Q&A With Eating Clean Author Amie Valpone: “How Detoxing Saved My Life”
Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. Amie Valpone, a former Voguestaffer, fought an unknown illness for ten years, during which time she was informed she had leukemia (which she did not) and that she only had one day to live (which she did not) (that was six years ago). In the end, after years of seeing doctor after doctor and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on her health, the diagnosis was as straightforward as it was devastating: poisoning.
He had been leading a very “healthy” American lifestyle, consuming lean proteins, engaging in physical activity, ingesting unfiltered tap water, using sunscreen, and carrying bug spray.
Her physicians were also prescribing her medications, which were making her more ill.
“Even though I was leading a somewhat normal lifestyle—I had never once smoked a cigarette, I had maybe one drink every two weeks, and I ate a lot of fresh, complete foods—I was also consuming a lot of chemical foods that I believed to be safe.
‘Detoxing saved my life,’ Valpone says, and she wants to help others avoid the same fate.
Valpone has been detoxifying for the last five years, cleaning up her food and her lifestyle, and she is now feeling healthy.
In her own words, “all I want to do is serve others and be an inspiration to them.” Take a step back and consider the small improvements you may make on a daily basis, says the author.
Get Valpone’s recipes:Eating Clean: 5 Healthy + Natural Summer Recipes
Yoga Journal: What was it that compelled you to create this book? Amie Valpone (Amie Valpone): I created this book because I never want anybody else to have to go through what I did in their lives. Over 500 physicians were unable to provide me with any assistance. I had recently left Vogue and was working in marketing for the NBA on handicap issues. I was forced to resign from my position. It was really mind-blowing. Although I was collaborating with some of the greatest physicians and hospitals in the nation, the only thing they were doing was passing me pills.
- Take a look at as well Alternative Medicine: How to Choose the Most Appropriate Treatment for You YJ: You had a pretty healthy American diet and lifestyle, compared to the average person.
- Because I have a genetic mutation to the MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) gene (as do 35 percent of the population), I’m not as efficient or effective at detoxification as someone who doesn’t have this enzyme in their system.
- Due to the fact that Western medicine doctors do not screen for this, you will need to see a functional/integrative physician for this easy blood test.
- AV: There are more poisons than ever before in the environment in 2016.
- In order to detoxify, our bodies were designed with livers and other detoxifying organs; but, we are living in a period where there are toxic substances everywhere, and many of us aren’t detoxifying them out, so where are they going?
- YJ: What is it about detoxification that folks misunderstand?
- If you want to detox your food, cleaning supplies, beauty goods, and personal care items, you should start with your food.
(To learn more about how to detox your home and personal care items, check out Amie’s blog post.) From automobile exhaust to chemicals to food to tap water, we are constantly assailed.
Detoxing is not a fast treatment; rather, it is a way of life.
YJ: Why is eating well such a vital element of the detoxification process?
Whenever you eat processed food, you’re consuming substances that your body cannot recognize and has never even seen before in its history.
I want to demonstrate to people that you can generate incredible flavor without using any of that crap; all you have to do is teach your taste receptors to do so.
AV: Glutinous carbohydrates (gluten), dairy, soy, corn (no cornstarch), caffeinated carbohydrates (no artificial sugar substitutes), alcohol, shellfish, peanuts, white potatoes, white flour, and any processed food offered in a package or can are all prohibited.
If you’re not feeling well—which might include a headache that lasts for up to 72 hours—then you’re most likely suffering from inflammation.
AV: Instead, think on all of the delicious new items that will be introduced into your diet!
Garlic, berries, avocado, broccoli, walnuts, flaxseeds, turmeric, beans, and black rice are just a few examples.
If you realize that dairy is an issue for you, you may eliminate dairy from your diet and replace it with my delicious dairy-free nut cheeses and nut or coconut milk.
My greatest advise is to stick to entire, one-ingredient items and incorporate them into your meals and snacks to fill out your diet.
In my book, I discuss healthy swaps such as replacing refined, inflammatory table salt with sea salt, using coconut aminos in place of tamari or soy sauce, eating gluten-free whole grains such as millet, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, or black rice in place of inflammatory white rice, and replacing your peanut butter (which is high in mold and is actually a legume) with almond butter made from only almonds—nothing else—and seasoning with your own sea As an alternative, you may use my complete condiment chapter, which includes everything from homemade ketchup to dairy-free mayo, nut cheeses, mustards, hummus, and hot sauce, as well as recipes for sriracha sauce.
- YJ: How does the detoxification process work?
- Meanwhile, you keep a notebook in which you record your reactions to each meal as you reintroduce it one at a time, one at a time.
- I don’t consume any of the Toxic 13 items, but if you do decide to reintroduce things like eggs, dairy, meat, and animal products, make sure they are organically grown and produced.
