Eating healthy in the Philippines isn’t easy. You pretty much have to cook every meal yourself or spend a ridiculous amount of money. If you want to get ready-made healthy food, it’s gonna cost ya. I just did a 3-day juice cleanse for the first time in my life, and I feel so good. I was inspired by two things: 1) my blubbery and perpetually tired self and 2) Joey Graceffa’s (a popular YouTuber) recent vlog about his juice cleanse. Healthy people really make me want to be healthy.
Just to put things in perspective, ready made juice cleanses aren’t cheap. Juicyfied’s juice cleanse program in Cebu costs P1200 for a 1-day recharge (6 bottles, 2 detox tea bags, and a thermal bag), P2400 for a 2-day power-up (12 bottles, 4 detox bags, and 2 thermal bags), and P3600 for a 3-day Reboot (18 bottles, 6 detox bags, and 3 thermal bags).
Last year, Groupon had a deal where you can get a 1 day cleanse for P948 (a P3160 value!)
Juju Cleanse has their 3-day cleanse for P7100.
Obviously, doing things yourself makes it so much cheaper. Now that you have an idea of what a ready-made juice cleanse costs, here’s how I did a DIY 3-day juice cleanse myself for only P1205, with enough juice for 2 people, so if you do your shopping right and not buy too much like I did, you can probably do it for a lot less.
I went to Carbon Market, a huge 24/7 market in the City where everyone and their momma goes to sell everything and anything. It’s especially nice to go there for fruits and vegetables. Everything there is usually super cheap. The best time to go is actually in the middle of the night because the vendors fill the streets at night, (some say prices go down at around 4am to encourage people to buy before many of the vendors head home to sleep) but I was waaay too tired last night. Luckily, my roommate seemed to have a free morning, so I asked her to come with me to carry stuff. (I drive a motorcycle to get around, so it’s nice to have someone carry the groceries on the back of the bike.)
I followed the juice cleanse that I found on Susan Shain’s blog (http://susanshain.com/3-day-diy-juice-cleanse-for-travelers/), but some of the stuff on there, like kale, spinach and romaine lettuce, aren’t really available in Cebu, and if they are, they’re super expensive. So instead of kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, and parsely, I used locally grown leafy green vegetables: agbati, kangkong, the leafy part of the celery, and malunggay. Also, since lemons are super expensive here, I just use lemoncitos or calamansi. And again, green apples are super expensive in comparison to the more common Fuji apples here. So, I only used green apples for two of the drinks, for the rest I just used Fuji apples.
I went to Ayala Supermarket to get all the things that you can’t get at Carbon Market. So that meant honey (at least, I didn’t see anyone selling it at Carbon), beets, mint, green apples, and if I hand’t forgotten it, I could have bought almond milk from there. I really wanted to get the super fresh honey from the guys selling it with the honey comb on the streets, but I don’t know where to find a that. I’ve only seen them selling it in far-away places. Buying the almond milk is probably cheating since it has all this added sugar and stuff, but I can’t afford to buy a bunch of almonds and get my own milk out of it. The juicer I have is the Kyowa 600W Juice Extractor. I bought it last year for my roommate’s birthday and today, it totally paid off. This juicer cost about P3500, but there are cheaper ones that you can get for P1500. If you can’t afford that, just find someone with a juicer that you can borrow.
For each juice, I made enough to cover the 3 days, reused plastic water bottles or glass jars from Nata de Coconut, and put it in the fridge for storage. They probably won’t taste as good and fresh tomorrow, but it’s way better than spending the time juicing every meal + snacks.
I spent P772 at Carbon Market and P274 at Ayala Metro Supermarket and P159 at Shopwise in Basak (or is it still Labangon?) for the Almond milk, totaling to P1205. I probably have enough ingredients to make this 3 day cleanse for 2 people, so technically, I could have done it for about P600 if I knew how much all this stuff makes!
1-day down, two to go!