A little while back I decided that I wanted to do a juice cleanse, but I didn’t want to pay for one so instead I created my own. I found it very beneficial and have decided to share it. For me the juice cleanse was a great way to cleanse my body of sugary/unhealthy cravings, I was in quite a bad snacking habit before the cleanse, and found that afterwards I only really desired healthy and fresh food. Yes, the cleanse did help weight loss wise, I believe my stomach became the flattest its probably ever been! My energy levels varied throughout the cleanse, day 1 (and most of day two) I felt amazing, full of energy, light and not bloated in any way. A little bit into day 2 I started craving the feeling of eating rather than just drinking everything. To combat this, and what I recommend, I would eat some of the fruit/vegetables I was going to other wise juice (for example if i was juicing an apple I would eat half of it and juice the rest). I felt slightly guilty at first because I wasn’t strictly just drinking juice.. but then i realised that was silly and that if eating half an apple was the worst cheating that I’d done it wasn’t so bad really. By day 3 I found that i had less energy, and was getting a little sick of juices so I didn’t drink as many that day, simply because I also wasn’t hungry. Overall it was a positive experience for me and I plan to do it again.
ps. I juiced most of my fruits/vegetables, except when I used spinach and kale, I juiced the other ingredients and then blended the juice with the spinach/kale.
My juice cleanse went for 3 days, and consisted of drinking juice as a replacement for each meal. I drank 4-5 fresh juices and 1 milky based protein smoothie each day, plus lots of water. I chose to divide my juices up as follows
2 green veg
1 fruit and veg
Before I started my cleanse I went on a big grocery shop and stocked up my fruit and vegetable supplies. Here is what i bought
carrots, oranges, bananas, apples, mandarines, lemons, pears, beetroot, ginger, lime, pineapple, celery, spinach, kale, cucumber and frozen berries
juice 1 – citrus
1 orange, 1 mandarine, 1 small red apple, 1/4 lemon, couple of chunks of pineapple and some ginger
juice 2 – green
1 orange, 1 green apple, 1 small cucumber, couple of celery stalks, handful of each spinach and kale
juice 3 – milk/protein
1 cup almond milk, 1 frozen banana, handful of frozen blueberries, 2 dates, scoop of protein powder, vanilla and cinnamon
juice 4 – fruit and veg
1 carrot, 1 beetroot, 1 red apple, couple of celery stalks, chunks of pineapple and some ginger
juice 5 – green
1/2 orange, 1 green apple, 1 green pear, 1 small cucumber, couple of celery stalks, teaspoon of almond butter, handful of each spinach and kale
juice 6 – berries – I didn’t have this every day, only if i was craving a sweet dessert
1 frozen mango cheek, 1/2 an orange, cup of frozen berries (raspberries, cherries, blueberries)
** you can add some water to any of these if you wish!