How long have you ever gone without eating?

United States
August 13, 2009 10:28pm CST
I have been on The Master Cleanse for 4 days, during which I have eaten nothing but the designated lemonade, and the senna leaf tea, which is also a par of the cleanse. The first 6 or so days will probably be hard for me until then. This is mostly because my family is vaguely disapproving and try to tease me by cooking or buying my favorite foods unexpectedly. I have stayed strong until now, so wish me luck for the next few days to help me get through this!
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• Philippines
14 Aug 09
Oh no, i can't possibly survive a day without eating. I'd just die. Seriously. I have ulcer and I am not supposed to miss a meal or if i'm hungry, i should eat. So not eating won't work for me. But good luck with you, though. Hope you get through. :)
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• United States
14 Aug 09
Thanks! But you guys are giving credit where credit is definitely not due! Really, I am eating, in a way. The liquids that I am taking in are enough to sustain me and detoxify my body....your health problems do exclude you from doing certain things and I am glad that you take the limitations of your body into consideration!
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@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Aug 09
a warning to you both please do not let friends who are diabetic go on these cleansing things as it would cause them to go into comas and could led to their deaths.
• United States
14 Aug 09
oh never! people with any type of physical infirmity or illness, particularly when it deals with food, should never go onto programs like this, even as much as i believe in them...
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
14 Aug 09
The longest that I have gone without food, for religious reason, is 3-4 days. I do think body cleansing through fasting is an excellent way to rejuvenate your body and rid it from many of the toxics from the environment and the foods eaten. It is important to watch your potassium level when fasting, especially if you are just drinking just water. Senna is a bowel stimulant and will cause a diarrhea effect. I am not sure it is safe without a doctor okay to be on this kind of diet for a long period of time. After the cleansing it is important to go slowly introducing the body to solid food again. Good luck and be true to yourself, done give in to temptations.
• United States
14 Aug 09
You are really knowledgeable about this sort of thing, and you have the benefits and concerns down pat. These possible problems are the reason why the Lemonade needs to be mixed properly, one should drink from six to twelve bottles a day, and why one should keep themselves hydrated with plenty of water.
• United States
14 Aug 09
And thanks, I hope I don't!
@metschica25 (5408)
• United States
14 Aug 09
Hello, I wish you luck . I think after the 72 hrs are gone it will be a piece of cake for you . Washing Away all the bad will make your body feel great . I am on a diet and drink a whole bunch of green tea. Now its wholesome eating and walking the track daily and it feels great . Some people tho are not able to fast and all .... it would not be for me , Have a feeling Id slow down ya know.
• United States
14 Aug 09
The cleanse does make you more mellow, and for some, it makes them very unhappy. That really doesn't go for me! I feel really light, but not insubstantial, like a being that is above worldly pleasures and desires. I hope that doesn't sound arrogant, but that feeling is what has gotten me through the process every time. And thanks!
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
14 Aug 09
I think I cannot survive for more than a day without food. I am do eat twice a day only. The longest time I have not eaten was only for one day. I do hope that you will stay strong and be successful in what you have started.
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• United States
14 Aug 09
Unless I forget to eat before I am away from food, I naturally eat lots of small meals over the day whenever I am hungry. Though when I am attending other sessions of classes besides the really flexible summer session, I usually only eat dinner since I would be late if I ate breakfast and I don't have time to eat lunch between studying and researching/freshening my notes before classes. And thank you very much!
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@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
14 Aug 09
I tried to have a fasting last Holy week but I can't survive. My reason is for detoxification I'm going to think about it to do it again maybe next week. My mother is going to the province so I'm only one left in our house it is the best time to do it because no one gonna tease me and tempting me with the foods I like. I want to cleanse the toxins in my body.
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• United States
14 Aug 09
Yeah. You should definitely do that. My family has been irritating and disconcerting me with the smell of my favorite fast foods and homemade meals.
@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Aug 09
hi although I do not myself approve of those cleanse things, I willsay when I broke my shoulder,and had to have surgery I was without food and justsips of water for a day And a half until I could get into surgery. I hope you have good luck in your cleanse. to me this is just too too hArsh and does little good except make the person who sold the p lAn much richer.
