The Lemonade Diet
The Lemonade Diet is also known as the Master Cleanse Diet. In other words, you are only allowed to drink lemonade about 6-12 times a day, a glass of salt water, and an herbal laxative tea once or twice a day. The diet was promoted by Stanley Burroughs in the 1940's and in his book The Master Cleanser released in 1976. It was intended to treat ulcers and detoxify the body rather than lose weight. It has become popular again with Peter Glickmanís book Lose Weight, Have More Energy, and Be Happier in 10 Days published in 2004.
The Master Cleanse Diet is a fast during which no solid food is consumed. Instead, people on the cleanse drink purified water spiked with lemon juice, Grade B maple syrup and cayenne pepper. A laxative tea or saltwater drink may also be consumed to help get things moving once the impurities start releasing from the body.
The basic recipe for the Master Cleanse Diet is as follows:
Mix all of the ingredients and drink. Burroughs recommends drinking between six to 12 glasses daily during the course of the cleanse. Drink one serving every 4 hours, or sip on the drink over a 4-hour period. No food should be consumed, just drink whenever you are hungry.
- two tablespoons lemon or lime juice, preferably fresh-squeezed from organic citrus (about half a lemon or lime)
- two tablespoons genuine Grade B maple syrup (not maple flavored syrup)
- a pinch of cayenne pepper or to taste
- eight ounces of water (many people recommend purified or filtered water) cold or at room temperature.
Before bedtime and first thing in the morning, you can either drink a cup of herbal laxative tea or do whatís referred to as salt water bathing. Mix two teaspoons of sea salt, not table salt, with a quart of water and drink morning and evening. This is designed to help flush impurities from the body.
The Master Cleanse Diet is designed to be a short-term cleanse. While it was originally intended to heal the body from the inside out, it also helps people to lose weight quickly, as much as a pound or two a day.
Stay on with the Master Cleanse Diet 2 to 10 days, depending on your needs. The diet cleans your body of toxins through urine and bowl movements.
The first and second day after you complete the lemonade diet, you should have only fresh orange juice. 8 to 10 glasses a day should suffice. Drink as much water in between as required. On the third day have fresh orange juice in the morning. Afternoon lunch should consist of a little fresh and raw fruit/s. At night have a raw vegetable salad. The next morning have a fresh orange juice. Lunch should be a little soup made out of fresh vegetables. Have the same soup for dinner. You are now ready to eat normally.
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