Day 9: Breaking the Fast 11 y
decision to listen to my body
I decided to break my cleanse early because my melasma -- the reason I started this -- was and is getting worse. I felt as if I was ready to stop after a week since my tongue was pink, but when I asked about that on a message board someone said that I had to continue for 10 days. I pushed it; it caused my problem to get worse; Iím stopping. I think the lesson here is: listen to your body! I wish I had stopped after one week. That was the right time for me.
I broke with orange juice and, this afternoon, a nectarine.
I wouldnít say this has been a bust but I wish I hadnít continued ... read more
Day 8: Questioning the Cleanse 11 y
Thinking about using other juices for the last two days of my cleanse
Itís about 8 p.m. on the eigth day of my master cleanse, and I think Iíve decided to switch to a juice fast for the last two days. Iím having a lot of trouble getting enough lemonade in (I havenít been able to get through even two servings today, despite running 4 miles and walking 2), and I just donít feel like this is healthy. My melasma -- the reason Iíd started this program -- is, if anything, worse. Iím not eliminating any large, pent-up waste; my BMs look exactly what Iíve been taking in recently: water and a little cayenne. Iíve lost some weight, which I like, but I donít feel l ... read more
Day 7 MC: Ready or Not? 11 y
A day of ups, downs, and overdesigned shoes
Day 7 was a bit of a roller coaster for me. I had a half cup of the lax tea before bed last night (didnít seem to make much difference to my, um, morning ritual) and got a good nightís sleep. Felt great this morning, did the SWF easily, ran, took a lavendar/sea salt bath, went shopping (wonít you take me to...Nike Town!). I had a lot of emotional stuff come up, though, stuff I really donít understand or know how to deal with. It came and went like a thunder storm. Makes you think that a lot of your emotions come from your physical state, doesnít it? Or is it the other way around?
A ... read more
Evening, Day 6: Bah 11 y
A rough day on the downhill side of the cleanse.
Today, not so groovy. Last night I was irritable and emotional, and then this morning I got my period and spent the day cold, cranky and craving. I canít even explain all the things I thought of eating: mostly starches with butter. Popcorn with butter, baked potato with butter, big drippy sandwiches, tortilla chips (I will never stop loving the chip), hamburgers with mayonnaise. Pathetic!
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Evening, day 5: hitting my stride? 11 y
A good day on the cleanse (hm, hope writing that doesn't jinx me...)
Today was a groovy day; itís almost as if Iím having fun with the cleanse. ALMOST. Iíve been treating myself to lots of little non-food treats (a yoga mat and DVD, 2 new novels, an orange dress -- wait, what was I thinking with that last one? yeesh).
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I skipped the lax tea entirely last night. Bad idea? My body didnít behave much differently -- I got rid of some stuff in the morning and the afternoon. I may try some tonight to see what my body likes best. The gas problem? No longer a problem. My secret? Water. Buckets of water, watery-er lemonades ... read more
Evening, Day 4: Detox 11 y
Another day, another detox symptom...
Well, apparently this is what they call detox. I read that the cleanse gets much easier after day 3, that people feel a burst of energy, they work out better, they sleep better...hmph. Just my luck that my detox involves insomnia, fatigue, and a poignant, bitter longing for tortilla chips and guacamole.
The good news is that Iíve pretty much got the drill down: wake up, flush (with my craving for salt, this is no problem), lemonades, a little exercise (today I walked part of my run, which helped), a nap, and then just life. Errands, chit chat, reading, etc. Strangely, my television ... read more
evening, day 3 11 y
Finding non-eating sources of satisfaction.
Well, weíre off to the races. The lemonade/cayenne and SWFs really kicked in today, and I found myself going to the loo a lot more often. Nothing painful, but more gas than I expected. (I wasnít tipped off about this -- folks donít seem to talk about gas much. But Iíve been having lots! and not enjoying it one bit.) It was a slightly more difficult day, for a few reasons. I went running for the first time since my cleanse began, and while I was really happy to be back in my shoes, listening to my ipod and punching through the park like a badass, I did tire much more easily. I found ... read more
Morning, Day 3 11 y
teas and SWF
Last night I stayed in and watched a movie on TV -- lots of urges to snack! I usually eat (a lot) when Iím alone watching TV, so it was strange to sit with a cup of tea. Pleasant, though. I had a cup of Everyday Detox tea, an herbal tea that has schizandra berries and dandelion. Itís without calories and is supposed to be good for the liver. Itís been surprisingly cool in the Northeast U.S. (where I am), so the teas are very warming and fun.
This morningís flush was the easiest so far: I woke up very early (oy) and had 1/2 qt hot water with 2tsp sea salt. Iíve been craving salt an ... read more
6 p.m. Day 2 11 y
Day 2 of master cleanse...taking care of family business.
Today was easier than yesterday -- surprising. I made a batch of limeade and then spent the day with family. I met up with my aunt and brother for ĒbrunchĒ (I had the peppermint tea) and then my brother and I went up to see my grandmother. It was really good. She was so thrilled to see my brother -- she kept putting her hands over her eyes and saying: ĒIím overwhelmed! Itís so great to see you! Youíre so adorable!Ē (speaking to my brother). It was really great to see her so happy. The new facility is a drag and a half: they really have the residents in lockdown. But my aunt has ag ... read more
Day 1: the clean-up 11 y
1st day of master cleanse
Iíve tried to post on this new blog a few times, but I always get an error message. Argh...
anyway, I thought I would write a blog about my first master cleanse because it was so important for me to read about othersí experiences when I was deciding to do this. I think it really helped me to prepare.
I prepped for the cleanse by eating only fruit for one day. I got that idea from Dr. Andrew Weil (my hero!) who does juice fasts and preps with days of eating only fruit. It did help me to shift gears, I think.
The night before, I drank a small amount of the senna tea. I want to ... read more