Monday, November 26, 2012

Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse: Results

I mentioned on the K&K Test Kitchen Facebook page and in last week's posts that I was doing a cleanse and I promised to write you guys a little something to share my experience with you.  This was my very first cleanse experience and I think that I've learned that cleanses aren't necessarily for everyone.  The most important thing that we can do is listen to our bodies and make adjustments to our habits accordingly.

The Dr. Oz 3-Day detox cleanse is a smoothie/juice drink based cleanse.  These drinks are packed with fruits and vegetables.  It is a relatively short cleanse and I felt like it was fairly manageable.  It definitely takes a significant amount of planning and prep work, as well as discipline... obviously.  In all, my ingredients cost approximately $70 (Dr. Oz's website claims $16 per day, so apparently the places I shop are significantly more expensive, yikes). If you click the link, you'll be able to print out the handy cheat sheet, which includes a shopping list, the recipes for the 3 drinks, and guidelines on what to drink when!  It's pretty useful and mine was covered in smoothie splatter by the end of the three days.

Overall, on the cleanse, I felt pretty much the same as I normally feel when I'm eating regular food.  However, I did feel like I had a bit more energy and I didn't really miss my coffee.  The first day, I was starving, but that may have been because I didn't drink all of my snack (it was the lunch smoothie, see below) during work.  The second and third day, I didn't feel hungry at all, even when it was time to have the next meal.

I, personally, probably won't do another cleanse for a long time.  I like to believe that I eat relatively well and exercise often enough to not have to do cleanses.  They definitely have value and I did the cleanse, in part, because I had been treating my body like crap for a few weeks - traveling, eating out, eating mountains of cookies, a few extra glasses of wine or beer here and there - and I did feel like a bit of a detox was in order.  At this time of year too, I can see the appeal of a cleanse.  However, at the risk of sounding preachy, let's all try to avoid the need for a cleanse this holiday season.  Let's make time for ourselves to workout and let's try to fit some healthy choices in between the cookies and holiday cocktail parties.

That said, I would recommend this cleanse though if you decide that you need to do one.  It is all "real food."  No weird things, no pills.

Some tips:
  • Don't double up on the lunch smoothie.  It was thick and the most difficult to drink in my and my friend Annie's opinions.
  • For the lunch smoothie, add a bit of extra water or almond milk to thin it out if you are making it in a blender, peel the cucumber and apple at least partially, and cut the celery in half (4 stalks really overwhelms everything else). 
  • Drink your smoothies with a straw. The first day I didn't do this, and by the end of the day the corners of my mouth were raw (maybe a bit of an overshare there haha).
  • I had Bio-K+ probiotic yogurt during my cleanse. I don't normally take probiotics, and they are typically quite expensive, but the Bio-K+ yogurt comes in 2, 4, or 6 packs, so it worked really well for the cleanse. It tastes a bit strange, but I have used it before and I really like it (strawberry is my favorite).  They also have dairy-free versions for those with dairy-intolerance.  I'm not sure if you can get this outside of Canada, but in Canada they sell it at Loblaws and health food stores.
  • Drink a ton of water.  Especially if you notice that you're getting a bit of a headache. 
  • Find things to occupy yourself in the evening.  I usually spend my evenings cooking, but the smoothies only take a few minutes to make, so I had to find other ways to keep myself busy.
Unfortunately, I didn't workout much during the cleanse, just the first day. I was supposed to go to a barre class at 6 am on the last day of my cleanse and while I woke up fine, I felt like I was about to pass out while I was brushing my teeth, my blood sugar felt so low and I felt really weak.  So a tough, hour-long workout didn't seem like the smartest idea.  

I also don't own a scale, so I wasn't able to determine if I lost any weight during the cleanse.  To me, that part didn't matter, especially since it all would have been water weight and essentially meaningless. But, just for fun, here is my "before" and "after" (taken the night before starting and the morning after finishing).

I know this blog isn't always a beacon of healthy eating (you'll see the other post today and laugh at me), but both Kim and I do try to eat a balanced diet and exercise often. We also have a secret weapon in our arsenal - Vemma.  Vemma is a nutritional supplement we take that is almost like a daily mini-detox. It's truly amazing.*

Here is what my friend Annie had to say about the cleanse: "I really enjoyed this detox cleanse. I've only done one in the past but it wasn't as regimented as this one. I like that all my meals are planned and I can prep things ahead of time. I really enjoy the breakfast shake/smoothie. It is my favourite. I think I will incorporate it into my regular schedule. I'm surprised at how well the spinach mixes into the drink and I can't even taste it! The lunch time smoothie is less desirable and there is so much of it. I found that I still had to chew it because it was so thick. Plus, the flavours of celery and cucumber were really potent. I couldn't finish it all on day 1. I made some adjustments to today's lunch smoothie and it is significantly better. I used only 2 stalks of celery, I peeled the cucumber and I added about 1/4 of water so it's less thick and more of a mild taste. For my snack smoothie on day 1 I made the dinner smoothie. To be honest I really wasn't hungry around "snack" time but I had half of it then waited for an hour and had the other half. This one wasn't too bad. The cayenne pepper makes it SPICY! A little bit of it goes a long way! I didn't do the night bath because baths gross me out lol.

