The Jew And The Carrot

New Year's Resolution Recipes

By Emma Rudolph

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I did the most stereotypical thing one can do after the New Year. I went on a juice cleanse. Three full days existing on nothing but sludgy, vitamin and mineral-laden juice. I’ve experienced a variety of feelings: cleansed (yes, seriously), hungry, exhausted, slightly delusional, energetic, sated and, did I mention hungry? My one constant was my ever-present desire to cook. You can pump me up with all the kale juice in the world but you can’t take away my inherent need to cook.

Why did I deliberately submit myself to 72 hours of pure juice torture?

The most obvious reason: the holidays. It’s safe to say I put back enough Nutella, red meat, wine, cookies, and other unmentionables to sustain me through the entirety of 2013. I needed a detox.

Reason two: I wanted to test my self discipline.

Reason three: call me crazy, but I thought juicing might lend itself to a sort of spiritual experience.

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