I took the plunge. I decided to try a juice cleanse. A friend put the bug in my ear and the more I looked at the website, the more curious I was to try it. I considered just buying a juicer and trying a DIY cleanse, but I just didn’t have it in me. I didnâ€™t want to buy a juicer (which Iâ€™m finding can be quite expensive) only to find out juicing just wasnâ€™t for me.
So let me tell you what attracted me to Blue Print Cleanse. First, the bottles look cool. 🙂 Okay, Iâ€™m kidding, Iâ€™m not that much of a sucker (sort of). The number one draw to this cleanse was the simplicity. The bottles are numbered 1 through 6 and you just drink them in order throughout the day. Canâ€™t get any simpler than that and, trust me, I need some simplicity in my life.
What you canâ€™t see in this picture is thereâ€™s a 12-pack of beer on the top shelf of the fridgeâ€¦.yeah, not part of the cleanse.
So anyway, if you read the benefits of the cleanse and the FAQ, they really do a good job at convincing you how beneficial it is for your body. Straight from their website:
* Boosts immune system
* Alleviates allergies
* Improves thyroid function
* Provides rest for the digestive organs
* Encourages physical rejuvenation
* Promotes normalized weight
* Promotes normalized blood pressure
* Reverses signs of aging
* Elevates mood and sex drive
* Alleviates symptoms of PMS
* Promotes clear skin
* Increases energy
* Increases fertility
* Combats viruses
* Suppresses Fibromyalgia symptoms
* Saves money you would have otherwise spent on â€œthat new antibiotic.”
Sounds like a no-brainer, right? I was easily convinced.
How long to cleanse?
I chose the 3-day cleanse instead of a 5-day cleanse for a couple reasons. First and foremost, cost. I had to give my arm and leg for this cleanse (shipping is high too because they use FedEx overnight so you receive the juice fresh). Seriously though, I bought it for myself as a â€œtreatâ€â€¦treating my body and health with a little more care than usual. Second reason I chose 3 over 5 days is I have no faith in myself! I just didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d be able to last 5 days on a liquid diet. I mean, letâ€™s face itâ€¦you can call it cleansing, juicing, whatever, but itâ€™s essentially a liquid diet. And I figured Iâ€™d rather be starving for 3 days instead of 5. I also opted for the beginner level cleanse because well, Iâ€™m a beginner and didnâ€™t want to get too ahead of myself.
Prepare, prepare prepare
Blue Print Cleanse does a good job at sending you a couple emails before you begin to help you prepare. Since it is a bit of a shock to your body, you want to prepare as much as possible. I started the cleanse on a Tuesday but really watched what I ate starting Saturday before. I cut out my coffee (you can cry for me, because I did) and increased how much raw fruit and veggies I was eating. By Tuesday I was eating strictly salads and fruit. Another thing I started doing way before the cleanse, but is also recommended during the cleanse, is to start my day off with a warm mug of lemon water. Iâ€™ve come across the benefits of lemon water several times in my readings. Itâ€™s become a part of my morning ritual nowâ€¦right before I make myself a cup of coffee (hey, Iâ€™m only human).
The nitty gritty
So letâ€™s get down to the nitty gritty. What do these juices taste like? Well, theyâ€™re no mint chocolate chip milkshake, thatâ€™s for sure. I had to keep reminding myself that they were serving me a purpose and that purpose was not to satisfy my taste buds.
Juice #1 (and #3) of the day is a green juice:
See ingredient #2? Celery? Yup, thatâ€™s what it tastes like. I like celery smothered with some peanut butter or dipped in some sort of ranch dressing or hummus, but in juice form? Not so much. But I could get it down no problem. This one was â€œbreakfastâ€.
This was my second favorite one because it tasted a lot like a mojito. Very easy to get down and very refreshing. I drank this as an early lunch. At this point I was feeling very confident and happy.
Juice #3 is another green juice and was an early afternoon snack.
By the time you get to #4, you realize you arenâ€™t in Kansas anymore, Toto. Holy frijolesâ€¦this was my LEAST favorite. Theyâ€™re not kidding about the â€œspicyâ€ part. My mouth was on fire. So spice mixed with pure lemon juice, not a good combo for me. This was the only juice I had to cheat a bit and add a little more agave in order to get it down. Lucky for me agave was on a â€œcheat sheetâ€ that came with my order. This was a late afternoon/early dinner drink.
Red beet juice, yumâ€¦.not. Two root vegetables in juice form taste and smell likeâ€¦.dirt. It was surely better than #4, but I wasnâ€™t too thrilled at this point in my day 1 cleanse. I was using the bathroom A LOT (I had to get up in the middle of my pedicure to pee, for goodness sakes!), I was trying to get use to this hungry feeling that I never let myself get, all the acids from the fruits were hurting my tongue, and I was just overall not sure if I could do another 2 days.
Then Juice #6 came along (insert angels singing here):
Now this one was my absolute favorite. It came about as close to that milkshake flavor as I could have hoped. This one was clearly the dessert and you better believe I savored it. It was sweet and milky and oh so good. It gave me that extra hope I needed to power through the next couple days.
Recap of Day 1 Cleanse
Day 1 was definitely a day of adjustment. My body is getting use to all the liquid going through it which meant I hit the bathroom a lot. I had a headache pretty much all day probably mainly from caffeine withdrawal but also from hunger. But despite being hungry, I never felt famished to the point of not being able to function, which was a nice surprise. And although my goal was not to lose weight, I did shed about 2 lbs. on day 1.
Stay tuned for my day 2 and day 3 update.
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