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Juicing FAQ

The JustOnJuice Juicing FAQ! I get a lot of questions through email and comments and I decided to compile the most common questions into one big FAQ to help people get the answers they are looking for. If you do have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to shoot me an email, message me on twitter, or just leave a comment on the page you have a question about. I’ll respond as quickly as possible.

Juicing FAQ

Juicing FAQ: Where do You Get Protein on a Juice Fast?

Protein is plentiful and natural in many vegetables and fruits. After all, how you think vegetarian mammals such as buffalos, rhinos, moose, elephants, and horses keep their muscle mass? You can find good protein in vegetables such as Spinach, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Peas, Carrots, Turnip Greens, Collards.

Juicing FAQ:  My Stool / Urine is an Odd Color? Is This Normal?

Yes, it’s normal and nothing to worry about. Since you’re eating mostly greens, your stool and urine will take on that color. It’s the same if you eat or juice a lot of beets. Your urine will be an orange or red color. Another reason is that your body might not be absorbing all of the chlorophyll from your juice drinks. This too is normal since you are taking in a lot of vitamins and nutrients. The excess gets passed out in your stool and urine.

Juicing FAQ: I’m a Diabetic, should I skip the fruit?

First of all, before you decide to do a juice fast you should consult with you doctor. It’s important to not only get advice but to also discuss how to adjust any medications while on the juice fast. If you do juice, you should aim for a maximum of 1 fruit per juice. You should also include more protein in your juices and drink at least 64 ounces of water each day.

Juicing FAQ: How do you Juice and go to Work?

This gets asked a lot! It’s okay to pre-make your juices and bring them to work with you. It’s best to drink them fresh so make and bring only the juices you can’t make and drink at home. Your juices should be stored in a fridge and if you don’t have access to a fridge you might consider getting a small ice chest or cooler to store your juices in while you work.

Juicing FAQ: Can I use a Blender on a Juice Fast?

NO! You need to use a juicer as a juicer will separate the fibers from the juices whereas a blender will not. It’s important while on the fast to eliminate the fibers and pulp from your diet. This allows your digestive system to rest allowing it to absorb nutrients and phytonutrients without having to use energy to digest all those fibers. There’s not much difference in using a blender and just simply eating the veggies.

Juicing FAQ: How Many Juices Should I Have in a Day?

You should be taking in 4-6 juices per day each consisting of 16-20 ounces. This will vary though as I don’t suggest you stick to any certain time or amount to juice. It’s best to just juice when you first start to feel hungry. After all, hunger is how your body tells you “hey you! I need more nutrients!”.

Juicing FAQ: Should I Buy Organic Produce?

Organic produce is preferred as it tends to yield more juice and have better flavor based on what’s in season and where it’s from.

Juicing FAQ: How do you Start Eating again After a Juice Fast?

I have a nice article dedicated to this one topic. You can find it ( here )

Juicing FAQ: Is it Okay to Drink Tea While on a Juice Fast?

Yes, it’s good to drink tea while on a fast. I would stay away from black tea and most green teas as they contain a heavy amount of caffeine. Since you are detoxing, you don’t want to be adding toxins like caffeine into your system. White teas or any decaf teas will work perfectly! Any night time tea will be good too. One thing I like to do is brew a big batch of tea and juice some fresh fruit to add to it.

Juicing FAQ: Can I Juice and Still Work out or Exercise?

Although it’s not recommended to go on a juice fast and work out, there are a few viable options. You can include one lite meal of fresh veggies and a protein such as a chicken breast, small steak, pork chop, or tuna. This will give you plenty of protein to maintain your muscle mass during a fast. You can also add a pure unflavored protein isolate to your juices for the extra protein. Either of these options are great if you lead a very active lifestyle or plan to work out and exercise while juice fasting.

Juicing FAQ: What if I am Allergic to one of the Ingredients!?

No problem! If you are allergic or simply do not like any one particular ingredient, just replace it with something you do like. None of the juice recipes are set in stone. They can all be altered to suit your needs and tastes. Plus, experimenting with different recipes is half the fun of juicing.

Juicing FAQ: Can I still Drink Coffee While on the Juice Fast?

NO! You want to stay away from caffeine and coffee altogether while on the juice fast. It’s important to eat/drink just the juice you make while on the fast to ensure you’re not taking in any toxins that you’re trying to rid your body of.

Juicing FAQ: I get Headaches While Juice Fasting.

This is normal during the first few days of juice fasting as your body is detoxing. It’s okay to take a Tylenol or Ibuprofen while on the juice fast. Be careful with Excedrin as Excedrin contains caffeine and you don’t want any caffeine.

Juicing FAQ: How Much Weight Will I Lose on the Juice Fast?

The weight lost while on a juice fast will differ from person to person. The more weight you start out with, the more you will lose in a shorter period of time. Over a long period of time 30-60 days people lose an average of a pound per day or more. You lose the most during the first week of juicing. During my first week I lost 12 pounds. I’ve heard of people losing more and also people losing less. So it really depends on your starting weight and how well you juice.

Juicing FAQ: Are we Only Able to Drink 3 Juices as our 3 Meals?

When you are juicing, it’s best to just make a juice when you feel hungry. Let your body tell you when to eat. In a typical day you should juice between 4 and 6 drinks that are between 16 and 20 ounces. Make sure you also drink plenty of water in between juices.

Juicing FAQ: Can I Make all My Meals Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make your juices ahead of time but I would only suggest making juices ahead of time if you can’t make it fresh and drink it right away. Juices lose nutritional value the longer they sit. It’s fine to make a few juices to take to work with you in the morning. But always make a juice fresh and drink it right away if you can.

Juicing FAQ: How Much Water Should I Add to my Juices?

You shouldn’t need to add water to any of your juices unless they are too strong for you. Adding water is more for making smoothies.

Juicing FAQ: Can You Take Vitamin Supplements While Juicing?

I wouldn’t recommend it due to the fact that when you are juice fasting, you are already overloading your body with so many nutrients and phytonutrients that it wouldn’t make sense to add even more via a supplement. Supplements are great if you aren’t getting those nutrients to begin with, but when you are juicing you get a big variety of nutrients throughout the day making it unnecessary to take vitamin supplements.

Juicing FAQ: Why are There Six Drinks Listed on Your Juice Fast Plans?

They are intended to give you a good starting variety of juices to begin your juice fast. The plans are great outlines and the shopping list assumes you will try a variety of those drinks during the intended time frame. You should feel free to experiment with your juices though. If you don’t like a certain ingredient just replace it with something you do like.

Juicing FAQ: How Do You Get Fiber in Your Diet?

There are two types of fibers; insoluble and soluble. The soluble fibers break down in water and are passed through you’re system. The insoluble fibers are what remain in the pulp. Insoluble fiber helps to bulk up stools and promote regular bowel movements. Since you aren’t juicing for 100% of your entire life, you will get the insoluble fiber when you start eating solids again. Also, you have to realize that the insoluble fibers help to promote digestion, and when your juicing, there is really nothing to digest after a few days since juices are absorbed and not digested.

Juicing FAQ: Do You Get Constipated on a Juice Fast?

Many people mistake constipation for the lack of fibers to digest. Read the above answer to the question “How do you get fiber in your diet”.

I hope this helped you in finding the answer to your question. There are many questions out there regarding juice fasting and I will add more questions and answers to this list in the future. Happy juicing!

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  1. March 15th is my first day Juicing..

    is it og to drink coffee mate with my coffee?

  2. And plus if i can juice iceberg lettuce instead of romaine lettuce and kale as in Pakistan romaine lettuce is not easy to get….i want to tone my body as well so from the day first i need to work out .. I will take a bowl of salad wd small amount of chicken for dinner or lunch… Is that ok ??

  3. Hi donnie!!
    Can i juice watermelons and melons along with vegetables? If yes, can u plz give an example

  4. If you’re eating chicken breasts ‘to eat a little protein’ you’re not juice fasting. This entire article made me really angry.

  5. I’m have a heart condition (a fib) and I’m on blood thinners. I have to really watch my vitamin K intake. Will I get the same results if I trim down on the really green stuff i.e. kale, broccoli etc.?

    • Louie, you should be able to get the same results but in your case it would be best to consult with your doctor to be on the safe side.

  6. I saw the question asked but not answered yet, is a nutribullet ok to use? There really is no pulp when using it so I thought that would work.
    Also is it ok to do while nursing? I’ve heard conflicting things but now I’ve already bought all my ingredients & don’t want to waste them.

  7. Hi there can u add a 0 calories sweetner to juice for added sweetness?

  8. Lots of people are asking wether to peel the orange or not. The answer is kind of mixed. It will taste better without the peel but the peel contains so many nutrients that will help you stay healthy during your juicy fast

  9. Do you have any suggestion on what is the best juicer to use?? Also, is it okay if I add another ingredient to the recipe, or it’s better if I’m just going to use fruits only and nothing else?

  10. Hi eveyone so I have a question. When im making these drinks how much water do i add or do I even add water ??? Help please!!!

    • Hey Geliza, don’t add water.

  11. Can I use s nutribullet

  12. I am new to this site and still in the planning phase of starting a juicing fast for a few days (3 or 7 days). I am curious about how frequently you’ve found yourself needing to urinate? I drink a lot of water currently and require urination about once an hour. Will drinking strictly liquid/juice increase that frequency? I would like to know ahead of time seeing as I’ve had to make accommodations for my frequent bathroom breaks as it is. Sorry for the over-share but I am truly curious. I love the juices that I’ve made so far, experimenting before I commit to the fast 100%.

    And I am truly curious about the peeled oranges vs. the non-peeled oranges. Will all traditional juicers tolerate non-peeled oranges?

  13. Can I use the nutribullet instead of a juicer?

  14. I just want detailed recepie for 2 weeks juice taking

  15. Thank you for the shopping list and juice recipes!

  16. As a new user of this site I saw the two questions and thought I would answer from my own experiences as a juicer.

    Devorah, your going to loose alot more than 1 stone if you juice for 6 weeks. I have lost 2 stone in 2 weeks and its not 100% juice diet, though 100% vegetables and fruit and water. I would only juice an apple or two with vegetables and no other fruit (maybe a bit of pineapple for taste) always juice a little lemon to take away the harshness of leafy greens. you dont need much lemon and dont juice the peel if it is not organic (as a note organic never has wax) same with apples, buy organic green golden delicious and red (pink lady are good)

    Chris – DO NOT peel the orange, it contains indigestible oils and will produce really bad digestion.


  17. Hi I am planning on starting the jucing diet from today. As this is my first time doing this jucing diet I am needing guidance on the part where you quote 20% fruit and 80% veg. As my goal is to loose 1 stone in 6 weeks i really hope, I obviously need to follow this to what it should be. So could you tell me how much fruit would be ok to have without spoiling this weight loss programme? And is it safe to stay on it for a few weeks, Also needed to ask, I take vitamin D pills that my doctor said I required but will this effect this jucing programme? Thanks, this website along with all the great info and tips are so helpful thank you for being so informative and precise.. :)

  18. I have a question I haven’t seen asked yet. I’ve juiced before but I’ve never put an orange through a juicer (only the citrus juicer). So do you peel it first or put the whole orange in (sliced of course)? I noticed that for the lemons and limes it says “peeled” but not for the oranges.

