Getting through the Master Cleanse diet can be difficult for some, but coming off the program and returning to normal food properly is perhaps the most important aspect.
It is not a good idea immediately following a fast to return to eating solid food. For the last several days, the body has only received nutrition in liquid form. It will not be used to a normal diet and should gradually be reintroduced to it. Trying to return to regular food too soon could lead to nausea.
Coming off the Master Cleanse diet is nearly the same process as easing into it, only it is in reverse.
In the first day or two after finishing the entire program, it is recommended that you drink several glasses of orange juice. Be sure not to gulp these down too quickly. If there is any difficulty drinking the orange juice, simply increase the amount of water in it until it become easier to ingest. In the afternoon of the second day, prepare some vegetable broth.
For the third and fourth days, have a breakfast of orange juice, followed by some raw fruit for lunch and either a fruit or vegetable salad for supper. It is still not recommended to consume eggs, fish, meat, bread, pastries, milk, coffee or tea at this time.
By day five, your body should be ready to eat normal foods again, though it still should be taken slow. Moderation is the key. There may yet be some digestive distress, so don’t be alarmed if this happens. In this case, all you have to do is return to the orange juice for a couple more days.
It is also highly recommended that you use some probiotics after coming out of the Master Cleanse, since the process may have reduced or removed the amount of good bacteria in the digestive tract. These bacteria help with digestion and it produces several vitamins important to the body.
Understandably, you may be quite ravenous after you come off the diet, but do not be tempted to stuff your mouth with whatever food you can lay hands on. Keep in mind that your body will not take to the sudden shift in diet well, and you could end up getting seriously sick. For optimal results and to keep yourself safe, you have to ease off the diet gradually. The same goes for re-introducing solid food into your meal plan.
Easing out of the Master Cleanse diet is just as important as easing into it. Just as the body needs to be prepared to subsist on a liquid diet rather than solid food to begin the diet, it must also be prepared to stop receiving only liquids and re-learn how to absorb normal food again. Rushing into the Master Cleanse diet will almost surely lead to failure and coming out of it too fast may play havoc with the digestive system. If you want to increase your chances of following the diet successfully and then reaping its full benefits, ease your way out of the diet the same way you eased your way into it: gradually. Good luck!