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The Master Cleanse Recipe and Directions

master cleanse recipe and directionsThe Master Cleanse Recipe and Directions

The Master Cleanse has been around for years and is a favorite of Hollywood stars needing to crash off 10 pounds fast for an event.  When Beyonce Knowles told Oprah that she lost 20 pounds for the filming of Dream Girls by following the Master Cleanse, sales of the ebook went crazy! We have the Master Cleanse Recipe and Directions for you right here!

It is basically like a juice fast except that for 10 days you drink 60 oz a day of the Master Cleanse Recipe.  The easiest way to do it is to get a big jug and make it either the night before or every morning.

I have to admit that I have tried the Master Cleanse a few times and crashed very quickly.  I had heard that it helps to get the book but I figured why do that when I had the recipe?  Well, because so many of my friends swear by it, I finally did break down and get the book and I’m glad I did.  I actually made it through a full 10 days and lost 18 pounds!

What’s Inside the Master Cleanse Secrets eBook?

Well, after reading the book I was motivated not only from a weight loss point of view, I was determined to cleanse master cleanse lemonade dietmy body of all that built up toxic waste.  There is a lot of detail in here about the health benefits of doing a cleanse and why we need to do this 2 or 3 times a year.  The ebook covers:

  • Reasons to cleanse and why it’s so important
  • Controlling hunger while on the Master Cleanse
  • Helpful secondary ingredients you can use on the cleanse to reduce side effects
  • A daily Master Cleanse schedule, the optimum times to have the lemonade and the secondary ingredients
  • Preparing your body and mind for the cleanse to get the best results
  • The best way to exit the Master Cleanse and keep the results you worked so hard for
  • Question and Answer section

I have to say that with all the extra information and motivation, the book really did help me last the 10 days. You can order yours here.  The great thing is that you get it right away as a download and don’t have to wait to get started on your prep work.

Master Cleanse Recipe and Directions

Please Note:  For a full day’s juice, you will need to make this recipe twice!  Unless you have a large enough jug, then you can just double the recipe. Also the minimum to drink is 60 ounces of recipe, and the maximum is the whole 120 ounces.  So for the first day, try the whole 120 ounces and see how it goes.

  • 60 oz filtered water
  • 12 tbsp Organic Dark Maple Syrup
  • 12 tbsp organic lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender (optional) or a large pitcher and stir. That is it!

You may also drink filtered water and mint tea.  Highly recommended is a nightly laxative tea, but that is pretty beyonce master cleanse recipe and directionsmuch it for the 10 days!

Important Note about the Maple Syrup In the book it says the Maple Syrup must be Grade B.  They are no longer graded that way for sale, what you need to look for is the Dark Maple syrup which used to be called Grade B.

Most people quit The Master Cleanse on their first day and so I would highly recommend getting a copy of Raylen Sterling’s ebook.  She walks you through it step by step and gives a lot of extra tips and tricks to make it through.

Pros and Cons of the Master Cleanse

The Good Things

  • Rapid Weight Loss of 10-15 lbs in 10 days
  • Simple.  make your batch every morning and don’t have to worry about what to eat and how much
  • Inexpensive

The Not so Great

  • You will be very hungry the first couple days
  • Some people will experience fatigue, headaches and even nausea
  • Not sustainable for a long term diet. Yes, there are times when you need to crash off some pounds for an event.  As long as you go into it knowing that if you don’t change your eating habits, the weight will come back afterwards.  Treat it like a jump start to a new way of eating.

 Coombs Family Farms Pure Organic Grade A Maple Syrup, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32-Ounce Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper Certified Organic, 2.89-Ounce Container Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move Peppermint Tea, 16 Tea Bags

The Master Cleanse lemonade recipe itself tastes pretty good and you do get quite a few calories from the maple syrup to sustain you (about 1300 calories a day).

So this is doable, but still, I would pick a 10 day period where there is not too much going on so that you can focus on yourself and even sleep more if needed.

And make sure you do not have a wedding or banquet to attend in the middle of your cleanse!

Good luck and let us know how you make out in the comments below!

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

miracle cabbage soup diet recipeRecipe for The Cabbage Soup Diet

This is the famous Original Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe.  Before we go any further, I have to tell you that there is nothing magical about this combination of foods.  Feel free to substitute.  I made the soup pictured here with green beans and kale substituted for the carrots to make it lower in carbs.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a 7 day diet and this soup is eaten every day(along with your other foods).  If you truly follow this diet to the letter, you will need to make this soup twice.

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

  • 6 green onions (also called spring onions or scallions)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 or 2 cans tomatoes
  • 3 carrots (I subbed in kale and green beans to keep it low carb)
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • small bunch celery
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 2-3 boullion cubes (I use this:Better than Bouillon)
  • 48 oz Low Sodium V8 or vegetable juice
  • seasonings to taste

(NOTE) Some recipes call for a pack of Lipton onion soup mix.  I never use it, it adds unnecessary crap and this tastes great without it.  Add a big tablespoon of Better than Bouillon instead.

