The food weeks are more like a healthy holiday, a time to switch off, cleanse and recharge your batteries. As such the food weeks do not require the same level of preparation as the juice and soup fast weeks (see below). However if you want to get the most out of your week you should take the time to consider these simple preparation steps:
A week before reduce or stop all alcohol
A week before stop all caffeinated drinks and drink more water.
A week before stop all added sugar and processed food.
This will mean that you don’t have an abrupt reaction to sudden abstinence in the first few days of the retreat. If you continue to consume these substances before you join the week, you can expect to have some mild detox headache symptoms and potential light digestive symptoms in the first few days of the retreat. This is nothing to worry about, however it would be better to do this the week before so you can maximise your enjoyment and the value of your retreat experience.
Preparing for a week of juice and soup fasting requires a small amount of preparation so you can maximise the value and benefit of your week. See preparation steps below.
You may feel a little apprehensive about a week of drinking only juice and soup but please do not worry. You are still consuming food just absorbing it in liquid form instead of mechanically breaking down and digesting it. The fast is mild and easy to do. We get many guests returning year after year who all marvel at how much easier they found it than they had expected. All your juices are packed with micronutrients that will keep you satiated all week. It has been specifically designed to enable you to do all the class and activities – we encourage you to do as much as you can to keep yourself busy during the retreat- at the same time listening to your body when you need to rest and relax. There will be nutrition talks throughout the week to support you and at the end of the week the group will break the fast with vegan meal we prepare together – enabling a smooth transition and kick start into making healthier food and lifestyle choices when you return home.
Start the Detoxification Process at Home 3 weeks before the Retreat (no later than 1 week beforehand)
We want you to make the most of your experience with us, so by preparing your body in this way, you will be supporting your organs of elimination – liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, bowel and gallbladder – thereby, reducing the chance of any undesirable detox side effects mid detox.
Start three weeks before and a minimum of one week before the retreat:
Drink at least 2 litres per day. Mainly eat vegetables and fruit – Both raw and cooked full of nutrients and fibre needed to keep the bowels moving. Think about including oats, nuts, ground linseeds or chia seeds in your smoothies.
Remove or reduce:
Drinks –Alcohol, tea, coffee and sugary drinks. The caffeinated drinks should be reduced slowly over the course of a week in order to reduce the chance of the nasty ‘caffeine headache!’
Food – Sugar, processed foods, wheat, gluten, dairy, meat etc.
Beauty Products – Your skin is your largest organ and everything that you put onto it is absorbed into your bloodstream, including all of the chemicals put into many beauty products that are not organic. Green People and Jason do a good range of organic sunscreen, perfect for a detox retreat and organic.
If you follow these simple steps you will have a great week. If you don’t, you can expect to have some mild detox symptoms (headache, furry tongue for example) in the first few days as you withdrawal from these substances that are prevalent in our standard Western diet.
Final thought – If you have a full-on stressful lifestyle, take a moment each day to sit with yourself, take a few deep breaths, and focus on preparing yourself for a week of relaxation and healing. You’re about to make the best investment in yourself so look forward to it and enjoy the process!