There were some rough moments, but I’ve come away from the cleanse with some new fav recipes, one of which is the ‘Vegetable Broth Soup.’ The hubster has been downing it and he’s not trying to cleanse a thing. I read a bad review of it on doctoroz.com so I was skeptical about how it would turn out, but it’s a keeper. Maybe not the object of the most scintillating photo journalism, but a keeper.
I don’t know if I would do this cleanse again or not. I am definitely going to keep the detox drink, the green drink, soup and salad in my regular diet, but the 2 days of detox left me backed up like the beltway at rush hour. Ok, it wasn’t that bad – I’ve been going, but not with the clockwork precision and comfort to which I’m accustomed. I’ve diligently googled this and I understand that constipation is a common side effect of this type of cleanse, and that I’m experiencing it probably means it worked and things are recalibrating, but I found it to be surprising and uncomfortable.
TMI? Sorry but I want to share a lesson. I would plan on a high fiber, easy going diet the few days afterwards while everything is sorting itself out. All that talk about yogurt and probiotics? Fine, but just wait a few days before getting into that. Keep it simlpe and stick with the soup, oatmeal, wheat toast and fruit for a day or so and you might not achieve the gurgling cacophony that has been my gut for the past 18 hours.
My googling took me to some dietary fiber recommendations and while I consider myself to be a pretty ‘healthy eater’ I doubt I’ve been getting close to the suggested 25-30 grams per day (even more for men!). So I spent a little time plugging some of the foods that I’ve considered to be higher in fiber into myfitnesspal.com and nope – I couldn’t be getting that much. Here are a few of the things I thought were really upping my fiber intake.. and they are, but not to the degree that I thought they were.
Nature’s Path Blueberry Cinnamon Flax Oatmeal – 3g of fiber per serving
Ezekial English Muffin – 3g of fiber per half a muffin
Bob’s Red Mill Flax Meal – 4g in 2 tablespoons
I will keep eating these things (Ezekial English Muffins are sooo delicious) because they have fiber and lots of other nutritional benefits, but I realize now that along with my green veggies, they’re not providing enough fiber. Here are some of my usual menu items that I knew had fiber but they’re higher than I thought!
an apple (with the skin) – 4.4g
an artichoke – 10.3
vegetable broth soup – 10g per serving
white bean and barley soup – 13g per serving!
Suffice it to say, I will keep making these soups. They have reasonable calorie counts, are inexpensive to make and get you to half the daily goal of fiber! Your gastroenterologist will be so pleased. (shout out Dad : )
Yield: a big pot of soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and some change
Total Time: about an hour and a half
This is adapted from the Vegetable Broth Soup recipe in the Doctor Oz 48-Hour Cleanse
1 red onion, chopped
2-3 celery hearts, chopped
1 bulb fennel, chopped or 1 Tbsp fennel seeds
2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
2 Tbsp paprika
2 tsp caraway seeds
3 quarts of water
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
fresh parsley and oregano, chopped
- heat the olive oil over medium high heat on a large pot and add onion, celery, fennel, and mushrooms, stirring frequently
- when vegetables have softened, add garlic and cook about 30-45 seconds
- add paprika and caraway seeds (and fennel seeds if using) and stir another minute
- add water and cabbage and bring to a boil
- reduce heat and allow to simmer partially covered for about an hour