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Juice Cleanse Day 1, Green Juice Recipe

by jenny sansouci on January 2, 2012

This is my recap of Day 1 of my 10-day juice cleanse!

Here’s the juicer I use.

Yesterday was the first day of my cleanse. It was also a weird day. Weird because it was January 1st, New Year’s Day. The night before, I went to a New Year’s Eve dinner party and it was a serious feast! I left the party very full and didn’t get to bed until 3am. Not my normal schedule, so Day 1 of the cleanse ended up being a little different.

I woke up around 11am still feeling full from the night before. I didn’t end up having my first juice until 3:30pm.

I drank only about 32 oz of juice throughout the whole day. I will probably have more today, since I woke up earlier and have a full day ahead of me. The “Reboot” program recommends 4-6 16-20 oz juices each day. (so I really drank only 1/2 the recommended amount of juice).

I drank only green juice (recipe below). Today I am going to make the same green juice again, but also experiment with another kind of juice too. Probably carrot.

I also didn’t remember to drink a lot of water on Day 1. I did have a big coconut water and some detox tea, but today I’m going to drink a lot more water (very important to help wash toxins out of your body during a cleanse)!

The only time that was hard for me was when my boyfriend was eating dinner. I kept smelling his food. So I got a couple of different teas and a coconut water so I felt like I had some variety.

Day 1 stats:

Energy level: High for most of the day, because I felt totally READY for this cleanse. I didn’t really want food at all.
I went to a basic/restorative yoga class at 4:30pm after I had some juice. It felt great.
Sleep: I actually didn’t sleep very well at all last night. I kept waking up hungry! I don’t think I drank enough juice.
Weight after Day 1: down 2.2 lbs
$ spent on juice ingredients: $36.89 (these ingredients will carry on to today, so hopefully I won’t have to spend that much every day. Also, I bought organic produce so the price is a little higher than conventional).
Feeling: a little headachey, but pretty good!

Green Juice Recipe:
This is the recipe for the “Mean Green” juice that Joe Cross and Phil Staples drink on “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” Makes about 16-20 oz of juice depending on your juicer/size of produce.

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 inch ginger root

Clearly, I multiplied this recipe to make more juice for the day.

The juicer

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So there you have it!! 1 day down, 9 to go. It’s way more fun to do this when I know I’ll be sharing my experience with you guys.

Best of luck to anyone else who is on a cleanse. I got a lot of feedback yesterday from people who are doing their own cleanse. Definitely comment below and let me know how yours is going!!!


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Lea January 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hey Jenny! Happy New Year! I’ve never done a juice cleanse so I’m anxious to hear about yours. Quick question, I don’t have a juicer but can you make that green juice in a vitamix?


jenny sansouci January 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hey Lea! You can make juice in a Vitamix if you blend the ingredients together and then strain the juice out through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag. Or you can just make it as a smoothie instead! The difference is that since the Vitamix is a blender, all the pulp/fiber will still be in there. A juicer removes it. Good luck!!


donna lopes March 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

buy a nutibullit it saved mylife.. get rid of that vitamix use it 4 other things. the bullit breaks down the skin and breaks down the nutrients.. after you do the greens.try all kinds of stuff especially ban. use your imagination. use cin, ginger, will love it. it will be the hund dols u spend. and you will feel good. usually that is my first meal of the day. if you dont do the fasting, do it in the am to get u started. by your frozen fruit at the dollar general if u have one. throw in some cinn. then eat sensibly. good chating . happy juicing…


Jen December 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm


Can you not spell out your words in full? Your post is ridiculous to try to decipher. What the hell is “ban”??


Ali January 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thanks for the recap! Today is my day 1 of the cleanse and I actually made the exact same juice this morning. I feel a little anxious about the next few days but I’m trying to remind myself to stay present and only focus on THIS moment. My boyfriend and I are planning on watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead today for inspiration. Good luck today!


jenny sansouci January 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

Ali – YES – definitely watch the movie, you’ll feel so inspired. I might watch it again this week, just to keep my motivation up! GOOD LUCK!!! I’m with you on this!


marc fierz January 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Hey Jenny, really love your site and learning so much about eatng healthier.

