It starts off with 1 day of drinking "slim shakes" for each of your meals, which is said to allow you to shed 2 pounds overnight, followed by protein rich, well balanced meals for the rest of the week.
A few years ago I tried Dr. Oz's 1 month raw food challenge. I was in a post graduation junk food spiral and my skin was showing the effects. Since, I was never a big fan of anything healthy I thought it'd be an interesting challenge while forcing me to try new foods. I mean it was hard for me to even eat nuts without them being salted, roasted, and in a candy bar! HA!
Anyway, when it was finished I never wanted to see veggie patties again and I was sure that vegan or vegetarian was never going to work for me, but I did continue to eat more nuts, drink smoothies more often, and cut down on sugary foods/drinks.
Up until today you could NOT get me to eat spinach or kale. It just wasn't gonna happen. In fact, my mom asked me three times if I was really going to eat it. I decided that if I followed the recipe and didn't like it I'd tell her I made it for her. Lol!
Like, "I should have this stuff every morning"- good.
The margarita mix makes it so yummy that I forgot that there was kale in there and it didn't even need the mangoes for flavor.
For dinner, I was not as happy. I was now out of kale and margarita so I decided to try the Crispy Apple Smoothie Recipe. When I read "crispy" I thought they were talking about the apples, but no. They were talking about the smoothie.
Maybe I just used a carrot that was too big, or had my hopes too high from the margarita but it was too crunchy and thick for me. It tasted okay, it was also better than the way you would think a green smoothie would taste, but not great. It probably didn't help that it was now after 10pm and the citrus content of this recipe was pretty high. It was still very filling though. This time I only got a third of the way through my cup. it could also have been that I was just tired of chewing.
If you would like to try any of these recipes yourself you can find them listed below. Tomorrow I'm back to solid foods. My dad brought home fried chicken tonight (which I sat here inhaling while I crunched on smoothie) so it'll be interesting to see if I can work at least 1 piece into a meal tomorrow.
Dr. Oz Swimsuit Cleanse Instructions:
Everyone needs to drink one of the smoothies below for each of the three meals during the day. This will give the body a jumpstarted metabolism, help you lose two pounds in your sleep and allow your body to prepare for the final days of the cleanse.
Dr. Apovian said her shrink drink recipes have a lot of protein in them because the protein will keep you feel full longer, and retain muscle mass. She added that every year we age we lose about one percent of the muscle in our body. When looking for a protein powder for the drinks, try to find a powder that has a mixture of whey protein and casein protein. The whey protein will get to the muscle quickly to get them burning fat while the casein protein is absorbed by the body slowly, keeping you full longer.
Below are four smoothie recipes that Dr. Oz suggested for the first day of the diet. All you need to do is mix all the ingredients in a blender until mixed well.
Dr Oz Banana Latte Recipe:
1 scoop protein powder
1 cup fat-free milk
3/4 cup strong, black coffee (decaf is okay)
2 bananas, sliced
1 cup ice cubes
Dr Oz Crispy Apple Smoothie Recipe
1 scoop protein powder
1 cup water
1 apple, cored, seeded and quartered
1 medium orange, peeled and quartered
1 banana, sliced
2 handfuls spinach
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
Dr Oz Kale Margarita Recipe
1 scoop protein powder
2-3 cups de-stemmed and chopped kale
2 cups peeled and cubed mango
1 1/2 cups prepared margarita mix
1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup ice
Dr Oz Orange Zest Smoothie Recipe:
1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
Zest of one whole orange
1 whole seedless orange, quartered (including the flesh, sections and pith)
1/2 banana sliced
1 Italian plum, pitted (or regular plum)
Juice of whole lemon
3 large Swiss chard leaves, de-ribbed
After you have completed day one, you should be feeling pretty good and now you can move onto eating solid foods. Follow the guidelines below to plan out your meals for the week.
Every meal must contain:
3 servings (4 oz) protein
1/2 cup of whole grains
2 servings (1cup) of dairy
4 servings (1 teaspoon) of good fat
One glass of wine, once a day
For example, during breakfast you should eat two eggs, whole grain cereal, cottage cheese, a banana and some blueberries.