How to Detox the Right Way
Saturday, August 1, 2015
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Just google detox and you’ll come up with so many different plans — it can make your head spin. How do you detox the right way? As a registered dietitian, I detox quarterly with the science-based D.TOX® program created by Life Time.

Only 14 days to a better you.

Many of my clients say D.TOX has been their jumpstart to create life-long healthy way of life habits. In only 14 days, the average weight loss is 5 to 7 pounds and most experience increased energy, improved sleep, decreased bloating and notice a clearer complexion. Others identify food sensitivities that may have been the root of skin irritations and physical discomfort for years.

Detoxification not deprivation.

What’s more, our D.TOX won’t leave you feeling deprived — individuals find they’re more satisfied after meals, learn new cooking skills and experience a new found joy with food.

Convenient and cost-effective (it’s free).

This is a free online program — you can listen to the podcasts at your convenience and download the program materials, including recipes and meal plans. 

Safe and supportive.

As a licensed professional, you can trust that I’ll be guiding you through the D.TOX program safely. You’ll receive supportive weekly emails from me (with my personal tips and recipes) as well as access to online support from other world-class dietitians. 

The Life Time D.TOX program includes:

Sign up below and you’ll immediately receive a confirmation email that includes all of your get started materials with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, including meal plans and recipes. Plus, you’ll also receive a 15% discount on the D.TOX Shake Kit available in Vanilla or Chocolate. The shakes are a cost-effective and delicious way to enhance results by providing the body ample protein and nutrients that support the body’s natural detoxification system. If you don't receive an email confirmation, please contact  


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Not ready to sign up?

If the idea of a D.TOX sounds appealing but you're not ready to sign up yet, listen to the podcast below to learn more about the program and read the success stories from a few of our previous clients.

Featured D.TOX success stories   

Beth C.

“I’ve never done a detox or cleanse program before and wasn’t looking for a ‘weight-loss’ program but had gotten to a point — despite being a cardio-loving runner, cycle instructor and generally a pretty fit person —where I felt that my metabolism had gotten out of whack. I had slowly put on ~ 5–7 extra pounds that just wouldn’t come off, rarely got a sound night sleep and felt run down. When an injury put my marathon training on hold, I decided it would be the perfect time to give DTOX a try and still make forward progress getting ‘in shape’ for my upcoming marathon. Within 3 days of eliminating the non-approved foods, my energy level increased, sleep improved and the fog began to clear. I was still able to keep up with my cycling regimen and didn’t have to battle any fatigue or lack of energy. The smoothies were a welcome treat and I felt they really helped boost my overall energy level and excitement for the program. This program has definitely had a life-changing impact. It’s the first time that I’ve felt the impact that nutrition can have on your health, energy and mood. I have definitely trimmed down and feel more fit. Two weeks after completing the program, I’ve maintained my weight loss goals and have chosen to avoid the non-approved foods as I’ve felt the impact they’ve had on my body. My husband jumped on board with the program and I’ve had many friends ask me about DTOX as I’ve shared my success and the results have been obvious.”

Chuck N.

“Didn’t really have any intention of going through a detox but then I read an email from Life Time about the program, did some additional research and then decided it was a good opportunity to do a reset on my body removing the toxins and establishing healthy eating habits. I was also looking forward to dropping a few pounds in the process. I only did one day of prep, looked at my schedule over the coming two weeks and decided to start the detox the following day. The entire process was not that difficult other than missing a cocktail or two on the weekends. A few days into the detox, I did feel a bit achy in my back from the toxins releasing into my body and getting used to eating clean foods. I found that a sauna, some stretching and a massage took away the aches. The recipes provided are great and even during restore and afterward, I am eating this food. Preparing meals in advance is also key. Overall, a great experience.”

Becca E.

“I decided to do this detox through Life Time to give my body a reset while I was also doing the Fall 60 Day Challenge. I was plateauing with my weight loss and needed an extra boost. This detox is something I would highly recommend! I felt amazing the second week of it and through the weekend. This was my first detox ever and I can say that I will do it again in the future. I had a lot of people ask me if I can still eat. Of course I can still eat. I would never do a cleanse or a detox where I couldn’t eat food. I love food! A lot of the food recipes were very similar to what I was already eating so I didn’t feel like it was much of a change besides smoothies in the morning. I was content with all of the food recipes. My favorite smoothie is banana, chia seeds, almond butter, coconut milk, water, ice, fiber and the [D.TOX shake mix]. A tip I would highly suggest would be to make sure you are really drinking tons of water a day especially when you are adding extra fiber. Another tip is make sure you sweat daily! You will feel so much better and this maximizes getting all the toxins out of your body. I love this detox! I will be doing it again in the future and I am so happy to tell my story about this and promote it! It is amazing how much support you get through the two weeks! My coworker is starting it on Monday, October 16th and I can’t wait to help her through it! Overall I lost 5 pounds during this detox which I was completely happy with!”

