Friday, November 11, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
the usual shakes, water, herbs and colemas, although in the final colema, instead of fresh brewed coffee, there was garlic instead. This is to kill any parasites that may still be lingering inside the colon.
Fascinating stuff really.
I challenge you to google parasites in the human body, as you 99.9% have them - you will be repulsed, and I bet you run straight to the pharmacy to remedy the situation!
Finally, instead of our usual bedtime probiotic pill before bed, we were given a probiotic drink which had been fermented for ten hours. It tasted surprisingly okay, and I managed to swallow it down without any drama whatsoever.
We were also given special instructions for the morning. We were to have one final colema of just 10litres of water (instead of the usual 20) and then one hour after that, we were to give ourselves a probiotic implant - yup - up the bum! To replace all of the friendly bacteria that had been washed away over the past week.
I arose on day eight literally with a spring in my step. Despite the fact that I knew it was my last day, I was feeling absolutely fantastic, and my skin and eyes looked so clear. I looked at my brother, and he was also the same. I could not get over how bright and sparkly his eyes were! Neither could he. The eczema on his legs had also cleared up significantly, and all that seemed to remain was some mild scarring and few spots which may have still been part of the detox process.
In any case, we both felt GREAT!
After we had finished with all the messing around with the finalities of the detox, we headed to the restaurant for our first meal.
Watermelon and coconut water.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Unsurprisingly, I have begun dreaming about food, this particular time I was eating what seemed to be the most amazing ham and salad roll on a white bun. I don't eat ham, and I rarely eat white bread... I must be getting desperate..
6.00am - I get up to take a shower. Forgetting to get up slowly, I suddenly feel very dizzy. It passes as quickly as it came on and head across to the beach.
6.10am - I return to my bungalow and assume my place back in my hammock with my book and wait till the first shake of the day
7.30am - I am the first to arrive at the detox bar for my morning concoction of psyllium and clay. I am beginning to grow very tired of them. Alas, I have three more days. I again marvel that I am still not starving. Hungry, yes. Starving, no.
I feel my stomach. I am definitely feeling leaner. I must have dropped at least 2 kilos. My brother arrives, and I am amazed at how much his skin has improved in the past three days. When we arrived, his skin looked angry, red and weepy. As if by magic, it appears to have receeded overnight. He is looks pleased.
12.00pm - The day continues on exactly the same as the three before it. I have my massage, my colema, herbs, etc...By about midday, I am beginning to feel very weak. I glance at the other participants gathered around the bar, socialising with their carrot juice... then I remember that today, I am meant to start an aggressive detox, and there will be no such luxury for me. I instead take my herbs and again retreat to my room, wondering how I will make it through the day without my daily coconut.
I pick up an 'Around Koh Phangan' booklet and see that there is a Saturday market on in Thongsala from 4pm till 10pm. I inform my brother and he decides to join me. We plan to leave at four. Just for an hour or so. I am desperate for a change of scenery and to be back out in the 'real' world again.
4.00pm - I have my shake that was scheduled for 4.30pm now, and go to fetch my brother. He is far from ready, and I get annoyed with him. My tolerance has dipped, and I am feeling weak and irritable. I can't understand how he cannot be ready, when we have literally had nothing to do all day.
4.30pm - I have calmed down by now, and we hitch a ride to Thongsala. We don't speak any Thai, and the driver doesn't speak any English, so he drops us in the main street. Unfortunately this is not exactly where we want to go. We spend what feels like hours walking around asking for directions to the Walking Street Market, expending our precious energy. We both feel very weak and find a coconut seller.
Coconut has never tasted so good. Miraculously, within ten minutes, we have perked up again and proceed to the market, which much to our dismay, is not the kind of market we were hoping for. Not only is it approximately 250 metres in length, it is predominantly made up of food and clothes stalls. But bad clothes.
It's tough to be around all of the tropical fruit vendors, and even though I'm a psuedo vegan, even the barbeques are smelling mighty fine.
