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The Five Day Juice Detox: Thoughts

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Drinking four lots of juice a day instead of eating actual food isn’t my idea of a laugh, but I agreed to take part in the World’s Biggest Juice Detox for a number of reasons, the main one being (as it so often is) curiosity. I had the insatiable urge to know what kale, spinach, courgette and avocado would taste like pulverised into a bright green liquid. I could not rest at night until I had tasted the mingled juices of pear and parsnip. I had to  know, for certain, that I could drink something containing liquified broccoli stem and not throw up.

In all seriousness, I have been curious about this “juicing” thing for quite some time. Whilst I’m sceptical about most diets (sceptical at best; mostly they irritate me and some I find to be downright irresponsible, but more on that another time), I do like to have a dabble with some of the more appealing ones for research purposes. Some of the shorter detoxes and health “kickstarts” are actually very good for learning good habits (finding recipes without lots of refined carbs, for example) and getting rid of bad ones. If you’re the kind of person who has toast for breakfast, a baguette for lunch and pasta for dinner, some of these short detox plans can be great for giving you the confidence to try alternative meals and types of cuisine. At the very least, they make you really think about what you’ve been feeding yourself on and give you the chance to re-evaluate your lifestyle.

Anyway, my interest in juicing was piqued. You see these bizarre juice and smoothie combinations all over the place now – kale and turnip with blueberry, banana, lime and brussel sprouts – and many people swear by them for getting a healthy energy fix or for “cleansing the system”. (I suspect that lots of people drink them out of guilt – eight pints and a few tequila shots the night before and then a “green juice” to absolve them of their sins! I once worked with a hair stylist who harped on non-stop about juicing but used to go on the most terrible benders every weekend. Complete madness.) The World’s Biggest Juice Detox follows a five-day juicing plan* devised by the “Juicemaster” Jason Vale. Every day you make yourself four big juice smoothies from (literally) a mountain of fresh produce and by the end of the five days you are supposed to be thoroughly ship-shape and cleansed.

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Comments so far:

1) Most of the juices (including the one with broccoli stem) have been entirely tasty, if not delicious. The ginger “espresso” shot first thing in the morning (half an apple juiced with a chunk of ginger) is the biggest shock to the system you could probably get from something that isn’t a chemical. It makes you go quite, quite zingy.

2) The Philips Viva HR1863 juicer is brilliant. I haven’t owned any other juicer before (being a juice virgin) but having grilled a number of friends about theirs, it is apparent that the Viva is incredibly easy to clean and that it’s juicing powers are impressive. I’ve had to stop myself from testing out various non-edible things to see if it would juice them…this machine would get blood out of a stone, I think. There’s something really satisfying, too, about popping whole apples and pears and sticks of celery into the top of the machine and watching them get eaten up. Mr AMR has become quite obsessive. “What juice is next? Shall we make a batch in advance?”

3) I’m still not 100% clear on why it is so beneficial to drink all of this fruit and veg rather than eat it, but it seems that the main purpose is that it gives the digestive system a bit of a rest. I definitely feel as though the juices are quite soothing on my stomach and there’s been no bloating or unpleasant side effects. After two full days I certainly feel cleaner inside and (according to Mr AMR) have a healthy spring in my step. I’m impressed.

4) In all honesty though, I don’t know whether I have the willpower to do the full five days. I’m starting to dream about SALAD of all things. Whatever happens, though, I’m confident that I’ll be incorporating a bit of juicing into my life on a regular basis. One of the breakfast smoothies, in particular, was absolutely delicious (banana, live yoghurt, strawberries, apple juice) and the “ginger espresso shot” is a great way to start the day. I can also see myself making the odd veggie juice when I’m feeling particularly jaded… The juices just make you feel instantly good. Yes, in a smarmy, smug, annoying-to-others kind of way. Sorry!

So, in conclusion: this cynic is pleasantly surprised by the whole juicing business. The five day programme is pretty straightforward to follow, if you fancy having a go – you can get the book on Amazon. Does anyone out there “juice”? Any tips, recipes, horror stories? Do share. My one beef (ha!) with the whole thing is that the veg juices smell very…er…sulfurous when you pour them into the glass. I kept thinking that it was the dog…

*NB: this juice detox is called 5lbs in 5 days. I would like to make it clear that I didn’t follow the plan to lose weight (I am at a healthy weight already) but for the cleansing or “detoxing” benefits.


