Cleanse Diary: Day 2

Dear Diary,

I want food. I want food all the time. If there’s one thing I’m taking from this cleanse, I’ve realized that when I’m bored, my first thought is “EAT SOMETHING!” I’m not hungry, I just want to munch. I’ve been thinking about food, pinning food, hell I smelled candles today at Bath and Body Works that smelled like food. Sea Salt Maple Popcorn? Be still my beating heart.

What it boils down to is that I’m sick of drinking juices and I’ve still got another day. Ugh. The juices all taste good but I’m bored. I want crunchy. I want chewy. I want savory, salty, sweet and everything in between. I really want to go to Dizengoff.

To be honest, I’m not getting the huge craze over cleanses. I don’t feel any different other than my extremely overactive bladder. No flat stomach, no flushed out digestive track, no internal “lightness.” The only thing I’ve been pleasantly surprised about is how well I’m surviving and recovering from my barre classes.

So….would I be the biggest failure in the world if I stopped tonight? See, I’m going to North Bowl and I’d LOVE some tots. I don’t think I’m strong enough to be in the presence of tots and not eat them. Napoleon Dynamite much? Regardless, Bonnie, make a strong mental note that if you ever have the glorious idea to cleanse again, that you should just do it for a day…. or a meal.

-B

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Cleanse Diary: Day 1

Dear Diary,

I survived Day 1 but why, oh why, does food smell so good? The juices fill me, but walking past Honeygrow today was more difficult than that hot yoga class last night. I’ve told myself that if I need to, I’ll eat half an avocado or something but so far so good. I’m honestly a little afraid to eat anything, however small, because I know myself… I’ll be munching down on a Crispy HipCity Ranch sandwich before you know it.

Overall, I’m really liking the juices and it definitely helps that my BF decided to join me. I couldn’t imagine having him cooking in the apartment. I lucked out with that one.

I’ve noticed with each juice comes a new set of thoughts and emotions. Here’s a little stream of conscious rambling based on my experience with  each drink:

Juice 1 (Green Juice): This is good… Kinda tastes just like my green juice at home… Wait this is pretty much my green juice recipe… Why did I pay for this?… ohhhh 6 pounds of fruit and veggies/juice…. Show offs.

Juice 2 (Pineapple, Apple, Mint): Mmmm delish!…What does this need?… Vodka!….ugh.

Juice 3 (Green Juice): Everyone around me is eating lunch… Just pretend this is a salad….  bread please!…. Stop being weak! It’s only been 1 morning of juice!

Juice 4 (Spicy Lemonade): Shit this is spicy… I have funky spicy breath and I’m meeting a bunch of people at the office… What a first impression.

Juice 5 (Beets): This is sour…. It better keep me alive before barre class… oh crap I’m definitely going to need to pee 20 times during barre class… #fail

Juice 6 (Vanilla Cinnamon Cashew Milk): This is just like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch SWOON… I’m going to live for this drink for the next 3 days… Wait are those chunks?

Rest assured world. I’m not going to bed hungry. T-2 days.

-B

Clean Body. Clean Mind.

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So I went to Whole Foods today to pick up some vitamins. What did I leave with? 18 bottles of juice. Kinda the same thing… right? Let me tell you how it happened. I was minding my business, trying all the free samples around the store when I walked by the juice aisle. That’s where I saw it… the little yellow sign. Blueprint Juices were on sale. Praise be to Gwyneth Paltrow.

I’ve been wanting to try a juice cleanse for a while but they are so expensive and trying to schedule 3 socially acceptable days to avoid food is very difficult! However, today the stars aligned. I’m fresh off of 10 days of vacation where I enjoyed eating just a little too much, I’ve got nothing to do besides go to barre classes and run some errands, and my next social engagement (a pool party with former classmates) is Saturday. Feeling like a fatty + 3 free days + wearing a bikini in front of more than my boyfriend + SALE + starting a new job on Monday and needing a physical reset= this (and a lot of concerned looks from elderly women in Whole Foods.) I swear I love food!!

