Today I’m gonna blab about “cleanses”. I am guilty of doing cleanses as a weight loss solution so don’t think that I’m saying this from my high horse, ‘cause I’m not. BUT- please, I’m begging you, DO NOT do a cleanse as a way to drop weight quickly. It is NOT healthy and it will not give you long lasting results. The times that I have done them I have dropped weight…but threw it right back on as soon as I started eating solids again. Now I do, however, think that it is a good way to kick start a whole new healthy way of eating. Done properly, it can clean out your body of things like sugar and caffeine (which will give you a killer headache from withdrawals, just an FYI) and allow your body to feel fresh and clean and ready to EAT HEALTHY!
People like Naomi Campbell and Beyonce have been known to do The Master Cleanse for up to 15 days…that’s stupid. AND- you are not a super model or a triple threat diva, so don’t diet like one. Do it for about 5 days, and then start introducing healthy solids back into your system. If a liquid cleanse is something you want to try, make sure you let up on your workouts by quite a bit. Go on walks, light bike rides or regular yoga. Anything too intense will result in you passing out and looking kinda silly.
Another healthy way to, dare I say, clean your pipes, is to just eat veggies and fruits for 2 weeks. That way you don’t feel like you are starving to death but you are still getting rid of everything icky inside you. As long as you are eating fruits and veggies, you can probably still tolerate regular work outs.
At the beginning of January I did The Master Cleanse for 5 days. Day 1 was ok. Day 2 I was getting hungry. After day 3, I had the worst head ache, ever. Day 4 was hell, I was famished. And day 5 was pure torture. I was so friggin hungry, and you will be too. BUT, you aren’t going to go through all this just to stuff your face with garbage. It will (or should) give you the motivation to eat clean and get on the right track!
The Master Cleanse:
8 cups of water
Fresh Lemon Juice From 2 Lemons
2 Tablespoons of Organic (check the label) Maple Syrup
As Much Cayenne Pepper As You Can Handle
"While popular diets and fasts come and go, master cleanse remains a perennial favorite, a kind of folk regimen that owes its popularity to word of mouth and the Internet. Created in the 1940’s by a nutrition guru, Stanley Burroughs, to treat ulcers and other internal ailments, the fast enjoyed a vogue in the late ’70s after the publication of his book “The Master Cleanser.” Its fans then were health-conscious types, interested in purging their bodies of impurities and toxins like pesticides and food additives."