Saturday Morning Coffee with Mr. Living in Peru

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Dear Friends,

I don’t know if the planets had been aligned, or it was because I was surrounded by friends who all wanted to live a healthier life or it was the movie “What the Health”, but last week, I decided to change my life for something healthier (without going crazy) to feel better about my lifestyle, the environment and set a good example for my sons.

In the movie they say, if you want to change your life, take a good look at your diet, and if you believe that you can improve, then do it.

If you wish to lose some weight too (YES, Please), my friend Anita told me, it all starts with a detox. I said “WHAT”?!
Yes, if you do a detox for your body, you’ll have a much better start for starting a healthier lifestyle. She recommended me a detox program from Green Press – www.greenpress.com.pe, who is offering plans with delicious cold pressed juices without any preservatives – 6 bottles a day + a bottle of almond milk.

In the past, I had to fast for 12-18 hours before a surgery and I remember it was hell.

Also, many of friends told me how much they had suffered when trying to lose weight by not eating anything but healthy soups made from vegetables.
I won’t say I was scared, but I must admit I was a little worried about failing my attempt to detox my body for 3 days. Nevertheless, I found the necessary courage and ordered online my juices to do the complete 3-day detox program.

The juices arrived the night before and I was impressed by the delivery service.

Not only did they send me text messages saying that they were on their way, but they also called to ensure I was home to receive my juices and store them correctly in the refrigerator.
I was excited and felt like a little boy on a mission, not only to lose weight but also improve my body and prepare myself for a better future with an improved lifestyle.
With the juices also arrives a short introduction to what is going to happen to your body throughout the detox, which could last up to 7 days. I wasn’t that brave when I started 😉
The plan is set for you and you’ll have a 450 ml bottle of juice at 8 am10 am12 noon2 pm5 pm and 8 pm and if you feel hungry, you can drink the almond milk, which will make you feel less hungry. One juice tastes better than the other and each juice contains between 1-2 kilos of fruits and vegetables. On greenpress’ website,  you can see in detail which flavors each juice consist of.

According to the brochure and information on the website, the detox will help you:

Detox your body
Improve your health
Regulate your weight (I lost 2.2 kilos during the three days)
Make you feel more energized
Improve your humor
Strengthen your immune system
Improve your digestion
Relax you and much more…
It is not advisable to drink alcohol and drinks with caffeine. Besides that, you can live a more or less normal life, as long as you get 7-9 hours of sleep.

So how did my detox go?

 Surprisingly enough, I had no problem drinking juices for three days. I never felt hungry and for two days I didn’t even have a need to drink my almond milk. Not because I didn’t like it, I just wasn’t hungry.
My body did complain from time to time, as I didn’t get the regular amount of fat, calories and maybe protein, but it didn’t matter at the end, as I felt good when going to sleep and slept like a baby for 8-9 hours. By the end of the day, I occasionally did have a little headache but got over it after a good night of sleep.
I’m convinced I easily could have continued another 2-3 days, but now I know that for the next time. On day 4, I instead only drank homemade vegetable soup all day long (with some homemade Campesino bread), which made me happy, as I finally had something to chew on.
On day 5 I started to eat normally again, but I’ve cut down on meats and processed food and increased my appetite for meals with more vegetables and fruits.
No, I’m not going to go completely vegan, as there are too many things I enjoy from my existing world. I am, however, thinking more about what I’m feeding my body, and I’ve learned that even if you go vegan, you can have an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle (just ask our editor, Hope Ansanelli ). It is not dangerous 🙂

Also, as you’ll probably know, the strongest animals in the world are all vegans.

I hope this article has been helpful and that it’ll help you if you are considering a detox of some kind.
🙂

This weeks joke:

A blonde is overweight so her doctor puts her on a diet. “I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day and repeat for two weeks and you’ll lose at least five pounds.” When the blonde returns, she’s lost nearly 20 pounds. The doctor exclaims, “That’s amazing! Did you follow my diet?” The blonde nods. “I thought I was going to drop dead every third day from all the skipping!”

Have a great and healthy weekend – Carsten

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Carsten Korch

Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily, and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.