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Detox Q&A from Dr. Amy

I have some questions. Since the retreat I have been extremely sensitive to almost everything. I have eaten very little, and still on fasting days, I feel disturbed in my bowls. Also very gassy all the time. However, I have had regular and comfortable visits to the toilet. But it feels like I have become too rigid and nervous concerning foods in general. My mind is not relaxed and is fearful of ingesting.

I experiment with different foods, juices and blends, but there is no patterns which direct me in what to eat. A green juice can hurt more than a coffee etc.

Can you help me?

Amy writes:

What you’re experiencing isn’t uncommon in the beginning phases of the detox
process. I know it can seem frustrating, and concerning in terms of where you
find your mind at times. Know this is natural and all a part of the long term
cleansing process. It takes much experimentation, learning to be flexible and
unsure at times – and getting to know just how much congestion we have in
the beginning. This will change over time by allowing yourself to find your way
organically – letting go of expectations, pressure, or fear of doing things wrong…
experimenting is really how we learn, listening to the results of how the body
reacts, and adjusting. You’re learning your body, so you may not know what to
eat or do at times, though by sticking with it in a relaxed, aware, and non-rigid
way, you have the opportunity to really get to know (through trail and error)
what it needs.

Technically speaking, it sounds like you’ve hit major pockets of gas – actually
your symptoms are good new because it means your body is stirring up, and
attempting to eliminate the old waste… with time and keeping with your practice
and awareness of your body’s response, it will come out. It works in stages.
Typically first we have a hard belly (remember how you learned this about yourself
in class?) – this indicates dry, hard, compacted waste stored in the small and large
intestines. It could seem quite deceiving because you have such a beautiful flat
belly – though nonetheless, it was quite back up when you were here in Bali a few
months ago. Now through your diligence, the waste is loosening – which is the first
step in it becoming soluble enough to turn to slush and come out. In this stage, there
is often much gas pressure/storage to deal with that can cause cramping, bloating, and
pain. It’s enough to make you not want to eat anything, and often the mind can become
rigid here because we think we should be doing things a certain way. Likely your body
would prefer to fast now – even on just simple blends. When your digestion is congested,
and food isn’t working, we may need a break from eating, and only consume mushy/liquid
foods that are easy to digest… and that help turn hard old backed up stuff into soft slush.
This takes time, patience, and lots of letting go. You’re likely faced with emotional tension
at the same time. Are you storing stress in your belly? This will also cause constriction,
churning, and in turn a rough feeling in the body – and it’s compounded because you’re usually
not eliminating well (even if you are pooping twice per day – you’re still constipated, just not
quite as bad as when you first started… so see you are making progress).

The danger in this stage is when we don’t understand what’s happening with our body, we get
frustrated, and often end of doing what everyone else is doing – which means consuming foods,
holding stress, and in general not digesting well… of course you’ll likely feel frustrated and not
knowing what to do.

Here’s some suggestions:

1. Be sure to be drinking minimum 3 liters of water and/or tea, fresh vegetable juice (except
carrot and beet since too high in sugar), lemonade, etc… all clear liquids with no fiber. Even more
is better, given the amount of gas pressure you have (which remember, indicates there is a whole
lot of backed up poo with that the gas is blocking). Get it wet enough, consistently, so it can move.
2. Identify where you may be contributing to intestinal holding and keep letting go… this means
emotionally, with foods that are difficult to digest, do things you don’t want to do (stress), and in
general not listening to your body and intuition.
3. Do a daily enema each morning on an empty stomach after drinking a few liters of water. You could
do this for weeks, considering how backed up you’ve been/gassy. This is critical in getting out waste
your peritalsis muscle is to weak to eliminate naturally. Once you’ve gotten out enough (and some
sessions may be nothing be gas – good!), then you’re body will recover from any dependency from enemas
and likely start working much better on its own. Be patient and persistent.
4. Do a colonic at least once per week, as well as the enemas to really good deep with the cleansing.
5. Avoid dehydrated foods, too much fat, and anything non-juicy or difficult to digest.
6. What stresses you? Let go lots – live as stress free as possible by facing emotions, and letting them go.
7. Are you exercising regularly? If not, this will help much to increase your circulation.

So in essence love, please be patient with your self and non-rigid, experiment with different foods that may also may not always be raw, if that’s what your body is calling for. Keep letting go, and allowing yourself just to be, and remember its more about going slow, step by step, rather than attempting to force your body to do something its just not ready for. Enjoy each phase, be curious without goals or agendas around it… just do it for yourself, and keep letting go. From this place you can slow down with ease, enjoy the process, and truly learn from your
body.

Let me know you do, and feel free to ask for help.

Big hug and love,

Amy Rachelle

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FAQ's: Raw/Detox Teacher's Training

Is this program only for advanced students?
No, its for anyone who’s truly passionate about this path – is dedicated to learning – and follows through with the study till the end of a course. This could be someone just getting started, someone who has some experience, to a person who is advanced.

What makes this program different from other programs?
The Pure Raw Approach is unique in its aim to provide a well rounded education that isn’t just about diet and cleansing.  It also includes specific focus on emotional processing, ascertaining and supporting a healthy and heart lead life direction, and addressing the core of health issues in eliminating heavy metals, candida and parasites – and limiting personal belief systems.

