Happy New Year everyone! I know, I know. I’ve already posted this year so this isn’t technically my first new years’ post, BUT, this is the big one I’ve been waiting for. Every new year countless amounts of people start their year off with diets or detoxing in hopes of a fresh new start and determination in reaching their goals.
I am 100% here for and supportive of fresh starts and developing a healthier eating life style, but personally, I can’t stand the diet trends. I’ve done Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, the Insanity diet along with the workouts, Keto, Arbonne and I hated them all. I admit, that’s a strong word, but looking back they all made me miserable.
If any of these have worked for you I’m happy for you, truly, but I just can’t justify being miserable and hungry all the time to lose weight. It didn’t make me feel better about myself and that was my main goal. And over the years, after trying diet fads and taking certain foods out of my daily diet, within this past year something clicked for me. It wasn’t my physical appearance that I wanted to feel better about, it’s what was inside. Cliché, I know, but really! Its mental clarity and more energy that I crave for every new year.
Over the holidays most of us get suckered into heavier eating habits of food filled with carbs passed down from our ancestors partnered with less activity and sweets, sweets and more sweets. As much as I love this tradition, I always end up feeling like a heavy sack of potatoes going into the new year and I’m ready for a change, or more specifically, a reset.
Many people will argue that a detox is a type of diet and while this may be true by definition, to me a diet is a long term commitment that comes with a lot of negative triggers and pressure whereas a detox is more of a cleansing reset. The point of a detox is to literally rid your body of toxins and unhealthy substances. It’s exactly what I was looking for!
My interest in detoxing piqued when I saw Lizzo doing a 10-day detox on Instagram and I was really proud of her for sticking to it and she definitely saw results. She was glowing! I told my partner about it and said I wanted to do a detox that was maybe 7 days because I didn’t think I could handle 10 days. She laughed at me and said she would work on finding a 3-day one instead. Thank goodness I have her around to knock some common sense into me because 3 days was plenty.
After researching, we decided to try the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse for our first ever detox. Before committing 100%, we read through a lot of reviews to make sure that this was a healthy way to detox and overall doable. People said it was easy and they loved the results. Most people lost 2-5lbs of water weight and felt totally reset. Again, exactly what I was looking for!
So of course, I decided to document the whole thing to share it with you guys, as well as the products we used to recommend getting if you don’t already have them.
Grab a glass of water because we’re starting this year off with hydration, get comfortable and enjoy this review!

(See detox details below)


Day One

I’m not going to lie to you guys. I was totally nervous going into this detox but I was equally excited. I was ready for a reset and ready to challenge myself mentally to stay positive through these next three days. Because let’s get real, it’s totally a mind over matter thing. You cannot fail unless you quit.
Prior to day one we had no blender so that was the first step. Blenders can be fairly expensive and for our first one we didn’t want to go too crazy. After researching reviews a few different brands, we chose to go with the Homgeek Professional Blender. It’s a 2L blender which you will DEFINITELY need if you decide to try this detox. In some reviews I read people were using magic bullets and other small blenders, but they just couldn’t handle a lot of the vegetables that go into this detox.
The Homgeek blender has 8 speeds that can blend anything from bananas, carrots, ice, grains and more. It’s a vortex blender with titanium steel blades and a cooling motor so that it doesn’t overheat very easily. This was really nice because there are times when you’ll be blending for a few minutes.

So here’s how my day one drinks went down.

Morning Tea:

  • Definitely did not do Stevia. Totally forgot about it when buying groceries, but I don’t like sugar in my tea and it’s really not so important that you need to have it. I loved the lemon slices in my green tea. I had two cups of this and felt fine without my usual coffee!

Breakfast:

  • I was super eager for the breakfast drink and it was really easy to make. It was a little tart from the raspberries but that’s to be expected.
    • I used the Smoothie function for 60 seconds with the Homgeek blender for this drink and it blended well!
  • I also DID NOT take the multivitamin during this detox. A week ago I didn’t eat enough for lunch and took my multivitamin and was sick for about an hour. I was super nervous to take it during this detox and read a few other reviews where people did not take it, so I just decided to leave it out.

Between breakfast and lunch be sure to drink PLENTY of water or you will get hunger pains.

Lunch:

  • I was a bit nervous for this one after reading several reviews of people saying this was the hardest to get down. They also said to BLEND BLEND BLEND. So I did. But four celery sticks, one cucumber, a cup of kale and a half of a green apple can be pretty hard to blend into a decent consistency. This sucker was thick and I had to choke it down.
    • For this drink, I used the Smoothie function for about 30-60 seconds and then another minute or two on level 4. Be sure to grab the tamper, you’ll need to help the blender out by pushing the ingredients towards the blades.
    • Also, I ended up modifying it by adding a cup of water to it. This resulted in a completely filled Bubba cup and a regular drinking glass almost full.
  • Also also, it took me 3 hours to finish it all.
  • Halfway through lunch I took my vitamins (D3, probiotic, HSN, elderberry gummies and FLO vitamins) and honestly, my elderberry gummies and FLO vitamins are what got me through the rest of lunch. If you have any vitamin gummies that are yummy, I highly suggest taking them mid lunch to help your taste buds out.

