Bali Detox: Diet Retreats and Experiences

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Many people think that any diet programme is suitable or is only meant for those who have body weight issues. This is a big misconception since anyone who wants to care for their health and engage in an active life should follow a diet programme. Offering anti-stress solutions, these programmes looks after our health in a manner that continues to positively impact your life even after the programme ends. Normally, the aim is to improve blood circulation, flush out toxins and increase the intake of antioxidants thereby revitalising our mind and body.


Food is the main subject when speaking about diets. There is no greater complicated, confusing, love/hate relationship we all have than with food. There is almost no single person who is 100% satisfied with his/her diet programme. Some of them are even unsure that the programme is properly nourishing their bodies and minds. The fact that that we normally eat at least three times daily, every day, for an entire lifetime, what can we do to level up our diet satisfaction, confidence and clarity?

There is no doubt that our lives are all moving at a dizzying pace for sometimes more than 18 hours per day. We have multiple roles, each with their own check-list of responsibilities, both social and professional. Where does this leave us in terms of food and meals? Lets be honest with ourselves – usually we opt for some quick, last-minute, current cravings instead of a long-term nutritional meal, and more take-aways than experts would suggest is ideal. Fast meals often leaves us bloated afterwards, uncomfortable and mentally/physically sluggish.

As technologies develop, we have easy access to calorie, macronutrient and micronutrient data at our fingertips. Now, more than ever, we can count, calculate and categorise every food and drink item as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. There are some success stories for every single plan out there. Be it low-fat, vegan, Mediterranean, Paleo, low-carb, Ketogenic and many more – all are expected to get our lives into a better direction. Every year a new diet surfaces as a trend sometimes steering us in the wrong direction towards consumer-based motivations for the latest food fads and products. With food groups coming in and out in on a weekly basis, no wonder we are all so confused and guilty, overstuffed or, even worse, still hungry.


Before we go on further, we need to understand that, as an individual, our needs can shift on a day-to-day basis. Copying the diet of a friend and expecting the same results is useless. You can even follow the latest diet plans and get wildly different results than what is expected, or even stranger still, go back on a diet programme that once worked for you a few years ago and see no success.

COMO Shambhala Estate

At COMO Shambhala Estate, you will be guided during your wellness programme to take advantage of the unique offerings. Focusing on self-care and healthy living with little distraction, this opportunity also makes sure that you become aware of the patterns that hinder you and develop the habits that support wellbeing. Each individual will eat healthy and delicious food from a menu that has been curated specifically for them, participate in a guided cleanse/fasting experience with a wellness expert and head home with some handy tools to succeed. The COMO Shambhala’s nutritionist will ensure everything is customised for you alone.


For your one-week diet programme, their solution is to let go of the confusions, complications and judgments you have on your relationship with food. Instead, follow their simple rules, then rekindle your curiosity, awareness, intentionality around diet and nutrition, and learn a lot about yourself in the process. These simple rules are meant to help you on this journey, no matter what your ultimate goal is. During this week you will gain awareness on the eating habits that have led to where you find yourself today, your body functions, the right food to positively fuel your life, your mental/emotional relationship with food, and the way in which you eat. All of this should be viewed as guidance and not overly restricting.

It is important to consume natural food, fresh from the ground. The food on your plate should look similar to the way it does as it grows in nature. Avoid heavily processed, unrecognisable franken-foods. Focus instead on fresh, seasonal, local, and organic foods from trusted sources. Make the majority of each meal or snack plant-based from vegetables, sea vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, roots, and stems. By eating mostly plants, the diet is higher in fibre, micronutrient-rich and will provide the conditions and nutritional essentials to a healthy gut microbiome. Consume cooked food, some raw, some fermented and all organically-grown, chemical-free and non-GMO as much as possible. The open-sided dining venue of Glow Restaurant features a healthy menu that focuses on raw and cooked ingredients with very specific purpose for nutrition, helping to boost concentration and energy, as well as balancing blood-sugar levels.


