Feb 20, 2013

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Do a 3-Day DIY Juice Cleanse. Really.

Just here for 3-day DIY juice cleanse recipes? Not interested in my babble? Scroll down about halfway down the page.

It’s almost the end of February, which means you either A. are powering through your new year’s resolutions, B. have given up on them already, or C. have forgotten about them completely. If you haven’t had much success, but want to keep trying, I’ve got some suggestions for you to kick those resolutions back into high gear.

If your resolution was to manage your time better (this was mine), then you could create a massive sticky note on your computer desktop that says MANAGE YOUR TIME. I never was good at subtlety. It serves as a friendly reminder to get my shit together when I’m looking at that girl I sat next to in PoliSci’s cousin’s wedding photos on Facebook. All 247 of them.

Juicing ingredients

Juice me!

If your resolution was to save money, you could stop buying stupid shit. You could track your finances. Or you could just post photos in your room of the cool places you want to travel to. That usually helps keep me in line.

If your resolution was to eat healthier, you could start slowly replacing unhealthy foods with healthy ones. Start ordering omelettes instead of bagels. But that’s very difficult. (Who can resist a bagel!?) Your palate is used to all these delicious carb- and sugar-filled foods.

How can you cut those cravings, and fast? A juice cleanse.

Why DIY Juice Cleanses Rock

Yes, it sounds like some crazy hippie/Gwyneth Paltrow thing, and it kind of is. But I decided to give a three-day DIY juice cleanse a try a few months ago, and I was stunned at how much I liked it.

As I thought more about it, I realized that juice cleanses are perfect for travelers. Why? As a traveler, your routine (if you have one at all) is constantly getting disrupted, so it’s way harder for you to maintain a healthy-eating pattern.

Even if you’re eating healthily at your home base, you jet off to Europe for a few weeks and come back completely unhinged. (Read: pain au chocolat.)

Green juice

Juice, jajuice, juice, JUICE. You know what tune that’s to, right?

Also, most travelers are broke a lot of the time. So they can’t afford the fancy cleanses that come in pretty bottles.

What’s a traveler to do? A homemade juice cleanse.

Far cheaper than the stuff you can order, and a perfect solution to getting you back on the healthy eating wagon.

What You Need to Know About a 3-Day DIY Juice Cleanse

Nothing but juice, for three days. No Cheez-Its, no coffee, no celery. (I know; a diet that doesn’t include celery — does that even HAVE calories?! — is harsh indeed.)

But really, by juicing, you’re giving your organs a break from cleansing out all the nasty stuff you’re eating all the time. You’re also re-training your palate to like healthy crap.

The premise is that you drink six juices a day, with as much water and green tea as you want. I know that sounds like living hell, but it isn’t.

What’s difficult is the preparation.

Let me tell you: juicing is a hell of a lot of work. It’s perfect if you work from home or can do it on a 3-day weekend. Otherwise, it’s going to be hard to find the time to cut up all the ingredients for the juice (and then clean up the damn juicer!).

Old juicer

My parents’ juicer, which is DEF older than I am.

Ah yes, the juicer. That’s the only shitty part. You have to have one in order to do this. And they’re not cheap. (Though this BALLER juicer is a great deal — and a #1 seller on Amazon!)

If you’re not sure that you’re going to be into the whole “juicing” thing, then ask around — the odds are that one of your health-nut friends has one. Or, if you live near a health food store (or Whole Foods), they’ll usually make juice for you if you give them the recipes.

You can also go for one of the delivery cleanse kits, but they’re ultra expensive. Better to save your money for plane tickets.

If you don’t own a juicer, you can conceivably blend the ingredients together and then strain out the pulp. Remember: no solids!

My Experience With the DIY Juice Cleanse

Awesome. I was shocked at how great I felt.

The only time I found it difficult was when my parents were cooking dinner, and I could smell the food they were making. Other than that, I rarely felt hungry.

I did work out while I was “juicing” (sorry, it’s really fun to say that), and I did fine. I pared down my runs by a few miles and didn’t push myself, but I didn’t feel unusually tired. Like I said, I actually had quite a lot of energy.

Green vegetables

You might actually be craving this stuff when you’re finished!

