January 13, 2014

Our 7 Day Juicing Fast...Well, Sorda

On a whim Jordan and I started talking about doing a juicing cleanse one night. I've never done a cleanse of any kind and knew very little about it. So I got online and was reading everything I could find about it. We decided on a 7 day cleanse. The idea is to give your body adequate time to really get rid of all of the toxins and have a good break from it's daily digestive work. 

So here's the things I learned, loved, and may never do again.

You really have to have a decent juicer

For your sanity and to get your moneys worth from your produce you really need a good juicer. Also, when they're a pain to clean, it can make your juicing experience a total nightmare. When you're gonna be juicing several times a day, you really want to be able to clean up quickly. We have a Breville Juice Fountain Duo, and although it's a little pricey, I'm really glad we invested in a nicer one. Clean up is a cinch and I love the variable speed that I control for soft or hard veggies and fruit.

Spend one day preparing, washing, and bagging all of your recipes for the fridge

We spent one full day purchasing all of the produce, coming home and washing, chopping, and bagging all of our recipes ahead of time. If I had to pull all of the veggies and fruit out every time I had to make a juice, I would have lost my mind. It took me all day (so much longer than I thought it would have taken. Mind you, I do have to constantly stop to nurse and tend children) to prepare everything, but it was well worth it when juicing time rolled around. Especially in the morning. Highly recommend this step. Also I would keep in mind what your fridge can accommodate. We only bought enough for 2 people to juice for 3 days and it was a TON of produce. We had to get creative on how to store it all in our tiny fridge.

Drink lots of water

This is a no brainer but it really is essential to really get the most of your juicing experience. It really helps flush you out and help you feel full. I will say, I've never peed so much in my life...mercy!

Our experience

We followed this website for our recipes and advice Just On Juice Pretty much every thing you need to know, this website will address. And if he doesn't cover it, just ask him. I emailed him a question and within an hour he had responded. Impressive. 

Day 1
 I felt great, had lots of energy and loved the juices. I wasn't very hungry which surprised me. I really thought the first day was going to be the hardest. Night time was a little tricky, I wanted to snack! I didn't realize how often I would snack while fixing the kids their food. An apple slice here, a chip there. Try cooking without being able to taste it. Tricky. I can't tell you how many times I had to say to myself, DON'T EAT IT!!  throughout the day. It was weird not being able to chew on anything.
I had 4 juices and  lost 6 lbs the first day!

Day 2
Not much of an appetite that morning. Developed a big headache later that day (totally normal). Still hard not to keep popping food in my mouth!
I had 4 juices and lost another 5 lbs!

Day 3
I woke up and could have sworn I had a hangover. Detoxing? I don't know. But not fun. It passed quickly and the rest of the day I still wasn't very hungry. Still far easier than I thought it would be. My mantra was still "DONT EAT IT!! It's a hard habit to break, that eatin!
I had 5 juices and lost 1 lb

Day 4
Truly the hardest day for both of us. Only drinking our meals was finally starting to take its toll on our will power. I was able to hold out till late afternoon and I basically forced Jordan to take me to dinner. 
I. was. starving.
I will say this though, you should drink between 4 to 6 juices a day. And if you feel like you can't not eat something, drink another one! I had only had 2 juices and had basically given up. I decided I wanted food more than I wanted to detox haha. I wanted something hot and substantial. 
(I'll blame it on nursing :)

So we didn't quite make it to day 7 but 3 1/2 days was a good challenge. It was fun! I still replace a meal here and there with juicing. And I appreciate the food I get to eat SO much more. And I will always have my green smoothies :) I see a juicing cleanse in the future sometime, but I think I'll stick to a 3 day cleanse. It was a great way to jump start a diet or workout routine. Losing that much weight that quick can motivate anyone!
Things I noticed while Juicing:
My skin looked amazing
My hair was shinier 
My breathe was so clean and fresh
You don't have the hershey squirts like most people think you might when drinking nothing but fruits and vegetables. In fact it was quite the opposite. I'll leave it at that.


Morning Glory
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 2 cups of grapes
  • 2 kale leaves (I add spinach as well)
  • 1" of ginger
Mean Green

  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 4-6 kale leaves (I add spinach as well)
  • 1/4 lemon peeled (I leave a little peel for nutrition and a kick of flavor)
  • 1" ginger
Sunset Passion
  • 1 beet
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 4 kale leaves (I add spinach as well)
  • 1/4 lemon peeled
  • 1/4 lime peeled
Jolt Juice
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/4 lemon peeled
  • 4 kale leaves (I add spinach as well)
Bruschetta Tang
  • 2 tomatoes (I used at least 5)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic (I used as much as 4)
  • a bunch of basil (I used handfuls, the more basil flavor the better)
  • 1/4 lemon peeled
Green Machine
  • 4 kale leaves 
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 carrot
  • 1" ginger


  1. Great post! I always wanted to short term juicing-- I hear your skin glows afterwards!! Definitely a great jumpstart/motivator towards eating healthier. Btw, I LOVE that I get to see the boys here- they are beautiful and growing up so fast! -Caroline (Jordan's cousin from NY!)

  2. Thank you so much Caroline! My boys are growing up way, way too fast. I've always wanted to do a juicing cleanse too and Im so glad I did. I saw some definite benefits including my skin. I say go for it!

  3. This is fantastic. Thanks for the juice recipes. You lost 6 pounds in a day. That is amazing. I hope I have the same success!!!

    1. Thank you! I was JUST as surprised. I'm sure you'll do great, juicing is incredible. I'm a huge fan. Good luck and I can't wait to hear about your experience! I'll keep tabs through J-Dizzle :)

  4. You're amazing. I'm such a wimp when it comes to juicing. I just need to do it!! Well, and I need to make sure Aaron would be willing to juice every meal by hand!! hahahaha Oh that man.. I have a few juice fast books sitting on my shelf too! Someday..

    1. You could totally do it, I have no doubt. It's surprisingly filling other wise I would have never made it. You really feel fantastic while doing it too. In other words, it doesn't feel much like a sacrifice. I actually think I'm ready for another little 3 day one. And I'd love to see which books and hear about your experience when you decide to do one.