At this day and age, fit and fabulous is all the rage. Call it a war against what is artificial, but more and more, people are becoming more into what is organic, natural, and pure. I do not quite know what caused such turn (perhaps the countless documentaries such as Fast Food Nation, Food Inc. etc. that highlighted the evil behind the mass food production industry), but suddenly, society has been made aware that putting “junk” in one’s body just doesn’t quote fit the status quo anymore.
Along with this 180-degree paradigm shift, come the organic food movement, which encourages people to become more vigilant especially when it comes to knowing what type of food (and the possible chemicals, pesticides, poison) they might be ingesting.
I, for one, am officially a convert. What with my “younger” party/clubbing days of no sleep, non-stop boozing and smoke inhalation, quarter life crisis me that it was high time for a lifestyle change. It seemed that a new revolution was brewing up in me and with that, I found myself preferring fruit and vegetables over processed factory made food; and even recently, enrolling to a gym and having a regular exercise program that I religiously (hint: can’t live without) subscribe to at least 3-5 times every week. But then, it doesn’t seem enough. I find myself asking: Is it too late for my newfound path to enlightenment with this new healthy living routine? What about all the bad things still left lurking in my body? Am I to be left having endless nightmares of them creeping up and catching up to me…eventually? Ah, the anxiety and neurosis if it all made me, and I am sure, all new healthy converts out there paranoid. However, on a rainy Thursday afternoon, by invitation, I found my answers and finally for myself, peace of mind.
This new found wisdom came in the form of an afternoon of cleansing via a seminar held at Sugarleaf in Wilson Street Greenhills. Tucked in the ground floor of a wellness center, amidst the countless foodie haunts along the strip, Sugarleaf seems like the perfect antidote to the guilty pleasures/ temptations which surround it.
Its mission to provide “food that nourish,” Sugarleaf is a mecca which is composed of a minimart of locally-sourced organic produce (such as local and imported vegetables and fruits, kefir and daily products, poultry and meat products all free range, organic coffee and tea, natural sweeteners, which are ideal for diabetics and the glycemic conscious, along with guilt-free home made chips and dips).
Aside from being the store for all things healthy and organic, Sugarleaf also caters to the more sit-down/eat-out group of people with its cozy restaurant which can sit up to twenty people. As I enter, I notice a group of young girls, within my age range having their fix of the yummy fruit shakes, salads and sandwiches prepared freshly upon order. I find myself smiling, knowing it’s not just me, people my age are actually also into the organic lifestyle change.
However, the raison d’être, which sets Sugarleaf apart from your regular gourmet market/café is its commitment to make people aware. Rather than just providing the goods and services, Sugarleaf also proactive in their commitment by providing workshops that promote wellness and healthy cooking.
On such occasion, I had the pleasure and well, quite a life changing experience with Zonito Torrevillas-Tamase, who in all ways epitomizes healthy, pure and organic living. An experienced and renowned lifestyle and health coach, she talked to our group about various lifestyle changes, health stressors and hidden chemicals which we do not know are present in our daily food and (get this) water source. I learned so much from the intimate session (including how certain lifestyle choices can make one’s body acidic rather than alkaline, which is the ideal state) and soon, I found myself realizing that committing to healthy living is more serious than one would think. She carefully introduced a variety of topics in a more casual and personal approach, making the workshop more interactive and like an open forum rather than a lecture, which personally, I liked as I was able to ask questions on topics relevant to me and my body. The workshop also touches aspects of life balance such as stress management, relationships and spirituality. More so, the biggest change it did for me was how I became (and to this day still am) a strong believer in the power of malunggay or moringa, for which she is the pioneer proponent as a super food, complete with all the daily nutrients needed by an individual.
The highlight and main event of the workshop however was the Liver Detox, which she will personally administer and instruct. I have never really tried a detox like this. For me, detox meant the avoidance of certain bad things, which as I learned is superficial and contrary to the entire idea of detoxification which is its essence cleansing the body. I believe I have quite abused my liver with the occasional alcohol binge and with the wide array of medications I am prescribed to. I have used the term detox loosely as I have never (up to that day) tried any enema procedure. Clueless as to what I was to expect (and quite frankly nervous for what was to come), Zonito explained that her Liver Detox, which uses the Coffee Enema technique is different to other enema procedures as it is more holistic and provides a deeper cleanse, reaching the liver, where as other colonics only provide intestinal drainage. I for one, can vouch that it was definitely an experience unlike any other and I loved how clean and refreshed I felt after.
The process of the Liver Detox is very similar to your traditional enema techniques however, this approach makes use of pure organic coffee as a stimulant and will flush out toxins and chemicals out from your colon, intestines and liver. Not at all uncomfortable, hygienic and quite easy to administer, 15-30 minutes is allotted per person to complete the procedure. A specially made malunggay fruit shake is then given to replenish your body of the nutrients also flushed out along with the toxins during the cleanse.
The commitment to doing the cleanse (despite my nervousness) definitely paid off. I have had a pleasant experience and felt so much lighter and pure after the procedure. I felt like I had flushed out all the bad toxins in my body (as I had that “clean” feeling, I do not quite know how to describe, as you have to experience it to know). Even my stomach and waist seemed flatter, definitely and well beach-bod worthy after the 15 minute cleanse. I felt at ease and definitely much rejuvenated- “like a baby” as I joked and was so happy to flaunt my now flatter tummy and looser clothes.
This is definitely a must-try! I am recommending this workshop to everyone, who like me, is committed to a healthier and definitely cleaner lifestyle. The old adage, “Health is wealth” always comes to mind when I think of the experience and my commitment to taking care of myself is now stronger than ever. It is definitely an experience unlike any other!
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