I enjoyed the clean and healthy feeling my body had — and my skin even cleared up.

Best of all, it set me on a good path for the next few weeks. (Which I promptly ruined by moving to Nicaragua and eating rice and beans and 40 cent ice cream like errrday.) When you haven’t chewed for a few days, the idea of eating a box of DoubleStuf Oreos just isn’t as appealing.

I was actually DRAWN to lettuce. Who thinks about lettuce? I liked it so much that I’m confident I’ll do another DIY juice fast in the future.

The ingredients cost around $50, which is expensive, but not horrifyingly so if you consider that’s your entire food and drink budget for three days straight.

Be warned: this is not a quick way to lose weight. I definitely lost some water weight and felt slimmer around the middle, but I wouldn’t do it for that sole purpose. It IS, however, a fantastic way to kickstart a healthy eating routine and feel good about yourself and your body.

Intrigued? Let’s do this!

Who loves juice? This girl!


The 3-Day DIY Juice Cleanse Recipes

Start early in the morning on the first day, and drink one juice every few hours. You’re supposed to drink the juices in this order: green juice, P.A.M., green juice, spicy lemonade, C.A.R., and almond milk.

Here was my approximate schedule: 8 am – green juice, 10 am – P.A.M., 12 pm – green juice, 3 pm – spicy lemonade, 5 pm – C.A.R., and 7 pm – almond milk.

Below are the recipes I used for my 3-day DIY juice cleanse. (These recipes are based on posts from Home Fitness Manual and Organic Beauty Talk. If you want to learn more about juicing, I’d recommend the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.”)

Stick these ingredients in the juicer, and drink away!

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Green Juice

The first juice of the day is green juice. Though it sounds like it’d be gross, it’s not. Yes, it tastes healthy, but you can almost feel your body recharging with every sip. And the apples and lemon actually make it pretty delish.

  • 6 stalks of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 large green apples
  • 3-4 massive leaves of kale
  • 3-4 massive leaves of romaine
  • Healthy handful of spinach
  • Less massive handful of parsley
  • 1 lemon
P.A.M juice

Yes, yes, yes.


The next juice up is Pineapple, Apple and Mint, or P.A.M. It should just be called Y.U.M. I could bathe in this stuff.

  • 1/3 of a pineapple
  • 2 large green apples
  • A few pinches of mint (don’t add too much, or it’ll overpower the other flavors)

Spicy Lemonade

You’re supposed to drink “spicy lemonade” at this point. GAG. I thought this was disgusting and decided to just drink water or green tea instead. I found that I was running out of time to drink all the silly juices anyways.

  • 16 oz of water
  • 3-4 juiced medium Lemons
  • A few dashes of cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon of agave/honey


In some mysterious language, C.A.R. is the acronym for apple, beet, carrot, ginger, and lemon.

  • 2 large green apples
  • 2 beets (green stalks and all)
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1.5 tablespoons of ginger
  • 1 lemon
Homemade almond milk

Homemade almond milk. I am officially a hippie.

Unflavored Almond Milk

Other people recommend that you press almonds or cashews and make your own milk. Let me tell you, it is a HUGE pain in the ass. I’m ashamed to say I had enough free time to do it; Sarah, Plain and Tall would’ve been proud. In the future, I’m just going to drink about 10-12 ounces of unsweetened almond milk. Good enough.


  • Drink as much water as you want.
  • No coffee. Really! Just green tea.
  • No alcohol. Obvs.
  • You can work out; just don’t push it.
  • Try to pare down on unhealthy food for about a week beforehand. It might be too big of a shock to the system if you’re eating a lot of meat and carbs right up until you start.
  • Too intense? Check out Lauryn’s cleanse, which allows one lean protein/veggie meal in the evenings. If that sounds interesting, write to her for the directions. She’s a doll.

If you’re serious about kickstarting your health through juicing, check out the products below. 

I’ve tried and enjoyed all of them, and I think they’re a great place to start your juicing journey. (Though I will receive a small commission if you purchase through the links above, I wouldn’t recommend these items unless I thought they rocked.)

What are you waiting for? Cheers to your health!

