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Cleanse Update: Fine Tuning

I wanted to open today by following up from my last blog and letting you know that the day after my champagne experience I felt much better. The sickness was short lived, but definitely apparent. In case you were worried 😉 Now back to the present day…

Just as I think everything is going well, I am totally wiped out today. Earlier I would have told you that things are going great and it feels as though I have settled into a routine, just cruising along. Today, however, I was incredibly tired. Although I am not fatigued anymore, I definitely require a full nights rest. If I do not get a good night sleep I am totally exhausted and need a nap. I just woke up from a long 3 hour nap, catching up from my long day yesterday and a short nights rest.

I wanted to mention a couple things regarding the transition into our Cleanse powders. As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, the first week is essentially preparing your body to really cleanse with the powders and shakes. I guess it didn’t click with me that this could be an intense experience for some people, until today. One of my fellow cleansers was telling me that she had a severe day this past weekend (a couple days into our shakes) where she actually got sick and didn’t feel well detoxing the whole day. The negative aspects for me have only translated into a couple pimples in weird spots and requiring more sleep. For the most part I have been cruising along, but I understand now that it could be quite difficult depending on your previous detox level.

Another thing that I have heard has been difficult is incorporating the proper amounts of protein, whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables into breakfasts, lunches, and dinners now that we have shakes that substitute afternoon snacks and make us not as hungry throughout the day. I have definitely noticed that unless I am really paying attention to my vegetable intake, it is easy to not eat enough in the day. Jocelyn has us preparing meals that include a “mostly carb” food, “mostly protein” food, and “mostly fat” food to keep us full and give us a well rounded diet and blood sugar level throughout. It has seemed, however, pretty easy to skip over the wide variety of vegetables and fruits that I used to intake because our meals are so small now. At any rate, you just have to be conscious and keep in mind that those still need to be eaten.

I am learning how to fine tune my shakes and staggering the fiber and greens powder throughout the day, rather than all at once like I was doing before. I am trying to be aware of my diet and exercise as well as continuing to drink lots of water. Jocelyn says that she would prefer us to have bowel movements twice a day, which I am not up to, but I am definitely regular. I have also lost 4 pounds thus far, which I am very happy about. All seems to be well up to this point. I will continue to update you with my ebbs and flows in the next couple days!

~Cassandra

Cleanse Update: Birthday Celebration

Hello again everyone, as the second day of our new shake regimen comes to a close I have quite a few things to update you on.

First of all, the shakes are great. They are really easy to take with you where ever you are (I had one on the road driving down to Santa Barbara today), taste delicious, and are easy to add into my current diet. I chose to have the strawberry flavor Paleomeal, which is essentially a protein powder with a multivitamin, as well as the berry flavored Paleofiber. Mixed with Organic Rice Milk it tastes like I just ate a big bowl of Special K with Strawberries cereal and am drinking the milk at the bottom 🙂 really delicious.

For those of you who don’t know, our second phase of the cleanse is to in addition to our cleansing supplements that we have been taking, now add in: a cleanse powder, protein powder, fiber powder, and greens powder mixed with our chose of water, milk substitute or full on smoothie. We are supposed to have these shakes 2 or 3 times a day depending on what week in the cleanse we are at. Currently we are drinking two shakes a day.

