Once again, I fell off of the blogging bandwagon. But I’m back. For today anyway.
This semester has been a little bit crazy.
I’m taking a total of 11 credit hours: Process Analysis & Cost Management, Managing People in Organizations, Economics, Professional Integrity, and Negotiations in the Workplace. It’s been keeping me pretty busy. But that’s not really what’s been crazy.
As part of my Graduate Assistantship, I coordinate this Speaker Series. For the most part, I really enjoy it. It’s a great way to meet successful professionals in the community and also, I’m getting to do all of the marketing for the events – which I’ve discovered I LOVE. Things have been a little bit crazy with booking the speakers and getting the promotional materials out there but still, my GA isn’t really what’s been ‘crazy.’
I’m going to be going to China and South Korea in May as part of a Study Abroad trip. It’s a relatively short trip – 3 weeks – but I am SUPER excited. Because of this, I’ve been immersing myself in all things Korean. I’m interested in the China portion, too, of course, but because I have a number of Korean friends (both Korean-American and Korean) I have more of a personal interest in visiting & experiencing Korea. I’m actually hoping to meet up with a friend who studied in America but returned home, to Korea, while I’m there. I’ve been studying the language, reading about the country, and watching Korean Dramas (that’s a blog post in & of itself for another day). But again, that isn’t the ‘crazy’ part.
The crazy comes into play with this silly idea I had about a month ago. I watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netflix for probably the 3rd time. If you haven’t seen it, Joe Cross has an incredible & inspiring story. To sum up the basic premise of the documentary, Joe had a number of health issues and was also overweight. He’d been eating unhealthy, processed food for quite a few years and basically just felt it catching up with him. So, after talking to his doctor, he decided to do a juice fast. For 60 days. 60 days – nothing but fresh juice, herbal tea, and water. Insane, right? I definitely thought so the first time I watched the documentary. But still, it inspired a 5 day juice fast, which left me feeling rejuvenated. Now, when I watched the documentary again this time around, I thought… if 5 days made me feel that good, I wonder how I’d feel after 60 days. So I tweeted that I was thinking about doing this insane thing. And it all just kind of exploded from there.
That was at the end of January. I decided to start this craziness on January 31st, which seems a little strange, except that it means my last day will be March 31st. So I’m currently on day 26 of my juice fast and with just a couple of exceptions, I’ve felt truly amazing. There have been times when I’ve craved certain foods – or anything I can chew on, really – and times when the smell of something cooking made my stomach growl, but I’m being a 100% honest when I say I’ve never felt so clear, alive, and energetic in my life.
So why did I decide to start all of this craziness? I was already vegan so I was probably eating healthier than some people. But I was still eating a lot of fried and processed foods. I could have survived on fried potatoes and Daiya, if I’d let myself. And for a vegan, I wasn’t eating nearly as many fruits and vegetables as you might think. I figured a juice fast would kind of reset my body. And almost half-way through this fast, I know it’s made a huge difference already. While some processed foods still sound pretty good to me if I let myself start thinking about it, when I’m feeling truly hungry, the first thing that pops into my head is an apple now. Honestly. I think the thing I want most in the world these days is to bite into a fresh, crisp apple. And I wouldn’t have said that a month ago even if I was starving.
Well, that about sums up my world at the moment.
Until next time —