I Tried a 3 Day DIY Detox Juice Cleanse and Here is What Happened

I fell into the dark and delicious hole that any sane individual should never let themselves into. I gazed in awe and jealousy of every delicious Instagram shot and every mouth-watering smell until I finally gave in and climbed down that hole. I developed a foodie addiction. I wasn’t aware for the first months because I told myself it was only temporary and I just needed to enjoy all of it until the fad passed, but it never did. I was in denial. I considered myself the superwoman of all the food lovers in the world. The addictions were bad. I quit my gym membership. I quit cooking except when I was making quadruple stuffed grilled cheese and bacon Paninis. I quit life. And there I was thinking I could strut my stuff and stuff my face without any consequences. I looked at myself in the mirror after I’d devour red velvet cake and all you can eat sushi and thought, “well fuck”. I woke up the next day to eat yet another unreasonably sized burger. This went on for a while until my pants would no longer fit.

I decided to grow a pair and get myself into a routine. I am not a food blogger. I’m not a fitness blogger. I am just a girl looking to get her shit together. I’ve never been on a detox but I figured the best way to start a healthy, yet unbelievably indulging diet was to start off with a 3 day diy juice detox to get my meal routine in order, clean out all the toxins, get my system filled with vitamins and nutrients and control my cravings. I Googled away.

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Did you know detox cleansing kits cost up to $200 or more?! Hell no. Momma needs a new pair of shoes! I Googled a few more recipes and finally got one down and made my own DIY 3-Day Juice cleanse.

Like Santa Clause or the Easter bunny I thought the way people talked about their new-found love for juice detox were just a way to let you believe in something surreal and blissful. I was so wrong.

Here’s What Happened:

  • I finally got some self-control
  • I was never starving, I only had cravings
  • I was motivated to keep eating healthy
  • I saw an insane reduction in bloating and cellulite
  • I got a meal routine in order
  • I can control my cravings
  • I realized I don’t always have to eat whatever someone is raging about on social media
  • It’s not a permanent lose weight fast solution
  • I felt incredible after
  • I cut down on coffee (I drink 5+ cups of black coffee a day)
  • It’s been a week after and I’m down almost 10 lbs.

I’m not going to lie it was difficult but I was never hungry. I felt cravings of course. Who doesn’t want chocolate cake and a cold beer every hour of the day? But if you’re up for it…

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Large Ginger Root
  • 2 Bunches of Kale
  • 2 Bunches of Celery
  • 6 Large Cucumbers
  • 6 Beets
  • 6 Lemons
  • 6 Naval Oranges
  • 12 Green Apples
  • 30 Carrots
  • Cashew Milk (store-bought is fine or DIY recipe here)

DIY 3 Day Juice Cleanse:

each recipe will make 32. oz juice that will be split in 2 portions of 16 oz. You can check out my schedule below.
Super Green Detox
Purple Power
Orange Addiction
Cashew Milk

This is the Juicer I use! It’s a little pricey but it’s the best one I’ve ever had or tried!

Here are a list of other juicers (within a reasonable budget!)

Super Green Detox:

Add all ingredients to juicer: 2 large cucumber, 1 lemon, 1-2 in. ginger, 8 kale leaves, 2 green apples. You can store it up to 24 hours.

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Purple Power Detox:

Add all ingredients to juicer: 2 beets (peeled), 2 green apple, 8 celery, 1 lemon (peeled). You can store it up to 24 hours.

DIY Detox Juice

Orange Addiction Detox:

Add all ingredients to juicer: 10 Carrots, 3 naval oranges, 1-2 in. ginger. You can store it up to 24 hours

DIY Detox Juice

Benefits:

Here is an article with all the benefits of Juice Cleanses

Tips:

  • Drink a lot of water
  • Think of them as your meal. Sit down, pace yourself, enjoy it
  • Drink every 2-3 hours
  • Do it with a partner It makes it so much easier
  • Prepare everything the night before
  • Do it only because you really want to, not because you want to lose weight fast!
  • Don’t spiral back to any bad eating habits
  • Avoid heavy exercising
  • Buy Organic

My schedule:

8 AM: Super Green Detox (16 oz.)
10 AM: Purple Power (16 oz.)
12 PM: Orange Addiction (16 oz.)
2 PM: Super Green Detox (16 oz.)
4 PM: Purple Power (16 oz.)
6 PM: Orange Addiction (16 oz.)
8 PM: Cashew Milk (12 oz.)

It’s been over a week after my detox and maintaining a healthy diet and meal routine and I have never felt better. Have any of you tried a juice detox? Share your stories in the comments section below!

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26 Comments

  1. March 30, 2016 / 10:50 am

    I just got done with a detox. It is so great for your health to do that. Keep up the great work on this lovely lady and live unstoppable!

  2. March 30, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    “I am not a food blogger. I’m not a fitness blogger. I am just a girl looking to get her shit together.” lol, LOVE that. I’ve juiced from time to time, but I’ve never done a cleanse/detox – it’s intimidating! Glad to hear it went well for you – maybe I’ll try a mini one for a day or two and see how it goes.

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  3. March 31, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I know many people say that juice detoxing isn’t good for you but I am SO against that and have had much success detoxing using a juice cleanse. I never promote it as a weight loss solution which is why when I saw your post I was happy to see you just said it made you feel healthy and it wasn’t necessarily to lose weight although you did experience that 😉 My only suggestion is to make sure you have a plan POST juice detox, start slowly with soups, raw salads and juices and work your way back into eating solid foods again in a week or so, skip meat and dairy and slowly add that back in too. Your stomach will thank you 🙂 Sending love C

    • March 31, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      I was a little weary before starting it! I thought it’d be impossible since I’d read such scary stories about them but it wasn’t bad at all! And yes I totally agree! I had a few fruits and veggies left so I made juice I could drink during the day and stick with salads rather than going back to meats or dairy. I’ve honestly never felt better or healthier! Your blog is awesome, love the advice! I’ll be dropping by every now and then 🙂

    • CeCe
      May 9, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Is there an after juice cleanse meal plan that you can suggest. I made it through the 3 days but had a hard time figuring out what to eat so I just ate. : ( Need help

      • May 9, 2016 / 10:47 pm

        Hey Courtney!

