SDS 162: What I Learned from a 10 Day Detox

SDS 162: What I Learned from a 10 Day Detox


Welcome back to the Super Data Science Podcast! Today’s FiveMinuteFriday is still a continuation of a fun storytelling of my experiences in Bali. Listen as I tell you how I got intrigued, signed up, and unbelievably manage to finish a whole ten-day fast/detox cleanse challenge.

A couple months ago, Vitaly Dolgov, who has been a guest in our podcast, has sent me an email telling me about a vlog in Youtube called Sailing La Vagabonde. Sailing La Vagabonde is a project by an Australian couple, Riley and Elayna, where they film their adventures traveling the world by sail. It is unbelievable. I started watching their videos since what they’re doing were really cool. And in one of these videos I stumbled upon, during a time they didn’t sail, Elayna chose to take the 10-day fast at Natural Instinct Healing in Ubud, Bali.  It sparked so much interest in me and the timing of me going to Bali was perfect.

I signed up for the ten-day detox challenge but stayed off-site. People can opt to stay-in since they have rooms and suites available. The environment is quite relaxing so better not pass on to that. The program is very strict yet very manageable for people like me. Solid food is not allowed but the guests were served flavorful juices, teas, and broths. Aside from the food for the tummy, they also offered the best program for your heart and your soul. The retreat centre alone offers comfortability and belongingness. Few activities included during the ten days are bicycle rides, workshops, meditations, walks, and yoga.

It was indeed a great experience and a very chill atmosphere. Your body will benefit the most from the detoxification.  We’re talking about toxins, not only from stuff we put in our mouth but from what we breathe and what we apply topically on our skins also. After this, you become more conscious and gain self-control over your body.

I encourage you to have an experience like this once in your life. But before you do this, make sure to check in with your doctor. If this is not really your cup of tea, then research on other ways on how to do the cleansing. It will be very beneficial for your mind, your body, and your soul.

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This is Five Minute Friday 10-Day Detox. Welcome back to the [inaudible 00:00:11] podcast, ladies and gentlemen. Very excited to have you on the show, and today's going to be a super special episode. I would love to share an experience that I had with you.

So it all started a couple of months ago, when my friend and mentor, Vitali Delgo, whom you probably know from the podcast already, he sent me an email sharing a link to a YouTube channel, Sailing La Vagabonde. And it's a great channel. They have hundreds of thousands of subscribers. It's a couple, Riley and Elena, who sail the world together. They've been doing it for three years, and you get to see all the challenges and all the beautiful scenery that they see, all the ways they fix their catamaran, and how they go fishing, and all these great things that they do and people that they meet.

And so, they document everything, and it's a blog. So I watched it, I watched a couple of videos. I was very excited. Vitali's like, "Well, that would be so cool to do something like this, like go on a quick trip and see what sailing's all about."

Along those videos, in one of them when Riley and Elena took a break from sailing, Elena went to a retreat in Bali called Natural Instinct Healing, where she did a 10-day detox. Basically, it's a 10-day fast. And I watched that. I got quite excited about that, as well. It was quite random, right? Like a sailing blog and then a video about a 10-day fast.

And the funny thing is, I was already going to Bali. My friend Stephen invited me to come over to Bali to hang out for some time, and do some surfing, and chill out, and see what Bali has become in the past couple of years. And yeah, so I was coming here for 10 days anyway, and then I was supposed to go somewhere else.

But then I thought, hey look, I'm already in Bali. I randomly got this email from Vitali about this sailing blog. I randomly, on that sailing blog, saw a video about a 10-day fast. You know, I got to do it. So, I extended my stay in Bali, and that's where I am right now.
This is Natural Instinct Healing all around. And yeah, so for 10 days, I have not been eating anything. It is crazy, like literally anything. So it's not just like no solid food, but I've been having smoothies. No, no smoothies even. Not even smoothies. It's not just a water fast, it's a juice fast.

There's water, there's juice. So there's green juice, red juice. It's all vegetable or fruit juice. Then there's broth that you get in the evening at 6:00 PM. So it's just vegetable broth, with nothing else, and you just put cayenne pepper and salt in it, and some lime. And it tastes divine compared to everything, like you know, compared to not eating. And finally, you also get teas, different types of tea like licorice tea, cinnamon tea, ginger tea, and so on. And that's it for 10 days.

And so what I wanted to share with you, is proof. This is me. I've literally not eaten anything for 10 days. This is day 11. I started on day one at about 8:30. It's 8:50 on day 11, so it's been just over 240 hours that I have eaten nothing, and I feel totally fine. I feel energized, I feel clear in my head, I feel excited about everything. It's so cool.

And what I wanted to say is that like a lot of the time in life, I have these stretches where I skip a meal, and I feel oh, I'm missing out. I feel so hungry. I really, really, want to eat. But in reality, I just went through an experience where I was not eating for 10 days, and it stands to show that you will not hurt yourself, ultimately, if you skip ... Or for me, I won't hurt myself if I skip a meal or even a day of eating, let alone 10 days, right? Or 10 days of eating, lay low one day.

