Blueprint Cleanse Review
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.
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.
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.
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.