Okay, so it was day one of a one day Blue Print Cleanse. But I have never been good at being limited when it comes to food choices, and the only way I have ever liked vegetable juice is in a Bloody Mary. So I decided to try it for one day and see whether I could drink the juices without reaching for a bottle of Ketel One and a burger.
I warned my team at work ahead of time that I might be extra cranky. The sales rep who called me at noon did not get that warning.
There were obstacles along the way. The vendor lunch and learn where they brought in Shake Shack. I skipped that, but the extra fries were calling my name all afternoon. My neighbors have never cooked a thing, but they decided that today was a good day to bake something that smells delicious and flaky and buttery. And the scent was wafting into the hallway when I got home with only a bottle of cashew milk to look forward to.
The green juices weren’t as scary as I had imagined. The fruit juices and cashew milk were actually nice treats throughout the day. I was a bit surprised that I didn’t like the beet based juice as much as the green juices. I love roasted beets and borscht. Granted I love them with goat cheese and sour cream respectively.
At the end of the day there was no magic loss of inches (expected, BPC doesn’t claim weight loss) and I can’t say that I feel more energized (it was only one day and it was a work day). But I think I will do this again on a regular basis and even try adding another day or two. I may keep it to a weekend so I don’t scare any more sales reps.
It’s been three days of work travel eating. Oh such glamorous food – string cheese at the airport, peanuts and Bloody Mary mix on the plane*, Big Boy for dinner (okay the milk shakes there rock), convention center carb load and then Chick Fil A back at the airport. My body is craving food that isn’t prepackaged and requires me to do the dishes. Well, a dish and a knife.
Although I am zonked from two days of work travel it was too depressing to order in. I had an urge to cook, or at least make a sandwich. Which is what I did. Inspired by the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine’s tomato a day food calendar. Ciabatta, Irish cheddar, plum tomato, dijonaise and a little salt. It felt so good to make something myself. I highly recommend putting something simple together as a way to relax after traveling.
*We experienced a near-miss in the air (banked left 90 degrees and then climbed really damn fast, my boss saw the other plane and its jet stream) so in hindsight I probably should have ordered a real Bloody Mary.