I haven’t had coffee in over a week. Yes, it was as painful as it sounds.
Monday morning I began a raw food detox. Every morning I chugged a glass of water, followed by a green juice-kale, celery, cucumber, apple, ginger, and lemon. The rest of my day went as follows:
9:00 AM-arrive at work, eat a banana.
10:30 AM-eat a cup of fresh pineapple and sometimes a couple almonds.
12:30 PM– time for lunch: a salad full of greens (a handful of beans if they were available at the salad bar and a scoop of mushrooms. I love mushrooms.)
3:00 PM-drink some hot tea, eat a clementine and some trail mix
6:00 PM-home from work, drink a smoothie: spinach, banana, strawberries, almond milk.
8:00 PM-drink herbal tea, fall asleep on the couch watching the final season of The Office.
Look, I’m no nutritionist. I am just a firm believer in the idea that the food one eats has a huge impact on sickness/health/clarity/stability. There are a millions documentaries on the subject, and the first month after moving here, I watched them in a continuous cycle every day. “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” made by Joe Cross had the biggest impact on me. The Australian Entrepreneur was just as the title describes. He was at his breaking point, so he decided to make a change. He consumed nothing but juice for 60 days, lost weight, curbed his disease, and was able to throw away his old medication.
A month later I decided that a juicer would solve all my problems-so I bought one. It was a 150 dollar Juice Fountain Plus model from Breville. I decided I’d juice for a week-how hard could it be? I even convinced my dedicated meat-eating boyfriend to join along. After all, Cross did it for 60 days. 60 damn days. 7 days would be nothing!
Let’s just say I’ll never live down the fact that after my days of enthusiasm on the topic, I made it a grand total of 12 hours and decided I couldn’t do it. In my defense, I had only 2 juices after waking up and then spent 3 hours waiting in line for America’s Got Talent at Radio City Music Hall and was there until the show let out at 10:30 PM. The seats were perfect, rows behind the judges, we saw amazing talent (with of course some crazies), but to be honest I couldn’t fully enjoy it. I was dying.
I ran out, and before the clock struck midnight, I had consumed a turkey sandwich, a bottle of water, and two slices of greasy New York pizza. It wasn’t my proudest moment.
It’s been about 8 months since then, and after an intense winter hibernation, I decided last week that it was time to try again. This time, I wasn’t trying to destroy myself in the process. I realized that in the end, it was really about balance. I had also done some reading on the Raw Food lifestyle, and although I am aware I’ll never be able to give up anything forever, it couldn’t hurt to try it for a little while.
I started Monday and for five days I ate nothing but fruit, greens, and the occasional handful of nuts. There was a detox process, but I know the heaviest symptoms came from caffeine withdrawal. By Wednesday, I woke up and went to work without feeling overwhelming groggy. By Friday, I was fine. I felt lighter than I had in months. I felt energized, I felt happy. This weekend, I started my mornings the same, but cheated at night. I had nachos on Friday, along with beer and a half a buffalo chicken sandwich. Saturday I went to Little Italy and had wine and ate a plate of some of the best pasta I’ve ever tasted, followed by a trip to the famous Ferrara Bakery and Cafe.
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Ferrara Bakery and Cafe (195 Grand St. New York, NY 10013)
I know, it’s not great. No, I didn’t feel so hot afterwards. But life is about balance, and tomorrow, I’m going to continue sticking to the greens. My food philosophy is a work in progress, but once I figure it out, I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile, if you’ve never tried a green smoothie, it’s really not as gross as it sounds. I promise.