I grabbed that bottle of vino bianco I didn't open my last night of drinking (was it really a month ago?!!) and put it in the fridge to chill yesterday. Looking forward to popping it with brunch. I LOVE the idea of starting and ending a cleanse on a Sunday btw. This is the first time I've done it, but it feels perfect. Somehow, it seems as if you don't have as many full weekends to endure without drinking. ;) I think Sunday may be the stop/start for many cleanses to come.
Anyway, on Friday, I went out for my last mandatory wine-less lunch for the next five months! Though, honestly, lunch with Alisha is often wine-less because she doesn't drink. Which is amazing because I think I've mentioned that I've had friends in the past I couldn't even converse with if we weren't permanently scarring our livers together.
I meant to tell you, she got me the most incredible birthday gift this year and it made my cleanse so much easier and more enjoyable.
I've been a huge fan of David's Tea for years. I usually have their Organic Detox on hand during a cleanse, but this time I didn't need it. Because A. got me this incredible gift set from David's called Sweet Indulgence.
Chocolate Rocket, Mango Madness and Vanilla Orchid. I loved them all! Even found some new favorites. There was a great selection of types of tea, too - black, white and everything in between, including more exotic varieties like pu'erh and oolong. What's more, all teas are packed with anti-oxidants and phytochemicals, so they're actually good for you.
The tag-line for this delectable set is 'Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth' and they definitely got that right. Most of the teas were calorie-free, with one or two coming in at a whopping 10 calories. Yet, even without honey (they didn't need it!), they were SO delicious. Like dessert in a cup.
It was actually fun deciding which one I wanted to brew next. I had at least two cups a day, sometimes more. And there were so many flavors I couldn't get sick of them if I tried. I totally recommend this set if you're cleansing. Or even if you're just trying to shed a pound or two so that your skinny jeans don't threaten your reproductive future. Because this is a whole lot of yummy for zero payback in the fat/carb/calorie department.
Now I know I might seem a bit gushy for nothing more than tea, but finding healthy delicious substitutes for alcohol on a cleanse is a huge help. So thanks, A!! :)
(This is a Canadian company btw, but they ship to the U.S. And if you're elsewhere in the world, contact them @ David's Tea.com. Maybe you can 'sweet' talk your way into an order!)
btw I got so much work done on my witch novel this cleanse! I even started working on the sequel. Somehow I also found the (sober) courage to reach out to my old agent about it. For a million reasons, it just felt like the right thing to do. When we were together - twelve years ago - I hadn't started cleansing yet. In fact, I was at my very worst. Meaning I was drunk every single time we got together. Not falling down drunk (I saved that for when I got home). But I had definitely left 0.08 BAC way behind. Here's hoping we have a sober - or at least, less drunk ;) - future together ... I'll keep you posted.
Thanks for following the cleanse! I hope you're doing well! Stay tuned because with a little tweaking - including adding this info about the Sweet Sensations tea collection - the cleanse e-book is almost ready too! :)
So as I said, CUE THE ANGELS!!
(Here are some real-life angels singing 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.' I know it may be tad early for carols, but I'm feeling in the holiday spirit today!! Obvi!)