Article by Wendy McCance
I have gotten so many questions and so much interest in this Master Cleanse that I thought I would give you a peek into my progress.
The most important thing I have learned so far is that this cleanse challenges your body and your mind. The cleanse is as much about willpower and inner-strength as it is about health.
I have heard that day 2 and 3 are the hardest. I can vouch for day 2 (more on that later).
Each day I have bounced out of bed with an energy I haven’t felt in a very long time (remember, I have fibromyalgia and so what I’m saying is BIG news). My sleep is more restful. I am ready to go to bed and fall right to sleep (I used to toss and turn and give up on sleep within an hour of lying down).
I have had lasting energy throughout the day which is crazy when you consider what I am eating/drinking all day.
Another BIG point is that I haven’t felt more than a slight twinge of pain. I really do feel like my old self (the one I knew before my run in with health problems).
It used to be that if I felt any energy and tried to do a lot in a day (what most people refer to as a normal day), I would be suffering for a few days afterwords (exhaustion, pain, stiffness etc..). I have done a crazy amount of activities and still feel like I could do more. It’s a fabulous feeling.
There have been no headaches, stomach pain, dizziness or any other side effect I was worried I would be dealing with.
So now that I have mentioned the positive stuff, I will let you in on the negative aspect of the cleanse. The first day I felt like I had drunk a ton of beers. I couldn’t stop going to the bathroom. I felt like I must have peed a few gallons worth of fluid. The worst was after my first drink. I left the house to drop of my daughter at a friend’s house and then stopped by the drug store. Within 5 minutes of entering the store, I felt like I needed to go to the bathroom NOW. It was as though I had been holding it for too long and was about to have an accident. I ran out of the store and when I got home, raced for the bathroom. The amount of liquid I expelled was stunning.
The rest of the day was like that. All of a sudden I had to get to the bathroom fast. I must have lost a pound of weight from peeing so much. This issue had resolved itself by day two thank goodness.
Day two started out well. My downfall was around 4pm. I was starving. No amount of fruit and vegetables helped. As I write this my head is hung in shame, but I had a small bowl of beef stroganoff for dinner with the family. Thankfully, it didn’t make me ill.
I am on day three and I am determined to get through the day without cheating. Like I said, the cleanse is as much about inner strength as it is about health. You acknowledge your weak moments and move on. I refuse to beat myself up over any setbacks. Instead, I will just get back up and start again.
One last note, I have lost 4 pounds. I know it sounds crazy, but I did. For some, this would be reason to celebrate. For me, I am eating the fruits and vegetables so I don’t lose a ton of weight.
So, that’s where I am at. I hope reading this has inspired you to try to eat healthier and think about how you are treating your own body.
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