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Cathy's detox journey

Published:Monday | June 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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For dinner, beans and green soup (top left), salad (top right) with lemon tahini dressing (middle left), crunchy cucumber salad (middle right), and black sesame seeds. The main course is brown rice with Mediterranean spicy lentil salad. - Photos by Cathy Risden

Cathy Risden, Lifestyle Intern

It all began when my phone rang at about a quarter to 12; it was Sharon Feanny, who called to make sure that my Detox was on. I could not say no. I surrendered and took on the challenge of my first official detox.

Every day after lunch, I would feel extremely grumpy, weak in my knees, because I did not have enough blood to support my brain. I had a really hard time keeping up. Plus, with the amount of effort it took me to get out of bed in the mornings and the struggles to get through the day, I found out I was vulnerable to all sorts of sicknesses and felt like I was in for a toxic overload crash. I was literally running a little above empty. I was willing to try almost anything that would stop me from the unhealthy road I was heading down.

Whenever I heard the word 'detox', I always thought it was about starving myself, having headaches and possibly fainting somewhere down the line, but I was struck by the fact that Sharon Feanny's Live detox programme is all about eliminating and incorporating.

The elimination process is a three-day preparation for the actual detox. Things that I had to eliminate from my diet were sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dairy and wheat products - mainly things in bags, cans and boxes. I also had to incorporate high-vitality foods.

Each day started with the testing of my pH level via a urine sample. My first pH test result showed a reading of 5.75, and on my sixth day, it was 6.75. I am sure if I maintain this new lifestyle for the next 21 days, I will score a 9.0 - which would mean that my urine would be fully alkaline, and, therefore, very healthy.

I had to take lemon or lime and water each morning, which cleansed my system by sending me to the bathroom.

Then came my favourite hour of the morning: the HOUR OF POWER. I did one hour of stretching and breathing exercises, which were based on yoga techniques. It helped me to follow the rhythm of my body and calmed my spirit.

After that, I gave my body the gift of Sharon Feanny's Live Life Natural sea salt bath soap, which contained peppermint, lemongrass and lavender. It made me feel light, refreshed and cleansed.

Unfortunately, I did not have the time to soak in Epsom salts; do a dry brush massage, or treat my skin to sesame oil, which was recommended by Feanny.

Next, I had my green power shake, and headed out to the 'detox tribe' meet-up, where I, along with around 15 other persons, was taken through the Live Fit Yoga techniques.

I enjoyed the yoga techniques.

"Beyond any possible expectation, this detox programme has been truly transformational. It has opened my mind and my heart to exploring an entirely different way of life. It goes far beyond the incredible foods and the understanding of how nutrition affects our bodies. This programme nourishes my soul and has taken me to a new and balanced place," said Tina Matalon, one member of the 'detox tribe'.


"The programme highlighted for me the need to focus some attention on my own well-being," said I.N (Mitch) Stephenson.

"During this week, I received what potentially might have otherwise been devastating news. The tools that I have learned since doing Sharon's detox first in December and again this week bolstered me and enabled me to take a different perspective on my new situation.

"It is a blessing that I was on my Detox Vacation when I received the news, because the tools of yoga and meditation and the mental clarity and energy that result from the detox have enabled me to view the new chapter of my life with optimism and gratitude," said Jeanette Lewis.

Here is something to ponder, a quote from our detox Journal states "The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, if you will take care of me, I will take care of you.' Now I say, 'I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me," Jim Rohn.

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