3-Day Dr. Oz Detox Cleanse – what’s good for your body is good for your soul!

A couple days ago I saw the re-run on TV for the 3 Day Dr. Oz Detox Cleanse.  I did this cleanse a couple months ago, thanks to a friend who recommended it. Afterwards, I had a lot of questions from friends and family about it so I wanted to share with you my experience.

I had never done a real cleanse before and thought what better way to reset my body and clean out all that bad stuff from the holidays!  I also thought a 3-day cleanse would be much more do-able than 7 days.  First, I’ll say that I LOVE FOOD, and I LOVE TO EAT FOOD, so a 3 day liquid diet seemed crazy to me. I thought how was I going to do it and would I even last?!? But I do love smoothies and shakes so, I was ready to commit and give it a whirl!  Many people who did this lost quite a few pounds, but that was not the reason I was doing it; I wanted to start fresh and clean out all the toxins. I did end up losing 2-3 pounds but keep in mind, this was about the same amount of calories I was already eating in a day so I wasn’t expecting a drastic weight loss.

You can find all the info on Dr. Oz’s website here and watch the clips from the show here. You can also print out a copy of the shopping list that I posted below here.  As for the cost, I did not really keep track (sorry, I did not think I was going to blog about it at the time!) and I also had a lot of the items already but if you are purchasing everything I would say that it costs more than $16 a day like they say on the website.  The most expensive things are the supplements, coconut oil, coconut water and almond butter.

3-Day Dr. Oz Detox Cleanse

I apologize, I do not have any pictures of the process, but I promise I will take some the next time I do the cleanse! They recommend repeating the cleanse three or four times a year.

The process is pretty straight forward, you consume 4 “drinks” (although I would call them smoothies) a day; a specific drink for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then a repeat of your favouite drink, green tea in the morning, along with supplements throughout the day and finish off with a detox bath.  This was how I scheduled my day:

7:00am – Morning Detox Tea with lemon and stevia –  The green tea in the morning was great. I made this, then hopped in the shower and had it while getting ready for work.  I had decaf because I can’t have caffeine, but I’m sure for those coffee drinkers, regular green tea will give you your caffeine fix in the morning.

7:30am Breakfast Drink – This was by far my favourite; I repeated it every day as the “snack” drink.  It is about 294 calories. I also took the half multi-vitamin and probiotic at this time.

11:30am – Lunch Drink – This one was interesting! The first time I made this, I did not blend it well enough and I also needed to add more water to get it to a decent consistency. This is where a commercial-grade blender really comes in handy. My regular kitchen blender would not have done the trick!  This drink is also HUGE! It took me two very large glasses to finish it. As recommended by my friend, I also made some modifications to it: I put in 3 stalks of celery instead of 4, half a cucumber peeled instead on a whole one, 1 1/4 cup of pineapple instead of 1 cup and added about a cup of water. By the second and third day when I got the consistency down, it was pretty tasty. This drink, with the modifications, is about 435 calories. I also took my other half multi-vitamin and omega-3 supplement.

4:00pm – Snack Drink – I repeated my favourtie one which was the breakfast drink.

7:30pm – Dinner Drink – This one was pretty tasty too. However, the first day I put in the recommended amount of cayenne and almost could not finish it! I would advise to only put in a sprinkle or omit it completely – I know cayenne has great health benefits, but I could not handle it! This drink is about 330 calories.

Right before bed – Detox Ultra Bath – This was a nice way to end the day. I am not a bath person but it was really relaxing and the lavender smells oh-so good!

I spaced the drinks out every 3-4 hours, since my body is used to eating at specific times.  I drank lots and lots of water in between, not only does it flush everything out but, it helps curb off any hunger you may have.  It’s also important to take the vitamins when you drink the smoothies so your body absorbs them better.

With the supplements (about 15 calories), this works out to about 1,368 calories per day. Another recommendation was to add some protein because there isn’t very much in these drinks and I was still working out during the cleanse. I added a half scoop to the morning drink and a half scoop to the dinner one. That brought it up to almost 1,500 calories a day. So you can see it is definitely enough food to keep you feeling full and satisfied.  I did not feel hungry at all. The only thing I missed was the actual act of eating food, and I think that’s just a habit. I did crunch on some celery sticks and pop a few almonds but that was the only solid food I had.

Tips before you start:

  • I highly recommended using (if you own one) or borrowing a commercial- grade blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec. My boss was kind enough to lend hers to me. It really helps pulverize the drinks, especially the lunch one! They are very expensive but worth the investment. This will be our next big purchase πŸ™‚
  • I planned this on a Friday-Sunday. The reason being was that I did not want to lug around so much food to work and I also wanted to be home – TMI alert – in case I needed the bathroom quickly! Although, it turned out my bathroom trips didn’t change much besides having to pee about a dozen times a day.
  • Prep the food ahead of time. Wash and chop the veggies and fruit; it helps make the process quicker.
  • Buy frozen fruit (just make sure there is no sugar added!) – or buy fresh and freeze it. This helps keep your drink cold.
  • Add some protein powder to the smoothies if you still plan to workout during the cleanse.
  • Drink lots of water!

I definitely recommend this cleanse, especially if you’re skeptical like I was. I really did feel full and in the end I felt much better, slept well, and had high energy levels.  I will be doing this again in a couple months and I will post pics of the process – so stay tuned πŸ™‚

Have you ever done the Dr. Oz Detox Clenase cleanse before; what did you think??


  • Taylor January 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    This looks like a great cleanse, cannot wait to try! You have done a fantastic job posting all the information and I may have missed this somewhere, but I was wondering if you continued taking the supplements after the cleanse?

    • thehappyhealthfreak January 1, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Taylor! Thanks for the kind words! I continue to take a multi vitamin as well as the fish oil, I’m not currently taking a probiotic, although it probably wouldn’t hurt. I use my Fitness Pal to track my daily intake and found out that I was low in iron and calcium so I take those supplements too. Good luck with the cleanse and let me know how it goes!

  • Abby November 9, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Could you do this cleanse for 5 days?

  • Layla March 28, 2019 at 11:31 am

    This looks great! What can substitute the banana with?

  • Bianca N. May 21, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Hi ! Love your blog very good information!
    I wanted to know if it’s ok if we prep the smoothie and freeze for the three days?

    • happyhealthfreak May 21, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Bianca! Thanks for the kind words;)
      What I would recommend doing is prepping freezer packs with all the fruit/veggie ingredients then you can just throw them in the blender with the liquid. However, you can totally make them ahead of time and freeze, it might change the texture though. Let me know how it goes!


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