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Interview with Inma Gregorio

French Alps for life!

Inma Gregorio runs Aworldtotravel.com , a travel blog where photography, music festivals, design, great outdoors and budget flashpacking get featured on a regular basis. Follow her travels on Facebook,InstagramTwitter and YouTube!

 

1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

I’d say it’s not the easiest thing in the world but it’s far from being hard. When travelling, I usually can’t stay still. Cities or great outdoors are better discovered on foot and there are big chances of some adventure activities being included in my travels.
The biggest challenge for me would be to follow a specific routine because I am really bad at that. Even when I am home, my working hours differ from the majority of my friend’s. Maybe it’s because I’m more of an afternoon /night person…

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

I eat pretty much everything. Loving food as much I do, I’ve never followed any diets at all. Although, I have to say, since living with veggies and vegans; it’s something I’d love to give a try at some point. There are huge misconceptions about it!

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

Swimming, hiking, biking and skating could be among the easiest and cheapest (many times free!) ones. Then, if I get lucky, I might get involved into kayaking, snowboarding or practicing any other adventure sport.
I forgot jumping and dancing when attending music festivals. You do exercise a lot there too! 🙂
French Alps for life!

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

I believe in the need of finding a balance. Creating your own luck may be very demanding sometimes and stress, fatigue and long hours are part of our daily life. That’s why keeping a good mental health is essential.
About meditation, I’ve tried it before leaded by someone else but never practiced it on my own. Should I?

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

1. Be aware of your body and its needs. You need to eat and sleep as much as you do when you are home. Quality is also important and it tends to be overrated. Your health and safety should be your first priority when traveling.
2. If you feel you should practice a sport on top of the exercise you do when traveling long-term, do it! Pick something you can do everywhere (running, yoga, resistance band, swimming…) and develop a daily routine.
3. Stay away from bad habits and drink lots of water instead of caffeinated drinks and alcohol. You can’t stay fit properly if you are hangover!

 

FLYUP Fitness Launches Travel Inspired Fitness Product Through Kickstarter

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Most people reading this blog can relate to the struggle between wanting to exercise more often, but not being able to get to a gym regularly.  There aren’t many products on the market that are travel friendly and can deliver an effective total body workout at an affordable price.

 

Brent Kruithof was a Certified Public Accountant who spent late nights doing audits in his cubicle and traveled frequently for both work and pleasure.  He also had a young family and social commits that kept him from getting to the gym regularly.  Brent faced the common problem of trying to stay fit and living a busy life that often took him on the road.  Not being able to find a solution on the market, Brent took matters into his own hands by developing a product called the FLYUP.

 

The FLYUP is a set of two pushup handles that slide easily across surfaces like carpet, wood floors, tile floors, gymnasium floors, rugs, laminate, and more.  The idea is based on body weight resistance and slide training to do both functional movements (multiple muscles contracting at once) and isometric movements (single muscle contraction).  The result is a total body workout device that is about the size of a book, and can be used for dozens of exercises for people of most ages and fitness levels.

 

flyup pair

flyup pair

 

Brent developed the product for his own personal use, but after positive feedback from friends and family, he decided to leave public accounting and turn the FLYUP into a full-time business.  After assembling a team, he has launched his sales through Kickstarter (http://kck.st/1gHDofb) and has experienced more great feedback. The Kickstarter campaign reached the funding goal in about 10 days and still has 3 and half weeks to sell the FLYUP.

 

If you’ve been looking for a training device that gives you a great workout when you are traveling, the FLYUP is the answer.  This compact piece of equipment will deliver a great workout wherever you take it.

 

good for girls too

good for girls too

 

Check out the video too FUF Kickstarter.

Interview with Laura Genutis

Laura Genutis is a 30-something living in Pittsburgh, PA. who travels often for both business and pleasure. On her website Eclectic Travel Girl she shares photos and stories from her adventures. Aside from travel and photography, she enjoys the outdoors, yoga, biking and reading all of the Internet.