Between lunch and dinner drink lots of water. If it takes you a while to drink the lunch smoothie like it did me, you will not remain as full as other reviewers claimed. During this detox you can have as much water or tea as you’d like, so to stop myself from eating dinner at 4:00pm, I made a cup of Yogi tea to curb my appetite.

Also, this green drink is definitely the cleanser of the detox so you’ll start to feel a little sluggish after lunch. Don’t worry, it’s totally normal. This is your body starting to cleanse itself and get rid of toxins so you might feel a little achy and develop flu-ish symptoms.

Dinner:

  • The dinner shake was actually really yummy but still took me about an hour and a half to two hours to finish.
    • This one is also pretty easy to blend. I used the Smoothie function for about 30-60 seconds and then another minute on level 4.
  • The cayenne was a bit much but nothing I couldn’t handle. It didn’t make the shake spicy necessarily, it just brought some heat to it and helped with the hunger pains a lot.
*I totally forgot to take pictures of the dinner shake but trust me when I say it was tasty and brownish purple!

Detox Bath:

  • I love a good bath so it was really nice to wind down the day in a relaxing hot bath. I used Dr. Teals Detoxify & Energize Epsom salt and the lavender salt.
  • It’s important that you use a good amount of Epsom salt in the bath to end the day. Since sweating is a key part of the detox, the amount is necessary as the salt helps rid your body of toxins. It’s also nice and relaxing due to the flu like symptoms you may feel from this detox. If you don’t have a bath tub, don’t worry. Some of the detox reviews say to run a hot shower with the door closed to create steam and this is a good replacement for the detox bath. I didn’t really sweat, but better luck tomorrow!
*You can also do 15 minutes of light cardio to create that sweat, too. Just don’t overwork yourself because you aren’t feeding your body the adequate nutrition.


Remember, to get true results from your detox bath you need 2cups of Epsom salt, so be sure to grab a few bags before you start this 3 day detox!

My side effects from day one:

  • Formed a headache during lunch but felt better after taking an Aleve and drinking more water.
  • Clenched my teeth a lot because of the headache.
  • Felt achy in my back and arms.
  • My temperature ran about 74.2 so I was freezing most of the day, this is where drinking tea really helps.
  • Super super tired and ready for bed.

Day Two

I thought I would wake up starving but I actually woke up feeling okay and very alert. I woke up before my alarm and felt well rested.

Morning tea:

  • Had two cups again, no Stevia.

Breakfast:

  • This drink was yummy again but I wanted it a little colder so I added about a normal glass full of ice. This obviously made a bit more than yesterday, but that was fine with me.
    • For this drink I used the Smoothie function for about 30-60 seconds. After adding the ice I used the Ice Crush function and this one will shut the blender off automatically once it senses that all the ice is blended. If it’s still not blended enough for your liking, blend another 30-60 seconds using the Grind function.

 Lunch:

I was cringing as lunchtime approached but I sucked it up because I wasn’t giving up. We decided to prepare these a little earlier since it took so long to finish yesterday.
  • I liked the ice in the breakfast drink so I decided to add the same amount to the lunch drink plus 2cups of water this time.
    • This time I blended on level 4 for 30-60 seconds. Then added the ice and used the Ice Crush function until that was blended. Lastly, I added 2cups of water and then blended on the Grind function for another 1-3 minutes.
  • Halfway through lunch I took my vitamins to help my taste buds again.

The consistency was much better from adding more ice and water but it filled up a Bubba cup, a normal drinking glass and a wine glass full. Be prepared to stir this shake while drinking if you decide to modify it because adding ice and water will cause it to separate and it gets gross.
With doing these modifications, it still took me forever to drink it. Probably 2-3 hours and it was rough getting to the bottom of each glass because it was basically green water.
Between lunch and dinner we went on a 1 mile, leisurely walk. After getting back inside and up the stairs we were both sweating as if we’d walked a brisk 4-mile walk. Beware of exercise during a detox!
*Had one cup of tea after the walk.

Dinner:

After the lunch drink I was STOKED for the dinner drink.
  • I added ice to this one too, no water, which resulted in just a super thick smoothie.
    • I blended on Smoothie for 30-60 seconds, then added a cup of ice and blended on the Ice Crush function. Then blended on the Grind function for another 30-60 seconds.
    • Today I only added a 1/8tsp + a pinch of cayenne and the heat was much better than yesterday.

Detox Bath:

  • This was really nice again but I still didn’t really sweat.

