I find that on the fifth day of The Cleanse, things get a bit easier. Mostly in that we physically aren't craving sugar after being off of it for four days. Mentally, we can start to get a bit antsy, but if you think about it a bit more, you should be feeling pretty good physically by day five. The Cleanse should be flushing things through your system so the carbohydrate bloat should be gone and you should just be feeling healthier in general. Focus on this, not on that piece of chocolate you may be craving.
I find that my workouts don't suffer at all. Personally, I think a lot of us are over dependant on calories in short training sessions. It kind of cracks me up to see someone at the pool (on the rare occasion I get there) that's in the water for 45 minutes to an hour and has a full bottle of perpeteum. Right now (meaning January), most of the training is less than 90 minutes at a shot, except for the occasional longer ride. If you go less than 90 minutes, water is sufficient.
A few people have mentioned to me that they like reading about different things that I've been preparing for dinner while on The Cleanse because it gives them some ideas. They also wanted to know if I'd list some lunch ideas. I typically have the same lunch Mon through Fri which is a soy milk protein smoothie with whey protein, ice, frozen strawberries, and flax seed powder. Lisa has the same lunch each day as well - a salad with chicken. However, this weekend, I plan on cooking up some brown rice and beans. It's a great recipe, healthy and easy. Yes, beans contain some protein, but they are easy on the metabolic process compared to meat.
See you on Day 6.