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, 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 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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Anon August 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Reply to Laura – I’ve had the same type of experience. I lost 20lbs last year exercising and eating smaller portions and then this year I got a desk job and I gained all but 3lbs back. I started the cleanse on Monday so I am halfway done because I am trying the 10 days which so far has been tough. I’m hoping that when this is done I will feel refreshed and then I can start a better healthier lifestyle!

Laura July 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

I’m only on Day 1- I lost 55lbs in 2013 from dieting and exercise. I’ve started a new position at work in January and I’ve gained nearly 25lbs back. I’m hoping the MC will jumpstart my dieting again. I actually love the taste of the lemonade. I was just wondering if everyone started off on trying for the 10days? I was hoping maybe to try 5-7.


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