I just finished the 10 Day Master Cleanse aka the Lemonade Diet! WOOHOO! I actually did it! For those of you who have heard about it or have done the Master Cleanse, you know that it is not easy. It takes a lot of dedication, preparation and mental will power. For those of you who have never heard about it, it’s a pretty intense diet that consists of lemonade, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, detox laxative teas at night and a salt water flush right when you wake up. For 10 Days, you do not eat or drink anything else. You can find more detailed info on The Master Cleanse website.
WHY DID I DO IT?
I have done a few days of other juice detox diets but this was my first Master Cleanse and the longest at 10 days. I had always wanted to try to do this but I was always hesitant because I knew it was super difficult and I didn’t want to be doing it while I was traveling. The last few months I was traveling a lot, eating and drinking too much and feeling low in energy. I need to do something intense to shake things up for me. I also wanted to test myself. I’m a huge foodie so I knew this would be extra difficult for me but I wanted to challenge my will power. I knew I had to change my mindset and discipline myself if I wanted to complete this detox. So I finally said, fuck it! Let’s give this a go!
There is a recommended EASE IN period but I didn’t do this. Most websites recommend that you do this and the EASE OUT right after you finish the full 10 days. I just jumped right into the detox after eating some super delicious Greek food the night before. Probably not the best idea because I had ridiculous food cravings the first few days.
I started Day 1 with a salt water flush. It wasn’t too bad. I know others hate this part but they key for me was to chug it really fast in 1-2 minutes. It doesn’t taste good when you stop or sit it slowly. Just chug it down like you would a cold beer… except this is warm salty water.
Jumped right into the detox without the Ease In period. I really like the lemonade mix. I love the cayenne pepper kick to it but I love spicy food and drinks. I can see how this would be very harsh for someone who can’t handle spice. I prepped the lemonade mix the night before and put it into several water bottle so that I could easily take it with me to work and when I was out and about.
Today was difficult but totally manageable. Out of habit, I reached for something to eat a few times and I had to remind myself that I was on the detox diet. Whenever I was hungry, I just drank more of the lemonade mix. I kept telling myself that I didn’t want to be THAT person who caved in and quit on my first day. That mentally helped me push forward to complete my day.
I decided that every morning for the entire detox, I was going to say only positive intentions and affirmations that I was going to complete the cleanse and not quitting. Today wasn’t too bad either as long as I didn’t stay around food and the smell of food for too long. I got really hungry around lunch and again around dinner time.
Woke up early in the morning and did a Kundalini Yoga class and Spin class right after. I have a lot of energy. It was really difficult when I went out with friends to lunch and was smelling all the delicious food. Luckily I got through it and didn’t eat. Every time I felt hungry, I just drank my lemonade.
I allowed myself to smell food. At first I fought it because I thought it would make things worse. It actually helped! I would inhale deeply and savor the food through my sense of smell.
I have a lot of clarity and so much energy. It’s been like clockwork. I wake up naturally early in the morning, quickly chugged the salt water flush, use the restroom, workout. Then I would go about my day for work. I drank less juice and felt less hungry.
I did notice that my teeth were getting sensitive when I brushed my teeth and I read that it’s because of the acidity of the lemon juice. I started drinking a lot of water or rinsing my mouth and teeth after I drank my detox juice. I was also getting very cold easily.
It was really on Day 5, the halfway point, that things got so much easier. I knew that if I could do 5 days, I could do 5 more. I wasn’t going to quit now.
I had a lot of friends who were visiting town and I still went out to meet them and didn’t eat or drink. I think it was weirder for my friends to see me not eat or drink because I’m the big foodie in the group. This is when I saw the most weight dropped. I could see and feel a difference in my body and my skin glows. I used to get small pimples here and there and my face is so much clearer and smooth.
TIPS & ADVICE TO STAY ON TRACK:
Here are some of the tips and tricks that I used to help me get through the 10 days.
- PREPARATION IS KEY! Be prepared with your juice; make it night before and carry it with you always. If you don’t have the lemonade mix readily available, that’s when it gets difficult. I always had the mix and water with me EVERYWHERE I went, especially when I was meeting friends up to eat.
- HYDRATE! Drink lots of water. All day… Everyday.
- SMELL FOOD – Smelling food made me kind of “full”. So I would inhale and smell the food and it helped with the cravings.
- MAKE A FOOD LIST – Every time I had a craving, I wrote it down. I made a list of all the food I wanted to eat and restaurants that I wanted to go to after the cleanse.
- EYES ON THE PRIZE – Think long term. This is just a blip in the story of your life and health. I kept telling myself that this would be over before I know it. And it was!
I lost 10lbs and my skin looks so great! I have a lot of energy and I’m in a happier state of mind. Through this detox, I have been able to meditate better each morning. This was been a great reset and starting point to watching what I eat more consciously. I didn’t do the complete Ease Out period. I drank OJ and made the veggie soup the first 2 days. The 3rd day I was eating salads and fruits.
Has anyone else done the Master Cleanse? Let me know how it was for you!
* I am not a trained nutritionist. Please do your own research before attempting this diet. It’s not for everyone especially those who have pre-existing medical conditions and/or pregnant or nursing.
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