A Fresh Start – a detox for life.

by Cherise Holt, Nurse, Australia. 

At times throughout life we may find ourselves searching for a fresh start, to create a new relationship with food and exercise, or to eliminate any form of sickness that our bodies have suffered, or to rid the body of its accumulated toxins and the harmful substances we have poured into it, such as drugs, prescription medications, alcohol, sugar and gluten.

The objective is usually to live with greater vitality and physical energy in our day-to-day routines, where we feel well in our minds and bodies and can live a happy and healthy life.

A quick internet search indicates that there are many products and diet plans out there customised for just this kind of goal. You can cut out fat or carbs, juice every fruit or vegetable under the sun, eat only raw foods or invest in a lemon tree. If you don’t want to look at the food you are eating, you can book yourself in for a colon cleanse or attend a health retreat where all is organised for you. Most detox plans are marketed to increase weight loss, gain a ‘bikini body’ for summer or create a fresh start towards a healthier way of living.

But what happens to us and our bodies when the detox program is complete?

Do we return to our old behaviours and patterns, find ourselves frustrated or deflated when the body physically changes in a way we do not like or when we find ourselves feeling sick, uncomfortable and discontent in our own skin once again?

What would a successful detox actually look like for true health and wellness?

Well I can share this with you, as I have just completed a detox program with a Universal Medicine practitioner. The program consisted of 12, one-hour sessions including chakra-puncture and a supportive consultation in which to share whatever I was feeling.

When I first attended, I had already decided to eliminate sugar from my diet as I didn’t like the side effects in my body. During the first session, I was able to say that the detox program for me was actually about living as a woman, with the love and self-worth I know myself to naturally be. 

Detox was never about a goal, or attaining something (be that a physical change or an improvement of me) by its completion; instead each session was about whatever I brought to it, with honesty and a willingness to be as open as I possibly could. It was with my own sense of responsibility that I knew it wasn’t about my practitioner providing a solution to any issues; she was simply providing a space for me to re-connect to myself and inspiringly shared with me from her own experiences and way of living. We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.

I was continually amazed by the opportunity that presented in each session, to be honest with any emotional issues, old patterns of behaviour and ways of living – some felt like I had been repeating them for lifetimes! And yet the compassion I chose to gift myself allowed me to know that these old ways don’t have to define who I am today, and once declared and seen for what they are I can choose otherwise. When we become aware of how we have lived with ourselves and others, the opportunity is there to make new and more supportive choices – isn’t this beautiful!

My detox program was about being responsible and honest with me. I had an openness to whatever was to come up in my life and a dedication to living in a more loving, harmonious, joyful and truly well way. With a deep commitment to me – and life – my detox was supporting my whole way of being. I chose the support of a practitioner who I know already lives this way, who only shares from her way of living, never imposes and who radiates true responsibility and integrity.

A truly supportive detox is like the blossoming of a beautiful rose…

When a rose ages, its outside petals become discoloured, bruised and frayed, like our old ways of living; we forever have the ability to peel back the layers that no longer belong. We can allow ourselves to name and let go of the old comforts, needs, expectations and behaviours that simply didn’t exist when we started out as the delicate little bud.

Over time we grew to accumulate many beliefs, ideals, constraints and contracted ways of being that resulted in damaged petals, hurt feelings and hardening to protect ourselves from the world around us.

But our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed.

It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being; but rather a collaboration of self-perceptions and past experiences that need only be exposed with loving tenderness and compassionso that we may unfold – returning to cherish and accept who we are and live the love we know ourselves to be.









886 thoughts on “A Fresh Start – a detox for life.

  1. Yes we like to get onto the band wagon of doing a detox and feeling better for a period of time, but then go back to our ways of living that are not loving or self honouring. Love the notion of detox for life, that way it isn’t a fad or something that has a timeframe, but something that is truly loving all the time.

  2. “It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being”. Absolutely Cherise and then have the understanding and awareness around why something was chosen, to then move through it.

  3. We are forever invited by our body to surrender, know its full potential and knows its way to move that cares in full for it.. To not let our minds wonder off with the multiple distractions – but to truly take care. For real.

  4. “It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being; but rather a collaboration of self-perceptions and past experiences that need only be exposed with loving tenderness and compassion”

    Love and support are the ‘secret’ ingredients here…I have tried for many years to look at my ‘issues and hurts’ but it came from a feeling of being less and needing to be fixed and as a result, I never really found anything that worked or lasted. When I truly began to self-care and self-love, and brought more loving tenderness and compassion to my life, as inspired by Universal Medicine, that I started to make true and lasting change in my life and feel the hurts and let them go (which is quite a simple, quick and easy process to do).

