Everyone is ready for a fresh start come January.
There’s pros and cons to every cleanse, but the way I see it – at least you know exactly what’s going into your body when it comes to juicing.
I used to argue that it “took to long” and was “too expensive” but I eventually realized it took longer to meal-prep for the week than to juice-prep. And between bulk stores and farmers markets, the cost was about equal to my normal grocery list.
My original cleanse lasted 7 days, but as long as you set your goal for at least 4 you should see a difference. Before you start, I highly recommend watching Fat Sick & Nearly Dead. It’s a documentary on Netflix that gives you the big picture of juicing and actually gets you excited to start. (Joe Cross is my low-key idol.)
You want to make it until day 4 of the cleanse because 2 & 3 will be the most difficult. You’ll crave the foods that made you want to cleanse in the first place and temptation will be everywhere. Once you hit day 4 you realize you can totally do it. And it’s a pretty great feeling.
I found that by the end of the cleanse I wasn’t craving hamburgers and fries, I was craving grilled chicken, steamed broccoli and brown rice. It reset my mind more than anything. I realized my body didn’t need as much food as I was putting in it to function successfully.
That being said, juicing is not for everyone. But I think it’s a great way to reset naturally. If the word “cleanse” freaks you out then ditch it, call it a “reboot” or a “reset”.
Here’s some info on the juicer I use, a daily juice schedule, a few of my favorite recipes, and a breakdown of how much to buy. (Going to the store is one of the most daunting tasks when you first start.)
Look out for another post comparing juicers. But for beginner or intermediate levels, this $99 option is perfect. Buy it here.
I organized my juices by color. Consisting of 2 “Green”, 2 “Orange”, 1 “Red” and 1 “Purple” (if needed) per day. Oftentimes I wasn’t hungry for dessert, or “Purple”.
There are tons of recipes for each color, but below are my favorites. Eventually you’ll want to adjust some of the proportions based on taste preferences, but try these first and go from there.
The above spreadsheet was so helpful when it came to buying. If you want an editable Excel version so you can change out quantities and recipes, leave a comment and I’ll send it to you directly.
As far as storage, I suggest mason jars. But any air-tight containers will work.
Ideally, you want to make the juice on the day you’re going to drink it. But let’s be real, that’s extremely time consuming and somewhat inefficient. If you have enough time, try making enough for two days. So every other day, you make juice. If that’s not doable, go ahead and make your whole week, but be sure to freeze the jars. This ensures that they keep as much of their nutritional value as possible.
Just don’t forget to thaw them out. You don’t want to be tempted by other (convenient) foods just because your juice is still frozen.
Stay tuned for additional juice recipes I’ve incorporated into my diet since the cleanse. Teaser – one involves Grapfeuit.
Thanks for reading and Good Luck!