 

1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

I find it incredibly challenging to stay fit while traveling. In addition to leisure trips and vacations, I travel 30-50% of the year for business. Between long days sitting in meetings, big group dinners and of course drinks and happy hour, it’s nearly impossible to make time for exercise. Especially since I’m not a morning person, I only have the short window between the work day and dinner with clients to try and squeeze in a workout at the hotel gym, a workout in my room or a run outside. It’s a challenge but it’s definitely worth it!

 

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

I have heard amazing things about these diets but have never followed any of them. However, as part of my Year Without challenge I’m going to be giving up meat for the month of April. It will be interesting to me to see how it goes, although I typically don’t eat much red meat in general.

 

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

I love to do yoga, run or rent a bike to explore when I’m traveling. I also try to walk as much as possible when exploring a new city. In addition to those, anytime I go on a business trip I try to add on a day for an adventurous local activity. I’ve been diving in the Florida Keys climbed Camelback Mountain in Arizona, went surfing in San Diego, and went biking through the Grand Tetons all while I was in these locations on business trips. I always recommend trying a local sport or activity when visiting a new location. It provides an opportunity to something new and unique to the area, and for me it provides something to look forward to on an otherwise strictly business trip

 

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

 

I’ve gotten into meditation through my yoga practice. With my hectic schedule and sometimes stressful travel days, my yoga and meditation practice have helped me to stay in a calm and happy frame of mind. It’s an amazing way to manage stress and stay sane, and it helps me cope with difficult things in life. I hope to expand my meditation practice in the future and meditate daily.

 

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

1. If you’re in an inactive office job like me, you have to make time to do something active every single day.

2. Listen to your body while traveling. You’ll begin to feel sluggish if you’re overdoing in with too much unhealthy food or drinking, and not enough exercise.

3. Don’t give up your routine just because you are traveling. Establish a diet and exercise regime that you can use while on the road and you’ll feel so much better because of it!

 

Interview with Christian Eilers

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Christian Eilers is a twenty-something who started the Dauntless Jaunter Travel Site three years ago; originally, it was a travel blog simply for him to document his travels, but since then it has evolved into more of an all-encompassing travel site, with destination guides, reviews, news, and educational material.

 

CAE Profile Pic

 

1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

It depends on where I go; for instance, if I travel to the Caribbean, the warm air and proximity to green-colored sea seem to invigorate me and give me energy, so I want to hike all day outside and see the sites. When I go to Warsaw in February, when it is -30 C, I want to take a taxi just to cross the street. That’s a challenge enough, I’d say, since the cold makes me not want to be so active, but then it is compounded when the foods I crave when it is cold are heavier, fattier foods.

 

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

I have many friends that do, but I need some kind of meat/fish almost daily 🙂

 

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

Hmm.. not so many sports of the organized variety. Like I mentioned before, I get my exercise from walking until my shoes have holes in them.

 

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

 

I’m not such a spiritual person, and I wish I could meditate, but your mental state is definitely most important when staying fit, especially when abroad. When you are in a foreign city, you might tend to justify letting go of your diet or exercise regime. “I’m on vacation,” you may say, “I’ll work out and go back to my diet when I get home.” This is dangerous thinking, because we all know how hard it is to get back into the daily life routine once the trip is over.

 

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

1. Use everything at your disposal; use your imagination to locate a pull-up bar on a tree limb or curling a gallon of milk at the supermarket for a few sets.

2. Be overly conscious of what you eat while abroad; not only are you probably going to relax your normal diet rules, but you also may not be sure of the ingredients and how heavy they are on your body.

3. Sleep well. It’s often not associated with fitness, but good sleep sets the pace for the following day. You may already start off at a disadvantage if you are experiencing jet lag. A good night’s sleep allows you to feel more energy the next day, helping you to stay active; metabolism is also not affected when you get your normal sleep, therefore helping to burn all those extra calories you might consume while on your trip.

