The Haven, Land of the Smoothies – Detox and De-stress
The idea of no food except smoothies for three days was not only an appealing way to detox but it kick-started a healthier way of eating that could provide lifelong benefits. The deluxe plan for locals at the Haven offers four different smoothies of fresh fruits and vegetables each day which are filling as well as super-nutritious so there was never a feeling of deprivation or desperation. There was not even the dreaded no-caffeine headache to contend with and no other side effects except for feeling slightly cold and a little lightheaded at times. The helpful Haven staff listened closely to those complaints and reinforced the idea of relaxing and letting the body do its work of dumping the built up toxins. Frankly, three days of no pressure, no workouts and no need to cook dinner was a welcome relief especially before heading back to the States for a stressful visit at tax time.
To help the detox process, the Haven provided massages, use of the infrared sauna and the daily acupuncture sessions to identify areas which might need further attention. The results were much more than expected from the three days, the loss of a few pounds was secondary to the insight that came from gradually adding certain foods back in to the diet and learning what could easily be left out.
Matter of fact, it felt so good it might become a regular, quarterly habit that is good for both the brain and the body.