What do you think about a DIY juice cleanse? Is it something you’ve tried or would like to try? 

  1. Great article! I will have to try this someday. Love your writing style too 🙂
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    • Thanks so much, Keane! Glad you enjoyed it, and be sure to let me know if you ever have any question about juicing.

  2. I want to do a juice cleanse so so badly but I have neither a kitchen nor a juicer so I simply don’t foresee it happening until I get back to the States. It’s truly a challenge to eat right and exercise while living in Bangkok…
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    • Hmmm, I agree — eating right and exercising are always a challenge while living abroad. Good luck, and let me know how the juice cleanse goes!

  3. I don’t know how you made juicing sound like so much fun, but you did. I’ve thought about trying it before. Now I’m almost convinced. 🙂
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  4. Great article! I’m going to give it a go. Questions as I make my shopping list – are the ingredients listed for the green juice enough for one serving or for both servings for the day? Sorry, I’m a novice juicer and can’t visualize the amount that list will yield.
    Also, the lemon in the green juice…whole, peeled or just the juice?
    Thanks so much!

    • Great, Sarah! The green juice ingredients are just for one serving, so you’ll need double that for each day. After peeling the lemon, you can just cut it in half and pop it into the juice. Email me if you have any further questions. Enjoy!

      • Thank you!

        • So great, and so easy! I bought a cheap little black and decker juicer and it worked perfectly. I didn’t like the spicy lemonade either, until I left out the honey and added a slice of papaya or mango to the mix – yum!! 🙂

          • YAY! So glad that it went well for you, Sarah. And adding papaya or mango to the lemonade is an AWESOME idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Can’t wait to do this. I’ll do the shopping sometime this week & let u know how it goes!
    This is the first post I read- Loved it! You are a hilarious nutball & with a Hott name like Susan- Whats not to Love!!! Muah!!!

    • Hey Susie! Cool name! Haha. Glad that you’re excited about juicing. I think you’re gonna love it. Let me know how it goes! xoxo

  6. Wow I am so excited to try this out!! I’m going shopping and am going to try it out next week, Wed-Fri. I’ve been doing TONS of research and this one looks like by far the best option! Thanks so much for your post!!

    • Wooooo — way to go, Mary! Let me know if you have any questions, and please stop back and let us know how it goes!

  7. How much almond milk do you drink at the end of the day?

  8. Hey, Stumbled onto this while looking for juicing recipes and advice. Loved the blog post and thanks for the recipes. Can’t wait to try it and read the rest of your posts. =)

    • And would you recommend making all 3 days worth of juice at once and storing them for when you are ready to use them?
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      • Hey Cody! I actually wouldn’t recommend doing that, unless you have a really good storage system in place. Maybe a day’s worth at most… but I think that the juice tastes best FRESH from the juicer! xo

  9. I have a vitamix will it work instead of purchasing a juicer?

  10. Susan,

    Thanks for the reference to my blog post. I really enjoyed reading your experience with the recipes, and even had a few chuckles (i.e. “I was actually DRAWN to lettuce. Who thinks about lettuce?”).

    It’s also cool to hear you weren’t afraid to stick to your workout, nor were you doing the juice fast to lose weight. It always amazes me the kinds of awesome that happens when someone sets out improving their total health.

    Good luck with your travels…and the 40 cent ice cream.


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    • Thank you, Mitch! I appreciate your stopping by. And, of course, sharing all of your juicing knowledge with the rest of us. Here’s to health and wellness!

  11. How much almond milk do you drink in terms of ounces?

  12. Harmony Schooler says:

    Ok so I’m starting this adventure today.. ….your blog is a true inspiration to me.. …..totally real and down go earth……thank you

  13. Is each recipe for the day? So for the green juice is that recipe divided in two parts for each juice meal?

    • Hey Maddie! The green juice recipe is just for one serving of green juice. So, you’d make that recipe twice a day. It sounds like a lot, I know, but it’s soooo good! Let me know if you have any more questions, and good luck!

  14. Lucianna says:

    I am about to get all these ingredients at the grocery store, and am curious as to how much ginger your using. I know you said 1.5 tablespoons but if i’m using ginger root what kinda chunk of it am I going to throw in?

