Why not is the better question apparently. A month or so ago, my friend told me she was going to do the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith. I thought it was silly honestly. A “fast” was nothing I wanted a part of and thought of them as fad diets. I saw my friend a few days after she finished her 10 day green smoothie cleanse. Her skin looked clearer, her face thinner and she over all seemed to be in better spirits. When I asked her about the cleanse, she said not only had she liked it, but she was still having a green smoothie every morning rather than a traditional breakfast. In addition, she no longer craved sweets, carbs or even caffeine. Her transformation was so complete, it made me curious and every persuaded my partner to give it a try with me.
The basics of the 10 Day Green Smoothie CleanseMilt and I both read the book 10 Day Smoothie Cleanse Book (well, I read it, Milt skimmed it). There are a few important notes about this cleanse:
- It is a cleanse, not a fast. In addition to the green smoothies taken 2-3 times a day (whether you do the full 3 meal replacement cleanse or a modified 2 meal replacement with dinner cleanse), the book instructs a person to also eat as many fruits and veggies as they want in addition to peanut butter (salt free sugar free…just peanuts peanut butter), raw nuts (no salt or seasonings) and hard boiled eggs for protein. You should never be hungry. A person on the 10 day smoothie cleanse shouldn’t go more than 2-3 hours without eating, whether it is a shake or a snack of some kind.
- Water is your friend. During the cleanse, you are supposed to drink 64 ounces of water a day at least. In addition to the water, it is important to drink detox tea. I grabbed Yogi Detox tea as it was the only one I could find locally.
- The dollars and cents. Chapter 3 breaks down the cleanse into two shopping lists for you—for the first 5 days and then the second 5. We went and did all the shopping for the first 5 days. For two people, shopping at Traders Joes, Costco and Safeway, it costs about $200. This is about $50 to $75 more than we would have spent for the same time period. Although, I presume since we bought most of the frozen fruit at Costco we will have enough of that for the next 5 days too. We also should not have to buy protein powder or flax seed again, two of the most expensive ingredients.