  5. I love what you bring with this blog Cherise. Many people hear the word detox and automatically think of food not thought. If we lived with the truth that thought can be just as toxic as food then we would see the importance of detoxing our thoughts and the way we move.

  6. When you stop and think about it we ourselves are like roses that grow and bloom – blooms that then die and fall away to provide space for new blooms to flourish and the cycle begins again. Our day to day life experiences can be a direct reflection of this.

  7. Awesome the way you describe your detox as a loving unfolding of you back to your divine essence. The support of a practitioner is also key so that we are not alone as we uncover the things that have been holding us back and resolve to make changes and build consistency with new ways that will create a firm foundation for our evolution.

  8. A beautiful expression, thank you Cherise. I love the flavour of self-responsibility this offers. For example, we don’t go to a practitioner to get ourselves fixed but to get honest with ourselves, to see what we are bringing to life, and what we are doing with life. This feels very healthy to me.

  9. ‘…our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed.’ Gorgeous wise words Cherise. This innate inner self is something we can all rely upon.

  10. I love the openness and willingness you describe here Cherise in how you approached your old ways and took the space to look at them and let go. I’m on a detox programme right now and at times I’ve struggled with it as my old ways have been very in my face, and reading today I realise that’s the thing I’ve asked to look at them so here they are, and really it’s about understanding that no matter how much I might think they are, these ways are not me, and it’s time to let them go, and be more of the me I know I am.

  11. I like to reframe a detox in terms of taking out what we should have not taken on in the first place rather than simply removing food from our diet.

  12. I recently completed a detox session myself and what I learnt is that to experience the clear future and brand new start you describe Cherise, things from the past have to come up. Things that I thought I had moved past reared their heads again – and showed me that if you don’t truly understand and renounce patterns you have, they continue on, into the next day. But most of all I got to see that I already know the truth deep inside me, so this detox by bringing things up helped me go back to the future.

  13. It is not diets and regimes that bring about long-term change, rather it is lifestyle, choosing a way of life that is loving and self-nurturing and is known as The Way of The Livingness.

    1. Yes and it is the lifestyle change that brings the long term change rather than the short term ideals and beliefs that go with dieting and New Years resolutions.

  14. Love this – we often look at a new job, or new relationship or new home as a fresh start, but what if a fresh start is only truly fresh if there is a discard-ment of some the stuff we carry around with us that we don’t truly need?

  15. “Our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed” – knowing this at the beginning of any detox program rather than at the end allows us to be able to get through a detox program in a very different way because we are not trying to “fix” something that is broken but rather polish something that has had layers of dust hiding its beauty.

  16. Cherise you have such a beautiful way of expressing through writing. I enjoyed reading about your detox, that was to uncover more of the delicate beauty within, not aiming for a certain body image or to recover from past indulgences – simply you returning to full bloom.

  17. I love how you talk about peeling back the layers, those that have faded and are no longer necessary, the more honest we are with ourselves the more we are willing to let go of what no longer serves us or humanity.

  18. When I walk into a session with a Universal Medicine practitioner my movements are already showing and exposing where I am at before any word is spoken. To acknowledge and accept where I am at whether it is in joy or a withholding in that moment is truly embracing the present and healing my body. In that moment I can allow whatever it is that needs to come up, be exposed and let it go.

  19. It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being. It is a great place to be in when we have an understanding that all our answers come from inside of us and our hurts are not a part of who we truly are but merely something we have taken on emotionally.

  20. Beautiful blog Cherise, the more we cherish ourselves with loving tenderness the more we are able to unfold from our inner knowing to live our true and natural way of being.

  21. I agree – a detox is a life long programme we can put ourselves on, continuously refining and making choices to let go of what does not belong to us.

  22. Amazing to approach a detox, something many people are doing at this time in January, in a whole new way. As a new platform to build from instead of a goal and then a binge back again to the way it was before. Having a detox to clear and build from takes a whole new meaning to it.

  23. When we think about a detox, we usually associate it with only clearing the physical body of substances that are causing us to be sluggish. We generally, do not see a detox as something that can change our patterns, ideals and beliefs for the rest of our life.

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