Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Master Cleanse, D-2

Thursday will be my last supper, and Friday is D-Day ... I start Master Cleanse then. It's really my last chance - Paddling Season starts March 12, and there's no way I can do a fast during the racing season.

The basics: you drink as much as you want to this mix, for ten days:
  • 10 oz water
  • 2 TB Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Drinking a laxative tea [whatever the frak that is] at night, and 32 oz water with 2t salt in the morning, is optional.

Gah, it sounds vile. I've never done a fast, so I'm curious what it'll be like. Giving up coffee will probably be the hardest part. I'm looking forward to the health benefits, and maybe even the spiritual benefits, and dreading the pain.

There's no particular reason for me to do this particular fast, except that a few friends have now recommended it. It seems as good as any - although I'm having serious problems with some of the ridiculous claims I read online about it. It's as if none of these people have an inkling of how the body works [one promoter claims being tired on the fast is a symptom of your body fighting off toxins - as opposed to the more obvious explanation that you'll be tired because you aren't getting enough calories].

There's all kinds of new-age nonsense tied in with it, but all that is balanced by one amazingly graphic article from the Guardian, The Enema Within.

So I'll have to ignore the new-age ramblings, buck up, and suffer for ten days - until I either find my abs or find god. I'll go with whichever comes first.

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