That’s how many days I officially have left on The Rose Cleanse.
To be honest, I’m really missing lunch lately. This week has been particularly hard on me, coming off my culinary training with Doris last weekend–> where I did eat lunch for 3 days. (Not passing up that opportunity, thank you very much!) While in New Jersey, I managed to juice until noon each day, then enjoyed a mostly-raw lunch, and later a properly-combined dinner, finishing our meals by 6pm each evening. I loved finishing our meals earlier, with plenty of time for digestion before bedtime.
It was actually a very nice contrast to The Rose Cleanse, which is scheduled just the opposite–> on most days, I’ve only begun my first meal by 6pm!
And by then, I’m usually famished.
Perhaps I’m feeling this way right now because Austin and I had a rough weekend, with less food than we’re used to. Saturday night, we attended a social event with his co-workers, where we assumed there would be fish and veggie options for us to nibble on throughout the night… only, there wasn’t. And we were starving. This was, admittedly, poor planning on our parts, but it was frustrating to feel hungry the whole evening, only to get home at midnight, which felt too late to eat. We ended up going to bed hungry, having only munched on a couple pieces of dark chocolate and a few raw almonds that I had stashed in my purse for the evening. Not fun.
And, boy, did we make up for it at dinner on Sunday! It was embarrassing how much we ate, probably to compensate for the evening before. LOL 😉
Despite our rough experience this weekend, though, I’m still committed to seeing this cleanse through. After all, I love a good challenge! It’s funny, because when I started this three weeks ago, it didn’t feel like much of a challenge. I was convinced I’d love this way of eating so much that I’d want to continue long after the 30 days was over!
Now? Not so much.
I actually felt much more balanced eating lightly throughout the day, like we did with Doris, than how I’ve felt juicing until dinner lately. Maybe it’s a blood-sugar thing, maybe it’s a mental thing, or maybe it’s a little bit of both. So, while I’m still happily going to consume my fresh vegetable juice each morning when this is all over, I’m really looking forward to eating lunch AND dinner again, come February. Even just having a smoothie for lunch sounds like a real treat at this point!
Oh, and full disclosure…
I’ve had a few cups of coffee this week, too. Yes, it’s probably slowing down my cleanse a bit, but I don’t care. I find that coffee REALLY helps me focus in the early morning (and I work EARLY, people), and there is also something so emotionally comforting to me about my morning cup o’ joe. Tea just doesn’t do it for me, so if drinking coffee keeps me on track with the rest of my cleanse, I think it’s worth it for now. I just make sure to keep it far away from all my alkaline juices!
Something else I’m looking forward to when this cleanse is over?
These pancakes. I made them for Austin this weekend, and I was SO JEALOUS that he could eat them during the day while I was sipping on my juice!
I can’t wait to enjoy weekend brunch again. 😀
Reader Feedback: How are the rest of you “Rose Cleansers” doing? Do you plan on continuing the cleanse past the 30 days? Looking forward to eating lunch again?