3 Day Juice Detox

by laury on January 16, 2013 · 19 comments

Hey Friends! Long time no talk. I’ve missed you all.

There are lots of exciting things to discuss. One of them being that I embarked on my very first ever juice detox. My sister in law approached me asking about doing one, and I’ve been kind of interested in trying one for a while now. I have several friends that do them a few times a year, and to be honest I always thought they were a little crazy. However, after doing some research and talking to more people I decided to not knock it until I tried it. Maybe it was time to give the ole digestive system a little rest. More on that in a minute….

3 Day Juice Fast

In other news I have been doing so much yoga lately. I taught my first class and did really well! I even was able to switch up the flow to add in a bunch of fun things like push ups, planks and mountain climbers. I never thought I would love teaching even more than when I practice myself. I’ve been a fitness trainer for so long (11 years!), and it’s such a rewarding job but this just took that to a whole new (amazing) level! I’m teaching another free community class on Sunday morning and I can’t wait! I kind of loved teaching at night though and turning the lights out right around pigeon pose. Great calming energy.

Okay on to the juice cleanse.

Juice Cleanse The Fitness Dish

Why do it?

This was meant to be a little rest and relaxation for my digestive system. This was NOT a weight loss thing at all for me. I know better than that. In fact, if I do/did lose anything I’m sure it will come right back on. Although I don’t even feel like I did (and I’m not weighing myself). Not worried about that aspect at all and it is actually the reason I was able to try it. If I was doing it for the wrong reasons for me then it wouldn’t have been the right thing for me.

The raw fruits and veggies that make up the juices take little effort to digest and the energy your body takes to digest those foods is directed elsewhere., Basically by removing the fiber in those veggies you are giving your body a change to spend less energy on digestion (did you know that 70% your energy everyday is spent on digestion alone!?) This is supposed to improve mental clarity, boost energy and your mood. There are certain yoga workshops that do these types of detoxes to improve your practice and for the other reasons I listed. In fact as part of my teacher training one of the books I am reading highly recommends a fast.

(edit to add- I meant to say that your liver is pretty good at detoxing on its own, but the theory is that in our current toxic environment, even our health food isn’t as healthy as it should be–sometimes our bodies may need a little extra “push”–that’s the theory, not sure if I’m 100% sold but was worth a try to see how it feels!)

So, no food at all??

Basically I fasted for 24 hours each day. I did 6 juices a day (5 juice and 1 cashew milk) and ate a light clean dinner. The no eating anything for 3 days thing is not for me. I also drank tons of water during the day (started by day with room temp lemon water), and herbal tea with honey at night.


How much did it cost?

I did a lot of research on places that offer juice detoxing and the cheapest I found was $108. for a 3 day detox, drinking six 16 ounce juices per day. This cost my sister and law and I about $45. per person including the jars (I bought 2 boxes of jars, one 32 ounce mason jar box and one 16 ounce mason jar box)! I was SHOCKED! I was prepared to spend $75. or more. EVERYTHING was organic too! That table wasn’t even all of it I took that photo before everything was prepped!


A very special thanks and apology to my mother in law who let us destroy her kitchen. If you knew my MIL and how she is with her kitchen, you would know what I big deal this was. She was so awesome though and really helped get us organized and kept track of the recipes for me. The pulp catcher wasn’t attached right in my first batch and we didn’t notice it until after it sprayed pulp into the corner of her counter all over her knives and kitchen scale. Whoops!


All in all it took about 3 hours to prep and juice everything. To say Ella was being impatient is an understatement. I don’t blamer her though! I can now see why people charge as much as they do for these things! This is manual labor! My juicer overheated right before our last batch so we put the base in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes and got it working again.

Let me backup now and tell you about the prep you need to do the day before. First off, eat clean the week of your cleanse…if you eat a bunch of crap you’re going to feel awful! So take that tip with yah!


The day before I started soaking my cashews for my cashew milk. Doing some healthy fats at night as my last drink seemed like an awesome plan. I noticed some places doing this like Catalyse so I went with it!

