Contributing Monkie GreenChef Staff Monkies
Published on May 3, 2009
Beyonce, David Blaine, Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Quivers and other celebrities all praise the Master Cleanse, aka “The Lemonade Diet” for everything from weight loss to detox and restoring their energy and healthy eating habits.
Created by Naturopath Stanley Burroughs, the fast consists of a 10 day fast on a spicy lemonade elixer to cleanse toxins and congestion from the body and purify the liver, kidneys and glands. It is also supposed to purify the blood, balance blood pressure and the most attractive effect is weight loss.
Although it’s really not meant to be a fad diet or quick fix. It’s only meant as a short term fast to cleanse the body. If it’s not followed by healthy and sensible eating habits, and the person goes back to junk food, they will quickly regain their weight and toxin build-up. It is also not meant to be followed for an extended time without expert supervision. The Master Cleanse recipe is 8-10oz. of warm spring or purified water, 2 TB Lemon Juice, 2 TB of grade B or C maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
The weight loss side effect of the cleanse however is mostly responsible for it’s growing popularity. Beyonce lost 22lbs after her nutritionist put her on it to lose weight for her new film Dreamgirls. Beyonce said “I lived on water, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for 14 days”. After the press reports went out about Beyonce’s weight loss on the cleanse, sells of Organic Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup soared.
Robin Quivers was turned on to the cleanse by magician David Blaine and lost over 70 pounds after following the regime for 21 days on 3 separate occasions. Robin told People magazine, “This wasn’t about weight loss. I was trying to regain my health.” She told the reporter, “I’ve never felt this good about my body before”.
Howard Stern’s producer Gary Dell’Abate said, “She’s a whole different person, I’ve been with her 20 years, and I’ve never seen her this happy and confident.”
“I was eating a salad for the first time and going, ‘Wow! This tastes like ice cream!’”, said Quivers.