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This resource is designed for those unfamiliar with The Master Cleanse (TMC for short) — and for those “Master Cleansers” (Master Cleanse Veterans) that don’t know where in the heck to find all our stellar content.
It’s also a road map of sorts (to our best content).
You see — everyone who is seeking wellness, weight-loss, cleansing or detox are at one point or another, on various levels of STUCK.
There’s just so much information out there.
And sadly, most of it’s conflicting.
From newbie to “master” cleanser — we are all looking to feel better, live longer, and have more quality time with our loved-ones, or doing our loved-activities.
It’s perhaps our defining characteristic as people.
This page is here to help you locate the resources you need to master this Cleansing, Detox, and Fast Weight Loss stuff.
It’s the same process people have been using since recorded history.
It’s the same process all animals instinctively do when they’re sick to cure themselves.
And it’s the same system that is now more than ever being scientifically proven to be the foundation of not only fast weight loss, but also to treating and eliminate disease, resetting the metabolism, and event the extension life well beyond the 100 year glass ceiling.
Yes this system is the foundation for a longer life and it's –scientifically proven.
This system works for those over-weight and sick. It works for health conscious and currently healthy. It works whether you intend to lose weight, detox, cleanse, treat illness, or change habits.
This system works for the rich and the poor, for the patient and the Doctor, just like Dr. Wayne Dyer discovered.
This system works because it builds upon each and every aspect of the irrefutable 3 laws of weight loss, healing, and wellness:
The 3 Laws of Wellness
Eliminate toxic foods, water, air, energy, emotions, thoughts and energy.
Support the body’s systems by reducing the burden on those systems
Consume only resources for the body to heal through Functional Super “Foods” (including water, air, energy, emotions, thoughts and energy).
Read this START HERE page carefully.Read it multiple times and commit it to memory.
This is the stuff they don’t want you to know about.
It is the steps to Lose Weight Fast, up to 2lbs per day, just by eating Super Foods designed to perform a specific function.
The following flowchart outlines the “Lose Weight Fast” process:
Learn the Steps to the Lose Weight “Fast” also called The Functional Fasting (FF) for Weight Loss System
The following flow-chart outlines How To Lose Weight “Fast” with functional fasts like The Master Cleanse.
Print this PDF version and tack it to the wall next to your food prep station. If you plan to execute this plan, you’ll need to reference it often.
When you’re learning new tactics like Fasting, Supplementation, Health Tracking, and Food Testing you’ll need to constantly remind yourself of the FF process. Otherwise, you’re wasting time and money.
This is a warning: There is little benefit in understanding, for example, Dieting or Detox in and of itself. There is enormous benefit to your health in understanding how to apply these wellness strategies to the FF process.
Lean in to this START HERE page and pay close attention — we’re about to reveal the exact process we use in our own lives, and in our coaching programs to help people to detox, cleanse, lose weight and change their lives for the better.
People often get stuck focused on losing weight FAST. Weather someone is focused on FAST weight loss, or detox/cleansing, or even the greater goal of wellness are be their primary objective, the truth is, it doesn't really matter. IF… And only IF… You engage in a complementary, wellness based approach to weight loss. Then it doesn't really matter if you're focused on the pounds, and the image in the mirror. Either way you'll get the benefits that are available to you. These benefits are likely to emerge regardless of your primary desire to lose weight. However you should realize, by decentralizing the idea of the weight loss, you'll free your mind to focus on other objectives on your course of wellness. Objectives like: Each of these objectives indicate the function of the fast you might partake in. For example, if you're objective is to manage your blood pressure, correcting a high or low trend, you might choose a notably different approach to your fast than if you're primary objective was to boost you're immunity. I say might because some fasts have multiple “functions”. What do I mean by Functions, and the term “Functional Fasting? I mean simply what does the fast aim to do? Which of the body's organs or systems is the fast designed to cleanse or support? Which toxin are we trying to detox from? What symptom, disorder, condition or disease are we aiming to treat and even cure? Those are the functional effects of fasting, and they are many. Below are just a few listed functions of fasting along with examples of the clinical studies indicating proof of their effectiveness for the specific functions. We have published this research spreadsheet so that we might encourage others to learn about the wonderful world of fasting, and to learn from the community should they recognize oversights, errors in logic, additional studies to add etc. You can see this list of studies here. NOTE: Sometimes we'll list a prominent article that references the study rather than the study itself because the article does a great job explaining the conclusions of the study, where the scientists conducting the study might fail to communicate their findings in easy to read and understand language.
The Functions of Fasting (And the Science that Proves Them)
Manage Blood Pressure and Diabetes: (Clinical Study: 1, 2, 3)
We will continue to research the science behind fasting and document the objectives of the protocols being tested so that we can designed functional fasts, customized cleanses and precision wellness programs that serve our community and the world at large. NOTE: This spreadsheet updates perpetually, we're still processing hundreds of studies. If you have a study to submit for consideration, please check our list first for duplicates.
We created a simple scoring method to indicate where the majority of research, or area of interest is being focused on that basically counts studies, and journal instances. You can see, that for scientists, like many of you here, “Losing Weight” is often the primary focus[/text_block]
Just know that FASTING has been clinically and consistently PROVEN to have the medical impacts that are life changing is game-changing.
Need to get over a cold, flu or other bacterial or viral invader?
Want to Detox from chemical dependancy?
Want to protect your body from Chemotherapy during cancer treatments?
Want to reduce the painful and deadly inflammation in your body?
FAST, then FAST again.
Well you get the point…
There are hundreds and thousands of functional effects of fasting, but that's not the only reason I refer to the collection of fasts as Functional Fasts.
The word function indicates a method, a program or a protocol that is followed to achieve the objective, the functional effect.
These Protocols also vary greatly to achieve specific objectives.
for example, one might Water Fast for 1 day per week to give their immune system a boost, vs. a 10 Day Juice Fast to lose weight and treat chronic conditions like allergies and arthritis.
