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Cleansing your system of toxins and bad habits: The Master Cleanse

In Philippine Star Column on August 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm
Soup opera: Break your fast with vegetable soups that are packed with goodness.

There is probably nothing more musical to one’s ears than the words “You look great! You’re so payat!” For most of us weight-obsessed individuals, the battle of the bulge takes up much of our daily conversations with friends, family and even total strangers. Have you ever gotten the “Hey! Have you lost/gained weight?” in place of a simple “How are you?” Our foreign visitors often have to be briefed that the mention of their current state of, well, body mass index is as normal as talking about the weather and they should not take offense. No matter what time of year it is in our country, thin is always in. I still remember those (including myself) who go on one ridiculous regimen after the other in the months leading up to Christmas because, we all know, even an Olympian will not be able to resist the temptations laid before him on a noche buena spread.

I can safely say I’ve been on both crazy to not-so-crazy diets, ones with ridiculous anagram meanings, to ones that were healthy, but needed medical supervision in order to do it without going stir-crazy. I had come to a part of my life wherein I was just plain old tired of yoyo-ing from one dress size to another. Not to mention that drastic dieting does take its toll on your skin and well-being. Sure, you can lose a dramatic amount of weight if you want to in a very short period of time, but if you didn’t change anything else about you (say, your attitude towards food and/or stress) you’ll just binge your way back to overweight glory in no time. Looking at the mirror and wondering where the skinniness of my youth went was not the best way to start or end the day.

It was early in this year that I made the conscious decision to pay equal focus to both my mind and my body. So I enrolled in yoga teacher training and for that whole month, I went vegetarian. Thirty days of intense yoga plus lighter fare started to make a difference in my overall well-being. Since some yoga poses require you to carry your own body weight, a shrinking body mass helps your practice dramatically. That month I must have dropped almost 10 pounds and was feeling strong and more aware of my body, so I then decided to do a detox, choosing Stanley Burrough’s Master Cleanse. A caveat: I am not in any capacity a nutritionist, but I have learned to do my due diligence before starting something new. The Master Cleanse, known more popularly as “The Lemonade Diet,” works on the premise of cleaning out your system completely and providing a brand new spanking “you” inside, after a minimum 10-day rest period from all the food and beverage that you may be addicted to. If you think you aren’t addicted, see how long you can go without sweets, coffee or even processed foods such as white rice or cheese.

This cleanse asks you to rid yourself of your bad food habits by committing to only drinking a concoction of organic lemons, water, cayenne pepper and grade B maple syrup, combining it with light to no exercise, and rest. Going into the diet, you have to start to wean yourself off of meats, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods, etc., so that by day one you can go through your day with a thermos or two filled with liquid gold. This detox is not for the fainthearted. You have to commit and realize that a majority of your eating habits (the bad ones) are due to your emotional attachment to food, drink and even the social relationships you associate with eating. The first two days are relatively easy; pride is what can carry you through the first 48 hours, plus by the second day you may already lose two pounds, which feels pretty good. It’s Day 3 that is the biggest hurdle (at least in my case). Much like a drug addict or alcoholic goes through withdrawal symptoms, I got a headache and the sweats (others got stomachaches or feverish symptoms) and you feel like you need a food “hit.” You just have to keep drinking the lemonade blend and even more water and, if you find yourself constipated, an herbal laxative tea.

Days 4-6 is when it begins to dawn on you how little you need food, or at the very least, how much food and drink you over-indulge in, because you are now feeling more alert and strong considering it’s been days since your last swallow of solid food. Days 7-8 are also challenging because you may start to argue with yourself, and say things like “I’m more than halfway done, I can quit now.” Or “I’ve already lost almost 10 pounds, I can stop this!” You can lose about 1-2 pounds a day on a Master Cleanse,” but bear in mind that 60 percent of what you lose is water weight. By Day 9-10 you are feeling stronger than ever, lighter, and if you have had problems sleeping, you will find that you don’t need to sleep as often or as long and still feel energized. Not to mention your skin and eyes are brighter than they’ve ever been. If 10 days is your maximum, then start to wean yourself back to the non-liquid intake slowly. I would highly recommend the super food smoothies of Edgy Veggy ( or the slow-cooked vegetable soups of Real Girl Toy Kitchen (www.realgirltoykitchen) to help you break your fast over Days 11-13.

