Information About Your Stay
How to Prepare For Your Detox
The amount of preparation you will need to do before you arrive depends on which detox you are planning on undertaking.
The more preparation you put in, the better the result will be.
If you are doing one of our longer packages, you will do most of your detoxing whilst you are with us. However, with the shorter Weekend Retreat it is essential that you put in as much preparation as possible to help you achieve the best results and also to avoid detox symptoms as much as possible after your stay.
The most important tip we can give any client planning on undertaking a detox, is to cut out caffeine slowly. You may not even realise how much caffeine you drink as it can even be present in ‘fruit’ teas and fizzy drinks as well as tea and coffee. Cutting out caffeine quickly can cause bad headaches and nausea which makes the detox process much harder. Therefore if you don’t reduce it slowly and just stop when you arrive, you will find yourself not only craving caffeine, but also potentially dealing with headaches and nausea caused by the instant withdrawal.
In the last few days before your stay try as much as possible to cut down on dairy, sugar and red meat, as well as alcohol and junk food.
Whilst we prefer that guests don’t smoke during their detox – many people find it the ideal time to cut down, or in fact give up completely! There is a strict no smoking policy within and in the immediate vicinity of the house we do however have a ‘smokers tree’ in the grounds, so if you do want to smoke you need to be prepared to go for a little walk outside. You will get much better results from your retreat if you can manage to cut back or smoke as little as possible during your stay. We also ask that guests respect the fact that others are trying to kick the habit and recognise that the smell of smoke can linger on your hair, breath and clothing. If you feel that cutting back during your stay could be a struggle, you may want to invest in some nicotine patches or gum.
Also please leave your vitamins, minerals and other supplements behind; however regular medication should be continued.
What to bring with you / Making the most of your stay
Books, magazines and any other things that you feel will help you to relax, and occupy your time when you are not having treatments. There are TVs with Freeview and DVD players in all the rooms, so feel free to bring DVDs with you although we do have a selection of DVD’s here that you can borrow. Not all our rooms have smart TV’s so streaming from a phone or tablet may not be possible.
Please remember that this is a retreat – a chance to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, a chance to snuggle up with a blanket in front of the fire reading a good book, or just snooze and enjoy the peace and quiet. No telephones ringing, smart phones pinging emails and messages please. No need to turn the TV news on, or read a newspaper, unless you want to. With this in mind we ask that you are considerate to fellow guests, therefore we ask that mobile phones are not used anywhere other than in your own bedroom, and that they are kept on silent. We also ask that guests do not take calls in their rooms after 10.30 pm. When watching TV or listening to music in your bedrooms please keep it low as the person in the next room may be having a snooze. We do also ask that TVs and music are turned off or headphones used after 10.30 pm.
There is Wi-Fi available for guests to use, however given our rural location we have very slow download speeds and therefore ask guests to download any music, TV programmes or films before arrival. It is perfectly good for checking email and web browsing, but we ask guests not to download whilst here. We also ask that clients only connect a maximum of 2 devices to the Wi-Fi at any time and turn it off when not in use.
We encourage every guest to make the most of the wonderful surrounding countryside, and there are often accompanied walks available. We can also provide maps and directions for anyone wanting to go out walking by themselves. If you do plan on going out walking please bring suitable footwear and clothing with you. There’s nothing better than a walk in the countryside and the exercise will only benefit and assist the process.
During the detox process, you can often feel hot one minute and cold the next, so we highly recommend that you bring loose comfortable clothes with you that you can layer and relax in. We have a plentiful supply of hot water bottles, and extra blankets, so please ask if you are feeling the cold.
You may like to bring a large towel – there are towels supplied in the bedrooms but these are normal sized bath towels; if you prefer a large bath sheet please bring one or two with you. We supply thin towelling robes for treatments, however you may like to bring your own cosy one for other times.
Remember your indoor shoes such as slippers, and thick woolly socks – outdoor shoes are not allowed in the house.
After we have received your Booking and Deposit you will receive a Booking Confirmation letter with full details of how to prepare for your stay and ideas of what you might like to bring with you.
A Typical Retreat Day
A Typical Day (Times may vary on your schedule upon arrival this is purely a guide)
Hot Water and Lemon available in Reception from 07.30
08.00 Psyllium Husk, Bentonite Clay and Cleansing Herbs followed by Fresh Juice
11.00 Fresh Juice
13.00 Fresh Juice
14.30 Psyllium Husk, Bentonite Clay and Cleansing Herbs followed by Fresh Juice
16.30 Afternoon Herbal Tea in Reception
17.30 Psyllium Husk, Bentonite Clay and Cleansing Herbs followed by Fresh Juice
19.30 Detox Soup
Depending on which package you have chosen, you will have either one or two treatments during the day. If you have two these will generally be one on the morning and one in the afternoon, however this does depend on the therapist availability. Any pre-booked additional treatments will be added to your treatment schedule at a time when they will help you to achieve maximum benefits alongside your package treatments. Treatment schedules are not available before arrival.
Throughout the day you will have regularly timed juices and supplements. These juices vary in size and each one will be a different delicious combination of fruits and/or vegetables that are designed to aid and enhance the detox process. It is important that you stick to the juice schedule as this will help keep your blood sugar stable and avoid any crashes that will leave you craving sugar or snacks. In fact the mid-afternoon juice is usually a small fruity ‘cocktail’ designed to give you that boost you need for the rest of the day. It is possible to request that you have ‘green juices’ only however there is an extra charge for this.
