A New Day: Detox
I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach after outing myself in my post last night about the troubles I've had with PPD. I quickly got over it though once I poured myself my third cup of coffee. At the moment, that liquid gold took all my worries away. It gave me a nice jolt to start my day, calmed my nerves, and filled my stomach. But what did it do it my mind? It made it go crazy. By the time 10 o'clock in the morning rolls around I'm thinking a million thoughts a minute and spouting off about 50k words a second. Sensory overload for anyone within ear shot.
So it occurred to me today, since I haven' been listening to my husband over the past few weeks, that perhaps I am drinking too much of that perky juice. Maybe I need to tone it down. Would that help ease my PPD? Well it might. But I can't just tone it down from three cups to one. Because if I have one I will have three. It has to be eliminated. And that doesn't mean that I will just let my trusty friend Cuisinsart sit on my countertop cold and asleep. No, I have to unplug and lug it to the pantry. I can't stand to see it's lifeless stainless steel body sit there begging to be turned on.
Then it got me thinking, what else am I relying on for comfort that I can let go of? Well clearly my first thought was wine. But there's no way I am going to give that up. That is the only adult thing I get to do after baby-wrangling all day. I love to sit down in my leather recliner, computer on the arm rest, tv turned into something trashy (a good dose of the womanizing Juan Pablo was a favorite), and a big ol' glass of red. I pushed that horrid thought right out of my head. I could never, would never, should never give up my fruity dessert.
Well, about 30 seconds later I plugged the bottle, sucked the air out and laid it to rest in the pantry next to my morning vice. I said my goodbyes and shut the door. My kitchen counters are now bare.
I made a vow to myself, I will give up both vices for 7 days. After 7 days I will evaluate how I am feeling. All jokes aside, perhaps eliminating all the caffeine and alcohol will ease my PPD. I have been told that when you eliminate things out of your diet, not to do it all at once. It's not realistic and within a day, if not by the end of the first day, you'll be adding it all back in. So this is my first go-around. Next will be refined sugar. But I'll wait until I get back from West Palm Beach to tackle that one.
You may be wondering what I will have in place of my three cups o' joe and my fish bowl size of wine: tea. I have already made my first pot of tea, and I'll be going back for more. I need to detox this body, and green tea is a start.
On a side note, it's good to be back in the bloggersphere! I have missed it, and have really appreciated all the support I have received through comments and e-mails!