03 February 2008

guest blog: don't forget to brush your teeth

Sabrina Hu is a yuppie working the corporate world in Atlanta, GA. She thinks that Bill Gates should run for some office and work his “creative capitalism” edge on sustainable enterprises. In her free time, she sits and ponders about her environmental footprint as well the as the internally displaced children and child soldiers in Uganda, while dreaming about blue skies and white beach sands.
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Many years ago, a dear friend, Mike, made an analogy that taking care of yourself is like brushing your teeth in the morning. Mike said that “Before you (and even super heroes) go and try to take on the world every day, you should make sure that you have minty fresh breath. Taking care of yourself is something that you have to do before you take care of others or the world around.” Since then literally and figuratively, I’ve been brushing my teeth. (I’d probably be unemployed if I didn’t…)

And so in line with figuratively “brushing my teeth”, I participated in a 6-day alkalizing detox through my yoga studio. Three days of raw foods were followed by 3 days of juices. This isn’t my first time participating in this cleanse but the effects of this cleanse were a little different. The first time was about mind over body and mental strength. This cleanse was about winter time rejuvenation of my body and spirit.

The raw foods portion of the cleanse was a catered menu of various salads and cold soups. We started off each morning with an alkalizing elixir of warm water with lemon followed by a 30-minute walk, and then eating two apples in 30-minute intervals. The rest of the day, we were free to eat as much as we liked of our salads.

My first three days were amazing. I loved experiencing the raw foods and tasting things in their natural states. The catered salads were inspiring in that they showed me how things could be combined to make new salads and different combinations of veggies. Who knew that curry powder, grated carrots, pumpkin seeds and lentils would be so good? Or that broccoli and tahini mixed with garlic and onions would be so stimulating?! Everything was SO delicious!

In the juice half of the cleanse mornings started with a cleansing tea to help to clear the digestive tract, followed by a breakfast of fruit juice. Aloe juice acted as soothing mid-morning snack and carrot juice, apple juice, mixed veggie juice, and miso soup rounded out the rest of the days’ snacks and ‘meals’, and right before bed was a cup of spearmint tea.

To round out the cleanse, we had daily 2-3 hour yin yoga in the evenings, followed by dry bristle body brushes, hot salt water baths, and cold showers. These practices helped to clear toxins out of the organs, draw out impurities, improve blood circulation, and clearing out lymph nodes.

You’re probably thinking, “Oh Sabrina, you are crazy, girl. You were probably dragging all week and ready to chew on your hand.” However, quite the opposite happened. In giving my body a rest from all the time it spend digesting, it was able to take those energies and put them towards cleaning out my organs and my blood. I did drag a little the second day from the toxins releasing into my blood stream, but it quickly went away. It left me energized and alert- sometimes too energized and I couldn’t sleep. I felt rested and peaceful. I wasn’t spending so much time thinking about my next meal (and boy do I spend a lot of time thinking about food!). My mind was clear and I was able to evaluate where I was spending all of my time (thinking about food, preparing food, cleaning up, the gym). It was very introspective. In addition, my skin is now glowing. I was breaking out prior to the cleanse, and you would never know it now. Everything is soft, supple and smooth. It feels like I just left the spa! And an added bonus is weight loss of about 5 pounds. (Woo!) This really has been a rejuvenation of the mind and body as I had intended and a great way to start off the New Year.


1 comment:

Aja Tahari Marsh said...

Here's a portion of the menu for the cleanse through Lotus Cleanse:

Raw food menu for January Lotus cleanse:

1. Broccoli tahini Salad. (Broccoli, sesame seeds, celery, onion, oregano & sunflower seeds.)(A delicious blend of antioxidant rich broccoli and sesame seeds which are abundant in omega fatty acids .)
2. Mexican style cole slaw. (White cabbage, carrots, zucchini, celery, onion, cumin seeds, cilantro & oregano.)(A different take on slaw, veggies seasoned with cumin & oregano, which are both antiviral and cilantro, which helps pull out heavy metals at the cellular level. )
3. Curried sweet potato slaw w/ sprouts & pumpkin seeds. ( Sweet potato, sprouted lentils, pumpkin seeds, celery, onion, curry powder, garam masala, fresh ginger, dates & cilantro.)( A unique blend of vitamin rich sweet potatoes, protein packed sprouted lentils, and pumpkin seeds which help cleanse the body of parasites, with healing and purifying spices such as turmeric which is a blood purifier.)
4. Sprouted chickpea salad w/ walnuts, olives & sun dried tomatoes. (Sprouted chickpeas, walnuts, oil cured black olives, red onion, sun dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, garlic & parsley.)( A scrumptious blend of protein packed sprouted chickpeas, omega fatty acid rich walnuts & olives and other tasty goodies.)
5. Marinated mixed greens w/ ginger root & shoyu. (Kale, collards, bok choy, onion, zucchini, ginger root & a hint of Nama shoyu.)(A blend of fiber rich, mildly bitter and astringent greens with pungent ginger, a sure way to pull those impurities out of ones body. )
6. Carrot wakame salad. (Carrots, wakame (a mild seaweed) sunflower seeds, celery, onion & parsley.)(A delicious way to get your vitamins and trace minerals, carrots which have a strengthen quality, blended with mineral rich sea veggies and a generous dose of detox aiding parsley. )
7. Raw sprouted hummus w/ lots of garlic, cumin & cilantro. (Sprouted chickpeas, sunflower seeds, lots of garlic, cumin, cilantro & jalapeno.)(A power blend of sprouted chickpeas & sunflower seeds with a healthy dose of cholesterol nuking garlic and heavy metal detox aiding cilantro.)
All salads are seasoned w/ olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cayenne & Realsalt.

Veggie smoothies
1. Ph balancer w/ spinach. (Spinach, cucumber, celery, avocado, lemon juice, parsley& a hint of garlic.)(A blend of alkalizing veggies which help to detox the body and feed at the cellular level. )
2. Ph balancer w/ kale & cumin. (Kale, cucumber, celery, avocado, onion, garlic, lemon juice & parsley.)(A heartier version of the above, with antioxidant rich kale and cumin, a mild antiviral and digestive aiding herb.)
3. Celery apple w/ ginger. (Celery, apple, ginger root, onion, avocado, dates, garlic, lime juice, filtered water, parsley, REALSALT and a hint of celery seed.)(An energy balancing blend of mineral rich celery combined with the sweet/astringent quality of apples and mildly pungent ginger root, which also helps with detoxing.)

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