Ah, the BluePrint Cleanse. It seems to be all the rave these days – every time I mentioned to someone that I was trying it out, that person had either already done it or had been planning on doing it. BluePrint Cleanse (BPC) obviously has some great brand awareness going on. So for all of you considering embarking on a BPC, here’s the rundown! (Read about the benefits of cleansing here).
I just finished a 3-day cleanse. I chose Level 3, Excavation Cleanse, because I’ve done cleanses before and eat a relatively clean diet. There are other levels to choose from Foundation & Renovation. Check them out here.
When I read the description of the Excavation Cleanse and who it was “meant for,” I felt like it was written for me. I read it and was like “YES! This is what I always try to express…how the hell did you say it so eloquently?” Sigh.
“I am extremely conscious of everything I put into my body. I exercise, I don’t make drinking a habit, and I eat organic. Am I a vegan? A raw foodist? I’m not into labels – so, when people ask me that question, I simply reply: ‘I eat what I want, when I want it.” I don’t consider choosing my food wisely, “missing out.” My only rule is: If it doesn’t make me feel healthy and zaps my energy, I don’t eat it. I’m not trying to live forever; I just want to make sure that while I am alive, I feel as good as I possibly can!”
Again, BPC people…you are good at marketing. Really good.
Anyway, my cleanse included 6 juices per day. 4 Green Juices, 1 Spicy Lemonade, and 1 Cashew Milk.
The bottles are conveniently numbered so you can never forget which order to drink them.
One of the things that got me the most excited was the cooler bag (comes free with your order, so make sure to check the little box on the site that says “add cooler bag”)! This little bag comes with ice packs and allows you to take your cold juices with you wherever you go. Plus, you can use it for other things when your cleanse is over. Bonus!
BPC also sends you emails instructing you on how to ease into and out of your cleanse. I felt very supported and guided by all of the info they gave me! Oh, and they deliver the cleanses to your door anywhere in the US, and have lots of pick-up locations too.
Here’s a recap of how I felt during the cleanse:
Day 1 – I only had tea & water until around 10am, so I didn’t have my first juice until then. I paced them throughout the day and was surprisingly not too hungry. I had really high energy! I finished my last juice at around 9pm. I was a little hungry at certain points in the day, but drinking water helped!
Day 2 – Drank my first juice much earlier in the day, so I ended up having my last one around 6pm. I felt really hungry at night, and extremely tired. I was definitely jealous of my boyfriend’s food-eating abilities that night. I went to bed around 9:30pm and slept like a baby.
Day 3 – After 2 days of juicing I was able to pace myself correctly and drink lots of water in between juices. This helped the hunger levels immensely. I did smell food a few times throughout the day and every time it was like the best thing I’ve ever smelled, no matter what it was. I got through it, though, and by the end of the 3rd day I was feeling pretty light and cleansed.
Overall, I felt much better w/ energy and hunger levels in the mornings vs. at night. I’m sure that’s why they give you the cashew milk as your last drink, so you feel like you got a “dinner.”
Notes on the 3 juices:
- Green juice – really yummy. Definitely greeny tasting, but I like that. Ingredients: Romaine, Celery, Cucumber, Apple, Spinach, Kale, Parsley, Lemon.
- Spicy lemonade - perfect amount of spice and pretty delicious! A welcome treat as juice #4 after 3 green juices. Ingredients: Water, Lemon, Agave Nectar, Cayenne.
- Cashew milk - here’s where I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I’d be. People were raving about this milk so I couldn’t wait to have it. When I drank it, though, I realized how much more I like almond milk. Maybe one day they will give an almond milk option, like the Cooler Cleanse does. Also….eek….the cashew milk made my throat a little itchy. Does this mean I have a slight cashew allergy? Oy! Bring on the almond milk…. Ingredients: Water, Cashew, Agave Nectar, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon.
Let’s talk price. A 3-day cleanse is $180. With 18 juices included (6 per day) this comes out to $10 per juice. Here’s the thing. If you live in NYC like I do, you probably have fresh juice bars on every block that can sell you a cheaper, fresher juice. If you have your own juicer, you can probably make a cheaper, fresher juice. But you won’t get all of the email support, cleansing instructions, cute cooler bag, and all of the juices at once like you do with BPC…so that’s where the extra cost may be worth it for some people. It’s up to you what kind of support and guidance you personally need on a cleanse.
Bottom line? BluePrint cleanse is great for cleansers who want lots of support/guidance and busy people who want the convenience of all of their juices being sent to them at once. And anyone who wants a cute cooler bag. If you have a juicer, time on your hands, live super close to a fresh juice place, or don’t feel you need the extra guidance, you may consider embarking on your own juice cleanse instead to save some bucks.
Have you ever tried the BluePrintCleanse? What did you think?