Oz Blog Day 24
As I showed you in yesterday’s blog, I’ve started putting cinnamon in my Kitchen Sink Smoothie. I quipped, “It can‘t make it taste any worse.” And, in a unique turn of events, I was right. The cinnamon, besides not making the smoothie taste worse, actually makes it taste better. My wife, however, put a teaspoon of cinnamon in her coffee, and soon regretted it. When the coffee started to get cold, the cinnamon congealed at the top of the mug to form a slimy film that looked like a blood eel. Mmmmmm… cinnamon-flavored, and a slick fishy texture? I‘m in.
Wednesday’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show was about eating twice as much, and losing weight. Oz had me at “eating twice as much.” Oz and his guest recommended eating expanders (like Portobello mushrooms, zucchini, and flavored seltzer water) with meals. They say the expanders help you feel more full by making your meals larger, but healthier. Here’s the visual demonstration.
They had me at "strange green goo and packing peanuts."
The next part of the show was called, The lazy girl‘s guide to getting healthy. Oz recommended three simple health tests for lazy girls like us… or you… not to say you’re lazy… or that I’m a girl… this is exhausting. Anyway, the tests for lazy girls like us involved testing for circulation by putting your index fingers together and checking for a diamond shape in the negative space.
Boom! My circulation looks good. Also, my dexterity seems pretty good, since I managed to take a picture of my own hands (intentionally).
The next test involved taking your temperature when you wake up, and making sure it’s above 98 degrees for a week straight. This tests for a working thyroid gland.
Finally, Oz says you check for risk of heart disease by doing a sit and reach. If you’re in your thirties like me, you should be able to reach past your toes by three inches. I fell a little short.
Arrgghh! My toes are so far away… I blame it on my tight hamstrings. I’m working to fix that with the litany of workouts I’m doing every morning.
Oz guests also talked about some checkups that you might not need as often as you think. For instance, you don’t need a pap smear until you’re 21. I don’t know what the guitarist for Nirvana and the Foo Fighters has to do with health… OK, I just looked it up, and I was referring to Pat Smear. A pap smear is something I will NEVER need.
WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO EVERY DAY:
7:00AM - "Personal business," check color, amount, and shape
7:05AM - Weigh-in
7:10AM - Chant
7:15AM - Five Tibetans workout
7:20AM - Chris Powell’s five minute workout
7:25AM - Five minute metabolism workout
7:30AM - Lift weights
7:35AM - Tony Horton’s 10-minute workout
7:45AM - Drink "Kitchen Sink Smoothie"
8:00AM - Read Tweets
8:30AM - Apply topical vitamin C with sunscreen ($19 for 4 ounces)
2:00PM - Eat dark chocolate
6:00PM - Take fiber supplement
8:00PM - Post on Facebook
10:20PM - Use neti pot (helps snoring) ($12.50 a month, including pot)
11:15PM - Apply witch hazel ($6 for 16 ounces)
11:20PM - Apply nasal strip (helps snoring) ($10 a month)
11:25PM - Do bed yoga
11:30PM - Bedtime
WHAT I’M CONSUMING EVERY DAY:
- Some onion (treats and prevents various diseases) ($2.50 for a 5lb bag)
- 2oz of papaya juice (increases energy) ($8 a month)
- 1oz of dark chocolate (lowers cholesterol, improves blood pressure, reduces inflammation) ($15 a month)
- 2 cups of white tea (busts fat) ($7.50 a month)
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil (improves metabolism) ($12 a month)
- Half-a-grapefruit (boosts metabolism, prevents stomach cancer) ($13 a month)
- 10 oz of berries (prevents pancreatic cancer) ($27.50 a month)
- ¼ cup of kale (prevents heart disease and lung/breast cancer) ($11 a month)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (burns fat) ($3 a month)
- Greek yogurt (meal expander)
- Portobello mushrooms (meal expander)
WHAT I’M TAKING EVERY DAY:
- 2000mg of glucomannan root (dietary fiber/weight loss) ($13 a month)
- 500mg of turmeric (fights liver damage/Alzheimer’s/some cancers) ($7.50 a month)
- 400mg of astragalus (slows down aging) ($7.50 a month)
- 1 Tbsp of pea protein powder (curbs cravings) ($18 a month)
- 1 Tbsp of brewer’s yeast (increases energy) ($15 a month)
- 1 Daily multivitamin (does a lot of stuff) ($2 a month)
- 1500mg of garcinia cambogia (burns fat) ($13 a month)