Eating on the Master Cleanse – Does it Mean Starting Over

by Raylen on April 21, 2008

Here’s a question from Debbie about eating on the master cleanse, and if having something to eat means having to start the cleanse all over:

I am on the 5th day of the master cleanse, on the 4th night I was so hungry and weak so I ate something, then on the 5th night I also ate something but I was able able to sleep again.have I screwed up,do I have to start all over again? Can I continue to do the cleanse without starting all over again? thank you- need to know asap!

This is a good question. To start with there’s no reason to be down on yourself over a little slip up. We all have our moments of weakness when we do the Master Cleanse and sometimes it gets the better of us. As for the effects of eating it really depends on what you ate. If it was a piece of fruit or some fresh vegetables you should be fine.

However if you ate a pizza or half a cheese cake you almost certainly interrupted the cleansing process.

But regardless of what it was you should just put it behind you and keep going forward with the Master Cleanse.

You might also want to try the steps for easing into the Master Cleanse in my Master Cleanse Book if you’re having trouble getting past the first few days of the cleanse. It’s helped a lot of people get past those difficult first days, and adjust their body to the cleanse.

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Erin April 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Ughhhh its day 2 and I have had awful debilitating headaches both days. I can’t function like this! If it keeps up I am not going to be able to do the 7 days I had planned. Also tried the herbal laxative and nothing happened. Does the salt water flush work that much better? And if so how in the world is a person supposed to work a full time job going to the bathroom that much?! It has to get better right? The headaches go away??

jewell March 27, 2014 at 9:33 am

Hi! Nice to read all your experiences – I’m 50, 50 lbs overweight, feeling pretty toxic and have decided to do a cleanse starting the 1st. I’ve fasted on juices for a month before, but never the master cleanse, so I appreciate all your comments and sharing. Take heart, those of you who are struggling with the first 3-4 days – it’s totally normal to have a rough start until your body adjusts and slips on into fasting mode. People have been doing it willingly and because of lack of food for thousands of years. It takes about 3 days for your body to get in the groove and say to itself, “Ok, we’re not eating! I guess I’d better digest some of this fat and protein I’ve got inside here to survive until the food comes back.” The minute your body does this, you’ll feel a lot more of the energy wash into you. Also, tons of purified water in between the lemonade is very important. Mmy only real concern is muscle loss -is anyone taking aminos or protein powder to offset the lack of protein in this diet? I know that when I fated when I was young, I did feel great, but I did lose muscle mass….

Dara March 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Its my first day on it. I want to succeed and push to 20 days like my doctor wants. I need to do this bc I am pushing my health. I am only on the first and my son is eating cookies in front of me, My head is killing me and I am so hungry I don’t know what to do. If I go eat a can of soup I will not hit my goal weight for my next visit which I have missed bc I am so scared of disappointing him. Anyone have some helpful tips? Starving!

TaiBaby March 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

It’s Day 1 for me…. I was surprised that it taste pretty good. I never did a cleanse before. We will see how this works out for me. I must say…thanks for everyone’s posts because I’m so not alone…

Mayra March 5, 2014 at 1:04 am

it’s day 2 and so far I feel great. When I do get hungry I just drink a cup of lemonade and the craving for food goes away. The goal is 10 days.
But I love good so.much it’s gona be hard.

Tracy March 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Hi! Finishing day 13 & still feel really good! I had mentioned i was doing a liver flush & that seemed to go well…not hundreds of stones but some rather large ones, birds egg size & the discomfort in my side has eased. I’m still doing oil pulling each morning & as i mentioned it has made such a difference in my mouth! Far less pasty and coated tongue. Its also supposed to elimiate toxins as well so win-win for me :-)

I never find myself hungry but i do daydream about food sometimes! LOL! My pinterest addiction doesn’t help either but at least i have lots of healthy ideas for once I’m done cleansing! Ok…maybe some aren’t so healthy but a girl can dream LOL!

Right so i wanted to say also that since I’ve started this MC i haven’t had any cravings for alcohol. It oddly doesn’t cross my mind through my days. I say “oddly” because i had been drinking a lot of wine prior. This is a great side benefit for me personally, the lack of desire to drink and i wonder if anyone else has experienced a decrease in cravings.

