Plan on going raw or visiting a raw food spa? A personal experience [Continued from part 1]
The second time I attended Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) I had a broken heart — my parents past away within 5 months. My first and last thoughts every day was for my parents. Though it was nearly a year, the pain and sadness was so intense. I didn’t want to burden anyone with my grief. I needed to get away. My husband suggested I go to the HHI.
Wheatgrass is the “medicine” for raw food living
When I called HHI after my mother’s death, Michael Bergonzi helped me with the reservation. Michael who is now a consultant for wheatgrass and sprout companies was then HHI’s green house manager and later education director.
A communion with nature
Raccoon family (Photo: Margarita Persico/www.theHealthyDish.com)
I stayed at one of the cottages alone, though around me were other cottages there was a lot of privacy. My only companions at night were a family of raccoons in the backyard whom made their nightly appearance – mama, papa and babies. At first they frighten me. I even had a nightmare with them, but later they brought me joy. They had me smiling again, and every night I looked forward to seeing and photographing them. The joy of nature and the people I met, their kindness and friendship got me smiling again. And as with my first visit, I followed a daily regimen that exercised my body and mind.
Daily Routines and Exercise at the Hippocrates Health Institute
Every day at the HHI I would rise at 6:30 a.m. to juice wheatgrass and exercise, which are parts of the health spa’s daily program. At 9 a.m. a green juice was served for breakfast. I was advice to eat some type of gluten-free cereal; otherwise I could lose too much weight since I was less than 110 pounds. I ate millet and drank a glass of almond milk. Then we went to classes on health, food, sprouting and raw food preparation.
The first time I visited the HHI we had a special visiting lecturer for a week, Viktoras Kulvinskas, the author of Survival into the 21st Century. Dr. Brian Clement, the director of the HHI, was traveling. Dr. Clement is the author of numerous books among them: Living Foods for Optimum Health, foreword by Coretta Scott King.
One of my most memorable experiences was how I felt after the first week eating raw. I was so energized.
“Margarita, you have rejuvenated since you first arrived,” one of the guests from Asia told me.
One thing for sure, I felt great! I felt revived! I was relaxed.
This is my third trip to HHI. Like many visiting the HHI, I plan on attending to improve my health, to rest and to learn. I hope to incorporate 70% raw food in my diet.
I’m looking forward to my stay and will tell you about it here, at TheHealthyDish.com
Share with us your experience with raw food, or ask any questions you have about this topic. I will be blogging next week from the HHI. Thank you for stopping by.
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