What You Need To Know Before Starting A Juice Cleanse

by TaylorR

Two weeks ago, I posted this up on Instagram (Are you following me?):

blueprint cleanse

Immediately, I had people asking questions not only about juice cleanses in general, but wondering why the heck would I want to do a 3-day juice cleanse?

-I don’t need to lose weight

-I eat mostly clean 

-I’m a healthy person

Why then, would I subject myself to enjoying nothing but 6 bottles of liquid each day for 3 full days?

That’s 72 hours without food.

Was I crazy? I think that’s what most people were curious to know.

Why would I do a juice cleanse?

Reason #1: For you. Seriously.

I get so many questions regarding juice cleanses.

- Can they help shed weight? 

- What’s a good brand? 

- Are they good for you? 

- Can they help get rid of sugar cravings? 

- Will they help to “clean” out your insides? 

- Who shouldn’t do a cleanse? 

- Why would anyone want to do a juice diet?

- Should anyone not do a cleanse? 

The list goes on and on but you get the idea.

Reason #2: I wanted to experience a good cleanse for myself.

How could I ever say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to something if I haven’t tried it?

I did a 3-day juice cleanse about a year ago, but to be honest it wasn’t the best experience. The total caloric intake was under 600 calories/day and in my line of work it’s not possible to just sit in a chair all day and not burn off calories.

To say I was hungry would be an understatement.

I was hangry and I gave up before the cleanse was over.

So it was a failed experiment. I wasn’t sold on the idea, but I wasn’t put off either. I was open to trying something different.

Plus, I have been having a lot of sugar cravings as of late. If juicing did what it was suppose to, I should be able to cut back on the sugar after it was over. 3 days of juice is worth saying bye to junk food cravings.

Welcome BluePrint

blueprint juices

When I was at the Blend Retreat, Blueprint was there promoting their green juices. I enjoyed them with my breakfasts each morning and was excited when I learned more about their cleanse options.

Even more exciting was that I was able to talk with one of the representatives. Ever since I started doing interviews for the podcast, interviewing a juicing expert had been on my to-do list. It’s too popular not to!

When I got home, I reached out to the company asking if I could interview one of their registered nutritionists.

I wanted to have the freedom to ask all the questions above plus some. To find out the real truth about juicing.

I know for me, I was wondering if it was just the new fitness fad… I wanted to get the truth: Is juicing really as great as everyone makes them out to be?

They agreed, and agreed to let me test their cleanse myself.

How could I fully get an understanding for a juice cleanse without having done it?

Good point.

blueprint cleanse

And that brings me to the package above… my Renovation Cleanse.

18 juices to be consumed over the course of 3 days.

And what’s more… the daily calorie intake was over 1100! Still low, but doable.

How did I like it? 

Well, listen in to the interview I did with Julie, their RD.

The Good, The Bad And The Why’s Of Juice Cleanses

Julie was so kind and I loved that she didn’t hold anything back. Her honesty for answering each question put me to ease.

She wasn’t just trying to sell the brand. And I really appreciated that.

Will I Do Another? 

I will say that I actually kind of enjoyed it. I love juices (they all included fruit so they weren’t too bitter), and am 100% into the idea of incorporating them more into my daily diet.

I know what you’re wondering…

What results did I see? 

  • I did lose 3 pounds over the 3 days.
  • I felt extremely hydrated and actually craved water more when it was over
  • I have been craving nothing but fruit for 2 weeks now. So much so on instagram I have signed up for FAA (Fruit Addicts Anonymous)
  • I personally did clean out my system (TMI?)

What negative side effects did I experience? 

  • Reintroducing food back to my diet. UPSET STOMACH from chia seeds
  • Watching Dan eat meals while I sipped on juice
  • I peed… a lot

That’s it… I was never starving and in fact, I loved the juices so much, I’ve been trying to make them at home in the Vitamix. Still working on it though.

I don’t know if I’ll make them my complete diet for 3 days straight, but a great juice compliments any meal or snack to give a huge nutritious boost to the day.

But never say never… right?

Thanks again to Julie and the BluePrint team for their time.

I hope I got your questions answered… and if not, what else would you like to know?

I’ll be happy to find out!

Q: Have you ever done a juice cleanse? Do you have an interest in doing one?

If you would like more on Blueprint Cleanse:

*I was not compensated for this post. I reached out to Blueprint Cleanse in order gain a better understanding for the theories behind juicing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    I don’t think I need to answer this question ;). I think its definitely a fun experiment, but 3 days sans chewing? No way Jose.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Hahaha, it actually wasn’t so tough. I thought it would be too being the foodie I am but it was an experiment for sure!

  • http://poiseinparma.com Alicia at Poise in Parma

    About two weeks ago, I would have never considered a cleanse. But with the temps already hitting 90 degrees here in Cleveland, I am definitely open to it. I’ve been making smoothies or juices every morning for the past six days! Really happy to read your honest feedback – thank you!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I agree, when the temps are up a smoothie is what I crave! Especially for breakfast!

  • Suzanne

    A couple months ago I did a 6 day juice cleanse. The first couple days were relatively easy, but as the days went by the more difficult it got. I have to give you major kudos, as I did not cook at all for anyone while doing my cleanse, I dont think i could have done it!!! For the most part I felt great while doing the cleanse, less fatigue for sure (which was surprising). I have tried to inlcude juicing at least one juice a day (an currently doing another “mini” cleanse to reboot because the last few weeks my eating has been terrible. Thanks for the great post!! Miss you!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Wow, 6 days? I don’t think I could have done that! It’s funny how energized you end up! Miss you too!

  • http://www.TheTinyTerror.com Amy Lauren

    I am also pretty much addicted to fruit and I haven’t done a juice cleanse.

    I like the occasional cup from Earth Fare or from my home juicer (which is a very cheap, very low key model I got at a garage sale). I could definitely do a juice a day, as a meal replacement, but not sure about 72 hours- eek! I’m glad it worked for you though and you gave it a shot. I feel like juicing gets a bad rep sometimes and that people think it’s only an extreme diet to lose weight, but really I like the juices to get extra veggies in my diet and they make me feel good, more energy… Kudos to you for being open enough to try it and give us an honest review :)

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thanks Amy! I would love a juicer but trying to decide if my kitchen can handle another appliance! I haven’t had one from Earth Fare but keep meaning to!

  • http://purelytwins.com purelytwins

    we used to do juice cleanses a lot a few years ago, we never were big fans of them. nowadays we don’t really cleanse that much. we have heard good things about BluePoint maybe one day we will give it a shot ;)

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      If in the past you didn’t like them there is no reason to do one again. You ladies incorporate so many great juices into your meals I think you’re doing just fine!

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