If you are anything like me, Spring is the time of year when I get totally crazed with organizing, cleaning, purging, refreshing and starting anew. I feel so invigorated when I get rid of unnecessary clutter and waste and free myself up for new possibilities. So I thought to myself, why not do this with my body? Purge, cleanse, get rid of the toxins and sludge that is literally weighing and slowing me down and getting in the way of my optimal health. So I jumped at the chance to test out the much touted BluePrintCleanse (offered to me by one of my fav bloggin’ sistas La Jolla Mom) and see for myself what all the hoopla was about.
The BluePrintCleanse is a line of fresh juices made from very high quality raw food ingredients and aimed at making cleansing accessible to everyone. It is one of the first juice cleanses to offer varying levels of cleansing intensities based on your nutritional lifestyle, ranging from the raw foodists to the burger-and-red-wine crowd (that’s me :-)) who are looking to periodically offset the damages of their indulgences. This Cleanse is designed to gently rid your body of impurities, regain an alkaline balance and normalize digestion and metabolism.
I really liked the gentle and gradual approach of this cleanse and especially liked that I could pick the level of intensity that fit my nutritional lifestyle. I opted for a three day mid-level cleanse called The Foundation Cleanse because out of the three levels, I knew I wasn’t a beginner but probably couldn’t handle the advanced level of all green juices for three days, so this seemed like a happy medium. The Foundation Level II Cleanse triggers your body to cleanse and gently detox, and potentially lose some serious baggage in the process. The Foundation is ideal for active, busy people who exercise and have tried many different diets but either can’t get their hands on fresh, whole food, or simply don’t have the time. So, what you’re left with is that occasional sluggish feeling as a result of “slipping”, we’ve all been here before, a little too much white flour, chocolate indulgences, alcohol and processed food. Ummm . . . did they write this especially for me, or what?
I know what you are thinking: Juice and only juice for THREE WHOLE DAYS, yikes!! Well, I am here to tell you that it was not that bad at all. In fact, I REALLY enjoyed it, found it very easy to do and stick to (super portable and they even send you a cute little bag with ice packs to carry them in while you are out and about), I felt really good and energized while I was doing it and the juices were really tasty and satisfying. The Foundation Cleanse consisted of six juices spaced throughout the day which included: a Green Lemon Juice, Pineapple/Apple/Mint (yum!), Green Apple Juice, a Tart and Spicy Lemonade, a Green Parsley Juice and each day ended with my fav treat of the bunch a Cashew Nut Milk drink with a bit of vanilla, cinnamon and agave, so yummy! I am being totally honest here, I really felt good and satiated while on this cleanse!
I also really liked all the great support I had surrounding this cleanse. First, BPC emailed me several days before the cleanse on how to prepare and get ready for the cleanse (eat cleaner and lighter so your body doesn’t go into detox shock), what to expect while on the cleanse, and then they also sent an email at the end of the cleanse about how to sustain my results and continue my healthy habits. They even offer maintenance juice options so you can blend these wonderful cleansing juices with your daily food choices.
Another fun and wonderful part of this cleanse was doing it in tandem with a couple other social media mavens (La Jolla Mom and My Favorite Everything) so we could offer support, encouragement and understanding every step of the way. We tweeted with each other regularly, supported each other through our struggles and I must say it made all the difference in the world to me. One memorable moment on the cleanse was when each of us confessed ‘cheating’ with a cucumber or avocado because we needed something more substantive. It was funny and totally relatable-Girls thanks for your support!
So at the end of the three days on the BluePrintCleanse, I felt really rejuvenated, lighter (6 pounds to be exact :-)) and most importantly very motivated and inspired to be healthier and get back on my path to health and wellness. What a perfect way to prepare for Spring don’t ya think?
Disclosure: BluePrintCleanse generously offered to provide me with their healthy cleansing juices for three days, but I made no promises about how I would write about the experience. Well, truth be told, I loved it and I will definitely do it again!