I recently posted this under "January Cleanse" but since I just found this thread, this is probably the best place to put it:
This is day one of my 4th Master Cleanse since May of '07 (each was 10 days in duration) and this is my first time posting. I am looking forward to the support of this board to get me through what has been really difficult in the past. I have heard how at a certain point peope feel great and have more energy and don't feel hungry anymore. But that has never been the case for me and although when not on the cleanse I go to the gym regularly, I never have the energy to go to the gym at all while on the cleanse. I think the reason I keep doing the MC is that I feel so great AFTER IT IS ALL OVER. So I forget the pain on the cleanse and only remember how great I feel afterwards (kind of like childbirth I guess . I do have a dilemma that I hope someone will be able to help me with. For all three previous MCs I have done the Cleanse as directed but I have not had much luck with the SWF. I have tried on different occasions the two level teaspoons of grey rock salt, then two rounded, then a level tablespoon, then a rounded tablespoon - trying to get a decent elimination - whether it be solid or just liquid. What happens is that I wake up early in the morn (bet. 3 and 6) and have an elimination due to the laxative the night before. Depending on the time I might go back to sleep. If I have woken up after 5:30, I will generally stay awake and have the saltwater about 1/2 to an hour after I wake up. I shake it well and drink it down in between 1 and 1/2 to 2 min. And I wait. I don't know if the water is just being re-absorbed into my body but either I'll have no elimination or liquid (I understand that liquid is alright but much less liquid seems to come out than the quart that I drink). Every now and then a very small amount of semi solid. Can anyone tell me why I am retaining the water? any suggestions on what I can do? I would prefer to continue the SWF rather than to have more tea. I've read that the salt in the water is to make the water the same weight as your blood. Perhaps I'm just not getting the right proportions? As I've said I have tried everything from 2 level teaspoons to 1 rounded tablespoon of the salt trying to find the amount that will work. Should I maybe try less than two teaspoons?
When not on the cleanse I do eat meat but not inordinate amounts. I don't eat cheese and very little other dairy. I take probiotics and green food drinks almost every morn as well as other vitamins. I also try to eat a lot of fiber and avoid sugar and refined products. All this is to say that I think my eating is fairly decent when not cleansing. My major issue is that I'm about 40 lbs overweight. What do you think is causing the SWF not to be as effective as it could?
I would also like to hear from you, Peter if you read this. Thanks