Firstly, apologies to anyone who hoped this was going to be a juicy story about my love life and some guy whose been mucking me around – thankfully no such guy exists (no guy exists full stop, but I’ll certainly let you know when he does). However there is most definitely a different sort of a ‘creep’ that needs attention sooner rather than later, before the cracks start appearing in my (temporarily) unbalanced life. There, I said it.
As you would know I am this week launching A Nourishing Kitchen which almost didn’t see light of day after I lost the entire first draft in February. It’s taken a jam-packed 3 months to re-write, style, photograph and proof the new edition which combined with study and my therapy business has not allowed me any down time. Let me tell you, I am feeling it and I am the only person to blame for that. The ‘creep’ that I am referring to is the result of pushing myself hard, too hard, for many months now and is reflected in a softening of discipline which I am sure many of you can relate. That softening of discipline has been impacted on my skin, my weight, my energy, my overal sense of balance. Specifically my excessive working hours have resulted in the following: the ocasional addition of a second coffee in my strict 1/day routine; an increase in sugar (not of the refined kind) such as banana, pear, dates, dried fruit, honey etc; the inclusion of one glass of red wine more than a couple of nights a week; a recent softening around my strict no-gluten diet with the addition of YUM sourdough; a distinct lack of rest of any kind during the day (I have been eating lunch in 5 minutes and racing back to my desk); a softening of my strict 4 days/week strength work to 2-3. Do you get my drift? During my massively long days and weeks my ordinarily disciplined habits have been gradually changing and whilst I’m hardly binging on rubbish, combined all of these things impact on a sensitive system. It got to the point recently that every few days I’d get a sense of a cold coming along – so I continue to chug down the green juice and get to bed early. But enough is enough.
So, what to do?
A month ago I made the executive decision to prepare for a little detox phase that would kick start my vitality and get me back on the straight and narrow. Now I should preface this by saying my life is usually one big detoxification process these days. I own a Far Infra-Red Sauna (you can read about that here), I eat organic foods, I drink detoxifying green juices every day, as far as humanly possible I avoid toxic chemicals on my skin, in my hair, in my home. It’s not likely you’ll see me paying big bucks to go to a health retreat. However I know my body needs and deserves some extra attention so the current course of action commenced with a chat to Sunlighten. Sunlighten have developed a fantastic detox program called detoxME which I have commenced (in fact almost finished).
What is it?
This is a three step detox program based on a protocol developed by a renowned toxicologist, Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, leader in the field of detoxification of environmental pollutants. It takes a more comprehensive approach to detoxification than the average overnight detox and is designed to be used in conjunction with infrared sauna treatments (Far-infrared heat starts the detox process; detoxME facilitates the removal of the released toxins from the body).
Significantly, the program uses natural, food-based ingredients to target environmental pollutants that are stored in our body. It isn’t just a laxative flush out, though regular bowel movements are expected when you achieve gut balance (confirmed).
Why the three steps?
- prepareMe, balances the gut, preparing the body to absorb the active nutritional components of the second step. This is also a popular stand-alone program used simply to improve gut function (reduce bloating, improve digestion etc).
- detoxME, contains the active nutritional ingredients that facilitate toxin removal
- maintainME maintains gut health to support the body’s natural detoxification pathways
So what stage am I doing right now?
prepareME. Every day I take a heaped teaspoon of balanceME, stirred into my green juice. It’s not particularly tasty but that’s irrelevant given it’s benefits. balanceMe is 100% certified organic and full of real foods. The ingredients are fermented (for maximum bioavailability) with organic, wild-strain lactobacillus (not a laboratory spliced bacteria) and are gluten, dairy and preservative free. I take some protectME in a glass of water, an anti-inflammatory, broad-spectrum anti-microbial solution that is designed to assist in reducing inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Finally, I take some relectrolyteME which is an electrolyte product high in sodium and magnesium, sugar free and hugely economical. That is also taken in a glass of water and I don’t enjoy it much, it’s quite salty or chalky, I can’t work it out. Needless to say it disappears fast. All pretty simple really. I’m almost done and will therefore move into the detoxME phase shortly.
How do I feel?
Different, really good different. For the first few of days I didn’t feel much at all. I guess that didn’t suprise me (given I spend my life detoxifying) so I didn’t think my body would get much of a ‘shock’. By about day four I realised I was simply a late bloomer. I felt noticeably lighter, less bloated and had a distinct increase in vitality. My digestion most definitely improved and with that…(sorry guys) regularity. I do feel that what’s most significant for me is the sheer output I have managed over the last month. Massive hours with few breaks and no days off, yet my energy has never been better (until the latter end of this month where I knowingly pushed reasonable boundaries).
Why would I recommend it?
It isn’t a hard core detox program. There is no fasting or 7 day juice only diet, in fact I am not making any real changes to my diet. It is recommended that you reduce alcohol and caffeine and of course I would highly recommend reducing or eliminating sugar if you have not done so already. Most importantly though, I feel great. Energised and ready for action. It’s no suprise that I support whole, real foods and that makes this product all the more attractive for me. It’s also terribly simple – you can combine all three ‘potions’ in the one glass and chug it down it you want to (whilst grimacing). It takes no extra time out of your day.
The programs and standalone products are available only from the Sunlighten online store. The program ships Australia-wide and comes complete with instructions and nutritional guidelines. The prepareME part of the program which I have almost completed is $125 + shipping.
detoxME! I’ll be sure to report back in a month and share my thoughts. Oh and with the launch of my eBook? Some down time, considerable more balance and a whole lot more stillness. I think I might even go and hug a tree.