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It has been two weeks since my last confession post.

Oh boy, still can’t get the Catholic guilt out of the girl.

WTF happened to Vitadventure? I have asked myself that numerous times over the last two weeks. I had been going strong. I was all about my cleanse, I had some momentum going…. and then….nothing.

Well, I’ve decided to catch you all up in pictures.

After two weeks out of my three week cleanse, this happened on a Friday night:

I'm human. I like wine.

I’m human. I like wine.

I made it a full 12 out of 21 days on my cleanse before I succumbed to this perfection in a glass. Was it worth it? Yes. I guess you could say I slipped. I didn’t officially “finish” my cleanse, because after that glass of wine, the rest of the weekend and the remaining last week of cleansing entailed some food truck festival and camping fun.

Love Denver Festivals!

Love Denver Festivals!

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Boys will be boys

Said weekend also involved biking to City Park Jazz in Denver… while I stayed gluten-free and vegan, there was wine…and biking…well, not at the same time.

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After my weekend of non-cleanse worthy fun, I hit the reset button for another 5 days- this meant green juice, vegan and plant-based deliciousness, seltzer instead of wine, lots of yoga, dry brushing, neti-potting and meditating. I didn’t beat myself up too much about my “lapse of judgement”. Because as Kris Carr states in her plant-powered cookbook “Crazy Sexy Kitchen“:

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If the worst thing I did during my cleanse was drink some wine and have one latte (which, actually, the latte made me feel worse than the wine did! Score!), then I can easily forgive myself and get back on the train. I pretty much ended my cleanse early and took some valuable lessons from it… which I will share in another post to come soon.

So- that said, where else have I been- when I haven’t been reading or cleansing? Well, after my 21 12 day cleanse, the husband and I went camping for a weekend. We did a deliciously challenging 5 mile hike with Gus to start the trip off.

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Too much hiking for Gus

Too much hiking for Gus

Sage Brush Field next to the Campsite

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Campsite Serenity

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Yes, while I brought some wine camping, I also brought a shit-ton of kale

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I was pretty proud of my vegan, plant powered campsite dinner. All you need is a camp stove and some veggies and pasta and you’ve got yourself a date with nature.

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So that’s where I’ve been the last two weeks. Camping, (semi-)cleansing, reading, hiking, planning our October trip to Italy (OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG! more to come on that too!!!), taking an Italian class, yoga-ing like crazy, teaching yoga (I had 17 students in my last class- people, this is a huge deal!)… oh, and my full time job… whaaaa? Oh, and in between it all, figuring out what the hell to do with all of the veggies that my lovely neighbor has been leaving us…

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I’ll give you one guess- most of this shit has ended up in my juicer. I’m an addict.

So that’s the LONG story in one post. This week, I plan to give you all my thoughts on my Adventure Cleanse, what I’d like to take from it, and what I’d like to leave behind… as well as some other interesting musings on current events…so stay tuned… I promise, there’s more to come- and it will happen in less than two weeks….


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Distraction

One of my favorite ways to distract myself from my own insanity busy mind is reading. There is nothing I love better than getting sucked into a good book. I have spent entire weekends and 13 hour plane rides to South Africa wrapped up in a novel, only to cry when there are no more pages to turn.

For awhile there, it seemed as though I had forgotten my love affair with reading. I attribute this disconnection to the purchase of my Nook- which, while a lovely thoughtful gift from my husband a few years ago, also meant I spent LESS time in bookstores. Sure sure, I was saving trees, downloading Ebooks instead, but without a weekly or monthly stop at a bookstore, I just didn’t have the stimulation and excitement that arises from the smell and atmosphere of a really good bookstore. So I’ve decided to save my Nook for convenience during long vacations, and return to my love affair with bookstores and novels…. and I don’t have to walk much further than my neighbors’ yard.

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Have you been introduced to the Little Free Library movement? These adorable little “libraries” are popping up in yards left and right here in Denver. What a great concept! I pass by two of them in the morning when I’m walking Gus and feel inspired by the sense of community and neighborliness (is that even a word? It is now) in sharing the gift of reading.