  19. Hi i got a quick question probably it sounds silly but do put all the fruit and vegetables row in the blander?thanks

  20. I just found your site and I’m excited to do this for 7 days. My wife will be joining me as well. As I get to the end of this journey, does it give you a feeling of being recharged?

    Thank you,


  21. I have started juicing but I am doing it for a weight loss supplement and I workout 3 days out of the week! I still eat some solid food but in a healthy way! Chicken, tuna and salads. Still eat what my wife cooks also. Can I still detox? Is it a must that you juice only!?

    • If you are including solids them you aren’t juicing. You are adding juice to your existing diet. You can still go through detox if you are eating 100% healthy, even so it will be a much longer process.

  22. To all who read this article,
    Do not believe everything you hear. Always source information with as much diversity as you can, to get well rounded information. It’s always best to eat our food as naturally as possible. It should be as fresh and as whole as possible. It should be unadulterated, like organically grown produce, as much as possible. Buy from local farms, farmers markets, and natural markets.

    And to the author please do your research. The world is not as it seems, and conventional Western Medicine is all about supporting the BILLION DOLLAR drug businesses. Green tea is better than any Pharmaceutical drug.

    • OMAN – I too have done research and her information fits with what I have read. And yes green tea is incredible but the point is this is a FAST and caffeine is not recommended. I cant wait to finish my fast so I can start drinking my green tea again daily, but for now I am going without.

  23. Hi Donnie,

    I want to start the juices fast on Monday, however I take warfarin so am a little worried how it will interact? Have you had any experience with people taking blood thinners?

    I wouldn’t be able to have spinach, kale or broc but could do the recipes without those….


  24. Hi! I am ready to start my juice cleanse, I’ve prepared everything for my 2 weeks. I have one question though, will juicing affect my birth control? I am on the pill and I’ve searched around but most answers are not straight to the point (saying it affects menstration)

  25. Hi, I am on day 5 and I feel fantastic. I have Lupus and also hypothyroid. Because I am feeling so good would it be OK to continue or will I slow down my metabolism? Ideally, I would like to go 10 days. I am not doing this for weight loss purely health reasons. Thanks for reading my email.

  26. Hi

    Can I use cold press juicer?

    • A coldpress juicer or a masticating juicer would be better IMHO than a centrifugal juicer.

      • True, but not everyone can afford to get a masticating or coldpress juicer Garrick.

        • Donnie,

          Yup, true for each type of juicer there are pros and cons. The biggest question mark with cheaper models is the motor, specifically its robustness whether or not it can handle the wear and tear if you juice everyday, and short warranty. So it also depends on how often you juice and what you put inside.

  27. Can i use rasberries instead of blueberries in the 7 day juicing diet?

  28. I am referring to your reply for Juicing FAQ: Can I use a Blender on a Juice Fast?

    Yes your sure can.
    You need to make sure it’s well blended then you can use a piece of muslin to strain or you can use what I do, it’s called a nut milk bag. You can buy these from some home stores or health food stores. If you google it you find many great sites showing you how it’s done.
    We have juice all the time using the high speed blender, I also know people that even use a bullet then strain the fibbers out, you still get a lovely full glass of wonderful juice. I have had both and find the blender so much better and a lot less cleaning up.

    Please don’t make people feel as if they need to go out and buy a new item for the kitchen when they could give what they have a go first, then decide.

  29. I know you said no solids do mints count?.. It gum?.. Or is it ok to consume?

  30. How many day’s of juicing is safe? Should I break somewhere in between?

  31. I started 3 days ago but have realised the green tea I have been drinking probably has caffeine – bummer.

    I will keep going until friday night – having the night off for my wedding anniversary then back into a week detox.

    Super excited to see the results. Love reading others feedback/comments

  32. Hi.
    Thank you for your explanations. A quick question: Is it better to have only green veggies?

  33. Can we double up on the recipes??

  34. Nae

    The dry patch are toxins leaving your body. Ive had them before on the arm close to my elbow and under my chin.

  35. Hi Donnie! Love the website!

    Quick question: I’m on my 10th day of juice fasting (Absolutely love it!), but I find that I am starting to experience dry skin patches that I haven’t really experienced before. Do You think it is because I’m not drinking enough juice/water? Or could it be a detox symptom?

    Thanks for your wisdom and information on this site;)

    Happy Juicing All!

  36. Hey I was wondering, buying so many veggies and fruit in a week, if you can’t fit them all in your fridge what is the best way to store them?

  37. Hi, I really believe in juicing. however, I am 5’4 and wt 122 lbs. I suffer from migrane headaches and I want to juice to detox but I don’t want to lose weight. Is that possible?

  38. Hi Donnie, I’m completly new to juicing and have been doing a lot of research into it. Very glad I came across your site.

    Just a couple of quick questions tho, is the shopping list for the 7 day plan strictly for those juices mentioned as I don’t see that many apples going into the juices. Also I’ve been looking at Andrew James juicers, it look pretty good. Do you know much about them?

    Starting my fast on 1st Feb and really looking forward to it. I’ve got a lot of weight to shift and I’m hoping this will help me out.


  39. so I have been juicing several day’s now but I can not take my juicer to work with me so I Have been eating carrots an apples is this ok

  40. Thnx 4 the great work dearly

  41. Hi Donnie,

    I have a full time job and I go to work at 6am. Family is still sleeping. Can I juice the night before so I don’t wake everyone up juicing at 4am??! I want to start this BADLY and I keep putting off because I go to work so early!

    Thanks so much!

  42. Is the juicing diet bad for your teeth? as I have bad teeth this is very important to me.

    • Michaele, juicing is not bad for you teeth if you maintain good dental practices. You may want to brush your teeth more frequently during the juice fast then you normally do. It will help with any build up. Cheers!

  43. I am on day six of my diet and have an embarrassing question till yesterday my toilets were very much liquid and today is the first time is was normal. Is this normal? I am also worried I haven’t really lost much weight I have also started the gym I am on day 2 of the gym as well as the diet. I have 1 week left on my diet and I would love to lose weight is there any gym advice you can give me as well as being on the juice diet? thank you

    • Micheale, it’s normal to have liquid BM’s during the first week of your fast. Any solid BM’s you have are due to the solid food that you ate before the juice fast. Once all of that passes it’s normal to go a few days without having a BM at all. You have to understand that juice is absorbed into our systems and not digested. As far as gym advice goes, look into getting a personal trainer for a week or two. They will set you on the right path and carve out a plan that will work best for you based on your expectations. Cheers!

  44. Is it ok to cut fruits and veggies before putting in the zip lock bags? I was preparing my 6 bags this am for the day & noticed browning on my apples. Will I still get the same nutrients as opposed to cutting right befor juicing.

    • Heather, it’s okay to prep them and then put them in the ziploc bags. Apples tend to brown some but it’s okay. Another trick you can do is to put a little lemon juice on them before you put them in the bag. The lemon juice helps to keep them from browning. Cheers!

  45. Hey so I smoke on the regular, and I know its horrible for me.. but what i wanted to know if its okay to smoke during the fast or no… I ask because food cravings I could overcome but food and nicotine .. well i just don’t know about that… p.s. I do plan on using the fast to quit smoking but idk i could right at the beginning..

    • Imraj, I’m not going to lecture you on the cons of smoking as I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. I will say that your body has the best chance of releasing toxins and losing weight when you aren’t putting toxins back into your body. I’m sure you will still lose weight if you decide to keep smoking but consider making it a choice to quit in the near future. You are a lot stronger than you give yourself credit for. You can do anything you want to Imraj! Cheers!

  46. I have been blending for a few months for 1-2 meals a day and recently purchased a juicer. I Try to eat a very high fiber diet as well and an starting a 5 day juice fast but was wondering if I can take a fiber supplement to help clear out my system , I refer Metamucil sugar free. Is it advised that I dont take this fiber supplement or will it be no big deal ?

    • Aaron, the juice will clear out your system without any extra help. You shouldn’t have any fiber supplements during the juice fast. Keep me posted on your progress. Cheers!

  47. Hi

    I’ve been in the juice fast for 3 days now, i am a veggie so love all my fruit and veg.

    I have had dizzy spells with feeling really hungry inbetween lunch and diner time, can i have a light salad or veg plate in the evenings? i am looking to excercise aswell.


    • B, welcome to JOJ and congrats on 3 days of juicing! If you’re feeling hungry the best thing you can do is to have a juice. Don’t set yourself times of when you can and can’t have a juice. Let your body be the judge of when you should be having a juice B. Exercise is fine just keep it easy during the first few days. Cheers!

  48. I have an embarrassing question. I’m on day 5 of only juicing. Is it normal to be having liquid bowel movements? I cannot stay out of the bathroom. Thank you!

    • I have had the same issue. Try switching up what you are juicing maybe? Once I am ‘cleaned out’ I don’s have as many bowel movements during a fast, because my body is using all of what I am taking in (and then some) I think.

    • Valerie, it’s normal to have that happen occasionally but not that frequent. Try to cut back on the amount of juice you drink each time. That should help. Cheers!

  49. Is there any way this 7 day plan could be extended or would it be better to do this periodically like maybe once a month? Sorry I’m new to this.. I’m starting on Friday and I’m kind of nervous to be completely honest.

    • Kelly, you can go past 7 days if you like. The 7 day plan is just a guide to get you started. After 3-5 days you’ll get into your own rhythm and it will be easier to extend your fast. Don’t be nervous, be excited! Your mind is powerful and if you stay excited and plan on succeeding then you will! Cheers!

  50. Hello-

    I just started a juice fast this morning and my about 4PM I had uncontrollable shakes (like low blood sugar) and I felt like I was about to pass out so I ate some whole grapes which didn’t help at all. I ended up having to eat about 10 crackers or so before I finally was able to control myself. I had already consumed 3 juices.

    Is this normal? Am I not juicing enough?

    Thank you!!

    • That’s not normal crystal. Maybe you had something that didn’t agree with you? If you are having a variety of fresh fruits and veggies you should be fine. Keep me posted. Cheers!

  51. I do not have a juicer, so I decided to do a juice fast using the pre-made Bolthouse Farms drinks. My question is: The Bolthouse drinks contain a small amount of dietary fiber. One of them even says it contains 30% daily value of fiber.

    Can I still use these for a juice fast until I can get an actual juicer? I already bought 11 bottles and plan to start the day after tomorrow.

