I read on the website and confirmed with the ladies at the shop that it's okay to eat some raw foods during the cleanse. I've been popping raw almonds all day and had a couple slices of apple with Charlotte around lunch. So far I have yet to feel hungry. However I do keep feeling compulsions to eat. I got a container of pasta salad for Paul and Charlotte to eat while I'm doing my cleanse and I would be lying if I said I didn't have a couple bites. This does not bode well for my future plans to be gluten free...
Right now I'm working on my water after having finished my third juice of the day. I'm kind of impressed with how much water I drink without much problem. When I've done weight watchers before I found myself feeling sick at the thought of having to drink so much water every day. This seems to be okay though.
So far I'm learning some very key things about my eating habits.
First, McLoughlin Blvd. needs to be off limits unless there's someplace I'm going to specifically. There are so many fast food chains and restaurants between home and downtown that I'm practically drooling by the time I get where I'm headed. I think that by taking roads that don't go by so many eateries I'll be far less likely to stop and eat something awful. It's not that I eat a lot of fast food, I just really feel the temptation from it.
Second, I eat compulsively. A lot. I'm not hungry and I want to eat pasta salad and steak and anything else that pops in my head and sounds good. This tells me my sense of hunger and thirst are off. My habits want me to eat, not my hunger.
Third, I realized in my contemplating that this juice cleanse is completely vegan and I'm not hungry. The foods I can eat seem so much more accessible for some reason - fresh fruits and veggies. I'm realizing how much of the foods I like would be better for me to eat anyway - like the gazpacho I made recently or my mango salsa which are both all raw fresh foods accepting the salt.
Last, in feeding Charlotte separate from my juices I realize how much crap she eats. I got her a little thing of mac and cheese yesterday from the deli at zupans and it was completely gross. Her entire dinner last night was pasta salad and breakfast tends to be cereal. Right now she's feasting on fresh apple slices and fresh mango. I realize we need to do better at giving her more balanced nutrition.
This is the jump start I think I needed. I feel a whole lot better today than I felt yesterday, I think I'm starting to retrain my body to crave better foods and I'm down a couple pounds. Hopefully I'll still feel this way by the time I finish my cleanse tomorrow!