When it comes to rapid weight loss programs, I’ll try anything once. I’ve done the cabbage soup diet, the South Beach Diet, the Master Cleanse; and the very controversial Atkins diet (back in the day when all you could eat was bacon – it was pretty awesome). I’ve had the BluePrint Cleanse in my bookmarks for a while. But $195 seems pricey for 3 days worth of juice and when I searched for a DIY version and found thousands of them. So, I went to Whole Foods and bought all the fruits and vegetables I needed to make the juice myself. Turns out you need about $195 worth of fruit and veg.
So this is important: the BluePrint Cleanse website tells you to prepare your body for a few days before doing the cleanse. No coffee, cut back on processed foods and red meat etc. For the most part I find preparation to be a bore – I’m more of a ‘jump right in’ kind of girl, but this was something I should have prepared for. Anyway, here’s my cleanse journal.
9:30am – I woke up with a headache and I still have it so I’m not what you’d call a ready and willing participant, but bad mood aside, the green juice doesn’t have nearly enough apple and lemon to make it okay to drink first thing in the morning.
10:30am – The PAM (Pineapple, Apple, Mint) is really good, I have to admit. I’d still prefer coffee and a bagel.
1:00pm – Second green juice of the day. So this is why the BPC website tells you to prepare for a few days before doing this cleanse. I already have a headache. I need coffee. You should definitely do the preparation days.
4:00pm – The spicy lemonade is taking me back to my Master Cleanse. It tastes good but I’m not feeling great. My headache is going away but the reality is setting in that I can’t drink a latte for another 60 hours.
5:30pm – The beetroot juice is okay, I guess. I’m wishing I’d just done the Master Cleanse.
7:30pm – Most of the reviews for the cashew milk say it’s delicious. It is pretty good at the end of the day when all you’ve had is vegetable juice. The protein makes it feel heartier than the juices.
OKAY! Day one over, I’m hoping I wake up feeling better than I do now.
The following two days of the cleanse were actually better than the first. The green juices were harder to get down the second and third day but I felt physically a lot better. The novelty had worn off by the end of the second day but then by day three I felt lighter and actually had more energy than usual.
On the first day I had to wait until 8am to have my first juice because I didn’t want to wake up the whole house with the sound of the blender. On the second and third days I made my first green juice the night before so I could drink it early in the morning.
VERDICT: Would I do it again? Yes. BUT, I would definitely ween off coffee first next time. I went from three a day to zero and I didn’t think about how that would go down. Also, I would probably just buy the BluePrint version of the cleanse and save myself the hassle.
That said, if you do want to do it yourself, here are the recipes and a shopping list.
DIY BluePrint Cleanse Shopping List
30 ribs of celery
18 kale leaves
18 romaine leaves
1 bag spinach
12 green apples
9 ounces raw unsalted cashews
NB: It’s great to use a juicer for the green juice and CAB, but the Vitamix works fine and is the better choice for the PAM and Cashew Milk recipes.