DISCLAIMER: DO NOT BEGIN THIS CLEANSE IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ADOPT A VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE UPON COMPLETING IT. YOU WILL GAIN EVERY POUND YOU LOSE [AND MORE] RIGHT BACK. THIS IS NOT TO BE USED AS A QUICK FIX.
The Master Cleanse can be pretty rough, but the results are so worth it. I’m not just talking about the weight-loss results, but the health benefits as well. It’s essentially like a re-do for your body; a chance to clean yourself completely out and start anew. Here are a couple of things you should know about my second shot at The Master Cleanse. Read about my first time here.
SW: 179 (January 14th, 6am)
Currently: 164.4 (January 24th, 7am)
What you’ll need:
- Lemons – I can’t tell you how many because it depends on how many glasses you’re getting through in a day. I start with four bags and buy as necessary after then. Usually $3 to $4 dollars a bag.
- Cayenne Pepper – If you don’t already have this in your spice cabinet, go grab a bottle. You’re only using 1/10 of this for the drink, so it’ll last you. $2 to $3.
- Mason Jars – I chose mason jars because they have measurements on them, they’re easy to clean and transport, and you can buy cute lids and straws for them as well. I don’t remember how much I paid for 12 jars, but any Wal-Mart will be reasonable.
- Grade A 100% Maple Syrup – You’ll need two tablespoons of this for each drink, so I start out with two jars of syrup and buy as needed from there. My city doesn’t sell large jugs of this syrup so I have to buy the smaller ones. $5 to $7 per size/jar.
- Smooth Move Herbal Laxative Tea – This is what you’ll drink every night throughout the cleanse. I bought one box for $3, I think.
- Sea Salt – You’ll need two teaspoons of sea salt each morning when you prepare your salt water flush. More info below. This costs about $2 to $3.
- Lemon Squeezer – I don’t know what this is actually called, but I got mine from Wal-Mart for less than $10.
- WATER – I use bottled water and faucet water. It just depends on what’s at my disposal at the moment.
Ready to start?
First things first, I strongly encourage you to transition or wean yourself from heavy eating habits prior to beginning this cleanse. If you don’t, you will be more likely to quit because of the huge shock you’re putting your body through.
Secondly, I suggest preparing your lemonade as you need it. If this doesn’t work for your schedule, I would suggest doing so first thing in the morning to help you get through your work or school day. You can prepare more for the evening once you get home.
Salt water flush:
You’ll need one liter of lukewarm water mixed with two teaspoons of sea salt to help get your bowels moving. Yes, you will have frequent bowel movements. The PDF I used to do my research says you should have no less than three BM a day. You can substitute this step by drinking laxative tea in the morning, as well as at night.
How to make your lemonade:
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of genuine maple syrup (Not maple flavored sugar syrup)
- 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8 oz water, room temperature (Cold water may be used if preferred).
- Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass jar w/lid and fill with water.
- Shake it up and drink.
- Use fresh lemons only. Never canned lemon juice, frozen lemonade or frozen juice.
Day 1: January 14th, 2019
For some reason, day one was a little rough for me. It was like the taste of my lemonade wasn’t good enough. For starters, I put too much cayenne pepper in my first glass and not enough in the others.
I literally thought, “why am I doing this again?”
Days 2-5: January 15-18th
Days two through five weren’t bad. I often thought of food, but the idea of what eating food would do to my body during this cleanse outweighed my desire to break my streak.
Day 6: January 19th.
It’s January 19th, which is day six for me and I remember saying this last time, too; the weekends are so much harder than the weekdays! I think it’s because you’re not on the same structured schedule like you are when you’re at work. You lounge and chill most of the day and don’t really feel as inclined to get through your required six glasses.
Day 7-9: January 20-22
I honestly didn’t have any complaints during these days and pushed through like normal. I decided to end my cleanse early at the end of day 9 because I ran out of syrup and didn’t think it was worth buying a new bottle for one more day of cleansing.
Life After Cleansing
I drank orange juice for the entire day immediately after my cleanse ended on January 23. January 24, I did orange juice for breakfast and had a couple of sips of vegetable soup for lunch and finished it for dinner. Today, January 25, I continued drinking orange juice and had vegetable soup for lunch. For dinner, I am able to have fruit, salad and veggies. On Saturday, I can resume eating as normal, although I’ll probably continue to take it slow.
When you begin your transition back to solids, please follow the instructions (see PDF) or you will risk putting your body into shock or distress. Transitioning too soon or eating too much, too quickly could also cause gas and bloating. Let your body tell you what it needs and how much it can handle, not your appetite or your mind.
I ended this cleanse at 164.4 pounds and I feel pretty normal. I will say, this time around I felt like I was starving myself whereas last time I felt pretty fulfilled throughout the days.
If you want to read about how I completed The Master Cleanse in 2017, click here.
Stanley Burroughs Master Cleanse PDF – This is where I got every drop of my information.
Please use the above PDF to navigate through this cleanse. Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning this cleanse.