At the end of Day 5 of the Whole Life Challenge, I didn’t entirely feel like I hated absolutely everyone around me. I still hated the kids in my classes who thought it was hilarious when Juliet cried at Romeo’s death. Grow up, bastards.
But, this might not kill me and I suppose that is a good thing. A few days ago I cried real tears over not having all of my favorite stuff. Now, I am doing…ok. I will call that a victory.
Let me tell you, though, about a few things I really miss that I didn’t think I would…
- Soy Sauce — I mean, how freaking delicious is this salty, fermented additive? I could
drown my food in it. I am allowed to have brown rice on this diet, but what good is that if I cannot smother it in brewed bean juice?
2. Tortillas — For a long while I was tricked into thinking that foods that got wrapped in a tortilla were better for me. Along the way, I realized that I had fallen in love with these little flaps of goodness. I’d like to wrap everything up in a cozy blanket of processed pseudo-Mexican fabulosity.
3. Cheese — I know that many people have serious cravings for cheese. I am not one of those people. There are just so many things you cannot have because cheese is a part of it somewhere. I normally top my steamed broccoli with a little grated parm. I like eggs only in the form of a quiche that has tons of cheese in it. Otherwise, eggs be yucky.
4. Honey — I love it. I use it in so many recipes to sweeten things up just a smidge and to get the health benefits of local honey. I think that one reason that my detox has been so unpleasant is because I had really gotten very used to having this kind of sugar in my diet very regularly. I do plan to go back to this when the challenge is over, though because I feel like it is still good for me, my environment and my local economy.
A big question for me is whether (or how much) of this challenge I will continue with after the 8-week game is over. After spending all of this time ridding my system of the junk I had put in it, I wonder how much of it I will be putting right back in again.
I’d be lying if I said I don’t have dreams of Pringles and pizza. And ranch dressing. And chocolate truffles. But, I am fairly sure that I can do this. Since starting the challenge, this is the first time I can say that and actually think I might actually mean it.
We’ll see how I am tomorrow and, more importantly, at the end of 8 weeks. I am constantly hungry, though, and I do not feel as though I am depriving myself of any quantities of food. The pineapple and quiche (without cheese — boooooo) were of a totally normal if not large portion size. And, I was hungry again 20 minutes later.
Your tips are welcome!