That’s it for now…im on the home stretch now, 8 days to go plus the two ease in days, im so happy I’ve done this!
Good luck everyone :-)

Tracy February 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Hi! I’m just finishing day 10! I have felt amazing, really good from day 1. I did the MC last January 2013 & lasted 18 days and only stopped because i developed a painful rash on my hands. No worries, it cleared up & was probably just the effects of detoxing. This time i will be going the full 21 days i planned on from the beginning.

I find the SW flush REALLY difficult to take! I’ve only done it twice but i do take the laxitive tea each night & that’s working for me. One thing i have done each morning as well before any lemon drink is do oil pulling. It has made a HUGE difference for me. Since I’m not ingesting anything additional to the MC i don’t think its a mistake. My mouth feels clean ( not pasty tongue) and my teeth and gums feel amazing! I would highly recommend it if you feel comfortable.

This evening i am doing a liver flush in conjunction with my MC. Not sure if its right for anyone else but i have been having some discomfort in my right side. i feel good about what i believe it will do for me & the added benefits to my overall cleansing process.

Well, that’s it from me for now. I’d appreciate anyone’s thoughts on my process & if you’ve done anything similar with good results. Good luck everyone!

Jina February 27, 2014 at 10:32 pm

I’m on day 4 and as the days go on its so hard not to eat food. I live with my aunt and she cooks delicious meals every single night Today I cheated thoo I had a few peanuts licked the cake spoon you know that’s the part after making a cake it wasn’t a lot on the spoon I took my finger and got as much cake batter of as I could (I made a cake for them) and lastly I ate a shrimp ugh I’m so over this I want to finish but I haven’t seen the results everybody else has seen like huge amounts of energy. Idk but if the hunger is unbareable tomorrow I will be finish with this.

Beans February 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm

This is the second day for me and I’m feeling weak like I’m about to get sick. My throat hurts too but I heard all this is normal. Today was the first time I did the salt water flush and I’m lucky I was home for the events that took place after. My bum hurts. That’s all I will say about that. I really want to get rid of all toxins in my body but I dunno how I will do this for longer than 5 days. Tomorrow is day 3 and I’m ready. I did eat 4 baby carrots today cuz I was getting dizzy. I think I’ll do better and only do my lemonade tomorrow. I’m not even weighing myself since that isn’t my focus, but of course I will love it if I lose weight.

Raylen February 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Good luck Taetae!

Keep us updated on how it goes.

Taetae February 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

Day 1 for me. I’ve did the mc back on 2009 for 10 days and was amazed with the results. It’s like the first time for me again since it has been a long time. I’m already starving n feeling weak, thinking about eating a small salad. When I did it a few years ago I had no problem doing it, no cravings, headaches or nothing. Of course I’m older now so we’ll see what happens now. I find reading these comments helpful, it gives me motivation and make me wanna go hard, no salad lol. Wish me luck folks.

Ty February 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Today is day 2 for me and I’m amazed at how “in love” with food I am! I have daydreamed and craved everything under the sun! I really want to finish, but I am definitely realizing how big of a part food is in my life.

Faye February 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

This is my second time doing the MC. I went 5 days without eating anything and lost 12 pds. right before Xmas. Now today I started and by lunch time I had to eat a pear I had in my desk. I’m sooo mad but I’m not gonnna quit. The salt water flush didn’t work for me. I tried it for 2 days and nothing came out so I spared myself the agony of drinking it. But the smooth move works well. Good luck to one and all!

Austin February 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Its Day 2 for me on MC, i live with my mom and she cooks dinner and i kinda find it hard to resist…i cheated on my first 2 days,and started over…i do feel the headaches and cravings, but i am really determined..and am i likely to loose some more weight while working out as well? I walk/run the tread mill 10-12mins twice daily.

meshaya February 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Okay so I just starting the MC today…I am currently 165pds and I plan on doing it only for 3days! wish me luck

nm February 3, 2014 at 6:03 am

Starting tomorrow. Super nervous. Wish me luck.

Skinnyb212 January 31, 2014 at 1:38 pm

FEBRUARY 28 DAY CHALLENGE!!! I am starting tomorrow and plan to,do this for 28 days! I will post my updates each day. Wish me luck. Anyone else starting on Feb. 1?

