You may not know who Bianca Simonian is, but you’ve
probably wolfed down one of her damn tasty breakfasts at the Early Bird Cafés
in Fahaheel or Jabriya. We all know the tribulations and difficulties we can
face trying to live a healthy lifestyle here in Kuwait. As an LA native Bianca
sometimes misses her health-crazed home town, but she’s always trying to
introduce her health-conscious mind-set to her adopted home. So when she
arrived back from Thailand, where she’d dedicated herself to a seven day
cleansing and purification program, she couldn’t wait to tell bazaar all about
it, spreading the word to all you readers.
This was her experience.
Every time I visit Thailand
I have to overcome obstacles. It’s like I’m being challenged by a higher power
– I have to prove I’m worthy of reaching paradise. In the past I’ve experienced
minor nuisances such as the Malaysian lady who wouldn’t stop jabbering or the
Thai child inexplicably shouting out in Italian on my last flight. But this
year I thought I would have to give my life to prove my worth. Traveling
through a sandstorm, the pilot tried twice to land in Doha and it felt like we
were in the spin cycle of a washing machine each time. I didn’t know which way
was up or down. When the guy a couple of seats over started praying, I thought
I was toast for sure. We eventually got redirected and landed without incident
in Al Ain. And I thought sandstorms were annoying in the city…
With a feeling of
accomplishment I arrived in Thailand and then on to Atmanjai in Phuket.
Browsing through the brochure on my arrival, I learned that at Atmanjai
Wellness Center, they believe the key to purification is not simply about
cleansing the body but also about clearing the mind, too. This kind of
cleansing program can help with type 2 diabetes, skin problems, irritable bowel
syndrome and other stomach problems, too. While I was there a man with severe
eczema saw his skin almost clear up from the cleansing.
I had opted for the Raw
Cleanse which focuses on colemas twice daily and
cleansing drinks; one with magnesium oxide, bentonite clay, psyllium and one
with honey and apple cider vinegar. I would also be drinking herbal tea
throughout the day, a vegetable broth in the evening and taking a cleansing
blend and herbal nutrition supplement daily. This would be paired with daily
yoga sessions and massages.
I couldn’t wait to rid my
body of all those toxins.
After the ordeal of
getting here today I was filled with fatigue. Early morning yoga started the
day after my first cleansing shake. In the afternoon I walked around Rawai and
Instagram’d; so much to see. A self-administered colema brings a whole new
meaning to the term ‘letting go’ by the way! During the day I met expat bankers
living in Singapore, A Lebanese film director, an artist from San Francisco,
and a couple from Australia on their routine bi-annual cleanse. I took an
evening meditation class and early to bed.
Still adjusting to the
daily routine today. Did yoga again in the morning and a swim in the afternoon.
Had a fair amount of energy still, so feeling pretty good. As I’m writing this
I realize I can smell cigarette smoke on everything I own (of course, no
smoking allowed here).
Didn’t sleep much at all
last night and woke up exhausted; was told that the third day is the toughest
as your body is eliminating the toxins. Managed to make it through the day
sticking to my cleanse though. The weather was fantastic and I was told I was
radiating after a healing session which helped me get through the day. I took a
sauna which was a bit too much with the heat and the detox. Ran in the morning
today and swam in the afternoon but looking forward to my yoga session with
Julie tomorrow who mentored me on my last brief stint in Thailand.
Felt much better today.
Realized that I’ve not really been hungry since being here. We are always
putting something into our body like shakes, teas, broth or raw vegetables.
Didn’t get to tan today as it poured down. Julie cancelled the yoga and so went
for a run in the morning.
Went to a raw food
“cooking” class where we made cheese out of cashews, crackers out of flax and
veg, pad thai from zucchini noodles (delicious!) and met a lot of seriously
quirky people. Must be something about raw food that attracts these kinds of
people. What does that say about me?
Lost two-and-a-half kilos
so far! My blood pressure has also dropped considerably. It rained again today
but it made my morning run so liberating. I swam again in the afternoon.
Finally got to see Julia
today for my hour-and-a-half private yoga session. I ran again in the morning
and ventured into town with a couple of fellow cleansers in the evening. Three
kilos of weight shed so far!
Last day. Took a walk in
the morning and squeezed in a final few sessions of energy work before heading
off to Bangkok. In Bangkok I took a hot yoga class the next day. It was on the
nineteenth floor of a building downtown and heated to between 45 and 50 degrees
Celsius. I was the only white girl among about forty Thais. In Thailand I never
feel like I don’t belong.
I love the bliss that
Thailand provides – the magic of the place. I left feeling blessed by the
sanctitude that this magnificent country breathes. I have brought back what I
learned there and look forward to using it to bring success to 2012. When I was
in Thailand I realized that nothing is forever and I found comfort in that
impermanence. I will shine a different colored light from now on and live like
the old “new” me.
Let it be.