I wanted to share my two Master-Cleanse experiences because they were quite different.
I did my first Master-Cleanse several months ago, for 12 days. I felt great the entire time, had more energy than usual, and amazing emotional clarity. When it was time to break the fast, I was apprehensive but felt good about embarking on new healthy eating habits, I had decided to become vegetarian and do as much organic as possiblle. The fast allowed me to break sugar, carb, and caffeine addictions and I as thrilled about that.
After the fast was an equally great experience, I never thought I'd be happy as a vegetarian (in the past), but was reallly enjoying it, continued losing some weight and felt great. As I started being less strict with myself about the food I was eating, I started having more sugar/carbs in my diet as well as more processed foods, nothing drastic (and still much better than pre-MC), but enough to make me want to do another fast. So a couple of months after my first one, I decided to do a second one for some additional detoxing.
The second Master-Cleanse was probably equally effortless for me, but due to bad planning on my part, I had to start breaking the fast after day 6. I hadn't been feeling all that great that day, had felt a little dizzy, and just generally not that great. I was surprised by this becuase I never felt that way on the first MC. Regardless I started the orange juice. The next two days were equally as discouraging. Still not feeling great, and very disappointed that I had to stop because I just didn't feel ready. The reason I had to break the fast early was because my birthday was coming up and some last minute plans came up with old friends coming in from out of town. My eating habits resumed same as before, I was very good and very disciplined for a few days (mostly because I as being very careful and didn't want to make myself sick). Then I started feeling the Sugar cravings, and just ravenous cravings in general. My eating habits have been awful for the last few weeks, and I feel horrible.
I can't help but feel like the early breaking of the second fast, and the fact that I wasn't ready either mentally or physically has something to do with the poor experience I'm now having. I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts about this? or has anyone else had this experience?
The thing I wanted to share with everyone is that my sensitivity to what is good and bad for my body has been greatly heightened by the MC (both of them). Pre-fast, I never felt good or bad after eating things healthy or not - no reaction one way or the other. Now, I feel really awful after having too much Sugar - even get headaches, and felt really full and bloated after red meat. Just generally lousy and tired after a few days of careless eating, and most processed foods just don't taste good to me. So whether your goal is health, weightloss, whatever ... what a great benefit if you can experience the same heightened sensitivity after your fast, and such an easy way to keep yourself in check. I feel like I'm much more in tune with my body and what it needs. So for all of you wondering why you're doing this, just stick with it and it will all be worth it.
One more question:
It's been a month since the second fast (the bad one), and I'm wondering if its too soon to try again. I've got a clear calendar to go as long as I need and somehow feel like I have to go back and do it right. If not, I'm sure I can get a handle of the bad eating habits by dusting myself off and getting serious.
Thanks for any comments or thoughts anyone has.