So I've received a few emails, twitters, and comments asking me if I was going to share about my cleanse that I've done over the last 2 weeks. I originally wasn't going to do so, because I felt self-conscious about it. Alot of people don't understand the whole cleansing thing and think it is unhealthy- but I have to say that I disagree, especially after completing the cleanse. I also don't want to promote it heavily because it might not be right for everyone- it's really hard to do and people see different results with it, so just keep that in mind.
The Master Cleanse is a detox/cleanse that was formulated by a dude named Stanley Burroughs in the 1940's (I think.) It's been used by many people to cleanse the contents of their digestive tract- eliminating backup and buildup from years of eating processed foods, meats, and dairy. I can't really speak to its ‘detoxing' effects- I don't know if it removed toxins from my body but it sure did remove a heck of a lot of waste. It's cleansing effects have also helped people fight and cure their addictions to caffeine, cigarettes, etc. It makes you want to be clean, inside and out!
Basically what you do on the MC is drink this lemonade cocktail made from fresh squeezed lemon juice, Grade B Maple Syrup, water, and cayenne pepper. Let me tell you, the first tastes are NOT pleasant. But over time you grow used to it. You're supposed to drink a certain amount of it each day, and not drink or eat anything else besides water. In addition to the lemonade, you're to drink an herbal laxative tea at night, and complete a ‘salt water flush' every morning. The laxative stirs everything up in your digestive tract and the salt water pushes that gunk out. I can tell you that even after 10 days since I had eaten solid food, I still had waste and buildup coming out! (TMI, I know- but just to give you an idea of how much yuckiness can build up in your system over 25 years!)
I will say that the first 3 days are the hardest- I suffered from caffeine withdrawals and terrible headaches. But I did enough research before I started to know that it was just part of the ‘process.' Not eating was hard, especially when my family was eating juicy hamburgers while I drank my crazy cocktail- but after day 5 I felt great! No real issues with being around people who were eating food and I definitely started enjoying the taste of the drink. Also, I had a TON of energy. So much so that I went running at night pretty much every day past day 5.
The results of my cleanse, I am pretty happy with. In the last 13 days I have lost 13 lbs, and I am fitting into jeans that I haven't worn in over a year and a half! I feel like most of the weight came from my mid section, belly, and hips. Like all that buildup had bloated my tummy out and getting rid of it has left me with a thinner figure. I can't be sure, but either way- I'm happy. I wish I had a before/after picture to show you!!! I so wish I had taken some.
I know that doing the cleanse was just a quick-fix way to lose some weight before my wedding, but I am still glad I did it- and PROUD that I did it. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. And in the end- it seems to have made an impact on the relationship I have with food. I have no desire to go near a fast food restaurant or anything that is remotely bad for me. I'm craving fresh veggies, hummus, sushi, etc. So hopefully I will be able to stick to eating things that are good for me and learn to control the amount of bad stuff I eat.
I do not claim to be an expert on this subject, I just wanted to share my experience since so many people have been asking me about it. For more information you can check out this site– they have all the info you need to do the cleanse as well as message boards with very active commenters who help each other out. I read them often for inspiration and an extra push when I needed to stay motivated. So that's my crazy cleanse I did!