Detoxing - flushing out the contaminants that build up in your body - has always fascinated me. I love the idea of feeling refreshed, energized and cleansed.

Detoxing - flushing out the contaminants that build up in your body - has always fascinated me. I love the idea of feeling refreshed, energized and cleansed.

But I also love to eat, and not just for sustenance. Few experiences delight me like an exquisite meal. Thus, fasting for days seemed daunting. Still, when presented with the chance to try one of those weekend detox diets, I took the plunge.

It didn't go well.

First of all, for these plans to work, you need to participate for several days in a row. I couldn't make it 24 hours without cracking.

I tried Master Cleanse, Stanley Burroughs' "lemonade diet" that calls for exclusively consuming a mixture of fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and purified water. I'd prefer a detox plan that allows for light meals like steamed vegetables.

After popping a laxative before bed, I awoke, stopped by the toilet and headed to the kitchen to mix up my first batch of lemonade. The official Master Cleanse site recommends drinking six to 12 glasses of this stuff per day and filling in the gaps with extra water to trick your stomach into feeling full.

My stomach wasn't fooled. Instead of feeling invigorated by the citrus enzymes, all I could think about was how depleted and hungry I was. Furthermore, though I found the lemonade delicious at first, by 10 p.m. the thought of drinking another serving of that dreadful mixture made me want to puke.

The thought of scarfing some of my mom's taco casserole, on the other hand

So I don't know whether several days of Master Cleanse will leave you feeling like new, but I do know you don't need some gimmick diet to feel revitalized. A jog, a shower and a healthy meal does the trick for me.