    • Cierra, welcome to JOJ and congrats on deciding to start your juice fast! The pre bottled juices aren’t as nutritious as home made juices but you can get a good jump on your fast by using them and including a lite meal or two throughout the day consisting of only fresh fruits and veggies. By doing that you’ll better ease yourself into the fast and get a good jump on the detox. Fiber is something you shouldn’t have while on the juice fast but until you get your juicer it will be fine to give you a good head start. Cheers Cierra!

  52. Today is my sixth day fasting. I am a little concerned that I might be drinking to much Mean Green and not enough water. I also do not feel I have lost weigh, even though I did not weigh myself. Any information or advise would be appreciate.

    • Sarah, when I was juicing I didn’t really noticed I lost weight until I stepped on the scale and realized I was 12 pounds down during the first week. It’s difficult to tell when we see ourselves in the mirror every day. Try weighing your self and see. I find it hard to believe if you’ve stuck to the fast and haven’t eaten solids that you haven’t lost any weight.

  53. Starting monday!! Super excited!!!!!!

    • Laura, welcome to JOJ and congrats on starting your fast today! Keep me posted and know that I’m here if you have any questions or just need some motivation. I wish you all the best!

  54. Hi Donnie.

    I am going to go on a 60 day Juice fast, next week. I am doing it for weight loss (80 lbs over weight) and most importantly to help with my acid reflux and ibs. I’ve noticed that when I visit my family in the Caribbean, it goes away completely. My goal is to juice organic produce. Then a the end of my fast, slowly introduce healthy foods. Hopefully I will be able to identify & eliminate most or all of the reflux & ibs triggers.

    I have been working out for the last year. I workout 3 days a week, with heavy weights (5 rep range) of compound movements. I’m planning on switching to a very low intensity. Very light weights and high reps focusing on improving my form.

    My Body media says I average 2,700 calories on my off days and 3,500 on my workout days. I was wondering if it would be okay to add coconut oil and BCAAs to the juice, on my workout days.

    My main goal is to eliminate my health problems, but I would like to also reduce the muscle loss associated with fasting.

    Thanks and sorry for the long post.

    • Will, welcome to JOJ and thanks for your comment. You have to decide what your goals are and then put them in order. Lose weight, then build muscle. It’s easy to put on muscle and it’s easy to lose weight. Trying to do both at the same time will take you much longer and juicing is not the way to go when trying to do both. If you focus on your weight loss first and then once you hit your weight goal focus on maintaining and building muscle, you’ll have a better chance to succeed and at a much quicker pace. During the first 3-5 days of your juice fast it’s best to let your body rest and recover from detox. After that it’s okay to workout again but at a light pace and your focus should be to maintain your muscle mass.

      My Body Media is most likely taking into account that you are trying to build mass and not lose weight with those caloric figures. Set your goals, and work at losing the weight first. I don’t see a problem with adding coconut oils and BCAA’s to your juice once you reach your target weight but not before that. If you focus on maintaining muscle mass you should add in an unflavored protein isolate to help with the protein. Keep me posted and let me know how things go. I’m always here if you have questions. I wish you all the best Will!

  55. Hi Donnie,

    Happy New Year, My sister in law introduce this juicy fast and I happy to start as soon as possible, I just had a baby two days ago,I would like to know when is the right time to start this fast while I breastfeed? Will it affect my baby or I should wait for some few months to start.

    Thank you

    • Congrats on your baby! It is not recommended going on a fast while nursing. A lot of toxins will be released into your bloodstream and you don’t want that for the baby. Instead, try supplementing fresh juices into your existing diet and try to eat as clean as possible. No processed foods, no sugar, easy on the gluten and if you are a meat eater eat as much organic as possible. No hormones! Try getting extra protein from vegetable sources like organic sunflower sprouts – these are amazing and are loaded with nutrients. If you do these things, your body will detox over time and will be gentle on the baby. It will certainly help you heal and lose the extra pounds you may have put on during pregnancy.

    • Rahma, it’s not ideal to juice while you breastfeed due to the fact that toxins are released into your blood stream that will get into your milk. I suggest that you add a juice or two into your diet while eating a majority of fresh fruits and veggies throughout the day. It’s okay to have a lean protein such as chicken breast or lean beef too. Just stick to the regime and you’ll detox slower but much safer. You’ll also lose weight that way. Cheers!

  56. Can you chew sugar free gum while on the 7 day juice detox?

    • Is this a stupid question ?

      • Not a stupid question at all Jose. It’s been asked many times before. Just don’t swallow your gum haha!

        • Sweet thanks for that I couldn’t find that question anywhere :)) I started your programme 3 days ago and have lost 8 pounds on weighing myself at the beginning of day 4, which is great since indulging in the Xmas food. I just wondered if I complete the same days I juice (7days) just eating whole what I have been juicing should I keep the pounds I have lost off?

          • Jose, congrats on losing 8 pounds in 3 days! That’s amazing! You will probably continue to lose weight if you stick to eating the fresh fruits and veggies Jose. You’ll maintain the weight loss if you stick to eating healthy. Congrats again!

    • Jose, sugar free gum is fine while on the fast. It helps with the urge to chew something. Cheers!

    • I wouldn’t recommend sugar free gum since most include artificial sweeteners, which are toxic to our bodies. I know there are xylitol sweetened gums at health food stores. I would just be wary of anything “sugar free”. Read labels and research anything ingredient you are unfamiliar with.

      • Good point Kari, even something as simple as gum can add toxins into our bodies. Gum is a good way to get over the “not chewing” part of juicing though. After a while you won’t need the gum anyway. You’ll crave the juice! Cheers!

  57. Donnie,
    how do you suggest juicing on a cruise? Obviously taking my juicer is not an option. Do I just plan on being “off plan” those days i’m gone and restart when I get home? I’m eating vegetarian while on the ship.

    • Breathesy, I suggest you enjoy your cruise and then get back to juicing after it’s over :) Have a wonderful time and enjoy yourself! Cheers!

  58. Hi
    Do you recommend juicing for women suffering from hormonal imbalance?

  59. Hi Donnie,

    I was just reading your article and you made me feel more comfortable to know I’m going the safe way on my juicing diet, but I have been adding in solid food like seeds, nuts, and flax seeds. I noticed I lost 3 pounds and I have never lost that much two days. Your Q&As helped me out great and much comforts to know I’m eating well and providing all the nutrients for my body. Honestly, I have PCOS and this seems to be effective out of all the diets/lifestyle choices I’ve been trying. Juicing is definitely the way to go.

    There is something I need to question, is our body losing water weight or fat weight? I know we drink a lot of water from fruits and vegetables, but as well regular water. However, knowing there are natural water in the veggies and fruits made me wonder what am I really losing?


    • Caroline, welcome to JOJ and congrats on your fast! I’d love to hear how things worked out for you. As with any diet our bodies lose a combination of fat, water weight, and muscle. You lose a majority of it from fat and water weight though. I’m always here if you have questions.

  60. I love your web site! I’ll be doing my first 30 day juice fast in January and I do have a few questions…first, I have a highly physically demanding job, I’m in produce with a high volume grocery company and I practice Bikram Yoga anywhere from 3-7 days a week, are there any precautions I need to take with my highly physically demanding lifestyle? Also, is it okay for me to take a fish oil supplement while on my fast? Let me just add that I will be doing this 30 day juice fast under the supervision of an experienced and licensed healthcare practitioner. Glad I found your website. Thanks!

    • Welcome to JOJ Pablo, and congrats on planning out your first juice fast! For highly physical lifestyles I recommend adding in more protein greens such as spinach or kale. If you find that you are still lacking energy then you may consider adding in a protein supplement such as an unflavored protein isolate to your juices in the morning so you get that extra protein throughout the day. There’s really no need for the fish oil but it wont harm your fast. Good idea doing it under the supervision of your doctor. It’s always a plus to have a trained medical professional behind you to ensure things are going good. Keep me posted Pablo and know that I’m here if you have any questions.

  61. I love your web site! I’ll be doing my first 30 day juice fast in January and I do have a few questions…first, I have a highly physically demanding job, I’m in produce with a high volume grocery company and I practice Bikram Yoga anywhere from 3-7 days a week, are there any precautions I need to take with my highly physically demanding lifestyle? Also, is it okay for me to take a fish oil supplement while on my fast? Let me just add that I will be doing this 30 day juice fast under the supervision of an experienced and licensed healthcare practitioner. Glad I found your website. Thanks!

    • Welcome to JOJ Pablo, and congrats on planning out your first juice fast! For highly physical lifestyles I recommend adding in more protein greens such as spinach or kale. If you find that you are still lacking energy then you may consider adding in a protein supplement such as an unflavored protein isolate to your juices in the morning so you get that extra protein throughout the day. There’s really no need for the fish oil but it wont harm your fast. Good idea doing it under the supervision of your doctor. It’s always a plus to have a trained medical professional behind you to ensure things are going good. Keep me posted Pablo and know that I’m here if you have any questions.

  62. Hi Donnie, i have completed the 7 day juice fast and lost 6kgs, i am on day 2 of incorporating solids back into my diet. yesterday i had a small salad for lunch, and a small fruit salad. Tonight for dinner i will do the same, and tomorrow the same also. When can i incorporate eggs for breakfast, and even fish or chicken for lunch and or dinner? My body has never been so weak before, i have lost the weight, but my legs and body are tired, i have no energy to lift weights anymore, will this come back when i start eating solids again?


    • Congrats on the weight loss Jansen! That’s fantastic! I’d give it a full 3-5 days after the fast before including eggs or chicken. Just make sure you don’t give in to any old habits and keep your eating healthy. You’ll probably still continue to lose weight as long as you keep it healthy. You’re energy will come back when you start including more proteins and other solids. Just do so in moderation and you’ll do great! Keep me posted on how things go.

      • Okay sounds great, currently having some lemon and warm water. So is it okay on Friday to have a small omelette for breakfast and small piece of fish for lunch with salad then juice for dinner or vice versa? when is it okay to ramp up to 2-3 meals as opposed to one veggie/fruit meal a day? Thanks Donnie!!

        • You can start having meals after about 3-5 days of just fruits, veggies, and juice. It’s good to keep having juices throughout the day even when you go back to solids. This will keep your body adjusted to the nutrition.

  63. I was wondering if it is ok to use spices in juices while fasting? I was thinking of doing like an apple pie kind of thing with nutmeg and cinnamon.

    • Heather, spices are great additions to juices. Cinnamon and Nutmeg work great to give a juice some good holiday flavor! Enjoy!

  64. Hey Donnie I am on Day 1. I am aiming to lose 20-25 pounds , how long do you recommend I do this for ? Is there any juicer that you would highly recommend ? & also can I drink green tea while on this diet ?

    • Crystal, I’m sorry for the late response. If your goal is to lose 20-25 pounds then I suggest you juice until you lose 20-25 pounds. Don’t set yourself a time limit. You can have green tea, but keep it free of additives like sugar or honey. Keep me posted on how things go Crystal.