- Every single dish in my book is devoid of animal protein, gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, eggs, corn, white flour, and refined sugar—nothing comes out of a box, and everything is made from scratch.
- I utilize honey, pure maple syrup, raw nuts and seeds, and coconut oil in my recipes for the book.
- They’re all quite flavorful and filling, and they’re also incredibly healthy.
- I want to demonstrate to everyone that once you see how wonderful life can be in this way, there is no need to ever go back.
It’s all about incorporating new anti-inflammatory items into your diet and creating healthy substitutions. See also Ayurvedic Panchakarma, which is considered to be the ultimate cleanse.
Q&A: How Deafhood Yoga Founder Rajarajeshwari Teaches in Sign Language
Michael Pimentel is a well-known actor. It was only last month that the online studio of Deafhood Yoga® was updated to provide more features such as new services and courses, while also allowing more students to practice yoga from any location using American Sign Language (ASL). Rajarajeshwari, the founder and only instructor of Deafhood Yoga, has relocated her studio from Walnut Creek, California, to Kailua, Oahu, where she is now teaching at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind in addition to giving individual lessons and tailored events.
- When and how did you come to know about yoga?
- Earth was the place where my own practice began.
- Through the light of sign language, I always felt as if I was being nourished by the Breath of Life itself.
- In my early years as an empath, I had tremendous links with many spiritual schools, especially Buddhism and Deafness.
- My first yoga session, which was mostly focused on asanas, took place in Washington, D.C.
- For the asanas, I made stick figures to assist me recall them.
- I found that incorporating the five points of yoga—pranayama, relaxation, asanas, diet, and meditation—into my healing routine consistently elicited strong, positive responses.
Over the years, I’ve experimented with many yoga techniques, classes, and teachers to find what I’m looking for.
Many times after waking up from Savasana, I would imagine what the other yoga teachers were saying to me and how I might inspire them with my articulated hands.
After taking Deafhood classes in 2007, which coincided with the beginning of my yoga experience, I had never considered teaching yoga or starting a yoga company.
I was not a qualified yoga instructor at the time.
He was unable to speak in ASL once the yoga session began since he did not have a thorough understanding of the language at the time.
At the time, in 2007, I was unaware of any yoga teacher training programs offered in American Sign Language (ASL), nor did I know of any other yoga teachers who were Deaf.
My best choice at the moment was to look for training online, where I could learn on my own time and pace.
My dear father passed away unexpectedly in 2009.
My solar plexus chakra (fire) was ignited by the desire to become a certified meditation/yoga teacher in order to share traditional Hatha yoga from the Sivananda lineage with the world in order to alleviate human suffering around the world.
YJ: “as well as how it relates to Deafhood Yoga.
The term “deafness” refers to deafness from a pathological standpoint.
And, even today, the terrible eugenics of drilling holes in the skulls of our innocent Deaf newborns is perpetuated by inciting fear in parents and feeding them thoughts of false promises to normalize and perfect their child’s deafness using scare tactics.
The vision, passion, and business concept began in 2008.
Ladd, who stated, “Deafhood is a process of decolonizing our mind, body, and spirit from the effects of colonialism.”” I had a compelling vision that I needed to bring together the themes of Deafhood and Yoga all at once.
Both increase awareness and throw a light of truth on injustice, and they are complementary.
It’s also a trip that each Deaf person embarks on in order to uncover their actual identity and purpose on this planet as a Deaf person, which is a lifelong journey.
YJ: What is the difference between teaching yoga in American Sign Language (ASL) and teaching yoga in English or other spoken languages?
Users of American Sign Language (ASL) must maintain consistent eye contact with their teacher in order to hear instructions correctly.
In Deaf-centered yoga sessions, the postures are frequently arranged in a circular layout, rather than in a grid design as in English or other spoken languages.
You may also be interested in The Yoga of the Future Is in Spanish.
Rajarajeshwari: This is the premiere of a new series of online courses, 5 Petals of LifeTM, as well as other online courses (Deafhood Yoga has been operating the overall online studio since 2013).
First and foremost, yoga necessitates continual movement on the part of the student, resulting in limited eye contact and lip-reading on the part of the teacher.
It was not possible to obtain detailed explanations, breathing, or any other audio information.
While this yoga and Deaf space acknowledges the need of communicating yogic teachings through ASL, it does so without sacrificing the integrity of our language and culture.
YJ: The Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind recently added yoga lessons to its curriculum, which you were instrumental in implementing.
They are the first Deaf school in the world to provide this service to our Deaf pupils.
Hopefully, more Deaf schools will follow suit and develop similar programs.
They are just fantastic!
Rajarajeshwari: The establishment of a Deafhood Yoga Teacher Training Course is a long-term aim of the organization.
In addition, I am a Yoga Alliance Continuing Educator Provider (YACEP), which means that I can provide assistance to yoga instructors who wish to continue their training in American Sign Language.
