The Honest Truth – Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse

9 Mar

I have read many reviews, and researched a lot about Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse, and over the past three days, participated in it myself.  Most reviews I have seen about this have mostly positive things to say, and I am going to give you the honest truth, my own personal and humble opinion about this detoxing cleanse. ((I am not a doctor, physician, psychic, psychologist, etc. I do not want to offend anyone, just gonna be blunt)).

For my review, I’m gonna start with an overall review, then go through my experience day by day ((by day… by day…)).

Getting straight to the point, I would rate it a 6 out of 10, great beginner’s cleanse, and great cleanse that would definitely benefit a person who is very toxicated ((maybe a smoker? meat-eater? junk-food junkie? fast fooder? pesticide/herbicide eater? coffee addict? any other kind of addict? etc.)), and I would definitely recommend this to you.  However, if you’re a vegetarian or vegan who already eats most of the foods on the shopping list Dr. Oz provides, and stays away from a lot of processed foods, this cleanse may not effect you much, and you probably need a more extreme cleanse to rid you of your toxins ((again, I am not a doctor, this is just my personal opinion)).

 

***EDIT:  I forgot to mention, Dr. Oz does not even give a before or after guidance for getting ready for this cleanse, and how and what to eat to ease out of this cleanse and keep your body as clean a can be.  That slightly bothered me.***

 

So Dr. Oz provides you with a simple sheet that outlines your cleanse itinerary and shopping list.  Morning detox tea, breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner smoothies, with supplements in between, ending with a detox bath.  The smoothies generally contain ingredients with tons of vitamins and minerals, great brain food, and tons of fiber, to understand the cleanse in more detail, watch Dr. Oz’s video.  It is meant to detox and reset your body.

My experience:

Day 1:
Started with the tea…

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This tea is supposed to be green tea bag, lemon slice and a tsp of stevia… WHAT!? Ok so first of all, I definitely did NOT use stevia because personally stevia is just creepy, I don’t care how natural or raw or anything it claims to be, I’m not buying it, so I used a tsp of organic agave nectar or honey.  If you think stevia is safe, by all means go for it, but I definitely do not recommend it, especially if you’re detoxing.

After the tea, I drank the first breakfast smoothie.  It was delicious, mmm and I love the richness the almond butter gave it, very filling too.  The most important part of the detox came shortly after… elimination.  I am just going to keep this G-rated, the elimination occurred in every type of matter, solid, liquid, and then gas for the rest of the day.  Just being honest, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s a detox.

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As for the omega 3, multivitamin, and probiotic… I did not take an omega 3, I did take a multivitamin each day which game me a little energy boost, and I’m leery on pill-form probiotics, so i added a tiny bit of almond yogurt to the second smoothie, I’m not too worried about this.

So then once i felt hungry a couple hours later I made the green lunch smoothie… I peeled the cucumbers, and made sure I really packed the pineapple to be one FULL cup to ensure it would help balance the bitterness of the vegetables, and it came out delicious.

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Not my favorite smoothie ever, but definitely palateable.  My favorite ingredient in it was definitely the coconut oil.  I used this one…
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It was thick and waxy, soooo delicious, also helped balance the flavors in the smoothie.  This smoothie was HUGE, heavy, and very filling.

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There was still more in the blender that I had to finish up…

Snack smoothie, I just made the breakfast smoothie again, but with blueberries instead of raspberries, because I don’t really enjoy feeling the raspberry seeds when I’m drinking it.

I was getting pretty hungry again around 8pm, and halfway through the dinner smoothie felt extremely full and bloated, by 9pm I got the rest of it down, pretty spicy, but good taste.

Overall throughout the day I did not feel tired, I didn’t get a headache, did get hungry before each smoothie, full afterward.  The detox bath before bed was very relaxing, I have not taken a bath since I was about 8 or 9 years old so it was a little weird for me.  I passed out quickly afterward.

