DIY 3 day juice cleanse

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For those of you wanting to kick start a new health regimen with a cleanse then this is the post for you! I have been thinking about doing a juice cleanse for a while now. I especially like the idea of detoxing my system and starting anew with a fresh body and mind.

I already have an all singing all dancing blender in the form of the Nutribullet-something I treated myself to in anticipation of juicing every single day back in January when I made my new year’s resolutions, you know how it goes in January; new year, new me…

Admittedly I haven’t quite been juicing daily or even weekly, although I have the most wonderful intentions sometimes life gets in the way and plans are temporarily set aside. We all do that don’t we?

Recently I have done LOADS of research into juice cleansing and undertook my own cleanse, DIY style. The only investment here would be to buy a really decent blender. I just love the Nutribullet, it’s one of the best kitchen appliances I’ve ever bought, they’ve come down massively in price now too and worth every single penny in my opinion.

To get a 3 day cleanse delivered can cost in the region of £165 which is just way too expensive for me. I’ve managed to put a plan together for a fraction of that price.

Below is a shopping list to make your life easier if you want to do your own cleanse and the recipes for each juice.

3 day cleanse list

 

I would recommend that you drink 6 juices a day, one of each colour works well. The method to make the juices is the same for all recipes. With each of the juices, you will need to add plenty of water to the other ingredients. You will find the recipes make a plentiful amount of juice so quantities can be adjusted depending on the size of your blender. Simply chop, blend and enjoy!

Recipes

Red

  • 2 fuji apples
  • 3 carrots
  • 1.5 beetroot
  • 4 celery stalks
  • thumb size piece ginger
  • juice of half a lemon

Emerald

  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 pears
  • 5 celery stalks
  • handful of parsley
  • 1 carrot
  • juice of a lemon

Green

  • 3 romaine lettuce leafs
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • handful of spinach
  • handful of kale
  • handful of parsley
  • juice of a lemon

Gold

  • 1/3 of a pineapple
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • small handful of mint
  • juice of a lime

Yellow

  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or raw honey

White

  • 4oz raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar or raw honey
  • 1 tsp cinammon

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How did I get on?

Day one-I wake up really excited to start the juice cleanse and take a real joy in opening my fridge and seeing all the colourful and fresh produce in there. Just looking at it makes me feel instantly healthier!

By lunch time I can’t stop thinking about food and begin wondering what on earth I am doing. As I’ve planned a whole blog post around doing the cleanse and bought all the ingredients I persevere, for the sake of my readers. I am a juicing martyr. Perhaps I am going a little over the top, it has only been just over 12 hours since I last had solid food and I decide I’m being slightly dramatic.

At dinner time I prepare my family’s meal and make a big point of making them feel bad for eating while I’m just having juice. Feel a bit sorry for myself and then remember that I am the one who wanted to do this in the first place and no one is forcing me. Make mental note to be more positive tomorrow! I go to bed with the worst headache as haven’t had a coffee all day and put it down to that.

Day two-Less cheery this morning and not relishing the thought of juice for breakfast. I continue regardless and to my surprise thoroughly enjoy my first juice and feel really refreshed once it’s finished. Maybe this isn’t too bad after all?

At lunch time I have a renewed sense of vigour and looking forward to continuing on. Have a really busy day and don’t feel hungry at all. Drink another couple of juices and make dinner as usual. This time I can handle food without being tempted to sneak a bite. Not interested in eating today and don’t want to undo the good work I’ve done. Feel a bit tired so go for an early night which is unheard of for me as I usually stay up working until 1am. Have the best sleep ever!

Day three-Wake up feeling seriously amazing. I don’t feel hungry at all and looking forward to the day. Really enjoying having a flat stomach and haven’t got any bloating at all. Feel really great. Also notice my skin looks really good and eyes not as baggy as usual. Result! Have some time of reflection today and realise that there is a definite difference between feeling hungry and wanting food. Must remember this for when I’m not juicing and feel like eating a whole packet of biscuits. Family all very impressed with me that I ‘lasted’ this long and don’t believe that I didn’t cheat. I honestly didn’t.

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In Summary: I really enjoyed doing the juice cleanse and experienced the best results on the 3rd day, really glad I didn’t give up and feel I could have gone on for 5 days. During the 3 days just looking at all the fresh produce and juicing it myself has helped me to process the cleanse in a visual way. I feel super healthy and renewed.

I would most certainly do the juice cleanse again, possibly for 5 days next time. I felt brilliant after and it has given me a real boost to continue with healthy eating. I am also still using my blender at least once a day to ensure I get all those lovely nutrients into my diet.

I would love to hear from you if you’ve done a DIY cleanse. How did it go for you, did you enjoy it as much as I did?

