It is the middle of winter and why am I chatting about lemonade. I just did two weeks on the Master Cleanse, which consists of drinking the cayenne, maple lemon or lime-ade all day as the only substance you are ingesting other than water and peppermint tea.
3 oz of fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
3 oz of maple syrup, grade B or C if you can find it
24 oz of fresh clean filtered water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Drinking two pitchers a day of this interesting lemon beverage, I found it gave me good energy, and after the second day I was gliding along feeling freedom from my food addiction. The funny thing about being a food addict is that you have to eat. It isn’t like alcohol or heroin that you can live with out. We all need food.
It helped me lose a few pounds and I was hoping it would diminish my appetite, but now that I am back eating food again, I find I like, want, desire lots of food still…. So I am back to the 4 Hour Body program of eating as many vegetables as I want and some lean protein an hope I can control it from here.
Sally wrote about this 4 Hour Body book by Timothy Ferris a few months ago. Her husband Gary was into it this past summer, and after talking to him about it, I began trying to use the basics of it: no sugars or fruits, as fruits contain sugars even though they are so good for us filled with vitamins, minerals, and free radicals; no starches, grain, pasta, potatoes, bread, crackers… This is the obvious, and I have been trying to stay away from the baked goods for months now, only buying bread when I have company who might need or want it. Then the no dairy: cheese, milk, yogurt… No latte! It even says that if you have to have the milk in your coffee, to use whole milk not skim as the skim milk has a higher content of milk sugars; after the fats have been removed the sugar content in what is left is high. OF course it is! I never even thought of that.
Of course it works, with all the carbohydrate and sugar addictive foods deleted from your diet. You can eat to fullness of all sorts of greens, brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, turnips, artichokes, mushrooms… And Gary was eating big steaks. I don’t eat meat…. And the best thing about this program is that you are supposed to splurge one day a week and have everything you want. I couldn’t quite get that down, as for me, as soon as I have that slice of cheese, or bread with butter, or piece of cake, I am back on my food high and it takes me a couple of days to get sober from my food excesses.
So anyway… here I go again trying to live well and eat right.