5.30pm - We decide that enough is enough and we catch a taxi back to Ananda. Just in time for the sunset. I grab my camera, and enjoy yet another natural visual masterpiece.
7.15pm - I am finally feeling very, very hungry, but instead must hope that my scheduled shake will help satiate me. It kind of does, but again, I start thinking about my first meal when I leave on Wednesday. It seems so far away right now.
The rest of the evening continues as the day before, and the day before that, except this time, to break up the monotony, we watch a movie. Along Came Polly. I have avoided seeing it for ages, on account of the fact that it stars Jennifer Aniston, however, much to my surprise, it is actually hysterical...
10.30pm - I tick off yet another day, and retire to bed.
Three more days to go.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
A Spanish and an American woman also appear for their morning shake, as does my brother. The Spanish woman is on her third day, and the American is on her second. We all exchange names and stories of the program so far. I grab my daily ginger tea and retreat to my room.
9.00am - I take my herbs
9.15am - Excited by the prospect of a daily massage for the next seven days, I make my way to the massage area, a breezy open room. My masseur, a cheerful young Thai girl is waiting for me. She instructs me to lay down on the mattress on the floor, and I allow her to work her magic, all whilst inhaling the fresh sea air and subtle wafts of aromatic incense; I feel like I am being massaged in a Buddhist temple, and suddenly feel very, very zen.
10.30am - Shake
10.45am - Time for the first colema. I meet with the manager and am shown to the room where all the action is to take place. This detox ashram is filled with wall to wall small blue tiles which give a peaceful, cooling feel to the room. Sitting high on a blue tiled shelf is a 20 litre bucket filled with warm water and freshly brewed coffee and a rubber hose. I laugh to myself as I recall a former housemate of mine, a naturopath who gave herself weekly coffee enemas. The caffeine supposedly stimulates the liver into rapid detoxification mode.
The manager runs through the equipment, and even though I've done this before, I can't help but giggle and blush at the mention of the words 'anus' and 'bowels', possibly because she seem so serious. It always makes me wonder why we all seem to revert back to some sort of infantile silliness at the mention of these bodily parts. Why are they so off limits, and the butt of all jokes (excuse the pun!)?
After her directions, she leaves the room and I am left to begin the process. The session takes about 40 minutes and goes along smoothly without any hiccups.
The remainder of the day is broken up into 1.5 hour intervals for either a shake or herbs, swimming in the warm tropical ocean, and lounging on the beach.
2.30pm - I am starting to feel slightly peckish, although I can't help but marvel at the fact that I am not yet ravenous. It must be a combination of of the heat, the amount of liquids I've been ingesting, and of course the psyllium husk.
2.40pm - I join my fellow detoxees in the herbal steam room. It must be about 45C in there, but it feels fantastic. There is the predictable banter about the degrees of hunger everyone is experiencing, and how much longer we each have to go till we can eat again. I sit there in silence, envious that I am only on day one, and also slightly concerned by the tales of hunger and weakness those on their third and fourth days. I remind myself that by day five, I will be feeling incredible, and my skin will once again be glowing.
3.00pm - We leave the steam room and rinse off by the salt water pool, in time for more herbs and a much anticipated coconut water. Despite the fact that I ordinarily drink one of these at least once a week, for some reason, this particular one tastes like something sent from heaven! I savour every sip, and stretch it out for as long as possible.
I'm joined by Manuel, a handsome young guy from Peru who proceeds to tell me that he has been at the resort for 7 months, doing intensive course after course of yoga. He is like every other yogi person I have ever met; unusually high on life and full of positive energy and joy. I can't figure out if I find it all a bit slightly annoying, but in any case, it makes me reconsider my decision not to attend our free daily yoga class and lecture. I want his energy.
5.00pm - I need another coconut, but as we are only permitted one per day, I am forced to have it on the sly. I grab my brother and we decide to head to Sri Thanu, the closest next town. He needs to buy a pair of flip flops, and I also need to get a sim card. It's nice to be away from the resort, albeit, briefly.
