Master Cleanse: Day 9

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Morning Weigh-in: 145.0 lbs

Today’s Intake:

8:10 am –  12 oz herbal laxative tea

9:50 am – 1 quart lemonade

11: 30 am – 6 oz water

1: 45 pm – 1 quart lemonade

5:57 pm – 1 quart lemonade

7:54 pm – 1 cup mint tea

9:00 pm – 1 cup herbal laxative tea

I got up at 3:25 am to use the restroom and found my energy  bottomed out.  I felt hot, flushed, and on the verge of passing out.  I had to lie down immediately.  When I felt a little more stable, I made it to the fridge to eat some ice, which helped.  The ratios of lemon juice and maple syrup were likely off yesterday and the day before.  It would also explain why some of my mixes have been much darker than normal…and I thought it was due to the dark syrup!  I called myself eyeballing how much lemon juice it takes to make three batches in one quart — six tablespoons, which comes halfway up the first line on my Mason jar, so 2 ounces.  And the same amount for the syrup.  I’m going right back to measuring!   Or perhaps I just got too hot.  My heat was on at least 80 degrees.  I felt completely fine when I got up for the day around 7 am.

A quart from yesterday...a little too much syrup!

A quart from yesterday…a little too much syrup!

I was kinda surprised I lost two whole pounds since yesterday morning.  The massage and sauna likely contributed.

I’m drinking the laxative tea first thing again, since I’m going to a special fellowship service to commemorate Master Yogananda’s birthday later this morning.  The herb tea works much more slowly than the salt water flush.

At this point, I’m going back and forth as to how I want to break this cleanse — do the two and a third days of orange juice (OJ) as recommended OR just have a smoothie Tuesday morning.  I wonder if Burroughs knew of smoothies when he wrote the Master Cleanser book?  A smoothie seems to me to be easing back into eating, too.  It is also how I broke my last fast.  One minute I think “I’ve done ten days, what’s two more?”, and the next minute, I just want to get on with it!

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Master Cleanse: Day 8

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Morning Weigh-in:  147.0 lbs (again)

Today’s Intake:

7:10 am- 1 pint herbal laxative tea

10:45 am – 1 quart lemonade

11:55 am – 10 oz water

12:45 pm – 10 oz water

2:00 pm – 1 quart lemonade

5:45 pm – 20 oz water

7:42 pm  – 1 quart lemonade

10:00 pm – 1 pint herbal laxative tea

I drank the herb tea instead of salt water this morning because of the massage and sauna treatment today.  Don’t want too much moving around!

The massage and sauna were so relaxing!  The sauna reminded me of a banya.  I had to walk outside to get to it. The inside was so nice ~ wooden and heated by hot coals.

Later, I was yelping “vegan” and came across a restaurant in Nashville with raw entrées on the menu!  It’s called Spark of Life.  It looks like they just opened last year, so fairly new, and are already expanding!  I wondered how I’d missed that!  They appear to be regrouping and reopening later this month.  Yay!!  On days I’d prefer to eat out, this restaurant will be perfect!  And it’s pretty cool that there’s a vegan delivery service in the area.  It’d be even cooler if they offered raw vegan dishes, too, if they don’t already.

The cleanse is almost over!! Only two more days.  Wo-hoo!

Master Cleanse: Day 7

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Posting yesterday’s notes…

Morning Weigh-in: 147.0 lbs

Friday’s Intake:
5:57 am – 1 quart salt water

8:21 am – 1 quart limeade
I juiced the limes at home and stored in a pint for the ride to work.  I use a sink strainer (that’s never been in the sink!)  to keep out the seeds.  The limes were pretty firm, even after rolling, so I made some cuts in the flesh to get the juice out.  Four were enough for 3 batches (or 6 tbsp) in one quart.    The limeade was a bit more tangy but a nice, refreshing change.

Cutting limes to get to the juice!

Cutting limes to get to the juice!

Juicing limes through the strainer

Juicing limes through the strainer

Limeade

Limeade

11:04 am – 1 quart lemonade
Lunch was fun…and cold!  I went to the Farmer’s Market for some butternut squash.  I got those, some Roma tomatoes, Kentucky-grown Shitake mushrooms, and red onion.  Stocking up!

1:06 pm – 1 quart lemonade
Annnnd, I’m about out of maple syrup again!

4:13 pm – 16 oz warm water
More groceries!  While shopping for maple syrup at Fresh Market,  I continued to stock up on more fruits and veggies for next week.   As previously mentioned, I signed up for the FullyRaw 21-Day Challenge, though I plan to go at least a month all raw.  The shopping list for the program is super helpful!  I bought 10 small zucchinis, 4 large cucumbers, 3 heads Romaine lettuce, 2 celery, a bag of sweet peppers, an onion, apples, bananas, and even some small red watermelons! I felt somewhat self-conscious buying so much produce again, minus any packaged foods, as it usually draws looks or questions at the register.  I was having flashbacks from raw shopping trips past.  Then, I stepped back and noticed my large shopping cart was nowhere near packed!  Regarding what’s a normal amount to buy/eat, my perspective is in the process of shifting.  = )  I just hope I eat it all!!

7:23 pm – 1 quart lemonade

10:00 pm – 1 pint herbal laxative tea

Master Cleanse: Day 6

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Morning Weigh-in:  146.8 lbs.