Overall, I'm feeling really good. The smoothies are filling so I never feel hungry. I had a bit of a headache on day 1 but it went away after I drank more water. I also lost 2 pounds already. I woke up this morning feeling REALLY good. Usually I hit my snooze button a few times in the morning but today I woke up immediately and felt well rested. I really don't have any cravings either. I'll definitely be doing this cleanse again!"

*Disclaimer: Kim and I are both Vemma Brand Partners and Vemma is a network marketing based company.  However, we both got into the business after falling in love with the Vemma products and seeing the amazing results they provided to our family and friends first hand. If you are interested in learning more about the products, send us an email and we'll be happy to answer your questions! (Vemma also has a Bod-e 7-day cleanse that costs about $26, and you follow Chris Powell's carb cycling diet during the cleanse - update: Kim tried the Vemma Bod-e cleanse).

Note:  I'm not affiliated with Dr. Oz, nor am I an expert in nutrition.  Always check with your doctor for questions concerning your health or before any major diet or exercise change.


  1. I did the cleanse before Thanksgiving and lost about 8 pounds. After returning to my normal routine, I gained a few pounds back since most of the loss was just water weight and not fat. I loved all of the smoothies EXCEPT the lunch smoothie. It was awful and thick. All you could taste were celery and cucumbers. I drank (or should I say "chewed") my first day lunch smoothie over the course of the three days. I will try your suggestions when I do it again. Anyway, I was cranky and lethargic by day 2. By day 3 I almost gave up especially since I felt light-headed and just blah! I kept pushing on and by day 4 my body (esp. my stomach) was tight and I felt good. When possible or I don't forget, I now try to incorporate either the breakfast or dinner smoothie into my daily routine. It helps keeps the calories down, I can still get solid food and with the smoothie, I know I am still getting something nutritious. I also did the cleanse in the first place because there wasn't anything funky, odd or exotic to buy. I am always nervous about some of that stuff.

  2. Hi Kira, Thanks for sharing your experience with this too! :)

  3. I'm on the second day of this and as with you, it's
    not really a necessity but after the holiday eating I felt I needed
    something. So far so good, although I have to say I'm a cheater.

    1st I'm not using celery, I don't like it, I've used
    it in smoothies before and it doesn't work.

    2nd, I bought some green tea and it's horrible, I'm
    doing a bit of hot water and lemon instead. Also I did not cut out my morning

    My goal for this was to get rid of the bacon, prime
    rib, Yorkshire pudding, crème brule and the gazillion of ounces beer I've drank
    since Thanksgiving. I have not been hungry and no headaches. I'm really loving
    all of the smoothies and I may keep these recipes on hand and work them into my
    daily smoothie! The breakfast one is yummy, but the banana turns it
    a very unappetizing color if you let it sit ot long. The lunch on is my
    favorite, again no celery. I like how it’s chunky; to me it is the least
    filling, so I repeat it for the snack. The dinner one reminds me of baby food,
    but I like the flavor and eat it with a spoon. I’ve been doing Epsom Salt baths
    forever and enjoy having an “excuse” to take one!

    I’m thinking I’ll keep this up till new years, except
    work in a sensible dinner after day three. Happy cleansing!

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience with this Ann! I totally agree, I'm re-thinking my claim that I wouldn't do this again for a while after all the butter, beer, and beef I consumed over the holidays!

  5. The lunch smoothie is horrid! I cannot do the cucumber with sweet pineapple!

  6. Im excited to start this detox tomorrow! Is there any suggestions on a good multi vitamin?

  7. I added a little stevia and cinomen to the lunch smoothie and it wasn't nearly as bad!

  8. Can I make my smoothies for the 3 days at once, then measure out what is to be consumed at each meal?

  9. I prepped all 3 days of mine tonight. Will be starting in morning.

  10. I prepped all 3 days of mine tonight. Will be starting in morning.

  11. I'm on day 1, with about a third of the lunch smoothie in the fridge. I'm not sure if I'll get to it before dinner, but I'll try to do better on day two. I'll take your advice and cut the celery in half. Also, I held my nose while drinking it with a straw and it didn't taste too bad! I would have easily finished it, but it is just so much to drink.

    Thanks also for the suggestion to drink water. I haven't had any, nor have I had a headache, but water certainly wouldn't hurt!

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