Detox Diary: My 3-Day Juice Cleanse
Hi guys, its Allison from Team LC. The first time I heard about juicing was about four years ago. I had read about this age-old diet approach in several health books, including Fit for Life, Skinny Bitch, and Crazy Sexy Diet, to name a few—and it sounded almost too good to be true. Drinking freshly squeezed fruit and veggie juices will detoxify your body, give your skin a glow and boost your immune system? “No way,” I thought to myself. But when I started hearing about juice bars popping up all over the Southern California coast, I was tempted by the accessibility and popularity of this rumored miracle cleanse.

I decided to take my first dive into the world of juicing by attempting a 3-day pressed juice cleanse from my favorite neighborhood juice bar. There were ups and downs, moments of euphoria and moments of major irritability. Throughout the cleansing process, I documented what I was feeling and going through just so I could share my experience with all of you lovely LC readers. Without further ado, here is my 3-day detox diary…

Pre Cleanse:

  • I wanted to make sure my body didn’t go into extreme shock when I started to feed it only 6 bottled juices a day, so I did my homework before starting the cleanse. I read that it is best to eat a mostly vegan diet for three days before the cleanse, as well as the three days afterwards. So…
  • I stocked up on fruits and veggies, vegetable soup, lentils and brown rice, and even picked up some green juices to get my palette accustomed to the taste. I weaned myself off of my morning coffee and opted for green tea instead.
  • I also made sure to get 8 hours of sleep the night before I started my cleanse so I wouldn’t feel tired or groggy. That way, my coffee cravings wouldn’t creep up on me on the very first day.

Day 1:

  • I started my day by waking up at 7am and walking to the juice bar down the street to pick up my 6 juices and 2 flavored waters. Afraid of feeling exhausted during the day, I didn’t want to workout while cleansing. Since I usually head to the gym in the early morning before work, I decided that taking a brisk walk was a nice cardio substitute.
  • My first juice was a delicious blend of green veggies, apples, and lemon. This gave me tons of energy and I didn’t even miss my cup of coffee.
  • By about 3pm, my energy levels were starting to crash a bit and I felt like I needed something with protein. Luckily, my fourth juice was a mix of figs, vanilla bean, and almonds. The protein from this almond milk was filling and it gave me the boost that I needed to get through the rest of the day.
  • By about 5pm, I felt pretty darn good. My eyesight was clearer and I felt really proud of myself for not succumbing to the vegan cupcakes one of my fellow LC bloggers brought into the office (they were red velvet!).
  • I kept busy at night to stave off any sweet or salty cravings. After doing laundry, a little late-night blogging, and reading for a bit, it was already time for bed. I made sure to finish my last juice 2 hours before I settled in for bed so that I would sleep through the night with no disturbances. I gave myself a mental pat on the back and drifted off into a very deep sleep…

Day 2:

  • On day 2, I woke up before my alarm even went off feeling so refreshed and rejuvenated. I walked to pick up my day 2 juices, and instead of craving coffee or breakfast, I was excited to start my day with the green juice.
  • I figured out how to space out my juices perfectly. I learned from day 1 that I should drink one juice every 2 hours in order to have my last one finished 2 hours before I went to sleep. I enjoyed the taste of the fruits and veggies even more on the second day. I also noticed that my taste buds were more in-tune to the flavors that popped out in the different juices.
  • By about 2pm, I started to crave solid food. I was working on a project on Pinterest and in the future, I would NOT recommend going on any food blogs (or Pinterest) when you are cleansing. It was torture! I saw photos of blackberry crisps, margherita pizzas, and butternut squash ravioli. The magic feelings I had been experiencing from the cleanse suddenly disappeared and I realized I was starving. But was it enough to make me break my fast…? I grabbed my root veggie juice and by the time I finished it, my cravings had passed and I did my best to focus on anything but food.
  • When 5pm rolled around, I felt hungry again. I was noticing food all around me—restaurant advertisements, food photos on billboards on my drive home, I even felt a pang of jealousy when I saw people walking into my neighborhood Whole Foods. But I had come too far…I was almost done! I made sure to get to bed early in hopes that sleep would cure my solid food cravings.

Day 3:

  • I woke up on day 3 feeling rested and unaware of the hunger pangs I experienced the night before. My skin was glowing, my eyes were sparkling, and I felt light and lean. I was excited about having my green juice for breakfast and I couldn’t believe I was already on my last day of the cleanse…24 hours to go!
  • The day went by quickly and I felt so good that I almost extended my cleanse for another 2 days. My energy was good and my body had learned how to regulate energy levels while juicing.
  • That evening, I had no late-night cravings and I felt satisfied by my evening juices. In fact, I decided that I would walk to the juice bar for a green juice the next morning since I had come to love my routine so much.

