We all have different methods of steeling ourselves for a cleanse. Some of us gradually pare down the processed foods in our diets. Others may clean out the fridge, getting rid of all offending eatables, and making room for the beans and rice concoction that they’ll subsist on for the next week. Me? I go to the Philadelphia Water Ice Stand on the corner of 10thand Church Street for a hand-dipped cup of banana daiquiri sorbet layered with vanilla soft serve.So why am I sneaking off at lunch breaks to order Haagen Daz twice in the same week? Two reasons. First of all, my favorite oasis of dairy deliciousness has just re-opened for the season and second, I have to get my fill before the cleanse starts because I have to get through a whole week without that decadent treat. I’m not exactly a pillar of discipline, but I like to think that I have some control over my cravings.
Over the past few days, as I sit down to each meal, I’ve become keenly aware of my plate and the foods I’ll deny myself for the next week. Spinach lasagna? Nope, it has wheat, garlic, and dairy. Fresh green salad? Uh-uh, it has nightshades and onions in it, and it’s raw. The satisfaction of mindlessly munching on a buttery bowl of popcorn while zoning out to a movie… forget it! No wonder I’m relishing every bite like it’s the Last Supper. The Spring Renewal is a challenge, and we haven’t even started yet!
With 24 hours left on the clock before the whole-foods diet begins, I admit I’m a little nervous. I keep peppering the Scott Blossom team with questions from “participants” about what is allowed and not allowed this week. These are the things they say we can keep: raw honey, green veggies, and basmati rice. Sour apples are also on the list—doesn’t that sound scrumptious?
And, alas these are the foods I’ve had to cross off my list: caffeine, sugar, wheat, dairy, soy, raw veggies, brown rice, and nuts. After taking the dosha quiz and figuring out that I have a vata constitution, I’m relieved to discover that at least I can enjoy my breakfast porridge with a splash of almond milk.
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