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Lemonade diet gurgles into Day 3

If I can get through today, the third day of my detox diet, I'm convinced I will master my cleanse. The second and third days are supposed to be the most difficult, and yesterday definitely tried my enthusiasm for the diet.

After my bout of nausea in the morning, I sipped on the lemonade throughout the day (along with some Sprite, which is technically not part of the diet, of course, but it's the only thing that calms my stomach). I felt bloated and knew the toxins desperately wanted out of my system. So, I took the recommended “Senna” tea, also known as “Smooth Move” for its power to get things moving in the digestive tract.

I waited. I talked to a naturopathic physician about detox diets. She told me the danger of a liquid diet like mine is that you might not consume enough nutrients to move the toxins out of your system. So the toxins remain trapped in different tissues in your body. That's why elimination is so important. I worried since I hadn't eliminated anything yet.

Then, miraculously, Smooth Move kicked in—during an afternoon edit with my editor. The rest of the day, I discreetly made several trips to bathrooms throughout the building.

When I got home, I walked into my hosts' dinner party. I eyed the big bowl of fruit, angel food cake, raspberries and cream. The craving passed as I told everyone about my detox adventure. Then I excused myself to buy water at the grocery store. I splurged and bought my favorite water—Evian and Fiji. I figure if water is going to be such an important part of my diet (you can drink as much as you want, plus the 10 ounces in every glass of lemonade), I should treat myself to the best.

Today I feel better because I'm well on my way to eliminating the toxins (though my tongue is still covered in white!) Still, I woke up with lower abdominal pain, and a slight headache — the feeling you get when you have a touch of intestinal flu.

I suppose this icky feeling helps me to not really miss food yet. And appreciate the subtler pleasures of life, like a hot bath, a good book, and Charlotte's trees. We really can live without food for awhile.

For those of you tempted to try the Lemonade Diet, get a copy of “The Master Cleanser,” by Stanley Burroughs. I got mine at the natural foods store Berrybrook Farm, at 1257 East Blvd. in Charlotte. This web site is also helpful:

To make the lemonade, mix two tablespoons of lemon or lime juice (about half a lemon), two tablespoons of grade B maple syrup, 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and 10 ounces of water.

To keep the toxins moving out of your system, drink Smooth Move tea in the evening. In the morning, you can drink salt water (one quart of lukewarm water mixed with two teaspoons of uniodized salt). I will do the salt water flush tomorrow morning. Stay tuned.

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