21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox

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Detox diets are making news as the quickest, easiest way to shed pounds, boost your energy, and get yourself on a wellness track. Popular in the 1970s, cleansing fasts are again all the rage among celebrities like Gisele Bundchen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, and Madonna.

One of the key advocates of the health benefits of cleansing detoxes is Roni DeLuz, ND, a licensed naturopathic and health practitioner at Martha's Vineyard Holistic Retreat, part of the renowned Martha's Vineyard Inn. The idea behind DeLuz's new detox plan is the belief that the foods we eat (along with the coffee, tea, and alcohol we drink and the air we breathe) contain harmful and toxic substances that accumulate in our bodies and need to be removed in some way. In 21 Pounds in 21 Days, DeLuz offers three different detox programs, including the original and most effective 21-day "MasterFast," which promises a 21-pound weight loss in just three weeks and focuses on detoxification through antioxidants, fasting, stress reduction, and lifestyle changes. Also included in the book are:

  • Maintenance plans
  • Dozens of easy, delicious recipes
  • Real-life tips
  • An extensive glossary of terms
  • A guide to supplements

Meals consist of supplement-laden drinks, herbal teas, thick, delicious vegetable purees, and "live" juices, along with nutritional supplements, vitamins, and enzymes designed to keep the body's systems stable and its cells nourished while harmful toxins are flushed out. 21 Pounds in 21 Days isn't just for those looking to lose weight; everyone can benefit from this revolutionary detox diet that results in a clean, refreshed system that functions at its best.

Customer Reviews:

  • It works.
    The bottom line...it works. Yes, it is strict. Yes, it requires planning.

    I have lost 15 pounds in over 2 weeks. I feel better than ever. I wake up alert, and have a lot more energy. My family is annoyed that I am constantly cleaning, and organizing, our home.

    It seems like the ones who say it does not work, have yet to try it.

    It has changed my life for the better. ...more info
  • What was she thinking!
    There's no way anyone with a 9-5 could do this without getting dizzy and passing out. This is completely unreasonable fast or detox plan unless you go to the facility to be monitored 24/7.
    If looking into this please pass and do weight watchers or something less drastic....more info
  • Remarkably Effective
    I have had a lifestyle of near-vegetarian diet (exceptions: fish and dairy; coffee, chocolate and cabernet) with regular cardio and strength-training for at least ten years, and I'm considered "healthy" and "in good shape". But I was doing my best to hide the fact that I had accumulated feelings of fatigue, lack of focus and joint ache that made me irritable and depressed. I am a scientist and work at a medical center; my MDs did blood and imaging tests but found nothing wrong and at most recommended I take Advil. Then, I had a car accident due to lack of focus and this shocked me into realizing I had to cure myself of whatever was wrong right away. After reading alot, I decided there were good grounds to suspect I needed a detox. Before reading, I had never heard of or done a detox before.

    This book is the first I've found that pulls together improved nutrition, a detox diet and detox aids. I cross checked alot of the info and removed the gallbladder-liver flush but otherwise followed the detox for 17 days my first try. This meant stopping a significant coffee habit cold turkey, which I thought impossible, but beyond one four hour headache, wheatgrass made it easy. The green powder noticably improved my nutrition and within a few days I felt remarkably better. I don't have interest in cooking or juicing so instead I used Odwalla Poma'grande and SuperFood with Vegan soups from Trader Joe's. (I did find it necessary to put the daily foods and aids into spreadsheets that I could carry in my purse.)