So the two Functions refer to:
What are our Objectives from Fasting?
What is the Protocol of the Fast
Each of the studies we've researched always indicate the 2 functions. What will they try to accomplish, or test effectiveness for, and how will they go about doing it.
Our research spreadsheet also documents a list of these protocols including some of the more popular weight-loss and fitness fasting programs out there (stay tuned for details on all this fasts individually).
The objectives listed above are the functions of our body that we wish to optimize, repair and restore.
And the protocols that vary greatly and give you the choice to focus on what you'll eliminate or consume, around either inclusion or exclusion.
That's the secret.
Understand that functional fasting is not your grandpa's fast of water and sacrifice.
It's important that we rebrand the word “Fasting”
We must now visualize an empowering world of limitless variations of enjoyable foods, and cycles of feasting and fasting, rather than one of a limited, dreadful lack of what you can't eat.
What's more, it's important to set your definition and understanding of what fasting is, because those old mindsets will pervade in the world at large around you who will say things like “Isn't fasting Starvation”? “Or, you'll die if you don't eat meat”. Seriously, the last one was said to my wife and I just a few days ago by her very traditional slovak parents who raise pigs, goats and chickens in their back-yard.
99% of all “Functional Fasts” will include food.
And many are actually more accurately described as calorie restriction.
The difference is one simply chooses to decline to gorge on calories as most people do each and every day, sending them into a state of disease that eventually brings them to research what Functions they must restore to bring back their wellness.[/text_block]
Regardless of the primary or secondary reasons (functions) for your desire to make a change in your life (and fast), you must choose one, and then choose to take action.
It's the ONLY requirement to move forward.
A wishy-washy half-assed commitment isn't a commitment at all.
You MUST be fully “ASSED” (if you know what I mean).
But either way, no matter how you got to your “Point”, you'll eventually commit to a new course of action.
Even a choice to ignore your intentions, to bury them under the daily assault of deadlines, details and distractions, that too is a CHOICE.
You get to choose!
So what will you chose?
Will you chose to ACT like a leader, and commit to your personally responsibility to self-improvement?
Of course you will!
That's why you're here, because you're an aware, and motivated action taker.
You are the designer of your good health.
So you're ready… Now what? You might think that just the action of deciding you will change would be enough.
But again, you'd be wrong.
More often than not, ideas, and good intentions die on the vine. They're non-starters. They fail to launch.
Simply because of a lack of Structure, and Support.
If you're planning to Detox & Cleanse to Lose Weight, for example, you'll want to take steps to support those objectives.
That's when the dreaded “D” word gets mentioned.
But we like to look at diets as “Fasts” since by definition a fast is; “an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time”
It's selective eating.
And best of all they really do work FAST. It's an empowering word.
But, in the end. all those choices often will go for not if you do not have the proper Support in your life.
Yes, this is an act of “Personal Development”, but you don't live in a vacuum, and your successes are ALWAYS based on the support of others in one way or another.
So take action NOW to get the support you need for your commitment.
Collect Your Resources: Books and Programs form your “mentors”, authors, speakers etc. of whom you admire and are perhaps providing the context of your process. Beyond information, gathering any equipment and even ingredients provides incentive to get started. Imagine the thought of letting $50 worth of foods (as medicine) rotting in the fridge to motivate you to get started.
Choose a Time to Start: Yes as simple as that sounds it works. Plan your calendar. Slot in how much time you'll need for this “Cycle” and ensure it will not be sabotaged before you get started by a forgotten prior commitment (weekend camping, or friends birthday party), or a surprise national holiday like Easter and Canadian Thanksgiving which change each year (If you can't plan around Christmas and New Years you'll need a better calendar ;)
Get a Coach: 1 step further built upon the social support of your friends and family are coaches. Their paid to hold you accountable and provide information and encouragement.
Be Accountable: Ask for accountability from any and all of these resources. Ask them to check in with you to see how you're doing. If you're doing this with non-professionals, take care to outline the parameters of their responsibilities. Tell them what you give them permission to do, like call you weekly or go all out and get them to demand action, getting all up in your face if you have a breakdown in your commitments to yourself and your intentions.
Tell Your Friends, Family or Join a Club/Group: A sure fire way to ensure you start and are successful is to get the support of others in a club or group. Check our Group Cleanse, and this special report on how Cleansing / Dieting / Fasting with a group will 3x your success.
Once you've decided that you're committed, you can start to dig deeper into what protocol exactly you will utilize.[/text_block]
If you won't actually do it, it doesn't matter how effective it could be.
That's why Designing and Customizing your Program, or Planning your Diet is perhaps the most critical influencer in your success and the one most teachers and “gurus” fail to recognize in the face of their own egos telling them that their plan is the only plan that can work for you.
It's comical really. I mean think about it this way.
6/10 people in the world need glasses. Do you think they all have the same prescription? Of course not. Their prescriptions are “PRECISE”, perfectly customized to their physical needs.
6/10 people in the world also need to lose weight . And we naturally know that there are many ways to do so. But, we think we have to follow 1 diet or another exactly as detailed or else we fail (which makes for a perfect setup for self-sabotage).
NOTE: There are aspects of any one Protocol that shouldn't be customized, at least not if you don't know exactly what you're doing because they can cause imbalances etc. But certain aspects of a larger Program can be customized, to suit your very personal current reality and current objective.
Your Objective will set certain attributes for the type of “Program” you want to take towards your objective to Lose Weight Fast using a Juice Cleanse like The Master Cleanse. (if that's your primary objective).
For example, if you want to quickly re-boot your immune system, perhaps after a period of over-eating, lack of sleep and exposure to toxins, such as after traveling for a week to a foreign country, then you’ll find the following parameters dictate a certain strategy or approach, which is commonly referred to as a diet but we'll call your Customized Program.
