I know I've mentioned here just how attached I am to schedules. It should come as no surprise that I am the same way about food. Around 7:30 AM, I eat breakfast, noon is lunch and 5:30ish means dinner (or supper). At any point in the day where it seems like this may be disrupted, like lunch doesn't come until 12:30, I start to panic. I am afraid of being hungry. I have no idea where this comes from. My family had it's fair share of bean dinners, but we always had plenty of food on the table. There was a big theme of "waste not" in our home and it's possible my hunger fear comes from that. But who knows? When Chris suggested the juice cleanse, I immediately started worrying about going hungry. What if I ran out of juice at work? How would I parcel out my juice during the day to ensure I'd have enough to get me through? But this is what I learned: it's OK to be hungry. I'm not talking about starving to the point of wonky. There's a difference between hungry and being HUNGRY. These last few days, when I've felt hungry, I'd drink some water and wait. If I still felt hungry twenty minutes or so later, I'd make a cup of miso soup or drink some of my "snack" juice. And for the most part this worked out. I realized that I was hungry when I was supposed to be hungry.
I'll tell you what's not OK and that's walking into a Whole Foods when you're hungry. Because hungry quickly turns into HUNGRY. You know what they have at Whole Foods? Free samples. Free samples of cheese. Free samples of fruits. Free samples of Pirate's Booty. These free samples are open and begging for you to take, take, take. And while I've been able to handle being hungry, I have grown weary of the monotony of juice for every. single. meal. I want food I can chew. Sunday, we started talking about what we were going to eat on Thursday. Oddly enough the list didn't include chocolate cake and potato chips, but more like big salads and peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Today is our final day of the 10 Day Juice Cleanse. It's also known as a re-boot. This makes sense because I'm back down to the weight I was before the move. I am happy with that. I'm also happy that I put a big dent into that fear of being hungry.