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!

 

Need a boost? Try a detox retreat

Sometimes I get to the point where I am completely strung out and it really impacts my running. Life is busy and we now do so much multi tasking that often parts of our lives suffer as a result. Recently I have had a lot going on and my running has taken a bit of a hit. So I needed to stop and take a break to recalibrate. For me the perfect answer to this was to go on a detox retreat; I’ve done this before and the results within me are fantastic.

Detox at the Golden Rock Retreat, Bali

Views from the retreat

I headed to Bali to the Golden Rock Retreat on the East of the Island for that break and here’s how I got on; you can then make your own mind up whether it might be beneficial to you.

So firstly, why did I choose this particular retreat? I have never been to Bali and fancied a change from my usual Thailand retreat. Golden Rock only has 5 villas so it has on average 5 or 6 guests at any one time; I love small retreats because you get more attention plus your own space which I certainly need. Finally the programme looked comprehensive and I thought I’d get a great experience. At Golden Rock you can detox/ fast for anything from 4 to 10 days and they are really flexible. I chose a 12 day retreat so I had two days to break the fast at the end.

The retreat is situated in an idyllic fishing village and is stunning. I was bowled over when I saw the views and the retreat itself; great villas and right on the ocean. You go to sleep and wake up listening to the waves….and quite a few fishermen hauling their catch too. Note, there is no phone coverage, which is great but be prepared and let whoever needs to know that you’ll be out of contact for a while, all part of the detox process!

Detox drinks including psyllium husk and bentonite clay

Some of the drinks on the retreat

The aim of the detox is to cleanse your body of all the toxins and stresses that we subject it to so we try to re-establish the balance of the body. This is done via a combination of fasting, treatments, yoga and relaxation.

Each day you drink a lot of different things including coconut water, juice, clear soup, magnesium oxide, psyllium husk and bentonite clay, vitamin C and the list goes on. Some of these are pretty horrid, others actually nice such as the papaya juice – yum! Surely the bad stuff must be doing us some good though! The staff are excellent and make sure we always know what to drink when. They seek you out to give you your next drink, shame it isn’t a mai tai!

In combination with fasting there are daily Chi Gung and Yoga sessions along with some trampoline work and the infra red sauna – awesome! You also get a massage daily which could be a healing, nerve or scrub massage and a session of reflexology, all excellent and the reflexology was incredibly relaxing. One thing I did miss though was a morning walk. In the detox retreat in Thailand we would go out for a walk every morning for an hour and a half and that was fantastic to get you going for the day.

Trampoline and infra red sauna

Exercising looking at the ocean - not bad!

The first few days I was getting used to the programme and working out what I needed to put where when. One thing I did discover painfully on day 1 is that all my running, and poor stretching, has resulted in my flexibility being shot. Gone is the day when I used to be able to do backflips, admittedly that was 20 years ago! So yoga was quite tough but by day 5 I was getting far more flexible.

I was a bit lethargic in the first few days and my blood pressure and resting heart rate kept dropping. Combining this with heat made climbing stairs (or anything) a bit tricky. By day 5 I did feel as though monotony was kicking in a bit; you do the same thing each day and my point of excitement was finding out what massage I had planned for that day. What you tend to find on these things is that your emotions can go up and down a bit; I was finding by day 5 that I was getting a bit anti social, especially with the newbies arriving. I was a bit waned by all their enthusiasm – they’ll learn! I was also suffering from cabin fever and was keen for something different or just to get out. I wasn’t missing food much in terms of hunger but I miss the tastes and smells associated with it.

So far so good though, next week I’ll share how the second half of the detox went and the results.  Tune in next week!