Dr Oz: Traveling With America’s Biggest Family, the Duggar Family
Many of us know how stressful it can be trying to plan a vacation for the family. Even when you only have a few family people in the family, planning, packing and actually getting to the vacation destination can be overwhelming. Well imagine if you were America’s biggest family, the Duggars. They recently traveled to New York City and today they stopped by Dr. Oz.
Dr Oz: Michelle Duggar Weight Watchers Success
Dr. Oz really wanted to know how Michelle Duggar was able to lose weight after so many pregnancies, which she estimates to be over 400 pounds. She said the weight loss didn’t become a problem until about the 10th child when she realized she had to lose 30 to 40 pounds because it was starting to cause back pain. She said she simply tried to make healthy choices, watch her portions and she joined Weight Watchers, which she said made a big difference in the weight loss.
Dr Oz: Duggar Secret To Marriage Success
Jim Bob Duggar told Dr. Oz the secret to a successful marriage is making time for each other as a couple so you can maintain good communication in the relationship. He told Dr. Oz early on in their marriage both he and Michelle made a promise to never call each other names and never talk down to each other. They also make a point of settling arguments before the sun goes down. Michelle added that humility and forgiveness are two other characteristics that keep their marriage strong.
Dr Oz: Funniest Duggar Child
Dr. Oz asked a few questions to find out who the funniest, pickiest, biggest trouble maker and the drama queen were in the family.
- Funniest – Josiah
- Drama Queen – Jennifer
- Pickiest Eater – Johanna
- Trouble Maker – Jackson
Dr Oz: Duggar Family Spends $3,000 a Month On Groceries
Dr. Oz wanted to give the audience an idea of what it is like to feed a family the size of the Duggars. Jim Bob Duggar told Dr. Oz they spend an average of $3,000 every month on food alone. He said they are able to afford the food because they do not have a house payment, they always buy used cars and they purchase a lot of their food in bulk to save as much money as they can.
- Eggs – Typical families purchase 1 dozen, Duggars purchase 15 dozen
- Fruit – Typical families purchase 1 pound, Duggars purchase 21 pounds
- Bread – Typical families buy 1 loaf a week, Duggars buy 50 pounds of flour to make their own bread
Dr Oz: Duggar Family Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
Michelle Duggar told Dr. Oz she is extremely grateful for her mother-in-law who lives with them and does all the laundry. She said on average the family does 11 loads of laundry a day. While many of us buy our laundry detergent, which can cost us $300 for 20 gallons, the Duggars make their own laundry detergent. Michelle said they can make 20 gallons and it only costs around $3.
Duggar Family Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients:
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 bar gentle soap
- 1 cup washing soda
- ½ cup Borax
Duggar Family Homemade Laundry Detergent Directions:
- Stir everything together in a large pot to make about 10 gallons.
Dr Oz: Duggar Family Homemade Wet Wipes
The Duggar family also told Dr. Oz they save money by making their own homemade wet wipes.
Duggar Family Homemade Wet Wipes Ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups hot water
- 1 tablespoon baby oil
- 1 tablespoon baby shampoo
- 1 roll paper towel
- 1 large container with closeable lid
Duggar Family Homemade Wet Wipes Directions:
- Mix all ingredients except for the paper towels.
- Cut the roll of paper towels in half and place in a large bowl. Pour the liquid over the roll of paper towels and allow them to absorb completely.
- Once the paper is wet enough, remove the cardboard tube and place the wet wipes in a sealed container.
Dr Oz: Duggar Family Homemade Pickles Recipe
The Duggar family must love pickles because they even have their own pickle recipe.
Duggar Family Homemade Pickle Ingredients:
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups vinegar
- 4 cucumbers, sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dill flavoring (optional)
Duggar Family Homemade Pickle Directions:
- Add all ingredients to a large jar.
- Cover and let sit for three days.
Dr Oz: Duggar Family Homemade Popcorn Recipe
Along with the pickles, the Duggar family loves eating popcorn, and they had their own healthy way to eat it.
Duggar Family Homemade Popcorn Ingredients:
- 6 cups popcorn
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
Duggar Family Homemade Popcorn Ingredients:
- Pop the popcorn and put into a large bowl. Add the coconut oil and nutritional yeast and enjoy.
Dr Oz: Duggar Family Remedy For Cold – Peppermint Essential Oils
Michelle Duggar shared her favorite health tip with Dr. Oz, which is to use peppermint essential oils to cure whoever has a cold in the house.
Each of the family members shared their favorite thing about being part of such a big family. Some of them included laughter, good food, never a dull moment, chaotic, adventurous, exciting, fun and love.