How to Start a Juice Cleanse


I’m going to suggest there are two ways we can begin a juice cleanse, juice feast, juice fast, juice detox, solid food vacation (or whatever you want to call it). You might find one method suits you better.

Juice Cleanse Option 1

Pick a juice cleanse program and just start. You know you want to do a juice cleanse, the planets are in alignment and you’re ready to go for it! When you’re feeling this motivated, getting on with things is possibly the best idea. Stay focused on your goal and get juicing!

When I’m doing a juice cleanse, I buy enough produce for 2-3 days at a time. I like everything to be as fresh as possible. Then at night time, lying in bed, I think about the juices I want to make the following day. These might change depending upon my mood, but it relaxes me knowing that I have recipes that I can make from the produce in the house.

Juice Cleanse Option 2

Ease yourself into your juice cleanse, allowing yourself to drink juices, smoothies and eat fruit and vegetables. Over the course of 2-3 days, you can phase out the fruit and vegetables and smoothies in favour of just juice. I don’t know whether this method is better. But something I like about it is if something comes up midway and eating seems all but inevitable, e.g. family gathering, work event, it gives us ideas of things we could eat.

Pick Which is Right for You

I have started juice cleanses both ways. When I did one with my friend, at the start of 2015, we had both decided that January 1 was the day! I ate slightly too much on New Year’s Eve but that didn’t change the start date.

Some juice cleanse programs seem to be giving “cheat” options, including things like Nakd bars. Don’t get me wrong, compared to a bar of milk chocolate, they are healthy. But for me, a juice cleanse is all about hydration. So if I’m going to cheat, the only things that will pass my lips would be water rich fruits, perhaps some watermelon, or grapes. Other than fruits and vegetables, all other foods are de-hydrating, so during a juice fast should not be consumed.

Currently I’m just starting a juice cleanse. In fact, yesterday was Day 1. Then I realised I had a few bananas, avocados and lettuce left. They’ll be too ripe or will have gone bad by the time I finish my juice cleanse. So I decided to blend in some avocado and banana to one of my juices yesterday. Then today, I had a grape and lettuce salad. It just seems a very gentle way to begin my juice fast.

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Andy Cowan is a veteran juicer who has been juicing for over 20 years. He ran a juice bar in Scotland and is happy to share his most popular juice recipes with you here. An expert on juice cleansing, he is here to help you reclaim your birth right - vibrant health.

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