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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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I first did the Jane Scrivener detox two years ago after I was advised to detox by a reflexologist, all my internal organs were under stress from over indulgenece and it showed! I looked and felt tired, had restless sleep, little energy and tired dull skin. I bought the book as I didn't know what it meant to detox. It became my bible. I did the 30 day plan and after the first week I was excited planning my meals, sad I know (!) but I could already see and feel the difference and knew that everything I was feeding my body was another step to feeling great. Friends and family soon started to comment on how well I looked. I had loads of energy, slept like a baby and could see my eyes sparkle and my skin glow. I also lost half a stone, which wasn't my intention but I finally got rid of those annoying bits that hang over your knickers that you just can't seem to shift....bonus!! The only downside to the book was the lack of recipes. It was great to have a list of foods that were allowed and forbidden but not always easy to figure out how to make a meal of them. I've just started the detox again using the book and finding the lack of recipes even more of an issue as I need to find interesting meals that are good for me and not too boring for my boyfriend. On the whole I would highly recommend this book if you want to feel like a new woman, I certainly did and am hoping I will again soon after another bout of xmas over indulgence!!
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