My side effects from day two:

  • Formed a headache during lunch again but felt better after taking an Aleve and drinking more water.
  • Clenched my teeth a lot because of the headache.
  • Felt more achy in my back and arms.
  • Had a few blemishes pop up.
  • Had a lot of cravings during the day for Zaxby’s.
  • Tortured myself by looking up recipes on Pinterest and went to bed hungry.

Day Three

Morning Tea:

  • I woke up hungry so I was very thankful for the tea and was super glad this was the last day.

Breakfast:

  • Only added 4 ice cubes to help chill the drink but nothing too extra.
    • Blended on Smoothie for 30-60 seconds then added the ice and blended on the Ice Crush function.

Lunch:

  • I was dreading this drink again today but I went into the kitchen and took a deep breath and did the damn thing.
  • I added only 1cup of water and 4 ice cubes today because I just wanted to finish this drink as fast as possible.
    • This time, I blended at level 5 for about 2 minutes. Added the ice and blended on the Ice Crush function until it turned off. Then blended on Grind for another solid 3 minutes. This helped with the consistency but it was still thick. Luckily it only filled up one Bubba cup today, but it still was hard to get down.
  • Halfway through I took my vitamins to help my taste buds again.
I did laundry between lunch and dinner and this made me sweat so I considered this my exercise.
*I ended up not having a cup of tea today.

Dinner:

  • I was not looking forward to this but I just wanted to get it over with. My partner and I had made the grocery list for dinner this weekend and next week and we both were pretty hangry.
    • I blended on Smoothie for 30-60 seconds then added a cup of ice and blended on the Ice Crush function until it turned off.
We threw this drink back pretty fast and drank a lot of water with dinner.

Detox Bath:

  • I actually sweat today, yay!

My side effects from day three:

  • Formed a headache during lunch again but felt better after taking an Aleve and drinking more water.
  • Clenched my teeth a lot because of the headache.
  • Was extremely sore in my arms.
  • Had a few blemishes.
  • Got super hungry after my bath.

Honest Results, Modifications & the Homgeek Blender

I survived! I have a confession to make though. After reading through many blogs of other people who have tried this detox there were some who allowed themselves a snack on the evening of day 3. I didn’t do anything crazy, but I measured 1/4cup of raw almonds for both my partner and I and it was heavenly. It was around 9:00pm and I didn’t feel guilty at all.
I was surprised to see how many people ate snacks throughout the day, ate a dinner the last night of the detox or just flat out gave up! It’s all about mind over matter. I could’ve easily quit and made meals out of the left overs but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. And I feel fantastic!

Here’s my side effects post detox:

  • Woke up before my alarm feeling alert and clear-headed.
  • Had coffee but only needed one cup, didn’t finish it and didn’t crave a second.
  • Made scrambled eggs with spinach and felt full.
  • Have been drinking more water than usual.
  • Got full off of lunch from a smaller portion than I normally would have.
  • My joints feel GREAT!
  • My leggings are looser.
  • Tried on a bra that didn’t fit a week ago and it fits now!
  • My partner made vegan shepherd pie for dinner and we were WAY full off of a normal portion.
  • Didn’t feel the need for anything sweet or any snacks post dinner.

Side note – I mentioned in the beginning that most people reported losing 2-5lbs from this. I don’t have any lbs lost to report because I don’t believe in scales. I would rather happily eat healthy foods that make me feel good and work out on my own terms in my own way than force myself to step on a scale each day. I would rather better in my present skin than try to achieve a number.

Here are the modifications I made for the groceries:

  • Frozen raspberries instead of fresh.
  • Frozen blueberries.
  • Fresh mangoes.
  • Canned pineapple with the juice drained.
  • Recommend half of an avocado instead of a 1/4. I did 1/4 the first two days but enjoyed the 1/2 on the last day.
  • Carved the seeds out of the cucumbers and left the skin on but some people take the skin off.
  • Cut the white off of the celery and tore off the dead leaves.
  • Didn’t use Stevia.
  • Used lavender Epsom salt instead of lavender drops.
  • Chose to leave the multivitamin out for the detox to avoid feeling sick.

How I Felt About the Homgeek Professional Blender

If you’re looking for a great blender that’s going to give you the same results as a more popular name brand blender, like the Ninja or Vitamix, then this blender is it. We bought the Homgeek blender specifically because we knew we needed it for this detox, but we also like to make our own soups, sauces, dressings and are excited to make vegan dairy products with cashews that our immersion blender couldn’t handle. The Homgeek blender is made with titanium blades that can crush, blend, grind and emulsify to perfection. Right now you can save $10.00 off!

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Would I Recommend this Detox?

