Got Behind, Big Shocker

So it turns out blogging every day of my cleanse was a little more difficult than I’d expected. I guess technically I’m on day 12 of the cleanse, but during this whole process I’ve restructured and changed things here and there, so it’s turning into something else entirely.

For starters, I will not go a whole 21 days, mainly because Joe and I will be in Bellingham and Seattle this weekend and I’m afriad that a liquid only diet will be too hard to maintain away from home. Which basically means I have to start adding solid food back in before we go, so I don’t completely shock my system.

I also decided to go juice only for a few days. I started yesterday, so I’m halfway through day 2. What I can’t decide is how long to go for. Normally, I’d try at least a week, but seeing as I’ve already been cleansing for so long, I don’t know how much more cleansing my body requires at this point. It’s all very confusing. As of now, I think I’ll juice until dinner tomorrow night, adding back a smoothie or blended soup for dinner.

What I really want to blog about today, though, is our culture’s views and norms that surround eating. From day one of this cleanse, Joe was complaining about feeling anti social since he couldn’t drink booze or eat out at restaurants. I suggested we go out just to spend time with our friends, without eating, but he responded with “I don’t want to look weird, I want to be able to eat like everyone else.”

That comment really got me thinking. What have we come to if we can’t even enjoy a social event without putting something in our mouths? We go to happy hour for drinks after work. We grab lunch or coffee to catch up with a friend. I’m just as guilty as the next person of relying on food and alcohol to entertain me, to serve as a buffer between me and another person so we don’t have to awkwardly agree on a different activity. Do I want to be stuck in this trap? My boyfriend would tell me its just normal, its what people do. But look where normal has gotten us…Americans are notoriously fat and sick.

Yes, I will agree that it sucks not being able to eat at my favorite restaurants or even cook from scratch with another couple. I don’t think that using food as a way to interact with others is a bad thing to do, I just don’t think it should be the only option.

So I’d really like to make it a goal to do things with my friends that don’t involve eating or drinking. Taking walks and hikes, going shopping, volunteering, whatever. Just something that allows me to connect with others without shoving anything into my mouth. And when I do socialize while eating or drinking, I want to slow down, enjoy my food consciously, and focus on the connection I’m making with that other person, rather than eating to avoid deep¬†conversation.

I challenge you to take this step with me. Let’s make a world where we don’t worry so dang much about food, and hopefully learn to truly enjoy and value¬†food as a result.

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Kitten!

Day 5

After taking a momentary lapse in the cleanse to fully enjoy VegFest, I decided Monday would be a juice-till-dinner day, rather than having a smoothie at lunch.

So, my lease on my apartment is up September 30th, which means both my roommate and I are looking for new spots to live. I haven’t had much luck, but Cori, my roommate, already moved into her new place, leaving me with pretty much nothing. The couches, TV, coffee and end tables, and most of the dishes were hers. So I have a kitchen table, a computer desk, and a wide open space in my living room. Which for the most part is extremely depressing. Unless you have a hula hoop!

For a workout, I put that little baby to work! Prancing around my empty apartment to upbeat top 40 cuts, swinging a hula hoop around my waist, was ridiculously fun. I did it for a half hour straight, which left me sweating, my abs burning, and my energy better than it’s been all week! So hey, when life gives you a sad empty apartment…make lemonade!

The best part is, that wasn’t even the highlight of my day!

This was:

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That’s right, Joe got a kitten! He’s probably the coolest kitten ever too because he’s extremely social and cuddly, but also super playful. 2 months old…is that not just the sweetest thing?

It’s pretty easy to forget your hunger when there is a baby animal to play with. Joe and I didn’t end up having our dinner smoothies until like 8:30, sucking them down quickly while watching the little bugger go.

I think these little joys are what will really help this cleanse improve my life. There’s only so much that can be said for the actual physiology of it, a lot of your success depends on what you do emotionally and spiritually to support cleansing. Laughing, giving your love to other people and animals, moving your body, meditating…that’s the stuff of life, not food (or juice, whatever).

Cleanse your soul people, in addition to your body. After all, the soul is all that will be left in the end.