My Winter Break Master Cleanse

20 Days And Counting

The Laxative Tea
The kick off for the cleanse is the nightly cup of laxative tea. 

I use a tea called "Smooth Move" which is the popular one. There is a chocolate flavour Smooth Move (YES!)

I always add a glop of either maple syrup or raw dark agave syrup. It has a very nice earthy/caramel taste and it can be a warm comfort at the end of the day.

The importance of the tea is to keep the bowels moving and bump up the elimination process to work faster.

There might be some cramping, especially at first. 

 I love smoking.

I smoke clove cigarettes ...and yes... I know they are even worse than the worst of worst...but I honestly love them.

I am smoking one right now. YUM!

I cleanse to get off them, and it works. The cleanse is great for addictions.

I found this interesting quote here

"Benefit #6 - If you are a smoker, a drinker, a bad food eater, or any other addiction that we commonly go through, the master cleanse can be of great help. Many people have quit smoking cigarettes during the master cleanse because it is much easier when you are flushing the toxins that keep you addicted. This is also very true for fast food junkies. You will get rid of that addiction by day 4."

Breaking up with coffee and cigarettes is going to be the tough part.

They are close partners in my life.

Often the three of us worked very closely together on work, homework, in the early morning to the late night hours.

They remind me of the artist in myself. The self destructive pleasures artists do to stay decadent can be the best part of being an artist.

Reality is that a healthier state is also a great way to stay motivated, so lemons here I come...

Last Meal
I just had the last meal before the cleanse.

This was not a meal I was going to take too lightly and I was torn between juicing every piece of produce in the fridge, and cooking up a pot of sweet and sour vegan meatballs with brown rice.

I went with the juice.

Juicing is a pain, it's not fun like cooking. It's more like playing a psycho killer with a wood chipper in a John Carpenter movie.

I juiced the last of the spinach, apple, carrots, celery and cranberries. It tasted like sour carrots. Tried to pawn some of it off on the boyfriend, he took a taste and then announced that it tasted like sour carrots. Needed more apple.

Last meal- big glass of everything juice!

Day Before The Cleanse
I have done this before, I don't know if I posted that.

I have done the cleanse twice, once for 10 days once for 30.

Each cleanse is different depending on how bad you let yourself get with bad foods and toxins.

I think this one should be about average.

Again, I am trying to rid the nicotine (started smoking again with school) the bad white foods of white flour, sugar, potatoes and the occasional dairy.

I know I was supposed to eat light before the cleanse. I ate sort of hearty vegetarian, but not big meals.

The problem is the cold and snow, it makes me crave warm hearty foods.

Last night my wonderful guy was so understanding he suggested we make a nice big fruit and veggie salad for our New Years celebration.

We put together papaya, herb and spinach greens and cucumbers with a mango dressing with some nice pink champagne.

This will make things a little easier.

But, back to tomorrow....

I am looking forward to it, but sort of apprehensive, sort of like riding up the first big slope on a roller coaster, about to reach the top and looking down at what is about to come. 

The Book
One of the most important tasks one MUST do before stepping into the Master Cleanse is to read the original text from where it started.

Its a thin book, only a few pages and a very quick read by health pioneer Stanley Burroughs who was way before his time.

If you are not in the mood for spending the few dollars for the book it can be found online : Master Cleanse Book .

There are tips for all kinds of health issues as well as offering the alternative of using molasses instead of the very $$ maple syrup.

The molasses is not only cheaper but better for diabetics.

Forums are a great source of support and if you are new at the MC they can really offer you some help through the questionable times.

The first cleanse I did, I did with the very bright and active forum called The Master Cleanse/Raw Food Board and I recommend it highly.

The mod "Res" is a wonderful and wise mother hen who will help pull you through the worst of times.

Another forum I found is called The Master Cleanse Forum which is not a bad forum, but not as social as the MC/Raw Food Board.

Less than a week till I start ....

A Daily Master Cleanse Schedule And Recipes
 I found this on the internet and it has some good ideas for baths and saunas as well as a recipe for a large amount of the lemonade:

From the Molokai Health Guide.com

"Preparation for Master Cleanse:
1 serving = 10 oz. total
8 oz. filtered water
juice of ½ lemon
1-2 TBSP. organic maple syrup (GRADE B has more minerals)
1/10- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Multiple 1 serving by 12 to prepare the daily serving.
This will provide 1200-2400 calories, depending on how much maple syrup is added.

Daily Instructions for Master Cleanse:
▪ Mix: juice from 6 lemons, 1 tsp cayenne, and 1-2 cups maple syrup into 1 gallon of filtered water. Drink 6-12 glasses throughout the day.
▪ Rinse mouth with water between each drink to prevent cavities and enamel breakdown.
▪ Fiber supplement twice daily to ensure two bowel movements daily.
▪ Sauna 10-15 minutes 3 times/week or Epsom salt bath 20 minutes 3 times/week.
▪ REST when have free time. When your energy increases, go for gentle walks in nature.
▪ Use this time for introspection – journaling, meditation, avoid television."

Another week and I start! :-)

Finding my way around the LJ
 I have been searching around for fellow Master Cleansers and Raw Foodie groups and friends.

Please feel free to post comment and let me know if there are some good ones out there!

I Am Not Starting This Yet
 But on January 2 2010 (evening of 1/1/10 ha!) I will begin.

But until then, everyone have a great holiday!!!!!


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