 

 

Interview with Colin Wright

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Colin Wright is an author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler who moves to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers. He blogs at Exile Lifestyle and tweets a lot.

 

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1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

Some times more than others. Kolkata was tricky, because the food is cheap and delicious and there isn’t a great public infrastructure for working out (jogging isn’t really a thing there, and the sidewalks wouldn’t support it even if it was). On the other hand, many places I go make it pretty easy — there are healthy options available, and it’s not too much trouble to work out in the morning, and maybe a little during the day away from home.
The biggest challenge tends to be in places that are very polluted, because then I don’t feel like working out — it’s as if the air itself is trying to keep me from breathing correctly, and my nostrils are lined with soot when I come home at the end of the day. The way around this is just to establish a habit in the morning that’s easy enough to follow through with, even if you don’t feel like it, and to adjust according to your surroundings (no jumping jacks if you’re on the second floor of a flimsy building, so maybe do more crunches, instead).

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

I think they’re all really nice ideas, and I take part in them from time to time, when possible.
I don’t find them terribly practical every place I go, however, and it’s my policy to eat as healthy as I can 90% of the time, which then allows me to do whatever I like the other 10%. If I was going to do one of those full-time, I would apply the same rule, giving me some wiggle-room, so that I don’t accidentally offend a host or miss out on something important about a culture I’m visiting.

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

None regularly, but I played intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee in college, and I’ve been known to do the same when I spot a pickup game while on the road.

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

I’m not a spiritual person, but I do take 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and do absolutely nothing. This ‘meditation’ allows me to untangle my thoughts and refocus on what’s important. A lot of deep-diving can be accomplished in a short period of time, so long as you allow yourself to do it regularly, and get accustomed to letting go in that way, if only for a short period of time.

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

1. Come up with a routine that works for you (don’t try and force yourself to copy someone else if it doesn’t work for your body or your schedule).
2. Make passive exercise a part of your routine (take the stairs when you have the option, do some jumping jacks or pushups every half-hour when sitting at your computer, etc).
3. Don’t eat horribly and expect exercise to cover for you. Combine a decent diet with some regular, light exercise, and you’d be surprised how effective (and painless, and flexible) it can be.

Interview with Jeremy Albelda

Jeremy Albelda
I am starting a new series of interviews with travelers, travel bloggers and just anyone who has some tips on how to stay fit when traveling. The first one is with Jeremy.
Jeremy Albelda is the creator of The World or Bust.com, a travel blog about his frequent travels around the world. He holds a BS Ed. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami and is also a certified personal trainer.
Jeremy Albelda

1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

I don’t find it too hard to stay fit while traveling because I make it a goal to get in really good shape before going away on a long adventure so I can just focus on maintenance, which is much easier. Now a days, gyms are pretty ubiquitous and chances are you’ll find one with minimal searching. I try and go at least once or twice a week and just do full body workouts.

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

I’m not personally a vegetarian, but I have friends who are travel bloggers as well and while it might be a bit harder to find quality vegetarian restaurants, it’s doable.

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

My favorite sports to do while traveling are mountain biking and surfing.

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

 

I’m an atheist and not spiritual either, but knowing yourself, how to calm yourself down, etc. is important for not only mental health but also physical. Stress releases cortisol, a hormone that is not good to have in your body all the time.

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

1. Walk. Not only will you see more of a place you’re visiting, but you’ll burn way more calories and save yourself money on transportation.
2. Don’t drink in excess. Drinking too much will quickly make you gain weight and also make you lethargic and more prone to eat crappy food.
3. Stay Hydrated. Flying a lot or spending time in air conditioned buses and trains will suck the water out of you and not only make you more tired, but will depress your immune system as well.

Yoga around the world

tree pose at Cala Guilolla beach

In May 2012 when visiting Costa Rica and Panama, I realized that probably the easiest sports to do while traveling around the world is yoga. I first practiced yoga on Bocas del Toro islands in Bocas Yoga studio with beautiful yoga teacher Laura.

