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How do you reintroduce food after a Master Cleanse?

The Master Cleanse, also known as the Lemonade Diet, is a liquid fast used for quick weight loss. It involves drinking 6-12 glasses per day of an acidic lemonade concoction of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for a period of 10 days to 2 weeks.

While the Master Cleanse may help you lose weight quickly, it deprives your body of important nutrients. That’s why it’s critical to ease back into eating solid foods slowly and carefully after completing the cleanse. Reintroducing food too quickly can cause digestive issues, bloating, and even weight gain.

Follow these tips to safely reintroduce food after finishing a Master Cleanse:

Phase 1: Broth and Vegetable Soup (Days 1-2)

After completing the Master Cleanse, don’t immediately jump into eating solid foods. Your body needs time to readjust.

Start with 1-2 days of only consuming broth and light vegetable soups. This gives your digestive system a chance to “wake up” before handling heavier foods.

Some nourishing soup options include:

Broth-based soups Blended vegetable soups
Chicken broth Butternut squash soup
Beef broth Carrot ginger soup
Vegetable broth Creamy tomato soup

Avoid any soups with grains, beans, pasta, or heavy creams for now. Stick to light broths and blended vegetable soups only.

Here are some tips for Phase 1:

– Drink the soup slowly and chew thoroughly. This helps wake up your digestive enzymes.
– Limit portions to 1 cup at a time.
– Avoid drinking fluids 30 minutes before or after meals.
– Stop eating if you feel discomfort or bloating.
– Avoid exercising beyond light walking.

Give your body time to adjust during this transitional phase.

Phase 2: Soft Vegetables and Fruits (Days 3-4)

After a couple days of soup, you can start incorporating soft cooked vegetables and fruits into your diet. These foods provide vitamins and minerals without overtaxing your digestion.

Some easily digested options include:

Cooked vegetables Fruits
Steamed asparagus Bananas
Sautéed spinach Applesauce
Roasted broccoli Avocado
Mashed carrots Melons

Tips for Phase 2:

– Cook vegetables until very soft.
– Remove skins/peels from fruits and veggies.
– Limit portions to 1/2 cup at a time.
– Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
– Avoid raw produce or salads.
– Stop eating if you feel discomfort or bloating.
– Only Light exercise like yoga or walking.

As your digestion strengthens, you can gradually increase the variety, textures, and quantities of produce. But stay focused on well-cooked, easily digestible options for a few more days.

Phase 3: Lean Proteins and Starchy Carbs (Days 5-7)

After several days of eating only soup, fruits and soft veggies, you can begin reintroducing lean proteins, grains and starchy carbohydrates. These higher calorie foods provide energy but are easier to digest than fatty foods.

Some healthy options to begin with include:

Proteins Grains/Starches
Eggs Oatmeal
Skinless chicken breast Rice cakes
Fresh fish Quinoa
Tofu Cooked potatoes

Tips for Phase 3:

– Introduce one new protein and starch at a time.
– Limit protein portions to 3-4 ounces.
– Avoid raw grains/starches – cook them thoroughly.
– Stop eating if you feel discomfort or bloating.
– Light exercise like walking or gentle yoga is ok.

Listen to your body very closely when adding denser foods like protein and carbs. Scale back if you experience digestive distress. Portion control is also key.

Phase 4: Dairy, Oils and Dressings (Days 8+)

Once you’ve adjusted to proteins and starches without issues, you can begin carefully introducing dairy, oils and dressings back into your diet. These calorie-dense foods require strong digestion, so portion control remains important.

Some reintroduction options include:

Dairy Oils Dressings
Plain yogurt Olive oil Vinaigrette
Cottage cheese Coconut oil Balsamic dressing
Milk Avocado oil Lemon juice

Tips for Phase 4:

– Introduce new dairy, oils or dressings one at a time.
– Limit portions of calorie-dense items.
– Stop eating if you feel discomfort or bloating.
– Resume moderate exercise.

Be cautious with serving sizes of rich foods. Introduce them slowly and only if previous phases have gone smoothly. Also, limit sugar, caffeine, alcohol and fried foods for several more weeks as these can disrupt digestion.


Transitioning your diet after a Master Cleanse requires patience and gradual reintroduction of foods. Start with clear liquids, advance slowly to soft foods, then eventually denser proteins, grains and dairy products.

Listen to your body and stop eating any items that cause digestive distress. Portion control is also important to prevent bloating. Following these tips will help you return to a balanced diet safely while maintaining the weight loss benefits of the Master Cleanse. Just remember to ease back into solid foods slowly.