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Master Cleanse Fast Day 1

Posted by Jack Deus on June 14, 2009

Preparing the Lemonade

I officially started the Master Cleanse this morning by preparing the lemonade mixture. The recommended way to make the lemonade is to use real fresh-squeezed lemons and to only make what you need. I don’t have time for that, so I use lemon juice and make a full pitcher that should last me 2-3 days. I used a measuring cup to pour 112 ounces (14 servings at 8 ounces each) into a pitcher. Going from memory, I started adding the syrup first and when I got to 20 tablespoons (10 servings) it looked really dark, so I decided I better check the website to see if a serving is 8 or 10 ounces. The website I linked to yesterday didn’t state how many ounces of water to add per 2 tablespoons of syrup and lemon juice, but in the chart it mentions drinking 6-12 10-ounce lemonade drinks per day, so I assumed they used 10 ounces of water. The 20 tablespoons of syrup emptied the bottle, so I stopped there and added 20 ounces of lemon juice. I added 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and mixed it all together.

I poured myself 8 ounces of lemonade for breakfast, just to find out that I should have gone with my instincts and added 2 tablespoons per 8 ounces of water because it tasted really watered down. Here is the recipe I am using for the rest of the fast:

  • 2 tablespoons US Grade A Dark Amber Organic Maple Syrup (my local grocery store doesn’t have grade B organic maple syrup, which is what most website recommend)
  • 2 tablespoons 100% Lemon Juice from Concentrate
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (no more than 1/10 of a teaspoon)
  • 8 ounces of tap water

Why I’m Doing the Master Cleanse Fast

After the end of my last fast I wasn’t sure if I would ever do the fast again (I felt worse than the worst I ever felt having the flu), but the first reason listed below changed my mind.

  1. I’ve been having a lot of digestive problems over the last 2-3 weeks, and I thought maybe it was my body trying to tell me to get rid of all the junk in my system that I ingest on a daily basis. Had the digestive problems only lasted a few days I probably wouldn’t have thought twice about it, but 2-3 weeks is too much to ignore.
  2. My acid reflux has stayed in check with only one Nexium pill a day, so I thought maybe going on another fast would cut my dependency on Nexium to every other day.
  3. I would like to start eating healthy and I know one of the side-effects of the fast is that in cleaning out your system it gets rid of your cravings for the foods that are bad for you.
  4. My wife and I are going to Cancun for our 5-year anniversary in July, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to lose a little weight and a few inches off my midsection before I walk around a beach without a shirt on.

On that note, I must implore any of you who are thinking about trying the Master Cleanse Fast for the sole purpose of losing weight to rethink your motives. I guarantee that if you do the fast for 7-10 days you will lose a decent amount of weight, but if you don’t eat right and exercise after the fast you will gain all of that weight back very quickly and you basically will have starved yourself for a week for nothing.

Weight and Waist

I weighed in this morning at 194.2 pounds and measure 38 3/4 inches around my belly button.


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