Ever since I’ve had periods of time when I practiced yoga every day but unfortunately also weeks that passed without any yoga. It took me time but finally I am sure that practicing yoga is one of the best things to do on the road.

I don’t carry a yoga mat when traveling but you can easily do it without it, trust me. I got used to practice on the ground, on the grass or even in my hotel rooms on the floor or carpets. It is not that tough at all.

Sometimes, I even take a few minutes to just do a yoga position or two, or relax my mind doing meditation whenever possible, especially in the nature, gardens or even my hotel balconies.

 

Here are some of the photos I took of myself practicing yoga around the world:

 

When visiting Costa Brava in March 2013, we took a boat trip to Cap de Creus and pulled over at Cala Guilolla beach. I found a pretty amazing old boat there and practiced some basic yoga positions on top of it when my travel buddies were getting ready for lunch.

 

tree pose at Cala Guilolla beach tree pose from the front

* Thanks to Richard from Charming Villas for taking these photos of me 🙂

 

A few days after every morning I froze my ass off doing some yoga positions at the balcony of Hotel Terraza in Roses, Spain.

tree pose in Roses Spain

 

Back in May 2013, early morning when it was not too hot, I enjoyed the views from my balcony at Marina Fiesta hotel in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

reverse warrior in Cabo San Lucas Mexico warrior 2 in Cabo San Lucas warrior 3 in Cabo San Lucas Mexico

 

Oh, and after kayaking I took a second for a tree pose on Balandra beach close to La Paz in Mexico too. Look at the beauty beach!

tree position at Balandra beach Mexico

 

 

On top of my favorite pyramids ever – Teotihuacan, one of the many archaeological sites in Mexico I visited – I practiced some yoga for a bit too. The photos were taken by my tour guide on top of the Pyramid of the Moon overlooking the Pyramid of the Sun.

tree pose at Teotihuacan Mexico warrior 3 at Teotihuacan Mexico

 

Then, in June, when I expected warm weather in Canada, it was pretty cold and rained a lot. I even had to use my fireplace at L’Auberge des Falaises in Charlevoix, tuck myself up in bed and drink warm tea. That was obviously after the morning yoga at the balcony.

I know my head is missing on the photo, sorry. I still have it so no worries 😀

tree pose in Charlevoix Canada

 

Spending a few days exploring the multicultural Montreal in Canada, I also took a few hours to practice SUP yoga on the river with KSF. It was my first SUP experience and also SUP yoga in general, so took me a while to stand up and learn something, especially when kind of scared of falling into the cold river with my sinus infection. And, it was raining. But Josie, our instructor from O’Yoga was amazingly patient so in the end we all enjoyed our time.

another SUP yoga pose in Montreal finishing SUP yoga in Montreal with Josie practicing SUP yoga in Montreal

 

When visiting Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia in summer 2013, we took a canoeing trip along the Danube and when stopped to take photos of the Devin castle, I tried yoga … tried in the river. By the way, check out more sexy photos from the Danube 🙂

warrior 3 in the Danube

 

With a bunch of Slovak friends we took a road trip to Portoroz in Slovenia and stayed at Majda apartments for 5 days. There, before breakfast, I stretched my bones at the balcony too.

tree pose in Portoroz Slovenia

 

With my friend Lukas practicing early morning yoga in the cold weather in Slovenska Ves, Slovakia.

morning yoga in Slovenska Ves Slovakia warrior 2 in Slovenska Ves Slovakia

 

Waiting for 2 hours at the train station in Krivan, a small village in Slovakia, I decided to strech a little bit when there was no one.

warrior 2 at Krivan train station Slovakia

 

And last but not least, meditation in my home town Snina, Slovakia.

meditation in Snina, Slovakia

 

Do you practice yoga around the world on your trips too?

