My husband and I decided to do the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse together. This should be interesting, I thought to myself as I watched him for a whole week before we got started, eating almost everything insight.
My husband, including myself, love to eat. He came from a family that didn’t mind starting up the posts and the frying pans to cook hearty meals anytime, especially at night. In other words, the kitchen was never closed to anyone. So, he has a habit of eating, to what seems like to me, around the clock.
Myself, I love to eat as well. But, I try so hard to not go overboard. You see, along with my genetic structure, I have a tendency to blow up and become obese if I don’t watch what I eat and the amount. Which is why, I try to break my habit of eating even when I’m not full.
And it’s bad when your spouse is a chef. My husband can cook fantastic meals and gourmet cakes, along with other things that are so delicious. It makes you want to slap somebody! Ha, just kidding. But they are tasty, which makes you want to savor every bit. He always wants to experiment to perfect his craft. And I’m, the taster. Yes, this could be bad and difficult to break.
Before we started, I prayed, asking God to regulate our minds and give us the strength to do this cleanse. I knew that this would be difficult for us, but I felt from deep down in my gut that this is exactly what we needed.
So excited and filled with enthusiasm after I received my book, the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by the bestselling author, JJ Smith, I’ve decided to go to the grocery store that evening. I got all of my ingredients for the first five days, including fruits and nuts to snack on. I also went to the health store to get other things to be successful with the cleanse.
That night, for our very last meal, we had a slice of pizza with broccoli, tomato, and cheese with no sauce. OMG!!!! Disgusting! We also had a turkey sub with sour cream chips. My favorite! As usual, my husband brought me a piece of yellow cake with chocolate icing, which I didn’t eat because I felt so guilty, eating that nasty pizza.
The next day, day one was like trying to walk barefooted through an area full of bushes and thorns without any equipment. My stomach was bubbling and cramping due to the colon cleanser I took the night before and the water, detox tea and my smoothie I drank that morning, as recommended. My husband on the other hand-, this was a struggle for him, drinking the smoothie three times a day with different greens along with fruits, flaxseed and protein powder. This made him some what depressed. Even though they didn’t taste bad, he would rather have something else.
While he was out running errands, something made him quite angry. “I was right in Royal Farms trying to get money out. Stupid machine! I could have bought a wing and one of those fat juicy chicken breast, which looked so good,” he said as if he was savoring the taste and smell, while sitting at the kitchen table. I could have took my time walking home while eating them and you wouldn’t have ever known.” He shook his head with a pitiful look on his face as he wished to have them in front of him.
I laughed. I couldn’t help it! He looked so sad and helpless. I walked toward him and gave him a hug. “I’m proud of you honey.”
We snacked on grapes, carrots and a handful of nuts before our next smoothie, which I prepared. I heard my husband saying, “Lord have mercy! This will make you depressed. I’m going to bed and going to sleep so I won’t think about food.”
I tried so hard not to laugh again. I knew he was serious. But I have to admit, he was right. Everything I prepared for our toddler, from the bowel of cereal he that he ate often to the sandwich he had for lunch, looked so appealing!
My husband said that his turkey and cheese sandwich, which I came close to eating, looked like it had lettuce, tomato and bacon on it. He’s hallucinating, I thought to myself. I laughed so hard, that tears rolled down my eyes as if I were crying.
That night after eating a garden salad, I found myself thinking about a delicious fat lunchmeat sandwich with mayonnaise, mustard, tomato, lettuce, salt, pepper and two slices of cheese. Then I thought about frying me some chicken to eat. I shook my head in disgust. “I’m going to sleep!” I announced feeling frustrated.
“Why sweetheart? Are you thinking about having a sandwich?” he said teasing me with a grin on his face.
“Yes!” I snapped, knowing that my craving was getting worse by the minute. I felt that I was being tortured.
Day two of the green smoothie cleanse wasn’t better. In our minds, we wanted to quit. We yearned for the taste of real food again that will awake our taste buds again and satisfy our stomachs and our minds emotionally.
I got up that morning after showering and went downstairs with my husband following behind me into the kitchen. He sat down at the table and watched me make our smoothie for breakfast.
“I think this JJ Smith is trying to kill me,” my husband said as he watched the greens go into the blender. “This is some trick she got going on here.”
With my back turned, I giggled.
My 15 year old frowned as he saw all the ingredients go into the blender. “That looks so nasty! I know that you’re trying to loose weight, but you’re going over board,” he said still frowning.
I shot him a look.
Am I though? Am I going too far with trying to loose this unwanted weight? My doctor put me on a Mediterranean diet. I did good for awhile, but I fell back into my bad habits; eating bags of chips and big bowls of French fries sopping in ranch dressing, which I love. Plus tasting or eating tasty treats now and then.
I don’t want to be on a diet! But this here we’re doing isn’t a diet. It’s suppose to clean or get rid of the toxins in the body and retrain the taste buds from eating fried fatty foods and sweets. So, we’ll see!
My husband who can feel the effects from the detoxification, just sat there looking at the liquefied greens among other things inside the blender a he murmured to himself, “Not again!” His expression says it all and told the story.
Thirty minutes to an hour later, we felt hungry. My husband grabbed a small bag of baby carrots and put some nuts and seedless grapes inside. Me, I had my usual; greens grapes and a handful of nuts with water. Sounds exciting huh!
I think that day two was worse than day one. My husband walked toward the window and stood in the middle of our bedroom floor as he said while standing tall and broad shouldered, “I’m thinking about all them potatoes, bags of rice and cans of corn we have! His face lit up like the sun. “We can fry up some pork chops and cook some rice. Now, that’s a good breakfast!” He smiled as he got dressed.
Giving him a stern look, I said, “I don’t think so!” I was trying so hard not to give in. But I had to admit, it didn’t sound bad. “If I can’t eat, then you can’t either.”
I looked at the loaf of bread on top of the refrigerator. It looked so good, I wanted to take a slice. And the chicken nuggets on my son’s blue plate looked so crispy and golden brown and smelled so wonderful! My mouth watered and my taste buds cried out for a taste. I almost grabbed one off his plate when he walked away. “No you can’t,” I told myself.
It’s a shame that once you stop yourself from eating certain foods that you’re use to eating everyday, they start to look deliciously good. My husband said that even the things we don’t eat look good, like the birds fluttering around in the backyard.
“And the squirrels,” I added, reaching for my snack before I have my garden salad for my dinner, which he prepared for us.
I’ve decide to retire for bed now, so I won’t give into my temptation. The power of the mind. Jesus I need thee oh I need thee right now. Give me the strength dear Lord Jesus to endure. Take me through these 10 days of not eating what I want. Oh Lord I’m calling on you!