In 3 days, I have consumed at least 3 cups of raspberries, 3 cups of blueberries, a mango, 3 bananas, a pineapple, 1 bunch of kale, handfuls of spinach, 2 granny smith apples, 6 lemons, 2 limes, 2 avocados, 3 cucumbers, 6 stalks of celery, 2 liters of coconut water, 2 cups of almond milk, and various things like coconut oil, almond butter, wheat germ, cayenne pepper.
I can't say it was easy. I can't say I never felt hungry.
Day 1 was the hardest. By the end of the day, I may have had a bit of a meltdown that may have resulted in my husband and I clinging to each other in our desperation to CHEW something. He caved and had a slice of cold pizza. I allowed myself food to chew but stuck with what was on the list - I made kale chips.
Day 2 was a little easier. The lunch drink had made Day 1 nearly impossible and it could have been the end of me on Day 2. I made the drink but the texture, for me, was like swallowing sharp sand. It literally hurt my throat. Thankfully, I'd brought in Jeff's portion of Day 1's dinner drink and had that before lunch. Lunch was a challenge. I was in a meeting and lunch was provided. From Panera. Salad, sandwiches, and an insane number of Panera bread loaves. It was VERY tempting. Thankfully, a friend was there and I had told her about the cleanse (she's very, very healthy). I couldn't eat a sandwich when someone there knew that I was cleansing! I did "cave" and have a plate of mixed greens (no dressing) and many slices of cucumber. The next challenge was dinner - it was an on the go evening. Teagan had cheer, Jeff had Bible study, I had a meeting at church. I made my dinner drink and took it with me and stuck to my cleanse.
Day 3 was pretty easy. I skipped the lunch drink completely. I took ingredients and added them to other drinks and the ingredients (cucumber, apple, pineapple) all cut up to eat for lunch. Was offered a free lunch again and almost took the offer - but the sandwiches were all salami and ham and didn't look at all tempting.
I enjoyed the green tea each morning and the detox bath (soaking in epsome salt and lavendar).
This morning, I woke up and knew I wanted a breakfast drink. I used the remaining raspberries, blueberries, banana, avocado, some almond milk.
This morning, I weighed myself.
The purpose of the cleanse is to detox. It's to reset the system and clear it of all the toxins and crud that build up from eating processed food, fast food, etc.
The side effect is that there is the potential to lose weight and inches.
I lost 7 pounds. From the reading I did prior to doing the cleanse, 7 pounds is definitely not typical. Most of the accounts I read had losses of 3-4 pounds.
Most amazing of all is that today, I want fruits and veggies. I could go get a big old greasy cheeseburger. But I don't want it. I want a salad of spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, chickpeas. I want to go home and roast the head of cauliflower in my fridge. I want to roast some beets. I want to study up on clean eating recipes. I want fish.
I recently watched Alton Brown's Good Eats episode where he outlines his weight loss and healthy eating plan.
I feel like this gives me a guideline to follow for moving forward. I don't know that his list is exactly what I will follow but something close to it. Staying focused on raw foods, fruits and veggies, whole grains, oily fish.
Most of all, I feel like doing the cleanse has detoxed my brain. I feel like I'm armed with knowledge and ability to tackle a healthy diet in a more real way.
If you're interested in doing the cleanse, here is the link to Dr. Oz's website. Watch the video, watch the second video, get the plan. It's hard. It's more expensive than you think it will be (it says $16 per day but that's based on what you consume, not on what you buy) if you don't have a lot of the ingredients already on hand (like coconut oil, almond butter, almond milk, coconut water, probiotics, vitamins, etc).