Celery Kale Ginger Juice : Cleanse Day 1

Celery Kale Ginger Juice and Day 1 of my juice cleanse

I can already tell that this juice cleanse thing is going to be really hard. It’s the end of Day 1 and I’m super super super tired. I can only surmise that it is due to a severe lack of coffee today. Oh, Coffee, how can I betray you like this? How can I just cut you out of my life like you never meant anything to me at all? You can’t imagine the turmoil I’m feeling right now in your absence. To hold your tender heat in my hands once more and taste your chocolatey roundness on my tongue while I swoon over your love… But alas,  I cannot.

Celery Kale Ginger Juice

Instead you have been replaced by pre-masticated fruits and vegetables that are spat into the reservoir of the whirring contraption on my kitchen counter. Your simple French press takes up so much less room! I joyously anticipate your return into my life, but for now…


Celery Kale Ginger Juice

Day 1 wasn’t the worst thing ever, but not the best thing ever, either. Here are the stats:

Morning Exercise: 1 mile interval sprints then weights for legs and abs

Breakfast: Celery Kale Ginger Juice

Lunch: Cantaloupe Blueberry Juice

Dinner: Celery Kale Ginger Juice

I feel: I had planned on juicing at 9, 12, 3, and 6. I couldn’t get myself to drink more juice at 6… I have not been hungry at all the entire day, which might be due to the remnants of last night’s binge on cookie butter. However, already at about 1:30 pm I really started to drag. It’s 7:30 right now and I could easily go to bed. I had really expected to have a lot of reserved energy to live off of today, but I guess I used it all up in the sprints?

I’ve been really lethargic and have had a pretty bad headache most of the day. I’m actually going to go ahead and assume it’s because my dear coffee has not made an appearance today,  and I do miss him so.

Weight Lost: 0 lbs. I mean, it’s the first day. Gotta have a starting point. I expect that in the first week I’ll lose weight pretty rapidly due to water flushing, etc., and then from there on perhaps lose some “real” weight, not just water weight… But again, I’m not actually looking at this as a weight loss solution. It’s just a natural side-effect.

Celery Kale Ginger Juice

Now for a delicious juice recipe! This Celery Kale Ginger Juice was good enough that I chose to have it twice today. Unfortunately, it’s not the most beautifully colored juice this world has to offer, but it is quite tasty. The first time I tried it, I put in too much ginger and it had a very overpowering spicy effect. The second time it was delightful. It’s a little zingy and a tad sour due to the granny smiths and the lemon juice, but BY GOLLY I like it!

Celery Kale Ginger Juice


  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, cored
  • 2 Large Celery Stalks
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Lemon Slice
  • 1/2 inch of Fresh Ginger
  • 3-4 Kale Leaves

Process everything through your juicer and stir! Enjoy (I liked mine better served with a couple of ice cubes).

Celery Kale Ginger Juice

Celery Kale Ginger Juice : Cleanse Day 1
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This Celery Kale Ginger Juice recipe is packed with anti-inflammatory properties, healing ginger, and loads of natural vitamins.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, cored
  • 2 Large Celery Stalks
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Lemon Slice
  • ½ inch of Fresh Ginger
  • 3-4 Kale Leaves
  1. Process everything through your juicer and stir! Enjoy (I liked mine better served with a couple of ice cubes).


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8 Responses to “Celery Kale Ginger Juice : Cleanse Day 1”

  1. May 14, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    You’re going to feel tired and lethargic for 1-5 days but if you can stick it out it will be worth it. Juicing works because it gives your body a heavy-digesting break and the large quantities of micro-nutrients, minerals, and water allow your body to detox. You need coffee largely because you drink coffee and it’s a positive feedback loop that often becomes negative in that coffee is desired because one is tired and one is tired because they’re addicted to coffee. Your adrenal system will appreciate this if you can hold out and then, real and sustained energy will become your experience. It’s only the first day. If headaches, lethargy, skin outbreaks, moodiness, bloating etc become your reality hold tight. That’s a sign that a) it’s working and, b) you needed to shove a bunch of good stuff in in large quantities for a short while. Good luck!

    • May 16, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks! It’s the morning of Day 4 and I feel pretty back to normal… Day 3 wasn’t too hard, just day 1 and 2. I don’t know if the “rough” period is different depending on your previous eating habits or what, but I’m feeling OK! The coffee headaches have passed (but I still miss the flavor so much!).

  2. May 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    I’m a Juice Cleansing Coach and can tell you that the secrets to having energy on a cleanse (which is totally possible) is to drink enough juice. I recommend to my clients to aim for a gallon of juice per day. And of course, enough water. Colon hydrotherapy or enemas also give people more energy. Great job on Day 1! 🙂

    • May 16, 2014 at 10:10 am #

      Things like enemas scare me too much to give them a try… I’m hoping the juicing and water intake will do their jobs without it! A whole gallon of juice per day? Whew! That’s a lot! Maybe that’s part of my trouble, though. I’m sustaining on somewhere in the realm of 32-48 ounces of juice per day… Perhaps I’ll have to take it up a notch!

      • May 16, 2014 at 10:47 am #

        Yes, a whole gallon of juice (128 oz)! With only 32-48 oz, you’re guaranteed to have low energy and not feel great, and that’s just what goes along with the territory of so little. So there’s probably not anything wrong if you feel wiped out, because you really just need more juice to feel good. You could always try it for a day and see whether you feel a big difference!

  3. Rads
    June 5, 2015 at 3:02 am #

    I have just started to read this and I am very worried because my ayurvedic doctor said on juice cleansing days one should absolutely not do any heavy workouts or weight lifting… gentle yoga and walking is okay, but he drew the line at going to gym. He said working out on juice cleansing days is detrimental to long time health (as the regimen is too vigorous to sustain long term weight loss). Just thought I would let you know!


    • June 12, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      If you read the daily updates on my juicing cleanse you’ll see that my workouts (on days that I worked out at all) were very minimal and usually were just 30 minutes of walking or very light weight lifting. On this first day I did a very vigorous workout because I had a pre-juice binge on cookie butter the night before, so I was trying to get that moving. I think one of my biggest words of advice for anyone beginning a juice cleanse is to not binge on everything in the universe the night before so you have to punish yourself with sprints on day 1 😉

  4. Rads
    June 5, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    That said, thanks so much for your blog and recipes here, I am going to follow them each day for breakfast :). I am trying to cut down my meals from three to two, and the only way I can do that it make my breakfasts liquid.


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