Can you recommed a good juicer that my family and I can use so we can all benefit from living a healthier life.. The kids love smoothies and Jody & I will Juice it up…

… MF 🙂


Ashley January 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

Good luck! I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead last night, bought a juicer today, and start juicing tomorrow. I am excited!


Hannah January 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hey Jenny, excited to read your blog since I also just so happened to start a 10-day juice fast yesterday! I was inspired after first watching the Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead doc about 4 months ago and then watching Foodmatters a couple months ago. As soon as I got done watching Foodmatters, which my mom had lent to me, I ordered my own copy and have since been making everyone I know watch it! Happy juicing!


jenny sansouci January 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Marc – I have the Breville Juice Fountain juicer, and a Vitamix blender. Both are great for different reasons – Vitamix is amazing for smoothies.

Ashley – congrats on your new juicer, good luck!! let me know how it goes.

Hannah – I haven’t seen Foodmatters! Now I’m inspired to watch it this week. Good luck on your 10-day juice fast, please keep checking in about how it’s going. I’m with you on this!!


francis January 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

i also love fat, sick and nearly dead! it is what got me to begin juicing. if you dig juicing and detoxing, i bought the 3-day cleanse book and it has lots of great information and the recipes in it are what i used for my juice cleanse. i have seen the book on amazon. it is written by the founders of blueprint cleanse. i suggest checking it out! happy new year everyone!


jenny sansouci January 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

francis- thank you, great idea. i will check it out!


Jamie April 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hey Jenny!

I’m obsessed with this green juice! I have it like 2x a day hahaha Thanks for sharing this awesomeness! I am starting to food journal and wanted to know if you had an idea of how many calories this juice is? Hope all is well with you 🙂


Steve April 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Hi this is my first day I’m not sure how this works I had 3 drinks today and a chopped apple .. What else can I eat ?


jenny sansouci April 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Hi Steve, what kind of cleanse program are you currently on?


Steve April 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I’m on mean juice I’m only drinking it 3 times a day and eating some fruit mid day


Sabina May 16, 2012 at 1:31 am

Hi, I am really interested in following this 10 day cleanse, but my only problem is that I cannot get hold of fresh kale at this time of the year. In Germany, kale is only harvested in late autumn/winter, so I was wondering if I should use frozen kale instead or swap it for spinach? Many thanks!


Bill Vaniper August 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

Many seem entirely fixated on green only. I’m currently juicing up to 16 ingredients. Red cabbage, small amounts of carrots and beet,Swiss chard , a bit of garlic or red onion and a kiwi instead of green apple as well as the overflow of incredible black tomatoes from our garden and a bit of lemon .For greens I’m adding cilantro and watercress. Caution to the sugars of kiwi, carrot and carrots of course. Today I’m going to add a bit of sweet potato. I’m experiencing all the good changes that I’m reading about. I’m able to change the taste profile as well. If juices aren’t a bit appealing some people will quit. Good fasting to you in the future. Bill


Lori December 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I am starting this tomorrow, going to grocery store tonight. Question, how far ahead can you make the juice, I work outside my home and would have to take for Breakfast and lunch and dont really want the noise in the morning. Can i make this each night for the next day, i though someone said you had to drink immediately and make each time.

Does it freeze?
And i watched the documentary and see both comments, are you supposed to drink mean green only for the set time frame or can it be any of the juice recipes?


jenny sansouci December 4, 2012 at 1:16 am

The sooner you drink it the better, but you can make it the night before for sure. I’ve never frozen juice but I’m sure you can.
As far as what juices to drink, I just made up my cleanse entirely, so I drank whatever juices I felt like making that day. You can either make up your own if you’re comfortable, or find a structured cleanse that tells you exactly what to make. 🙂


Traci Skok January 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Can you please answer a couple questions about the10 day cleanse? Do you follow the day #1 mean green juice then day #2 a different juice & follow each day with a different juice etc .. Also when do u drink the detox tea? Is that like smooth move? Lastly, how much juice can you drink daily?



jenny sansouci January 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

Hi Traci, actually I just kind of “winged it” with this cleanse. I drank as much juice as I wanted each day so I wasn’t hungry. I made different juices every day, and drank the detox tea throughout the day. If you want more structured guidance on a juice cleanse, I would recommend checking out the Blueprint Cleanse website – they have a lot of great tips!


