Master Cleanse – Part 1
Last night I fell asleep within 5 minutes of going to bed, which rarely happens for me. I hope this will continue. Yesterday’s positive mood, enhanced clarity and increased vitality continued throughout today.
Rapid slumber and another great night’s sleep last night. I’m still feeling all the benefits of the past couple of days. If things continue as they are, with little or no discernible day-to-day changes, I’ll probably start grouping those days’ journal entries together in order to maintain your interest and to avoid this journal becoming overly long.
Ha! Famous last words…. Sleep was still improved and I awoke feeling good again but then I started to become aware of a slight loss of concentration during the drive to work. This continued throughout the day. Is this the beginning of a decline? I’ll monitor this symptom closely. I increased the number of glasses of lemonade throughout the day. I’ve not been hitting the maximum 12 glasses over the past couple of days, purely because I’ve not felt sufficiently hungry.
This morning I felt somewhat light-headed and the concentration issue persisted throughout the day.
This is of particular concern when driving. Clearly, increasing the quantity of lemonade I drank yesterday has not had the desired effect. A slight downturn in mood was also noticeable.
A further noticeable drop in positivity and mood was apparent today and the light-headedness and lack of concentration continued. Tomorrow I plan to introduce some plain organic short-grain brown rice to my diet to see whether it will alleviate these symptoms.
Today was basically similar to yesterday except for the addition of a bowl of brown rice at dinner time. Extra concentration was required behind the wheel during the journeys to and from work.
The brown rice meal yesterday evening seems to have yielded some improvement to my overall mood and concentration. It was suggested to me that I’m possibly suffering from a lack of minerals so I may continue with the additional rice for a day or two.
Further improvement in concentration and less of that light-headed feeling were noticeable again today. I’m still feeling good in myself and a colleague commented that I seemed to be in a better mood. I ate rice again this evening and sleep was deep & restful.
Days 19 & 20
The rice intake of the past 3 days has certainly made a difference. The drive to work was without issue and my concentration lasted throughout the day, on both days. I left out the rice on both days.
Clearly the addition of rice to my diet is a significant factor in maintaining concentration, as the light-headedness and dip in mood returned today after two days without it. As the third weekend of the fast approaches, I’m wondering whether this journey is becoming a little too extreme now. Thoughts of cutting the cleanse short of the planned 28 days have begun to manifest. I’ve still got plenty of syrup left to use so I’ll see what the weekend brings.
Days 22 & 23
I ate a bowl of rice on the Saturday but not on the Sunday. I felt good throughout the weekend and I decided that I’m going to push for the target over the next five days. I’m so close! I plan to eat a bowl of rice on alternate days during the home run.
Days 24 – 27
There appears to be little or no change to my overall well-being from day-to-day and as a result, these last few days have become increasingly boring. I continue to feel vital, sharp and I’m still feeling all the positive benefits that became so apparent during days 9 to 12. It seems that I’ve reached the peak.
Yes!! Job done! The sense of achievement alone is sufficient to carry me through today. Extra syrup and rice for me this evening, I reckon I’ve earned it. I’m so looking forward to fresh, home-made organic apple, beetroot, carrot and broccoli juice for breakfast tomorrow.
10 days have passed since I finished the fast so I thought I’d share some thoughts on my post-cleanse experience. For the first three days I gradually transitioned back from liquids to more solid foods, basically a reversal of the ease-in process. I ditched the occasional meal of brown rice that I’d been eating as the juices and pulps were sufficient to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals that I became deficient in during the second half of the fast.
Having not shopped for almost a month, going to the stores has been a novel experience. I’ve bought only organic produce, mainly vegetables, brown rice and dried beans & pulses. I’ve also started my move toward macrobiotics by getting into sea vegetables, tempeh, seitan, miso and various flavouring condiments. I’ve really enjoyed the new things I’ve tried so far and I’ve felt a real sense of well-being knowing that I’m only consuming the best-available nourishment. It’s kinda like ‘everything counts’ now – pure total goodness!
The transition back to solids has had some noticeable effects on my body. I’ve again experienced some sensitivity in the digestive tract which is diminishing as time passes. I guess this is due to the return of the natural peristaltic function that becomes suppressed when consuming only liquids. Also noteworthy is that I’m eating less than I used to and I’ve not had any of the previous cravings for snacks that I used to get, which I’m really happy about.
Towards the end of the cleanse it occurred to me that my weight might continue to drop slightly as my metabolic rate increased and returned to normal. This seems counter-intuitive and is not what I’d intended but it has, in fact, been the case. By the end of the fast I’d shed about 6 kilos and during the following week I lost another one. My weight has now stabilised and my body shape is as before, only leaner.
My lemonade master cleanse experience has been a good one overall. As with any fast, it had its tough moments and 28 days is probably pushing things for the first one. The recommended duration for a first-timer is 10 days and the record for the longest fast is reported as being 356 days! It’s definitely something I’d consider doing again periodically, although hopefully my new dietary regime means it won’t be necessary. It’s definitely a worthwhile exercise in self-discipline and focusing the mind. For further information visit http://themastercleanse.org/.
Thanks to Georgina at Macrobiotic Shop for providing the maple syrup and for the educational gems & dietary wisdom along the way. I look forward to meeting you and extending my knowledge of macrobiotics at your next cookery class.
Master Cleanse – Part 1