Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse Review
Comparing the two, Dr. Oz was definitely easier than the Master Cleanse. Lemonade with maple syrup and cayenne for 10 days (well, 5 days for me) vs. smoothies for 3 days?
Yeah, that's a no brainer. You can download a one-sheet of the plan from Dr. Oz's site.
That being said, Dr. Oz wasn't as easy as I thought. First, it was a lot of work. There was a lot of prep work of cutting fruits and vegetables. A lot of food shopping for the right ingredients. A lot of lugging mixers and blenders to work with me so I could make the smoothies.
Second, I didn't love the smoothies. They did grow on me after I read up on a few tips to make them better, but it wasn't exactly like having dessert for 3 meals a day.
Third, even thought I wasn't really hungry, it was still hard not to eat.
[Sidenote: sometimes I wonder about this. Why is it so hard not to eat? Why are we all so obsessed with food? I mean, it's food. It's just stuff we put into our bodies to stay alive. Sure, it's delicious, but it's food. Why is this on our minds 24/7?]
All the same, I missed all the wonderful tastes I was deprived of. (First world problems, right?) So, here's the rundown on how it went.
Day One: I started off with the green tea, which, surprisingly, I enjoyed. The breakfast shake tasted pretty good, although I could taste the spinach more than I liked. It definitely was filling, though. I started to get a little hungry mid-morning, but I just sucked it up. Too much of a project to try to make this concoction during an early, rushed free period.
The lunch shake, in all honestly, almost made me gag. First, it made waaaaay too much -- four cups.
To me, the cucumbers were overwhelming, and for some reason, I just didn't like how it tasted with the coconut. I literally had to hold my nose and chug to get it down. It took me a couple of hours to do. So, after lunch, I was definitely feeling defeated and not sure if I could finish this cleanse.
But not wanting to fail, in public (i.e. the blogosphere... there's that Type A again...), I persevered. The lunch shake took so long to drink that I didn't have time to make a snack shake before dinner. I was still too full from lunch, so I skipped it.
The dinner shake tasted good, although the cayenne was a little noticeable.
I didn't notice any side effect -- a little bit of a headache, but nothing severe.
I took the vitamins all at once instead of mixed through the day. I was already taking prenatal multivitamins, so I used that. I skipped the Omega 3 -- didn't feel like buying a bottle of vitamins I probably wouldn't take afterwards. I did buy a bottle of acidophiles to take as a probiotic. Probiotics are really expensive, I discovered!
I did the epsom salt bath that night as well. Some reviews I read said they LOVED it, but for me, I didn't really notice anything one way or another.
Day Two: After reading a few reviews, I changed things up a little. First, I decided to freeze the fruit, and that made a huge difference! The breakfast shake was definitely yummy. Didn't taste the spinach this time at all.
For the lunch shake, I knew I needed to change it up. I decided to eat 1/2 the cucumber and 2 stalks of celery before lunch instead of putting it in the shake. I needed to decrease the volume, make it more palatable, and having a snack would tide me over until I could make the shake. I also cut a lot more of the ingredients at home ahead of time, so it was much easier putting it together. It took a little juggling, since my Magic Bullet wasn't big enough for all the ingredients, and I had to use a hand blender, too.
I also realized I forgot the coconut oil at home (which I found out later that I really didn't -- it was just in a different bag). Eating some celery and the cucumber ahead of time definitely helped with the volume and cut down on the overwhelming cucumber taste.