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Blueprint Cleanse


ON THE JUICE For years, I’ve been talking about doing a cleanse, but I always come up with reasons to avoid actually going through with it (“How do you start?” “But I’m hungry.”). Now that Blueprint Cleanse is available in Illinois (the New York–based company delivers two-, three- and five-day supplies of fresh, all-natural juices via FedEx), I finally gave it a shot. Once I got over the initial idea of not eating any food, the two-day cleanse was very easy. Each juice is labeled, so there’s no planning involved; you just drink six bottles a day and feel surprisingly satisfied. (I felt a little light-headed at the beginning of the first day, but the second juice remedied that.) The first juice of the day was “green lemon,” made of filtered water, romaine, celery, cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley and lemon. I can’t say it’s a taste I’ll ever crave (and unfortunately, it’s the juice you drink most often throughout the cleanse), but other selections, including tart and spicy lemonade (filtered water, lemon and cayenne) and cashew nut milk (filtered water, raw cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon and agave nectar), were downright tasty. By the end of the experience, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t had a bite to eat in two days (and I even had a tin of cookies on my desk tempting me!). While I probably lost only a pound—considering the price tag, you kind of want those results to be a little more miraculous—I did become more aware of how food affects your body and felt a lot lighter and healthier, which was my ultimate goal anyway. $85 per day at


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