Today is day 8 of the 28 day Cleanse I’ve been doing under the very impressive tutelage of Jocelyn. Boy, does she know her stuff. I made it through the first week with very little discomfort. I haven’t really been missing the sugar or the wheat. Which is surprising because, though I know it doesn’t make me feel great my very favorite food is probably a pastry…any really good buttery pastry. I don’t eat them very often, but I would eat them several times a day if I could without any repercussions.
I can’t believe I waited until the second paragraph to brag that I am off caffeine. The slow weaning was painless after that first day, and yesterday was my first day with 0 caffeine, probably since I was pregnant with my first baby 6 years ago. (I had a cup of tea each day with my second pregnancy…less paranoid, I guess). I have to say it feels good. I even contemplated continuing without the caffeine after the cleanse…which did not sound interesting to me a week ago! My energy is fine, and I’m not even missing the ritual. Of course, it’s been replaced with another one. Tubs of powders to mix together with water or alternative milks into a thick, off greenish sludge resembling a shake. Twice a day. They’re a little bit salty and a little bit sweet. Quite filling. Satisfying even. I like eating food better.
One more thing: I have gas. It must be the shakes…or maybe I’m detoxing. My house is aromatic, and my family is giggling a lot. Sorry everybody. I hope it resolves before my class tomorrow. It better not be not too crowded!
Stay tuned! Valerie Moselle
So it’s not the most original New year’s resolution… but in 2010 I told myself I would eat healthier. I generally don’t have a terrible diet. Compared to some of my acquaintances, who live on a staple of Burger King and Taco Bell, I am positively zen. However, I do have weaknesses that bring me down. Weaknesses like bread – I could easily eat a loaf a day – and white rice and Miller HighLife (it’s the champagne of beers) and British tea with milk and sugar and, well, anything that tastes remotely sweet and candy-like. It was with these weaknesses in mind, and a desire to improve my diet, that I went to see Jocelyn.
Slightly nervous, although everyone I spoke to who had seen Jocelyn assured me of her patience and brilliance, I sat down and shared what I had eaten for the last 24 hours. After talking to me about my eating preferences and habits, she then began to make some positive suggestions; taking into account my likes and dislikes. Suggestions such as yogurt and nuts with my cereal in the morning to provide me with protein to give me more energy throughout the day, or fish once a week to make sure I get those all important Omega 3′s!
All the changes she brought up sounded very do-able. I can often be picky about foods and stubborn, I’m sure my partner would be glad to testify to that, but Jocelyn’s smile and common sense approach prevented me from ever digging my heals in. She asked about my family history and any medical issues I had and looked for foods that could help me feel good and avoid any future health problems. I really valued this approach as it helped me to try things that perhaps I would ordinarily dismiss as “not for me”… such as hummus! After trying it once a few years ago I hated hummus and decided chickpeas were for hippies. After discussing what it was that I didn’t like about hummus, Jocelyn suggested I try a particular brand and low and behold now I eat hummus on all of my sandwiches… and listen to The Grateful Dead.
At the end of the consultation she handed me a a list of everything we had discussed; complete with a grocery list of where to buy the items. And on the list there were even sweet treats! A week into my new regime I do feel better. There have been lapses, I guess that comes with the territory when your friends like Taco Bell, but on the whole I’m on a march to good health… powered by flax seed, walnuts and spinach. While many who make the resolution to eat better quickly recoil into a familiar groove of carbs and Coors come February, I think I can stick to it. Why? Well, fortunately for me, I work at NOURISH and have access to the all-knowing nutrition queen… Jocelyn Dubin!