  1. Funny that I reading this now, on your new found adventure with juicing. I’ve owned my nutri bullet for over a year or so, and like a lot of these “good for you things” they can fall to the wayside after a while. But I was feeling a bit sluggish .. And started to question ?? What might I be missing. So out came the juicer & a good multiple vitamin, and after a few days, I was feeling quite ‘zingy’ and back to myself again. Hope it keeps it magic :-) for you and me both ! Hugs, Stacy

  2. juice are good but not instead of eating because be careful the fruits and the vegetables juiced lose a lot of its antioxidants such as vitamins because they are extremely labile to uv, oxigen, heat, light etc…

  3. hiya,
    i’ve tried many various ways of weight loss before but nothing seemed to work for long! after having my daughter i’ve finally had enough and need to get back into shape!

    Do you think the juice 5days then healthy solids 2days would help me to lose weight (obviously with excising)

    any help’advice would be much appreciated, thankyouu! x

    • I think it’s a good way to kickstart a healthier approach – I wouldn’t want to do it for more than a couple of days, but it does break bad habits quite nicely! I veggie curry seems like a dream after juicing! x

  4. Hi Ruth.

    I have considered this juice fast on many occasions, however there is one small issue that is putting me off. I am sure I read somewhere that the juice doesn’t last for more than a few hours, so you have to be near a juicer all the time? Therefore I couldn’t bring multiple juices into the office and drink them throughout the day? What do you think of this?



  5. I only found this blog today when searching for Eve Lom make up reviews (which I am very thankful for and have got myself EL Mineral Foundation Powder and absolutely LOVE it!) and in reading through the posts and watching videos I am very pleased to see the juicing post! I swear by Jason Vale’s juicing programs and have been juicing now every single day for nearly 10 years! My breakfast is always one of his recipes and when you’ve done the juicing for so long you get very creative when any of the ingredients are missing so please do not feel trapped if you’ve run out of spinach leaves or any other ingredients. Just take something else and mix up. Over time you will get to understand how different vegetables and fruits work together. One thing you should never leave out, is the avocado because avocado has the necessary essential fats which slower the sugar rush from fruits and balances the juices.
    The big Juicemaster Spring Clean starts next Monday 31st March and that is also based on the 5 day program. I cant recommend the juicing enough to everyone! Especially winter and spring time when so many people are ill around us, starting your day with the ginger espresso will definitely protect you from any cold going round. I am on a 5 day plan already this week, will then have 2 days when I have my tasty salads and other healthy solid food and then form 31st will do another 5 days. Thats pretty common for many with his programs. Just as a side note I am a healthy woman in my mid thirties and in my ideal weight but I use these programs especially when I need to get more energy and focus. Its my exam time soon and today on 4th day I feel like I could stay up all night after 10 hours working day to study. Its just the energy you get and your skin gets clear, your mind is focused and people do comment. My Eve Lom consultant at Liberty’s today was commenting skin and eyes and I know its from all the juicing.
    Wanted to share my passion as it seem there are lots of nice people subscribed to this blog and I am very passionate about both beauty and health regimes so hope the above helps people to make up their mind about the Juicemaster programs.

  6. All recipes say 2 servings. Would that do for 2 people?

  7. Hi Ruth

    Thank you for this post, I am already a juicing fan but was interested to see what kind of juicer you used. I have looked it up on Amazon but quite a few reviews say the motor burnt out quickly and started smoking! Did this happen to you at all? I dont really want to spend the money and then have to go through that.


  8. Hi there,

    Green juices always great. I’m sure others will list recipes. Brussels Sprouts, string beans and Kale all excellent in juices. Always make and drink straight away. Longer juices sit around more nutrients are lost.

    Quick and easy Kidney Cleanser Juice below :-

    3 Celery sticks
    2 Carrots
    2 Tomatoes
    1 Lemon
    Whack of ginger optional for a kick

  9. Hi Ruth! Long time reader and first time commentator. Juicing is great for you as long as they are low glycemic index foods. I don’t think it’s good to fast for too long even with juice. There are a lot of good programs out there that advocate juicing along with light easily digestible meals or smoothies. Other than that, a green juice or ginger shot are amazing additions to a healthy diet!

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