Starting The Master Cleanse

As quoted in the book, The Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs;


To dissolve and eliminate toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body.

To cleanse the kidneys and the digestive system.

To purify the glands and cells throughout the entire body.

To eliminate all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles.

To relieve pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries, and blood vessels.

To build a health blood stream.

To keep youth and elasticity regardless of our years.

When to Use It

When sickness has developed – for all acute and chronic conditions.

When the digestive system eneds a rest and a cleansing.

When overweight has become a problem.

When better assimiliation and building of body tissue is needed.

How to Make It

2Tbsp lemon or lime juice (approx 1/2 lemon)

2Tbsp genuine maple syrup (not maple flavored sugar syrup)

1/10 tsp cayenne pepper

spring or purified water

Combine the juice, maple, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass and fill with water (heated water if desired). Use fresh lemons or limes only. Never used canned juice or frozen juice.

Use grade B maple when possible as it contains more nutrients. Some of the minerals found in maple are: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, and silicon. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and B5 are also present in the syrup.

For How Long and How Often?

Follow the diet for a minimum of 10 days and up to 40 and beyond for serious cases. The diet has all the nutrition needed during this time. Three to four times a year will do wonders for keeping the body in a normal health condition.

So Why Am I Doing It?

I cleanse for a month every year. While doing my cleanse this year, I realized how much I’d prefer cleansing more often but for shorter durations. Normally, I do a juice fast or feast but I have yet to follow any plan such as directed with the Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs. So I am starting the Master Cleanse tomorrow and am joined by my mother as well! I will post my journey on the board.



Bare Necessities Cafe

rebuilding and beautiful!

Ok, so I’m on Day 15 here. Halfway through! I’ve started to notice some good signs of rebuilding and cleansing. The main thing is my eyes. Even though I’m still waking up crusty in the mornings, my eyes are very clear, the whites very bright, and the brown is getting more ‘color-ful’ rather than just looking dark. My nails have shown improvements too. They’re still ridged, but they’re growing well(despite doing dishes at work) and they have a sheen too. That’s been my first big sign of goodness. Sometimes we get so bogged down at all the icky symptoms of detox, we fail to see the little signs of repair. Not me! I’ve decided I need to get a little more sleep at night. I think my running a couple times a week is making deep sleep much more of a necessity. I have yet to get to the point where I only need a few hours a night for maximum energy, as I did on my last cleanse. Its been an interesting lesson in observation, comparing my fast last january to this one. Nothing is the same. Well, nothing except for a better me!

And I’m done!

Today is Day 1 of phase 2 of my ‘take care of tdee’ plan. I finished up Day 30 of my cleanse with a 5mile run, a good workout at the gym and a coffee enema. It was the first time I had tried coffee, not sure how I feel about it. My biggest question is, dont you get a lot of caffeine into the system that way? I would imagine its absorbed directly through the colon wall. All I know is I didnt sleep well last night at all. I couldnt fall asleep, there was a pretty big storm last night and the rain on our skylight in the bathroom was keeping me up. Normally I wake up feeling a little rough after a big workout day, but this was above and beyond. However, my eyes were all crusty again, so I’m wondering if the coffee enema didnt set off another level of healing crisis. TGIF!

I feel really good about finishing my cleanse. Its definitely a big accomplishment for me. While there were a few challenges for me to face, overall it wasnt too difficult. I think its far more difficult to remain healthy in the solid food world. You cant juice a chocolate bar, after all! Here are a few thoughts from along my journey.
-Ive gotten used to coconut water. The Harvest Bay stuff I drink after my runs is a great way to rehydrate. I’m not a huge fan of the taste, I love just plain raw coconut, but its still way better than gatorade!
-Tomato juice is my friend! Juicing tomatoes isnt the greatest thing in the world, so I conceeded with canned tomato juice. In a lot of tough situations, having a can on hand was a life saver.
-enemas are still weird.
-Rest is VITAL. I notice my body detoxes much easier and gentler when it is rested.
-yoga is important. I didnt do nearly as much as I did last january, and I can tell. The body likes to stretch, even if it seems resistant to it. The simple breathing exercises of yoga are so important for lymph stimulation. That said, I ran this fast and didnt the last. Yes, it took a little more of my energy reserves, but the bouncing did wonders for the body. Besides, it got me breathing deep in the outdoors, not just sweating it out in a gym.
-Find a routine that works for you and then modify when necessary. My days usually looked like:
first thing in the morning, water or tea
around 12-1, my tomato juice
get home from work around 3, make a qt of juice(recipe varied)
one box of coconut water after run
1/2 qt of some other juice later(cranberry or orange generally)
water before bed

So I was able to work in just about 2qts a day. This worked for me. It was still WAY more juice than I was consuming last fast. I was able to worry about getting the boys off to school and getting me to work in the mornings and not worry about juicing for the day(not tremendously a morning person, so coherent thought is iffy!), and then take my time with my big juice for the day in a quiet house when I got home from work. My evenings are always varied, so leaving them kinda open made me less stressed. I was able to relax, most importantly.