There will always be some aspect of your program for which customization that is not only necessary, but often it's actually required.
You might have to shorten the length, or want to go a little beyond the standard duration.
Maybe you should design a hybrid approach if you're a veteran of personally managing your health and wellness.
Most customizations alter the style, mode, and timing of various aspects of the program such as: will you do a one-off cleanse, fast intermittently or simply restrict calories? Will you fast with juices or from sugars? Do you fast in the morning, once a week or for longer terms? How will you combine these various attributes into a Program?
These attributes can usually be summarized into a sentence to describe your Program, (Diet Plan) such as:
Intermittent 10 Day Modified Juice Fast with a Mixed Period, Mixed Format, using (The Super Fast Protocol)
Which would look like this on our Infographic:
Any Program is made up of the following 6 Attributes which we'll explain in a little more detail below.
Type – Or Style, including Intermittent/Interval Fasts, Therapeutic Fasts, Functional Fast, Calorie Restriction etc.) which generally speaks to your Objective chosen in Step 1.
Length – How many days do you have to dedicate? What dates on your calendar work for you? Knowing your objective helps you pick the right approach.
Mode – What “foods” will you Fast With or Fast From (Inclusion Fast or Exclusion Fast).
Format – How and When will you fast (Restrict / Expand) the Meals you eat during your Fasting Periods?
Periods – What will each day look like? What will each Mode look like if you're doing Interval Fasting.
Frequency – How much time and what other protocols are you doing between Periods?
So there are many ways to “Fast” or Diet when you mix and match these Attributes.
Some are really, really, really challenging.
But many are very similar to any Diet Plan you might have done in the past.[/text_block]
The Type of Program you'll chose, and/or customize starts with a few basic models. Whether they are Fasting Programs, or more typical Diet Plans they all have similar characteristics that define their most basic “Type”
Let's talk in terms of Fasting as the basis of our Program.
There's a current trending type of fasting referred to as “Intermittent” Fasting
High Intensity Interval Training
In truth, all Fasting is Intermittent Fasting or else it is another protocol called Calorie Restriction. Intermittent fasting might be accomplished by eating every other day, for example, while calorie restriction means eating every day, but eating less.
In fact the term itself is at odds with the definition of the word intermittent, which is “occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady. However all Intermittent fasting protocols have a very predictable pattern like skipping breakfast, or not eating on Tuesdays.
I assume that what makes the fast Intermittent is the irregular intervals of the application of the protocol itself. For example, randomly deciding to do The Master Cleanse next week. Or perhaps combinations of protocols could become an Intermittent Fast, alternating randomly which protocol of fasting you would implement
IF – Intermittent/Interval: Intermittent Duration – Intermittent Period / Window – (Alternating Stop/Start or Fast/Feast) – When it suit you. Randomly. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. WHAT DEFINES INTERMITTENT IS THE CYCLES ??? OR THE USAGE?Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. “occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady”
TF – Therapeutic Fasting: As part of a treatment of certain disease. This is the western form of fasting as medicine.
FF – Functional Fasting: Like Therapeutic fasting as a Function Fast targets an issue, Treating an Imbalance or Cause of a Disease (Functional Medicine), Precision Based, Science Based, System Support Based
Water Fasts are really easy (for a half day at least). Wake up, skip breakfast, drink lots of water, and resume eating as normal after lunch or 6 hours after waking. There are many reasons to choose various lengths of fasting, depending almost solely on your objective, but also considering how much time you have (obviously).
Often a Program will included many “Intervals” of different fasting Lengths such as The Master Cleanse that has 3 different Short Term (1-Day) Fasts at both before and after a Long Term (10 Day Fast).
Short Term / Half Day – Full Day Fasting: Great for quick reboots, and perfect for combining into intermittent fasts. Effective and still pretty easy. No need for special considerations when ending a 1 day fast but has some of the more pervasive benefits of
Prolonged Fasting / 2 and 3 Day Fasting: Common duration of fasts in many studies that show tremendous physiological benefits. Considered to be the threshold before long term benefits begin to phase in. The extra day deepens 2 day benefits, as well as needs for smart approaches to transition.
Long Term Fasting: 3-14 Day days, but typically if you're going to go over 3 days usually the length is 7, 10, 14 days and beyond.
Extended Fasts: Extended Fasts are longer than Long Term and Usually shorter than 30 Days which is a significant amount of time to be engaged in 1 single Fast Mode.
Indefinite Fasts: Of course there are those special fasts programs that are 30 Days plus. Many people have done The Maser Cleanse for months at a time. More often than not, if one is on a program lasting more than 30 days the Mode of the Fast will modulate, or change to keep the individual's motivation and interest levels up, and tap into the benefits of Interval or Burst training, keeping the body adjusting to a healthy balance.
You might simply “FAST” from sugar. Or from all refined white powders. That alone would be an amazing start and would be considered and “Exclusion” Fast.
The other kinds of fasts eliminate everything, except what they include. The Master Cleanse for example, includes only a “Smoothie”, or you might say a Modified Juice that includes water, fresh lemon juice, rich maple syrup and the master herb. cayenne pepper.
Or as most people think of when they hear the word fast; a water fast. Which is to say all one includes in their diet is water.
That's about as challenging as it gets.
I don't recommend that for long-term fasts very often, but it has it's place, especially in shorter term fasts, which brings os the the next step of choosing your approach:
Using The Master Cleanse as an example, taking the lemonade in the morning is a great half-day fast. 1,2, and 3 Day Master Cleanses are not as common as the standard 10 day because the primary objective is rooted in detox, and it's believed that the most detox occurs in the days after transition beyond 7 days.
There's the 4 seasons in all, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
And perhaps most relevantly, we have the tendency to ebb and flow between periods of active lifestyle and coach-potatoeing (no that's not a real word).
