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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Liquid Fast:I'm doooooooiinnnnggggg it!

One thing I can readily admit, I have zero willpower when it comes to trying new foods. That sounds like a good thing, that sounds like I will happily stuff new flavors and concoctions into my mouth without judgement or bias (it's true, I will). That sounds like I was the perfect toddler (it's true, I was). Broccoli? Sure! Beets? Sure! Weird meat dishes? Sure!

But it's not a good thing 100% of the time because 100% of the time I want to experience new restaurants and new drinks. Baked pork belly. Yummy, oozing cheese. Frothy brews. I'm sort of proud of my iron clad stomach but I'm sort of not proud that I seem to lack the letters "N" and "O" in my alphabet soup. Such self-indulgent behavior is not always (re: usually not) for the best.

On the reverse of this, I can also admit that I'm somewhat (some might say overly zealous) about nutrition, learning about health foods, eating healthily, etc.... I think in an attempt to conquer my alter ego: Girl Who Will Eat Bacon All Day. Tim is going to make a shirt that says "Bacon' friends is easy" [more on that later]. But do you get it? Do you understand that I'm two foodies living in one body?! Half of the time I'm all, "yay kale chips!" and the other half of the time I kill the person who says that and scream "yay anything with copious amounts of butter and fat!" instead. Lots of times I even skip the sustenance all together and just lustfully slur "alcohooooollll!"

So now you get it, over eating, over counting calories, over exercising, over analyzing every morsel I drop into my mouth--all of this over thinking and over indulging and over compensating has made me dizzy. Which leads me to today, the day I decided to try my own take on a "liquid, juice-if-you-will" fast. One last thing to admit, I have tried the master cleanse fast in the past and do you know how that went down? Basically I drank something that looked like pond water all day, laid in bed, and then got so hungry I stuffed my face with (probably bacon).

After eating ice cream, red vines, mini corn dogs and a beer yesterday--I decided today was the day to kick the fat train in the caboose. I wanted to give my body some time to detox and slow down the digestion process. I wanted to feel lighter and healthier. I also wanted to reacquaint myself with self-control and to explore how I would feel with minimal sugars and processed foods. So, in between red vines and meeting my girlfriends for mini corn dogs and beer last night I drove to Trader Joe's and stocked up on liquids for today. I knew that only water or only tea would not work for me (see above story about failing miserably at the master cleanse) so I bought sensible things I like that I could consume in small amounts in addition to water and tea. So far my day has gone as follows:

Obviously eating mini corn dogs with some of my best gal pals


1 cup of green tea, a handful of almonds, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 bottle of sparkling water

**The morning was great, I felt light and in control. I did not feel hunger pangs.

Mid Afternoon

2 servings of carrot juice, plain water

**I continued to feel awesome and proud until an hour after downing the carrot juice, whence I did not feel awesome but more like I was going to throw everything up. After a trip to the bathroom to put my head between my knees, I felt awesome again.

Late Afternoon

1 cup of tomato juice, more plain water

**Still feel awesome and feel even more proud after my boss tried to tempt me with chocolates and cookies to which I declined repeatedly.


**Remains a mystery because I'm not sure if I will eat a salad or continue with the liquid....I will update more later.

As a final note, I realize that drinking a few healthy things for a day does not make me Mother Theressa or Gwyneth Paltrow. But, I do feel successful in that even with my crazy "get up for work at 4 a.m." schedule and 12 hour days, I was able to concentrate on what was important to me and to make myself feel better.

Update: I ate a salad and lots of cherries for dinner. I missed drinking coffee the most :(

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