One Man’s BluePrint Cleanse Review Part 5 of 8: Cleanse Day 1 of 3

juice day 1It’s on.  Day one of the BluePrint Cleanse.  It’s been an interesting day.  I felt good in the morning and already started getting tired of this whole thing later in the day.   More on this later in the play-by-play, below.

If you’re just joining the story now and didn’t see any of the other posts, here’s what’s going on: 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.  The basic cleanse, the one for beginners like me, is called the Renovation Cleanse.  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.

Here’s the schedule:

Day 0: Not really a day, but an Introductory post
Day 1: Preparation Day 1 (Saturday, March 23, 2013)
Day 2: Preparation Day 2 (Sunday, March 24, 2013)
Day 3: Preparation Day 3 (Monday, March 25, 2013)
Day 4: Cleanse Day 1 (Today, Tuesday, March 26, 2013)
Day 5: Cleanse Day 2
Day 6: Cleanse Day 3
Day 7: Post Cleanse

The play-by-play:

  • Body weight:
    • upon waking up at 7:45 a.m.: 162.2 lbs
    • right before bed at 10:00 p.m.: 161.8 lbs (the first day of the experiment that I was lighter before bed than when I woke up)
  • Meals – the meals, of course, are bottles of juice.  The total calories in those bottles is 940, which is pretty low.  I list the ingredients of each bottle below.  All of the ingredients are organic.  According to Livestrong.com, the recommended calorie intake for a guy my age (41) is between 2,200 and 3,000 depending on activity level, so this is about 33% – 42% of the normal caloric intake.  Seems low, but I am not doing any strenuous activities this week.  Here’s the break-down juice-by-juice:
    • Bottle 1 – Consumed between 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. “Green Juice” contains romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley, and lemon.  130 calories.  0 grams of fat, 31 grams of carbs, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 28 grams of sugars, 2 grams of protein.
      • This juice was OK.  It’s very high in green vegetable content, so it tastes like what you’d expect, but it was not repulsive at all (the way this woman described it).  It was also very sweet to me and had a sweet after taste that lingered.  I was not crazy about it, but it was OK.  I can see this getting tiresome, especially since bottle 1 is the same as bottle 3.
    • Bottle 2 – Consumed between 10:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “P.A.M.” contains pineapple, apple, mint and filtered water.  210 calories. 0 grams of fat, 52 grams of carbs, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 52 grams of sugars, 1 gram of protein.
      • Based on the ingredients and the sugar content,you can guess that this was very sweet, which I don’t care for, but the refreshing mint made it more palatable.  This and the Spicy Lemonade are probably my favorites.
    • Bottle 3- Consumed between 1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. “Green Juice” contains romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley, and lemon.  130 calories.  0 grams of fat, 31 grams of carbs, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 28 grams of sugars, 2 grams of protein.
      • This is the same as bottle 1.  By the second go and with this, I was thinking about real food.  I noticed that thoughts of food came and went throughout the day.  I also started to notice that I had to take a few seconds here and there to just close my eyes and relax.  I suspect that the three cups of coffee I usually drink per day obviated that need prior to the cleanse.  On my way from one of my many, many trips to the men’s room, I saw someone’s Starbucks cup on a counter.  For a brief moment, I fantasized about stealing it.  But I didn’t.
    • Bottle 4 – Consumed between 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  “Spicy Lemonade” contains filtered water, lemon, agave nectar, and cayenne extract.  110 calories.  0 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 21 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein.
      • This is one of my favorites, probably because there is not much to it.  Despite the agave, it’s not super sweet, and the cayenne gave it a nice kick.
    • Bottle 5 – Consumed between 5:40 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  “C.A.B.” contains apple, carrot, beet, filtered water, lemon and ginger.  190 calories. 0 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbs, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 37 grams of sugars, 2 grams of protein.
      • By the fifth bottle, I was forcing the juice down.  You wouldn’t think it would be so difficult, but six 16 ounce bottles is a lot of liquid to drink.  It didn’t help that I was not crazy about the taste of this particular juice.  Like some others, it was sweet, but just a strange combination of stuff.  I think it was the sharp taste of the ginger combined with the beet that made me not like this so much.  I continued to have similar feelings of hunger come and go throughout the afternoon and evening, but nothing too bad.  I wasn’t ready to breakdown and cheat.
    • Bottle 6 – Consumed between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  “Cashew Milk” contains filtered water, cashews, agave nectar, cinnamon, vanilla specks.  170 calories.  19 grams of fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 26 grams of carbs, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 21 grams of sugars, 7 grams of protein.
      • This is the only juice that contains any fat.  Not sure why they put this at the end of the day.  Maybe it’s some sort of reward or dessert?  If so, it’s not that rewarding or dessert-like.  It was a nice change from the other juices, but not outstanding.  The combination of ingredients is also a bit odd.  I think it was the cinnamon and vanilla that seemed strange to me.  All in all, it was OK.  By the end of the day, I wasn’t hungry and felt fine.
  • General mood and feelings
    • Waking up: I was fine and looking forward to the juicing.
    • General mood during the day: Good.  I wasn’t really hungry, although feelings of hunger came and went.  I didn’t miss the coffee too much (except when saw that Starbucks cup).  I felt a little irritable, probably because of the lack of calories or certain nutrients.  I also had a strange, dull lower backache that was very annoying.  I doubt it was related to the juice.  Another thing – this definitely related to the juice – is that I had the urge to brush my teeth almost all day.  The juice seemed to leave a nasty coating of something all over my mouth.  Drinking water and even rinsing my mouth didn’t help.  And as you can imagine, after drinking all that liquid, I was in the bathroom all day.  I lost count, but it was something like 7 or 8 trips.
    • General mood before bed: Feeling fine.  Looking forward to sleeping so I can not have to force any more juice in my stomach.
  • Activity:  Nothing really.  After realizing that I had very few calories, I ditched my plan to  go to jiu jitsu class – I didn’t want to pass out from some sort of exhaustion.
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