Sunday, May 24, 2009

Detox For A Day

New Yorkers earn their reputation for being fast-paced. Perhaps this is why I feel so at home here. I'm not the only one walking at such a fast clip on the street. Time is of the essence, and if you're going somewhere, you might as well get there as quickly as possible. At least that's always my way of thinking. But there are times when our need to always go go go can be too much. I listen to my clients talk about how busy they are at work and how they're too tired by the time they get home to even throw some frozen vegetables in a pan and cook them. Everyone's working 70, 80, 90 hours a week, and everyone's exhausted. When they're not working, they're doing the laundry, going grocery shopping, taking care of everyone else, basically doing everything but relaxing.

This is how my days off go also. Buy groceries, go to the gym, do the laundry (Okay that's a lie, my boyfriend does that for me now, for which I cannot thank him enough), try to cook my lunches for the rest of the week, pay the bills, clean the bathroom (my chore since I don't do laundry). There's no end in sight. There's always something else that needs to be done, and there's never enough time to just breathe. Sometimes all I can think about is how much I want to lie on my bed, listen to music, and stare at the wall. Nothing else. Just zone out and forget about all the thoughts running around in my head.

So today, I decided to detox. My boyfriend is gone for the weekend, so I took a day for myself and tuned out the static. I went vegan for the day in the hope that my digestive system would chill out a bit (that rib pain's been acting up). I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge with an old friend, sat in the park and talked to another friend, and in between, breathed deeply and enjoyed my day off. Made a frothy blueberry smoothie for breakfast, and had a tasty lunch of brown rice with sauteed green peppers and mushrooms, red kidney beans, cherry tomatoes, and avocado. I didn't stress about food or overeat at all, and I savored my meals while watching people walk by outside. Oh yeah, and I didn't turn the TV on once all day. Perhaps the biggest cause of static in my brain, I ignored the big box staring at me and remembered how nice it is not to have constant noise in the background.

Right now I'm waiting for my sweet potato to finish baking (if you let it bake until it starts to ooze and almost caramelize, it tastes practically like a dessert), and then I'm going to roast some veggies in garlic and olive oil for dinner. Maybe I'll read my book after.

It's been a good day off.

Blueberry Smoothie
2 fruits, 1/2 fat, 1 vegetable

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 small banana or 1/2 of a medium banana

Blend everything together until smooth and enjoy. You can experiment with adding more or less spinach. I've found that even 2 cups will still taste great in a smoothie. And you get the added benefit of feeling proud of yourself for eating so healthy!

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