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Juicing Questions and Answers

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Please feel free to email me your juicing questions if you are not able to find them here. I will be happy to post your question with a response.

Q. What is Juicing?

Juicing Questions Answer – Juicing is the process of taking vegetables or fruit and extracting the juices for drinking rather than eating the whole fruit or vegetable. Juicing is a fast way for your body to take in great amounts of healthy nutrients since nothing needs to be broken down by your digestive system. When juicing you can take in more nutrients than you could by eating the fruits and vegetables. One of my typical juice drinks contains the juice of 1 cucumber, 4 stalks of celery, 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 apple, 1 carrot, and a 1/4 slice of lemon. That’s an awful lot to eat, but only about 16-20 ounces to drink.

Q. How is juicing healthier than just eating the fruits and vegetables?

Juicing Questions Answer – When you eat a vegetable your body has to digest and extract the nutrients from it. This provides the nutrients to your body but at a very slow pace. When you juice a vegetable, your body does not have to go through the digestion and extraction process and therefor the nutrition is readily available to you at the time of consumption. It’s like the difference of driving from Los Angeles to New York, or walking from your living room to your kitchen. Those nutrients are there almost instantly for your body to absorb and use.

Q. How much weight will I lose if I juice?

Juicing Questions Answer – Results will vary but typically people do lose weight when they juice. If you go on a 5 day juice don’t expect to lose 20 or more pounds. Juicing to lose weight works great when you juice for 3 days to 60 days and then continue to incorporate juicing as part of your diet. I did lose 20 pounds within the first 15 days of juicing. I did only juice and did not have any solids in my diet. But if you stick to juice, you will not only lose weight but the health benefits you get are well worth it.

Q. I heard juicing for a long period of time is unhealthy?

Juicing Questions Answer –  Juicing is very healthy if done correctly. When juicing, you take in a huge variety of nutrients that your body requires and uses on a daily basis that you might not be getting with your current diet. You can juice 100% of the time for as long as you desire if you are getting the nutrients your body needs. You can always talk to your doctor and get a complete blood test to see where your health stands. But get a test done before you juice, and another one done a few weeks into juicing so you can see your progress.

Q. What are the benefits of juicing?

Juicing has many benefits that include:

  • Increased ENERGY!
  • Improved Focus
  • Better Digestion
  • Weight Loss
  • Much Stronger Immune System
  • Better Heart Health
  • Liver Detoxification
  • Much Healthier Skin, Hair, Nails, and Hygiene.
  • Better Sense of Taste and Smell
  • Decreased Appetite

Q. Should I peel my fruits and veggies, or what about the seeds?

Juicing Questions Answer –  Peeling your vegetables and fruits is up to you. Many of the greener vegetable skins contain great sources of nutrients. If you buy organic you should leave the skin on, if not, you definitely need to at least thoroughly wash it before juicing. You can peel most citrus as their rinds are somewhat bitter and may contain pesticides in them. You should generally not put seeds through your juicer or fruits with hard pits such as cherries, plums, or those of peaches.

Q. Why straight juice and nothing solid during a juice detox?

Juicing Questions Answer –  The reason for the detox is to ‘detox’ your body by drinking pure juice so your colon does not have to use energy to digest all the solid foods including raw vegetables and fruits entering your body. This allows the detox to purify your system of all those built up toxins, most of which are stored up in fat cells. It also helps to remove the build of waste and toxins in your intestines.

Q. How much juice should I drink in a day?

Juicing Questions Answer –  You should be taking in 4-6 servings per day of 16-20 ounces of juice and at least the same amount of water. Drinking water while juicing is critical as it helps the cleansing process, keeps your body from holding onto the toxins, and keeps you hydrated.

Q. What do I look for when I’m ready to get a Juicer?

Juicing Questions Answer –  There are a few basic things to take into consideration when getting a juicer. The first and most important thing I found is the power of the juicer. You should get a juicer that has a 700 watt or higher motor. This is to ensure your juicer can handle what you shove down it. The second most important thing is to make sure your juicer is easy to setup, easy to take apart, and easy to clean. If your juicer is too complicated to clean you might get discouraged and stop juicing. There are two types of juicers that I will compare and those are Centrifugal and Masticating. Centrifugal juicers are generally less expensive but also extract less juice than Masticating juicers. The centrifugal juicers are the most popular and affordable and can be found at most department stores. While centrifugal juicers are more expensive and harder to find, they will pay off in the long run as they extract more juice. This is the juicer I use now – Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor you can click the link to view it on Amazon. It juices just about everything and is super easy to clean. It also looks nice on the kitchen counter.

Q. Can I make my juice and store it for later?

Juicing Questions Answer –  Yes, and No. You should always aim to drink your juice right after you make it as juice oxidizes and loses nutritional value the minute it’s been juiced. I’m not saying that if you don’t drink your juice immediately that it’s a waste and not good for you anymore. You can store you juice but I wouldn’t store it any longer than a day. For a while, I was making my juice in the morning and taking it to work with me for lunch. It still tasted the same and worked out well for the time being.

Q. Can I use a blender?

Juicing Questions Answer –  A juicer and a blender are two different creatures. The problem with a blender is that it does not remove the fiber from the juice allowing your body to digest it. Remember, the purpose of a juicer is to extract the juice and leave behind the fiberous pulp so your body doesn’t have to go through the digestive process. So no, you can’t use a blender if you’re planning on juicing. A blender can make some really great smoothies though!

Q. But where do I get my protein from if I’m just juicing veggies and fruits?

Juicing Questions Answer –  Protein is an essential part of any diet. But did you know vegetables are a great form for adding protein to your diet? Here are some veggies and fruits with proteins:

  • a cup of Spinach contains 5g of protein
  • a serving of Kale has near 7g of protein
  • a serving of Romaine Lettuce has about 6g of protein
  • a cup of Asparagus has 4g of protein
  • a cup of Broccoli has 4g of protein
  • a cup of Cauliflower has just under 4g of protein
  • a cup of Celery has about 1.5g of protein
  • a Banana has 2.5g of protein
  • an Avocado has about 4.5g of protein
  • a cup of Cherries has about 3g of protein
  • a kiwi has 2.3g of protein

So you can see there are plenty of choices and ways to get your protein from juicing. There are also other fruits and vegetables that have proteins that I did not list.

I hope you were able to find answers to alot of your juicing questions. If you have any juicing questions that were not answered please comment with your juicing question and I will post it along with an answer in this portion of the website.


BIG Juicing FAQ
What is Juicing
How Do I Get Protein
How to Eat After a Juice Fast
What is a Juice Cleanse
How to Purchase a Juicer
Juicing Myths Answered
Can You Lose Weight By Juicing
The Juice Diet

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  4. Can I use my Nutribullet to make the juices?

  5. Hi, you’ve spoke about how much juice to drink and how often? But how much fruit and veg per serving each 4-6 times daily! Many thanks

    • Jai, it’s best to consume around 16-20 ounces per juice. I like to use 80% veggies and 20% fruits in my juices. This ensures you aren’t getting too much sugar throughout the day. Cheers!

  6. Hello there,
    I just got in to looking at the good sides of juicing, and bought a juicer..Now i know i have to do a detox juice first but when im done my detox, will i just be juicing for as long as i juice or can i eat and juice aswell?

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  41. Hi! I’m new to this juicing. I’m just about to start with it. But I have a question, because I work for night shift, Is it still okay for me to do it with a different body clock? I hope for your reply! Thanks! Best regards, I really have the motivation to start with juicing for a healthier living and also to lose weight since I’m 159 pounds. :)

  42. Hi guys,

    I’m about to start a 7 day (minimum) fast next week. I’ve got a single shaker flask (about 22oz) and I’m aiming for around 4 a day. Does each of the recipes make about that much? Or do you need to add extra quantities to increase it to that level.


    p.s. any advice would be great by the way :)

    • Joe,

      I haven’t measured the outcome of each recipe but you can definitely add ingredients to make sure you have enough juice. I always add more lemon, or tomato or even garlic, whatever ingredient my body seems to be craving at the time.

  43. hi. If we take 4-6 times a day can we still apply it with empty stomach? And do we need to fast for us to detox?

  44. I read that its best to have green juices on empty stomach, but I was wondering is it okay to have a green juice with a piece of whole fruit? for example, an apple or mango, are some fruits best to stick away from?

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  49. Hi Donnie,

    I was just introduced into the juicing fast and I was reading the information you have put on this website, and I have come to the realization that juicing will be a great benefit to my health. I have a long list of health issues which includes high blood pressure and I am only 34 years old. So i will start with the seven day journey and began to become a healthier me.. My only question to you is that my day start at 6am and ends at 7pm, how do i prepare a juice during the day when I am supposed to drink at least 4 juices a day. What do I do so I wont be starving my body?

  50. 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.


  51. I just started the 3 day juice cleanse and my problems are, 1). After making the juice I find it to be too thick so I strain it again. ( I do have a Omega VRT350. Is this taking away anything from the juicing? 2). I want to make these juices ahead of time for the day in the morning will this ruin the affect of the juice?

