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A surprising beginning to a juice cleanse

Posted Sep 03 2013 8:51pm

Juice cleansing. What a great, big, shiney idea. It’s a huge change for a few days and I’m hoping it’ll give me a swift kick-start to making a few really overdue health changes.

Starting was a little scary though. I was worried that I’d have a massive sugar crash and end up a quivering mess or be so crazy hungry that I’d end up diving into a packet of Twisties before the end of the first day. Luckily no such drama so far.

I actually woke up this morning (day 2) at 6am without an alarm and feeling full which was quite strange. I had some pretty epic headaches yesterday and felt very tired but I expected that so it wasn’t a biggie.


What I didn’t expect was that I’d feel satisfied all day. I had planned on having 5 juices over the course of the day and ended up having 4 instead. It’s almost unbelievable to think that would be the case but I guess all those lovely micro-nutrients are doing their job and providing me with everything I need for now.

There’s a lot of info on juicing out there, some of it quite contradictory. So rather than follow someone else’s strict plan I decided to just feel my way through it, adjust as necessary and create my own juices and schedule based on what I like and how I’m feeling.

Searching through a few of my fave sites I came across some good resources to get me going.

  • My New Roots has a great post on juicing The Great Juice Feast . Love the idea of feasting rather than fasting
  • Even though I’m making my own I find the Pressed Juices website to be a great planning resource
  • The Juicing Book as recommended by Sarah Britton is full of tips and tricks
  • Reboot with Joe the site run by Joe Cross of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead fame (more on this tomorrow)
  • Jason Vale’s free juice and smoothie e-book has some great beginner recipes and provided some good inspiration

I went out to my local fruit & veg market to stock up on the essentials. I did go a little overboard and bought a few things I didn’t really need ($5.60 on a quarter watermelon!! Silly me buying out of season) but it was a lot of fun.

My first recipe on day one was…

  • Kale
  • Cucumber
  • Apple
  • Lemon
  • Celery
  • Ginger

Love this one. It’s based on my Green Smoothie recipe and makes for a cracking juice.

So far so good!


Image via Healthy Green Kitchen

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