To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse? Redux. Day 3.

The final stretch.

7:30 a.m. – Snow day.  I get to sleep late.  I look out the window to see what all the hoopla is about and am disappointed.  Maybe 4-6 inches of snow, much of it gray with slush.  Streets are plowed; sidewalk is shoveled–nothing too magical.  It makes me feel a little better about having to go to work, and a lot better about heading into the last day of my cleanse.  I open up my #1 green juice and enjoy a leisurely morning getting ready for work while my kids hang out in their pajamas.

9:00 a.m. – I feel a twinge of excitement that I am in the final stretch.  I don’t feel hungry.  I don’t feel tired.  I am productive at work.  I even start to consider extending the cleanse by a couple more days.  But I remember mostly I am just bored.  Bored of not eating–especially at dinner time–so I nip that idea in the bud.

1:00 p.m. – Starting to get a little antsy and ready for real food, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Last time I cleansed, we had a dinner at The Lion to look forward to at the end.  This time I’ll just go home to my final cashew milk.  Seems a little anticlimactic, but probably a healthier choice.  I am so bored of the juices, I consider skipping the #4 spicy lemonade and #5 green juice in favor of just holding out for the cashew milk, but I think better of it and plug on through my last bottles.

7:00 p.m. – I am on closing duty at the store tonight.  As I trim the tops of vanilla cakes to be iced the next day, it is difficult not to munch on the scraps.  I consider how much snacking I do throughout the day–a taste test here, a left over there.  It would probably serve me well to cut it down, but it’s an occupational hazard I guess.

9:00 p.m. – Home.  The kids are fed and almost asleep.  Their dinner of pigs in a blanket, mac & cheese and green beans was tempting to pick at, but I refrained.  I check “feeding the kids” off as another area of inadvertent snacking and resolve to improve that.  I feel good having made it through the three days.  My body does feel refreshed.  Not a life-changing difference, but enough to make me happy I made it through.  I decide *maybe* I’d do it again, if I felt like I was craving it.  I think, ideally, I would give myself a 3-day Staycation to do it.  Relax, read, get things done at home, maybe a little exercise.  A complete physical and mental cleanse next time.  Either that, or maybe I’ll just jump on the next health/weight loss bandwagon…SoulCycle.

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  • Claudia says:

    Hello Rachel!
    I found your book in my local library and took it home for a few days. After reviewing your recipes I thought I have to have this book for my own so I bought it. I have made the vanilla and chocolate cakes and cupcakes with the respective frosting in different variations for several events and they have been a total success. The flavor is delicious and exquisit, yet simple to make. I have really impressed my friends and family with these cakes and I am looking forward to try the cookies and other treats in the book. I just wish you included a Red Velvet cake recipe in the book, so if by any chance you would like to share the recipe in your website, I’d highly appreciate it!!
    Best wishes for you, your family and your business!!!!

    • rachel says:

      Hi Claudia – thanks so much for your commentary! I plan to start blogging more frequently and posting more recipes here, so keep checking back throughout the summer–I’ll definitely post one about red velvet!