Hi – settle in, I’ve got a long post!
I’m writing this at noon on Saturday because I want to get all my observations down.
I decided to do a modified Blue Print Cleanse this weekend! Here’s the background:
I began researching last week by asking all my friends about cleanses they had done, some mentioned the Master Cleanse, others the GM Diet Cleanse, and then there was the Blue Print Cleanse. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a very popular juice cleanse. So popular that the company even sells the juices in Whole Foods. You can also order 3 days worth for around $300 from the website.
The price tag was something I couldn’t afford, but thanks to my (blog!) friend Julie (she has an awesome video review of the cleanse), I was able to find the recipes and do it myself.
I ran out Friday night and bought a Ninja Professional blender and a cheese cloth to make the juice. So far, so good.
Here’s a few things you should know:
1. I’m following the level 3 excavation Blue Print Cleanse
2. I didn’t do the “ease in” to the cleanse – basically where you back off from all the meat and processed junk you eat. I decided to do the cleanse late Friday night and, well, that’s just how I am. If you read this blog, you already know I eat a clean diet 99% of the time, so I wasn’t too worried about the effects of not easing into the cleanse. That being said, I’m writing this in the first half of my first day…so we’ll see.
3. I’m only juicing for 2 days. Honestly, if by the end of tomorrow I’m loving it and think I can handle another day, I’ll buy the juices at Whole Foods and drink at work, but right now three days of juice just isn’t practical for me.
4. Two things I can’t really talk about: Cost and weight. Cost, because I didn’t buy everything organic, and used a few things I had in the apartment already. Believe me though, making the juices yourself is cheaper. Weight, because I didn’t weigh myself before starting. I had eaten a ton of chocolate (explained below) the night before I started, and there was just no point in weighing myself in the morning. Cleanses are not meant to keep weight off, so I just saw no point in marking down weight loss just from the cleanse. OK? 🙂
What prompted this? I wanted to do this for a couple of reasons. Another list? Yes please.
1. I’ve never done one and everyone and their mother has a “cleanse” tale to tell. Silly reason, but it’s seriously why I wanted to try it.
2. I love, love, love my green smoothies and was looking for an excuse to upgrade from the Magic Bullet to the Ninja. Best $100 ever spent (technically $85 with a 20% coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond!!)
3. I made my friends some very chocolate-y granola last week and ate a lot of said chocolate. I was feeling gross after consuming so much sugar.
Details. The Blue Print Cleanse excavation path is the most “extreme” of their cleanses, in that it includes the most Green juice. You drink six juices a day. Juices 1, 2, 3, and 5 are green juices with Juice 2 including ginger. Juice 4 is a spicy lemonade and Juice 6 is a cashew nut milk.
For two days, that’s 16 green apples, 8 cucumbers, 40 celery ribs, 2 heads of romaine lettuce, 3 bunches of kale, a bunch of parsley, and 2-1/2 cups of raw cashews.
I followed the recipes as exact as I could. Here are my confessions: I used lemon juice from a bottle and ginger from a jar. I didn’t use organic apples or cucumbers, but everything else was organic. I know you’re only supposed to drink herbal tea and water other than juice, but this girl needs her caffeine so I also sipped on some green tea. That was the best I could do for right now, and we all know, “don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.”
Let me just say, I know I like my green monsters, but I was actually expecting to hate the green juice because I don’t like celery. It was freaking delicious. Like, I’m going to make it all the time off the cleanse. THAT good. Just like a green monster, it made me feel bright and bubbly to be downing so many vegetables and the green apples added the perfect amount of tart sweetness. It was pure perfection.
My energy levels are pretty high, but that could be the effects of consuming a pound of chocolate the night before. I also had a headache from all the sugar when I woke up in the morning but it’s completely gone now. Yay green juice!
I’ll check in again later!
Ugh. I had so much enthusiasm going into Day 2 of the Blue Print Cleanse but my electric company felt differently. I woke up at 3 a.m. realizing my apartment complex had lost power. A transformer blew around midnight and knocked out the power until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Determined to stay the course, I bought my first juice of the day at Whole Foods. It cost $9!! The cashew nut milk cost $11!!! I was planning to buy the juices for Monday to continue the cleanse but I just can’t make it work with those prices.
Anyway, after my first juice I occupied myself by driving around charging my cell phone and going to the library until hunger started to kick in. I decided to eat an apple because buying a another juice was not in my budget. When the power still hadn’t come back on at 2:30 p.m. I also munched on some raw cashews.
It sucks that the power went out and ruined the flow of my juice cleanse, but there was nothing I could have done about it. At 4 p.m. I finally got to make my first juice and just downed another at 5:30 p.m.
The only thing I’ve gotten sick of on the cleanse has been squeezing out the juice from the cheese cloth, but other than that I have no complaints. I didn’t feel any hunger on Day 1 – in fact, I never ended up drinking the spicy lemonade because I was too full – and I’m pretty confident that if all had gone according to plan, Day 2 would have been just as smooth.
While my first cleanse experience was kind of an (unavoidable) bust, I’m PUMPED to do another one soon! They are expensive but totally worth it. I felt great and light all day, no side effects, and the juice taste great. I gave my digestive system a 48 hour break and consumed a sh*t ton of produce in the process. Win-win!
This has been long enough already and considering I didn’t really get the true experience, I’ll end the post. But – If you’re thinking of doing a cleanse I definitely recommend checking out Blue Print. The juices are delicious and if you have them delivered it couldn’t be easier to follow.
Have you done a juice or other type of cleanse? What was your experience?