After five days of eating nothing but all-natural veggie smoothies, unprocessed meals made from lots of root veggies and the delicious lemonade drink all week, I feel fabulous!
It took a couple days to adjust but by Wednesday afternoon I felt energized and bouncy. By Thursday I drank the whole 3pm veggie drink without gagging. Completing the Joulebody Cleanse offered more than just the health benefits of setting my body and my diet straight — which it did a great job of. It reminded me how to listen to my body and give it what it needs, and only what it needs, when it needs it. I used to pride myself on managing my body’s needs well but as life gets busier and my yoga practice sways it gets pushed aside. By day three of the cleanse I stopped following the schedule to the hour and started paying attention to when my body began asking for energy.
Contrary to the health message it might sound like I am preaching, for me listening to your body also means giving it the not-so-healthy-treats it craves from time to time.
Like Milk and Cookies Bakery, for example. Friday, my last cleanse day, I was craving a cupcake desperately. I told my friend at work that if I saw one, I was eating it. No question about it. Well, cupcakes didn’t cross my path that day but Milk and Cookies did when we I went out for a friend’s birthday that evening. I was the first in line and indulged in a Chocolate Chip cookie and Strawberry ice cream.
I did experience a bit of a sugar shock after that — probably not a good idea (sorry Joulebody) but it tasted sooooo good! Don’t worry though, minus the ice cream and cookie (and the chocolate chip and sea salt cookie I ate at Dean and Deluca yesterday — SO GOOD; YOU MUST TRY!), I’m sticking to my new habits. My favorite part of the cleanse was the Salmon and Spinach dinners, so they are staying, and to prove my dedication, for brekkie Sunday, I ate a bowl of Steel Cut Oatmeal and blueberries instead of my typically Sunday brunch omelet.
Thank you to the Joulebody Cleanse, and my fab friend AAA who bought it for me, for pointing me back in the right direction.
Oh, and body, please forgive me for anything and everything I eat while at the Candy Trade Show I am attending this week. How often to do you get the chance to attend the Candy show? You must understand that I need to take full advantage.