You should then eat with the perspective that your food and beverage selections are a form of daily healing therapy. This is not only to serve you a short-term energy boost or to fulfil a sudden craving, what you put into your body should help to satisfy your daily physical requirements, quality mental output and stable energy throughout the day. You may need to spend some time planning for these meals. Ask yourself what does your body needs and what types of food will help you navigate this day or week with the least amount of stress and most amount of support.


Have at least one meal experience per day when you try a new type of food or food preparation method. Based on research, our hunter and gatherer ancestors reportedly ate upwards of 100 different plant species while the average modern human eats as little as eight to ten different types. It is undeniable that, as creatures of habit, we often eat the same foods on a weekly rotation. Not only does this leave our palettes lacking excitement and easily falling prey to relieve the monotony, but being adventurous with new food exposes us to a range of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that we would otherwise be missing. So, push out of your comfort zone and boundaries at least seven times during this one-week diet programme, and discover new herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits – who knows, you may discover a new favourite.

Pledge yourself to make meal times a stress-free zone. This means no devices, no eating at the work desk or in a chaotic environment, not on-the-go and not multi-tasking while you eat. Take this as your opportunity for self-care simply by sitting down in a clean, quiet and calm space. Before ordering, take a moment to ask your body what it needs from this meal, and choose it accordingly. As you wait for your food to be served, breathe deeply and calmly, releasing any stress or attention that is not directly related to your meal.

Once your food arrives, take a moment to visually appreciate what is served. How you eat your meal will differ great from others, though the best method is certainly to take your time. Typically, one plated meal should take around 20 minutes to complete and if you do it faster, you can risk overeating or under-chewing. Stay attentive through the process and consider it as a practise in mindful eating. It can take up to thirty minutes to one hour after your last mouthful of food before feeling fully satisfied or full. Aim to feel energised, balanced and mentally clear. If you don’t feel this way after your meal, make the necessary changes.


Meals should be guided by true hunger, not by false hunger. False hunger is easily confused for thirst or emotional discomfort such as anxiety, uncertainty or restlessness, which results in eating the wrong food such as sweets followed by overall fatigue. Before eating, especially snacking, ask yourself the important question, “Am I really hungry?” This is normally because that sort of feeling can actually be satisfied more appropriately with water, relaxation or enough rest.

Additionally, hunger is generally satisfied with a well-balanced meal of natural food for up to four to five hours. If you experience hunger before this timeframe, you may be experiencing false hunger instead or your chosen meal may need some reviewing. Consider including more fibrous food, healthy fats or a small portion of high-quality meat to your meals to increase satiety. Lastly, your evening meal should be no less than three hours before you want to be asleep. Not giving yourself enough time to properly digest your meal can lead to insomnia and disturbed sleep.

During this one week, take the opportunity to challenge some of the beliefs around food and eating that have thus far led you to where you are. Ask yourself these questions – “Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Do I have to consume meat at every meal? Do I have to end my evening meal with something sweet? Do I have to clean my plate even if my body signals to me that I am full? Would a juice and liquid cleanse be too difficult?” Listen to the honest answers, experiment to find what is best for you individually and create your own personal food culture.

One week of intentional, mindful and awareness driven eating will not be easy but absolutely worth it. During the process, it is advisable to make some notes of what you have received in the past seven days. When the one-week diet programme is up, honestly review what you enjoyed, what food and habits were both eliminated and added to make the most impact, and create a plan for moving forward. Again, as an individual, your needs will change on a daily basis, so be flexible and dynamic in your choices. Stay in touch with what your body and mind requires to exist optimally, and make the honest choices that will ensure you look, feel, act and behave exactly the way you envision.