Day 2:

Very hungry when I woke up… same routine: tea, breakfast, elimination.  This day there was only solid elimination… phew.  By lunch and snack I was feeling hungrier than the day before.

No tiredness, no headache, very full again after the dinner smoothie.  I was cooking macaroni for my son, and to test their cooked-ness, I accidentally ate two before realizing I wasn’t supposed to eat anything!!!  IT FELT SO GREAT TO CHEW!!!

Anywho, very relaxed again after the detox bath, went right to sleep contemplating if this cleanse is right for me…

Day 3:

Very hungry again when I woke up… same thing: tea, breakfast, elimination.  Very hungry for lunch, ate the lunch smoothie… but I just wasn’t feeling all of the detox symptoms the first day, and these foods and smoothies are all things that I normally eat anyway, and I was “eliminating” at the same time as usual anyway, and just not feelin’ this cleanse.

So on top of that, and also in desperate need of chewing on something I had frozen leftover thai coconut soup, and broke the detox!! ::crowd gasps:: hahahaha

Honestly, whatever… haha.  I think my body is cleansed and reset enough.  I felt my normal self the whole time, so I will probably look for a better cleanse more fit to my needs and try it out in another few months to eliminate air, water, etc. pollution toxins, just a great purifying cleanse.  PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE ANY CLEANSE SUGGESTIONS!!! I’d really appreciate it, thanks.

Anyways, definitely do this cleanse if you think it will work for you.  I’m sure Dr. Oz knows what he’s talking about.  Thanks for reading, and good luck and have fun cleansing!

Creamy Vegan Thai Coconut Soup, Copy Cat Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – Happy Birthday to Me!

6 Mar

So yesterday was my birthday… I will not state my age, but I will say that I am now a quarter century!  And if you can’t figure that out, you may want to re-evaluate your options of returning to kindergarten…. haaaaaaa

Anyway, so for my birthday I made one of my favorite things, Creamy Vegan Thai Coconut Soup!! Yummm. This soup is so delicious, I got the recipe from reading about other Thai coconut soups online, and then creating my own.  Sometimes I make this with big prawns, or potatoes, or butternut squash, but this time I just kept it simple.

This soup is so delicious, and great for a vegan or vegetarian to get a little B12 and iron into their diet as well as tons of other vitamins.  Coconut milk has tons of other benefits such as antimicrobial properties, good for elasticity in joints and ligaments, strengthens bones, relaxes muscles and nerves, etc and so forth, plus it tastes just luscious and wonderful.  For this recipe I used Whole Foods 365 Organic Coconut milk which was really good.

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Serving Size:  6-8 people ((or make it and have leftovers/freeze))

Ingredients:
1 tbsp Olive Oil
4 cloves garlic ((minced))
1 stalk lemongrass ((smashed))
2 inches fresh ginger ((sliced large))
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp thai chili sauce – or more if you like
4 cups vegetable broth
water
two shakes soy sauce to taste
one shake fish sauce ((non-vegan optional))
salt and pepper to taste
3 large carrots ((sliced))
4 celery stalks ((diced))
7 or 8 mushrooms ((sliced))
1.5 cups diced potatoes or squash
2 heads broccoli ((chopped)) choppin’ broccoliiiii hehe
1 can coconut milk
1/2 lime

Directions:

1)  Heat olive oil in large saucepan on medium heat.  Add the garlic, lemongrass stalk, ad ginger and sautee a couple minutes.  Once the garlic becomes fragrant, add the coriander and cumin and cook another minute.  Before burning anything, add the vegetable broth and thai chili sauce.

2) At this point you want to get the flavor of the soup right, so add about 4-6 cups of water, soy sauce, optional fish sauce, and then salt and pepper, tasting it until the flavor is perfect.

3)  Bring the soup to a boil, add in the carrots, celery, mushrooms and potatoes or squash.  Once boiling, continue simmering on medium to medium-high heat until vegetables have softened ((about 20 minutes or so)).  At this point add the broccoli and continue cooking about another 6 minutes.

