Questions for a Cleanser with Lola York

I want to thank the extraordinarily sweet and insightful Lola for agreeing to be a part of my Questions for a Cleanser series. I love that doing the cleanse and blogging about it has become a way to make incredible new friends! For the first in the series, see Sylvia’s (AKA The Roommate) post here. Also, make sure you read all the way to the end for a delicious dinner recipe from Lola herself!

Who are you?

Bonjour everybody, I’m Lola York (extends hand/hug)! I’ve been working as a professional modern dancer and dance instructor for the last couple of years and am currently transitioning to a brand new path. I recently took a job as the business development manager at Raw Shakti Chocolate (the most AMAZING chocolate I’ve had to date) in Asheville, NC. I started my blog, Ooh Lola! in October of last year and it’s been one of my favorite creative ventures to date. I’m a family girl, I love design and fashion, nature, sleeping in, drinking tea, talking for hours with friends, vegetables, romance, and I have a weakness for all things whimsical and eccentric.

What were your reasons: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc for embarking on the cleanse?

All of the above! I think I was particularly excited to gain more insight from the Detox The World team and interact with the amazing community that has developed around them. I know from past experiences that a well-executed cleanse is sort of like hopping on a rocket ship to your highest potential. I’m one of those people who enjoys that sort of thing

What detox symptoms, if any, have you experienced?

The most significant detox symptom I’ve had is a heightened state of sensitivity which has been both a blessing and a challenge. Since starting the cleanse, I’ve been particularly intolerant of loud noises, areas where I feel another’s fear being projected onto me, and continuing along any path that feels wrong. It’s been the sense of my life’s volume dial being particularly turned up. I’ve had significant emotional purges – moments of screaming louder than I ever have (I could physically feel the unblocking of my throat chakra), tears flowing, and surges of joy with bouts of giggling.

What positive changes have you noticed?

Wow, where to start!? For starters, my life is completely different than it was 23 days ago! I have a new job, new creative goals, and many new individuals in my life. I’m watching my body morph into the one I’ve always wanted which feels like a miracle. I’ve become so much more in touch with the reality of my feelings and desires – the ones that come from my heart, rather than the ideas of who I thought I was supposed to be.

What was your lifestyle like (regarding food and health) prior to the cleanse and what are you planning for after the cleanse?

I returned to the Rose Program about 4 months ago after turning my back on the work for several years. I read Natalia Rose’s first book, “The Raw Food Detox Diet” in 2007 and knew that I’d found my guide. Since then, I’ve come back to the work and abandoned it, always knowing that it was my key to mental, emotional, and physical freedom. Prior to the cleanse I was following a relatively relaxed version of Natalia’s “Detox 4 Women” approach: Juicing until lunch, and having two properly combined meals centered around fresh vegetables. At this moment in time, I’d like to carry the Rose Cleanse fundamentals forward for an indefinite amount of time! I like feeling like superwoman.

Are there any tips or inspiration you would like to share with fellow cleansers or those curious in a cleansing lifestyle?

1. Be a bad-a$# and do some colon-cleansing. It’s not scary or painful and it’ll change your life forever.
2. Realize how lucky you are to arrived upon this path. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this blessing.
3. Show off when you eat out. I’ve eaten out countless time since beginning the Rose Cleanse, and ultimately I feel like I win every time! I have the most beautiful food, the largest quantities, and I always have desert (chocolate in my purse, thank you)! I love to cook but navigating menus while adhering to the Rose Program/Cleanse is one of my favorite pastimes.
4. Read Rande’s blog because she is a beautiful person and her recipes are so creative and delicious!
5. Eat Chocolate.
6. Hold your choices up to the light. As many times as possible in a day, remind yourself that you choose to live a life based in love rather than fear.
7. Respect your natural cycles. Becoming more aware of my moon cycle has been one of the most life-saving practices on this journey. I blogged a little bit about it here and also on Natalia’s community board regarding more practical applications of these realizations. Certain times of the month radically alter how cleansing feels, and I often need to make adjustments to cater the program to my needs. Just the awareness gives me more compassion for myself, without the gentility and flexibility of which … I might fall right off the wagon!

Serves one very hungry Rose Cleanser!!

Sunday Evening Comfort Food:

1 Portobello Mushroom
4 Stalks of Kale
1/4 Onion
2 tsp Butter
1 package Kelp Noodles (opt: soak for 1 hour prior to cooking)
4 oz Pecorino Romano Cheese
2 eggs

In a pat of butter, saute chopped portobello mushrooms, kale, and onion until tender over medium-high heat. Add kelp noodles to veggies for 1-2 minutes, or until warm and softened. Turn off stove top, pour pasta into serving dish, and toss with cheese. Return pan to medium high heat and quickly scramble two eggs in another pat of butter. Top pasta with eggs and hot sauce if desired. Serve with a ginormous salad (duh!) topped with cheese, lemon juice, and stevia. I’ve really been enjoying raw parsnips grated on top of mine. Bon appetit!!!

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