Drink uP: Cleaning House

5 01 2010

To say that I overindulged during the holidays would be the understatement of the year. If it had sugar, frosting or sprinkles on top, it went in my mouth. If it had any French written on the label, I drank it. Basically if it wasn’t alive or nailed down to the table I helped myself to seconds. It’s now January 5th and I’m trying to take back my life with the help of my favorite seasonal detox: The Blueprint Cleanse.

A client turned me on to the Blueprint Cleanse a few years ago and my husband and I have done it two or three times a year ever since. This all-juice cleanse can be done for 1 to 7 days and basically consists of 6 different numbered bottles of juice that are consumed in order throughout the day. There are three different cleanse levels to choose from, depending on your health and lifestyle. One can expect to drop a few pounds over the course of the fast, but we primarily do it to get back on track after one too many bad judgment calls.

Although we have completed the 5-day cleanse before, Frank and I opted for the 3-day this time. Day One was a breeze until I decided to go to the movies at 5:30 and was tortured by the smell of buttered popcorn and the urge to urinate every 30 seconds.  After a good night sleep, however, I woke up feeling refreshed and raring to go. We’re currently on the second day and I’m wondering (as I do each time) why the hell I chose to do this to myself again. Day Two is the absolute worst for me as the toxins are releasing and the desire to chew is making me want to punch anyone I see eating on the subway. In between juices we’re allowed to drink water or tea and, only in dire situations, are allowed to nibble on a few cucumbers or celery stalks.  This means I’ll put myself to bed early tonight since I’m already on Juice #4 and it’s only 5 pm. Day Three will suck until around 4 pm when I’ll start to feel amazingly light and clear-headed and wonder why I didn’t sign up for the 5-day. This is what we like to call “Cleanse Bravado.”

So why do I do it year after year? For me, it pays off to go balls to the wall after a month of bodily abuse. The strict cleanse shows me how much unnecessary snacking I do on a daily basis and helps me make smarter choices going forward. Upon completion of the cleanse, your body doesn’t want processed foods and you’re no longer experiencing sugar cravings like before. When I start to feel like I’m slipping back into old habits, I’ll do another one (probably right before summer).

I like Blueprint Cleanse because it’s easy, convenient, straight to the point and delicious.  It’s also expensive and may not be in everyone’s budget but if you sign up for the Blueprint email list, you’ll receive frequent discounts and specials.  For more information on the Blueprint Cleanse, visit their website: http://www.blueprintcleanse.com and choose the cleanse that’s right for you.