Good Snowy Evening Friends, I'm catching up on three days of no blogging, thus I will break down each day in sections, and hopefully from this point forward I can really focus on each day better. Alors, first I'll start with a brief rundown of....
Monday, Refresh and Renew, Day 8.
I woke up feeling so incredibly excited that I could finally have protein that I danced as I cut a lemon in half in the kitchen. I was smiling at my usual morning hurdle--that lemon water-- because I knew that soon, very soon, I would get to eat an almond, or chia seeds, or chicken. Starving the two days before really made me appreciate that. And as a result of both waking up incredibly late, and not having eaten much the day before, the rest of the day I didn't eat much either.
My 'breakfast' smoothie was quite filling and then I raced out to the bookstore and rehearsal for glee club, then afterwards I prepped some food for the week:
I made chicken breasts, soaked almonds for almond milk, prepped a soup, cut up carrots, and made a huge bag of quinoa.
I'm a little fuzzy on what precisely I ate and when Monday, as I didn't write it down, so hopefully I get it all:
- 1 qt warm lemon water
- banana smoothie: 1 banana, 1 tbs almond butter, almond milk, chia seeds, flax seeds (it was so filling though I couldn't finish it all-- only drank half!)
- Two Moms in the Raw Pesto Sea Crackers with 1 avocado sprinkled w sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (this tasted like a drug, so DELICIOUS, satisfying and savory)
- frozen grapes
- 4oz chicken
- two date rolls (unsweetened coconut, dates)
Tuesday, (yesterday) Day 9: Conscious Moxie
...And Day 2 of my internship. I woke up at 5am, showered, got changed, and headed to the station with my friend who was just starting her first day in NYC at her internship. So grateful to have a ride to the train and a fellow internee there.
I absolutely love my internship, I know-- crazy even though it was only Day 2-- but my team is just so genuinely nice and helpful, I can tell already it's going to be a fun semester. All of which made the incredibly treacherous voyage in the snowy, slippery streets of Manhattan worth it.
I also discovered the most delicious raw, organic, fresh juice bar in our building and I now have so many more ideas for delicious smoothies and drinks as a result. Since it's just simple ingredients I basically know all the recipes! : ) Now, that, is a cook's dream!
Yesterday I went with their Banana Nut smoothie, and after seeing the price know it's just a treat for every once in a while, but man alive it was heavenly! The girl behind me suggested it and said it was quite filling and delicious. The smoothie was made with cashew milk, banana, cinnamon, and vanilla. They must have frozen their bananas because it was a nice cold temperature. Now I want to make cashew milk and make my own! I also noticed the girl behind me got the same thing and a ginger shot. "Why didn't I think of that?" I thought. It looked delicious and of course is a great boost to your day because of the nutrients! They top the ginger shot off with cayenne pepper and lemon juice. YUM. I can totally grind up some fresh ginger in my Nutribullet and have that as an extra shot of nutrition every morning if I want. I currently don't have any cayenne on hand, but I have ginger and lemon, so stay tuned for that :)
Finally, looking back at the challenge of the day, "Conscious Moxie", we were supposed to dress ourselves up and focus on self-care and pampering ourselves. Unless you count taking a shower and getting dolled-up before my internship, though I did not really pamper myself by getting a massage or painting my nails, but I did pamper myself by going to bed much earlier than normal last night, and the extra amount of sleep felt great! This was mainly due to me not looking at my book at all the past two days, because I was just so distracted by work and school preparation.
Without further ado, here's a rundown of what I ate yesterday:
- 1 quart lemon water (not warm, I was racing out the door and loaded it in my water bottle)
- 1 banana (I was really bad and didn't have as much time as I thought in the morning and as a result didn't get to eat breakfast)
- Stopped at Whole Foods and grabbed a couple pouches of puree (Ella's Kitchen) (but didn't eat them...)
- When I got to work I munched on almonds and leftover Two Moms in the Raw Crackers
- Banana Nut Smoothie (banana, cashew milk, vanilla, cinnamon)
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts (brussels sprouts, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil)
- 4oz. Chicken with olive tapenade (marinated olives with lemon juice pulverized), french mixed greens, balsamic vinegar, olive oil (it was way too salty, not gonna put olives directly on top of chicken like that again!)
- frozen grapes
- goji berries
- warm lemon water before bed (not a lot though, should've had more)
- Bed around 8pm, woke up at 11pm, went back to sleep until 8am this morning.
Wednesday (Today) Day 10: Perseverance is Priceless
Well, the book caught me spot on with this.....
