Over the last few weeks, I’ve been frustrated with my diet. I feel bloated and out of control with my sugar and wheat consumption. I also have chronic pain, inflammation and fatigue. I figured it was time to reset my diet and start back at square one again.
I’m finding that when I’m overwhelmed with life and not feeling up to par, it’s easy to compromise on my diet and skip out on the things that I value eating. Consequently, I drink less water, eat less salads, and eat more sugar and processed foods. This is not how I want to live my life. I dislike that I value one thing and then I behave totally differently.
So I got a bit of fight back in me and some distaste for my poor choices. I resolved that I’m going to do the Master Cleanse/Lemonade Diet again and get back on track. The Master Cleanse diet was made popular by Beyonce and is based on the book by Stanley Burroughs called “The Master Cleanser.”
To get started, I set up a white board in my kitchen and wrote down a couple quotes that I picked up along the way from my readings.
“Don’t think about the difficulty of forming a new habit. Think about the joy that is soon to come!” – I believe Tony Robbins
“The difference between feeling up or down, sane or insane, calm or freaked out, inspired or depressed depends in large measure upon what we put in our mouth.” – Sugar Blues by William Dufty
Then I bought a bunch of lemons and 100% pure maple syrup. Based on my experience from the last Master Cleanse I did, I also purchased a lemon juicer. It really hurt my hand digging into 5 lemons a day with a fork in order to get out as much juice as possible. I recommend rolling and pressing the outside rind of the lemons along the counter to help get more juice out of the lemons.
Lastly, I had my last awesome meal at Mongo Bongo Mongolian Grill!
Today, I made my first big batch for the day. I find this the easiest way to go about it rather than making one serving at a time. It’s currently 5 o’clock pm and I’m already almost done the entire 3 litres! The lemonade concoction is delicious so it goes down pretty easily.
In order to hold myself accountable, I measured my waist…38 inches.
Now all I need to do is drink my juice for the next 10 days and then check back with my new waist measurement!
Last time I did this, I lost about 2 inches on my waist. Pretty exciting. I totally expect the weight to be due to water retention and I’m totally okay with that. I just want to break some bad habits, remove the bloated feeling and get control over my eating choices.
Master Cleanse Recipe
Drink at least 60 oz of the lemonade a day. Drink as much water as you want. Ideally, try to consume your body weight in ounces.
Single Serving Lemonade Diet Recipe:
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of organic lemon juice (about ½ a lemon) – I haven’t particularly bothered with organic. Make sure to use lemons and not the bottled juice.
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of organic, 100% maple syrup (not table or butter syrup or Aunt Jemima’s); grade B has been recommended from other sources – I have no idea what that is. Perhaps because I live in Canada. My bottle says medium 1. I don’t know what that means either. Haha. I just got organic 100% and figured it was good enough.
- Pinch of cayenne pepper powder
- 10 ounces (295 ml or 1 ¼ cups) of filtered water – I have a Kangen water machine so I use alkaline water…the more the merrier.
Daily Serving Lemonade Diet Recipe:
- 12 Tbsp (180 ml) of organic lemon juice (about 4- 5 lemons)
- 12 Tbsp (180 ml) of organic 100% maple syrup
- ½ Tsp (2.5 ml) of cayenne pepper powder
- 60 ounces (1775 ml or 7.5 cups) of filtered water
After the first day, I am feeling a slight headache and a wee bit hungry. I expected this since this is part of the detox process. I just keep reminding myself that this is temporary and try to envision the joy I will have at the end of it. I hope making this personal goal public will help keep me accountable.
Here are some other resources on cleansing and detoxing. They even come with a free bonus!
I’d love to hear where you are at with your diet or lack of it. Have you done any cleanses in the past? It isn’t easy and not everyone has the discipline. As Tony Robbins says, it takes getting disgusted with where you’re at to get the leverage to make a change. That’s what it took to get me to start this cleanse…getting disgusted/tired/frustrated with where I’m at. Here’s a short motivation video my brother put together to help keep the motivation flowing.
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