Friday, July 8, 2016

The Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse - a personal review

My Personal Review of the: Dr. Oz 3-day Detox Cleanse

Dr. Oz 3 day detox cleanse - fruit and veggies
Photo by: Monica Lehua

Dr. Oz's detox cleanse is a great way to reboot your system. Whether you’re healthy, working on prevention of disease or challenged by health issues; we all need to look at simple, holistic methods of recharging our bodies.

When I heard about Oz’s 3-day detox cleanse drinks it sounded like a simple and relatively inexpensive way to give me a boost and reset my body, besides its only 3-days. I waited until the weekend so I would be able to spend the time shopping for the ingredients, (the shopping list and recipe for each drink is below) blending my drinks, and not have the temptations that an office environment can sometimes have with candies and snacks.

Detox breakfast drink

Breakfast was pretty good, sweet with a refreshing taste. I didn’t have flax seeds until later and found that I had to pulverize the seeds if you buy the whole flax seed and try to blend it, you’ll be picking seeds out of your teeth. Later I found it was less expensive to purchase a large bag of organic flax seed powder which made future drinks one step easier and easier to digest. You can purchase the flax seed powder I got on Amazon or a huge bag that will last forever at Costco or check your local health/grocery store.

Breakfast drink ingredients:

·        1 cup water
·        1 Tbsp flax seeds - powder
·        1 cup raspberries
·        1 banana
·        ¼ cup spinach
·        1 Tbsp. almond butter
·        2 tsp. lemon
Flax seed is used in the breakfast and dinner drinks. WebMD reports the benefits of flaxseed can include fighting heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. Another difference is using almond butter which is not very common but can be found in most grocery stores. If you have a health food store nearby, those stores sometimes have machines that will grind fresh almonds to make the butter with no additives or oil. Costco scored again by having a large bottle of almond butter for a great price. I also tried grinding whole almonds into a powder form and that blended well too.

Detox lunch drink

This is known as the ‘green drink’. I must have used the super large green veggies because this was too much for me to drink at one sitting. I was also very full trying to get all of this stuff down. Besides, the one page print out wasn't very clear and I didn't see the show to see what they actually did to mix the drinks.

Since I have a Vitamix blender (you can buy refurbished models on Amazon to save some moolah) that baby can pulverize almost anything, including the skin, seeds, and stems of fruits and veggies. With that said, don’t blend the lemon or lime rinds. I thought I would see what the blender could do and it made the drink bitter. So although it says, one banana, I knew not to put the banana peel in, yet I still thought grinding the half lime and not squeezing half a lime juice in the drink was the way to go cause it was a green drink – don’t do it. I put some tips next to the ingredients below. Since the green drink is mainly veggies, if you’re not doing organic, the skin on the cucumber and other veggies can be bitter once blended.

Lunch drink recipe

·        4 celery stalks - clean
·        1 cucumber – unless organic, peel the skin and remove the seeds to reduce bitterness
·        1 cup kale leaves
·        ½ green apple
·        ½ lime – squeeze the juice only
·        1 Tbsp. coconut oil
·        ½ cup almond milk
·        1 cup pineapple
Dinner detox drink

·        ½ cup mango
·        1 cup blueberries
·        1 ½ cup coconut water
·        1 cup kale
·        1 Tbsp lemon juice
·        ¼ avocado
·        ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
·        1 Tbsp flax seed powder
After the challenges of drinking the lunch drink, of which I couldn’t finish on Day One, this was a relief to my taste buds. The sweetness of the mango and blueberries blended well with the kale and avocado. I left the cayenne pepper out as I never cared for it. I was still full from the lunch drink so I had the dinner drink later in the evening.

Side effects or benefits of detoxing

The purpose of a body cleanse is to put your body into a state of rest of digesting whole foods, proteins and other things that you usually indulge in. A suggestion when drinking these drinks is to sort of chew your drink to generate saliva in your mouth to help in the digestion. This detox will clean out your system but it wasn’t something that was uncontrollable, however everyone’s system is different. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in the first place so I was sort of half way there. For those who aren’t accustomed to eating regular servings of fresh fruits and veggies, you may want to be sure to start and end when you’re able to be at home and not on a stressful schedule.

That said, the 3-day detox cleanse also includes taking a Detox Ultra Bath each night using Epsom salt and lavender oil. I admit I didn’t have the time, although I wanted to, it didn’t work out but it would have been nice.

