Welcome to DAY 3 of the Dr. Oz 3-day Detox!
How are you doing today? The format for Day 3 will be slightly different, as I will continue to review how I felt physically during the final hours of the cleanse, but will also be highlighting the tools I used to successfully complete this detox along with my before and after stats. If you are just joining us, feel free to catch up with Day 1 and Day 2 of the Detox.
6:22 AM - Green Tea
You’ve made it! Day 3 proved to be the easiest day by far, no?
Emotional Response/Physical Response: I woke with a twinge of a headache just like yesterday which was quickly suppressed by my green tea. My brain feels less cloudy today and I am able to juggle multiple thoughts without feeling overwhelmed. I have also noticed that I am less forgetful!
Suggestions for Success: Attempt to exercise in the morning. Combined with my new-found natural energy in the morning, I think a brisk workout would make me unstoppable during the day! Go endorphins!
Transition from morning tea to breakfast:
I was writing my detox post for yesterday and I worked on creating that piece from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM. I was not hungry until 9:30 and was distracted by a few games of Old Maid with the kids, so after I played with the children, I made breakfast for myself.
10:00 AM - BREAKFAST DRINK
I cheated. While I was making the breakfast drink, I saw a yummy slice of left over avocado and ate it. Just like that. Sweet Moses, just chewing made me tingle!
Emotional Response/Physical Response: To all who are following and participating in the detox with me, I think we can conclude that the breakfast drink is the tastiest, right? I sucked that raspberry and banana-infused bad boy down and drank the remaining sips right from the blender. (I have no shame in admitting that!)
Suggestions for Success: Switch up the fruit ingredient and make this a daily meal or snack.
Visit to the Little Girls' Room: YES. I went to the restroom.
Transition from Breakfast to Lunch:
Today was a bit different as I had to leave the house to do some research for another article I am working on for ChicagoShopping.com. Since I had breakfast so late in the morning, I was not hungry at 11 AM. Then it hit me:
What happens if you cannot be at home for a meal during the detox? How different would this detox be if I was not working from home but working from an office?
I know some readers are working through the cleanse outside of their homes, so let us know a few tips for success if you must eat away from your kitchen.
As 12:00 loomed, I need to point out that my thoughts went from clear to foggy several times. Perhaps this is due to the fact that my eating schedule was off?
On the road from 11 AM – 3 PM, by the time I got home I was starving! The thought of mixing up and consuming the lunch drink made me feel like I was about to be a contestant on Fear Factor, so I reasoned since it was technically time for a snack, I would drink the breakfast shake instead.
Yes, I deviated from the plan. Some might call me weak but I don’t care. Life doesn’t always permit you to eat at 7:00, 12:00 and 5:30. You must modify sometimes! I hope Dr. Oz isn’t upset with me…
Dr. Oz, can you make some suggestions for bringing the detox out into the world with you?
LUNCH DRINK (Skipped)
3:00 PM - Snack
Emotional/Physical Response: Sweet merciful goodness, I downed the breakfast drink like it was a Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks! I spooned out a little more almond butter and ate that too. Feeling like a rebel, I actually let out a shout!
Suggestions for Success: Don't skip meals. My body seems very receptive to eating meals regularly instead of mindlessly snacking all day like I used to do before the detox.
Transition Time from Snack to Dinner:
Here is where it gets interesting. Again, I was full from the snack, so I would not be eating at 5:30 when we usually sit down to dinner. Plus, we were attending a family gathering/dinner at my parent’s house so we would not be home. I left my ingredients in the fridge and decided to eat upon our return.
5:45 PM – Dinner at my parent’s house
Emotional/Physical Response: Well, it was breakfast for dinner at my mother’s, so that meant blueberry pancakes, sausage and bacon. This was tough. The smell of fattening morning meat was intoxicating and I had to physically remove myself from the dinner table.
I wasn’t hungry but oh, the power of the nose…
Suggestion for Success: Either bring the ingredients and prepare your meal fresh or go hog wild and push down your 93-year-old grandma to get at the bacon. OR, control yourself.
Visit to the Little Girls' Room: Going #2 at a party is the worst!
Transition from Dinner to Bed:
I was officially starving and had basically had it with the detox after witnessing my relatives gorging themselves on pancakes. By the time we got home and put the kids to bed, it was 7:30 PM and I was ready to eat. But not the dinner shake.
CONFESSION: I ate ½ an avocado, a whole mango and 1 cup of blueberries. And it felt great. The chewing alone was magical. I felt at peace with my digestive system and had no headache to speak of!
Detox Ultra Bath
I was so tired after that busy day, I didn’t take one. I went straight to bed.
OVER ALL DETOX CONCLUSION:
It’s easy to be strong at home when you are controlling all of the stimuli around you, but venture out into the world and it’s another ball game. At the end of the detox, I was thrilled to be in a good mood rather than cranky. I didn’t follow all of the rules today, yet modified and resisted the urge to collapse back into bad habits at the sight of the food of my past.
I was full of energy on days 2 and 3 which is enough to keep me away from coffee and slowly ease into adding new dishes into my diet.
Was your detox a success? Did you have to “modify” the menu at all? It’s okay to be honest here, as there is no judgment. And if you are judging out there, shame on you.
The morning after:
Each of my posts have been written the morning after the detox day I am reporting on, so with this post, I am able to report on how I am doing the morning after the cleanse!
I had a rough night sleep due to my 4-year-old being frightened by the dark, but I feel wonderful. Peter asked if I wanted coffee this morning and I proudly said no. I was not surprised by this answer as I feel physically energized despite my lack of quality sleep last night.
And with this new-found mental clarity, I am willing to change my eating habits to maintain this overall peace in my mind more than 48 hours, you know?
I wanted to actually chew today, so I used my left over blueberries and raspberries and ate them atop Yoplait Creamy Vanilla yogurt. That yogurt tasted so creamy and combined with the fresh berries, blasting with flavor!
I had green tea and enjoyed it, just as I had my morning coffee before the detox. I am going to keep track of the food I re-introduce back into my diet to pinpoint the cause of my congestion.
I am so happy to have taken this journey with you! And yes, I would do the cleanse again, but I would have to find a comparable replacement for the lunch drink. How about you?
MY STATS BEFORE/AFTER THE DETOX:
Weight Before/After - 141 lbs / 137 lbs
Hips Before/After – 41.5 / 40.5
Waist Before/After – 35 / 33
- Grocery List and Schedule for the detox
- I bought my produce at Meijer and find they offer a wide variety of fruits and veggies which in my opinion stays fresh the longest compared to other local markets. The cost was pretty spot on, about $16/day or $50 total for my grocery bill
- My appliances were both Kitchen Aid – the blender (mine is 10 years old, so here the updated version) and the 3.5 cup food chopper
- Straws and PRUTA leftover containers from IKEA
- Leftovers – I did have some leftovers at the end of the detox, which will be put to good use by creating dishes from eatingwell.com, bonappetit and midwestliving.com