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February 26, 2010

Attempting a DIY Blueprint Cleanse

DIY Blueprint Cleanse

At fashion week a handful of bloggers received a three day complimentary cleanse from Blueprint Cleanse. I was not one of them. So instead of spending about $75/day to join my fellow fashion and beauty bloggers I tried a DIY version.

I spent $35 on fruits and veggies at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market and $8 on agave and cayenne pepper at Trader Joe’s. The company doesn’t list recipes but they provide ingredients. The Blueprint Renovation cleanse consists of Green Apple, Spicy Lemonade, Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Lemon, Pineapple Apple Mint and Cashew Nut Milk juices. I spent two hours juicing and came up with my own variations, but plenty to get me through three days. Not that it mattered, because I never made it that far…

Day One
9am: 1 cup Pineapple Mint Apple. Upset because my drain is clogged from disposing of the pulp when juicing the night before.
11am: 1 cup Green (made with romaine, celery, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon and agave)
12pm: Starving. Cheat and have a handful of shredded wheat. Hope it helps with my headache.
2pm: 1 cup Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Lemon with a little cayenne pepper (I forgot to make the Spicy Lemonade so I used cayenne pepper in other juices to make up for it).
3pm: Cheat again with another handful of shredded wheat. Headache’s still there.
3:15pm: 1.5 cups of Pineapple Apple Mint. Feel extremely bloated. Buy Draino.
5:30pm: Grape nuts with almond milk and cinammon (my crunchy substitute for BPC’s Cashew Nut Milk)
6pm: Pour Draino in kitchen sink. Nothing happens.
7:30pm: Drooling over the appetizers at Burberry’s 3D fashion show. Resist.
9pm: 1 cup Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Lemon with splash of cayenne pepper. Can’t stop thinking about pizza.
10pm: Way too hungry. Eat some hummus. Figure its semi close to juice?
1am: Finally full but still have a headache. Kitchen sink still looks like a swamp.

Day Two
10am: Pour more Draino in sink.
11am: 1 cup Green with splash of pepper. Despite all the juice I’ve been drinking my lips are chapped and now stained green. Thankfully I notice before anyone else does.
12pm: Stomache. Cheat with a handful of shredded wheat.
1:30pm: 1.5 cups Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Lemon
2:30: Headache returns. Cheat with another handful of shredded wheat
2:50: Feel extremely ill, like I’m going to vomit. Too much juice?
4:30: Cave with a bag of Pop Chips.
7pm: 1 cup of Pineapple Apple Mint. Even more bloated than early this afternoon.
9pm: Friend invites me to Flavor of India. My stomache accepts.
9:30pm: Chow down on Vegetable Thali and Naan.
11pm: Sink finally unclogged. Hallelujah.
12pm: Headache is gone. Go to sleep full and happy.

Day Three
10am: Obviously done with the cleanse but still have so much juice. Have 1.5 cups of my favorite, the Pineapple Apple Mint
11am: Half of a bagel. Better than my usual full bagel with cream cheese on bagel Thursdays.
2pm: Salad with chicken and veggies from Gourmet Bites. Trying to be healthy.
3pm: Peanut m&ms. Whatever, I’m over it.
5pm: Major stomache. Very major.

Two days later… Pour the remaining juices down the drain.

Lesson learned: Cleanses make you extremely bloated and leave you craving bad food. Well, at least that’s what happened to me. When I want to be healthy, I’m going to stick with fresh veggies, fruits and lean proteins that don’t have to be juiced—and won’t leave my sink clogged.

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6 Comments

  1. DWJ commented:

    I CANNOT do a cleanse. I barely lasted on Dr. Ian’s Fruit Smash diet for 4 days. I thought I was going to bite my husband’s arm while he slept. We both gave in when he called me at work on the 4th day and said, “people aren’t supposed to live like this…I’m hungry!” HA!

    Published 3.1.10 Reply
    • Sydne commented:

      You are too funny. I agree, people need to chew. It’s a must.

      Published 3.1.10 Reply
  2. Love this post! Great to see a person’s honest experiences and frustrations with a cleanse. Everything I read seems too good to be true, with little side effects. Thanks for going through the pains and drain pain to share with us.

    Published 3.1.10 Reply
  3. jenny commented:

    Very funny. I’ve totally been through the same thing.

    Published 3.20.11 Reply
  4. Jane commented:

    I’m sorry to hear that you had a bad time with the Blue Print Cleanse. I just got off it and found myself rewarded with weight loss and a ton more energy. I wonder if it would make a difference if you actually drank the right amount of juice, avoided all food except for vegetables, and drank the juices in the order that they’re actually listed on the site.

    Published 2.26.12 Reply
  5. Mira commented:

    Yeah, it sounds like you weren’t drinking enough juice.

    Published 10.27.12 Reply

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