    As I came off the detox I was surprised to find I had food sensitivities I never connected before. My mind, enery and mood are all back to a self I'd thought age had left behind. I'm grateful to the comprehensive and supportive information provided in this book....more info
  • 21 Lbs in 21 Days
    Great Book. I have looked through it but haven't put it into practice yet....more info
  • Another excuse to write just another diet book??
    This is a easy read with good information, nothing earthshakingly new, just another presentation of information already published in many other places. There is not a lot of deep science or complex terminology, so if you like the "how and why" you will want to know more. People who know little or nothing about detoxing and nutrition will find this book useful, and people who are familiar with the subject will enjoy the testimonials. In my experience with nutrition and nutritional supplements, I would place this information towards the radical side of natural eating philosophy, i.e. that everything man made is bad for you, which I disagree with. Read this book with a grain of salt, just not the whole shaker. ...more info
  • Finally a true detox that works
    I was prompted to buy this after seeing the info for it on CNN with Larry King, I had just returned from a fabulous detox in the Philippines, but still came away feeling like i needed more... i bought the book and the supplements from the site which include all the shakes and things you need so your not constantly juicing although juicing is amazing too) or living in your kitchen.. this provided freedom for my very busy, fast paced life.. I did the detox, and the first 7 days lost 8 1/2 pounds( not just water, toxins and old fecal matter).. I am now into my 16th day and I am down 19 pounds... I never felt better in my life, not only have I lost weight but my chronic illness of constipation has diminished, I have learned a lot about toxins over the years, but this is amazing... the weight has melted away, i have lost 3 sizes and many inches, cellulite is gone ( from illuminating the toxin build up)... I have achieved all of this with out much effort in working out, i swim and that is it...I am finally back to my high school weight and counting.. Thanks, Dr. Roni Deluz for this wonderful gem... I highly recommend this life changing exp.... The program is very strait foward and the only that can set you up for failure like other diets do , is yourself... Don't hesitate... happy detoxing to a fabulous new you!!!!
    E. Khan
    Greece...more info
  • Adopt a Raw Diet - Much Easier Weight Loss
    People on this diet should really look at the raw food diet lifestyle. It's MUCH easier to follow and the weight loss is similar in the first few weeks of the program. In a nutshell, eat only raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. There is tons of information free on the web on raw and living foods. PLUS, you can eat ALL you want. Check it out....more info
  • I wanted more drink recipes
    Overall, I thought the book was extensive in explaining the benefits of juicing, and it gave good step by step instructions and suggestions on how to gradually get back into a regular eating plan after following the juice plan for a certain amount of days.

    But, I was looking for more recipes and combinations of fruits and vegetables. There were recipes for dressings and soups, but only a few suggestions for how to actually put together your day to day juicing plan.

    Overall the suggestion I got from the book was to put together any fruit or vegetable drinks and then consume every two hours. I could have learned all that on my own....more info
  • Not realistic.
    This book could have been written in a more organized manner. Also, the diet is better as a weekend detox, than a three-week diet as most of the people who do it for three weeks feel weak and dizzy. The author claims they feel weak and dizzy because of past issues; I doubt that. Most people feel week and dizzy from NOT EATING. I don't think people that have to work will be feeling well and there might be some sick days used up from this nutty diet. ...more info
  • Impossible to do -- I'd rather not eat
    While I enjoyed reading the book and I agree with the author's philosophy, I found the juicing and the green drinks so disgusting that I actually didn't eat for a whole day. I lasted 4 days on this diet and wasn't hungry, but even the mushy soup for dinner was so unappetizing that I knew I couldn't last seven days, let alone 21. If you don't mind drinking vegetable juice, you can probably reap the benefits of the detox. But I still feel like throwing up every time I look at the cover of the book. ...more info
  • Sadly Surprised
    I was very disappointed to discover that this book was not an easy book to follow. I was hoping for a user friendly detox program. I wasted my money, I wish I could send the book back!...more info
  • cleansing diet
    This diet was difficult to stay on track but it made me feel a lot better about my health. Its not something that you can do half hearted. But even though I cheated occasionally, I still lost 10 pounds. Good luck!...more info
  • Totally misrepresented...
    This fasting program probably works fine if you have the time and money for spa treatments, high colonics and are into enemas. I will be reselling my copy of this book to someone who does! There are some good pointers on juicing your fruits and vegetables, but that is only a small part of this plan....more info
  • Save Your Money
    This book is nothing but a huge commercial for the website and detox hotel they run. If you do check out their site online, the 'kit' to go with the diet is $199! You can get the same of everything they sell for a total of about 60 bucks at GNC online.