The problem is most people have no conscious clue as to when these seasons end, what's in their cycles of behaviour, and when/how often they repeat.
So you need to understand your current patterns, then choose some new ones that work for you and your objectives in health and life.
To recognize your current patterns:
Keep a Daily Log / Journal
Look back at your last week, month, quarter and year
Determine you longest stretches of “Functional” living
Now understand some healthy cycles:
Delay eating at the start of the day
Avoid binging at the end of the day (evening)
Expand segments of healthy eating
Choose “cheat” days, or weeks (depending on how long your
Now remind yourself again, what you're trying to accomplish.
What's your primary objective?
Let that be the driving factor in looking at the benefits of the parts of fasting you choose to comprise the approach you're building.
You can choose to plan your cycles intermittently, or by stacking them up into a larger routine, something I like to call “Super Fasting”
The Frequency of the Program is the last piece of the puzzle and is WAY more important than most people recognize because it sets the Intention of step 1 in our 7 steps.
When we know what our objective is, and we're committed to it, we can set a plan to make it happen. This means cycles and consistency.
If you planned for retirement, you might set aside 10% of you paycheck each month. Cycle (month), Consistency (each month)
If you plan for your vacations, you might ask for 2 weeks per year (way to little, should be 10% per period if you ask me, but that's for another time). Cycle (weeks), Consistency (each year).
If you want to be well. Fast, Feed and Feast consistently. Cycle your MODES… Get in the habit of High Intensity Interval Fasting.
When you're fasting for immunity. Do it well.
When you're fasting for weight loss, do it well.
When you're feasting for the pure love of food. Enjoy and Do it WELL.
And you will be well.
The anthesis to wellness is stagnation. Even if you 100% balanced in a well state, I would argue to change the MODE of your well state from 1 way of eating to another. 1 Way of exercise to another periodically, so that you body always has something to do (that is adjusting to a new state of wellness, rather than recovering from a new state of disease).
This is why a PROGRAM is paramount. Even if it's a simple one.
Pick a program, trust the designers of that program. Get extra coaching. Customize where neccessary, and take your wellness seriously as you would you retirement or vacation.
All reputable detox and weight loss programs all have this in common, because it's so obvious isn't it?
Well at least some aspects are. Take foods for example.
There are outright toxic foods with absolutely ZERO nutritional value. You know what many of these are. They are highly processed, and chemically created “foods” (yes I am talking to you Double Stuff Oreo's and Cheesy Puffs). They are always packaged, and each ingredient is long, has numbers, or you can not pronounce.
And, most of us today, have at least some basic understanding that many “whole” foods, that are largely nutritious, can also be “stepped-on” through refinement, or the addition of smaller amounts of chemical ingredients.
So if we're being detailed oriented about eliminating these toxic ingredients we must also be committed to eliminate those foods which are easy for us to apologize for, making excuses to continue eating them because they say “natural” on the packages.
What's more, even foods that are clearly “whole”, like a single apple, can have more toxins in it or on it than one of those Double Stuffs.
Yes, most of know at least in passing how dangerous pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are, even in small amounts. And don't you wish that they were just used in small amounts?
The sad truth is that in the last 10 years we've tripled our usage of the number and types of these “homo”-cides, and quadrupled the total count of parts found on our produce. And even since some countries started banning the worst ones we could identify, that doesn't stop them from coming into those countries from other countries that haven't banned them.
“That's why we invented Organic Foods”, you might say.
Well, you'd be wrong again (that's ok, I was too).
Organic foods still contain many, many pesticides. They just don't have a select few that can qualify them as “Organic”
In fact, organic farmers do use pesticides. The only difference is that they're “natural” instead of “synthetic.” And the natural pesticides have been found to be as toxic as the synthetic ones.
AND (yes there is another and), if that wasn't enough, even if we could find a perfectly whole and naturally anything-cide free food, it can still be dangerous and even deadly.
The “Big 8” including peanuts, tree-nuts, dairy, eggs, seafood, wheat and soy can be overwhelming toxins to the human body.
Many of these we eat regardless of, and unaware of our “micro” sensitivities, or slight allergic reactions that are not debilitating, but cause on-going drag on our immune and other body systems.
So what do we do?
Eliminate C.R.A.P. Foods
Created, Completely, Commercial, Chemical, Cooked
Refined, Re-Engineered:Food that has had parts removed, leaving it with less nutrients than when it was whole. i.e. white rice. Food that is Genetically Modified or engineered (GMO)
Processed, Packaged, Pesticides, Produced: Processed in a way that denatures the food, including many cooking methods.
Now it must be said that you can not make this a fanatical addiction. Rather, simply arm yourself with some understanding and tools to do your best to get the best quality foods you can. In today's world it's very difficult to avoid all these CRAP foods altogether. BUT, we can try!
Now if that wasn't enough, we still have toxic water, air, energy, emotions and thoughts to attend to.
The first 2 water and air are more addressable to most. Use filters to get the most active, pure and beneficial form of water and air you can.
When you talk about energy you start to get some blank faces. Have you heard of EMF or Electro-Magnetic Fields? Probably a little.
While it's still unclear and suffering from hordes of dis-information as to how much or what sources is dangerous, the evidence is staggering. This could mean limiting connected (wireless), and even disconnected screen time, or moving away from those power-lines across behind your house.
Then take it to the level that “Everything is Energy” including your emotions, thoughts and holistic body systems, and that they all interact, you really get some obvious push-back of “enough already”, and rightfully so.
That's a lot to think about.
So in the spirit of simplistic progress and not perfection, just know that we're working towards the goal of simplified approaches, and sound information to help you live your life well.
Just stop to think.
Become aware. Notice if the Food, Water, Air, Energy, Emotions and Thoughts you chose to consume or indulge are truly serving your desire for wellness and if you have an alternative choice at your disposal.
Eliminate C.R.A.P. Water and Air Too
Yes, of course not all water and air is quality.
