J J Smith created the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse after she had to overcome a serious health problem that lasted for 2 months. Over that period, she experienced weight gain, fatigue, health matters caused by dental issues and it wasn’t until she and a number of people tried this cleanse that it became a very popular and best selling book.
The cleanse did help J J overcome her health problems and it did it very quickly (almost 2 weeks). She now shares what she did in her book which I already read. It’s 167 pages long and you will know if this cleanse is perfect for you.
My background on cleansing:
I’ve done multiple cleanses over the years and I know a lot about their health benefits. Although this particular one is different in how it works, a lot of the same fundamentals are still there:
You detox for almost 2 weeks.
Drink salt water every morning or laxative tea.
You cut out any processed foods, carbs.
It’s difficult to complete, but it offers tremendous health benefits.
My main experience with cleanses has come from one called the Master Cleanse in which for 5 days I didn’t eat anything and drank a special blend of lemon juice. I lost 14 pounds and did feel great benefits, but the weight did come back. The master cleanse wasn’t a plan I’d recommend to everyone, but it did give me respect for cleansing and how great it can be. I’ve done the master cleanse twice and have also done colon cleanses.
In many ways the 10 Day Green Smoothie works like the master cleanse, except it’s a little bit more flexible because there’s something that you do consume for the 10 days and that’s smoothies, but there’s also an easier version of it provided in the book.
How does the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse work?
For 10 days, you are going to follow either one plan if you’re aiming for the best results or a more modified plan if you can’t really do cleansing.
The optimal plan, called the “full cleanse” is going to have you consuming nothing but smoothies for 10 days. Every smoothie is about 60 oz (3 smoothies) and should be consumed every 3 or 4 hours, or usually when you get hungry.
You can drink water (8 glasses a day) or laxative tea and for foods, only a few foods are allowed such as unsalted nuts. You can eat fruits and many of them. J J says you can lose up to 15 pounds in 10 days on this plan.
The second version of the cleanse is called the “modified cleanse” where you consume 2 smoothies a day for breakfast and lunch (meal replacement) and for dinner, you can eat 1 meal which can include things like grilled fish. Water and laxative tea is also recommended.
The modified cleanse will not provide the same weight loss results as the full cleanse, but it’s an option for people who aren’t mentally prepared to handle the full cleanse. Cleansing itself is not easy and usually people quit very quickly.
You are also recommended to do a salt water flush every single morning in which you drink warm water with a tablespoon or two of salt water. You should do this if you don’t have any bowel movements for 24 hours as J J says.
The purpose of the cleanse is to keep your body flushing out toxins and waste very often everyday. The more it does this, the more you’ll lose weight and feel better (not at first).
Sample foods of the cleanse:
Kale, carrots, apples, peaches, bananas, boy choy, celery, cucumbers, beet, mango, blueberries, pineapple, arugula, parsley, spinach, lettuce, turnips and even flax seeds.
These are the types of ingredients you’ll be putting into your smoothies. There is a recipe for a different smoothie everyday so you’ll never be drinking the same thing. It’ll change day by day and many smoothies combine both fruits and vegetables. If you need sweeteners, the ingredient stevia is allowed.
Solid foods you can eat that aren’t going to be in the smoothie include: Eggs, unsalted nuts and fish and you can also eat fruits and vegetables as well as make salads.
Foods and drinks that are not allowed on this cleanse: Alcohol, anything with artificial sugar or white flour, sodas, milk, cheese. Anything that is one the list of allowed stuff is what you should only follow.
Can this cleanse benefit diabetics?
J J Smith added a separate section for diabetics and it recommends only getting foods from the list provided in the book that have low sugar, but she also says to speak to a doctor first. Cleanses are NOT easy on the average person and they’re probably going to be even harder for diabetics. Please speak to a doctor.
This cleanse is not a diet and J J really points to this:
Weight loss is really a big part of this cleanse, but diet is really not the right word to use for the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, because it’s more of a detox and it’s meant for health improvement. Weight loss just goes with this cleanse.
Fatigue, irritability, headaches, nausea, skin rashes, muscle aches, cravings.
Any sort of cleanse or restriction on the body is going to trigger these side effects. Some of them can be more easily managed, while others are almost impossible to deal with. J J points out that many of the side effects are your body going through serious changes and it’s pointing to it getting better, not worse. Drink more water and try to limit how much fruit you eat so they pass. Usually cleanses and their side effects are felt between the first 2-4 days.
Having done cleanses and felt many of the side effects of them, I know that many of them are temporary. It’s the body’s way of crying out that it wants you to keep eating and drinking the bad things that you were used to, but if you don’t let it, it will misbehave, but you will detox it. Your cravings will also change.
- Very good cleanse to help you lose weight and improve health.
- A lot of healthy choices for food and detox provided.
- Can offer great health benefits: more radiant skin, more energy and stamina. This is what cleanses do.
- Resembles the master cleanse in many ways, except it’s more flexible.
- Gets the body to change cravings to more healthy choices.
- Cleanses are not an easy way to improve health.
- Lots of side effects, which you shouldn’t be scared of, they are normal.
- The shopping list in the book includes A LOT of frozen fruits. These things are not as healthy. Buy organic only and make your smoothies while they are fresh.
- I do recommend a different cleanse overall for better results: The Red Tea Detox.
10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Score:
4 stars out of 5. Cleanses can be wonderful ways to improve health and lose weight, but they are never easy to do.
Is the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse for you? 2 more options (more flexible):
The first option is the master cleanse.
The only area where it’s more flexible is the total price so if you’re tight on money and you’re ready to cleanse, this cleanse might be better.
The second option is the red tea detox.
Now this one is similar to the 10 day green smoothie cleanse, but here’s the specifics you need to know:
It’s a 7 day cleanse where you drink red tea mixed with weight loss and detoxing ingredients. Then there’s an optional 2 week diet that lets you flow back into a regular eating lifestyle, but it also helps you continue to lose weight and come out of the plan eating healthy and living a good lifestyle.