  52. Hi Donnie,

    Thanks for making a great site! I have found it to be extremely helpful and informative. I am starting day 3 of what I am hoping is going to be a 14 day cleanse/fast and am following your seven day plan (doubled for the two weeks). I do have a few question that maybe you or some other juicers out there could possibly help me answer; I am 5ft’3.5” and 138lbs and hope that by the end of the fast I will be closer to 120lbs, feel cleaner and more energized after that last few months I have had of travel and poor diet. Due to my job, my days are not very active (though I do hot yoga3-4/week) and I have found myself only drinking 2-3 juices a day as opposed to the recommended 4-6, is this bad? Should I force myself to be drinking more ? I am worried that maybe I am not going to receive the full benefits of the cleanse. The other thing was that I was reading how it’s normal in the first 2-4 days to feel cold (which I do), but I seem to be sweating more then usual even while i am cold. I also sometimes feel very flushed like I may have a low fever or something, is this normal? Just wondering about this stuff and if my goals are realistic. I appreciate any answers or advice you can give me. – T.

  53. Hi Donny:
    Ijust started juicing 2 days ago and feeling good. I live in New jersey where it is snowy and cold. I feel badly throwing out the excess from the juicer. Anything I can do with it?

    Also, some recipies are really bad. What is the secret to making them taste great!


  54. Hello everyone!! I am super excited that I ran across this site as I just purchased my first Juicer (I believe it is a Waring Pro Juice Extractor, I do plan on upgrading as I get deeper into my juicing. If anyone has any advice or things I should be aware of regarding this particular juicer, I’d love to hear them!) I was just looking for recipes but I am excited to start my juicing diet! Now I’ve been reading the different articles and plan to reread them as I go along but I have a few questions that I would love to hear some advice on.

    – I am a single working mother of a 2 yr old. I plan to Juice for B-Fast, AM snack, Lunch, PM Snack, dinner, and Bedtime Snack. I know you mentioned not to do it by schedule but by whenever ur hungry but I find that a schedule works for me. Will Juicing work as far as dinner and weekend wise since my son will be with me? (He is fed at daycare during the weekdays) I just want to make it easy on myself.
    – If eating veggies and fruits 3 days before straight juicing, am I eating JUST veggies and fruits?? How does that work as far as my meals go?? Am I just eating whenever I get hungry?
    – Are there other types of air tight storage containers I can use besides mason jars and thermos?
    – For the Do Not Eat List for when I go back to solid foods, is this created to my personal preference? For instance, I love dairy and bread lol (want to stop eating junk food and soda) . I know to gradually go into solid food but can I still eat these?
    – Last but not least, does anyone have any motivational tips and/or advice from personal experience?? I also am in a weight loss challenge and I am not looking to win but I want to feel like I can accomplish this Juicing experience w/o failing or giving up. Thank you so much! I love this site and I cannot wait to start!!

  55. Donnie I purchased a Nutribullet, will this work for juicing?

  56. Sorry about the weird cut off in last post….I wasnt done editing and hit publish. Oops! Long story short, not much weight to lose, about 20 pounds but want to just feel healthy! Ive gone from drinking about 3-4 12 packs of beer, about 2 liters of pop and aprox 10 cups of coffee each week to none! Im hoping the fast and motivation from this forum will be my stepping stone to a healthier life.

  57. Hi Donnie,
    So glad to have found this forum!! I am getting ready to start a juice fast and have begun by cutting out caffeine, beer and most carbs. I have increased my intake of fruits and veggies hoping that this will make the transition a little less “traumatic”. You have provided so much helpful info and I love that you have provided the shopping lists!! My question for you is about spirulina. Would it be okay to add a bit to my juices? Inot feel li

    • Malisa, it sounds like you are on the right path to make your juice fast the very best! Spirulina is fine to add to your juices. You’re doing great by cutting out the beer, soda, and coffee. That’s going to help you out greatly! Keep me posted on your progress Malisa. I’m always here if you have questions. Cheers!

  58. I need to know what kinds of juices I need to do throughout the day? Is there only that one kind?

  59. hi there, I suffer with M.E. I am currently juicing to get as much goodness in me as is humanly possible. On one of the many questions asked, is how much juice do I drink? After reading the page it says 16-20 ounces 4 to 6 times a day, that seams an awful lot! My question is, how much do I drink if I am having a cooked meal in the evening? Surely it cant be 16-20 ounces 4 to 6 times a day if I am eating solid food of an evening? Somebody pls help me, thank you. Shaz

    • Shaz, it’s simple, just listen to your body and have a juice when you are hungry. If you are going straight juice most people will consume 4-6 juices every day. If your eating in between then you probably wont feel the need to have as much juice. Cheers!

  60. Hey there!
    I was wondering if i could rub some juice directly on my face in replace of
    anti-aging creams that are packed with chemicals?

    • Your best bet is to drink the juice as it will help your skin greatly. Strawberries are great for skin. I’ve never tried rubbing the juice on my skin but it may work. Give it a try and let us know Rachael! Cheers!

  61. Hi Donnie:

    I have a question before I begin this diet. I have a daily commute of about 3.5 hours to work. Does this diet give me the energy needed to do the commute.


    • Sheetal, you should be fine but I suggest you bring a juice with you on your commute just in case you feel the need to have one during that time. Cheers!

  62. Hey Donnie.

    I’m going to start juicing soon here and I was reading a bunch of stuff on your page which is all very helpful!! So thank you for that. I was wondering if during the juicing if out and about and unable to juice, can you buy a store made product like Naked or Odwalla?

    • Ariel, I find it best to make sure you don’t get caught in a situation where you don’t have a juice or can’t make one but sometimes we can’t avoid it. Store bought juices are no where near the same as home made juices when it comes to the amount and quality of nutrition. You can’t depend on them to sustain you. If it’s your only option then have one but just don’t get dependent on them and use them only in emergency situations. A better alternative if you’re out is to look for places that offer fresh juice. I find that most of the places that make smoothies can also make fresh juice too. Cheers Ariel!

  63. I would LOVE to know a ball park range of calories per each drink recipe.

    • Cory, ball park figure is anywhere between 150-250 calories per drink. I never count calories when juicing as it’s not necessary. Cheers!

  64. Can I drink unsweetened almond milk while on the juice cleanse?

    • Sorry Gary, no unsweetened almond milk. Just stick to the fresh fruits/veggies and let them work their magic. Cheers!

  65. Hi Donnie,
    I am starting my 14 day juice tomorrow.
    I’m excited to get started , lose weight and feel better.
    is it ok to have decaf tea and lemon ?
    Your “just on juice” site is very informative and made it easy to
    learn everything I needed to get started…. THANK-YOU !
    Wish me luck ☺

    • Weezer, welcome to JOJ and I wish you all the best on your 14 day juice fast tomorrow! Decaf tea and lemon is perfectly fine while on the fast. I’m glad you found everything you needed on the site. Keep me posted and let me know how of your success! I’m here if you have any questions or just need some motivation! Cheers!

      • Thanks Donnie,
        I’m about to start day 4.
        Most of the day is easy, juice for breakfast, and I take 2 to work with me.
        after I get home I have one more for dinner.
        I’ve tried to drink my water in between.
        At the end of day 2 I think I was ready to quit, sluggish, felt deprived, and wanted food ! I decided to give it one more day, and I’m feeling better.
        and my scale says I’m down 8.5 lbs this morning….in 3 days !!
        there’s my motivation ☺
        I have 2 family events this weekend, both revolve around food….wish me luck.
        I will juice before I go and hopefully remain strong.
        I really want to lose 50 lbs by may 1
        thanks for the encouragement.
        See you Lighter !!!!

        • Weezer, congrats on the weight loss, that’s fantastic! I’m sure you will hit your goal by May. It’s incredible how the juice can work to get us on track. Keep me posted on your progress Weezer and know that I’m always here if you have questions. Cheers!

  66. I have done juicing previously with good results and have started again. I am currently on day four but only drinking 2/3 juice a day, is this enough? I do feel hungry sometimes but this usually passes. Thanks :)

    • How do I post my own questions to this?

      • Ed/Mel, just post a question/comment like you just did and I’ll answer it as soon as possible. Cheers!

    • Becca, 2 juices per day is on the low side. If the quantity is too much try reducing your juices to 12 ounces instead of 16 ounces and have 3-4 per day. Don’t have a juice if you aren’t hungry as it’s all about listening to your body and having a juice when you are hungry. Don’t ignore the hunger, give into it and have a juice. If you are hungry and you don’t have a juice you are starving your body of nutrients and your body will go into lock down mode and weight loss will slow down. Keep me posted Becca! Cheers!

  67. Can curly kale be used in the recipes? If so, how much rather than two kale leaves as the curly kale tends to b in small piece when I buy it. Thank you!

