Now we’re getting serious about the cleansing portion of the retreat. I’ve had a consultation with a naturopathic doctor, and she concurs with the opinions I got before I left–colonics won’t be a great idea for me (given my recent surgery). Which is good in two ways: I have a bigger budget for other spa services, which I’m using on both healing and pampering treatments. And no one’s going to shove a hose up my bum and make me watch what comes out in a giant mirror.
While that charming image burns into my readers’ brains, I’ll move on to food. For the first two days, we got raw meals in addition to the various juices and health drinks. Kudos to the chef, who did an excellent job of making raw vegan food taste delicious to this dedicated dairy-loving omnivore. My particular favorites were the marinated mushrooms, the dressing on the green salad, and the dates stuffed with cashew cream topped with raspberries.
As of today we’ve moved on to a primarily juice-based diet, though we get as many apples as we can eat twice a day. We’re also getting serious about the health drinks, some of which are less pleasant than others. When the aim is to thoroughly cleanse the colon, sh…er, poop happens. A lot. So far the “Isotonic Drink” has been successful in its purpose, if somewhat unpleasant in its practicalities. Although for me, it took nearly an hour to kick in, which means that I had nearly 2 liters of salt water sitting in my belly. That was the very antithesis of fun. Hopefully it will get easier–I’ve got 5 days of Isotonics to go. (Note from isotonic drink day 2: it got worse, not better. Gawd help me.)
A happier part of the program is the nightly steam baths. It’s co-ed, so we wear swimsuits. I managed to forget mine, but the generosity of one of my fellow campers solved the problem. (In turn, I’ve loaned my extra pair of gloves to another camper.) We sit in the cedar-scented steam for 15 minutes, then dive into a cold shower for 30 seconds to constrict our blood vessels. Sweat, rinse, repeat a total of three times. It’s incredibly relaxing and makes me very sleepy. I’ve joined the second group tonight, and will probably go to bed right afterward.
Next up: a day in the life of a Fresh Start camper, plus a little bit more info on the infamous health drinks…