Advice from friends, MindBodyGreen, and other online resources
- Plan a time when you're not so busy (and obviously don't have any dinner dates or parties to go to!)
- A few days in advance, start cutting out meat, dairy, grains, caffeine, sugar and definitely processed foods from your meals.
- Keep your schedule light those days because your energy dips.
- Yoga, scrubs, colonics, all these to help release the toxins that have accumulated in your body.
- Drink lots of water, get plenty of sunshine and some light exercise.
- Don't cook your favorite foods, or at all, if you can help it!
- Sleep early (not longer than 2 hours after your last juice)
- Eat raw fruits and vegetables, only small meals. Have a juice or two in between.
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Joe Cross reboot has many ideas, plus tons of juicing recipes (watch his movie "Sick, Fat & Nearly Dead"). Here is his handy fruit and vegetable preparation guide. I loosely followed his daily schedule (see below) I didn't make any his "Purple" juice suggestions, but opted for a nut milk smoothie instead. His site also has recommendations for kids' juices. My kids love to make their own blended fruit concoctions, but also try some of my juices. It's great for us all!
Wake up: Drink two glasses of hot water (with lemon and/or ginger)
Breakfast: a Red or Orange juice
Mid-Morning: 16oz unflavored coconut water
Lunch: a Green juice
Afternoon Snack: a Red or Green juice
Dinner: a Green juice
Dessert: a Purple or Orange juice
Bedtime: a herbal or detox tea
Throughout the day: Drink lots of water
(Basically, you're drinking 6 x 16oz juices, 2 hours a day, plus water in between)
MY SHOPPING LIST
All organic, if possible. You're only feeding yourself this for three days, and cleansing your body, so why use ingredients with pesticides and chemicals?
- 2 bunches kale
- 1 romaine lettuce
- 1 bunch of spinach (I could only find organic baby leaves)
- 1 bunch of celery
- 6 cucumbers
- 3 bags of carrots
- 3 beets (with leaves)
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 stem fresh ginger root
- 2 avocados
- 2 tomatoes
- 3 pears or apples
- 3 oranges
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 banana
- 1 mango
- 1 lime
- 2 lemons
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 1 small watermelon
- Coconut water, Harmless Harvest is the best, aside from a fresh young coconut sitting on a beach in Thailand!
- Chia seeds, for protein, omega-3, fiber, minerals and anti-oxidants. Add a tablespoonful to one of your juices or nut milk
- Raw organic almonds (or cashew nuts), so you can make your own nut milk! Trust me, it's the simplest and most impressive thing I've ever made! (recipe below)
I also had some brussels sprouts, cilantro/coriander, asparagus, pineapple and a strawberry in the house so I used them too. That's it!
I also loved the flexibility of juicing. The main thing to each juice is that it should be more than half vegetable/leafy greens (the rest fruit, something with 90% juice/water content, like cucumber). Juicing from scratch also allows you to make it to your own tastes. I always add about 10% fruit so it's slightly sweeter (and more bearable) than most store-bought green juices. DON'T drink pure beet juice and beet greens juice, as it may temporarily paralyze your vocal chords and other side effects. Here are some of my favorite juice recipes derived from a variety of sources: The watermelon, basil and lime (RED) was refreshing, but I don't have a photo, sorry!
|Beetroot, carrot, celery, lemon, orange, gingerroot, basil (RED)|
|Romaine, pear, lemon, ginger root, carrots, golden beets (ORANGE)|
Beetroot, gingerroot, oranges, carrots, sweet potato (RED)
|Tomatoes, celery, spinach, cucumber, basil – it's gazpacho! (RED)|
|Kale, cucumber, celery, pear, lemon, ginger root (GREEN)|
|Spinach, romaine, cilantro, blueberries, blend w 1/2 avocado (GREEN)|
|Kale, cucumber, lime, brussels sprouts, green leaf lettuce, basil (GREEN)|
|Kale, romaine, mango, pineapple (GREEN)|
Fresh almond or cashew milk
+ fresh berries, banana, spinach (PURPLE)
1/2 cup organic raw almonds, cover with ample filtered water for at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours. Drain and rinse. Blend with 1 1/2 cups filtered water (in a blender or handheld blender). Strain and squeeze out the milk. You should also use a cheesecloth to squeeze as much out as possible (but I don't have one). And that's IT! Blend with 3 pitted dates and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, for sweetness and flavor. And the leftovers? It's almond meal!!! Dry in the oven at 325°F for 20 minutes. This is my first attempt, so I haven't tried baking with this yet. Some websites say you can soak it for only 8 hours. And you can also do the same with cashews and pistachios (sounds yummy).
Some friends say that the first day is the toughest, others say the third day is. Overall I thought it was all OK, although I'm definitely not used to drinking all day long. It's important to drink lots of water, because, believe it or not, you can still get dehydrated despite your juice intake. I found 5-6pm the toughest, the time when I usually snack a little while cooking. But when sitting down to eat dinner, I used a bowl and a spoon, and ate a lovely, raw, chilled soup, it was all fine. I wasn't crazy hungry, because as you can see from the photos, imagine eating 6 massive salads a day, I couldn't do it. Extract most of the good-ness out of it, and there's what you need! Make sure to integrate a little bit of protein and fiber to keep you going.
It's not for everybody, (especially if you are addicted to caffeine) and not always easy, I found my physical energy levels were low, especially when I went out for a short bike ride on the second day. My tongue also got a dry white coating, apparently it's all the toxins coming out. If this happens to you, use a tongue scraper after brushing your teeth, or try the Ayurvedic method of oil pulling to clean out your mouth. Overall, my skin feels good, I'm not so achy, and I have a slightly renewed sense of clarity. I could continue with this juice fast for maybe another day or two, but I would rather just incorporate juicing into my daily routine. I didn't miss the meat, dairy, coffee, or bread, but I did miss eating dinner! From making most of my 3-day regime, preparing for it and "coming down" from it has helped me with making more healthy choices. I'm glad I did it, and feel good for it.