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Cocktail Hour Cleansing with the Master Cleanse Tini

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I am always surprised by how many people have heard of, or even themselves done, the Master Cleanse (herein after referred to as the “MC”) … What is it?  Developed by a Mr. Stanley Burroughs, a researcher of disease and “toxemia”, the MC entails drinking, all day long for at least ten days, water mixed with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.  This concoction is meant to allow a cleansing and rejuvenation of the system.  It doesn’t taste bad… in fact it’s quite refreshing and pleasantly spicy.  The bad part is that each morning, you’re supposed to also drink a glass of water with entirely gnarly amounts of salt in it.  It would not be wise to consume this just before running out the door, as it apparently causes everything to be flushed out within 30 or so minutes.  I tried to do the MC once myself.  I have this potentially dangerous habit of wanting to try everything.  As I write this (actually revise) I’m consuming a glass of water in which I added drops of a liquid that is supposed to remove all the heavy metals from my body.  I also just noticed that I’m also at this moment listening to heavy metal… a potential conflict?  Anyway.  Maybe I’ll report more on the heavy metal experiment in an upcoming post.

My own MC experiment did not last long.  My first (and only) salt-sludge water morning immediately made me want to hurl and I could not get it all down.  I personally don’t like to force things on my body that seem very unnatural (here I go, contradicting myself all over place in this post and the last)… or particularly unpleasant.  The lemonade drink part I could handle… again, it tastes good.  Unfortunately, trying to do a fast of any kind in a restaurant like mine is not easy, and by the end of the night I was snacking on freshly cut pineapple from the juice bar.  Oh well.  I still don’t understand the name.  MASTER cleanse.  Anyway. 

Some people swear by it.  It has certainly received enough attention.  A few people on the staff at our restaurant (who clearly have more discipline than me) last summer successfully completed the ten days.  As we tend to have a very family-like atmosphere, some of us non-cleansers kept taking drinks from their special thermoses, quite liking this spicy sweet lemonade.  What is the point of all this?  There was a recent posting somewhere online about the MC – can’t remember where – that some of us were reading and found particularly funny.  Anyway, I guess it was also a reminder of how much we liked that lemonade.  A few nights ago, I was in our dungeon accounting office, sweating like a piglet, reconciling numbers like the nerd that I am, and my lovely and super-talented sous chef Rebecca comes over with a particularly pretty new ‘tini on a tray.  We have a lot of cocktails on the menu at Pure Food and Wine.  No hard liquor.  They are all made with sake and/or sparkling wine and very seasonal.  For example, in the fall, we get fragrant and freshly pressed concord grape juice from the greenmarket, add sake, pour it over ice, and call it Purple Haze.  Having new cocktails unexpectedly brought over for me to taste is always a welcome surprise for me, particularly when I’m stressed out, which is more often than not.

So this drink Rebecca carried on the tray was a beautiful amber color, the martini glass rimmed with shiny amber crystals of date sugar.  I asked her what it was and she said, “Try it first… then I’ll tell you.”  So I did, and it was really good.  Lemony-tart, sweet and with a spicy kick.  WHY did it taste so familiar??  She said, “It’s a Master Cleanse-Tini!!!”  Lemon juice, a touch of maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne, and of course… sake, shaken over ice and then strained into a martini glass.   Brilliant.  And so good.   It’s a few days later now, we’ve added it to our cocktail menu, and I’ve just had three of them at the bar.  This is Pure Food and Wine’s take on the MC.  And probably as close as I’ll ever get to actually doing the MC again myself.

As always, come visit me at my nest.

Cheers,
Sarma

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timewarp

If you hate the salt water, you can also try a natural laxative (herbal) tea. but limit to 1-2 (SMALL) cups as day (very powerfull may want to have 1/2 put or less) with the MC.

and lots of people do eat a small meal at the end of the day like some fruit or a few veggies, so you weren't cheating. =3

This is my favorete fast so far!, I feal so good on it. ^^ (I can breath out of my nose for the first time in months! wow!)

Chuck Bluestein

It is called the master cleanse since it is supposed to be better at cleansing the body of metabolic waste better than anything else. Lemon and cayenne pepper are very cleansing. Have you ever made a mistake? Has President Bush ever made a mistake?