So I realize I’m not in the prime position to start cleansing tomorrow. I didn’t spend all day yesterday eating salads and weaning my body off of sugars/carbs/solids in general. Today I’m trying to eat mostly veggies to make up for it. I’ve had avocado toast and some sweet potato fries as a snack. My last meal? Hummus and veggies.

Any tips for a cleansing virgin?

-B

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National Farmer’s Market Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This week is National Farmers Market Week! Support the little guys by going to a farmer’s market this week!

LOVE going to farmers markets. I think my adoration for farmers markets stems from the time I lived in Paris. While there are increasingly more and more supermarché in France, the French are blessed to have a thriving artisan food community. The French can shop for breads at the boulangerie, cheeses at afromagerie, meats from a boucherie, and of course produce from les petits marchés. Food shopping may take more time the “French way,” but then again maybe it should! When I lived in Paris I went food shopping nearly every day. I would pick up a few fresh veggies to throw into whatever dish I was making and of course my daily baguette. Let me tell you, shopping small lead to eating REALLY well.

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My favorite market in the world: the Marché aux Fleurs in Nice, France

The closest I can get to replicating the French food shopping experience in the U.S. is at farmers markets. It’s not quite the same because I can’t simply swing by these places every day on my way home from work or school. Organizations like the Food Trust do their best, but the reality is that most neighborhoods in Philly only has access to the markets once a week. That’s a shame because it’s reallyhard not to eat well from food purchased at a farmer’s market. (Unless of course you just go for the homemade Amish sweets!) Talking to the person who harvested or created the products you are buying and later eating brings a sense of reality to the food you put on your plate. The reality of the matter is that if a person made it or harvested it, it can’t be too bad! When’s the last time you talked to someone who made a CheezIt? Yea… exactly.

Philly folk have access farmers markets from both Farm to City and the Food Trust. Of course, I can’t leave out all the incredible small vendors at Reading Terminal Market. You can usually spot me at the farmer’s market at the fountain on Passyunk, but going to the market at Headhouse Square on Sundays is such a treat! Outside of Philly? Find your nearest market at LocalHarvest.

This guide to which produce is in season is a god send and I couldn’t help but to share it here! Shopping seasonally saves TONS of money and you get the obvious benefit of eating produce when it’s at its prime! I love this time of year for all the fresh Jersey corn, blueberries, and tomatoes! Print it, post it on your fridge, and reap the savings!

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– B

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Video Review of the Vegan Cuts June Box!

Vegan Cuts sent me their June Snack box to review for you all. I have to say, I’m impressed! Vegan Cuts is a monthly subscription service where you get boxes of vegan snacks, vegan fashion, or vegan beauty products sent right to your door each month. The snack box, at $19.95/month, is a great way to try out new products that you may have never heard of before or may not be stocked in your local grocer. Find something you like? You can buy it over at the Vegan Cuts shop! So easy!

I recorded this video about a week ago and couldn’t decide if I wanted to upload it because I felt so awkward, but I figured what the hell, this is my first one. Once I got over seeing myself on screen, I realized I actually had a ton of fun making this video and definitely plan on making more video posts in the future. You can subscribe to my new youtube channel here.

There were 10 products included in the June box, which I describe in my full glory in the video. I was really surprised by the amount of snacks included. 10 snacks is good for 2 weeks of packed lunches for work! As a newbie to a plant-based diet, I LOVED this because 9/10 items were things I never had or even heard of before. I also really appreciated that the snacks were all from small producers, you aren’t going to find vegan products from say… Kashi in their boxes. I haven’t had a chance to try the all of products yet but I will post again when I do.

P.S. I found video blogging to be a great way to work on my presentation skills. I definitely talk way too much with my hands #jerseyproblems and say “and” as a mental tick. I’m glad blogging has a side benefit for this future attorney! If you have any other constructive feedback I’d love to hear it!

– B

Disclosure: I received a free Vegan Cuts box from Vegan Cuts in exchange for writing a review on the blog but all reviews are honest and my own.