• United States
14 Aug 09
I get sick when I only have water to drink! Actually, the plan is free. Some buy it to get more in-depth instruction and help, but I have been doing it since I was fifteen so I am fine!
• United States
14 Aug 09
And thank you very much!
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
14 Aug 09
I don't go without eating & don't think it's a good idea to do that. I do wish u luck if that's your choice.
• United States
14 Aug 09
What I am having is nutritionally balanced and able to sustain the human body when mixed properly, so I would call it liquid food more than I would call my behavior "going without eating". And thank you!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
14 Aug 09
WEhatever, Excuse me , thank u.
@malpoa (1218)
• India
14 Aug 09
Yes, we do this for a month in every 11 months. It is actually a religious custom to do so. But we do not restrain from food completely, we eat small proportions aftr dusk till dawn. we do not intake anything, solid or liquid till dusk. This helps the body get rid of all the toxic and brings a glow to the face. All the best to u.
• United States
14 Aug 09
Thank you! This sounds like a detoxifying fast, which my people do also. Is that what your people call it?
@malpoa (1218)
• India
15 Aug 09
The purpose of the fasting is to increase the self control and be a better person. By fasting, we restrain ourselves from food, any worldly pleasures, bad mouthing, getting into fights. One of the benefits of this fasting is that we will know the value of food and think twice before wasting it...It does detoxify your body, helps to low down your temper... It is called ramazan, the month of fasting for followers of Islam. good day
@jellymonty (2358)
14 Aug 09
The longest I've stayed without any food or water is 4 days. I grew up on a farm so there was always times of famine. But sometimes famine was so bad that we had no money no nothing so for four days. I remember that my sister got gravely ill because the water was not fresh water and we literally only had grass and sand. Anyway good luck with your cleansing ritual.. Hope it pays off whatever you are trying to achieve.
• United States
14 Aug 09
Wow. I am glad that things like this didn't have any adverse affects on your health! That sounds serious! Thank you very much!
• United States
14 Aug 09
Wow. I am glad that occurrences like that have not had any adverse effects on your health. Those situations sound really dire and serious. Anyways. thnx for the wish of luck!
• India
14 Aug 09
i wish u best luck with ur thing .. but for me i have gone without food for a day and half, the day of my sisters marriage and the next..
• United States
14 Aug 09
We all would want to look our best for an event like that, so I don't blame you and admire you for your willpower! And thank you very much!
@vingyan06 (2489)
• Malaysia
15 Aug 09
Wish you good luck too. I hardly stay hungry.. I must eat whenever I am hungry.
• United States
15 Aug 09
maximum... i have got 1 day without eating lol.... but if your talkin about sleeping i have gone a complete full 4 days without sleeping!
• United States
15 Aug 09
wow! that is awesome! i usually start microsleeping against my will around 2 days..then one of the micro-naps turns into a much, much, MUCH longer bout of sleep.......
@dbabcook (390)
• United States
15 Aug 09
The longest I have ever gone without eating is 5 days. I have been considering the Master Cleanse but I am very unsure as to whether or not I can drink the lemonade concotion only. I am too hooked on my 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning for one. Any suggestions? How is the lemonade?
• United States
15 Aug 09
I just add enough lemon juice for it to overpower the other flavors. People say that the maple syrup is what gives you energy, but the amount of lemon juice in the lemon is the difference between my looking like a zombie and looking like i am not doing anything different! And the senna leaf tea isn't bad, unless you can't stand tea or coffee without sugar...the saltwater is...excessive and a bit gross so i just have to steel myself for that....
@sameroad (3180)
• United States
15 Aug 09
the longest i have gone is probably a day or two days. lol i can't go long. i love food too much. theres no way i could go without eating in less i had no food not to eat. good luck with whatever it is your doing. thats kind of messed up for them to be teasing you like that. i hope you can stay strong and finish your program.
• United States
15 Aug 09
I love food too, but i really wanted to do something healthy for my body besides a healthy diet and exercise, as i just felt sluggish even though i was living pretty healthily, if i do say so myself!
