***This post has been receiving quite a bit of Pinterest traffic and I wanted to take a second to say hello! Be sure to look around especially at the "Our Story" tab above and the "Recently Popular" section on the side bar. You can follow my other Pinterest boards here. ***
I took to Pinterest to scout out some choices and happened upon a couple of options of Dr. Oz's who seemed like a reputable choice. I had seen several cleanses that involved purchasing different drink mixes or what not, but that just isn't my style. I really wanted to do something a bit more natural and familiar. The first Dr. Oz option I saw had a meal plan complete with recipes and the second was just shakes. I know the first one sounds more appealing, but I really thought I would cheat if I went that route. I did not want to starve myself, but I didn't want to open myself to possibly cheating either. For me it is all or nothing. So in lieu of complete fasting, the shakes won out.
The plan consisted of 4 shakes a day, green tea, vitamins and a detox bath. It promised a cost of $16 a day. I convinced my oh so supportive, but reluctant husband into joining me so I doubled everything. I ended up spending around $100 in groceries (no vitamins included there and I did not buy organic) which totaled out to around $17 a day so pretty spot on. Dr. Oz does not include the snack shake in the ingredients list. I think I had to buy an extra can of pineapple and pint of blueberries to account for this, but mostly I just used a hodge podge of left over ingredients instead of following a true suggested recipe.
I definitely suggest prepping everything ahead of time. I don't know about you but being hungry makes me lazy and then I hit up a drive thru. Obviously that doesn't jive with a cleanse or a goal of a new healthy lifestyle so I decided to assemble all of my ingredients the day before the cleanse began.
These shakes are all best when very cold. Since you will not be adding ice I do suggest freezing as many of the ingredients as possible. I went ahead and chopped what I could for each shake and placed the freezable ingredients into mason jars. It seemed pretty time consuming. In fact it took me a good part of the afternoon to assemble everything granted I was doing it for two and had a very distracting toddler and baby on my hands.
Here is what I deemed freezable for each shake:
Breakfast Shake Jar: Raspberries, chopped banana and spinach
Lunch Shake Jar: Chopped cucumber, kale and chopped green apple (I pureed the celery in the food processor and froze it in mini muffin tins)
Dinner Shake Jar: Mangoes, blueberries and kale (I pureed the avocado in the food processor and froze it in ice cube trays.)
Day one went perfectly smoothly. It was all new and exciting. I didn't feel like I was starving or deprived. In fact, if you follow the instructions, I don't think you will feel hungry throughout the entire process. Around the afternoon of Day 2 I started to get a headache which continued through part of Day 3. I skipped the snack shake on Day 2 and Day three was a total wash. I grew tired of making shakes for two and planned poorly on Day 3. We went to church then I had to go straight to the store after dropping kids off for a nap so I missed breakfast and lunch. I did the snack shake that late afternoon and then my husband talked me into eating a real meal for dinner that night. I'm pretty sure it was the best decision to eat dinner that night instead of doing breakfast as a first meal the next day. I really think I would have binged if I had waited instead I kept that dinner very sensible and kicked off my new venture of calorie counting on My Fitness Pal (click the link to follow me if you do that sort of thing...motivation and support is always appreciated.). Day 2 and Day 3 were very lazy days for us. I would definitely pick a time to do this when you have nothing else going on as it sucks the energy out of you.
I lost 4 pounds and 11 inches overall. I was sure I would gain every last bit of this back. It was not my intent to do quick weight loss with this cleanse. I was simply hoping to start a healthier lifestyle with a clean slate, but surprisingly I have been able to maintain the weight loss.
Although I wouldn't be nearly as excited the second time around, I do think I could do this again. Honestly, I think I would just do Day one and then do some sort of a more fasting type cleanse for the other 2 days. It banished my cravings and stopped my bad habits. It was perfect for someone like me who tends to lack a little self control.
The husband hated this whole process. I don't think he was fully on board with the goals. He did not have extra weight he needed to lose so the motivation wasn't there either. He really missed chewing. Instead of banishing cravings, it made him crave bad foods even more. I'm not sure if any cleanse would be his cup of tea, but I do think that he would have done better if we had chosen the meal plan version. He typically tends to have more self control than I do when it comes to food.
- The breakfast shake is hands down the best shake of all. The lunch shake has a funky texture. I recommend food processing the celery as much as possible and adding more pineapple. I love the taste of celery and cucumber so I didn't mind this shake, but my husband hated it. The coconut oil adds a waxy feel as well. The dinner shake was my least favorite. The cayenne pepper does add a lot of spice and I just am not a fan of mangoes, but it's doable.
- If you start getting hungry before it's time for another shake drink more water. Drinking water really does make you feel fuller.
- The green tea had waaaaay to much stevia for me. In fact, I'm not a fan of stevia in general. I typically only take half a pack of sugar in my coffee and half a pack of stevia was even too sweet for me.
- If you go the mason jar route like I did for freezing ingredients make sure to set out your next shake the meal before. It is a pain in the rear to try and get things out of the jar if it is still rock hard.
- Lots of people gave terrible reviews of the lunch shake. I do think the key is to puree the celery. Also, the ingredients list states one whole cucumber which is kind of vague. I used a third of an English cucumber. I cut it down the middle and scraped out the center seeds/pulp which I think helped with taste.
See the side bar for other popular posts --------------------------->
If you like what you read, click the "Like" button...