Category: Erika (A)
If you have been following since last night's blog, you know that I have decided to do the Master Cleanse. So, last night I got home from Whole Foods to brew some herbal laxative tea. The book does not specify brand or even which blend of herbs but I decided to go for what I'd seen mentioned: Smooth Move by Traditional Medicinals. I also picked up a similar tea by Yogi Tea but have not opened this yet. I have done a lot of research into the forums to try to find out some other details but it's hard to know if there is truly a "right way" of doing this besides following the basic rules.
I woke up this morning with a nasty headache. Last time I took a senna product, I remember this same type of headache. It's not a migraine but it sucks nonetheless. I also had stomach cramps but did not have to go right away. Finally I did and then I decided to do the sea salt water "bath". The book calls for two tsp of sea salt in one quart of water. I brought about a cup of water to a boil and then added room temp water to the rest of this mixture to get to one quart. Just like the sodium phosphate used as colonoscopy preps (think Fleet phospho-soda), it works incredibly quickly. What I found out quite quickly was that one quart is probably excessive for my little body. I think I'm going to reduce down to one pint tomorrow. I mean, I didn't get nauseated and it actually went down without too much resistance but have to spend an hour running to the toilet to only see things come out as clear as they went in (repetitively) seems pointless. I know that eventually some good plaque and mucus should be coming out but at this point I'm not seeing it so why put myself through the trouble of an entire QUART every morning?
OK, so I had a glass of the infamous lemonade before work and since I work across the hall from a bakery cafe, you can only imagine how hungry I felt with those aromas. I also still had that damn headache. Oh, I really hope that goes away soon!!! I had a glass during work but forgot the friggin cayenne pepper so my body started to feel a little cool. I also had a glass after work and before working out (at work since I joined the company gym). I did a 15 minute core conditioning class followed by 20 minutes on the recumbent bike and 45 minutes of the Muscle Madness class.
Coming out of the gym down the hall, I felt hungry and hypnotized by the scent of yummy food in an orientation class. I came home and had a two serving glass of the lemonade, this time with the cayenne, and this has so far help the hunger pangs. I think the key to this cleanse is to stay ahead of the hunger and perhaps for me, add more maple syrup since I have a fairly high metabolism that I really don't want to lose.
So far that's all; I'll keep you posted with more details!!