    • Abby, you most certainly can use curly kale! Instead of 2 kale leaves, try using 4-6 curly kale leaves and that should be good. Cheers!

  68. I’ve been on my juice fast for the last 4 days now. I’ve been doing pretty good despite the banana I ate last night because I just felt like I could lift a finger to put the tea cup to my face. But I was worried because I haven’t really felt any detox symptoms. Have a lil back ache. I get a lil gassy. I don’t really feel hungry just tired and stomachaches. I am a lil constipated. Did an enema the 2st day which did fine. I had a bowel movement the yesterday. But nothing major to where I can say “the Juicing did that”. Today I have a metal-like taste in my mouth. I guess im expecting more then what im experiencing But no headaches. No painful joints. Nothing out of the ordinary Am I on the right track? I brought some aloe to cut up and add to my daily fix. Would that help?

    • this a 30 day fast that im on…. i hope im doing it right.

    • Alberta, we don’t always experience the same detox symptoms. If you aren’t feeling bad detox symptoms then be thankful! Try adding some parsley to your juices every once in a while. That should help with the stomach aches and possibly the metal taste you are having. As far as bowel movements, just remember that juice is absorbed and doesn’t get digested so you aren’t giving your body anything to warrant a bowl movement. Any bowel movements you have are from the food you ate before you started your juice fast. It sounds like you are on the right track Alberta, just keep at it and keep me posted. Definitely try out the Aloe and let me know how it tastes in a juice. That’s one thing I’ve been meaning to try out and haven’t. Cheers!

  69. Hi. I was just wondering how long you can let a juice set while doing a juice cleanse because I am in high school & obviously don’t have time to make a juice in between classes so I was just wondering if I could make them in the morning to drink throughout the day and if they would still be good to drink without losing any essential nutrients that my body needs??

    • Brook, you should be safe as long as your juices are in airtight containers and stored in a refrigerator. 8-10 hours is usually the tops to let a juice rest before drinking it. That does depend on what juicer or type of juicer you use too. Drink plenty of water throughout the day too. I wish you all the best Brook! Keep me posted on how it goes. I’m here if you have questions.

  70. Hi Donnie. I have been preparing myself to start a juice fast. I am a server at a restaurant and sometimes I do work doubles, and can be on my feet anywhere from 8-10 hours straight. To keep myself hydrated with water would you also recommend me to drink more than 4-6 juices? Also, would it be best to make the juices in the morning right before I go to work?


    • Shari, welcome to JOJ! 4-6 juices is about the average you’ll go through in a day. The rule is to have a juice when you feel hungry. You may feel fine with only three juices or you may need 7. It really depends on you. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day too. You can make your juices in the morning and take them to work with you. Just make sure they are in airtight containers and stored in the refrigerator. Only make enough that you will need. Make your morning one and night time one at home fresh. That way you just have to make enough to bring with you. Keep me posted on how things go Shari. I wish you all the best. I’m here if you have questions.

  71. Hi.

    How do you know if your juice went bad?

    Today is Wednesday and I juiced 64oz on Monday night. I had planned to drink my juice on Tuesday. Well my refrigerator went out between Monday and Tuesday and I was able to drink all except maybe about 24-36oz. When I opened the jars it kind of popped like it was carbonated. It has a carbonated taste. I could tell the taste was changing so I had planned on blending bananas in it.

    Did it go bad on me? Should I through it out?


    • Dannie, if you have any question as to if your juice is bad, you should probably throw it out. Carbonation in your juice means that it’s starting to ferment. It’s best to use this rule when juicing. If your juice is older than 8-10 hours then toss it. Cheers!

  72. Hello I am interested in beginning the juicing detox. I was wondering you have on here a juice plan for 2 types of breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was wondering are those the only juices I can drink for the 3-7 days? Or I also noticed that you have other juice recipes on here so can I also drink those juices on top of the ones you have planned or can I make substitutions so instead of having a breakfast juice that you have planned could I drink a good morning green juice? or are those juices that are planned the ones I need to drink for breakfast lunch and dinner. And the other juice recipes like a extra snack for in between each meal of breakfast lunch and dinner?

    • Claudia, you can have any juices you like. On the 7 day play it says:

      “It’s recommended to have between 4-6 juices per day each consisting of 16-20 ounces. The below list is great to get you started with different juices. You can choose whichever juices you please while on your juice fast. The list takes into consideration you will try them all. So feel free to experiment while on your 7 day juice fast plan!”

      So go ahead and have the juices that you like Claudia.

  73. I have just started juiceing but I eat a small meal at tea time so is there any point in juicein. If I’m eating and also starving constantly what recipes would fill me up??? X

    • Katie, when you eat solids you are defeating the point of the cleanse. It really depends on what you eat too. If you are eating only fruits and veggies then it’s possible to still detox and lose weight just at a much slower pace.

      The juice is enough to fill you up. There are a few things you must know and understand though. You do not starve on a juice fast if you are juicing correctly and listening to your body. If you have a juice when you get hungry, you’ll be fine. Hunger is how your body tells you that it needs nutrients. So when you have a juice, your body recognizes the nutrients and turns off the hunger. What you are most likely mistaking for hunger are cravings. Cravings are when your mind tells you to eat out of habit, boredom, or for the enjoyment and taste of eating. Once you can differentiate hunger and cravings, the fast will go much smoother for you.

      Most of the recipes are packed with nutrients and should fill you up. Again, it’s your cravings that you’ll have to put aside and deal with but once you can master that, the fast will be much more rewarding and enjoyable Katie. Keep me posted.

  74. Hi, I am considering juicing but worried about how hungry it will make me or what noises my stomach will make. I would like to inform you that I have IBS and am trying to calm it down by juicing. I watched a 45 minute long video on YouTube and it has convinced me that juicing is the way to go. I do have a problem with my anxiety, though. At school every time my stomach grumbles I have a panic attack right there, just because its embarrassing. (I get very gassy too.) Will juicing make me more gassy? I have suffered a lot when I was younger, resulting in having these issues. The budget for organic foods worry me too. I am 16 and live on my own living off about 100 pounds for two weeks (plus a little extra help from my dad when I need things)IBS has taken over my life and if I got control of it I would be a much happier individual. Main problem is gas, though. Thank you for reading this and looking forward to a reply! :)

    • Sorry! Wrong email address I entered below. The one on this one is my account. Sorry about that! I’m so silly!

      Amy :)

    • Amy, you may feel gassy the first day or two but after that, your system is usually cleared out. I would start the fast on a weekend when you can be at home and not at school. Anxiety is tough one to deal with and I used to have really bad anxiety so I know how it feels. Once you’ve gone a few days and have adjusted to the juices you’ll start to feel more confident, more happy, and that anxiety will be less and less.

      You don’t have to stick to organic if cost is an issue. The important part is that you are getting fresh fruits and veggies organic or conventional. They both have the same amount of nutrition. Just get when you can afford and don’t worry about buying all organic for now.

      I’ve helped quiet a few people with IBS and they have all had great success. The key is that you’re body does not go through digestion when juicing since the juice is already broken down. Juice gets absorbed into your system and not digested and this tends to help out greatly with IBS. After the first 2-3 days you’re system should be cleared out and you’ll notice a big difference.

      I wish you all the best Amy. Keep me posted and know that I’m here for you.

  75. I’m on day four of juicing and the three days before I haven’t been getting enough juice, I think the most I drank was 24oz but I have been drinking a ton of water. Is this still really unhealthy? I just haven’t been able to find recipes that I like and can swallow down.

    • Jessica, sorry for the late response. Water is great for you. Drink it up and drink plenty of it while on your fast. It’s most common to have between 4-6 juices per day with each being about 16 ounces. 24 total ounces in a day does seem a little low. Everyone is different though. Just make sure you aren’t starving yourself of nutrients. When you feel hungry, you need to have a juice. Don’t think that less juice will equal more weight loss as it doesn’t work that way. If your body is starving it will tend to hold on to the weight that it has. Keep me posted and don’t be afraid to experiment with the recipes. That’s half the fun of it!

  76. Can i exercise while on the juice fast? and if so how much exercise can i do safely if any?

    • Maria, you can exercise while on the juice fast but it’s not necessary. It’s best to let your body rest and recover during the first few days of your fast until you adjust to the juice! I’m here if you have any more questions.

  77. Hello Donnie,

    I made the rookie mistake of making about 3 days worth of juice with one shot. Is there any nutritional value left after a day or so in the fridge?

  78. Hi Donnie…I’ve been juicing for a week and I lost 13 lbs..but it seems like I have h it a plateau with this..any tips on how to kick this back into gear?

  79. I started juicing today, can i train while am juicing?

    • Kaizer, you can train while juicing but keep your training light and easy. Don’t over do it or push yourself too far. You should let your body rest and recover during the detox phase. Let me know if you have any questions.

