10 Days of Juice!

I recently completed a 10 day juice cleanse using my NutriBullet. I have been getting lots of questions from friends and family about this, so I decided to share some information about what I did here on TNL. First of all I would like to stress that I made this up and it worked well for me, but everyone is different. It would be a good idea to consult with a doctor before beginning a fast or cleanse of any kind.

So, you all know about my love affair with my NutriBullet from my past posts. You know who else is in love with her NutriBullet? Jully Black. I LOVE Jully Black, I think she is amazing. She is so talented and inspiring. So you can imagine how excited I was when she responded to ( and shared!) some  past posts and started to follow me on Twitter.

**Happy Dance**

Then she replied to one of my NutriBullet tweets with this:

Jully

Record scratch stop. Happy dance freeze. There was no way I could do just smoothies for 3 days, never mind 15-30.

Fast forward many months and a co-worker recommended a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This film is excellent. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. I promise it is not nearly as morbid and depressing as its title. In the doc, a man named Joe Cross embarks on a forty day juice fast which ultimately cures him of the health problems he had been having. After watching the film, a few things stuck with me. First of all, a healthcare professional talks about how your body and mind often get to take breaks, for example when you are asleep or on vacation. However, most people’s digestive system have never had a significant break. Joe Cross says that ten days is the minimum amount of time that the body needs to sort of reset itself and cleanse.

So, I decided to gear up for a ten day reset cleanse using my NutriBullet. This is different from the type of cleanse that the documentary depicted because I did not use a juicer. So it was really more of a smoothie cleanse than a juice cleanse. But i truly believe that using the NutriBullet rather than a juicer kept me from going nutso and feeling starving since I was consuming the fruits and vegetables in their entirety, fibre and all.

I looked at my calendar and chose ten days where I had no social commitments. I was also working ten days straight, which I thought would help. I think it would be harder to do this if I had too much free time on my hands.

The number one question I am getting is whether or not I lost weight. I don’t know. I didn’t weigh myself on purpose, as this wasn’t the goal of my cleanse. Plus any weight lost would likely come right back when eating regularly again anyway. I suffer from chronic allergies and headaches so I wanted to see if this made any difference.

So I’ve been asked for the recipes I used, but there really was no fine science to it. I started off by loading up on an array of ingredients that I often use to make smoothies with.

This was my post grocery shopping haul:

grocery haul

I just made sure to make all smoothies with both leafy greens and fruit, or just veggies in order to maximize my veggie intake. I also added nuts, cayenne pepper and vegan protein powders to some of my blasts. To vary the taste and keep things exciting, I added water, coconut water or different flavours of almond milk. For lunch or dinner I would blend veggies with vegetable stock and drink it warm. I tried to convince myself it was soup, but I really missed the seasoning! I did not eat any snacks at all and also planned to try and avoid drugs of any kind and caffeine for the ten days. I knew the drug part would be really difficult as I take allergy pills and Advil for my headaches frequently.

So, how did I do?

Pretty well, I think. I had headaches for the first two days of the cleanse, and none after that. I have also had none since the cleanse ended three days ago. That is a huge deal for me. I have not taken any Advil either. I had to use my allergy nasal spray (hawt!) twice during the cleanse and that’s it…another big deal if you know me. I ended up having about 3 NutriBlasts every day, one being my nasty NutriBlast soup.

The number one thing that I noticed during the cleanse though was a perceivable difference in my energy and sleep. I fell asleep quickly every night and slept straight through until morning, which I never do. I woke up every morning feeling refreshed, energized and ready to start my day. I am usually groggy and slow moving in the morning. At work, I found that I was more focused and productive, not hitting a brick wall as I often do in the afternoon.

On the cleanse I craved the foods that I loved and kept catching myself reaching for a snack or planning to have something for dinner, but I can honestly say that until day 9 and 10 I never felt hungry. As I mentioned before, I think this is because the NutriBullet makes a dense smoothie and uses all parts of the fruit and veggies. I anticipated being hungry and cranky, but it was very much the opposite.