    All of the information they offer on doing a juice fast is available for free. Look it up on google and there's a ton of valuable information that goes further in-depth than this book could ever hope to. I also went to my local library and found a couple of books which were much more helpful. None of the other information I've seen regarding juice fasting includes daily enemas or taking supplements/powders....more info
  • Well worth following for a healthier lifestyle
    I was reluctant at first to try this diet. But I will say this is one of the best things I have done for myself. I made it through the 21 day program and lost 29 pounds. You have to be creative and make up your own smoothie drinks. I used lots of fresh fruits that were in season. Another key is to stay on the schedule so you do not get hungry. After the first two days I found I had a lot more energy and amazingly joint pain I have been experiencing for the last three years had almost disapeared entirely. I found the book interesting and educational on creating a healthier lifestyle. Well worth the money....more info
  • save your money, this one is lacking!
    Book is much longer than it should be, with too many testimonials. The important stuff could have been presented in much more detail, along with a reduced number of testimonials to end up with the same number of pages required to publish a book.

    The book does not give a detailed schedule of the appropriate program(s) to follow. Although pages 174 through 181 give general suggestions, there are only seven soup recipes, and NO juicing recipes at all! On pages 108 and 113 a good job is jone of describing the health benefits of many vegetables, but there are no juicing recipes for the 23 vegetables that are mentioned. To a novice juicer like myself - especially assuming that most readers of this book will also be rookie juicers - this is just inadequate. I found myself having to resort to the internet to obtain additional juicing recipes, and @ $24.95 for a 223-page book, I was expecting a lot more, especially after spending over $400 for a Twin-Health juicing machine based solely on what I had heard and read about this book. (For those interested, the Twin Health juicer, although expensive, is a tremendous piece of machinery and recommend it.)

    Information on the supplements is also weak. for example, the author mentions the importance of certain supplements in the "diet" but doesn't tell you if these items are store-bought, juiced at home, or something else. As such an integral component of the MV diet, the author dedicates only one paragraph to these items. Some examples of the appropriate supplements to buy would have been helpful. For example, a short list of some of the better herbal cleanse formulas, digestive enzyme mixes, etc. that are available on the market would have been helpful. Or, perhaps this information was left out on purpose so that readers would purchase the whole system from the author's web site???

    Overall, I found the book generally informative, but containing too many success stories without the details needed to achieve those successes. I also felt like this was done intentionally to drive readers to the web site - which is evidenced by incessantly footnoting the web address throughout the whole book - in order to sell products as part of this "diet".

    For these reasons, I would not purchase another book by this by this author, but would instead do more of my own individual research on the topic.

    ...more info
  • Amazing Results
    For anyone seriously interested in a healthy lifestyle and incredible weight loss this is it. I'm in the middle of it, Day 12 and I've lost 12.5 pounds. The first few days were challenging and now my body has adapted and it's a piece of cake. I feel wonderful and look forward to completing it and keeping it off. A very interesting and easy read. Even if you chose not to do it you'll learn alot about your body and being healthy....more info
  • Don't Waste Your Money
    Totally Pseudo Science Hippy Dippy Nonsense. I read as much as a could until I realized that this book was only about making the author rich. There's one table where they summarize all the popular diets and give their advantages and disadvantages. 21 Days 21 Pounds should be added and the following inserted. "Requires you to stick a tube where the sun doesn't shine."...more info
  • Timid to DELIGHTED
    Well, I heard Robin Quivers go through the process; I read the reviews before I bought the book. Honestly, the reviews scared me a bit...I was ready to walk away from something that sounded right. I followed my instincts and bought the book and am amazed! This is not for everyone! You have to be willing to try, plan, and take heat from those around you.

    I am in day 10 and have lost 11 lbs. I did not by anything from Dr. Roni's website. I have been taking supplements bought at any local health food story, sporadically. I am not very good at remembering them, I think I have taken them for 1 day. I did buy a juicer and a juice recipe book. I buy organic when I can, but don't kill myself to do so. I also buy Odwalla juice drinks when I am at work to make things easier. I also have not done colonics or enemas, although I am not against them.

    I FEEL TERRIFIC!!! The weight that I am losing is right around my middle section, right where Dr. Roni said it would come from. I do not crave anything, temptation is easy to resist, and the weight is dropping off at a rate of a pound a day.

    If you are looking for a quick fix, this is not the diet for you.