And speaking of reading, I just finished up this book:

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I absolutely loved it and it was a great summer read. Upon finishing it, I then promptly started this one:

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I love Jennifer McMahon’s mysteries- they haunt you just enough to keep you up at night.

Both books have been keeping me distracted during my Crazy Sexy Adventure Cleanse. After all, if I’m not drinking wine or meeting friends for Happy Hour, what the Hell else am I supposed to do with my time? Reading was a lifesaver last weekend when I was trying to distract myself from all the fun food/wine-related activities I would have otherwise been doing.

And speaking of the cleanse, I’ll keep this update brief. I just finished up Day 11, just over halfway done…and I’m hitting the “I’m done” mark. This week I’ve continued to struggle with fatigue, sluggishness and an overall sense of weakness. I’m tired during yoga. I’m tired at work. I’ve bumped up my food intake to try to get some more energy, but I think my body is just trying to tap into all of its reserves to keep me going. I’m sure this is all part of the detox. But it sucks and I don’t want to feel this way anymore. Blech.

The good news is that the only cravings I am having are for a good old fashioned latte- no sugar cravings, no wine cravings (shockingly), no dairy cravings. I really feel that I have reset my eating habits in a way that is sustainable. And even though I’m tired and crabby, I actually feel better in spirit and in my body. So I’ll keep trying to push through- although at this point, 21 days seems like a LONG TIME for a cleanse. I’m considering wrapping it up for the most part this weekend- and by wrapping it up, I mean keeping up with my juicing/vegan diet, but if I want a fucking cup of coffee or a glass of wine this weekend, I’m going to have it.

Shoot- is dropping F bombs part of the cleanse? Eh, I’m human. I’ll do my best this weekend. But my resolve is weakening… Guess I should go pick up my book and distract myself from the naughty voices in my head ;).

Happy (almost) Friday!


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Adventure Cleanse Update- Day 7

Happy Sunday! I hope you all have a lovely Sunday planned ahead.

Confession: I’m actually writing this post Saturday night, watching “Sharknado” (has anyone SEEN this RIDICULOUS movie on SyFy?) Hey, my excuse is my husband is away and I’m “cleansing”, so my usual Saturday evening activities are out of the question.

Anyway, so here I am blogging on technically Day 6 of my Crazy Sexy Adventure cleanse watching a movie about sharks in tornados in Los Angeles. Not sure if this is what Kris Carr had in mind for finding physical and spiritual vitality. But alas…..

Here’s my experience this week on the cleanse: it has been WAY easier than I expected. When I first started the cleanse, I dreaded the caffeine and wine withdrawals and cravings, temptations and hunger that were sure to come…

But after the first day or two, it seemed like I had made a commitment to myself (accountability here on my blog also helped- knowing I’d have to report back to all of you) and there was no turning back.

The caffeine/coffee has been the easiest thing to eliminate. I don’t even miss it and start my day with hot water and lemon, then green tea- a habit I will surely keep up. After drinking my cup o’ hot water (mmmmm sounds appetizing, hmm?), I meditate for 10 minutes, then neti-pot, dry brush, jump in the shower, and make and drink my green juice (usually consisting of romaine, kale, cucumbers, ginger and a grapefruit or apple) while getting ready for work. This juice keeps me actually pretty full until lunchtime- of course I’m sipping loads of water as well. If I get hungry, I snack on some raw nuts, rice cakes or GF vegan crackers. 

Lunch is a huge salad with greens, red onion, sprouts, radishes, peppers, hemp and chia seeds, tomatoes, avocado, chick peas (or some tofu if I’m extra hungry). I’ll grab a serving of low glycemic fruit in the afternoon if I need a snack and dinner consists of whatever vegetable dish I throw together (salad, steamed stir fry) with quinoa or brown rice. And mineral water instead of wine. Boo. Oh, and lots of yoga. Every day. 

What has taken me surprise is how easily and quickly it was to change my habits. And what previous habits I had that were not necessarily mindful or healthy for me. Or that were contributing to my feeling crappy in all ways. duh Lisa. That’s not to say that my diet was bad before I started the cleanse, but based on how I feel NOW as opposed to last week at this time- I was in dire need to a major change.

