Ahhh the weekend, time to kick back, forget the stresses of the week and enjoy a few chosen vices, take-away food, a few beers, a glass of wine, a bowl of crisps…sorry I got a little carried away with myself and forgot where I was, ahem the weekend, a time to enjoy pure living? Weekends are harder for me on the cleanse, not hard, but harder. My husband is home, I’m not working, it’s time with the animals and hopefully a lot of good TV (I love good TV I do, not much of it of course, but that’s for another blog). I want to celebrate and enjoy until Monday comes around again, but then that was part of the problem and why I felt so crap before, I got into the habit of associating celebrating with drinking and eating too much and waking up feeling yuck, and so that’s how I think now, I think I have a choice, I can eat and drink whatever I want, but there will be one of two feelings in the morning…the kind where I can wake at 6.30am be out with the horses singing very badly at the top of my voice and feeling good, or I can be out at exactly the same time (horses don’t care what you got up to last night funnily enough, they just want their food and a trip to the field) feeling a little bloated, de-hydrated and not feeling like doing any of the other stuff that is healthy (chips seem a much better option that salad the day after the night before).
Of course it doesn’t mean when I’m not in cleanse mode I won’t drink (oh I will) but for me the cleanse has performed a little miracle all on it’s own, it breaks habits. I’ve gone from a wine with dinner girl to a wine at the weekend girl and the amount I drink has dropped, sorry strike that, the amount I am able to drink has dropped. Your tolerance once ‘cleansed’ falls dramatically (and for good reason I suspect).
But should you be tempted during the cleanse and break it, don’t worry, who cares? Life is up and down and stuff happens, just get back with it as soon as you can, no harm done, be nice to yourself.
Other stuff this weekend ~ For the the first time I tried a green smoothie, my version of it: Frozen banana, organic almond milk, cucumber, lettuce (I kid you not), avocado, flax seed and acai powder. Result? It tastes really good I promise.
Also saw a great recipe in The Observer magazine from Nigel Slater, a lentil curry…very simple and very spicy, so I didn’t need that take-away after all…
A winter warmer.