My intention to try out Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox was not in an interest to lose weight, in fact, I have a strange bit of arthritis in my right hand and arm that tends to flare up in extreme weather. After reading an article about the benefits of a detox, I felt compelled to take the detox plunge.
Plus, I drink way too much coffee and have been wanting to switch over to tea for quite some time. There is also something to be said for starting over. The new year is here! I am not having any more children and feel I owe it to my body to start fresh again, and keep that healthy momentum up throughout my life.
I’ll admit, I was hesitant and a little scared. This was my first detox and let’s be honest, the only thing people say about detoxes and cleanses is that you “spend a lot of time in the bathroom.”
I reasoned that this process would be easy for me because I like vegetables and fruit. I might indulge in weekly take out a few times a week, but I am a yogurt eating, granola consuming, hummus-loving fiend. A little cocky, I went into this detox armed with a positive attitude and an agreeable husband (Peter) by my side. The competitive side of me thought I would out-cleanse Peter with one arm tied around my back.
My pre-detox meal consisted of Burger King and 3 bowls of cereal. Looking back, I should have planned this a little better and really lived it up with my last meal: a full slap of Portillos ribs, French fries, cole slaw and a big fattening pastry from my favorite local bakery. Alas, I did not.
It is interesting to see the progression of my mood throughout this process, as you will see below.
I feel like a scientist!
6:00 AM - TEA
Ingredients: Hot water, green tea, a slice of lemon and 1 teaspoon of Stevia
My normal morning routine, which has become quite the ritual in my life, has been coffee, sweet glorious coffee, flavored with cream and sugar.
Emotional/Physical Response: The tea was nice, but I like green tea. I was crabby, which surprised even myself as I am pretty peppy in the morning, always ready to take on the day. Strange, I thought I would be the one to be positive, but I was not. I was cranky and had a headache.
Suggestions for Success: Peter and I decided to watch two 5-minute segments explaining the benefits of the detox.
Quote over morning tea: “Why is Dr. Oz so happy?”
6:15 AM - BREAKFAST DRINK
Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp flax seed, 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 2 tsp lemon
I wouldn’t say this shake was fantastic, rather, not bad. It tasted like your typical banana/raspberry smoothie and I liked the flavor of the almond paste. I was full after drinking this meal and would probably have this for breakfast after the detox.
Emotional Response/Physical Response: A nice blend of flavors, I started the day with a headache but was confident that we could sail through this detox.
Suggestions for Success: Freeze the berries and refrigerate all liquids so the drink is cold.
Transition from Breakfast to Lunch:
Yes, I had a raging headache for the first 3 hours of the day and I was hungry. By 10:00 I thought about giving up, brewing a pot of coffee and stealing the cereal I had poured for my daughter. A competitive sort, I backed away from the sugary goodness of morning grains and gave myself a quick pep talk which sounded a bit like this:
“What? Three hours into this thing? What am I? A man or a mouse? Neither – I am a WOMAN!”
11:48 AM - LUNCH
Ingredients: 4 celery stalks, 1 whole cucumber, 1 cup of kale, ½ green apple, ½ lime, coconut oil, almond milk, 1 cup pineapple
Emotional/Physical Response: There was A LOT of food in this drink. A little more sour, thicker texture, more vegetably than a fruity taste. I took note of my comment after consuming ½ the drink:
“It’s not that bad,” I said. (Yet the bitter and sour did make me gag a little.)
And it wasn’t that bad, it’s just that for years my body has been consuming hot dogs and yummy Thai food and decadent cookies from my local bakery and I felt like my taste buds were screaming out, "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?"
It’s amazing how we can consume a slab of ribs, an order of fries, bread stick, large soda and a slice of chocolate cake – yet I am struggling to finish a drink made from fresh cucumbers…
Suggestions for success: Really, really chop up the ingredients for this one. Dice to the point of liquefying, people.
