One Man’s BluePrint Cleanse Review Part 1 of 8: Introduction
I always wanted to try a juice cleanse. I’m not exactly sure why, to be honest. I am a pretty healthy guy, but I was interested in what a juice cleanse might “do” for me, how it might make me feel. After some looking around the Internets, I found the BluePrintCleanse (BPC) and it seemed to get good reviews. So I thought I’d give it a try and report my findings here. You can find out more about the BluePrint Cleanse on their website, but here are the basics.
The basic idea of a juice cleanse, as stated by BPC is to “gently rid your body of impurities, regain an alkaline balance and normalize digestion and metabolism.” It’s billed as a cleanse for normal people who want to detox, but not “gamble with extremes” that come along with other cleanses. That’s good because I don’t need anything extreme in my life while I’m going about my everyday routine.
The basic cleanse, the one for beginners like me, is called the Renovation Cleanse. It ain’t cheap at $195 for 18 bottles of juice (includes delivery). It’s a 3-day period during which you consume almost noting except for the raw, organic juices that are provided by BluePrint. You can also drink herbal tea and water, but no coffee or other forms of caffeine, which is going to be difficult for me. Each day, you are provided with six bottles of juice. You drink them in numerical order, at your own pace, with limited rules (e.g., wait an hour between bottles and finish number six at least two hours before bed).
My plan is to track and report on my cleanse here on this blog. I’ll be doing 8 posts (this is the first). And I’ll try to publish each post the day after. Here’s the schedule:
- Introduction (this post)
- Preparation Day 1 – Saturday, March 23
- Preparation Day 2 – Sunday, March 24
- Preparation Day 3 – Monday, March 25
- Cleanse Day 1 – Tuesday, March 26
- Cleanse Day 2 – Wednesday, March 27
- Cleanse Day 3 – Thursday, March 28
- Post Cleanse – Friday, March 29
As a part of my tracking, I’ll include (among other info):
- The time I wake up
- My body weight when I wake up
- My general mood upon waking up
- My general mood during the day
- My general mood before bed
- My body weight before bed
During the Preparation phase, I’ll also include the foods I eat during the day. I’ll be tracking that (as best I can) using the Food App from Evernote on my iPhone. I’m using the simple WeightRecorder app on my iPhone to track my body weight.
Preparing for the cleanse.
Apparently, you can’t just stop solid food cold turkey (pardon the pun) and start juicing. You have to prepare and sort of ween yourself off food and get ready for juice. BluePrint suggests a 3-day preparation period. Here’s what they suggest on their website:
- 3 Days before – If you eat meat, you should phase it out now – lightly steamed or poached fish, with veggies and a salad of course! [for me this is Saturday, March 23]
- 2 Days before – Green salads should be your staple at this point. If you’re craving some more sustenance, you may choose a bit of plain brown rice, or a yam or sweet potato. [for me this is Sunday, March 24]
- 1 Day before – Raw or lightly steamed vegetables, e.g. spinach, broccoli; try and avoid the more starchy veggies like carrots, beets, squash etc. You may also have a raw green leafy salad with some vegetables. [for me this is Monday, March 25]
The day before my first day of the preparation phase (Friday, March 22), I had a bit of a send-off meal. Nothing fancy or all that bad: a cheeseburger and fries (and a salad) with a beer at my neighborhood bar and grill, Mr. Biggs. And some ice cream for dessert.
Who am i?
I include this because I think most people who have done this BluePrint Cleanse are not like me. I’m a 41 year-old male (soon to be 42); 5’8″ 165 lbs, living in New York City (Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan). I’m in pretty good physical shape, as I have no major illnesses, and I exercise regularly. My main form of exercise is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu three days per week. I also typically walk to and from work (just short of a mile each way). My diet is pretty good. I’m no vegetarian, but I watch the amount of red meat I consume, and make healthy choices frequently. All of my vital signs (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. are in good ranges). I love coffee (my drink of choice is an Americano), and drink about 3 mugs per day. As I said, I haven’t found anyone like me who has done the BluePrint Cleanse, but there are a few people who have written about their experiences: here, here, and here. Here’s the story of a young man who suffered through the BPC for Details Magazine. Or you can just Google it and find a bunch of reviews.
Here we go…
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