  80. Hello,
    Please help. How many minutes does it take to juice a medium sized apple?
    I just purchased a Juicepro slow juicer but it seems to take a long time to juice a medium-sized apple around 10mins and all I’ve got is not even one teaspoon of juice. I’ve tried to juice Kale before but it didn’t work and I thought it might be because its a leafy vegetable. Plus it lets out a slow grinding noise which is kind of alarming to me. I’ve had a Braun juicer before but its gone now and I thought I’ll try a slow juicer because its supposed to retain more of the nutrients. This is frustrating..

    • Hi Tess!
      I’m a first time juicer myself but I bought the breville multi speed juicer and it juiced the apple within seconds. It juiced everything up fast and it was breeze to clean, take a part and it was easy to put back together.

      • Thanks Savannah! I shouldn’t have bought the slow juicer :) Its too sloooowww… But I’ll check this again with the dealer, I might be doing it wrong.

      • The Breville is a great choice. I have one and it takes me less than 10 minutes to prepare a juice, juice it, drink it, clean the breville, and put it all back together.

    • Tess, it should only take a matter of seconds to juice an apple. I had purchased a slow juicer at one point to give it a shot. The juicer was bad and I had to return it. It took me almost an hour to make two juices. It was a Dash Pro slow upright masticating juicer. It shouldn’t have taken that long. Take your juicer back and get something else Tess. Keep me posted. I’m here if you have any questions.

  81. I juiced today (day 1 of 7) and it was fine up until night time. I AM STARVING! Is it okay to have a hard boiled egg? Or something to that extent?

    • Gracia, I assure you that you aren’t starving. If you’re having your juices then you aren’t starving. Hunger is how your body tells you it needs nutrients. When you have a juice you are taking in a large quantity of nutrients. You are experiencing cravings. Cravings are how your mind tells you to eat out of habit, boredom, or for the enjoyment of the taste of food. Once you can learn to differentiate hunger from a craving things will go much easier for you.

      No solids at all while on the fast. This includes hard boiled eggs. Let me know if you have any questions Gracia.

      • You were right, just a craving, It went away after I simply drank water. But I think I may have made a boo-boo. I was out and hungry and had already drank all my juice, so I picked up a Naked from the store. But I just read online that it’s actually full of sugar as opposed to the “100% fruit & vegetable” that is advertised. Did I just reverse all the work I’ve done? I’m just wrapping up day 3 of 7.

        • That’s great to hear Gracia. We often mistake cravings for hunger and that is why it’s important to listen to our bodies and understand the difference. Naked juice isn’t too bad but I would only suggest you do that in a pinch. Don’t make it a habit to rely on Naked Juice to get you through the day. You’ll be fine. No harm done! Keep me posted Gracia.

          • I forgot to come back and update! I did 7 days (well, 5 full days and 2 days of slowing introducing solid food) and I lost 10lbs!!! I was really only aiming to lose 5, and when I noticed I had lost 7 by day 4 I started eating again. (I’m small to begin with, can’t afford to lose much more). I did notice that mind plays tricks on you the first couple days, after that it was smooth sailing. I also noticed my appetite changed. I’m a huge chocolate lover, and I have a bunch of Halloween candy in my house, but here I am craving a really good salad! This site was very helpful and soooo user friendly. I will definetly try and incorporate juicing into my diet at least once a month. There are so many recipes I haven’t tried. Thank you Donnie!

          • Gracia, congrats on losing 10 pounds so far! It’s interesting that once the detox is complete it’s like someone flipped a switch. It really is smooth sailing after the detox phase. I’m glad you had such a great experience Gracia! I wish you all the best!

  82. Can I drink 14oz coffee with 2% milk and stevia just once a day

    • Sorry kbj, no milk or stevia. Plain coffee is fine but it should be decaf as caffeine is a toxin you are trying to rid your body of.

  83. Hi Donnie,

    I completed 7 days on Friday and want to thank you for all the very helpful info, tips and motivation your site offered. I was on it everyday, for recipes and it didn’t get boring.
    The hardest part for me was the daily juicing. Everything else was easy peasy.

    I had some great results. Weight loss was one of the goals but not the main goal as I very much like exercise and could barely run up a flight of steps talk less of consider working out during the 7 days. I got clearer skin and my body is thanking me for it. I just hope I don’t start over eating again. I’m not over weight but I love food with a passion and can eat for Africa. .

    I only experienced headaches on day 2 and part of day 3. I only had one major bowel movement at the end of Day 1 but was quite surprised at bowel movements experienced on day 5 and 6 as I had not had any solids so wondered where it was coming from. It wasn’t major. Was just surprised. Thank you again for your support. I felt like you were with me every step of the way. I wlll continue juicing on a regular basis and will try to incorporate it as part of my lifestyle.

    • Irawo, congrats on completing 7 days of juicing! I bet you feel amazing!

      I always say weight loss is just a symptom of juicing, the other benefits you gain from it are so important. I’m glad you had a successful experience on your fast Irawo. Just don’t let that food get the better of you as you go back to eating solids. Portion control is the best thing you can learn now.

      I’m always here Irawo, that’s for the update. let me know if you have any questions and keep me posted on how you do after your fast.

  84. Hi, I have been juicing and drinking 2 large glasses of organic green juice every day for a couple of months, and continuing to eat my normal healthy vegetarian diet. I am only juicing for additional health benefits because I do not need to loose weight, however I have actually lost 8 pounds without really changing my diet and adding in the juice… Is this normal? My BM’s have been looser for sure, but I wasn’t expecting such a weight loss….. starting to wonder if I need to see a doctor, I feel fine however…. ? I am 5’9 and was 130 lbs, now 122 lbs…

    • I don’t see anything out of the ordinary Melody. Why would you need to see a doctor? A loss of 8 pounds over a few months is very minimal considering your body has adjusted to the juice in that time. How are you feeling?

  85. Hi, I am a college student and I am very worried about the Freshman 15. I am considering doing a juice cleanse while at school. Do you think this is a bad idea? Also, is it bad to exercise while juicing? I have heard it’s not healthy but most people that I talked to have done it and felt fine. Will it make you lose weight faster?

    • I don’t see why it would be a bad idea. Just stick to your juices and make sure you have one on hand for when you get hungry. It’s okay to exercise but keep it lite and don’t over do it. You’ll need plenty of rest during the first few days of your fast. It may or may not speed up your weight loss depending on what you are doing. Keep me posted. I’m here if you have questions.

  86. Can i do the 7 day cleanse while trying to concieve? It will begin at the start of my cycle.thanks

    • Tranquil, the good news is that there is strong evidence that suggests eating a healthy, plant-based diet can really help boost your chances of getting pregnant. Good luck and I wish you all the best. If you have any questions just let me know!

  87. Hi I am starting cleanse tomorrow and am breastfeeding. Can I add brewer’s yeast and ground fenugreek to my juice to continue to stimulate milk production?

    • Dana, it’s not ideal to fast while nursing since toxins will be released into your blood stream. As with any changes in your diet while nursing, it’s best to get your doctors opinion on the matter before you proceed. However, once you do start a fast it’s not ideal to add yeast, fenugreek, or anything into your juices. Let me know how things work out for you Dana. I’m here if you have questions.

  88. If I could only drink one glass of juice a day what should it be

    • Karen, if I could only choose one drink it would be the mean green listed on the 7 day plan. It’s low on sugar and high in nutrition.

  89. I would like to start juicing in the very near future. I understand in order to lose weight your calorie intake should be less. With juicing there are still calories in fruits and vegetables but not from fat. I’ve read in plenty of forums to drink as much juice as you want. How true is that to lose weight ?

    • Todd, when you’re on a juice fast there’s no need to count calories and such. While limiting your caloric intake will help in your weight loss goals, juicing works by creating a system of low toxicity in your body to force out toxins and fat.

      It’s best to have a juice when you feel hungry. But don’t have a juice every time you get a simple craving. You’ll learn to tell the differences after a few days. Let me know if you have any questions Todd.

  90. Hi Donnie,

    I am on day 4 and I grinded up hemp and chia seed and put them in my juice is that okay?

    • You shouldn’t do that Cindyo. Don’t add any solids of any kind into your juice. Even if you grind it up it’s still a solid and will interfere with your fast. Stick to your juices, they will work fine as they are Cindyo!

  91. Is it normal after 2 weeks of juicing to go to the bathroom immediately when eating solid food. I had chicken and potatoes for the first time today, not pureed and had the immediate feeling to go to the bathroom within 2 hours. Is that normal?

    • Ana, I don’t see anything out of the ordinary by having to use the restroom 2 hours after you consumed a meal when coming off the juice fast.

  92. Heidi

    Hi Donnie,
    So I finished my 30-day juice fast and it went great! Until now…So I didn’t read enough about breaking it and decided to follow joe Cross’s first 5 days of his 15-day plan. I ate everything on the plan the first day and DID allow myself a piece of chocolate and maybe 6 crackers. I thought I was being all good with my one piece of chocolate and all the rest salads and fruit and juice :( My stomach is huge! I also now have a fridge full of food I didn’t eat today and don’t think I will eat tomorrow. How do I cure this! Go back to eating nothing for awhile? I have a bunch of social plans this weekend and am hoping to not look pregnant with a full grown sheep. Thanks!


