Thursday, November 5, 2009

Results and Questions for After the Cleanse


This past Saturday was the last day of the cleanse.  I extended it to 14 days so that I could be supportive of my mom, who started later than I did.  By the end, I lost 15 pounds.  I've gained back 2 pounds already, which is to be expected since I am back to eating regular food, although I am not eating meat until next week.  I wish I took my measurements before I started though.  I can say that I've lost inches off of my waistline, hips, and thighs.  Now if I lost some inches from my head, I'd be in business.  I have a big head!!  lol 

The best part about the cleanse had to be my energy level and productivity.  I've been snapping necks and cashing checks as Will Ferrell said in Step Brothers.  Another positive is that I've craved nothing but fruits and vegetables.  Before I started, I knew that in order to maintain any weight loss and lose even more, I would have to reevaluate my eating choices.  I needed to add more fruits and veggies and do less processed foods.  Last week, I ordered 2 cookbooks, Fast Food Fix by Devin Alexander and Cook Yourself Thin, so that I'd have more healthy meal options.  I get bored eating the same thing everyday and once I get bored, I head back to old favorites.  Meals also have to be quick and easy to prepare.  I don't want to spend the last few hours I have before bedtime cleaning, chopping, marinating, seasoning, cooking, and then eating. 

Early Saturday morning, I went out and bought a ton of fruits and vegetables.  There were no pretzels, Cheez-Its, Wheat Thins, frozen dinners, or any other processed food in my cart.  I was pretty proud of myself, I have to say.  After I put everything away, I officially ended the cleanse by indulging in a big glass of organic orange juice from Trader Joes.  I added water to it to cut the sugar, because it was so sweet.  I swear that the cleanse changed my taste buds.  I made sure to sip slowly, but it was so refreshing that I really wanted to take it to the head.  That is a no-no!!  It is REALLY important to end the cleanse properly as described by Stanley Burroughs in The Master Cleanser.  If you start eating regularly right at the end, YOU WILL BE SICK!  You can go back to eating what you want, but there is a process that you have to go through in order to reintroduce your body to food.

Once you've finished the cleanse and the process, here are 10 questions to answer to evaluate how it went for you:

1.  How long did you do the cleanse?

2.  Did you have any difficulty coming off of the cleanse at all?

3.  What were your physical results? Did you achieve your goals?

4.  Did you achieve the non-physical goals, that you listed before starting?

5.  What were your harderst days?  What were some problems that you experienced?

6.  How did you work through them?

7.  Now that it has ended, how are your cravings?

8.  What type of changes have you made to your diet so far? What changes do you plan to incorporate later?  What will you do to maintain your progress?

9. Would you ever do the cleanse again? If so, how might you incorporate it into your life?

10. Would you recommend the cleanse to others?

I've talked a lot about the Master Cleanse these past couple weeks.  I will definitely revisit the MC since I have chosen to do it once every quarter.  If at any time you have questions or want to provide feedback of your own, please feel free to contact me or share it with the readers in any of the MC posts. 

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