It is that time of year to do your spring cleaning or spring cleansing. Have you ever done a detox program? I just completed one. Which one you ask? The Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse. I presumed that drinking my meals for three days would give my digestive system a break as well as flush out any toxins.
To start with, I am extremely healthy in regards to physical activity and what types of food I consume. I figured this would go very smoothly. Everything sounded good, all the ingredients in the recipe for the juices I eat regularly. What did I have to lose? Did you say weight? Oh yeah, that was one of the primary outcomes of the Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse. Incidentally, my main reason for the Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse was to detox and cleanse. Thankfully, I do not have any weight to lose. This is what transpired.
On Monday, I woke up just like I do any other ordinary day. I put on my gym clothes and gym shoes and went down stairs to get my work out in. Afterwards, I thought I would prepare all my organic foods listed on the sheet. More time consuming than I thought, but, hey, this was going to be worth it. Unless you do complete the cleanse often, I found that you need to keep looking at the recipe so you do not forget anything. Also, I would recommend zooming in on the recipe before printing, because printout contains very small print. And, if you happened to fold the paper and then unfold the paper, the crease left behind may make it difficult to read a measurement. I could not tell if it said ¼ or ½ of an avocado. Nevertheless, I proceeded to get everything into the blender and blended. I put it in the refrigerator and decided to get ready for the day. The Breakfast drink consists of:
- 1 C. water
- 1 Tbsp. Flax Seed
- 1 C. raspberries
- 1 Banana
- ¼ C. spinach
- 1 Tbsp. almond butter
- 2 Tsp. lemon
The time arrives where I get to consume the beverage. Wow! It actually tastes pleasant. I thought; this is going to be easy. It can be hard to stick to healthy eating if you feel deprived or the food tastes terrible. Drink one is ingested and I feel full. I can hardly wait to have my lunch smoothie.
Is anyone ready for a lunch smoothie? It now time to prepare cleansing drink two. Gather the following (preferably organic) ingredients:
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 cucumber
- 1 C. kale
- ½ green apple
- ½ lime
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil
- ½ C. almond milk
- 1 C. pineapple
Put all ingredients into my trusty blender and blend. One thing I need to mention is my blender does and amazing job of pulverizing everything. You will not have any large chucks as you would with a standard blender. Purchasing one is worth the expense.
Of note, I want to mention my sister, who also did the Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse, didn’t mind the first drink (meal) either. I have to say, I didn’t mind the second drink (meal), but not as much as the breakfast drink. Though what happened after I drank it was another story.
The effects I experienced were in a word, bloating. Not just your typically bloating, ‘severe’ bloating, which left me uncomfortable. What was surprising to me is that I was so uncomfortable that I could not even drink the snack drink which is allowed between Lunch and Dinner. However, my sister thought she was going to vomit while drinking the lunch drink. Additionally, she said she developed the worst headache ever. The Dinner drink came next, which consisted of:
- ½ C. mango
- 1 C. blueberries
- 1 ½ C. coconut water
- 1 C. kale
- 1 Tbsp. lemon
- ¼ avocado
- ¼ Tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp. flax seed
As usually everything was blended to an amazing consistency with the my turbo blender. Here again I was caught off guard with my aversion to cayenne pepper in my beverages. Of course, I must digress; a while ago I had done another cleanse called the Master Cleanse, which consists of maple syrup, fresh squeezed lemons, water and cayenne pepper put into a gallon glass jug, equaling 64 oz. of liquid, to be consumed throughout the day. By the end of the cleanse, I had become nauseated at the flavor of cayenne to the point it was hard to finish the cleanse. Though this was some time ago, that aversion to cayenne pepper in my beverages has not left me until this day, and now, not only was I uncomfortable from the bloating, but I was nauseated too. I was feeling like crap, even after the detox bath, and it was only the first day.
Day Two: The bloating continued. In fact, it was generally a repeat of day one. The morning drink was better than the lunch drink and I was still uncomfortable from the bloating that the snack drink was not consumed. As the time approached for the dinner drink, I was dreading the thought of cayenne pepper. My mind raced to find a solution before the dinner drink time. Eureka! I had an idea; I will ‘encapsulate’ the cayenne pepper. The hopes of receiving the benefits of this cleanse, without the taste of Cayenne, were dashed. Though the encapsulating worked for I did not have to taste the dreaded cayenne pepper, it still took its revenge by burning in my stomach. Now I am bloated, nauseated and my stomach was on fire. I thought, man, this is supposed to be a healing cleanse, right! Will I be able to make it through day three? A slight reprieve: I did receive some comfort with the detox bath the evening of day two.
Day Three: I was hesitant about finishing, because the bloating was that bad. My readers were counting on an honest review. To this point, the only consistently remarkable thing was how well my blender used to prepare the Dr. Oz Cleanse beverages. Nevertheless, I continued for my readers comfort not mine. As the day started I believed we were going for a ‘triple crown’. As before, the enjoyment of each drink decreased as, the ‘uncomfortableness’ increased. Again I was not able to enjoy the ‘drink of choice’ (snack drink) on day three. FYI almost everyone chooses the Breakfast Drink as their ‘snack drink’ because the taste progressively gets worse as the day goes on.
Though my sister liked the cayenne pepper, her over all experience on taste was much like mine. Sure enough the ‘triple crown’ was achieved. With bloating and nausea continuing as dinner approached, I could not do the cayenne pepper, so I omitted it all together, and this made the dinner drink taste much better. So I completed the challenge and here are my findings and conclusion.
Weighing in at the end of the cleanse I found myself weighing more than when I started on the Dr. Oz cleanse. I probably gained 4lbs of bloating. My sister, who has done this cleanse a few times, also gained weight her last time. I did not feel cleansed but uncomfortable. With all the rave about this cleanse, one would think here is the perfect cleanse.
To me it proves that everyone is different. For many, it may be a placebo, the ‘ideal cleanse’, because of who is endorsing it. The bigger the name, sometimes, the more popular the cleanse/fad. Fads and popularity doesn’t always mean success. There are different make ups of people. If you are someone that has a lot of toxins and this may be your first time at trying to shed weight as well as cleansing, this may be a good start for you. And please look out for the cayenne pepper. What I did think was important, during the cleanse, is you take a few supplements and a probiotic. A morning tea is also consumed on all three days. One more thing, drink plenty of pure, clean water.
My recommendation, when trying the Dr. Oz cleanse, if you are feeling good after the first day then continue, but, if you do not feel good, stop. Remember there are other cleanses, but only one turbo blender I recommend. (www.blenditblender.com)
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