. . . learns to appreciate food a WHOLE LOT MORE ;) no, but seriously, let me take you on a little story:
During our staycation last week, I came home from yoga to find D sitting at his computer. He looked up at me, smiled, and said, “I think we should do a cleanse.” I baffledly replied [if that’s even an adjective] “Who are you?” We had a good laugh, but I quickly found out he was serious. So what’s a lady like me to do? Well, I jumped in with both feet. I understood what he meant. We had been home from Sin City for almost three days and still felt like absolute poo.Was I excited? Heck no. I love everything a “cleanse” is NOT = meat, cheese, bread, wine, chocolate :) but when you’re in a happy relationship like mine, you’re crazily game to try new things together. So, the following morning [Wednesday] we started this three-day journey.
Day 1 was my least favorite. See, we had to swallow this eight-ounce protein drink every two hours. D thought it was like having a milkshake. I, on the other hand, hated it. I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything worse tasting than faux vanilla, but I made it through anyway. After our entire day of frothy beverages, we DID get to each devour a raw spinach salad, one four-ounce tuna steak, and one four-ounce salmon filet. It was simply delicious, but at that point, I’m pretty sure ANYTHING would have tasted good.
Day 2, I personally thought would be a walk in the park, ESPECIALLY since we no longer had to drink the powder cocktails and got to eat fruit instead. BUT I was sadly wrong. I guess this is the day the toxins release, where the cleanse starts to take affect. We felt AWFUL. I am proud to say, though, we still managed to leave the house for a bit [for our sanities sake] and played some miniature golf and hit a few balls in the batting cage. The hunger was fierce, however, and made me want to keep downing water to try and fill the hungry void. I’m just glad we didn’t stay at home the entire day complaining to each other how bad we felt. Although, that night, I did almost have a complete melt down. Yep, we got home from Boomers to find that we needed to drink a twelve-ounce protein drink. I refused. I know, I know, I KNOW! I’m a total wimp, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Plus, I’m thin and was ravenous. D stuck with the exact protocol and I’m proud of him for doing so. I opted for an egg white omelet, which pretty much tasted like cardboard :(
Miraculously, on Day 3, we woke up feeling GREAT – starving, yes, but the cleanse was working. The only problem is I never thought it was possible to get sick of fruit. I LOVE produce, but discovered I was starting not to crave it. Actually, I didn’t even have a taste for it. What once was a sweet treat had turned into my nemesis. “But I don’t want to eat another peach.” D was feeling the same way too [THANK GOODNESS] AND since that night was our last “staycation” supper, we totally broke before our “cleanse” meal. Mmmm-hmmm, that’s right. We cheated and went to Norte’s. Let me tell you :) Mexican food has NEVER tasted so good!
“After doing a juice cleanse, I’m motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleansing is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I’m putting into my body. I’m making a commitment to my health and hitting the reset button.” – Salma Hayek
SO, you’re right. We didn’t make it through the entire program. SHAME ON US! Even though, at least, we tried and did get some of the benefits. I might even try it again [some day] BUT, for now, #meandD have decided to incorporate some of what we learned into our daily eating habits, starting with green tea instead of coffee or black tea. I mean it’s a start, right?! Lol.