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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1,020 Responses to Group Cleanse Support Topic: Psychological and Emotional Effects (My Experience)

  1. Jasmin January 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Today I am feelin pretty psyched about this cleanse, I am asking for strength to pull all 10 days off with ease, I know that eating is an emotional habit for me and there is gonna be some tough times. I cleaned out my fridge today, ate last bowl of miso-veg soup for dinner was so great I added extra cayenne an garlic an lots of miso to keep me going. Getting slowly prepared, starting with yoga, dance n meditation tonight.
    In past cleanses I’ve had my daughter with me an she takes it very personally that I am not ‘eating’ with her, which then I take emotionally on, it’s also been hard when I have to do all the shopping, prep and cooking for her every meal. This time my daughter is with her gramma an family so I am really taking the time to do healing for me. And I feel that I will have the strength to do this cleanse fully. I am making a list of all the projects I need to get done an all the things I wanna do for myself which will help me on the cleanse, as I said I eat for emotional reasons and when I’m really tired which Is mostly. So lots of affirmations on this cleanse an lots of sleep time for me. My affirmation – ” I eat to live, not live to eat” “I allow myself to heal” happy healing everyone

  2. Nora January 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Ease-In Day 1 5:34pm

    Uh oh!…my first craving…a juicy hamburger. I’ve been drinking tea all day so I know I’m ok on water right now. Yikes…It’s dinner time. I’m still at work and I’m feeling hunger pains. Ok I have some bread I could munch on to hold me over till I get home in a couple of hours. I was sailing along and know I shouldn’t have processed foods but oh well, it can’t be helped right now and I know my process won’t be perfect.

    I’m planning to go to the store again tomorrow to buy more veggies and fruits to have on hand for the weekend Ease-In for soups and smoothies – so I don’t get caught with my pants down. Eeep.

  3. Nora January 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Ease In Day 1

    I’m really glad I went back yesterday to review what I could and couldn’t eat during the Ease-In. I was ready to throw in the towel at having to quit all my favorite foods cold turkey. Luckily, I’ve been doing mental push-ups for a whole month and yesterday I was gratified to find that I could have all my regular food on Ease-In Day 1 (today).

    Yesterday, I had goat cheese, bread and tea for breakfast (not too bad) and then had Carl’s Jr for lunch (not too good). So for dinner I went to the whole foods and bought a bunch of organic veggies and salmon. I made a yummy Bok Choy and Black Bean Soup (my own recipe) and cooked the salmon for my boyfriend. Good thing he loves my cooking.

    All in all, yesterday was maybe a wash – but I am definitively making an effort to incorporate healthier foods into my diet.

    I had the same breakfast today as yesterday, except I made myself a yummy Mexican hot chocolate with whole milk. And for lunch I’m having leftover soup that I made last night.

    Today’s Ease-In should go better with my lunch packed. I still have enough soup for my dinner tonight and enough salmon for my boyfriend.

    A lot of this process is PREPARATION! Mental and practical…good luck everyone!

  4. laladulce January 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Hello everyone,

    I started the cleanse on 1/7/2012, the first day was horrible. SWF was even more horrible. I found this website while researching for the issues I was having during the first day. One I realize I was not using Purified Water… I was using regular ole tap water 2 that I could make it concentrated so i can take to work… Yea that saved me a ton of time… Day 2 So I try the SWF with the purified water only could chug 16 oz. I was so disappointed. Day 3 started wonderful and then one of the salesmen at my job invited us out to eat lunch. Didnt want to be rude, so I went. I ate chicken salad, that was the worst thing for me to to because half hour later I was regretting it…. (Toliet didnt like me) So because of my relapse to eating food I have started to day as if it was Day 1 and I feel much better drank 24 oz of the SWF, so far I have drank 5 cups of the lemonaide and I am looking forward to the next 9 days. Now I am reseaching on how to ease out after the 10 days.

    I know I was rambling on and on. All I have to say that this experience is physical, ALL MENTAL and rewarding at the end. DO NOT GIVE UP you are too good to do that. IF you fall like I did please do not be hard on yourself, just brush it off and start a new the next day.

