My First 3 Day Juice Cleanse

I’ve heard so many great things about juicing I wanted to try it for myself!

A simple cold pressed, organic, green vegetable juice is chock-a-block full of micro nutrients ready to be absorbed right into your system within minutes. In general, the idea of juicing is to give your body a reboot – Allowing it to have a break from solid (and usually processed) foods, flushing out toxins, and filling it up with an overload of nutrients for healthy cell function.

I’ve known about juicing for a few years but recently watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead a few times I was finally inspired to give it a try. If you haven’t heard of juicing before (again, on Netflix so just give it a watch!) the title is a bit misleading but it’s about a man, Joe Cross, who is rather large and getting larger. Meanwhile he is also faced with a rare autoimmune condition. Joe decided that this wasn’t going anywhere good, and decided to take a turn for the better and only juice for 60 days.

By the end of it Joe lost 100 pounds, felt healthier than ever, and put his disease into remission. How incredible is that?!

So I thought if he could only juice for 60 days, I definitely could make it through 3.

Getting Ready

I started on a Friday so that I could complete the cleanse over the weekend. That way if I go through withdrawals I won’t also have the stress of work to bring me down.

I would suggest to pick a weekend that is free from any obligations and make a list of all the enjoyable things you could do to keep your hands busy. Painting, blogging, shopping, hot-tubin, organizing…

Day 1 – Getting into the Swing of Things

Day 1 was a little weird. Expect to have some headaches. I’m a daily coffee drinker so I knew that a day without coffee would be instant withdrawals.

For me day 1 was when most of the cravings occurred, but it really wasn’t that bad. My office was hosting its first-ever catered breakfast for the whole team so it definitely sucked to miss out on that! But it was good to practice self-control and actually follow through for once. I also think having done the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox a few times before I was somewhat versed in cleanses.

You really can do anything for 3 days. Keep your eyes on the prize!

Day 2 – A Weird Mixture of Motivation and Regret

Is it weird that I had a fantastic sleep? I thought I would be headache-y, hungry, and would have to go to the washroom 200 times. But it was very peaceful. Hmm…

Day 2 wasn’t bad, I think I was more bored than anything. When doing a juice cleanse you really realize your attachment to food and the comfort it brings you. People always tell you that, but you don’t really understand it until you fast for real.

Day 3 – The Home Stretch!

By day three the headaches were gone and energy was definitely higher than day 1 and 2. I even got the motivation to clean my house! I went to a Whitecaps FC soccer game and that really was a test of my self-control. The smells of mini-donuts and buttery popcorn…

The entire cleanse I was motivating myself with percentages “a third of the way there!”> or “halfway there!” which I think helped give me a kick in the butt. And before I knew it I was already at the end.

Overall a great experience

Honestly, I didn’t see a lot of change in my body but I don’t have a whole lot of weight to lose. Not in three days anyways! I didn’t spend half my time in the washroom either. My skin did seem to break out a bit which I expected.

What I DID appreciate a lot about my first 3 day juice cleanse was taking the time to:

  1. Give my intestines a break
  2. Flush out some toxins
  3. Detox from coffee and processed foods
  4. Overload my body with an abundance of nutrients

All in all I definitely will do it again – likely for 5 days instead. The 3 days went by so quickly it felt like it wasn’t enough time to get the job done. But who knows, maybe my cells are thanking me big time :)

Have you done a juice cleanse? If so how long and what were your results? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Juice Ingredients – A Variety of 6 per Day

Berry Juice: Apple, pomegranate, mint, blueberry, haskap berry
Veggie Juice: Spinach, cucumber, lemon, ginger, celery, apple
Grassy Juice: Coconut water, mint, spirulina, wheat grass, mango, pineapple
Cashew Mylk: Agave, vanilla, cinnamon, cashew, water
Cleansing Juice: cayenne, hot pepper, lemon, agave, maple syrup