You may be wondering why I’m choking down green slime. I’m doing a seven-day cleanse; that’s why. To be honest, I have no idea if these things work. I know there’s a lot of doubt about whether herbs and fiber can actually do anything to clear out your liver, kidneys, lymph system, and a bunch of other (grosser) stuff. But even if it’s just a placebo effect that leaves you feeling lighter and more energetic afterward, I’ll take it. I will henceforth refer to this cleanse as Super Colon Blow II.
So why am I doing Super Color Blow II? Well, I’ve found myself extremely busy recently. With grad school, running, three blogs, and all the other things I like to do, I just don’t have enough time. (You should see how gross my car is, I haven’t cleaned it out in so long.) So I got the idea that I need to start sleeping less. I think I average seven and a half or eight hours now. And I really don’t think I need that much, especially with my diet and the amount of exercise I get.
So I need to have more energy if I’m going to train myself to sleep less. Since digestion consumes a buttload of energy, I am trying to clean up my diet even more. (This is partly where 1000 Vegan Recipes comes in.) So I picked up some Amazing Grass Green Superfood and I’ve been drinking that daily, and now I’m officially starting everything with this cleanse (Super Colon Blow II). With the cleanse comes a cleanse diet, which for me just means lots of fruits and vegetables and raw foods; in particular, alkalizing ones like greens, limes, lemons, avocado, and almonds. And not drinking any coffee or (much) alcohol.
Having given up coffee in the past for as long as a month, I don’t see that happening long-term. I never feel like I need it and I’m fine when I don’t have it, but I just enjoy it too much to say I’m giving it up for good. And I’ll make no attempt to stop drinking beer; doing that after trail runs is just too much fun. (And I’m going to brew a new batch of beer soon, what fun would it be if I couldn’t drink it?)
So that’s the plan, Sam. We’ll see how it goes. On a related note, I got my copy of Stu Mittleman‘s book Slow Burn yesterday. So far it’s a lot of daisy-picking fluff, but I’m hoping that once I get out of the “Think” section and into the “Train” and “Eat” sections, it will be more inspiring and informative.
That’s it for now. Off to pop some more cleanse pills, watch Monday Night Football, and limit myself to seven hours of sleep! Super Colon Blow II, MNF, and self-imposed sleep restrictions — typical guy night, huh?