Before motherhood, before pregnancy, I went through a pretty intense health phase. We're talking daily hot yoga, a refrigerator stocked with veggies and fruit, a very active My Food Diary account, and a monthly three-day BluePrint Cleanse regimen. I was at my ideal weight, felt lean and strong, and I was a couple of months from getting married. Then came the wedding, the honeymoon, and four weeks later, a big fat positive!
Now, two-plus years and a crazy cute and superactive 17-month-old later, I've been losing and regaining those last seven baby pounds for months, am dedicated to my gym mostly because it has an awesome kids' program, and my fridge? Well, let's just say most of the nutritious stuff is earmarked for my daughter's growing body. So I recently decided to return to my old favorite: the juice cleanse. "We have a lot of new moms who do our cleanse," say the brains behind BluePrint Cleanse. "They love it because they don't have to cook or clean up for a few days, and they love that it's convenient to pop open a juice and get all the nutrients they need. It can also be a great jump start to healthy eating to help lose the baby weight!"
While BluePrint (available throughout the US for around $75 per day) isn't recommended for breastfeeding moms due to its calorie restrictions, I definitely suggest it to new moms looking to get their health back on track. After my cleanse, I was down five pounds and felt like I had readjusted my relationship with food in a profound way. I also learned that I have developed some pretty bad dietary habits since becoming a mom. Keep reading to find out the surprising revelations I had and why I highly urge formerly fit moms like me to try a juice cleanse, too.