4)  Once all vegetables are cooked, add the coconut milk and squeeze in the lime.  Give the soup a few stirs, taste to see if it needs more salt.

5) EAT IT!

I really hope you enjoy this soup.  I love this soup so much I actually chose to make it for my birthday, it is really THAT good.

After having a delicious Whole Foods black and white cake for my birthday celebration on Saturday, thanks to my wonderful sister, I decided instead of having cake for dessert on my birthday, I made Copy Cat Auntie Anne’s pretzels ((recipe found here)).

I found this recipe on Pinterest ((my Pinterest)) and THESE ARE AMAZING.  Great with salt or cinnamon sugar sprinkled on.  Here’s my version:

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Not perfect, but so chunky and delicious… maybe even BETTER than Auntie Anne’s.

So now that my birthday has come to an end, and it is lent, instead of giving up something I am going to work on bettering myself.  To start I am going to do Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox.  I started this morning, and will write more about what this is, and post after each day for anyone interested.

Guilt-Free Vegan Chocolate Milkshake – Protein, Energy, and Brain Smoothie!!!

1 Mar

I have not written in a while, recuperating from the winter weather and colds etc.  It’s so great to see sunlight lasting until after 5pm!

Here is a GREAT one… I created this amazing Guilt-Free Vegan Chocolate Milkshake for breakfast this morning in my kitchen laboratory, and somehow it came out to taste like an amazing chocolate milkshake or even like ice cream if you add more ice.  It was so delicious and vegan, so you don’t have to worry about the hormones, antibiotics, radioactivity, and whatever else may be floating around in cow’s milk.

I have been feeding my child almond milk since he stopped nursing, and he loves it.  I purchase cases of the 365 organic unsweetened almond milk from Whole foods.  It has all the vitamins that cow’s milk does, and more, and my favorite part is… if it spills, it doesn’t smell sour!  The taste is better too, mmm so creamy. I also prefer it over soy milk as well because, especially for a small child, I don’t know how soy milk would effect his hormones, and soy is also known to be loaded with natural sugar, and I just plain don’t trust soy and GMO’s etc. even if it’s organic ((just a personal leery feeling))… blah blah blah… yadda yadda… anyway…

((PS:  Be careful about marketing tricks these milks use on their cartons.  i.e. If the carton says “we use soy beans ((or almonds or rice or coconuts etc.)) that are not genetically modified,” that may be true, however it does not say they do not use genetically modified ones as well if ya know what i mean…))

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Soooo on a lighter note, this milkshake has tons of protein, omega 3’s for your heart and cholesterol, tons of vitamins, super brain charge with the almond milk as well… AND IT TASTES LIKE A CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE!!!!!!!!

This takes about 5 minutes to make and clean up, and you probably already have all of these ingredients sitting around.

Servings: 1 large glass

Ingredients:
1 banana
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
1 heaping tbsp peanut butter (natural, no salt, just peanuts)
2 tsp honey (I like orange blossom honey)
6 ice cubes – add more or less depending on the thickness you prefer

Directions:
Blend all ingredients together before adding the ice cubes (to ensure that the honey blends in and does not stay hard).  Once blended, blend the ice cubes in as well.

And there you have it, sooooo delicious.  Very filling and fulfilling, and a great alternative to ice cream.

Going Green Metabolizing Machine Kale Smoothie

12 Feb

Kale, the other green meat…

So kale seems to be a pretty popular veggie these days, especially since it is one of the vitamin densest foods – super packed, which only means it will super pack you with vitamins when you consume it.  Plus, when put into smoothies, there are certain fruits to mix it with that almost cover the kale taste up.  Even kids will have no fear of its green color once they taste it ((as you will see below)).

