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detox programs HEALTH + BEAUTY
words Megan Anderson
Five months, three detox programs, a whole lot of
kale. This road test happened on the path to wellness
don’t want to drink lemon potions
all day long. I don’t want to stir herbs into my
tea or get rear-ended by a plastic hose and be
‘irrigated’ from the outside in. I just want to
feel more radiant and energised, less tired and
sluggish. Being more blissed-out would be g ood.
I could drop a few kilos.
I’m thinking ‘detox’, because ‘diet’ is so passe
(unless you’re Dr protein-diet-of-the-moment
Dukan, in which case it’s just another word for
‘royalty cheque’). Perhaps clearing out some
toxins is the way forward – a kind of purifying
cleanse before carrying on in a newly enlightened
way, unburdened by an unhealthy dependence on
coffee, wine, carbohydrates and sug ar.
There’s a maze of information and
misinformation out there, so I seek help from
some experts. Each has a slightly different
take on wellness. None of them comes near
me with a hose.
WHAT Living Synergy ‘Dip Your Toe In’ retreat.
DURATION Two days.
COST From $725.
ACCOMMODATION A comfortable room
in a modern home overlooking Geographe Bay.
A maximum of four people per retreat.
CONTACT livingsynergy.com.au .
THE ETHOS Take a rest. “It’s about what
you leave out,” says host Jenny Keenan. The
idea is to slow down for a while and take a load
off your digestive system.
THE EXPERIENCE There’s only one other
person dipping their toe in on the weekend
I attend. It’s intimate, but relaxed. The loose
schedule includes such things as nipping to Meelup
for a coastal walk, swimming at Smiths Beach,
napping, and hanging about in restful yoga poses.
Mostly it’s about not doing things – not
watching telly, not checking your email, not wading
through the weekend papers, not flitting between
social engagements, not self-medicating with
sugar, stimulants or pacifying substances.
It’s extraordinary how plump the days feel when
you extract your normal routine and just focus on
wellness. Jenny isn’t a qualified practitioner, but
has a bookcase laden with nutrition and wellness
tomes and a litany of health guru contacts around
the world. She’s eager to share the knowledge she’s
been gathering since she suffered from Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome more than a decade ago and set
about finding a path to good health.
Jenny also gives a great massage (an optional
extra), and morning meditation and yoga sessions
in the light-filled lounge room (also extra) make a
magnificent start to the days.
A weekend doesn’t seem long to change much,
but I know something is working when I wander
past a cafe selling schnitzel and burgers and
suddenly it all looks toxic and unappealing. There’s
a subtle indoctrination going on, even while I’m
being fed pizza, burritos, chocolate mousse and
(nut milk) ice cream, all of which meet the retreat’s
exacting dietary criteria.
ON THE MENU Raw food. That is to say,
food that hasn’t been heated to more than 45
degrees at any stage. Jenny eats this way 100 per
cent of the time, so we eat like she does: with
simple but voluminous dishes that we could happily
reproduce at home (we procure more exotic fare
from Samudra cafe in town). I’m introduced to the
green smoothie – a nutrient-packed drink that’s
really palatable. Getting the proportions right is
the trick (60 per cent fruit, like banana, mango
and pear, 40 per cent greens like kale or spinach).
I resolve to get a decent blender and make this a
daily habit. It’s said that this alone can make a big
impact on wellbeing.
RESULT Long sleeps, long walks, daily yoga
and plenty of fresh food conspire to bring on
triumphs in the evacuation department which,
according to Jenny, should be a thrice-daily
occurrence. By Sunday evening I feel like I’m
walking on air – lighter, happier and energised.
Despite the volume of food that gets put away
over the two days, I manage to lose a kilogram. On
the drive back to Perth I’m already thinking about
returning for a seven-day juice cleanse, one of the
offerings that follows this dip-your-toe-in encounter.
How amazing must that feel?
I stay off wine and coffee for a few days
after the retreat, just to prolong the virtue. I do
buy a blender, plant my own kale (the most
nutrient rich thing you can eat) and keep the
green smoothie habit, but my afterglow fades as
I re-establish a hearty coffee, wine and chocolate
routine. Six weeks pass. I seek out the solidarity
of a group retreat.
“I seek help from
some experts... None
of them comes near
me with a hose”
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