It’s official, today is my first day of Master Cleanse. I was supposed to start on Monday, but kept coming up with excuses as to why I shouldn’t do it on that particular day… Here we are, it’s Thursday and I finally committed to this adventure.
I do this Master Cleanse thingy (also known as the lemonade diet) once a year in the summer. It’s like a ritual I have. The results are visible pretty much from day 1 and that’s what I particularly like about it. In addition to significant weight loss, this Master Cleanse is actually a CLEANSE, duh!
Master Cleanse consists of drinking a home-made lemonade mix that detoxifies and cleans your body. Normal people do it for these purposes and NOT weight loss. But it doesn’t hurt to kill two birds with one stone, right? Right. It is a modified juice cleanse where one is not allowed to eat food. At all. Zero. It’s pretty crazy when you think about it, but it’s actually very good for you.
Following the master cleanse or the lemonade diet helps your body expel built-up toxins, gets the kidneys and entire digestive track to optimum health and performance, eliminates joint and muscle aches, and helps eliminate fats reducing unwanted weight and giving your body a firmer tone.
What is lemonade diet?
It is 100% liquid diet that must be followed strictly without any exceptions for a minimum of 10 days. I’m planning on sticking to it for 2 weeks (major LOL). I usually loose interest after 5 days. Whatever, I’ll dream big.
Preparing the drink
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon)
2 tablespoons grade-B organic maple syrup
1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Dissolve all ingredients in 10 oz. water.
Prepare the lemonade as given. Do not change the proportion of any ingredient. The lemonade may not give you the desired results. Do not substitute the maple syrup or cayenne pepper with anything else. The use of honey in this lemonade is a strict ‘NO’.
A typical day on a Master Cleans diet looks as follows:
Right after you wake up – 2tsp sea salt + 1qt. warm water
Throughout the day – 6-12 glasses of the Master Cleanse Lemonade (recipe above)
Just before bed – 1 cup of laxative herbal tea
Apparently, there are some side effects to this cleanse, but I have never personally experienced them myself. I always feel normal and nothing really changes for me. Except for missing food a lot… because I have feelings for food.
Here are some side effects I found on the internet:
The first thing that you may suffer are cramps in the abdomen. You may need to visit the toilet 3 to 4 times a day. Sounds strange to be visiting the toilet so many times since you will not be eating anything solid. But this will happen. Your body will keep on eliminating all the toxins that are loosening from all parts of your body. You could feel a bit weak when you begin the lemonade diet because of the sudden elimination of all the accumulated toxins. Vomiting can occur, and joints could pain. This is normal and natural. Your body is in the process of purifying itself. Other symptoms may include nausea, headaches and irritability. When any of these side effects happen to you, do not despair and leave the lemonade diet. Be firm and go through the entire course; you will not regret it!
What happens when you’re done?
After you finish fasting for 10 days or more, it’s very important to follow the right steps.Do not make the mistake of gobbling down whatever you can lay your hands on once you have completed this diet. Your body will not be able to adjust to this, and it could lead to a serious condition.
You have to get off the diet and introduce solid foods gradually. The first and second day after you complete the lemonade diet, you should have only fresh orange juice. 8 to 10 glasses a day should suffice. Drink as much water in between as required. On the third day have fresh orange juice in the morning. Afternoon lunch should consist of a little fresh and raw fruits. At night have a raw vegetable salad. The following morning, drink a glass of fresh orange juice. Lunch should be a little soup made of fresh vegetables. Have the same soup for dinner. You are now ready to eat normally.
I will share mine when I’m done
Master cleanse site I took information from -> Lemon diet
There are tons of other resources on the internet about this specific diet. Look it up if you’re curious.