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Ease-In: Starting The Master Cleanse

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The Master Cleanse, also known as The Lemonade Diet, has three phases. They are Ease-In to the Master cleanse, The Lemonade Diet and Ease-Out of the Master cleanse.

Each of these three phases is equally as important to your successfully completing this sometimes challenging cleanse. Unlike the Ease-out, the Ease-in is optional. Some people choose not to ease into this somewhat extreme detox. I personally believe that it is a kind choice to allow our bodies to adjust to this cleansing process and to slowly start letting our digestive system rest before we introduce the Master Cleanse Lemonade that eventually allows for our digestive system to rest completely.

I also find (as I manage our Master Cleanse Facebook page with about 9000 members), that people who choose to ease-in are not as challenged to stick to the Lemonade diet and that is a great benefit on its own. Easing in can prepare you for the cleanse:

  • Physically
  • Mentally 
  • Emotionally

This is especially important for the people that are about to do the Master Cleanse for the very first time.

The Ease-in portion of the Master Cleanse is important to me for several reasons.

  1. It allows me to prepare my digesting system for the upcoming big changes in my diet. Eventually, as I start the actual Lemonade diet, my digestive system will be allowed to rest completely, so it makes sense to start introducing foods very easy to digest ( soups, juices, smoothies…) before I start only drinking liquids — the lemonade and additional pure water.
  2. It helps me develop the habit of a more natural and healthier diet. I don’t want to adopt a rule-filled lifestyle such as vegan or vegetarian, but I do want to limit processed foods, dairy products and red meats. I know that juicing is a great way to get vital veggies.
  3. Therefore, if I choose to eat this way strictly before I begin my cleanse, I am a little more likely to continue the habit in my Post-Cleanse Lifestyle.
Here is a quote from Tom Woloshyn’s book The Complete Master Cleanse on the Easing-in process:
“This simpler diet will be less stressful on the body and will help with the eventual elimination of some of your poor food choices. Eating such a diet will make it easier  for you to transition to the Master Cleanse.”

The Ease-in can be eliminated, as it is not suggested in the original text. It can also be reduced. This is just my version, take it or leave it.

How to Ease into the Lemonade diet

This is a good method to gradually prepare your body for the Master Cleanse.

  • Day 1 – Regular Diet; however, you should try to eat live foods –vegetables, grains, etc.
  • Day 2 – Fruits and Veggies
  • Day 3 – Fruit and Veggie Juice – or Broth
  • Day 4 – Orange Juice – 3 1-liter orange juice (with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup if you want more calories and energy)
  • Day 5 is the Day 1 of The Lemonade diet

Ease-In Day 1 – Living Food Diet

To do the The Living Food Diet, you need only to eat live foods. Simply remove processed foods, meat and dairy from your diet. Enjoy shopping for, and eating interesting fruits and vegetables. Savor the rich flavor and textures. Be sure that you don’t go too heavy on fruits as they are high in sugar. A 60/40 balance of vegetables to fruits is a good guideline.

A pre-diet regimen is essential. As with the diet itself, the quality of the ingredients is important. Organic is good, but a lack of organic foods should not keep you from starting; if you can’t find organic, get regular produce. To be on a vegetarian diet including juicing, soups and broths for a few days prior to the Cleanse is a great way to slowly allow your digestive system to adjust to a new upcoming (and for many people a bit extreme) Lemonade diet.

Top 5 inexpensive Super Vegetables:

  1. Organic Onions
  2. Organic Carrots
  3. Organic Brocoli
  4. Organic Peppers
  5. Organic Tomatoes
  6. And Organic Oranges for your Orange juice to drink on the last day of Ease-in

Here are some Juicing recipes to energize you and prepare you for the Master Cleanse.

Ease-In Day 2 – Juicing, Blending, Soups and Broths

Juicing, Easing_inAs much as you can, keep the ingredients:

  • Vegetarian
  • Raw
  • And Organic

This step preps your body for a liquid diet and delivers macronutrients more quickly to your bloodstream.
By breaking down the foods to liquids we can more readily take in the nutrients from the food. Fruit and Vegetable Juicing is very enjoyable. There are endless combinations of tasty juicing recipes. Blending is equally enjoyable. Green smoothies are like drinking a glass of healing. If you do not have a juicer, you can make soup or broths.

Here are some great vegetable soup recipes you may enjoy while Easing into the Master Cleanse.

Ease-In Day 3 – Orange Juice

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Manually or electrically juice enough oranges to make 2 liters of Orange Juice, mixed with water (to taste).

Sometimes I find it hard to get the calories I need through the day and so I add some Maple Syrup to increase my caloric intake. Again, this is just the reverse process of the Ease-out or “Breaking the Master Cleanse.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: The most important factor to keep in mind during the Ease-in stage is to drink a lot of pure water, especially when you are fruit and veggie juicing. If you do not make broth, and opt for juices instead, it is important you understand that the juice will have a great deal of fiber, and you need to make sure you have enough water in your system to keep you from becoming constipated.

Why is the Ease – in so important – video

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  1. Brenda Cuddlr July 20, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Wish I would have found this site first – Started Thursday, July 17 – PLEASE do not do what I did – Eat a Mickey D Crispy Chicken Bacon sandwich ( WITH fries ) the night before and put off the laxative tea until Friday :-( Constipation is no joke – after 2 hours and blood, sweat & tears on Saturday morning I will never do THAT again ! Ever see a farmer “help” a cow deliver a calf ?? Thank heavens for laytex gloves…

  2. Yash June 24, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Hey Its my first time for Master cleanse so i was going through all the posts available. I came across above post. It gives the list of veggies which can be consumed but except onion and tomatoes others are not available in my city. So During my ease-in days can I consume cucumber. Plz Help!!!

  3. Amber March 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Ease in day 1

    I’m a bit confused… Do we start the lemonade diet with the raw veggies and so on and so forth or just water and different steps until day 4?

  4. dcobb March 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    What if you do not like oj, what can be substituted?

  5. Alis January 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Ease-In Day 3

    I’m a little confused on the Ease-In day three in one area it says fruits & veggies and then further down on the same page it has a picture of the orange juice saying day 3 of the Ease-In should be consumed. Can someone please help me out with this dilemma. I have already been doing the fruits & veggies so I hope that this will be ok and will be having the organic orange juice on Monday. I am so excited and I just want to do this right so that I can have excellent results. Can anyone clear this up for me?

  6. Faith June 25, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Everyone should do this!! I’ve lost 30 pounds in two weeks and feelin good!!! YES!!!!!!!!!

  7. mari stratton May 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    ease in day 1: been eating raw diet and feeling good but i have a question about day 3 orange juice day. my question is is that i consume on day 3 is just a liter of freshly squeesed orange juice mixed with water?? or do i continue the raw diet and then include the orange juice??

    • allie February 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

      just fresh orange juice.
      the ease in is the reverse of the ease out.
      so your first day easing out of the lemonade will be orange juice.
      then step 2 and step 1. Done.

  8. Andrea April 22, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Just starting! Ease-in day 1. Good luck to be, it frightens me to think that I will not be eating any solid foods!!! My environment is so UN-supportive that I will need to be very strong to be successful.


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