After a month of holidays, parties, travel, eating tasty goodies and not having as much time to work out, I couldn’t be MORE ready to get back on track with my diet and exercise routines. While I was at my aunt’s house in Iowa for the Christmas holiday, I did a lot of reading and browsing on my iPad. I was excited to come across Dr. Oz’s 2-Day Holiday Detox plan. I decided to give it a try before the new year to jump-start my “get back on track” plan.
This program is designed to reduce bloat, rebalance blood sugar, remove fat toxins and recharge your metabolism. The program includes REAL food, delicious food and lots of it. I really liked the idea of being told exactly what to eat for two days (you eat the exact same meals for two days in a row).
So, with my printable sheet in hand, I headed to the grocery store bright and early on Saturday morning (Dec 28th) to buy the items.
Dr. Oz’s 2 Day Holiday Detox Shopping List
- 1 head red cabbage
- 2 oranges
- 1 melon (I chose honeydew)
Health Food Aisle
- 2 cans Amy’s low-sodium lentil soup
- 1 container Kern’s Coconut Water, Natural flavor
- 2 chicken breasts (I love the Weight Watchers brand pre-portioned frozen chicken breasts)
- 1 box instant oatmeal (I chose Oat Revolution Steel Cut Oats with Flax, Classic)
- 1 jar peanut butter (I chose Jif Natural Creamy, which is marked as low sodium)
- 1 bag raw pumpkin seeds (I chose Simple Truth Organic brand)
- olive oil (I had this on hand, so didn’t need to purchase – I used blood orange infused olive oil and it was amazing)
- chocolate tea (believe it or not, I had this on hand and didn’t need to purchase – Teavana Cacao Mint Black)
My grocery trip cost $38.59, but I obviously ended up with lot of items left over. The box of chicken contained 6 breasts and I only used two of them. I had lots of peanut butter, oatmeal and pumpkin seeds left over as well as half a container of coconut water and about 1/3 honeydew melon.
All of the meals were delicious and incredibly filling. I was not hungry at all during the two days. In fact, I kind of had to force myself to eat dinner by Day 2. This plan represents 1510 calories per day and 26 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, which is the number of daily PointsPlus that my plan recommends.
The down side is that I felt like complete and total crap for those two days. By mid-afternoon on Day 1, I wanted to take a nap and by the time I went to bed, I had a migraine developing. On Day 2, I woke up with a migraine, took 50mg of Imitrex and went back to sleep. An hour and a half later, I didn’t have any relief and took another 50mg of Imitrex. I did get some relief after a warm bath with eucalyptus and tangerine oils, but was very fatigued and slept the rest of the day. I had ZERO motivation to go work out, to go to church, to clean the apartment, to unpack my luggage or work on my blog or ANYTHING that I had every good intention to do. I slept almost all day, took another 100mg of Imitrex and another warm bath in the evening. As I mentioned, I had to force myself to get up and make dinner.
I really don’t know exactly what caused me to feel so terrible, but a quick Google search of “detox diet headache” revealed that it is not uncommon at all. My best guess is that it was caffeine withdrawal. I typically only drink one cup of coffee per day and don’t drink a lot of soda, but had become used to drinking more coffee and soda when visiting with my family for the holiday. I drank from tiny coffee cups, but probably had 3 – 4 small cups per day while we were visiting. Other culprits can be low blood sugar and anxiety, but I was taking in plenty of calories and eating at regular intervals, and was eating food that I enjoy, so I feel those were less likely the cause.
I’m proud of myself for sticking to the program for the full two days. The program resulted in a loss of 3.2 lbs in 2 days, presumably water. I’m sure that it was good for me and I’m sure that I released a lot of toxins and was able to do so with REAL food, not juices. But, I doubt that I will do the plan again in its exact form. I feel like I lost two whole days of my life and could have probably lost at least a pound or two with different food and beverage choices. I would never recommend doing this plan when you have any calendar obligations (work or otherwise). I will, however, add all of these meals to my rotation because they were all delicious. I may see how it goes to follow this diet without eliminating my daily cup of coffee, but will definitely wait for a weekend – just in case.
At some point in the future, I would like to attempt the Elimination Diet to determine my food allergies and sensitivities. I’m already aware of a dairy intolerance, but would be interested in seeing how eggs, wheat and corn affect me. In some of the books that I read over the holiday, I was surprised to learn that the foods we crave most are often those that we are allergic, intolerant or sensitive to. Yikes! But, after the experience of the last couple of days, I think I’ll wait a little while before attempting this one, which requires a commitment of about 2 full weeks. And, no matter what, I’m keeping my one cup of coffee per day.
Dr. Oz’s 2 Day Holiday Detox Resources