    • Heidi, big congrats on your 30 day juice fast! The best thing you can do when you go back to eating solids is to keep juicing and keep including juices throughout your day. Start simple and keep it limited to fresh fruits and veggies if you want to eat something. I want you to read over this article:

      Read it twice if you must. It will help you and guide you on how to ease back into solids.

      If you feel like continuing your juicing then do it. Don’t feel like you must eat solids right now. You can also do 3 days on and 4 days off every week. The important thing is to listen to your body Heidi. Eat only when you’re hungry and only eat what’s healthy for you. Keep me posted and have fun this weekend! I’m always here if you have any questions.

  93. I had bought so many veggies and fruits, some organic and some not because I live in a small town and my options are limited. I’m wondering how do I keep all of my food fresh? My fridge is packed! I want to make a different variety of drinks multiple times in the day. What is the best way to store my veggies and what is the best way to store my fruit? zip block bags, plastic containers, the store bags, freeze some? I just want to make sure my money spent doesn’t go to waste.

    • Lisa, you can freeze some of the produce you purchase so it doesn’t go bad. I store my produce in plastic containers in my fridge and ziploc bags in my freezer. Things that will go bad fast are spinach and berries. Let me know if you have any questions.

  94. Hello,

    I’ve been trying to go on a juicing challenge for 30 days or till I reach a goal weight. I did it once for 3 day fully detoxed but had no energy. I highly believe it was my iron level affecting. I started to take them again and I feel the difference in a drastic way. I thought about it and will nedd a juicing challenge. Have any ideas or thoughts that would be helpful?

    • Stephanie, if that’s the problem then you may not be including enough iron rich produce in your juice. Feel free to take a multi vitamin during the fast.

  95. I am sort of a new to juicing. Why is it when I juice, the juice taste different than if I ate the fruit? Example, if i juice oranges it doesn’t taste the same as if I squeezed the orange. No matter what I juice it seems to have a funny flavor.

    • Michael, not sure why it would taste any different. You do have to realize that by juicing you are getting a higher concentration of the produce. If it tastes funny to you then try adding some water. Let me know how things work out.

  96. I am 62. I am taking lipitor and blood pressure reducer pills every day. I also have fat liver and a little bit higher level of sugar. I decided to drink only juice once a week (only one day) without taking any pills at that day. Is it wise decision or it is not good for me?

    • Irina, the best thing you can do is to visit your doctor and go over your plans with him/her. I don’t recommend you stop taking prescription medication until the doctor says so. But if you explain to him/her what you are doing they may want to adjust your dosage and give you check ups every so often. I was off my blood pressure medication within 3 days of juicing but that may not work out the same for everyone. So get with your doctor and see what he/she suggests for you.

  97. how old should you be to do this?

    • While there’s no set age for juicing Lane, if you are under age it’s best to make sure your parents are familiar with what you plan to do. It’s also not a bad idea to get approval from a doctor. I’ve seen children as young as 12 years old juice with great success. Let me know if you have any questions.

  98. Hi, I want to drink vegetable juice just to boost my energy how many glasses of veg juice should I be drinking a day? I am not wanting to lose weight or detox just basically to boost energy I have been drinking half pint in the morning is this enough? Thanks

    • Karen, there’s no set number of glasses you should drink per day. If you aren’t noticing any differences then you may want to try increasing the amount you have throughout the day.

  99. I have started juicing drinking one glass a day, I am only juicing for health benefits ie energy , is one glass a day enough?

    • One glass per day is better than none Karen. If you’re doing it for your health it’s a great start. You may want to try adding in another glass in the future. It will only help.

  100. If I use frozen fruit, should I thaw before juicing?


    • MM, you have to thaw it or there will be no juice to extract. If it’s not thawed, it will all go into the bin. So make sure it’s thawed out 100% before you juice the frozen fruits MM.

    • MM, yes, you need to make sure it’s thawed all the way before juicing or else you won’t get any juice out of them. Enjoy!

  101. Hey Donnie, but how do we intake good amount of protein while physically staying active? whey proteins and meat protein are not the best options and fruit and veggie protein is not really enough, so should we just try to mix it up and keep it balanced, or any other suggestion??

    • Aaron, unless you’re working out and trying to build muscle or maintain mass, the protein from the juice fast should be plenty to sustain you. There’s really no need to add any proteins to the juice. If you are a body builder then add an unflavored protein isolate throughout the day to help maintain your muscle mass while lifting. Let me know if you have any questions Aaron.

  102. Hi,

    So on your list of fruits and veggies that have protein, are the amounts of protein the same when you juice them? For example, you say a cup of spinach has 5 grams of protein….do you still have 5 grams of protein after you juice a cup of spinach, or is some lost in the juicing process? I’m wanting to fast but I’m also trying to build muscle so I’m trying to take in 140-225 grams protein a day while staying away from solids.

    • Tim, you’ll most likely lose a little protein in the pulp. From research, it’s safe to say you’ll lose about 10%. So at 5 grams a cup, you’ll probably get around 4.5g. How much weight are you trying to lose? If you’re just doing this for your health and not to lose any weight, then there are other things you can do. But if your goal is to lose a good amount of weight and build muscle at the same time it’s going to be extremely difficult for you. It’s best to focus on hitting your weight goals first while doing your best to maintain the muscle mass that you already have. Once you get down to your ideal weight, then start really lifting and building that muscle. It will work out much easier for you if you approach it that way Tim. Let me know if you have any questions.

  103. Hi Donnie,
    I am starting the juice cleanse tomorrow and I am so excited!! Just a question though, I tend to get heart burn and I know for the first day or so it’s going to happen, the only thing that works for me is liquid Gaviscon, you think that’d be ok? Its technically a liquid lol.
    Thank you!

    • Amie, congrats on starting your fast today! The heart burn should subside during your fast but if it doesn’t then try taking a few tbs of organic apple cider vinegar and see what happens. Heartburn is usually caused by a lack of stomach acid. So if the apple cider vinegar doesn’t work then a lack of acid isn’t the cause, but if it works then problem solved. Let me know what happens. I’m here if you have any questions.

  104. Hi,

    I’m planning on starting a 3 day juice fast for my first time. I want to have more energy and to be more healthy. I don’t necessarily need to lose weight, but I don’t mind dropping about a pant size to get back to where I was.
    I do not own a juicer and don’t have a lot of money to buy one. I’ve been seeing that using a blender is not really a great idea, so with that being said, do you know of a cheap/effective juicer? Also, I have never used a juicer before, so any tips on how to use it?
    Thanks for any info you could give me! :)

    • Becky, take a look at and check out the Hamilton Beach. It’s a less expensive juicer but will get the job done just fine. I started out with it and still use it today. Juicers are real easy to use Becky. Just read through your manual and you’ll do great. I’m here if you have any questions.

  105. Hi Donnie! Today is my first day of juicing. I bought my juicer yesterday and stocked my fridge according to your 7 day example shopping list, adding in a few different fruits and veggies I knew I’d like to try.
    I woke up this morning SO excited to start this journey. Every time I’ve heard of juicing in the past I always thought “There is no way I could do that.” But I’ve spent the last few days researching the idea of juicing and after stumbling upon this site, I really found the confidence to try it.
    I’m mainly juicing for the weight loss benefits, although I know my body needs to be healthy in general. I’m overweight because of the things I eat, and I know those things also make me tired, sluggish, foggy, etc. I’ve just been inspired to really clean up my body.
    My husband returns from an 8 month deployment in a few weeks and I’ve been working on getting in better shape the entire time he’s been gone. Due to some setbacks (just basically giving into old bad habits), I’ve only lost about 12lbs in that time. I’m hoping that this juice fast will help to take my weight loss to the next level, and really wow him when he comes home.
    I’m committing myself to at least a week of juicing, and I have a feeling if I see great results after a week I’ll want to keep going.
    Thanks for doing what you do and inspiring us/helping us get started on our journey to a healthier life!

    • Robin, I’m sure you will look amazing when your husband returns. Congrats on day 1 of your juice fast!

      You will do great Robin, you have the right approach and mindset going into it. After a week, you’ll want to keep juicing!

      Keep me posted and let me know how things go throughout your fast. I’m here if you have any questions.

      • Thank you!
        I do have a question, already. haha. So I’m currently having the Bruschetta Tang for lunch. And the name is right..this is intense! lol. With this morning’s juice, I pretty much downed it in about 2 minutes. It’s taking me a little longer no this one..been working on it for about 6 minutes now and I’m only half-way done. I read somewhere that you said it usually takes you 10 minutes, start to finish with making and drinking your juice. Just wondering if there is a “time limit” on how long I should take to consume one glass of juice..I know I need to do my water right after and just wondering if I’m hurting anything by taking a little longer to drink it. Thanks!

