Monday, June 10, 2013

The Juice is Loose - BluePrint Juice Cleanse - Pre-Work

It's been a long time since I've posted anything because...well...I've been pretty busy living my life. And I haven't been getting much joy from food. Ever since I got food poisoning months ago, pretty much every time I eat, I get sick. Or bloated. Or a number of not so awesome things happen. It's no bueno. Especially for a girl who loves food. I went to my doctor seeking some sort of remedy, but after being tested for lupus, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, gallstones, cysts, and many other ailments, I was diagnosed as being healthy as a horse. Despite the fact that some days, I could barely get out of bed because I felt so weak.

I recently decided that I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, so I decided to come off of my happy pills AKA Prozac. My life is in a pretty good place now, and I feel like they got me over the "hump" of moving, starting my life over, etc. But I'm not sure I need them anymore. I thought weaning myself off of them would help. Not so much.

Feeling desperate, I started researching cleanses. I'm sort of hippie dippie-ish. I get down with veganism, and juicing, and sorts of other things most folks would never consider incorporating into their own lives. I could eat my weight in kale chips. I frequently snack on raw fruits and veggies. But as of late, I've fallen into some bad habits. Too much wine. Too much dairy. Being exhausted all the time doesn't help in the exercise department, either. So when I happened to stumble upon an article about the BluePrint Cleanse, I figured it might not hurt to give it a try. What it boils down to is a 6 juice a day program (for a specified number of days) designed to get toxins out of your body and basically reboot your insides. Everything in the little juice bottles is organic, vegan, and super fresh. (also super expensive, but after what I've paid in doctor's bills, I'd be willing to lose a limb if it would make me feel better)

So in the morning, I'll start on day 1 (of three) of my cleanse. There are different levels - from a level for a beginning juicer to someone who wants to give their insides a good cleaning out. I've never done a juice cleanse before, but I'm going for the gusto and going for the most intense level. I'll have 4 "green" juices a day, a spicy lemonade, and a cashew milk drink. They're essentially idiot-proof since the juices arrive with big numbers on them, with instructions on what to drink when. I ordered the juices right from BluePrint Cleanse, so I'm looking forward to tackling the FedEx driver whenever he or she arrives in the am. I could have purchased the juices at Whole Foods for a little less cash money, but...they just started stocking the BluePrint products, and it can be hit or miss when you head to the juice section. (especially after overly ambitious people like me come in the week before their cleanse and buy out the juice section because they want to give juicing a dry run)

In order to prepare for this cleanse, I've been trying to take it easy on my body. I haven't had a drink since last week. (but that's not all that difficult for me) I've been drinking the green juice that I'll be drinking 4X a day once a day. I've pretty much avoided all dairy and have eaten more vegetables than any one person probably should. I haven't had coffee in days. I thought all of these changes would be earth shattering, but so far, so good. I did have a sad moment tonight when I realized Melt was serving up my favorite side dish - Brussels sprouts - and I couldn't order up some sprouts and tofu wings for dinner. And I did miss having a glass of wine while watching The Voice, but overall, I'm feeling good. I'm ready to go food free for the next 3 days. I know a lot of people do cleanses to lose weight, etc., but honestly? All I want is to be able to reboot my digestive system and focus on eating better once I can eat food again. (which is a week from today - there's a 4-5 day period where you're supposed to reintroduce food into your system - I might turn into an avocado by next week since that's one of the few post cleanse "allowed" foods I enjoy) My body has been SO unhappy with me lately, and I really want to start enjoying food and exercise again.

Stay tuned for my results later in the week...

Have you tried to do a cleanse? Share your experience in the comments section.

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