Blueprint Cleanse Review

February 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm 4 comments

For a variety of reasons I decided to embrace the Blueprint Cleanse on my own – meaning I did not pay the hefty pricetag for a hand-delivered crash course on juice cleansing and instead of delved into juicing 6x a day.  And boy, oh boy, do I wish that I did. During moments of weakness it would be so beneficial to just have the next juice ready and not have to laboriously prepare.

Day 1

I spent about an hour the night before preparing for the morning of juicing before work. I started off the morning with my regularly scheduled coffee a warm mug of lemon water. Meanwhile I juiced.

8:00 I began to enjoy juice #1: Spinach/Apples/Lemon.  It was actually quite tasty and I sucked it down easily.  Feeling good!

10:15 I start to sip on juice #2: What can only be described as a pineapple mojito. Delish but THICK.  It takes me quite awhile to finish it off.  Still not hungry, peeing a ton, feeling just fine.

12:00 The headache begins on my right side. It completely encompasses my entire right side of my head.

12:30 Start juice #3:  A bitter blueberry version of juice #1. I’m in such pain from my right side of my head, I’m guessing due to caffeine withdrawal.  I can barely drink the juice.

1:00 – 2:00 My headache is so debilitating I feel like I’m going to throw up.  I’m so nauseous I have to put my head on the table.  Then I succumb to a painkiller.  I couldn’t fulfill my work duties feeling this way.  I feel like I’ve cheated myself by giving in to a painkiller; however unfortunately I had to do work.  I canceled my client and headed home at 3:30 sipping my juice on and off. Still not hungry, just feeling completely helpless like I should quit. right. now. I had my coworker give me a pep talk.

I skipped juice #4.  I could barely finish #3 and juice #4 was a watermelon drink, something I wasn’t very excited about at all. So I saved that fruit for tomorrow and took a nap from 5:00-6:00.

6:30 juice #5: An exact repeat of juice #1.  I could barely muster myself off the couch to get to the juicer, get the materials, and get it together. The smell of lemons made me feel sick. But I got it together, took one for the team, and chugged that baby.  Thank goodness that’s over for today.

8:00 juice #6: Cashew milk.  Oh my oh my this is divine.  After a day of acidity and sweet fruit juices, I welcomed this soothing drink with open arms. The best way to describe it? Horchata! Totally reminiscent of the cinnamony sweet stuff I occasionally indulged in back when I lived in California. This will be the best part of my day for the next two days.

I just spent another 45-minutes preparing for the next day’s juices.  Today was really, really hard. No joke.  I really think it had to do mostly with abstaining from caffeine, I should have had some green tea – so I will definitely add that into the equation tomorrow.

Day 1 final reflections: I never once felt hungry.  The only negative has been the headache/nausea bit.

Day 2:

I learn from an acquaintance that I can have a cup of green tea or 1/2 cup of black coffee to subside the caffeine withdrawal.  So I started the day with green tea while I pre-made my first 3 juices  for the morning (which were two of juice #1 of Day 1 -one was for juice #3 today- and juice #2.

My day was EXTREMELY busy and I found myself full from all three juices until 3:00. Not bad, and the green apple juice is becoming a favorite.  The pineapple mojito has staying power which is a saving grace. Again, I skipped the watermelon juice – mostly because I don’t like watermelon. I’m not sure why I even wasted my money on it.

Between juice #3 and #4 I went to the mall and bought myself some clothes.  Not eating has led me to another vice, spending money.

The rest of the day is super smooth. I follow up with another green apple juice at 5:30 for dinner and go shopping with D.  We end up at Whole Foods where he gets food and I die a little bit inside.  We race home to my cashew milk at 9:00. Went to bed feeling good and only mildly hungry but pretty tired.

Day 3:

Today was the hardest of all days. I had to start with half cup of black coffee.  Due to my hunger and having only a half day worth of work I really felt the withdrawal of food almost every minute it seemed.  Today was pretty much a repeat of day #1 as far as the juices go. I drank every juice aside from watermelon, again.  I was shaky hungry by 12:00.  I went shopping again and spent too much money, again, to keep my mind off things. I also got a manicure and pedicure and walked up and down the food store planning my first meal (which for the record ended up being fruit and a Larabar).

The entire day was torturous, not going to lie. I just wanted to go to bed and wake up and be done. But I didn’t and I finished lying on the couch sipping my cashew milk but feeling pretty skinny.  There’s really nothing else to say.

REFLECTIONS: I’d do it again, probably in the summer when I had more time.  OR if given the chance I’d have the juices sent to me and probably wouldn’t have been as miserable. I also would have weaned myself off coffee more seriously to avoid the downfall that was Day 1. I ended up losing 4 pounds, however that crept back up 2 pounds after I started to re-introduce food.  My sugar cravings were diminished and I was certainly craving more wholesome foods.

So all in all, aside from some rough days, it helped me to get on track and feel accomplished with my eating.  I also learned that I DO have self-control and should not question it as often as I do.  Hopefully this wave will be ridden for awhile.

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Oh heeey? In celebration of the juice cleanse completion.

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jessi  |  February 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I am glad you made it through day one. YOU CAN DO THIS. I fell off my Vegan wagon myself (from reading about the same time you did). I blame the seasons and my job. BUT i am changing careers so i won’t be such an inconvenience when with others concerning my eating habits.

    Best of luck! I might have to try this myself.

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    • 2. Amanda  |  March 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Nice to hear from you Jessi and it’s nice to feel less alone in this 🙂 I hope things are progressing for you as well!!

      Reply
  • 3. Jessi  |  March 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Ok, after much deliberating I have decided to tackle the juice cleanse myself. I already drink a spinach and fruit smoothie for breakfast every morning. And i need to get back on track and now that the weather is nicer you have inspired me to take the plunge!
    Where did you get your recipes for your juice concoctions?
    Do you use an actual juicer (if so which one)? I throw my stuff in a magic bullet every morning, but i imagine that won’t work with all fruits obviously! 🙂

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    • 4. Amanda  |  March 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Hooray! I know the weather is a total motivater fo rme as well – the winter slumps totally win every time. So I followed (strictly) the cleanse from the book called “The 3-Day Cleanse”. You can find it on amazon here . It was really good about providing you recipes to prepare, etc.

      I do use a juicer I have this Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain and as far as I know it’s pretty good, I chose it based on reviews and price range, for $100 it was rated well!! Let me know when you start! 🙂

      Reply

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