 

5 ways of being fit in San Francisco

fresh salad in a Westfield restaurant

San Francisco is a paradise city for many. You might know already that for me it’s the second favorite city in the world after Barcelona and I fell in love with San Francisco for many different reasons. And it’s also great to stay fit when traveling.

 

The best 5 ways of being fit in San Francisco are:

 

1. walking the hills – avoid public transportation as much as you can and just walk. All the hills will be tough at first but it will make you stronger. I spent 10 days in San Fran and the first 2 days I was literally dying each time I had to go up a hill but then it turned quickly and it became part of my daily routine.

2. fresh juices – if you are in the city center, visit Westfield, the only shopping mall in the heart of San Francisco. On the first floor there is Jamba juice where you can get fresh juices, smoothies and even some salads, fresh breakfast items and other meals. No corn syrup, 0g trans fat and no preservatives. I recommend getting something without dairy and not baked, and ask them to add vitamins/protein etc. I was there a few times during my stay to get juices for both snacks or dinner. The many restaurants on the ground floor of Westfield also offer fresh salads.

 

fresh salad in a Westfield restaurant

fresh salad in a Westfield restaurant

 

3. fresh fruit and vegetables – there’s a little grocery store at every corner in the San Francisco city center which I truly loved so you have no excuses to just stop by and get an apple, a carrot or a pack of berries. China Town is also a good neighborhood for shopping fresh or Ferry Building for organic fruit and veggies.

 

fresh vegetables in China town

fresh vegetables in China town

 

4. jogging/cycling/skating/walking – so many people do these activities along the piers. I know sometimes the wind or the fog are not very pleasant in SF but on a nice sunny day it is fun!

 

cycling the San Francisco piers

cycling the San Francisco piers

 

5. a salad in any restaurant – there’s many restaurants in San Francisco, such as The Plant Cafe Organic restaurant where you can get raw vegetable salads. Easy, fresh and healthy!

 

a salad in The Plant Cafe organic restaurant

a salad in The Plant Cafe organic restaurant

 

 

If you are looking for other things to do in San Francisco, check it out here.

How to stay fit on board a cruise

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I spent a week on board beautifully decorated MSC Preziosa flagship cruising around the Mediterranean sea and I had to experience myself if one of the preconceived notions of getting fat on board a cruise is true.

But it is not that difficult not to gain weight on a cruise. It all depends on you.

 

6 tips on how to stay fit on board a cruise:

 

1. ditch lifts, take steps instead – each time I was on my own I climbed the steps, both up and down. Trust me, going up to the 15th deck from the 5th where the reception was, or 6th or 7th where most of the restaurants and entertainment were was a bit challenging, especially after a huge meal. The first day I walked around 1,000 steps and then I stopped counting them but it is the easiest exercise you can do when cruising. I am so happy I listened to my friend Dan who gave me this tip when we spoke about what to expect on board a cruise.

Who wouldn’t like to take these beautiful staircase instead of a boring lift??

 

take the steps, no lift policy on board a cruise

take the steps, no lift policy on board a cruise

 

2. there is a gym, personal trainer or yoga classes in the MSC Aurea spa so no excuses, you can hit them any time during the day, or even more times if you feel like (or if your belly fat shows you should).

3. jogging or fast walking around the decks – I saw a bunch of people jogging around the swimming pools. The ship is 333 m long and 38 m wide so there is enough space for you to go around a few times.

4. healthy food – as a person who LOVES eating and really eat at least 5 times per day, if not 6, healthy food was what I was most excited about. Already every night I was looking forward to the following breakfast where I could choose from cereals, many different berries, fresh fruit, green tea, fresh orange juice, coconut and nuts. Then in my cabin in the Yacht club I had a basket of fresh fruit every day and I did eat my favorite fruit. Buffet lunch offered many healthy options, you could make your own salad with olive oil and then get fresh fruit too (even some exotic varieties).

