Okay, so I got a little busy with remodeling my daughter's room and neglected to post. But I'll have you know that I made it. Well, I almost made it. Last night we had people over for dinner and I thought it might be weird if I refused to eat the stuff I made. So technically, I was one day + one meal short of my goal. But it was worth it. I made a vegan apple pie last night that seriously got me high.
Sara left a comment on my "day 3" post informing me that she'll be embarking on a 7 day raw food detox starting tomorrow. She asked for any pointers I might have. Ask, and ye shall receive my friend. Here are a few tips for Sara and any other of you fine folks who are interested in detoxing:
*Make a plan for EVERY day of your detox. Be sure to include snacks in between meals. This will help you avoid the "staring into your fridge" syndrome. But don't be surprised if it still sneaks up on you.
*Do all your shopping on or before day 1, but be prepared to have to return to the grocery store several times that week too. Epiphanies happen. And you won't always have the right ingredients on hand.
*Dips. And. Sauces. It's the only way to mix it up.
*Day 1 through Day 3 SUCK! I'm just being honest here. But Jenny and I both agree that if you can make it through Day 3, you're golden. Day 3 really is hump day. Until then, it's SHEER will power.
*Find a restaurant where you can get some sort of raw meal at least once during your detox. It's a nice break from having to prepare EVERYTHING you eat and it's something to look forward to. Lucky for me, Jenny had a hankerin' for Omars raw cuisine on Friday night and I was happy to oblige. Then we hit a flick starring the girl that both of our husbands would probably leave us for...
*Be realistic. You can't go into this thinking that it will be easy. Trust me. It's not. But it's well worth it. Find something that will keep you motivated.
If you decide to detox, you'll discover some interesting things about yourself. You'll discover what your addicted to. For me, it's starch and sugar. The cravings were almost unbearable. But only for sweets and bread. And ALWAYS at the same time of day. You'll also discover that your more powerful than you thought. I know it sounds weird, but the most important part of this for me was finding out that I have the ability to commit to do something difficult, and to actually do it. It also reminded me that I really do control my own life. For the most part, our lives are a direct or indirect result of the decisions we make. Even the small decisions. If we make healthy choices, odds are, we will be exactly that. Healthy.