One of the side effects that I noticed after three days and more of being awake while working on the computer was that I wasn’t tired and I got a lot of writing done. At first I thought it was because of a new medication I was on, however then I realized that after I stopped the detox drinks I was able to sleep at night.

Although it’s been a few weeks since I did the 3-day detox cleanse, I decided to continue to take the breakfast drinks as part of my daily routine of energizing my body with fresh ingredients. I noticed that I also don’t need to take protein powder shakes like I used to. This not only saves me money but the raspberries help curb my appetite, increase my vitamin intake and naturally wake up my cells. I may do the 3-Day Detox Cleanse a couple times a year, depending on what’s going on in my body and would highly suggest that others try it, even two days is better than none.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

How to make healthy homemade dog food - Makana Meatloaf

This is a canine recipe, that's also posted on Makana's Dog Blog - it helped her heal from liver failure, along with love, prayers and powdered milk thistle - a supplement which vets & research is said to aid in the regeneration of a dog's liver. - Let me know how your pet likes it, try it!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Homemade Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning Recipe - Make Your Own

I wrote a version of this recipe in my blog a while back, so this is a video of how I actually do it. I mention that each time I make it, every couple of months, I change it, depending on what I have in my cabinets - although the adobo base is always the same. Try it and let me know what you think!

How to cut (chiffonade) & use Collard Greens for Soups, Saute & Juicing

This is a short video on how I cut and prep my collards for soups and stir-fry. It's so tender I eat the stems by cutting it very thin. I also like putting it in my Saimin aka ramen noodles. Great in any dish that you want to add dark, leafy greens to your dish. - mm

Friday, February 5, 2016

Kitchen-In-A-Box: Cooking essentials - Everything You Need for college, camping, roadtrip...

This is great to take on the road when you can make meals in your hotel room, or if you bring a small stove, for camping, for setting up a small kitchen, for college dorm rooms - it has everything you need except the stove and pot!

How to Make 120 No Bake Cereal Bars for under $10

Try this simple recipe to make your own 'no bake' cereal bars delish!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

GE asks for a review & then declines the truth

GE rejects my review they asked for - stating 'It cannot be published to the website.'  It's not a bad review it just gives the facts, i would never recommend this dishwasher. 

Even their microwave is making noises after a few months and the 'new' dryer made horrible noises when we moved in that it had to be replaced. Shoddy work & overpriced repairs and parts is why most people replace their appliances, but don't expect much from GE. 


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Works but don't like prints
This came with our house, it was brand new and the top arm broke off and fell to the bottom & melted within the first month or so. After researching online it was easier to just buy another arm & install it rather than the vague comments from customer service who said they had to send a tech out to look at it. 

Online there's many comments of this being an issue, the arm is just lightly clicked on and isn't held on well. No reason of why it came off in the first place. Since our last d/w was over 6 yrs old, anything that washed and dried was appreciated. 

Sometimes the soap doesn't get dispensed even though the clip part opened. Also don't like the water and fingerprint marks on the front SS finish. other than that it's an average d/w. Although I do like that the racks are deeper than our old one to fit larger pots and cups on both top and bottom drawers.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Recipe for Adobo Dry Spice Rub


6 Tablespoons Kosher Salt (modify half-half salt substitute like Mrs. Dash if you're watching your salt intake)
6 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
4 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
2 Tablespoons Turmeric
2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
1-Tablespoon Black Pepper
1-Tablespoon Cumin

Optional - 2 Tablespoons Badia brand Sazon Tropical

Of course if you like other seasonings add it 1 tablespoon at a time so you don't overpower your rub. I like Badia brand Sazon Tropical - although some of the spices are duplicated there's just something about this mix that I like the aroma and the coloring it adds, more of a orange than the turmeric adds a yellow tint to foods. It's great with vegetables and meats for roasting, baking - or anytime you want to add seasoning. Of course this adds salt so you'll want to be careful and add less kosher salt when adding this.

Gift Tip:
I made a batch of this and bought 10 small decorative bottles, decorative bag, and some ribbon to give out as gifts. Each bottle fit about a little over 2 tablespoons of this dry seasoning. That doesn't sound like much but it's about how much if not more, in seasoning bottles we buy in the store. In addition I typed out the ingredients and suggestions for use and printed it on business card size paper & attached it to each bottle.