Friday morning, day 8, the last day….I’m amazed I made it, AND I’m amazed at how good I feel when fasting (now, not earlier!). David’s pants are falling down from his weight loss….we better get home!
This fast is a deprivation of calories, but really loaded with other nutrients. I’m getting so many nutrients from the green powders and drinks that my body craves. My cells are hydrated…finally getting the water they crave. My digestive system has had a wonderful break from solid food, allowing energy to be used to detoxify, instead of work at digestion. As fat and other materialis broken down from calorie deprivation, toxins are released, and my 5 organs of elimination are available to get rid of it.
We have our last colonic. They tell us it takes about 30 days of colonics to fully clear the colon of old matter and “sludge”. At that point, if you get a colonoscopy, your colon will be pink, instead of encrusted in thick layers of material that’s been there for years and years. Toxins love this stuff and live in there. People have pounds of old fecal material (wonder why your belly pooches out???) that never leaves. They’ve found it on autopsy. One man had 50 pounds in there! More common is 15-20 pounds.
What we do for 8 days here is beneficial, but continuing at home is even more beneficial. I feel I put in a lot of effort this week, I don’t want to throw it away by returning to bad habits at home. All we’ve learned is a bit overwhelming. I’ve decided to choose certain things I’ll do. Dry brushing my skin, fiber drink, green juice, drink WAY more water, one liquid meal/day (and 2 solid), liver cleanse once/month, many many more vegetable into my diet. I’m going to try to make kefir with coconut milk, I’ll make my own nut milks, and I’m considering getting the alkalizing water machine.
Here’s are 2 soups we’ve been having here:
Yam Puree Soup
32-64 oz vegetable broth or water
Boil yams til tender. Put yams and cooking water in vitamix, blender or food processor and run til smooth. Add salt, cayenne pepper, olive oil….watever you like.
3 zuchinnis chopped
1/4 onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 bunch spinach
water or vegetable broth
Cover and simmer on low heat 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree in blender. Add salt, cayenne, olive oil.
We stayed at We Care Spa through 4pm soup then Francesco took us by cab to the Swiss Health Resort. Carl and Ingrid run this place. They have 3 hot spring pools here, each diffrent temperatures. Francesco will take us to the the airport in a few hours. At this point, I’m glad to get home!
Sleeping last night was a challenge. I felt distractingly hungry and had thoughts racing through my head. At 2 am David got up to do some energy work on me. He felt energy pulsing, almost out of control, ….like a hose hiccuping and spurting water instead of running freely and smooth. He calmed it all down and I slept like a baby the rest of the night.
I’m wondering if it’s my adrenals kicking in. I’ve felt so deeply tired the last few years that maybe this is what it feels like to have those organs start to work properly. That deep tiredness that’s so familier to me is gone….and it’s not because I’ve been sleeping a ton here….I’m sleeping less.
My weight is down 4 pounds and David 10. We’re not here specifically for weight loss but it’s interesting to keep track. My belly feels empty and flat, and I like that! I’m feeling like I’m losing muscle. No vigorous exercise for me this week.
Chris taught us about alkalinity last night. Most of us are acid. Cancer and chronic disease thrive in acid environments. Here we drink water at a pH of 9.5…alkaline water. This particular water has a high antioxidant potential…so helps with the detox. David’s been having some serious detox reactions and drinking loads of this water helps eliminate the toxins.
Chris tested about 10 different drinks…mostly waters. The soda (7 Up) and carbonated water were by far the worst in terms of pH and antioxidant potential. They are highly oxidizing. Vitamin Water, Propel, Smart Water and plain bottled waters were all acidic and also oxidizing to various degrees……but none of them good!
Here’s our drink routine at We Care:
Get up, take enzymes with kidney/liver tea
glass of aloe vera juice
barley green drink
Lots of alkaline lemon/mint water throughout day and night
Detox drink (fiber, olive oil, minerals,2 oz apple juice, water) followed by another glass of water
Afternoon: aloe vera juice
glass of green juice
another detox drink w/enzymes
evening: 1 cup pureed vegetable soup (the best part of my day!)
glass of aloe vera juice
blood purifier tea
Here’s a video of We Care Spa so you can see the area. You’ll see the kitchen area…that’s where we get all our drinks and hang out talking.
