Post # 1
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I wanted to see if there are any bees out there who have tried this. My younger sister is planning on doing the cleanse and I have told her I don’t think it is a good idea. I have taken many nutrition courses while in college and have learned that starving your body is never a good idea. She is determined to do this, but I thought if I could get more input on it, then maybe she would see it’s not the best thing. Let me know if you have done it, what you experienced and if it was worth it.
Post # 3
I did a cleanse once. First of all, all the vitamins I took constipated the hell out of me. I got to drink shakes twice a day and one light organic meal–veggies with lemon juice. Whoop. I didn’t poop for days. It sucked big time. I lost some weight, but ultimately, probably would have lost it other less miserable ways too. I was always freakin’ hungry and I missed EATING. Fork in mouth. Missed it. I salivated at food. I haven’t done Master Cleanse, but i’m skeptical in general and so is my gastrointerologist. I have taken cleansing supplements to help “move things along” and GNC sells some that I actually like (they aren’t made as an only cleanse, they just help me go) but yeah, I hated it, felt like crap, detoxed for a few days (ick, that was not pleasant) and in general, am happiest if I do a “natural cleanse” by not eating processed foods, fake seasonings, and salts and sticking to an organic non processed food diet with lots of fruit for a couple of days. I still get that detox feeling (headaches, etc) but I feel so much better. It’s hard to do completely fresh not processed foods like that for a few days but it’s awesome!
Post # 4
i can understand why some people find cleanses as attractive (quick way to detox and lose weight), but: (1) unless you plan on “cleansing” for the rest of your life (which would probably end you up in a hospital), it is, like any diet, temporary–a cleanse will not make a permanent change in eating and exercise habits which are the only things that will make you permanently healthier; (2) i’m not sure it’s good to put your body under that kind of stress. nature has a way of getting back at you, such as constipation, dizziness, and slowed metabolism.
Post # 5
I don’t think that cleanses are ever a good idea. They seem like eating disorders in (thin) disguise. I remember reading a quote from Gwyneth Paltrow in which she extols the virtues of “resting your digestive system,” and still laugh whenever I think about it.
I would encourage your sister to talk to her doctor and offer to support her in healty living habits.
Post # 6
Honestly, afte spending 2 weeks in Europe (where there are far less processed foods, in comparison to what we have in the US), I felt loads better. I dont believe you ever have the “clense” so much as just try to cut down on the processed foods, high salt, artifical sweeteners. Both the husband and myself felt awful when we started eating like americans again. I was amazed that I lost weight eating full fat, unprocessed foods and looked and felt like a million bucks.
Post # 7
Ugh – I HATE these “cleanses”. Your body does a great job of cleansing itself (hello Mr. Colon, nice to meet you!). Any weight she may lose is probably (a) water weight or (b) will come right back on when she starts eating again. And you are correct starving your body will only mess things up in the long run. BEG her not to do this, it’s SUCH a bad idea.
Post # 8
Can you get her to go see her doctor first? He/she will highly discourage it, and most cleanses say, on the box, that you should consult a physician before use =]
Post # 9
I hate these “diets” as well! What a joke! Starving yourself for a day or even weeks does not teach you how to eat healthy, or how to lose/maintain your weight. Going to the bathroom is healthy, whereas not going because you’re not eating anything (or eating very little), is unhealthy (basically become anorexic. Yuck).
Post # 10
Yea, I tend to agree with previous posters. I think a much better route would be to eat unprocessed foods, lots of vegetables high in fiber, fruits, and drink lots of water. There are much better ways to take better care of oneself.
