Group Cleanse Support Topic: Social Support From Family and Friends

This page is a Support Topic Page for The Social Support from Family and Friends for our Master Cleanse Group Cleanse. Please check that page for details on our Quarterly Cleanses and our Individual Cleanses.

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The Group Cleanse will not only give us the forum to support each other, doing The Master Cleanse together, but it also enables us to track our experiences by setting standards to the conversation. If we all just posted random thoughts we would get a lot less value from the comments. But if the comments are structured, and relevant by time and topic, we can gain even more insight, more quickly and more effectively. Therefore we ask participants to start and finish the Master Cleanse on the same dates.

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Support Topic: Social Support From Family and Friends


We have probably all experienced the “What's wrong with you?” look when telling friends or family that we are trying the Master Cleanse. And equally, most of us have at least one person in our life who supports us. The Lemonade Diet is difficult, and (dis)approval by our peers can make all the difference.

In fact, that is why I started this Master Cleanse Group Experience diary; we can support each other.

Let us know about the people and experiences you have each and every day. Who made fun of you? Who showed compassion? Who understood the cleansing, and who thought you were nuts?

Post your experiences on these topics:

If you are not participating, you can follow the post to get inspiration to try the cleanse or answer the most basic question: Is The Master Cleanse right for me?

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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704 Responses to Group Cleanse Support Topic: Social Support From Family and Friends

  1. Jasmin January 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Ease-in day 2 7:40

    Today I went to a outside bonfire in the woods by a frozen lake, just got back from it and I smell like campfire. It was a outside dinner an I brought a big jug of veggie juice, which was very cold to drink with frozen hands, and my big salad, one friend who raves about my salad was joyous about it, an ate a whole bowl up:) I got a rude with another friend to the fire an she inquired a bit about my cleanse, she says she has done it a few times an was supportive of it, I like talking about it with people so its nice to know she is supportive an curios about my experience. She said when she did it, it was hard around family were she lived in Alberta, for some reason I think people get almost threatened about it. Food is a funny subject with some people.
    When I’m on the cleanse I know I will mostly stay clear of dinner functions an such, this cleanse is about me, an it’s also about getting into better shape an having a better health practice overall. It was a bit challenging to be at this cooking outside fire dinner, but I was happy I had my salad an juice to sip on. For the most part I’m gonna stick to some good helpful classes, outside walks an explorations and some swimming/sauna-ing. I eat a pretty different diet then a lot of people an have heard everyone’s perspective, judgements, jokes etc, pretty much all my life, so I’ve chosen to generally keep quiet unless someone really wants to talk about it, an almost always they do, an they really make it there business…funny people!
    Happy healing;) day 3 ease-in tomorrow!

  2. Jasmin January 12, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Ease-in day 1

    Hello cleansers
    First I wanted to respond to the girl ‘Hell’
    That I hear ya on the weight topic, I’ve learned to keep my opinions of my body or cleansing to myself around alot of friends an family, cause I am not overweight and I’m ‘slimish’ I guess… But I’ve never felt comfortable or fit in anyways. The losing weight does appeal to me on the cleanse its not the main n only reason I love this cleanse but if I can drop some pounds, feel beautiful and comfortable an start working out with out the extra then yay!!! But friends an family think I have a problem saying I’m not comfortable…but we know ourselves best, it’s true! And we love ourselves that’s why we cleanse;)
    This cleanse I am choosing to mostly keep it my business, I will tell some when it seems appropriate, most have been accepting so far;) I live in a really good alternative-lifestyle place, so that makes it easy;) I might have to tell people at work just to let them know why I have foggy brain, or a little headache or I’m tired, ill see how it goes. I am home alone all these next 2 weeks so I get to find ways of dealing with my emotions. I had a boyfriend last time doing the cleanse, we tried to cleanse together an we were both crabby an emotional it was kinda hard, it’s good to have some supportive people that’s why I am so happy to have found this site to have support;) happy healing everyone;)

