Born in East Yorkshire in 1969, Shazzie had a typical northern lifestyle and diet in her formative years. As an adult, she suffered lethargy, depression, brain-fog, period pains, bad skin, and aches and pains -- until she created a detox and rejuvenation programme for herself.
These days she feels younger than ever before, has relentless energy, and a body which functions as it should!
Shazzie spreads the secrets that she's uncovered to millions of people throughout the world via her web sites, books, magazine columns, workshops and retreats.
Detox your World is Shazzie's second book, and it follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular Shazzie's detox delights. Shazzie's aim with this book is to help people discover their real selves, so they can do and be exactly what and how they need to. As we get more and more lost in the complications of life, Shazzie's simplistic style is sure to help millions find the beginning of their tether!
Extract from the introduction
Once I'd discovered that the secret to a fantastic life was to detox my world, I can only describe the subsequent changes I experienced as magical. I became my natural weight, lost all sight of depression, gained a new outlook and direction in life. For the first time ever in my life I was truly happy, healthy and wise.
It's the wisdom I've learned that I want to share with you in this book. You might find some of the facts unbelievable -- if you do, try out my accompanying suggestions and make notes on how you feel. That's the only way to know whether to believe I've really found the secret to living life joyfully and in harmony.
When I realised this wasn't just a physical journey I began to take an interest in yoga, which took me further on my own personal development path than I thought possible. I also discovered a simple set of ancient exercises used by Tibetan Buddhist Monks which really do turn back the clock, and I share those here with you, too.
What you have in your hands is everything that I've learned about detoxing naturally. A natural detox is important, as it keeps us in an "earth rhythm" that stops us feeling separate and isolated from all around us. Many of today's problems in our society (and increasingly the whole world) stem from feelings of disconnection. Re-establishing that connection with nature gives us more power to live the life we've always wanted, while creating a sustainable and responsible way of living.
If you've eaten a typical western diet (meat or vegetarian) all your life, you will have taken in more toxins than your body can remove. Eventually, you may start to feel under the weather or ill. The illness can take many forms, such as acne, arthritis, depression, heart disease, lethargy, menstrual pains etc, but the cause remains the same: your body contains too many toxins and is struggling to expel them, because it wasn't designed to deal with such a high intake on a permanent basis.
By lightening your diet and other toxins that surround you, you allow your body more freedom to remove stored toxins.
Your body will thank you by giving you more energy, healing itself of diseases, and clearing your brain so that it's cobweb-free.
The beauty of eating this way
When detoxing, you are not denied lovely food. If you like, you can even have pudding for every meal! Eating your favourite fruits, getting massaged, having saunas, swimming, playing and practising yoga sounds more like a pampering health farm than a strict regime, doesn't it?
Eating detox food is certainly not going to make you feel confined to a life sentence of boring food and hard exercise. I will reveal how this simple way of life can provide you with great health benefits as you read through the sections of this chapter. As you eat more food which has a built in feel-good factor, it becomes easier to believe that it's possible for you to step into your magnificence.
Fibre, protein, cabbages and eggs!
I grew up amongst the F-Plan, Weight Watchers, Slimming Club, The Grapefruit Diet, The Egg Diet, Slim-Fast and The Cabbage Soup Diet. At any time, at least one member of my family or friends was trying them out. Most of them lost weight. None of them kept the weight off. I quietly observed the yo-yoing of my loved ones, while pondering "There must be a better way".
These days we have the Atkin's, Zone and Blood Type diets. We also have many dieters thinking: "Maybe as the old diets didn't help me keep my weight off, then these new ones will?"
As quickly as one diet is devised, another totally different one knocks it off the number one bestseller slot. But as they're all so very different, and as we humans are pretty much similar, they can't all be right. Let's have a look at what we know about diets...