A little background. I completed my 30 day challenge a while back and felt pretty good. I was going to continue on with some exercise classes. I went to two of them and tweaked my back. Actually did a number on it. I could barely walk and could not get up and down from a chair. I should point out, that I am not a young chicken, but you are never too late to start a more healthy lifestyle. Period. Next month I will be 54 years young.
I lost 3 weeks of exercise and 3 of the 5 weeks I had paid for. Ouch - that hurt. Of course along with that, my eating habits went out the window or maybe I should say they went to restaurants and non-healthy food. I was eating so much garbage, I felt sluggish, I wasn't sleeping and of course I gained some (not all) of the weight back that I lost. I felt gross.
I study and read a lot about essential oils because of my use of Young Living oils. I am always reading and educating myself on their benefits. I heard about a program called Master Cleanse. Master Cleanse is a lemonade diet (more details to follow). I am supporting some systems with essential oils too. I have done some 3 day juice cleanses in the past and they are pretty easy. But I sure wasn't sure about this lemonade diet.
I will tell you my protocol, but honestly if you are considering doing this, you really need to get the book, read it and follow it!
If you are interested in the book here is a link to it on Amazon. I have it on my Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Master-Cleanser-Stanley-Burroughs/dp/1607966077/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431025882&sr=8-1&keywords=master+cleanse It was all of $3.99 for my Kindle.
If you are uncomfortable or squeamish reading about someone's bodily functions and elimination processes, don't read any further. The master cleanse is all about detoxifying and cleaning things out!
Drink 6-12 cups per day (please read the book and don't just follow what I did)
- 2 Tbps fresh squeezed organic lemon juice
- 2 Tbps Grade B Maple Syrup (honestly I don't know why the grade B - the book lists many options)
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- Distilled or Spring Water
The taste of the lemonade is actually refreshing. I didn't have cayenne pepper so I used chili powder in the first drink. I really did not feel that hungry throughout the day. I have read differing opinions on the water, some say, not hot and others say warm. I have been using room temperature water. As recommended by the plan I drank a laxative tea at night. When I went to bed that night, my stomach was really gurgling. Oh yeah big time. About 3 a.m. I was awake and made the mad dash to the bathroom. Let's just say that the tea worked.
I supplemented with Grapefruit oil rubbed on my abdomen. Peppermint oil on my abdomen when my stomach was gurgling and Endoflex on my thyroid. I added grapefruit oil to my water. Now before someone gets on the "you shouldn't ingest oils" bandwagon. Let me just say it is a personal choice and it is MY choice. Nothing you say will convince me that Young Living oils are not safe for ingestion. I know they are. Check out www.seedtoseal.com for more information on Young Living quality. I will be getting my Ocotea this week in my oils shipment and will add that to the routine.
I did have a bit of a headache today. May have been some withdrawal from all the crap I have been consuming! A little Peppermint oil and M-Grain oil did the trick. Poof - headache gone!
Of course I dropped some water weight. I have read a couple of places that this plan may (there is nothing scientific here folks) actually shrink fat cells in your body. This is not so much about losing weight as it is about cleaning things up!
I do have to say though at the end of day 1 my stomach felt smaller. That is a bonus.
Again, not really that hungry. I didn't want to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom so I skipped the tea. You will find out in the next post that was a mistake. I am really surprised my energy levels seem good. I am not terribly tired.
Stay tuned tonight or tomorrow morning for day 3 & 4!