This past Monday I started the Master Cleanse per the advice of a good friend of mine. I had always been frightened of the thought of NOT EATING for 5-10 days. It sounds awful when you first explore it. Water, Salt flushes, Cayenne Pepper, Maple Syrup, Lemon, Laxative Teas, and well that’s it! It took me 3 years to get the guts up to try it, and now I am five days in and I don’t regret it for a minute. In fact, the sense of well-being and the experience has been overwhelming.
First off, the Master Cleanse is not a diet. It’s not to be used to trim fat. It’s a body detoxification, plain and simple. To me, the cleanse has been so much more. It has actually been a little bit of a spiritual awakening for myself.
Coming into the New Year most of us want to commit to some kind of change. It’s where we hit the reset button and think about the last year and what we can do better this year to improve our overall sense of well-being and joy. As Deepak Chopra said in my morning meditation today “Joy is our highest order” and I truly believe this.
For me, the cleanse was a time to reflect and adjust. Its incredible how much FREE TIME is created by not food shopping, not preparing meals, not traveling to restaurants, and not having to interrupt your momentum with a daily ritual like lunch and dinner.
Having that free time lead to me reading more, working on myself more, taking long walks in the morning and at night to forget about my hunger. My senses were heighted like I had never experienced. My sense of smell and my clarity was incredible. Every morning I woke up and looked forward to challenging myself another day.
Now on day five I am sitting at the coffee shop writing my weekly blog post with precision. My mind is sharp and awake.
That being said, I learned how absolutely amazing the effect our diet has on our well being and for that matter productivity. In having the same exact diet for five days I can see that with a constant healthy diet I can have constant high energy, focus, and a sense of well being.
When I finish the cleanse I am going to commit to keeping a food journal and measure my effectiveness as a result of what I consume. My goal is to find the foods and drinks that hurt me more than they help, and eliminate them. Then I am going to find a good constant diet to stick with (with some cheat meals here and there) to attain that constant high energy, focus, and sense of well-being.
The major lesson I took away from the cleanse was that I need to constantly challenge and learn about myself. Challenges like the Master Cleanse are not only to detoxify our body but also to detoxify our mind.
The take away here is to incorporate challenges of mind and body into your year. Try a cleanse, any cleanse and see how it affects your mind and body. Try to be more aware of the days when you have higher productivity and write down what you consumed. Look for foods that make you feel groggy and unmotivated and eliminate them. Learn about body detoxification and see if it could help you.
The human body is a finely tuned machine that needs constant maintenance. By treating your body with the proper care it will return the favor to you tenfold. Challenge yourself, challenge your body, and challenge your mind. You won’t regret it.
Great cleanse resource and a great friend of mine. Reset Your Body
One of the best books I have read in a long time discussing how diet effects our mood and how to optimize our diets. Ultamind Solution