As previously mentioned, hunger and cravings are not the problem. Because it is delicious and can be prepared beforehand, I have really been enjoying my daily kale salad lunches. The fresh dinners are terrific, albeit incredibly time consuming to prepare. Due to the timing of my headaches/nausea/fatigue/exhaustion, I can only assume that what I would have thought was the healthiest part of my day- the juicing- seems to have taken the most toll: on my patience, my morning, and my stomach. While I know that surely I could eat better on a regular basis, could this really be the answer for me if the trade-off are these distracting side effects? The bottom line is that I cannot afford to be prohibitively sick on a regular basis; I have a job to do, a house to renovate, and a real life to participate in. As an experiment, I decided to skip the juice and see what happened.
Let's do this.
This morning I started my day with a simple cup of water, and followed it up with a small banana and some almond butter. I know it's not green juice, but it's also not Fruity Pebbles (swoon!). Mind you, this wasn't exactly a superb treat; I am very particular about bananas and so therefore only eat them rarely. They must be the perfect size, ripeness and scent. I also have to cut off any visible bruise- no matter how tiny, and de-string every vein. The almond butter was another story*. I've never had it before; it was a purchase made specifically for the cleanse and let's just say it ain't peanut butter. But for some strange reason, the stickiness and lack of sweetness in the almond butter perfectly complemented the taste and texture of the banana; who knew? I was pleasantly surprised with the combination and the breakfast left me feeling fine. Whether or not it was really ok to have as part of the cleanse is another story (although it's fruit/sugar, it is low on the glycemic scale), but for me, today, it was a positive.
Lest you think I abandoned my greens altogether, I brought some green snacking to work with me. Celery hearts:
And an apple. Yes, an apple.
I also ate the last of my pre-prepared kale salad- still feeling fine.
For dinner there were more leftovers (I cook in massive quantities),
and a fresh salad of romaine, asparagus, and onions, dressed with something I based on the shaved kale avocado salad (CSD p. 208). I mixed all of the dressing ingredients in the Magic Bullet, adding water until thinned. Contrarily, you could leave it thicker and use as a dip.
Bonus: a baked Japanese yam!
I felt much, much better yesterday and I have to say that the support of family, friends, and blogreaders has
Family, I am fickle- with the juicer, and everything else. But I'm just as fiercely loyal and compassionate, so you get to benefit from that too. I also bake. Under normal circumstances.
Friends, you really are the greatest. You know I'm a big sweets hog and grant me countless trips to Lula's. Then you turn around and worry where and what I can eat out during the cleanse! MVG in particular, thank you for not un-friending me (literally), when I was having the most irritable day and email yelled, "DON'T BULLY ME!" because, in the midst of my misery, I had misunderstood that you were simply pointing out a typo in my blogpost and not judging my very existence. For your understanding, humor, patience, and friendship: I am grateful.
Blogreaders, thank you for not abandoning me whilst I give up my signature feasts for a finite period of time. I wish I could send you all a cupcake of thanks!
*Can we all acknowledge the oddity of stirring almond butter? Not only does it look gross, but the sloshing sound is awful. Is there a trick I'm missing? Because Skippy doesn't separate.