Everyone’s experience with The Master Cleanse is different, so let me just share mine. I lost about 11 pounds during the time period and gained back four. But, since my appetite and stomach had decreased in size, I was no longer as hungry as I used to be, and my metabolism had also increased and hasn’t decreased since the fast. I am at my lightest weight now, having lost an additional 15 pounds since going off the fast in May and I’ve dropped three dress sizes. A detox is for an overall rehaul that can result in not only cleansing one’s body but kicking dependence on food to make one feel good. Check out to see if this is the detox for you.

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SOUL TRAIN By Katrina H. Holigores (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 9, 2013 – 12:00am

Eating based on blood type-The Chrono Geno Nutrition Diet

In Living a Life Off-Center on May 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

It’s been some time since I’ve come out with a blog. 2013 has certainly been a busy one for me, but one filled with an enormous about of blessings. From travels, to seminars, to new work opportunities, I cannot share enough of how grateful I am for this year, and look forward with open arms and an open heart to even more blessings coming in. One thing that I am not wanting to welcome in is more weight gain, and since early May I have committed myself, with all seriousness to finally changing the shape and health of my body.

First of all, I went semi-vegetarian for fifteen days, and then I plunged into Stanley Burrough’s Master Cleanse for ten days. Some of you may know this as the “lemonade diet” or the diet Beyonce went on to get fit and trim for the movie Dreamgirls. Suffice to say, I lost around 11 lbs in those intense 10 days and that gave me the confidence to continue shedding more of my excess weights. My former beauty editor in my former magazine job, Erica Paredes, recommended I try the Chrono Geno Nutrition diet from Belle Today ( The diet was to be customized based on one’s blood type, activity level, food tolerance (if any) as well as eating lifestyle. I decided to give it a go and after the election holiday I decided to start.

The website with personalized coaching as well as diet suggestions and plans.

The website with personalized coaching as well as diet suggestions and plans.

I spoke to my personal dietician Charmaine who interviewed me on what my eating habits were. Mine are not great, only because I’m always on the move and find myself eating out more than eating at home. Plus, I don’t have the talent for cooking, so that is an even greater challenge as I normally eat what’s put in front of me when I dine at home. My activity level was good, as I do yoga 3-4x a week, walk 5k almost everyday and have started doing a crossfit type aerobic and weight resistance program called HEAT 1x a week. Still, I was told, being a type O, there were certain foods that were considered favorable (can eat with frequency), neutral (foods that don’t give too many benefits) and unfavorable (foods that should NOT be eaten more than twice a week.) I was asked to commit for three months, although with only about 10lbs to shed, I was assured I could probably take that off and keep it off after one month of commitment.

I was also given several online tools; to journal my weight loss, inch loss, see what meals I would eat for phase 1-4 as well as a shopping list of what to buy for the week ahead. There was also a daily video and a weekly call promised to keep me encouraged enough to go on as well as track my progress. The pros and cons of knowing your blood type and seeing which foods to eat is to show how much genetics plays into our weight loss. Dr. Chauchard, a french doctor who came up with this program says ” “We eat and lose weight based on our genes.” Sadly, mine was quite intolerant to starch (rice, pasta, breads, desserts-which I love) as well as most dairy, but it did allow me a good amount of protein such as beef, lamb and seafood, with of course, lots of greens and fiber.

Healthy balance of protein, greens and fibers is key for my blood type.

Healthy balance of protein, greens and fibers is key for my blood type.

There was of course, some resistance from me when I was first given my meal plan. Certain foods that I don’t look forward to such as oat bran (for fiber) and chicken ( I prefer red meats) but I was told that I could switch the chicken with seafood or lean beef, as for the oat bran-well, that was a non-negotiable, as it would help regulate (for lack of a better term) the way I would process and eliminate what I ate. Also, there was the “Chauchard tea” that I was supposed to take three times a day that would help in reducing bloating as well as help my metabolism. The meal plan, although not as appetizing as a restaurant menu guaranteed I wouldn’t feel deprived the whole day. Oh, and because Chauchard is french, the continuing phases allowed for chocolates, cheeses and even wine. Thank goodness. The first two weeks though had me munching on dark chocolate and almonds for a snack, and dairy wise I was only allowed low-fat soy milk and  yogurt.