Honestly, I loved this detox. I think it’s a great way to reset your body and mind and take back your clarity and productivity. My hopes are to repeat this detox at the beginning of every quarter, but I MIGHT replace the last shake with a small meal like a raw salad or salmon with veggies. I would absolutely recommend this detox to anyone who is looking to cleanse and reset, but remember, it’s not a long term diet. What is long term, is how you continue your lifestyle after your reset.

If you have any questions about the detox or the Homgeek blender please leave your comments below. I would love to hear from you!
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12 Comments

  1. What a great post! Thank you very much for detailed, step by step description of your detox. I do believe that I need clear my body as well and I definitely will try your method. It does not seems to by very extreme (love blueberries!) and hopefully it will give me energy for 2021.

    1. Thank you so much! It helped me so much with coming into 2021 with a clear mind. Which then helps with your body feeling refreshed too! 

  2. This seems like a great way to detox your body, specially after the Christmas period or any other time of excessive consumption of party foods. I am a bit of a fruit bat and normally only eat fruits for breakfast, so these smoothies and blends seem to be easy to make and and something that I might enjoy. I am normally not that keen on taking supplements, but can see the use of them during a detox. Thanks for the detailed instructions to follow this detox. 

    1. Thank you! I am a big fan on knowing all the deets when it comes to trying something new so I wanted to be able to share that with anyone who is looking into the Dr. Oz detox. The breakfast and dinner drink are yummy with fruits but in the lunch drink I mainly tasted the celery and coconut oil. It’s no unbearable, but it’s a beast! 

  3. This detox can help us with so many things of cleaning our system out for one. The best thing is cleaning the bad toxins out and leaving your body nourished enough to go on without hunger pains. the hunger pains is the most I would worry about, but we love water so this will be easy for us to detox and try to clean out bad toxins.

    Cheers,
    Mathew&Deloris

    1. Hi Mathew and Deloris!

      The hunger pains weren’t as bad as I was expecting! And in Dr. Oz’s instructions, he does state that you can repeat a favorite drink in the afternoon as a snack if you need it but I found that the lunch drink was so heavy that I didn’t need it. Anytime I did get hungry it’s nothing water or a good tea couldn’t fix! If you’re looking to do a fairly easy detox I highly suggest this one. I also plan on repeating this detox or trying a similar 3 day detox every quarter so stay tuned! 🙂

  4. This sounds amazing. I am also not into fad diets or restricting what I eat as a means to losing weight. My goals are to feel better and to be healthier and yes of course if I lose weight along the way that will be superb. I tried a detox for a few days about 3 years ago and it really made me feel great. I might just give this a go soon. The one I did was a green food detox, so I could eat anything I wanted and as much as I liked as long as it was green and it really was amazing. I also had a lot of the same side effects as you had.
    I’ve got an amazing blender that my mom gave me – it is an Omniblend and I love it. I use it all the time.

    1. Hi Lynne!

      That one sounds interesting! I’m going to have to look that up. Does it count if we use green food dye? 😀

      I am wanting to do a detox at the beginning of every quarter and I wouldn’t mind repeating this Dr. Oz one, but I’m definitely open to trying a new detox! I’ve also seen that there’s a 3 day soup detox that I might look into for April!

  5. This is such a detailed description of your detox. I love it! I have never done a detox before, but this one looks like a great one. I am just nervous about doing something like this, because I know I’ll get hungry. I will have to drink a lot of water to get rid of hunger pains.
    The results are amazing though. Judging by your post detox observations, it really has wonderful results. If I do this, I am going to need a detox partner to keep me motivated. I am not sure I can do this alone 

    1. Hi Christine!

      Thank you so much! I wanted to give as many details as possible because when I was doing research on this detox I went to a few blogs to find info so I tried to answer as many questions as possible in mine.

      You do get hungry, but not as bad as you think. Nothing water or tea couldn’t help with! I had my partner do it with me and it was extremely helpful to do it with someone! I would definitely recommend having a detox buddy to stop you from wanting to snack haha!

  6. Hi Haley!
    Happy New Zear to you too!
    Such a great post, you made me wanted to try this detox! Thanks for sharing this detailed instruction and awesome pichtures, all these drinks looks so yummy!
    I definitely will try this detox, for me it will be not complicated, because I tryed once a raw food diet for about a month, it was not easy, but I felt great.
    I think it was a wise desicion not taking the multivitamins during the detox because all these vegetables have a lot of natural vitamins.
    All the best and a healthy year!
    Alex

    1. Hi Alex!

      A raw diet for a month?? I couldn’t do it! Three days was enough for me that’s for sure!

      I had a bad run-in with multivitamins after a light lunch and it was not fun. You definitely receive enough vitamins from the drinks so I wouldn’t say it’s necessary. Not even breaking them up as the directions suggest. But if anyone is brave enough I say go for it! I’ve read other blogs where people didn’t have any issues.

      Let me know if you end up trying this out!

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