This time, I had a plate of spare ribs the night before my juice fast and started my period on day 2 of the fast. Brilliant. On day four I went to a party with a bunch of friends and forgot to juice before leaving the house. So there I was in front of a beautiful pesto pasta salad, on day two of my period, starving my balls off, without any plan in place to combat the feeling. So what did I do? Forgave my poor planning, admitted that my body was not handling the fast and plated a serving of pesto pasta. I also had a girl scout cookie to top it off. That's right - a cookie. It was delicious. And you know what? It's okay. Eating a plate of pasta during a juice fast is not some kind of dieting trespass. I needed it and I ate it.
So, today I'm feeling better and I'm back on the juice fast. I've got a full fridge of beautiful organic produce and I'm moving forward. So what? I ate some pasta and a cookie. My old self would throw her hands up in the air and say "You're doing it all wrong and you're a failure!" But it's okay to do it all wrong. Blips are to be expected. Greet them with gentleness. Be soft and fluid and let the tough spots move through you without judgement and recommit the next day. Forgive, acknowledge and recommit.
P.S. I've lost 8 pounds already! And since I'm on my period,
a time when it's normal to gain four pounds, I'm feeling great about the results.
Let the juicing continue!