We all know the obvious signs: pollution, smog, brown water, sludge. We wouldn't drink from, or bathe in a sewer, nor wish to run behind a diesel truck.
But it gets much hard to know quality water and air with it's clear, smells pretty, and has tasty flavours (especially when the manufacturers take such measure in marketing).
While we pay most attention to food in our diets did you know that we take in far more elements, chemicals etc. into our bodies that we do by eating?
We could go deep into detail about Pure Water and Pure Air, and which is the best way to obtain a trusted and available source but in short there are 2 types you want:
Natural Springs: Naturally occurring and next to perfect. Think mountain springs and rivers, gusts of air fresh from a summer storm coming off the ocean.
Purified and Optimized: If it's not a pure natural source, we need to purify it to eliminate the crap. But, we also need to revitalize it because often the process of purification steals valuable elements. We have gone overboard on being sterilized. We need minerals, sure, but there are even energetic qualities of the molecular structure that are either optimal or not. Seek sources who speak to various process to revitalize and optimize their purified water and air.
Eliminate C.R.A.P. Thoughts
It's been said:
We are what we eat.
It's also been said (although much more recently):
We are what we think about what we eat.
We are what we think.
Crap thoughts are poisonous on their own. Negative, worse-case, fear, anxiety, panic, self-doubt; the whole spectrum of these vitality robbing emotions can be even more troubling when we're secretly hating what we eat, drink and breath.
The wonder of Placebo has show us that its possible to eat, drink and breath poorly, but LOVE doing it, and suffer far less physical and emotional damage than if we HATE ourselves for doing it.
Ideally, we'd strive for No CRAP Food, Water and Air, and have wonderful thoughts about the wellness giving process.
As so many diet haters will tell you, most of the time, we dread what we're “giving” up, and blame what we have for the lack of what we're addicted to.
Like the Placebo, the Nocebo (yes it's a real thing) is just the opposite.
We can forgo the benefits of what we're doing, and attract negative outcomes, as if we're still eating CRAP, just because we're toxic emotionally and mentally.
So how do we CLEAR these toxic thoughts away, and replace them with life-giving nutritious thoughts? Consider these complimentary practices and disciplines (more on these below in Step 6 – Support Your Systems). What was once “psuedoscience” is now science.
Epigenetics: Not too long ago we thought our gene's determined our health. But now we know how we can influence our DNA, essentially changing our genetic destiny.
Neural Plasticity: Similarly, we thought our brains were hard-wired after child-hood (old dogs new tricks). But it turns our we can re-wire, remove wires, and create new wires all through life.
Neural Linguistic Programming: An example of Neural Plasticity in action, NLP uses word/mind associations to facilitate changes in the way we think and feel about what we think.
Mind-Body Medicine: Mind-body medicine uses the power of thoughts and emotions to influence physical health. As Hippocrates once wrote, “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” This is mind-body medicine in a nutshell.
Meditation:Long known to be the beneficial to regulating emotions, relieving stress, meditation can be used as a tool to reprogram our brains and personalities.
Visualization: Complemented by Meditation, visualization, or projecting the future we wish to manifest. Though you might think this is “visual”, visualization is more than seeing the future, it's multi-sensory and must be connected to the person by an emotional association. It has to feel real.
As we saw with eliminating C.R.A.P. Foods, “Food” is more than just what we eat. Anything we “Consume” that servers are organism could be called “Food”.
We consume foods, we take them into our body. And if they're not serving us, they end up consuming us. The run our systems, carry out the functions their destined to by either upsetting our gut balance, exacerbating stress, or literally and directly cause disease.
We want to be the conscious consumer of whole foods, not to be consumed by the negative effects of our poor choices.
While this section will speak to what we eat, keep in mind, we also want to feed our body healthy and whole water, air, and thoughts.
If we've already looked to eliminating toxins, then naturally, we want to eat the very best foods available to us given our particular objective (what are we trying to accomplish)
In the case of The Master Cleanse, we want to chose the very best foods that help us Lose Weight, Detox, and Cleanse.
You've probably heard the term “Super Foods” before.
Yes, it’s true, the word “Superfood” is a marketing term used to describe foods with certain health benefits, and so I feel I must disclaim that fact right up front.
In Europe, the term functional food, a concept originally conceived in Japan, rather than superfood is used to describe a food that beneficially affects one or more target functions in the body beyond adequate nutritional effects in a way that is relevant to either an improved state of health and well-being and/ or reduction of risk of disease.[/text_block]
The primary function of The Master Cleanse is to rest the digestive system, allowing the body to redirect resources and energy towards detox, repair, and healing.
It's the special Functional Foods that are part of the fast that give rise to the general Function of the cleanse.
Everyone knows that foods preform a function, from mantra “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, to the modern knowledge that antioxidants are food substances that protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals which is known to lead to cancer.
So what are all these functions of foods? There are many. But keep in mind there are “Direct Functions” vs. “Indirect Functions”. Some foods will have an immediate effect on your blood pressure. Others will support the system that leads to a cascade of changes in the body over time.
That said, here's a list of the 22 most recognizable “Anti” functions of foods we desire when we choose to eat well, and eat for wellness:
And then there's the ones I have no clue about and need to call expert nutritionists to explain :)
And that's just the “Anti” – Functions.
There is the “Pro” functions like:
and on and on
You get the point. There are too many of this special “Micro” functions to list.
