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master cleanse- day one

Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer: master cleanse- day one

Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer

I'm Jenn, a stay at home/work at home mama to Penny, wife to Evan, and daughter, sister, and friend to a lot more. I absolutely love capturing beautiful every day moments from behind my lens, and I'm doing my best to do just that!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

master cleanse- day one

and so it begins...

my friend steph and i had been talking recently about doing the master cleanse. if you're not familiar with it, it's the one where you just drink the lemonade, cayenne pepper, maple syrup concoction for 10 or more days to completely clean out your system. you also happen to shed a few pounds in the process. while she and i are very excited at the prospect of some nice squeaky clean innards, it's the thought of melting off a few inches that is currently quite appealing to us. we have a good number of beach trips already scheduled for this summer, and we've been having a few to many big dinners and movie nights to feel good about it.

i'll be documenting this entire process start to finish, mood swings and all. i think it will actually be a motivating part of this next week and a half. i've done the cleanse once before, last year about a month before our wedding. i wanted to look and feel my best for the big day, and nothing makes that happen like 10 days on a liquid diet. i actually ended up needing to have my dress taken in again, which excited me, but didn't excite evans mom who was doing my alterations. she gave me a light scolding for doing something so drastic oh so close to our wedding. woops!

so last night we decided to go out and stuff ourselves silly in celebration of our last meal. we somehow even managed to convince stephs boy, adam, to join in with us. he wasn't sure how he felt about it then, but i just received word from steph this morning that he's stoked on it today. woohoo! no amount of convincing would get evan to join our little gang of cleansers. he tried it with me last year and only lasted around 10 hours. one day i'll get him to take part...

apparently you're supposed to ease yourself into the cleanse, but we decided to take more of a jump through a brink wall at it. we'll see how that goes i guess...

last drink... beerlao (thanks to steph for the recommendation)

last appetizer... tofu with sweet and sour dipping sauce

last supper... red curry with tofu, pineapple, and veggies. delicious!

we made sure to clean those dang plates!

adam made up custom jugs (leftover from last weekends sangria party, and that's one reason why we need to cleanse) for he and steph to take the mix to work with them in.

a small sampling to see what he's in for. the verdict... yummy!

i just drank my first liter of salt water about an hour ago, which you drink every morning to keep things moving along. is that too much info? it was gross, i won't lie. i don't really like salty things in general, so drinking a liter of warm, salty water in one sitting is not ideal. it's an important part of this though and it's all just mind over matter. we'll see how much my mind is conquering my matter come day 7...

in completely unrelated news... as you may already know from my previous post, yesterday was my one year etsy anniversary. what a fabulous day it was, i mean you already saw the celebratory meal! well, one of the etsyversary gods must have smiled upon me yesterday because Monkey & Squirrel was lucky enough to land a solo feature on OhDeeDoh! that's Apartment Therapy's childrens site! there might have been a happy dance or two around the living room. i can neither confirm nor deny that though...



Blogger diptea said...

shut the door! you are really going to do this!! wow, you are so brave..

April 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger the NEO-traditionalist said...

Holy smokes! I am very impressed. I can't even imagine going that long without food---good luck!!! xo katie

April 27, 2010 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Button For A Bird said...

i'd really like to do a cleansing like that. is there i site i can go to to get more detail instructions or would you be willing to make a post about it?

April 27, 2010 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger monkeyandsquirrel said...

here's a link to the sites main page. it's been around for quite a long time. i'm sure i'll be talking a lot more about here too for the next few days... or more :)

April 27, 2010 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Oh gosh.. I've actually been wanting to do a cleanse for a while, so I'll be checking back to see how you feel about it! I wanted to wait until after graduation because I thought the stress of not eating and having too much schoolwork and not enough sleep might kill me, but I'll see how it goes for you and maybe I'll try it! Eep! Sounds so intense though!

April 27, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow, good luck! Also, what restaurant did you have your 'last meal' at, it looks like some place I would like to try!

April 27, 2010 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger monkeyandsquirrel said...

stephanie, we went to thai taste in charlotte nc. they have some fantastic thai food for pretty darn inexpensive. we love it!

April 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Rae said...

Aww, good luck on this! You already seem to be doing better than me. About 4 days into it and I was so sick I couldn't move...literally. It was probably the closest to a slow death I've experienced. Probably means I was pretty unhealthy...oops. Maybe I'll be inspired to try it again myself via your success!

April 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

You are braver than me! I tried this once and only lasted a couple of days. I found it pleasant at first then I thought I was going to die..! x

May 19, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

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