Joe Cross Weekend Juice Cleanse Wrap Up

I wanted to do a quick wrap up/review of the Joe Cross Weekend Juice Cleanse I did over the weekend.  I really have nothing but good things to say about this cleanse. I felt like I could do it longer than just the three days! I loved it 🙂

How to Prepare

When to do the cleanse. Do this over a weekend where you have NO plans. None. Not even grocery shopping. You’ll want to resist the temptations – at least I did!  I do not work on the weekends so on Saturday and Sunday I basically did some chores around the house, went for a nice walk, did some yoga, blog writing, reading, and overall just relaxed.  This is not just a cleanse of your body but of your mind and soul too. Relax. Avoid noisy malls or large gatherings. Reflect.  Have some quality “me” time.  On Monday I was back at work.  Luckily, we have a juicer there so I was able to juice my 3 daytime juices.  It made the final day a breeze.

Budget. Be prepared to spend $100-150 for one person for 3 days.  I ordered all my food from an organic delivery company in our area. I wanted to make sure I had all organic fruits and veggies.  This can get pricey especially when the shopping list is a mile long, but your health is worth it! This cleanse isn’t something you will do every day, maybe only a few times a year. To me, I look at it as an investment in myself 🙂

Food Prep. Wash all your veggies, sort and bag them for each juice.  I used large Ziplock baggies and labeled them “breakfast”, “mid-morning”, “lunch”, “afternoon” and “dinner”.   I then tossed in the fruits and veggies needed for each specific juice.  This made it so easy to just grab a bag and juice it up!

The prep was the most time consuming part for me. If somehow the fruits and veggies would magically appear on my doorstep washed, prepped and ready to go, I’d live on the cleanse.  But “sigh” there is some work involved.

My kitchen table went from this…Joe Cross Weekend Juice CleanseTo this in a couple of hours…Joe Cross Weekend Juice CleanseIt also helped that I have a second fridge because these took up a lot of space!

During the Cleanse

Juicing Tips. You will be using your juicer 5 times a day.  If you have a masticating juicer, you can pre-juice them all in the morning and store them in air-tight containers for up to 48 hours. If you have a centrifugal juicer (like I do) you can really only pre-juice for a couple of hours.  To make clean up easier, after each juice I just rinsed the main parts, washed the mesh and blades really well, then at the end of the day I gave it one good washing.  If you rinse with hot water right away it really isn’t a big clean up at all.  A tip from Jason Vale is you’re not allowed to drink the juice until you cleaned your juicer. Yes, Mom!

Place a bag in the container that catches the pulp so you can either compost it, freeze it or toss it.  It makes one less container to clean up.

Eating (or drinking!) Schedule
7:30-8:00am – woke up and had my 2 cups of hot water with lemon
8:30am – breakfast juice
11:00am – mid-morning juice
1:00pm – lunch juice
4:00pm – afternoon juice
5:30-6:00pm – dinner
7:30pm – dinner juice

Dinners.  For dinner you can have only vegetables and fruit.  Some examples are a salad with avocado and fresh lemon juice, sautéed veggies,  homemade veggie soup.  Click here for more suggestions.  Here’s an example of what my dinner looked like: Joe Cross Weekend Juice CleanseFinal Results

Weight loss. I lost 3 lbs in 3 days. Most people lose anywhere from 5-10 lbs.

Withdrawals. I had zero withdrawals. I attribute this to preparing myself a week before the cleanse by not eating any processed foods, refined sugar (OK, I had some chocolate!), alcohol or caffeine.

Energy. I had a lot of energy. Although I didn’t do any intense workouts, I think I could have.

Hunger. I was not hungry at all.  This was what I was most afraid of. No one wants to do a cleanse and feel like they’re hungry all the time. Trust me, it is a ton of food, you will not be hungry.

The Bathroom – TMI warning! Everyone wants to know if you’re stuck in the bathroom all day. The answer is simply, no!  If you prepare your body before the cleanse you will not be stuck on the toilet. Now, you should be drinking plenty of water in between so there will be frequent pee trips. But as for #2, you should be quite regular 🙂

One more thing I want to address is every time I do a cleanse people say “Why? You don’t look like you need to lose weight?” This is not all about weight loss, although that is a welcomed side effect 🙂 This is about cleansing you mind, body and spirit.  It’s about giving your digestive system a break.  Absorbing all those glorious nutrients. Making your hair and skin healthier.  It’s a cleanse from the inside out.  Doing a cleanse or detox will hopefully encourage you to continue to eat healthy, continue to eat more fruits and veggies because now you know how great it feels.  Happy juicing!

You can find all the recipes and shopping list on the Dr. Oz site here.

Check out my two videos on the juice cleanse…

Breakfast & Mid-Morning Juices

Lunch, Afternoon & Dinner Juices

Check out my other juicy posts:
Preparing for a Juice Cleanse
I’ve Entered the World of Juicing!

