Today is the last day of my 10-day fruit and vegetable detox. (Those of you who follow me on Twitter have listened to my intermittent whining.) I'm already a whole foods nut, so it's not like I had to purge my body of fast food or Twinkies. But it's amazing how much starch and sugar you're eating without really noticing.
Here's the amazing thing: During the past ten days, I have not felt drowsy/fuzzy-headed/lethargic in the afternoons like I often do. I already knew that sugar can do that to you (and your body thinks white flour is the same as sugar, so it has the same effect), so it's not like I was shocked.
But wow! The productivity! I've been working on revisions, and as I sat down on Monday to begin this week's work, I was prepared for a lot of hair-pulling and teeth-grinding. Guess what! It didn't happen. I have been literally breezing through the revisions this week.
I'm not saying that everything I do is suddenly drop-dead astounding. It's certainly not flawless. But my ability to think clearly and make quick decisions is unparalleled. I could definitely live like this and be happy.
Nevertheless, I am absolutely eating a burger tomorrow. Yes, I am. I haven't missed the starch and sugar. I haven't even missed my evening glass of wine. But oh, baby, I have missed my grassfed beef!
There's something to be said about purging things, whether it's food or entertainment or simply the "extras" that tend to clutter our lives and minds without our realizing it. When we take them away for a while, we realize what their negative impact has been. Then it's up to us to decide what stays and what goes.
As writers, we find a plethora of things online to keep us informed and amused and challenged and busy. There's a lot of good out there, and there's a lot of bad out there. Obviously the bad needs to go, but there's often a lot of good that needs to go, too, because WE NEED TIME TO WRITE!
I'll be pondering what needs to stay and what needs to go in my diet, and I'll also be pondering what needs to stay and what needs to go in my online life. I love the productive, alert writer I've been for the last 10 days, and I don't want to lose this.
What will you purge from your life in order to increase your writerly productivity? Share your ideas! We are one heck of a thinktank here.
And think of me tomorrow, smiling through bites of burger. It's the small things, yes?