Thursday, June 08, 2006

10 Day Master Cleanse Completed

I have now been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu every week for just over 11 months and I can only see myself getting better. I have learned what my limits are at this point and know that I can improve dramatically mentally and physically as I continue training. I have just finished a major mental and physical challenge I laid out for myself about two weeks ago; The Master Cleanse.

Basically the Master Cleanse is a 10 day fast that "new age hippies" engage in to empty out and clean their colon as well as detoxify their system. I am in no way new age or hippie, so I will share my 29 year old, beer drinking, Nintendo playing, UFC watching, normal guy opinion of the hell I just put myself through.

Firstly I must say that this cleanse is not for everyone. It is hard to eat no food for 10 days straight; no chewing, no biting, and no flavour other than lemon juice, cayenne, and pure maple syrup. The only exercise my jaw got was from talking.

The main challenge for someone who trains is the lack of nutrition that our healthy conditioned bodies need. I missed the last two classes because of lack of fuel; which sucks for someone who loves training. If you enjoy training consistently, do not do this cleanse because you will have to miss a couple of classes to complete it.

During the cleanse, I had strong days and weak days. Because I cook dinner for my wife and son, this time was the most challenging because I make tasty stuff. Other than that, my discipline was strong. I found that my mind wanted to stay active but my body would not go. In the end, even my mind got tired and my memory was not working at normal levels.

I lost a few pounds of fat and a some by emptying my colon. I used to hover between 168lbs and 171lbs depending on the day. I now weigh in at 162lbs after the cleanse. I plan on doing some strategic re-building of my weight by concentrating on muscle building using protein shakes, and more anaerobic exercise. I think just eating alone will put more air in the balloon anyway.

In hind sight, I probably should not have done this Master Cleanse, but it is now done and over with. I can now get back to the business of training and getting better. Will I do the cleanse again? I do not know. It depends on how much someone is willing to bet me I guess...


P.S. for more info on the Master Cleanse, check out this site: