If you follow me on Instagram, then you may recall that I spent the first half of my Spring Break last month doing something called The Master Cleanse. I spent the second half doing the exact opposite (eating and drinking adult bevs) around Austin. If you were wondering what the heck The Master Cleanse was, then today you’re in luck. I’m talking about what it is, why on earth I did it, and my thoughts about ever doing it again.
WTF IS THE MASTER CLEANSE?
If you’re a Beyoncé or Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fan, then you’ve probably heard of The Master Cleanse aka The Lemonade Diet. If you’re not a fan of either, you might need to reevaluate. Remember Bey dropping 20ish pounds for her role in Dream Girls? This is how she did it. Yolanda Foster Hadid is also a big fan. Gigi Hadid has been known to do a Master Cleanse or two, as she has said she’d rather do something intense for a week or ten days, than be miserable eating only salad for months. A girl after my own heart. I’m all about fast results. More on that in the next section.
The Master Cleanse is essentially a drink that you consume for however many days. Some say you need to do it for a week or ten days. I did it for four because that is what my calendar allowed and I was really doing a trial run of it. The drink recipe is as follows:
- 8 ounces of purified water
- 2 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons of Grade B maple syrup*
- 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
You can premix everything except the cayenne pepper. If you mix it in ahead of time, it will only get more and more spicy as it sits and mixes into the drink. I premixed my drinks for a day or two at a time and added the cayenne just before I drank it.
*The maple syrup I bought says “formerly Grade B” and I got it at Whole Foods. It’s different from regular ole maple syrup, not just in that it is more expensive (think like $15+ a bottle), but because it is more nutrient rich and healthier. You must use Grade B or equivalent. Be sure to check!
So yes, if you’re wondering if that is all you do is drink this drink for however many days, the answer is yes. You also start out your days with a salt water flush where you mix 2 teaspoons of sea salt with a Liter of Water and Chug. I barely got through half of this each morning without gagging and wondering what I was doing with my life. Basically, you’re doing this to quickly prompt your body into going to the bathroom since you aren’t consuming food (aka fiber) on the cleanse that prompts a BM and helps your body get rid of all the toxins. Lovely. You do this each morning right when you wake up.
At night, just before bed, drink a cup of this ‘Smooth Move‘ detox tea to help you out, too.
WHY DID I DO THE MASTER CLEANSE?
Ummm hello?! Did you skip above where I said that Beyoncé and Gigi Hadid have done it? Who doesn’t want to look like them? But really, I wanted to do this in preparation for my wedding. If you follow my blog regularly, then you know I’m a big fan of the Whole 30. I love how it detoxes me slowly, naturally, and in a healthy way. My skin is glowing by the end and my healthy habits are reset. This is more of a ‘Omgosh I have something big coming up and I need to get it in gear quick’ sort of thing. I wanted to trial it out before I do it closer to my wedding to see how it went for me personally. Also, I thought Spring Break was the best time for me to do this because I could sleep half the day and only had to interact minimally with other humans. I get to be a little something known as hangry and since I work with children, I didn’t want to have to go into work and risk taking out my hanger in the wrong way (joking, but also.. sort of serious).
I want to look and feel my best before my wedding, but I also love things like pizza, cheeseburgers, wine, and chocolate, sooo thinking I’m only going to eat salads and veggies before my wedding just isn’t practical for me. I am a bit of an extremist, so I do well with things like this that are more short lived and specific.
My thoughts on another Master Cleanse
It was effective. I did not weigh myself because I don’t own a scale, but I was noticeably slimmer and had basically no bloat. I didn’t feel as weak, tired, sluggish, or hangry as I expected either. I had a few moments here and there where I just wanted to say screw it and order a pizza, but I have those feelings on days where I just eat a salad for lunch, so nothing out of the ordinary for me. The worst parts? In my opinion the saltwater flush and the fact that there is no variety in flavor. I do love me some lemonade, especially when it is hot outside, and I actually am fine with the taste of this, but when that is ALL you’re having, it gets old fast. I think it would be more sustainable and less boring if I added in other juices to get some different flavors in.
I’ll do this again right before my wedding for a few days at least, but am not quite sure of another time I would do it again. It’s pretty intense, but it is a fast and effective way to slim down. To each their own, but unless I get super off track before some giant reunion with tons of people on the beach, I’m not sure if I would do it or not. Time will tell!
I’ll be doing this again in June if anyone is on board with joining in! Feel free to reach out with any questions if you have them– I’m happy to answer what I can. The official Master Cleanse website is pretty helpful and has all the info you could need on it. Also, if you do it and lose motivation, just watch Gigi Hadid in the VS Fashion Show and some Beyoncé music videos or Dream Girls and you should be able to get back on track.
I would love to know if you’ve tried The Master Cleanse or any other similar cleanse and what your thoughts and results were. Now, it’s time to get back to my wine, Fixer Upper, and my dark chocolate. Hope you’re having a great week! XO