For 3 days for one person soak 1 1/2 cups of cashews overnight. The next day blend it with 4 pitted Medjool dates (also soaks if not soft); 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt in 4 cups of filtered water. No need for a nut milk bag or to strain it, it’s good to go!


So delicious.


A tip on keeping the juice fresh:

Mainly when you juice you are supposed to drink it immediately to get the most benefit out of it. Well when doing a cleanse it’s a pain in the ass and more convenient to do it ahead so here’s what I learned. I asked the owner of Oasis when I was in there how she keeps them fresh for her clients who are detoxing and she said to just make sure the jars are very clean and to not leave any air in the jar. Also either add lemon to each recipe or squeeze some in as a preservative. You can also freeze it if you want but for a 3 day it wasn’t necessary.


We were tasting shots (MIL, SIL and I) as we were making them, so my brilliant in laws came up with the names based on the taste.


I tried to be a hero and not use fruit because the whole fructose thing freaks me out (I also have like 2 bags of pulp in my fridge to bake up). I figured Rose (who never had a juice or a green drink ever) would not be able to handle too much of that so I bought a couple apples and some grapefruit for a couple of them. Well, the grapefruit one ended up being the nastiest thing I’ve ever had in my entire life. My poor SIL lasted one day on this detox and I think she’s traumatized now. If you saw our texts the first morning you would die. I couldn’t even drink the thing. We started with a green lemonade and the second drink was this (she named it and never heard of the GM movement before Winking smile )


It was for 96 ounces (our biggest batch too!) and we used 4 grapefruits, 3 limes, 4 leaves of rainbow chard, 5 celery stalks—sounds like it would be good? No! Stomach bile was more like it. Like when you dry heave that taste in your throat it was effing beyond nasty. I added apples to try and salvage it and no. The next morning Rose texted me that she felt like she was being tortured by drinking it. I was about to go in a yoga class and thought I would hurl all over the floor. I only drank like 4 ounces of it if that too! I grabbed a coconut water to try and get the taste out and it did wonders for me.

Happiness In A Bottle

^You’re gosh damn right happiness in a bottle!

The rest of the juices were fine. Rose didn’t think so, she was a trooper thought and finished it out. She did like my cashew milk so at least that was a win!

My favorite was the beet juice:


Which was appropriately named:


True Blood:

makes about 36 ounces and I added filtered water to it because beets are so detoxifying, this drink can be intense. I know from experience, when I was pregnant I craved this a ton!

  • 3 large beets
  • beet stems & greens
  • 15 carrots
  • 1 lemon, peeled (the rind made things nasty don’t care what anyone says)
  • 3 cups spinach
  • big bunch of parsley
  • 5 romaine leaves

My strategy was to get a wide variety of greens and to rotate them as much as possible in each juice. I used Rainbow Chard, Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Dino Kale (aka stinky kale, I forgot how bad it stunk and bought it because it juices better but a lot went to waste), Parsley, Romaine, Celery and Basil. I also used Ginger Root, Carrots (2 big bags), Celery, Cucumbers, Apples, Lemons, Limes

How do I feel?

I am writing this at the end of my second day. Like I said the beginning of the first day was rough. It got better though. I was pretty hungry by 2pm but then I was fine. Here’s how it went:

  • Upon waking: 5 ounces room temperature lemon water
  • 8am Green Lemonade/Fresh Cut Grass (didn’t have enough of either so I rotated them the first mornings)
  • 10am: tried to drink “green monster and I MEAN monster” but failed after 4 ounces. The second day I replaced it with coconut water (and the first day I drank one as well)
  • 12pm: Orange tastic minus the orange
  • 2pm:True Blood
  • 4pm: Tastes Like Banana (kale, celery, romaine, parsley ginger, spinach, apple, lemon)
  • 6pm: cashew milk
  • 8pm: 5 ounces of salmon and some roasted veggies
  • 9pm and after: chamomile tea with raw honey

Each juice was about 16 ounces and I drank plenty of water between, or I tried to. Drinking a lot of water was never an issue for me but lately I’ve noticed I am not drinking as much as I used to.

