Initially, I started The Healthy Junkie blog, not only to inspire others to be a little healthier, but also to help motivate myself get through a four-week cleanse. Some of you never started cleansing, some of you have cleansed for the past four weeks—and like me—some of you, have cleansed almost two months of the past three-and-a-half months. Wow, now that took some effort! Cleansing this much has felt more like a serious kick-in-the-pants lifestyle change.
My addiction to restaurants has certainly subsided and sugar cravings are a thing of the past. I didn’t go back to caffeine after the first cleanse because for the first three weeks, without my one cup of coffee per day, I was a complete yawn to be around. It took a long time for some sort of personality to finally emerge from the depths of caffeine-free Laura. So, I switched to decaffeinated soy lattes in-between cleanses. I hope to never re-experience dull, lackluster Laura again. After the first cleanse, I also ceased the mad stocking of the fridge with loads of cheese—my usual go-to snack. Instead I eat cheese on special occasions and at the many Napa wine and cheese events.
But I must admit I’m pretty excited to have that cheese partnered with a glass of wine this week. So imagine my surprise when my husband said, “You know, I think I’m going to continue the cleanse for the next seven weeks, until my sister’s wedding. I swear the cleanse is doing away with my chronic sinusitis. Plus,” he winked, “I’m going to look hot—get on my beach body for their destination wedding.”
We’ll see how this works out – seven extra weeks is a long time. Of course, I support him one-hundred percent but I don’t intend to completely join in. I’m definitely having wine and cheese this week—for sure.
I’m a little scared to come completely off the cleanse. This time around I’ve incorporated regular exercise and I don’t see how this mixes well with slight hangovers (these days, I seem to get hung over after only a few glasses of wine). I’m no longer going to have the excuse, “I’m cleansing” to avoid the social implications of socializing. I guess I’m going to have to reevaluate what moderation means to me. I haven’t eaten processed, hydrogenated, refined food or white sugar for years and years (these non-foods weren’t conducive to healing tumors, so it became habit to avoid them). I mostly limit white flour to baguettes eaten in restaurants. So I guess, through process of elimination, alcohol is the non-cleanse friendly line item I’m going to have to contend with in my quest to continue to feel great.
Happy last day of The Community Cleanse cleansers!
The Healthy Junkie’s Community Potluck is tonight, January 31st, 2011 at the Main Napa Library (580 Coombs Street, Napa, CA) from 6:30-8:00 in the Community Room. Many of you live far away—I wish you could all be here in person. All cleansers and non-cleansers are invited. If you can attend, please bring a cleanse-friendly dish that does not incorporate processed/refined or hydrogenated foods, sugar, white flour, dairy, caffeine, or alcohol. The event will begin promptly at 6:30 and end at 8:00. The room is not equipped with an oven or stove. So, your dish should be ready to serve. Please also bring serving utensils. Hope to see many of you there!