Master Cleanse: Day 1
That’s the cleanse baby – you the master now! ~ My callous response many years ago to a Craiglister asking about diarrhea with Master Cleanse.
Ah, funny how life turns things around. What I once scoffed I now embrace – I have embarked on the Master Cleanse diet because, well, because, it actually seems “easy”. Wait, let me lay it out:
- It’s hot outside, which means food doesn’t seem too appealing
- I prefer drinking beverages over chewing
- I often take a huge hit of lemon or limes or both in water
- I live off of watermelon with cayenne pepper and lime juice over it
But let’s back up a little to what the Master Cleanse is. Developed in the 1940’s, MC was touted as a way to flush toxins from the body while also jump starting weight loss. It has been used in Hollywood for a long time, most famously in recent years by Beyonce. I’ve toyed with doing this for a while, but it seemed sort of a silly way to lose weight. Until I realized it might actually be doable.
I gave myself a lot of mind prep, and last night I started with the salt mix. This acts as a diuretic and you are warned to be near a bathroom for 1.5 hours after you take it. Let’s just say, it worked well! This morning I started full swing with the salt mix, and I’ve already gone through two mixtures of the lemonade. I have swapped out molasses for the syrup as recommended for the time being.
I feel very full. My mouth is a bit tingly from all of the cayenne. The sweet and the sour have balanced out nicely. I have hardly used the bathroom.
I had a standing lunch date, but the other party didn’t want to eat alone so asked to move it 🙁 and I managed to make it through french toast and eggs with my son.
I did think I should be making something solid a few times. And I only have one more lemonade before hitting my max today, so that has me a little concerned. Of course you can have additional water and tea, but those never seem to curb cravings.
Will be going into this 10 days at a time to see what happens. Hope it is relatively as smooth as today (crossing fingers).