Post # 11
i’ve done it and know lots of people who have. i’ve done it 3x. the first time was for 14 days. i did a lot of research. i suffered from allergies for 10 years of my life and wanted to stop the medication, plus feel better. i did the master cleanse and it improved my allergies significantly. it’s been five years and i am happy to say i am allergy-free and medication free. the pharm companies, of course, will not advocate this. there were other pluses too. my skin was absolutely flawless and glowing and my energy was endless.
if you want more information, there’s lots of books and websites, such as curezone.org (their motto is to, “educate. not medicate.”). our bodies are like cars. if we don’t live a life eating raw fruits and veggies and drinking water, than we probably should “clean it out,” once in a while. your sister could also eat organic raw fruits, veggies and nuts and drink water, and she’ll get the same effects. either way, make sure she does her own research. there’s a lot of info out there. i’m not a doctor, but i didn’t see harm in it. i mean, i probably wuld have been wary of it if the ingredients included some kind of medication and/or vitamins. but, it’s just all natural maple syrup, water and fresh lemon juice. i don’t see anything wrong with that.
i’d taken nutrition classes in h.s. and college too, but it just wasn’t cmprehensive enough to me. at least, not until i started doing extensive research on a more organic and natural lifestyle. mine you, i don’t always eat healthy. i do have tons of friends and family who are big advocates on eating a healthy, organic raw food vegan diet because of their knowledge on the subject; i’m just not ready for that lifestyle.
i believe it’s got to be more healthy than what’s being pushed on us (meat and dairy, anyone?). but, the meat, dairy and pharmaceutical companies are big businesses…..they’re not going to get pushed out that easily. even if it means having a healthier population and solving world hunger. sometimes, money just trumps that.
it’s all very interesting, although i try not to read too much now. like i said, i’m not ready for the lifestyle change, just yet. but i am so happy to be allergy and medication free!:=)
Post # 12
Ohhh!!!!! We (as a couple) attempted to do this one week. Yeah, that salt water was GROSS. And, we went to eat chinese food because we were starving so that really was counter-productive. Oh well. Good luck to whoever does this because I just couldn’t do it.
Post # 13
I did the Master Cleanse two years back. I’m not hear to tell peopel to do it, but just giving perspective from someone who has done it. You have to have a lot of self-discipline to do it, many of my friends have tried but usually give up if not the first day, the second.
I had great results though. I did it for 9 days, lost 12 pounds, and only 2 of those came back within a week or two of finishing, so in terms of it only being water weight, I don’t think that that is totally accurate.
Day 1 & 2, were the toughest, just realizing you are surviving without food, by day 5, I thought I could do this forever, you get used to not eating and feel quite alert and good. The only side effect I noticed was when doing things like climbing 3 flights of stairs, I was more tired then usual by the time I got to the top. You definitely cannot exercise while doing this, your body does have enough energy and nutrients to stimilate muslce growth.
I had to stop at Day 9, because I had a wedding to attend and you need 3-4 days of light foods/juices to get yourself back into regular eating habits.
Overall, my experience was great. Next time I am in need of dropping 10 pounds, I would do it again. I felt great after Day 2 or 3, you just need to get over that obstacle.
Post # 14
I haven’t done the Master cleanse thing, but I’ve looked into the “cleanse” aisle at the vitamin health store. I don’t think it’s too bad. It can sometimes be a good thing to do for a short time. If you have a lot of junk stuck to your colon it would eleminate it. I think it all depends on the type you do. The ones I saw you could eat whatever ya wanted you just had to take this pill or mix some powder with water. Not too bad! I’m going to do when I find the perfect one for me.
Post # 15
I did it once but only lasted three days. I don’t know if it was a placebo effect, but I had a chronic cough that improved greatly afterwards and lost a few pounds. The nicest part of it was that after just three days, I was much more aware of what I was eating.I will say that the lemonade/maple syrup mix is naaaasty, but it was a good slow down from eating whatever, whenever. I didn’t do the salt water in the morning, just the tea at night.
I know the colon is very efficient, and it is a very low calorie diet, but I do think it’s good for awareness. I also can’t see how it would be more harmful on the short-term than eating fast food once or twice a day for the same period of time.
Post # 16
Alright I feel the need to put in my two cents. First of all I am a registered nurse. All I want to say is that all of these fasts and cleanse diets are a H-U-G-E no-no. Just don’t even go there. There will never be a substitute for healthy eating and exercise………..ever.