  65. Hi Donny

    Great website. I am on day 8 of the juicing. My detox was day two and three…sweaty, pale, nauseous. Since then, it feels like the cloudiness in my brain has gone. I’m doing this purely to get my body healthy. Have lost 6.5kg/14 pounds since starting. Was aiming for ten days but pretty sure I’ll go to 30 days now. I don’t crave coffee anymore, and feel much calmer and grounded,

    Many people ask about protein, it occurs to me that my excess fat is stored energy and my body seems to be using it, perhaps that provides protein too?

    Thought I would share so people thinking about this for weight loss are encouraged to try.

    • Jason, congrats on your juice fast! Once you pass detox that cloudiness lifts and you start to feel great. Congrats on the weight loss and health aspects you’ve gained. As far as protein, you get enough protein from veggies such as kale, spinach, and a few others to sustain yourself. I wish you all the best Jason!

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  67. I’m starting on Wednesday because I have to buy a juicer which one do you recommend!? I’m very excited! This is a great site for beginners!!

    • Hey Alicia … iam only a beginner :) actually started juicing on Nov 11 :) ..

      I have juicer “jack lalane” i ve never had any other before so i cant compare it but its pretty good :) it runs at higher RPM tho and ive read that lower RPM Juicers are better(less oxidation occurs and they can yield more juice from the same amounts of produce) Research it for your self

      Omega / Kuvings are slow juicers … i think omega runs at 80 rounds per minute which means its much quiter :)

      But prices are high at least for me so i decided to start with cheaper juicer and see how it will go :) … and then eventually maybe get some more expensive one :)

  68. Hello Donnie,

    Thanks for this wonderful website and all the information you provide. I have a question about coffee, I know that you’ve said that the caffeine is just more toxins and that drinking it while on a detox juice fast wouldn’t be wise, but to be honest I just care about losing some weight for the moment, so would it be ok if I had a little cup of joe and do the juice fast in order to shed some pounds?

    Thanks in advance!

  69. Hi Donnie,

    Great FAQ! I’m on day 4 of my juice cleanse and I just have a couple questions First of all I have a constant headache I was hoping this would be gone by today, But I feel like its due to lack of caffeine as I used to drink a lot of tea. How terrible for the cleanse would it be if I drank decaf black tea with milk? Also I find myself craving warm salty food, would I be able to make a vegetable juice (say squash carrot, celery, spinach) and heat it up and add salt?



  70. Hi Donnie- Thank you so much for providing this great resource! I am on my 9th day of a juice fast; I did a week of just juice a vegetable puree soups before that. I have a few questions for you: You recommend 80% vegetable and 20% fruit, do you have any guidelines about carrots and beets, since they have a high sugar content? Also, I have been have a couple of cups of miso and /or homemade vegetable broth each day, which really helps me get through this! Do you have any thoughts on whether that is a good thing or not (particularly the miso, because of the salt content)? Last, I started this to try to remedy a pain I had been experiencing, and now that I am dropping some weight and feeling so good I want to continue! With a 30-35 lb weight loss goal, how long would you thing I should go for? I really appreciate you, Donnie; it is such a blessing to have found your site!

    • Judy, congrats on your 9th day of juicing! The less sugar you use, the faster the weight will come off. Remember that weight loss is a side effect of juicing but not the main point of it. The purpose of juicing is to get the fresh nutrients in your body and cleanse it.

      Cut back on the miso a bit as it’s too salt heavy. If the veggie broth helps then keep with it. Eventually you should try to eliminate it. Try making a good hearty juice and warm it up on the stove. Feel free to add some spices and herbs to it so you can eat it with a spoon like a soup. There are few juice/soup recipes in the recipe section of the forum that you may find good.

      If you go to just juice and drink plenty of water you should have no problem losing that 30-35 pounds within a month or more. Keep me posted and let me know if you have any questions Judy.

  71. what is the latest time i can juice before bed? i’m only on day 3…i wasn’t feeling hungry but now i’m starting to…especially before bed… probably bc that was my time for a lot of my eating..but is it okay to juice late at night too?

    • Rachel, I typically don’t like to have a juice any sooner than an hour before I go to bed. Depending on the juice you make and how your body takes to it, it may give you energy so you’ll have to gauge your reactions to it and figure out the best time to have your last juice. I used to eat and snack a lot right before bed while watching TV. I realized when I started juicing that it was just habitual eating and that I wasn’t really hungry at all. This may be the case so try to understand the differences between hunger and a craving before you decide to have a juice. Hunger is how your body tells you it needs nutrients and cravings are when your mind tells you to eat out of habit, boredom, or for the pleasure and taste of it. So only have a juice when you are hungry.

      Keep me posted and let me know if you have any questions. Congrats on day 3 of your juice fast!!!

  72. Slightly different question! I would like to start my juice cleanse next week, hopefully a full week without giving up after a day… I would like to check first, am I OK to do it while being on the pill? I wouldn’t want any surprise :) Thanks.

    • Luna, I don’t see a problem doing this while on the pill. You may want to consult with your doctor just to be sure though.

  73. I”m on my second day of juicing. After two days lost 5 pounds. Have only drank 3 20oz juices a day. Not sure if I should be drinking more but don’t feel to hungry.

    • Welcome to JOJ and congrats on starting your juice fast Frank! This is a great question and one that I get asked a lot. The answer is listen to your body. If you’re not hungry, then don’t have a juice. Hunger is how your body tells you it needs nutrients. If you’re not hungry then there’s no need to force nutrients into your body. Just keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll have a successful juice fast with a great motivational story of your own. Keep me posted on your fast Frank and know that I’m here if you have any questions.

  74. if i dont feel hungry when i wake up should i do a juice and drink it oh should i wait until im hungry
    thanks in advance

    • Just wait until you are hungry Ian. I usually like to have my first juice within the hour of waking up. It really helps to set the pace for your day.

  75. Hi,
    I’m on my 2nd week. Feeling pretty good. Lost 11lbs in week 1.
    Just wondering if I’m ok with the juice I’m making or if not can you suggest what I should change. .
    I’m making a celery, spinach, cucumber, ginger, lemon, orange, apple and kiwi juice.
    I’m also using cox’s apples as I prefer the taste.

    So far, this has been the best thing I have ever done. :)

    • Joanna, congrats on two weeks and 11 pounds lost on your juice fast! I wouldn’t change anything about the juices you are making if it’s working. Try using the Granny Smith apples though as they have less sugar content that any other apple out there. Try it once or twice as a replacement to the Cox’s apples. Keep me posted on your success and let me know if you have any questions. You’re doing fantastic!!!

      • Your so nice to responding to everyone and helping them through their journey

        This summer I could bear doing the walk of shame from the beach to the sea in a swimming costume. I have become so low and disgusted in myself.
        This has given me such a boost and reading your story has giving me tuns of motivation.. And yes it does work.
        I’m doing this until the 20th November, having 5 days off then back on until Dec 23rd. . All being well back on after Christmas.

        And next summer my 5 year old son will have his mum playing in the sea with him :)


        • Thanks Joanna, I do my best! I wish you all the best with your juice fast. If you’re determined you will have success beyond what you imagine at first. It’s such a wonderful feeling and I’m glad I was able to share my story and help motivate so many people. Keep me posted on your success and know that I’m always here if you have any questions throughout your journey Joanna.

      • Hi, Just been reading up and doing my research on juice fasting before I start mine tomorrow morning. I have done the whole pill form from vitamin shops and ate nuthing but raw veggies and fruit and decided to give this way a shot now. Two things im worried about.. im majorily a caffeine addict.. haha like i own a expresso machine. there is a day every so often that i will skip caffeine but its rare. I read i should tapper myself off of caffeine but i already bought the juice at whole foods today. So what to do? and im also a bartender and work about 50 hours a week so will 3 to 4 juices a day be enogh for me? is it really horrible if i do get a bad headache to drink a half of cup of fresh brewed unsweetened ice tea to help the withdrawls? any advice would be awesome!! thanks

  76. Hi,

    Thanks for this lovely site very informational. Just completed my first day of juicing and ai have a couple of questions.

    1) I had just 3 juices and water in between. Is anything wrong about taking less than the 4 juice/day minimum?

    2) I’m on blood pressure diuretic medication and noticed my first juice had kale but by my second juice when I used spinach instead been passing a lot of urine. Is it safe to juice fast while on a diuretic?

    I have a lot of weight to lose and I’m hoping I last the week. Today was tough dealing with cravings but the good thing is I’m craving steamed vegetables and Grilled salmon lol. My mind wants to chew on some food and I’m mega glad its not craving unhealthy food means I will make it. Thanks again for this lovely site and hope to hear back from you

    • Liz, there is nothing wrong with taking in less as long as you aren’t starving your body. You need to make sure and have a juice as soon as you start to feel hungry. Stick to the kale for now and see what your blood pressure is in a few days. You may ask your doctor about going off of it after a week of juicing. He can advise you if that is best for you or if coupling the spinach with your BP/diuretic meds is good for you. Keep me posted and let me know if you have any questions.

  77. Hello, I began my juice fast 10/15 and have lost 7.5 pounds so far. i do feel much better and also sleep much better, however, I do feel hungry alot and not fully satisfied after a juice. I was wondering if juicing would still be effective if I were to eat one meal a day (probably a salad at dinner). Please let me know or offer any other suggestions because I dont want to give up juicing but I am afraid if I keep going like this I am eventually going to binge to satisfy my hunger. Thank you!


    • Avanyahres, try upping the quantity of juice you drink. Also, you need to understand the difference between hunger and cravings. Hunger is when your body is telling you it needs nutrients to sustain itself. Cravings are when your mind is telling you to eat out of habit or for the enjoyment of it. People often confuse the two. You should not be hungry at all on the juice fast as you’re giving your body loads of nutrients. Just up your intake and see how things go. Let me know if you have any questions.

  78. I am about to start my fast next week. This week is quitting smoking…I figured one thing at a time would probably work out better. I have a couple of questions. 1st, will coffee slow down the weight loss progress? I know the caffeine isn’t good for you but I also am afraid to take on every vice in the next two weeks..haha. I don’t want to set myself up for failure. The biggest thing I am after with my juice fast is the weight loss. Is decaf an option? Also, can I use sugar-free sweeteners like splenda and/or sugar-free Kool-aid? I drink sugar free kool aid pretty often…not a fan of fizzy drinks. Thanks! I’m excited about the new changes in my life…I just want to make sure I’m doing it right. Thanks!

    • Mango, congrats on taking the necessary steps to better your health. Coffee won’t slow down your weight loss, but caffeine, sugar, and cream will. So if you must have coffee keep it decaf and don’t add sugar or cream. With that being said I think one cup of regular non creamed/sugared coffee won’t hurt you. It would be best to eventually switch that out for tea though.

      Don’t use any sweeteners at all. You’re only going to release weight and toxins as long as you aren’t putting toxins back into your body. Stick to the juices and you’ll do great. Keep me posted Mango! I’m here if you have any questions.