    Happy Cleansing everyone…


  5. Nora January 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Pre-Clease 1 Day till Group Cleanse

    Well I had my fun during the holidays – I ate, drank and was merry. Although I did not restrict any foods, I still tried to stay conscious of what I was eating. The biggest deal was caffein; that seemingly innocent and benign stimulant. By boyfriend and I went on a romantic weekend getaway out in nature. We went to the beach and a for a hike in the state park. It was wonderful! This whole month that I have been preparing for the cleanse, I’ve had caffeine (via coffee) only a few times. But after we got home I was pooped. I needed about three days to recover from our excursion, not only because I’m so out of shape but because of lack of caffeine. I felt miserable yesterday and had stomach flu like symptoms in the morning. At dinner time, I ate a small amount of lamb koubideh and salad. At the end the waiter brought us some black tea. I drank it and forgot black tea has the most caffeine of any herbal tea–oopsy, but needless to say I felt immediately better and renergized.

    I knew that the caffeine habit would be hard to kick – and it’s taken a whole month really. But I’ve experienced the wonders of other herbal teas and I think I will have fun replacing coffee.

    Lately, and with the Cleanse being one day away, I’ve experienced self-doubt, fear, anxiety, stress, hopelessness, and other feelings that come with making a major life change. I couldn’t even bring myself to share any of it as the blank journal pages will testify.

    But today, I got back on TMC website and refreshed my memory on the kit items I will need to purchase later today. I looked up some juice/veggie smoothie and soup recipes for the Ease-In and reminded my boyfriend that my cleanse starts tomorrow. I feel more comfortable with the Ease-In process because I have given myself some tools for success, namely the recipes and mental preparation.

    I feel ready to take this on; although I’m still a bit afraid of the whole thing and of changing.

  6. Lynn Fox January 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I am more convinced than ever that the Master Cleanse is a spiritual process as well as a cleanse/weight loss/detox event. Discipline is as much spiritual as it is a character trait. I do not think I could even attempt to accomplish this cleanse without the assistance of my God. Fasting appears in the biblical texts as a method for drawing closer to God. Perhaps that is so because moving closer to the character of God demands a “dying to oneself”. It is through the process of denying ourselves, and dying to self, that the true character of God, (which is purity, holiness, righteousness, merciful, and just) is revealed to us and immobilizes our need and desire to live as He lived. Christ himself, before beginning his ministry, fasted completely for forty days. In doing so, He saw with great clarity the work laid before Him by the Father. Fasting clarifies the mind and cleanses the body. We acquire many truths by leaving the caranal appetites (including the appetite for unhealthy foods) alone and pressing on towards loftier, and more spiritual things that come from God. The vegan or vegetarian diet is also biblical in nature. When God created man (we were created with a purpose – we did not merely “evolve” from ape ancestors). He laid before man the fruits, herbs, and vegetables in the garden of Eden. We were never intended to eat “dead” oir “killed” foods. It was only after the great flood that God allowed the consumption of animal products an that was only in response to the fact that the earth had been made barren by the waters. The Bible is instructive as to what foods or meats are “clean” enough to eat. Pork has never been spiritually permitted. The rules of the Bible, set forth in Dueteronomy,that only meats from animals that both chew the cud and have cloven hoofs, are to be eaten by man. Likewise, of the fish in the sea, only those fish which have both scales and fins are to be consumed. That means no lobster, crab, shrimp, or catfish. Those water-dwelling creatures are “bottom-feeders” and are not clean enough for man, created in the image and likeness of God, to ingest. As time continues its march forward, science continues to AFFIRM the accuracy of the Bible. In order for evolution to have occured, the randomness of genetic changes is too great to have occurred multiple times. Most scientists now admit that – but the great controversy of good and evil is rooted in deception, andd evolution is one of the greatest deceptions ever perpetrated on mankind. Evolution tells us we are here, we exist, by accident. That is not the truth and why anyone who does not believe in God and eternity would want to go through so much effort to cleanse themselves only to die and be dead for all time is beyond me. Evolution tells us that we have no purpose other than to exist temporally on this earth. Creation, on the other hand, tells us we have purpose and meaning. So, on the eve of the “ease-in”, I am contemplating and anticipating the multiple benefits of the master cleanse – detoxification, cleansing of the body, clarity of thought and purpose, and of drawing closer to my Creator.

