Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Juicy News

Welp, I guess three posts this month is better than no posts this month! It seems like just yesterday I was writing about the first day of April and May is now a mere 48-ish hours away. Someone stop the clock.

The odd thing is that I feel like the closer we get to the wedding, the more of an urge I have to shove junk food and sugar into my mouth. I don't know where this is coming from. Not that I'm the craziest health nut to ever live, but I'd like to think I usually have a pretty good handle on my nutrition. I always order a side salad or veggies instead of fries, rarely eat anything fried, and usually have big salads for lunch. I also judge other people's carts at the grocery store. It's a problem.

I think my problem came from giving up sweets for Lent, and the idea that giving into your cravings can be a good thing has been reinforced for me. My bridal shower was three weeks before Easter and I said "What the heck!" and went for it with the desserts. So many desserts. Beautiful little butter cookie sandwiches with buttercream filling. I can't. From there I feel like I've been binging on sugar every chance I get. Donuts in the office, cupcakes at a gathering, pints of gelato stashed in my freezer. Don't even start me on Easter candy this year.

At this point, enough is enough. I'm ready for a reboot because my body feels like it's been hit by a truck and thrown down a mountain. Twice. I'm not sure I've really felt hungry in a few weeks and have been eating abysmal amounts of vegetables. It's cleansing time.

I've always been highly intrigued by juice cleanses but have not wanted to foot the bill for a juicer. Lucky for me I have a mother who tends to buy appliances that sit around and collect dust. OK, not piles of them but some. Like the Ronco rotisserie cooker, remember "Set it and forget it!"? I borrowed the juicer which hasn't been used since it's Christmas arrival and finally took that baby for a drive tonight. She's a beaut, thanks Mom!

Trolling through Pinterest I found the DIY Ritual Cleanse and mashed it up with the Blueprint Cleanse (which would be so easy to just buy if I didn't live on an education salary) for a three day cleanse. Six juices a day, water, and green tea. Let's hope Mr. Young is still alive on the other side of this cleanse. I spent three grueling hours last night prepping, juicing, and cleaning. Who knew it could be so intense to pulverize the juice out of things?

Afterwards I made sure to have a nice dinner of deviled eggs, pasta salad, and baked beans (leftover from our BBQ shower this weekend--more to come on that!), finished off with a beautiful piece of cake. I savored every last bite and since I ate so late I'm hoping that it will also hold me over through some of today.

So I'm back to blogging because I'm going to need something to do with my hands since they won't be grabbing food and shoving it in my mouth for the next few days. I'm prepared to share a recap of each day along with some lessons learned from my juicing experience. The first...kale is a bitch.

Hopefully you'll hear from me again soon if I make it through day one.

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