Dr. Oz's 3-day Detox Cleanse. I was not looking to loose weight, just reset my body. No meat, no dairy, no refined sugars, no alcohol (which was easy, since I gave it up for lent), and no coffee. Here's how Dr. Oz's cleanse worked out for me...
Day 1- Wednesday, I woke up excited, and ready to start. I brewed my green tea before taking Jordan to school. I did have a banana before heading to my local YMCA for yogilates. I figured it couldn't hurt since it was an ingredient in the breakfast smoothie. After class, I came home, pulled out my blender and made my breakfast smoothie, overall opinion... Pretty good, considering raspberries aren't my favorite fruit. Before I knew it, it was time to make my lunch drink, and surprisingly, I was hungry! I made extra, since I needed a snack drink later in the afternoon. I actually liked this smoothie too. Once I got past the texture (from the apples, celery, kale), it was quite good... Or maybe I was quite hungry. I had the snack smoothie while waiting in carpool, and got some strange looks and comments from fellow parents waiting to pick up their kids. When the kids and I returned home, I was starving, and drinking water in between and during the smoothies was not helping. I ate some celery while my kids had their after school snack. Again, I thought, 'well this is an ingredient in the smoothies, it can't hurt'. This is where it got pretty comical for me, my family was not on this cleanse with me, and I still had to make them dinner... Great! And what did they have, grilled steaks and roasted green beans... Yum! It smelled so good, I was drooling at one point. But I pushed through, and made my dinner smoothie. Again, pretty good, I liked the creaminess of the avocado in the smoothie! But as I was drinking it, I started to have a dull burning feeling in the back of my throat... And for the life of me, I couldn't figure out what it was... Cayenne pepper, duh Ashley! Lol! Besides the burning throat, I was starting to develop a pretty nasty headache. But of course, moms don't get a day off, and my kids wanted to go for a family walk after dinner since the weather was so nice (which ended up being 2 miles of chasing my youngest kid around the neighborhood). After a quick bath and bedtime routine for the kids, I drew my detox bath... Hoping this will relieve my headache. The bath felt amazing, and I was sweating (detoxing) like crazy (think steam room sweat). However, no relief for my head, it only hurt worse and then nausea... I could not get myself together, all I thought... 'If I could just get in the bed, and go to sleep, this will all be better in the morning.'
So, overall... Did it change anything? Did I loose weight? Did it detox my body? Well, I peed a lot, really, more than a lot! I could feel my pores trying to expel the toxins in my body. No crazy explosions... Enough said. Crazy gas did accompany this cleanse, be forewarned! I also learned to hate cleaning my blender, over and over again... It also didn't help that my youngest kid loves smoothies, so I had to make her a separate one every time I mad myself one. I feel the headache on day 1, was my body trying to purge all of the bad things in it. Even, the nap on day 2, Dr. Oz encourages you to rest a lot while you are doing a cleanse, but lets be realistic... Moms don't have time to rest! I have no clue if I lost weight, because I did not weight myself before or after. I have learned I love spinach in my smoothies, not kale so much. I learned I don't need coffee in the mornings anymore, however, I still love the flavor of coffee, Starbucks coffee especially. Green tea has become my morning drink for drop off though. I do feel like my digestive system is more regular now... Again, enough said. I've also become even more conscious as to what I am putting into my body, and making better choices. I felt great (a little hungry), but the cleanse made me feel good, energized, and clean. I loved it, and will probably do it again, and again... Maybe once a season. Sometimes you have to hit reset and just detox!! Check it out, try it... It's 3 days, what do you have to loose... Well, maybe some toxins.
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