I’ve had people asking me how to do the Master Cleanse Diet. So here’s my explanation of what I am doing.
What The Master Cleanse Is Not
First, please understand that this is not so much a diet to help you lose X number of pounds. While you might lose weight and most people probably will, that is not the primary intention.
The primary intention for the Master Cleanse Plan is to clean out your body of toxins and waste and to do a “reset” so that you can get back on track with a healthy eating program.
And that is the key. Healthy Eating.
If you use the Master Cleanse as a way to lose weight and then just go back to eating a bunch of unhealthy foods, then it is a very bad idea to do the Master Cleanse.
Yo-Yo dieting is not a good idea and that is what happens when we go on a diet to lose weight, but don’t change our the way we eat only to have to go on a diet to get the weight off after a period of unhealthy eating.
What The Master Cleanse Is
The Master Cleanse, otherwise known as the Lemonade Diet, is a method of resetting your internal digestive systems while eliminating the waste that has built up in your digestive track over many years of eating unhealthy.
I found that my system was eliminating solid waste long after I had stopped eating solids. So where did that come from? I am not certain, but I know it had to come from somewhere. Something was stuck in there!
How To Do The Master Cleanse Right
Before I started, I did a fair amount of research to figure out the right way to make this thing work right without hurting myself. I found a lot of helpful and encouraging advice and insight. But I also saw some strong warnings and cautions.
A lot of the advice was well intentioned and genuinely good advice. Some of the advice told of people’s bad experiences and advised to stay away from the diet.
What I found was that those who followed a well guided plan actually had a good experience and good results with the Master Cleanse. Those who followed incomplete advice or didn’t follow the program, had bad experiences.
Master Cleanse Books
After searching for advice and help on different forums and websites, I searched for books that would provide a more complete picture of the Master Cleanse Diet plan with detailed instructions on how to do it right.
I found the original book on Amazon: The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs
This book has a lot of good reviews and since it comes from the originator, seems like a good place to start. However, Amazon gives you the other suggestions and I always like to look through those to see if there might be something that fits what I am looking for better.
Several of the books looked good, but I always like to make sure I’m taking the right path. So back to Google I go.
I did some more searching and eventually came across a book titled ‘Master Cleanse Secrets‘. The website for the book gives a lot insight into the diet and it sounded like it would give more complete and up to date information about how to do the diet right compared to the free information I was getting on the internet and even from the original book. I also liked that I could download and start reading the book right away.
I figured I could get my money back if it wasn’t good information, so I decided to buy that one.
It was a good choice. I finished the book that day. It’s over 100 pages but not tough to get through; especially for someone motivated to make this work.
The Master Cleanse Plan
The plan really is pretty simple.
You use a laxative in the morning.
Drink 6 to 12 glasses of the lemonade throughout the day alternating with a glass of water in between each lemonade.
Use a laxative before bed.
Here’s what I did:
First thing I made my morning laxative. I chose to do Sea Salt.
1 Teaspoon of sea salt with 25-35 ounces of warm water
As I’m drinking that, I made enough of the lemonade mixture for the whole day:
• 60 Ounces Filtered Water
• 12 Tablespoons organic Maple syrup (Grade B)
• 12 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
• ½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
I did have to make up smaller portions a couple times and here’s the recipe for 1 serving:
• 10 Ounces Filtered Water
• 2 Tablespoons organic Maple syrup (Grade B)
• 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
• 1/10 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
For the rest of the day I alternate 16 ounces of Lemonade with same amount of water.
Mid-morning I take 2 wheat grass tablets.
About a half an hour before normal lunch time I take one Hoodia tablet.
I then take 2 wheat grass tablets mid-afternoon and one Hoodia tablet about a half hour before dinner time.
The book I got gave great direction and some practical tips that I don’t think I would have come up with on my own right away. I can tell that she has a lot of experience. The Master Cleanse Secrets really is a great guide that will help you through this program.
The most important things that I took away from my experience is to make sure that you are close to a bathroom. Especially after the salt water in the morning.
Next to that, just keep the bottle of wheat grass around.
One of the things that I learned from the book is to make sure to get pure Grade B Maple Syrup. Grade A is not the right one.
As a final warning, if you decide to get going with the program without reading and learning enough, you might hit some snags that you weren’t expecting and could jeopardize the program for you. I cannot emphasize enough how important reading the book was for me. Not only did it give me the confidence to do the program but it gave me all the important steps to take in making sure the program worked right.
There are many good books out there on how to do the diet. I gave you a couple here that are good choices. Realistically, most of them are probably decent. Read the reviews on Amazon. Or if you just want to get going, use the one I did. I know it works.
One thing that I did wrong the first day was I accidently only made half the lemon juice. This made the pepper stand out too much and was quite spicy. The second day I made the right amount of lemon juice and it was MUCH better.
Lastly, I found that if I drank the lemonade last thing around 8 pm, I was good for the rest of the evening.
Overall my experience with the Master Cleanse diet was a good one. I hope it goes as well for you. Please share your experiences in the comments.