  3. Lynn Fox January 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Wow! What great advise I got from the E-Book from Mike concerning support from family and friends. The first person I told that I was going to do this January 2013 master cleanse was a good close friend. She immediately told me that I did not have enough fat reserves to go on the master cleanse and that I was much too concerned about my weight and that I had some serious issues regarding my self esteem and my appearance. I had read that it was a possibility that i might get negative feedback but i didn’t expect it from this person who was already vegetarian and held the same spiritual beliefs that I held. News about my upcoming venture that is both equally important for my spiritual growth as it is for the detoxification benefits elicited a most unapproving attitude that was not anticipated. I believe that some envy and jealosy was activated in her along with a sense that, somehow, in my making the deciaion to participate, I was somehow commenting on her weight disapprovingly. Thank goodness I had something to fall back on. The master cleanse e-book had given me advance warning that not everyone I told about my decision to do the cleanse, what it was, and for how long I intended to do the cleanse, would ne approving. I first attempted to further clarify my reasons for doing the cleanse but it quickly became apparent that nothing I said was going to change her disapproval. I eventually told her that i understood her concerns and that I would closely watch my weight so as to be careful to not loose too much, but nothing I profferred in my defense was going to change her mind. Finally, I told her that I WOULD CAREFULLY consider her position and concerns but that I was going to do the cleanse anyway. Our departure was filled with much tension and an element of suspicion. That brief conversation led me to modify how I talked about the cleanse and who I discussed the matter with at all. I was so thankful that someone who had done the cleanse before knew that the responses to the news of what I was going to do and why would potentially elicit very negative comments abvd feelings. Oddly, her response only made me all the more determined that I would successfully complete the cleanse. And, although I am not proceeding in deception, I am not going to place myself as a target for non-cleansing people to aim at. The results will speak for themselves. I am only getting stronger in my conviction that I need to do the cleanse. So, today I went and made sure I had everything in place to do the cleanse – good lemons and grade b maple syrup and cayenne pepper that was fresh. When i got home and checked my emails, there was one friom Mike telling me to “be prepared”. I am prepared and more excited then ever, more determined than ever to complete the cleanse, and (and this is the big one) more impressed that I need to do the cleanse! Ease-in day one is over and my kitchen looks a little like a science lab- but I am adequately prepared and looking forward to Monday.

  4. Nora January 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Ease-In Day 1

    I take care of others really really well. That’s what I do and it’s who I’ve become. It’s a great thing and I love that about myself. Nonetheless, my body has felt the effects of neglect and my mind is now ready to accept that.

    I’ve warned my boyfriend that my head might spin, or I might break out in tears at random, or lash out for no apparent reason…why? Because I will not have food for self comfort. I will not be able to shut my feelings up with cheese….oh cheese my secret lover. I may not be able to keep my opinion to myself because I will have no MEAT in my mouth to shut me up. And who knows what other godawful reaction he may be subjected to.

    Well, whatever happens – I know I will try to control myself. I also pride myself on self-control and sounder judgement than the raging banshee I fear I might become. LOL!

    My hope is that he doesn’t needlessly suffer for my previous lack of good decision-making with food. Fortunately, he is very patient and loving and I hope to get more of that all the way through…I’m sure I will need it.

  5. Hell January 11, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    Ease in day#1

    Firstly i should say, im in the UK so a bit ahead of some of you, its currently 8:15 am and im on the bus to work.

    Today will be easy. I am already vegan and i do know how to eat well, i just slip (often!) its really silly but if i feel a bit low i eat worse which makes me feel lower! Im aware of this stupidity and im hoping the cleanse will help me break this.

    Im looking forward to the raw day tomorrow, id like to have a raw day every week after the cleanse.

    Ive told the people i sit by at work about the cleanse, they have said they will support me even if they dont understand it, its surprising how many people have heard of it though, people of all ages too. Im not getting so much support on the weight loss front. Im not overweight but have put on a dress size lately, i dont feel ‘right’ and i can feel my ass when i run up stairs!!! Id like to be able to get back into my jeans too. It seems almost taboo for a slim(ish) person to say they feel uncomfortable with themselves, im sure the same friends wouldnt mock if i was quite a bit bigger! At the end of the day you know how you feel healthiest and fittest, and currently i feel ‘mucky’ which is why the cleanse has appealed to me!

    Me and the other half are at friends tonight for dinner, they are doing me a green lentil chilli with brown rice. Vegan food tip! Green lentils can replace mince in chilli, bolognese, lasagne etc. far better for you even than a meat free mince! So much kinder to your pocket too!

