The Lemonade Diet is a part of The Master Cleanse, during which you consume only a lemonade-like drink consisting of fresh lemon juice, molasses or dark maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. From what I’ve heard, this lemonade-like drink is known to shed pounds, but only when consumed on it’s own for several consecutive days. The downside to this is, every single person I know who has ever tried it instantly gained the weight back once off the diet, and a few extra pounds!
The Squeeze: Is it Good or Bad?
Essentially, this diet is designed to be able to nourish your body with the things it needs to function. That’s nice and dandy that it keeps the body functioning, but it does not replenish the body with all of the essential nutrients it needs! Within the book it reads,
“It is not a means to starve the body in order to loose weight dangerously fast. The cleanse is typically done for 10 days, but can be safely maintained for many more days in a row, even weeks when desired.”
For one thing, how unpleasant would that be to keep yourself on a liquid diet for several weeks?! I could understand a few days, maybe, but that is just a little extreme. I find that this diet can be harmful to your system in the sense that you may become malnourished.
In my personal opinion, the healthiest way to cleanse your body is through raw vegetables. As long as you are eating healthy along with exercising on a regular basis, you can achieve your weight loss goals. It may take a bit longer, but there is no chance of weight gain and starvation when you take the time to lose it the fat in a healthy way. I can understand there is temptation in wanting to shed pounds fast, especially if you have a special event coming up. But is it worth it to risk gaining more weight back in the end?
The best way to ensure you’re body is getting the essential nutrients it needs, especially on a liquid diet, is by juicing raw organic produce. Not only do the the vegetable nourish your body of nutrients, it also heals your body from within! I have an amazing recipe I have made for juicing here.
Well, for whatever it was worth, I gave it a try today. Mainly because I have a lemon tree outside just bursting with lemons to be picked! Don’t you just love spring?! I filled up a couple bags, and pulled out my lemon juicer from the kitchen. I thought it might be nice to make regular lemonade, but I just had to give this cleansing recipe a try first. I have been curious to see what it taste like, and if in fact there were benefits involved in the process of drinking it. Here’s a photo of my experience below:
I mixed up the above ingredients and drank a glass. Here are the measurements for one serving:
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice from one half of a lemon
- 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses or rich maple syrup
- 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1-2 cups pure water
It’s not awful tasting, but I couldn’t imagine only drinking only that for a few days/weeks. A friend of mine says she enjoys a cup of it hot occasionally. I find that to be a great idea! I prefer the taste of honey opposed to molasses or maple syrup, so if you do decide to convert this diet into the occasional cup of tea-like drink… you may choose to use honey or agave nectar instead as well.
Although I don’t find this drink to be a very healthy diet, I do find it to be beneficial to your health when consumed in small does with a regular healthy diet. The reason for small doses being, it does contain a lot of sugar. Yes, the sugar derived from the molasses, maple syrup, and or honey and nectar is considered a healthy sugar, but it is still sugar… which turns into fat in our systems. There is so much sugar in our diets already that we don’t even notice. I suggest avoiding high quantities of sugar, especially if you are on a health and fitness plan as I am.
After consuming a glass of this lemon concoction, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it helped my digestion in a very short amount of time. I have found that having a glass here and there is actually greatly beneficial to your health. There are wonderful nutrients that come out of these ingredients. Keep in mind, they are in very small amounts which are not a healthy amount to live off of during the recommended span of the diet.
Blackstrap Molasses- is rich in calcium and iron. It is also an excellent source of copper and manganese, as well as a very good source of potassium. Lemon juice is a powerful antibacterial. It also helps with the flow of bile and expels air from the digestive tract.
Lemons- also helps in digestion and aid in relieving constipation. (This is great for those of us with celiac disease and food allergies causing digestive issues.)
Cayenne Pepper- not only boosts your metabolism, it is also great for the stomach and intestinal tract as it aids in assimilation and elimination! There are so many benefits to cayenne, really, I’ll have to write an entire article on that alone… and I plan to!
Organic Raw Honey- has antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties that can help improve your digestive system and fight disease.
Organic Raw Blue Agave Nectar- contains anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties, including antimicrobial capabilities. It also contains Inulin which is a type of fructan (or fiber.) Because of its low impact on blood sugar, inulin can be effective in weight loss as well as increase satiety and decrease appetite. Inulin also aides in increasing the absorption of nutrients, such as calcium and magnesium.
Water- Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues. It also helps regulate body temperature and aides in digestion because it helps to flush you out!
With all of the health benefits mentioned above, you can see why I was so interested in giving it a little research. Whether or not you are interested in this diet, at least you now know a little more about the risks and benefits involved. I am so glad I juiced all of those lemons! I will be using the juice for many purposes. I want to make some lemonade! I’ll also be using it in my cooking and my dressings, as well as in my vegetable juices!
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