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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day 5 - Cleansing and Traveling

Here we are on Day 5 already! I hope everyone's starting to find their groove and feeling some of the benefits of this cleanse.

This morning I'm writing in my hotel room... My husband and I flew to Chicago to visit family on a whim yesterday. And travel - not to mention family gatherings - add a whole new dimension to cleansing.

The further you get away from home, the more difficult it is to stay on track. But with a little foresight and planning it can be done. I packed decaf green tea, protein powder and psyllium (they're always in my travel bag now). And I smuggled some cashews and raisins in my carry-on bag and am keeping them in my purse for quick nibbles to quash hunger pangs.

Typically I'll make a stop at the nearest Whole Foods to stock up on hummus, a pre-cut tray of veggies, gluten-free crackers, nuts and soy milk. If there's not a Whole Foods nearby I hit a regular grocery store and usually can find everything I need. As long as I have the basics I know I won't go hungry. And that means there's less temptation - or rationalization - for cheating.

But this time I'm exceedingly lucky because Susan, my sister-in-law who's hosting this family gathering, is also a veteran cleanser. And she has a refrigerator full of cleanse-friendly food. There's no chance of my going hungry this weekend - in fact, I'll probably eat a little too much!

When- and wherever I travel, if I'm cleansing I make sure I know my basic nutritional needs will be met. And that means packing just a few extra provisions. After that, I know I can always order a salad or a plate of vegetables at just about any restaurant. I'm never going to go hungry - as long as I remember that, I'll be okay.

I hope everyone has some exciting plans for the weekend. I think we all deserve a great one, don't you?


  1. Hey cleanse friends,

    I know what you mean about travel...last night we were up in Ft. Collins to see a friend's play and we wenrpt to dinner at a local restaurant first. Mistake number one - not thoroughly checking the menu first. Mistake number two - not bringing snacks to abate my pangs of starvation after eating a meal of....mixed, oversteamed (cooked beyond recognition) veggies. That was my whole dinner, and was a good learning experience. First off, I'm a foodie. Meals are about more than food for me, but when I feel like I get the short end of the stick when the food arrives, it bums me out! So next time I will be as prepared as ivy and I won't have any issues! I am proud to say the last few days have been much better - a little headachy, but not bad overall! Thanks friends!!!

  2. Once bitten, eh, Maggie?! There's nothing worse than feeling shortchanged, hungry and awkward at the dinner table. And being prepared really helps alleviate at least the hunger part. I'm sure that'll never happen to you again!

    Last night we had dinner at a typical Chicago chop/steak house. I ordered a baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli and couldn't even finish it. And it felt really good to be eating something so healthy - I knew my body would be able to digest it far more easily than a piece of animal protein, and I knew it had far fewer calories. But when our server showed up with the dessert tray I thought I was going to pass out. There were at least 8 desserts to choose from and, while normally one or two desserts on a tray appeal to me, this time I wanted them all! Everything they were offering had my name on it. We ordered 6 desserts and I have to admit I could have used a paper bag to catch my breath when they were placed on the table. I sipped my water, breathed deeply and kept reminding myself that there would be other times when I could have dessert if I wanted to -that this was not the last time a Reese's peanut butter pie would be an option. Then I concentrated on how full I already felt - and I realized didn't need to eat anything else. And I gutted it out until the last plate was cleared. When we got back to the hotel room I had some cashews and raisins to get my sweet fix and they did the trick. And this morning I woke up with a flat belly and feeling great. No beef hangover, no sugar hangover, no wine hangover. Love that!