I finally had my first good colonic. It might sound funny to you…this topic. But here it’s often the topic of conversation around the kitchen table. Everyone gets a daily colonic and people like to talk about it. It’s very frustrating to go through the trouble of a colonic and nothing comes out. When it finally releases, it’s a relief! Much of this material has been in there for many years. Old material looks very different from new. Getting rid of that old stuff helps the colon work better and it returns to its natural pink color and healthy state.
It’s up and down here. One minute you feel great, the next not. We’re instructed to take it very easy and rest when we don’t feel energized. If energized, we’re to get our lymph moving with the rebounder, the slant board, the Vibra Trim (it shakes and vibrates you), or take a walk.
David experienced a huge migraine headache yesterday…to the point of shaking and sweating and nausea. Luckily they have this activated air machine so he got ozone, which helped immensely. They tell us this is all part of the detox process. We’ll see how he feels today. I’m feeling great, very energetic and my talking is back……I was talking so much last night…David said “I love to hear what you have to say, but I have to go to sleep”. I still feel hungry….but it’s ok..not bothersome.
We had 2 talks from Susana yesterday. Susana started We Care Spa about 25 years ago. She’s from Argentina. We learned how health begins and ends with digestion. It’s the first place to start working if you have health problems. It’s one thing to put good food into your mouth. It’s another to have your body digest and absorb that food. For most of us, this is not happening.
Enzymes are necessary for digestion, and that starts in your head. If you eat under stressful situations (like driving the car), your body will not secrete enzymes. So, relax, be thankful for your food, chew it well, and you’ll have a better chance of actually using that food because you can absorb it.
Enzymes are found in all plants, nuts, seeds. Heat destroys the enzymes. Susana suggested that if we could only do ONE THING when we get home, we should take in one glass of vegetable juice a day….for the enzymes (and other benefits too). Vegetable juice we make ourselves, out of a variety of greens, maybe a bit of carrot, beet, etc. This is something I plan to do.
Susana also talked about the 5 organs of elimination: lungs, colon, kidneys, skin and lymph. Breathe deeply to help detoxify (lungs). You’ll immediately feel more energy. Take 10 deep breaths…..how do you feel? Drink lots of water to flush through the kidneys. Get your colon going. You should poop once for every meal. If you eat 3 times a day, that’s 3 poops. Brush your skin once a day to remove the dead stuff so the toxins can get out. Sweat every day to release toxins. For lymph, move your body….a lot! These practices help you release the toxins and take the load off your liver.
You might think….”my body is made perfectly, why should I have to go to these measures when my body is made to take care of itself?”
That’s true….your body should be able to keep itself cleansed. However, the world is now filled with toxins we cannot escape, and our bodies cannot keep up with it…..so we get sick. And not only sick with a cold or flu, but chronic disease and cancer.
If you want to be healthy, you’ll have to go out of your way to make it happen.
Day 4….half way through. I’m actually able and wanting to talk more now and I told David last night that when Friday comes I will feel so incredibly proud to finish this program…and I do see the end in sight! At this point I would consider doing this again.
My body felt almost normal in the morning yoga/Pilates class yesterday…I didn’t feel light headed every time I stood up, it didn’t feel effortful just to sit and my muscles welcomed the work. My afternoon was filled with lazy tv watching (once I could figure out how to use 3 remote controls). I laid around through the afternoon. It was Sunday, no special classes that day, not like today…a day full of classes…back in the saddle!
As it’s day four I’m seeing the real possibility of actually finishing this fast successfully. Before arrival I had a lot of doubts…..”what if I’ll need to get a cab to get something to eat?” I’ve heard people have done that with horrifying consequences….such as beer and pizza and ending up in the hospital. Not me. I’m going to stick it out. And actually, I feel good and don’t feel the need to eat other food. My hunger still comes and goes, but my energy is so much better and my mind is clearer.
I have to tell you…last night I had a tai massage….SO amazing. Therapist Martha pulled, pushed, kneeded and twisted me in every direction possible for 90 minutes. It felt like a combination of stretching, massage and rolfing. It seems to work on connective tissue release. After, my body felt looser, much more space in my joints, especially my neck, shoulders and hips. I signed up for more of those and when I return home, I’m going to look up a good tai massage therapist and continue this work.