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Comments

  • Natalie Ray

    Written on 9th March 2015

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    Sounds great, definitely better than forking out for a cleanse to be delivered, and fresher too! I haven’t attempted anything like this but I do intend to start using my juicer again a bit more now that I’ve got a little bit more time on my hands, it always makes me feel better. Love your recipes! Unfortunately I was foolish enough not to buy a nutribullet so I can’t do nuts and things :( still love my juicer though.x
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    • Amy

      Written on 9th March 2015

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      The nutribullet is good for nuts and things but you could try using a pestle and mortar to crush them to a powder then stir them in? Let me know how you get on if you try it! x

  • Ness (@JibberJabberUK)

    Written on 13th March 2015

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    My goodness you’ve done well to get through three days! I like the idea of doing a detox but I know my husband would think it was seriously strange if I didn’t eat with the rest of the family. I’ll have to see if I can do just a breakfast and lunch detox while he isn’t here!
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    • Amy

      Written on 13th March 2015

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      I know what you mean, I felt a bit bad that I wasn’t eating with the family as it’s the time when we all sit down together and have a chat over food. This could definitely work as a breakfast and lunch thing though and would probably be even more sustainable doing it that way x

  • Harps

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    So glad I read this – it’s inspired to kick my backside back in to gear! I’ve gained so much weight during the festive period and also feel so bloated and unhealthy. I don’t know if I can do it for 3 days straight (especially as we end up going to friends and relatives houses every other day!) but I may try incorporate it for at least half days!! Or am I just making excuses?!… Hmm! #thelist x

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 1st January 2016

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      I think half days could work really well. I do that quite often as then you have real food to look forward to. This would defo help lose a few pounds and give a kick start. I’ve piled on weight over Christmas so you’re not alone! x
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  • Lisa (mummascribbles)

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    This sounds great and well done for making it through three days. I’d have to do this over a weekend because I just can’t commute and work being hungry! I tried the 5:2 diet and was almost passing out on the journey home! Three days sounds so do-able though. I might have to get my blender out! #TheList
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  • Emma Jones

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    My mum loves juice diets but it’s never appealed to me plus I don’t want to shell out on a juicer. V interesting post though. I’ll share with my mum.

  • Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    Haha sorry had to have a chuckle at your day one diary But seriously having a diet cleanse is a great way to boost your system and your recipes sound fab. Must look into the Nutribullet as my food processor juices but takes too much washing up! #The List xxx
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  • Beth @ Twinderelmo

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    Sounds like a perfect Christmas! It’s been so nice to have a break and no emails to trawl through. Massive brownie points to Mr T for that present. Sounds just awesome xx

  • Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

    Written on 4th January 2016

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    I saw this Nutribullet ad on TV before Christmas and my friend was trying it out as well. It looks very interesting. Your recipes sound great, though there are some ingredients that are new to me such as fuji apples, romaine lettuce leafs, and cayenne pepper. Very interesting indeed. I will need to look into that. I love trying out new things. Thank you for sharing and hosting too. :)
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  • mummy and monkeys

    Written on 5th January 2016

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    Wow well done! We have a NutriNinja and I go through phases of using it regularly and then not again. I try and do it for breakfast. #TheList x

  • Jordan

    Written on 19th January 2016

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    What order did you drink the juices? Like which colors for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner? How do they taste? I’m starting tomorrow but am a little nervous they won’t taste very good lol!

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 19th January 2016

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      Hey Jordan, I didn’t have a specific order and just drank which ones I fancied and then the left over the following day. They taste really, really good! Wish you all the best with it I think you will love it. Let me know how you get on x

  • Mary Jones

    Written on 27th February 2016

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    Hiya Amy, liked your post my daughter Emma shared it and I’ve just got around to reading it properly. Did you actually juice or blend, seeing a picture of a nutribullet confused me. Love the fresh ingredients and yes once over the hurdle of the first few days. A clarity does begin and a sense of well being. I actually remember one night I couldn’t sleep at all my head was just too alert! I’ll be starting a 7 day juice soon myself, I need a kick up the rear to get back on the healthy track. Good luck to you.

  • Anna

    Written on 22nd March 2016

    Reply

    Hey,
    Well done for this cleanse! Sounds great. The question I’m dying to ask is, did you lose any weight?!

    • Mary

      Written on 22nd March 2016

      Reply

      Yes I lost weight BUT it will only stay off if bad habits don’t creep back, and my life has been a roller coaster of weight on, weight off!! It has to be a lifestyle change forever which is something I’m yet to conquer and at 62 I hope it doesn’t take much longer ha ha

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 22nd March 2016

      Reply

      I did lose weight, I think it is inevitable with a liquid diet it’s definitely an amazing kickstart to a healthy routine and I still have a smoothie or juice every day and feel so much better – skin looks better etc. You should try it!

      • Mary

        Written on 22nd March 2016

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        Shame I couldn’t put a pic on, I did just finish my day with a smoothie and scrummy it was too :) it was 2 oranges, half a beet, quarter of a pineapple, ginger and quarter of an avocado and yesterday I juiced all day. One day I’ll get the mindset to carry on the healthy regime but I always find an excuse or some event/occasion to fall at. Glad you can keep up the good work :)

        • Amy Treasure

          Written on 22nd March 2016

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          I am exactly the same, I will never be a skinny mini because I love food too much and eat out quite a bit. I feel being healthy like this during the week helps to even it out though. Your smoothie sounds lovely, I really like avocado in a smoothie and beetroot is so good for you. Might dabble with wheatgrass at some point but apparently it is disgusting – I heard it’s like drinking liquid sunshine but tastes gross haha! You should tweet me a pic!! :)

          • Mary

            Written on 23rd March 2016

            Ha ha I think the wheatgrass is for hardcore juicers and health fanatics! I did try some pea protein to put in my juices, it was yuk!! Its still sat in the cupboard from last year, I might give it another go in a smoothie and see if its any better :) Found you on Twitter and you now have pic :)

  • Ebba

    Written on 19th July 2016

    Reply

    Im inspired and all prepped to start this tomorrow! Thanks for the recipes. Did you use the standard nutrabullet flask or the smaller ones?

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