In a moment of spontaneity yesterday, we found ourselves heading off to visit the CT Renaissance Fair for a second time this year (See: I Won't Back Down to read about our first trip to the fair this year). A family friend called us and asked if we would like to accompany them to the fair. After a short deliberation, we decided to go along. It turned out to be a great day! Of course, the song here is Jethro Tull's, Living In The Past as an homage to the Renaissance Faire's celebration of history.
It was a bit of a challenge for the master cleanse, however. The previous night, I had taken a full, 4 capsule dose of senna and I had done the salt water flush about 60 minutes prior to the call. I was not really in a position to be too far away from a bathroom! Fortunately, it didn't take too long for the flush to do its work. I didn't have time to prepare any lemonade other than my morning glass, though. As such, I didn't have any to take with me to the fair. I ended up buying a bottle of water at the fair, but that was all that I consumed while we were there.
While at the fair, we got a chance to see another performance of two of our favorites, Dextre Tripp and Jayna Lee. Over the last 10 years, we have seen both of them perform several times at the NY Renaissance Faire and Jayna at the CT fair both last year and this year. This was the first time that we got to see them perform together! Jayna had a show at 1:00 PM with Dextre assisting and Dextre had one at 2:30 PM with Jayna assisting. I also had the privilege of assisting Dextre with his act!
After the fair, we headed home and I was able to resume the cleanse without a hitch.
Today marks my 12th day on the cleanse. My tongue is still white, so it appears that my body is not yet ready for me to resume my normal diet. I was running low on everything so I made yet another trip to the grocery store for supplies. I opted for Trader Joe's in order to get some grade B maple syrup. They also have a great deal on organic lemons and their cayenne pepper is non-irradiated, so it really was my best option. I mentioned in a previous post that they offer two varieties of grade B syrup but were sold out of one of them last week. This time, they had both in stock so I opted for the 32 oz. choice. While I am sure that I will be ready to shift to a normal diet soon, I bought two bottles. I fully intend to follow the master cleanse again within the next few months, so my plan is to be better prepared for it. Rather than shell out a considerable amount of money just prior and during my next cleanse, I will build up a stock of the maple syrup over time so that I will have enough before I begin. Of course, I will still need to buy the lemons as I go.
En route home from Trader Joe's, I stopped at The Vitamin Shoppe to pick up an alternative to my herbal laxative. While the senna is working fine, I wanted to boost the benefits of the cleanse. In his book, Tom Woloshyn talks about doing a parasite cleanse as an adjunct to the master cleanse. While I have no evidence that I have a parasite problem, there is also no evidence that I am parasite-free. Either way, it really can't hurt to take the extra step. Three herbs that have anti-parasite properties are black walnut, clove, and wormwood. Some effect the eggs of the parasites, while the others effect the adult parasites so it is best to use them together. I was hoping to find the individual herbs, but the only one the store had in stock was black walnut. They did have a single product that included all three, however. It also includes senna so I can use this in place of the senna that I was using. This is designed as a 7 day cleanse, so now that I have more lemons, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper I may just continue the master cleanse for the same 7 days - bringing my count to 19 days. The other option - depending on the appearance of my tongue - would be to continue for three more days and then ease in to phase one of The Maker's Diet over the remaining 4 days. I'll see how things go...
My current weight loss total for the duration of the cleanse stands at 13 pounds.