One Man’s BluePrint Cleanse Review Part 8 of 8: Post Cleanse – The Day After

renovation_cleanseBy now, you know the deal.  I did the BluePrint Renovation Cleanse and reported a day-by-day, blow-by blow account of my experience.  If you haven’t read the previous posts, you can read them all here.  I decided to record all of this because while there are other accounts of this process on the web, I couldn’t easily find someone like me who had done it.  I’m a 41 year old guy, living in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, in pretty good shape, and am generally a pretty healthy eater.  There are more details about me in the Intro post.

If you’re not familiar with the BluePrint Cleanse, then here’s the low down: It’s a 3-day period during which you consume almost noting except for the six bottles of raw, organic juices that are provided by BluePrint.  You can also drink herbal tea and water, but no coffee or other forms of caffeine.

Preparation Recommend.

BluePrint doesn’t recommend just starting the cleanse.  They suggest that you do a three-day prep period.  And that’s what I did.  See the Prep Day posts for details.  Basically, the prep consists of phasing out the “bad” foods and getting your body ready for the good stuff.  This helps you not suffer a shock to your system.  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 was 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 was 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 was Monday, March 25]

The prep may have been the hardest part, although I wouldn’t consider any of this process to be difficult.  But during those three days, I phased out caffeine, which is a staple of my normal diet.  This (I believe) was the cause of my headaches that I reported.

The Cleansing Begins.

The three days of preparation are followed by three days of the juice cleanse.  Read about those days here.  That means that for three days, I ate (er, drank) nothing except for the juices provided by BluePrint (and water and herbal tea).  As instructed, I drank the juices in the numbered order.  Here are the juices and the ingredients:

  • Bottle 1 – “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.
  • Bottle 2 – “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.
  • Bottle 3 – Same as Bottle #1.
  • Bottle 4 – “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.
  • Bottle 5 – “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.
  • Bottle 6 – “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.

So, how was it?

The whole process was good.  It was not difficult. I generally didn’t feel hungry, and the juices were not unpleasant.  I did get a bit tired of having the same thing to drink three days in a row, and I got a little tired of the routine, but all in all, it was fine.  A good experience.  I did kind of hope that I would have some “life changing” experience, or feel like Superman, but that didn’t happen.  I went through periods of tiredness, energy, and good mental focus, but that is not uncommon for me on “regular food” days.

I did feel fortunate that I did not suffer from any of the potential negative side effects (except for headache) that BluePrint says might happen.  These include: “Fatigue, Headaches, Constipation/Diarrhea, Skin eruptions, Rash/Hives, Cold sores/Canker sores, Dry mouth, Nausea, Insomnia, Runny nose.”  I did have some pretty bad (and never before experienced) lower back/hip pain, which I am not sure was associated with the cleanse.  And perhaps unfortunately, I did not really experience any of the potential positive side effects, which BluePrint adds to the list of negatives surely to offset them: “A ton of energy, Increased sex drive, Overwhelming sense of calm and productivity.”

On the plus side, if you’re trying to lose weight (I was not), this might be a good way to kick start that process (although the long-term weight loss effects are questionable).  From my heaviest (168.2) to my lightest (this morning, at 157.4) I lost 10.8 pounds.  I am sure that will be temporary and I will probably go back to my norm, which is around 165.  We’ll see.

I almost forgot to mention what I ate the day after.  BPC recommends that you ease back into solid foods on the days after your cleanse.  Early on in the cleanse, I had thoughts of waking up early and going to my local deli for a ham, egg and cheese sandwich and a nice coffee.  This is a far cry from what BPC recommends: fruit.  In the end, I sort of compromised.  I had an egg white omelet with spinach, turkey and cheese, orange juice and coffee.  There was no shock to my system at all.  I kind of thought there might be, but nothing.  I felt fine.  For lunch I had a spinach and sun-dried tomato personal pizza.  Still no issues.  And for dinner, I rewarded all of my juicing hard work with beef, avocado, and crab cake sliders and french fries.  And a beer. Again, no shock to the system issues.

Bottom Line.

I’d recommend the BluePrint Cleanse to someone who needs some motivation to make healthy dietary decisions.  The cleanse makes you think about what you are putting in your body and makes you more aware of your health.  I also enjoyed the mental challenge of it.  It would have been easy to cheat, like this young guy, but my sense of self discipline kept me going.  If you like to test your self now and again, you should give it a go.

Finally, I liked the simplicity of the cleanse.  “We Think. You Drink.” is BluePrint’s motto, and it’s great.  For three days, I put zero thought into what to eat, preparing meals, or looking at menus.  If it hadn’t been for my efforts to capture my routine and thoughts about this little adventure, it would have been a complete no-brainer.  I’m not sure I am ready to sign up for Rob Rhinehart’s Soylent experiment, but I do find the idea intriguing.  Anyway, the BPC reduced my mental efforts in that respect and allowed me to focus on other things – that may have been my favorite part of the whole thing.

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