A few months ago I did Blueprint's 3-day cleanse, but after talking to my friend, Nathalie, I decided that I needed to step up to the plate and do the 5-day Renovation Cleanse! I am now on day 3.
Renovation Menu: 1. Romaine, celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, green apple, spinach & lemon 2. Pineapple, apple & mint 3. Romaine, celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, green apple, spinach & lemon 4. Water, lemon, cayenne & agave 5. Carrot, apple, beet, ginger & lemon 6. Water, lemon, cayenne & agave
My favorite drink by far is number 2, but I wish there were more than one. Normally on this cleanse, drink number 6 is different (cashews, water, agave, vanilla bean & cinnamon), but I have a slight allergy to cashews, so I'm stuck with the lemon water for 5 days straight, twice a day. :(
If I feel like cheating and actually eating food, I'm allowed to eat the following: 2 slices of cucumber, a quarter piece of avocado, a celery stalk or some low-sodium veggie broth. Now, doesn't that sound delicious?! I ended up cheating yesterday and today by having half of a small avocado, but I don't actually think it helped my hunger pangs and I will stear clear of it tomorrow and Friday.
A new addition to my cleansing regime is working out; even though I'm lacking the protein intake, I feel good and decided to do low-impact exercise. Yesterday I went for an hour bike ride up the Hudson and this morning I did Pilates. The bike ride was nice, but I definitely wanted a huge meal after...sigh.
Wish me luck and if you have any tips or stories from your personal experiences, let me know!