RECIPE

The Lemon, Organic Honey & Cayenne Pepper Diet

I have been looking into detox recipes. But I am a lazy dieter. I refuse to being held prisoner to unforgiving food plans and counting calories. I have no patience for ingredients I cannot even spell properly. I am also time-strapped.

I needed something easy-to-do with flexibility that I could slowly incorporate into my life, and not feel guilty if I lunch with friends or dine on date night. Nothing is worse than going for a meal with someone, and the person is on some kind of restricted diet.

I found this amazing drink recipe: lemon, organic honey and cayenne pepper – a variation of the famous Master Cleanse diet.

The Master Cleanse diet was created in the 1940s by nutritionist Stanley Burroughs to treat stomach ulcers and other health ailments. The diet requires 10 or more days solely on the consumption of freshly squeezed lemon juice, organic maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water.  Dieters had to drink 6 to 12 glasses each day. And consume nothing else. I don’t recommend this.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not advocating liquid diets. In fact, liquid dieting is not for me. As a foodie, there is no way I am going on a liquid diet.

Instead, I took this recipe, changed it up a little. Instead of using organic maple syrup, I replaced it with organic honey. And I incorporate this drink into my daily normal life.

What is the secret behind this drink?

Lemons naturally cleanse the gut because it is full of Vitamin C, and act as a purifier supplying potassium. It is also a natural antibacterial and antiviral agent to help cure digestive infections, and promote immunity. Lemons also help to boost fat burning at a quicker rate.

Honey helps people lose weight because it replaces other sweetners in this concoction. It is also easily digestible and cleanses the liver and body with natural anti-bacterial agents. Honey burns fat fast and is often used to decrease stress levels.

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which helps the body burn more fat and increase energy expenditure (thus, burning more calories). Cayenne pepper is considered a thermogenesis food – which means it stimulates weight loss by increasing metabolism and blood circulation. When blood circulates effectively, it carries and expels toxins from the digestive system through the natural process of waste elimination.

My Post One-Week Experience
I would have a glass in the morning, in-between meals and whenever I’m thirsty. Everyday, I would drink at least 1 litre. It has been one week and I have noticed subtle changes. I am eating smaller portions. While on this drink, I have also been consciously avoiding gluten-intensive foods (read The Gluten-Free Craze: 9 Things You Didn’t Know Contain Gluten). I no longer have my usual mid-afternoon food cravings, no sugar spikes, no bloated feeling after a meal, I feel more energetic and mornings are easier to get up to. I do sense that I am a little jumpy (like I have a little too much energy) though. If you like Bloody Mary or Bloody Caesar cocktails, you take to this drink like camel to water.

How To Make Lemon, Honey & Cayenne Pepper Drink?
For this recipe, I am making my daily 1 litre intake. You only need 4 items. No blender, juicer or appliance needed. Just a little arm muscle, maybe.

You will need: 
2 Whole lemons
4 Tsp of organic honey
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper powder
Filtered water

Step 1: Put 4 tablespoons of organic honey into a measuring cup and add up to 200ml of lukewarm water. Stir until the honey dissolves. This should take no more than 1 or 2 minutes.

Step 2: Squeeze lemon juice into the honey water. Preferably use a lemon squeezer, it’ll save you a lot of arm muscle workout. Through my experience, each lemon gives about 50ml of juice. Remove all seeds. Once you are done squeezing lemons, you will notice that your lemon honey mixture is now measuring up to 300ml.

Step 3: Add cayenne pepper. The level of spiciness is up to your preference and tolerance. But for me, I put in at least 1/2 tsp if I plan to make at least 1 litre of this drink. That works out to at least 4-5 heavy dashes of powder. Stir.

Step 4: Pour the 300ml mixture into a 1 litre water bottle or jug, and fill it up with filtered water. Drink chilled or room temperature.

Viola! That’s it.

If you have any question, thoughts or like to share your experience with this drink, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Note: This lemon, honey and cayenne pepper drink recipe is an alternative and addition to your everyday beverage consumption. It is not suggested on this post for this drink to be taken as a liquid diet or meal replacement.

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