    • Hi Lucianna! I’d guess like a half-inch? It depends on how thick of a ginger root you’re using. The pre-cut roots are what I get, and one of those will last you for the whole cleanse. xo

  15. Melissa says:

    I am going to try this…I trust your face. Although, I hate celery. I usually just buy a juice cleanse but now I’m just broke.

    • Yeahhhhh, Melissa! Glad you trust my silly old face. You can’t taste the celery at all, so don’t worry! Send me an email and let me know how it goes!

  16. Hi. Can I blend the produce rather than using a juicer?

    • Hey Bec! I think you could blend it, but you’d just have to strain out all of the solids. Liquid only, my friend. Have fun!

  17. Leigh Anne says:

    This sounds great. I’d love to do a cleanse but a problem I’m running into with each DIY cleanse I find is pinapple. I’m allergic. IsDo you know if there is another fruit I can substitute that is just as effective?

    • Hi Leigh Anne. I’m not sure about effectiveness, but I bet an orange/apple blend would be good!

  18. You have inspired me to do the cleanse this weekend! I have one quick question about apples before I go shopping: Is there a reason to use all green apples? Or can I vary it up and use some other varieties? Thanks for all the great info!

    • That’s great, Phoebe! I’m not sure. Green apples tend to be better for cooking — but give other apples a try and let us know how it goes!

  19. Great article and tips! I think I am going to try this. I thought about buying a juice cleanse but this sounds like more fun (yes, I love to mess around in the kitchen).
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  20. Thank you for sharing these recipes! I am hoping to snag my parent’s juicer and get my juicin’ on this weekend. Question…. are the recipes for a single serving? Can you batch enough juice before starting your cleanse, or did you get your juice on every day?

    • Yeahhh, get your juicin’ on! The recipes are each for a single serving. So you’ll have to make that green juice twice a day. I’d recommend making your juice fresh each day — it tastes a lot better that way. I think you could maybe make them in the morning for the whole day. Just be sure to keep the juices in airtight containers. Have fun. Let us know how it goes!

  21. Great article! Im thinking of doing this this weekend with my mom! I was wondering I hear you miss chewing when you are doing this, could I possibly chew an all natural type of gum from like wholefoods or something? Also do you suggust anything to keep your self busy to not think about food or what you are doing? I saw “fat, sick and nearly dead” about a year ago and thought it was fantastic!!!! I really believe this can help cure alot of americans health problems. Also why did you choose a 3 day for convince or health reasons? I was thinking about a five day what do you think? sorry to bombard you with all these questions. hahaha 🙂

    • Hey Tanya! No worries about the questions — thanks for stopping by! I didn’t really miss chewing at all, but I bet an all-natural sugar-free gum would be okay. I was working the whole time, so I didn’t think too much about food. I just did my regular stuff: working, working out, watching TV, and hanging with friends. I think it’d be a lot easier if you had a partner-in-crime like your mom. I just did a 3-day because I like the number 3 and didn’t think I was up for a 5-day yet! Maybe shoot for 3 days, and if you’re feeling good — go for the 5. Email me if you have any other questions! xo

  22. Can you do it longer than 3 days?

    • Hi Jill! You can definitely do it for more than 3 days. I’d recommend starting with a 3-day cleanse and seeing how you feel. Then, next time maybe try a 5- or 7-day cleanse. Talk to your doctor before doing anything longer than that, though!

  23. Soooo…I had been looking at the Blueprint Juice cleanse and decided to search a DIY version, found you…and never looked back. Just finished the cleanse yesterday and absolutely loved it. Did everything thing with a vitamix and actually used a thick burlap sprouting bag as my filter. It worked like a charm. I could not believe how good I felt on it. It really did feel like my insides were on vacation…kinda nice for a few days. For exercise, I did yoga on day one, yoga and strength on day 2, and went a little too far on day 3 and did and hour and a half on my bike followed by a 20 minute run first thing in the morning. The last workout was a little rough, and I almost threw in the towel, but decided to have my first green juice and see how I felt. Felt much better afterwards and stuck it out for the rest of the day. I really do love the way I feel right now. I have been sticking to clean eating today and have decided to stay off the caffeine and alcohol for a while. Thank you so much for posting this!!! And as a quick back ground I have been vegetarian for 5 years and strictly plant based since January…really really loved this cleanse…it just helped me refocus my eating habits and pay closer attention to my body for a few days. Thank you!!

