Sunday, October 28, 2012
No Solid Food for 3 Days!? My Experience With The BluePrint Cleanse
This is a different type of post on Product Doctor, but one I hope will be helpful! After a month of what most would call "excess"- excess drinking, excess eating, traveling and all the other joys of life I was feeling fairly grubby. I felt tired, bloated, and my skin was having the worst breakout in a long time! I really wanted to do something drastic- but healthy- to help me get back on track! Enter the BluePrint Cleanse.
A bit about me- I would describe myself as fairly healthy- I try to workout 3-4 times a week and watch what I eat, but I definitely indulge in a cheeseburger and fries every now and then, and I love my wine! So the idea of a cleanse was intimidating to say the least! I just didn't think it was something I could realistically stick to given how much I love to eat! I mean no solid food for 3 days!? Are these people crazy!? And you have to pay them!? A snapshot of my thoughts.
There are 3 levels of cleanses offered by BluePrint and each can be done at your desired length. I chose the Foundation Cleanse, which is the middle of the road option, for 3 days. In the Foundation Cleanse you consume 6 juices per day, at your own pace with water or herbal tea as often as you like. You receive 3 green juices, 1 fruit juice, 1 spicy lemonade, and 1 cashew milk.
Green juices: romaine, apple, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, parsley and lemon.
Fruit juice: pineapple, apple and mint.
Spicy lemonade: water, lemons, agave nectar, and cayenne pepper.
Cashew milk: water, cashews, agave nectar, cinnamon and vanilla.
Day 1: I woke up and had my first green juice- ever. It was not as bad as I expected, and tasted mostly like apple. Still this was no Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte. The pineapple juice and spicy lemonade were much better, but my favorite was the cashew milk. I could at least pretend that was an Iced Grande Soy Chai. I felt extremely tired and sluggish all day, and by 5pm I was ready for a nap! I was out cold for 2 hours! Around 7pm my friend called to meet her for happy hour! I thought about saying no, but she had a friend there she wanted me to meet so cleanse or not, I had to go! To my surprise (and everyone else's), I only had a couple sips of vodka soda and even by midnight I wasn't hungry.
Day 2: I slept in until 11 am, and I am an early riser. I can't remember the last time I slept in so long! Day 2 was much better in terms of getting the juices down. I also drank more water which is important for keeping your system flushed, and I didn't feel hungry all day. However I still felt sluggish, tired and bloated. I ended up taking another 2 hour nap in the afternoon. That night, I woke up with body aches which was unusual. I took a couple Advil and went back to sleep.
Day 3: I was really happy that it was the last day. I missed my coffee! My Saturday morning ritual of coffee and LisaLisaD1 was not the same with a bottle of leaf juice. I thought I'd be dreaming about french fries and wine, but it's coffee I miss the most! I had more energy than the previous 2 days and even contemplated working out (but no actual exercise took place). By 10pm, after my cashew milk, I was hungry. I'm not sure if it was the fact that I was so close to being done, but my stomach was growling! I broke down and had an apple and went to bed.
Post cleanse: I woke up today feeling great that I finished the cleanse fairly successfully! The first thing I did was get some coffee, but I put soy milk and agave in it instead of skim and splenda. I had so much energy today, went for a run and generally just felt really healthy. I lost 3 lbs. which I realize is probably water weight, but still makes me feel like my cleanse was a success. I think the biggest difference is that I feel like I have "reset" my body and so I feel more conscious of what I put into it. I went through my refrigerator and pantry and made sure there was no junk. Then I went to the grocery store for hurricane Sandy preparations but filled my cart with healthy options. I definitely don't want all my hard work to be for nothing! Hopefully this will be the start for me to be more consistent about maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
Bottom line: I think the BluePrint Cleanse was a great experience. I would definitely recommend it if you are interested in a cleanse, and I would do it again before a big event or if I felt myself slipping up.
Have you tried a cleanse before? What was your experience?
Disclaimer: I purchased this cleanse with my own funds and was in no way compensated for this post!