Healthy Reality Check

After a week of enjoying big dinners and happy hours while on vacation, I need to give my system a break and get back on a healthy food plan. Now, I brought my juicer on vacation and made big pitchers of juices almost every day. I drank them for breakfast and lunches and sometimes just in addition to eating meals so I could get healthy nutrients in my system to combat the pasta, seafood, cheese, tacos, and vats of wine I consumed (why can’t vacation be every day?). I’m glad I didn’t skip a week of juicing but am feeling sluggish and guilty. I’m putting myself on a stricter plan for the next week. Juicing, healthy food, no booze. Starting today. Sort of.

I was hoping to juice more today than I did. I snacked more this afternoon than I would have liked. Blah, blah, blah. I didn’t do so great for my first official day 1 of this week-long plan. However, I did have a major win when I closed the Z Pizza online order internet tab that I’d had sitting open for, oh, about two hours. I was hungry, and they have a new prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula, and pesto pizza, which might as well be called The Liz. My manipulative brain whispered, “Let’s start this healthy food plan tomorrow. Order the lovely, lovely pizza, open that bottle of red wine you forgot you had, and let’s celebrate Friday with Netflix and a festival of carbs!” But I fought back. The internet tab was closed; the bottle of red remains unopened. Instead I juiced 1 mango, 1 small orange, 1 cucumber, and 1 head of romaine lettuce and made green tea. Minor victories for a mediocre first day. 

Tomorrow? Juicing throughout the day and maybe a healthy, well-balanced cooking adventure for dinner (spoiler alert: I impulse-bought chicken livers at the grocery store because, well, YOLO). No booze, lots of tea and seltzer water. The first few days are the hardest, especially after a week off. Tomorrow will be better. 

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