Purification, Days 3 & 4: “You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”
We’re into our fourth day of detox, and what I’ve discovered is that the most difficult part of the process isn’t the change in diet, nor is it the ban on beer & wine. It’s all about the routine – having to change everything about my intake of food & drink.
When I get home after a long day of work (and after Kat passes out on the couch around 8:30), I’ll normally grab a glass of wine and the remote, and veg by myself on the couch. Recently, the remote has had all of my attention. On weekend mornings, I make breakfast for the kids (wife is still in bed…WTF) and I’ll devour whatever is leftover. This morning I made blueberry pancakes that smelled like diner material. I’m sure they were fantastic but I’ll never know. Tomorrow they’re having plain toast with butter. I promise you this.
On the positive side, I’m amazed at how delicious a tray of veggies can taste – I owe that to Kat, who (once again) has gone above and beyond to make a challenging situation much more enjoyable. I was expecting to feel awful the first few days, but (knock on wood) so far so good. Outside of the aftertaste of some of the pills we take, I really have no complaints at all! I am definitely look forward to the “feel good” and “renewed energy” stages of the process that everyone speaks about.
I have had a few painful moments over the past few days. When one of our neighbors asked if I wanted a beer Thursday night, I thought twice each about kicking her in the shin and accepting her offer, but decided against both and mentioned my “situation.” And I need to apologize for giving dirty looks to the man in the elevator with the bag of McDonald’s breakfast Friday morning - you have no idea how close I was to mugging you and stealing your food.
The cravings are tough but thanks to some creative recipes and a wonderful partner in crime, I think we’ll get through this without any cheating. At least on the diet…