The regimen, outlined in DeLuz's book, "21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox," relies on vitamin-rich juices, thick vegetable purees, and herbal teas. Also on the menu: nutritional supplements, vitamins, and enzymes to keep the body's systems stable and cells nourished during the cleanse. Now I know this sounds overwhelming BUT you can actually buy all you need online as a kit. The official site sells the kit for close to $200 but I found it for $69. =) It arrived a few days ago. I went to the store and bought my vegetables for the soups that I will be eating for dinner so I think I am ready to go.
Here is the Daily Schedule I will be following for the next 3 weeks.
Basically you need to be giving your body a supplement every two hours from about 8:30 - bed time.
8:30 am High-Density antioxidant Berry Drink, recommended dose of herbal cleansing formula (1-3 a dose), Tea and water.
10:30 am 8oz of water with Green Drink Mixed into it, 8oz of herbal tea, iced or hot.
12:30 pm 1 cup of fresh vegetable juice that you juiced in your juicer and enzymes OR an 8oz water with Green Drink Mixed into it. Also herbal cleansing formula and 8oz of water.
2:30 pm 8oz water with Green Drink Mixed into it, 8oz of herbal tea, iced or hot.
4:30 pm High-Density antioxidant Berry Drink.
6:30 pm Homemade soup and broth, see reciepes starting on page 205, a cup of herbal tea, a dose of enzymes, a dose of herbal cleansing formual (night time if you have it), 8oz of water.
7:30 pm 8oz of iced or hot herbal tea and 8oz of water
"Bedtime" a serving of Aleo Vera Juice.
Also required to walk everyday 1 mile.
NOTE: You may drink more water and tea if you want. The soup is also referred in the book as "FREE" soup so if you need to eat more, it's ok. DO NOT USE SALT IN YOUR SOUPS OR JUICE! (or products that have salt in them.)
I will be updating the blog on how this is going. I suspect it will take some time to get use to the taste of all this stuff I will be consuming that is not food. The most challenging part of this regimen is the walking. I use to walk 3 miles a day before we moved out of the subdivision. But with 3 kids its been very hard to get any exercise in at all. I walked with my friend Cherie at night before we moved. Sometime we did not get out on the road until 9pm but we got it done and without kids in tow. My plan is to get Connor in his stroller as soon as we return from dropping Cullen and Avery off at their schools. We will walk from the house to the main road and back. Not sure that is a mile or not. I guess my pedometer will tell me, if I can find it.
It will all be worth it if the pounds start coming off. The nice thing about this diet is that I can do this for 3 weeks... and then do it again after being on regular food for a month or so. So my plan is to use this to take off at least 40 pounds. I might be happy then.