I also wanted to update you on what happened with my birthday! Well I made it to my 24th year of life..I know, quite an accomplishment right? Anywho, the day was fabulous. I got a wonderful massage from Greg, one of our massage therapists, and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the sun. I ended up having a BBQ with a small group of friends and I was even surprised how easy it was to have a big meal with others and not really have to adjust anything around my diet. We grilled garlic herb chicken, lots of bright peppers, onions, tomatoes, as well as a combination of purple and sweet potatoes with garlic. It was SO good! My friends loved it and I was happy. I got to have pomegranate juice, sparkling water, and lemon in a wine glass and a yummy vegan, gluten free fruit cobbler from Staff of Life with birthday candles. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Now on the down side, I wanted to address what happens when you take your halo off and stray from the cleanse. Tonight, I had a wonderful evening out with one of my best friends since we were 11 years old. We haven’t seen each other in over a year and she took me out for a birthday dinner. The dinner was great, we had a long conversation catching up that worked out well. The problem was when our other friends, who I don’t remember the last time I saw, wanted to meet us out at the bars. I was very confident and just happy to be with close friends. Well, my friend whispered to the bar tender to pour me us small glasses of champagne for a celebratory cheers. Against my will I went a long with it, seeing that I hadn’t seen her in forever and it WAS my birthday after all. Half a glass of champagne later and people blowing cigarette smoke in my face and I felt HORRIBLE almost immediately. My lungs, stomach, and body feel so sick. I tried to drink a bunch of water on the way home, but it didn’t work very well. It is incredible how sensitive we become to toxins after being clean for even this long.

I guess what I am trying to say is that we are all human and as Jocelyn says, we live in the real world. We may occasionally slip up but I have certainly learned my lesson and my advise for other cleansers is, if you can avoid it, don’t stray (and stay away from places with smoke). It’s not worth it.

Until next time,

Cassandra

Cleanse Update: Week One Closing

Well with the first week almost under my belt I am feeling MUCH better. The fatigue and hunger cravings have gone away! I am sleeping very well and all bodily functions in check. I have been doing additional cleansing additives such as long Epsom salt baths and exfoliating in the shower, and plenty of exercise. I think today I am starting to really notice a difference. My skin is much softer and clear, my teeth have that silky “I’m healthy” feeling and I am starting to have enough energy to get a good work out in rather than just long walks and yoga.

Jocelyn was mentioning in our group meeting last week that we will be entering a “second phase” of cleansing after about the first week. I believe I have made it through my slump and am on the up and up!

I also had my half hour nutrition consultation with Jocelyn today that went great. I got some more tips on how to round out my diet. I am learning how to incorporate a variety of gluten free whole grains and some good snacking tips. She also gave me some wonderful options for a birthday celebration dessert. My birthday is on Thursday and although I am incredibly excited I am also still a little apprehensive. I am not sure if my friends are going to be responsive to a dinner made according to my new eating habits 🙂 Oh Well! I am going to have a great time with or without dinner approval.

Our next meeting is tomorrow and we will be adding cleansing shakes and smoothies into our diets. I’ll let you know how it goes!

~Cassandra

Cleanse Update: Gluten Free??

Well hello everyone, just as I promised I would like to fill you in on what the first couple days of Jocelyn’s Spring Cleanse are like.

I knew for the most part what I was getting myself into, I guess I just didn’t realize how much of what I ate included things that you are NOT supposed to eat on this 28 day cleanse. For those of you who are not aware, you are required to be caffeine free (aside for the almighty green tea), alcohol free, dairy free, gluten free, processed sugar free, no red meat…I feel like I should be saying etc. but I believe that is it. Now as Jocelyn so delicately put it “enough of all the things you CAN’T have and more for what you CAN have”. The list of what you can seems much longer than than ones you can not: EVERY kind of delicious fruits and vegetables, brown rice and brown rice based items, corn (tortillas, polenta, blue corn chips, etc.), any other gluten free grain, poultry, fish, lamb, eggs, beans, nuts, I could go on and on. I realized it’s really not that difficult to find substitutes for all the stuff you might be missing all over Santa Cruz!

A challenge that I faced on my first day of the cleanse was eying those delicious Greens + bars that I know we all love so much, as my stomach is growling sitting at the reception desk. I was reluctant to ask the dreaded question, can I eat these? Of course Jocelyn’s answer was that they had gluten in them. After my mini temper tantrum I grabbed a Chocolate Almond Paleobar (Coconut Almond also OK) and to my surprise was totally satisfied. They tasted great! To all those Greens + fanatics who are looking for a vegan or gluten free option I totally recommend it. Don’t be cautious.