The meal plan includes recipes, for certain foods that you may not normally serve at home such as a quiche-like egg dish for breakfast. What I enjoyed about having so much personal attention from my dietician is that I didn’t have to sacrifice my social life, I would tell her where I was going for lunch or dinner, if she could pull up the restaurant’s menu she could advise me on what to order that would still be acceptable for my program. Genius. Thank goodness for the internet as most restaurants do have their menu (or part of it) available for viewing online. Needless to say, there were days when I cheated a bit, having a little starch here and there, but I would always be honest and write this all down on my online weight loss journal. At the end of the first week, Charmaine would make a comment about what I did that was “ok” for my diet, and what I could have chosen instead of what I did on days that I veered off my program. Nothing negative, just giving me (for example) why I should have chosen a certain fruit instead of what I ate due to its glycemic index, thereby slowing down my progress.

Salad ways: Changing up when eating out. My nicoise sans potatoes and the dressing.

Salad ways: Changing up when eating out. My salad nicoise sans potatoes and the dressing.

Today, I’m on Day 1 of Week 2 of my Chrono-Geno Diet. I have lost about almost  3 lbs plus an inch from my waist, hips, biceps and thighs. Although I do find myself craving still, I also am enjoying the challenging of eating within the parameters of my diet (hopefully I don’t cheat too much this week) plus having someone to talk to about my progress as well as a cool shopping list that makes me feel like I’m on a mission every time I hit the supermarket. Hopefully, by the end of week 2 I will already hit my target weight, and can enter phase 3 and 4 that allows starch and dairy with more eating mindfulness.

Fingers crossed and weight scale waiting…

All-natural detox in a pill

In Living a Life Off-Center on October 24, 2010 at 6:39 am

A good friend of mine, Dr. Jason Penaranda has been making waves with his product called J-Caps. This is something I’ve promised I was going to try to get ready for the gluttony of the Christmas season. As I’m going abroad for about 2 weeks I thought I’d defer and try them once I returned.

In the meantime, you may be interested in what J-Caps is all about, feel free to try them out for yourself and I welcome any and all feedback!

A better (not bitter) pill!

Dr. Jason Peñaranda’s J Caps® is an all-natural herbal detoxification supplement. It was originally formulated as a response to demands for a natural supplement to help manage weight. Weight management is complex and involves a lot of factors – diet, metabolism, physical activities, stress, lifestyle, etc. In natural medicine, the approach is always holistic so these factors need to be addressed. 

Fat accumulation is the most obvious thing that needs to be addressed. The liver is the main organ that regulates metabolism of fat (and most everything else). Unfortunately, the liver is also the most abused internal organ since it has to deal with all the toxins that enter our body from processed food, synthetic drugs, pollution, etc. Eventually, liver function is compromised, fat metabolism is hampered, and fat accumulation begins. To manage weight effectively, an efficiently functioning liver is required. This is the missing key in most weight management programs.

Other important factors include nutrition and digestion, fluid balance (regulated by the kidneys), circulation (blood vessels and lymphatics), exercise, stress, and sleep.

For effective weight management, all these factors need to be addressed. This is the thought in mind when J Caps was formulated. The formulation has to cleanse and rejuvenate the liver. It has to aid digestion and elimination, support the filtering and fluid regulating capacity of the kidneys, purify the blood, improve the circulation, unclog the lymphatic vessels, help manage stress, and help raise metabolism. Fortunately for us, a lot of local herbs and spices with the properties we need are available locally. By combining these healing herbs in a capsule form, the J Caps was born.

While it was made primarily to manage weight, it is mainly a detox formulation. As such, it can help resolve a lot of health concerns by cleaning up the toxins in the different organ systems and thus create an environment that is closer to the ideal for the body to “reboot” itself.

Although it is a natural supplement, not taking any supplement is still the most natural way. Diet, exercise, adequate rest, stress management, and healthy lifestyle are still the most natural and most effective ways to detoxify, manage weight, and maintain health and well-being. But since most of us are not there yet, we can use a little help through supplements.


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