    • Nora January 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      Ease-In Day 1
      Hey I feel ya on the weight issue Hell. Your 5 lbs are my 100 and vise versa. Each one of us knows her body best and what feels right and what doesn’t. I feel just as “mucky” as you put it…I too am hoping this cleanse will rid me of bad food cravings that always seem to do me in and keep me stuck in a vicious cycle of guilt, self-deprivation, temporary absolution, relapse, guilt….

      Good luck!

  6. Nora January 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Pre-Cleanse. 1 Day till Group Cleanse

    I have to say that I’ve learned in my life to be self-sufficient and not need the encouragement of others to do what I need to get done. But, in this instance, I’m choosing differently. I have learned the importance of keeping myself accountable, and part of that is telling other people what I’m up to.

    Inevitably someone will ask me out to dinner or some event in the coming weeks which I may or may not attend due to the cleanse. But I do feel comfortable telling people that I am doing a detoxification. And that will have to suffice. I’m naturally pretty secretive so even letting that detail out is new for me. But I do have all of you here on TMC forum. I’ll be posting on my progress as much as possible.

  7. Nora December 13, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Pre-Cleanse. 28 Days till Group Cleanse.

    So far I’ve told two people about my plans. The first recommended this site and the MC. The second is my boyfriend who I live with.

    My friend, who I’ve only recently reconnected with after 20+ years – is quite healthy from what I can tell. Very conscious about her nutrition. And when we first had lunch about a month ago, she mentioned she was thinking about going into naturopathic medicine. She’s a mechanical engineer, lol go figure.

    So when I decided to have a baby, I immediately thought of her in seeking advice. Trusting the MC process is a bit easier when it comes recommended by a friend. Although she mentioned she has not done the MC before, she perhaps sent me in the right direction, and that is enough. You just never know where or who from you will receive the right advice. So I conclude that – instead of being afraid of putting myself out for ridicule, shame, negativity from fearmongers – I will put out my positive energy into the world. I announced on my FB page that I am making some changes and how those changes are making me feel. So far, I haven’t been specific about the MC, but I know that in time, after people see my results – I will perhaps send them a link to this site if they ask about my methods.

    For now, I don’t want to invite too much shaming or fear from others. I already hear plenty of that inside my own head.

  8. Nora December 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Pre-Cleanse. 29 Days till Group Cleanse

    The first time (5 years back) that I tried the Lemonade Diet; I was in a horrible relationship. Needless to say my resolve and will to continue with it didn’t last a day.

    Today, things are different and I’ve made it a point to let my current boyfriend know what I’m doing and what to expect next month. I like to be up front on most things and wouldn’t feel right not telling him the plan. I am a planner – he’s a fly by the seat of his pants-er!?…Either way, I talked to him about the cleanse for my benefit. Although I’m sure he will appreciate knowing in advance of any potential tears, odors, complaints, aches, or bitch-fests to come.

  9. Liz Nichol October 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Ease-Out – Day 3 …

    I want to end my Easing Out on this thread by again saying how helpful this forum is when it comes to needing support and encouragement to help continue on through this wonderful journey.

    Spending just half an hour each day to read through others postings and typing out your own thoughts each day is a very motivating tool to help keep you focused and positive.
    I found that if I was ever feeling low or I was struggling, that as soon as I visited this website and found myself relating to how others were feeling and trying to offer my support to them, I was in turn healing myself and by the time I had finished, I felt great, was back on track and ready to continue – a strange realisation, but very helpful regardless.

    I believe that this tool is all the support you need to complete your journey. Being able to speak to friends and family can definitely be comforting, but you don’t NEED to tell anyone.

    The only person you need to understand, is you.

    Thank you for helping me realise this.

  10. Melissa October 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Ease Out Day 3 – First time master cleanse – Social Support Family Friends.
    So my I talked to my friend and told him how I felt about seeing the pictures of myself that my brother had posted of me on Facebook. He said it was all in my head, that I had done an incredible job sticking to the Master Cleanse. It was an accomplishment that I should really be proud of.

    I do have to remember that change takes time, and just as important, change takes courage. Congratulations everyone! I’m going to miss your inspiration and I hope to see you all in January. Take care and be gentle with yourselves.

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