September 27, 2017

Detox Part 2!

Golden Rock Retreat Sunrise

Sunrise from Golden Rock

Last week I wrote about my first five days at the detox retreat in Bali. If you are keen to hear more here’s what happened the rest of the time day by day.

Day 6 – felt pretty good today with bags of energy; not bad considering I hadn’t eaten any solids for 6 days.  Did extra bounces on the trampoline and even managed a bit of skipping (I’d brought my skipping rope for this exact reason – perfect transportable piece of gym equipment). My heart rate was up a bit which was good (it is normally low 40′s) and all in all I felt good if not a little bored having the same agenda again. I also do have a strange urge for scones, jam and clotted cream – yum!

Day 7 – felt shocking and could barely reach for my water bottle. I put all this down to my over exertion the previous day. Also had a nasty case of not being able to keep my garlic juice down later in the day. It isn’t great on the way down and is even less pleasant on the way up!

Day 8 and 9 – felt pretty awesome both these days. Plenty of energy and one of the fellow inmates commented on how I was ‘glowing’. I am looking forward to day 10 though purely for a bit of variety.

Day 10 – the excitement of something different! Today is liver flush day. What this involves is drinking a lot of Epsom salts and olive oil. Effectively this flushes the liver removing large amounts of old bile and gallstones residing in the gall bladder. It is definitely one not to be tried at home unless you know what you are doing.

Day 11 and 12 – I felt pretty rotten after the liver flush initially but that soon cleared and I suddenly felt brilliant. Bags of energy and vitality. Also on these days I broke fast and got to eat fruit and green veggies; they tasted fantastic and full of flavour.

Fresh fruit post detox

Fresh fruit post detox

At the end of the detox I felt great; refreshed, destressed and recalibrated. I was also a few kilos lighter which will certainly help the running. One of the things I really wanted to be able to do was to step back from the everyday and take stock. This I achieved. It was great to be able to think about what I want to achieve in my own space. I’ve come away with a focus and renewed energy which I will put right into running. The other thing I want to do is take up yoga; I feel fantastic after doing it for a couple of weeks; flexible and strong.

As for the detox retreat it was great and is recommended. It’s called Golden Rock in Bali. Another great one is Samui Detox in Thailand. I would say Samui Detox is a bit tougher in that you have fewer juices and more walking but they also explain the treatments a lot better. Kim, who owns Samui Detox, is constantly on hand to explain what the treatments are to talk to you about nutrition (she’s qualified in it). That bit was missing from Golden Rock for me. Luckily I’ve detoxed before so I didn’t need much explanation.

Happy Cleansing!

 

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