I’ve never considered myself overweight, until I passed by a floor length mirror that wasn’t in a store. Store mirrors are slightly tilted and the booth’s lights are usually dimmed; they’re set that way so you can look great while trying the clothes. They give you the illusion that you have lost ten pounds instantly.

Do you ever wonder why you only see your dimples when you again try the clothes at home, you just purchased?  That’s exactly why.

So, I got that OMG moment in front of that floor length mirror that I’d recently purchased. It raised all those questions we ask ourselves.

Is this the way the world sees me? Is this what I look like?

I was disgusted at myself. I was twenty-nine years old, but I was on the border of obesity. I was 160 lbs. while standing at 5’9”. Let’s face it: as women, we are most likely to have those discouraging moments when we feel that our body is out of shape.

I’ve always associated myself with the numbers we wear; zero, two, etc. Until then, wearing a size six or size eight was quite comfortable in my head. After the revelation that this mirror had shown me, I was horrified. My belly was sticking out so much, a “eureka flash” hit me. That was the reason I get people to stand up for me on the train; they all think that I am pregnant.  I needed to do something about this pronto. I went from depressed to jolly in thirty minutes, when I found that detox diet recipe online and committed to it for a month. Call me extreme, but I literally survived on that mixture of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup people have been talking about.

Since I’m talking about it, it might seem difficult, but I really think it was the best thing I ever did for myself, aside from quitting smoking cold turkey, but that’s another story.

What I have noticed about that diet is that, only the first three days were unbearable and excruciating. You smell, see and think about food more than you would regularly. I was aggressive and irritable, and I couldn’t tolerate seeing people eating. I was relentless.

“Why am I doing this to myself?” was always in my head at that time. Fast enough, those three days passed and I turned into a poised woman. I didn’t talk too much and began moving slowly so I could save up energy. Going to restaurants with my friends, I just sipped on my detox cocktail, having no urge to eat, while they indulged on large meals. I loved it, the self control that this detox had inflicted on me. I saw myself disappearing in no time. The people I greet good morning to every day on my way to work, stopped recognizing me. I was in heaven!! That month went by pretty fast after those three days of agony. It’s been a year and a half, and I haven’t gained an ounce. That detox diet does work and, if I had to do it again, I totally would.


Master Cleanse Recipe

#1 (single serving):

  • 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon Juice (about 1/2 a Lemon)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Organic grade B maple syrup (not the commercial maple flavoured syrup you use on pancakes)
  • 1/10 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder
  • 10 ounces of filtered water

#2 (60 oz. daily serving):

  • 60 ounces of filtered water
  • 12 Tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup
  • 12 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper powder

There are a couple important things to remember when preparing the lemonade:

The lemon juice used must be fresh squeezed. This cannot be emphasized enough. It is necessary to use fresh produce. Canned lemon juice won’t work.

Also, the maple syrup must be grade B maple syrup, not the processed syrup (which is usually high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavouring) that is used at the breakfast table.

The cayenne pepper might seem unnecessary, but it’s very important. Not only does it add a a bit of a kick, but the pepper helps to break up mucus and increases healthy blood flow. It’s also a good source of B and C vitamins, commonly referred to as Super Vitamins, due to their many benefits for the body.

By: Marie Caroline Charles