        • Robin, it’s best to consume your juice within 15 minutes of making it as the nutritional value starts to decline. But take as long as you need. Don’t force it down if you don’t want to. The bruschetta tang can be tough, try only using 1 clove or a 1/2 clove of garlic next time. Or, don’t make it at all. Try out another juice instead. Half the fun of juicing is experimenting with different things. Take a look at the substitution list to get some good ideas for your juices.


          • Thanks! Yeah, I think I’m gonna steer clear of that one or a while. lol. I usually love garlic and Italian flavors so I was surprised that juice wasn’t my thing. Oh well, you live and learn. I’ve had 2 juices today and going strong..half way through day 2! Woohoo.

          • It’s a juice you either love or hate Robin. Keep going strong and congrats on day 2! You’re getting close to being through the detox phase. Let me know if you have questions.

  106. I can’t stand the taste of the green juices, is there something (flavor drops) I can put in the drinks to make them taste better? I am on the fast to lose weight, so I don’t want to incorporate to many fruits into my juices.

    • Jill, are you juicing for the taste and enjoyment or are you juicing for the weight loss and health? Remember, the juices can be changed up by using different ingredients but don’t start adding unnatural “flavor drops” of anything into your juices. Your body is only going to release toxins as long as you aren’t putting any toxins in to your body.

      I find that pomegranates add a good flavor to just about any juice. Also, try taking a look at the substitution list ( ) and make some changes to the juices you don’t care for. Most times just a simple change can make a big difference in the taste of a juice. Hope this helps. I’m here if you have any questions.

  107. I have the VitaMix blender, would it work for juicing?

  108. After juicing, how fast should 8 ounces be drank in order to get the most out of the nutrient.

    • I would say it’s best to drink your water immediately after you drink your juice. The juice is usually absorbed within 15 minutes of you consuming it Lou.

  109. can you add protein powder to the juices for workout routines? What would you recommend? Do you have any receipts for a juice similar to coffee for the am, or a juice that would be similar to coffee effects? I have never done a juice before and am going to try my first 7 day. other than drinking water and having 4-6 juices a day what other tips can you give me?

    • Melody, I only recommend adding protein powder if you are concerned about building or maintaining muscle mass. You’ll get enough protein in your juices to suffice for typical exercise and workout routines. It’s also important that you let your body rest and recover during the first few days as you’ll be going through detox. The detox symptoms my interfere with your workouts.

      Actually, for a juice that will give you some good energy like a coffee try this out:

      2 golden delicious apples
      2 inches of giner
      1/4 lemon

      It will give you some energy and good rush. It’s going to be a little hot with the ginger but pound it back and get ready for your day! Read this article for some really good tips: Keep me posted on your status and remember, I’m here if you have any questions Melody.

  110. Hi,
    I am in the southern hemisphere and cucmbers are USD 8$ EACH AT THE MOMENT, so thats a lot of money per week.
    The majority of recipes on this website use 1 cucmber per recipe! Have you got any alternative options to cucumber? Or more recipes without cucmbers in them?
    Thanks heaps.

  111. Hi, I have a few questions for you. First I started my juice fast today. Made two batches for today so far. Came into work today and my favorite muffin was on desk and I swear it was talking to me “come on now you know you wanna eat me” I was hungry but I got up and threw it in trash. I brought 40 oz. to work with me today and like I said I’m actually very hungry right now. I refuse to cave in. I think tomorrow I will bring 60. I work next to Lowes food store.

    1. Is there anything juice products from Lowes you can recommend to use in case I run out, like today?

    2. I took my seal a meal and prepared my un-juiced vegetables and fruit for the next five days. It takes all the air out and produce lasts a lot longer this way. Is this ok?

    3. Like I read on other questions I have a lot of pulp and vegetable and fruit pieces. I took the pulp and ran threw a second time and got about another 4-5 oz. of juice. I have a Bella 1000 watt juicer. Is this alright at well?

    4. Alcohol? Can I have any? And if so how much per week am I allowed?

    5. I am on numerous medications (I believe it’s 9) for severe joint pain and Fibromyalgia. This is part of the reason I’m doing this. Are there any medications that can interact in a bad way from juicing?

    6. I have one little tip that may help in cleaning. I’m a Bargain Betty I stock up on everything. I have a dishwasher but never use it I hand wash everything. I have some dollar store tooth brushes (new) and at first I was having a hard time cleaning the strainer where the blades are. I use the tooth brush to gently remove those hard to clean particles out, makes it much easier to clean for those of us who hand wash everything.

    7. I believe this is last one, I think. Going back to my seal a meal after I juice can I seal the juice and freeze it immediately. That way I can take to work and it can take it’s time thawing. Also since it’s frozen right after juicing this should stop the break down of the nutrients I would think. Can I do this?

    Thank you for this web site> I have gotten so much information from you.


    • Shannon, congrats on starting your juice fast today!

      1. Not sure what juice products Lowes would have? The only Lowes I know is the hardware store. Just make sure you bring plenty of juice with you Shannon.

      2. You’re seal a meal should be fine but it’s also okay to just use a regular freezer bag.

      3. It’s perfectly fine to run the pulp through again. A lot of people to this and get more juice out of it. Go right ahead and do it if it works for you.

      4. NO, none… That kind of defeats the purpose of the fast to lose weight and rid your body of toxins.

      5. You’d have to ask your doctor about the medications and your juice fast. I’m not a doctor and I’m not familiar with your conditions, meds, or reasons for taking them.

      6. A lot of juicers come with a scrub brush but a toothbrush is a great alternative. I always hand wash my juicer immediately after I use it. It’s so much easier to clean that way.

      7. You can freeze the juice if you want. It keeps it’s nutritional value that way and will hold it’s taste.

      I wish you the best on your fast Shannon. I’m always here if you have any questions. Keep me posted on your status.

      • Hi Donnie, I’m on day 5 of the 14 day juice fast I’m trying to do. The craving for carbs and such have calmed down considerably. I have so much energy today I’m doing things I didn’t have the energy for before. I found that making my juices the night before and freezing them are easier for me. So when I get home I make my juice for dinner along with tomorrows breakfast (which I only freeze for a couple hours then put in refrigerator so it’s slushy when I get to work). I also have made my snack and lunch which thaws out by lunch, then I start all over. Doing this has keep me from quitting because I can never get up in time. But this morning I got up on my own (no alarm clock) and felt so good. One funny note. I found out I don’t like beets in my juice the hard way. Didn’t taste it before I left the house and got to work, poured myself a big ole glass, and low and behold was the most awful taste. so I ran next door to Lowe’s supermarket (LOL)and got myself a bottle of POM pomegranate juice and poured a bunch in. If was still funny tasting but I at least I had juice to last till I got home. Thanks once again will post again on progress.


        • Shannon, it’s interesting how juicing will reset your sleep schedule. I used to be a night owl and since juicing I tend to sleep much better and at normal times. Beets can be really over powering. Celery and lemon goes great with beets though. Good move on the POM juice, it can make bad juices taste really good! It sounds like you’re doing really well. Keep it up and keep us posted!

  112. I have juiced in the past for 3 days and it was great. I want to start a 10 day juice fast. The trouble I have is that I am a nurse and most days I am at work double shifts (17hours). I started today to attempt my 10 day fast. Is okay to have the same juice all day and make all the juice for the day? Today I made a 64oz juice before leaving for work to drink throughout the day. Is this a good juice to do? Is it enough? I used:
    4 beets
    4 apples
    4 large carrots
    1 cucumber
    1 lemon
    2 handfulls of spinach
    1 cup of blackberries
    I also love green tea and drink that through the day. Which I am assuming is ok as well. Is this an acceptable juice to drink daily? It taste good. I just want to make sure I am getting all the proper nutrients and not to many calories/sugars. Good luck to all who is on there fasting journey. I also love your website.

    • Joshua, you can have that juice daily. 64 ounces is fine for the day as long as you don’t still feel hungry. Tea is also fine to drink throughout the day. Another thing, while juicing you don’t have to count or worry about your caloric intake. Just make sure you’re drinking plenty of juice along with plenty of water and you’ll do great. I wish you the best of luck Joshua. I’m here if you have any questions.

  113. Hi I just found this wonderful website and plan to start the 2 week juice fast! I have a few questions. Is it okay to blend the juice then strain it? Also, will there be any complications if I decide to extend the two week plan to three weeks or a month? Because I have seen some 10 day plans that can’t be any shorter or any longer.

    • Tiffany, even if you blend it and strain it, it won’t be the same. The reason being is that a juicer will break down the cell wall of the fruits and veggies where most enzymes and nutrients are stored whereas a blender will not. So even if you strain it, it’s not the same. A cheap juicer is better than no juicer at all. You can juice for however long you want but any more than a few weeks it may be best to check in with a doctor for a check up just to ensure you’re on the right path. I’m always here if you have questions Tiffany.

