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Lemonade Diet – Day 8

Day 8. By now, you’ll know it can be an emotional rollercoaster. Each day feels like a continuous cycle of falling in love followed by depression because you were dumped. Sometimes I feel a deep loss for the food, like I will never eat again. Thankfully I realize, of course, that this is not true and the feelings pass.

It is also interesting how much I CRAVE, and want to eat. The “thoughts” themselves don’t really go away, but the sting of the actual cravings do subside. I am the fish and the craving is the baited hook; it’s so tempting. That is perhaps my favorite part of the Lemonade Diet: I learn each time that I am not my thoughts. I am not a biological machine on autopilot, controlled by the subconscious ramblings of my mind. These are the same thoughts that make us eat when we are depressed, or bored. Those two unhealthy relationships with food lead us to the weight gain from which we are trying to purge ourselves.

Another relationship I have with food is that I LOVE it. I love eating. The tastes and smells of world cuisine. While this in itself isn’t an unhealthy relationship, perhaps my choice to eat until I no longer am capable – so I can continue to taste as much as possible – is. In fact, I am certain it is.

A final cause for caloric in-balance is drinking. I like to booze. I drink beer and plenty of it. That’s a great deal of calories. Not only that, but going home (from the bar, from a friend’s), I then want fast food and lots of it. And in the morning, hungover, I want fast food again. Simply: the trifecta of weight gain.

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5 Responses to Lemonade Diet – Day 8

  1. Marie Richard February 10, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    I am finishing my sixth day. I ate about 4-5 crackers the 2nd to 6th day. Just because I’m doing Birkham Yoga and felt pretty dizzy. I am 200lb.and doing hot yoga for the first time in my life and started my period all at once. I am 43yr old women with high resistance to weight loss. I did lose 9lbs so far and feel great. I would not quit. But the remorse from eating the crackers makes me feel like a loser.

  2. Neethi July 8, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    Day 8 so close yet feels like eternity to be on the Dday.This is my first time to be on lemonade diet this experience has certainly made me feel rejuvenated from being a compulsive eater towards eat to live rather than live to eat. Though I started of to do this towards weight loss, I did not see any weight loss up until Day 6 and then happened to see onlya pound to few ounces difference.But still I did not give up because the feeling of” I am in control”for a change feels amazing.

  3. MichelleG June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    It’s my first time on the Master Cleanse and I can’t believe I made it to Day 8! Thank you for your post. I thought, for some odd reason I can’t back up, that there will no longer be cravings at this stage of the cleanse. But today, everything I see looks like Cheetos, even my husband. I’m not particularly hungry so I know it’s just my mind and my unhealthy attachment to food. I do look forward to changing my eating habits after I’m done with the cleanse though because I don’t want to throw away all the hard work I did over these past days. I’m starting to feel so light and all my aches and pains are gone. It also feels great to not have any stomach issues for a change. I think my stomach really needed this break.

  4. Susie June 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    day 8, 24yo, female …. This post was great, I feel like we are the same person. I’ve been so bummed without food and not because I’m hungry- because I want to taste it. I’ve learned not to take food for granted and to SLOW DOWN when I eat. Food can be a big part of your life as long as you keep moderation and nutrition in mind. When I drink (which I plan on doing MUCH less), I’m going to try and limit myself to 3 lite beers instead of 6 wheat beers. I also fell into circle of eat, drink too much, late night junk food, next morning hangover greasefest, swear off drinking, and then go out again that night haha. I’m so happy for cleanse and how it has reset my thinking. I have lost about 10 lbs so far and after the cleanse I’m going to lose 30 more. Good luck all!!! If I can do this, so can you!

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