    If you are looking for a jump start to a new refreshing life, this is the book for you. It gives very simple tips for living a better life along with the tools to get started. I love my juicer, don't miss my morning coffee. I look forward to new exciting drinks I can make from the fresh produce in my fridge.
    ...more info
  • Hard to follow
    I found this diet diffiult to follow as it it too strict and too limited. I found another book, "The Liver Cleansing Diet" by Dr Sandra Cabot much easier to follow as it has many choices for each meal. Dr Cabot explains that if you follow this diet you will bring your metabolism into balance and that will bring your weight into correct alignment. I was not feeling well when I decided to follow this diet and within a day I was feeling much better....more info
  • Diet Detox book is a ripoff
    I bought the book and kept on thinking ok, ok, but where's the beef --sorry - i mean the juice. The book is nothing more than a promo piece to step you up to the next level to buy the kit for $199. Roni talks of juices and soups but its only when you go to the website you realize you have to buy it all from her.

    Save your money!...more info
  • this book is a waste
    Don't waste your time. It is just a big sales and marketing pull to the website which then wants you to buy product. There is no concrete "fasting" plan at all and there is a very heavy emphasis on religion so you should know that if that makes you uncomfortable. Again this book should lay exactly a plan to do the fast but it does not. ...more info
  • Understand what you're eating and lose weight
    This book will help even if you don't follow the diet. Dr. Deluz actually explains in plan English how toxic foods impact our health and our weight. She also maps out a easy to follow. I could only do the diet for 5 days and I'm amazed at my reflection in the mirror. I plan to eat healthy forever and detox again and again. While weight lose was my main reason for buying this book, I learn even more on how to live a healthy lifestyle...more info
  • Waste of Money
    I found nothing of value in this book. It is simply a rambling series of claims about nutrition and new age treatments not backed up by a single shred of scientific or medical evidence that I can see. The plan is totally impractical unless you have no problem scheduling weekly colonics and coffee enemas....more info
  • A Big Waste of Money
    I didn't have to read too far into the book to realize I just threw money out the window to buy it. I have no idea what their "food" tastes like, and will never know since I can't afford to buy all the things you need to make the "shakes" you need to drink. Ridiculous!!! Enemas??...not for me!!!...more info
  • A diet for the wealthy!
    Seems to be a healthy approach to fasting....but, juicers, colonics, supplements.....this is a detox for the wealthy. The name...."The Martha's Vineyard" Diet should have been my first clue! For me, money wasted....more info
  • Good & Bad
    My husband and I made it 15 days! It was a good education in what real food is.

    It is way too radical. (Need to go to the retreat center.)

    If you want to do it, I would recomend the weekend or the 5 day options.

    Also, many typos and some missing information in the book. Very frustrating when your trying to get going on the diet....more info
  • Need Money
    It started out good,but,then theres so much Stuff you need to buy! I just don't have the money! I didn't even finish reading because of that! But,when I get money I'll buy a juicer!...more info
  • 21 pounds in 21 days Vineyard Diet Detox
    This book is an excellent source for detoxification. The instructions were easy to follow and adhere to. After 5 days I had more energy and felt good inside and out....more info
  • it does work
    the first week I lost 12 lbs, u have to stick to it and exercise and u will lose more than 21 pounds. After this experience i have not eaten meat and i feel light and not bulky. i love it...more info
  • Thanks for the heads up!
    I was going to look further into this program. I read an article in the November 2008 issue of Essence magazine. I then checked out the price of the book and kit but was told to read the reviews first. I'd like to thank those of you that gave an honest opinion and kept me from wasting my money....more info
  • you can't give a bad review if you didn't try it!!!
    I bought the book first & once I was mentally ready I bought the plan from Ebay (much cheaper than from the actual site.) I stuck with it for 21 days & I lost 15 lb. It has been 1 month, today, since my 21st day & I am maintaining & I have lost more on my own. This book/plan altered my lifestyle. I cleansed my body, mind, closet, fridge & pantry. I am a procrastinator too - go figure.

    My friend just finished & lost 16 lb. If you are ready you will succeed. I didn't do any enemas, colonics, etc. I did what I could afford & had time for. I treated myself w/something ea week. I did the detox bath (very inexpensive) & I had 2 massages. I didn't juice anything either. I just drank what I bought..I did make the pureed soups during week two. I just boiled and used my food processor.