And yeah, so this has been a great experience. What I also wanted to say is that if you ever want to do something like this, then it might be a good idea ... Check with your doctor. I'm not a health practitioner and dietician, and so on. But, I wanted to give you a quick overview of what we did here at Natural Instinct Healing, in case you're ever in Bali, in case you want to check out the same exact retreat, because I feel like I got passed this message from Elena, or Vitali, or through Stephen, and now I feel like I've got to pass it on, in case you guys ever want to do it.

So, in this retreat ... I just wrote down a couple of things here. So first of all, weight loss. I don't know how much I've lost weight yet. We're breaking our fast just now, at 10:00, so I'm gonna go have ... We're gonna have papaya and a cashew nut yogurt. So, that will be cool. And then we'll be weighing ourselves up, so I don't know how much I've lost.

And you can see, I'm not really doing it for weight loss. I don't have that much weight to lose to start with. I started at 68. But people come here ... Some people come here for weight loss. Some people lose 15 kilos, it's like 30 lb. or so. Like the lady that left just yesterday, she lost 5 kilos, which is about 10, 12 lb. Yeah, so that's one thing, weight loss.

The other thing, they put out a lot of cool activities. So for instance, we went for walks. Every second day, every other second day, we went for yoga or meditation. We also had lots of workshops about digestion, about food, how it affects your mood, how it affects your emotions, how it affects your health, what foods are good for you, what foods you need to avoid, and so on. So, I learned a lot of things along the way.

Plus, it's just very chill. It was really nice to chill out. I didn't do enough of this, like the mind detox. I was still working here and there, but there were certain periods of time where I just lay down and read a book. In fact, they were fully booked out. There were 12 people here this time. And so, I was staying off-site. You can stay on site. I think they have 10 or eight rooms on site. I was staying off-site, so I would come here. I would leave my computer and phone at the Air B&B, and I would come here and just with a book, and I would chill out, work, not work ... Just do the workshops that they were giving, and yoga, and whatever else, and then just read a book and relax.

We also went for spas. We went for different hot/cold/freezing, and saunas, and pools. I went for a bicycle ride. Lots of interesting and cool things happen here, and the people are great. So people who come to things like this are ... You already know in advance that they're gonna be great people, that they're gonna be people who care about their health, who are health conscious, who are self-aware, and the conversations have been fantastic. It was just really nice to meet everybody, really lovely group of people that we had here.

So, that's what we've been up to. And what else did I want to tell you? Bike ride, workshops, feeling great, fantastic, yoga walks, and yeah, 10 days no food. So, that's about fasting. If you've never fasted before, there's different types of fasting. There's intermittent fasting, where you don't eat for 10 hours per day, I think, and then there's only eight, or actually ... Wait, sorry. You don't eat for 18 hours a day, and there's only a six-hour period of time that you eat. There's other ways of fasting.

Again, check with your health practitioner, nutritionist, and so on. Don't take this as health advice, but I'm just sharing my experience, and I've had a fantastic time.

So, I hope you enjoyed this episode and hope this inspires you to maybe, if not fast, then to look at food differently. One of the things that they say is that a lot of the time we just eat fast food. We're always on the run, always on the go. We don't spend enough time. What really resonated with me is that digestion actually starts, not when you put the food in your mouth, but when you actually, not even smell it or see it, when you think about it. When you start thinking about food.

Right now, if you think about your favorite food, you think about a dragon fruit, or a mango, or something, and you will start feeling that saliva coming into your mouth. That means that your digestion's already actually started. It starts in the brain. A lot of times we just get quick food, whether it's UberEats. Nothing bad with UberEats, or McDonald's, or something else. And we just eat it right away, and so we skip a huge preparatory phase that's supposed to happen in our body. And then we finish with food, and we run off.

So at least for me, this experience apart from everything else that I've learned, it's gonna help me be more mindful and conscious about the food I eat, and the preparation phase. And so, yeah, hopefully this video or audio, if you're listening to audio or video, if you're watching this on video, inspires you at least if not to fast, to be a bit more conscious about food, and take that extra thought when you are ordering a meal or starting to eat.

On that note, thank you so much for being here. I look forward to seeing you back here next time. Until then, [inaudible 00:09:13]
By the way, this podcast is available on video. If you'd like to watch it, you can always go to www.super[inaudible 00:09:25].com/162. At the same time, if you don't have the opportunity right now, if you're driving, or running, or riding your bicycle, that's totally fine. You can always come and check that video version out later on, as well. You will get all the same value from this audio podcast, as well.

Kirill Eremenko
Kirill Eremenko

I’m a Data Scientist and Entrepreneur. I also teach Data Science Online and host the SDS podcast where I interview some of the most inspiring Data Scientists from all around the world. I am passionate about bringing Data Science and Analytics to the world!

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