Before and after in the NutriBullet

Here is an example of some of the NutriBlasts I made during my ten day cleanse:

I often started the day with a NutriBlast of berries, flax seeds, pea protein, goji berries spinach and almond milk.

Berry Energy smoothie

For “soup” I heated up a NutriBlast of whole tomatoes, garlic, celery, onion and carrots.

NutriBullet soup

Through the day I often drank green juice with spinach, kale, swiss chard, lemon, ginger, pea protein, flax seeds and cayenne pepper.

Green Smoothie

I made a yummy treat smoothie on day one.  I blasted almond butter, chocolate hemp protein, a banana, spinach, coconut almond milk and a spoon of almond butter. YUM!!! It was delicious, but I never had it after that because it was just too rich and heavy and I wasnt hungry enough. Imagine that!

Dessert smoothie

Another favourite of mine is Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice tea. I really missed green tea during my cleanse, but it contains caffeine. This pumpkin spice tea is a yummy caffeine free Rooibos. I think it is only around for a limited time, so I made sure to buy some for home.

Tim Horton's Pumpkin Spice tea

I definitely feel better for having completed this ten day cleanse. Aside from the physical benefits I mentioned, I also feel fantastic about the fact that I achieved a goal that seemed impossible for me and had the willpower to complete my plan with no cheats!

I really love reading about your ideas and experiences so if you have a NutriBlast recipe, or have done a juice/smoothie cleanse in the past please let me know all about it.

Oh, and Jully Black… if you’re ever reading this…I’m ready now!

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23 thoughts on “10 Days of Juice!

  1. This is so awesome! I would never be able to do this for long but I definitely want to try doing a cleanse at some point; I feel like it’s the best and safest way to get the toxins out of my body. While it’s a great way to lose a couple of pounds, I think that cleaning everything out is a great incentive to continue with a healthy lifestyle 🙂

  2. It’s a lot easier than you think – I’ve done 14days on just CABALA juice – Carrot, Apple (red), Beetroot, Apple (green), Lemon, Apple (yellow) + ginger – and not felt hungry at all………and I’m usually a pretty big eater. It not only cleanses your system, it alkalises your system and you no longer crave sweet things. This was the start of 18mths without sugar. And what a huge difference that makes. My mum said she’d do it for 3 days with my brother and she ended up doing the full 14 days as well……so it is very achievable and very beneficial to your health and emotional wellbeing. I can see how using the nutribullet would only make it easier, as you are getting all the nutrients and fibre and not just the juice. Well done and congrats to anyone who cares enough about their health to do any kind of cleanse to get rid of the toxins that cause so many issues with our health. 🙂

    1. Hi Narelle, thank you so much for reading and commenting! I have never heard the term CABALA juice before, thats amazing. 18 months without sugar is so fantastic. I would love to do something like that but I don’t know if I would last that long without cupcakes. Thank you for your inspiring experience and for giving me a new goal 🙂

  3. Wow, good on you for sticking with the cleanse and I’m so happy to hear that it alleviated some of your allergy symptoms. Also, no headaches?! That makes me happiest of all! I’ve always been a little intimidated and perhaps even a little scared of fasts and cleanses, but your post gives me a lot to think about and makes me genuinely want to reconsider. I love that you were so prepared, with lots of fresh, healthy ingredients on hand – I think that makes all the difference. Thank you so much for an informative and inspiring post 🙂

  4. I just found your post and I am on day 3 of my nutribullet cleanse. I am not eating food at all and drinking about 5-6 blasts a day minus the protein powders and all dairy. Basically I’m blending pure veg/fruit along with chia and flax seed. I’m adding as much vegetable protein as possible but haven’t tried warming it to get a soup feel but may try that as well. Your post was inspiring so wanted to let you know! I’m planning on fasting for 15 days total and may prolong it for another 15 but i’m not going to decide until the first couple of weeks are under my belt!