More information about this course, as well as our other services, may be found here. See alsoMeet Lila Lolling, a Yoga Instructor who specializes in teaching the hearing impaired.
2 十月, 2017 – 【◎心靈研磨坊 – 曼陀羅藏(Ⅲ)◎】
The name of Michael Pimentel is a slang term for a person who is a professional musician. Deafhood Yoga® re-launched its online studio last month, bringing new services and courses while also allowing more students to practice yoga from anywhere using American Sign Language (ASL) (ASL). In order to learn more about this fascinating topic, we spoke with Rajarajeshwari, the founder and sole teacher of Deafhood Yoga, who recently relocated her studio from Walnut Creek, California, to Kailua, Oahu, where she now teaches at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind in addition to offering private classes and customized events.
- In what year and via what means did you come across yoga?
- Merely being on Earth was the beginning of my own practice.
- Through the light of sign language, I always felt as if I was being nourished by the Breath of Life.
- In my early years as an empath, I had tremendous links with all spiritual ways, especially Buddhism and Deafness.
- It was in 1991 in Washington, D.C.
- For the asanas, I made stick figures to assist myself remember them.
- I found that incorporating the five pillars of yoga—pranayama, relaxation, asanas, food, and meditation—into my recovery process always elicited powerful, positive responses.
As I progressed over the years, I became more familiar with the various yoga styles, classes, and instructors.
Many times after waking up from Savasana, I would imagine what the other yoga teachers were saying to me and how I might inspire them with my articulated arms.
Prior to taking Deafhood classes in 2007, which coincided with my yoga experience, I had never considered teaching yoga or starting a yoga business/services.
Yoga teacher training had not yet been completed by me.
His inability to speak in ASL after the yoga class began was due to his lack of knowledge of the language at the time of the lesson.
Back in 2007, there were no yoga teacher training programs offered in American Sign Language, and I was unaware of any other yoga teachers who were Deaf at that time.
Finding instruction over the internet, where I could learn directly was my greatest option at the moment.
I decided not to pursue certification.
My life was flipped upside down as a result of that encounter.
Define the notion of “Deafhood” for me, please “with relation to Deafhood Yoga, and how it may be used Rajarajeshwari: That the term “Deaf” was coined by hearing white males working in the medical industry must be emphasized must be emphasized must be emphasized As a medical phrase, deafness is characterized by a diseased outlook.
These are violations of the first three Yamasof theEight Limbs of Yoga:ahimsa(non-harming),satya(non-lying), andasteya(non-stealing), as well as the first three Yamasof theEight Limbs of Yoga:ahimsa(non-harming), satya(non-lying), andasteya (non-stealing) (non-stealing).
Paddy Ladd’s book, Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood, was a component of a semester course at the California School for the Deaf in 2008 that inspired the vision, passion, and business model that has since evolved.
Ladd, who stated, “Deafhood is a process of decolonizing our mind, body, and spirit from the effects of colonialism.” Unexpectedly, I had a vivid vision of bringing together the principles of Deafhood and Yoga in one holistic practice.
Both promote awareness and cast a light of truth on injustice, bringing it to the surface.
This journey includes the discovery of one’s genuine identity as a Deaf person, as well as the discovery of one’s true purpose in life as a Deaf person.
In comparison to teaching yoga in English or other spoken languages, what is the difference between teaching yoga in ASL and teaching yoga in English?
In order to hear instructions correctly, ASL users must maintain regular eye contact with their teacher.
Classes for Deaf people are often held in a circular format, as opposed to those for those who speak English or other spoken languages.
Also see The Yoga of the Future Is in Spanish (included).
YJ: Rajarajeshwari: The 5 Petals of LifeTM series, as well as additional online courses, will be launched at this time (Deafhood Yoga has been operating the overall online studio since 2013).
First and foremost, yoga necessitates continual movement on the part of the student, resulting in limited eye contact and lip-reading on the part of the instructor.
The recipient did not get any audio information that included detailed explanations, breathing, or any other type of audio information.
While this yoga and Deaf space acknowledges the need of communicating yogic teachings through ASL, it does so without sacrificing the integrity of our language and cultural traditions.
YJ: The Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind recently added yoga lessons to its curriculum, which you spearheaded.
As far as we know, they are the world’s first Deaf school to provide this service to their Deaf pupils.
We are looking forward to seeing this flourish in additional Deaf schools as time goes on!
What a wonderful group of people.
Rajarajeshwari: Deafhood Yoga Teacher Training Course establishment is a long-term objective.
Aside from that, I am also an authorized Yoga Alliance Continuing Educator Provider (YACEP), which means that I can provide assistance to yoga instructors who wish to further their studies in American Sign Language.
Here’s where you can find out more about this course as well as our other offerings. Check out Lila Lolling, a yoga instructor who is bringing yoga to the deaf.