    • YAY! You’re so welcome, Emily! Thanks for posting such a wonderful report of your experience. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the cleanse, and that you felt so good during it. Congrats for sticking it through — I hope the good, clean feeling sticks with you for a while!

  24. Thanks for the article! What are your thoughts on making all the juices for the day in the am and bottling them up for the day? Obviously fresh is the best way to go but in being realistic to work schedules, etc. do you think it would serve the same nutritional value? Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Lauryn! I think that if you made all the juices and put them in airtight containers that it would work out alright. Just make them only for that day — not for the entire cleanse. I understand that it’s really hard to keep up with if you don’t work from home!

  25. Nancy peterson says:

    Almost done with day one and it seems all I’ve done all day is juice and wash dishes. Really no time for anything else. It will be a long three days!

    • Hang in there, Nancy! I know it feels like that, but the clean feeling your body will have will make it all worth it. Let us know how it goes!

  26. Hi Susan! Thanks for the great article! I’m really excited to try the cleanse! But I’m only 14, so I’d have up rely on my parents to get me the ingredients. I too am not looking to lose weight, but I’m vegetarian wanting to go vegan and instead of throwing a change that drastic onto my body seemed a little insensible, so I want to do a cleanse before I go vegan and yours was the most appealing 🙂 but I don’t think my parents want me to do it because they’ll probably just think it’s unhealthy. I haven’t talked to them about it yet. Do you have any suggestions for how to convince them? Thanks again! xoxo

    • Hey Julia! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. This would be a great thing to do when making the switch from vegetarian to vegan. I’d tell your parents that it’s only a 3-day cleanse, and that more fruits and vegetables are never a bad thing! BUT, I would definitely listen to what your parents say and respect their wishes either way — parents are smart! Let me know if you have more questions, and best of luck. xoxo

      • Okay! Thanks so much! 🙂 I’m thinking of trying it maybe next week! I talked I my parents and they said as long as it doesn’t last more than 3 days and I make sure to eat lots when I’m finished that I can try it! 🙂 I’m hoping I have enough will power haha, thanks again! 🙂

  27. I’m finding that each of the juices makes a LOT of juice (around 1 L) and I’m way too full to keep drinking more. Is 1L about what you made or do I have crazy large and juicy produce?

    • Hey Kelly! Sorry it took me so long to respond. I measured it out, and it seems like 1 L is about what I’m drinking with each juice. If you’re too full, that’s great! Just cut back on the recipes a bit, or save the juice in an airtight container for a few hours later. Hope it’s going well for you!

  28. Adam flood says:

    Hi just reading your article there and found it very easy to read and explained it very well. I am going to do this plan starting this week and I am just curious as to whether I could push it beyond the 3 days or is this a strictly 3 day plan ? also you say you didn’t drink the spicy lemonade if so would it be possible to just drink a green tea at that particular time. Thanks a lot

    • Hey Adam, so sorry that I didn’t reply to your comment before. I know people who have gone for a week and felt totally fine. Just listen to your body and do what feels right for you. You could always cleanse for 3 days, then start eating one raw meal (salad and fruit) in the evenings in addition to the juice. And sure, green tea in place of spicy lemonade sounds like a great idea! But please note that you can drink green tea at any time during the day — there’s no limit on it.

  29. I’m definitely trying this! You put it so simply and explain it so much better than other cleansing websites. I’d feel much more comfortable making my juices rather than ordering something like The BluePrint Cleanse drinks or Suja Cleanse drinks. I do have a question though… when you buy all the veggies/fruits to make the juice do they have to be organic?

    • Aw, thanks, Justina! Glad it was helpful. They don’t have to be organic; it’s up to you. I do think organic is always better, but I didn’t use all organic — too expensive! Just depends on your preferences and budget. Good luck, and let me know how it goes!

