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!
So I have a confession to make. I have been debating, postponing, and excuse making for the past couple weeks about if/when I’m going to start the Whole30 program. Yes that’s right, “if” was a question for me. Here are my reasons for possibly not doing Whole30 at all:
1. I love love love my morning coffee. I have been able to sacrifice cream and milk. The hardest things for me to sacrifice was Splenda. As you all know, I’m a total sugar addict, and I just couldn’t have coffee black. I tried, I really did, but it just didn’t work 😦 Oh, I also love having a diet soda a couple times a week as well.
2. My weekly digressions have included cupcakes, Taco Bell, delicious pie, cheese, and some wine. I have still lost weight and inches while including these digressions. I was still less irritable than I had been before I started this lifestyle…so why bother? I felt good enough, right?
3. I started thinking of events where it would be difficult or embarrassing to make special requests.
Then I realized that (1) I could have herbal tea, which I do enjoy. I’m planning to start off with green tea so I can “decaffeinate” myself. (2) Yes, I felt good “enough”, but maybe I can feel even better! Maybe this 30 day challenge can make me even more energetic, even less irritable, and help me lose even more weight…who knows? (3) I realized that I can work around any events in the next 30 days. There really isn’t anything I have planned that will get in the way of the program. And now I have control to not plan anything super difficulty to work around until August 15th. I already have a bonus “reward” set in place on August 16th to get a mani/pedi with a glass of champagne with some girlfriends 🙂
I did “indulge” in some Coke Zero for dinner last night, so I had my last hurrah, haha. Overall, I’m really excited about this. I feel like I’ve been preparing to venture on this journey for a month and a half, and I should be OK. I’m least worried about my hunger cravings and more worried about my morning coffee craving. I’d really rather have it this way rather than having lots of hunger cravings. I’m looking forward to sharing how this goes with all of you!