Post Cleanse:

  • I felt so good after I completed my cleanse, and I even continued to drink juices in the morning for a few days afterwards. I stuck to a vegan diet for the 3 days after finishing the cleanse and eventually went back to my regular, healthy diet. But I definitely felt cleaner and gained a sense of accomplishment.

Pros & Cons:
Now that you’ve read my detox diary, here are some of the good and bad things I learned from my cleanse.

  • Cons:
    • Cleanses are a bit pricey. If you are trying to pinch your pennies one month, it might not be the time to splurge on a cleanse, which can range anywhere from $45 per day to $75 per day. Instead, look into buying your produce from local farmer’s markets and juicing yourself! Check out this kale smoothie recipe to get you started…
    • Bottled juice cleanses like the one I tried have a ton of sugar in them, according to Everyday Health,. Even though fresh fruit juice is natural, it will still send your energy levels on an insulin rollercoaster. This is why I crashed in the late afternoon! Having a protein drink like my almond milk will help regulate your blood sugar, but it is still not healthy to have this much sugar.
    • Working out is difficult. I couldn’t get my cardio fix because I didn’t have enough energy to do my regular workouts. If you remember my post about how to fuel your workout, you might remember that I love running, hot yoga and weight training. I also can’t stand missing a workout, so I felt a little rusty getting back into the swing of things after the cleanse.
    • Cleansing is not a solution for long-term weight loss. If you are looking to shed a few pounds permanently, then a juice cleanse is not the answer. Drinking juice all day might help you to loose some water weight, according to The Huffington Post, but you might gain those pounds back post-cleanse when your body starts retaining calories from solid food again. Instead, give one of Lauren’s fitness + meal plans a try. These are my favorite: Get Fit Plan and 7 Days to Skinny Jeans Plan.
  • Pros:
    • I have never felt so hydrated! When I wasn’t drinking one of my juices, I was drinking a ton of water. I made a goal to finish a 1.5 liter bottle of water each day in order to feel full and flush out any extra toxins. This probably has a lot to do with the glow I saw in my skin on the third day.
    • Cleansing gives your body a rest from digestion, according to Livestrong. Our bodies are used to breaking down and digesting food all day, every day, for years and years. So once in a while, it’s nice to give your body a break by only consuming nutrient-rich fluids. Especially if you are a junk food junkie, a cleanse will help reset your system and flush out tons of toxins. (Just make sure to eat mostly vegan in the days leading up to your cleanse or else you might be in for a pretty harsh change.)
    • Because most bottled, pressed juice cleanses use fruit juice along with vegetable juice, I found that I wanted nothing to do with sweets when I finished day 3 of my cleanse. My sugar cravings were gone!
    • One of the biggest benefits I found from completing my cleanse was that it motivated me to stay on a healthy path for weeks afterward. Mentally, I was so rejuvenated by the 3 days I spent cleansing that the last thing I wanted to do was throw it all away. I continued to replace my morning coffee with green juices and green tea (sometimes even an apple), and I noticed major negative side effects whenever I ate something unhealthy, like pizza or cookies (oops!).

Overall, my juice cleanse was a positive experience for me and I plan on trying one again sometime soon. I think that cleansing for 3 days is plenty of time—I would not suggest doing a longer cleanse because, according to Women’s Health, your body goes into starvation mode after about 4 days. The next time I cleanse, I plan on going to a gentle yoga class or spending a few minutes in a steam room to sweat out additional toxins. But enough about me! Let’s hear what you have to say…

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? If you have, what was your experience? If not, is it something you would be willing to try?

Leave your stories, reviews, and experiences below. I’d love to see what you guys have to say about “getting juiced!”

Team LC

P.S. If you’re ready to start juicing, I suggest trying one of the 3-day cleanses from Kreation Juice. All of the juices are delicious and energizing! It’s my personal favorite. Kaeng Raeng also makes a great detox cleanse. Read more about it by clicking here.

Sources:,,, Livestrong, Huffington Post

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  • Sunny

    Yeah, I usually use Methodrain Detox for that. I think it´s really good. Is it possible that it also heals toenail fungus? I mentioned it in a little video that I made

