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An Afternoon In Rodin’s Sculpture Garden

October 28, 2012

During my fast on Thursday, I went for a walk to Rodin’s Sculpture Garden. It’s actually part of the Rodin Museum. But whereas the entry fee for the museum is €10, the garden costs only €1 to get in. This is one of the smaller gardens in Paris compared to the Luxembourg and the Tuilleries. But its small mellow setting and the remarkable collection of statues inside makes it excellent grounds for a long, leisurely afternoon stroll.

The Thinker, the famous statue by Rodin, is more imposing in person than I would have thought. The rest of the statues too are magnificent in their own right. Their carved bodies are sinewy, tortured and posed in unusual ways. Looking at photos would not be able to do these statues any justice. But anyway, as I’ve already mentioned, I’ll post some of the photos that Oliver and I took from our afternoon walk in Rodin’s Sculpture Garden.

On a separate note, today Sunday is the last day of my 7 day cleanse. Hooray!! High five me.

So far, I’ve gotten through this week like a champ! But then again, this isn’t the first time I’ve done a cleanse. It’s my second time actually. The last time I tried to do a cleanse was in the spring, and that went terribly. All I could think about were croissants, croissants, croissants, coffee, coffee, coffee. I cracked by the fifth day. And when I say I cracked, I mean I cracked with a vengeance. Four weeks later, I was still trying to make up for all the food that I had deprived myself of during those five miserable days.

This time around however, I’ve been able to dismiss my cravings with grace. Yes, after this cleanse is over, I will still continue to enjoy my croissant and coffee from time to time. But I can now confidently say that food cravings no longer rule my life. Cravings come to me, I acknowledge them, and I let them go. This is a habit that develops when you practice cleansing. Next to the positive health benefits of eating nothing but simple, clean, pure foods for a week, I consider the subtle change in my relationship with food very important.

Doing a cleanse not only gives our digestive system a chance to reset, but it is also gives us a time to pause. To reflect upon why we eat what we eat when we eat. For example, I noticed that I always want to eat something sweet to cheer myself up. Like a pastry. Also, the possibility of hanging out with friends became more exciting with the thought of having an excuse to get carried away eating junk foods. Does this happen to you too? Anyway, we can dig more into this subject later (hint: a 7 Day Ziba Cleanse Guide is in the works!).

So finally.

We are going to switch things up again. Next week I’m going back to focusing on other areas of Beauty besides health. There are so many topics to explore, which is why I very much enjoy writing about the nature of Beauty as a whole. Next week we are getting into hair care and make up! I’ll show you some products that I like, because I think you will like them too:)

And oh yeah, the photos!! The photos! Don’t forget about ze photos!

So here they are. Enjoy!

xoxo
Kareen

 

 

 

So Begins My Fall Detox

October 21, 2012

We are used to the idea of spring cleaning and doing detoxes in the spring time. Spring is, after all, the season for renewal and rejuvenation. But doing a cleanse in the fall? I think it also makes perfect sense. Fall is another transitional season. It is a time to slow down, bring the attention inward, and prepare the mind and the body for the colder, busier and festive times ahead.

Tomorrow begins my one week cleanse. No rich meats, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy, no alcohol, and no caffeine. Just lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, gluten free-grains, some fish, lots of lemon water and green tea. I will also be doing yoga and meditative sessions every day. And I will be doing something I have never ever done before… I am going to fast. Yeah, I know. One day of fasting is not that crazy. But still, I mentally have to prepare myself for it.

This is not meant to be the type of dramatic cleanse that will put the body into shock. Rather, it will be a gentle cleanse aimed to help support my cleansing systems, especially the liver which is often overloaded with the task of removing toxins from the body.

I am also going to be limiting the time that I spend on the computer, so I will wait until the end of my cleanse to write about it. However, I will be twittering regularly about my cleanse, so you can keep up with me @ZibaByNature.

If you are considering taking the time out to reset your mind and your body, then I encourage you to read this article on Season of Change, Ayurveda Detox from Yoga Journal. It will help give you a better grasp on the importance of doing a gentle, fall detox and ideas on how to go about it.

Wish me du courage, my dears!

Close your eyes and you will see clearly.
Cease to listen and you will hear truth.
Be silent and your heart will sing.
Seek no contact and you will find union.
Be still and you will move on the tide of the spirit.
Be gentle and you will need no strength.
Be patient and you will achieve all things.
Be humble and you will remain entire.
– Taoist Poem