September is yoga month! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have become a total yoga junkie. It’s gone beyond just a daily practice. It’s a way of life. My yoga life as evolved from being able to land some really cool arm balance ( the reason I started ) to learning patience, self control, gratitude and charity. My confidence has soared. My self acceptance, including body image, has changed for the better as well. I could go on and on posting pictures from my journey so far and call it a day. I have shared that stuff in the past and I don’t want you to get bored one paragraph in.
What I do want to share with you is a book that recently picked up on a trip to Barnes & Noble. It is called Retox: Yoga * Food * Attitude – Healthy Solutions For Real Life by Lauren Imparato. Lauren is the founder of I.Am.You studios in NYC.
(The following review is my own thoughts based on parts of the book. I was not contacted by anyone involved with Retox or I.Am.You. to write this nor am I being compensated in any way. I’m just a girl on this lifestyle journey sharing what I love.)
I was on the fence about buying this book at first. I was worried that it would be another diet book. Or worse, it would be 362 pages of sales pitches as to why you need to buy some on line course or product to see results. (Yes you can buy the videos for the yoga portion on line but it’s not necessary.)
That shit really drives me crazy! I know you feel me too.
After reading about Lauren’s switch from wall street trader to yogi with nutritional science training, I knew I had made the right decision. She really dived deep into training to understand the body. Smart chick.
This actually is NOT a diet book at all. Retox is the opposite of detox. There is no elimination of whole food groups or crazy workout schedules to follow. This book focuses on balance between yoga, food and mindset. This is a plan for general living and how to keep it together on very given day. Lauren calls it LSP, or Life Stability Plan.
As a yoga instructor, Lauren takes you through twenty-one daily life issues and breaks it down into the three LSP’s:
- Yoga – flows and asanas geared specifically to heal your ailment
- Nourishment – Think of this as the “eat this not that” section.
- Mindset – explains the how and whys of what you are feeling and how to bring balance to that through meditation
There is something in here for everyone:
- Stress and anxiety
- Low energy
- Sleep deprivation
- Back pain
(Just to name a few)
You can run through the book section by section or skip around working on what your body needs most that day. For me, the first step was getting rid of the alien baby that is belly bloat.
The yoga flow ( shown above ) is designed to focus on core movements and twists that activate your organs helping to release toxins. Each flow takes 20-30 minutes to complete. There are also quick fixes and desk flows for when you are short on time. Perfect considering I always seem to be running late.
Nourishment tells me about foods that may be causing the bloating such as:
- Soy (check!)
- Eggplant / cucumber (check!)
- Chia / nuts ((check!)(check!)
- Raw foods (mmmmm some )
- Spicy foods (check!)
You may have issues with all these foods or just a few. If you notice certain things you eat are making you bloated, avoid them. If you can tolerate them in moderation, go for it. Just don’t over do it.
The retox instant debloaters include:
- Warm water
- Cooked foods
- Some herbal teas like mint or chamomile
The reasons why each of these foods hurt or heal you is explained in the book as well.
Mindset: Your gut is sometimes referred to as your second brain. When faced with uncertainty, your guy can get all funky. The stress can cause unbalance causing bloat. Sometimes you can’t just “let is go”. you literally need to learn to trust your gut. The retox goal here is to train your mind to process the events and emotions around you. Write down what is stressing you. How does it make you feel? What are ways you can improve your situation? Then, sit tall, clear your mind and focus on your breath. Follow Lauren’s guided meditation then move on with your day.
After reading through each section in Retox, I had a few ah-ha moments. Some things were obvious. But Lauren brings science into her explanations so that it makes more sense. Don’t recoil by that statement. She doesn’t get all nerdy on you. There is so much information packed into these pages that I find myself going back and reading sections again. I have learned so much about my diet alone that makes this book so worth the purchase. I catch myself asking, “Did I Retox today”?
If you are interested in Retox or I.Am.You studios, I interested links in the top of this post.
Have you read Reotx? If so, tell me your thoughts below.
Do you have any of your own retox solutions that you incorporate into your day?