I recently tried a one week cleanse and on the third day I started to pass out, thought my glycogen stores were depleted, that my brain was feeding off of vital tissue and dying, so I called 911. I probably overreacted a little, but, you just watch(!), someday my paranoia will prove to be useful.
Anyway, a few days after that I played tennis with some of the vegans from the Sac vegan group, one of whom is a raw foodist (I have recently been attempting (and failing at) raw foodism) and asked him about his cleansing practices (?). When I mentioned losing consciousness, he nonchalantly replied, "Oh, yeah, I pass out all the time when I fast. I go with it, let myself pass out, and wake up later." I find that to be a little unsettling... and I'm sure there is a way to "cleanse yourself" without shorting your brain on glucose.
So, my questions.
Do you fast or cleanse (regularly, for religious purposes, randomly, even for blood tests, at any time/for any reason)?
What do you consume when you cleanse (some people only consume liquids, etc.)?
Have you completed any sort of cleanse that did not compromise your consciousness?
Do you think that there are benefits to cleansing/fasting?
Do you notice any changes in your thinking (do you find that you are more clearheaded, etc.) when you fast/cleanse?
When I started raw foodism, I didn't really see any point in cleansing, but most foods make me feel sick, so when someone suggested I try a cleanse... I went for it. I doubt I will try a strict fast again, but I'd like to know if anyone has a safer cleanse that has worked well for them because constantly feeling nauseated isn't much fun either.