Oh, the roadside temptations! The glowing beacons of warm, fried food and steaming hot and sweet coffee shine on the side of the road, calling like a Siren leading ships into the rocky shore. Ok, maybe it wasn’t quite that dramatic, it just seemed that way in my mind. This weekend I traveled to my hometown for a family memorial service. It is 12 hours of driving round trip and I was solo, as it would have been a rough trip on the kiddos. So, how does this relate to the 30 Days of Detox? Temptation, temptation, temptation! You see, this side family is known for food and drink indulgence (put kindly).
Day 4: It was cold outside, and I woke up hungry so had cage free, vegetarian fed, etc. eggs for breakfast with fruit. Yummy shake for lunch and white bean, chicken and kale soup for dinner. Then, it was time to go to a post-holiday party with lady friends. The spread included flaky pastries (home made shortbread, one of my very favorites), and a variety of dips, breads, crackers, spreads, sweets and wine. Really, the cravings are starting to diminish, but the sugar (and the wine) still calls me. I survived by bringing a olive tapenade and rice crackers and drinking water. Another small victory.
Day 5: Chocolate Macaroons anyone? That’s what I had for lunch! Yes, I really did – in a shake. It was so good I almost forgot to pick up my son at school (really). Two scoops Arbonne chocolate protein powder, 1/2 water and 1/2 light coconut milk, a hand full of unsweetened coconut flakes, ice and blend. Poof! Hummus and carrots were a mid-afternoon snack and left overs were dinner. The most noticeable change for the day is that I had so much more energy when I woke up. That is worth celebrating!
Day 6 and 7: Road trip! I traveled to my home town for a family memorial service. Since my brother, sister and I were all together for dinner, which is really rare, mom made Thanksgiving dinner! Oh, the smells were so good. The temptations were left and right. I put on my big girl pants, and had sliced turkey (no gravy, and my mom makes the best gravy on the planet), green beans and salad with lemon juice. That’s right. No dressing, no stuffing (which smelled like heaven in a bowl), no potatoes, no rolls, no wine, no dessert. Even now, I’m amazed I did it. The memorial reception at my cousin’s home had lots of wine, treats and splurges, but also had veggie and fruit trays, for which I was grateful. Then, there was the long drive home.
The roadside temptations were nearly too much. Still, I knew I could do it, and stayed to my pre-packed snacks which included a green apple, raw nuts, an Arbonne nutrition bar, water, and zylitol-sweetened gum. The hardest thing to pass up was the glowing Starbucks beacon as it was getting late, I was tired and I had four more hours of driving. I made it home without succumbing to any roadside traps, and feeling pretty proud of myself. For those that think changing your habits is hard, it can be. But, I ask you, if something doesn’t challenge you, how would you grow?