Today’s Intake:

6:30 am – 1 quart salt water
8:10 am – 12 oz water
9:00 am – 1 quart lemonade
11:00 am – 1 quart lemonade
1:14 pm – 1 quart lemonade
3:07 pm – 1 quart lemonade
8:20 pm – 1 cup herb lax. tea

Wow, I drank a lot today!   And, after today’s prep, I’m out of lemons again.  I think I’ll get limes this time, too, since the concoction can be made with either.  While I’m at it, I’ll probably stock up on at least some bananas and tomatoes so they can be ripening for next week.

I’ve cut down even more on the cayenne, as I can actually feel when it passes, as if I’ve had a big, spicy meal. = /  Now, I’m just using a pinch.  I can already tell it’s cleared away a lot, if not all, of any mucus.  The only other thing I’m noticing on Day 6 is that my stomach is quiet and peaceful, just like it is when I’m raw.  The elimination -type trips to the restroom (RR) slow down around 1 pm.  Phew!

By the way, I received an email confirmation that my dates shipped today.  They are fast!! I just ordered them yesterday evening.  Excited!!

Master Cleanse: Day 5

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Happy New Year!!

Morning Weigh-in: 148.2 lbs

Today’s Intake:

7:54 am – 1 quart salt water

I am loving the simplicity of this cleanse.  Just two teaspoons of salt, plus water, to start the morning.  I ate ice the rest of the  morning.

During one of many trips to the RR, I pressed on my stomach to massage the colon and experienced way more elimination.   I was already feeling just fine before — no dizziness, weakness, or headaches.  I felt even better after helping things along in this way.  I did it because every time I moved, I can hear and feel the latest quart of fluids sloshing around inside!

11:51 am – 1 quart lemonade

I sipped this quart while watching The Matrix, one of my fave movies, and playing Sudoko.  I love the part where Trinity says, “You know that road.  You know exactly where it ends.  And I know that’s not where you want to be.”  It applies to so many things for me, and at this moment, it is the familiar road of cooked food versus the raw food path.

Let it all go…fear, doubt, and disbelief.  Free your mind.

~ The Matrix

3:16 pm – 1 quart lemonade

4:14 pm – 1 cup mint tea

5:03 pm – 1 quart lemonade

8:48 pm – 1 cup herbal lax tea

I ordered some Khadrawy dates from 7hotdates.  I will need them next week!  I’m very much looking forward to eating again.  My mouth is salivating looking at raw vegan recipes.  When I get back to eating, I plan to eat mostly fruit and keep it close to 80/10/10 at least for a month.  I really want to work on taking in the seemingly large amount of fruit on a consistent basis and getting used to it.  Then, I may stick to raw for longer than a month.  For good would be nice.  = )

How synchronistic!  I just received and signed up for FullyRaw Kristina’s 21 Day Challenge. This is perfect as I prefer to eat LFRV, and the program will be beginning as my cleanse is ending.

Master Cleanse: Day 4

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Posting yesterday’s notes…

Morning Weigh-In: 148.4 lbs

Tuesday’s Intake:

6:35 am – 1 quart salt water

8:34 am – 1 quart lemonade

11:00 am – 1 quart lemonade

1:00 pm – 1 quart lemonade

3:00 pm – 10 oz mint tea

I didn’t have a chance to prepare the quarts this morning, so I took all the ingredients into work.  I juiced six lemons by hand into a pint jar.  I  made the mixture throughout the day as needed.

By 4 pm,  I am starving!  Looking forward to making another quart when I get home, as there’s not enough lemon juice left to make another batch.

When I actually made it home, I ate ice instead.  *shrugs*

6:00 pm – 1 quart lemonade

I scheduled a massage and sauna session for this weekend.  The most relaxing way to detox!

Master Cleanse: Day 3

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Morning Weigh-In: 149.6 lbs

Today’s Intake:

5:29 am – 1 quart salt water

This morning I prepared three quarts of the lemonade mixture to take to work.  I combined the lemon juice, syrup, and cayenne in each Mason jar, then added the water later, when I was ready to drink it.  Three quarts (or 96 oz) was just enough to get me through the day.  I juiced about two lemons per jar and saved what little leftover juice I had for tonight.

8:03 am – 1 quart lemonade

11:10 am – 1 quart lemonade

1:04 pm – 1 quart lemonade

3:00 pm – 10 oz mint tea

By 4 pm, I wasn’t hungry at all, but all kinds of cravings ran through my mind – spagetti, tortilla chips, etc – but, I wouldn’t dare eat any of that on this cleanse!

4:30 pm – 20 oz water

6:00 pm – 1 quart of water

7:33 pm – 1 quart lemonade

8: 30 pm – 1 cup herbal laxative tea

I bought more maple syrup and more lemons at Whole Foods today.  Third such trip!  I’m keeping a tally.  So far, I’ve bought four bags of organic lemons (7 per bag),  six single lemons, two 12-oz bottles of Grade A maple syrup,  and one 32-oz jar of the same syrup!  The syrup goes more quickly than I thought it would at 2-tbsp per batch, and I’m making three batches per Mason jar quart.  I didn’t think I would need the $18 32-oz jar of it for just ten days, but I do.  Still may have to buy more before it’s over.