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        The Going Green Metabolizing Machine smoothie is hands down, the most perfect mix, so that no flavor in the smoothie is more overpowering than any other.  It’s very energizing and filling from all of the nutrients, but even better… it has plenty of fiber, boosts your metabolism, and helps your system to be more “regular,” if ya know what I mean… and who wouldn’t want to be going regularly?

Servings: 1 large glass

Ingredients:
1 medium banana
2 branches of kale ((de-stemmed))
<1/8 of a fresh pineapple ((about 1 cup))
~ 1/2 cup almond milk

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Directions:  Make sure everything is washed thoroughly, then put it all in the blender. Blend it up!

        I usually like to use Italian Dino kale ((the broad leafed one)) since I personally find the flavor less potent, but in this case I only had curly kale which will do just fine.  If you find that the smoothie will not blend, just add more almond milk, or add a little bit of water or green tea for an extra energy kick.

PS:  Kale, kid tested, mother approved. FEED THIS TO YOUR CHILDREN!

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DIY Simple Stencil Reusable Shopping Bag – Create Your Grocery Style

11 Feb

        Our planet Earth is currently on the verge of destruction, so I am going to teach you all how to build a self-sustaining rocket ship…
       Gotchaaaa!…. I’m only going to show you how to fancy up a reusable shopping bag…

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        So to avoid more harm to Mother Earth, many people are doing various methods of Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling to slow the destruction down ((and maybe even one day reverse it)). 

        For those who are still using plastic and paper shopping bags, maybe this will motivate you to start reusing… and for those who already use reusable shopping bags, now you can use even better looking ones! Better yet, you can spruce them up yourself! – One thing I always recommend about reusable shopping bags, however, is that you be sure to wash them or disinfect them after every few uses.

        Stores are selling these bags like wildfire, but sometimes the idea is great, but the style not so great.  It may just be that the color and the design are not your favorites, or that you feel strange advertising a name brand everywhere you go shopping.  Whatever the case may be, here is how to turn a plain reusable shopping bag into a cute stenciled masterpiece.

 

        Okay, so this is very very simple.  Here is your list of materials:

Materials:Blank reusable bag
Ruler
Stencil of your choice
Folk Art or Fabric Paint
Round stencil brush or Foam Brush
Large piece of cardboard ((or something solid and flat))

ImageCaution:  Practice the stencil on a piece of fabric or paper before actually doing it on the reusable bag.  I learned this the hard way the first time…

What to do:
        1) Purchase:  If you do not have any, you can get blank reusable shopping bags at many websites, and can even order them in groups of 10 or 15 if you want to make these for various people for any special occasion – Christmas, bridal shower take-home, baby shower take-home, birthday, etc.  The stencil I chose is actually from a pack of 12 stencils by Martha Stewart Crafts.  Gotta love Martha <3.
        2) Prepare:  Put a large piece of cardboard or plastic sheet ((something you don’t mind getting messed up)) inside the bag under the area where you will be painting.  Measure to the center or corner, wherever you want the stencil to be on your bag.  I chose the center, but cute corner decorations would be nice as well.
        Make sure you tape the stencil down very firmly, as close as you can to the area being painting, but do not cover the part you will be painting.  Dip your brush into the paint and blot many times, you DO NOT want too much paint on the brush, or it will glob under the stencil.
        3) Paint:  Make sure the stencil is COMPLETELY FLAT against the surface of the bag.  Now tap your round brush or foam brush lightly covering all areas to be stencils.  Be careful not to accidentally stencil in an area not the part of the design you’re focusing on.  Take your time, relax, put some music on, and don’t be scared if it’s too light, you can always add more paint, but its hard to remove a blob.
        4) Let Dry:  Let the part you stenciled dry before moving on to another part of the design, so that you are not placing the stencil sheet over wet paint and smudging anything.

        Now you’re done and ready to shop in style, or have a great gift for a loved one.  If you want to make it even cuter, add some ribbon or a bow.

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        Always feel free to use any colors and styles you like.  You can even theme them for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, etc… but it’s usually nicest to have something you can use year-round.       

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