Disclaimer. Please note, I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. Please consult your doctor before performing any type of cleanse.


  • meldamico April 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog looking for more detail and wondered if you might be able to help… I tried the Sunset Blend yesterday just to see if I could handle drinking juice for a meal and, though delicious, the ingredients listed yielded a whole lot of juice… almost 4 cups. I felt super stuffed by the time I finished the last sip. Is this much juice really meant for one person per meal?

    • thehappyhealthfreak April 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Hello! Yes, this is the amount for one person. They are large juices for this cleanse but remember, when you juice you do require more produce than normal because there is no fibre, these are fast absorbing. This cleanse is 5 juices a day, however, I do know many people who did it and did not have the last juice as they were not hungry – that is fine of course. Also, not all of them are that large 🙂

  • Nina July 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I’m confused, did you juice your dinner (soup and salad) or did you eat it?

    • thehappyhealthfreak July 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      No, you eat your dinner 🙂 But there is also a “dinner juice” which I actually had after dinner – the videos explain that.
      Up above you’ll see the section “Dinners” It has a link of suggestions of meals that you can have. I usually had a green salad. It needs to be fruit or vegetables only, but can be whole food, not juiced.
      Hope that makes sense!

  • Mary August 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Hi! Thanks for letting know all the details!

    • thehappyhealthfreak August 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Hi Mary!! Thanks so muich 🙂
      I did the cleanse over the weekend so I was not working. I went for a nice long walk or did yoga after my breakfast juice. I actually had a lot of energy throughout this cleanse and probably could have worked out a little harder but I kept it pretty light 🙂
      Good luck!!

  • Erin February 5, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Thank you for your review on Joe Cross’ Weekend Cleanse! I do have one question. Where online did you order your organic vegetables? Thank you!! 🙂

    • happyhealthfreak February 5, 2015 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Erin! I didn’t order them online, we have a local company that delivers organic local fruits/veggies to us 😉

      • Erin February 5, 2015 at 7:18 am

        So jealous!! I guess I’ll have to trek to the store! Thank you again! Loving your blog! 🙂

        • happyhealthfreak February 5, 2015 at 7:20 am

          Thanks Erin! Where do you live? You might have one near by too??

  • Mara April 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience, I found it very helpful. Just wondering I have the same juicer as you, can I make extra juice and put in a mason jar and fridge for the next day?

    • happyhealthfreak April 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Mara! Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂

      As far as storing your juice, this all depends of the type of juicer you have. The one I have is a centrifugal juicer, meaning it spins at very high speeds and uses a blade to extract the juice. This causes the juice to oxidize quite fast so you want to consume the juice immediately or within a few hours at the most. These juicers are less expensive, more convenient (in my opinion!) and easy to clean.

      If you have a “slow” juicer or masticating juicer, which extracts the juice by grinding it slowly and does not allow it to oxidize quickly, you can store your juice longer, up to 48 hours by filling a mason jar to the top (you want the least amount or air as possible), securing the lid and keeping it refrigerated until you’re ready to drink it. These juicer tend to be quite expensive, take a bit more time to juice and usually have quite a lot of parts to clean, but the end product is a higher quality juice.

      This article explains it quite well!

      I hope that helps….and happy juicing!!!

      • happyhealthfreak April 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        Oh sorry Mara! I just read you have the same juicer as me. So, it’s best to drink right away or a couple hours at most using the same method as I stated above, fill mason jar to the top, secure the lid and keep refrigerated 🙂

  • Nicole August 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I made all the juices at once for the next 3 days do you think thats ok or you wouldnt drink them

    • happyhealthfreak August 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Nicole! Fresh juices oxidize quickly. I recommend juicing and consuming it right away. What type of juicer do you have? If it’s centrifugal then you can go as long as 8 hours if stored in the fridge filled to the top with an air tight lid, and if it’s a masticating one you can store it for about 24 hrs. 3 days would be a bit too long in my opinion.

  • bill February 15, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    can i exclude some of the fruits from the list or reduce the amount? I may not react well to that much sugar. thanks!

    • happyhealthfreak February 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Absolutely! Add more veggies or just cut back the fruit…do what agrees with your body.

  • Michaela February 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Hi there! I was just wondering how sustainable the weight loss actually was. I know a lot of people gain the weight they lose on juice cleanses back as soon as they start eating solids again. How did you go? Did you keep the weight off or did it come back right away?

    • happyhealthfreak February 11, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Michaela, juice cleanses are great for a number of reasons besides just weight loss. It helps reset your digestion, boosts energy, and removes toxins. While I don’t know stats, I do know I kept it off. By feeling the amazing benefits afterwards, it will hopefully kick start your healthy eating habits and therefore continue on your journey of weight loss. However, if you do the juice cleanse and go right back to unhealthy eating, yes, you’ll gain it all back. It’s not meant to be a bandaid fix. I hope that helps! Best of luck 🙂

  • Amy May 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Great videos! Could I do the 3 day cleanse 2x a week?


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