Group Cleanse Support Topic: Psychological and Emotional Effects (My Experience)

This page is a Support Topic Page for The Psychological and Emotional Effects for our Master Cleanse Group Cleanse. Please check that page for details on our Quarterly Cleanses and our Individual Cleanses.

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Support Topic: Psychological and Emotional Effects


What is going through your mind? We have thoughts that seem out of control when we are in our daily grind – many of these revolve around food. We may also feel stress that in turn causes us to eat, to have emotional reactions. Many people report feeling in more control while doing The Master Cleanse – alongside a sense of clarity. Do commercials about food drive you crazy? Are you more patient than ever?

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Keep it simple, just talk in your own language about your daily experience. The more you are yourself, the more others will connect with you – and the more you can connect with what they are saying – which is what we want after all, a strong support network through a group experience.

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1,023 thoughts on “Group Cleanse Support Topic: Psychological and Emotional Effects (My Experience)”

  1. Hi, everyone,
    I see most posted this last year or before, but how is everyone doing now? I quit smoking almost two months ago (yay!) and am doing this cleanse to, A. Get rid of my nasty eating habits from quitting smoking, and B. To get the nicotine out of my system so the cravings disappear (I quit by using patches).
    I’m on day three of the cleanse (I did the ease in) and it’s so hard for me emotionally. My partner and I are doing it together, but he’s done it before, so I don’t think it’s as hard for him this time around. Any thoughts, advice, or carry-on’s would be appreciated.

  2. Ease in day one, 5th January start off excited and looking forward especially to Monday ,8th January.
    Experimenting with the raw food so made myself a green smoothie with spinach, carrot, cucumber, tomato, spiced it up with pepper and some lemon juice. Throughout the day have been alternating these smoothie with water and so far so good.
    Biggest challenge is the urge to chew something oily and solid….
    The reason I choose to ease in is so that I can get my mind and mouth used to no solid food for the next two weeks or so. The struggle is still on, will update later.

  3. Day 4 coming to a close

    Normally I don’t take laxatives well. They make me sick and I can’t really move much. However, on this cleanse the pain somewhat feels worth it because after each ‘fart’ aka bathroom run I feel amazing. This cleanse isn’t easy for me because food has been my biggest vice but I feel hopefully about getting my body back for once. I’m a newbie but I’m hoping for 40 days, but for my own sanity I’m taking it day-by-day.

    • Nicky
      How is it going? Have you been able to stay with it? I am a newbie too- almost done with day 3- hoping to do 40 also. Would love to have someone to help keep me motivated.

  4. I’ve learned several things from juice fasting, 1. Do not do this during a hectic period of your life, i.e. you’re moving. 2. Do not do heavy exercise while you fast, do light exercises such as pilates, leisurely walks, stretching etc. 3. Watch out for false hunger cues i.e. dehydration, boredom, meal times of day and the like. 4. Avoid people that don’t support your goals. 5. Follow directions exactly as given. 6. Pray for God’s strength. Develop a mantra/s that will help you when you feel you need help. Mine is From Phil. 4:13, ” I can do all things through Christ; which strengthens me.” I’m happy to be here sharing with you. Today is day 1 for me. So far, so good!

  5. Hi!
    I have been doing this cleanse since 1999. & am doing my best to try it again. The night is such a big temptation for me. Something about the night makes me break my fast & eat. I have to have patience & just keep trying.

    • Hi Jamila – did you complete the cleanse? Are you still trying or thinking of trying again? If so, would love to connect here for moral support – night eating is also my downfall. I do fine all day, but at night I find myself either bored, lonely, or anxiously going over the day and worrying about things I didn’t finish / or anticipating stress and challenges of the coming day – so I eat… and eat…and eat… I’ve gained 10 pounds in a month by doing this and it needs to stop before I gain any more. But since I also quit smoking a month ago, I’ve turned to food for stress management. Trading one health problem (smoking) for another (weight gain) is counterproductive. Anyway – if you are still interested in group support, please let me know.

  6. Hello, everyone. Today is day four of my master cleanse, and the worst is behind me. I’m sorry to be late to the party in tracking my experience. I just found out about this website yesterday! I have attempted the cleanse six times in the past. My first was 15 days, and I lost 17 pounds. My 2nd+10 days, and I lost about 12 pounds. These were about one year apart. After that, I don’t think I attempted another cleanse for about three more years. My third cleanse around 2012 was only about a week long, and my fourth and fifth the times were six months ago and one month ago, respectively, for about one week each. All of my cleanse attempts of help me lose weight and made me feel like I detoxed significantly, however, none of my cleanse attempts have ever created a sustained change of lifestyle for improved eating thereafter. Eventually, I always regressed back into my old habits.

    OK so, my psychological reactions. Well, I am certainly not impervious to the onslaught of temptations that surround me in my media and in the environment around me. Driving anywhere, watching any television or Internet browsing, everywhere I go, food advertisers are attacking us in every possible way. Some of them are moderate and even health-neutral. But many others are cruel and disgusting attempts at preying on the vulnerability of our most essential psychological tendencies towards food, our natural, subconscious need to survive, exploiting us for commercial gain. Carls Junior of course comes to mind, as do so many of the other giant corporations that sell poison to the public.

    I will continue to rise above these false temptations, and give myself permission to acknowledge these cravings, recognize that they are temporary and, most important Lee, keep my intention focused on my long-term goals.

    Thanks for letting me share, everybody.

  7. Day 1 – I feel good today and loving the lemon drink!
    Yesterday on ease-in day 3 I was already feeling sad because I am such an emotional eater. I feel like I was abusing food and over eating too often, so this cleanse is much needed.
    Excited to keep going and plan on taking it one day at a time <3
    Good luck everyone & cheers ;)

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