How many people are the group and where are they from?
8-15.  People are typically from the USA, Europe, and Australia.

How much personal attention will I receive from Amy & in general?
Outside of the program structure, if a student needs additional time with Amy, they are welcome to ask for it.  There is no set time limit – sometimes a student needs more attention than other periods.  Part of Amy’s job is to guide the process so that a healthy balance of energetics is promoted and supported.  She is sensitive to helping the student find the appropriate balance, as needed. Reaching out for help is encouraged.  Each student is also assigned a personal support sponsor (as available) – an advanced student – who helps guide them through the process.

How do we correspond?
All communications are through amyrachelle.com forum, email and skype.

What if I’m not a technical type person?
No worries.  You just need a basic computer that you can email from and skype can run on… very simple!

Is the entire course offered online?
Yes, even the in-person training’s are offered online.

What if I can’t make the in-person training’s?
No problem, the video will be available online shortly after filming.

How much personal attention will I receive from Amy & in general?
Outside of the program structure, if a student needs additional time with Amy, they are welcome to ask for it.  There is no set time limit – sometimes a student needs more attention than other periods.  Part of Amy’s job is to guide the process so that a healthy balance of energetics is promoted and supported.  She is sensitive to helping the student find the appropriate balance, as needed. Reaching out for help is encouraged.  Each student is also assigned a personal support sponsor (as available) – an advanced student – who helps guide them through the process.

How do we correspond?
All communications are through amyrachelle.com forum, email and skype.

What if I’m not a technical type person?
No worries.  You just need a basic computer that you can email from and skype can run on… very simple!

Is the entire course offered online?
Yes, even the in-person training’s are offered online.

What if I can’t make the in-person training’s?
No problem, the video will be available online shortly after filming.

Are payment plans available?
Payment plans are not available for Phase 1, yet will be considered for the subsequent Phase 2 and 3 training (depending upon the students progress in Phase 1 training).

FAQ’s: Raw & Detox

Do I have to give up the things I love to be healthier? I’m really interested in the “raw food lifestyle” but I’m not ready to let go of foods I love that bring me comfort and familiarity. What do I do?
Enjoy!  Like anything, eating healthier begins with how you think about it.  So instead of not beginning because you may think you’ll miss something, I suggest you keep enjoying those comforts, and also think about (and add in) other foods that you also love that are fresh, alive, vibrant, juicy, and preferably bio.  By broadening the spectrum of your food and lifestyle choices to be inclusive, rather than “either/or” – space for all of it is created.  Small steps in the beginning, focused on what you can do, on what brings you joy, on what you love – leads to success!  Think all inclusively, add in healthier choices that excite you, and don’t worry about the rest.  As your taste buds become more alkaline, you’ll probably naturally desire foods that feel great in your body.  May ease and enjoyment with an all-inclusive perspective organically lead you to healthier choices, step by step, one successful bite at a time – worry free – all “allowed”!

What probiotic do you recommend?
I suggest specifically buying one called Masterblend – it’s about $75 a bottle – I would get at least 2 of them.  Keep them refrigerated.  It’s in powder form.

Can I order bee pollen by mail or should it be kept cold?
It should be kept cold once its opened.  Should transport ok.  Local is always best as possible.

Does it matter which unbuffered vitamin C crystals I get? How much do I take?
I suggest getting them (as well as any supplement when possible) from a whole food source, rather than the common synthetic source.  Look for one that is just Vitamin C with no buffers (like calcium).  A quarter teaspoon twice daily is said to keep the doctor away.  Can also be taken with MSM – a naturally occuring sulfur that is good for connecting tissue similar to Vit C. Best to consume supplements in a powder or liquid form to ensure it doesn’t miss your digestive saliva enzymes that are the first step in healthy digestion.

Will 4 jars of stevia (Pure Raw brand) get me through the year?
More than likely.  It’s super concentrated, typically only micro amounts are needed for a recipe.

How much superfoods do I take?  Do I just sort of alternate them?  I have been taking bee pollen, spirulina and vitamineral green and the probiotic each morning.  I also bought some maca powder and red maca powder.
Those sound good… you can put them all into a smoothie, table spoon of each is a good amount.  Except for the probiotics… take them separately, on their on – preferably right when you wake up on an empty stomach… about a teaspoon should do. When fasting I like to double up on them per serving to mega dose.

Do I use yacon powder to replace yacon syrup in recipes?
Great you’re finding the powder – sounds like a new development since I’ve been out of the states.  I haven’t used it. Is it white or brown?  If brown that means they’ve dried it from the fermentation stage, go quite sparingly with that if thats the case since its best to avoid ferments right now.  If white, that means they are drying it fresh from the root.  Good.  You can use them almost freely.  It is a starch (sugar) so best to first rely on the stevia – yet in this form is can be a good back up – and provide another option for taste variety.

Is a water ioniser primarily to alkalinise the water?  
Yes, the ioniser is for alkaline producing purposes.  Of the 3 models I’m familiar with, they tend to be for minor, medium, and maximum use.  I suggest the medium use for two people.