  114. Plan on starting a 7 day next week. Any tips on how to transport juice to drink at work? I am there 11 hours on average. I was thinking blender bottle with an ice pack stored in the refrigerator.

  115. Hey Donnie,

    I started juicing two days ago, my first day i did the juices okay. The second day i started with breakfast and caved at lunch. I am now going to try to do a juice in the morning and one in the evening with a solid lunch in the middle. My question to you is can I have a cup of green tea in the morning, or will that mess anything up with the juicing. My thoughts are no but I can be wrong.

    Also I not trying to lose a lot of weight just 10-15 lbs in a few weeks. Do you think i will be okay, I know if depends on what i eat and I have been eating healthy for a while now.

    • Ryan, why did you cave? While you can have juices and meals it defeats the main purpose if you’re goal is to lose weight. See, when you go on a fast you are relieving your digestive system and allowing it to cleanse and hydrate. The energy that you used to digest is also being saved. When you add a solid meal back into this equation it completely throws off the process.

      It’s not super easy at first but it does get easier Ryan. I wish you would attempt to do your juice fast again and commit to at least a full 3 – 5 days. If you can’t though then adding a meal in at lunch time will have to suffice. Just make sure you are eating a meal that consists of only fresh fruits and veggies. You’ll still the benefits of the added nutrition in your diet. Since you’ll be adding in solids it won’t hurt you to have some green tea in the mornings. Keep me posted.

  116. Dear Donnie, thank you for this wonderful website. I started juicing today. I’ve tried it before but couldn’t stick to it for a problem that appears again during this fast. I am completely loosing my appetite. I do not enjoy the juices. I feel like there is something in the back of my throat preventing any juice coming in. What is that? Is it because my taste buds are detoriated? I wish to to this for 6-7 days but I am not sure how to go on with this problem. I’d be so grateful if you had any idea about that. Thank you.

    • Katrin, you are very welcome! Congrats on starting your fast today! If you don’t enjoy the juices then make them to where you do enjoy them. While a lot of is in your mind you’ll have to make the juices enjoyable. Also, do you drink the juices warm or chilled? It may help you to drink them chilled and with a straw. You’re taste buds are used to the tastes and flavors you’ve been eating for the past few years. When you add something new like this it’s a shock. You will adjust and things will get back to normal. For now, you just have to adjust your juices to where they have a more desirable flavor and you’ll be good. Keep me posted.

  117. I’m new to juicing and stumbled upon your website last night. You are so informative and very helpful! I decided to give the 7 day detox a try. I went out and bought all of the ingredients, came home, washed all the produce, and began individually bagging the ingredients for each juice to have on hand. I ran out of kale pretty quickly, I have never purchased kale in my life and was unsure how many leaves came in a bundle. However, I have a ton of spinach still and was wondering how many cups I need to use of it to equal a leaf of kale. I’m certain I read this on your website but can’t seem to find it now.

    • Welcome to JOJ Chelsey! Congrats on deciding to do a juice fast! I always just grab a big handful of spinach to use. It’s a safe bet to say one cup of spinach will equal 1 leaf of kale. I’m here if you have any questions, keep me posted on your fast!

  118. Hi, I’m an American living in the Philippines. I’m 44, I work at the computer all day and well, I’ve gained weight for lack of exercise. I eat sensible meals (rice, fish, chicken) but I drink 3 cups of sweet coffee a day as well. I could lose a good 50 pounds for my health sake (not under any time constraint to do it, but I know I need to do something and I’ve never tried any kind of weight lose plan/pills/gimmick before ever). Can you recommend vegetables that are natural to Southeast Asia since there are plenty of “exotic/different” kinds of veggies here? Not sure which would be beneficial for juicing. I thank you for such an inspiring web site which moved me to take a step towards getting my health back on track.

    • Moe, you can juice just about all veggies and fruits. If you have different fruits and veggies feel free to experiment with them. Take a look at the substitution list and see what’s on there that may be available to you

      The main thing is to make sure you include at least one ingredient that has protein such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, broccoli, or even asparagus. I’m here if you have questions.

  119. Also, lemons, limes, all citrus & strawberries & tomatoes, burn my mouth & give me ulcers in my mouth. Can I juice without them? Also I have a vitamix and a cheap juicer. Can I mix & Chopin the vitamix first, and then put it thru the juicer?

    • Susie, if you can’t have fruits you’ll have to stick to mostly greens. Also, take a look at the substitution list here on JOJ and see if there are any viable substitutes to use in place of those fruits.

      Do not use a vitamix! The vitamix doesn’t help in the juicing process. It will only hinder your results. It’s best to simply cut your fruits and veggies and place them in the juicer.

  120. Is whey protein the same as Pure unflavored protein isolate? if not, where do I buy Pure unflavored protein isolate?

  121. Robp

    Cheers Don, is it the same principle with Avocado?

    • Yes Rob, same goes for the Avocado. Both are a real delicious treat to the juices and worth it. Let me know how it goes.

  122. How do you juice a banana? Do you need a macerating juicer? The one I have is a centrifugal juicer, and I was always led to believe you can’t juice bananas, so I’ve never tried

    • Hi Rob, thanks for your comment. You’re not supposed to juice a banana because they have very little juice. Some centrifugal juicers can handle them and some can not. The worst case scenario is that it clogs your juicer and you have to clean it.

      I find juicers with 700 watts or more can get a little juice out of them as long as you run a cucumber or juicy ingredient afterwards to force out what’s left in the juicer.

      The banana gives a real creamy taste to the juice. Try it out and let me know how you like it! Enjoy!

  123. I hv been reading a lot about juicibg since the day i hv started it .. Today is my fourth day.. All is f9 with me.. But i hv read tht its a kind of yo yo diet.. The fast u loose the faster u will regain..and we loose myscles as well after water loss??

    • Farheen, of course you will gain the weight back if you go back to eating the same way you did prior to your fast. Juicing helps you to overcome your eating habits but only you can decide what you eat. Anytime you lose weight you are losing a combination of fat, water, and muscle. Don’t listen to the nay sayers Farheen, just stick to your plan and focus on your goals.

  124. Is it possible to juice avocados? Also, what is your recommendation about adding flax seeds to a juice. I’m concerned about having enough healthy fat during my juice fast.

    • Sharon, you can juice avocados. No need to add flax seed to your juices. It’s another solid that your body will have to digest and you want to let your digestive system rest. You will get enough healthy fat on the fast as long as you use a variety of fruits and veggies.

  125. how often do you do a juice fast? once every couple of months?

    • Michele, I typically do a 3-7 day fast every other week. It’s common for people to fast every few months though.

  126. Hi….I have just finished day 6 of juicing. Feeling good with definitely more energy, but don’t feel as if I’m losing much weight. Quite a bloated feeling, actually. Maybe I’m more toxic and need a longer diet? I’m hoping to juice for 2 weeks. Will the weight loss start to increase the longer I’m juicing? Also, I haven’t had a bowel movement of much substance since day 1 or 2. A little one on day 4 and of quite a constipated consistency. Should a laxative be taken to completely cleanse the bowel? I’m urinating lots due to all the juice/water. Is this how the toxins are coming out?

    Thanks for the great site and the awesome recipes!!!

    • Cindy, welcome to JOJ and congrats on finishing out 6 days! If you’re feeling bloated you may be taking in too much juice/water. Try cutting down your juice sizes a little and see what happens. Also, don’t rely on that scale too much. Rely on how you feel, how you look, and how your clothes fit Cindy. You won’t have many bowel movements after a few days due to the fact you aren’t putting anything in your system to digest. Juice is absorbed and not digested, most of your waste will come out through urine. Anything that does come out from a bowel movement is stuff that you ate prior to the fast and stuff that’s been caked up in there for a while. So no need to worry about it, you’re not constipated, there’s just nothing in there to warrant a bowel movement. Thanks for you comment Cindy, I’m always here if you have questions.

  127. Thanks for the feed back I have to great juices now that I enjoy from your recipes and. I’m loosing weight thanks

  128. Hi I’m on my second day of juicing and I have started to feel faint. So I’m going to start introducing one meal which will be fish with salad or veg tomorrow will this stop me from loosing weight and I prefer breakfast juices so could you please give me some good recipes thanks

    • Leanne, congrats on day 2. If you want the full effects of the juice fast you can’t eat any solids. You are feeling faint because you are going through detox. It will pass. Just stay focused on your fast and you’ll be fine. I’ll be here if you have any questions.

  129. Hi I’m on my second day of juicing. And I went all faint I can’t find a taste I really like. I’m going to start introducing one meal which will be fish with salad or veg tomorrow will I still loose weight and I prefer breakfast juices could you recommend a juice please. Thanks

    • Leanne, you wont enjoy the full benefits of juicing if you start adding in solids. You may or may not lose weight. Stick it out for another day or two and the detox phase will pass. Try this juice if you can’t find something that tastes great.

      2 apples (golden delicious)
      3/4 lemon (peeled)
      2 cups watermelon

      Start with that and then add to it. Not sure what kind of taste you’re going for but it’s hard to not like this one.

