Thursday, January 6, 2011

LPB Detox Challenge Update: My Pretox Detox - Taking Off The Mask

It's no secret that for the next 30 days I have committed to do the Karyn's Detox Program- Nature's Healing System  a  weekly detox process based on Karyn Calabrese's vegan raw food theory - no animal protein, no dairy, no wheat, refined sugars, and pretty much everything I have overindulged in my entire life. Before the detox I did a pretox detox set up for me by the uber fab Karyn  and her lovely assistant Jamie McKeown.  While it is not part of the program to pretox before embarking on Karyn's 4 week program I wanted to adjust my diet while traveling and wanted to slowly acclimate myself to the vegan lifestyle. I am thankful I decided to do the pretox and that the team at Karyn's was so accommodating. Jamie suggested before doing the detox I should begin to eliminate white sugar and flour, animal products and begin taking Karyn's Kare Enzyme and Karyn's Kare Rejuvelac.
She told me I would instantly see a change and I did - I was not constipated while traveling (sorry t.m.i.)  and I did not have my usual bout with jet lag which is amazing because I am usually lethargic as they come off of any flight! Jamie also suggested I should purchase a blender, juicer and while it's not necessary a dehydrator -  check, check and definitely later! Jamie gave me tips on dining out and to my surprise I discovered quite a few amazing vegan restaurants (mostly not raw food but hey I wasn't doing the detox yet...don't judge me!). When not dining out at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant I would order meals and ask the waiters for specific deductions - surprisingly my requests were met and I did not have a problem at all adjusting a restaurant's menu to my diet.

While I worked on my dietary habits I watched the 1st week DVD accompanied with the products and in it Karyn talks about the state of society and how being healthy has some negative connotation (i.e. being called a 'Health Nut' - when living a healthy lifestyle) and how we wear these 'mask' we hide behind - masks that inhibit us from living a fruitful, healthy, and vital life. This phrase hit close to home - during my pretox I realized that while I am discipline in some areas in my life (my career) I have been lackadaisical on what's truly important - my health and overall well being.  There were countless times - years even where I would put a deadline or photo-shoot before having a proper breakfast or drinking water during a work day. This past September during Fashion Week in NYC I was dressing clients for the shows and on Fashion Night Out while running around dressing one client and prepping for a video shoot the next day I did not eat nor stop to use a rest room ... all day - that night I got home around 2 am and was up by 4 heading to a set. By no means am I complaining as I am grateful for all the opportunities that have been allotted to me but I have put all these things (jobs, people - etc.) before myself and Karyn pointed it out as clear as day. I am beyond elated to invest 30 days into myself for once and see the outcome. I'm taking off the mask...

I will blog and tweet about my journey 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)!

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