My husband and I felt very guilty for all that we ate over the Thanksgiving holiday.  My sister-in-law and her family came to stay with us and she is a very good cook and baker!  She brought her bread machine and made us some of the best cinnamon rolls, french bread and crescent rolls.   Not to mention the pies, cookies, and other wonderful snacks we had available.  It was a carb lover’s paradise.   I couldn’t stop eating all of it and I was loving every minute of it!

I’ve tried lately (in the past month) to start back on the exercise and eating healthy train and it was going fairly good until the past few weeks.  I started going down hill and ended it on a bad note with way too much over the weekend.  After thanksgiving we had a party to go to on Saturday night and they were serving some really great food, none of which was low-fat.  I had more than my share.

Sunday morning we woke up and my husband told me he it was time for us to do the Master Cleanse.  If you are not familiar with this cleanse it is basically to clean our your system of all the toxins and to make you healthier.  Many people do this once a year or maybe every two years.   You spend a few days drinking only purified water with fresh lemon juice squeezed into it,  a few tablespoons of maple syrup and a little cayenne pepper.  It actually tastes pretty good.   They sell “kits” but you do not need one.  We just bought all the ingredients at the grocery store and made it ourselves, it is very easy.

I’ve read about it in the past and my husband has been researching it a lot lately.  I did try it once about 10 years ago and was only able to get through one day.  However, at that time I was doing it alone and it was hard to stick to it by myself.   I think my husband and I doing it together will make a significant difference.  We’ll see.

We are on day one of the “lemonade” portion, we did the “ease-in” method so Sunday and Monday we ate only soup and salad.  No bread, dairy, or meat.  Only vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans.

We feel really good so far today.  I am not craving anything and I am not hungry surprisingly.  We’ll see how it goes (it’s still early), but we will be drinking only the “lemonade” for 4 days and then we ease back into normal eating with the soup and salad only for 2 days.  I hope this is going to jump-start us back into a healthier lifestyle.  I used to eat very healthy, but I’ve gotten out of that in the past few years.   I want to focus on it again and help both of us become healthier, for good! 

It is a lot like fasting and other people who have done it say your mind becomes clearer and you have a lot more energy.  I am looking forward to that!  I also won’t mind if I lose a few pounds so I can fit into the rest of the clothes in my closet.  🙂


6 thoughts on “Cleansing

  1. Interesting–I’m jealous. I’ve done a cleanse before where you take tablets, but never a “homemade” one. Where did Brian find these specific directions?

    • He found it by just looking up master cleanse. If you click the word Master Cleanse in my post it should take you to a website that gives you the recipe and I think there are other sites that give it out as well. I also had checked out a book from the library about 10 years ago and made a copy of the recipe. We are now on day #2 and its going okay so far. I have a bit of a headache, but surprisingly I’m not hungry really at all. The mixture seems to satisfy you enough.

  2. I can’t say that sounds like fun but hope it goes well! I’m sure it’s great for your body. Maybe “someday” I’ll try it!

    • It’s going good. We just finished day 5. We were going to do one more day of juice and then go back to just the raw foods and then soups and salads. We will probably go back to raw foods tomorrow. I feel pretty good, but I have been more tired than usual. I do not think I could do 10 or more days, but overall it’s not that hard and I haven’t had many cravings…really none at all, which has been a nice surprise. We’ve decided to really focus on eating more raw and vegan type dishes. We will also be starting with fruit only each morning. Good luck, I went to your blog. I look forward to seeing how it goes for you!

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