Coming off of The Master Cleanse (Part 2)

If you haven’t read My Journey into The Master Cleanse (Day 1 of 10) I suggest you read it, as this is a followup entry. It will give background info on what I am doing.

Day 12

Today marks the second day of coming off of the Master Cleanse in this day by day log. For the past two days, I’ve been surviving off of fresh orange juice which is preparing my digestive system for solid food. (See my recipe for Orange Purée.) Today is an exciting day: today I make soup.

The Master Cleanse book outlines that the soup may have “several kinds of vegetables, perhaps one or two kinds of legumes, potatoes, celery, carrots, onion, etc” as well as “tomatoes, green peppers, and zucchini squash” and that “brown rice may be used, but no meat or meat stock.” As for me, I wanted some brown rice. Because the book outlines no specific soup recipe, I set out to find a soup recipe that combined some of these ingredients in a time-tested delicious way: I went to and found Vegan Stew. For those of you who haven’t explored AllRecipes before, I highly recommend the site as a wonderful resource with an active community.

The soup was slightly modified to include a tomato because no parsnips or turnips were available, but that didn’t stop the soup from being delicious. After 12 days without truly solid food, eating this soup was nearly a spiritual experience. I had to be careful to take it slow, though, and eat mostly the broth. The book recommends I only eat a few vegetables, but I must confess, I had more than a few. If my colon has been through this much, I think it can handle more than a few vegetables. 😉

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  1. I so enjoyed your daily diary of your journey on the master cleanse. My daughter, 14 and myself are on our 9th day. What an accomplishment particularly for a 14 year old. Good thing we literally have no food in the house. She had a few hard moments but got through them. Our motivation for fasting was to rid her of her allergies and fatigue and helping her with her biggest complaint cloudy, foggy thinking to the point that she can not concentrate in school and often gets sick and is tired. Oh, and very important, we have changed our diets to about 90% raw food for the past year and recently she just got so sick and we were up for about 7 nights in a row with her coughing up mucus and we would be up until 4:30 all these nights. So we were working to clear the mucus from her body. We will see what happens after the cleanse.

  2. Abby! I’m glad you enjoyed my Master Cleanse journal. I had never considered using the Master Cleanse to overcome allergies. Please let me know if you see any improvement! I did not test myself to see if my cat allergy diminished during the cleanse, but I suppose it’s possible.

    Foggy thinking can be a sign of toxins in the body, yes. I think you’ll find that the raw diet is very beneficial at attaining clarity. Steve Pavlina is currently doing a 92-day raw feast. Worth checking out:

    Please let me know how it goes, and if the allergies are cured!

  3. Thanks for the journal, it is interesting reading how others transition off the master cleanse diet/detox. I transitioned back to solid food quicker than suggested in 3 days with no trouble. The results of my detox were great. I would do it again or rather will do it again.

  4. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, Melissa. Great to hear that you’ll do it again. I’ve heard of people who do it every other year, and some every single year!

    I’m curious:
    What did you find your main benefit was the first time around?