6.00pm - We make it back to the Detox Bar in time for our 'dinner' - a warming glass of vegetable broth, strained from boiled vegetables. Although I am still not too hungry, it tastes amazing. I watch the American and Spanish girls wearily lay down on the deck chairs by the pool, and it dawns on me yet again that I still have 6 more days to go.
7.30pm - Now feeling like a seasoned pro, I once again head to the 'detox ashram' for my evening internal cleanse, however this time, thankfully, I do not need any further instructions, and am left to manage on my own. I emerge at 8.15 and head back to my bungalow - full of water, shakes, broth and herbs, but still not starving As a very hungry person ordinarily, I am amazed by this feat.
The toothache that has been bothering me on and off for the past four months and most of the day seems to no longer bother me. Even though I am sure it's gonna need some serious dental work, I am relieved and pray that it remains painless for the next six days.
9.00pm - I take my final herbs for the day, as well as my pro-biotic and retire to my room, relieved that I have successfully made it through day one.
Six more to go.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I have completed another semester for the year, which gives me approximately 5 months break until we start back in 2012.
I do remember that by about mid-way through day 4 last time, I turned a corner and felt that I could carry on with the fast for much longer. In addition to that, the face I saw looking back at me in the mirror each morning was getting progressively clearer, as was the rest of my skin, and my eyes had a distinct twinkle in them.
We checked into Ananda Wellness Resort a little after midday and were shown to our rooms. A large double room each with a separate attached bathroom and space for hanging clothes. I was delighted to see a hammock swaying gently in the breeze on each of the bungalow patios. This coupled with the soporific sound of a trickling water feature makes one feel that they have just checked into Rancho Relaxo.
At 7.30pm, we met for a briefing of the following 7 days with the manager of the resort, a petite Greek yogi who appeared to be lost behind her enormous desk, and who seemed to take herself very seriously. After filling out the requisite forms, we were given the schedule that is to govern us for the next week. It looks a little something like this:
7.30am - Shake (psyllium husk & bentonite clay)
9.00 - Herbs
9.15 - Massage
10.30 - Shake (psyllium husk & bentonite clay)
10.45 - Colema
12.00pm - Carrot juice and herbs
1.30 - Shake (psyllium husk & bentonite clay)
3.00 - Herbs and herbal sauna
4.30 - Shake (psyllium husk & bentonite clay)
6.00 - Herbs
7.30 - Shake (psyllium husk & bentonite clay)
7.45 - Colema
9.00 - Herbs and pro-biotic
She also weighed us, and much to my horror I weighed in at 72.2 kilos - 3 kilos more than when I left Australia!
'There must be some mistake!' I claimed, although I think my humour was somewhat lost on her. In any case, I blamed the excess food I took with me on the flight over. Rather than eat plane food, I thought it wise to BYO food however, I packed too much for one, and ate the lot out of pure boredom. Next time, I will know better...
Nevertheless, it will be fascinating to see how much I weigh on the seventh day of the fasting and elimination program. Like most women I know would've been, I was secretly getting excited about the prospect of rapid weightloss and wondered for how long I could keep it off post-program! Last December when I did a similar program, I dropped about 5 kilos, but somehow managed to put it all back on by around February - too much Christmas cheer!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
They were completely experimental but turned out alright!
Given my love for all things coconut, I decided it was high time I started playing with coconut flour. According to one of my favourite health gurus, Dr Mercola, it's a great alternative to the standard wheat variety of flour, and comes with loads of health benefits, consisting of 14% coconut oil, and 58% dietary fiber (wheat bran has only 27%). The remaining 28% consists of water, protein and carbs.
Coconut flour is also 100% gluten free, which is great news for those intolerant to gluten, however, because it doesn't contain any gluten, this also means that you can end up with a somewhat crumbly cookie (gluten = glue, which binds). You could add an egg to bind the dough together, however I found that the date syrup I made did a fairly reasonable job.
