The Dr Oz Three Day Cleanse: A Review

I’m sitting here enjoying my first cup of coffee in three days. The last time I went that long without coffee I had the stomach flu. This experience was considerably more pleasant.

First, the plan. I want to give credit where credit is due. So. You can find the whole plan here on the Dr Oz site. (That way you are getting the information from the correct source.) Everything you need is right there!

Next, some tips.

First, I just noticed that Dr Oz says you’ll spend $16 a day. I’m not sure where Dr Oz gets his groceries. I didn’t even go to Whole Foods. I went to Stop and Shop and bought organic, which I find to be reasonable. Even then, I spent around $150 for the three days. He may not be including the supplements, Epsom salt, and lavender. Maybe he figures you already have those things. I did not. The only thing I had was Cayenne pepper, because Cincinnati Chili is a regular staple in our home. Also, berries are out of season, and very expensive. But I suppose if you have lots of supplements lying around and your fridge is already stocked with coconut water and almond milk and almond butter (which was $11) and you’re just buying the fresh fruit and vegetables… then sure, Dr. Oz. Sixteen dollars a day.


Next tip, the lunch shake.

I guess a lot of people don’t like it. I did. All a matter of taste. But it did take me three days to figure out how to get it to blend properly. The cucumbers and celery tend to jam up the blades. I finally realized on the last day that these need to be cut up pretty small. Then I blended just those two things then added and blended the other solid ingredients one by one.

Speaking of chopping…

A lot of people did all of the chopping/ prep ahead of time. I’m just not that girl. But I can see where that would have been a good idea.

As for the snack shake, I only had it one day. (Day three, when my body was a little more accustomed to having alllllllllll that fruit.) I read another review that suggested having the breakfast shake as the snack. I agree in principle. It is the tastiest and lightest. However. If it is any time other than the few weeks a year when raspberries are in season, it is also the most expensive shake. I spent $15 just on raspberries for four shakes. Just something to think about.

Also, I’m a grazer. So rather than having shakes specifically at meal time, I was just sort of always working on one. (I was home a lot for the past three days, making this easier. But I grabbed them and carried them with me a few places, too.)

My final tip, and keep in mind I am not a nutritionist and I am certainly not Dr. Oz, is that I went rogue after a day. Yep. I’m a rebel. I never fully finished the plan each day. I got so full from the shakes I just couldn’t drink any more. So the second and third days I had the dinner ingredients (which I thought were a little gross as a shake) as a salad instead. And on day three I even had things in a different order. Because I am a rebel. And because it was lunch time but my daughter ate all of my green apples and I was hungry and couldn’t wait for my husband- who said she could have the apples- to go to the store and replace them. I figured it was the principle we were talking about here, especially since the snack can be any shake you want. So it must not be an EXACT science. I decided if it was a matter of getting that nutrition into my body, or not getting it into my body, I’d skip the blender and go in the order that worked for me.

And now (drumroll) the results.

I have to say, I’m a fan.

I’m going to stay away from numbers here. If there is one things trying to conceive taught me, it’s that I can become obsessed with numbers. And when the numbers have to do with my body, they often have little effect on the intended results. So I’m being careful during Project 40 not to have everything come down to weight and BMI.

So here’s what.

I feel better.

I am in a good mood. I have what feels like natural energy. (And that’s coming from a coffee addict with no coffee.) I worked on some overwhelming household chores last night (sorting toys….) without complaint. My stomach feels like it has flattened. It looks like it has flattened. I just…. feel better.

I did have a few of the side effects that Dr. Oz warned us about. Nothing major at all. I was a little sleepy and grouchy until about halfway through. I also had a mild headache. And it took my stomach about two days to adjust to all that fruit. I for sure felt nauseous for a while. But after two days that all went away and was replaced by feeling pretty great.

I learned a ton over the last three days. I’ll try to break it down as effectively as I can because I am a teacher.

1. I can do it! I have never done such a specific dietary plan before. I was daunted by the idea of no coffee, no meat, no dairy, no bread…. But I did it. And after about a day I didn’t even crave those things. I had thought of doing a vegan week this year for Project 40 but wasn’t sure I could manage. Now I know I absolutely can. (I didn’t even realize until it was almost over that this was a vegan plan.)

2. Planning is key. I know I do better when I have a menu plan for the week. I know that. I need to remember.

3. Almond milk is awesome. So is almond butter. (And coconut water) We’re lucky that the only food allergy we have in this family is Food Dye. This cleanse introduced me to a few things that will stay in my diet.

4. Whole food smoothies are the bomb. I’ll be having them for breakfast and snacks in the future. They won’t make up my entire diet. But they’ll be sticking around.

5. I care what I put in my body. This was the biggest lesson of them all. I feel better. (“So much better! Thank you doc for taking all the ouchies away!” Yep. A Dr Oz/ Disney Jr mash-up. You’re welcome.) And I want to continue feeling better. So everything in moderation. But there will be some changes coming.

This cleanse was done as the 3rd part of a year-long blog series called Project 40: 40 health and fitness challenges in preparation for my 40th birthday. You can see all of the Project 40 blogs here.

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