    I also think the book is pretty straight forward - meaning the author knows that most people can not follow nor afford the plan like those people that actually go to Martha's Vineyard Detox Center & have all of the resources provided to them. Maybe going to MVineyard would have helped me lose the extra 6 lbs??? Who cares, I lost 15 and I got past the plateau. I am working out (yes, I actually dusted off an exercise dvd & haven't stopped since 8/2)....more info
  • Lots of information
    INformation packed book makes you take a closer look at what you are eating....have not begun the process...very complicated......more info
  • "not that bad"
    I agree with K Copper in the fact that I do what I can, I did find a "green drink" at a health food store and it had the green & berry flavor, trying it alone I could hardly choke it down but now I mix it with crystal lite green tea & raspberry flavored on the go packet, it taste much better, & I also found in the natural section by pacific, a veggie low sodium broth for my soup, I so far have been doing it for 3 days and I lost 4.5 pounds, I feel so much better, you do what you can do....more info
  • 21 POunds in 21 Days

    The book was good. However, not many people I know could stay on this for 21 days. ...more info
  • Don't Judge until you try this!!!
    First, I'm not a dieter.
    Second, I don't do diets!!

    I didn't do this just for the weightloss. I wanted to do this to feel better. Today is my 21st day of the detox and tomorrow I start the break.

    My wife and I decided on this program after much research. We read both the posoitive and the negative. Having read a large portion of the reviews here, I found it odd how evenly split they were. Those that panned this program all had a common theme, they all wanted this quick easy weightloss program and didn't really see what this program is really about; detoxifying your body and feeling better. Remember, weight loss is a side benefit of this program and should not be the main reason you do this.

    Yes, the program was tough at time. My healing crisis lasted over two days, but I got through it. The one thing (of many)that I learned is this: Our association and fixation on food and eating is over 95% mental and that's the hardest thing to overcome. While following the nutritional guidance, physically, I was never hungry, but mentally, I missed eating and chewing but I really wasn's hungry. Once you get past that, the rest is easy. I'm happy to report that as of today, I have lost 26 lbs and my wife 25 lbs. I still have some more weight to lose, but I feel great and I'm ready to start eating with a different perspective and pay much more attention to what I put in my body.

    This program may not be for everyone, but if you can maintain you dedication and remember why you're doing it in the first place, you can do it. As for the colonics, when you see what you have hiding in your colon, just sitting there rotting, then you'll have a whole new appreciation for how colon cancer develops. If you skip that and the enemas, your missing out on a major component of this program. ...more info
  • Really Works Well!!
    So far on the program about a week and have lost about 9 pounds, I am not going to lie and tell you this diet/detox is easy, but it does work. I had my first colonic today and I didn't care for it very much and skeptical about getting another one, but on a good note I have had a little more energy, finally getting my cleaning caught up, and the pounds are shedding away fast. The book is very informative, full of information on healthy living and modern up to date scientific facts. I definitely recommend the asian spinach soup recipe that is found at the end of the book. It is very flavorful, even if you are not on a detox this is still very tasty. Also you can drink as much of your favorite tea (non caffienated) as you want which has been really nice. The hunger pangs have been hard during the first few days, even though the book claims that you won't feel hungry. I have felt a little less hungry towards the end of the week. A lot of the people that gave it bad reviews have never tried it so I wouldn't let their negativity effect your judgement in trying out the plan. So far it's been alot of fun, and I hope to see more results as I continue. ...more info
  • Unrealistic
    I have no doubt that if one followed all the author's suggestions and bought all her supplements this plan would work. However unless you have a lot of time , (to get colonics and give yourself enemas) as well as money (to buy all the additional products you need to follow the daily menu plan) then I do not think this plan is for you. ...more info
  • 21 lbs lost
    I was disappointed in the book. It did not contain what I thought it would. I would not recommend it....more info
  • Awesome DETOX Diet - based on nutrition, It Really Works!!
    1st things 1st !! The "21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Detox Diet is a DETOX diet, NOT a fad diet for losing weight.