I have noticed that I am a little bit tired, which also could be explained by lack of sleep, but not doubt exacerbated by detoxing. I am also still adjusting to my smaller portion size, which is making me a bit hungry in the afternoons. Thanks to Jocelyn, however, she is giving us all tips for eating well and keeping to our regular schedule and general habits. For example Saturday morning pancake breakfasts.

I believe that the most precious quality of the cleanse is that we are working as a group. Being a part of everyday NOURISH life as a member of the staff I see our clients who are also participating walking in and out occasionally. I always get encouragement and recipe suggestions as well as good food finds around town. It is great to know that we are all in this together. Sharing our experiences and challenges and triumphs and being able to maybe add another healthy snack into your regiment is what this is all about. Making new friends and creating a healthy community for the long run.

I am very much enjoying this so far and aside from the drowsiness and mild hunger while I find my adjustment, it’s been great. I have been a little tempted by my friends eating habits, but I stuck to it and I am down one pound (according to my scale). The first couple days are almost over!

Stick with me, I still have 25 more days and many more events to brave through.

~Cassandra

Spring Cleanse Approaching!

healthy-eating-300Well the warm weather has finally arrived (for good this time I hope) and Jocelyn’s Spring Cleanse is approaching. I am sure everyone has heard word of it around our studio…28 days of detoxifying magic. As maybe only a few of you know, I am going to be participating in the cleanse along side a hand full of our other brave clients.

Now, I am not sure what 28 days means to you, but to me this seems like a long time! I have to say I am a little nervous for the full commitment. For those of us who have experienced Jocelyn’s work in the past I know I am in good hands and it most likely won’t be as challenging as my nerves are anticipating. Many things are rolling through my mind, as I’m sure the others participating have their own lists of apprehensions. My list runs something like this: what is my birthday going to be like falling right smack in the middle, as well as my boyfriend’s birthday? What is my trip home to visit my parents and friends going to be like? What am I going to do going to the Castroville Artichoke Festival for the first time and not be able to experience it to the fullest? These things seem quite difficult to navigate around.

What I do know is that I have spent a month under Jocelyn’s care before (for a trial month of Unlimited Nutrition) and somehow when you are in the middle of something that is so beneficial to your body and overall health, it doesn’t seem like such an obstacle. You don’t seem to mind that you are maybe not eating all the cake you would have liked before or indulging in a cocktail after dinner for celebration. Those things seem to fall away and are replaced with the good feelings of sleeping well, losing weight, looking great in those old jeans or swim suit, having an incredible amount of energy to enjoy the day and spend that time doing other things that make you happy. There are endless benefits that I have to say I am looking forward to. This can be my best birthday present yet.

Starting this Wednesday, May 12th, I will be blogging about my experience every other day for those who are interested in knowing the details of what it means to participate in Jocelyn’s 28 day cleanse. Please follow me as I approach and conquer my challenges and come out (hopefully) a changed woman!

~Cassandra (Receptionist)

The Fuzz

So, I know I tend to get on my soap box a little bit in class sometimes. It’s just that I think yoga is fascinating. It’s been a great gift to be teaching again after taking time off to have the little one. Sometimes I get a little carried away!

Speaking of my soap box, I was going on in class a few days ago about “the fuzz”. “The fuzz” are strands of cobweb-like connective tissue that develop between the muscles and between muscle groups when we fail to move our bodies around in all the magnificent ways it can move. These strands of connective tissue multiply and bind together during long periods of inactivity (like when we sleep).

As time passes the fascia thickens and hardens between those once juicy, smooth and slippery surfaces rendering them less and less able to slide and glide past one another. As the individual muscles lose their ability to move freely and independently of other muscles our movements become less multidimensional and refined. We call this ‘stiff’. If you’ve ever had an injury that left you immobilized in a joint for a number of weeks, you’ve noticed this in your process of rehabilitation. Physical therapists include deep tissue massage in their treatments as ways of recovering this loss of mobility and literally breaking up “the fuzz”. A sedentary life, or physical activities that limit motion to simple gross-motor movements can have the same effect. We notice we’re no longer able to stretch as high for the tennis serve. Turning around in the car to parallel park becomes more difficult.