Mr Buroughs made a mistake with that salt water flush. It is every unhealthy and makes many want to vomit which was your body telling you that you are hurting it. How toxic is salt? It is not a raw food. It is not a food. Put 4 oz in a pint of water and drink it and it will kill you!

The site below tells more about what is wrong with the salt water flush. But it tells more about the benefits of not eating like with water and juice fasts. It has quotes from 17 different MDs and The New England Journal of Medicine about fasting.

http://www.phifoundation.org/fast.html

SUSAN EVANS

COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME AMOUNTS OF EACH INGREDIENT IN THE mASTER CLEANSE. I KNOW IT CONSISTS OF LEMON/LIME JUICE, MAPLE SYRUP AND CAYENNE PEPPER MIXED WITH WATER. I WOULD LOVE TO TRY IT BUT CAN'T FIND ANYTHING WITH THE RECIPE. THANKS AND PLEASE SEND TO MY [email protected] EMAIL ADDRESS. SUSAN

bee

It's my day 2 on master cleanse! I'd really like to be on it for the whole 10 days but I might just disappear..considering I don't weigh much. Oh well..lets see if I can make it thru' tonight :)

Diana

This is the best MC blog I've found--thanks! I'm entering my 4th day on the cleanse and feeling really clear and energetic. I work in a natural foods store, surrounded by temptation. I'm experiencing more emotional hunger pangs than anything.
What I have been missing most is the convivial nature of eating. Sharing conversation over food and drink, complimenting the chef, creating a meal for others to enjoy. So, in that respect there are definitely big gaps in my day...it's starting to get a bit lonely.
I've committed to 10 days, although I think the salt water is going to do me in. I'm sticking with herbal tea. I'm vegetarian, so it seems as if I'm skipping the extreme detox of ominivores (I'm a little hesitant to say that 'cause I don't want to jinx days 5 thru 10).

Eva

I'm on day 10 and I feel fantastic. Not hungry, not tired, mentally clear and able to work all day without difficulty. I have done multiple salt water flushes, especially when I feel a little funky. This is an old ayurvedic remedy - nothing new. It is not dangerous in the dose recommended. Do not exceed the salt/water ratio or your body will retain water and the toxins you are trying to flush. Also, toward the end, it is not necessary...the tea alone is fine. I do chug it like "Michelle Kimball June 25" suggested, and it's easier that way. Don't cheat...you will feel terrible as your body is not prepared for junk yet, and it won't taste as good as you think it will. It will make you grumpy and tired - even a single tiny meal. Trust me...I tried it and regretted it. I am not quitting yet - I see no point, since I am not having ill effects, but I don't feel done. BTW, I am not overweight (5'5, 118lb.), but you will lose weight if you have it to lose and won't if you don't.

WHAT IS THE TITLE OF SARMA'S BOOK? ARE THERE OTHER CLEANSERS TO TRY FOR LOOSING THE FAT?

Humble Bee

I hope the martini sells well. And maybe after a few too many it might inspire more would be cleansers! I just finished a Master Cleanser Frequently Asked Questions section on our site and wanted to get the word out. Thanks!
http://www.humblebeehealth.com/frequently-asked-questions-master-cleanse-related/

jennifer

Hi! First, Sarma - just love your "Real World - Real Food" cookbook - it's my bible and inspired me to go raw. Second, I have done a zillion Master Cleanse fasts (once for 40 days!!) and I too could not get down that vile salt water mixture. Hence - I take the herbal laxative tea in the morning and the night (and a fiber drink in the morning, too) and all comes along just fine. No gagging needed!! :) They have a great section on the Cleanse on curezone.com if anyone is interested - has FAQ, recipe, etc. xx J.

Shirley

OMG! I am on my 3rd day and feel phenomenal! I am going for 40 days (I am fat and sluggish). I gave up meat about a month ago but I have a history of eating fatty, fried foods, tons of ice cream, lots of wine, just unhealthy. So, I want to detox and lose about 60 pounds. I plan on trying raw for awhile to see what it is all about.

Lana Landis

Hi Sarma,

I just did a search on master cleanse- tini and found this post. Thank you for the fun idea. I will have one once i am over the cleanse i'm on at the moment.
which by the way is far better than the MC.

http://www.izocleanze.com

Love and Light
Lana

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