Happy 2014! Who doesn’t start off January 1st saying they are going to do all of these wonderful things – eat healthier! – exercise more! – be a better wife/friend/sister… whatever.
Personally, I think New Year’s Resolutions are crap. I’ve never done them and honestly – with being a teacher – find it easier to start “End of the school year” resolutions because I am significantly less stressed in June than in January.
Well, back in October I read about Dr. Oz’s 3 day cleanse and thought I wanted to try it. Not so much because I wanted to lose weight (although that would be a perk!) but I feel totally addicted to sugar. Especially around the holidays, I have been eating so many sugary products that I just crave it constantly. The only problem is it is 3 days and because they revolve around having 4 smoothies a day, I can’t exactly do that at school. So, I kept waiting for a 3 day weekend – Thanksgiving wouldn’t cut it, so I decided after Christmas would be a good time to do it. I just put it off until January 2nd.
Because my husband keeps complaining he needs to lose weight I convinced him this is a great way to kick start. I went to the store and bought all of the ingredients – total of $90.00. Which means it is about $15/day per person. I did take some shortcuts (which I will describe) but overall stuck to the list. Dr. Oz makes it pretty idiot proof because he makes a great checklist:
So, I am half way through day one. The breakfast shake was amazing. I usually drink a fruit smoothie for breakfast so it wasn’t much of a change from my normal. The changes I made were:
- Sub Blueberries for Raspberries: I bought a large 6 lb bag of frozen blueberries at Sam’s Club because the fresh ones weren’t looking so great, being January and all.
- I am going to cut way back on the Stevia – I used the 1 tsp in the breakfast detox tea but could probably get away with using none.
- Sub Limes for Lemons: At Sam’s it was $6 for a bag of lemons and $3 for a bag of limes. So, being cheap, I just bought a big bag of Limes, I didn’t need both, and am subbing lime for anywhere that it says “lemon” in the ingredients. Had I done my shopping at a normal grocery store, buying both wouldn’t be an issue.
After the breakfast shake, I got hungry about 3 hours later. The lunch shake reminds me of gazpacho without tomatoes. It is pretty much like a salad smoothie, but it isn’t horrible. Definitely less exciting than the breakfast smoothie! I stuck to the recipe but instead of plain pineapple I used another frozen blend of Blueberries, Strawberries and Pineapple. The nice part about frozen fruits is it makes the smoothie colder – since you aren’t adding any ice. Plus its easier to prep – and I’m all about easy and quick! Here is a picture of the Lunch smoothie – I forgot to take a picture of the breakfast one – I will do that tomorrow!
So, that’s where I stand right now! I am pretty sure I can handle this for 3 days, but I’ll keep you posted… 🙂