Whether it's residual Boulder hippiness, or some sort of ill-defined spiritual quest, I'm trying something new for a few days: a "liquid fast." I'm consuming nothing but a strange blend of lemon juice, syrup, cayenne pepper and water, eight-to-twelve times a day.
I've been thinking I should come up with some awesome fake reason for this -- that I'm purifying my mind in advance of hockey season, or that I'm not eating until Lubomir Vaic is back in the NHL, but the mundane reality is that I've been feeling lousy lately, have been eating crap ("nachos" is not a food group, no matter how much I love Monterey Jack cheese. Neither is "beer."), and could stand to lose a little weight.
So, this is a test run -- three or four days. Nothing but the above-mentioned brew (and water). Chew on that for a second -- no booze. I usually measure my time without drinking in hours, not days, so that's a chore. Even more worrying -- no caffeine. My need for coffee makes my alcohol habits look responsible.
A few things I've learned so far: the stuff tastes weird as hell. Not bad, actually. But strange. It also doesn't cure the hangover I earned at a friend's birthday party last night. And I also realize that by the end of this, I'll be equating this brief fast with Bobby Sands' hunger strike.
In preparation for this, I went looking for this guidebook I'd heard about, before realizing that the info was available online (score!). And looking at all the "natural health" books at Borders, I was struck by how unfun they are. Really, I think the market is crying out for books that tout a fun path to health. What do you people think -- will the PPA health series, with titles like "Casual Sex: Your Path to Spiritual Happiness" and "Drink Yourself Thin," sell?