I Got Pressed.

I’m going to be honest with you, the last two years of my life have not been entirely healthy. Business was booming and with the chaos came very little time for myself. I’m not sure how all those super-women squeeze morning workouts in before the bell tolls, but for me it just wasn’t an option. Working thirteen hour days, seven days a week really took everything I had. The very last thing on my mind was fitness. I was just trying not to fall over.

What’s worse? On top of missing my daily workouts, nothing I ate (ok, almost nothing) was real food. What does one eat when one’s trying to stuff something into one’s mouth so one won’t pass out while working on 300 projects at once? For me it was whatever was the quickest; Goldfish crackers, potato chips (ok at least they were all natural!), macaroni and cheese if I’d had the time to boil water, ritz crackers & peanut butter, candy for a sugar burst… you get the drift.

I recently realized just how many crackers make up my daily food consumption – it was truly startling. Do I really like crackers that much?? The answer is a resounding hell no. They’re just so freakin’ easy, I’m sure you know what I mean. But now that the dust has settled (sort of) at work, it seems a crime to continually eat something with no nutritional value. Especially when -ahem, ahem- at the ripe old age of twenty-seven, my metabolism has changed drastically. {sidenote: omg am I really 27?? how did that happen??} My Mister once commented to me that if he ate the crap I ate, he’d be 500 pounds. I didn’t know what he was talking about, until my metabolism betrayed me so viciously.

I was never the skinniest girl in the room, I am 5’9 after all, but I always found happiness in being fit. Until the vortex that is my work life, I worked out five days a week and always felt good. I rode horses (three day eventing to those of you who want to know), I did Pilates regularly (big hat tip to Mt Pleasant Pilates & Polestar Pilates in Miami), I ran distances and sprints with no issue, I biked, I kayaked. So as someone who always regarded myself as a fit person, you can imagine my shock when I realized my jeans were tighter than they should be. But then again, I suppose not moving for two years and eating solely processed food will do that to a person.

So kids, the moral of this story? Like many of you, I’ve decided to make a change. I want my old body back. But moreover, I want to feel good. I want to have energy again. And by golly, I’m going to get it. That first step is always the hardest, so I decided to go in head first and begin with a juice cleanse to rid myself of all the toxins I’ve put into my bod and shred my dependency to snack food.

In full disclosure, I started working out again regularly in January and we’ve been eating much healthier in general. For me, that means actually taking time to cook at home so we don’t have to eat junk. But gosh, the dog starts whining at five so it’s straight to the park after work then I’m starving so a little peanut butter can’t hurt and then who cares what’s for dinner. Right? I blame the dog. It does help that when my hunnie gets on a mission to be well – he takes his mission verrry srrsly. A retired baseball pitcher, he really knows what to do to make his body perform at its best. And let me tell you, I don’t want to be the chubby girl standing next to that tall handsome hunk of meat. But I digress…

So anyway, I thought a juice cleanse would be the perfect kick-off to the new/recovered me. Before you start moaning like my brother did; no, I have not become an obsessive juicer. That isn’t where this is going, though I REALLY want a juicer for Christmas in case anyone is making a list. I chose Pressed Juicery’s three day cleanse and they promptly shipped me twenty-four juices for my sipping pleasure. Based on my survey answers, they reccommended Cleanse 2 for “more experienced juicers,” needless to say I was worried but forged ahead.

I won’t lie to you, Greens 4 was pretty tough to swallow. I think it’s the way the juices seperated? In any event, the rest of the juices were actually delightful and I tended to skip half of Greens 2. Day One, I was totally starving and cheated with a bite of BCS’s grilled chicken at dinner. But otherwise, eight juices a day + my regular water intake (a lot) really kept me well satiated. I found several really key benefits to those three days of juice fast:

I woke up totally energized each morning. More than that, after my first morning drink (Greens 2) I was so a l i v e. I can’t quite explain it. I think it’s how other people feel after coffee (I react oddly to caffiene). My mind was awake and running but not in a manic way. It seemed to me like that’s how I’m supposed to feel all day. Like that was what wellness felt like. Maybe that sounds corny, but so true. And I’m hoping I can find a way to keep that clarity constantly.

After the cleanse, I transitioned back to normal foods slowly. Let’s get real for a sec, I’m never going to be totally carb/meat/dairy/whatevs free. But now I crave veggies and juice more than ever before. I don’t want crackers, I want grapes and broccoli. Which works out because now apparently I can’t eat chemical packed foods.

A few days after my cleanse, I was walking through the office and spied a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup in the candy bowl. I grabbed one and gobbled without even thinking about it. 1) those things really aren’t that tasty, y’all. And 2) approximately ten minutes later I felt SO gross. I’m talking light headed, headachey, need to lay down kind of ill. Weird, right? So I kept eating my veggies, grilled meats, brown rice, etc then a few days later I thought maybe I’d have a handful of goldfish since I’d burnt my lunch leftovers. Same thing happened, totally nauseous, light headed, the whole deal. I realized that every single time I ate something processed I felt this way. Apparently, my body really doesn’t like unnatural foods. It only took me twenty-seven years to listen to it.

It makes sense, really. I’ve never believed in hormone injected meat so I eat only organic meats, why wouldn’t that thought extend to the contents of my pantry? I’m not going to lie, when you’re busy it can certainly be hard to have fresh food constantly available. But the extra effort and occasional skipped snack is well worth not putting chemicals into my body when doing so very clearly makes it function at less than one hundred percent. Even if I do miss my snack packs so much that I could cry (which I don’t), nothing would be worth losing this energized feeling. Whether it leads to a whittled middle or not, that’s yet to be determined. So far, I’m satisfied with feeling well. And honestly, even if it didn’t make me feel as fantastic as it does, now that I’ve thought about all the chemicals in processed food, I can’t go back. It just doesn’t make sense, why eat something that was made in a lab when I can eat something that was grown in the sun? Pretty sure we humans weren’t designed to live on sodium benzoate. It just seems so obvious when you think about it.

While I promise not to turn this into a diet blog, I’ll share some progress updates & some of my clean menus along the way. I do reccommend veggie juice cleanses since it worked so well for me, but know your body and do what’s best for you! You can order the cleanse I did at www.pressedjuicery.com, my drink selections & reviews are below. In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for that juicer you’re sending me as a totally unexpected present. So sweet of you. 😉

My menu via Pressed Juicery:

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