7 Day Spring Detox by Tiffany Cruikshank

Spring has finally arrived here in Portland, bringing with it a perfect time for a little housecleaning. Most of us go through the winter months in storage mode, hide out, stay warm and eat. But now that spring is here it’s time to shed that winter coat. A spring detox is a perfect way to welcome the new weather and with fresh produce in full bounty what better time to do it!

Below is my new 7 day detox, I recommend reading it through and tweaking it a little to fit your lifestyle if you need to. Remember anything you do will be helpful but try to make a plan that you can stick to. The most important items I recommend are doing the smoothies, not eating after 7pm, trying to keep dinner smaller than breakfast & lunch and the Gymnema is key for the sugar cravings and balancing the blood sugar so you feel better in the process.

7 Day Detox

Yes: Veggies, fruit, nuts, water and plenty of fresh, organic, local produce

No: Sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, artificial sweeteners Water: Half your body weight in ounces daily

Day 1-2 & 6-7:

7-8am: smoothie 10-11am: snack

12-1pm: steamed veggies & nuts for lunch with olive oil, lemon and sea salt

3-4pm: snack

6-7pm: smoothie

Day 3-5:

7-8am: smoothie 10-11am: snack

12-1pm: smoothie 3-4pm: snack

6-7pm: smoothie

Snacks: a piece of fruit & nuts, celery & almond butter, snap peas & nuts, rice crackers & hummus, plain rice cake with almond butter, steamed veggies & nuts, avocado with sea salt, even just a few nuts will do if you don’t have time to plan ahead

Simple Smoothie:

Fresh or frozen fruit (½ a banana or ¼ avocado make a good creamy base)

Veggies (pick 2-4:spinach, cucumber, kale, chard, collard, fennel, celery, carrot, parsley, mint, avocado, etc- careful with some of those if you don’t have a heavy duty blender like a Vitamix)

Handful of hemp seeds, almonds or walnuts

2 scoops Mediclear Plus protein powder by Thorne

Water to desired consistency (maybe half coconut water)

Greens powder supplement (Earth’s Promise, Vitamineral Greens, Greens First or Paleogreens)

With Meals (optional): Liver-GI Detox by Pure Encapsulations 1 pill 3xs a day with meals/smoothies, Gymnema Sylvestre 400-1000mg 3xs a day with meals/smoothies (to help balance the blood sugar and eliminate sugar cravings), B complex 100 by NOW with lunch (for an energy boost)

Yoga: 3-6 times/week & meditate at least 10 minutes a day

The supplements, greens & protein powder above are available for purchase online, just Google them.

I love this detox because it is really simple (not easy) and if you’re busy and don’t have a lot of time to cook and prepare food this detox is for you. If you drink a lot of coffee take a week to ween off prior to the detox don’t just go cold turkey. The gymnema will help a lot with the food cravings & appetite and will help regulate the blood sugar so you feel better during the detox. Since you won’t be spending as much time cooking or eating out, try to keep it simple and enjoy your down time even if it’s brief. Feel free to modify this detox as you need to (make it longer/shorter, easier/harder, etc), doing part of it is better than nothing at all. When you’re finished you can continue on the day 1& 2 regimen as long as you like if you’re feeling good. I find that I get hooked on it and like to continue it this way for a while and maybe take a day off here and there to have a glass of wine from time to time. Post your comments on my Facebook fan page at: Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga Happy Detoxing! :)

About Tiffany Cruikshank Tiffany is the Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, runs 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings and has been featured in various articles, video and print ads including ads for Nike and Lululemon. She travels the globe inspiring people all over the world to live their lives to the fullest and her book, Optimal Health For A Vibrant Life, is a 30 day detox for yogis. For more info go to TiffanyYoga.com or checkout her Facebook page