I first saw the video about “the fuzz” a few years ago in a workshop I took from a dear teacher of mine, Paul Grilley. Paul teaches the most practical (and eye-opening) anatomy lessons I’ve ever had. He transformed the way I think of alignment in yoga (and in everything else too).

I had never actually mentioned the ‘fuzz’ concept in any of my classes before. I’m not sure why. Anyway, that very day…the day I (it felt like not so eloquently) introduced “the fuzz” for the first time in one of my classes, my dear friend Brendan Armm posted “the fuzz” video on Facebook. What are the chances? I snapped it right up, and am happy now to pass it onto you.

The video is by a brilliant Ph.D, Gil Hedley. Anyone interested in anatomy can take his workshops and attend a dissection of a human cadaver. For the less adventurous, you can buy a video of a dissection, and see the real world examples of what is going on inside your body. He’s a fascinating narrator, as you will see below. The unique thing about Dr. Hedley, is that he is very spiritual in his approach to understanding the human physical form; he is personal, respectful, and sensitive in his explorations.

A little warning: The following video includes some very palatable for the average person (in my opinion) video of “the fuzz” in the tissues of a real human cadaver. Enjoy!!

Valerie

Gil Hedley: Fascia and stretching: The Fuzz Speech

A New Year Means New Food

consultationSo it’s not the most original New year’s resolution… but in 2010 I told myself I would eat healthier. I generally don’t have a terrible diet. Compared to some of my acquaintances, who live on a staple of Burger King and Taco Bell, I am positively zen. However, I do have weaknesses that bring me down. Weaknesses like bread – I could easily eat a loaf a day – and white rice and Miller HighLife (it’s the champagne of beers) and British tea with milk and sugar and, well, anything that tastes remotely sweet and candy-like. It was with these weaknesses in mind, and a desire to improve my diet, that I went to see Jocelyn.

Slightly nervous, although everyone I spoke to who had seen Jocelyn assured me of her patience and brilliance, I sat down and shared what I had eaten for the last 24 hours. After talking to me about my eating preferences and habits, she then began to make some positive suggestions; taking into account my likes and dislikes. Suggestions such as yogurt and nuts with my cereal in the morning to provide me with protein to give me more energy throughout the day, or fish once a week to make sure I get those all important Omega 3’s!

All the changes she brought up sounded very do-able. I can often be picky about foods and stubborn, I’m sure my partner would be glad to testify to that, but Jocelyn’s smile and common sense approach prevented me from ever digging my heals in. She asked about my family history and any medical issues I had and looked for foods that could help me feel good and avoid any future health problems. I really valued this approach as it helped me to try things that perhaps I would ordinarily dismiss as “not for me”… such as hummus! After trying it once a few years ago I hated hummus and decided chickpeas were for hippies. After discussing what it was that I didn’t like about hummus, Jocelyn suggested I try a particular brand and low and behold now I eat hummus on all of my sandwiches… and listen to The Grateful Dead.

At the end of the consultation she handed me a a list of everything we had discussed; complete with a grocery list of where to buy the items. And on the list there were even sweet treats! A week into my new regime I do feel better. There have been lapses, I guess that comes with the territory when your friends like Taco Bell, but on the whole I’m on a march to good health… powered by flax seed, walnuts and spinach. While many who make the resolution to eat better quickly recoil into a familiar groove of carbs and Coors come February, I think I can stick to it. Why? Well, fortunately for me, I work at NOURISH and have access to the all-knowing nutrition queen… Jocelyn Dubin!

Anthony

Sausage-less Sausage

I am not a vegetarian. My partner is though… which basically makes me a vegetarian.

However, my partner is not one of those vegetarians that does not like meat. She’s an ethical vegetarian; which means while she doesn’t agree with how the food reaches the plate, she sure likes the taste of some of it. Which is how why we came to discover the taste sensation that is Trader Joe’s Sausageless Sausage!

