Pretty Wellness on The Dr. Oz Show

As a two-time cancer survivor, I’ve learned that it’s not just about the awesome medical community to help treat any given situation, it’s also a 360-degree approach including clean eating, active being and non-toxic living. So when I received an email from Dr. Oz’s production team to be interviewed on the show, I jumped to respond. It wasn’t the publicity on national television that intrigued me; I was thrilled to engage in a healthy conversation on a show that inspires people to make healthy changes.

I was invited to speak as a clean eating ambassador of sorts to discuss the Alkaline Diet. Dr. Oz was incredibly friendly and excited to talk to me about this plant-based eating approach. Since my cancer reoccurrence, I changed my eating habits and lifestyle. My diet has been largely an alkaline one, so it was easy to share my knowledge and expertise in this area. Plus, it was a lot of fun being dolled up with makeup and discussing my favorite green beauty brands in the dressing room.

Caryn Sullivan of Pretty Wellness on the Dr. Oz Show

The segment began talking about the Alkaline Diet where people test the pH levels in their saliva or pee. Yes, it sounds hokey. But I did it…at least in the beginning.

When I started looking to change my habits, I was curious for the data. Coming from the Standard American Diet, where I consumed soda, white starches and meat regularly, my body was very acidic. The media showcases contradictory literature that claims cancer and other diseases grow in an acidic body, while longevity improves with an alkalized one. After many conversations with my doctors, naturopath and nutritionist, I learned that no doctor is going to tell you not to eat more veggies. So I started focusing on consuming alkaline items including green smoothies, plant based salads and other nutrient dense whole foods. I found that my body not only looked better, but felt phenomenal. Furthermore, my scans have shown “no evidence of disease” after two years of conventional medicine, staying active and eating alkaline foods.

Dr. Oz talking to Caryn Sullivan of Pretty Wellness about the Alkaline Diet and Clean Eating

Dr. Oz broke down our conversation to focus on four strategies to eat clean on the Alkaline Diet. I’ve added a few of my own tips and recommendations to keep it simple and manageable.

1. Plan Your Meals Around Vegetables

2. Balance Your Meals with Lean or Plant Based Proteins

  • Be creative. Add beans to soups, salads or throw a bunch in a pan for a vegetarian delight. See our Instagram page for weekly images and ideas for inspiration.
  • Think protein-packed grains like quinoa with beans for this beautiful, stuffed pepper recipe.

Caryn Fine Sullivan on The Dr. Oz Show - October 20, 2015

3. Include Citrus in One Meal Per Day

4. Avoid Liquid Sugars

  • I loved diet sodas, pretty mocha coffees and even Hawaiian Punch, but I gave it up and feel thinner, stronger and seldom ever bloated.
  • I now drink Kombuchas, green tea, and infused waters. Check out #Infusedwateroftheweek on Instagram.

Check out this video highlights and show promo. If you like this segment and want other clean eating tips, please follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Caryn Fine Sullivan of and The Huffington Post on The Dr. Oz Show



  1. Nicole Pond

    Wow! I am soooooo proud of you! So interesting and you got to hold his hand ;)

    • Ha. It was really exciting and so fun to share all my clean eating stories. On the side, we talked about my love of green smoothies, too. Thanks for all the love.

  2. Great Job!! Hope you’re doing well! xo
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    • Thank you very much. It was an great day. We’re doing well. Lots going on with the family, but all is good. I hope you are doing well, too. xoxo

  3. Cfine, You did so amazing! Way to go!! Hooray!

    • Thanks, Amanda. I’m glad you checked it out. It was an exciting day and I truly enjoyed both speaking on camera and off-camera with Dr. Oz and his team. I hope you guys are doing well. Thinking of you. xoxo

  4. Laurie Peterson

    You are truly an inspiration to ALL! So cool to see you got to hang with Dr. Oz. You look beautiful as ever, Caryn. Nice job sweetie.

    • LL now LP – Thanks for the compliments and checking out the Dr. Oz segment. It was a great day. I enjoyed speaking about alkaline/clean eating as well as meeting and working with Dr. Oz and his staff. Plus, I met up with a few of my colleagues and friends before and after, so I had a little “me” time, too. Thanks for saying “Hi.” I hope you are doing well. xoxo

  5. Caryn~

    Thank you for sharing this episode. You truly are a sensational woman, inside and out. Your beautiful soul shined through to the million viewers of the show.

    Best of health to you and your family.

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Carmela. The Dr. Oz show was such a great experience personally and professionally. I feel great and believe it’s definitely a combination of my healthy eating and lifestyle as well as the support, medical treatment and love that’s in my life. xoxo

  6. Ann Dunne

    Great job Caryn! I love that you are teaching Dr. Oz something! Thanks for sharing your knowlegde and looking good while doing it! So proud of you!

    • Thanks so much Ann. Remember when I would prep for my Target Center spokesperson duties…Sesame Street Live morning live shots, Garth Brooks sold out shows, etc. I’ve always loved being the spokesperson and sharing the positive messages of the companies I’ve worked for or now the healthy lifestyle I truly advocate.

  7. This is great! I am so happy you are sharing such a great message and that you also had a great time! Way to go :)
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    • Thanks Jen. It was a great day altogether from being dolled up to discussing my favorite subject: clean eating. Dr. Oz was really nice and his staff was awesome. I could do that every day!

  8. Congratulations! How exciting for you.
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    • Thanks for the kind words Cascia. It was an honor to be on Dr. Oz and really fun to work with him and his staff. Plus, I got to chat to everyone about my favorite subject: clean eating.

  9. This is amazing! thank you for sharing the hilarious clips. What an honor to get to discuss the alkaline diet. It may change people’s lives!
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    • Thanks for the kind words Tamara. I do love to talk about clean eating and how simple it really can be to get started. I had so much fun talking with Dr. Oz about…and also knowing that people may actually try a few tips and make their lives better by doing it. I look back on my old life and think how different I used to eat and treat myself and I’m so glad that I’ve made changes because I look and feel a million times better and know I’m helping boost my immunity by doing it.

  10. LOOK AT YOU!!!!! On the TV, with Dr. Oz – looking HAUT and BOMB! Pink is your color! I hope you got to keep those SCRUBS! I would sleep in them, ha ha ha!

    And veggies are ALWAYS the main event of my meals… Along with SALMON! OHHH salmon, You are ALWAYS on my mind! LOL!
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    • Thanks for the compliments, Gigi. I LOVE that pink shirt, too. I bought it when I was in a rush after leaving Grand Central Station. I was meeting an old friend and didn’t like my top, so I ran into Kenneth Cole, saw it, bought it on the spot and changed my outfit in the dressing room. It was one of the best impulse shopping trips of my life.

  11. Oh my goodness! So cool! Congratulations!

    You did so well and you were on Dr. OZ! Oh my goodness!

    Thanks for sharing! I loved seeing you on TV.
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    • HI. Thanks for the kind words and for checking out the Dr. Oz segment. It was a lot of fun. I think my favorite part was chatting up green beauty with the makeup artist. She was super cool and obviously loved the subject, too.

  12. Congratulations on sharing your message on such an awesome show! I always learn so much when I watch Dr.Oz, but today I learned so much from YOU! Thank you!
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    • Yay. Thanks for checking out my interview with Dr. Oz. I’m glad you enjoyed it. He was nice and his staff was awesome. Overall, it was a super day.

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