So what did you do last weekend? Did it start with after work drinks on Friday, perhaps a bite at Tsui Wah or McDonalds before hitting the clubs? Then Saturday night out at various clubs and a boozy brunch Sunday morning, or maybe a Dim Sum feast with the family. We hedonists in the gay community tend to party hard, and indulge more than our more settled straight brethren, and the results can be bad for our bodies. As we know, we are what we eat and drink, and as Britney would say, we are toxic.
Actually, the processed food we eat, the polluted air we breathe and the chemical filled surroundings make our city an extremely toxic environment, explains nutritional expert and doyen of detoxification Anita Cheung of iDetox. “Hong Kong is one of the most polluted cities in the world.” Add that to the gay party-fueled lifestyle, coupled with the prevalence of eating out at least once a day where you have no control over the food you eat, and you have a recipe for an unhealthy life. As Cheung reminds us, “You can do it during your 20s, but in your 30s you’re body will begin to catch up with you.” So, what can we do about it?
Luckily the answer is surprisingly quite simple, says Cheung. Firstly, you need to consider what exactly you are eating. By incorporating raw and organic food into your diet, and eating “superfoods” that are extremely rich in antioxidants and nutrients, you can begin to rearm your body in the war against toxicity. Secondly, you need to consider your lifestyle, making sure you get adequate sleep and relaxation time, eat at regular intervals and ensure that you drink enough water to cleanse your body.
If you want to go further, a good way to start is by doing a detox. Essentially this boils down to removing the toxic elements from your diet, going cold turkey on items such as refined foods like white bread and pasta, and cutting out red meat, caffeine, soda and alcohol. Over a set period of time, you then replace these with nutrients from other sources, such as the superfoods, organic whole foods and various supplements.
Cheung’s specially formulated approach is a nine-day programme, where you forgo traditional meals for “shakes” bursting with healthy goodness. Her recipes incorporate ingredients such as raw organic cocoa, spirulina and blueberries. Following an in-depth consultation, a 9-day long plan and action map is laid out. For three days shakes replace breakfast, then for two days breakfast and dinner, two days all three meals and then gradually back to just breakfast.
The benefits espoused by Cheung and her client testimonials include weight loss, clearer skin, enhanced energy levels and concentration, and reduced reliance on caffeine and cigarettes. Some clients have mentioned other benefits such as improved sexual performance (and one gay detoxer even noticed higher quantities of pre-cum and ejaculate.) So as Shakepeare’s Cleopatra says, maybe it is time to embrace some “salad days” and see what a detox can do for you.
Learn more about iDetox at: www.i-detox.com
By Ash Pritchard