Dr Oz’s Prehistoric Diet
In this Segment, Dr Oz introduced his Prehistoric Diet, which he called an extreme diet. Dr Oz had three women, Cheryl (age 41), Dawn (age 39), and Maryse (age 40), with high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol, locked up in the New Jersey Turtle Back Zoo for 48 hours. The women were not allowed to eat meat, dairy, sugar, or caffeine. The only food they were given was 10 lbs of raw fruits and veggies. The only source of salt came from one olive per day.
Before beginning the Prehistoric Diet, Dr Oz had all three women pass medical, physical, and psychological tests. Before the 48-hour lock-up, the women were given one last meal. The next day, Dr Oz surprised the women by being their escort to their new living quarters. For 48 hours, the women were going to eat the same food as the animals in the zoo. They could eat as much as they wanted of items such as carrots and broccoli. After the first few hours, they wanted more food. They also hated living in a tent. During the day, the ladies were to keep busy as well as keep track of their food intake with a journal.
The women had struggles after the first day. They complained that they were hungry and could not sleep. The next day, they wanted coffee, but had to eat more fruit and veggies instead. Maryse complained that she was going to the “bathroom” all the time with all the fruits and veggies they were consuming. Zoo patrons even visited the women, asking why they were living in a cage. (Should’ve made for some interesting conversation.)
After the 48 hours, the women had a medical checkup before their release. Then, Dr Oz brought the three women back to the studio to discuss their experience in greater detail.
Cheryl stated that after just the first few hours, she regretted it. However, she was happy to be there because she wanted to lower her cholesterol naturally. Dawn stated that the hardest part for her was having to consume all of the raw veggies. She craved something to dip the veggies in. She was okay with the fruits, though. Maryse stated that she had “to go” so many times during the 48 hours. Since leaving the zoo, she had been doing the diet and it’s not as bad now. Living in that environment was fun for her because she was getting away from the city and closer to nature, which was something she has always wanted to do.
Dr Oz asked the ladies if they had cheated at all since their release from the zoo. Maryse and Cheryl said no, however, Dawn stated that she had one cup of tea, but as for the food portion, she has stuck with the vegetables and fruit.
Truth Tube Time: (the numbers are the average of the 3 women)
On average, their LDL numbers went down 37 points
On average, their weight dropped 4 lbs in just 48 hours.
Dr Oz: Vegetarian Diet
Cheryl was surprised by the numbers, but she was happy. Dr Oz had a concern though: The Dr Oz Prehistoric Diet is extreme and is a tough diet to stay on for long term. In this part of the segment, Dr Oz introduced Julieanna Hever, RD Plant-Based Nutritionist, who gave simple solutions to make The Dr Oz Prehistoric Diet easier to maintain.
– Leafy greens because ½ of their calories come from protein. Spinach and kale are especially good!
– Beans are high in protein and are good for you. Go for beans such as garbanzo and navy beans.
– Leafy greens are also a great source of calcium.
– Dairy: Julieanna recommended soy, almond and rice milk, Tofu, amd Extra Silken.
Julieanne stated that we still need fats in our diet; however, the sources of fat should come from whole food items such as:
– Chia Seeds
If you don’t have an issue with heart disease or if you’re not trying to lose weight, Julieanne stated that you may sparingly use olive oil.
Dr Oz: Plant-Based Diet
Nuts: A good source of fats comes from nuts such as walnuts and almonds
Carbohydrates: Key sources of carbs for the Dr. Oz Prehistoric Diet include:
– Whole grain pasta and breads
– String beans