When people ask me how I have managed to last so long on Gerson Therapy -- a strict regime of juicing, coffee enemas, and eating only food we have prepared ourselves -- I say that I think of it kind of like an extended stay at a health retreat. I may have been pretty much house bound for the past two years while healing myself from cancer, but at least I’ve done it in style. For both functional and pleasurable reasons, we have quite literally turned our home into a health retreat.
Here are some ways you can do the same:
1. Create a meditation room
A sacred space where you can retreat to spend time in stillness, silence, and solitude is the best way to invite some of that “health retreat” peacefulness into your home. It will also make it easier for you to stick to your promises of cultivating a beneficial meditation practice. Clear out a room (or corner of the house if you don’t have extra rooms), add meditation cushions or stools, throw in some blankets, create an alter adorned with candles, crystals and angel cards, and you’ve got yourself one sweet space to get your OM on.
2. Zen out your bedroom
Clear all of the clutter to promote peace and calming. Bring in some lamps so that you can dim the lights at night and prepare your mind for sleep. Remove all electrical items from the room so that EMFs and dirty electricity aren’t interfering with your sleep. Your body is doing the majority of its healing while you slumber – honour that by making your bedroom the healthiest room in the house.
3. Invest in a juicer and a blender
Whether you’re doing an official “cleanse” or you just want to inject some healthy into your day, juices and smoothies are a must. To make these you will, of course, need the appropriate equipment. Go here for a free e-book containing 80 green smoothie recipes to get you started.
4. Keep your fridge stocked with fresh fruits and veggies
Following on from the step above, if you’re going to make delicious and healthy juices and smoothies you will need to have a substantial supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Going beyond drinks though, eating fresh living food every day is the best thing you can do for your body. Swap anything packaged and processed for amazing live foods to create beautiful big salads, healing soups, and tasty veggie dishes.
5. Clear out the chemicals
Go through your kitchen and bathroom cupboards and take inventory of how many toxic chemicals you have lurking in them. Use certified organic products in your beauty and cleaning regime, and research natural alternatives to chemical-laden products. Go here for more tips of detoxifying your home.
6. Display candles...and actually light them
This is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to instantly transform the ambiance of any living space. Just make sure you buy candles made from natural wax (like soy or beeswax), and don’t be one of those people who uses their candles for dust-collecting purposes only. Candles are designed to be lit! Place them in the bedroom, lounge room, kitchen, dining room, and especially the bathroom.
7. Invite nature into your space
Not only will they improve the air quality of your space by emitting oxygen and mopping up any positive ions, living plants will bring the healing properties of nature into your home. The peace lily mops up ammonia, acetone, ethyl acetate, benzene and formaldehyde from the atmosphere. Other good indoor plants include succulents, aloe vera, bamboo palm, spider plant and weeping fig.