And by doing an Inclusion Fast, or Exclusion Fast we can engage in larger “Macro” functions like
Lose Weight Fast
Boost Immunity Fast
Reduce Inflammation Fast
Build Immunity Fast
Reduce Cholesterol Fast
Manage Blood Pressure Fast
Manage Diabetes Fast
Renew Your Cells Fast
Extend Your Life Fast
So when crafting a Functional Fast, and knowing our Objectives, naturaly we should choose foods that support our efforts, so it would help greatly if we understood some of the most effective Super Foods for the most common desired functions, such as these Functional Foods for the Functional Fast “The Master Cleanse”:
Water: Pure Water is the most universal solvent we have. That means it will dissolve more compounds than any other fluid. This is why we have minerals in our water to begin with. As you may have guessed, this is very important in any cleanse, but especially The Master Cleanse. The Master Cleanse is designed to break up mucous, waste and toxins. Every Master Cleanse Ingredient with the exception of Maple Syrup (whose primary function is to provide energy), was chosen to loosen and dissolve waste and toxins so that our body can either eliminate them or re-use them in a productive way. Water is also a universal transportation medium. In the body the water carries toxins to organs to be eliminated
Lemons: Lemon is a natural cleaner. Why do you think all our dish soap started as a lemon variety (now replaced by lemon smelling chemicals), which, is also why it is great for preventing illness from cold or virus that is beginning to set in. You probably already know, but Lemons are high in vitamin C, and have many other vitamins in lesser amounts such as B-5, B-6, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Thiamine.
Cayenne Pepper: It is a stimulant which raises the metabolism (something that is important when not digesting food). Cayenne pepper also increases circulation, which is very helpful when cleansing because one often feels slightly cool, likely due to the low metabolism which results from not digesting food.
Cayenne Pepper also acts as a blood thinner and purifier, which can help with digestion. Perhaps most importantly, Cayenne Pepper, like the Fresh Lemon Juice, helps to break up the mucous in our bodies. Mucous is where all our illness causing substances get trapped. This is why we get stuffed up, congested, sneeze and cough. Breaking up and eliminating this mucous is one of the major benefits of The Master Cleanse.
Maple Syrup: Rich Maple Syrup is our primary source of energy while on The Lemonade Diet, but it isn’t only chosen to give us energy. Usually the first thing I hear from people with whom I am talking to about The Master Cleanse is: “That can’t be healthy. You have to eat! Where will you get your energy from?” Organic acids, the most notable one being malic acid, make the syrup slightly acidic. Maple syrup has a relatively low mineral content which consists largely of potassium and calcium, but maple syrup also contains nutritionally significant amounts of zinc and manganese. Maple syrup contains trace amounts of amino acids, which may contribute to the “buddy” flavour of syrup produced late in the season, as the amino acid content of sap increases at this time. Additionally, maple syrup contains a wide variety of volatile organic compounds, including vanillin, hydroxybutanone, and propionaldehyde.
Senna: Senna is an herb from which the leaves and the fruit of the plant are used to make medicine. Senna is an FDA-approved nonprescription laxative. It is used to treat constipation and also to clear the bowel before diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy. Senna is also used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, and weight loss as well as anti-tumor effects.
Salt: The Salt Water Flush in the morning while doing The Master Cleanse is used to create a bowel movement and eliminate the toxins in your waste that is continually being eliminated during your cleanse. Since you’re not eating any solid food, you’ll need to create a bowel movement, and the Saltwater Flush will do that, but beyond the daily fuction of creating a bowel movement, Salt Water Flushing has been heralded to provides additional benefits such as; support damaged intestines reduce inflammation of the digestive tract, battle intestinal worms, parasites, and infections, Menstrual irregularities, balances metabolism, reduces body odor, improves the digestive system, improves respiratory function, relieve Pain and balances electrolytes.
Mint: Peppermint tea is a delicious and refreshing way to boost your overall health in a number of ways, due to its ability to improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, aids in weight loss and boosts the immune system. Its impact on the digestive system is considerable, and its base element of menthol is perhaps the most valuable part of its organic structure.
Nearly everyone has heard the term “Holistic”, but far less understand what that means.
Simply put, it means the “whole” of it all.
Which is to say the individual parts, the collections of some of those parts, and the entire collection of all of the parts of our body, the bodies systems and how they integrated together.
I prefer the term “Integrated” over holistic since it seems more traditional.
But beyond the single parts, and the whole system, holistic also speaks to how one complete system is integral to those systems below, and above it.
Imagine a model of our reality:
We live on our planet Earth
Which lives in the Solar System
Which lives in the Milky Way Galaxy
Which lives in our Universe
Which lives in a Multi-Verse?
Life is full of those examples, most notably the orders of our personal bodies:
The Environmental Body: The space our physical body lives in, including our houses, neighbourhoods, planet, and the rest of those system mentioned above
The Physical Body: The physical elements that make up our organs, skeleton, muscles and all our physical systems
The Emotional Body: The neuro-biochemical systems that create emotions in our physical body
The Mental Body: Our thoughts that come from our physical and emotional body, interpreting signals from our other bodies.
The Energetic Body: The underlying energy that support the physical to be projected and arrises from the quantum field, particles of all physical matter. The vibrational framework of everything, especially our personal electromagnetic field expressions
Each of these bodies have their own systems. Some share systems directly and they are all, always “Integrated”, thus, our holistic, sustainable health depends on building a common base-line of wellness in all our bodies and systems.
When we're engaged in a Functional Fast we are immediately and directly impacting a few specific systems by the choice to eliminate C.R.A.P. Foods and to consume only Functional Super Foods, namely of course our digestive system as The Master Cleanse for example, as noted earlier aims to rest the digestive system.
We also saw earlier that the Functional Foods play have special micro-function that are “Anti” or “Pro” effective across many if not all of these systems of our physical body.
Score 1 for The Master Cleanse.
But we want to be holistic, so we need to integrate a few new select practices to further support our bodies and systems beyond that which we get from food.
We can do that with a few simple methods such as:
Digestive System – Herbal Teas,Essential Oils,Water Therapy,Conscious Eating:Taking the right foods, drinking lots of water, and finding a time to stop everything and let your body work.
Excretory System – Enemas, Epson Salt Bath, Dry Skin Brushing: Aid your body in eliminating toxins. Sure the systems are there, but a little brush goes a long way.