By the end of each day I had the chills. I was FREEZING. I am cold and clammy as I type right now. I chock it up to my body doing it’s thing with this detox. I have one more day and overall I feel good about it. It honestly wasn’t as hard as I thought—I think the whole eating dinner part makes it much easier. Also, I thought at night I’d be ravenous wanting to eat everything in sight and I’m not! I was teaching tonight, Mike and E went to his moms for dinner and she sent him home with a bag of home made cookies. Cruel, cruel woman, think she’s trying to sabotage me Winking smile Just kidding…I wasn’t even tempted by them! Which is crazy, because I never met a cookie that didn’t tempt me.


Other ways I detoxed:

Dry brushing was something I’ve been trying to dedicate more time to. During this detox I am focusing on detoxing through my skin as well by spending a good 5-10 minutes with my brush before showering.


Ella thinks it’s her giant hairbrush though


That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I hope I didn’t leave anything out. I do have all the recipes, but will save that for another time. E just woke up (don’t get me started) so it’s time to do damage control and get in bed myself!


Check out my friend Melissa, she is starting a 3 day cleanse tomorrow…wish her luck!

Also, my gal Lauryn runs a juice cleanse on her blog every so often…sure she has some great tips too!



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1 thehealthyapron January 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

When my mom was given her 2-6 month life sentence (she lasted 4), we tried a therapy called The Gerson Therapy. I forget if I told you about it.

My mom tried to go to their treatment center in Mexico but she was rejected. They said she was too far along (ug, sad memories). Anyway, since she wasn’t about to just give up, we decided to do it on our own. We bought a Norwalk juicer ($2400), mason jars, TONS of organic produce, and coffee enema supplies. We bought all the supplements they recommend and she went full force. It was tough. Probably the toughest diet to follow you could ever imagine. You want a cleanse? Do that diet for 3 days. You can eat but no fat (minus flax oil), sugar, dairy, grain, and/or salt. You can’t heat the oil either. It’s very restrictive and my dear mother did it for 4 months. By the end, she was so sick of juicing that it physically made her sick. Ever since, I haven’t been able to bring myself to use my juicer. We are trying to sell the Norwalk (if you are interested it is the BEST of the BEST, trust me) and I am not sure when I’ll be able to juice again, if ever. I look at those mason jar pictures and feel immense sadness.

I am still not sure I believe in fasting/cleansing as a detox anyway but I DO believe that doing something like a 3 day “cleanse” even if you are eating but more along the Gerson guidelines, that it will help you cut cravings and give you a fresh healthy start (especially after the holidays). As for detoxing? I dunno, I just feel like your body does that naturally. The water weight you would probably lose couldn’t hurt either, as bloating always makes you feel unhealthy. I think the best detox for me is cutting out sugar. It always makes me feel SO much better. I did it all last week and feel GREAT this week. I think sugar is just the ENEMY (why o why does it taste so good!?) haha

Thanks for sharing your perspective!


2 laury January 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

Oh Erin, I have a lump in my throat reading your comment. I am so sorry that this brought up such sadness for you. I can not even imagine.

I agree about your body being smart and knowing how to detox itself. However, unfortunately in the environment we live in and the crap that
is in our food–even healthy food can’t always avoid it, our bodies need a little extra push sometimes. I actually meant to bring that point up in the post but forgot to mention it. Like i said it wasn’t for weight loss or even water loss because when I eat normal again my body will regulate back to where it was. Losing that holiday bloat will feel good though if it stays that way 😉 Also yes it definitely helps cuts cravings. I know the holidays got me back in love with sugar again…that nasty delicious beast. It is the devil!

