Over the last several months I have been feeling increasingly tired, sluggish and just generally exhausted.
I’ve known that I needed to do something about it for some time now. But what do I do?
I had been taking an energy drink in the morning. While it doesn’t have a lot of caffeine in it, even a little caffeine each day will wear on a person over time.
I had started taking these when I was working 2 jobs. It allowed me to keep going at the crazy pace I was keeping. That was almost 2 years ago. I have thought about getting off of them for a while now, but was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to make it through my day without my morning shot of caffeine.
Well, it’s now been a week since stopped taking them in the mornings. I haven’t experienced any of the negative impacts that I thought I would. Sure, I’ve been a little tired still, but I was MUCH more tired before.
In fact I think I have more energy now than I did when I was taking my energy shot each morning.
Next Phase: Internal Cleansing
So I am on a mission to clean out my system and to start building in some good habits again. I plan to start doing more juicing and getting back in to a normal exercise routine.
But my next step will be to kick start my new health plan.
Tomorrow I begin the Master Cleanse Diet.
I was doing some research into how I could give my system a kick start and that’s when I came across the “Lemonade diet.”
While it’s not truly a “diet” it does claim to help you lose an initial sum of weight. Mostly toxic garbage leftovers in your digestive track.
I’ve already done a 3 day juice fast recently. I felt much better after I did it, but it was hard to keep up with all the veggies.
This Master Cleanse is a much simpler method.
Researching the Master Cleanse Method
I did some initial searches and read posts about peoples experiences with the plan. There was both good and bad.
Then I started looking for the “manual”, to make sure I do it right and don’t have the same problems that the people I read about did.
I came across the original “manual” from Stanley Burroughs. While it looks like it would be worth reading, one of the complaints I read as I was doing my research was that Burroughs original work left quite a few questions unanswered.
Before I decide to do anything of consequence, I like to make sure that I am going to avoid as many of the known pitfalls as I possibly can. I just hate making mistakes that could have been avoided “if I had only known”.
I decided to look around a bit more before just jumping in.
After looking around a bit on different sites including Amazon, I found a book that details the Master Cleanse method with some helpful updates from the original method.
The book is called “Master Cleanse Secrets” by Raylen Sterling.
After reading through her website I felt like she knew what she was doing and that I could trust what she was saying. She has a very easy to follow style and just makes sense in what she is saying.
You can go check out her website by going here: http://healthyvegetarianlife.com/recommends/MasterCleanseSecrets/
Here’s the video of my purchase decision:
I started reading the book right away and it really does have some helpful insights.
She gives clear details on how to make the plan work. One of the keys is explaining how to do it right so that you don’t fail and so you don’t hurt yourself.
As I was researching this, I came across one article written by someone who had tried the diet and then decided not to do it again.
In the article: I Survived the Master Cleanse – Then Gained All the Weight Back, the writer explains their experience over the 10 days and concludes that it was a bad idea. Of course they admit that they didn’t bother reading an actual book about the cleanse.
It’s not really fair to give a program a poor grade if you don’t take the time to research and learn about it and follow proven instructions. That’s why I felt it was important to find a descent guide. The few dollars I spend on getting good advice and direction can help me to avoid a lot of frustrations, and possibly some dangerous health effects.
On that same site, there was another article titled: How Crash Diets, Like the Master Cleanse, Harm Your Health and Heart that went into the dangers of embarking on a crash diet.
I read through the article with interest. In the end I walked away with good information. One of the biggest things to be concerned about is that deficiencies on one of these diets can pose a real health risk.
As I researched the different books available, that was one thing I kept an eye out for.
The Master Cleanse Secrets book covers that issue quite well. She advises a couple key items like wheatgrass and hoodia extract to give your body what it needs while not deviating from the plan which would jeopardize your results.
She also addresses the concern over this being a crash “yo-yo” diet and actually advises you to do it regularly to clean your system of accumulated toxins.
One of the things that she covers in the book is taking a bath in Epson Salts to draw out toxins. I decided that I would prepare my body by removing any built up toxins I possibly could even before I started. I figured it couldn’t hurt and might even be good since once I started the cleanse, my body would be pushing out all sorts of stored toxins and other junk. Might be good to get a head start.
If the Master Cleanse Diet is as good as she claims it is, I look forward to the results. I feel like after reading the book I have a much better plan of action than if I had just tried winging it like some have. I expect great things over these next days.
In my search for a guide, I came across some good books on Amazon and some other sites. I’m sure that there are other good books on the topic. This is just the book I choose and it turned out to be a good choice.
If you want the same book I got you can get it here:
|The Master Cleanse Secrets book|
|The original book “The Master Cleanser” by Stanley Burroughs|
Here are a couple Amazon books that look similar and promising:
|Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days, Second Edition [Paperback] by Peter Glickman|
|The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of The Lemonade Diet [Paperback] by Tom Woloshyn|
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So now I’ve completed the Master Cleanse diet / Lemonade diet. In the end, I am happy that I went with a complete manual so that I didn’t miss any important steps.
I did come across a few good free resources that you could use to follow the program. The book I got had a few good tips that the free websites did not have and vice versa. I am glad that I had both to help me through the program. They both have good resources and as it’s said, it’s wise to have many councilors.
Here’s one of the better websites I found:
My advice to people who want to try the diet themselves; get as much insight as you can before beginning. Get started by reading different websites with advice on the cleanse. Then expand your knowledge by getting a book or two on the subject. The lemonade diet is not a complicated cleansing program, but you could hurt yourself if you don’t do it right.
The lemonade diet is also not a cheap program. Now I know that there are much more expensive programs. Just be aware that this will increase your grocery bill a bit. The organic lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper are a little costly by themselves. Then if you add in the wheat grass and hoodia, the costs climb even more. So be prepared to pay a little bit more. Food that is healthy for you is more expensive because it’s not made using shortcuts. When you eat cheaper food, you get what you pay for.
Overall, the program was a huge success. I lost 12 pounds and gained a lot of energy. I am pretty sure that a lot of solid waste came out as well since every day all the way up to day 10 I had solids coming out. Yuk!
Here’s my daily journal from my first 10 day Master Cleanse Diet:
Master Cleanse: Kegan: March 2013
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How To Successfully Do The Master Cleanse Diet / Lemonade Diet
I hope you have even more success than I have on the Master Cleanse program. I will be doing it again in the near future and I look forward to seeing what happens.
I would love to hear about your triumphs or struggles with the Master Cleanse diet. Please share in the comments below.