Basically cut and chop everything up and cook in a large pot for a couple hours.  Easy peasy!

Not only can you use this recipe in The Cabbage Soup Diet, it can be used in any of the diets out there.  Hungry after a day of dieting? Eat a bowl of this soup.  Magic!

My kids eat this soup as well and they love it.  Add chicken or beef and take to work as a low carb lunch.  This soup is very versatile.

You can find more recipes for the Cabbage Soup diet in this inexpensive Kindle book: Cabbage Soup Recipes 2.0

The other great thing about the Cabbage Soup diet recipe is that you can eat this soup for several days and save a fortune on groceries!  A great budget stretcher.  I hope you like it!


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The Original Cabbage Soup Diet

Cabbage Soup DietThe Original Cabbage Soup Diet

I have to admit that I really like The Cabbage Soup Diet.  Not as a long term plan of eating, but more as a convenient, cheap and easy way to lose a few pounds in a hurry.

It’s only a 7 day diet, you  go on it, lose 10 pounds, fit into that ‘whatever’  and go on with your life!  Besides,  the cabbage soup recipe itself is really good and I make it quite often.  My kids love it as well!

Here is the Original 7 Day Cabbage Soup Diet Plan:

Day 1: Eat all the fruit you want (no bananas) and soup

Day 2: Eat all the vegetables you want (no starchy veggies) and soup.  For dinner add a baked potato with butter

Day 3: Eat all the fruit, vegetables and soup you want.  No bananas and no potatoes.

Day 4: Eat up to 8 bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you want, along with your soup.

Day 5: Eat 10-20 oz of beef and up to 6 tomatoes.And soup. Extra water on this day.

Day 6: Unlimited beef and vegetables and soup.

Day 7: Brown rice, vegetables and soup.

Pros and Cons of The Original Cabbage Soup Diet:

Pros

  • Rapid weight loss (10-15 lbs)
  • No weighing and measuring, so easy to follow
  • Extremely budget friendly, especially in the fall!

Cons

  • Not meant for a long term food plan
  • Rapid weight loss can cause headaches, dizzyness.
  • The same soup every day can make you a little crazy

Click here for the recipe for the Cabbage Soup Diet.

Bottom Line

Yes, this is a crash diet.  But it can be a great kick starter to a long term plan to include more fruits and vegetables original cabbage soup dietinto your diet. The Cabbage Soup recipe itself has no magic, but it’s a great, economical staple soup to eat often.  And studies show that if you start your meal with soup, you will have less room for other less healthy food.

I also love how budget friendly this diet is.  So ya, I go on this diet here and there and I really like it!


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Dr. Bernstein Diet

Dr. Bernstein DietDr. Bernstein  Diet

This diet is a long time ‘weigh and pay’ program, having been around for 35 years.  It is a very low calorie, medically supervised plan that promises (and delivers) rapid weight loss.

Exercise is not required and they indicate you will lose about ¾ lb a day of only fat. That averages about 20 pounds plus per month!  Those results are astounding, but you do pay for them.  I spoke to a friend of mine who is currently doing this plan and she is paying over $1000 a month.

I honestly do not know how you can maintain muscle mass without exercise but this is their claim. I suspect that because it is so low calorie (about 800 calories a day) they may want to protect you from passing out!

Pros and Cons of Dr. Bernstein Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Medical supervision and coaching

Use of real foods

Cons

Cost is prohibitive for most people

Very low calorie and no exercise does not seem like you would learn how to do this long term

You have to live near a Dr. Bernstein clinic

 

I would love to hear people’s experience with this one.  Did you go through this program and successfully keep the weight off?

The books below are written by a different Dr. Bernstein, however it occurred to me that they would be more useful and affordable for most people and they have excellent reviews!


Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars

The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein’s Low-Carbohydrate Solution

The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook: More than 175 Ultra-Tasty Recipes for Total Health and Weight Loss


The Scarsdale 14 Day Diet Menu Plan

Scarsdale 14 Day DietThe Scarsdale 14 Day Diet Menu Plan

This diet was hugely popular in the seventies and eighties and was probably the original low carb diet.   It got lost a bit in the shuffle when the Atkins Diet came out, but then hit a new high when the creator of the Scarsdale Diet (Dr. Herman Tarnower) was scandalously murdered by a jilted lover.

But, we’re not here for the drama, so here is the 14 Day Scarsdale Diet details.

The Scarsdale Diet plan menu is to be followed for 2 weeks only, then you take a break for 2 weeks (while eating healthy!), then go again for 2 more weeks.  You repeat this pattern until you reach your goal weight.

Here is the basic 14 day Scarsdale diet food plan:

  • Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, 1 slice high protein bread, toasted, coffee or tea (no sugar)
  • Lunch: tomatoes and/or other allowed veggies, tuna, lean meat, eggs or cottage cheese
  • Dinner: fish or shellfish or other lean protein, salad, 1 slice high protein bread, 1/2 grapefruit

Drink plenty of water!  If you follow this for 2 weeks, you can lose up to 20 lbs!

