The pubs down the street flutter with Guinness ads like flags at a used car dealership. A teacher in a big green hat collects her students in a tight bunch on the subway. Shamrocks are so abundant they seem like the national flower.
Ahhhh, St. Patrick, the most common patron saint of Ireland (and getting wasted), he allegedly taught Christian doctrine by using a shamrock to symbolize the Holy Trinity. To honor him, 1600 years after his death, the normal restrictions of Lent are lifted - and indulgence allowed for a day.
Tonight our street will be filled with students from the nearby university stumbling around with red eyes and green tongues. Because I'm cleansing in March, this is my first dry St. Paddy's in a while. Not that I've been into the green beer tradition since my twenties ... but it's funny green wine has never occurred to me before. Sounds like a great idea.
I'm over halfway done my cleanse and for the first time I've succumbed to some sweetish treats - dark chocolate and fruit twists. I'm getting better at normalizing my energy levels during cleanses - they really don't affect me that much, nor will they you once you're in the swing of things. But if you're just starting out, you might find yourself needing a little extra carbs, especially a few weeks in. Enjoy yourself, but be reasonable. Try some healthy snacks before you order in deep-fried cheesecake with pizza on the side.
70% dark chocolate, full of anti-oxidants and energy, is an excellent choice for cleansing. Plus you get the extra boost of caffeine. But don't overdo it - at about 300 calories for 60 grams, this ain't celery. No use getting discouraged during a cleanse by packing on pounds - in fact, it's probably more likely that you'll lose a few.
The fruit twists I bought are President's Choice but Del Monte makes them, too, in bite-size pieces. There's no sugar, just fruit juice, and they've got a nice chewy texture like licorice or Swedish berries that's very rewarding. And each twist has a full serving of fruit.
Only 11 days to go ... :)