As a coach, I spend a lot of my free time researching. My exploring recently led me to the book LOSE WEIGHT BY EATING Detox Week by Audrey Johns. There’s a lot of debate around detoxing. I believe that our bodies (if we are in relatively good health) are designed to naturally take care of getting rid of unwanted materials. I don’t feel the need to spend money on, and consume, special supplements, teas, or shakes. I feel that I can help my body do its job by sticking to whole foods (prepared at home) most of the time: avoiding highly processed, additive filled foods. I am also NOT interested in deprivation. I love food. I love reading about it, shopping for it, preparing it, and sharing it. So I am not interested in spending a week or more on a liquid diet. Finally, I don’t support the idea of losing a lot of weight quickly: it is neither healthy nor permanent (in my opinion). So…. Why the book? I was drawn to the title: “Eating” and “Detox” together? I wanted to find out more.

Four detox plans are shared in the book. All begin with a Detox Week. Audrey Johns claims that you can lose an average of 10 pounds during the week. You already know what I think about that. The week also quickly becomes all about smoothies and salads, and you know how I feel about that, too. Having said that, I think that the Modified Detox Week (which includes a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, a meal for dinner, and two snacks) is a good approach. I like that Audrey Johns’ detox doesn’t require anything other than whole foods, and includes lots of fruits and vegetables. And, because I would never share anything with my clients that I haven’t tried myself, my husband and I have been following the Modified Detox plan for almost a week. We have enjoyed the recipes. There is some preparation required, but it’s worth it. We are feeling great, and have lost some weight.

I know that you are all about the recipes, so I would like to share one of our favourite breakfast smoothies with you. The recipe makes enough for two, so perfect to share. Previously my husband and I each made our own smoothies, cleaning the Vitamix out in between. That’s because he was not a fan of my green smoothies, but he really enjoys Audrey Johns’.

PB&J Green Smoothie (2 Servings)

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen dark cherries
  • 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Put it all in a blender and blend. Then enjoy!

I’ll close by sharing a link to Audrey Johns’ website. I’ve just checked it out, but suspect I will be visiting it often.