Today is the last day of June 2015.
Sunshine, blue skies and a green-hillside dotted with various sizes of evergreens are visible from my living-room office. It’s somewhat miraculous this time of year (June 2015) to enjoy days like this at my Tennessee Valley mountaintop getaway.
Summertime generally draws in a thick marine layer from the Pacific Ocean, which is just over the ridge… No complaints, but I do prefer sunshine, color and a soft breeze
I returned from an Alaskan Seminar-at-Sea Shamanic Cruise 11 days ago. I had booked several keynote speakers for the cruise and did a presentation myself, entitled “Demystifying Your Divine Blueprint.”
As I continue to shift back into my everyday schedule, I’m thoroughly delighted to have completed—finally— just yesterday—a major project that’s been looming for a long time… transferring my blogs from a former third-party website to my all-new shimamoore.com website.
Whew… it has been a MEGA process! Thanks for your patience, this could take a while. In the meantime, here are a few blogs that are still relevant TODAY.
Here’s a re-post about from April 08, 2013 … Let me know your thoughts.
The Master Cleanse aka Lemonade Diet
For the next 10 days these ingredients and paraphernalia is all I will need to feel absolutely fabulous inside and out. . . .
If I were to think about this 10-Day Ageless-Vitality Master Cleanse aka, “The Lemonade Diet,” as a TV series, this would be Season 2, Episode 2. Since January 2011, two years ago, this is my sixth 10-day (or longer) episodic adventure on The Lemonade Diet (always followed by a 3-day ease off re-entry back into the world of eating normally).
For me, “normally” means healthy, non-GMO, and organic whenever possible and necessary; many fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds…are GMO or notoriously sprayed with pesticides…. More on that another time…
Normal also means primarily vegan. From time-to-time, I do enjoy organic raw butter, sheep feta cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano, made from raw cow’s milk. Generally though I do not eat cheese. In any case, my intentions is not to make a religion out of what I do and do not eat… if you know what I mean. This was not always the case. 😉
The situation and environments in which I’ve under taken my previous 10-Day Master Cleanses has been different every time. Sometimes I’ve been in social settings, sometimes out in the world working amidst others, sometimes in houses with delicious smelling food for breakfast, lunch and dinner being cooked, sometimes in retreat-like settings. Being off by myself in a retreat-like setting is my favorite, but they all can and do work. This cleanse I’m house-sitting for a friend who has an enclosed garden and hot tub; my schedule is flexible, so I can work my own hours uninterrupted by anyone except Qi, the kitty. Ahhh, paradise! There are times, I go into a Master Cleanse “kicking and screaming.” It’s somewhat like that now, but “the die is cast,” my intentions set and so, the adventure begins.
The Lemonade Diet: Simple, Pure Ingredients
It’s time to freeze or give away any perishable food in the refrigerator, ’cause for at least the next 10 days, these ingredients pictured above are what will be nourishing and cleansing my body. Three simple, healthful , all-organic foods: fresh lemons, grade-B maple syrup and cayenne pepper. The best quality of all three plus good water, organic herbal teas and real salt (I’ll talk more about why salt later. Suffice it to say, I will not be adding salt to my Elixir)
For “good” water, I generally refill non-BPA plastic gallon jugs at Glacier Water stations. It’s affordable, at 35¢ a gallon and it has a multi-level filtration system that is checked frequently. Bottled water in plastic, left in the sun is unhealthy, and this way I’m the one who’s responsible for what I’m drinking.
My preference would be to drink water gathered along the roadside from fresh mountain streams like I enjoyed in Sedona, Arizona last summer, but since I’m now living in the North Bay I do the best I can. I’m opened to a better affordable source.
I called Glacier Water about fluoride and they told me that their filtration system does remove fluoride. If you know another system that includes filtering out the fluoride currently found in Marin’s water, please be sure to comment below. I’ve bought and sent back home systems that don’t.
By the way, always feel free to share your ideas, comments, questions and your experiences as we go along
The Lemonade Diet: Unexpected Benefit
Besides keeping track of when I drink my delicious elixir—as I lick the spoon after pouring two tablespoons into a 10-ounce glass, it’s easy to remind myself how lucky I am to enjoy such a yummy drink made with pure maple syrup. Another perk of this 10-Day journey to transformation, is that when I’m on The Lemonade Diet time opens up dramatically. There’s little to no time shopping, no cooking and little clean up. It’s astounding how much time those three actions alone use up each and every day in our lives.
I plan on using some of my new found time to use my friend’s bicycle to enjoy warm spring-like weather here in Marin since I live on top of a huge hill, and she lives in a valley.
What will you do with all the time you save on your 10-Day Master Cleanse?
The Lemonade Diet: Mastering Re-framing
You’ll hear me using words like “elixir” and later, during the ease-off stage, “nectar” throughout this experience. When people ask me about the Master Cleanse, and find out about it, most of them think “starvation.” It’s no wonder they barely last a day. I could not be successful if I thought about this experience in that way and neither can they. It’s important to consider all the wonderful benefits our bodies experience when incorporating this time-tested healing modality temporarily into our lives.
Personally, I love the transformational aspect of this 10-day program—and it’s immediate, I start to feel it working within the first day or two. And I appreciate the ageless-vitality component. Within three days, my skin glows. I noticed this benefit specifically because people regularly comment on it. It’s also an easy way to keep my weight balanced. Rather than to obsess about gaining a few pounds, I allow my weight to fluctuate a bit during different seasons, because I know I can control it in 10-short days. I’ve never liked “dieting” but I’ve been a advocate of cleansing and detoxing for good health since my twenties.
By the way, although I prefer beginning on a new moon— an ideal time for new beginnings of all kinds, I tend to take into account weekends and being social in my planning. Mondays are a great day to begin. Preplanning is important because to start on Monday, I want to drink a tasty herbal laxative tea before bed Sunday night.
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