For the last seven days I consumed no caffeine, sugar, dairy, or alcohol. My insides felt amazing! I felt like shit! It’s a very bizarre thing to wrap your brain around, I know, I’ve spent the last six days trying to figure out how that can be. I felt like someone took a huge toothbrush to my insides. I was sparkly clean. And yet, I felt awful. I had no patience. I snapped at people. My frustration tolerance was at a negative 10. I was cranky and miserable and finding minimal joy in things that I love. I’m quite certain if any of my friends believed in bitch slapping those they love I would have been doing a lot of ducking over the course of the past week.
Notice the past tense of the previous paragraph. Today I had caffeine! Oh glorious caffeine. I am those coffee mugs that say, “Instant human, just add coffee.” As soon as I had a few sips in me I felt alive again. I felt human. The fog lifted. I no longer felt the crankiness that had been enshrouding me. I was trying to do something good for my body and it had backfired. How can doing something so good for your body make you feel so crappy? Physically I felt great, but that only counts for one portion of my being. Now I will admit, I have had a cold for all of this fresh juicing instead of coffee, cleansing period, but what I felt went far beyond my usual sick grumpiness.
Tomorrow starts my new ritual. I will continue to juice first thing in the morning (couple of handfuls of kale, 3-4 stalks of celery, ½ an apple, 2 carrots, ½ a cucumber, broccoli stalk, chunk of ginger) then I will sit and savor one amazing cup of coffee. It is going to make life better. I just know it. I am going to continue with the no dairy and move back toward moderation with the sugar and alcohol. Mid-holiday insanity dunking cookies into my fourth cup of coffee in the morning was becoming a daily thing, so was having at least one drink 4-5 nights a week. I like eating healthy. I like the taste of most vegetables, raw, really, I do. I also like enjoying life and having a cup of coffee in the morning and a cookie or a glass of wine when the mood hits. So here’s to juicing and moderation…you may now raise your glass of whatever your chosen beverage is and join me in saying, “Cheers!”