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Day 11! Detox Done Ubud, Bali

11 days, 10 nights, 0 food. 11 lbs lost, 11 friends gained, and a basket full of new knowledge to bring home. People always ask about my experience here, and it isn't something I can put into a few sentences, let alone even finding the right words. Every trip has been different. Every detox a new lesson learned. In order to know what happens here, to understand this process, you have to go through it yourself. And even then, your experience will be totally different than mine. This morning we broke our fast with a lovely bowl of papaya. Lovely because it was in star and heart shapes, just for that extra touch of love. We went around the table and shared what we felt was our major high. The consensus of everyone was that the group was the highlight. You know how there is always that one person in the group that either doesn't want to be there, or two people don't get along, or someone is just flat out annoying... well not in this group. Everyone was supportive, holding s

Day 10 of 11 Letter Burning Ceremony

Tomorrow we break the cleanse. Today was no shakes, but only juice, water, tea, and broth. This was because we were doing the Liver Flush. At 2pm and 4pm we take these herbs, then at 6pm, an epson salt shot, and 8pm, a lime juice/oil concoction (tasted like salad dressing). Immediately following the 8pm oil drink, you lay down on your right side, so that your liver gets coated. In the morning you do an enema and look for the gall stones. Georgia with our "shots".  So because we weren't doing shakes, it made for a mellow day. I had my colonic. I went to Gaia, the same place I went to in 2015. I felt their bed side manner was better than Cacoon. The nurse there said that I didn't have a lot coming out, but that is normal for someone who has detoxed three times, and eats a clean diet.  She also said I was gassy. HA! Like I didn't know that Lady. I fart in my sleep for goodness sake! Tonight, to have a final release of letting go, the group had a Lette

Day 9 of 11

THE SUN CAME OUT! What a difference a little sunshine makes. We started our morning with a lovely walk. Good conversation and beautiful scenery, makes for one amazing hour on your feet. Rice Fields Ducks with a local cafe next door that uses their eggs. Graffiti on the trail Afterward, we headed to our last Steam & Sauna. I did three sessions of sauna and cold pool, and then went and got a sun burn, literally. It was glorious. Beautiful Pond area at the Spa Red Dragonflies are rare to see. Read here about them. No workshops today, so in the afternoon I went and did some shopping. I stopped by a cafe called Habitat, which is near the monkey forest. I got a juice there, but was sitting next to two men eating Pad Thai. The smell alone made my stomach grumble. I seriously had the devil on one shoulder, and angel on the other thing going on in my head. Devil:  "Do you smell that?  Get it! Push the guy over, steal his plate, and run!" Angel: "

Day 8 of 11: Kitchen Workshop

Another rainy day. I saw the sun for 10 short minutes, even skipped yoga just so I could enjoy it. Today was spa day. I got my nails done, and a facial, thanks to lovely NIH for treating me! Georgia and I had our one on one session. We talked a lot about histamine. Considering that I have  Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a chronic allergy disease, in which  white blood cells (Eosinophils) show up in the esophagus triggered by food allergies, it would make sense to check out my histamine levels. If one has high histamine levels, most likely they will have high levels of Eosinophils, as it's been shown that high histamine increases your Eosinophil levels. That's a lot of E words.  Enough! Georgia and I discussed how to get the histamine levels down. Diet is a big factor, as all foods contain histamine, some more than others. The biggest to avoid would be fermented foods and meat that has been sitting out, or leftovers. The longer the unfrozen meat has sat in the package at t

Day 7 of 11: Ida High Priestess & the Hindu Mafia

Yes...that says 11. I realized that the detox is actually 11 days, 10 nights.  *NOTE: This entry is mostly images, so if you don't see them in your email, go here . Today was a big day. I didn't get much sleep last night due to the pounding rain on my roof, but I got up early for another Campuhan Ridge Walk. This time, it was a bit more wet. Just a bit. Flash Flood Rains Group shot for the morning walk. Bali dude. Papaya Tree After our hour long, flash flood, rain storm of a walk, it was time to see Ida. Ida is a the youngest High Priestess in Indonesia. You can read her  story  here.  Today, for the third time in my life, I had a water purification ceremony from Ida. Each experience has truly been it's own. She is such a beautiful human. I always feel the biggest release after the ceremony, and today felt spectacular. The biggest difference about this experience was what happened during the 40 minutes of meditation before the water pouri

Day 6 of 10

Feb. 1st, a new month, and a month with one of my favorite holidays, Valentines day! I call this the LOVE MONTH, and not just love for your family, friends, or that special person, but most importantly, for yourself. I return so often to Natural Instinct Healing not only for the detox; the reset of my body to help with allergies, but also because every time I leave here, I find the courage to love myself again. Sometimes I forget. I think we all do. We get bogged down by the daily stresses of life. We compare ourselves to others, especially on social media. We get dumped. We listen to our inner voice that shames us, calls us names, or tell us how stupid we are when we've done something dumb. NIH resets that for me. After my first detox, I hadn't ever really felt that love for myself. I can't credit NIH for all of it, as  Everett was a HUGE factor in leading me into self-love, but this process, really reminds me of how important self-care is in order to keep that self-love