  79. Hi Donnie, hope all is well with you…
    I ordered a “Fusion Juicer”, have you heard anything about that juicer? I’ve read some reviews and they vary from great to not so great. There is no in between, so I’m not sure. They have a money back guarantee with it so I guess I can return it if it doesn’t work as I anticipate it to. Last time I told you I had to stay with my masticating juicer for awhile but I gave in one early morning while watching the infomercial. They made it look so easy, plus they have a plan laid out. For me, reading your site and getting support from you has helped me to reach my goals but my family is not on board on this with me yet. Their health means a lot to me of course and so I’m hoping that they can get motivated with this new machine and health plan. Your opinion and advice is greatly appreciated as usual :-)

    • Ivette, I think you’ll do fine with the Fusion Juicer. I haven’t had the pleasure of using one myself but I hear they are good. Let me know how you like it. I’m here if you have any questions Ivette. I wish you the best on your juice fast!

  80. I can’t wait to try the 7 day juicing fast I really want to lose weight but my health is more important I want to have more energy my body is always tired and I feel sluggish thank you for helping me out in answering my questions

    • Amanda, you’re going to do great on your juice fast! Let me know how things turn out for you. I’m here if you have any questions.

  81. Hi Donnie!

    I began my juice fast on 09/23/2013. I consume only juices and water, nothing else. I weight 242 pounds (which I JUST found out today :( ) Yuck! I am doing the fast obviously for health reasons, and to lose this weight. I am only a 5’5″ female. I did have a question, my body has been detoxing for about two days (today was really bad). However, for two days, I can look at food (unhealthy or healthy) and my stomach will get upset. This juicing fast, I never knew it would be easy for someone like me. I haven’t had much of an appetite, and everywhere I am seeing to have at least 4 16oz juices. My juices are all green juices, but I do not have as much as an appetite. I do drink 3 16 oz juices, but I force myself to do that, because I get so full. Should I drink 4 16oz juices even though I am not hungry? I drink a lot of water in between juices as well. I also wanted to know if walking with weights would be ideal for someone like me. I am going to juice fast for 60 days.

    • Itarah, it sounds like you are doing fantastic! As far as the quantity of juices. Try having 4 servings of juice that are each 12 ounces. This should make it a little easier for you. Keep up with the water and walking is great with or without weights. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to hear of your success throughout your fast so keep me posted!

      • Hi Donnie!

        It is Itarah again. I have made it to day 10 of juicing. As I have informed you previously, I am doing the juicing for health reasons and to help me lose weight. I weigh 242 pounds. I have NOT cheated. I drink 4 x 16oz of juice and about 2 Liters of water a day (bathroom break is my new name). I mainly drink cabbage, spinach, ginger, lemon, 1 apple, cucumber, and celery for my juices (sometimes I may throw in a carrot). I have only lost 2.8 pounds thus far. I am concerned about that. Am I doing something wrong? I know everyone’s weight loss is different, but what are your thoughts on that. And, again, I have not cheated one time…went cold turkey from all foods.

        • Itarah, congrats on day 10. How much did you start out weighing and what juicer are you using?

          • Hi Donnie!

            Thank you, as always for the time you take with the replies. I have successfully completed day 22! I have lost around 29 pounds, and I am happy about that. When I had written you initially, I was on my “monthly.” Once I was done, weight had and has continuously dropped. Maybe that had something to do with me not losing weight? I am not sure. Things are fine now. I am thinking of starting a blog with all of the journal writings that I have. Maybe I will also add in some videos. Will keep you updated on my successful juicing journey! 22 days down – 68 more to go (or whatever my body will allow) :)

          • Itarah, congrats on day 22 and nearly 30 pounds lost so far! If you start a blog with your experiences just shoot me an email with the link and I’ll make sure to tweet it and get it out there for you. You’re doing really great, keep me posted on your success Itarah!

          • Hi Donnie!

            Just wanted to update and let the world know that today is day 30 of JUST JUICING!!!! I have NOT cheated at all. This is also my first juice fast, or any type of fast, ever!!! My mind is made up, and I pray my body lasts all the way til day 90!! Even if it doesn’t, and I have to include a salad or smoothie, I will still juice most of the days until my 90 days is up.

            I do have the urge; however, to have something in my mouth now. Can I possibly use a lemon for this?? I do not chew gum, because most gum have pork in them, and I do not eat pork. I will not eat the lemon, just get the juice from it. Do you think this may be a bad idea?? Will it cause any harm for my juicing???

            Thanks, Donnie, as always for your time and advice!!


          • Itarah, congrats on day 30! If you have an urge remember, it’s just an urge. Chew on some sugar free gum if you have an urge to chew on something. Don’t eat any solids while on your fast.

          • Hi Donnie!

            This is Itarah, again! I hope you are doing well. I have a question for you. I have had Diarrhea for the past four days, off and on. I tried switching my drinks, and it is still not working. I also tried to drink certain tea that is supposed to ease this issue, and again, nothing is working. Do you have any suggestions? Do you believe it is time for me to quit?

          • Itarah, are you still having Diarrhea? If you are is it constant or only after you drink a juice?

          • Hi Donnie!!

            The issue is solved. I began using less spinach, since I had spoken to you. That has really helped, well stopped the problem all together!On Day 35 and will keep pushing as long as my body will allow!! “No cheatin’, just straight juicing for eatin’.”

          • That’s great news Itarah! I’m glad everything is going good for you! Sometimes too much of any one ingredient can be harmful. That’s why it’s always best to listen to your body. Great job! Keep me posted on how things proceed Itarah.

          • OH! I also forgot to add!!! Six more pounds and I will be out of the 200’s for the first time in almost five years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do walk with weights, jog, stretch, and do minor little exercises, but not too much (I know how to listen to my body now!!!). But, just a little update!!!! I am so excited,and so is my husband (who has made every single juice since I started 35 days ago :), and my children!! Thanks so much for your advice, it is really motivating, and helps to keep me going everyday (well my body is used to it now, but you know what I mean) :) Have a good one!!

          • I’m excited for you too Itarah! You’re doing so great! I’m always looking forward to reading your updates. Keep me posted, you’re doing such a fantastic job and will soon be out of the 200’s!

          • Hi Donnie!!

            I hope you and your family are doing well :). I have a quick question that is open for your suggestion. Today, I am on day 43 of my juicing fast. For the past week, I have not lost any weight. From my research prior to juicing, I saw sometimes weight becomes still. Meaning, it doesn’t come off. I only weigh myself about once a week, or once every two weeks.

            I only drink vegetable juices. I add carrots in my juices every now and again. Sometimes, I may add one apple in my juices. I don’t because the carrots, beets, and fruits are way too sweet for me right now, and I can’t drink them. I walk everyday for at least 30 minutes as well.

            Do you know what this could be? I am also not losing inches. Maybe my body may be at a stand-still? I am just wanting to make sure I am not doing anything wrong. I still weigh 206 pounds from 10/27.

          • Itarah, 43 days is fantastic. I do however suggest that you take time to visit with your doctor if you plan on continuing your juice fast. I don’t think there is anything wrong as weight will sometimes stop while your body is adjusting. Try changing up your juices and use some different ingredients. Add some spinach to your juices if you aren’t already. Keep me posted and let me know what happens Itarah. Congrats again on 43 days of juicing!

          • Hi Donnie!

            I began losing weight again! Thanks for the advice as well concerning my doctor! I have been keeping in contact with my Nutritionist weekly. Once I hit Day 30, I saw my doctor. He informed me to come to him every week once a week to check my vitals. So far, so good. My nutritionist and doctor have told me that I am clear to go for another week, and once that week is up (and I go to my scheduled appointments), then they will see if I am clear to go another week. I definitely recommend a Nutritionist and a doctor, not just a doctor’s opinion for those ready to go on this journey.

            Happy losing!! Oh and I have begun losing weight again. I believe that I may go to day 60 (depending on the advice of my council). If I could go further, I will, but not just doing juicing. I will be adding smoothies, and begin eating raw fruits and veggies in 15 days.

          • Itarah, that’s great news! I’m glad you seeing a nutritionist and your doctor. Keep us all posted on your success! I love hearing from people who are juicing and reaching for their goals. I wish you all the best Itarah!

  82. I will start this just curious to know when i start how do i keep from losing my booty should i do swuats ?…..what do you recommend. …thanks for the site also.

    • Meagan, it really depends on how long you plan on juicing for. The longer you juice the more weight you will lose. Focus your exercises around toning and yes, squats will help you keep your booty. Let me know if you have any questions.

  83. Hi

    I’m on Day 3 of a Juice Detox 3 Day Fast – coping ok with the headaches/empty head, but obviously I must have drunk too much green tea in the past! And there was me thinking green tea was good for you. . . I guess it still is but I bet you reccomend I drink Decaf Green Tea instead right? I also like peppermint tea which I know is fine and caffine free.

    I read your article on “eating after fasting” so I know what to do for the next couple of days. I could never do mass juice fasts often there is just far too much food I like, don’t get me wrong, my diet before was relatively healthy, just maybe a few too many calories or too much caffine. I tend to eat nuts/seeds/dried fruit from boxes, I love rolled oats heated up with honey, eggs on wholemeal toast and of course fruit/vege for most of my meals – but I do cook as well – again healthy stir fries, curries, chili’s etc with lots of vege/meat and where possible no “man-made” sauces – all spices and seasonings with me. If I were to introduce juices say, once a day and vary the juices I have, would that suffice?

    • I suppose another thing wrong with the old diet was alcohol. I don’t binge drink, but if I’m watching a movie or at a board games night, I’m inclined to have say one cider or one light cocktail. Almost never do I have binge sessions. Don’t worry I haven’t touched ANYTHING on the detox and won’t for a little while after.

      • Luke, while drinking is not the best thing for you, just do your best to limit it. Try replacing it with something else occasionally and bring out the liquor for special occasions or once every few nights instead of every night. I had alcohol every night before my fast, and now after juicing for so long I can’t really stomach it anymore. I do enjoy a drink here and there but mostly on social occasions.

    • Luke, decaf is your best bet. You can only rid toxins as long as you aren’t putting any more into your system (caffeine).

      It really depends on what your goals are Luke. If your goal is to lose weight then you probably wont notice much of a difference by having a juice here and there while eating solids. If you just want to make sure you are getting better nutrition then a juice once or twice a day is a really good way to do that.

      • Well fat loss is a biggy and I certainly did lose some during the course of my 3 Day Detox I just did. Still a little room for improvement, but if I have any more beet-root in such a short space of time I’ll go mad! :-) I don’t have any “weight” as such to lose, it’s more toning than anything else so I’m trying to keep calories down and stick to nutrition where possible.

        I’ve definitely switched to Decaf Green Tea now and will still aim to juice once a day, maybe for breakfast or early morning snack. Failing that I love rolled oats.

