blueprint cleanse review.

As I mentioned yesterday, post-Maine vacation I was feeling rather disgusting so I decided to take the plunge and do a juice cleanse. I had been toying with the idea for a while but my post "try all the clam chowder everywhere" body really sealed the deal. I went with Blueprint: I had heard great things and they also had a special on Gilt City which made the price tag a little easier to justify.

I really tried to stick to their recommendations in prepping myself for my juice journey. Around 3 days before I cut out cheese, meat, caffeine and booze and the day before I only ate cucumbers, avocado, melon and vegetable broth. I figured if I was going to really commit to this, I should be as prepared as possible.

The Juice:
I did the 3-day Renovation, which is the "gateway cleanse".

  • 1 and 3 = Green Juice.
    • This consisted of romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley and lemon. I was most nervous about this one because I am really, really not a green juice kind of girl. But it went down easier than I thought it would--I could really taste the lemon flavor and I thought it was refreshing (although when I got to the second green juice of the day I was far less enamored--it lost its novelty quickly).
  • 2: P.A.M.
    • This was pineapple, apple and mint and I thought it was very sweet...but it was good and I had no problem drinking it.
  • 4: Spicy Lemonade.
    • Lemon, cayenne and agave nectar--it was definitely spicy but weirdly refreshing.
  • 5: C.A.B.
    • Apple, carrot, beet, lemon and ginger--if you like beets (and I do), this was good--very beet-y.
  • 6: Cashew Milk
    • This was the "dessert" of the bunch and had cashew, vanilla, cinnamon and agave. It was kind of like drinking a healthy milkshake.
The instructions tell you to ease out of the cleanse the same way you ease in, and eat only fruits and vegetables your first day after finishing...but at that point, I needed something more substantial.

I ate a salmon burger with veggies (sans my favorite aioli) and around 6 french fries...and I felt fine (I was worried my system would be shocked by eating real food again, but it was quite happy with lean fish.

The Takeaway:
Overall, I'm glad I did it--I think my system desperately needed a reset, and the fact that I spent so much money on the juice was a huge motivator in finishing. I don't think I lost any weight, but I did feel better and I was more conscious of my food choices after I finished...although I'm not sure I would do it again. I think I could get myself back on track by just eating healthier solid foods after my next vacation food/booze binge.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, the green juice gets hard on day 2! I also loved the cashew milk at first, but then I because to hate it. However, my body would crave the fat in the nuts! Nice work sticking with it!!!