I’ve been thinking about doing a juice cleanse for awhile now. I always thought about it, but always had an excuse as to why I shouldn’t do it. But, with kind of slacking off on my diet for the last couple weeks, I really wanted to do a juice cleanse and rid my body of all the crap I’ve been putting in it. I’ve been researching what I should do or how I should do it for days. I thought about ordering some cold pressed juices, but when I have a juicer and the ability to just juice fresh fruits and vegetables myself, it definitely was not worth the money.
So what I settled on was a three day juice cleanse from Joe Cross from the documentary “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. He had written an article on the Dr. Oz Show website on the exact recipes and what to do for a three day juice cleanse. I just wanted to point out that I am not doing this just because it was on the Dr. Oz show. I’m not a huge fan of him. He seems like a nice guy with the best intentions, I just don’t like how people hang on his every word and think everything that comes out of his mouth is gospel. But, to each their own. I just liked this plan that Mr. Cross wrote, and seemed very do-able. If you would like to see the article you can see it here.
Basically you start your morning off with a 16 ounce drink of hot water, lemon, and ginger. You have a juice for breakfast, for a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, and then one for before dinner. That is five juices per day. Then for dinner you can eat a meal that only has fruits and vegetables in it. At night you drink a herbal tea before bed. That’s what made this juice cleanse ideal for me. I knew I wouldn’t make it three days if I couldn’t eat anything. Being able to eat something for dinner it what led me to be able to do this cleanse.
I started this cleanse yesterday, Thursday, May 8th. I had to work very early in the morning on Thursday, so I had to prepare ahead of time on Wednesday. Wednesday evening I made four out of the five juices. It took me about an hour to prep, juice, and clean up. I put them in disposable coffee cups, numbered them, put them in a lunch bag and kept them in the fridge overnight.
I woke up early before work and prepared my drink of water, lemon and ginger. I added way to much ginger, but I just drank it anyway. On my way to work I drank my first juice of the day. It had apples, carrots, and ginger in it. I added way to much ginger to this drink. Way to much.. it was almost unbearable and burnt my throat. But, I just drank it anyway.
On my first break at work I drank my second juice. This one consisted of cucumber, celery, apples, kale, lemon, and ginger. I would say that this one was my favorite of the five juices. I work with food all day, so at this time, it was getting kind of hard for me, but I kept on going!
At lunch time I drank my third juice. At this time it was extremely difficult for me, because I was in the break room, where they were having a retirement party for a co-worker, and there was a buffet table of delicious food. I sat next to people eating fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato salad, and cake. It was a test of my willpower, but I powered on through that. This juice was very weird. It tasted like cold tomato soup. It had tomatoes, cucumber, celery, red pepper, parsley, and lime. It was weird, but not too terrible. This juice was so big, I had to put it onto two different cups. It made me feel so full, I didn’t think I would be able to finish all of it, but I did.
On way home from work I drank the fourth juice. I was so hungry, I didn’t care what it tasted like I just drank it. This one had kale, swiss chard, cucumber, and clementines. It wasn’t a very big juice, so it was very easy to drink down.
I got home and started to make my pre-dinner juice. This one was just so weird to me. It had a sweet potato, carrots, red pepper, red beets, apples, and an orange. I’ve tried juicing beets in the past, and it didn’t work out well for me. I just do not like beet juice, it makes my stomach churn. But, I drank it. It took me awhile, but I was able to finish it.
But, then the exciting part of my day came when I was able to eat real food! I made a salad with kale, tomato, cucumbers, carrots, and made a dressing of lemon and vinegar. I cut up a sweet potato and two carrots, tossed them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin. I cooked them in the oven at 425 for about 25 minutes. These were like a God send for me. They tasted so delicious I cannot wait to have them again today! I also made a little fruit salad of grapes, blueberries and raspberries. I had a small banana for dessert. This really filled me up and made me feel a little better.
After dinner, I became so exhausted. I couldn’t keep my eyes open, so I decided to take a little snooze on the couch. Then I went from the couch to my bed and woke up this morning at 6:30. I was going to write this last night and I also missed my green tea before bed that I was suppose to drink. I did have a really hard day at work and the last couple nights I didn’t get much sleep, so maybe that has something to do with it.
When I woke up this morning I had a little headache, but I felt good. My body feels different. Everything feels tighter. I have not felt this good in a long time. I weighed myself and I lost 2.9 pounds just yesterday. I just wanted to keep track. The way I am feeling today really pushes me to keep going for the next two days. Also, the juices should taste a little better, because I can tweak them to how I like them.
When I’ve told people about this juice cleanse, they think I am nuts. But, there is nothing in this world that makes me want to accomplish something so bad when someone tells me that I can’t or shouldn’t. It takes great willpower, but when there is a will, there is a way. I can do this!
This is the type of juicer I use. It’s cheap, but works great!