Again I am so sorry that this brought up such awful memories of you mom. Hugs to you <3


3 the delicate place (@misathemeb) January 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

i was so excited to read this! i put my info/recipes on my google drive–i should share it with you! i figured this is as good of a time as any for me to try this since i would never advocate intense exercise on a cleanse.

my thoughts as a scientist, the liver is pretty darn good at cleansing as it is and our digestive system pretty much gets everything out/absorbs within and 18hr span. that said, i’m very eager to see how my body reacts to this! i am doing a traditional six 16oz juices per day (my last one being hemp milk with some spices to help me sleep) with no solid food. i will back out at any time if i feel that my health is being compromised (low bp, blood glucose, migraines etc) because i’m not a glutton for punishment! i will drink my juices every 2-3 hrs and go to bed by 10pm every night.

wow i need to take you shopping–could have saved me 30 bucks 😉 it took nate and i about 1hr but we were moving so fast! i also saved some time in that one of the juices was mainly coconut water so no juicing, just open can and pour!

i am very intrigued by the whole dry brushing thing. please let me know how this goes! i’ve read about the benefits but actually don’t know anyone who has done it/had success.

nate is super skeptical of this juice cleanse–you should have seen his face during the prep lol. he’s supportive but def reserved about the benefits so far! i hope i am not grouchy! i purposely started the cleanse today so that i would be at work to do it during the days. there is NO way i would ever do something like this over the weekend! i am pairing my ‘cleansing’ with 20min of meditation with my ‘headspace’ app on my iPhone each night. that should help things tremendously…it always does 🙂 best app purchase i have made in a year!


4 laury January 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

Wow! No food at all for you, you’re tough! I actually intended on trying not to eat, but it just didn’t feel right to me. I figured fasting every 24 hours was good enough and better than nothing. I like your attitude though about backing out at anytime if things get icky! I did coconut water as one as well, wish I knew that from the start my bill would have been even lower! I ended up doing that because the one drink was so nasty.

I can see why Nate would be skeptical. I have actually always been skeptical of these things but many of my friends seem to have had success so I wanted to try it.

My problem was the sleeping…due to my lovely child haha. It was a challenge then I found myself amped up unable to sleep (she gets so worked up at night it’s not fun). Last night I couldn’t fall asleep until after 2am o that was NOT good and not my intention during this thing. I wanted to get plenty of sleep!

That app sounds amazing! I need more meditation in my life I really do. It helps so much with mental clarity and overall well-being! Good luck!

And yes, I would never ever do a cleanse over the weekend! Never!


5 Sarah "Rose" January 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

Hats off to you sissy for sticking with it!!! I’m impressed because after day 1, I couldn’t bare to have to drink another “juice”. I did feel good after doing it for just one day- wasn’t starving, was a little tired but otherwise felt pretty good. Thanks for trying this out with me : )


6 laury January 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

You did good! At least you stuck it out the day. It was a fun experience doing it with you 🙂


7 Lisa January 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Ah, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this post update!
It sounds like you have such a balanced approach to it, which I would totally expect based on what I know about you!
I’ve done a juice cleanse, as you know, for 6 days… the weird thing with it was that I didn’t know how long I’d do it so I didn’t have a really calculated plan. I know I’ve already mentioned this to you, but I really have found that I get such a great “reset” on how I feel and digest by juicing till dinner for a while. It helps me when I get off an eating bender when I’m having issues (like this year between thanksgiving and christmas)…
I also helped a couple clients do one—I made their juices each night and they picked them up from me. The guy made it three days, the girl gave up on the second night… A lot of times I think people get on the blood sugar roller coaster by drinking too much fruit juice–get a high and then a crash! Over and over… Now I just drink all greens/cuke/celery, etc. I’ve been doing the juice till dinner for a week and I crave it like crazy now! However, if I feel totally empty I eat a small snack early in the afternoon. I don’t get those icky detox feelings because I’m eating too (just veg/meat/raw cheese), but my skin keeps breaking out. It’s super annoying, but it must be detoxing (at least that’s what I’m telling myself!).
Good luck with day 3!


