For me, the Ease-In process evolved for a couple of reasons. Primarily, I needed some time to prepare both physically and psychologically for the challenge ahead. But I also needed some time to gather the materials and ingredients for the next two weeks.
I created the Ease-In strategy in order to bookend the Lemonade Diet, and to Ease-Out to a perfect two weeks (beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday). Because the Lemonade Diet doesn’t start until the Thursday, you are quickly into your first weekend. We all know that weekends go quickly, and since this is the first weekend of your cleanse – one that doesn’t include the customary weekend eating or drinking – you will want this weekend to go by quickly. Next thing you know, you are well on your way to the finish line (the following weekend). All you have to do is get through one full work week and, basically, you are done. The Ease-Out allows for a letup from the psychological discipline you have been maintaining for ten days. When the Friday rolls around, and it is time for the orange juice, you are feeling great about preparing simple meals over the weekend.
The Ease-In process has also helped me while I began work on this website. When I first started this blog, I did so for two reasons. I wanted to share with people both the process and my personal experience of the Master Cleanse. That was two-and-a-half years ago. I uploaded a few pages describing how I did the cleanse, and that was about it. I was working full-time then, and I was increasingly aware of the income possibilities provided by blogging. I knew I wanted to write and produce information products such as books, music and film, and so I realized that blogging would be an interesting experiment, one that was directly related to my ambitions.
Since that time, this blog has grown substantially as one of the leading online resources for people searching for information on The Master Cleanse. During that time, while building the blog, I have cleansed along with my readers, and learned lessons on both cleansing and blogging. So, during the Ease-In, I am also able to prepare my approach to blogging about My Master Cleanse Experience.
I don’t like to cleanse too often. You may want to explore your own desired cleansing frequency. Intervals of nine months seem to work for me. Six months seems too short and one year seems too long. As this blog developed, I have fallen into a routine around winter, spring, summer and fall that happens to coincide perfectly with major holidays and, for some, resolutions to end the binges they have just concluded. Therefore, I didn’t cleanse the last two times (winter 2009 and spring 2009). I am, however, cleansing with you this time.
As I sit here typing, it is 11:00 a.m. in Saskatchewan. I am home for the summer months, and will be cleansing at the lake. I am hungry because I haven’t prepared my meals for the day, and I am waiting to head out on the town and collect my required goods for both the blogging and the cleansing.
My Ease-In Day 1 has become filled with preparations for this cleanse. Not only am I going out to get my produce – lemons and maple syrup for the cleanse (I have my cayenne and sea salt), veggies for my soups, salads and juices, but I am also going out to get juicers, water bottles for lemonade, juices, water purifiers and pure water and more, so that I can blog and cleanse in a meaningful way.
During the next two weeks, I am hoping to focus almost entirely on this cleanse, and on this blog. I will be asking for feedback in some cases, and making changes to features and content structure. Hopefully it will make for an overall better process, now and in the future. I will also be commenting frequently and asking questions to accompany the planned daily Twitter “Q and A”, to be held every day at 6:00 p.m. EST. For fifteen minutes, I will be online at Twitter to chat and answer questions. As ever, it is not about me, but my experience – actually, our experience; the experience of every average person who dares to research and experiment with alternative lifestyles. It is through exposure to our comments and support that others may realize flashes of their own truth – glimpsed through the fog of hype and marketing – in their quest for health and wellness.
This Ease-In process, then, is about more than preparing my food and my mind for the cleanse. But of course, I still need to remember, it is also about that too… I am hungry now, I should go and prepare. I am looking forward to yet another great experience, and the lessons that come with it.