        On that subject actually, is it generally the case that all bread is bad? It gets a lot of bad press among nutritionists and I do recall I used to eat at least 2-3 slices of seeded wholemeal bread 4-5 times a week due to having eggs on toast – now researching alternative “egg” breakfast recipes!

        • Luke, anything can be bad depending on how much of it we eat. I’m sure a little bread isn’t going to make or break you. On the other hand, if you were downing half a whole loaf of bread every day there might be some issues. Just keep doing what you’re doing by living healthy, and making healthy eating choices. Include a juice here and there like you do and all will be good Luke.

  84. i stated juicing today. i want to do a 7 day cleanse but i’m going out with a few friends of mine on Fri. Am i not allowed to have any type of liquor or are some types acceptable?

    • Marla, no liquor while on your juice fast. What’s more important to you right now? Your health and your fast or fun? I’m sure you’ll have a lot more fun when your finished your fast :) Just hang in there and it will be over quicker than you think.

  85. I feel that since I cannot chew food I have the urge to chew gum. Is this okay?

    • Amy, that urge will go away. You can have sugar free gum if you like. Just don’t make a habit out of it.

      • Thanks for your quick response! I started yesterday and surprisingly I’m doing pretty good, just had some headaches yesterday from lack of my morning coffee. I’m setting a two week goal but hoping to push it out to 30 days. We’ll see!

        • That’s awesome Amy! Feel free to take some tylenol or ibuprofen for those headaches. You’re most likely having caffeine withdraw and that’s what is causing the headaches. You can also have some tea throughout the day if you like. Keep me posted and let me know how things work out for you. I’m always here if you have any questions.

          • Well today I got a “Charlie Horse” type cramp in my stomach. Not sure from what caused it. I’m trying to drink water and passion herbal tea, no caffeine. Is this normal around day 2/3?

          • Keep drinking water and juice. I’m sure it will go away. If it doesn’t try adding some more ginger to your drinks. Keep me posted Amy. Hope you feel better soon.

  86. hi Donnie. am so grateful I came across your page. Thank you so much for replying to each single person, that says a lot about you.three days ago when I first stumble on this blog, I was so excited that immediately went to brandsamrt and got a juicer. I didn’t take my time out to actually read this section (which I heavily regret) because after two days of living on the mean juice only because my biggest mistake was to add chia seeds to my juice. and I just read that it cant be added. at this point I am so annoyed and disappointed at myself i don’t know if Is hould just stop juicing and go back to eating or start over again

    • Thelma, don’t get upset over chia seeds. It’s not going to make or break your fast by any means. It’s best to leave them out as they are a solid but if you’ve been juicing for this long already, you should definitely keep doing it. It’s only going to give you greater results if you continue on. No need to stop or start over. You are already a few days into your fast so keep going with it. Don’t stop over chia seeds. It would be different if you were downing pizzas and beer every night but some simple chia seeds aren’t going to destroy your fast. Just stop using them and keep juicing, you’re doing great! Keep it up Thelma! I’m always here if you have any questions.

  87. Donnie – I have a question regarding the 80/20 rule of veg to fruit. Is that rule before or after it is juiced? I can juice an entire bag of spinach and only get an ounce of juice and then juice one small apple and get the same amount. I’m hoping the rule is before juicing! Thanks for your help! – Vicki

    • Vicki, that’s a good question. I always look at before when figuring out my 80/20. Produce like spinach doesn’t yield much but what it does yield is very highly concentrated. Just keep fruits to a minimum and you’ll be good Vicki. Let me know if you have any questions.

  88. I’m a limo driver I have a juicer at home can I make all my juices and put them in bottles and take them with me to drink throughout the day or will I lose majority of the nutrients that I’m trying to gain my son also wants to do this during wrestling season I need help understanding juicing for this purpose

    • Marci, you can make your juices in the morning and bring them with you. Make sure you store them in air tight containers (bottles work perfect) and keep them in an ice chest so they stay cold. If you store them right they can usually hold our for between 8-12 hours.

      Marci, is your son trying to lose weight or just trying to add some nutrition into his daily diet? If he’s just trying to add it into his diet and not too concerned about weight loss, then a few juices per day in addition to his normal meals would be great. Hope this helps.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

  89. Started juicing like 3 days ago but was also eating fruit with the juice. So I’m going to start the real deal tomorrow I need to lose weight my questions is because of multiple back surgerys I take a lot of pain meds.will that interfere with my weight loss?

    • Nat, most pain meds are take as needed, so they will be fine to take as needed while on your fast in most cases. But also, I’m not sure what medications you are on or what advice your doctor has given you. So it would be best to check with your doctor just in case. I wish you the best Nat, let me know if you have any questions.

  90. Hi I’m on my 6 day juicing with drinking plenty of water n I’ve felt great. been working out good n im gonna sign up to a gym soon. Originally I planned to juice for 30 days but now i wanna do just 10 days n after 3 weeks of eaten right go on a 7day juice fast again everytime. Is that ok or is doing 10 days not enough n should do 30 or higher then 10?

    • Max, 10 days is a good amount of time to juice. I suggest you juice as long as you feel comfortable doing so. Depending on what your weight goals are, you may just want to keep juicing until you hit your goal or get within 5-10 pounds. The rest will come off with healthy eating and exercise. If you fast for 3-7 days once or twice a month you will also have good results. Just make sure you stick to eating healthy foods and mostly fruits and vegetables. I’m here if you have any questions Max.

  91. Dear Donnie,

    I watch the film fat sick and nearly dead I’m excite to try juicing so i start searching for information I’m 40 years old 178 kg morbid obese person i were before 250 kg I’ve done Bariatric Surgery but one year no i’m unable to loose weight and controlling my self I want to start tomorrow i have water melon apples cabbages oranges cucumber parsley ginger lemon garlic can i add almond o r raw peanut?
    I swim a lot 1.5-3 hours (40-80 lap of 25 m pool )
    can i swim on this diet?

    • Rami, congrats on starting your juice fast. It’s going to be the best thing you can do for yourself. The weight will come off fast and you will feel really good. Just stick to it and you’ll do great Rami! Don’t add any almonds or peanuts to your juices. Nothing solid should go into your juices. That will force your digestive system to start working again and take you out of the fast. I see no problem with swimming. Just make sure you listen to your body and don’t overdo it. If your body is telling you it has had enough, then you need to listen to it and rest. The more rest and sleep you can get during the first few days the better. Drink plenty of water also. I’m here if you have any questions Rami.

      • Thank you Donnie I just start with watermelon and lemon juice 1 litter
        I’m wondering can I add Cumin or other spices
        can I add vinegar
        can I add olive oil?

        • Rami, you can add some spices to your juices. I would stay away from olive oil though. You can also try making a juice, adding some spices, and heating it up to eat like a soup. Let me know how things work out for you. I’m here if you have questions.

          • I make another juice with cabbages cucumber parsley watermelon 2 apples 1 orange 1 lemon 2 clove garlic 1 onion I don’t feel hunger I go out and have some craving for food when passing bu restaurants.
            so I can heat the juice it will be like soup .
            also can I juice potato
            can use tomato paste?
            and thank you from my heart for helping me.

          • Rami, you most certainly can heat the juices up and make a soup our of them. You can also add a few spices but don’t add anything with sugar or salt. You can juice potatoes but stay away from the tomato paste. Let me know if you have any questions. There’s also a post in the recipe section of the forum about soups. There are some good recipes for you to try out there.

  92. Also can you add chia seeds to your juice to make you fuller?

    • No Katie, you don’t want to add anything solid to your juices. Anything solid is going to make your digestive system work. During the fast the juice is absorbed and that allows your digestive system to rest, cleanse, and heal itself. If you start putting any solids back into your system this whole process is stopped and you are not on your fast anymore. Just stick with your juice and it will fill you up all on its own.

  93. Okay thanks so much for the helpful information. So how long do you recommend I do the fast for? I think I will just take a break from working out and strickley focus on juicing.

    • Don’t set a time frame, set yourself a weight limit and stop when you feel you’re at a comfortable weight. It’s easier than setting a time frame.

  94. Is this okay to do with the whole family, children and all?

    • Yvonne, I don’t see a problem with incorporating juice with the whole family. Just make sure when it comes to the children that they are still eating healthy and things will go great for all of you. If you’re wanting to know about having the whole family on a juice fast, I don’t know the age or health of your children to give you a yes or a no. Let me know if you have any questions.

  95. Hi I really want to try juicing but I also want to stay active and work out at least six times a week. I read the FAQ about eating a small meal of veggies and chicken, steak, or pork. So do you just have that as your dinner? How many juices do you recommend when doing this? And is it safe?

    • Katie, during your juice fast you don’t want to eat any solids at all. The eating comes after your juice fast. Make sure you have between 4-6 juices per day and you’ll do great. Why wouldn’t any of this be safe? Read around the comments and forums and you’ll see how successful people are on their juice fasts. I’m here if you have any questions.

    • Katie, also it’s best to let your body rest and recover during the first 3-5 days. While you can work out, it may be a little too much during the detox phase so just listen to your body and if it tell you enough is enough then stop your workouts.

  96. Hi Donnie I started on Saturday and have to say after drinking coffee for over 30 years the coffee part is tough. I crashed Saturday afternoon with a major headache but took a pill and a nap and was fine afterwards. Sunday was the same headache no hunger pangs lots of toilet breaks but overall I felt great. Today the headache came again but it was not as intense so I guess in a few days I should stop getting them. I do feel great and and not hungry at all and hope I can continue this for the next 57 days. Will keep you updated btw the bruschetta not my favorite I have come up with many of my own concoction

    • Sandra, coffee is a tough one to get over. I used to go through at least 2 pots a day by myself. Just take a tylenol or ibuprofen when you feel a headache coming on. They will eventually go away. People either love or hate the bruschetta one. I put it up there as an option. I only make it with 1 clove of garlic and I have to be in the mood for a real tomato flavored juice to do it. You’re doing great, keep me posted! I’m here if you have any questions Sandra.

  97. Great FAQ page Donnie,

    Very well organized and you answered most of the questions I see being asked all the time.

    I prefer to Juice regularly over fasting myself however it’s nice to have a good resource to point people to.

    Thanks Donnie


    • Frank, I’m glad you like the FAQ page! I’m going to be updating it soon as there are more questions and answers that should be added to it. Great site you have by the way, I’ll check back often for updates. Have an awesome day. If you have any questions, just let me know.

  98. Hey Donnie!
    I took it upon myself to start juicing. I started out blending and then I decided, why not juice instead? The juice I made was with lettuce, apples, oranges and ginger. It was amazing! But right after I drank it, I got acid reflux/heartburn! So I gave up and drank milk to counter that. My question is, is this common or am I juicing wrong? Is there any produce that you would recommend to balance out the acidity?

