Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I jumped on the Blue Print Cleanse bandwagon and completed the beginner, 3 day juice cleanse! I was so happy when it was over but still so glad that I stuck with it. It was definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done but I kept reminding myself it was only for 3 days and I could do ANYTHING for 3 days. The cleanse that I did was the beginner, 3 day Renovation Cleanse. You drink 6 juices each day and try very hard not to eat any food. Here is a day by day and juice by juice recap-
First of all, the 2 days before the cleanse I tried to eat really clean...fruits, veggies, nuts and a baked sweet potato. I was warned that if you don't start preparing your body for the cleanse for a couple days before then the first day of your cleanse would be awful on your stomach. I took this warning seriously and am glad I did.
7:30 AM- Juice 1- This juice consists of Romaine, Celery, Cucumber, Apple, Spinach, Kale, Parsley and Lemon...aka- The Green Juice. I am not going to lie, it was probably the worst thing I have ever put in my mouth. The first half of the bottle I gagged after ever swallow. It was awful. But, my taste buds adjusted and I was able to get the rest down without throwing up. I held my breath and swallowed as fast as I possibly could. I let a lady I work with try it and she LOVED it! But, she also loves celery so that is probably why. I HATE celery and there is a very, very strong celery taste in this juice. I was hungry before I drank it but felt good and full after I finished it.
10:00 AM- Juice 2- This juice consists of Pineapple, Apple and Mint. This one was delicious and very refreshing! The mint was a little overpowering but it was still yummy. I was getting a little hungry but once I finished this juice I felt satisfied again. I savored every drop of this one because I knew what the 3rd juice was going to be...
12:00 PM- Juice 3- The Green Juice (again! ughh! ). Still terrible but I did not gag this time. It is funny how much your taste buds change after just a few hours of eating (drinking) raw. Shortly after finishing this one I felt a little spike in my energy. This gave me the motivation to keep going.
2:00 PM- Juice 4- This juice consisted of Filtered Water, Lemon, Agave Nectar and Cayenne Pepper. It kind of tasted like spicy lemonade. It was pretty good! At this point I am pretty hungry though. My stomach is growling and I am getting a little headache.
5:30 PM- Juice 5- This juice was Carrot, Apple, Beet, Celery, Ginger and Lemon. Another gross one. This was was a deep pink/red color and I was so excited to try it...it looked fruity and refreshing. WRONG. It had a very strong ginger taste to it and left a funny after taste. But, I managed to get it down.
8:00 PM- Juice 6- Cashew Nut Milk, Vanilla and Cinnamon. YUMMMMMMM!!! This juice was very good...especially after a rough first day. It tasted like cinnamon skim milk. My only complaint- it is grainy. After swallowing I was left with a grainy texture coating my mouth. So, I just drank a lot of water while I was drinking the juice. At this point, I had a terrible headache. I took Advil but knew that it would probably not help. So, I decided the best thing to do would be to go to sleep.
I woke up feeling rested, refreshed and less bloated! I was not craving food and I was looking forward to the juices. I got thru most of day 2 without any problems. I drank my juices and felt great thru the day. Late that afternoon I started feeling the urge to chew on something. My teeth NEEDED something to do! So, I gave it a little a chewed a half piece of sugar free gum. It satisfied the need to chew for awhile. That night I only drank half of the cashew milk. I did not finish it intentionally...I just got busy and forgot. The green juices were still awful but bearable.
The final day! Whohoo! I felt great all day...felt a big spike in my energy and focus during the day. I was really missing food and still feeling hungry but not as hungry as I thought I would be. All of the juices tasted better today, but I was ready to be done.
End result- I lost about 5 lbs. and felt a million times lighter and healthier. It feels great to rid my body of toxins and mush and drink raw for a few days. This is in no way a way of life for me. I like food too much and have no desire to eat and drink raw every day for the rest of my life. BUT...I do see the value in doing it more often. Whether it is a cleanse like this once every month or two or eating raw 1 or 2 days a week. Cleanses are a great way to flush out your system and jump start a weight loss goal!!