So there’s my notes from the road. These past 30 days have totally been worth it. I’m a stronger, happier, more positive person. I’m grounded and centered spiritually. I’m alert and my thinking is clear. I have great energy, and my skin, eyes, and hair glow. I think I’ve dropped roughly 20lbs(not positive since there was no initial weigh in) which is what I did last year. So not too much, not too little. I’m so excited about my sauerkraut tonight!


actual conversation today…

So everyone at work knows about my fast. They see me drinking my tomato juice on my break and know that I’ve only been having the occasional black decaf aside from teas. Its not been too much of a problem, I’ve gotten to educate and answer a lot of questions, but sometimes, folks just dont get it. Tonight I was at a restaurant(for a friend’s bday) and enjoying my hot water with lemon and a few questions came up…here’s the gist of the conversation:

-how many more days do you have?
–my last day is thursday, I’ll head back to solids on friday
-you must be excited!
–definitely! I feel great and I have my whole superbowl snack planned!
-really? what sort of goodies are you going to have?
–I’m making some guacamole stuffed tomatoes and marinated portobello mushrooms
-ok…that still sounds really healthy though…
–it is, but its delish and I’m looking forward to it.
-ok…but dont you want to indulge in something?
–what do you think I’m doing? I LOVE marinated mushrooms!
-you’re not going to have nachos with cheese and salsa? that’s pretty healthy…
–well, the salsa is ok, if I make it, but the cheese and chips would probably make me ill.
-oh. so are you always going to be like this? *looks doubtfully at me*
–I hope so!

I learned that with some things, ya gotta just lead by example…


Good morning Day 27

Day 27, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I could do this fast longer, no doubt. And its not that I dont enjoy it. On the contrary, I’ve gotten into a nice little routine and juicing fits into my life quite nicely. I have no problem with the social pressures of eating(and eating crap at times). I went to a birthday party yesterday and passed up both pizza and carvel ice cream cake(my favorite). I havent been hit by the ‘just gotta chew something’ blues, and my hunger has only just started to return in little bits here and there. I’m ready, however, to move on. To get to the next phase of my health and all the challenges it will bring.

I’m inspired to start eating again, and finding really nutritious an nourishing goodies that I hadnt heard of before. The natural food store I travel to down at the beach is like a trip to disney land for me. They have all kinds of raw goodies and fabulous produce. Yesterday I picked up some yummy looking raw sauerkraut that will be my first meal, dinner on Friday night.

My next goal is auditions for a musical, coming up in a couple weeks. I want to retain the vitality and energy that I’ve gained through this fast, so I’m going to work to stay 100% raw(aside from two preplanned days) until then.

But first, the next few days. I think I was liver detoxing last night, I had some crazy dreams that had my adrenaline really pumping. Seeing that the liver has to process hormones, I’m guessing a bunch got dumped yesterday. My 6mile run yesterday was almost easy! To the point that I want to retrace the route with my car because it felt too short. Woo hoo! With this reenergized body, the 1/2 marathon will be far easier to accomplish than the last one. Though I’d give anything to run on the 7mile trail on Ramstein AB again. I love the flatness of this area when it comes to running, but the challenges of the valleys on that trail really let me feel the accomplishment!


Awesome day!

Yesterday was probably the best day of this whole cleanse. I had soooo much energy I got accused of relapsing and hitting the espresso by more than one person. I was literally pinging off the walls. My mood was fabulous. Couldnt find anyone to go out with last night, so I went out by myself for some karaoke and was nabbed as soon as I walked in the door and complimented about my great smile and personality. I just felt great! I really believe since I started with the lower bowel tonic and am starting to be more regular and cleanse more effectively, my body has improved by leaps and bounds. Oh, and I can BREATHE! December was such a congested month for me, it seemed like my nose was always stuffed up. This I blame on the 1-2 dairy drinks I had a week. That should be a public service announcement or something. YOU CAN CRAP UP YOUR BODY WITH DAIRY SOOOO EASILY! I dont ever want to feel like that again. I am empowered now, the transformation over the past 25 days is just insane. Totally a different person in this body, and I’m going to be fiercely protective of this new me!

Oh, and another realization….this whole time, I didnt chew a single piece of gum. Amazing for me, right? My hubby always says I should have stock in Dentene Ice gum because of how many packs I go through in a week. I was reading something about the chewing action getting the digestive juices going and sparking digestion, so I decided to try it without. I think its really made a HUGE difference. I dont have the massive desire to chew something, like a lot of folks do. I dont have to deal with the bloat from excess air that chewing gum causes. And my digestive system has truly gotten to REST, most importantly. Yay!


One more detox crisis…

Ok, so day 23 here, I’m in the home stretch! And of course my body wants to make sure I’m cleansed. I’m detoxing nicely now, unfortunately its chosen exit route from my body is my skin. My face is all mottled complexion, and I have a few pimples here and there. Annoying, but I can live with it. The rest of me feels GREAT! I’ve entered into that high energy phase, I’m needing less sleep(except on my long run days), and overall I have this inner stillness, a wonderful sense of centeredness….if that’s a word, lol. One bonus I’ve discovered is I can crochet all day without my wrists acting up. That’s HUGE! Especially since I have 3 more blankets to do in the next coming month or so. My tendonitis is quieted, that in itself is a big incentive to continue on a path of wellness.