    • Queen, congrats on starting your fast. It’s important that you drink 8-16 ounces of water immediately after you consume a juice. This helps to dilute it and makes it easier to absorb. Make sure you are also drinking lots of water throughout the day. Stay away from the milk, that’s only going to slow down your progress. Also, start adding some fresh parsley into your juices. That should help out.

      Also, Vegetables are alkaline and will not increase your stomach acid like the fruits will. So make sure you are sticking to the 80/20 ratio of keeping your juices no more than 20% fruits. I’m here if you have any questions.

  99. This is my second day juice fasting and although I’m enjoying the recipes I’ve had diarrhea 30 min from my first juice .. is this normal?

    • Charski, it’s not unusual to experience that within the first three days. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Your juices should be between 16-20 ounces. Sometimes if you drink too much you’ll experience diarrhea. Keep me posted and let me know when it calms down or if it gets worse.

  100. Hi Donnie

    I’ve just decided to try juicing but not fasting on juice as I do 3.5 hours of pilate, bikram yoga and boxing a day. 5 days a week.
    What can I eat with the juice to get maximum benefits? Should I juice up to 2 litres a day or is that overdoing it?


    • Lizi, it’s best to eat a diet of fresh fruits and raw vegetables while juicing. This will give you the best benefits while juicing and including solids. It sounds like you’re very active. I bet your body will take very well to the juice. 2 liters will be fine. Just make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day and also immediately after you have a juice. This will help to dilute it and also help with absorption. Let me know how things go for you. I’m here if you have any questions Lizi.

  101. Hi, Donnie
    I am on 7 days juice fast today. But yesterday I took vet soup for lunch n can I quickly get back today by drinking e juice again. But my weight seems like quite going down v slowly. Only slim down 1.5kg on day 6. What should I do to speed up e wight lost? Pl advice Donnie. N I will have a teaspoon of peanut butter. Is it ok? Tks

    • Toffee, if you want to lose the weight, you need to stop eating solids. You have to stick to the juice. That’s why your weight is going down slowly. You have to give your digestive system a break and stop eating solids on your juice fast. No peanut butter or canned soups of any kind! Drink your juices and let them work their magic and I promise that weight will fly off Toffee!

  102. Hello there!

    I’m keen to start this juice diet tomr.. just a quick question, is it advisable to continue my hot vinyasa classes during these 7 days? Or should I just stick to yoga classes at room temperature instead?

    I’m a little anaemic by the way.

    I’m all excited! But I reckon I won’t lose much weight out of it though because I’m already on a healthy bmi weight. :(

    • Sherie, welcome to JOJ and congrats on starting your fast tomorrow. I see no problem doing your yoga classes during these 7 days. Just remember to listen to your body. If it becomes too much, then stop for a while. I’m sure you’ll lose weight but the important things are the health benefits that you will gain. Keep me posted on your status and let me know how it goes. I’m here if you have any questions.

  103. Hi, I am glad I found this website!!! I am getting ready to start juicing, even buying my juicer today. I go to the gym in the mornings, and I was wondering if I should drink a juice before going to the gym and drink another one after? I was wondering if instead of juicing 3 times a day I can do it 4? I am plan to start the 7 day juice plan

    • Emilio, congrats on getting ready to start juicing and ordering your juicer! Drink a juice about an hour before and immediately after your workout to get the best results. You should be juicing 4-6 times per day. I’m here if you have any questions Emilio.

  104. Hi Donnie,
    Stumbled onto your site because I’ve been gearing up to start my first juice fast tomorrow. I’ve heard so many great things about juicing, and my first initial goal was weight loss. Overall I have 50 lbs to lose, but I wanted to try this to kick start that journey and hopefully see all the benefits and continue to juice along with good eating habits. I’ve decided to do a 10 day cleanse, and I know it won’t be easy. Last night I went to the farmers market and spent over $50.00 bucks and didn’t get everything on my list for the first three days only. This seems like a lot of money, but everything was organic (probably more $$). Nonetheless, I plan to stick 100%. Here’s my question.. I have to give blood Monday and I’m wondering by starting this on Saturday, will it have an effect on my blood results? The tests are basic stuff for a physical.. Cholesterol, etc.. Should I wait until Monday to start? Thanks, and wish me luck!

    • Elizabeth, welcome to JOJ and congrats on starting your fast! It may seem like a lot of money in addition to your normal grocery bill, but you have to remember, this is 100% of your food bill for the next 3 days to feed yourself. Organic is more expensive but it’s okay to use conventional produce also.

      It might have an effect on your blood results. If anything it will show improved stats as far as your nutrition. It shouldn’t have any negative effects for that short time frame. You’ll be fine. Keep us posted on your status Elizabeth. I’m here if you have any questions.

  105. Just starting….. which juicer to you recommend?

  106. Update…day 3 begins…started at 199…yesterday 195…this morning 191. Im also tracking costs associated, so far about $10/day in food costs. Got the lalane juicer at costco (have a braun but its too small) for $89. Yesterday was rough…headaches all day most probably due no caffeine as I drank a pot of coffee each day. Took some ibuprofen and it helped. Didnt sleep well but actually feel pretty good. Not cranky as I expected. Thanks again for the motivation! Rick

    • Rick, that is fantastic! You’re down 8 pounds already. I’m glad you figured out the associated costs. When I did my first fast it came out to also be about $10/day. If you look at that figure you will see it can be a huge money saver depending on your old eating habits. I did the math and I was easily spending more than $10/day to feed myself before my fast.

      Those caffeine headaches will pass and they will probably be the hardest thing about the fast. Just hang in there and they will be gone soon. You’re sleep will adjust also. Congrats on doing so good Rick! Keep me posted!

      • Donnie
        You were right that the caffeine headaches did go away. Today is day 6…yesterday I was at an art festival and was totally craving friends ate fish and chips, fries, and a Greek pita sandwich and I felt obsessed to ask them how it tasted and smelled their food. Guess I was trying to use an alternate sense to get a taste of it. Also was in the backyard floating in the pool and wanted a glass of wine.

        Have only ‘cheated’ once…I ate a raspberry…just popped it in my mouth without even thinking.made me realize how easy it is to just ingest something without even thinking about it.

        My frequency and quantity of urinating has really increased over the past few days…normal?

        Alright time to juice some breakfast…was initially going for ten days but have extended it to twelve so half way there.

        Thanks again for your motivation and advice! And for an avenue to vent. :-)


        • Congrats on day 6 Rick! Sometimes I find that just smelling food is enough to satisfy any cravings that pop up. You will urinate a lot during your fast. When toxins and weight are released, they usually come out through your urine, so it’s a good thing. Keep us updated on your status Rick. I’m always here if you have any questions.

  107. Also when you say add protein isolate are you talking about for juice meals prior to your workout or after your workout?

    • Brandon, it really depends on what your intentions are and how much weight you are trying to lose. It’s not best to try to build muscle while juicing. If you aren’t trying to lose a lot of weight and your just cutting then it’s fine to add the protein. If your goal is to lose a good amount of weight then it’s best that you put your workouts on hold for a few days and let the juice do it’s magic while your body rests and recovers. If you are going to use the protein, then it’s best you have some before your workout, and immediately after your workout. You won’t lose as much doing it that way, but again, it really depends on what your goals are.

      • Ahhh ok. I am looking to lose about 40 lbs but I am not going to do it all by juicing. I am hoping to lose 14-15 lbs juicing then diet an fitness the rest of the way.

        Since I will be doing a 2 week fast I don’t want to not workout at all during that time because I dont want to get to out of shape. Its not really about building muscle. I am just more trying to stay in shape while I am juicing and also keep my strength up.

        Would it be ok to just not workout the first 3-4 days and then start lifting again the rest of my 2 week fast while just taking protein isolate on the days I lift? Or will that defeat the purpose of fasting?

        • Brandon, it’s best to relax during the initial detox period of 3-5 days. After you’ve gone through detox feel free to exercise. Just make sure you listen to your body and don’t overdo it. Just take it easy during the detox period and then start again with your weights. A protein isolate is perfect for days when you lift, make sure you take it on days after you life as well. Keep me posted on your status Brandon.

  108. Is it ok to drink milk while juicing?

  109. Can I use thawed out frozen fruits/veg?

    • Hiba, you can use frozen fruits and veggies as long as they are thawed out. Frozen fruits and veggies tend to keep their nutritional values. Enjoy!

  110. Plan on starting tomorrow with the mean green for ten days to get started. Donnie, not sure why you have this website but find it super motivating with your insight and positivity. Not sure why I am doing it…sure 30 pounds oberweight and drink too much alcohol. Thinking this will jumpstart an alcohol free, caffeine free, healthier life. Fingers crossed Thanks much!

    • Rick, congrats on starting your fast tomorrow! I’m glad you find the site motivating, I’m sure juicing will do many great things for you. Keep me posted on your progress and know that I’m here if you have any questions Rick.

  111. Donnie,
    I was wondering if you can use a nutribullet to make the juices?


  112. Hey Donnie! It’s me again
    I am going to start again tomorrow.
    I have been ill and I had to take medicine so I had to stop with my fast.
    However, I am recovering. The only symptom I have left is phlegm, so I took a Claritin D earlier today. Can I take this while on my fast? If not, I will not take anymore starting tomorrow.

    Thanks Donnie!

    • Sorry to hear that you were Ill Alfredo. I’m sure after a few days of juicing the phlegm will clear up, but you can most certainly take your claritin if you want. Good luck and thanks for keeping me updated Alfredo.

  113. Hi Just wanted to point out that you use “your” in place of “you’re” and I’ve also seen “you’re” instead of “your” quite a bit on your website. It looks unprofessional. In the last paragraph, you made both mistakes. Hate to be a nitpicker, but thought you should know.

    • Actually Candace, I hate to correct you but you are wrong. The usage of the word “you’re” means “you are”, and not the other way around. I checked the entire page and my usage of the word “your” is 100% correct in it’s placement. Take a look at the dictionary for better clarifications on your usage in both of these words.

      You’re –
      Your –

      Thanks for your time in trying to help though. It’s much appreciated Candace.

    • Really Candace?

    • Candice, I think it’s rather ironic that you had the nerve to say that he looked “unprofessional”, when in reality it is you. Please get your facts straight before you post such a ridiculous comment next time. (:

  114. what if you are juicing and you are doing great for the first two days but then on the third day you mess up and eat can you continue with the juicing but try hard not to mess up again.

    • Joanne, if you eat solids it takes you out of the fast. The best thing to do is to get back on your fast and don’t fall into the temptations of eating solids until you want to go off your fast. You can do it, stay strong and focus on your goals. I’m here if you have any questions.


  116. You rock Donnie!!!!!!

  117. I purchased a juicer, the first day made a litre of juice fron kale, spring green, cucumber etc. Also had a fruit one approximately the same amount. I drank water only during the day. By 8.00pm that evening I had a massive headache and was violently sick several times. Is this normal?
    I have not continued, so far as this I found very off putting.

