It's not too late. There's still a bit of January left to get
those New Year resolutions going. And if you're still feeling a bit
bleugh after a long old festive feast, then kick-start that 'new
2013 you' you've promised yourself, with a cleanse. And I'm not
talking a quick bath.
Sitting on my desk is a fun-looking box filled with alluring
'Wonderland' jars. Instead of 'drink me, eat me', labels read
'clean green or super multi'. But I am under no illusion here, this
is a box of pain. The idea is that you swallow and chomp on the
pills, cutting out acidic forming food and replacing it with
alkaline as directed and after 12 days all sorts of good stuff will
happen to you.
The cleanse has been devised by yoga teacher and health expert
Chris James, who after graduating from King's College with a degree
in theology, travelled to India where he cruised about on a 1952
Enfield motorbike, making his living buying and selling antique
textiles. But it was on a trip to the Himalayas that he was first
introduced to yoga. "I was always attracted to people who'd studied
yoga," explains James, "particularly by how enthusiastic and
committed they were. That's how it began."
He got hooked and practised daily for hours. But when James
broke his neck after being brutally beaten up, yoga took on a
greater significance. "My doctor said that if I hadn't been so
strong thanks to yoga, I'd be in a wheelchair." So after two years
of putting his body back together, Chris began teaching his
friends. Who told their friends. And word spread.
To complement his yoga teachings and to give the body a good
internal clean, Chris has launched his cleanse, promising a 'Brand
new you' in 12 days. And if you fall into a rut when the caffeine
withdrawal headache kicks in, or you are desperate for a bar of
Galaxy, then there's plenty of support via an interactive forum,
online videos and Chris's team members ready to take calls.
"The consensus is that with this cleanse you can lose a dress
size," says James, "But it's more about health, breaking bad
habits, shifting a gear and restarting your metabolism." He adds,
"I'm on day 11 of the cleanse and my skin is glowing and the whites
of my eyes are sparkling - and I'm no saint - I like a glass of red
wine and a coffee!"
The box on my desk is still open, now I just need to start… It's
never too late.
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