We all know how I feel about Food; I love eating it, I love cooking it, and I love shopping for it. Food is a big staple in my life as I am sure in most people’s lives.
However, lately I have been feeling kind of in a slump about it, I feel like I am so consumed with the many recent changes going on, with summer headed our way, the allergies I have due to the pollen and so on.
So after much consideration I have decided that I will do the ‘Master Cleanse’ a combination of water, lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. I have done this cleanse a few times already and it always makes me feel fantastic it gives me that extra energy I need during times when I am not feeling so great.
The Benefits of a Detox
Besides the usual benefits of increased energy, clear eyes, skin and regulated moods, Detoxing has many other benefits:
- Improves our Immune Function
- Reduce the amount of toxins and pollution into our body to lessen the burden against the detoxification organs
- Promote healthy eating, nutrition and supplementation to help our body effectively clear the toxins
- Scavenge free radicals and eliminate toxins
- Strengthen body’s fight against cancer cells and generate healthy cells in our body
- Cleanse mucous, congestion, fermentation, inflammation in our digestive tract
- Purify our blood
- Reform our lifestyle addictions for sugar, salt, high glycemic carbohydrates, alcohol, junk foods, nicotine, etc
The first time I did “The Master Cleanse” was back in 2005 everyone had said that I would not be able to go without food for 21 days and it kinda kicked something in me to prove them wrong. I had started to smoke in 2004 and went from hating smoke to smoking about a pack or more a day, I never had it in me to quit and didn’t even want to.
So when I started the cleanse I hadn’t thought of the fact that I wouldn’t be able to smoke either. And, obviously after reading everything carefully and really soaking in the words “DETOX” I realized that I had embarked one tough journey. The first 3 days were torturous I had a horrible headaches from the caffeine withdrawal, I was craving my cigarettes, had muscle and body aches and I didn’t know if I would be able to complete it. However, although every single day I thought about quitting (sincerely only because I missed and craved the food), I started noticing how energetic and wonderful I was feeling, I would wake up in great moods, I had tons of energy (sexually as well, ha!) and felt like I was a new person; and the bonus was that I also lost a few lbs.
When I got off the cleanse I had no desire to put a cigarette in my mouth and felt so great. It was a way for me to push the button and start anew. I felt fantastic. I have consistently done the cleanse just about once a year, right when I start feeling sluggish and not so great, with the weather changes and my not so inspirational mood I know that I need to reset myself and this seems to work fantastic for me.
I only do it for 10 days, I have never re-done the 21 days I initially did. I don’t really know of any other detox because I generally stick to what I like. This one worked for me so I do it. However, you have to know that you are not allowed to eat anything at all, you can only drink the lemon mix, water and herbal teas. So, I don’t suggest everyone to do it because it is tough, there are other cleanses that are less drastic, I will list them below. I do however suggest an occasional detox, it’s good to give your body a break so that it can focus solely on you and help give that extra spark back in your everyday life. However, if you are doing this exclusively to lose weight I would suggest other things and always remember to contact your physician before starting any cleanse/detox. And remember to follow the guidelines carefully, you have to introduce the right foods back into your body slowly, I have attached the original link to the Master Cleanse for instruction. Ciao
- Nightly Laxatives (Herbal tea called “Smooth Move”) you can find it in any health store
- Salt Water Flush
Prior to your first day on The Lemonade Diet you should have taken your Nightly Laxative. On your first full day you do not need to do the SWF so you can start drinking your Lemonade immediately upon waking.
Lemonade Diet Recipe
Mix each of the following lemonade diet ingredients into a large glass:
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Grade B Maple Syrup
- 1/10 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper Powder – or to taste (as much as you can stand)
- 8 ounces (250 milliliters of Pure Water)
Little tip: Roll each lemon firmly between your palm and the counter. Put sufficient downward pressure as you rock the lemon back and forth under your hand. You are softening the lemon to make the extraction of juice more efficient.
How much Lemonade should you drink during the day?
