Last weekend I had an amazing time visiting old friends in Chicago. We shared laughs, conversation, dancing, and flâneuring about the city streets—-my old stomping grounds. I also shared food and libations. The kind of food libations that I almost never eat anymore….Think multiple glasses of sangria, guacamole and chips, and, the midwestern favorite, “puppy chow.” Yikes!
It was totally worth it—to share in food and merriment with those near and dear to my heart—to not have to say, “Sorry, I packed my own meal for your bachelorette party dinner.” No, at the beginning of the year, I made a promise to choose “friends over cleanse,” and I’m glad that I did.
But I used this oh-so-rare instance of falling off the whole food, clean eating wagon as a lesson in non-attachment. I had to remind myself that one night of eating did not make me gain 10 lbs, nor did it poison my otherwise healthy insides. I shook it off the next day (with a run, and lots and lots of water), and got right back to my usual clean eating habits.
And on Monday I decided to speed up the detox process with a mostly-liquid day of eats. There’s nothing the body likes more than a break from having to do heavy digesting! So, here’s a glimpse of my Monday eats for this edition of WIAW. Thanks to Jenn for hosting!
Morning started with my usual probiotic + warm water and lemon. Then it was off to my power sculpt class. (Oh, PS, I finally remembered to start updating my workout log, so feel free to check it out to see what I’ve been up to).
After my workout, I made a hearty smoothie with mango, berries, spinach, grapefruit, coconut water, protein powder, and spinach. Sooo yummy.
Then it was off to work on my dissertation at my office-away-from-home (read: the coffee shop down the block). I brought three giant carrots to munch on— (shh, don’t tell the baristas).
Dinner was a huge glass of my favorite green juice combo: green apple, lemon, cuc, parsley, kale, ginger, spinach.
I was craving something hearty, warm, and filling later in the night, so I enjoyed a large mug of a hot carob tonic. Warm water, carob powder, stevia, dates, banana, maca powder, chaga mushroom powder. So comforting and rich!
I was up late working on a dissertation chapter, so I needed something else to keep me going. I went for a mug of this peppermint tea from Traditional Medicinals. (It was wonderful and I’m excited to report that I will be doing a review and giveaway of their teas in the very near future!).
It felt nice to take a break from chewing, and I definitely felt like I shook off my weekend fare. That said, I was glad to get back to eating more solid food again on Tuesday.
As always, I struggle with approaching this stuff from a place of self-love and not body-hate. I really do feel better when I’m back to my clean eating, but I do have to work on staying connected to how I feel and not how I look. It’s a process!
How do you handle straying from your usual diet? Do you have to do some emotional work to feel okay? Do you try to bounce back with a cleanse?