BluePrint Cleanse Review: the good, the bad, the weird

In the 3 month intermission between my wedding and honeymoon, my healthy lifestyle took a little nap. The newlywed diet consisted of champagne, treats, and a well-deserved break from an admittedly crazy bridal workout regimen. (Whoever decided that women should wear fitted white gowns on the most photographed day of her life has some karmic revenge coming.) As you’d imagine, after a few months of a less than clean diet, I was feeling blah- like I needed to recharge the health batteries and get back to my normal self. Luckily, my BFF, Linds, was more than up for the idea of doing a juice cleanse together to help hit the restart button. So we signed up for the 3-day BluePrintCleanse and dove head first into detoxing.

18 juices. 3 days. 1 tiny NYC fridge.

At this point, BluePrint is a staple on the juicing scene, and you’ve likely heard or read other juicers’ blow-by-blows of their cleansing experience. So I’ll skip that for you here, and just give you the most interesting bits: the highlights, the lowlights, and the oddities of my first juice detox.

The pros:

  1. BPC’s system is so convenient and easy. Each day’s 6 juices are labeled in the order that you’re intended to drink them. Further, the company delivers (for a small fee), making the juice-getting process painless.
  2. I lost a good 3-4 lbs over the course of my cleanse and kept them off for a while (until I went to Italy on my honeymoon and was a complete carb monster).
  3. During the daytime, I felt fantastic: clear mind, tons of energy, in a good mood, feeling awesome in general. (Evening was a different story…)
  4. My chronic Crohn’s-related stomach pain was nowhere to be seen. Amazing.
  5. One of my main goals of cleansing was to crack my dirty habit of drinking diet sodas. The cleanse was a great way to get in the habit of defaulting to water instead.
  6. Pineapple & Mint, Spicy Lemonade, and Cashew Milk were DELISH. I find myself craving them now that my cleanse is over.

Frutti di mare in Italy. AKA carb monster heaven.

The cons:

  1. To put it politely, I didn’t care for BPC’s green juice. I actually had to hold my nose and drink through a straw just to get it down. The Foundation level cleanse gave me 3 greens a day, so it got a little tedious. (Plus my co-workers looked at me like I was moderately insane. They were probably a tiny bit right.) Linds didn’t mind the green juice as much, so really could just be me. Maybe it’s an acquired taste and I just need to cleanse again?
  2. Around 6pm on Day 1, I nearly passed out. I wanted to just melt into a puddle on the ground in the middle of sidewalk because I felt so weak. For this reason I switched out my 3rd green juice of the day with 1/4 avocado + 1/4 cucumber and it made a world of difference for the remaining 2 days of the cleanse.
  3. Drinking a lot of cold liquid + my body being in a strange hunger state = me feeling like an icicle. I wore multiple sweaters at once while in a/c. This added to the co-workers thinking I’m insane factor.

The weirds:

  1. (TMI Warning) If green goes in, green comes out. It’s unnerving.
  2. Along the same lines (sorry!), a high volume of liquid going in leads to a high volume of liquid going out. My advice is to plan your outfits carefully and not wear anything that had to be re-tucked and belted because the time seriously adds up! In fact, I wish I had worn a pedometer to see how much mileage I tracked walking back and forth to the ladies room over those 3 days.
  3. I noticed food everywhere. I was so hyper-aware of not being able to eat solids that I suddenly realized that every commercial is about food, every TV show has a meal scene in it, and every freaking person on the streets of New York City is eating pizza. I’m not really exaggerating all that much here. That’s why it wasn’t such a big deal to meet friends for lunch or dinner while I was cleansing- I saw food everywhere already so might as well get the added bonus of seeing my friends’ pretty faces.

So that’s my take. I will note that it’s more fun to cleanse with a friend so you can kvetch and be totally self-centered about everything you’re feeling together. All in all, Linds and I had an interesting first ride through Juicing Land together. While I would love to go for round 2 of BPC, there are also a number of new juice brands on the scene that I’d like to try as well. (Well+Good NYC recently published a great guide to New York’s up-and-coming indie juice brands.) What are your favorite juice companies? I would love any recs of what to try next!

Linds & I pre-cleanse.
Yes, the tiara is from her. Yes, you can borrow it.

23 thoughts on “BluePrint Cleanse Review: the good, the bad, the weird

  1. I have done a 2-Day Arden’s Garden cleanse before that was nothing but a graprefruit-lemon juice. I was SO COLD! This one sounds a little more “fun” since you get to change up the juices. the cashew milk sounds good!

  2. I can’t believe it took me so long to find this fun and healthy blog :-) I need to do a juice cleanse! I’m getting married in 3 months (yes, we saw you at Delfina on our first real dinner date…HA…you are good luck) and you are totally right about the high photo volume mixed with long white dress…what?!

    • Jill!! I’m so happy you found the blog- and even more excited to hear about your wedding! (I’ll only take a little credit for being a good luck charm.) I was actually thinking about you this week, we have crazy serendipity going on. Look out for an email from me today with some exciting stuff. :) PS- Def recommend a juice cleanse… and lots of tricep dips… for pre-wedding!

  3. Blueprint is not 100% organic.They even use genetically modified produce. Their cleanse is a week of packing your body full of pesticides and other chemicals. Scam Alert!

  4. I am about to order the cleanse but first wanted to check the Internet for honest reviews like this one. You said high volume of liquids going in = high volume going out..totally makes sense. But when you were running back and forth to the bathroom all day was it just for #1 (sorry for the children’s euphemism) or was there an increase of #2 activity as well?? I don’t mind lots of #1 but if it’s #2 I’ll be bummed. I’d like to not have to take off of work just to do the cleanse. Thanks!

    • Haha, it’s an important distinction. Just #1. Totally work appropriate. I think cleansing during the work week is actually easier because it provides you with a good distraction from food. If you can convince a co-worker to do the juice cleanse with you it will also make the experience more enjoyable because you’ll have someone to commiserate with. Good luck!! Post Thanksgiving is a perfect time for a juice cleanse. You’ll feel great!

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