If you’ve ever been inspired (and also scared) by the idea of a juice cleanse, keep reading. Kathryn, from our marketing department, volunteered to try her first juice cleanse, and keep a diary along the way. Kathryn tried a BluePrint Cleanse, though there are tons of cleanses to purchase or even make yourself. Read her thoughts and experiences below, and decide for yourself if you’re cool with a cleanse.
What made you want to try a cleanse?
I have wanted to try a cleanse for a while. Last year, I attempted a raw food diet for a week, but there was so much work involved with shopping, chopping, juicing, blending, prepping, packing, and cleaning… only to wake up the next day and do it all over again. It was exhausting, although it did help kick the sugar cravings I was having. So, I wanted to do a full juice cleanse to clear out the cravings and bad routines I fell into again. BluePrint seemed like an easy solution, since they really do make it super simple to order and follow. All juices arrive in the mail on day 1 and you get started. Each drink is labeled with a number, and throughout the day you drink from 1 to 6.
Taste: The drinks vary in taste. I love Drink 2 and hate Drink 5.
Drink 1: Sweet, lemon, plain lettuce, and greens. Imagine taking a mouth full of lettuce, spinach, and kale and adding light sweet lemon juice. It’s strange, but kinda good. And, it tastes like good health in a bottle.
Drink 2: My favorite! Pineapple, apple, and mint is delicious.
Drink 3: Repeat of juice 1.
Drink 4: Bitter lemon-y drink. It’s light and refreshing. It also has Cayenne. Weird.
Drink 5: BEET JUICE. Gross. I love beets, but can’t really down the beet juice.
Drink 6: Sweet, almond milk with a hint of cinnamon. This is nice and sweet, but I’m pretty done with liquids at this point in the day. I only drink a quarter of it.
Energy level: So far, so good.
11:45am: I’ve had Juice 1 and not feeling hungry at all.
1:30pm: I’m getting kinda hungry.
3:00pm: I’m feeling pretty distracted. Not as productive!
5:00pm: Feeling pretty ok. Just had drink 3!
7:15pm: Pretty hungry and just a little bummed that I don’t have dinner to look forward to tonight.
Overall well-being: I felt ok all day. I was hungry at times, but would just drink water in between juices and felt ok. The juices are filling.
Stick to it? No solid foods on day 1. I stuck to juices and water and didn’t even get through all the juices.
Energy level: I woke up with a huge headache today. And, am feeling a little spacey and lethargic. Normally, I’m a fast mover, and today I feel like my feet got caught in the mud. The headache is unbearable.
Overall well-being: I am having a lot of cravings and would like to sit down for a meal. The days move slower without food.
5:45pm Wednesday. Major splitting headache. I spaced my juices out too far between each other and got smacked with a pulsating headache. Chugging #4 now.
Stamina: Are you ready to take on Day 3? I would be more ready if there were a breakfast sandwich waiting for me. But, yes, I will do all 3 days and am still committed.
Stick to it? I ate some celery sticks and had a cup of veggie broth. I was hoping it would help get rid of my headache, but it hasn’t worked. Going to sleep at 10pm in hopes of feeling better tomorrow.
Energy level: Weirdly zen. I’m energized enough and able to get work done.
Overall wellbeing: Headache is gone, thankfully. I am generally feeling ok, but a little spaced out. It doesn’t feel bad, but it’s almost as if my body and mind know better than to think it is good.
Crossing the finish line: Did you make it? Did you feel accomplished? I decided to end the cleanse a little early, meaning I’m going to eat lettuce and dressing instead of drinking almond juice. I’m worried about reintroducing food into my system and am getting ready to go on vacation for a week.
Stick to it: Did you incorporate any solid food during your cleanse, or were you juice-only? End of day 3, I ate a salad and veggie broth. Hoping to have a semi normal breakfast tomorrow.
What is the most noticeable benefit you got from your cleanse? I felt… shall we say… cleansed? I was light and really did feel like I was able to rid my body of waste.
Would you do a cleanse again? Probably not. I am glad I did it. It was interesting and I did feel like I reset my body, but I would rather have a healthy daily routine and not shock my body with this again. The headache and overall feeling during day 2 was enough to scare me out of trying again.
Is there anything you learned from your cleanse that you would incorporate into your everyday routine?Unfortunately, not really. It was more of an electric shock. You learn not to touch the socket again. I learned that if my body had that drastic of a reaction to the cleanse, then I am dependent on sugar, coffee, and other ‘bad’ foods and need to correct that. But, I kinda already knew that.