Now, without wanting to sound like a commercial, this product is seriously great. Coming from England, I have high standards when it comes to bangers. Previous to our discovery we had tried various other brands of veggie sausage; most of which, at least to me, tasted like rubbish. However, with the sausageless sausage, they have nailed the texture and flavors.

It does not taste exactly like it’s pork cousin, as fake meat never does, but the ingredients they use give it a warm and herby feeling; not unlike the stuffing you eat at Christmas time. What’s more, the reduced cooking time and firmer consistency make it super versatile. We eat it for breakfast and in pasta, stir-frys, salads and sandwiches.

In terms of it’s nutritional value, it’s not bad either. It has a fairly high sodium content (which no doubt explains why it tastes so good) and contains some saturated fats, but being made from soy it is full of protein and even has some fiber.

So if you’re a vegetarian, vegan or even a meat eater looking for a healthier option, I would recommend you give these little links of love a try… and thank me later!

Anthony

What do you value?

Last week one of our dedicated yoga students sent and email regarding the NOURISH Core Values that are listed on our website. Here is the text of that email:

“Dear Nourish Staff,

Thank you for the confirmation for my appointment with Jocelyn. Today I had the pleasure of having time to read all of Nourish’s information. It is great.

I would like to add a Core Value that I believe is missing, having been devoted to the Om/Nourish family now for years. That is the value of LISTENING. I would like to see the core value “WE LISTEN to and embrace suggestions, questions, concerns and joys of our clients, members, students, and customers.” As I read the list, I missed that important element [of the Dubin family(well, Dalia is still in training)(smile)].

Though I have not had many classes with Kate and Roxanne, I have found them, as well, always willing to listen to any question, or happy to share some tidbit of life experience I or anyone after class had to share with them. They listen. I also find both of those ladies so open and willing to share their lives with us, supporting and giving a foundation for a family of professionals who truly care about nourishing the health of anyone who is willing to give even the smallest amount of their time toward bettering their lives and walking through the doors of NOURISH. Thus, both Kate and Roxanne seem to me to be in concert with Victor and Jocelyn in the Core Value of Listening.

In our cultural climate, in our political atmosphere, in a world where the importance of individualism sometimes erodes, or shades the importance of social values, compassion and the development of camaraderie, listening is a skill often missed, yet yearned for. Victor and Jocelyn Dubin have always listened well to me, my friends and family. I have over the years, observed them continually take an interest in participants’ needs through active listening, a quality that is essential to NOURISH anyone’s mind, body and spirit.

Thank you, Namaste, and Aloha,

Kulani Kamaha’o

Devoted to Nourish”

Thanks Kulani. We are listening and you can expect the addition to our core values page soon.

Victor

Why We Do This

Jocelyn works late on Thursday nights. It’s the schedule we’ve had for a while now (Dalia in preschool all day M/W/F; On Tues. with me during the day and Jocelyn at night, on Thurs. with Joc during the day and me at night).

Most Thursday’s she’s in the office seeing clients who need after work hours appointments, or taking someone on a guided grocery shopping at New Leaf/TJ’s/Staff/Whole Foods. Tonight she was in Monterey at CHOMP giving a presentation for the American Cancer Society, “Fight Cancer With Your Fork.”

Until February of 2009 Jocelyn worked part time at the Monterey Bay Oncology Center doing in person and phone consultations with cancer patients. In that capacity she mostly helped patients find foods they could keep down during chemotherapy, find nutrients to support getting well, and for some simply find joy in one of the basic pleasures of life during their transition into death.

Tonight, the spouse of one of those patients came to the presentation in order to meet Jocelyn in person and share how much the sessions his wife had had with Jocelyn in the last weeks of her life had meant to them and their family.

While she told me this my eyes swelled with tears. Tears of pride (I am so proud of my wife). Tears of sorrow (suffering and loss). Tears of gratitude.

Victor