People tell me all that time that I eat super healthy and I’m really strict about it. But that’s not my perception about the way I eat – I think I’m eating whatever I want and splurging on treats all the time. The key here is perception – which foods you view as desirable and why.
For the first week of the Clean Program (a 21 day detox program by doctor Alejandro Junger), I thought I was doing something wrong because it was so easy. Granted, my diet before the cleanse was not (what I considered to be) that bad, but I have never restricted myself to any type of mandatory food regime before, let alone a cleanse.
Most of my friends would say I actually have no life to speak of right now, considering the fact that I’ve mostly taken a break from the social world while cleansing. I tell them that I still have a life, it’s just a little bit different right now! Here’s a play by play from one of my days:
Disclaimer: If you have a maturity problem or the term “bowl movement” makes you queasy, you might want to stop here!
When you’re making your grocery list, keep in mind that you can be as fancy or as basic as you want while doing clean. Essentials for me are really just shake ingredients and some of the solid foods on the approved list for lunch, since when I’m feeling lazy I just have a shake for breakfast and dinner and piece things together for lunch. For example, today I threw together an arugula, beet and roast chicken salad. In the morning I just threw the ingredients in a container:
Even while I feel that I eat relatively clean, right now I’m feeling a little fatigued and foggy in the afternoon, have a love/hate relationship with gluten-free refined carbs like cereal, and am having some mysterious stomach pains. I’m also still trying to get completely over a bout of Candida (yeast overgrowth in the stomach), which I recently figured out I’ve unknowingly had for years. Apart from the symptoms, I just have an intuitive feeling that my body is craving a break and a reset, so it’s the perfect time for me to finally embark on a cleanse I’ve been wanting to try for a long time – Dr. Alejandro Junger’s the Clean Program. [Read more…]
Cocktails at the Dream hotel with Hayley and Michaela. [Not pictured: my tequila soda.]
Excessive alcohol consumption isn’t healthy any way you spin it, although we do often try to justify it. (i.e. typical convo with my girlfriends – GF1: well, it makes us happy, therefore it’s good for us! GF2 – I may try not to drink for a month. GF3 – Impossible! [orders another drink]). Even while I’m always trying to cut back, sometimes I’m just in the mood to have a drink (or four). Alcohol can tend to upset my stomach and I’ve gotten even more sensitive to it as the years go on. When I want to go out and let loose for the night, here’s how I attempt to mitigate the health consequences: