Monday, 22 June 2009 02:35

Master Cleanse

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Every once in a while I feel the need to do a cleanse, or to eat entirely raw. I wish I ate raw more often, but I find it quite challenging. In fact, I find the entire eating process pretty emotionally challenging. As you know from this blog I love eating, but I've always struggled with food. Is it good for me or bad for me? Is there too much sugar or carbs in it? Am I eating too much of this? Am I spending too much money? Is it contained in too much packaging? Etc. etc. 
So every once in a while I need a break from all of that over-thinking, and thus I begin either a cleanse or eating raw. It's a really wonderful way to give both my body and mind a rest.

Today I decided to do the Master Cleanse (again). I've done it a few times in the past and had amazing experiences. I love not worrying about what I'm going to eat, when, and how much it's going to cost. I love the way my body feels - very euphoric. I love the physical experience of cleansing, although the cramps aren't very fun. And it's quite an interesting mental/emotional journey - it's an interesting exercise in control, and very fascinating to watch the eating habits of others from afar.

The last time I did the Master Cleanse there wasn't a lot of information available on the internet. I didn't want to buy the official guide, so I just found my way via various websites. I discovered today that there is now a great website:, and there's even a Twitter page!

I've never been able to really determine how healthy the cleanse is, all I know is that it's popular (at least in L.A.) and I know many people who have done it safety and successfully. I also have never been sick or weak from it. It's definitely a controversial topic.

Here are my thoughts for my first day:
  • I forgot about the salt water flush and laxative teas - I have to say both are slightly unpleasant, but they're a big part of the process. Let me tell you, it's all about timing with those. I'm glad I don't have any plans for the week!
  • I've never used "fresh" lemon juice - as in, I haven't juiced lemons daily. I might this time, now that I have a juicer. I find using Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice works well, and is convenient. 
  • I found success in drinking the salt water flush in the morning, and a laxative tea at night (a few hours before bed). I really looked forward to Chocolate Smooth Move with a touch of agave nectar - it was like dessert!
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