A couple of weeks ago, I ended my binge on junk and sugar and went on a 2-week raw food cleanse. For one week I subsisted mainly on salad and plenty of raw vegetables and fruit. I transitioned to the Master Cleanse, which let me just tell you right now, was pretty challenging. Ideally you should stay on the cleanse for 10 days but I shortened it to 5 1/2.
Going through the Master Cleanse will change the way you look at and eat food. The Master Cleanse involves drinking “lemonade”: lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water. I used the Asian lemonade recipe, which substitutes sugar cane juice for the water and maple syrup. Ideally one should drink 6-12 glasses a day for 10 days and drink a laxative tea at night. By the 3rd day I seriously wanted to kill someone, but I pulled through. It was such a good cleanse, though. It’s been about a month since I’ve ended it and I haven’t gone back to my old junk food ways. Now, I actually enjoy and embrace eating salads – something I used to abhor when I was a newborn vegetarian because I couldn’t stand the leaves-and-tomatoes combo. While quite extreme, it did feel liberating to have the power to resist temptation from food — difficult for someone like me who cooks food for a living!
I ended my 2-week cleanse with this warming and soothing bowl of miso soup, made more satisfying with wilted watercress and mushrooms.