This weekend I had the house to myself. Not unlike many women I relish a little alone time now and then to indulge in the things I don’t necessarily want my partner to see – I think Sex and the City termed this Secret Single Behaviour. Well… my secret single self was clearly a little… umm… pent up… because at 9pm on Friday night I found myself lying on the couch wearing nothing but track pants and a green clay face mask having just devoured an entire Margherita pizza and waiting for my nails to dry before diving into a gourmet ice cream sandwich so large it had to be held in both hands. And then I said stop. I mean, eat the ice cream cookie, then STOP. I decided right there to try a juice fast the next day and then to eat ‘clean’ (no sugar, no gluten, no refined carbs, no dairy) for at least three more days. Yes, it was time for an intervention… A diet reset.
Lots of people have reported amazing benefits from even a single day of juice fasting. I am not one of them. I felt terrible, weak, headachey, and completely unable to focus on even the simplest task or conversation from about 2pm onward. I woke up Sunday feeling stiff and vague, and to be honest I’m still not 100% even though I’m back on solid food and it was only 1 day. A reset like this may sound extreme, it felt extreme, but the point is to break bad habits and become more mindful of the choices we’re faced with at each snack and meal. Getting in touch with how badly my body reacted when all starchy, fatty, sugary foods were taken away was an important wake-up call if we assume that the difficulty of the detox was in proportion to my body’s addiction to unhealthy foods. I’m grateful for the awareness, and for how it’s inspired me to incorporate better choices into my everyday eating. I also picked up a body brush to use before showering, and I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits of increased circulation and (fingers crossed) reduced cellulite any day now. I’ll keep you posted.