I’ve debated doing a cleanse a number of times. A few weeks before last summer and then again, a few weeks before my wedding, I was so close to ordering 3 days worth of BluePrint juices. I just wanted to feel better. I was bloated, lethargic, and hanging on to about 10lbs of weight that I wanted to just magically shed off my body.
Every time I’ve decided against it. I won’t lie, the hefty price tag is the first deterrent. But the ultimate decision point is that it just seems like a shortcut. It avoids the real reason why my mind and body are in this spot. Drinking only juice for 3 days seems like a short-term (and not so healthy?) solution because what happens after that? You shed 5-10lbs of water weight, feel great, but then eat again and end up in the same spot? Plus, I’m a witch when I’ve been hungry for 15 minutes so you know that being hungry for 3 days would essentially make me a crazy monster.
In the end I’ve decided to just take a closer look at my poor diet and lack of consistent exercise. I definitely am not one to normally crave vegetables, but I love the way I feel after I’ve had a day full of them. I do look forward to a good workout, but even on the days I don’t, I’ve never finished a workout still feeling unhappy. Add those two elements back in on a consistent basis and I bet I could feel just as good as if I had done a 3 day cleanse. Actually better, because I get to chew my dinner.
When I saw that BluePrint juices were available in Whole Foods earlier this week though, I had to try it. Not to cleanse or act as a meal replacement but to get an idea of what it would be like to drink my vegetable intake. I was pretty curious to know what 6lbs of produce in one small 1 serving bottle tasted like.
The first sip had a very strong kale taste masked by lemon. After a few sips though, it’s really not that bad. It’s unexpectedly tart and far less thick than I imagined. As for the results of how I felt? I felt pretty fantastic. I’m sure a lot of its mental, but I felt awake and full (but not in that greasy food full kind of way). After a few hours though, I also felt quite a bit of pressure in my stomach which resulted in what I imagine is similar to a colon hydrotherapy session. In other words, don’t drink this on date night.
I don’t think I’ll buy this again – the cost is just too steep – although I’d consider it the day after maybe drinking a little too much the night before. Overall though, it has made me curious to try juicing at home.