So, you’ve booked a stay at Juicy Oasis, huh? Or perhaps you’re thinking about visiting a health retreat or going on a detox. I’m back from my challenge at Juicy Oasis in Portugal (you can read the review here). It entailed a week of no solid food (just fresh juices and soups), exercise classes and yoga. During my stay I discovered some tips that will help you for your own visit, be that to Juicy Oasis or elsewhere. Here are seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW) for detoxing at a health retreat:
♥ Laugh in the Face of Temptation
Yes, I know it’s scary to think that you won’t be eating any solid food for seven days, but try to resist taking emergency food supplies in your bag – they’ll only tempt you. I tend to eat all day and was surprised at how well I coped. It wasn’t just me – all of the guests managed it. At Juicy Oasis there is a small onsite shop that stocks some approved energy bars, so if you really do struggle you can buy one. Apparently one won’t interfere with your detox. Apparently a few months ago one guest worked out that she had eaten thirty-six bars during her one week stay! Kind of defies the point of a detox.
♥ Secret Luggage
If you’re staying at Juicy Oasis you will get your very own free beach towel to take home with you – sorry to spoil the surprise. The towels are actually really nice, so save some space in your luggage. I squeezed all of my belongings into a carry-on case (it was so tight I had to sit on top of it), and then at the end of the week found myself having to wear a million layers to be able to fit the towel in. You don’t want to have to wear the towel on your head like you’ve just got out of the shower – you’d get a few funny looks at the airport.
♥ Team Player
Do all of the activities that are mapped out for you. Apparently the transformation in body shape and weight is so different when you compare someone that just has the juices and someone that combines them with the workouts. A few people were a bit dubious about yoga, especially the meditation one, but after the class they were so glad they had gone and went for the rest of the week. Give it a go, even if it’s just once. You’ve spent the money on the week/weekend so you may as well get the most out of it.
If you’re visiting Juicy Oasis, don’t bring shampoo, conditioner or shower gel. Your bathroom will be stocked with generous vegan friendly ones that smell divine. You can also buy moisturisers and lotions in the shop, but bear in mind that most of them are over 100ml so unless you use them entirely during your stay you’ll need hold-luggage to get them home.
Do the twenty minute stint in the sauna followed by the jump straight into the mountain water pool. Yes, it’s icy cold (even in summer), but your body will love you for it. The difference in the temperatures is said to be really good for your lymph nodes. I hate feeling cold and I’m not a huge fan of water, so when they told me to jump I declared I would never do it. Fast forward to day two and a bit of competitiveness saw me do it. It was bloody freezing, but a trip back into the sauna soon warmed me up. It really helps with any achy limbs.
European retreats are usually geared up for the summer even though they are open in the cooler months. I visited Portugal in February. During the daily walks through the Eucalyptus trees and around the river, I found that although my body heated up, my hands were always cold even in my pockets (damn my poor circulation). A pair of thin, regular gloves would be a good idea for your packing list. Even if you’re planning on visiting in a warmer month, the early mornings and late evenings can get a little chilly.
♥ Be You
If your sports wardrobe is full of Sweaty Betty then go ahead and wear it. If, your clobber is more Primarni it really doesn’t matter. I know Juicy Oasis is really pretty on the eyes, but don’t let this make you feel like you have to be in designer workout wear. There was a real mixture of fashion during my stay. Don’t worry about having to have tamed hair and perfect make up either. The detox is as much about your lifestyle as it is your mind and body – give your skin a break and leave your hair to dry on its own even if that means it will be a little frizzy.
If this is going to be your first detox or first experience of a health retreat (like it was for me), please don’t worry. You’re going to have an amazing time. If you have any other suggestions feel free to leave a comment or reach me on Twitter/FB/Google+ using the #7POW hash tag. Oh, and you can find a suggested packing list (ear plugs, eye masks etc) for a detox/fitness break here. X
*I was a guest of Juicy Oasis.
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