Religion & Beliefs

Blogging the Cleanse #5: The Routinization of Fasting

Okay, so to get to the important stuff first: no, I didn't get a colonic. I did actually try to schedule one, because my nutritionist-facilitator did, and I thought, well, misery loves company. But the practitioner was all booked up. … Read More

By / April 27, 2007

Okay, so to get to the important stuff first: no, I didn't get a colonic. I did actually try to schedule one, because my nutritionist-facilitator did, and I thought, well, misery loves company. But the practitioner was all booked up. So then I called someone she recommended, and received a long informational talk about how, really, I should wait until I'm back on some vegetables, because you need to dislodge the toxins, and sometimes during a fast the toxins don't go anywhere, and so they wouldn't be expelled, and so… on. I tentatively set one for next week, but we'll see if I go.

With the bloom of the rose of the cleanse, I've really just settled into it being my normal routine. Energy is great, and while I'm not as exuberant as yesterday, I've gone about my regular life with really no significant alterations.

Today was irritating, though, because the group of people I'm doing the cleanse with all bailed on a group outing we were going to do up at my house in the woods upstate. Everyone was all gung-ho and "let's support each other" and "I'm so glad we're doing this as a community" back a couple of weeks ago, but today, within an hour, all four of them ditched. So much for community! This is why, despite teaching meditation and Kabbalah, I really have no patience for so much of the "spiritual" world. This really is typical of the narcissism and self-absorption that characterizes so much of the New Age. What's funny is that, for me, the cleanse has largely been about commitment — exactly the sort of commitment that my co-cleansers broke. It's been really gratifying, to stick to my plan, to see what happens, to do the hard work and get the results. Whereas my friends seem to be living the "if it feels good, do it" cliche.

As it happens, I wrote an article about why spiritual people are so often flakes, almost exactly a year ago. To me, the flakiness and self-centeredness goes hand in hand with the woo-woo; it's all about amusement, surface, magic. Oh well.

So, tomorrow's the last day of lemonade. It feels about right. I've dropped a lot of weight, and the novelty has worn off. I feel healthy, and even a little cleaner on the inside. The only thing I'm worried about is gaining back the weight, and the flab, now that barbecue season is coming. Then again I've still got a week of kale left to go…