 

a lot of fruit on board MSC Preziosaa lot of fruit on board MSC Preziosa

a lot of fruit on board MSC Preziosa

 

Alright, pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, soups and all the other delicious meals were there too but it was possible to get a bit of those and still make the salad the biggest part of your lunch. And dinners … well, 3 to 5 course dinners were on the plan every single night for us, it didn’t change the fact you could opt for fish, soup, salad or something light and healthy.

To make sure passengers can get the perfect combination of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, the MSC’s nutritionists created ”Deliciously Healthy” daily meals in the main restaurants of the Golden Lobster and l’Arabesque.

 

fresh berries for breakfast on board MSC Preziosa

fresh berries for breakfast on board MSC Preziosa

 

5. excursions – you will walk during many excursions once you disembark in the port. I’ll take that as an extra walking. Sometimes it is possible to do sport activities in the ports. Get on one of them if necessary.

6. swimming – a number of pools allows you to spend hours swimming, even if the weather is not warm enough for a dip, there is always at least one indoor pool on board a cruise where you can spend calories gained from the Italian pasta you had for lunch or a yummy dessert from last night dinner.

Swimming on board a cruise possible any time

Swimming on board a cruise possible any time

 

MSC Preziosa and other cruises do offer hours of finger-licking cuisine but if you want to stay fit, there is always a way. It all depends on your strong will and how much you really want to stay fit on board a cruise! Remember, no lift policy!

My experience with detox

going through detox

The other day I have explained you a bit why I was going crazy. A few months ago I got skin rash on cleavage, forehead and upper back. I’ve never had anything similar before and wasn’t really sure what it was. Over months, I had to try a lot of different things to get rid of it.

I am trying to eat healthy as much as I can but logically I am no angel.

After years, I decided I needed to go through detox.

 

I didn’t want to do a fast detox of just a day or two as I knew eating healthy when traveling is not easy at all. No matter how much I try, I still take it as being ”on holidays” so I can get ice cream or strawberry chocolate desserts whenever I can, right? And all those press trips just make it worse as my sponsors want me to have a brilliant time and food helps it very easily.

 

But it was the right time for a change. If not now, then when?

I had to make it the right time!

 

I started avoiding chemicals in cosmetics, stopped using the deodorant, shower gel, any make-up and perfume. I bought shampoo with no parabens and made of mostly natural ingredients and also began to apply 100% argan oil on my skin instead of body lotion. hand cream and face cream.

However, this is where my experience with detox only started.

going through detox

going through detox

 

I also started eating more raw vegetables and fruit, many seeds and made juicing part of my afternoon/dinner time. I added green tea for breakfast, white tea for lunch, seabuckthorn tea, linden tea, reishi tea and cups of other healthy teas in the afternoon/at night. I was as well taking spiruline and used detox foot paths for 2 weeks.

Dairy, meat and chocolate at minimum. No ice cream. Only rarely I used soy milk instead of cow milk, and if I was craving for some sweets, I got a small bite of 80% chocolate. I tried to avoid pasta and bread too.

 

I did cheat a few times though – I had chicken breast twice, cheese maybe 5 times, a few cakes and chocolate when I had a really bad day. But it is a lot less than ”normal”.

 

There’s not much to do in winter when it’s or slippery or full of snow so at least I went for a walk when possible, took 6 floors of steps up to my apartment and down, did some boxing or yoga. No sports where I could burn a lot of energy as it’s been a very long detox and I had days when I felt weak.

I did all this for 2 months and even though I cheated a few times over holidays (at Slovak Christmas and NYE), I have lost 3 kilograms and I feel much better and lighter. I also lost 90% of the rash on my forehead and maybe 80% of it on my back and cleavage. And it’s the first winter ever I have not had to fight with sinusitis yet. Even when everyone else was sick around me, I was healthy.

 

Long detox is not easy. I guess no detox is. But it was so worth it! I can say it started as a simple detox but I taught myself to be more patient and take better control of my cravings.

Have you ever gone through detox? Tell me about your experience with detox.