Gut Check is constantly sampling the best, worst and most confusing foods floating around the St. Louis area, but sometimes -- especially when it's 75 degrees Fahrenheit in March and feels like summer -- it can begin to weigh us down. We began to think: Is there such a thing as spring cleaning for the body? Enter Blue Print Cleanse (BPC), a New York-based company that specializes in cold-pressed, raw, unpasteurized juice cleanses. The process is simple: After choosing your cleanse level, BPC delivers the bottled juice, numbered one through six, and provides a diet plan.
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Since Gut Check is new to the cleansing scene, and the green-juice-heavy "Excavation" cleanse sounds painful, the introductory three-day "Renovation" cleanse is the one for us. Leading up to the cleanse required some preparation, such as phasing out solid food for maximum results and to insure one's body is adjusted for a detoxifying juice cleanse. Until the delivery happens, water with lemon is the drink suggested by BPC to start alkalizing the body. On an unrelated note, it's 8:34 a.m. on day one, and a giant stack of pancakes sounds amazing.More »
FedEx delivers the cleanse, tightly packed into a refrigeration bag filled with ice packs. A card filled with cheat foods falls out, causing seconds of joy. Alas, the cheat options are miniscule: small portions of vegetables such as cucumber and avocado are a few of the only options. After refrigerating the bulk of the bottles, it's time to break into the first juice.