YvonneL January 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

This is my 6th day. I have Vibrant Cleanse (which I bought at Whole Food) to help me curb my cravings. I woke up this morning light headed and I hope I can pull through this Master Cleanse!

Leslie January 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm

This is my. 5th day…and I feel hungry. Last night I woke up searching for food so I drank a lemonade. I have been chewing gum sine Saturday. I needed to chew something…anyway I planned on 10 days might just do 7..cause that really means 9…adjusting back 2 solids..

Dray January 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Day 1 of my cleanse

Anonymous January 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

This is my first day and I’m already craving food. Imwonder if I eat a piece of fish and veggies. Will that consider cheating? Wish me luck people

Tika January 9, 2014 at 3:25 am

Jus finished my first day! Barely made it thru…i cheated and took couple of bites of a slider and that was it which is pretty good given the way I usually eat ????….ready for day 2! ????

Ashleywins January 6, 2014 at 10:25 am

Ive tried the MC once nd i gave in after the 3rd day, i ate pizza. But now im determant to finish i gained 5 lbs during thanksgiving & christmas break!! W:145 goal: 125

Rachael January 2, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I gave in the first day, but I don’t feel bad at all about it. I felt like I was going to pass out. But I will continue with my lemonade.

Cheree December 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

So yesterday was my 6th day and I had a family lunch on. I was determined not to eat, but I had run out of my lemonade and the food just looked toooo good. I had a big ass plate of food, and a piece of cake!! I have told myself that it is fine and I will just continue with my cleanse, I am feeling good today and im not going to let effect my progress. Although I think I will lengthen the cleanse by another week, as I was only going to do 10 days. I am feeling much lighter and my skin is beaming (aside from the zits that have come up from the cleanse). Will check in next week. Catch ya later xx

NANCY November 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

awww, i did good for 2days, then i missed chewing so much, i ate fish on my 3rd day, and now it’s like i cheat a little everyday. although the plan was to do master cleanse for 3days, have protein on the 3rd evening and continue with the cleanse in the morning.
i felt lighter in the first few days, but now i’m not sure im losing weight anymore.
i think i could actually do the 3days on, take a break, on and off for a month. and that might actually still work, bcos i’m eating less.
my orientation abt food has also changed. and i’m loving that.

Beachbumkelly November 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Day 5, had a salad, feeling pretty sad about it!:(. I’m moving forward. Wish me luck!

Timarie November 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

This is my second time attempting the master cleanse and I am on day 2, and I’m already struggling with the cravings. It is the worst for me after my kids head to bed at night, and my husband heads to work (he works the midnight shift). After the kids go to bed is when I study and do my own homework, and when I typically snack. During the day I seem to be fine, I’m so busy between homeschooling my kids and being a full time student myself, that I don’t have time to worry about food. I just carry around a big travel mug full of lemonade, and bring a back up on days that I have late classes, and I seem to be fine. But last night I actually went to bed early, without doing my homework for today, because I was so hungry and the lemonade just wasn’t helping.

TETE November 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Today is November 11 2013 and it is the first day for me I weigh 220 I am hoping to go the 14 days I plan to lose 20 pounds so wish me luck so far so good. ? I have eaten like 5 Organic Almonds is that ok?

TETE November 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I am on day 1 and it is going good I weigh 220 and I am going to do it for 14 days I feel good and so far so good I will check in soon.

Carmel O'Brien Mulreany November 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Was on my 6th day yesterday,slipped last night and eat a sandwich and today the weather is freezing cold,so I have eaten a liitle muesli and now a small bowl of pasta ,it is freezing cold where I live. I am not sure if this is the best detox for cold weather but I am no quitter so I have bought some lemons and I am going to start over tomorrow and go 10 days if I did 6 I can do 10 ,now I feel guilty for breaking it.Also I think the salt water is not for everyone.I am hypertensive and felt I was gaining fluid on the 1st few days so I cut it out.Hope I can start again,but I do think there are better ways to detox.

Crystal Gaines November 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I just started my MC today wish me luck #Team Loose Weight

Tropical bliss October 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Brandy W,
I wish you all the best with the MC. You may feel like giving up, but don’t. It will be well worth it. Just follow the instructions and post about it if you need encouragement. I was skeptical to do it at first, but I eventually decided that nothing could have made me feel as bad as I was feeling. So I did it and lost 12 lbs, and I plan to keep it off. I have been eating a health diet since, though it’s tough. But I am determined to keep the weight off – so I am working honestly to do so.