Oh, and I noticed the other day, my feet have shrunk. My work shoes, which fit nicely with my sport socks, had to be tightened through the entire lacing. I’m guessing I was holding a ton of fluid/toxic material. I dont have the pains I was having after standing on my feet at work all day, either. WHY DOESNT EVERYONE DO THIS AND REAP THE REWARDS???

Bring it on!

Day 22

Done.  No sweat!  I discovered a simple and yummy juice tonight, grapefruit & romaine.  The lettuce really cuts the sour/tartness of the grapefruit really well.  Yay! New juices!

 So its pretty much a waiting game now…8 days to go, let the body clean itself up a little more.  Right now my skin is breaking out, not sure if that’s detox or impending PMS.  Perhaps a little of both.  I’ll wait it out and see.  At least I’m getting my bowels to start behaving.  After the beet/carrot/apple/pear juice last night, the prune juice this morning, and Dr. Christopher’s LB, things were starting to move today.  Lots of unwelcome mucus.  I was headachey all day, but I think that’s because I kicked my body into another level of cleanse.  I can deal.

My main thought is ‘what will I break my fast with?’.  I’m thinking a nice little bowl of sauerkraut.  Heaven knows after 4 years in Germany, I’m in love with the stuff.  What do you think Ms. Rawesome?  Any other suggestions?

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Day 21

Morning time here on day 21 and all is well. I’ve taken to 8oz of prune juice in the morning to try to help the elimination issues. (TMI FOLLOWS)I think my body is on the verge of breaking loose some really toxic stuff, and that’s backing things up a bit. Did an enema yesterday and it was just foul what came out of me. The massage on Saturday has definitely been beneficial, I feel like things have been reawakened a little.(END OF TMI) For the last week I’m going to start taking Dr. Christopher’s LB Formula to help strengthen and tone the bowel and get peristalsis back up to par. That’s part of my transistion into phase two of ‘Take care of Tdee’.

I dont think I’ll be doing the 10 day juice feast I was originally contemplating. Life’s about to get a lot busier, and I’m having a tough time getting 2qts in as it is. I’m being realistic. So I’m going to go 100%raw for another week, then shoot for about 80% or so until auditions on the 17th, just to maintain my energy levels and vitality. Weighed in the other day, I’m down to 196, so approx 12lbs lost(not sure since I never had an initial weigh in). I’m starting to include weight training into my exercise routine so that I can jump back in once Im done fasting full force and not have all the discouraging muscle soreness.

I’m looking forward to trying new things when I get done with the fast, been reading lots of inspiring stories and yummy recipies. Been cooking for the boys A LOT, which they like, to help with my restlessness and need to create. Then I leave the house while they eat, or go upstairs and take a long hot bath or something. So my nose gets to eat a lot, lol!


Day 19!

So, this weekend actually went really well. I made juice for the 4 1/2 hour road trip, to have when we stopped for dinner for the boys. No problem there. Got to mom’s and had some tea and all was well. Saturday I started the day with a great session with my friend who’s a massage therapist. I’m feeling much better, and although I still have elimination issues, I can definitely feel some stimulation after all the deep tissue work and reiki she did for me. Going to tackle the issue with some prune juice the next few days. So I got home, had some tomato juice, and relaxed with my niece til the dinner. Went, had my green tea and a glass of perrier with lime, and enjoyed the hibachi show. Everything smelled good, but I wasnt hungry, and I registered that, so I didnt need to eat. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me. Went home last night and made romaine/apple/carrot juice in mom’s juicer. Today we went out for breakfast to the local truckstop(its a tradition) and I did fine too. That wasnt nearly a challenge because it is quite the greasy spoon anyway. Though Bob did order a yummy looking potato/onion/pepper smash that I might have to try somewhere down the road…way down the road, lol. After all my good behavior I rewarded myself with a decaf coffee at my favorite bohemian coffee shop and read some natural living publishings. Then I went to the fabulous health food store mom has nearby and got some great looking orange beets and carrots for this week, and some precut organic pineapple/strawberry mixes that I juiced for my ride back tonight. And then I hit the juice bar(yay!) and had my first taste of wheatgrass in a carrot/beet/celery/green apple juice. Not bad, but I can understand why folks only drink it in 1oz shots!

So I’m very proud of my handling of what could have been a disastrous situation. Mom was very impressed and inspired, which is always good, since she desparately needs some cleansing. I think this fast I’ve definitely been able to do a lot more inner work than I was capable of last year. For the most part that’s been a great thing, but of course, the more you clean up the insides, the more stuff you discover that needs cleansing. This has led to a lot of emotional/mental work for me, but I think I can handle the challenge. Physically, the mucus in my chest is finally coming free in coughs and my tongue/teeth are eternally coated. If it means I’m healthier when its through, so be it. I can easily do this for 11 more days! Bring it on!


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