Dr. Oz never seems to run out of diets. He seems to be particularly fond of quick-fix diets, especially cleanses. So it is not surprising to see that he is promoting a new diet, called the Joe Cross 3-Day Weekend Juice Cleanse. Are you ready for the juice?
The diet is from Joe Cross, who describes himself as a health advocate and documentary filmmaker. During the production of one of his documentaries he decided that his weight was causing too many problems in his life. He set out to lose weight and become healthy. This juice cleanse is the result of his journey.
The 3-Day Juice Cleanse is, you guessed it, based around drinking a lot of juice. It is best to have your own juicer, since you are going to be drinking a broad variety of juices, some of which are difficult to find in the grocery store.
The 3-Day Juice Cleanse takes 5 days. Yes, that’s right, 5 days at least. For 2 days, you are in the “ramp up” stage. During this stage you are preparing for the cleanse and flushing your body with fluids. That entails lots of hot water with lemon and ginger and the total elimination of caffeine, sugar, dairy, beef and processed foods.
During the actual 3 days of the cleanse your diet is quite prescriptive. You have 5 juices a day and only one real meal. Before you get too excited about that meal, it is strictly fruits and vegetables.
Your juices are quite varied. There is a carrot, apple and ginger juice. Another juice blend is called “Mean Green” because it contains cucumber, celery, kale, apples, ginger and lemons. Gazpacho juice is your lunch, with a “Sunset Blend” juice before dinner. This is sweet potato, carrot, red pepper, beets, apples and oranges blended together. After a day of these juices, dinner veggies and fruit will be a welcome change. At least you get something to chew!
After the 3-day cleanse is complete, you ramp back to eating 3 meals a day. Joe Cross recommends keeping at least one juice in your daily diet, though. Don’t want to let the juicer go to waste!
Have you taken the 3-Day Juice Cleanse challenge? How did it go?