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.
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: Final 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
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.