Dinner was alcohol and extra spicy Thai. No, this wasn’t last night. Rather, this was during my December juicing experience. By juicing all day and by eating ‘normally’ at nighttime, I was able to achieve my December juicing goals, that of slashing volume and eating when hungry instead of eating because the clock told me to do so. I was able to prime my body for yoga.
After years of trial and error, December was the first juicing experience with which I found success. By creating my own variation of the Suja Fresh Start Program, I felt deregulated and free to do things as suitable for me. The experience helped me to slash my solid food intake by 40 percent, creating the menu which is my current diet. Juicing in December taught me to restrict healthfully again. I work better under a system of controls, ones that I create; and now I’m operating delightfully as such.
But this time around, two months later during my present cleanse, it’s completely different. Stationed on the cusp of Day Three, I was so hungry that my body screamed! The midnight hour was particularly ferocious as I wanted to jolt to one of the many open restaurants for a huge salad. But I said no. No pain, no gain, right?
The difference between last time and this time? I’m not drinking alcohol. I’m not eating curries. I’m not even drinking the six juices per day as recommended by Suja. It’s all too much. Rather, I’ve picked my four favourites, Glow, Purify, Green Supreme, and Vanilla Cloud, drinking as my body craves them, eating lime kaffir broth with steamed vegetables at dinner. Drinking lots of lemon water, hot tea, and coffee (yes, caffeine) here and there. And the big kicker? The big difference? I’m practicing yoga. My sessions are more powerful, more heavenly, and more vibrant. Wow!!
Day One: I really wanted a martini after working because it’s how I relax on Tuesdays! And Wednesdays. And Thursdays. You get it. But I didn’t cave. And then I got a massive headache. Oh, no! Splitting through my head, it caused me to stay in bed for several hours. The next day, I asked Becky if this is normal. She said, “Yes, your body is detoxing. You need to slow down. You’re doing this too abruptly. You need to eat more.” I replied, “No.” She said, “You’re an idiot.” Ha!
Day Two: The world was perfect on this day (and continues to be such). I walked around in la la land of happiness all morning and early afternoon. But as the day progressed, strolling by elegant city restaurants, I gazed through perfectly washed windows at empty wine glasses, ready to be filled for upcoming dinner goers. Immediately, I text messaged Becky, “Hey, let’s go to Eden tomorrow night!” Dispatching photographs of their gorgeous winter raw menu (Flat Bread and Burritos and Acorn Squash), I remembered! The cleanse! Oh, no! As disappointment on the social gala restriction wore off, daytime turned to nighttime, and I watched those restaurant wine glasses fill as intimate Valentines held hands, and OH I was jealous. Jealous of the fun! And then I became so hungry that after reading more pages of Atlas Shrugged than I have in one sitting for a long time (juice cleanse = focus), I sentenced myself to bed around eleven o’clock. Moving was not possible because it only made me hurt. Thus I optioned to dream.
Now it’s the morning of Day Three, and I want to fly! The aggressive All or Nothing me says that I’ll repeat this plan bi-monthly because it’s making me feel glamorous from inside to outside. The world is brighter! The body is cleaner! And I’ve achieved my goal: To be excited about food again.
I am so excited to experience divine cuisine beginning on Friday that it’s not even funny! Right now, on this last day of the cleanse, I am challenging and pushing my body to win, to completely detox. And I will be so excited to award myself with a gold star when it’s over. And a tofu burrito from Whole Foods. And a glass of French wine with girlfriends (or with my dog). After this experience, I totally get how my dog feels when I give her cookies. She feels accomplished for being a Good Girl.
In less than 24 hours, this shall be another great food experiment under my belt. And I’m absolutely glowing because of it. Here’s what I’ve been ‘eating’.
This might be the healthiest three days of my life! Yes, in fact, it is. And now it’s off to the yoga mat. Have a good day, and namaste. :) xo
What is the healthiest period of your life?