Day 2 & 3 on The Master Cleanse a.k.a. The Lemonade diet

Here is The Master Cleanse recipe:

You will want to consume 3 litres or 96 oz of this lemonade per day. I believe you can drink more if you wish though. The cleanse lasts 10 days but some people go as long as 40 days.

The lemonade: Take 3 times as day

Makes 1 litre/32 oz-

  • 6 tablespoons of lemon juice (freshly squeezed, not from concentrate)
  • 6 tablespoons of Grade B  or Number 2 pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 litre or 32 oz of filtered water (spring or purified)

Snacks:

Can be taken throughout the day; in between lemonade drinks.

  • Organic Green tea (Japanese Sencha variety preferred as higher quality tea leaf
  • Mint tea
  • Glasses of water

Optional:

You may want to take a laxative tea at night to help clear out the digestive system. I bought the Malva-T kind but you can take whatever you like. I did hear that a Senna laxative might be too strong and the side effect with this, if taken for longer periods, is that your own digestive system could become lazy and stop doing “the work” itself.

Very Important tip – Maple Syrup

Make sure you you buy the Grade B or Number 2 quality maple syrup. The Grade A or Number 1 variety which we often find in grocery stores is harvested earlier in the season and has less minerals and carbs. The Grade B or Number 2 variety, which is technically a lower quality due to its darker colour and taste, is harvested later in the season and thus has more minerals, nutrients and carbs. Trust me, you will want all the carbs and minerals you can get since this is all that will be sustaining you for 10 days. The Grade B maple syrup is harder to find so you may want to call around a few shops before hand.

Tips for buying the ingredients:

Let’s face it, pure maple syrup and lemons are expensive. Since the quantity you’ll be needing is more than a regular consumption amount, you can try negotiating with the stores if you explain your situation.

In Montreal, I bought my maple syrup at Marché des Sauveurs at Marché Jean Talon. The gave me a 10% discount since i bought so many cans. As for the lemons, I bought 90 lemons at Marché Adonis for under $25 but I’ve also heard that if you tell your local health food store you’re doing the Master Cleanse, that they might give you a special price, and they’ll more than likely be organic!

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