    Kind regards


    • Greg, thank you for the feedback. I’m sorry to hear of your troubles. What was in your juice and how long did it sit before you drank it. It sounds like you may have gotten food poisoning.

      Let me know please. Take care and feel better. I’m here if you have questions.

  118. kayla-xox

    Hi I’m just curious what’s the difference between the 3 day, 5 day and 7 day cleanse.

    • Kayla, besides the obvious time frame will go through different stages based on the time frame of the fast. A 3 day is great if you want to do a quick cleanse, a five day is perfect for those wanting to lose some weight and go through a complete detox, and the 7 day is best for those who want to lose a good amount of weight while going through detox and resetting their system.

  119. Today is my 6th of a 21 day fasting, I have eliminated everything but one cup of coffee a day, Reading your answers made me realize I have to eliminate the coffee:-(, I also started taking a Laci Le Bean tea, helps me with bowel movements, is this okay? I’ve lost 6.5 lb in 4 days :-)

    • Yesse, congrats on day 6! After 6 days you probably will notice you’re not having many bowel movements. This is due to the fact that you aren’t consuming or digesting anything to warrant a bowel movement. Juice gets absorbed into your system within minutes of you drinking it. It does not pass through your digestive system. I see no problem taking the tea though. Congrats on the weight loss and I hope you keep me posted. I’m here if you have any questions.

  120. Hi,

    Just been diagnosed with colon cancer, due for surgery in 1 month. Very early stage cancer and the surgery is via the rear end. NO stomach cutting at this stage.

    I want to juice and give myself the best chance. Is there anyone out there that has done this? ANY experience from readers of your widely read forum will be much appreciated.

    I know from reading your site that you are not a Dr. however, that does not matter to me. “Real Time” experience on a personal level is far more important. I will post my experiences – in the hope of helping others.

    Regards Mal

  121. Thnx Donnie fr such help:)
    Stay blessed always

  122. Continuing the question about the dryness of mouth.. Why it is so??

    • You’ll get dryness if you aren’t taking in enough liquids and staying hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water while you juice. You’re body will go through water like crazy on the fast Farheen.

  123. Hi!! I hv started the fast today the day has passed well.. But now my mouth is bcmng too dry..and as i told u about ramadan .. I hv started the fast as i cant wait fr ramadan to get over.. After breaking my fast at 7:30 pm had 16oz of juice including cucumber,spinach, pears,peachesand carrots.. It tastes yumm wd a dash of lemon juice.. After tht i had almost a litre of water till now.. I cant have mire juice as i really full and my mouth is too dry.. Now wen i will start my fast will hv another serving of 16 oz .. Is it ok??

    • That should be good Farheen, but make sure you have plenty of water. You need to keep hydrated as it’s an important part of the cleanse.

  124. I’m so excited to try this! I originally lost 75 pounds and I was just shy 25 pounds of my goal weight. Then I got injured and started eating like crap and gained back 30. So hopefully this will jumpstart my weightloss and I can get back on track and run my ten mile race in October!! I do workout 4 days a week with a personal trainer can I drink my protein with skim milk?? or should I just add it into my shake?? And I’m really busy so I wanted to precut everything ahead of time, and pre-bag it and just juice it when I’m ready. will that ruin it?

    • Kristina, welcome to JOJ! You can prepare your produce ahead of time and bag it all up. It makes it much easier when you can just grab a bag and start juicing. As far as adding milk and and protein shakes, that’s a no. You want to rely on just the juice. Add in more protein heavy vegetables if you feel the need to. If you insist on adding protein then the only acceptable protein you can add is an pure unflavored protein isolate. But don’t add anything else to your drinks and don’t drink anything that you don’t make yourself if you want this work 100%. I’ll be here if you have any questions.

  125. Hi Donnie,
    My mother and I will be starting our juice fast today.. yay!!
    I have 2 questions..
    1) We bought a lot of Ginger Root. However, I see the recipes say 1″ of Ginger Root (1 inch of Ginger Root).. How do we cut it? Do we just cut up 1 inch of Ginger Root and put it in our juicer?
    2) My mom is a smoker.. Should she stop smoking when we start our juice fast today, or is it okay for her to smoke? If she has to stop smoking to do the fast, I worry the detox symptoms of the juice fast + smoking withdraw would be too much for her..


    • P.S. Donnie,
      You should definitely make a video of you juicing up one of the 6 recipes for the juicing 7 day plan..
      We bought all of the ingredients, however, I am not too sure how to juice kale and I’m scared in a few hours when I go to make my first juice..
      Thanks! lol

      • I will be making videos in the future. For now I’ll walk you through it. Get out all of the ingredients a recipe calls for. Clean them and then prepare them. I usually cut the ends off, core the apples, and remove any rinds. Start by juicing your apples or oranges and then juice whatever fruits you have left. I like to take the ginger and wrap it up with the kale or spinach and then juice them. After that, juice the remaining ingredients and do the cucumber last so it pushes out any remaining juice in the juicer. You’ll do just fine! I’m here if you need me.

    • That’s fantastic Alfredo! You and your Mother will do well! Just cut a half inch or a one inch piece. Ginger can be quiet strong so you may want to start with a half inch piece and work your way up. Your Mother should stop smoking regardless of the fast. It may be difficult for her to do both though so it may be best for her to limit herself during the first few days and then quit. Have her set a goal. No more than 5 a day to begin with and then after the detox has passed tell her to quit. I’ll be here if you have any questions Alfredo. Keep me posted.

  126. Hello donnie

    im really interested in this juice fast but I suffer from ibs. Can this fast cause problems for us. I need fibre to keep ibs under control please let me know. Thank you

    • Nazianrn, usually people that have IBS mention that it settles down quiet a bit after a few days of juicing. That should be comforting to you. You should be fine if you just do the juice and let it do it’s magic. Let me know how it goes. I’ll be here if you have any questions.

  127. I came across your article while doing a google search about juicing. I am always searching for blogs to help keep me motivated and inspired. I am on day 14 and am down 15 pounds! I feel great and full of energy and this has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life, not only body cleansing but mind cleansing as well. I loved reading your article, it is full of very useful information that is actually hard to find even when you are looking for it. Thanks for sharing :o)

    • Sayhi2julia, thank you for your post and congrats on a full 14 days and 15 pounds! How long do you plan on juicing for? Keep me posted and I’ll be here if you have any questions.

  128. Is it okay to drink the same juice for all your meals? Also is it safe to just juice for longer than 14 days?

    • Linda, sorry for the delay in my response. My spam catcher caught your comment along with nearly 100 others as spam. I’m working to resolve the issue.

      It’s fine to drink the same juice for all your meals providing that juice has a good variety of ingredients. I’ve seen people juice as long as 100 days Linda, so anything past 14 days is doable. I’ll be here if you have questions.

      • Thanks for the help. I am on day 9 and down 16 pounds and feeling great!

        • Linda that is fantastic!!! 16 pounds already, wow! I bet you feel incredible. Just imagine how much more you will lose and how awesome you will feel in another two weeks of juicing! Keep it up, I’ll be here if you have any questions Linda.

  129. I started the 3-day juice cleanse yesterday and am experiencing chills quite often. Is this normal?

    • Lauren, you’re going through detox, it’s perfectly normal to experience symptoms like that. Just do your best to relax and keep calm. It will soon pass. I’ll be here if you have questions.

  130. Will i lose weight if i juice in the morning and at night, and just eat a small lunch?? Like for example yesterday i ate non fat meat with diff kind of vegetables and a side salad with no dressing. Today i made 5 shrimps with diff kinds of vegetables and another side w/o dressing. Will i still lose weight? Im not eating any bread, pasta, rice or any bad or heavy carbs.

    • Felic, if you do that, you will still get the benefits of the vitamins and nutrients, but you won’t get the benefits of the juice fast. In order to take the benefits of the juice fast you can’t have any solids at all. The reason being is that your digestive system needs to stop working, cleanse, and hydrate. While you can still lose weight by juicing and maintaining a healthy diet, you won’t lose it as fast as you would on a juice fast. The best thing you can do is to do the fast and at least get through the detox period. After that it’s okay to start adding in healthy meals. I’ll be here if you have questions.

  131. I’m on day 4 of a 10 day fast. 1st experience with juicing. I seemed to have lost about 5 lbs the first few days but nothing for the last 2. Any suggestions as to why this may be?

    • Valxfit, thank you for your comment. Don’t trust the scale, trust how your clothes fit and how you feel. Try not to bother with checking your scale each and every day. It can either be really motivational or really depressing. Set a goal to check it only once every 3-5 days and you’ll see the change and it will motivate you even more.

  132. Thank you for these FAQ answers. I was concerned about protein. But now I realize that if grass-fed cows can grow big and strong, I’m getting enough protein. I’m on day 7 of a 10-day fast and feel great. I’m glad to know it’s healthy to continue.

    • 7thheaven, that’s great! Just keep juicing as you are and hit your goals. You’ll be fine and plenty healthy!

  133. Well, morning of day one of my 7 day Juice Fast. I have to admit I’m VERY sad about the no coffee! I failed to notice that point and my wife asked me about it last night.

  134. I am still staying on my juice fast but choking them down and I know it is not suppose to be that way.

  135. Donnie, I still have that bitter taste in my juices. I was wondering, I soak and wash my vegetables and fruits in vinegar and water to rid the garbage off the skins could that be the reason my juices are bitter? If so what do you suggest I use to wash them with.

  136. This is my second day of juicing and I find that my juice is bitter tasting is it because I use too much spinach Please let me know. My husband can not stand it so he quit already but I am determined to juice for 7 days to start with.

    • Antchuckie, congrats on your second day of juicing! If the juices are tasting too bitter try to eliminate the bitter taste all together to see what is causing it. I would guess it’s most likely the ginger or the spinach. Start by eliminating the ginger all together to see if that is what is causing the bitterness. If it is, then you can add a little bit in each juice until you get it just right. You don’t really want to eliminate the spinach as it’s a great source of protein. But if you find the spinach is what is causing the bitterness then you can either cut back on the amount used or replace the spinach with romaine lettuce as romaine has a very good protein count like spinach/kale.

      Alternatively, you could add an extra granny smith apple to your juices to see if it counteracts the bitterness. On the other hand, it could be the apple causing the bitterness. If that’s the case, replace the apples with oranges or just use a different type of apple. I know the granny smith apples (green) can sometimes be a tad on the bitter side. Hope this helps!

  137. Always wondered that too about protein source in juicing! Now I know, I’m going to let all my friends who are into juicing see this post ! Thanks!

  138. So glad you explained the issue of fiber. A lot of juicing nay-Sayers misrepresent that whole issue. Great article.

    • Thank you Jim! I’m glad you found it enjoyable! Most juicing nay-sayers don’t fully understand the theory behind it, have never juiced, or have never completed a full juice cleanse. Thanks for the comment.

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