Monthly Archives: September 2010

22 Sep

Blue Print Cleanse – Day 2 and 3

I am finally at day 3 of the BPC. I cannot wait to eat a normal meal again! Although I haven’t felt starved throughout, I am definitely ready to eat solid foods again and resume my regular, already healthy, eating schedule.

Day 2 was probably the best day for me. Both Ryan and I were full of energy, feeling upbeat and practically bouncing off the walls… well not exactly… but seeing as we hadn’t eaten a stitch of food since Sunday night, it was amazing that we were actually still going and had extra energy to spare. I also had a massage last night, which I highly recommend if you are planning on doing a juice cleanse. Massage helps eliminate toxins and move things around in addition to the rest you are already giving your digestive system.

Day 3 has been a little harder… I have felt some hunger pangs throughout the day, not to mention that the thought of having to down the last and final “green juice” makes me want to barf. I’m just over it. I’m not thirsty anymore, and I want to eat something savory and delicious! I feel a little less bloated, but don’t see much of a change in my body. I haven’t practiced yoga since Monday and I am just ready to get back to “life”.

Overall, I’m not sure I would recommend the BPC. I find it to be an extreme way of cleansing… and although I understand that cleanses ARE extreme — I think next time I would make my own juices, save some cash, and do it for one day only. The three days was a bit too long for me personally. Some people love it, and I get that it makes you feel better, healthier, cleaner, less gassy, whatever it is that you notice if you try it… but still – there are other ways of finding this kind of feeling.

Another thing I have realized through this experience is how much our NYC lives revolve around food, eating, meeting for dinner, drinking, etc. Each time I have thought to myself about the plan of the evening for one of these past 3 nights, I’ve sadly remembered that I would be drinking either bottle number 5 or 6 for dinner, and any plans around eating had to be put aside. :( It’s all good though… I’m glad I did it for the experience… now I know what it’s like. For what it’s worth, it does take a serious amount of restraint and willpower, and those are always good things to keep in check.

It’s almost time for breakfast!!!!!

20 Sep

Blue Print Cleanse – Day 1

Well, Ryan and I are officially well into our cleanse at this point in the day… and I’m still not quite sure how I feel about it. We are voluntarily participating and subjecting ourselves to the Blue Print Cleanse for three days. You can check out their website for all the details.

I have to say, I’m not starving… but I definitely do not feel energized or like myself. I feel sluggish, I have a dull headache… and I’m just not feeling 100%. I had one point during the day today where I hit with a complete lull, and it was at the end of a yoga class that I might have been overly confident about taking. I fell asleep during Savasana, the final relaxation pose, which is something I never do, and literally had to wonder if I was snoring! I was definitely in another world.

BPC (Blue Print Cleanse) delivers all of the drinks that you consume during the length of your cleanse, and they have come up with a formula of mixtures that fill your body with essentially all of the nutrients that you need. The “green juice” is making me sick to my stomach, and the option we have selected has three green juices per day! Blech! I just hope that tomorrow it gets better, and my energy level lifts up a bit.

Will keep you posted!

08 Sep

thirty – one – derful

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello friends,

Happy New Year to all of those who are part of the Jewish tribe… Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year, and a chance to reflect back on the year behind you. Similar to this sentiment, birthdays are kind of the same way. Each year on my birthday, I always feel somewhat strange… it’s my day, people call or write to wish me well… it’s always an interesting day. Both warm and fuzzy, but introspective as well.

I was browsing in a bookstore today, when I came across and picked up this cute little book called “Each Year of Life: It’s Symbolism and Meaning” by Hans Korteweg. I ended up buying it for my step-father, who’s birthday is this weekend… and it goes through each year or number in life and writes a little blurb about where you are, what to expect, what might happen and how you might be feeling.

As this is my thirty first year of life, and I found that I could relate to what was written well, here’s what #31 was all about:

“31 is the year of the solution. The tension that has been building up for so long is now either released and transformed into something unique or buried in the deepest hole you can find. Whichever way, fundamental choices will be made.

The crisis isn’t totally over, but the sharpest edges are now softened.

This year, we can feel once more that life gives and takes, and that we are protected from all sides. There is room for thankfulness.

In these last few years, the heart, deeply wounded although few of us have realized it, has gradually been released from its painful captivity. Heart and mind have drawn closer together.

Although we often lose sight of the big picture, we have now learned to honor the small, and in so doing, we can climb out of the pit.”

05 Sep

Heart of Gold

blog_heartofgoldI’ve got this song ringing in my head today… maybe that’s because of what the lyrics say.

“Heart Of Gold”

I want to live,
I want to give
I’ve been a miner
for a heart of gold.
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
for a heart of gold
I’ve been in my mind,
it’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

Keep me searching
for a heart of gold
You keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m growing old.
I’ve been a miner
for a heart of gold.

01 Sep

The Sun

blog_thesunThe Sun

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats towards the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
empty-handed–
or have you too
turned from this world–

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

-Mary Oliver, New & Selected Poems: Volume One