One Man’s BluePrint Cleanse Review Part 6 of 8: Cleanse Day 2 of 3

juice day 2Day two of the BluePrint Cleanse.  Today, like yesterday, was a mixed bag.  I woke up with horrible lower back pain (actually down into the back of my hips) that I had never experienced before.  It lingered just about all day until I went to jiu jitsu class in the evening.   More on this later in the play-by-play, below.

If you didn’t see any of the other posts, here’s what’s going on: I’m doing a juice cleanse and reporting the day-by-day experience here.  Today is the second day of the cleanse, but it’s really the fifth day of the experiment (and my sixth post about this) because I did an Introduction post and there is a three-day prep period, during which you slowly phase out “bad” foods.  Read the other posts here.  The basic idea of a juice cleanseas stated by BPC is to “gently rid your body of impurities, regain an alkaline balance and normalize digestion and metabolism.”  There are three versions of the BPC, and I am doing the first, 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.

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 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)
Day 5: Cleanse Day 2 (Today, Wednesday, March 27, 2013)
Day 6: Cleanse Day 3
Day 7: Post Cleanse

The play-by-play:

  • Body weight:
    • upon waking up at 7:45 a.m.: 160.2 lbs
    • right before bed at 10:00 p.m.: 160.6 lbs
  • 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 – 9:00 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 is the most common in the series, as it is the same as juice #3, so you can guess that it gets a little tiresome to drink it so much.  That said, it’s pretty tasty for being so  high in green vegetable content.  They sweeten it up with apple juice, which frankly is the main issue for me, as I’m not crazy about really sweet drinks.
    • Bottle 2 – Consumed between 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 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.
      • This and the Spicy Lemonade are probably my favorites.
    • Bottle 3- Consumed between 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Same as Bottle #1.
      • It was tough to force this down.  It’s not the taste, it just volume and the repetition of this same juice just a short time ago.
    • 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.
      • Still my favorite.  Very light and refreshing.  Drank this just before heading to jiu jitsu class.
    • Bottle 5 – Consumed between 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 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.  I drank this after jiu jitsu class.  It turns out that a little exercise was great and just what I needed, it was much easier to drink this (and bottle 6).  I guess my body needed the nutrients after the workout.
    • Bottle 6 – Consumed between 8:40 p.m. and 9:30 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.
      • At this point in the day, it was close to my bed time, and I wasn’t even hungry.  I was wondering if it was OK to just skip this juice, but I decided to stay on plan and drink it.
  • General mood and feelings
    • Waking up: I had a really bad lower back / hip pain.  I had never experienced this before and am not sure if it is related to the juice.
    • General mood during the day: Good.  I wasn’t really hungry, although, like yesterday, feelings of hunger came and went.  I lower backache that I started to feel yesterday was really bad today.  During most of the day, I was struggling to force the juice down, until the evening, after my jiu jitsu class.
    • General mood before bed: Fine.  Nice and relaxed after a good workout.
  • Activity:  Against my better judgement, I went to jiu jitsu class.  I thought I would be tired, but I had plenty of energy and it was a good workout.  My fears of passing out from too few calories the past few days were unfounded.  BPC says it’s ok to do moderate exercise, but jiu jitsu is not exactly moderate (especially when a guy half my age is trying to choke me unconscious.)  Nevertheless, the class was just what I needed to give me the extra push though the day.

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