3 Day Juice Cleanse Recap

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My 3 day juice cleanse has come to an end and let me just tell you – I feel GREAT!

I seriously feel like a new woman – I have tons of energy and everything that I have put into my body the past 3 days has just made me that much more feel amazing. It wasn’t the easiest thing I have ever done, but it was a great experience overall. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is feeling a little blah & needing a little jumpstart in their diet.

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Juices Drank: 18 – drank ’em all! I was able to make almost all of the 18 juices fresh, with the exception of a few that I made & took with me throughout the day. The easiest to make & go is the Spicy Lemonade, since it’s only 3 ingredients.

Favorite Juice: Cashew Milk. OMG, I am obsessed with this drink. It totally calms my sweet tooth craving at the end of the night, and it tastes amazing. I would count down all the other juices during the day because I was so excited to have the cashew milk every single night. Seriously, stop whatever it is you are doing & go make this now.

Least Favorite Juice: Beet Juice. It was never as bad as I built it up in my head, but I just don’t love beets. I think they smell like dirt. So I had to psych myself up for the first sip – but it really just tastes like citrus after the lemon & lime is added to the juice. Just not my favorite juice.

Pounds Lost: 3 lbs. Not too shabby after 3 days – I realize a chunk of the weight lost is likely water weight, even though I’m sure its possible to gain weight, since I drank SO MUCH liquid every day. I seriously thought I was going to float away! But today I am not bloated & I feel skinny. It’s a wonderful feeling.

First Thing I Ate Today, Post Cleanse: Strawberries. Felt weird to be chewing them at first! I only had a few because I want to slowly bring actual food back into my diet – I don’t want to overwhelm my digestive system. I plan to eat only fruits, vegetables & lean protein today {with maybe a juice, on the side!}

Was I Ever Hungry? For me, the first day was the hardest. I was a bit sluggish, light-headed & hungry at times. I also believed I had my first juice too late in the morning, so it kind of threw off the rest of the day, because I had to have a few of the juices, almost back to back. It was a little much. But the second & third days were great – I was on a schedule, never hungry and it worked out perfectly.

Did I Workout? Yes, I made sure I got in {at least} 30 minutes of cardio each day during the cleanse

Any Food Cravings? I have to admit, I wanted whatever food I saw. It wasn’t because I was hungry, I believe it was just because I knew I couldn’t have it. Charles’ dinners looked so good every night. All the amazing sweet treats in my google reader were taunting me. But I just sipped my juice & went along with my day.

Sleep Patterns? Let me just tell you, I had the absolute BEST sleep the past 3 nights. It was seriously amazing. I would do another cleanse like this just to get the great sleep I did.

Any Leftovers? I actually ended up buying 2 extra bags of spinach and  the 2nd bag of carrots (yes, the 5 lb. one!) went untouched. So without those items purchased ($5.00 & $3.99, respectively) – It would have saved an extra $8.99 – bringing the budget down to $80.10 – meaning I actually spent $26.70/day $4.45/drink. Everything else purchased with the Cleanse Grocery List was perfect – used all the apples, celery, kale, cucumbers, beets, parsley, ginger, limes perfectly. I still have a few lemons left over, but they will clearly get used no problem. I also have extra cashews, agave, vanilla & cayenne. I see more cashew milk & spicy lemonade juice in my immediate future!

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I really believe this cleanse has changed my eating habits – It has definitely curved my sweet tooth & I just feel so fabulous right now. I am much more committed to fruits & vegetables than I was last week for sure. Sometimes, we all need a little reminder how much of an impact the fruits & veggies have on us.  Completing this 3 day juice cleanse was a great physical & mental challenge for me – I would most definitely do it again & potentially even extend it to 5 days! I had so much fun sharing the juice recipes & the cost of it all with everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading about it.

