Thursday, March 3, 2016

When My Body Cleanse Responded To Junk Food


Everyone cheats on their cleanse and I had to cheat in the most dramatic way.

During the end January this year, I decided to take go through a detox and a cleanse. Due to the holidays, I found myself eating junk food and drinking nothing but gin & tonics. I was in a good creative space and I couldn't help but to get going. That's the one thing about being an artist. You sacrifice something in order to let the creativity flow.

In my case, it was my food intake.

I went through he cleanse for three weeks straight and it was quite the process. I drank nothing but cucumber lemon water along with bottled coconut water. I ate lots of fruit and vegetables. I bought meat from the healthiest side of New York City. Matter of fact, every meal I had was balanced. There was no junk food in my system for weeks.

That all changed one evening.

I was meeting with my colleagues in Tribeca to discuss this play we were writing for my college's theater program. I slept most of the morning and afternoon. By the time evening came, I was very hungry. I left my apartment without grabbing a snack and took the train downtown. There was no time to waste. I had to make it to the meeting on time.

I made the decision to cheat on my cleanse by getting a $1 pizza from Two Bros on West 4th St. When it comes to $1 pizzas in the Big Apple, I always count on Two Bros to give me a large slice. And they did. I arrived there and they gave me the largest slice on the rack.

The minute I ate that slice my body wanted to kill me. My body didn't have junk food in it's body for quite a while. So it was in a state of shock when that slice of cheese pizza entered my system. It began to churn like a wheel. It was screaming like a little girl, metaphorically speaking. I found myself in the middle of the village grabbing my stomach like I was about to throw up or have a meltdown.

A woman walked over to me asking me if I was alright, for I grabbed onto a light pole and was staring down at the concrete. I explained to her that I was cleansing and I just had a slice of pizza. She instantly understood what I meant.

"Just walk it out," she said. "I'm a detox girl myself. Believe me, I know what you're going through. Just walk it out."

You can always count on a health nut to be somewhere in the city. So that's what I did. I walked it out while drinking coconut water in between. My body cleanses sure has interesting ways in responding to unhealthy things.

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