I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to review Detox 101: A 21-Day Guide to Cleansing Your Body Through Juicing, Exercise, and Healthy Living by Jessi Andricks. Jessi and I connected through her website The House of Healthy as I became a follower of hers after seeing some of the delicious recipes she posts!
Detox 101 is a 21-day program that you can follow day by day. It focuses on improving eating habits by beginning with a detox and learning how to avoid foods that cause negative effects on the body. It includes exercises and daily yoga poses to follow, with suggestions on how to reduce stress and improve mental state.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous about trying her Detox 101. I have never done a “detox” or a “cleanse” before so this was all new territory for me. But, after 16-days of being on the road and eating junk and fast-food (gasp!) in the car, this was the perfect time for me to give it a go and get all that junk out!
I jumped right in and started reading the first 3 Chapters where she introduces the entire program and how it will work. After reading the first chapter where Jessi explains exactly what a cleanse is and how to do it, I was feeling a lot better! She eased a lot of my concerns about doing a “detox” and made it seem a lot less scary.
The next chapter provides you with 3 separate workout routines to follow, as well as a calendar so you know which workout to do on which day. Even though the workouts were a lot less intense than what I am used to, it was a welcome change of pace.
The “stretchy yoga” workout was by far my favorite because I have really been wanting to work on my flexibility. Some of the poses were already familiar to me from my little yoga experience and from doing PiYo, but others were new to me. My favorite pose is by far the pigeon pose.
I found it a little difficult to follow along so I kept my book in front of me during all the workout routines.
Day by Day
Each day starts off with a “motto of the day” and a “daily focus” task to read through. This helps to get you into the right mindset. There is also a “pose of the day” to try in addition to following the assigned workout for the day. I liked these because I like trying new stretches.
The meal plan is provided, along with all the recipes. Being the picky eater that I am, I didn’t try a lot of the recipes. The food part of this detox was the hardest part for me.
Day one is a liquid cleanse, but I was happy that she gives you the option of doing a juice cleanse OR using smoothies. I don’t own a juicer so I opted for the smoothies. I am used to drinking a smoothie every morning for breakfast so that wasn’t hard, but the whole day of liquids was!
She gives some great recipes for juices and smoothies as well, my favorite being the Blueberry Magic Smoothie!
Each day she continues to introduce in new types of foods to eat.
At the end of the 21 days, she gives you a chapter devoted to what to do after the detox is over. I like that she doesn’t leave you hanging and helps guide you on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Overall, the food part was hard for me. I know this is my biggest weakness so it is something I need to improve on! But, I think this book is great for anyone who is just starting out or needs help creating a lifestyle change in the way they think about food.
Thanks again Jessi for letting me give it a try!
Have you ever done a detox or cleanse? What did you think?