    After a successful detox at Dr. Roni DeLuz's Detox Center, an author by the name of James Hester saw value in marketing it as such, after he himself lost a pound each day on her detox process. A maintenance plan is included for lifestyle change not only to keep the weight off, but to gradually go back to other foods and to make detoxification part of your permanent lifestyle change.

    The "official" website is http://www.marthasvineyarddietcenter.com/id1.html
    I've found better pricing for the individual products at www.vitacost.com and www.vitaminshoppe.com and here at www.amazon.com as well.

    This detox diet is a way to lose toxins AND weight, ... and it really works! I know because I'm on the diet now, and I follow the posts made at the support group website: http://groups.google.com/group/21-pounds-in-21-days?hl=en. Many successful people stay connected to help others go on to following the maintenance diet and the ongoing "maintenance diet" listserve as well.

    The book is sound nutritionally. It is certainly not the only book a person needs to read to understand detox and nutrition, as the subject is so broad. What this book is, is an overview of detoxifying the body, and a sharing of what Dr. DeLuz does at her facility in Martha's Vineyard. I think it was a wonderful thing she's done, to make a detailed scheduled plan accessible to the public, many of whom would not be able to afford to check-in! There are some errors and confusion in the book, and going to the website above will help in sorting out the details. Also a google listserve can be joined to get daily support from others on the diet.

    A Detox diet means that it is for detoxification of toxins that we intake from our air, water, food, environment. Toxins attach to our fat. Lose the toxins, lose the fat. Toxins affect our ability to think, see clearly, breathe deeply, slow down our digestive system, cause allergies, fatigue, auto-immune diseases. The list is endless.

    This book starts with explaining all these toxins. Once you read how prevalent they are and how badly your body is affected, you WILL want to cleanse your body! This will be a difficult change for many who may not be able to give up their addictions to coffee, alcohol, junk food, dairy, pizza, pain pills, etc., but then only you can decide whether you actually want to become healthier, ... or not.

    The book then goes on to explain that green vegetables (not fruits or protein foods) are the foods that help to pull out the toxins. It is a 21 day commitment to cleanse your body using vegetables in easily digestive forms. (This book does not promote vegetarianism.)

    21 days is what it takes to create a new habit of eating. And most importantly, with each consecutive day that you stay on the cleansing diet, the cleansing reaches deeper and deeper into your organs. If unable to stay on for 21 days, multiple weekend or one week cleanses are recommended.

    There are instructions on how to make the juices and purees and which high ORAC value veggie powdered drinks to purchase. There is no chewing allowed! This is to enable your digestive system to take a break and heal. You will learn what supplements and services that will help clean your digestive system, and help move these toxins out, such as enemas, gallbladder and kidney cleanses that you can do yourself. Colonics, massages, seaweed wraps are optional, but will help you remove more toxins and help you feel better.

    This diet requires a good deal of planning, because once you start the diet, there is a schedule to follow in order to succeed in ridding a maximum of toxins. Also, when toxins come out of the fat, they enter the bloodstream. These ill effects will be felt until they leave the body. Hence the massages and colonics to help rid the toxins and feel better! Body parts that hurt before will probably hurt worse until the toxins leave, so you will want to have the supplements on hand and that schedule down pat before then!!

    I'm on day 10 of the diet as I write this. I have lost 10 pounds! I am female, 5'11 and was 163 pounds when I started and am now 153 pounds. My stomach is flat now and others notice the difference! I was very achy the first 5 days. I felt extreme cravings for food in the beginning (which isn't surprising with all the excitotoxins added to foods today to keep us "hooked"). The cravings do go away, I promise!

    Light exercise is recommended to help toxins in the lymphatic system drain. Saunas and soaks with epsom salts help pull toxins out of the skin and soothe aches and pains. Heavy exercise or work is not advised without adding protein shakes. If one only wants to detox and does not want to lose weight, protein shakes are a must.

    Don't let aches and pains scare you away from this detox diet - it means you are detoxing AND! ... that you will have rid yourself of future daily aches and pains. Many have not needed to go back on painkillers and anti-depressants after this diet!

    For most of us, the 21 pound weight loss is an awesome bonus, in addition to clearer skin, clearer thinking, aches and pains going away, a better working digestive system, more brain energy, happier moods and more. The change is noticeable, instead of feeling fatigued all the time, you will now go to bed tired and wake up early with an increased abundance of energy you did not have before!