  30. Hey great article 🙂 I have a big event coming up in two weeks and the dress I have is very clingy, I was wondering would you recommend the juice clense before to look slimmer in the dress? I’ve heard people have lost 7lbs in the three days but just done see how that possible/healthy?!

    • Hi Aoife! I wouldn’t recommend the cleanse to lose weight. The only weight you’re losing is water weight, and it’s not sustainable. If you want to do it to kick-start a healthy eating regimen for the next two weeks, that’d be a better idea. Maybe a 3-day juice cleanse and then a raw diet for 2 weeks. That would definitely help you lose weight in a healthy way. Have fun!

  31. Starting this cleanse tomorrow! I don’t have a juice though, going to try the blend and strain method. Wish me luck!

  32. Hi Susan…I love the idea of doing the cleanser but….do I add water to it? I only have a blender and it’s going to be difficult to break down the veggies and all other goodies.

    • Hi Kenia! It’s going to be difficult to do a cleanse with just a blender, but it’s possible. I haven’t done it, so I’d look up some information on that specifically, and then use these recipes! Good luck!

  33. Great post! Just in time for the holidays! I’m allergic to carrots and was wondering if you had a suggestion to replace carrots? Thanks!

    • Hey Heidi! Instead of carrots, maybe use apples and celery? I haven’t tried it, but it seems like it would work! Happy holidays and happy juicing!

  34. Hi!

    Just sitting down to drink my first green juice! Yum! I put the whole lemon in before I saw your comment about peeling…oops! Juicer is mad but hopefully ok!

    Thanks! Looking forward to this journey!

  35. I am allergic to Almonds, do you know a good substitute for the last shake?

  36. A little bit excited right now! Just juiced up my days worth as transporting the juicer to work seems a little crazy! When I made the the PAM and the CAR I only got about 500ml! Pretty sure the pineapples and beers are a bit smaller here in Aus (but I have never perfected the art of cutting up pineapple)! Will make sure I get bigger ones for day 2! Thanks so much for sharing this! A 3 day cleanse here can cost up to $300! I kinda love the lemonade and took your advice on the pre made almond milk!

    Sorry, I meant beets not beers… Shouldn’t be throwing around words like that!

    Thanks so much again!

    • Hi Caitlin, Sounds like a blast! I’m glad you liked the lemonade — that makes one of us! How did it go? Did you feel good? xo

  37. omg omg omg this is by far the most fun n interesting recipes about juice cleanse. can’t wait to go shopping i will be starting this Saturday-monday. thanks a million for this xxxx

  38. I think C.A.R. might be short for Citrus, Apples, Roots (beet, carrot, ginger)

  39. Carlos Navas says:

    I don’t have a juicer, but I do have a Vitamix blender. Will that stil work? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Carlos, I don’t have any experiences with Vitamixes, so I’m not sure. I know that others have blended the produce, then strained it, to create juice. That might work!

  40. Kersten says:

    Hey! Thanks for sharing, I’m really excited to try this but I do have one concern. This cleanse has you eating 8 green apples a day. That seems like a lot as far as sugar goes and also because of the edfects apples have on digestion, lol. No problems with that though?

    • Hi Kersten! Hmm, I didn’t have any problems with digestion. As for the sugar aspect, your body might need the sugar, since it’s getting no solids. But it’s definitely a good topic to do some research on!

  41. Hi Susan,

    We’re on the same page: juice fasting after a travel binge is the perfect reset. The parents cooking dinner part made me LOL – exactly the same happened to me.

    Your green juice looks interesting, I’ll give that one a go.

    Are you planning on upping your next fast to 5 or 7 days?
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    • Hi Bren! Glad you enjoyed the post. I’ve thought about upping the fast to 5 or 7 days, but I haven’t done it yet. Will let you know if I do!

  42. Valerie says:

    Just got back from the grocery store… Givin this a go! I’ve maintained a healthy diet for a few months now. My brand new juicer gathering dust upon a pantry shelf. Super excited to try this cleanse! My doctor absolutely loves the recipes and said go for it. 3 days of juice cleanse + fighting the urge to smoke. Apparently one of the many benefits of the cleanse will help me kick this nasty habit easily! Thanks for the awesome blog and wish me luck! 🙂

  43. caleb yeskel says:

    how long can i make the juice before hand?


