What do you look for in a detox? For me, it is a quest to peel back the layers of dirty egoic lessons and return to the original you. The original me I planned as a little girl is a combination of Jackie O, Angelina Jolie, Oprah and Melinda Gates. With such grand dreams- the actual day-to-day experiences of my life often seem off track- which is why I love to reset my body, spirit and mind with a good detox. My colleague told me her music promoter brother loved the Master Cleanse detox program to wash out the crude of being on the road and reset himself- just what I want, sign me up!
The Master Cleanse is a diet created in the early 40s by Stanley Burroughs (note this is also the era that LSD was used as form of psychotherapy on Cary Grant- see August 2010 Vanity Fair article by Cari Beauchamp and Judy Balaban) which instructs one to consume a lemonade mixture- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup grade B, 1/10 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper mixed in 10oz of distilled water- supplemented with laxative herbal teas morning and night to flush the body clean of all the fatty debris coming up. The idea is that the fresh lemon juice assists your body in the elimination of bile (breaking down stored fats), the maple syrup gives you the energy (so you have energy to continue your life during the cleanse) and the cayenne pepper stimulates the body (burning fat). The diet is reported to have gotten Beyonce’s body into bootylicious shape for her role in Austin Power’s Goldmember.
I picked the beginning of November, pushed as many meeting as possible back to the following week and began cheerfully one Sunday morning. It tasted horrible but with the idea that I was going to be as hot as Foxy Cleopatra, I happily gulped away.
Monday morning I woke up feeling like a garbage truck- nose running-head pounding yet I convinced myself that I should be grateful I was removing all this pollution in my body now before it developed into cancer (hypochondriac – one time).
Tuesday even my eyeballs were sore and it was hard for me to remain standing for over 20 minutes. By Wednesday my work colleagues told me convinced me that three days was plenty of time for the detox- do the Salt Water Flush (one of the laxative tea regimes) that night and stop, so I did. And then I had to stay in bed for two days sipping on juiced vegetables to regain my strength and allow the final stages of the detox to run their course. I felt that I was trying to reach heaven by living in hell.
Enter internet blogging Angel- Gwyneth Paltrow and her wonderful weekly newsletter from her blog GOOP. In her Make edition Newsletter # 15 (http://goop.com/newsletter/15/), Gwyneth shares with us advice from her detox specialist Dr. Alejandro Junger on how to detox gracefully. Again, just what I want! After doing Dr. Junger’s detox in late January, I gained the feeling of purity, health and freshness that I was looking for last November with the much added bonus of being able to get my boyfriend to do the detox with me unknowingly (that’s how delicious the recipes are). A week later my household exuded the kind of healthy pranic energy that I imagine Angelina and Brad so adeptly enjoy- minus the tribe of children and millions of dollars- but I am working on that.