In October 2013 I joined a gym… well more of a club. I can eat, drink, shower, work out, swim, watch TV, shop, get my hair done, get a massage or a wax – even a makeup application. I can play racquetball or tennis, sit in front of the fire (life is good), take Tango lessons, yoga (among other things), go to one of the many drinking and eating social functions offered and have a gourmet meal in the cafe.
In January 2014 I went back to eating healthy and counting every damn calorie I stick in my mouth. I lost 11 pounds in January and 3 so far this month. Not bad, but my goal is 10 pounds per month so I can actually go out in public in a bathing suit.
I gained about 30 pounds in 3 months – I am an expert gainer.
So the other day I was in Whole Foods on one of my many visits to the Middletown store, when I discovered a box of juices made to cleanse your body. Manufactured by Blueprint, the 6 juice cleanse cost $55 for a one-day cleanse.
After researching the product at home Blueprint Cleanse offers a 1, 3 or 6 day cleanse of 6 100% organic, raw juices.
I didn’t know if I could do a 3-day but I was sure I could juice for 1 full day. I chose the Renovation Cleanse.
I started out and ended the day with a hot water and lemon.
For breakfast I had to consume 1 GREEN JUICE containing 110 calories of juice from organic romaine, organic apple, organic celery, organic cucumber, organic spinach, organic kale, organic parsley, organic lemon.
Taste: Celery and lettuce
Opinion: I hate the taste and smell of celery and the taste of the green juice was hard to get down. It took me from 8 am to 9:30 am to finish the 16 oz bottle. I’ve had worse things in my mouth, but I eat for enjoyment not necessity. If I can do it, anyone can.
Next my mid-morning snack called P.A.M. was 210 calories of juice from organic pineapple, organic apple, organic mint, filtered water.
This was yummy! What a lovely taste!
Color: Bright yellow or the color of strong pee
Taste: Sweet and easy going down
Opinion: This was a great juice! It was a must-need after nursing that vile green bile juice.
Lunch. Dammit! Another green juice! No explanation needed. But by this time I couldn’t get it all down and left 1/3 of the bottle in its coagulated mess.
My afternoon snack was Spicy Lemonade. Its 120 calories of filtered water, juice from organic lemon, organic agave nectar, cayenne extract (Mexican Habanero, jalapeño, African, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese peppers) was pretty good.
Color: Light-colored Lemonade
Taste: Lemonade with a hint of spice
Opinion: This was a good juice. It felt clean and fresh. I wish there was a little more spice but I guess it has to appeal to a broader audience and not just a spice-addict like myself. The hotter the better.
Dinner. Ugh! Little did I know that I had to drink beets! I hate beets! I hate the texture, the color, the taste. C.A.B. is 190 calories of juice from organic apple, organic carrot, organic beet, filtered water, organic lemon and organic ginger.
Color: Deep Red
Taste: Beets and dirt
Opinion: This wasn’t as bad as the green juice but because of my massive dislike of beets, I couldn’t drink the whole thing and left about 1/2 inch in the bottle.
Dessert. My last juice was 300 calories of Cashew Milk (they have alternatives for people with nut allergies) including filtered water, organic cashew, organic agave nectar, organic cinnamon, organic vanilla extract and organic vanilla specks.
Color: Thick Whitish Almond Milk
Smell: Nutty Vanilla
Taste: Nutty but light
Opinion: I thought it would taste better but it was pretty good. Filling. I could taste the cashew and vanilla flavors.
Is it worth it?
Yes. I thinks so.
I felt clean. My urine was completely clear and healthy looking. I lost 1 pound but I didn’t expect to really lose any because the calorie count was my normal intake.
I was not hungry at all. Psychologically I craved food – especially when my husband brought home KFC for himself – but I really had no desire for solid food.
I did have a headache but I think it was a sinus headache and not a food headache.
I felt light-headed in the morning and then throughout the day but was still able to function normally.
I didn’t go to the gym because I felt weak – probably NOT from the cleanse since I woke up in the middle of the night with my period (usually makes me weak – damn 40’s). Fun stuff.
In any case, it’s worth a try. I felt really good the next day. There was no pooping involved – in case any of you are worried about that but I did pee a lot.
I think I might be ready for a 3-day cleanse. I bought a juicer – we’ll see how that works out. I may try Suja Fresh Start as well. It’s worth a shot.
I will add that I was miserable all day – cranky, irritable… but I had other things going on. As the night progressed I did feel less grumpy… but it was my first cleanse! I think that might be normal.
Well, I’ll be ready for another – many next month… I’ll keep you posted.
If you have tried Blueprint or another brand – or even your own – I’d like to hear about it.
Good luck and happy cleansing!
© 2014 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010