Today’s the last day of The Community Cleanse and I’m getting nervous about journeying into the real world of coffee, wine and cheese tomorrow. The thing is, I feel good right now, in a weird middle-of-road with no ups-and-downs kind of way. Is this normal? In some ways I feel like a watered down version of my former self. In other ways, I feel like I’m just beginning to get my “real” energy together and break out of my cleanse induced shell. For example, I went salsa dancing last night with my amazing sixty-year old aunt and kept up with her until two in the morning (without caffeine or alcohol). If you knew my energetic aunt, you would be impressed by this.
I’m happy to report, Dear Blog, that somewhere along the cleansing way, my body and mind got together and helped me out on the portion control front. Of course I still eat more than the average person, but I’m pretty certain I’m not going to eat blocks of cheese in one sitting tomorrow. My relationship with eating until I’m uncomfortable has changed because nothing I’ve eaten in the past weeks has made me feel sickly full. So what to do next with the cleanse ending?
Well, I’ve been contemplating a still-in-progress game plan. But keep in mind Dear Blog that none of this is set in stone and I can always change my mind. I’ve decided to limit caffeine to one coffee, or latte per day, up to a maximum of three times per week. I’m pretty sure this one is going to have to be limited further because I’ve seen some pretty radical results in regularity and a severe decrease in a chronic pain condition. Maybe decaf is the answer? But one step at a time! God knows, I love coffee and its inherent highs.
I’ve decided to only purchase cheese for special occasions. I don’t think dairy loves me enough to offer itself to me in large delicious chunks, every day of the year. Of course I’m going to continue to read all labels and avoid all white sugar, processed, “chemicalized” and hydrogenated foods. One of my amazing friend’s and community cleanser said, “I’ve decided to give up diet soda.” (Translation is diet pop – for all you fabulous Canadians). “I’ve decided to give up diet soda,” she repeated, “but never intended this when I started the cleanse, so I’m going to allow myself one last romance with it and then bury this bad habit forever. I’ve come to realize how disastrously harmful that stuff can be.”
Dear Blog, now for the biggie – I know I’ll be drinking wine this week. It’s been nice waking up every morning for the past twenty-seven days without any trace of dehydration or hangover (this sometimes happens to me after only two glasses of wine). And I haven’t necessary felt less social – less fun maybe, but not less social. In the name of moderation, I’ve decided to limit my alcohol intake to two drinks and of course not every day (but know this Dear Blog, some nights they may be larger-sized glasses).
Well thanks for listening Dear Blog, and please help me to continue to make great healthy choices tomorrow and the days after that. Happy last cleansing day!