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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Pants Don’t Fit So I’m Doing The Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse

How’s that for a title? But it’s true. My pants, skirts, shorts…basically anything with a waistband, does not fit.

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I am 5’4” tall and have a very, very small skeletal frame. I feel my best when I weigh around 120 pounds. This past year was extremely stressful and I did quite a bit of stress/reward eating. That has been coupled  with an extremely busy schedule, less time to make healthy meals, thus eating more quick and ready meals. I’ve watched the scale climb ever higher and seen my muffin top get considerably fluffier. 

While my current weight is not something totally horrid, the problem is that nothing fits.

I can’t exactly afford to go out and buy a bigger sized wardrobe. I don’t want to buy a bigger sized wardrobe.

I do exercise and wear a pedometer everyday. I average about 7000 steps a day. But I always aim for a higher number.

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So, it’s my nutritional diet. Absolutely.

I’ve also felt sluggish, tired and just blah. I imagine my body could use a good detox as I am almost 45 and have never done one. Oh wait, does retched colonoscopy prep count? I don’t think so.

I waited until my company left and it was a good time of the month. Because all bets are off when I would kill for chocolate. :)

I had read all the 3 Day Cleanse articles and manuals, as well as quite a few of the comments left on the website by people who had done it.

I also watched part I and part II of the televised cleanse.

Here’s the disclaimer where I say I'm not affiliated with Dr. Oz, nor am I a professional nutritionist. I am just one slightly overweight middle aged woman. You will want to check with your doctor for questions concerning your health or before any major diet or exercise change.

I was ready and printed out my shopping list:

Dr. Oz's 3-Day Detox Cleanse One-Sheet

Dr. Oz says that the detox costs around $16 a day. Um no. Maybe if you had a lot more of the ingredients already on hand. I had the green tea, lavender drops and multi vitamins already at home, but had to buy everything else on the list.

I had done price comparisons at 3 different stores and finally settled on purchasing the items at Wal Mart and Fresh & Easy. I purchased NOTHING else except what was on the list. My grocery bill totaled $81.62. That of course averages out to $27.20 a day.

Now I understand that you are only going to use 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and the $6.42 jar has a total of 14 ounces in it, but in terms of the initial investment, there is no way you are going to spend just $48.00.

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Ok, first things first. Green tea with a lemon slice. Easy peasy. I drink it all the time. I did not use the recommended stevia for sweetening but opted for delicious natural agave nectar since I had that on hand.

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This cup of tea is supposed to help with the caffeine withdrawal symptoms many people experience. Since I don’t drink coffee I did not experience that issue but I could see where it would help.

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Ok, the morning shake. I’ve never eaten almond butter and let’s just say I licked the measuring spoon clean.

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You will need a good blender.

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I had read in the comments that people found this easier to drink when they cut up the banana and froze the chunks the night before. I am definitely going to try this for tomorrows breakfast shake.

I myself found that it was easier to drink through a cute straw. :) It wasn’t horrible, but it definitely wasn’t a sweet smoothie. You can see the vitamins that accompanied it.

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I purchased run of the mill vitamins. I am sure there are better, but again I am not a professional.

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It’s now 11:22 am as I type this sentence. I am not the least bit hungry. But I did start gathering the ingredients for the lunch shake.

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It does say on the website that this 3 day cleanse is NOT for anyone under the age of 18. But Sweet Boy wanted a taste so I gave him one.

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Yeah, the lunch shake is my least favorite. The taste wasn’t too bad. For me it was the thick and chunky texture. The recipe makes enough to fill TWO of these glasses. It took me all afternoon to get them down, so I didn’t need the extra “snack” drink.

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I also opted to just eat the celery sticks instead of adding them to the blender. While juicing does release more of the vitamins, I just couldn’t do it.

Also, peel and seed the cucumber.

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At 5 pm I was craving meat and/or bread. I ignored it and the platter of cupcakes on the counter that I had made for my family. I went ahead and got the prep work for my dinner drink done to refocus.

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I put the drink in the refrigerator for an hour as I found all three drinks taste better really cold.

By 6 pm I was getting pretty tired. But this may have been due to the fact I had had two nights of insomnia in a row and had stayed VERY busy all day cleaning the once again empty guest bedroom and bathroom, doing laundry and other various household chores.

I served Mr. Décor and Sweet Boy their regular dinner while sipping mine.

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At 7 pm I ran my bath and it was like a sweet reward. You are supposed to soak for 20-30 minutes. I put my laptop on the vanity and watched the latest episode of Modern Family.

I also weighed myself. (I know, I know.) I was shocked to see I had already lost 3 pounds. But I didn’t get too excited as I figure it is water weight.

I’ll give a mini update tomorrow.



Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laura,
I couldn't do that. Sweet boy's face is just how I felt..ugh.
But hey, good for you!
I am pretty sure I would do better just fasting.
And by the way, you are very tiny, teeny.
Hugs friend,

Rita C. said...

Just a thought...if you haven't had bloodwork recently, you may want to ask your family Dr. about a thyroid screening (TSH & T3, T4). Hyper- and hypo-thyroidism can cause sluggishness, weight gain, and other symptoms. In the early stages, the symptoms can be similar for both. Mine was discovered purely by accident (I had concern over some abnormal hair loss). I am small like you, and although I was noticing a few extra pounds, did not make any correlation prior to my diagnosis.
Good luck.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It sounds like these drinks are just not very good, but good for you at being healthy. I can't wait to hear the results. Hugs, Marty

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Good for you for doing this!!

Amy Jo said...

You are braver than I. I hope it really helps you. I enjoyed reading about it.

Amy Jo

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I might be able to handle a 3 day cleanse like this. I'll wait and see how yours ends up! I've been thinking about doing something like this for awhile now!

Creations By Cindy said...

Not sure I could handle this but enjoyed reading it for sure! Hugs and blessings, Cindy P.S. BTW: The pictures are wonderful though! Makes it look good! LOL

Vel Criste said...

Good for you Laura - somettimes it does take ill-fitting clothes to remind us to get into the healthy habit! good luck, and hopefully you'll post a picture of your well-fitting pants by next time!

Catherine Holman said...

You're one tough lady! I need to do something, but not sure I could do this one.

Lorrie said...

I'm interested to know how this turns out. There's about 5 stubborn pounds I'd like to shed, not a lot, I know, but I don't want the weight to creep up.
Good for you, Laura! You can do it.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I've so enjoyed this post, I'm sure you will do well at it! I'll be back for an update:)

Jill Cooper said...

Well I do know that pineapple and other fruits really hide the taste of the kale and other greens - that was surprising to me the first time I made a green drink and thought I'd hate it. I have one of those Vita monster blenders that makes everything really smooth and I think that helps alot - I don't like chunky smoothies. But I don't think I could do that much cayenne pepper - UGH! Good luck - guess we can do pretty much anything we have to for 3 days right? Go girlfriend!

lynn cockrell said...

Wishing you well with your detox diet!


Hi Laura,
GOod for you! I'm looking forward to hearing your results. I've seen that detox too and wondered about it.
I think you look great! I weigh way more than 120 and I'm 5'3...and 58 years old. I need a little something!

Maria Elena said...

Can't wait to hear how it goes for you! I really need to do this also. Although I always keep very busy, my clothes and the way the have been fitting lately, don't lie! :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You are very brave--hope it works for you!

Barbara F. said...

Oh my, the world would not be able to deal with me if I don't have my morning cup of coffee! :) Wishing you success. xo

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

You are one brave soul and one tough cookie! I can't wait to hear the results!

Mardell Grayhek said...

I enjoyed reading this Laura, and loved the picture of Sweet Boy's reaction. I am eagerly awaiting your progress. At least with this detox, you don't have to worry about something harmful like some of the mystery ingredients one reads about! We just got coconut oil and are still shaking our heads about the sticker shock. I found out later that same day it was $4.00 cheaper at another store with 2 more ounces. I can't imagine it being $16.00 a day either! Good luck.

Louise said...

Well I truly think you look great, but l agree that the time to take care of extra weight is before the gain is really horrible. Like you I never want to have to buy all new clothes, that would be so costly not to mention depressung. As I no longer just stay teeny tiny myself anymore, without watching my diet and lifestyle I periodically have to become extra aware of my diet and calorie intake. I have never done a cleanse though, a bit skeptical that they were basically starvation, but this all looks very nutritious indeed! I can see that it should be really good for you. I'm really interestd to read your thoughts when you have completed it.

Louise said...

Just want to add, coconut oil makes a really good deep conditioning treatment for the hair.

Danice said...

I admire you for the healthy eating and walking. I need to start my daily walking again, no more excuses, lol!

Debbie said...

I am open to anything that improves the health. I have always been a green smoothie nut, but in the past year, it has been to harsh on my stomach. (Without giving TMI). I would love to try this, but I'm afraid the same will happen.

Still, I'm interested and hope that you will post something after the cleanse.

Kristín Ketilsdóttir said...

it´s very good to get advice from experts in nutrition when you're cleansing your body ... but I find it to be half of the cleansing to feel comfortable with what you are eating and think nicely about what goes into your body .. I would not eat what I find disgusting, what we are thinking is also a method for the body to process .. bad thoughts about what we are eating makes the body feel bad. Wanted to share my thoughts to you. Wishing you the best of everything.

openid said...

I never realized how much Sweet Boy and I look alike!

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