Of course, there have been some temptations and is hasn’t been all that easy- there were some gluten-free chocolate chip cookies (not vegan) and Nutella cupcakes (definitely not vegan or GF) that called my name earlier this week in the staff lounge. This morning after yoga class my teacher I grabbed some tea at the coffee shop across the street and there were some GF and vegan “breakfast cookies” that caught my attention, but I’m pretty sure those weren’t cleanse-friendly. ;). 

I replaced my usual Friday happy hour with a trip to Sprouts to stock up on juicing ingredients for the weekend. I drank some tea tonight when all I really wanted was a giant glass of Zin (it was pouring rain- a strange event in dry Denver- and perfect red wine/couch weather). Ah, sacrifices.

But so far, it’s been worth it. I feel more clear, lighter (mind, body and spirit-wise), and more energetic. I’m actually less hungry than I usually am (not sure if that’s a result of avoiding sugar or gluten?) and my cravings for most “crap” are gone. I even noticed a change/improvement in my yoga practice.

So we’ll see what week two brings. I’m not making any promises. I have a concert at Red Rocks to go to tonight and it will be depressing to tailgate with my sparkling lime water. I have what I anticipate to be an atrocious week at work ahead. There may be a dinner party next Friday night with some really cool friends (hi Melissa) that may involve a cocktail. 

But then again, I anticipated that this week would be awful, so goes to show you never know the road ahead until you actually turn onto it. 

Go ahead and try something new. Break a habit. Pick up a new one. You’ll feel better- I promise. 

 


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Sun Valley Fun Part 1

OK people- I’m on Day Four of the Adventure Cleanse- so far, so good! Yesterday was a little rocky, the first real cravings I had for a latte, a glass of red wine and a cupcake (which was random, since cupcakes aren’t a usual for me, but whatever)- yesterday was also the day that I had some fatigue, headaches and brain fog, but when I checked my Crazy Sexy Cleanse “handbook”, that was normal and expected for Day Three. But honestly, it was nothing too unbearable and overall, I’m feeling pretty good. More to come on that soon!

So- as promised- a recap of our trip to Sun Valley last weekend for our friends Allison and Phil’s wedding. After Tim, my friend Ashley and I all flew into Boise and made the LOOONNNG drive to Sun Valley (OK, it was only 2.5 hours, but there wasn’t much to look at during that drive…Case in point:

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Ah, Idaho

Also, here was a screen pic of the random Internet searches arising from random Idaho road trip conversations. Again, there wasn’t much to talk about and we were pretty desperate.

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But we finally made it to our first destination, Craters of the Moon National Park. Some friends had recommended we go there, and it was supposed to be a pretty amazing topography from ancient volcanic activity….But alas, yeah, we weren’t too overly impressed.

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My husband being a dork

My husband being a dork

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We did get to check out some pretty cool caves in the park, and I had to take the opportunity to bust out some side crow.

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We spent about an hour in the park and that was enough to have our fill. We headed to Sun Valley immediately, checked into our hotel and set out to explore town and have a nice dinner. We loved walking around Sun Valley, your typical western Mountain town.

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There were so many lovely restaurants with enticing menus to choose from, but we ended up at Cava Cava. It was a gorgeous little Italian restaurant and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the ambience.

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Rose and sunflowers- do you need anything else?

Rose and sunflowers- do you need anything else?

Avocado and watermelon gazpacho- looks like pea soup, but was insanely delicious

Avocado and watermelon gazpacho- looks like pea soup, but was insanely delicious

Veggie pizza sans cheese

Veggie pizza sans cheese

I love arugula on pizza!

I love arugula on pizza!

We may have enjoyed a few more cocktails Friday evening, and then hit the hay. We awoke Saturday morning and decided to rent bikes and check out the bike path in Sun Valley. In other random Idaho trip events, we ran into Arnold Schwazenegger at the same bike shop doing the exact same thing. Weird. He took off his sunglasses and I said to Ashley, “Is that Arnold?”. Yes, it was. Sorry folks, no photo opportunity.

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No Arnold- just bikes

Bikes with beer and wine carriers

Bikes with beer and wine carriers

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We did a lovely 12 mile ride and enjoyed the scenery.

Sun Valley Bike Path Beauty

Sun Valley Bike Path Beauty

Random art along the bike path

Random art along the bike path

By the time we got back from our ride, it was time to get ready for the wedding….. pics and a recap coming soon!

