I started my annual (mostly annual) cleanse yesterday I had been procrastinating for the last month, as I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, and had not made the 20 minute trip to the local health food store to get the remaining items. As it turns out the local store I had in mind had closed its doors back in November. I then remembered another store almost right next door to my gym They, too, had closed their doors. Thus, I was forced to my Android Google Maps app, and found another store, apparently the last brick and mortar legit health food and herb store in my area (i.e., not a GNC or Vitamin Shoppe). Google Maps also apparently feels that CVS and Walgreens are health food stores.
Peachtree Health Foods, had the Parafree equivalent, ParaResponse, bulk psylliym husk fiber (though generic Metamucil will do in a pinch) which I was lacking. I still have a good stash of bentonite clay and Senna tea.
With the change from Parafree to ParaResponse, I made a couple of tweaks to my 2012 cleanse recipe. It is still broken into three 10 day phases, with the following tweaks in the Parafree capsules. I made these changes purely for economic reasons. The bottle at $24 had 90 pills. To make the 90 pills last 30 days.
First 10 days follow the recipe as before except:
- Days 1-5 Take one capsule each morning
- Days 6-10 Take two capsules each morning (15 capsules)
Second 10 days all the same except:
- Days 11-15 Take two capsules each morning and one each evening
- Days 16-20 Take two each morning and two each evening (35 capsules, 50 total)
Third 10 days: Maintain the same protocol two in the morning and two in the evening (40 capsules, 90 total)
Keep all other aspects of the protocol the same as described in my earlier post
Some modicum of prior planning could save you a lot of money, time and aggravation by shopping for and ordering your ingredients online.
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Stream of consciousness. . .
It is 2105, and I am back in the saddle again. Not yet literally. The amount of energy I had put into ramping up for Ironman was quite remarkable, in hindsight. Only in retrospect can I objectively see how much energy preparing for and executing that race required. Just a few days after the race, I was T-Boned in a car accident. And then my work (that thing I do to eat, pay the mortgage) got very crazy. Subsequently, my blogging, and social networking in general has really suffered. In the vein of New Year’s resolutions, I will be devoting more effort to my online activities. I have some blog ideas that have been back-burnered for some time.
It all works for good. I’ve been in the gym getting strong. I am the strongest I’ve been in my life. Though, my cardio endurance has certainly suffered, my physical resilience has multiplied.
Topical Preview for 2015
. . . Still in stream of consciousness mode. . .
Politically, I have grown more cynical and suspicious as I see the news media and national politicians directing our focus towards distracting events, and spinning even those with thinly-veiled and misleading (at best) narratives.
My spiritual focus has been more on the mundane, than the philosophical. I continue to prioritize practice over philosophy. Though, I have worked to put a definition on my practice. In the past, I’ve argued that this is a gratuitous endeavor. Nonetheless, I have found it instructive, especially in exposing certain emotional attachments I still have to my past practices, despite the fact it no longer serves.
Certain business challenges have brought me into contact with an entire class of people whom I thought I knew, but as it turns out, really didn’t. I knew intellectually, but didn’t really know in a tangible way, the extent to which education, or the lack thereof, acts effectively like a learning disability. The post-Great-Recession labor market environment has left some very large holes in the labor market for my very hands-on, mud and dirt business. In recruiting to fill these holes, I have been introduced in a new way to an entire segment of our society (a significant segment), that I had not fully understood.
In fact, in this post-Great-Recession environment, I have come to a whole new understanding of the future economic prospects, investing, effects of currency manipulations, business direction. I have always argued that our consumer/debt based economy had a certain cannibalistic tinge to it, and that wealth and prosperity required actual production. I feel that it may be more sinister than that.
At any rate, it’s good to be back. Talk to you soon.