Speaking of all things coconut, I also sweetened the cookies with coconut sugar. According to Natural News, coconut sugar is low glycemic, and has many other nutritional qualities; it's high in potassium, magnesium, iron, boron, zinc and copper.
The cookies themselves turned out pretty dense, due to the coconut flour and the almond meal, and soft and cake-ish... but they're really tasty!
I used cacao nibs which didn't really melt very well, but I think they'd be amazing with dark or milk chocolate drops, or even a mashed banana or two!
(This was also shared on Monday Mania, Traditional Tuesdays, Healthy2day Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday Homemaking Link-Up, Full Plate Thursday and Simple Lives Thursday)
Saturday, August 13, 2011
As I was up at the crack of dawn this morning, I jumped in the car and headed down to the farmer's market.
I sometimes forget that I am living in the country, so it was a nice reminder
The market was bustling with people buying their weekly fresh goods, as well as coffee, crepes, jams and preserves...
...and if that wasn't country enough, there was a great little country duo, perched on a couple of haystacks, playing a selection o f bluegrass numbers to remind us exactly where we were.
I loaded up on the usual fare - tatsoi, kale, broccoli, freshly dug sweet potatoes, and as it's the end winter, LOADS of citrus - blood oranges, mandarins, lemons and grapefruit.
...and found some new friends, who were just as curious about me, as I was about them, on my way home...
EEE - AAW!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I found this on the National Gallery of Australia's website.
It's from an exhibition called Space Invaders which is currently touring around Australia.
The exhibition recently finished up at the University of Queensland and is now bound for the RMIT Gallery in Melbourne from 1st September to 5 November 2011 - Good news for me, as I will be in town in October.
I love the simplicity of this particular design, coupled with the powerful message.
Begging for Change 2004
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
- Preheat the oven to 190C
- Heat the oil and sauté the onions and garlic. Add spinach and mushrooms and lightly fry till spinach wilts
- Meanwhile, process the beans, tofu, yeast, soy milk and turmeric. Blend until the consistency is creamy – add more milk if required
- Combine the onion mixture with the tofu mixture, add the chives and parsley, and season with salt and pepper
- Lay the pastry in a pie plate or other dish, and pour in the mixture, ensuring it is spread evenly. Sprinkle with paprika, and garnish with sliced tomato
- Bake in the oven for 30 mins, or until the mixture has set, and the pastry has browned
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
If you’re into 1970s and 80s blues influenced rock, you’ll love this album. The album is a stunner. Listening to Revelator is best enjoyed sitting on your garden deck, with a glass of red. The band itself is comprised of 11 musicians, including two drummers and an amazing horn section. Tedeschi’s voice is a big as it is sweet. She sings with grace, style and conviction, belting out tunes about relationships and life, whilst her husband, Derek, crafts perfect guitar solos that send shivers up your spine. If it’s goose bumps you’re after, Midnight in Harlem is the song that does it every time. With the intensity of the guitar work slowly building up throughout the song to its much anticipated crescendo, the song is a work of pure genius.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
There's a reason why it's often referred to as sweet poison!
1 cup cooked brown rice
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
1 Tbsp shredded ginger - you can also use the powder. I've often already got the ginger in my pulp mix!
zest + juice of one orange
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins/sultanas
6-7 soaked dates
1/3 cup almonds (preferably soaked overnight)
Blend/process the dates, almonds and orange juice. Mix with all other ingredients except for the cashew nut cream. Press into a cake dish and top with the cashew nut cream and some extra shredded coconut.
*To make the cashew nut cream, I soak about a cup of cashews with about a cup of filtered or spring water, for about half an hour. Once soaked, whiz them up in a blender, and add a dash of vanilla - if it's too runny, just add some more nuts. Try not to eat too much before spreading over cake!
For more information on food and recipes, check out Food Renegade and Simple Lives Thursday
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Instead, every time I jump online with the very best of intentions to download my lectures and get stuck into the readings, all of a sudden two hours has lapsed and I have found a million other more interesting sites such as exciting new food recipes, or the My Vegan Blog blog below!
