Before I left for India, I wanted to experiment with a juice cleanse. The Dailey Method sells the BluePrintCleanse, so I read some of their reviews and testimonials online. I was a little worried because, well…can juice really give you all the nutrients you need?? Deep down, before I tried it, I didn’t think so. However, I needed something to get back to where I was – I needed to not crave sugar, and doing it on my own wasn’t really working. I was eating so badly after I got back from India. I definitely took a few trips to the grocery store and bought a whole box of Andes Mints and ate all of them. Yes…you read that right. I ate all of them. On more than one occasion. Yikes! I was definitely in a bad place.
So I went for it. The site was pretty easy to navigate and ordering was easy. There are 3 “levels” of cleanses: easy, medium, and hard (those are my words, not theirs). I chose the “medium” route, doing their Foundation Cleanse for 3 days. At first, I was thinking of doing 5 days, but I was a little scared of not eating for that long. Everyday, I was to have 6 juices. For the Foundation Cleanse, the order of juices everyday was as follows: (1) Green Juice (2) P.A.M – Pineapple, Apple, Mint (3) Green Juice (4) Spicy Lemonade (5) Green Juice (6) Cashew Milk. The nutrition facts are here.
I did this back in February, but I took pretty good notes of how I felt. So here goes:
I started the day off with some warm water, which they recommended. Then I had the Green Juice around 8:15 am. It was actually pretty easy to get down, which was nice since this was the greenest and likely the most nutritious of all the juices. I figured if I could get that down, everything would be pretty easy. In between my first and second juices, I had some water. Around 10:45 am, I felt hungry again. At 11:00 am, I had my P.A.M. THis was absolutely delicious! Around 12:30pm I had some green tea, which was also allowed, which held me over until 2:00 pm. That is when I had the green juice. At 3:30 pm, I had some more green tea. Juice #5, Spicy Lemonade was really good and it had a great kick. I had that around 5:20 pm. Around 7:00 pm, I had the green juice again with 1/4 of an avocado – which was also allowed. At 8:20 pm, I had my last juice, the cashew milk. Timing was pretty close to the previous one, but I had it because I was supposed to finish my juice for an hour or 90 minutes before I went to bed (I forget, and I can’t find it on the website). The cashew milk was awesome. It was pretty thick, especially towards the end, but I’m surprised I liked it because I’m not the biggest cashew fan. It had cinnamon in it, which was great!
The best part of the first day is that I wasn’t hungry at all! At that time, I was feeling that I could do it for 5 days if I wanted. However, I did do a good job of prepping beforehand by not eating really crappy.
However, I did have a dream that night that I accidentally ate some real food, hehe.
I won’t get into as much detail here, but overall the day went pretty well. I did a better job of spacing my juices out. After having Juice #4, Spicy Lemonade, I was really starting to crave the texture of real food.
I did feel hungrier that day, however, I was drinking less water.
I started my day a little later, so I was a bit worried that I was going to have to rush things. Again, after drinking the Spicy Lemonade, I started craving texture. I was also tired and had some headaches. And let’s just say what was going in was definitely coming out. By this point, I was ready to be done with the cleanse.
I lost about 4 lbs on the cleanse, which was nice. However, I did gain some back after I started eating again, which made sense based on calories. I was actually surprised that the first day was my best day in terms of how I felt. I had read the opposite in most reviews.
I’m happy to say, though, that the BluePrintCleanse did help me to rid myself of sugar and processed foods to get back on a Paleo-ish track, which was my main reason for doing it in the first place.
I would love to hear what you guys think of my experience!