It's Day 10, which is almost Day 14, right? We notice as we round the bend in Week 2, the drop-out rate skyrockets. Why is that? What is in the mind that says, 'Eh, I did pretty good' or 'I feel awesome now, so I must be good to go'. Do you recognize something about yourself in either of those statements? [YES, both] Do you feel as though you've been plugging along, barely surviving the process? [Yea...] If this is you stop right now!!!
Guilty as charged. I feel very clean [ by that I mean my stomach is rarely in pain, head is clear, skin seems more vibrant, hair seems thicker, mood is more even] but I am tired, and am ready to go for that chocolate cake now thank you. Or even a glass of wine. But I won't. I've gone this far, and it's not far enough. I need to understand why I crave those things and how I can manage to eat like this after the cleanse and not overdo the things that I love, like chocolate and cheese.
I love this quote by Einstein, which they highlight in the book:
"It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer"-- Albert Einstein
I'm really quite positive no matter how long I worked with say, math, I would never be as smart as Einstein, but I like what he's saying there, because it's thought-evoking; it's encouraging and inspiring. What good can we do if we keep going, what amazing challenges could we have overcome if we had just spent more time on it and didn't give up so easily?
I have heard fellow cleansers discuss how they kept up the routine for 6 months after the program ended, because they wanted to fully see the benefits. The Conscious Cleanse is unique in this way, because unlike other cleanses or detoxes, that would actually be totally doable and nutritious and totally manageable (minus those rigid Purification weekends). Because The Conscious Cleanse allows you to have protein, healthy fats, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, galore, it really is just a fabulously healthy lifestyle. I can totally see myself adopting this for longer. I'd like it to be more moderate of course, because I love chocolate and want to be able to enjoy a glass of wine with my friends, but I also don't want the majority of what I eat be food I constantly crave.
Some days, especially during those blasted winter holidays, I eat mainly chocolate and cheese! I know that's not healthy, not matter how pure and organic it may be. This cleanse has taught me already how important green veggies are for overall health, and how destructive sugar is for my mood. Even when I am starved on the cleanse, I am not irritable anymore. I can last. I feel in control. I'm not dealing with blood sugar ups and downs. But I am still tired. Physically exhausted. And I wonder if that has to do with me still not eating correctly, or sleeping enough, or having a good enough schedule. Either way, I need to, moving forward, pay more attention to the book and actually focus on the daily guidelines. And more importantly, move forward conscientiously.
Jo and Jules have so many good points.
For example, today's Conscious Focus: Quieting Your Mind.
"Thinking too much" leads to all sorts of trouble-- particularly stress and anxiety. We dwell on yesterday's interactions at the cost of moving forward. We stress about a future that's not yet here. ....It literally is exhausting our bodies..... Focus on honing your ability to respond to stress. Practice techniques for managing its impact, and work on making it a motivational tool as opposed to one that inhibits you....
..One of the best ways to manage stress is to learn to quiet your mind. This could be through yoga, meditation, tai chi, walking or running, listening to the birds, sitting quietly, or any other physical activity that allows the mind to let go.
As the ancient proverb says, "The silence between the notes makes the music".
I have not worked out in a while, and I always feel amazing when I do, so I think I will do my Yoga video before bed. But it's important I notice that it's not just tonight when I need to relax and destress. It's most nights, and thus, I should really incorporate this into my routine regularly. I'll sleep better, that's for sure, and I think I will be more organized as well.
Here's a rundown of my day:
- 1/2 quart lemon water-- was racing again to head to the city and catch a train, so it wasn't warm. I made up for lost water later in the day though.
- ooopppps..... didn't eat until much later--- lunch....
Met up with my lovely sister after arriving in NYC for some non-coffee at a really cool coffee place. She might be mid-yawn here, or is trying to be flirty, I can't tell...
- Green juice by Eli's ZBar NYC: Kale, chard, romaine, apples, maple syrup
- 4oz chicken and hummus, cucumbers (Forgot about food pairing-- technically since chick peas/garbanzo beans are vegetable protein I should've just had hummus with cucumbers, not with chicken)
- roasted cauliflower (with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, onions, currants).... again, I really screwed up here with food pairing b/c of the currants.
- water water water
- Beet juice: pears, beets, ginger, lemon juice (on my way back from the city I drank some Beet juice and it was divine)
- Goji Berry Smoothie (1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup goji berries, 1 banana, 5 frozen grapes)
- French greens with 4 oz herbed chicken, avocado, kalamata olives, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, snow pea shoots.
Stay tuned for tomorrow, and hopefully I will get a better schedule going.
The sweetest and greenest of dreams and best wishes,
Bon appétit et bonne santé,
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