Tuesday, June 28, 2011

cleanse anyone?

blast from the past-

cleanse anyone?

i never can find my master cleanse directions when i need them...
so i decided to post it here on my blog so i can find it

i found i grew to really love this drink
i call it my lemon drop martini cleanse. :)

The Master Cleanser
Stanley Burrough's Lemonade Diet

I'm not sure why, but there's been a growing interest in The Lemonade Diet lately. Maybe people are curious, or maybe they've heard how well it actually works, so let's take a closer look at this so-called "diet." We'll explain what it is, how it works, and some cautions you should know about too.

First, this is not technically a diet in the traditional sense of the word. The Lemonade Diet is more of a juice fast or a body cleanse or detox since you're living on lemonade for the entire time. You're not eating food of any kind -- not even soup.

The Lemonade Diet is also known as The Master Cleanser. It was originally created by the now deceased naturopath Stanley Burroughs. The diet was created to help rid your body of toxins that build up when you don't exercise or eat right. It's designed to help clear and clean your body's digestive tract, kidneys, and liver, while carrying out all the bad stuff that's settled in over time.

Some say this diet works so well that most people can lose up to two pounds of fat each day without any harmful side effects. In fact, one of the reasons it might be gaining in popularity is because of the success a few celebrities have had with it.

Below is the central recipe for the diet, which you'll find to be simple but specific.

1. Two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. This is approximately 1/2 of a lemon, and it should be freshly squeezed.

2. Two tablespoons grade B maple syrup. If you're diabetic and/or you're wanting lose some serious weight, you may need to reduce the amount of syrup.

3. A pinch of cayenne pepper, approximately 1/10 of a teaspoon. You can skip putting this in your lemonade and take a capsule three or four times a day instead. I'll warn you, though: Taking cayenne capsules on an empty stomach burns.

Mix the above ingredients into a 10 ounce glass with distilled or spring water. The water can be hot or cold. Next step is drinking it!

Do this six to ten times each day (6-10 glasses of lemonade each day).

This is the basis of The Lemonade Diet. But there's more to it, of course. Namely, you want to eliminate waste from your body, so you're supposed to use natural laxatives. Drink a laxative herbal tea in the morning and evening.

You can drink as much water or unsweetened herbal tea as you'd like throughout the day on top of your lemonade. According to Burroughs, the lemon juice and maple syrup have all the nutrients your body needs for this temporary fasting period, and the cayenne pepper will help boost your metabolism so the fat is burned faster.

Most people try this cleanse for three to ten days.

Warning: Like most low-calorie detox programs, the weight will come off like crazy, but it'll also go right back on again if you resume your pre-Lemonade Diet eating habits.

If you decide to try The Lemonade Diet, it's important to follow the steps and it's very important to come off the diet properly. When you go for extended periods of time without solid food, you have to slowly introduce solid foods back into your system.

Usually you start with soups and other liquids first, like freshly made juices and smoothies, then gradually move back into normal eating from there. Trying to eat "normally" after having been on the fast for a while will make you very sick.

the thing i found out later, much later
is that there is a salt water flush that is supposed to be used in conjunction with the lemon drink.
ok here is how that goes...
upon waking first thing in the morning
drink 1 quart (yes, 4 cups) of water with 2 level tsp of sea salt (non iodized!) stirred in well.
drink all at once or as close to it as possible
yes it's yucky.
[ i add a little bit of nama shoyu (raw soy sauce) to flavor it and find it tastes like weak miso soup that is how i was able to get it down.]

do not drink any lemon drink for at least 1/2 hour after drinking the salt water.

approx 1/2 - 1 hour after drinking the salt water
you will have to RUN to eliminate
the urge is strong and quick so stay near a toilet for 1-1/2 hrs.
then you will be safe to carry on with your day.
so plan accordingly.

they also recommend to take a cup of laxative tea at night before going to bed.
sometimes i did ...and sometimes i wanted to sleep in a bit more than the tea would let me... so i didn't take it. my bad!

shopping list:

about 40 large lemons or 80 limes or any combination
(buy 1/2 batch at a time as they spoil)

80 oz maple syrup (grade b is best)

1/2 pound celtic sea salt

2.5 oz cayenne pepper powder

box herbal laxative tea bags

5 gallons or more of spring water (NO fluoride added) for lemonade

3 gallons 1 pint spring water (NO fluoride added) for salt water flush and cup of lax tea

i have a pdf on the MC for you that i might actually be able to successfully link here.

here is the recipe i use to make a day's worth:

3 or 4 lemons (depending on size), peeled
12 tablespoons Maple Syrup - (=3/4 cup)
1/2 to 3 heaping teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
You can always increase the amount on your next batch if it is not "hot' enough for you
2 cups spring water

Put all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend away for about 45 seconds.

Pour the mixture into a 2 quart container.

Top the container with additional spring water until you get exactly 60 oz. Please be reminded that each lemonade drink is equivalent to 10 oz (water - 8 oz, maple syrup and lemon juice - 1 oz, respectively for a total of 10 oz).

Now you have a total of 6 drinks available in the container. This is the minimum number of drinks you must have on the Master Cleanse.

it's a new summer!
make it your best summer ever-

Monday, June 13, 2011


really i mean "late spring" :)
always hopeful tho

i am still putting things away
and trying to catch up from my weekend away.
every now and again i will plop down
with one of my new books
and am transported in to a world of all that could be
if i had lots more time :)
thank you my sister for your generosity,
i love love love all the books 
<3 especially today,  the gardening ones <3

before i left i planted my entire veggie garden
(it had been surrounded by a 'pond' of flood water
so i did not get it planted on time, 2 weeks earlier.)
also the next day i planted 4 rows of sunflowers
mixed with assorted wildflowers and annuals
over by the fruit trees. 

i didn't plant my sunflower patch
last year and sorely missed it when the autumn came
and my camera sat sadly on the table
instead of being out in the early morning & late evening hours
when the light is warm and beconing ,
making every flower look like a fairy tale.  sigh.

i planted veggie seeds around the plethora of self-seeded johnny-jump-ups.
babies from a few plants i had started from seed the previous year.
they are so happy to look at....  :)

also reseeded this year again, were the chammomile-
which really should not be in the garden because
they will absolutely take over (greedy!) 
but i am loving the free chamomile tea
from the many many blossom heads.

today, i planted a gallon of flower seeds-
in a wild flower free seeding manner
all around the property and bare spots.
i had that many marigold seed heads harvested from last year
so i figured i would broadcast them in every nook & cranny
for a burst of color later in the summer.
it really pays to save your own seeds in the fall
let a few plants just grow old for seed duty.

i am doing a load of laundry-
even tho it is not a good hanging out kind of a day.
and i hear my dearest on the mower out back
(i am hoping my garden & flowers are still standing
when i get out there!!!!!)
he is sooo bad about it.
if i had the ability i would have raised flower beds
so he couldn't whack em.

i was able to harvest an early crop of oregano already
from my 2 very healthy mounds of the oregano plants-
huge armfuls-  wow!
i will have enough to share this year.
i put a few shelves worth into the dehydrator
to save for winter tomato sauces.
because it is just too humid to hang bunches
from the ceiling to dry, with all this rainy weather.

it is that time of season where i need to put
the dehydrator out on my little screened porch
so it will whir dutifully without heating up the house
on those hot summer nights.

i love summer with all it's wonderful eats
and beautiful smells and colors, don't you?
happy summer to you all!