Immune System – Meditation, Sleep Therapy, Biotic Therapy: Stress, and Sleep are huge, but nothing is bigger than a healthy gut. If your FAST reduces healthy bacteria, you must rebuild on your next cycle.
Cardio Vascular System – Exercise, Music Therapy, Laugh Therapy, Aromatherapy: Of course exercise right? Stress reduction plays as big a role too.
Lymphatic System – Massage: Stimulate lymph flow helps the body release toxins stored in the lymphatic system—excellent for the immune system and rebuilding the body
Respiratory System – Breathercise,Essential Oils,Steam: Expand lung capacity, manage oxygen levels, increase fat burning through Oxidation
Nervous System: Reflexology, Chiropractic, Acupuncture: Stimulate or disperse the flow of energy, remove blockages, increase communication.
Endocrine System – Tapping: Implement various Emotional Freedom Techniques or Energy Psychology to manage your bio-chemical responses, hormones, peptides etc.
Muscular System – Yoga: Use your Physical and Energetic Bodies to impact your Muscular, Nervous, Lymphatic, Cardio-Vascular and Immune Systems
These 9 systemic hacks are certainly not all there is.
Track and Optimize Results Personal Health Monitoring
What you measure you can manage.
We're managing our wellness (generally), and our weight loss, detox, and cleansing (specifically).
So if you want to lose weight, you need to know how much you weight, and how much you lost.
No Doi (you don't get a lot of “doi” these days)
So what else should we measure?
Each of the following categories should be considered for a deeper, consistent look to get an overview of how your wellness is progressing:
Body: Standard measurements like weight, size, shape, ratios, composition are very commonly known about, but not well implemented.
Fluids: Blood (sugar) and Urine tests are very common, but which ones, how often, and what do they mean (all in a way that makes sense to you and me :)
Gut: Your other brain, and critical partner to so many systems beyond the obvious digestive system. Leaky gut is often the hidden culprit to many health issues
Mind: Monitoring your thoughts to understand your beliefs and personality, and then working with them to course-correct if they are not serving you well.
Heart: More than just heart-rate, and blood pressure but heart rate variability, and other advanced measurements can track your stress levels and emotional responses.
Breath: How often do you breath? In what pattern? Do you hold your breath? Are you getting enough oxygen? What is the contents of your breath? All of this can shed clues to your wellness or lack thereof.
Energy: Simple. How much do you have? When is it lacking? In what way? Just a few questions is all it takes to track many of these signals.
Emotions: What patterns are present? What do you react to unconsciously? What are the results in your body and life because of these emotions.
Strength: How much can you accomplish? What does it take to tire you out?
Ya, that's a lot to consider.
But again, progress if your goal, not perfection.
First realize most of these can be done with a personal survey, a series of questions you ask yourself and track in a journal.
Then start with some basic physical and clinical tests like your standard blood test.
If your Doctor won't order the tests, you can get most done for a decent price and many independent labs (see below)
That's 90% of the information you really should be aware of.
“Self Care” lies on a continuum with health care providers at the opposite end to self care. Simply put, if you take responsibility for your own health, observing problems, researching and implementing solutions, you are engaged in Self-Care.
By measure our weight periodically, most notably before, after and perhaps during a diet, we can track our results.
When we have that data, we can optimize our next efforts by recognizing what's working before, what needs improving, what is working after a change is introduced, what's gotten worse etc.
So we want to take a “Current Reality” Snapshot at reasonable intervals as to not get bogged down in too much detail, or extra work-load.
But if you really want to be well, and be responsible for your wellness, the very basic metrics are needed (and best of all they are all either free or easy to obtain).
Things you should measure (Basic “Body” and “Fluid” Metrics)
Thinks your should consider measuring (Advanced Metrics)
Vitamin D – 25-Dydroxy
Tissue Omega-3 Content
CRP – C-Reactive Protein
Blood Sugar (Fasting)
Blood Sugar (2 Hours Breakfast)
Blood Sugar (2 Hours Dinner)
Insulin Response Test
PV – Plasma Viscosity
IL-6, or Interleukin-6
Health Analytics – Health Monitoring Tools
Ok, so that's a few things to test.
Good news is that it's really not that hard to get them tested. For most, ask your doctor at least yearly, but for direct interventions you could be testing quarterly.
Other tests you can do at home and all of them you can manage at home once you get the results.
The biggest mistake people make is leaving their data at the Doctor because your Doctor is likely not your COACH.
You need someone who is pro-actively monitoring your health, recognizing patterns, and suggesting course-corrections.
Unless you're one of the lucky ones with a Doctor who takes this approach, you'll need to be that coach for now.
So utilize these tools for testing and managing your own personal health.
Take personal, and complete responsibility for you wellness, because if you don't, who will?
Smart Phone + Health Apps: Get an iPhone to capture real-time data, Activity Tracker, and Advanced Health Metric Trackers
Independent Lab Testing: Direct Labs, CVS (Beta roll-out, local, immediate and cheap, Arizona Only)
At the start of this report we talked about how all life goes through phases, diets, fasts or whatever you want to call them.
You are either on a conventional diet, a detox diet, a see-food diet (when you see food you eat it), or a re-tox diet bingeing after a brief purge.
It's all a diet, whether you think it's a 4-letter word or not.
I call the cycles of periodic aware consumption a “FAST”.
You're either excluding food, water or air, or including them into a routine for a desired effect, a “Function”.
So the question is, if you're ending one Functional Fast, what's next?
Will it be another Functional Fast?
Or back to status quo, re-toxing yourself into dis-ease.
Either way your transition is just as critical as your next phase.
First, have an aware clue of what you want to do next.
Re-tox is cool. It's one of my favourite seasons.
But then have a clue as to what's next. Maybe it's 3 Functional Fasts “Intermittently” followed by a cheat week (or month).
