Ahhh.. delicious… Lemons, cayenne pepper, molasses and water.
This is the basis for the Master Cleanse. I’m not going to go into a bunch of history on why this cleanse is in existence, but I will share my own personal dealing with it so that you can have a new perspective on an old technique.
The energy this year has been heavy and in many ways chaotic. Many of us are feeling this shifting force hitting us in magnitude. We are experience a variety of new emotions, changes (both external and internal), and energies as we align with our higher purpose. Taking charge of what we are putting into our bodies is vital as we come into this new alignment.
The Master Cleanse is an easy reset button. Sometimes we come to a point where we know we are not in alignment. We’ve reached out for the wrong foods, or we might be more aware of the foods that are limiting us. I do not however follow the traditional mixture. I have found a concoction that works for me, and it does the trick.
I usually get one of the large bottles (1.5L) of smart water or Whole Foods Brand H2O. I use 3 Lemons, and I prefer agave nectar over molasses. Molasses costs a lot more, and agave nectar has a bit few calories and sugar. I do a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper, and Ta-Da a delicious drink for the day. I get up early so that I have time to make my drink, and it typically lasts me through the day.
Leading up to “Lemonade Only”
So, being the realist that I am, I know that if I jump straight into the mixture on its own right away that I’ll throw my body into “Craving every piece of cake in a 50 mile radius” mode. I typically do not change my diet for a few days, but add the lemonade mixture. This gives your stomach a chance to get use to the pepper and lemons, and it also provides a mild detox. The idea is also introduced into your consciousness that a cleanse is on the way. It’s like buying the cleaning supplies and keeping them in your messy room. I usually do this for a couple of days, and then slowly begin cutting out different food items, until it’s just me and the lemonade.
I typically do the cleanse for 3-7 days, and the go into a raw food eating mode for about a week (or longer). Set a timeline that you know will work for you.
Set an intention for your cleanse.
“As I take in this cleansing liquid so does clarity flow through me”.
Personalize the cleanse and make it yours. Allow yourself to be fluid with it. If you feel like doing the lemonade along with raw foods– Great. If you feel like just adding the lemonade and changing nothing–Great. The idea here is that you are also including the intention that you are cleansing. Cleaning happens and a multitude of levels.
Just a quick breakdown of the ingredients. You want to use purified water if possible. The agave nectar gives you calories to burn. The cayenne pepper ups your metabolism and immune system, and the lemons are great cleansers. Lemon is a natural diuretic, which will help you flush your system
I recommend light activity during the cleansing cycle. Yoga is a perfect match for the master cleanse. Yoga allows you to dive deep into the muscles and joints to facilitate release of toxins and limitations.
Trust yourself, and give the body what it needs. If you need calories, eat. If you need to modify, modify.
Have fun with the cleanse, open up to intention, and share the journey with those around you.
Michael A. Brazell CFT CSN MAT PAT