    Bottom line -- This is an excellent book in which to change your lifestyle to a healthier one, ... and it works!

    Note: One of the hard to find supplements are found here on Amazon: Super Phos 30 Liver Flush(1oz.)

    Also: Here's another book that will help convince you to stay on track with detoxifying. Awesome Book with very similar theory and methodology: The Cure: Heal Your Body, Save Your Life
    ...more info
  • You will lose weight - but its a bit extreme
    I purchased this book with the intention of doing the program for 7 days, 14 days max. I did the 7 day, did not do the enemas or the dry brushing and still lost 7 lbs. Any longer on any diet without protein you will begin to lose muscle. I have strong willpower, and if I thought it would be a huge benefit for me to do the entire 21 days, or if i didnt have much muscle to lose in the first place, I would totally do it. I did her plan for 7 days and did another detox plan for the other 7 days that allows you to eat solid food. I am an advocate of detoxing - but you should follow Dr. Roni's advice and check with your physician before embarking on such an extreme program. It does work - the weight will come off, but if you don't change your mindset about what you put in your body after you come off the detox, you will gain it all back and then some. I do still use some of the green drinks and antioxidant drinks in the diet, and I love juicing. There is valuable information in there and lots of support groups should you choose to do it. I will do the detox again, but only the 7 day "tune up". ...more info
  • This book is truly awful, but THE PLAN WORKS!
    I'm on DAY 6 and I've lost 8.5 pounds!

    Having said that, let me add that my success so far has been largely due to my own ingenuity and prior knowledge of the many poorly presented concepts this plan adheres to.

    Reading this book, I was amazed at the general negative undertone throughout, especially when combined with the insistently surprising references by both authors to their personal religion and faith. While both authors describe in detail their negative health influences over the years (the book reads like one bad health crisis after another), when it came to the positive elements of their recoveries from these health issues, not much was said. I noticed many opportunities where the authors could have pumped up their dialogue with lively positive feedback to empower their reader, yet did not. It would seem to me, if you want to inspire people to drastically change their habits, playing up the positive would be crucial. By the time I got to the "story" about sisters who died after binging on beer and bar food because they did not come off their 21 day cleanse as prescribed, I was done with the bad vibe this book gives off and was left with the distinct feeling if I ever met the authors in person they'd have dark clouds hovering over their heads.

    As well as the book being a downer to read, the majority of the program is presented in a very secretive way. Detailed info on supplements, processes and assured recipes are nearly non-existent (the products can be found on an accompanying website, though what you can expect to get in the detox kits sold here is also vague). Who writes a book to help people, then snatches away all the "help" at the last minute? There's that dark cloud again. Clearly the focus for the authors was on making a buck. Offering up true, accessible healing to their readers seems to be secondary, if at all.

    Still, once you figure out where to find the program necessities, the diet does work and I couldn't love the results more. Here's the scoop:

    The drink mixes and "cleansing herbs" kit are all from a company called Garden Greens. You can find their products by googling "Vegesplash", "Essential Greens" and "Inner Cleanse". You can also double check this info on the MV Detox Diet website by clicking "Buy Detox Products" and thoroughly reading all the info and links in the kit descriptions. Clicking many of the links highlighted in blue will bring up ingredient and nutrition info for the products offered.

    All of the other products listed in the book for the program are easy to find at Whole Foods or Super Supplements. If you tell the store clerk what you are using the item for they can guide you to the right one.

    I couldn't find the Garden Greens products locally and chose a different brand (with the help of the clerk at Super Supplements) based on the somewhat vague guidelines given by the author. So far, I feel great and the program works as outlined with these products too!

    Many of the concepts here are based on principles found in the raw food movement. If this book leaves you thinking, "ok, but why?", check out the books by Natalia Rose. She empowers her readers with an incredible amount of inspiring knowledge, and her vibrant lust for life and good food is immediately contagious. Her book titled, "Raw Food Life Force Energy" is particularly upbeat, fun and packed with info.

