ditching the double – master cleanse day 7

it’s sunday night – day 7 of the master cleanse, the detox i’ve been on. it’s not been entirely easy, but i certainly am motivated. i have thus far lost almost 5kg which is pretty astonishing, because i normally lose about 10lbs  (3kgs?) during the  entire cleanse. i think it’s because i have so much to lose this time round.

i’ve done fairly well, considering that i’ve had a hectic schedule this past week. long days at the studio, lots of scenes with lots of emoting, lots of people constantly eating around me, and a trip to cape town to do a fire dancing performance. i even cooked 3 different dishes for the bf the other night – not even *tasting* a single thing. i find that after a few days the worst is over. no more headaches. yes, i’ve had some achiness around my kidneys, but i know that’s a sign that i need to up my water intake. yes, i did look at the apples and tomatoes in my fruit stand when i got home from cape town today and they looked so divine that i could barely contain myself , but i only have to do this another 3 days. i’ll have plenty of time to eat all the food in the world once this is done – though that’s exactly what i don’t want to do.

it’s such a relief to actually fit *comfortably* into my clothes again. that’s one thing that keeps me at it. i can no longer stand this feeling of coloring outside the lines. and it’s working for my story line!

i can take the not eating solids, the rumbling tummy, the furry feeling in the mouth, etc, what i cannot stomach is the salt water flush. i feel like i’m going to regurgitate it before it even has a chance to go down. and it’s time-consuming! one needs to give oneself at least 2 hrs to ensure elimination is complete before you go anywhere out of reach of a bathroom and with 7 o’clock call times i simply cannot do that. so i’ve managed to do it once and i’ll probably only be able to do it once more before i end the cleanse on wednesday. can’t wait. i’m actually craving salad! i have to admit that after not eating meat for almost 20 years i’ve begun to wonder if i need to start again, seeing that my blood type, O positive, is supposed to eat meat. though even as i write that, my stomach flips in revolt.

anyway, it’s been more than high time that i ditch the double that’s been trying to envelop me – i feel like i’m excavating the old me who’s been buried pretty deep for a while. and i hope to keep it that way.

LEMON DRINK for Master Cleanse

You’ll need:

2 TBsp lemon or lime juice (approx. 1/2 lemon)
2 TBsp genuine organic maple syrup, Grade B (the darker the better)
1/10 Tsp cayenne pepper, gradually increase (the more BTUs the better)
10-14 oz pure water

Combine juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper with water. Drink every 1 to 2 hours. Take no other food, but do drink lots of water in between lemonade drinks. *my modification is that i added psyllium husks to mine to add some roughage, but by day 5 i’d had enough*

Use fresh lemons or limes only, never canned or frozen lemon juice. Use organic and vine ripened when possible. Also, Mix your lemonade fresh just before drinking. Don’t mix it up in the morning for the whole day. You can, however, squeeze your lemons in the morning and measure out the 2 Tbls when needed.

Burroughs recommends a minimum of 10 days on this. You can do 40 days safely and more.

YL Clinic says you can use Agave instead of the maple syrup. Tom Woloshyn (who studied with Stanley Burroughs himself) disagrees. Clinic says if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia, use molasses. If you feel weak or have a sugar imbalance you can add a scoop of Power Meal. Or you can try Master Amino Acid Profile (MAP) for protein without any residuals or strain on the body  more info here: http:/www.weightlossessentials.com/aminoacid.html

NOTE: Be sure to drink plenty of purified water in addition to the lemon juice.


First Day: Start with 4 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice mixed with 4 oz. water. If it goes well, drink several more 8 oz. glasses of fresh orange juice during the day. Sip slowly. Dilute with water if needed.

Second Day: Drink several 8 oz. glasses of orange juice during the day — with extra water, if needed.

In the evening make a vegetable broth (no canned soup). Use seasonal leafy and root vegetables such as: beets and beet tops, turnips and turnip greens, kale, carrots, onions, parsley, celery, potatoes, okra, one or two kinds of legumes, squash, beans, a little salt, cayenne pepper and dehydrated vegetables or veg. powder may be added for flavor (no MSG or hydrolyzed protein).

Cook lightly. Drink the broth, eating only a few bites of the vegetables.

Third Day: Orange juice in the morning. At noon have some more soup with some of the vegetables. No meat, fish, eggs, bread, pastries, tea, milk, or coffee. For Dinner, have the vegetables in the soup.

Fourth Day: Orange juice or lemon and maple syrup in the morning. Fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts for lunch. Salad or fruit for dinner.

Fifth Day: Eat normally but no junk food, dairy, tea, coffee, white flour or white rice, heavy animal proteins. If, after eating is resumed, distress or gas occurs, go back to the lemonade diet for a few days until the system is ready for food.


Start each morning with 1 quart of water and 2 tsp. sea salt (NOT iodized salt). Mix well and chug down.

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