So way back in June (feels like AGES ago, I know), I tried out the BluePrint Cleanse. I’ve always been fairly skeptical of cleanses. Really, I think, because people tend to use them for weight-loss, which obviously wouldn’t work. I did a non-juice cleanse a few months back and really liked it. I really felt lighter and brighter afterwards and thought I’d give it another whirl.
Enter BluePrint Cleanse. Why did I choose the BluePrint Cleanse over other options? One, was that it was cheaper. Two, I could get a deal that married the BPC with a few CoreFusion classes. I’m a sucker for a good deal.
BPC has a few different options to choose from for their juice cleanse. Basically, they are beginner, intermediate, and advance levels. While I didn’t really like their descriptions for the levels, I chose the beginner since I hadn’t juice cleansed before. Here’s the description from the BPC website.
I’m a Renovator
Fruit? Easy, It’s the garnish on my cocktail
I know what whole foods are, and I’ve seen people buying them. I would too, but I’m too busy to be choosy – my vegetable intake comes in the form of: Ketchup – “tomatoes” and French Fries – “potatoes.” Salad is found in EVERY cheeseburger I eat: it’s that green-ish color in the middle of the burger.
So this doesn’t really describe me, but as the newbie I thought this would be the easiest way to get into it. While I think BPC ships around the country, I live in NYC and was able to pick a pick-up location for my juices. I picked up all the juices (18 in total, 6 per day) in a large freezer pack box on a Sunday afternoon. I’d chosen to juice on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday since they typically hold few social obligations for me.
Luckily, it was WICKED hot those three days, so I wanted little more than the icy cold juices. (I work in a poorly ventilated, non-air conditioned school). To be honest, I liked all the juices. Quite a bit more than anticipated, in fact. My favorite was the P.A.M. juice (pineapple, apple, mint) which was AWESOME and not sweet like so many pineapple juices.
Day One went by without a hitch. And it’s so nice to end the day with that delishy cashew milk. Day Two was the one that I was nervous about. Again, the 97-degree heat at my desk proved to be an advantage and the juices went down great.
As I said, I love a deal, and when I picked up my juices on Sunday, there was a coupon for a free day of trying the “Juice Til Dinner” cleanse. It’s, as the name suggests, juices til dinner (+ a snack), then a raw dinner and raw dessert. The juice cleanse was going so well that I decided to tack on the JTD for Thursday.
Wednesday I picked up the JTD pack (sad, no more coupons included) and then headed to Book Club with my lady friends. I was kinda nervous for Book Club. I knew that I’d have some snackies and was just more apprehensive to how my bod would react after juicing for a few days. I took it easy and steered clear of dairy and wheat and just snacked on veggies with hummus and a glass of wine. I felt a-ok and headed home to drink the cashew milk. (Note: my husband chugged down half of it and thought it was amazing).
Thursday’s JTD was fantastic. The raw meal was zucchini “pasta” with tomatoes and a basil vinaigrette. Yum. I could do this way more often. And will definitely do it again. I think I did it at a really great time of year (hotness heading into summer). I think it would have been much more difficult for me in the winter. Also, I did it before marathon training started. I did a little light activity, but nothing like my normal workouts. Do the cleanse at a time when you aren’t doing too much heavy activity.
Overall, juice cleansing felt great and I’ll do it again at some point. BPC was wonderful, but I think I’ll try a few other cleanses to really test it out.
Have you ever cleansed? Would you like to?
Coming up on Monday: Marathon Training Update
Have an AWESOME weekend!