    • Hi Caleb, I like to make the juice right before I drink it — but if that won’t work, then you can make it the night before. Just make sure you use mason jars or other airtight containers to retain freshness.

  44. Hi Susan,

    I was reading ur artical and was wondering if the recipe for the green, P.A.M exc. recipe is for only One Juice or for three.?????

    Thank You,

  45. Hi Susan!
    Thanks for the great recipes! I’m trying this 3-day cleanse next week.
    Do you know how many calories this juicing plan is per day?

    • Hi Bailey, I honestly have no clue. Probably very very few. But the point is not to worry about calories — it’s a kickstart for your health.

  46. wasabee says:

    Hi Susan,

    I have the green powders. Would it be possible to use this with some say apple juice to make the green juice?

    As for the other juices, would it be possible to just buy the bottled juices in the supermarkets? For example, Golden Circle have a bottled apple, carrot and ginger juice that I could use for PAR?

    Lastly, how about vegetable soup? Could I make some vegetable soup to drink throughout the day also as part of the cleanse?


    • Hi Wasabee, I wouldn’t recommend apple juice. The apples are in there to make it a little sweeter, but they don’t have a ton of nutrients. As for bottled juice in the supermarket, I’d avoid those. They’re pasteurized and definitely won’t have enough nutrients to last you through the cleanse. The point of the cleanse is to digest then nutrients of raw vegetables, so I don’t think veggie soup would be a good idea either.

  47. Are all of your recipes just for the one serving? Just a little confused! Just need to know if they would need to be trippled for the 3 days.

    • Yup, they’re one serving! But you want to try to make the juices right before you drink them. Most nutrients and best taste that way!

  48. Shelly Cerman says:


  49. shainetta jackson says:

    Hi I was wondering if I don’t have a juicer but a blender (bullet) could that be used instead? I don’t have the money to purchase a juicer but would real like to try this cleans.


    • Hi Shainetta! You could consider a smoothie cleanse. Not quite the same, but will still probably generate some good results!

  50. Can you drink sweetened almond milk because I already had still had a full carton in the fridge.. Would it be THAT bad? And after 7p.m what if you get hungry again..?

    • Hmm, I would just avoid sweetened almond milk altogether! Pour that stuff out; we all already eat too much sugar. The unsweetened vanilla is just as good. I guess you could make more juice if you’re hungry after 7 pm, but I don’t see that happening.

  51. A group of friends and co-workers do this cleanse, but we are detox the day before to allow our bodies to better absorb the nutrients the nutrients. The detox is an all organic detox and just preps the body for the juices!!,!

  52. This was incredibly useful! I really like the photos that you included too. I’ve been looking into juicing but it seems insanely expensive albeit super beneficial. I’ve pinned this so I can refer to it later. Thanks again!
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  53. I did it! My first time juicing. I bought a Jack LaLane juicer at goodwill for $9.99, then happened upon your blog. By my last day, I found it was easier to prepare the juices for the day, all at one time. Spicy Lemonade first, then PAM, then Green and finally CAR. Lightest to darkest to prevent the tastes and colors from mixing. I’m ready to take on the new year. It was an extreme change in my eating habits. I’m hoping to find a good Green Juice recipe, which might be Dr. Oz’s, and drink it once a day for breakfast, then eat clean lite meals during the day. Thank you for your efforts to help people live better and more fulfilled lives. Hope 2015 is full of health and many fun surprises. Peace.

    • Thanks, Gary! What a beautiful and inspiring message. Good luck with your path to juicing and wellness — and have a wonderful 2015!

  54. C.A.R I believe stands for Carrots, Apples, Root Vegetables

  55. Hi – love your post! I’m thinking of juicing for a couple of reasons. Want to give my body a break from rubbish foods and would like to kick start my weight loss. How much weight do you tend to loose on these plans? I really want to feel less bloated too! I have a question around the storge. I need to buy some glass bottles to put the juices in but not sure on how many oz these recipes make. Could you help me out? Many thanks!

    • 1 quart jars.