I've just been checking out the vegan shoes, they're superb, and reasonably priced. I love the brown pumps - like REALLY love them!
Which ones do you like?
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Green Gourmet Giraffe: Vegan Christmas Nut Roast and Salad
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
1. Acid/Alkaline pH diet
It's all about balance. On a pH scale of 1 to 14, 7 is considered neutral. Below 7 is acid and above 7 is alkaline. The optimum pH level you should strive for is 7.365. Basically, acidity lowers the pH of the body and this creates the perfect environment for cancer cells to thrive, and the number one cause of cancer is a lack of oxygen in the cellular environment.
The pH Miracle by Robert Young is an excellent book for this. It explains this in great detail and it makes perfect sense. There is also myriad websites with lists acid forming and alkalising food.
Animal products are acidic and you want an alkaline body. Meat and dairy create mucus in the body and mucus acts like glue, resulting in clogged elimination organs (more on this below at point 6).
You can think of factory farms as giant concentration camps for animals. They know what's coming! Furthermore, in order to keep the animals in such close confines in the factory farm setting, they are vaccinated and often receive growth hormones and antibiotics in order to prevent the spread of disease. All of this ultimately comes out in their milk, which of course when consumed by humans, also ends up in our bloodstreams. You are what you eat... and what the animal that you eat, eats!
The same goes for chickens, aside from the cruelty of caged animals, chickens are often fed growth hormones to speed up their growth which remains in their bodies and comes out in their eggs, and the chicken that people eat. This is, quite literally foul - excuse the pun! As you can well imagine, the fast food industry is the absolute worst offender - minimum care for maximum profit.
Check out the Gerson Therapy - Max Gerson in the 1920s made amazing discoveries in treating disease with raw and live foods.
Also check Dr Norman Walker - this dude lived till he was 116 and ate primarily only raw and living foods and juices.
4. Start each day with a green juice
I have championed spirulina for ages and take this regularly, either in powder or pill form, however there is controversy as to whether or not it's alkaline. According to Robert Young, author of The pH Miracle, because it is an algae, it is very acidic... but life is all about balance...
Along with most fruits, beetroot and carrots are very sugary and are to be avoided by anyone recovering from the big C - sugar suppresses the immune system and feeds cancer cells by causing blood sugar levels to spike. Once that happens the body releases insulin to bring blood sugar levels back to normal. One of insulin's many functions is to promote cell growth - it doesn't discriminate between good and bad cells.
5. Drink pure spring water, if not spring then filtered
6. Colonics and detoxing
An unhealthy colon impacted with built up fecal waste also means that the good, essential nutrients are unable to be adequately absorbed and reduces the production of good bacteria. The walls of the small intestine are lined with nutrient absorbing type hairs known as villi. Basically as food makes its way through the digestive system through the colon, the villi draws in the nutrients as food is passed through, and so if the intestine is clogged with rotting waste, the nutrients of the food you have eaten are unable to be absorbed as optimally as they should be.
Check the book on Colon Health by Norman Walker - very well known and respected.
8. Your skin is your biggest cell
I have found that moisturising with coconut or almond oil works really well. Almond oil in particular is an excellent emollient for the skin - it's actually used in a lot of beauty products, but I just apply it in its concentrated form to my skin, straight from the bottle. I've also found that when I have had bouts of eczema, almond oil is one of the only moisturisers that doesn't actually irritate my skin further.
If you have dry hair or a dry scalp, you could also massage coconut oil into your hair to help replenish lost moisture. I discovered this little trick when I lived in India - there's a reason why the women there (and also in Sri Lanka) have such thick, shiny, healthy looking hair - apparently every Indian mother sits down once a week in the evening with her daughters to give her a head massage using coconut oil. It stimulates the hair follicles which promotes growth, as well as moisturises the hair. I love this idea, and I love coconut oil and have been doing it ever since.