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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (18 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749917660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749917661
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Scrivner has worked in the skincare and therapy industry for over eighteen years and is the co-founder of the British School of Complementary Therapy. She has authored a number of books on the subjects of Detox and LaStone Therapy, which have been published in over twenty-one countries and in sixteen different languages.

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The claims of this book are high: the Detox programme will increase your energy levels, boost your immune system, lose weight and even banish cellulite--and all in 30 days?

Scrivner, a member of the British School of Complementary Therapy, devised the Detox programme after years of treating harassed and "burn out" clients. The programme (not a diet) is a means to spring-clean the body, ridding it of the built-up excess wastes and toxins accumulated from our modern-day lives of stress, pollutants, processed foods and physical inactivity.

So what's involved? At first, it does at first seem a rather severe regime. There is a strict list of foods not to be strayed from, there is a cold shower every morning, daily exercise to be taken, plus combinations of other activities such as tonics, dry skin rubs, massages and breathing exercises to fit in. As the author says: "it is a total body experience, holistic in approach, that works on every part of the body--internally and externally".

The skill of this book is that it does actually convince you to try the programme--if not completely strictly, then at least at some personably attainable level. There is an excellently digestible overview of the programme, discussing why we need to Detox and what it means to be "toxed" in the first place. The tone is upbeat and encouraging and its assurance that results will be felt in a matter of days is both inspiring and believable. -- Abi Frisby

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The claims of this book are high: the Detox programme will increase your energy levels, boost your immune system, lose weight and even banish cellulite--and all in 30 days? Scrivner, a member of the British School of Complementary Therapy, devised the Detox programme after years of treating harassed and "burn out" clients. The programme (not a diet) is a means to spring-clean the body, ridding it of the built-up excess wastes and toxins accumulated from our modern-day lives of stress, pollutants, processed foods and physical inactivity. (So what's involved? At first, it does at first seem a rather severe regime. There is a strict list of foods not to be strayed from, there is a cold shower every morning, daily exercise to be taken, plus combinations of other activities such as tonics, dry)

The skill of this book is that it does actually convince you to try the programme--if not completely strictly, then at least at some personably attainable level. There is an excellently digestible overview of the programme, discussing why we need to Detox (Abi Frisby, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW)

Without a doubt the best fizz restorer I have tried - I felt as clean as a whistle, energised and full of beans. (Kate Shapland, HEALTH AND Beauty Journalist AND Broadcaster) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Two more hours per day, glowing skin, weight loss of several pounds, high energy levels, clear-headedness, higher thresholds for stress and tension, no cellulite, good body tone and a great feeling of being relaxed and totally in control of how you feel . . . that's why you should detox. Read the first page
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
Yes, the book demands alot of organisation from the reader in terms of food preparation. Yes, you do have to give up some of your favourite foods. Yes, you do get headaches & spots in the first week. Yes, you really do have to brush your skin every morning with a bristle brush. Yes, one must try to do at least 30 minutes exercise every day. Does it work? A BIG YES.
I have always been sceptical of diets. Everyone knows that as soon as you finish your cabbage soup diet and start eating normally again the pounds come back with avengance and yet again you are trapped in that fruitless search for the next miracle cure for the excess pounds.
This book intrigued me because it's basic principle was to try and eat a healthy balance of good food throughout the day, including olive oil and other good fats, and to compliment the eating programme with some moderate exercise & a few positive thinking theories.
I admit I only did the de-tox eating plan, the exercise, the dry skin brushing, exfoliation, massage and the supplements. (Did I say'only'?) The other stuff scared me a bit.I even cheated at times with the odd cup of tea and chocolate bar but on the whole stuck to the plan. The most amazing thing started happening to my body in the third week. I could feel that my whole body shape was changing. I was firming up, the fat was literally disappearing and I felt fantastic. In the fourth week people began to comment on how well I looked and the "Have you lost weight?" question was on everyone's lips. I had always had problems with feeling sleepy at inappropiate moments and would be constantly wishing that I could go & take a nap somewhere.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Louisa Dray on 4 April 2003
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After recovering from another indulgent Christmas and New Years I decided that enough was enough. I was feeling generally low and fed up with being tired all the time, especially in the afternoons at the office.
I've never been one to try the 'latest' diet craze so decided detox was the way forward for me. When I bought the book I managed to read it from cover to cover in just over an hour, I couldn't believe how much I related to the text.
I managed to stick to the detox for the entire 4 weeks although admittedly I abstained from the cold showers, there are only so many things a girl can do without and a hot shower isn't one of them. It was no effort at all; the only hard part I found was not having a drink on a Saturday night. But then, when all my friends had hangovers the next day, I couldn't help but feel slightly smug!
During the 4 week period I couldn't believe how much more energy I had and people would comment all the time on how well I looked. My skin glowed and I felt I could take on the world.... my stress levels seemed to evaporate into thin air! I also lost half a stone, which was a bonus. Talking about it to everyone really helped as well, people are really interested and would ask lots of questions, which makes you want to see it through even more.
After finishing the detox I do not drink caffeine and have cut back on all diary and wheat products. I would definitely recommend this to anybody who feels like they need a change and has the will power. You won't regret it!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. Kay on 27 Nov 2009
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If you want to feel good this is a book to buy and keep by your side. Admittedly you need a little time to yourself to read it and put the very practical and valid suggestions into action. However once on track I didn't look back. Simple tips like cutting out caffeine, wheat and dairy products and introducing lots of fruit, vegetables, pulses and a daily quota of brown rice meant I was never hungry. Wonderful suggestions such as dry body brushing, self massage and hot/cold shower all helped obtain a feeling of well-being. An added plus, at the end of the month I lost 3 kilos without even trying, although I did introduce extra walking and yoga into my regime. Do try, it is well worth it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Vyssini on 30 Dec 2009
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For those who want guidelines, but prefer to prepare the food the way they like it, this is THE book.
With list of food you can eat and that you should not, I found that I could eat good meals, no calorie counting and felt wonderful after the first 7 days. After week 2 it felt, literally, like my body deflated. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Sep 2011
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I didn't need much convincing after reading this book. My husband felt the need to negotiate on a couple of things but he agreed to also do it for a month with the exception of 1 coffee a day for him.
I cleaned out my fridge and cupboards so there was nothing to tempt either of us and made a shopping list of what was allowed that I know I could work with.

The second day was absolute torture for me as I detoxed from coffee and sugar. I had sweats, chills and a roaring headache. From then on this diet/lifestyle is actually a breeze by diet standards.
I like vegetable curries so I emailed the author and she informed me that I could eat cocunut and coconut milk just to not overdo it because they are high in cholesterol.

Two things I discovered that made it easier... a basic Greek cookbook (since so many of the traditional recipes actually follow a lot of this formula) and making a basic foodplan for a few days in advance. I wasn't regimented about it. I just wrote down 8 different meals and used it as a guide each morning so I didn't have to overthink if I was tired or busy. Also, if I made the made the rice to stuff into tomatoes or peppers, then I would freeze half for another day to make it really quick to prepare.
The best thing is, we both lost 6 kilos each without starving, without compromising on taste or substance.

For an afternoon snack, I discovered a great treat of rice cake with goats cheese spread on top, a drizzle of honey and a sliced fig on top. Totally divine and didn't feel like diet food. The most difficult part was going out to a cafe - where our options were tea, mineral water and fresh juice. Aside from that, we both feel great.
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