8 laury January 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Yes I definitely didn’;t want that blood sugar roller coaster from tons of fruit juice. It’s tricky though juicing without fruits..I definitely found some I liked but others–blech!

Breakouts are annoying! You look at it like your body is ridding itself of icky stuff, but still annoying nonetheless!


9 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy January 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I love that you did this all yourself rather than buying a detox/cleanse program – and $45? That’s awesome!

Since the new year I have been starting every morning with either an all veg green smoothie (with coconut water as the base) or a green juice. I have been so addicted to my morning cup (or 3) of coffee these past few years and my goal is to just break that caffeine addiction! So far, I have been holding off and then having a cup of coffee later in the day (I just love the taste so much) and I feel great. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I get all those veggies in before 9AM each day. 🙂 I’ve really been wanting to add a 1/2 beet to my juice but I had a weird reaction to pure beet juice a while ago and I’m freaked out by it! I remember you saying that my reaction was probably due to the fact that I (somewhat stupidly – my words ;)) drank beet juice on it’s own rather than diluting it with veggies. So we’ll see… 🙂


10 laury January 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Aghh I remember that! Yes beets are SO detoxifying, will cause crazy symptoms! I only used 3 large for the two of us and diluted the rest of the recipe with water since it didn’t make enough liquid.

Good luck with the coffee!


11 Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner January 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I can’t believe you just posted this! I have been juicing like crazy and contemplating a detox. I like the idea of juicing during the day and eating at night! I def could not give up food completely! The funny thing is that I think I have been eating lighter (and definitely cleaner) and less hungry when I am usually starving by lunch!


12 laury January 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I planned to try to do no food, but I didn’t want to be a martyr. Well, didn’t want ot starve…that was just too much!


13 Heidi January 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I love juice cleanses! I want to do one so bad right now, but the frozen to the bone side effect is keeping me from doing it.

I’m glad you are enjoying the yoga! I teach my first community class next month. Teacher training has been such an amazing experience so far!

Heidi 🙂


14 laury January 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Good luck with the teaching! I LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!!!!!!


15 Maria@healthydiaries January 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I’ve been looking forward to reading about your juice cleanse. Kuddos to you for listening to your body and doing it with such balance. I laughed when you described how the juice with the grapefruit tastes like barf, I know exactly what you’re talking about! I will never make that mistake again! Lol

I don’t know if I’d ever to a full juice cleanse, but I have been juicing cucumbers, celery, lemon and ginger apart every other day and I love it.

I’ve been dry brushing too and haven’t really seem any improvements but I don’t think I have been doing it long enough. Keep me posted if you have any progress and ill do the same 🙂


16 laury January 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

BLECH! Seriously why did that taste so bad!

I havenb;t seen much improvement yet. It supposedly takes a lot of time and persistence. I’ve had bad cellulite since I was a young teenager (genetic and growing up on processed foods)–still hasn’t reduced it but I keep trying!


17 Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Wow this is truly hardcore juicing! I love the names your family came up with, it’s too funny. 🙂 And I usually love any juice that contains beets, as it rends that naturally subtle sweet flavor. And I’m so happy for you that you did it for your HEALTH and not with any other motives because that’s a BIG milestone to reach for most women! 😀


18 Sheila May 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm

is there anyway to make these juices taste better. I have tried two different cleanses from the Dr Oz site and they are just disgusting. I have been searchig the web to try and find something else. I stumbled upon your page but I see you did not care for the taste either. If I can’t swallow it and keep it down there is not much point in doing this. Any suggestions


19 laury June 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I am really into cucumber, celery, lemon (no rind), and romaine..that tastes pretty good! Maybe add some parsely or ginger to it. I avoid juicing fruit because of the fructose…so to sweeten it I will add a couple carrots and that usually does the trick! Beets are really good juiced also, but be careful, they’re really detoxifying and can make you sick if you use too many. I stick with 1/2 a beet in my juice. Good luck!


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