If you have any other questions for me – please don’t hesitate to ask! 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Liz @ Foodies&Booties February 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Sounds like you felt the same effects as other cleanses!! (I did the BluePrint). Thanks for sharing this AND the recipes! I will def implement a few into my daily routine 😉

  • Reply JL February 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I would love to do a cleanse like this but for someone who works from 8-5 the prep work seems intimidating as opposed to someone who works from home and can make them fresh ….suggestions?

    • Reply Leslie February 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      JL – You can totally make all the juices from home in the morning and take them with you. It’s easy to make them quickly all at the same time & take them with you for the day. Mason jars are best to use to keep them fresh, in my opinion. Let me know if you need more help!

  • Reply Patty O February 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Love your slide show on the right hand side – very entertaining! So glad you had such great success on the 3-day cleanse. Loved the recap – good luck staying on track after the cleanse!

  • Reply LaurenM February 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Sounds so great! I would love to DIY a cleanse… but since I don’t have a juicer, I prob won’t be doing one anytime soon. These are helpful posts to keep on hand for the future though!

  • Reply Katie | The Hill Country Cook March 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    OMG! I’ve been lost just roaming around your site. I was recommended to your cleanse post by Kat at CakesAzucar, and I so want to try this! I just got a Breville juicer today from Craigslist. And now I’ve discovered LikeTwice too!!! I feel so…. informed! I’m going to mention your cleanse and LikeTwice on my next blog post!

    • Reply Leslie March 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Hey Katie – Thanks so much for the nice note, glad you are finding some good stuff here! Let me know what you think of the juice cleanse – I’m adding another recipe this week! 🙂

  • Reply Cathie March 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you so much for these recipe’s! I am in the middle of the BluePrint Cleanse (3-day) and I was searching for a more economic way to do it next time. Thanks for doing all the ground work with the recipes! Much appreciated!!! I agree with making your own juice will be beneficial, having the veggies/fruits even fresher than BPC. I also feel like there is a “refrigerator” taste to some of their juices which grosses me out – but maybe that is just me. Thanks again!

  • Reply Valerie May 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Katie- thank you for posting about your 3-day cleanse and being so informative about it! I’ve decided I will finally attempt this 3 day cleanse next week and Im super excited to hopefully get some great sleep as well! I did have a question for you. I do not have a juicer unfortunetly I cannot afford to buy one at this time. I do have a Magic bullet which is like a mini smoothie/shake maker and a regular blender. Any tips on how to juice without a juicier?
    Thanks!

    • Reply Leslie May 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Valerie – I think your best bet without a juicer could be using the bullet and potentially straining out the pulp, to make it more juice-like. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Thanks for reading – Leslie

  • Reply Mimi May 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve been searching for a juice cleanse blog and this is absolutely perfect for my first cleanse! What size mason jars do you use for your juices?

    • Reply Leslie May 14, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Hi Mimi – I use size 32 oz size. It makes a lot of juice, so if I don’t finish it all in one sitting, it stays fresh for a snack later on! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Reply Shandra June 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Hi! Just wanted to drop a note that I am planning to complete this juice cleanse this week! (Wed-Fri) I’m so glad I came across the blog, it’s SO helpful to have a model to follow! Thanks for all of the great information!

    • Reply Leslie June 4, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Shandra – Thats awesome! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions! Good luck – you are going to love it!

  • Reply Lauri January 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hi –
    a co worker offered to let me borrow their old juicer, so I am really contemplating doing this next week – I have a couple of questions –
    – Do you have a pressing juicer or a centrifugal and do you think it matters?
    – I work out pretty hard every day during the week, I see you still did 30 min of cardio per day. Did you feel like you were lacking in energy? Did you do workouts that were different from a typical workout? I’m not sure I could do a 45 min boot camp type class on only juice!!

    • Reply Leslie January 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Hey Lauri,
      I have the Breville Compact & its a centrifugal – I love it. I also have a VitaMix but it doesn’t make juice so much as it makes a killer soup/smoothie.
      I was able to workout on just juice – I typically drank the juice 20 minutes before a workout and it gave me a little kick, but I listened to my body & modified when needed.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! Good luck!

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