Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Master Cleanse 3 - Day 1

Day 1 -

Weight Loss = 0 lbs

So here we are again. My husband and I have decided to do the Master Cleanse again. It has turned into an annual event, it seems. We have decided to only do it 9 days this time instead of ten, because we need to break the fast in time for my husband to go on a business trip and Easter is coming up with a big family dinner - although I doubt I will eat much on Easter.

A quick overview of the Master Cleanse (also called the Lemonade Diet) - There is a book written by Stanley Burroughs which outlines the simple full body detox. The idea is to give your stomach and digestive system a rest while flushing out all the toxins in your body.

The night before your start, you drink a senna tea, a natural laxative, just before you go to bed. I use a brand called Smooth Move I purchase from Wild Oats. The next morning you begin with a Salt Water Flush (SWF). The SWF is 32oz of luke warm water with two level teaspoons of sea salt. You drink the water as quickly as you can. The combination of the salt and the water is just right, so the salt nor the water is absorbed into the body. Instead, it runs right through your body, flushing your system. Be sure when you do the SWF that you are near a bathroom and do not have to leave quickly. I usually get up about 1 hour earlier to do the SWF. If you do not have time to do the SWF, you can drink the tea again in the morning.

For the rest of the day, you drink the lemonade.
Here is the recipe for a glass - drink at least 5 a day.
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice (approx. 1/2 lemon)
2 tablespoons organic grade B maple syrup (must be Grade B or C - Not A)
1/10 teaspoon (a small pinch!) cayenne pepper, gradually increase
10 oz spring or distilled water - room temp or luke warm

I have found it too sweet with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, so I only use one. You can also make a big batch to take with you to work and drink all day. Be sure to drink as much water as you can - the correct amount is half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 lbs, drink 100 ounces, if you are 120 lbs, drink 60 ounces, and so on.

Enough writing for now, I will give an update tonight.

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