I wanted to share my experience on the Master Cleanse program in the hopes it can help others who want to try it, but are curious to see how it really is on a day by day basis. I am using the Master Cleanse Secrets ebook as my guide, so will be following the methods outlined in the book.
So, if you want to try the master cleanse and want a day by day account of what it’s like, you are welcome to follow along in my Master Cleanse Journal. I will do my best to give an accurate account of my experience along with the tips I’ve used to make it easier.
Why I started the Master Cleanse Program
I decided to start the Master Cleanse for 3 reasons:
1. Lose Weight
I have about 15 extra pounds that I’ve been carrying around for about the last 6 months. Normally I indulge over the holidays, then am able to eat more sensibly before spring comes, but for some reason this year was different. I’ve been trying off & on to get back to good eating habits for the last few months, but I have not been successful. So I decided it was time to take some serious action & do this once and for all.
2. To Break my Sugar Addiction
Sweets are my downfall. I have battled with them all my life. I’m not the type of person who can have one piece of candy and be satisfied. As embarrassing as it is, I will normally eat the whole bag. For some reason when it comes to sweets I am just powerless. If I don’t get control of my sugar cravings, I’ll never be able to keep to a healthy eating plan or get control of my weight.
3. To Cleanse my system
I’ve been eating way too many processed foods these last six months. I can feel it in my body; I just don’t have the energy I did back when I was eating clean. I feel tired & a little sluggish. I am ready for a fresh start.
I have done a juice cleanse before. It did work – I think I lose about 8 pounds in 7 days which was great. And I kept it off for a little while. But in the end, my desire for candy won out. I was on a family vacation & they had a special chocolate shop that my mom wanted to take all the grand kids too. I didn’t want to be left out, so I joined them. I told myself it would be fine – as long as it was just this one time. All during the trip I had been eating healthy, lots of fruits, good proteins and salads. I even brought my juicer and was feeling great.
You can guess what happened. I enjoyed the candy – but once I got back from vacation, I still had those cravings & I gave into them. Right back to my old ways, I was so mad at myself for giving in to temptation & family pressure. Although they mean well – the folks that tell you just one won’t hurt – have NO IDEA what it’s like for someone that struggles with controlling the sugar urge. It really is like a drug addiction.
So those are my reasons – I am super motivated, since I just can’t bear one more day in this chubby body. I remember exactly what it felt like to be thinner. It’s sooo much better, especially getting ready in the morning since everything fits! I leave the house with so much more confidence & it really does carry forward into all areas of your life.
Preparing for the Master Cleanse
Gathering your Supplies
I went out last night & got everything I needed at Whole Foods:
- 2 bags of organic lemons
- A few different varieties of tea & the protein source that was suggested in the Master Cleanse Secrets Guide
- A few of the safe foods that are also recommended in the guide – better to be prepared, just in case.
- Organic Grade B Syrup
- Organic Cayenne Pepper Capsules. I have the spice at home but wanted to have a backup in case adding it to the drink was too spicy for me.
Easing in to the Master Cleanse
I ate lightly the day before starting the Master Cleanse so it wouldn’t be too much of a shock to my system. I had some yogurt for breakfast, an orange for lunch and then a blueberry banana smoothie for dinner. I was a little hungry, but it was a busy day which made it easier. Today was Sunday, and I always have a lot to do trying to squeeze the most out of my free time on the weekend.
The Master Cleanse Secrets guide has a really great ease in method if this is your first time doing any type of cleanse or fast. I highly recommend it since it’s a great way to transition your body from normal every day eating to a much lighter caloric intake. It also helps reduce the side effects in the first few days when they are normally the worst.
Keeping a Master Cleanse Journal
It is a good idea to get a new journal before you start the Master Cleanse. You will of course want to keep track of your starting weight & measurements, so can measure your own results. But it’s important to also write down how you felt at different times of the day, so you know when you had the most energy and when you start to get tired. It’s also good to note the side effects you encountered, how long they lasted and what you did to combat them. All of this information will be helpful for you should you decide to go back on the cleanse at a later date.
Knowing what is coming helps tremendously when you are doing a cleanse. Especially when you see that the side effects don’t last forever, normally just a few hours depending where you are in the process. For example, I always get a headache the first few days when I start a cleanse. This is primarily due to caffeine withdrawal, since I drink several cups a day. But I know this type of headache normally comes at night & is gone by morning. That helps me get through the tough points since I know exactly when things will get better.
Tonight I spent some time organizing all my supplies. I set out the big pitcher to make the lemonade in and my tall plastic glasses so I would always have plenty to drink near me. I remember being a little shaky in the mornings before I had my first “meal/drink” of the day, so it pays to do everything you can ahead of time to be prepared.
I don’t have too many activities planned this week which is a good thing. It will let me focus on just getting through the program, and I should have time for the occasional nap when I need one.
Now I am ready to start. I will document my progress in my Master Cleanse Journal and post as I go with a progress report.