Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I got down a beet, spinach, banana, cranberry juice smoothie. I'm good.

About 40 hours.  That's how long I made it.

The cleanse came to a crashing halt last night at the hands of peanut butter and Diet Pepsi.  And, you know what, I'm okay with that.  I tried.  I had beets and bananas together.  I made my own salad dressing.  I drank more water than I have in probably the last year. The fact that I did these for roughly two days is unimportant. 

Profound discoveries:
*I like cheese in salads.  I miss it when it's not there.
*Giving up bread was harder for me than going caffeine-free.
*I don't "have" to have coffee when I wake up.  In fact, I haven't had coffee at all today.
*Regarding the point above, I'm pretty sure it is the habit I'm addicted to and not the actual product.  I missed the experience of playing with my herd, watching the news, and picking out my morning coffee mug of choice much more so than actually drinking my Seattle's Best #2.
*I'm often not as starved as I think.  Knowing that my food choices were restricted kept me from checking my cabinets and refrigerator.  And you know what? I never felt hungry. 
*Making homemade salad dressing is easy. I should do it more often.
*I'm a pretty healthy eater. I ate things I would typically eat anyway. 
*I never had a headache (but I did take Tylenol every few hours as a precautionary measure).
*I do realize that if I had gone the full two weeks, I may have noticed some of the things other cleansers have praised: sounder sleep, more energy, overall general sense of "feeling better." The thing is though: I already sleep enough; I typically feel energized; I consider myself a healthy person.  I just didn't feel invested in a project that may or may not have improved upon a bar that I already consider fairly high.
*24 tablespoons of peanut butter necessitates a 1/2 mile drive to the Curves Fitness Center vending machine.
*I don't feel bad for giving up. I said all along that this was an experiment driven by curiosity, not one designed to yield emotional, spiritual, or physical "growth." I know I'm happiest when I simply do things in moderation. If I want to eat dessert most nights of the week, I'll just eat healthy stuff during the day and occasionally run a weekend mini marathon.
My menu for those 40 hours...
Breakfast - Homemade yogurt, bananas, a little bit of honey

Lunch - The concoction in the title, one slice of whole wheat bread

Supper - Salad (greens from my garden, apple, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, green pepper, homemade salad dressing [olive oil, lemon, balsamic vinegar, herbs]) and whole grain brown rice with broccoli and cauliflower, topped with homemade salsa

Dessert - Pecans
Breakfast - Homemade yogurt, honey, cantaloupe

Lunch - Rice concoction leftovers, apple

Snack - Whole almonds

Supper - Homemade sweet potato fries (no oil or seasoning) and salad

Dessert - Yogurt and pecans
2 hours later: Peanut butter extravaganza

For supper tonight...
Salad, whole wheat bread, and this little number I would recommend you all try:

Cook for 5-6 hours on low in a Crock Pot - boneless pork chops, apples (quartered or cut into 1/8), chicken stock, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon (I rarely measure so just put in whatever amount "looks right" to you:))


  1. Kudos to you for giving it a try...I went back to my New Year's resolutions, and so far I've only really accomplished one of them. But that one, limiting my soft drink intake to about one per week, has been pretty successful. And like you, it hasn't really been all that difficult. In fact, when I do have one, I enjoy it as a treat and then go right back to drinking water. You eat way healthier than I do, anyway, so the fact that you felt the need to "cleanse" is honestly, quite ridiculous :)

    1. Thanks, Zach. I appreciate you reading and for your nice comment:) You're right, the whole thing, for a variety of reasons, was kinda ridiculous. I don't think it was all for naught though and I'm glad I tried. That's great what you're doing...One a week? Impressive!

  2. Everything in moderation may not work for everyone, but I have found it successful for me. I love your adventureous spirit and how you attack life. You are my inspiration in so many ways. Lots of Love, Mom

    1. Everything in moderation is definitely a JNT and CLT adage. Thanks for always being a good example.

      And I guarantee you are mine in many more. Love you, Mom!