Transition From Lunch to Snack:
My 6-year-old son, Raymond, came down the flu which temporarily distracted us from our hunger.
Suggestions for success: distract yourself in between meals!
2:30 p.m. Snack – Choose your favorite shake
We opted to drink Shake #1 (the breakfast shake) as Shake 2 proved to be a little harder to choke down.
Emotional/Physical Response: Our discussion of food continued on as we had our snack. We reminisced about our favorite restaurants and suggested we should go crazy on Friday for Peter’s birthday and each order our own take out. “Just kidding” chuckles were exchanged between the two of us, but I know what we were both thinking,
“To hell with just one take out order ! I want pizza AND Chinese food AND a cheeseburger AND Thai AND Italitan Food!”
My headache was better, but still lingering like an annoying boyfriend you broke up with in college who won’t stop calling you. Peter observed that I was the crabby one and made sure I made note of this when writing my post.
“Make sure you tell everyone that, Elizabeth,” he said smugly. “You were the crabby one.”
Transition Time from Snack to Dinner:
I was full from the snack until to dinner, but my headache raged on. Peter said he felt fine. Hmmmm… I wondered if he was lying. We decided that distraction was the best way to temporarily forget about food, so in between taking care of a sick boy and playing old maid with our daughter, we cleaned out our closet!
By 5:00 p.m. both our senses of humor were wearing thin. A mid-evening rant ensued about the “happy factor” of the “experts” on the website and questioned whether or not they tried to do this with 3 small children, 1 of which had the flu.
Suggestion for Success: Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Peter and I stayed up to ring in the New Year, so we went to bed shortly after midnight and woke when baby Gertrude rose at 5:15 a.m.
6:30 PM - Dinner
Ingredients: ½ cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 ½ cup coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 tbsp. lemon, ¼ avocado, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
Emotional/Physical Response: Upon tasting this drink for the first time, my eyes bulged and my throat turned to fire at the taste of the cayenne pepper. Please know, I like a little bit of spice in my food, but this was too much for me personally. So, I cheated a bit and just put in about an 1/8 of a teaspoon to give the shake a little boost.
NOW the drink was quite yummy and I had no problem finishing it.
Quote: “YES, PETER. I know I cheated a little, but I think Dr. Oz would be proud of me for continuing on and not giving up. Do you have a headache?” (this was said rather quickly and was more of a giant zippy and desperate run on sentence.)
Peter shakes head, no.
“How can you NOT have a headache?”
Suggestion for Success: Don’t call your mother to have her tell you that she is making homemade lasagna for dinner.
Transition from Dinner to Bed:
Putting 3 children to bed took my mind off my headache as we snuggled and read. My body felt pretty good around 7:00 and yes, I visited the loo. Enough said...
Detox Ultra Bath
2 ½ cups Epsom salt, 10 drops of lavender oil
I’m not really a bath person, but wanted to obey the rules of the detox. This bath proved soothing and actually helped relieve the arthritis in my hand and arm.
DAY 1 DETOX CONCLUSION:
Just like a boot camp, the first day is always the worst. Uncomfortable physical feelings of with drawl and an overall disdain for your “coach," I believe, is natural. The cost was pretty spot on with the suggestion that the detox ingredients would be $16 dollars a day. Some might see this as an expensive exercise, but it you eat out a few times a week, the cost will be almost comparable.
Peter received the "good sportsmanship award" for the day, as I was cranky and consumed by a caffeine headache. I did notice, however, that I could breathe a lot better. Usually my sinuses are clogged for most of the day, and always assuming allergies were the cause, I now believe coffee was the culprit.
As far as the bathroom was concerned, I did not "hang out" there all day. The digestive situation was “business as usual.”
Tomorrow, DAY 2!
Have you tried a detox? Are these feelings natural?
*Disclaimer: This detox experience is my own and can vary for the individual participating in the cleanse. The image of the small cup does not display the actual serving size of the drink being consumed. I used this glass to make the picture pretty.