That works, and could look something like this:
30 Day – No C.R.A.P. Diet
30 Day Master Cleanse Program (7 Days Before, 3 Days Ease-In, 10 Days Lemonade Diet, 3 Days Ease-Out, 7 Days After)
30 Days – Intermittent Fasting (2 Days No C.R.A.P. 2 Day Fast, 1 Day Cheat, 2 Days No C.R.A.P.
1 Week Cheat – Eat Whatever You Want
These grouped cycles are what I like to call “Super-Fasts“.
The possibilities are endless, and should be dictated by what you your objective is.
If you're treating illness, you'll need to be more strict.
If you're maintaining wellness, maybe you're just doing No C.R.A.P. with a few cheat days.
Depending on what cycle you're ending you may need to monitor your transition well.
How to Transition
Depending on the exact nature of the cycle you've just completed, you will have an opportunity to test your reactions when you re-introduce foods into your diet and check for sensitivities.
You won't have to do this every time, and you will only be able to do it if you've been on a No C.R.A.P. for at least 10 days, but preferably 30 full days.
The idea is simple:
Every 3 days after your fast, add another one of the following foods / allergens and then look for signs of sensitivities:
Wheat / Gluten: Look for…
Diary / Lactose: Look for…
Unfermented Soy: Look for…
Eggs: Look for…
Tree Nuts: Look for…
Peanuts: Look for…
Night-Shade Vegetables: Look for…
Fish, Shell Fish: Look for…
Created, Artificial, Refined: Look for…
You also don't have to test for all of them, in particular, the top 4 are the biggest problem, and most common. Start with those.
If you find a sensitivity, you'll need to consider what your go-forward approach will be. Will you remove it forever, treat the symptoms, or even try to eliminate the reaction through food exposure therapy.
No matter what you do in transition, it's important to transition well.
Re-Introduce foods slowly, and with awareness.
If you just water fasted for 14 days, you can't eat a steak first thing. Common sense rules here, but there other rule is to layer the C.R.A.P. back in slowly if you're testing, and layer the complexity of food back in if your fast was highly exclusive.[/text_block]
Drink a minimum of six to 12 glasses throughout the day whenever one is hungry (For the Lemonade diet recipe with exact measurements, scroll down this page)
Take a laxative before bed.
instead of the morning laxative, you can do the Salt Water Flush.
Every day of The Master Cleanse that you overcome the psychological need to eat, you feel a growing sense of control that motivates you to complete the process. The Master Cleanse is by far my favorite of the Detox Diet Recipes.
There are Three Phases to The Master Cleanse:
Ease-In: 3 Days of Slowly removing processed foods from your diet.
Ease-Out: 3 Days of slowly eating more and more complex foods.
Whether you begin The Lemonade Diet immediately or Ease-In, the process of the Lemonade Diet is the same. You will however, need to make two decisions to suit your personal preferences and/or your daily work and family routines.The first Master Cleanse Variation revolves around timing your daily flush. Perhaps equally important as Ending The Master Cleanse is the Daily Detox Bowel Movement. It is crucial to flush out the toxins your body is eliminating, and since you are not consuming digestible food (fiber) to create a bowel movement, you will have to make that happen.
This is why I call this process “The Daily Detox Bowel Movement”. It is this process that cleanses your body of the waste, and toxins. There are two accepted methods to produce Daily Detox Bowel Movements:
Prior to your first day on The Lemonade Diet you should have taken your Nightly Laxative. On your first full day you do not need to do the SWF so you can start drinking your Lemonade immediately upon waking.
Master Cleanse – Lemonade Diet Recipe
Mix each of the following lemonade diet ingredients into a large glass:
1/10 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper Powder – or to taste (as much as you can stand)
8 ounces (250 milliliters of Pure Water)
Drink 6-18 glasses of freshly make lemonade through-out the day. The happy middle is usually around 12 glasses so that you still feel good, get a good detox and lose as much weight as you can.
But I Want to Lose Weight “Fast”
People always ask: “How much weight will I lose during the Master Cleanse?”
Master Cleanse Weight Loss results vary according to your pre-cleanse weight, and can be managed, to a degree, by how much lemonade you drink. Obviously you can Drink more, for less weight loss, and drink less to lose more weight. It is not a wise choice to drink less than 6 glasses in an effort to lose “extra” weight. Weight loss (if any), should occur naturally. It is wise to drink whenever you’re hungry, or when you feel a lack of energy (commonly felt as a weakness or mild shakiness), which is quickly corrected by drinking a glass of Fresh Lemonade. 12 glasses per day should be your starting point from which you will make adjustments.
1-2 lbs per day is common.
Lose Weight & Feel Great – Like Dr. Wayne Dyer Did
Yes The Master Cleanse is about Cleanse and Detox, but many of you are for the Weight Loss. Well, great news! As a reduction diet, The Master Cleanse is beyond compare. Be prepared to lose up to 2 lbs per day as fat melts away. Please note, that this is not typical, and results definitely vary. You’ll only lose weight if your body feels you need to. Some people, especially those underweight or malnourished can sometimes put on weight. Most people however, carrying extra weight in fat, will see dramatic, fast, and natural weight loss.
Last but not least, the Cleanse and Detox is a Whole Body experience. You’ll not only feel great about how you look, but you’ll be more aware, proud, and empowered with your ability to be confident, committed in your new healthy lifestyle. Not to mention the famous “Cleansers” High most notably touted by Dr. Wayne Dyer, who proclaims:
I feel great and taken weight off around my middle. It’s just kinda disappeared. I have lost 14 or 15 pounds I have more energy. I am doing yoga again. I am back walking. I was having real issues with my back. Joint pains and things like that seem to have all gone. I have a new kind of clarity as well.
Happy Cleansing everyone and Thank you for visiting our website! We hope to see you here soon again.