Holiday Round-Up & How I’ve Screwed Up my New Years Resolution Already

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Happy 2013!

If you are reading this, THANK YOU for joining me on my blog.

My holidays were amazing, I must say I am truly grateful. I took some much needed time off from work to focus on family and play. Although that never seems like a good idea when you are self employed, it is a MUST. Nothing fell apart while I was gone, everything went smoothly. In fact, I’m back with excitement and new ideas, and a much needed brain re-charge. Downtime is SOOOO important.

My daughter was home this Christmas too. Many years ago, her Dad (my ex) and I agreed that we would split the Christmas holiday in two: one year he gets Christmas/I get New Year, the next year vice versa. It works and it’s fair, but the Christmas years are always better. And this year was MY Christmas year! It was so wonderful to have her home and for all of us to be together. Tug was also off (he still is) after a crazy year of school and work…the poor guy needed a break. Yesterday he said “I’m so relaxed I don’t know what to do with myself”. He needed it.

So we had TONS of fam jam time. Lots of laughs, not (too) many fights, lots of food (and alcohol) and much time snuggling. We also visited family, hosted guests, attended a party or two and had not-getting-out-of-jammies days (Boxing Day is the official lazy person day around here).

Did I say we ate and drank too much? I feel like I was tipsy for 5 days straight. I actually probably was.

And without fail, a few (extended) family members did a few crappy things to piss a few people off. This happens to everyone, right? They make it easy for me to cross people off my “good” list for next year anyway! Ciao!

New Years was the lowest key New Years I think I’ve had since I was 12.

I did nothing.

It was actually work to keep myself from falling asleep before the ball drop. And we flipped through the channels to find the best coverage of the actual moment. Unfortunately, Tug had control of the remote, so it landed on Snooki and JWoww more often than not.

Yawn. Really? Who are these people and why are they like that?

New Years has lost its magic for me, if it ever had any. Either that or I’m turning into my mother. Sigh.

Overall, a beautiful holiday complete with the without fail overall body hangover at the end. Could be the 1/2 pound of shortbread I gobbled up, or all those Christmas cookies I made and ate before the guests arrived. Or maybe that bottle of wine I drank at that party? Or the oil fondue I serve every year at one of my parties? Somewhere in the last week and a half I started feeling sluggish.

Which leads me to…

How I’ve Screwed Up my New Years Resolution Already

One night just before New Years, Tug and I watched a movie. Documentaries are my favourite, so I picked Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.

This is a GREAT movie about a guy who is…wait for it… fat, sick and nearly dead. He decides that juicing (or juice fasting) is the way to go to get rid of his health woes. So he travels across the country with his juicer in tow and talks to (mostly) overweight Americans about their diet, health and juicing.

If this was just the movie, it would have been educational, but slightly boring.

But by chance he runs into a guy named Phil Staples at a truck stop in God-Knows-Where USA. And the rest of the movie is fantastic. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but Phil Staples is my new hero, and I just wanted to wrap him up in a big hug and be his new best friend.

ANYWAY… how this leads to mucking up my 1st resolution is the premise of the movie: Juice Fasting. We were going to take it on.

Tug was on board. Which, if you know Tug, is shocking. I happened to have a my trusty Jack LaLanne JLPJB Power Juicer Juicing Machine sitting way back in the cupboard that I dusted off. The next day I went out and stocked up on veggies galore. We committed to 7 days and I even took to the ol’ social networks to announce to the world.

“I’ll be busy for the next 7 days drinking juice, in case your wondering what I’ll be doing. Party? No, sorry I can’t. I only drink juice now. Look at my abs.”

I was pumped.

And then I failed.

See, there’s this little thing called hunger.

I juiced my brains out on day 1. Tug swore like a trucker and he wanted a burger. But boy, we were going to be healthy. By 9pm, my stomach was having fits of hunger pangs and I was convincing myself it just wasn’t for me. So I ate toast. Which of course, caused me to feel guilty, but I felt better in my belly. Tug ate Miss Vickies chips.

Day two we started off with juice again. And then hunger kicked in.

“Fuck it,” I thought. “I’m just going to eat really healthy and juice as much as I can, and maybe one day when I get some discipline to work through these pangs, I’ll fast”.

So I ate egg whites and turkey bacon and a big glass of green juice and felt FANTASTIC.

So here’s the deal: Juice fasting apparently makes people feel amazing. Not me. Juicing does, with food on the side. I’m still consuming the nutrients, I’m just digesting things as opposed to giving my stomach a break I guess.

I’ve known people who have juice fasted and it’s turned their health problems around for them.

Get in mah bellah!

So I guess the willpower just isn’t there for me just yet. But I’m still drinking 4-5 cups of fresh juice a day, and I feel really good. (And eating small, low fat meals). Tug has been on board and committed to this too. In fact yesterday, he actually used the juicer.

Stuff To Juice

Here’s a list of stuff I’ve thrown in my juicer in the last few days. I don’t do recipes. I just pick what I think will go well together and throw them in. Some work, others taste like shit.  I always include a leafy green such as kale or dandelion greens.

  • Kale
  • Dandelion greens
  • Lemon
  • Green apples
  • Ginger
  • Spinach
  • Onion (use sparingly)
  • Garlic
  • Oranges
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Tomato
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Beets
  • Orange peppers
  • Red peppers
  • Yellow peppers

So really, I recommend juicing! Even juice fasting! But do what is right for you. In the mean time, pick up that movie, it’s a good one.

To a happy and healthy 2013!

Brooke

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