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Juice Cleanse Day 3, Cilantro Juice Recipe

by jenny sansouci on January 4, 2012

This is my recap of Day 3 of my 10 day juice cleanse! I’m using a Breville Elite juicer and juicing different things each day.

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Day 3 I actually felt pretty good for most of the day. Much better than Day 2. I was hungry, but the feeling of hunger was more like a gentle reminder rather than a ravenous beast. So that’s progress. I am not having headaches anymore, so I’m pretty sure yesterday’s all-day headache was from caffeine withdrawal.

It’s funny because Day 3 is usually the end of a cleanse for me. This time it’s still the beginning. Oy.

Mentally I felt a little spacey, it took more concentration to do normal tasks like email, and I will say my moods were definitely up and down all day…but physically I felt OK enough to go for a 30 min run outside. I had enough energy to run longer, but it was freezing outside and my body was numb so I dipped out at 30 mins. Moving my body did feel kind of exhilarating though. I already feel cleaner and lighter. I’m hopefully gonna do some more jogging, meditating, yoga, reading and blissing out as much as possible over the next week.

I even felt stable enough to cook dinner for my boyfriend – I made him a veggie brown rice stir fry with egg. I added coconut oil, onions, garlic and kale and seasoned it with tamari, cayenne, turmeric, red pepper flakes and black pepper. It was the first time I’ve ever cooked a meal and served it to someone without even tasting it at all! While I was serving the dish and waiting for his response, I had the thought that it could be a cool Top Chef challenge to cook and serve a meal without tasting anything the whole time. I’d like to see that. Just cooking by your intuition alone. Good stuff. I’ll alert Tom & Padma….

Anyway, he loved the dinner, and I didn’t feel tortured by cooking it – of course it smelled delicious and I wanted to eat it, but I didn’t actually consider eating it. So that was good.

I planned on going to an 8:15pm yoga class and felt completely fine up until I actually stood up to get ready to go at 8pm. All of a sudden I felt a huge wave of nausea, which is very strange because I pretty much NEVER get nauseous. It was bad enough that I had to lay down and wait for it to pass, and by the time it passed it was 8:12. I took that as a sign that I wasn’t meant to be at that yoga class and that maybe I was pushing it.

Day 3 stats:

Energy level: Physically ok, mentally spacey. Felt nauseous at 8pm and then hit a wall around 8:30pm and got REALLY tired. Went to bed early.
30 min jog outside, felt good
Sleep: Didn’t sleep well. Kept waking up a bunch of times throughout the night feeling hungry. I realized that on every other cleanse I’ve done (pre-made cleanses) there’s always a nut milk at night (almond or cashew). This is the first time I’ve done a cleanse without a nut milk at night, which I think is making me hungrier. Maybe I’ll experiment with making almond milk. Although it’s technically not a fruit or veggie juice, I think it might help me sleep.
Weight difference since Day 1: 4.4 lbs
$ spent today on juice ingredients: $30.44 (bought some ingredients for Day 4 too)
Feeling: Emotions are a bit up and down. A few moments of bliss and inspiration, and a few moments of crankiness and feeling very blah. Can’t believe I still have 7 days to go, but I’m hoping it’ll keep getting better. My sister is on a “Reboot” cleanse right now, which is eating only fruits + veggies (raw and cooked) and when we talk on the phone I’m so jealous that she can make guacamole and eat brussels sprouts. Oh man oh man oh man.

Oh, the juice! As promised, I made cilantro juice and it’s my favorite juice so far. It was SO good! If you like cilantro you’ll love this. I drank it all day. I juiced 4 full heads of cilantro!

I didn’t add any apples because after yesterday’s carrot juice I was kind of sick of sweet tasting juices. I did add coconut water to the cilantro juice to give it a little sweetness, but it was much less sweet tasting than the juices with apple.

I drank about 60oz of juice again. All cilantro juice. Plus detox tea and water. Lots of lemon water. I really like warm lemon water and herbal tea. The warm drinks are helping to balance out all the cold juice and water. I kind of want to try a SPICY juice next. With warming spices. Hmmmm.

By the way…cucumbers put out a lot of juice! I am really impressed by them.

Cilantro Juice Recipe
makes about 16-20 oz juice, depending on juicer & produce size

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup coconut water (mix in after juicing the rest of the stuff)

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I’m really thrilled to be done with Day 3. Day 2 was definitely the hardest day so far, energy and hunger wise. I know the first few days are always the hardest and it’s (often) smooth sailing after that. Let’s hope.

I was reading this guy‘s juice fast experience blog and I thought it was hilarious that he said that a juice fast is sort of like clearing the old cookies from your browser. Ha…I love techie jokes.

I have to think of what kind of new juice to make for Day 4. I have all the ingredients for green juice waiting in my fridge, but I’m definitely thinking a more savory, spicy veggie juice is in order. One of my blog readers who is also on a cleanse, Ali, gave me the idea to do one with tomato, red pepper, garlic, onion, and a bit of jalapeno. That actually sounds pretty awesome. Maybe I will do some kind of riff on that.