Happy Almost Friday!


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The Adventure Begins

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend.

OK- so I’m putting it out there- I started my Crazy Sexy Adventure Cleanse today. All 21 days of it. I’ll be blogging about it here in order to keep myself accountable when the need for a Starbucks soy latte/ glass of red wine/hunk of brie on gluten-full bread arises. Hang in there with me, peeps, I may get crabby….

So here we are- Day One of the cleanse. So far, so good. Granted, it’s only 1:17, so there hasn’t been that much to go wrong…..But still, I went to Sprouts yesterday after we got back from Sun Valley and stocked up, washed and prepped all veggies and fruit so they were easy to use/grab this week.

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I woke up this morning and made myself some hot water with lemon and cayenne pepper to drink. Check.

I used my neti pot. Check.

I hit my yoga mat for 10 minutes of meditation. Check.

I made myself a green juice consisting of romaine, kale, cucumber, ginger and one grapefruit. Check.

I put it in a giant frosty beer mug because I didn’t have a glass big enough for this bad boy. Double check (right?).

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I prepped a lunchtime salad of greens, radishes, onions, peppers, parsley, hemp seeds and a glop of hummus on top. Check.

I’ve been drinking water and noshed on a few raw nuts and gluten-free crackers when my stomach started grumbling at work (yeah, not a good idea to have a grumbling stomach when you work at an eating disorder hospital). Later today, I’m going to hit up a yoga sculpt class after work (check) and made a giant salad for dinner. And replace my usual glass of wine with some mineral water. :::cues scary music:::

So there we go. Stay tuned for all the gory details that I expect to come- crabbiness, complaining, detox symptoms- you know, all the fun stuff!

In other news, we had a LOVELY time in Sun Valley this past weekend for our friends’ wedding- pictures and a full recap to come soon!


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Adventure + Cleanse?

Confession:

I am thisclose to “archiving” this post and not ever publishing it. The following is one of those things that, once I put out there, I’ve got to be accountable for and stand with integrity about. Simply put, there’s no backing out.

Which is partially while I’m going to blog about it. There’s no easy exit once you put something on your blog. “Just kidding” you say, and you look like a shmuck.

So that said, I’m thinking about doing a cleanse.

Let me follow that up with my acknowledgement that it’s not really THAT big of a deal to some people. But to people like me, who like to eat and drink wine, it’s a HUGE deal.

I’ve never had any desire to do a cleanse before. In fact, for the most part, I think they’re complete malarky. I believe that if, in general, you’re fueling your body with healthy foods, it does a pretty good job of detoxing on its own. I also work daily with dieticians and know all the side effects of restricting your food intake, depriving yourself, etc- the list could go on and on about why we don’t really “need” to cleanse or detox.

HOWEVER.

I have been feeling like CRAP lately. Emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally- a flaming pile of shit. I’m a pretty happy and energetic person by nature, but lately I just feel run down and sluggish. I haven’t been happy with how I feel nor how I look. And if I’m really going to be honest with myself, I have to admit that I just haven’t been all that healthy when it comes to nourishment.

OK, OK- that’s being a bit hard on myself. In general, I eat pretty well. I follow a plant-based, vegetarian diet. I drink loads of water. I am physically active. But I also “treat” myself a lot. I enjoy way too much red wine. And while I try to follow a guideline of 80/20 (80 percent of the time eating clean, 20 percent indulgence/treats), lately it’s probably been more like 60/40. And it’s catching up with me.

Frankly, I’m getting sick and tired of complaining to my husband about how gross, tired, sluggish or bloated I feel. I’m getting sick of feeling self-conscious about how I look- and yes, this is hard for an eating disorder therapist to admit- or having a less-than enthusiastic body image. Sure, due to my profession I’d like to say I feel great about my body and in my own skin all the time, but hey, therapists are people, too, and sometimes our body image sucks.

So I think it’s time to hit the “reset” button and kick start my way back into taking control of my physical and emotional health. And I *think* I have a plan to do it.

