Cleansing… sort of

Last week I was feeling bloated and sluggish and inspired by friends who had recently completed juice cleanses I decided to give one a whirl.

I selected the ever popular Renovation Cleanse from Blue Print Cleanse (BPC) which consists of six juices per day: a green juice, a pineapple/mint juice, another green juice, a spicy lemonade, a beet/apple juice and a cashew nut milk one to end the day.  Oh, and that comes to a whopping total of 1070 cal/day… a solid 500 less than I generally consume on a good day!

Committed to my insanity I decided to do a 5 day cleanse because 3 days seemed like a breeze plus my cleanse was flawed from the get-go… see this month it was not an option to completely clear my social calendar for 5 or even 3 straight days so I decided I would juice during the day and play days/evenings with food obligations by ear.

Before I even started I was frustrated by BPC’s delivery windows. All I wanted was my juice delivered to my home before or after work, I mean at $65/day I wasn’t about to leave a couple hundred dollars in juice in the office fridge. However, once I realized that BPC sells exactly the same juices through stores under the label Blue Print Juice I bought my juices through Fresh Direct (FD) who deliver at such off hours as 6-8am and 8-10pm. Granted I would miss out on the supportive emails but my juices would be safe in my fridge and I would save about $5/day.

The first 3 days were delivered on Sunday, my last 2 days on Wednesday before I went to work. FD delivered at 9.56pm on Sunday so I thought I was safe with my 6-8am delivery. They showed up at 6.04am. Have I mentioned I’m not a morning person? Oh well, the delivery guys got a good laugh at my sleeping attire and bed head.

For those who want the play-by-play of a foodie on a liquid diet read on after the image.

Juice for Days 1-3

Here’s the rundown of my week:
Monday:
A physical therapy appointment meant I had my first green juice around 10am at which point it was lukewarm. Note to self: luke warm cleanse juice – bad idea. Luke warm 1st juice of a cleanse – terrible idea. That said, I finished 3/4 of the bottle though parsley may be off-limits to me after this cleanse!
Bottle #2 was pineapple based and I ended up having that for lunch around 1pm, it was tasty. Busy day at work so bottle #3 and my second green juice happened around 4.30pm and I was able to finish it! The fact that it was ice-cold helped a lot, taking small sips over the course of an hour also helped but I guess its growing on me.
I had a class in the evening which ran late so bottle #4 aka the spicy lemonade was consumed at 8.30pm, it was tasty like a lemonade version of a michelada.
It was 10pm by the time I got home and I had completely forgotten I had 2 more juices to go that day so they got shelved for later in the week.

Now, let’s be clear I’m not the type of person who “forgets to eat” but I think the rush of the day and the warmth of the evening  just helped lull my hunger… until midnight when I munched on a piece of mozzarella.  Regardless, just barely tipping the balance of 600 calories for one day was not the plan nor is it recommended by any sane person.

Tuesday:
Based on my Monday learnings I set myself up on a “feeding” schedule.
Bottle #1 at 7am, went down smoothly and this time I packed juices 2-5 to take to work as I had a cooking class after work and it was more than likely #6 would be replaced by class output. Bottle #2 at 10am, yay for pineapple. Bottle #3 at 12.30pm still green, bottle #4 at 2.30, this would be good in a martini… I also slipped a few boysenberries during a meeting because they looked so damn good and I was graving something chewable. Bottle #5 at 5.30pm, this was my first taste of the beets and apples combo, not a favorite but doable and yes I took a quick peek in the mirror at my red tongue!
The cooking class was all a how-to on Chinese dumplings so cashew milk never stood a chance and I ate a few dumplings for dinner. Though I exercised restraint which translated into me making more than my share of dumplings and mastering the folding technique while my fellow students munched away.

Wednesday:
Bottle #1 at 7am and going strong. I only took bottles 2, 4, 5 since I was meant to have lunch with a former boss. I had bottle #2 and then she cancelled lunch so instead I had a banana and a third of a roasted veggie sandwich from a meeting platter. Yeah, I work in fashion, the sandwiches come in halves and sometimes in thirds, that’s just how we roll but don’t go thinking it’s about our figures, it’s about cost savings.
Bottle #4 was a snack followed by dinner with former colleagues. I had a glass of wine expecting I would just enjoy a light salad for dinner. The salad was one of the worst spring mix salads ever and the  overdone salmon filet was just sad, I barely ate half my dinner and was glad for that glass of wine. Juice #5 was forgotten at work.

Thursday:
Lunch with former boss was on. I juiced except for lunch. Lunch was an arugula and beet salad so like a chewable version of the green and beet juices. I worked late so I had the beet juice from Wednesday instead of the cashew milk that was waiting for me at home.

If you’ve been keeping track, I have yet to drink a single cashew milk juice… they are piling up in my fridge and slowly turning to sludge…

Friday – last official day of my cleanse:
I had a comp day from work so the plan was to juice all day. I biked to my PT appointment and back (15 miles roundtrip) and then had a sports massage and errands to run in South Park Slope so I all in all I covered about 20 miles throughout the day and couldn’t fathom juice for dinner, the beet and the cashew juices got beat out by a tortilla encrusted tilapia fish taco. It was so worth it.

 

The Verdict:
Though I didn’t strictly play by the rules, surprisingly I did enjoy the experience.  Over the course of the week I had one glass of wine, no caffeine and not a single cashew milk. What can I say except I like my nuts to have some crunch.

By the end of the week I felt “clearer” in that the bloat & sluggishness were gone and I was 9 pounds lighter. That said, I know that as soon as I start eating more than one super light meal a day some of that weight will comeback but now salads are once again a tad more appealing to me. Bottom line I would recommend the cleanse if you wanted to “reset” your eating habits but not to lose weight.

Oh and I know you’re wondering what became of the leftover juices… Well, with the exception of the cashew milk, the others were consumed as either breakfast or dinner on Saturday, rest assured I made an amazing brunch on Saturday which I’ll cover in a future post.

As for the cashew milk, let’s just say I may or may not have fed it the neighbor’s cat?

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One thought on “Cleansing… sort of

  1. awesome 😉 Thanks for sending me the link to this post, and I’m glad to see someone using it the way I want to. I need a reset button for sure!

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