A few of my blogging friends know that a few months ago I Master Cleansed. That’s because I made the decision after we all had dinner with celebrity stylist Ben Skervin, where he spent half the time dishing about fall hair trends and doing Keira Knightly’s tresses – and the other half singing praises about the Master Cleanse. By the end of dinner, I had decided that was my last meal for the next 11 days and literally spent the next week and a half not putting (m)any solids in my mouth. My skin got clear, my under eye circles went away, I lost 10 pounds, but most importantly, I lost my crappy eating habits.
Not surprisingly, most people think the Master Cleanse is the most awful, un-healthiest thing. Nutritionally speaking, I can’t really argue with them. Yes, I made it through 11 days alive, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to convince anyone that subsiding on maple syrup, water, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper is the best thing you could be doing for yourself. We are not hummingbirds, after all. But I really like the results from doing a cleanse…if only I could find something that wasn’t so extreme.
Enter the Blueprint Cleanse – the IT cleanse that took New York by storm and is now expanding into the rest of America. Unlike the Master Cleanse, the Blueprint Cleanse offers you a much more nutritionally balanced approach to detoxing. Also, you are not locked into a 10 day minimum; you can Blueprint for 1 day, 3 days (recommended), 5 days, or if you’re really hardcore, 12 days. Instead of being forced to down 6 master cleanse juices a day, you only have to drink 1 (their spicy lemonade) and the rest of your day’s fuel is a mix of fruit, vegetable and nut juices. Also, instead of putting your body into shock going from beer, steak and cake one day to lemon juice for 10 days, you can choose to ease into the Blueprint Cleanse as you feel comfortable. Of course, I went straight for Level 3, but if you’ve never cleansed before, Blueprint offers you a much gentler course.
The “meat and potatoes” (so to speak) of the Blueprint Cleanse is their green juice, which is a medley of vegetable juices. In Level I, you get 2 green juices per day. In Level II, you get 3 and in Level III, you get 4. When I opened my first green juice on Day I, I was overpowered by the “lawn mower waste” smell. Luckily, it didn’t taste that bad. By my fourth green juice in Day 1, I could no longer smell the offensive odor. By my forth green juice on Day 3, I was convinced this green juice was delicious. My roommate told me it was because I was delirious from not eating – but hey, ever since I finished Blueprint, I’ve been making my own green juice every day – so I would say that it has made a pretty lastly impact. Since I did a Level III, the only other thing I drank besides green juice was my daily bottle of Master Cleanse Juice (much more delicious when they make it than when I made it) and this yummy, yummy treat called Cashew Nut Milk, which I looked forward to every night. Those who do a Level I or Level II get to mix it up with some fruit juices.
Now I know what you’re all thinking. Ten pounds on 10 days on master cleanse because I was subsiding on lemon water. And on Blueprint? Well, my weigh-in after 3 days showed that I lost another 3 lbs. Which means, you don’t have to deprive yourself of all nutrition if you’re going after weight loss. None of these detox people/ raw foodies/ Master cleanse junkies will admit that their products are made for losing weight. But let’s be honest – we’re not doing this because we love maple syrup flavored lemon water or cabbage/kale/barley juice. Often, the idea of wanting to transition into healthier eating goes hand in hand with wanting to lose some weight as well – and the Blueprint Cleanse lets you do that without depriving your body of nutrition. Plus, seeing results on a steady, yet rapid pace keeps me motivated. You will immediately notice more energy and generally, feel fresher. If you’re hungry, drink some juice and your hunger will dissipate. The only thing you have to fight is cravings when other people are eating in front of you. On the Master Cleanse, I didn’t want to eat because I nibbled once on Day 3 and paid dearly for it in the bathroom afterward. On the Blueprint Cleanse, I for sure wasn’t going to put anything in my mouth other than Blueprint stamped juices because at $195 for 3 days, I was following that thing to a T.
For those of you that are curious about a cleanse, but scared of the Master Cleanse, I think the Blueprint Cleanse offers a healthy, effective, and gentler alternative. Due to the costs, I just did the Blueprint for 3 days, but it did set me on a juicing lifestyle that I’ve maintained ever since. I figured for the cost of another 3 day session, I could get myself a juicer so I bought a Breville and started juicing my own vegetables (much to my roommate and office mates’ amusement). But hey, Blueprint made me really love vegetable juice. I do miss the convinence of Blueprint though. You get your daily dose delivered right to your door with clear instructions and a cooler pack so you can port your juices around as necessary. It even comes with daily emails guiding you through your cleanse. Check out their site for more detailed info. And if you’ve ever tried this cleanse before, I would love to hear about your thoughts in the comments.