Normally, I do not do any type of cleanse, detox, drastic diet. When I was considerably younger, I am positive that I aided in the ruin of my metabolism by dropping my calories under 900 per day and doing all types of crazy fad diets to lose weight. I eventually joined Weight Watchers and achieved my goal weight and Lifetime membership. I kept the weight off for several years until I let many factors get in the way and slipped back into that uncomfortable overweight hell.
When I saw the restrictions on this plan, I thought, "Oh nooooo!" "I can't do without my coffee." However, I jumped in and here are my observations:
The first thing that you must do is watch the videos of the show and download the food list and smoothie recipe. Go over it, look at it. Think of dishes that you can prepare and plan, plan, plan. If you do not meal plan, you will fail. It's too easy to fall back into the choices that got us here.
Second, make your shopping list and remember that you might need to divide up that initial trip, especially if your family is not eating the same things. In retrospect, I would have split up the rice protein and probiotic and separated some of the items. Things such as frozen fruit and veggies and the vegetable broth, if you choose to start with pre-made broth, can be bought well ahead of your start day.
Next, follow the plan. Don't try to get fancy and guess if something is okay. Most often, if you think it's not okay, it isn't. Fortunately, there is a Facebook group where you can ask questions, check out food ideas, etc. This is not an official group, but it has been a godsend. Also, check out June's YouTube videos. (You have to try the hummus!) Everyone is nice and encouraging. It's a great group!
Last, don't keep hopping on the scale. It will only stress you out. If you can't wait until the 2 weeks are complete, only weigh at the end of the first week, but don't become frustrated. Hang in there, drink your water and stick with the plan.
Here were some of my thoughts during the toughest time--those first three to four days:
Eliminating sugar and sugar substitutes. I was both knowingly and unknowingly consuming a huge amount of sugar.
Focus on vegetables
For me, finding an alternative protein powder. The rice protein powder has been the only protein powder that I can use with stomach upset.
Addition of probiotic
I am already gluten and dairy free
I am back to scrutinizing labels. I bought 2 items that I can't eat--a broth that isn't wheat and dairy free( (I was trying to save a buck.) and my plain coconut milk yogurt has ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, yup sugar--great.
The detox bath!
No resource for questions
Too personalized for some--not enough structure
Cannot maintain extreme low carb long term
Missing some of the most nutritious vegetables--carrots, sweet potatoes
So restrictive there is no exercise
For me, the am smoothie doesn't cut it, but once I ate 1 oz almonds, I was ok.
The smoothie. I used a NutriBullet and blended everything then added ice and blended again. I put it in a shaker bottle and threw it in the freezer until I was ready to go to work. Not perfect, but not awful. If you have trouble with textures, caution on this one. Some decrease the amount of ground flax seed.
I was hungry within 2 hours of the smoothie so I ate my portion of almonds and I was good until lunch.
3oz chicken breast, 1/4 cup brown rice, 1 cup broccoli roasted then I felt the need to drink part of the broth (store-bought with kale and garlic added)
I had planned to use my coconut milk plain yogurt for a snack until I realized that plain is not unsweetened--fail!
My next snack option was hummus that I had stashed for an extra snack. I looked at the label and it was a no-go due to the agave. By now, I am frustrated and also realizing how much sugar I was eating by way of default. We're not even talking about intentional.
DAY 2 & 3
Breakfast --smoothie with almonds for my morning snack
Lunch--I had an errand to run, so I ate my bean salad before leaving and a couple of hours later, I had my official lunch--chicken, rice, Brussels sprouts
Dinner--I was able to delay dinner--tilapia, rice and more bean salad. I normally have to eat as soon as I get home, but I could delay it. The only problem was my hunger after 8 because I ate dinner later. At least, I was able to avoid eating.
Head fog, no headache, but no coffee insanity. Some periods where I felt as if my blood sugar was dropping, so I would eat. I found that the nuts are invaluable for this.
The afternoon and evening drag time is very evident. I am waiting on that energy!
Starving by smoothie breakfast time
Nausea last night--maybe vitamin
GI issues occurring less frequently
Next week--more variety-- use turkey burgers/ground turkey in addition to chicken
The support group in invaluable!! More ideas, run foods by them to see if they fit the criteria, see how everyone is feeling and what they are doing.
Periods of lightheadedness.
I wished for an official page, forum, or someplace you could get official answers. We did well on our own page, but if you are nervous or needy and need the official word on things, just know that there just isn't that support from the man himself.
It's very low carb, and that can't be maintained forever which brings up my next complaint. Aftercare or lack thereof. On the videos Dr. Oz just says that when we're done he will let us have unlimited protein and nuts and extra berries for something sweet. That's it. No maintenance plan, but that. I just don't find that realistic; so, here's my plan.
Things I'm doing differently that I'll keep:
Less red meat
Less caffeine more Organic green tea--The caffeine withdrawal was worth it and honestly, it wasn't that bad
Roasting my own almonds, walnuts, cashews
Roasted chickpeas (yes, roasted, crunchy goodness)
Watch the sodium.
I'm actually going to keep the broth idea. Since there is a great veggie list, I can vary my add-ins for a filling snack.
Things that I will change:
More fruit--still less than before
More carb--still less than before
An occasional egg/egg white
Increase lean protein servings
I forgot one thing. After all of the above, I lost 8.2 pounds!! That is on the low end for those doing the challenge, but I'll take it. Thanks Dr. Oz!