One of the headlines on the cover of this month’s issue of Oprah reads, “Dr. Oz’s Two-Day Wonder Cleanse: 6 Meals, 8 Snacks and a Happier Healthier You.” I was intrigued. In general I don’t believe in the concept of cleanses. What I learned in grad school about the science of digestion is that the digestive tract doesn’t need a rest or roto-rootering. Just as your heart was made to pump blood, your digestive tract was made to digest food. But after the holidays and two weeks of vacationing I’m definitely feeling sluggish. Besides, it’s Dr. Oz people. Our modern-day Marcus Welby. I don’t believe he’ll lead me astray and I can do almost anything for only two days.
Dr. Oz’s diet menu includes:
- breakfast (cooked quinoa with prunes)
- lunch (a blueberry smoothie shake)
- dinner (vegetable broth/sauerkraut/apple dinner)
- snacks (fruit/vegetable juices or fresh, raw vegetables)
Fortunately you can find all the information including recipes and a shopping list at Dr. Oz’s website.
As you can see in the top photo the food for this diet looks gorgeous. I felt extremely virtuous buying all those ingredients at Whole Foods. I was not as happy paying the bill. It cost over $80 for everything.
How’s It Going?
I am half way into day one. The quinoa and prune breakfast was okay. The recipe could be better written. Quinoa needs to be rinsed until the water runs clear or it tastes like dish soap. It’s also water repellant so when you rinse quinoa in the strainer you need to stir the grains around.
Midmorning I made up the vegetable broth. Again the recipe is confusing. It calls for 6 vegetables and a variety of seasonings that you pop in a pot and simmer for an hour but the directions never say if you strain out the vegetables. I figured since the recipe name says broth, I was supposed to strain the soup.
If you use the shopping list from the Dr. Oz site, be aware the shopping list says you need 1 pound of shitake mushrooms. That is wrong. The soup recipe calls for 1 cup of sliced shitakes. Plus you’ll have a heart attack if you buy shitake mushrooms at Whole Foods where they are $12.99 a pound! Fortunately I recalled I had some dried shitake mushrooms in my cupboard so I didn’t buy any.
For lunch we (did I mention I’ve suckered my husband into doing this with me) had a blueberry smoothie. It includes bananas, almond milk and flax seeds. We’re also trying to drink 2 quarts of water. At this point I mainly feel like I’m floating away and it’s a good thing I recently bought a 45-roll package of toilet paper from Costco.
Ooops, I see it’s 2:00. Time for a refreshing pineapple-kale juice snack. Full report on Friday!