Monday, January 7, 2013

Detoxing.

To help kick-start healthy living in 2013, I decided to do Dr. Oz's 3-Day Detox Cleanse. I'm not a fad dieter by any means, and tend to eat well most of the time. However, I know I overdid it a little during the holidays, and thought that this would be a good way to get back on track.

The detox consists of four smoothies - one for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any of the three repeated as an afternoon snack. It also calls for green tea with stevia and lemon before breakfast, and supplements of a multivitamin, a probiotic and Omega-3. The detox also includes an Epsom salt and lavender bath each of the three nights, but I'm opting out in favor of my regular after-gym shower.

While Dr. Oz claims that the ingredients for this detox cost $16 a day ($48 for all three days) this number is based on the ingredient cost per smoothie, not the actual cost of purchasing these ingredients. Shopping last night, I spent about $75, but will have coconut oil, almond milk and almond butter to spare. I cut some costs by purchasing frozen raspberries, blueberries, pineapple and mango. I also already had the flaxseed on hand, so that's not included in the $75 cost.
Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Morning Smoothie

1 c. water
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
1 c. raspberries
1 banana
1/4 c. spinach
1 Tbsp. almond butter
2 tsp. lemon juice

Since I've frozen spinach in 1-cup packs, I used a cup of spinach in this smoothie. Other than that, I've left the recipe the same. It tastes delicious - not too sweet, but sweet still. I especially like the almond butter. It adds a deep, nutty flavor that moves through the sweetness in a pleasant way.
Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Lunch Smoothie

4 celery stalks
1 cucumber, peeled
1 c. kale
1/2 green apple
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 c. almond milk
1 c. pineapple

Based on reading about other's unpleasant experiences with this smoothie, as well as personal preference, I changed a couple of things. First, I used spinach instead of kale. Kale is really, really vegetable-y and fibrous, and I know from past experience that I'm not a fan of kale in smoothies. I had read that this particular smoothie suffered from a lack of sweetness, so I added one stevia packet. These modifications, along with thorough blending in a Vitamix, made this smoothie not only more palatable than others have described, but also quite good. The coconut oil adds richness and a heaviness that I really like.
Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Dinner Smoothie

1/2 c. mango
1 c. blueberries
1 ½ c.  coconut water
1 c. kale
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 avocado
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

Again,  I changed a couple of things, like using spinach instead of kale. I forgot to buy coconut water when I went shopping for ingredients, so I substituted almond milk. I also cut the cayenne pepper back to 1/8 teaspoon. This smoothie was really delicious - just a hint of heat. I think I'll use cayenne in more smoothies.

Since I'm drinking so much water - and liquid food - I have to pee way more frequently than normal. Side effect - having to pee forces me to get up and away from my desk, and take a short walk around my building. Yay - more pedometer steps!

I've felt really good today, if a little tired, but I have to attribute that to lack of caffeine. No problem working out, though - spent 60 minutes on the elliptical in a very crowded gym.

Here's to another good day tomorrow!

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