Arm Balancing Workshop

We will explore the fundamentals of being able to leave the ground and balance on your own two hands. We will learn poses like crow posture, firefly, flying pigeon, the eight angle arm balance and many more! Beginners will learn how to set up with proper alignment to enter the pose and more experienced practitioners will learn different ways to enter the posture and play with the pose. You will leave with a better understanding of the world of arm balances. Email TEDIMARTIN4@GMAIL.com to register

Location: Steve Nash Sports Club 610 Granville St

Time: Saturday Aril 16th @1pm

Price: Member $35 non member $50


Sitting cross-legged, close the eyes, bring your focus into the room, relax the shoulders, hands comfortably on the knees, sit up straight and lengthen the spine, chin to heart, full deep breath… Now breathe in the clean healthy fresh air filling up the lungs… now fully exhale the toxic air. Little did I know when I first heard these words how much they would change my life.

Eighteen months ago I stepped into Tedi’s group lesson never having done Yoga in my life and having no idea what to expect. My basic objective and hope was to improve flexibility and core strength. To that point, my entire workout routine had been spent either in the gym lifting weights or running. I had been experiencing increasing knee pain, the occasional (but frequent) muscle injury and increasing hip and lower back problems and thought it’s time to overhaul my workout by blending low/minimal impact activities.

Initially it was challenging to continue each week so far outside my comfort zone as I was spending almost the entire lesson feeling weak (read: foolish) and out of balance as I bounced up and down unsuccessfully trying to hold each expression. Although frustrating, each lesson was enjoyable and I left feeling not only increased energy but also tangible progression. As my abilities slowly improved, I started increasing the number of group sessions and added a private weekly session with Tedi to improve my form.

Yoga has evolved into an integral part of my life even doing it on my own in hotel rooms each morning while travelling for work. One unanticipated yet significant benefit from Yoga has been the increased consciousness of breathing which has improved relaxation. Working in a high pressure job, the benefits are already significant.

My core strength feels rock solid, my back and hips feel stable (and flexible) and I am confident that in 10 – 20 years I am going to maintain a high level of fitness and have low chance of any back, hip or knee ailments.

Full credit to Tedi. She has been an amazing guide; enthusiastic, inspirational, passionate, knowledgeable, completely in tune with my abilities and very respectful of my progression each session.

It’s difficult to imagine anyone else being so successful and cultivating my passion to the point where I can’t imagine life without Yoga!


Exciting news… Maui bound!

Today I have confirmed that I will be attending a 10 day yoga retreat in MAUI! Lately I have been feeling the educational itch. It’s been a while since I have done any formal yoga training, not including workshops here and there. So, the time has come. On September 18th I am going on an all women’s yoga retreat. We have rented out a mansion in Kaanapali. Some of the women going have completed the first part of their teacher training here in Vancouver, and there are a few of us joining on for the second adventure in Maui. There is something quite magical when a group of women are together. Aside from that crazy little hormone called estrogen, a group of women can enable growth and evolution in a unique way that does not happen in other situations. I am really looking forward to the experience that awaits us. Aside form eating a purely vegetarian and clean diet we will be practicing two workshops a day. They are ranging from forest walking meditations to early morning vinyasa practices by the ocean. I will be both leading practices and following the guidance of two other teachers who are going. My last significant yoga experience in Maui was a five hour workshop with Michael Franti, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane. Eddie and Nicki are two teachers I adore and hope to do more training with in the future. That experience changed my life in a tremendous way. I am looking forward to the journey on this magical island and can’t wait to share it with all of my readers.

Until Maui.

Aloha :)

On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know…

…that winning an argument is never the goal of a true spiritual master.

Winning someone’s heart is. The setting side of one’s integrity is not required to win someone’s heart, but the setting aside of one’s anger may be.

 It is possible to make a point without making an enemy.

 It is possible to be right without being righteous.

Debating does not have to be debasing. If there is someone with whom you are disagreeing this day, would it not be wonderful of you to disagree without being disagreeable?


– Neale