Interested in detoxing your body through juicing?? That’s awesome and I’m so excited for you! I never felt better than during my juice detox, I just completed 26 days (juice only between Thanksgiving and Christmas) I’m coordinating a 7-day Juice Detox for a group of (local) friends and wanted to extend the invitation to my internet-friends too! We’re going to be a part of the World’s Biggest Juice Detox – but we are starting a day early because I think it’s best to start on a day when you’re able to be home (sunday) as opposed to starting on a work day (monday) Jan. 6 to 12.
During my last 26 day detox, I lost 20 pounds and felt amazing. And I concentrated on finding juice recipes that are (1) quick/easy and (2) budget friendly. I looked at lots of juice detox plans and found they were so complicated and there were too many complicated groceries to buy. Now, that being said a juice detox isn’t cheap but neither is cancer, right? I also want to warn you, you’ll probably feel pretty yucky for the first couple days of your detox, I don’t want it to shock you and I want you to be prepared to push through.. afterall the worse you feel the MORE you NEED to DETOX! If you are moody, miserable, headachy that’s your body’s way of telling you that what you’ve been doing was WRONG, that you were ADDICTED TO DANGEROUS FOODS and your body is now going through a detox (we’ve all heard what a heroine addict would go through when coming off drugs and some people will go through similar, although less extreme, detoxification symptoms) I promise, that after you push through the first few day, it will get better, it will get better and better every single day.. and I’m speaking from experience. Honestly, I felt my best after day 5 and kept feeling better and better that I didn’t want to stop juicing! I never slept better in my life and never had more sustained energy as I did when I was juicing. I felt so good that I’m really looking forward to starting a 45 day juice only detox from Jan 2 to Feb 14, 2013!!
A typical day of juicing is not complicated, just drink only fresh juices, water, and herbal tea… that’s it. If you’re hungry – drink more. You can’t drink too much. Although it’s best to have more veggies and less fruit in your juices.. I feel if you need a little more fruit to keep with your detox it’s ok!
I do want to give you a basic list of guidelines to keep you on track!
- Drink a big mug of warm water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon first thing in the morning to alkaline your body and help you liver detox
- Drink about a gallon of water a day. It helps to flush out the toxins your releasing, and toxins=fat for most of us!
- Drink about 64 oz of Fresh Juices a day. Some will need more, some will need less.. but start out with 64 oz which is a half gallon and adjust.
- If you crave something warm, have a cup of herbal tea (no caffeine) if you need to sweeten it use some stevia. If you are really desperate have a mug of warm veggie or chicken broth.
- If you want something carbonated have a glass of club soda or unflavored seltzer water, feel free to add fresh lemon, lime or orange juice to flavor.
- Optional: Make/drink 20-40 oz of Alkaline water a day. A good rule of thumb is 1/4t baking soda for 20oz water. I purchased PH testing strips and tested my water before and after adding the baking soda to see the difference, pretty shocking.
Of course you’re going to need a juicer. A juicer will extract all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the fiber of the fruit/veggie. It makes is super easy to absorb the life-force goodies and allows your body a break from time-consuming digestive process. Giving you body a break from digestion give it much needed time to perform routine maintenance like detoxification and fighting disease/illness. There are lots of juicers available ranging in price from $70 to $2,500! You can even find them lightly used at thrift stores, ebay, yard sales or even on craigslist! (we have 3 juicers and are are from thrift stores and were super cheap!) When it comes to juicing, there are basically two types of juice machines that are available for you to choose from. You can choose from centrifugal juice machines or masticating juicers. (for more details on Juicers, click HERE) Masticating juicers retain a little more nutrition in the juice but require more time/effort, while the centrifugal juicers will juice faster and require less cutting up fruits/veggies. Only masticating juicers will juice fresh wheatgrass of it you think it’s a possibility you’ll want to stick with a masticating. Generally speaking, there are 2 juicers most people use, an Omega Masticating or a Breville centrifugal juicer. We have an Omega 8006 and love it but have been recommending the Breville juice fountain to friends who are looking for a less expensive option.
After going grocery shopping today, I made up a shopping list with costs to share with you. Now, prices will vary depending on where you shop and where you live. I did my shopping at Kroger and Giant Eagle in Morgantown, Wv today.. and Yes I have to stress that with juicing it’s important to purchase organic product when ever possible. You don’t want to put pesticide toxins into your body with your juice, that defeats the purpose of detoxifying! Sometimes you just won’t be able to find everything organic, so you’ll have to make the best of what you can find. (I couldn’t find organic grapefruits or limes this week but I’m not worried since I peel the outer skin off anyway)
I use 3 basic juice recipes and have built my shopping list based on using these every day. You can feel free to try different combinations and modify recipes to fit your taste but everyone that’s taste tested these really liked them! Click on each below to see the individual recipes…
My daily plan will cost an average of $15/day per person. If you have a local Costco or Sam’s club you may be able to find better deals to cut some costs. Below is my shopping list for 1 person for an entire 7 days of juicing. Notice 2 items * which are optional.
|Fruit/Veggie||Price per Piece||Total for 1 Person||Total Cost Per Week|
|Organic Granny Smith Apples||$0.50||49||$24.45|
|5# bags of Organic Carrots||$0.22||2||$8.98|
|*Organic Beets (small)||$0.65||3.5||$2.27|
|Organic Zucchini (small)||$1.04||7||$7.26|
|Heads of Organic Romaine Lettuce||$1.00||7||$6.98|
|Leaves of Organic Kale||$0.19||14||$2.59|
|Packs Organic Celery Hearts (2 heart per pack)||$0.16||2||$4.98|
|Pounds of Conventional Ginger Root||$0.10||0.25||$0.82|
|*Amazing Greens Wheatgrass Powder||$0.40||7||$2.78|