Posts tagged ‘BluePrintCleanse’
So I am finally done with my cleanse and happy to say it served it’s purpose in my opinion and I feel great. Since I’m no longer marathon training I have been kind of struggling with the transition back to normal meals and snacks and the cleanse really helped me “press reset” if you will. I was not doing this to lose weight as I am happy with my body as it is, but I did want to get back in touch with listening to my hunger. You see, with all those extra miles I was logging I felt like I was eating for two! I needed to make sure I was well fueled before and after my runs, but the problem was, once the running cut bak, the eating did not 😳 The cleanse does give your digestive system a rest, but it also is very helpful in making you become more in tune with your body and hunger levels. For me it helps get back on track and stops those annoying sugar cravings – I swear once I have sugar or junk, it’s the only thing I can think about eating for days afterwards, and although I normally don’t cave into those feelings because I know it’s a vicious cycle and makes me feel worse, it’s just plain annoying. Especially when on a normal day I’d take savory over sweet every time!
Anyway, the BluePrint Cleanse advises you stick to fruit only for the first day, but I know my body and I knew I couldn’t do that… the real key I think is just to slowly introduce solid foods that are easier to digest so as not to shock the system. Even if you’re not vegan, I’d say it’s a good idea to stick to a vegan diet the first few days (although I’m not a Dr. – just going off what works for me). Last night I had some veggies and wine even though I was technically ending the cleanse and had no problems so I figured it was fine to move away from just fruit today. The morning started off with a glorious 7 mile run through Central Park followed by some fresh juice (green apple, pear, celery and carrot), and a monstrous green smoothie. Mmm looks like toxic waste… 😉
I don’t know what it is about these, but I actually like the subtle flavor the spinach gives. Plus, they’re the most effective post-run drinks I’ve ever made… instant, easy to digest food for your muscles which reduces soreness and speeds up muscle recovery. This particular mix had: Banana, maca powder, 1 tsp instant coffee granules, a few sprigs fresh mint, Vegan protein powder, vanilla extract, chia seeds, 1.5 cups water and about 6 ice cubes. Yummers!!
Today was gorgeous out so I took full advantage and did a whole lot of walking around. There was a quick stop to Slice for a bite of deelish vegan pizza (2nd Ave between 73rd & 74th St – check it out) and then there were some various nibbles throughout the day… Hummus = love.
Well I’m going to go read for a bit… I just started Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes and I am totally engrossed! Enjoy your evening lovies!!
Wanna know what I ate today? I’ll give you a hint… you can slurp it all up through a straw. That’s right, I just finished the first day of my 3-day BluePrint Cleanse – Foundation Level. The juices are all raw & unpasteurized and quite tasty I might add! I started off my day with Green Juice, which was filled with Romaine, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Parsley, Green Apple, Spinach, Lemon.
Since I did the Foundation level, there were actually three of these spread through the day (juices 1, 3 and 5). The next juice was one of my favorites… the Pineapple, Apple & Mint Juice. Yummers! …followed by another Green Juice.
Juice numero cuatro was a Spicy Lemonade made out of Lemon, Agave and Cayenne Pepper. I seriously love this juice regardless of how gross it sounds. I’ve heard people say it’s similar to the Master Cleanse, but I’ve never tried that one so I have to trust their word on that. …followed by the final Green Juice.
This drink is a mix of Raw Cashews, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Agave and tastes like heaven in a bottle. Ever since my first time doing the BPC I have actually started making this drink in my Vita-Mix quite regularly. It helps to soak the cashews when making it yourself, but the Vita-Mix is so crazy powerful you almost don’t have to.
How do I feel? Quite good actually! I normally eat mainly vegan with the occasional sushi/sashimi dinner so I didn’t have much “preparation” to do before this. Last time I think my body was being filled with a lot more junk so I experienced some detox side effects like headache, fatigue and nausea, but this time so far so good. At work today I was kind of cold, but then again I’m normally cold at work… I was actually even able to hit the gym and get a swim in! I limited myself to 1/2 mile so as not to burn myself out because I want to be able to go to spin class tomorrow.
Ok chickadees, I know it’s only 8:48pm, but I’m off to get ready for bed. Although it is a nutritional cleanse and provides lots of vitamins and still gives you 1,250 calories. Not a ton, but way more than most “fasts”.
Oops, this was supposed to be posted last night… sorry guys! I’ll still post my Day 1 recap of the Blue Print Cleanse tonight though!
Today got a taad bit hectic and I just needed something to chill out and get rid of all of my negativity. I figured a Vinyasa Yoga class was just the thing to set things straight… man was I right. Every time I walk out of a yoga class I always tell myself I need to go more. I’m now making a pact that Wednesday night is going to be yoga night, no if’s and’s or but’s!
After class I had to stop by the Bikram Yoga studio on the UES to pick up the heaviest box of juices I have every tried to carry. I definitely got an arm workout! Juices for what? Tomorrow I am starting a 3-day juice feast through the BluePrintCleanse! This is my second time doing a three-day cleanse and I’m super excited. It’s tough to do, I’m not going to lie, but I really wanted to do this to get myself back on track. Recently I’ve been letting myself get bogged down by stress, work, etc. and I have noticed all of my sugar & junk food craving slowly creep back into my life which is not ok. I honestly hate when it does to my state of mind as well as my skin.
The pre-cleanse instructions state “LISTEN UP! NO farewell-to-solid- foods-with-a-steak-and-martini dinner the night before you start. You will NOT be a happy camper by the end of Day One. And that’s a promise”. Well considering I don’t eat meat, I don’t have to worry about that, but I still tried to keep my eats pretty clean today.
I started off with a big salad filled with cukes, chickpeas, olives & an amazing homemade dijon mustard vinaigrette. Followed by some edamame and stove top popcorn (that I ate too quick to get a picture of).
I’m nervous about tomorrow because I always have trouble getting into the cleanse despite not actually being hungry… I just sorta miss chewing. They give you a list of “cheat foods”, but for $195 for three days, I refuse to cheat! I do love the little Fact Sheet they include though which explains all the benefits of each ingredient. Wish me luck, I’ll be back with a full recap tomorrow!! Check out what I got for picking the stuff up at Bikram by the way… a pass for a $30, 30-day Bikram Yoga membership!