        Yes! So what I did was to slowly incorporate carbs and meat into my diet again. Since your body is going to be used to only drinking these juices try to avoid carbs or steak or heavy foods into your diet for about a week after your cleanse. So What I did (and what I suggest) is:
        Eat tons of greens and salads, eggs and egg whites and maybe you can even replace a meal with a juice or bowl of fruit.
        Also, try to eat small and at the same times as when you drank your juice. This is great to help you maintain a healthy eating schedule and keep your metabolism moving! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  4. Adriana
    June 21, 2016 / 11:43 pm

    Im starting this tomorrow. Do you makenall 3 juices in one night and alternate which you de8nk like in your schedule…? Inask because im not sure im understanding correctly. I may be over thinking it.
    The grocery list is fir the whole 3 days right?
    Thank you!!!

    • June 22, 2016 / 10:56 am

      Hey! That’s funny I just started this again today!
      The list is for all three days and just follow the recipe for each juice which will be enough for 1 day.
      What I do is The night before I make all three juices I’ll be having the following day and store them in 16 oz mason jars. I have 6 jars so I can just take them to work with me and drink them every 2-3 hours. Does this make sense? Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Adriana
        June 24, 2016 / 12:53 am

        Yes that makes sense. Thank you!

  5. Amanda
    June 22, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    I am a total newbie to juicing but I thought I could handle your plan so I am going to give it a try. I am going to do it next week but I have what may be a dumb question. I noticed on the recipes you listed some as peeled and some you just listed them like the oranges and cucumbers. Do you not peel those? Hopefully this is not an obvious sort of answer. Thank you for your post. I am excited to try it and kick-start my way to a healthier me.

    • June 23, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      No thats my fault I shouldve been more specific! Yes, peel the oranges, lemons, and beets. You don’t need to peel the cucumbers or anything else but if you prefer to you can 🙂 Hope this answers your question

      • Lynsey
        May 29, 2017 / 10:36 pm

        Omg! I just finished day 1, and being new to the juice world.. I thought the same thing. Peel or don’t peel the oranges. Well, I didn’t peel them and hated that juice! Tomorrow I’m looking forward to that juice with PEELED oranges Lol.

        • May 30, 2017 / 9:30 pm

          Oh, I know! The peel of the oranges makes it so so bitter! Hope you make it through all 3 days 🙂 I just got back from a 3 week vacation and I’m so ready to start this detox again!

  6. Melissa
    July 25, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Thanks for the recipes. Any idea if you can blend these ingredients to create a drink rather than juicing them? I have a blender that will totally pulverize ingredients but don’t have a juicer and not sure I want to buy one for a 3 day detox. Thanks!

    • July 28, 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Hey Melissa!
      I’m not sure but I think you’re going to need the juicer! I listed a few cheaper options on here! I’ve never tried blending them for a detox but you can always try it out and see how that works for you. You wouldn’t exactly be “juicing” and won’t get the same results but here is an article I found if you want to read a little more into it —> http://bit.ly/2aNoxU3 and here is the cheapest juicer I’ve found online (with decent reviews!) –> http://bit.ly/2aqYgh6

  7. Tiffany
    September 4, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I noticed you said “avoid heavy exercising,” I run everyday, is that considered “heavy?”

    • September 5, 2016 / 11:37 am

      Hey Tiffany

      I would think so. Maybe switch to a light jog or just a walk instead.

  8. RENE
    September 9, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Is it normal not to feel very good the first day? I get it’s a detox, but I have been juicing for a while so I thinking {hoping} this juice detox would just make me feel better and better each day. But this first day I am not feeling very good. thanks!

    • September 9, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Hi Rene,
      if you do not feel well than you should probably stop the detox unless it is from something you ate the day before. You could always start over another day and see if if it happens again. Everyone’s body reacts differently so it could be the combination of fruits/juice that are making you feel sick. I hope this helps!

  9. Michelle
    June 26, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    How often do you do this cleanse? I eat pretty clean for the most part but I want to try this cleanse as a boost and I’ve also never juices before.

    • June 28, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      If you eat pretty clean for the most part this cleanse shouldn’t be too difficult for you. I don’t juice too often but it definitely helps to do a cleanse when I feel like I need the boost!

  10. Jenny
    July 3, 2017 / 9:06 am

    My husband and I are starting juicing but he doesn’t like cucumbers, can I substitute with another veg.

    • July 4, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Hi Jenny!

      Cucumber is where you’ll get most of your juice from so you’ll need to find a similar veggie. You can use cabbage, romaine lettuce, or zucchini. Also note that you may need to adjust the portions!

      Hope this helps!

  11. Dawn Power
    July 17, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I LOVE THIS JUICE DETOX!!!! Starting tomorrow for the fifth time usually every six monthes or so . It gives me the boost I need every so often. My only down fall was my coffee intake as I drink a lot. But the energy I got from the juice was a much better kick to my day. I highly recommend doing it with a buddy, as the prep and preparing takes a bit of time and helps to keep you on track and motivated 🙂

  12. Tiffany
    July 31, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Why the cashew milk?

    • July 31, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Hi Tiffany,

      The cashew milk will probably have the most calories so it ensures you’re getting enough calories each day. It’s also a great source of protein and healthy fats. AND I’m a dessert girl so this definitely helped with my cravings for something sweet!

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