So yesterday was my last day of a 14 day Master Cleanse and today I’m drinking just orange juice per the directions I covered yesterday about how to end a Master Cleanse. Today I thought I’d wrap things up with some facts, figures, and observations.
Facts And Figures
Over the course of 14 days, here is what I consumed:
- 85 oz – almost 3 entire jugs (32 oz each) of maple syrup
- 60 lemons
- 30 limes
- 21 tsp cayenne pepper
I started out at 180 pounds and ended up this morning at 163.5, so I lost a total of 16.5 pounds or about 1 1/4 pounds a day.
I had the same experience as my previous time in regard to hunger and desire to eat. I found it easy to manage the hunger by drinking more lemonade. I found it hard to manage the “not eating” part. Eating is so ingrained in us, and the process of eating is such a large part of our lives. I found that I was thinking about eating quite a bit and missed the ritual and process of actually eating.
My system of making all the lemonade in the morning really works well. I like having all the squeezing done right away in the morning and it makes it that much easier to follow through with drinking just the lemonade.
I really feel I benefited from the extra days past day 10. As I stated, day 11 was my Master Cleanse turning point. I feel renewed and energized following the cleanse. I also feel mentally in a better place and I want to work to keep myself going on this good path.
I think that now more than ever it is a critical time. It will be very easy to slip back into bad habits and lose some of the benefits of the cleanse. Here are my plans and goals for myself:
- Eat healthier and more raw foods. I plan on bringing a salad to work for lunch as often as I can. I also want to eat more raw organic nuts and other raw, simple foods.
- Regularly do strength training. I am pretty good about getting 1-2 bike rides in every week, but I haven’t done much with strength training. I plan on doing push ups and sit ups on a regular basis and try to build some muscle.
Now it is your turn – if you are thinking about doing a Master Cleanse, go ahead and start planning for it now. If you completed one, or if you have no plans to do a full cleanse, then write down some goals and plans for yourself. Let me know what you think too.