  • Kat

    As someone mentioned before, our bodies are made to digest fruits and veggies. This is how we are evolved to eat and we can tolerate other foods but everything our bodies need can be found in nature. Only since the agricultural revolution at around 10,000BC did we even begin to ingest cooked foods. Our bodies have not yet evolved to digest much more than plants and yet most people in our western society consume copious amounts of cooked and processed foods everyday. We are also exposed to chemicals, toxins, and radiation that further burdens our organs and wreak havoc on our elimination systems. A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates also feeds rogue bacteria and yeast in our intestines, the most common of which is systemic candida infections which can cause fatigue, headaches, sugar and starch cravings, depression, constipation, and an array of other symptoms. Candida is a precursor to all disease, studies have shown that nearly all cases of adult cancers are accompanied by a systemic overgrowth of candida and unhealthy bacteria in the gut. After decades of abuse, the effects start to take a toll. This lifestyle is unnatural and therefore requires extreme measures to help correct and bring us back to balance. A juice cleanse can help awaken toxins that have been accumulating in our digestive system (and our other bodily tissues) for our entire lives. The alkalinity of the juice awakens acid waste that has dried and hardened into the spongy layers of the intestine walls. I would not recommend going on a juice cleanse without the addition of proper colon irrigation in the form of gravity colonics and enemas because as soon as we stop eating, our bodies go into “detox mode” and the juice awakens dormant toxins, which begin to recirculate and can cause very uncomfortable symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, headaches, etc. A colon hydrotherapy session will alleviate these symptoms and leave you feeling amazing. A three day cleanse should consist of only vegetable juices as the sugar in fruit juices feeds candida. A longer cleanse can start to include some fruit juices in moderation and should be monitored by a professional. I recommend a lifestyle change before a juice cleanse. Replace breakfast with green juice, a low-sugar green smoothie (3/4 veggies, 1/4 berries, stevia to sweeten) for lunch and a green salad with lemon juice and avocado and all the raw veggies you wish for dinner with raw veggies for snacks is an excellent cleanse that won’t shock your body as much until you get used to the high raw content and your body becomes cleaner. Of course colon hydrotherapy sessions will rapidly increase your results. But for a beginner, even eating more raw veggies and eliminating all processed and refined foods would make a huge difference. The key is to not take on more than you are ready for so that it can become a lifestyle change. Realize that the diet we have been brought up to consume is not natural and will contribute to disease at some point in your life if left unchecked. I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice just my own experience with juicing and raw vegetables and I must say that through experience, I felt like I was not even alive before compared to how radiant and vibrant and energetic and happy I feel every day of my life. I will never return to my old lifestyle because I never want to lose this feeling. For more information check out Natalia Rose’s book “Detox for Women” or any of her books or an array of books by other authors on detoxing, cleansing, and raw foods. Its a lifestyle change but its so worth it!!

  • Ann Marie

    a great idea!..I am so impressed… I am not very skilled at this sort of thing,
    but you make it look so easy! Juice Diet

  • Maximus

    This is great that it worked for you. I personally have used Lyfe Tea to lose my extra weight. I lost around 14lbs in a month. I would recommend it to you as well. Their website is

  • Brandi Lopez

    Loved reading your experience on your 3 day juice cleanse. I’m inspired to write out my own as I am now on my second juice cleanse of the year! I am not a hardcore vegan, nor a doctor. I eat a healthy balanced diet 90% of the time but occasionally give in to the occasional ice cream cone, slice of pizza, or even the very special occasion in n out cheeseburger. But, I will say that from my own experience – a 3 day juice cleanse significantly changed my life helping my body recover & I will probably do it every 6 months for the rest of my life!

    Here’s my positive experience with my first juice cleanse: I was struggling for over a year with digestive issues & hemorrhoids that didn’t make any sense to me or my doctors – because I ate a very healthy diet consisting of plenty of fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, water, tea, and the daily green juice for over 3 years now. & I was not stressed/straining/overweight/doing any of the things that would cause these difficulties. I was physically fit, exercising & practicing yoga regularly! On top of that, I was struggling with strange pains in my reproductive system in which my doctors diagnosed me with endometriosis because they couldn’t figure out what was going on after multiple tests, scans and diet changes like cutting out gluten & dairy.

    So, after a ton of research & trying everything else including Accupuncture, I decided to go on a juice cleanse to clear out my toxins to hopefully get more of a fresh start.

    To sum it all up: shortly after my 3 day juice cleanse, EVERYTHING got better. My digestive issues magically disappeared along with my “endometriosis”. it could all be a coincidence, but I truly think I needed to give my digestive tract a break to heal & that I must have had some bad toxins hanging out inside of me. It really wasn’t too hard to get through if you even out your juice drinking throughout the day. I found that I had impulses to chew something rather than actually being truly hungry. Also, it is of course important to juice more veggies than fruit.

    I DIY’d my juice cleanse which was significantly cheaper than buying pre-made bottles from your local juicer. (My local juicer charged $200 for a 3 day cleanse – Doing it myself the organic ingredients only cost me $40 for 3 days!!) here’s the link to the website where i got the details & grocery list! :

    I hope this helps out someone who is possibly struggling with something similar, or just debating on whether or not to do it! 🙂 you should!!!