Diet on your Retreat

Food on the table, a healthy meal at Cloona Health Retreat

A Digestive Reboot

The Cloona diet is one of the most distinguishing features of our retreat programmes. Drawn from the teachings of Dr. Herbert Shelton it is a vegan diet based on light food (fruit and vegetables), juice-fasting and food combining. The idea is to rest the digestive system so that the body can attend with full vigour to the task of elimination. The food is based exclusively on fruit and vegetables that are organically and/or bio-dynamically grown. Our Standard five-day retreat, Energy and Liver-flush retreats all have one day of juice-fasting. Our Weight-loss retreat has two days of juice-fasting. All our retreats include a shot of wheatgrass each morning. We have our own natural spring well which enables us to pipe water of the highest purity, vitality and taste into the kitchen.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass

We provide fresh wheatgrass juice daily to all our guests. This consists of a shot of wheatgrass first thing before breakfast each morning. You will be amazed at the results!

Wheatgrass is the young grass shoots of the wheat seed. The wheatgrass plant contains high concentrations of chlorophyll which helps carry oxygen to every cell in your body, active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and other nutrients. Wheatgrass is one of the richest sources of vitamin A and vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, sulphur, zinc, cobalt, and protein. It is a blood purifier, cleanser, and detoxifier. People with wheat allergies need not be concerned when consuming wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass is a leafy green and is different altogether from the grain and refined grain products to which people often develop allergies. Wheatgrass does not contain the gluten found in the grain, which is the component of wheat often causing people problems.

Wheatgrass juice is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. After the water is extracted it contains over 70% chlorophyll, which is said to be Nature’s Greatest Healer.

Wheatgrass juice helps to:

  • Energize and reduce fatigue.
  • Improve metabolism and digestion
  • Enrich the blood, remove blood disorders, & lower blood pressure
  • As antibacterial
  • Cleanse the liver
  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Improve the complexion, treat acne, and remove acne scars.
  • Keep hair from greying & helps remove dandruff
  • Boost the immune system
  • Calm the nervous system
  • Promote regularity & helps fight constipation

Juice-fast

We now incorporate a one-day juice fast on Wednesday during the five-day program. Contrary to what you might expect, not only will you not feel hungry but you will feel a new level of energy and a lightness of spirit you had never dreamed possible.

Cloona Green Program

We are now offering a fruit-free alternative to our standard program. This is to accommodate people who have special dietary requirements precluding the consumption of fruit. It consists of a green juice for breakfast (usually cucumber) and a further green juice for the evening meal (usually a combination of cucumber and other green vegetables). This program is not for the faintly-committed and requires particular preparation beforehand and also advance notice for us so that we can have the produce in our store, as organic fare cannot be presumed always available at short notice… (The Green Program costs €30 but please note that this option is not available on the Advanced, Weight-loss, Liver-flush, Energy, or foreign retreats).