My husband, Alan, and I finished the Dr. Oz 48 hour cleanse diet. When I left you I was heading to sip my first pineapple-kale juice snack. I don’t have a juicer so this drink was made by running pineapple, kale, cucumbers, mint and water through a blender and straining out the juice. Very beautiful to look at. The taste so-so.
For dinner we had the vegetable broth I wrote about earlier this week. Some people wrote to say they, too, found the recipe on Dr. Oz’s site confusing. Many went ahead and left the vegetables in the broth. If I were to make it again I’d saute the onions and garlic in a little olive oil to mellow out the onion flavor, then dice and slice the remaining vegetables and simmer the whole thing until the vegetables were tender.
The advantage to leaving the vegetables in the soup is it gives you something to eat. Aside from the quinoa most of this diet is liquid. This soup calls for a head of cabbage. Be forewarned, your house will smell like it.
Here’s a funny story about the soup. On night two it was a little harder going down and I couldn’t finish my bowl. Our two doxies were displaying their usual bad begging manners (poor upbringing.) I set the bowl on the floor to see what they would do. Slink (our piggie) starting lapping away. Alan pushed him out of the way to give Friedl a go at it. Friedl took a sniff, one lick and walked away.
The dinner menu calls for the soup, fermented sauerkraut and apples. I couldn’t find fermented sauerkraut so we skipped it. Plus with the cabbage in the soup, I’m not sure I could have eaten sauerkraut (too many sulfur smells going on for me.)
What I Liked About the Diet:
- The instructions tell you to take a bath! Seriously, what’s not to like about a diet that tells you to relax and take a bath?
- I loved the look of all the fruits and vegetables. They help you feel good, clean, healthy and virtuous.
- You drink a lot of liquids and I’m bad at that so it was a good kick in the behind.
- Alan lost 3 pounds (of course it was all water, but still.)
- We both thought the diet gave us a sense of well-being.
- I never felt hungry (although I never felt satiated.)
What I Didn’t Like About the Diet
- The recipe instructions were not clear.
- The shopping list from the website lists all the food you’d need if you made all the recipes but you don’t need to make the alternative recipes. I had a lot of food leftover and guess I could have saved almost half my bill ($83.98) by creating my own shopping list.
- Alan said he was starving the whole time.
The Nitty Gritty Questions People Asked Me About
Okay people, first things first, just because a diet says cleanse doesn’t mean it’s like prepping for a colonoscopy. Most of the diet is liquid. If you drink the recommended 2 quarts of water along with the snacks (juiced fruits and vegetables,) the soup and the dandelion tea you will be floating your way to pee every hour or so and that’s about it.
My favorite recipe was the Pineapple, Lemon and Pomegranate Blend-Free Detox Drink. I used my Soda Stream to give it a little fizz kick. It was refreshing and healthy. A perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up for anytime.