Friday, January 7, 2011



Being Healthy Is The New Black!
 
As You all know for the next 30 days I will embark on a raw food + vegan detox program helmed by the legendary Karyn Calabrese, the Holistic Health expert who for well over a decade has changed legions of lives the world over (literally) with her vegan/raw food approach to life. Karyn' s 4 Week Detox Program : Nature's Healing System is a weekly detox process where you obstain from certain foods - my friends this is my 1st official week on being on 'the green' and I love it! 

For those of you new to my detox process here's a refresher on the program: The four week detoxification program is for every & anyone looking for a new level of health, well being or those yearning for a change in their lifestyle.  It focuses on helping to restore the body's true indigenous balance and it's natural rejuvenation process.The program will show you step by step how to detoxify yourself with powerful tools like nutrition, holistic therapies and good ol' self-determination.  You won't have to count calories and in the process learn how to treat your body the way nature intended.

Before I get into my 1st week experience I would like to share with you another reason why I was so enthralled with doing this process and sharing with you all. Not only was I looking for a change but I witnessed first hand how detoxifying one's body can do a world of difference. A few years ago my grandmother (whom I call gramere) was diagnosed with Alhiemer's and Parkinson's Disease - she was extremely ill and while she was being cared for by a respectable physican I felt that more could be done for her (her symptoms literally came overnight and went from a vibrant woman who had a busy social and active life to being nearly comatose)  and through intensive research found a holistic doctor who speacilized in geriatric medicine - long story short he put my gramere on a 40 day detox and took away her legions of medication. She began to walk, talk and till this day is able to recognize my entire family (she turned 93 this past September). That was my first experience with detoxing and ever since then it was something I always wanted to do but feared I would not be able to see it to fruition.  Thankfully I have overcomed that self deprecating fear and I am truly grateful for the experience and hope you all can take something away from it to like I did when I witnessed my gramere's detox.

Back to the LPB Detox: for those like me who live outside the Chicago area where Karyn is based a DVD packaged is sent with your Week 1 bag (more on that later) - the DVD is basically an introduction detox class featuring Karyn herself and does she look good! After subsiding my seething jealousy over her amazing figure (I kid, I kid) I get down to business taking my notes on what not eat (all animal products a.k.a. animal secretions) so out are dairy, meats, processed foods and white sugars and flours. Luckily for caffene  and wine afficiandos you can still have your cup of joe or glass of wine (for this week!). Since I was pretoxing I already gave up most of these products so the 1st week has not been too much of a stretch for me.  What has been a stretch is remembering to take the various tablets and drinking enough fluids during the day. During the DVD Karyn talks about being selfish and I've noticed that when it comes to properly nourishing myself and making sure I am taking in all the proper foods to maintian a healthy and optimal lifestyle I am lacking because I am running to an appointment, making sure clients have frocks to wear or listening to my bff lament over a guy - the past 4 days has shown me that in the past I do little if any TLC for my body. And like Karyn says 'If you can't live in your own body where else are you going to live?'.

On the Week 1 DVD Karyn gives you 3 vital rules to use while detoxing - I'll share them with you:


This my friends is my longest post ever!  Not to bore you will my musing I will end it here. Next I will share with you my Week 1 menu, along with the haute vegan products straight from Karyn herself!  I will blog and tweet about it so I would love love love to hear from you too! Tweet us (@LaPETITEBlog) with the hash tag #KDPRAW or if you are up for the challenge do the detox with me (be sure to consult your physician beforehand)!

To learn more about Karyn and her various products check out www.karynraw.com or like her on facebook and for sure follow her on twitter! Wish me luck

LPBxx

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

congratulations on you taking the leap and joining us raw foodist vegans I know it's only a detox but you should consider the longterm benefits of the process and permanately eliminate animal products from your diet trust me your body will thank you

Anonymous said...

La Petite Blogette

I applaud you for being honest and sharing your journey with the public. Fasting, cleansing, detoxing just getting healthy in general is such a long and hard process and it makes you realize your shortcomings and your strenghts as well. I have never done the Karyn's Raw Food Detox but it is something I am seriously considering now because of your blog. Thank you and I wish you all the luck

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