Monday, April 30, 2012

Mental Juicing Madness (and a recipe!)

Over the past few weeks, wednesday has become juicing day. Surprisingly, I'm still not a huge fan of juicing... it does something weird to my digestion. However, if I had to pick the most positive thing I always get out of juicing, it's always the fun mental trip it takes me on. I can't speak to what will happen this Wednesday yet, but last week, I think I might have experienced minor juicing dementia.

As I was walking to the gym after time at the dance studio, I started to physically crash. I had no energy. Half of me was ready to call it quits, go to bed, or just fall asleep on the sidewalk until Thursday. I was so lethargic, I just wanted to go home. The other half of me was a crazy hungry monkey who just needed to have a salad. Now, I cannot express how crazy this monkey was. I think it could have been willing to hurt a small child for this salad. The whole way to the gym, it kept repeating, "I want a salad. Just have a salad. It's just a salad. What's wrong with a salad? I thought you liked salad. I want a salad. Do you want a salad? I'd like a salad. Heyyy, we should have a salad." It was literally non-stop salad obsessiveness.

Then I started making up excuses. I kept thinking I should listen to my body if it was telling me it was tired. Maybe just skip the gym for today. After all, I was juicing and I should be "gentle" with my body, bla bla bla. When I was about a block away from the gym, it was time for a pep talk with myself. I told myself to suck it up and just do it. And I did. Sure, it was hard at first, but it's really true when they say "you're only one workout away from a good mood." I was better than in a good mood when I was done. I was alive! I was full of energy! I wanted to keep going! I was buzzed... and I didn't even crave my salad anymore. Instead, happy and full of energy, I went home to a giant and delicious glass of homemade OJ.

For those of you who have asked via Facebook or otherwise, here is the classic Wednesday green juice I've been making for myself since I started this. It usually does the trick for breakfast and lunch. I find orange juice a great way to end the day, but here are the goods:

Yummy Juice
2 apples
2 celery sticks
2-3 carrots
big handful of spinach
3-4 romaine leaves
good chunk of ginger

Directions: Juice! 

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