“Perhaps you would like to join us?” Thus began my vegan adventure earlier this year. My yoga teacher, Melissa, said she and some friends were ready to begin a six week ‘detox through healthy juicing.’ What else was I doing the middle of January! Plus, it seemed a great way to celebrate another birthday in February — by eating better and losing some pounds, all with the help of a supportive group.
We met at Cathy’s condo. She would be our coach. She wooed us with wonderful smoothies. I used to say my favorite form of carrots was carrot cake but that was before I tasted freshly juiced carrots. Kale, too? Cathy gave us a sheet of recipes and answered our questions. We were six women with varying degrees of knowledge about veganism. I had it easiest on two counts: 1) I’d been ‘mostly vegetarian’ since the 70s and 2) I’m retired so I had more time to mess with a juicer. Most of the others were giving up meat for the first time. Some of us were more addicted to caffeine than others. The wonderful thing about The Detox Club was that we each came up with individual goals and we were taking six weeks to make a gradual transition.
What we were giving up: meat, coffee, sugar, white flour — the bad stuff. What we were eating: fruit, vegetables, oats, and rice (baked — less starch that way). We would drink lots of tea — green, white, dandelion. And we would juice some of our fruit and vegetables, beginning with once a day and expanding to fasting by the end, if we wished. It was up to us how fast and far we wanted to go. Coach Cathy was also realistic, knowing most of us worked full-time and had temptations like machine snacks and fast food in their frantic, busy lives.
I knew the Universe was saying Yes! when my buddy Eileen offered to first lend me, then give me, her little-used juicer. This $100 juicer became my comrade and confidante during February as we commiserated in the kitchen.
I can see already that this post will become an installment, just as my hatha yoga class stories. But I won’t tease you and make you ‘wait for the weight’ — I lost 8 pounds in those first two weeks. It was even effortless. By concentrating on what I was eating, healthy luscious strawberries, e.g., and not falling into a deprivation mode, this juicing lifestyle became a fun adventure.
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