This is the last in the Questions for a Cleanser series and it’s brought to us by Ana Zaharia of Brave Lil Juicer! Ana’s blog is packed with drool-worthy recipes (you’ll find one below!) as well as health and detox tips. She has studied with Natalia Rose, and also gives health consultations.
Who are you?
I am an art school veteran, who discovered the vital importance of juicing and detox eating at a time in my life when most people would have considered “inconvenient”. I was running off 2-4 hours of sleep, and just like bathing, it was a luxury people in my program couldn’t afford. I started my blog to give people a place to go and find my tips and recipes that I would always go on and on about. Now I am halfway through my health councilor certification at IIN, and have taken Natalia Rose’s advanced detox seminar ! I have always been passionate about natural healing, but the past few years I feel like I have really found the key to all the “chronic” and “hereditary” problems that plagued me, and the rest of the world. I love helping people heal, and being able to spread the word about the deliciousness that is found in nature
What were your reasons: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc for embarking on the cleanse?
I was already juicing until dinner a few days per week, having been following the detox for women lifestyle for a few years now. I love the thriving energy and community spirit that is always found in the Detox The World events. People want to genuinely bring each other up and support one another. That is something that lacks in the design world, as well the place I grew up and the schools I attended. The genuine pure intent of helping and caring for others is probably a big reason why I was drawn to this work as well. With this cleanse I wanted to deepen my understanding of my body, and its interconnectivity to everything else. I also wanted to deepen my healing, having battled painful chronic UTIs and feeling self conscious about my “incurable” hereditary Keratosis Pilaris my whole life.
What detox symptoms, if any, have you experienced?
Hahaha… I feel like I have experienced every detox symptom in the book. If this cleanse did only one thing for me, I would say that it made me realize how much cleansing the body really has to do in order to reverse the damage of living in our modern world per its mainstream standard of normal and “healthy”. I have had crazy waking dreams which have left me feeling exhausted in the mornings; I have been moody and susceptible to intense highs and lows; I have had some bloating, and a few skin reactions; I have had all my old issues resurface so that they may leave, and some intense cravings after a really hmm.. “productive” colonic. It has a been a really wonderfully satisfying roller-coaster though.
What positive changes have you noticed?
1. I have become really in touch and attracted to nature
2. I have realized how the artist inside myself can help me visualize myself into a better place
3. I have created better communication between my physical, spiritual and emotional body and have been subconsciously adhering to my intuition;
4. I have developed a more loving relationship with myself, leaving some of the old self-hatred and criticizing self behind
5. The areas of myself that I want to keep working on seem much more attainable and within reach
6. My clothes fit better.. and I am more attracted to the colors vibrant green, soft pink and violet
7. I crave more vegetables (not having realized that was even possible)
8. I’m experiencing more genuine effortless happiness and gratitude for life
What was your lifestyle like (regarding food and health) prior to the cleanse and what are you planning for after the cleanse?
I have been on and off juicing until a well combined (mostly yeast-conscious) dinner on days that feel right. On most days I would enjoy a salad in the late afternoon or a green smoothie. I would occasionally go out for brunch and enjoy a veggie omelet, and have people over for home made cocktails and treats. I introduced colonics right before the cleanse and they have really taken my detox to the next level. This level has been kind of a solitary one, so coming off the cleanse I will be introducing some of the late mid-day meals again for the social aspect. On weekends especially it’s been hard to spend time with my boyfriend, family or friends without eating. I have found it hard to ground myself and socialize while juicing. This will also slow down the cleansing to a more manageable level which I know my boyfriend will appreciate I will still allow myself the occasional high quality wine or cocktail but haven’t really felt the desire for it as much, so I will respect that. Mostly, I will be listening to what my newly cleansed and intuitive body tells me, and honor it with my best judgement.
I fully intend to spend more time outdoors, and in nature whenever possible. This has been a really nurturing aspect of the cleanse that hasn’t involved food. I especially want to go hiking!
Are there any tips or inspiration you would like to share with fellow cleansers or those curious in a cleansing lifestyle?
Cleansing is a really individual experience, so it’s hard for me to say. But also on the same note, I think it’s hard to cleanse with someone. Take plenty of time to be with yourself and explore the things that are coming up for you. At least take note of them. Also, really focus on the aspects of the cleanse that you are loving! Try not to linger in what you miss.. this is not helpful.
Overall, I have been inspired by the noticeable differences in my whole body and outlook and knowing that so many others are experiencing the same thing. Positive change and high vibration living has become so attainable, and it can be for anyone that will allow themselves to go down the rabbit hole!
My favorite recipe that I discovered during this cleanse is:
Raw Coconut Cream Yogurt w/ Chocolate Raspberry Crumble
Meat 1 young coconut
Juice 1/2 lemon
1/4 vanilla bean scrapped
1 tsp vanilla extract
10 drops stevia
1/3 bio-k dairy free culture
Let sit for 1-3 hours
Top with mix of:
1/4 cup muddled frozen raspberries
1-2 crushed dark chocolate squares
3-5 drops stevia
Please check out my blog for more recipes and tips: BraveLilJuicer.tumblr.com