Pat January 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Hi Jenny, I also have a vitamix and I have been juicing with it and I’m finding I feel bloated and gassy. I figured it must be the pulp in the juice, too much fiber I think. Then I read you told Lea to strain it or blend it as a smoothie. Forgive me, what does blending it as a smoothie mean? Just blending it all together.??? Also where would i find a nut milk bag to strain, can I just use a strainer to strain it??
Also can you recommend a juicer that is easy with not all those parts to clean?? The few juicers I had took 20 minutes to clean everything up, very messy. The vita mix is really so simple and quick!! Thank you for any advice you can give me. Just found your website, thank you for these juice recipes. Pat


aruna January 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

hello i like the green juice….i don’t mind to drink….i feel good after i drink..

thanks for sharing


Tim February 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

How many oz’s of the Mean Green Juice should I drink a day?


Amy February 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I was wondering about juicing v. blending…I bought a Vitamix over a year ago. I have been using it mainly for smoothies for the kids. However, just this morning, I made my first Green Smoothie ala Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I don’t want to buy a juicer…will I have success (30 to lose) with my Vitamix? Thank you for responding.


Renee Zolo March 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

My 1st day of the 10 day challenge, inspiried by Sick,Fat and Nearly Dead. Wish me luck!!!! I am so pumped. Bought the Brevielle 510 juicer, will let u know how it works out. Thanks for the inspiration!!


Sharon March 24, 2013 at 1:42 am

I would like to juice but only own a vitamin. Where do I get the cloth for straining? Where can I find a copy of fat, sick and nearly dead? Where can I find recipes for drinks that taste good? Thanks, Sharon


TinaMarie April 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hi Amy Im not Jenny but maybe i could help.. The Vitamix can be used but will need to strain in a nut milk bag or cheaper yet use a paint strainer net at the hardware store.. They work great..

Pat i bought the Breville 200xl is was rated no. 1 on amazon.. i watched a youtube video first to make sure.. Just type in breville 200xl and watch the videos on demos.. I use mine and it takes no more than 10 minutes to clean everything and 2 to put it back together.. Good luck..cost with free shipping was $104. Good luck and God Bless..

PS you can find nut bag strainers on Amazon for from $4-$9 and the painter strainer for $2-$25..


Sare May 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I too will be starting a 7 day juice cleanse tomorrow. Last time I tried but only lasted one day. I work shift and it was too hard but watching sick fat and nearly dead the other day made me want to give it another go. I am going to try and be more organised and prepare the day before.. I am also going to try quit smoking tomorrow also.. my bodys in for a big shock!!!!


Antigoni July 3, 2013 at 3:11 am

Hi how are you .i want to start a 10 day juice cleanse …I need someone to help me to give me a boost to go on …..


Alexander July 13, 2013 at 6:55 pm


New to juicing and smoothies. My concern is the sugar content of either when it involves fruits? The medical community warns us that SUGAR is bad for us and has to many calories. I want to lose weight and am juicing about 75/25, with the larger amount being veggies. All organic as i have been advised. How about smoothies?

Hope to hear from you soon.



Chris February 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Anyone know the nutritional info on the Morning Green juice? Thank you!


Rosann June 8, 2015 at 8:31 am

Hi Jenny,I make the green juice except I take out the apple and celery and add in 3 strawberry’s and half of a banana..Im looking online to see how many calories it has.It makes 32oz and I drink as my breakfast..Thanks ,have a great day!


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