaser.  I have started wearing a little moisturizer again, more out of habit than necessity.  I’m also finding I don’t need to wear much make up at all anymore.  I’m 42 years old and my skin has never looked better.  Best beauty secret ever!

Our Fiji Cleanse 2014

 

Part 1 – The PoleOur Fiji Cleanse 2014 Climb

We just got back from Fiji on Sunday. Jurgen and I attended a Tony Robbins event called Life/Wealth Mastery. It was an amazing ride. We joined an incredible group of 60 people and did the unthinkable. We all went through a “cleanse” together.

I always thought cleansing and fasting were much the same thing. Turns out I was wrong. Cleansing can include juices, clear soups, wheat grass juice and oils etc. I gathered because we are already eating a really clean vegetarian diet that this was going to be a breeze. For the second time, turns out I was wrong…

After some delays we arrived in Fiji the day before the Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 event began. Our final destination, SavuSavu. It’s a small island off the main land. The best way I can describe it is tropical paradise. We met everyone that night, as the Fijian people from village danced and sung for us. It was very powerful. You get a real sense of community amongst the people. We then headed off for dinner. Our cleanse was just about to begin. Dinner was mainly raw food, although it did include some fish and rice for those who wanted it.

After a good rest we arrived the next morning for breakfast. We were met with sliced veggies such as carrot, cucumber, tomatoes and raw hummus. There was also lettuce and some fruit. Our morning started with the some good old fashion bonding and getting to know one another. Our first order of business was to conquer the Pole!Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 13

Twenty minutes later we were all standing in front of several 15-metre high telegraph poles. Our mission was to climb the pole and stand on top. We were then to think about a commitment or something we wanted to let go of in our lives. I wanted to let go of the stroke. In my eagerness to volunteer, I was put third in line to scale the pole. As I was being fitted with the harness in the first group, I couldn’t see how people were able to climb on top of the pole without falling off.

It was too late to work it out on the ground; I’d have to do it at the top. No worries I thought, I’ve got this! I was hooked up to the safety rope and gave the call to Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 14climb. I put each foot and hand on the pegs and began the ascent. It was great although hard work. I may need to work on my upper body strength! I climbed up quickly and by the time I reached the top I was puffed. I’d also ran out of pole. Now the real test was about to begin.

With my hands on the top of the pole and both feet no more than 20 cm below, I stood up…ON TOP OF THE TELEPHONE POLE! The pole was swaying slightly but I felt quite safe. The view over the trees to the ocean was amazing. I was really grateful for my life in that moment.  I was also thrilled that I’d faced another challenge and beaten it.

But wait there’s more…the next step was to jump off Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 15the pole towards a second rope with a trapeze bar on it. Yes, you read that right. A leap of faith and letting go. I took a deep breath and jumped. I touched the bar, the safety rope then engaged and I gently floated to the ground. The camaraderie was amazing. It marked the start of a life-changing 10 days for me. I watched my teammates climb and conquer the pole; it was a great way to kick off the experience.  Jurgen climbed shortly after I did and reached the bar,  yeah baby!

Over the next few weeks I’ll share with how the cleanse changed my health. I’ll spare no dirty details on everything from colonic’s, healthy oils, and the highs and lows of doing a cleanse. I assure you it wasn’t all unicorns and butterflies, ‘butt’ it was definitely worth it!Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 17

I’d love to hear about your experience with doing a cleanse, so please leave a comment below. If you found this valuable, please share it with your family and friends! Next week, it’s all about colonics…hmmm