I made it! Well, almost. When the clock strikes midnight I will have survived a 28-day detox. I even stuck it out right through Thanksgiving. What a wonderful feeling to have no post-feast gut rot or guilt! It’s a beautiful thing. I did get frustrated with eating raw at one point (my “mid-detox meltdown”), but I hung in there. I’m finishing out the last three days with a 3-day juice fast. Sunday (juice day 1) was the hardest – I got pretty hungry at times. Yesterday was easier, today has been the easiest (you would think it would go the other way but I guess your body adjusts).
Even though I never did do the enema (which is part of the detox), I do feel like my system is pretty darn clean. I have loads of energy. A year ago, I don’t think I had half the energy I have now. Since going vegan in February, that changed drastically. And the detox has boosted it even more. It’s like putting good gas in your car – it runs so much better, faster, leaner! Also a result of detoxing, I’ve been sleeping like a baby, I’m calmer, clearer and dare I say – HAPPIER!
I’ve learned SO MUCH and would highly recommend this class. Instructor Margaux Drake leads a 4-week class (locally and remotely) every other month. My BFF did the class with me and I’m soooooooo happy to report that she has given up Diet Coke for good – yay! As she said, “Once you learn something, you can’t unlearn it.” BFF is a teacher ;) And as Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.” The more I learn about health and nutrition, the more I’m inspired to stay the course, to spread the word, to keep on learning.
When I first went vegan, I was introduced to many new ingredients like lentils, bulgar, red quinoa, nutritional yeast flakes, xanthan gum, spelt flour, evaporated cane sugar, etc. I’m still adding new ingredients here and there. The problem is, my cupboards are filling up and they’re looking pretty cluttered. During a brief stop at Margaux’s house, I noticed the open pantry in her kitchen. Ah-ha! That’s what I need. I have a small corner of dead space in my kitchen that would be perfect for this.
Fortunately, I have the world’s best husband. He had some time off last week, so he created some floating shelves for me. I stocked up on canning jars and transferred several chip-clipped bags of dry ingredients to their new homes, complete with labels from an old-school-style embossing label maker. As you can see, I’ve got plenty more jars to fill.
And I FINALLY painted a chalkboard area next to the shelves. I’ve been wanting a chalkboard in the kitchen for a long time. I dressed it up for Christmas, but it’s post-holiday purpose will be for weekly menus and grocery lists… and maybe some doodling.
I LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the inspiration, Margaux! And thanks for the awesome shelves, Hubs ;) xo