Soup last night was yellow squash. We’ve had zucchini and yam previous nights. These are cooked, one vegetable soups. The one vegetable is lightly cooked, mixed with water or broth, and pureed…a bit of salt added. On my first spoonful of that soup, my body says “thank you!” The nourishment goes right to the core. Instantly satisfying. I’ll continue the soup at home. Actually, I had a fantasy of having a pot of this soup available in our new kitchen space at the studio.
Speaking of the new kitchen/nutrition space, that new division of the studio is a big reason I’m here….to learn more and to come home with more we can do to help our clients. I’m here to experience it personally so I know first hand. The new space is intended to add the nutrition/food aspect of becoming a healthier, more alive person.
I see I’m already thinking of home….of the work I love so much. It’s a good sign.
I’ve wanted to do a daily blog entry but really, this is the first time since being here I could muster the energy and focus to get on my computer. I’m at We Care Spa in Palm Springs. It’s 5:10am and the sky is filled with stars, I’m sipping my liver/kidney tea, the air is calm and I’m feeling energized and clear. David and I are here going through the experience together (he’s sleeping right now!).
Since we were instructed to do a pre-fast of only fruits and veggies for 4 days before arriving, I felt light headed, tired, and not interested in coversation by the time wearrived on Friday. Everything felt effortful, including sitting up.
Upon arrival Friday morning we had an orientation to learn how to make and when to take the detox drinks and juices. My head was spinning. It all seemed so complicated. We walked the grounds to see the infrared sauna, labyrinth, floating beds, gravity area and more. Even this short walk was an effort for me. We had an opening circle that evening where we met each other and learned the experience here covers mind/body and spirit, and that as we detox, as our bodies let go, changes will happen in our minds and spirits as well.
Many in the group wanted to find clarity in their lives…some felt like they’ve lost themselves and wanted to get in touch again. For me, I’m looking for a clearer mind and more energy. I love my life, my husband, my girls, I love my work. It’s all there…I just don’t have the energy to live it to the fullest.
With the fasting, the first thing I noticed in myself was what a hold food has on me. I really rely on it to make me feel the way I want/need to feel. Without food to take me there, it feels blank, void, but also open. It’s odd going on a trip with David and not eating together….kind of disappointing…like something is missing.We’ve been quiet together, not a lot of talking (and we normally talk A LOT).
Last night we both had our first treatment. David did a Korean Body Splash and I did a Sysyem Recovery treatment. David’s was a whole body scrub with warm scented water pored over. It was a VIGOROUS scrub and his back was burning when they put the aloe on. It was too vigorous for him. The point was to clear the skin so the toxins can leave easier.
My teatment was meant to help restore the organs and nervous system. I got castor oil rubbed all over me (castor oil holds in the heat and pulls toxins), then layed down on a hot infrared panel with hot castor oil packs on my back and belly, then got all wrapped up. It was uncomfortably hot, meant to make me sweat. I’m a bit claustrophobic and I don’t like being hot so it was very intense for me….took lots of slow breathing and concentration to not freak out. When it was all over and the castor oil and sweat was showered off, I felt GREAT. The best I’ve felt since this all started! I felt clear, clean, calm, and my focus came back.
We’ve been going to classes on digestion, yoga, Pilates, meditation, hypnosis and NLP, cooking classes to learn to make green drinks/soups, etc. Between going to classes, getting treatments and taking these many many drinks, we stay quite busy.
The point of the spa is to improve health through detoxification. We take in many, many drinks through the day including detox teas, green drinks, detox fiber drinks, aloe vera juice and lemon/mint water. The highlight of my day is when we get a glass of carrot/green juice and every evening the wonderful vegetable puree soup. The first night it was zucchini and last night yam…..simply heavenly…but only one cup!
We take timed supplements of probiotics, enzymes and more green powder. Taking all this liqiuid is a full time job. David does better than I do staying on top of it all. Everyone at the spa gets a daily colonic to keep clearing the body.
There are only about 25 guests here at a time. It’s quite intimate. People are here from all over the world. We make our drinks in the kitchen/common area… giving us a chance to spend time together…getting into quite lively conversations.
Everyone here says they don’t feel hungry. I do. I’m not craving chocolate cake or anything like that. I’d just LOVE another cup of that wonderful soup……or my protein shake. I’m waiting for the hunger to go away for me…maybe today?