    FYI: I am a 165 pound female with 25 pounds to lose. ...more info
  • Don't knock until you try it
    I had the opportunity to hear Dr Roni DeLuz and was very impress with the information she provided. I think in no means is she trying to promote an eating disorder program. She is offering an opportunity for the body to be detox. I believe you should find out the fact about a product or book before giving unnecessary advise....more info
  • cant wait to start
    This book was a very quick read. I'm a busy student, but I still found time to finish this book in 3 days. The book puts things in a very simple way that anyone can understand. I checked out her website and now I can't wait to get started on the diet....more info
  • 21 pounds in 21 days
    I love this book! I lost a ton of weight, just as the book describes!!...more info
  • Great Health & Dieting Information
    This book was extremely well researched and written. Easy to read and totally made sense. I am always interested in weight loss but more importantly on how to feel better. Would certainly recommend this book....more info
  • Do your own research and use common sense
    I found myself flipping rapidly through the pages and pages of testimonials waiting for something really beneficial. I was disappointed, but kept reading because after all the hype I'd heard about this book, I thought it was going to be something helpful. Instead, it's merely repetition of "information" that could have been surmised in two pages. DeLuz does go to great lengths to give the pros and cons of other diets, mainly siting her verdict that they're too restrictive or complicated for people to implement. Yet, even here in other reviews, this plan is defended with things like, if you want results, you have to stick with it. DUH! I think that is the plain common sense advice for what it takes for anything to work.

    This book is extremely lacking in recipes. Sources for all the toxins claims could have been organized better. The recipes should have been in the front, or at least somewhere near the claims. Jack LaLane already has a great juicer and juice program; go with his deal. It's cheaper, easier to follow, his books are about a page and a half of why to do it and then bam, bam, bam, he gives you a bunch of recipes and their nutritional breakdown. That and he's living long-term evidence.

    Earlier this year I'd really made a mind set change about my health, and wanted as much information as possible to help me stick with the changes. I didn't want a pill or whatever; I wanted to change my habits.

    After listening to Robin Quivers talk about her lack of success sticking with healthy eating, and subsequently gaining back all her weight following the cleanses that she did, I thought this book would be helpful for me. I was disappointed mostly by the lack of references to back up Ms. DeLuz's claims. Mainly it's many referrals to www.mvdietdetox.com. You go there and can get a 21-day "special" for ONLY $199...HMMM...I was disappointed that, on page 132, she teeters on a version of the Urban Legend of John Wayne's 40 pounds (or 45 or 50, depending on which online site you're on, plus Elvis' 60 pounds of impacted fecal matter at death - check out Snopes.com on that - John Wayne never had an autopsy. He'd already had several surgeries and died of cancer, there was no need, nor is it ever documented in the bazillion "claims" online) where she claims, "Many people have between ten and twenty-five pounds of toxic fecoid matter just sitting in their colon!" Well, that's where I closed the book. And not just because "fecoid" is not a real word. Simply call a gastroenterologist and ask how much pain a person would be in, rectal bleeding would be occurring, and what would be the symptoms of this impacted fecal matter.

    I'm also disturbed by the vagueness on page 32 (where there actually is a reference to one bestselling author) about, "sick soil produces sick crops." I'm amazed that anyone wouldn't remember those films from grade school talking about sick soil produces NO crops. Basic botany dictates that vegetation can only thrive if there's a healthy balance of minerals and proper soil conditions. And it seems like too much of a rumor with the, "you have to eat between fifteen and twenty cups of spinach," to get the same nutrition as a cup of spinach grown in 1950...when they were using paraquat and DDT????? Come ON!!

    With that said, I do believe much of what DeLuz WANTS to do is good. It's just sorely lacking in organization, references, and the science behind her claims. If you are completely ignorant about even the most basic nutritional facts, this may help you. (You can get the definition of "germ" and "fat" on page 214 of the glossary, for example.) There's one tiny blurb about diabetes, which she should have expounded on, and the dangers of sugar, and what makes sugar, and what sugar does, as far as being one of the main toxic dangers in our society. She has another tiny blurb about sugar on page 37.

    Can you tell I'm ticked about buying this book? Good luck to you.

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  • Fine Transaction
    Purchased a book. It was as advertised and was delivered in a timely basis. Excellent transaction. Good seller.

    21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox...more info