@caver1 (1765)
• United States
14 Aug 09
I have fasted for 7 days. For the first few days I took only water, since that is what I did when I had fasted before for a shorter period. The last few days I took some juice and clear broth also. The purpose of the fast was to pray. It had nothing to do with losing weight or detoxing.
• United States
14 Aug 09
I have done religious fasts, but I haven't done any since I came to the U.S. For some reason it is much easier for me to get sick here.
@kaykaygee (117)
• United States
14 Aug 09
My dad did that once, and I was going to, but I was going through a tough time and decided it probably wasn't the best idea for me right at that moment. It seems like it's really tough, but totally worth it. The longest I've gone without eating was 3-4 days when my mom was moving over a week's time and my room got moved last, so I was still staying in the old house by myself and I didn't see my family because they were packing while I was at school and then at the new house when I got home. And I didn't have any money to actually get something and my mom took all the food over to the new house. I'm sure there was more I could do like ask someone at school for a bite of their lunch, but after you go for that long with nothing, it's hard to just jump back into eating again because you feel so sick that nothing sounds appetizing.
• United States
14 Aug 09
Wow. I keep hearing stuff like this where people didn't eat ANYTHING for 2-4 days. I couldn't even last one. I can stay on the cleanse because the 'food' sustains me and leaves me without hunger.
• India
14 Aug 09
I think at max 1 day, i cant stay hungry more than that and thats the height for me. what say guyz for how long you guyz can stay hungry, really xciting questin lolz.
• United States
14 Aug 09
well, i was just thinking about it, and mylot is for discussion so I wondered about other people's experiences! I coudln't go for more than one day without some sort of sustaining liquid or solid either!
@colydf (913)
• China
14 Aug 09
For me, the longest time I have ever gone without eating is only one day. Even though, I could not bare it in the end. I hate the feeling of hungry.
• United States
14 Aug 09
Hunger, well severe hunger is very painful and detrimental to your metabolism so I try to avoid starving myself, but I cannot avoid it when I am bone tired or when I forget to eat...
@mikeyo105 (125)
• Hong Kong
14 Aug 09
I went a day and a half- non intentionally. I was in a program that was tough and every chance i got (in terms of free time) i would always sleep instead of going to eat.. so as a result i didn't eat for almost 2 days straight and I don't think ive ever felt so miserable and weak in my life when i finally dragged myself to feast.. it was so hard..but you said that the first 6 days?.. how long do you plan on not eating for?
• United States
14 Aug 09
The program should last at least 7 days, but I am going for 10 days to get the full benefit of the detoxification. That happens to me too! I have more than one job, and I attend school so when I have free days I mostly sleep the whole time. This leads to me not eating for the whole time I am asleep, then maybe forgetting to eat for the short time I am awake. It is a horrible feeling to wake up that hungry, you are definitely right about that!
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
14 Aug 09
I have gone 4 or 5 days without eating. It was not for a diet though, and I do not think starving yourself is the way you want to loose weight. Muscle will turn to fat
• United States
14 Aug 09
The lemonade included in the cleanse is nutritionally balanced when mixed correctly, so starvation is really not the idea with this detox cleanse!
• United States
14 Aug 09
If this works out for you I want to see the results! I have gone 2 days without eating, I don't know if I could do more, but with patience and stability I think I could go longer. So what is this Master Cleanse? I keep hearing and reading about it but I have yet to try it. Is this something that makes one lose weight? I have to ask. Perhaps you can give me some insight on this. I think you can do this, keep it up, don't let them tempt you, don't fail! YOU can do this! I wish you the best of luck!
• United States
14 Aug 09
I could never go that long without eating or drinking anything of substance! Even water wouldn't be enough! Anyways, the master cleanse is a detoxification cleanse where you drink a lemonade comprised of cayenne pepper, fresh lemon juice, and maple syrup, a herbal laxative tea (I drink Senna Leaf), a sea salt/water concoction, and water. You should drink 6-12 bottles of lemonade a day, depending on how active you are, and one cup of tea/1 quart of saltwater, one in the morning and the other in the evening. And thanks so much for the wish of luck, and I really don't doubt that I will stay strong now!