  7. Rich January 7, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Started the cleanse today and feel great so far! From a psych and emotional persepective I am excited to do this again (I have done 10 days twice) and feel that I will finish the full ten days and I might go for 14. Need to check my calendar first. The challenge this time of year is that we go to our ski house every weekend with our kids and it is fun to eat and drink with family and friends at the ski house. But this simply wil raise the bar on the challenge and the time is right to get it done.

  8. Nora December 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Pre-Cleanse. 21 Days till Group Cleanse.

    I am craving chocolate and honey since yesterday. So I had a Hershey bar with almonds. Just had a piece of dark chocolate. I am enjoying it! I don’t normally crave sweets but do know that when I tell myself I will be giving up food, my brain goes nuts trying to get “one last little taste” of this or that. Jajaajaa. It is what it is.

    For now, I can give in. The countdown has begun and today I am committed to making this change. Yesterday was a different story, and one that I can no longer change. Today I am enjoying my chocolate, and honey with my teas. I don’t really plan to give up either of these things after my de-tox. In fact, my plan is to incorporate more healthy foods in my day to day nutrition. So I want to stop seeing the de-tox as a deprivation period and more like a “reset” of past unhealthy habits transitioning into better choices.

  9. Nora December 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Pre-Cleanse. 22 days before Group Cleanse.

    Today…I have doubts. Maybe it’s the caffeine withdrawals. None since Sunday (three days). I stayed home from work Monday and Tuesday. I don’t know if that was the lack of caffeine, combined with hormones (pms) but I felt listless. I also have a cough, which doesn’t help.

    I’m seriously thinking about taking at least a week off work next month during the worst part of my de-tox cleanse next month. I’m not sure I want to put the additional strain of work on my psyche. On the other hand, the boredom may get to me sooner at home. I will have to see how I feel the monday after the group cleanse begins.

    My brain is swimming with self-doubt mostly….and fear. I’ve failed at making a significant change in my life one too many times and fear backsliding once again. I guess this time needs to be different. Maybe I’m just dehydrated since I didn’t drink enough water these last five days.

    Well, I’ll do my best today. I’m back at work with a ready supply of herbal tea and water. I will push on.

  10. Nora December 13, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Pre-Cleanse. 28 Days till Group Cleanse.

    From reading the posts from others that have done or are doing the master cleanse, the more I am convinced that this is a psychological cleansing and that this part may be even more important than the physical cleansing. I have fought with myself for over 30 years over my nutritional (or lack thereof) habits. I’ve convinced myself at times that just by “thinking” positive nothing horrible will happen to me. I won’t get cancer because I have good genes. While true that genes have a role in who gets sick and who doesn’t, in this modern polluted world – the environment is very angry at us humans. So it will kill us off with disease because we have perhaps become a disease on the planet. Gloomy and doomy yes!!

    Well, it could happen. And so I’m trying to really clean up my act. Even with the small steps I’ve started to take so far, I already feel quite different. I’ve been buying more organic foods, eating salad for lunch and dinner, drinking more water. All seemingly simple acts for some -but that for me extraordinary. I have to reset my entire lifestyle and ways of thinking about my health. That is no small undertaking. And my brain has always beat me before -so I know I am my own worst enemy on this challenge.

    The first thing I know about myself is that I get really excited about trying something new – go at it like a bull (I am a Taurus)–and then wonder why I hit a wall and knock myself out cold. So this time, I am walking slowly towards my goal, being careful of psychological and practical pitfalls. Like figuring out how to replace my morning coffee and McGriddle breakfast habit.

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