This is really just an overview and it probably seems very restrictive but in actual fact there is plenty of variety.  I actually own the Scarsdale Diet Plan book and I also highly recommend the ebook if you wish to follow the updated Scarsdale Diet.

scarsdale high protein bread

High Protein Bread: This bread is not that easy to find!  I did find some websites and blogs where they said to just substitute whole grain bread but I don’t think that is what the late doctor had in mind.

I would recommend either making a high protein low carb bread recipe, or ordering this High Protein Bread from Amazon.  You can store it in the freezer and eat is as you need it.

Pros and Cons of the 14 Day Scarsdale Diet

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss keeps you motivated
  • Lots of healthy foods to choose from
  • No weighing and measuring of food
  • There are online support sites with help and recipes

And The Bad

  • Very low carb diets can dampen energy levels
  • Can get boring to follow
  • No clear plan for after the 14 day Scarsdale diet

Going Forward with the Update Scarsdale Diet

This is a great diet to kick off a weight loss program and the fact that is is only 2 weeks makes it doable.  For the 2 weeks off, follow something sensible and satisfying so that you are then ready to give it another 2 weeks!

If you want to try this diet, I recommend the ebook.  It’s full of insider information and tips and recipes that are  part of the original book.  Plus you can download it right now and start your diet tomorrow.  Download it right here!



The General Motors Diet

general motors dietThe General Motors (or GM) Diet.

There is a popular belief that GM came up with this diet to help their employees lose weight.  I have not been able to find any concrete evidence of that!  None the less, it is a very popular diet and I did give it a try.

The diet itself is very specific, you eat certain things on certain days, and therefore not a long term diet.  It is designed to be followed for 7 days.  For all your hard work you are rewarded with a 10 to 17 lb weight loss.

Day 1:  All the fruit you want (no bananas or starchy or dried fruit)

Day 2: All the vegetables you want, raw or cooked.  Breakfast includes 1 large baked potato with a pat of butter.

Day 3: All the fruits and vegetables you want (still no bananas!)

Day 4: bananas, skim milk and the ‘GM Wonder Soup’

Day 5: Each meal must consist of beef and tomatoes.  The only other food you can consume is as much of the GM Wonder Soup as you like.

Day 6: Beef and any kinds of vegetables and Wonder Soup, in whatever quantities needed.

Day 7: Brown rice, fruit and vegetables, quantities as needed.

The GM Wonder Soup

I found a couple different variations of this.  Basically it is a vegetable soup made primarily with cabbage, onions, celery and green peppers. I basically made the same soup as The Cabbage Soup Diet and used that.

If you made it through this, you are at least 10 lbs lighter!

Pros and Cons of The GM Diet

Pros

Large rapid weight loss

No measuring foods

Its free!

Cons

Restrictive and boring

Not a balanced diet

All in all, the GM Diet does deliver as long as you commit 100% to it.  Good luck and report your results below in the comments!

 

The 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

12 Day Grapefruit DietThe 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

The 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan (also known as the Grapefruit and Egg Diet) has been around for decades.  I would have to say that it is probably the very first diet I ever went on.

I always knew when my Mom had some event to attend because she would come home from the grocery store loaded up with her eggs and grapefruits! I think she probably got it from Good Housekeeping magazine or Readers Digest, which back then was the news source for all housewives of the day!

Back then it seemed like there was something magical about the combination of eggs, grapefruit and black coffee.  But it seems that really it was a combination of being low in calories along with the grapefruit, which current studies are showing to be quite useful in promoting weight loss!

One word of caution:  If you are taking any medications at all, ask your pharmacist if it is one of those medications that can interact with grapefruit.

Basic Egg Grapefruit Diet Menu12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

  • Breakfast is the same every day: 2 eggs with 2 slices bacon, 1/2 grapefruit, 1 c black coffee or tea
  • Lunch: This would normally be a salad, beef,chicken or fish, 1/2 grapefruit, black coffee or tea
  • Dinner: Same as lunch: salad, beef,chicken or fish, 1/2 grapefruit, black coffee or tea

You stay on it for 12 days, take a 2 day break and the do it all over again.

Pros and Cons of Egg and Grapefruit Egg Diet

Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Gluten Free and Low Carb
  • Very easy to follow as you don’t count calories, carbs or points

And The Bad

  • Very low calorie diets make some people tired and lethargic
  • Boring and restrictive!
  • Grapefruit can react with many medications – be sure to check!

Norpro 1280 Stainless Steel Grapefruit Spoons, Set of 4

 

 

Unlike many diets, you don’t need much in the way of special ingredients or kitchen equipment to do this.

Grapefruit spoons are nice to have and so is an egg cooker. I really love my Dash Go!  It cooks my eggs exactly how I like them which is in the picture above.  Firm whites but semi soft in the middle.  Yummy!

I would microwave a few days worth of bacon for the breakfast (lay bacon on a some paper towels and cover with more layers of paper towels and nuke for about 5 minutes).

And that’s really it!



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