    1. Hi CHrista! I am so glad to read this comment. 15 days is amazing. I admire your drive and dedication, Im not sure I could last that long. Best of luck and please do keep in touch as I would absolutely love to hear all about your cleanse. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment!

  5. Hi, I enjoyed your story. I am looking to buy a Nutribullet, since I too watched the documentary and got a juicer…I just always feel like I was wasting so much of the vegetables and not getting enough fiber. Are there different kinds of Nutribullets or just one size/speed ? Is it a noisy blender and are there any foods you found just do not work in the Nutribullet? Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your response.

    1. HI Tish, there is a new NutriBullet Pro with a more powerful motor, and a NutriBullet juicer. I have the regular NutriBullet. Its a bit noisy but super fast , so youre not hearing it for long. I havent had any issues with anything Ive ever tried to blast. Its just a case of blasing a few more seconds for things like frozen beets or carrots.

  6. Wow I really enjoyed finding this post and that you really didn’t have a set recipes I have had a nutribullet for about three weeks now and I enjoy the drinks but I’m always wondering if there are any particular things I should be adding. And I really want to do a fast because with the nutriblast the juice comes out so frothy I feel fuller afterward. So I totally think I can do 10 days minimum. Awesome job to you though congrats on having the will power to stick with it. OH yea I also just watched that movie today so I think I am ready whhooooppie!!

    1. Hi Augusta! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Trust me, if I can do it …anyone can do it! Please check in and let me know how it goes. Happy Blasting!

  7. Hi great information. I’m doing a 3day with my nutrabullet …love it…it’s great. Healthy is so important to me…eating healthy has such an impact to the body. My friends ask what beauty product am I using for my face….whooooo all that E Lauder products all these years …… and it never look so healthy and glowing. Fruits and vegetables Gods gift to all of us. Take advantage of it.

  8. Has anyone ever made their juices/blasts ahead of time ? my husband and i are planning to do a ten day cleanse but we can’t make shakes as needed …. i’ve heard that the benefits of the fruits and vegs will begin to diminish after sitting for long, because they are partially broken down by the nutrabullet. thanks!!

    1. Hi Lindsay! Thanks for reading and commenting. I too have heard that juices sitting too long lose their nutritional value. So I never really drinks smoothies that have been around longer than two days. That is why I love my NutriBullet more than my blender. I can make one movie at a time really easily, grab it and go. When I know that I’m going to be particularly busy I will make a few for the day and take them with me I wouldn’t recommend making them much more in advance that. Hope that helps!

  9. Hi Ash, I wasn’t sure if it was doable with the nutri bullet. I find it to be easier than carrying a juicer around since I work all day and need something smaller to take it with me. I am vegan, but I want to do it to lose some pounds. Do you think its a good idea? Also, I am addicted to coffee, I can tell this would be hard, any suggestions?

    1. Hi Anne, Thanks for reading and commenting! I purposely didnt weigh myself when I was doing this because I didn’t want that to be my focus. But , Im certain weight was lost. Although Im sure it isnt as great as a cold press or traditional juicer, NutriBullet works for me because its affordable and compact. Plus I like the thicker ” blasts” because they keep me more full for a longer period of time. What has worked well for me is adding blasts to my normal routine instead of grabbing crappy choices on the go. I keep everything else pretty much the same…INCLUDING MY COFFEE! I’ve also had a good experience with Bulletproof coffee using grass fed butter. I am no where near an expert on this stuff but I practice trial and error to find what works for me. I hope that helps!

  10. I just started my cleanse today! I am using my Nutiblast RX and am hoping to have great results with this. I am doing a 10 day to start with. My plan is to consume 4-5 juices per day (15-20oz). My Nutriblast came with a great recipe book and I also have downloaded the Nutriblast app on my phone. I am not looking forward to the way I will feel by the end of the day or the next couple of days. However, I am looking forward to the restart that I will give my body!! I did choose to consult with my physician prior to beginning this, and all of my lab work was perfect! She highly recommended the juice cleanse. I have enjoyed reading other’s experiences on here. Thank you!!

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