COMO Shambhala Estate
Address : Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar (See On Map)
Telephone : +62 361 978888
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Alaya Resort Jembawan

Apart from food, mindfulness activities can also support the success of your one-week diet programme. At Alaya Resort Jembawan, a variety of lifestyle programmes are available for any individual to choose. More than just pampering experiences, these programmes have been designed for anyones need to help reconnect, reflect on overall well-being, unplug and escape day-to-day demands. One of their successful programmes is 7 Nights Detoxification, which focuses on physical, mental and spiritual well-being.


A consultation session with an Ayurvedic doctor marks the beginning of the programme, making sure you get the right treatment. You will then receive some recommendations and a customised programme that may include a detailed relaxation, rejuvenation, detoxification and wellness schedule. Alaya’s 7 Nights Detoxification programme provides 15 Ayurvedic treatments that you can participate in, starting with a chakra opening massage.

Chakras are passages and portals for our body’s energy, and each of them is rotating and revolving energy. It is important to open these chakras to allow the life energy within our body to flow freely. There are so many ways to open your chakra, and a soothing massage is one of them. A chakra massage is an effective way to unblock all 21 chakras found on the human body.


Next, a 2-hour Boreh body polishing treatment combined with Balinese massage will benefit as a preventive treatment to keep your body healthy and fit. A warm wrap mixture of sandalwood, cinnamon, clove and ginger in a base of ground rice, this ritual is believed to relieve muscle pain and vatic after a long day.

To reduce fats collected around the abdomen and in the inner thighs due to nutritional disorders, the Udwartana massage is a special therapeutic deep tissue massage using warm-herbal powders. This powder is rubbed vigorously all over the body to slough off dead skin cells and help reduce subcutaneous fat.

Additionally, the Podikizhi massage helps in curing back pain, paralysis and muscular pains, with the use of herbal medicines. During this treatment, the warmed herbal formula is gently pounded and pressed into the skin in a synchronised, rhythmic motion. If you have an obesity problem, opt this treatment.


For a deep feeling of stability and warmth, a full-body Abhyanga oil massage restores the balance of your soul, enhances well-being and longevity. The benefits of this treatment includes nourishing the entire body, increased circulation and stamina, clear vision, calming the nerves, lubrication of the joints and many more.

Marma energy massage, on the other hand, involves a full body soft flowing massage with ginger herbal oil. Stimulating the vital energy points on your body is important, and Marma massage gives benefits to specific areas and improves the function of the connecting organs. For a holistic touch, Sarvangandhara massage activates the five energy chakras in your spine, eliminating all forms of mental and physical tensions while improving the quality of your life.


In bath treatments, warm water is preferred, even better if the water was boiled with herbs. Cleansing agents like green gram powder and herbal shampoos in this treatment assure a complete herbal and healthy bath. In 7 Nights Detoxification, there are Snana bath, Avagaha Sweda bath and Bashpasweda bath. While Snana and Avagaha Sweda baths are to relieve pain and body stiffness, Bashpasweda bath is focussing on weight loss.

For those having problems with anxiety, stress, fatigue and hypertension, Shirodhara is a great treatment for a compromised nervous system. This treatment immediately calms, relaxes and has a cleansing effect on the mind and nerves. Shirodhara can also assist with specific conditions, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Insomnia and Shift Work Sleep Disorder. If you suffer from painful headaches, you will benefit greatly from a Nasyam treatment. With toxins being removed from your head, neck, brain, ears and throat, this effective Ayurveda remedy ensures relaxation for cranial related problems.


The 7 Nights Detoxification in Alaya Jembawan also includes 2 excursions that you can choose; cycling, trekking, nature walk, spiritual temple tour or Melukat (Balinese cleansing ceremony). Yoga and meditation are available should you seek these sessions. At Alaya Jembawan, you are encouraged settle down to a calm state and get back to the basics of living well. This is a healing sanctuary to free you from negative energy.

Alaya Resort Jembawan
Address : Jalan Jembawan, Ubud (See On Map)
Telephone : +62 361 9083289
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