You will drink between 6 and 12 glasses of Lemonade each day (some people drink as much as 26 glasses per day). The more you can drink, the better. I try to drink at least 8 glasses each day. This will depend on how big or small you currently are (caloric needs), your tolerance to physical and psychological urges to eat, and your desire to to lose weight.
Here is the official Website: http://themastercleanse.org/
Here are some other types of Detox/Cleanses:
OMG, my friends and I are starting the master cleanse on June 1, ur post is a sign that it’s definitely time for my system to be flushed 🙂
Is it the first time? I think that if you can manage to go through with it u’ll be really happy.
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This is probably my 6th time…I always find after day 3 I am no longer hungry
a very interesting post
It is. Thanks for stopping by mythineats
Interesting “program”… I prefer to just juice organic fruits & vegetables if I want to cleanse my system, no torture at all… have you tried that? Would love to hear a comparison.
I would love to trying the juicing. My sister-in-law did it and loves it. I just haven’t gotten around to buying a juicer, so I guess I just do the cleanse cause it works and it’s cheap 😉
What are you’re thoughts on juicing.
Sorry for the late reply, notification was off but I remembered that I left a comment a while back so I came checking. I just saw your post of completing the cleanse, congrats 🙂
I think juicing has a very similar outcome… but you’ll probably feel less of the “starving” feeling. I’m a big advocate of juicing because I know you can live on it for the rest of your life… don’t know if you’ve heard of it but check out the documentary: “Fat sick and nearly dead”… I saw it way after I started juicing and it convinced me that I’m not doing anything wrong. I used to think that I should take something solid because my body needs it… the body just needs its nutrients: solid, liquid or gas it doesn’t matter 🙂 lol
Wow, talk about determination!
First, thank you for reading/liking my post. Second- the lemon zest/almond topped muffins look amazing. After looking at these, the, I see the cleanse. I don’t know which way to turn! Cleanse, so good for me…Muffins…so muffiny…oh my!
Well, I can see how that would torment anyone. I say if you eat healthy and don’t feel like you need to clean out your body go ahed and make those delicious lemon zest almond topped muffins. If not do the cleanse and then the muffins 😉 either way you should make the muffins.
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I love this cleanse:) it is fantastic! I have done it about 3 or 4 times … I am never hungry.. the only thing I missed was chewing so I started chewing the lemons and limes and that helped:)
Yes, if you do it the right way you really are never hungry. And the reward is 100%. I have to say that it is something that I can voucher for and say it worked and still works for me. It’s tough to dedicate 10 days; but then again what is 10 days out of 365…nothing at all.
Hey! You have been tagged http://abetteryeartoabetterlife.com/2012/05/31/7-things/ ! Good luck on the cleanse : )
I am a huge foodie myself, but the results of doing a detox cleanse a few times a year are truly rewarding.
I also agree. The benefits and the feelings are so rewarding. I’m on my 8th day and feel and look fantastic!!
hey! firstly, thank you for the like. because it led me to you!
the words master cleanse is all too familiar. but only in wording. when i was back in high school, this was one of the journeys i knew i had to embark on. but i had forgotten about it till today!
perhaps coming here and seeing those two words, its time for me to do that now that i have time off. can i ask, when did you stop feeling hungry? because i love food so much and i’m honestly easily tempted
also, did you do any sort of exercise during this detox? because i can’t see myself running and coming home to drink this. haha d:
Well that’s great, I think that I stopped feeling hungry by day 3. It’s not that I was hungry but I was more craving what I would eat when I got off (the veggie soup). I did workout after the 3rd day I do Yoga and then also fast walking. You do start having alot of energy and you need to out it somewhere so it is good to workout, if you are able.
best of luck and thanks for stopping by mythineats
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thanks for the time and effort it must have taken you to make this blog thank you
Ohh, these are wonderful words. I appreciate them it takes time and effort but its all worth it if I Dan make you happy!
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What’s up, just wanted to tell you, I liked this post. It was practical. Keep on posting!