    • Hi Claire,

      As Gary said, one-quart jars will work. But as I noted in the post: the cleanse is not for losing weight. Any weight you lose will be water weight. The cleanse’s purpose is to remove toxins and kickstart a healthy eating regimen — which will help you lose weight in the end.

      Good luck!

  56. Francis says:

    I literally had to get off the machine at the gym because I was laughing so hard. sign me the eff up

    • Ha! Glad you enjoyed it, Francis!

      • Francis says:

        Ready for tomorrow! I cut and blended and squeezed all afternoon. My kitchen is all clean, family on board (they are going to have the juices for snacks), and juices chilling. You really are so funny. I can’t wait to read more 🙂

  57. Kristen says:

    Love this article! Funny and easy to follow! I’m on the third and final day of the cleanse, my question is- what happens next? Is there a specific way to eat when coming off the cleanse? I’m suposed to go to a family brunch tomorrow and wonder if an omlete is ok? Second question- would the Suja GreenJuice be an ok substitute? It’s practically the same ingredients not to mention less work and perhaps cheaper at my local Costco. Thanks again for your article!!

    • Hi Kristen! Sorry, I’ve been traveling and am just getting to comments now. Did you enjoy the cleanse? And for future reference, I would advise moving into raw, healthy foods to transition. Omelette probably wouldn’t be too rough, though!

  58. If I want to do a 6 day cleanse, do you know if it’s okay to use this but for 6 days instead of 3?

  59. Jason Kral says:

    So I do not have an actual juicer, but I do have a Ninja Pro blender. Would that do, or is a juicer the only way to go?

  60. My problem is, with no solid food whole day, I get a headache. any lean veg protein I can opt for in between? or may be a boiled egg?

  61. Hi! I’m allergic to celery (I know, super weird, right?) any suggestions about something to replace it with? Or would it be okay without it?

  62. Hi Susan! I love this cleanse! Before I made this cleanse at home, I would purchase already made juices online which would cost me about $120 for a 3 day cleanse. These recipes taste just like it and more than half the cost! Thank you for sharing. How long does it take you to juice from start to finish? I had to prep the fruits and veggies to fit into my Omega 8006 juicer and it took me about 4.5 hours! It was also my first time making my own juice, so maybe I’ll be able to cut down my time as I keep making these juices.

  63. Around how much money does this cost for all three days? I saw it said somewhere $50…is that $50 a day or for the whole thing? Thanks!

  64. I’m one day into this. I just sat down and counted the calories and was pretty surprised that it came out to 2489 calories which is about 400 or so more than I need to maintain my weight. For tomorrow I’m leaving out the lemonade (226.5 cal) I’ll drop a beet ( was using three) (35 cal) and an apple or two, which should get me closer to 2000 calories. Also, I’ve decided to eat some of this stuff as it’s high in healthy fiber – which is actually more likely to clean your intestinal tract than just juice. I’m going to eat the spinach ( I use baby) and the romaine with sliced apples and beets, carrots and celery with lemon juice as a sauce. I’ll make the P.A.M. into a pineapple apple mint fruit salad. We’ll see how it feels. Right now I feel a bit spaced out and full of liquid.

  65. This is the most fascinating way that I’ve seen a cleanse explained and I’m looking forward to the outcome! Thank you for the story and the recipes!

  66. Jennifer Popovich says:

    I really enjoyed reading your article. Thank you for the time you put into sharing your experience. My husband and I plan to do this cleanse together. My only concern is he is 6’5″ and requires a lot of sustenance (not due to overweight), sometimes he gets low on blood sugar. Do you know if the natural sugars in these blends will be enough?

    Thank you, Jen

  67. Emily Donovan says:

    I know I’m so late but just a question for you. Do you repeat making these juices for 3 days or one each day? And by the way, loved the article and I will have to try this at home very soon!

  68. Is the recipe listed for the green juice one serving or does it include both for the day? I’m trying to prepare my grocery list appropriately.

  69. Jeannette Gosnell says:

    I am so sick of being Trapped at home because my stomach is doing the hokey pokey all the time. I talked to a friend, and she recommended this. My real last name is Fartzalought.

  70. Ok, what an amazing 3-day plan! And was I the only one who liked the spicy lemonade just as the recipe? Thank you, Susan!


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