When my doorbell rang on Friday, I felt like I was waking up on Christmas morning. I ran to the door to collect my package, and arranged the juices in the fridge in a spot I’d cleared out the night before.
I am used to making some very bitter concoctions for my juices, and often leave out fruit. I found juice 1 to be very sweet and heavy on the apple. I also got a big whiff of parsley when I cracked open the bottle. Even though it’s listed second to last on the ingredients, I found the flavor to predominate. I wasn’t crazy for the juice at first sip, but after a few more I really began to enjoy it. Drinks 3 and 5 were the same as 1, and juice 2 was the same except with a hint of ginger. I think this green juice would be palatable for everyone from seasoned juicers like myself to green juice newbies.
Drink 4 was their spicy lemonade. I like a little heat, but I don’t like it to overpower the rest of the drink. They balanced the ingredients perfectly. Sometimes lemonade can be too tart and sweet, but this drink was oh-so-smooth.
Drink 5 was cashew milk. Though I loved the cinnamon spice and the warming vanilla, this was my least favorite drink. It was far too sweet and really gritty. Each one had hard disks of cashew pulp that wouldn’t break up when I shook it. I was so full every night that I couldn’t drink the entire bottle of cashew milk, so this wasn’t a huge deal. I ended each night with a tea latte made with some of the milk and Good Earth’s sweet and spicy herbal tea.
I followed Blueprint’s suggestions to drink plenty of water in between juices, exercise, and dry brush. I didn’t get a colonic, but I took a supplement by Healthforce Nutritionals called Liver Rescue and drank Mighty Leaf detox tea.
Besides the unpleasant texture of the cashew milk, I only had a few other gripes about my Blueprint cleanse. For one thing, I wish they didn’t use plastic bottles. I don’t like to drink such quality ingredients from plastic bottles, and if they were glass I could reuse them. The most environmental choice is to make the juice myself, I know. I do plan to do juice feasts on my own in the future, but this was a great way for me to be introduced to the process.
I would have preferred that they used stevia or a whole food sweetener like dates instead of agave. I don’t think that agave is poison akin to high-fructose corn syrup, but I don’t think it’s the best sweetener either. I don’t use it at home, but indulging in the occasional treat made with agave is ok by me.
Lastly, I was disappointed to find that the cooler bag I had requested was not in the shipment. I don’t have a cooler bag and it would’ve made things a little easier for me. After confirming that I did in fact request one, I called Blueprint and they told me they’d send one out, but I wouldn’t get it until the following week. I understand that they were likely slammed with orders because of the huge sale, but that kind of oversight was not appreciated and the customer service was lackluster.
The detox symptoms were minimal, but I suspect that they would’ve increased if I had gone on longer. I was feeling great on day 1 other than sweating out some unpleasant smells that continued throughout the cleanse. On day 2, I started to feel weak and tired mid-day (though my overall energy for the day was higher than normal), had a runny nose, and noticed thrush on my tongue. On day 3, I was emotional and acutely aware of every noise and smell around me. I was a grumpy gal.
Of the benefits, the change in my taste buds was the most surprising. By day 2, my sense of taste was more sensitive and refined. For example, the barely detectable zing of ginger in juice 2 now stood out and melded harmoniously with the rest of the components. All of the juices I enjoyed on day 1 were even more enjoyable on days 2 and 3.
Overall, I loved this cleanse and reaped many other benefits from it. I felt full and satiated the whole time. I never went to bed with hunger pangs or woke up hungry. I had an unexpectedly hectic weekend, and I was so thankful for the convenience of having all of the juices made for me. As early as the morning of day 2, I noticed big changes. My energy levels improved, my bloat (that I didn’t know I had) was completely gone, a nasty slice in my thumb was healing faster than expected, and my taste buds were more alive.
I loved doing this cleanse so much that I continued my own modified juice feast for the next 2 days. All I could think about was when I’d be able to do another one. Maybe there will be some great deals for the new year!