  130. Hi! Thank you so much for all the help! I am starting my 7 day juice fast today. Is it okay to use a food processor?

    Thank you!

    • McKenzie, congrats on deciding to start a juice fast, but you’ll need a juicer. All a food processor or blender does is mix it all together. A juicer will extract only the juice leaving the fiber and pulp behind. It’s important that you don’t consume the fiber and pulp when on a juice fast. If you use a blender/processor it’s no different than just eating the foods raw. Read this article for a better understanding of why you have to use a juicer to juice.

      I’ll be here if you have any questions McKenzie.

  131. Hello,

    I am planning on starting the 7 day Juice diet. I am looking to lose a little weight. I only have a few pounds to lose, will it be harder to lose these last few pounds?

    Also Id like to know, You have put a suggested plan on the website. Where do the additional recipes fit in? Can you use them instead of the ones in the plan? Or will that effect the weight loss?

    Thank you!

    • Rach, thanks for your comment. The recipes on the shopping list are a great guideline to follow and get you started. The other recipes on my site are there so you can experiment and try out different produce and experiment with flavors.

      You don’t have to stick 100% to the list so feel free to try out different recipes while on your fast. I’ll be here if you have any questions.

  132. Whenever I try juicing Kale or Spinach I feel like it all goes in the disposal bin and not into my juice. I have tried putting a cucumber through after but still see most of the leafy stuff in the bin. How can I stop this? I really want to do a 7 day juice cleanse but feel like I wont be getting the nutrients I need seeing as half the fruit or vegetable I juice end up in the bin and not my juice even with carrots and cucumbers! Aren’t you losing valuable nutrients when juicing verse just simply eating them raw?


    • Gretchen, all of the fiber/pulp goes in the bin, you are left with just the juice of your veggies and fruits. I’m not sure what type of juicer you have but I’m sure you are getting some juice out of your produce right? You have to understand when you juice you are not blending things, you are extracting all of the fibrous parts of the produce out, leaving just the juice.

      You will get more nutrition eating them raw but here’s the catch. A typical 16 ounce juice I make might consist of 2 apples, 1/2 lemon, 1″ ginger root, 4 stalks of celery, 2 big handfuls of spinach, a big cucumber. Are you really going to sit down and eat that 4-6 times a day Gretchen? No, it’s almost impossible due to the amount of produce you’d be eating per sitting. But when you juice it, you are extracting most of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals into something drinkable. So yes you will take in more nutrients if you eat a carrot over juicing a carrot, but throughout the day with that amount of produce, you will take in more nutrients at a healthier pace via juicing.

      I hope you have a better understanding of it all. If you still have questions, just let me know.

  133. I would like to be able to figure out the nutritional value of the juice I make. When using multiple veggies and spices. Does the nutritional value go down without all the fiber? I’ve not found an app that will calculate all the veggies into juice. Maybe as close as I can get is to take the weight of each idem and use the nutritional valve and divide the total into ounces. MyFitnessPal is what I use now.

    • Dan, there is a way to figure it out.

      Add up all the calories of the whole fruit or vegetable.
      Add all the fiber of the whole fruit or vegetable.
      Multiply the total amount of fiber by 4 (there are 4 calories per gram of fiber)
      Subtract the fiber calories from the total number of calories and that will give you your juicing calories.

      Technically you would get more nutrition eating the produce whole as opposed to juicing it. But the problem is, is it easier to eat 2 apples, 1/2 lime, some ginger, 4 celery stalks, 4 big kale leaves, and a whole cucumber 4-6 times a day? Or will it be more productive to juice them? The above equation should get you very close to your caloric intake and nutritional value per drink. Hope this helps!

  134. Hi Donnie

    I am Just wondering if chewing gum is ok?

    Thanks :)

  135. Im on week 2 of juicing, 3 times a day. I have low energy and feel very sluggish in day to day activities. Is this all a part of the detox process??

    Juices consist of:
    kale, parsley, cilantro, strawberries, banana, apple, carrot, coconut oil,wheat grass

    anything I should add or try??

    • Kassi, I’m sorry to hear that. You should mix up your juices and not stick to one set if ingredients throughout your juice fast. Try mixing it up by substituting a few things. A few good things to throw into the mix would be romaine lettuce, oranges, and blueberries. Try substituting a few of those in your juices in place of other things. See how it goes and keep a variety of produce to try.

  136. Hi,
    I veggie juice 4 or 5 days a week. It is wise to concentrate on juicing just a few specific veggies or is juicing about 8 different veggies at one time ok? I wonder if just a little bit of everything is not as good as a lot of a few things. Sorry if this doesn’t make sense.

    • Pam, thanks for your question. It makes perfect sense! It’s best to juice a variety of fruits and veggies throughout the day. I do find that not only do I have more energy but I feel more full and it lasts longer when I have a juice that contains 5 or more ingredients as opposed to a juice with 2 or 3. Now, that doesn’t mean every juice you make should have a dozen ingredients in it. It’s okay to make a juice with just a few ingredients, but make sure you are getting a good variety throughout the day. Don’t settle on one juice with 3 or 4 ingredients an have that all day. Hope this helps.

  137. Hi Donnie! Just wondering, do your recipes count for just one serving? I see that you suggest to take in 4-6 juices per day. So, does that mean make 4-6 of your recipes per day? Just wanting to make sure :) Thanks

    • Daisy, thanks for the question. 1 juice is 1 serving. I suggest between 4-6 juices with each juice being 16-20 ounces. Hope that helps!

      • Very much so! Very helpful website you have. Many thanks. I am new to juicing, and starting a juicing fast this Friday. This will be my go to page for guidance. :)

  138. so glad I found this site. Easy to navigate and some delicious recipes.

  139. Thanks for your quick answer! Another thing i was wondering, if i were to calculate the calories in one juice (i probably won’t be doing this all the time but i’m just curious), let’s say one of your recipes, is the total amount of calories in the juice the same or lower than in the whole fruits and veggies? (in other words, how many calories & nutrients are lost because of the juicing process?)

    • Laura, if you want to count the calories in a juice this is how you would do it:

      Add up all the calories of the whole fruit or vegetable.
      Add all the fiber of the whole fruit or vegetable.
      Multiply the total amount of fiber by 4 (there are 4 calories per gram of fiber)
      Subtract the fiber calories from the total number of calories and that will give you your juicing calories.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  140. Hi Donnie!

    I am super excited to start juicing next saturday, i’m going to try to do it for 12 days. I was just wondering about the protein; I know i’ll get a fair amount of protein through the veggies like spinach or lettuce (we don’t have kale here, too bad), but i’m just kind of worried that I might need a bit more on some days, since i’ll be having a few big presentations to give (for example on day 4) and i don’t want to feel weak. I bought neutral tasting protein (well it does smell a bit like vanila now i opened it), and it doesn’t have solely protein in it (i reckon it has a few taste additives in it) but it’s fairly clean. You reckon i can use this? I wouldn’t be using it too much, only in case of emergency. Should i add the powder in the juice afterwards?


    • Thanks for the comment Laura! 12 days is a great goal! For protein I only recommend that you use a pure unflavored protein isolate. Anything else and you will surely be adding toxins back into your body while you are trying to detox. If you do end up using the stuff you got, I would mix it separate from the juice in it’s own water. Good luck Laura! You should hop on over to the forums and post your start date and see who else can join you on a fast! I’ll be here if you have any questions.

  141. I take several supplements. Such as CLA, VIT D, Raspberry ketones, grapeseed extract, among others to aid in weight loss and general health. Can i continue these durring a 7 day fast? Im starting tomorrow!

    • Congrats on starting your fast tomorrow Sara! There are several of us on the forum that are fasting right now. You should join us for some motivation and fun! As far as supplements I wouldn’t recommend them 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 supplements. Supplements are great if you aren’t getting the nutrients you need to begin with, but when you are juicing you get a huge variety of natural nutrients throughout the day making it unnecessary to take vitamin supplements.

  142. Thank you so much! I have looked everywhere for info on protein for juicing as well as how often to drink juice and this has been the simplest most logic place to get it. One question though. I am hypoglycemic and am doing a juice cleanse and my hands shake terribly after a while even tho I am drinking juice every two or three hours. (I am only on the second day mind you) How can I keep my blood sugar even with juicing?

    • M.A.C, congrats on the cleanse. As far as being hypoglycemic I would suggest you take in at least 6 servings of juice per day. Servings can be smaller than 16 ounces in your case. Make sure you are getting enough protein. You may want to consider adding protein to your juices, or even juicing with one meal per day consisting of a protein. It’s also important you limit your high sugar juices. Be careful on fruits and veggies that contain sugar. Use a lower quantity of them. Above all else, you should follow up with your doctor to make sure you are in good health and to let him/her know of your cleanse. Your doctor may be able to suggest some great ideas to implement in your juicing routine. I’ll be here if you have any juicing questions.