Tips for when you go home
Reintroduce food slowly. Please do not leave here and tuck into a large meal; your body will not be able to cope with it!
We suggest that you start by eating fruit, vegetables, salads and light meals, and to limit the amount of sugar, wheat and dairy that you eat for as long as possible, preferably for the rest of the week. You will receive a maintenance booklet and talk before departure, together with a few simple juice ideas and some detox soup recipes. It may be beneficial for you to plan ahead and ensure that you have provisions for your first night home, or if you prefer you can book a juice and soup to take home with you. Up to 3 soups can be booked to take away but we recommend that if you are taking more than one and aren’t panning on eating within a few days that you bring a suitable insulated bag with you to keep them frozen, especially if you have a long journey home.
We also recommend that you take home a probiotic supplement we have a very high quality probiotic at the centre that you can purchase to take home with you. Our Pro-biotics are freshly made for us in small batches and are therefore as fresh as is possible. We would recommend that you take a combined probiotic, not just acidophilus.
It is very important that you keep up the fluid intake of water or watered down fruit juice; this will help to alleviate any symptoms that you may experience whilst the detox process continues such as headaches, and will also aid in the removal of toxins being flushed through the system.
You may feel a little tired and fragile afterwards depending on the length of you stay and we would therefore recommend that you plan accordingly. If you are doing one of our 5 days or longer retreats you should be feeling good, however everyone is different.
The longer you manage to stick to our guidelines in ending your juicing, the better the results will be.
Inch & Weight Loss FAQ’s:
How much weight do we guarantee you will lose on one of our Inch & Weight loss Programmes?
We cannot guarantee any specific amount of weight loss.
Weight loss varies from person to person. We treat all our clients as individuals, so there is no magic one fits all formula. There are many factors involved, so we tend to look at things such as:- General health, how much a client would like to lose, any underlying medical conditions or medications that can cause weight gain, Hormone Imbalances, Blood Sugar or Insulin Utilisation issues that may contribute to weight gain, low metabolism and lifestyle, the list is endless.
In order to achieve the maximum weight loss during your stay with us, we highly recommend that clients partake in all of the available activities such as walking, and use all the equipment that we include in the plan on a daily basis.
Our current figures show that clients that undertook the Inch and Weight loss Plans lost on average:-
8 lbs on a five day plan*
10 lbs on a seven day plan**
* based on the 184 clients that agreed to be weighed on both arrival and departure
** based on the 41 clients that agreed to be weighed on both arrival and departure
How many inches do we guarantee you will lose on one of our Inch & Weight loss Programmes?
As with weight we do not guarantee any specific amount of inch loss as it varies.
Detoxing by its very nature does however, encourage your body to deflate. When the body is toxic it holds onto excess water in order to protect vital organs and cells from those toxins. By removing the toxins, it encourages the body to let go of retained water and stops bloating. Toxins and oedema also slow down many of the body functions that can create a sluggish body. All of the treatments that we include – right from your very first treatment the Full Body Salt Scrub, have been formulated to encourage the elimination of toxins.
How can Simply Healing help you start to reach an achievable weight?
We ask you to fill in a Health and Well-Being Questionnaire before you come which helps to assess your weight gain issues. The questions help us ascertain what kind of help you will require during your stay and which type of ongoing eating programme you may need. The one to one consultation on your first day then gives us a more in depth understanding of what we can do to help you. During this consultation we check your Weight, Blood Sugar levels and Blood Pressure which gives us an indication of which type of juices you will require. You can also request a cholesterol check for a small charge.
The Questionnaire and Consultation really do help us look at what you have done yourself to try and shift a few pounds, and importantly how you think the weight gain has occurred. It may be that we will recommend that there are other treatments you may benefit from. We may also suggest that you would benefit from either Blood Testing to ascertain if there are any underlying hormone issues. Or a Glucose Tolerance Test to see how your body is reacting to sugar. Of course none of these are compulsory and are purely a matter of choice.
How does Simply Healing ensure that I don’t put all the weight straight back on?
Once you leave us, the rest is down to you. During your retreat with us, we aim to give you the tools to help you on your way to maintaining a sensible weight maintenance regime. At the end of your stay you will receive a Maintenance Talk, with a Booklet that outlines some simple juice and soup recipes that you can take home with you that will allow you to avoid pre-packed sandwiches and other convenience foods.
How easy is the Maintenance Plan to follow?
We encourage you to take responsibility to eat healthy, and stay healthy. Our Maintenance Plan is based on the principles of keeping blood sugars stable, to avoid the knee jerk reaction to reach for the biscuits or chocolate, in order to give your energy levels a boost. It’s about eating enough food to keep you going for the task ahead of you and ensure that you have enough energy in your body to see you through to the next meal or healthy snack.
We do not try and insist on the unachievable, we don’t expect anyone to forgo all treats, meals out and alcohol if they choose, but everything in moderation is key. We don’t want anyone to think that they have failed. It is not a diet, it’s a food programme, which involves small changes to the way you eat and what you eat on a regular basis. Our view is, if you eat a healthy, nutritious diet for the majority of the time, then treats won’t be as much of an issue, it’s all about balance.
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