BrandyW October 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I just started the MC today! I did the SWF waiting for that to kick in! I really hope I can do this! My boyfriend started it with me but don’t know how long that’ll last! I’m just ready to see results and get to eating the way I should! Haven’t gotten a scale yet so I won’t know the overnight results!

Tropical bliss September 30, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Hi Crystal,
I don’t think eating once will do much harm, especially as it is early in your cleanse. But I do know that continuing to eat will ruin everything. So I believe that the salt water flush was indeed a good idea. Keep going and post to keep us informed.

Tropical bliss September 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Yesterday was day 10 of my Master Cleanse. It went way better than expected. I did not get a headache neither much undesirable effects. The salt water flush was trying for me though. I did not like that part at all. I have lost a lot of weight – will check how much later on. But whatever it is I want to keep it off. My body feels light and I think I will make the cleanse part of my lifestyle now.
Saturday was the only day I felt like quitting and eating food, other than that I can’t recall having cravings for food – and food was all around me for the entire time.

Crystal September 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Today is my 3rd day of the MC. I did have a little slip up and ate something really small. Im going to do the salt water flush and hopefully I havent messed up my results too much :/

Tropical bliss September 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I started the Master Cleanse on Saturday 21. I have been using the herbal laxative and to date I have not had anything unpleasant to report. I did not get the headaches or bad feelings that some people reported. The toilet visits have been manageable and I am going to work. I have not felt hungry nor weak. I am hoping to do it for 10 days or whenever my tongue gets pink. This is my first time trying it. So far so good.

Britani September 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I just started the MC today and the night us rearing. I feel a little hungry not as much as I thought I was though. I weigh 140 and I’m 5’1.. ugh I know. I have 3 boys 8 5 and 1. After my last son the weight didn’t just come off. So I’m doing this for 10 days to get a boost on my weight loss journey and to also get rid of toxins in my body. I want to weight 120 which is where I was most comfortable. Anything after that I would feel like I’m toooooo little. But anywho is it ok to do the sea salt flush at night?? I plsn on doing it 2 hours before bedtime. I normally head to bed late so I will be fine running to the restroom. :)

Jaylene August 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

I am now on my 6th day today ive only cheated once which was on day 4 only had a couple of grapes though. This is the furthest ive gone and have lost 8.2lbs. I want to complete the 10 days my birthday is coming up though on 8/11. Im working that day but i know ill be having cake and some food does anyone know if its going to ruin the whole cleanse would i have to start it all over?

Raphaele Daubois July 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Fifth day today. Went out with my friends yesterday, ended up around all these plates of chicken finger,ribs and fries. Was the hardest not to eat anything. Today I am proud of myself and have 10 more days to go! So excited about the results already, losing my stubborn belly fat I could never get rid of.
(for people in the process reading these comments, you should write down you’re own. It really helps writing down your accomplishments. Makes you want to keep going strong!!)

Orchid July 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Hi everyone here, it’s my 12th day of MC. My planned was only 10 days but every time I read the comments, watching YouTube bout this MC makes me excite and challenge my self. So it’s my 12 days today I am planning to continue onwards maybe 15-20-30 days more. Hahahaha. Good luck guys!

NickiRizzo July 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

My second day on the MC. Ive done the laxative green tea, also called dieters tea, last night, woke up at 4am to use the bathroom. i might have brewed it too strong. lol but already im feeling lighter. the salt water flush amazed me, i had no idea it literally passes right through you. now i know why you cant survive on an island without fresh water. lol reading thru these comments makes me wanna stick with it, i know i can do it, and i wanna lose 26 lbs. im 5’7″ and weighed 146lbs just yesterday and now im at 143. at this rate i’ll be at my goal weight which is 120 lbs in just a week! YEEAAAAHHH BUDDYYY!

Daniela June 19, 2013 at 5:36 am

Day 7 for me, haven’t eaten anything at all since the begging of the cleanse, first two days were like hell but now I feel so good! Only having a couple of cravings for the typical things like pizza and kebab but I wash it down with water! I weigh 8 stone so far, 7 more days to go!

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