It’s day 6 of my Master Cleanse journey. Both Mark and I have made it over the hump. Yay! What an interesting roller coaster experience this has been. The first couple of days were easy but the last 3, oh boy, not so much. Dealing with the cravings and the lack of solid food is a big challenge. Not so much because you are hungry but you miss having a normal meal. Sometimes just making Denzin’s food feels tempting and had it not been for my strong will and dedication, I would have given up on day 3. We are determined to complete our goal of 10 day cleanse.
Since I announced our journey publicly, I have received many positive and supportive words from family and friends. Mark and I are grateful for your encouragement from the bottom of our hearts. Some have expressed interest in the Master Cleanse diet and more specifically, how we make the lemonade. For you, guys and girls, I wrote this blog and educational video, so you will get a better understanding of the Master Cleanse diet.
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Secondly, to do the Master Cleanse properly you will need the following ingredients:
- Spring/Purified Water
- Organic Lemons
- Raw Coconut Nectar*
- Organic Cayenne Pepper
- Herbal Laxative Tea
- Grey Sea Salt
*Update 1.20.11 – I’m now using and recommending Raw Coconut Nectar in place of the traditional Maple Syrup. Here is why:
- 100% RAW – unlike maple syrup and the controversial agave nectar, coconut nectar is never processed over 115 degrees, which allows for all the naturally occurring enzymes, vitamins and minerals to remain intact.
- 100% VEGAN – not sure if you are aware but not all sweeteners are completely free of animal byproducts. Over half of the cane refineries in the United States use bone char (charcoal made from animal bones) as their activated carbon source to purify sugar. And honey is a byproduct of bees, so technically, it’s not vegan. Stanley Burroughs also advises against taking honey internally. Raw coconut nectar is absolutely vegan free of any animal byproducts.
- Low Fructose – one of the most impressive advantages is that the raw coconut sap has only 1.5% fructose when collected from the blossoms. As this sap is dried and thickened, removing much of the water, the fructose content of the final liquid only reaches about 10%. That’s far lower than the 50% – 90% fructose found in agave nectar products.
- Low Glycemic – raw coconut nectar has GI of 35 whereas maple syrup has GI of 54 and honey GI of 55.
- Abundance of Nutrients – with more than 17 Amino Acids and plethora of minerals, vitamin C and B vitamins, raw coconut nectar has an unmatched nutritional profile.
- Neutral pH – last but not least, it’s nice to know that consuming this product won’t interfere with our natural body pH during the cleanse.
Next, you will need the following equipment:
- BPA-free Water Jug
- Citrus Juicer
- Measuring Cup
- Measuring Spoons
- Sharp Knife
- Cutting Board
Now that you have all necessary ingredients and tools, the recipe for the lemonade is as follows:
- 10 oz. warm water
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. Coconut Nectar
- 1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper
You should drink between 6 – 12 glasses a day. Mark and I make 10 glasses each to drink throughout the day. When you multiply the recipe by 10 here is what it looks like:
- 100 oz. warm water
- 20 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 20 Tbsp. coconut nectar
- 1 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
Make sure that you shake the water jug well before pouring a glass each time since the lemon pulp and Cayenne pepper will sag to the bottom. Also, it’s detrimental to drink your lemonade at room temperature so your body wouldn’t require extra energy to warm up cold lemonade in your stomach.
Every evening drink a cup of herbal laxative tea and every morning a quart of salt water (a.k.a. saltwater flush). Those two things will help with your eliminations and if you skip them, you will have no way of removing the toxins that are loosened by the lemonade drink. It will be as if sweeping your floor and never removing the dirt. If you cannot do the saltwater flush, then take a cup of the laxative tea in the morning too.
Follow this regimen for a minimum of 10 days and up to 40 days. During that time your body will be provided with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients through the lemonade. Don’t worry, you won’t starve. If you feel hungry, just drink more lemonade. That should take care of the empty feeling in your stomach.
If you are concerned about doing the cleanse while performing your job, know you will have enough energy to sustain you through the workday. At no point have I felt dizzy, lightweight or tired on the Master Cleanse. You will even be able to exercise moderately.
And a few Don’ts:
- DON’T use Agave Nectar in place of Coconut Nectar. It would not provide you with the necessary nutrients to sustain your 10-day journey without food.
- DON’T use bottled lemon juice or conventional lemons because they lack the freshness and contain much less nutrients than freshly squeezed organic lemons.
- DON’T skip the Cayenne pepper even though it may burn slightly when drinking the lemonade. Cayenne pepper is extremely powerful cardiovascular support ingredient and helps carry out toxins out of your body while cleansing. You may, however, substitute the powder with drops or pills.
- DON’T drink a glass in the morning and then wait 4 or more hours to drink another one. Space out the glasses evenly throughout your day so you’ll have a consistent flow of nutrients going into your body. If you are going to be away from home, pack up extra lemonade to take with you.
- DON’T take any multivitamin/mineral or herbal supplements while doing the cleanse. As stated above, all that is required by your body will be found in the lemonade.
- DON’T smoke, consume alcohol or abuse drugs either! Remember, you are trying to get rid of the toxins not add to them.
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