Health & Fitness

By Marni James

Chances are you have a few weddings to attend this summer, maybe even your own wedding, and so you’re probably in need of a way to get in shape, detox, or just feel slimmer for the big day. Well, have I got the program for you, from the juicing geniuses at Blueprint Cleanse. If you’re up on healthy living in NYC, you probably know that Blueprint Cleanse (BPC) is the first nutritional cleanse offering different levels of intensity depending on your dietary habits. BPC delivers six 16oz raw fruit and vegetable juices daily in place of meals to nourish your body and give it a needed break. For this special time of year, BPC even offers programs designed specifically for the Bride-to-be! The packages allow Brides to purchase additional juice days for their moms, ‘maids, grooms or anyone else in their party at a special promotional rate. Hold the champagne and cake (for now) and find the willpower (and time) to follow a Bride-to-BPC program of your choice. The packages are as follows:

1. Diamond Package (a 25% discount): Got months or even a year to plan? You are one prepared bride. 36 days of juice will give you the ultimate wedding glow.
• 36 days of juice
• 4 nutritional consultations
• 3-Day Cleanse Book: The founders of Blueprint Cleanse give you the inside scoop on how and why to cleanse, and offer 100 delicious recipes for food and juice that you can make at home.
• BPC Bridal Rewards: Special discounts/promotions from partners like Bobbi Brown, Exhale Spa and The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

2. Platinum Package (a 20% discount): You’re probably looking at six months to the big day, so what better time to start than now?
• 18 days of juice
• 2 nutritional consultations
• 3-Day Cleanse Book
• BPC Bridal Rewards

3. Gold Package (a 15% discount): You’re approaching the finish line, time to kick up your health and fitness plans a few notches for the big day!
• 9 days of juice
• 1 nutritional consultation
• 3-Day Cleanse Book
• BPC Bridal Rewards

4. Silver Package (a 10% discount): You’ve crossed everything off your list except for the most important – YOU! Get maximum results with a 6-day cleanse or share 3 days with your groom/MOH.
• 6 days of juice
• BPC Bridal Rewards

Why do a BPC you ask before a wedding or during bikini season? Well because eating whole, unadulterated food that’s packed with enzymes will allow your body to cleanse itself. After doing a day of Juice ‘Till Dinner (explained below) and the 3-day cleanse, I have to say that my stomach felt flatter, I had more energy and wanted to continue eating healthy, something which is difficult for me when the warm weather hits. Other benefits of doing the BPC include: a boosted immune system, alleviated allergies, rejuvenation, increased energy, promotion of normal weight and blood pressure and clearer skin.

If you can’t stick with one of the Bride-to-BPC programs as the thought of not eating makes you, well, sick, than the Juice ‘Till Diner (JTD) program might be your best bet. JTD is a hybrid between a juice cleanse and a raw food diet that delivers both delicious raw food meals and fresh-pressed juices. Several days of eating raw food lets your body rest and regenerate. The irritants and toxins from your everyday diet are omitted, the energy normally used for digestion is freed up, and your system is super-charged with a flood of easy to assimilate vitamins and minerals. The result is a renewed relationship with food, and who couldn’t use that!?

Each day on JTD includes vibrant, nutritious soups, alkalizing salads and entrees, 4 freshly pressed juices, and two tasty snacks. The meals are 100% vegan, gluten free, wheat free and about 95% raw. I found that JTD was an easy way to prepare for the BPC cleanse and probably would have been a smart way to ease back into eating real food after my cleanse (rather than going to a BBQ, but hey, I tried!) You can also use JTD on its own as a moderate raw food cleanse for as long as you like!

So c’mon NYC-area brides, recruit your friends, maids, grooms or anyone looking to jumpstart their health and fitness routine this summer and order a BPC package, or the Juice ‘Till Dinner. I bet it’s just what you need to avoid those greasy burgers and fries and you’ll feel slim, healthy and fabulous in no time!

Blueprint Cleanse delivers locally in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and offers pick-ups at several locations in NYC. They can ship to your doorstep anywhere in the continental U.S via FedEx. Call 1.866.774.6831 or visit http://www.blueprintcleanse.com for more information.

Originally published June 2010
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