So…how are YOUR cleanses going? What’s the good word? Ups & downs? Let’s hear em.

Thanks again for following along…posting my updates here is truly my motivation to keep going. xoxo

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Ali January 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

Hi Jenny! Day two was definitely a struggle. I feel like I’m having a very similar experience as you so I’m glad to hear that day 3 gets better. Yesterday, I watched Forks over Knives for inspiration, did some walking to get out of the house, and lasted around 30 minutes in the sauna, which felt amazing! So far, this morning I feel the most energetic I’ve felt over the past few days so I’m hoping I got over the hardest part. Last night I made another savory juice with butternut squash, carrots, garlic, shallots, and ginger, and man was it good. It tastes like soup and definitely rivals the tomato savory juice. I hope you try them! Good luck on day 4!

jyoseph January 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

For those of you just joining me now:” – That’s me! And I’m glad I did. Your posts are very inspiring, I think I’m gonna have another go at a juice cleanse.

<3 <3 <3 cilantro, and now that winter is here a nice spicy juice does sound good!

Being around food when you're juicing is a tough thing to do! At least in the first couple days. After that you're kinda like "silly humans, chewing food!" hahah.

Keep up the good work!

Kim Augsburger January 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hey, Jenny! Glad to hear your detox symptoms are getting more mild. Other than exercise, are you employing other techniques (like skin brushing, etc.) to rid your body of the awakened toxins? Always curious to see what others are up to!

I’m on Day 4 of juicing ’til dinner for the month. I’m in that expansive, awakening stage, and ready to release!!! Fingers crossed that today’s enema is super productive! I had a mild headache yesterday, but it has improved today. Feeling great, overall! 🙂

jenny sansouci January 4, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Ali – keep up the awesome work, and thank you so much for checking in. I haven’t made a savory juice yet but I am making one for Day 5! I went to a sauna today too (Day 4) and it felt great. Keep me posted on how you’re doing.

Jyoseph- thanks for stopping by! I loved your cleanse recap. 🙂 You’re right, now that I’m at the end of Day 4, my craving for food isn’t bad at all. Thanks for the support and good luck if you do another cleanse!

Kim – Thanks for checking in! Sounds like you’re doing great…very inspiring. As far as toxin releasing, I spent some time in a sauna & steam room today to sweat it out…i’m drinking “get regular” tea, and I do have a skin brush that I’ll probably start using tomorrow. Considering a colonic but those aren’t my favorite things in the world. 😉 We’ll see….keep up the great work!

Kim Augsburger January 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

Can’t beat the sauna!!! SO relaxing! I live in the middle of nowhere, so I don’t have access to colonics – I self-adminster enemas instead…Not the most glamorous thing ever, but, it REALLY does help! Very important to help move that waste along! Makes the whole detoxification process much easier on ya 🙂 Yay for skin brushing!!!

saif January 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I mean,,, is it just me,, or is that cilantro, cucumber, lime, and coconut truly one of the worst recipes i have ever tried! i mean, dont get me wrong, i love juicing and i have been experimenting different juice recipes whenever i encounter them on the internet,,,, and i just gave your recipe a go, i loved the carrot recipe and im definitely trying out the almond recipe, but the cilantro!?!?!? JESUS! how did you bare the taste of that disaster?

i dont know, maybe its me, something is wrong with me,,,,, but for the first time juicing,, every time i try drinking that juice, my body literally rejects the taste and smell ,,,,and it feels like a reaction on what my stomach is doing rejecting it…

Lori July 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

I juice cilantro everyday as part of my cancer blessing diet . I have learned our bodies crave what we need . Maybe you don’t have the toxins that need cilantro . Maybe your kidneys can ‘t handle all that cilantro 🙂 juicing is awesome , but we need to know what our body’s need cleansed !

Nicole June 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

Hey, today is my first day and I’m going off of what you did, the recipes and what not. I like them and today I actually fasted the whole day nothing but water till around dinner time six I drank the green smoothie! It was very tasty but I think I may have added too much ginger, I can’t wait to try tomorrows.

Nicole June 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

This is my third day and the the cilantro juice is not my favorite. I’m not feeling it at all. I hate cilantro and I think I used too much. 🙁 I might make day ones drink again and drink it instead because I can’t bare the taste of this.

Tim January 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Jenny, thank you for the free recipes. 🙂

Jodie May 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

I also have a Breville Juicer but I feel like it just spits out the cilantro when I try to put it through and I feel like it is a waste. Is there a trick to get the leafy greens pushed through the Breville Elite Juicer?

Mariana July 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I loved all your recipes and trying to find a suana room in this town of mine, lol. But thanks for all your free insight, recipes and personal accounts. Gives me some comfort in this weight struggle and keeping helathly lifestyle.

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