On Monday, March 7th, 2011, I will do the Master Cleanse aka Lemonade Diet again. This time for 10 days.
***DURING THE MASTER CLEANSE YOU EAT NO FOOD, TAKE NO MEDICINE OR VITAMINS.***
I did it last year starting out with the intention of doing 7 days. The first 3 days were hard. All I thought about was food but it seemed like once I got over the hump, it became easy! When I reached day 7, I decided to go for 10. When I reached 10, I decided to go for 14. When I got to 16, someone important to me at the time intervened. They called me “ANNIE-rexic” and kept saying “ANNIE are you OK… are you OK, ANNIE?” I went from 167 lbs to 152 in those 16 days & I promise you, I never felt better when I was on the cleanse. My mood & disposition towards things that would usually set me off were amazing. I had energy & a VERY clear head.
After the cleanse, food tasted completely different to me. I ate a tomato for the first time in 10 years (I’ve ALWAYS hated them) and it was delicious! It has been over a full year and I have not gained the weight back (I fluctuated between 151 and 157 lbs) but I am geared up to do the cleanse again, this time morso for its detox purposes. The cleanse is said to remove a year of damage with every 2 days you do it!
So you’re in? This is what you need to get:
- 16oz bottle waters
- lemons (you can use limes too)
- grade B maple syrup (you can get it from Trader Joes, Whole Foods, ect…)
- cayenne pepper pills (I get them from Walmart for $3 or you can use the powder)
- sea salt
- smooth move laxative tea
- green and/or peppermint tea (optional)
Each 16 oz bottle represents 2- 8 oz servings.
Each serving is 8 oz water, 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1-2 tbsp grade B maple syrup & 95,000 HU (about 1/10 tsp if you use the powder or 2.5 pills). You need to drink no less than 6 & no more than 12 servings a day. If you decide to use the pills like me you MAY want to take them ONE AT A TIME… otherwise it feels like Satan himself has come down from the pits of hell to light little bonfires in your stomach. All bad.
Each day of the Master Cleanse starts out with a sea salt flush. I will not play you. This part sucks salty water balls. You take 32 oz of the warmest tap water you can drink & mix it with 2 tsp of sea salt & drink. Make NO plans for at least a hour & stay near a toilet. Because there is no fiber in your diet during the Master Cleanse & your body is collecting toxins, you have to force their release… this is what the sea salt does. Usually your body pushes what registers as liquid into your bladder, but since the salty water is the same density as your blood, it pushes it into your stomach, colon & thru your small & large intestine… and RIGHT back out. TRUST ME. When you feel ANY kind of pressure, GO TO THE BATHROOM. Prepare your servings of the lemonade for the day. Don’t make a huge batch ahead of time. Lemon juice is most effective when its freshly squeezed.
The smooth move tea is to be consumed before bed each night… it helps your body to start preparing for the sea salt.
In addition to your 6-12 servings of lemonade, you can have equal amounts of water. You can also have unsweetened peppermint and green tea (limit it to about 1/2 of the amount of your lemonade consumption).
There is A LOT of information out there on the Master Cleanse… check out http://themastercleanse.org/ & here are a few fun facts:
- Stanley Burroughs invented the Master Cleanse in 1941
- Lemons are the richest source of vitamins & minerals of any of the foods known to man
- THE MASTER CLEANSE MIGHT RENDER BIRTH CONTROL INEFFECTIVE (don’t blame Cristal!)
Still down? If I haven’t scared you off & you’ve got the willpower leave me a comment to know that you are in it with me! Be sure to include your Twitter so we can check on each other!