Hey every­one! Hope all is well on your side of the com­puter screen.

So. My lit­tle “reset” has been a long time com­ing. I wanted to do one in Jan­u­ary. Then Feb­ru­ary. Then I for­got all about it. I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead for the fifth time, was briefly inspired, then stopped juic­ing about 5 days later when I got nau­seous from my overzeal­ous attempt at a kale juice.

Any­way, doc­tors and nutri­tion­ists like to argue that most cleanses aren’t safe or effec­tive, and I gen­er­ally agree (espe­cially when it comes to junk like the “Mas­ter Cleanse”). But I’m not look­ing to “cleanse” – I’m look­ing to drown myself in nutri­ents. Gen­er­ous quan­ti­ties of juice from fresh organic heavy-hitters like kale and cucum­ber and beets? Now that is a vit­a­min and min­eral bonanza. Granted, the pro­tein value is rel­a­tively low and incom­plete (exam­ple: 1 cup of kale = 2.2 g pro­tein), but I am not con­cerned about devel­op­ing a pro­tein defi­ciency over the course of 5 days. That would take weeks of fail­ing to con­sume the bare min­i­mum to sus­tain my meta­bolic processes.

In case you’re won­der­ing why I’m embark­ing on this 5-day juic­ing adven­ture, I have three reasons:

  1. I love how easy and mind­less it is to just pick up an already-prepared juice (that I made, of course) and not have to think about mak­ing any­thing. My choice has already been made for me. Easy!
  2. I love the psy­cho­log­i­cal effects of a juice cleanse – you feel like you’re doing some­thing so enrich­ing for your body that it can’t help but make your brain bounce with hap­pi­ness, and your brain being happy in turns makes your body feel even bet­ter. It’s one grand feed­back loop.
  3. I need to reset my taste buds. I was indulging in one too many treats (almond milk ice cream, any­one?), and that has a neg­a­tive effect on my skin. I was talk­ing to my new friend Kelly the other day and she was telling me about her crav­ings, and what I said to her was some­thing I actu­ally needed to hear for myself: “would I rather have junk food or clear skin?”

I poured through some of my older notes and books, ref­er­enced Clean and my mas­sive uni­ver­sity nutri­tion text­book, and used Rit­ual Cleanse and Blue­print Cleanse to help deter­mine the order of juices. Instead of spend­ing $80-$100 per day for a pre-made juice cleanse pro­gram, I am going to do it myself.

Here’s the plan, Stan.

• Each day con­sists of four juices (green and red), a lemon­ade, and a dairy-free milk.

• There are 6 drinks total at 16 oz. each. Drink one every 2–3 hours with plenty of fil­tered water in between.

• This is the order of consumption:

  1. Green Juice
  2. Red Juice
  3. Green Juice
  4. Lemon­ade Juice
  5. Green Juice
  6. Nut Milk

The green juice comes first since it is nutri­ent dense and will make me feel sati­ated. The red juice is for vit­a­min and min­eral diver­sity and breaks up all the green drinkin’. The lemon­ade? There’s no rea­son for it really, other than I love lemon­ade, it’s refresh­ing, and every frig­gin’ cleanse com­pany out there has one in their plan. The nut milk comes last because it is “heavy” and fill­ing and will take longer to digest. It’s a good oppor­tu­nity to get in some impor­tant fats.

Epic Beauty Guide DIY 5-Day Juice Cleanse

From left to right: Green, Red, Lemon­ade, Nut Milk

I sort of winged it last night when I was juic­ing and wrote down the approx­i­mate recipes for each juice. If you plan on repli­cat­ing the recipes, remem­ber that fruits and veg­gies con­tain vary­ing amount of water, so you may have to adjust. And buy organic as much as possible.

Juicer. (I bought this one a few months ago – it’s cheaper, way eas­ier to clean, and out-performs the Green Star and Juice Foun­tain I had before. Hoorah!)
Glass ball jars.
Fil­tered water.
• Blender.
• Strain­ing bag and/or cheese­cloth.
• Time. It took about 1 1/2 hours to wash, prep, and make all all the juices for the next day (granted, I am dou­bling every­thing because my fiancé is doing the juice cleanse with me).
1 large hand­ful of kale (or chard)
1 large hand­ful romaine
1 large hand­ful spinach
6 stalks cel­ery (mine were short, about 4–5″ long)
1 cucum­ber
1 green apple
1 lemon — no peel (leave the white pith on)

Optional: 1/2 bunch pars­ley, water­cress, or cilantro

Run it all through your juicer.

1–3 large car­rots
2 oz. beet kvass (or 1 medium beet — peeled)
1 nice hunk of seeded water­melon — out­er­most rind removed
1/2 lemon — no peel (leave the white pith on)

Run it all through your juicer.

Juice of 1 lemon
~14 oz. spring or fil­tered water
Pinch cayenne — to taste
Pinch ste­via — to taste

Pour it into a ball jar and shake.

1 cup macadamia nuts (or almonds)
3 cups fil­tered water (use 4 cups for a thin­ner tex­ture and more serv­ings)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. fresh ground cin­na­mon
2 Tbsp. grade B maple syrup (or ste­via to taste)
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. coconut cream
Pinch sea salt

Blend the mac nuts (or almonds) and water for 1–2 min­utes. Pour through a strainer, strain­ing bag, or cheese­cloth. Pour the strained milk back into the blender and add the remain­ing ingre­di­ents. Blend for about a minute.

NOTE: This milk will make TWO or THREE 16 oz. serv­ings depend­ing on how much water you use (3 or 4 cups).

*I adapted this recipe from Raw Food Real World’s Creamy Macadamia Milk recipe.

Let me know if you have any ques­tions! Or if you have any recipes or com­ments about your own juice cleanse. My juice week has started today and as I type this I am two juices in and feel­ing great. I seri­ously can’t wait for the nut milk though.
~Steph  x