After Sandy and before Tday, I was in dire need of a getaway. So, getaway I did -- grabbing my passport and heading to Mexico's Playa del Carmen. My game plan? Total R&R, including daily swims, lots of fresh fruit, reading, naps, workouts, massages, and absolutely, positively no alcohol.
You're in shock, I'm sure. But, if you recall, I've gone dry before. Besides, this was just a short south-of-the-border jaunt. Not that the tequila selection at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba Resort wasn't impressive, but I was able to resist. I had other temptations to please my palate and quench my thirst.
The temptation that helped me stick to my detox regimen? Glass after glass of Jugo Verde. Pictured above, I surrendered to this magical elixir as my morning, noon and nighttime salvation. The resort actually offered two versions of this heavenly sweet-tart concoction -- one a combination of chaya, cucumber and honey, and the other an addictive mix of chaya, pineapple, orange, celery and cucumber.
I understand that it's hard to find chaya in the States, but I think spinach might make for a suitable substitute. Now, all I need is for Santa to bring me a juice extractor. Or, better yet, St. Nick should just bring me a plane ticket back to Mexico and book me a room near the juicer at Mayakoba.
Either way, I'm off the wagon and wondering how Jugo Verde might taste with a splash of tequila. We'll see if holiday retox wishes come true!