Day 7 – Detox diary countdown

February 29th, 2012 by Tonya

Moo-ve over, cow's milk! Have you ever considered how unusual it is for us to drink cow's milk, when so many of us are weaned on mother's milk? These two milks were 'designed' for two different species! One reason why so many of us have a lactose intolerance – many of us, that we don't even know about! Sometimes, a programme like this can highlight such an intolerance – and should you choose to make use of this kind of information and change your diet long-term as a result, all those mysterious (more…)

Day 8 – Detox diary countdown

February 28th, 2012 by Tonya

Junk the junk! So now (cue, drum roll!) it's time to wave goodbye to our first food. Well, it's not really a food. Artificial additives of all sorts are now off-bounds. It may sound dramatic to take out something that's in a lot of the foods you've been eating all your life, but once you've set the intention not to eat anything processed, it's amazing (more…)

Day 9 – Detox diary countdown

February 27th, 2012 by Tonya

Now's the time to fill your cupboards with tasty, nutritious foods that are allowed on the detox diet - that's grains like brown rice (try to avoid the white variety on this programme), rye, quinoa, millet, buckwheat; non-wheat breads like rye and pumpernickel; crispbreads including rice cakes and oatcakes Read More...

Day 10 – Detox diary countdown

February 26th, 2012 by Tonya

Are we ready to begin? Today, we're going to 'detox' our food cupboards by taking out everything that is not 'allowed' on the programme (I hesitate to call it a 'diet', with all the word's negative connotations. For me, a diet is undertaken specifically to lose weight; with this programme, the intention is to be good to the self, become more healthy in body, mind and spirit – with any weight loss a side issue) Read More...

Creating health – do you love yourself enough?

February 26th, 2012 by Tonya

I was walking and talking with a dear friend in the Surrey countryside last week. We met on one link of the National Cycle Network with no set plan about where to go or what to do - and just followed our noses, intuiting the right next step as we went - and one thing flowed quite naturally into the next, like the river that twinkled and sparkled its way along beside us for much of our route Read More...

Why detox?

February 25th, 2012 by Tonya

For me, lapses of energy for no apparent reason, pronounced mood swings, feeling uncomfortable in my body, aches and pains... are all signs that I need to unburden my body-mind of toxins. If you're feeling any of these things on a regular basis, it might be a good idea to detox. The detox programme I'm proposing – and which begins in 12 days time, (more…)

Ever thought about mindful eating?

February 24th, 2012 by Tonya

'Mindfulness' seems to be one of the buzz words of the year we're living in. And rightfully so, perhaps. The volume of information we have to deal with on a mental level seems to be escalating day by day and learning to focus and still the mind - and to become more discriminating about what we take in - can really help us cultivate peace of mind Read More...

Seeing the opportunity in trauma

February 4th, 2012 by Tonya

I was talking to a friend a couple of days ago about some of the more character-building experiences in my life. He said it was kind of a shame that I'd had to go through the suffering associated with these events. It made me realise that, rather than feeling regret, I was grateful for these experiences, for each one of them had not only made me stronger in some way, but had also kind of 'shifted me up a level' in terms of my spiritual growth Read More...