I know the whole idea of the Master Cleanse is debatable, as far as whether it's safe/healthy or effective, but I really enjoy it. I've read a lot about it and know many people who have done it, and this is my third time. Sure, "starving" oneself isn't an ideal situation, but since it's for such a short amount of time and I'm still drinking calories I feel OK about it. And if you're in tune with your body and how you feel, you will know when enough is enough.
It's really fascinating to pay attention to how I feel about food, what triggers I have to eat. I've noticed that I don't really eat out of hunger or nutrition, but more for taste/pleasure. I'm really drawn to unhealthy foods. I never want to eat salads, fresh fruits, or vegetables - instead I am drawn to processed foods that lack a lot of nutrition. So my goal is to refocus myself during this cleanse so that when it's over I begin eating healthier. = )
Here are all the details of what I've been experiencing, if you have any interest!
- Last night there was a lot of build-up in my mouth - I couldn't wait to get home and brush my teeth and scrape my tongue!
- I woke up this morning at 7am with what felt like menstrual cramps, but really I just had to go to the bathroom. I was really nervous, fearing I would be in pain for a while. But it was very brief, and then I went back to bed. The Chocolate Smooth Move I drank last night did the trick!
- My stomach is much flatter - I wish this was permanent! But that's motivating me to eat healthier afterwards: more raw foods, and get back into yoga.
- When I got to work I drank 3 cups of salt water and that worked it's way out about 30 minutes later.