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Ta-Da! I’ve been a fan of Kris Carr for many years now, after watching her documentary “Crazy Sexy Cancer” and then getting hooked into her website, My Crazy Sexy Life. Several years ago, I downloaded a copy of her book, “Crazy Sexy Diet,” and absolutely loved it. It’s not a “diet” per se, but more a way of life- with an emphasis on eating a vegetarian (or vegan) diet, juicing a shitton of green vegetables, consuming whole grains/whole foods, and avoiding caffeine, gluten (if you’re gluten sensitive), alcohol, meat and dairy…. all the while meditation, exercising, dry brushing and using your neti pop like a champ.

If I’m honest, I pretty much do all of this stuff, minus the caffeine, alcohol and occasional dairy. But as I said before, I could certainly use a tune up.

At the end of the “Crazy Sexy Diet” book, there is an optional 21 day “Adventure Cleanse”. When I started thinking about doing a cleanse, I remembered this cleanse from Kris’ book and went back to research it. Once I saw that it was titled the “Adventure” cleanse, I thought, “well, there I go…. my own vitADVENTURE cleanse.”

So the Adventure cleanse is a 21 day journey that entails the following:
-Following a vegan diet and abstaining from any animal product or processed foods (check, this won’t be a problem for me)
-Replacing coffee with hot water with lemon, and then a morning green juice- in fact, drinking fresh pressed juice until lunch time. (this may be a problem for me, I get HUNGRY)
-No caffeine, no gluten, no alcohol…..eek
– Lots of fresh, raw (or lightly steamed) vegetables, beans, low glycemic fruits, grains
– Daily meditation, dry brushing and use of the neti pot…..

It obviously entails more, but that’s the jist… And I think I’m going to give it a shot come Monday… Hey, at the very least, it will give me something to blog about.We’ll see- I could still chicken out, but my husband told me to fake out my mind and tell myself I’ll try it for a week and see how I feel… Or I could just man up, drop the drama and just do it.

But that said, I’m posting from a hotel room in Boise, Idaho, and we’re heading to Sun Valley for a friend’s wedding this weekend, where there will probably be all things non-cleanse available and enjoyed…. Fun times and a phot recap to come!

Have a great weekend!


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Free Bird

Oh, another Fourth of July post. Yes, it is.

But I’ll keep this short and sweet. Some of us (your truly) have to work tomorrow. No, I’m not bitter :::insert sarcasm::::. The life of a therapist in a private hospital. There are NO holidays for eating disorder patients.

Sigh.

So while I’m feeling sorry for myself, but before I start asking for sympathy….

I actually love the Fourth of July. I think part of this comes from growing up on the East Coast- especially Massachusetts. We’re Boston folk. We’re Patriots- in more ways than one. We New Englanders LOVE the Fourth of July.

If I didn’t live in Colorado and wasn’t working tomorrow, I’d be out on my cousin’s boat, off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, drinking white wine, eating flag cake and watching fireworks. I’d be biking along the beach and eating blueberries fresh from my family’s farm. I’d be embracing my family members and a Sam Adams. Damn, this holiday makes me homesick and depressed…..

This is recap of a Fourth of July back in 2008 with my cousins and myself (yes, look closely- that’s me with my “natural color”- everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, agrees that I should embrace my freedom to color my hair- some people are better off blonde)

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Sigh.

However, I’m not back east. I’m working and providing quality care for my patients. If I’m lucky, I’ll grab dinner with a coworker/girlfriend tomorrow night at True Food Kitchen, since I got a 25% off coupon there and my husband is doing what all other Coloradans do for the 4th- camping and fishing.

All that said, this morning’s vinyasa flow class was a reminder of why I love yoga, and why I love freedom. Of course, the theme was “independence”. We did a lot of heart openers, because let’s face it, freedom is all about being true to your heart. My yoga teacher played “Free Bird.” Need I say anything else?

What I love about my favorite yoga teacher is that she shamelessly plays whatever the f she wants to in class. She’s managed to put “Sweet Child of Mine” on a playlist for a 6:30 am Detox Flow class…. who DOES that and makes it WORK? I told her I’m still waiting on some Poison. She told me it’s in the works.

So rock on and be shamelessly free. To play “Free Bird” or whatever else floats your boat and makes your heart sing. Happy Fourth.