Origin: The Lemonade Diet, first named The Master Cleanse, was developed by Stanley Burroughs in 1976. It was created to clear toxins from the body and aid individuals with chronic illnesses.
Description: This concoction of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and purified water is designed to cleanse the digestive system to aid weight loss or treat digestive illnesses. It is considered to be most beneficial when taken daily for a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 40 days, three to four times per year.
Likes: Lemons, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, water.
Dislikes: Everything else.
Looking For: People who don’t like food, but have a strong tolerance for pepper.
Works Well With: Your child’s lemonade stand.
This diet is recommended by its founder Stanley Burroughs for anyone who is looking to lose weight, detoxify their body or eliminate meat and dairy from their diet. Individuals who choose to go on this diet are encouraged to drink between six and 12 glasses of lemonade daily for 40 or more days, with no food, for maximum weight loss. The lemonade is made with two tablespoons of fresh lemon or lime juice (preferably organic), two tablespoons of pure maple syrup, one tenth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and warm spring or purified water.
To come off the diet, people are told to drink nothing but freshly squeezed orange juice for the first two days. On the third day raw fruit and vegetables can be incorporated, before returning to a regular diet. For those who have lived “the unnatural way” on meat and dairy, the new diet should consist of raw fruits and vegetables and homemade vegetable soup.