Dirty Dozen 3
I’m more than half-way there! I’m making progress. 10 more days to go. I can do this:) Yesterday was an uneventful day and I was extra tired and felt a little foggy. I had to take a nap when I got home from work, but when I woke up, I definately felt better, so I went to the grocery store…to buy more fruits and veggies of course! I know I’ve said this before, but this juiciing thing is VERY time consuming. Like it literally consumes your life. I’ve been going to the grocery store every 2-3 days so everything is fresh AND because otherwise everything wouldn’t fit in my fridge. Being at the grocery store last night, it was an interesting experience. Typically I just do all of my shopping in the produce section, but my husband had some requests so I walked through most of the store. Certain things look good, but so many things just seemed to be full of bad stuff that I don’t want to put into my body after putting all of this good, organic stuff in. (I’m going to get back to the organic topic in a minute) The point is though, that I’m not craving the same things I craved when I first started. I’m actually craving healthier things. What I’m looking forward to most is going to my favorite little place, RAW, in Chicago and just stocking up! Everything they have there is just to die for…and everything is raw. I’m certainly not a raw foodist (is that a word?) or even a vegetarian, but I discovered this place a couple of years ago and they make creative, delicous, real food that makes you feel so good when you eat it. I’m planning to eat raw for the week following my cleanse so I can safely transition into eating again. It’s important to be smart when breaking a fast…but I’ll talk about that as I get closer to actually breaking my fast.

Let’s get back to the topic of Organic produce. I just recently started buying organic because I educated myself on what that really means and what I’m getting if I don’t buy organic. I don’t buy everything organic (it gets expensive), but I do buy everything organic that is on the ‘dirty dozen list’ (see picture above). Those are the things that, even when washed properly, still contain harmful pesticides that you shouldn’t be putting into your body. There are other benefits to eating organic, and I think this article is a good one if you are interested in learning more. Also, if you have a local farmer or go to the farmers market, I urge you to speak with them about their growing practices. Some of the small farmers aren’t official organic, but follow organic practices. In the end, it’s what you feel comfortable doing and it’s a decision only you can make:)

P.S. – I made those dog treats with the leftover pulp and Grizzly went crazy for them. He literally sat there drooling for more, so all-in-all a success!