Last week I reported on my 2-day cleanse diet, created by Dr. Oz, and recently featured in Oprah magazine. Judging from all the comments, lots of people are trying it and many of the comments relate to the expense of the ingredients. As I mentioned in my first post, I used the shopping list from Dr. Oz’s site and ended up spending over $80.00. That turned out to be way more food than I needed for a two-day diet for two people.
Here’s the shopping list from the Dr. Oz site:
The basic diet calls for eating the same breakfast (quinoa,) lunch (blueberry smoothie,) and dinner (vegetable soup, sauerkraut and apples.) You also have “snacks” whenever you want. There are three snack drink alternatives and a fresh veggies with lemon vinaigrette option. The grocery list includes the ingredients as though you were making everything but the reality is you will end up with way more fresh food than you can eat in several days. Likely you’ll be scrambling to use it all or you’ll be making some expensive compost.
For example, the radishes and green beans on the grocery list are for the fresh veggie alternative snack. If you like green beans a small handful would be plenty, not a pound. If you are going to have the juice snacks instead you don’t need them at all.
It’s a bit silly to call for rice milk and almond milk in a 2-day diet. The shopping list includes a pint of each. I have no idea where anyone can purchase a pint of these specialty milks. The smallest containers I found were in quart-size cartons. I suggest buying the almond milk. Use it for both the quinoa and the smoothie. Later in the week use up the rest of the almond milk making a batch of oatmeal.
Another error in the shopping list I noted in a previous post is the shopping list calls for 1 pound of shitake mushrooms while the recipe calls for 1 cup of sliced mushrooms. A cup of sliced mushrooms is about 1/4 lb. Have you seen the price of shitake mushrooms in the store? Making this change alone will knock $8.00 off the total bill.
The Oz Cleanse Diet Money-Saving Roundup:
- Read through all the recipes and decide which you’ll use.
- Create your own shopping list from the recipes you pick.
- Eliminate the rice milk.