Mary and Bradley 

“This D.TOX program has been just the ticket for my wife and I.  We were looking for a program that we could do together. This was a straightforward program that was pretty much turn-key for us. We got busy the Sunday before the program and we bought and cooked the acceptable foods.  Plus we pre-made lunches for the week. It was hard initially but we now feel in a routine supporting each other along the way.  It is early but to date we have a combined 26 pounds weight loss which seems remarkable to me. We now are feeling fantastic and excited about the upcoming weeks. We are going to Hawaii in February and we are hoping to be the best versions of ourselves by that date. We appreciate the plan and the podcast.”

Donielle F.

“Like many people, I have struggled with my weight most of my life. Three times in my adult life, I have lost more than 30 pounds only to find them again. Two years ago, I became a member of Life Time. At first, I did the treadmill, but eventually I got more involved and joined a 60-Day Challenge. I have psoriasis . . . bad. My goal was no longer to lose weight. My goal was to rid my body of toxins in the hopes of helping clear my skin. That goal led me to DTOX. I don’t just feel better inside with D.TOX, I can see the transformation almost immediately. The redness around my psoriasis dissipates, the itching slacks off, the scaling disappears, patches begin to heal from the center out. ALL OF THIS takes place in the 2 weeks I’m on D.TOX. It is no joke. As a byproduct of my D.TOX, I’ve lost weight. I’ve completed D.TOX four times and lost 7 to 10 pounds each time. But it’s not just the weight loss during D.TOX. I feel that DTOX has helped me maintain my weight as well. Between, DTOX, the 60-Day Challenge, yoga and other group fitness classes, I lost 60 pounds over a 6-month period. I gained a few back over the holidays, but I lost them again with my latest D.TOX. I have maintained my weight loss now for a year and a half. I am 47 years old and I feel better than I have in YEARS. D.TOX was a huge part of the process. I stay gluten and dairy-free (it’s easier than you think) and the D.TOX recipes and approved food lists really helped . . . so did the staff. Coach Anika and her staff are amazing. Reach out to them and they will help you. If you decide to D.TOX, a couple of my favorite tips from them: 1. Hit the sauna. Even if I don’t have time to work out, I try to hit the sauna nearly every day. 2. Drink a lot of water. It helps! I double up and drink water at least 2 bottles in the sauna. 3. Batch cook. You’re more likely to stay on plan if you have go to meals ready in your fridge. I wish you success. D.TOX is an investment in your overall health. It works . . . now when I go for a physical, I ROCK it on stats and blood work. I thank staff of the D.TOX program for helping me achieve my goals.”

Clay J.

“I have known about the D.TOX program since its inception because I helped create the website. I work as a vendor for Life Time, and I have been a yo-yo dieter for over 20 years. Since I am a web developer, much of my day is spent sitting in front of a computer. My eating habits were not great. I would always seek out convenience food, and that usually meant something processed and full of sugar. I have been pretty discouraged by ‘dieting’ the past couple of years, because as a 45-year-old male, losing weight didn’t come as easy as when I was 30. In fact, it seemed impossible, because no matter what I tried, the pounds would just stay there. I also had another big issue, which was a love for my evening cocktail . . . ok, cocktails. Breaking that habit was going to be difficult, but I knew that was a big part of my inability to lose weight. I started working with Samantha, a dietitian at the corporate office, a couple of months ago trying to make small changes week by week. More water, supplements, tracking food, more protein. I started to notice a difference, but Samantha told me early on that she wanted me to do the D.TOX program, which frankly scared the heck out of me. The time came for me to jump into D.TOX, and Samantha helped me prep, and I also attended one of the in-club D.TOX discussions one Saturday. I knew it would be tough, but my wife agreed to do it with me, and having that support ended up being a big component for success. We got our D.TOX Kits and read all of the materials that I had put on the website, but honestly had never examined before. The guide clearly laid the plan out in an easy to understand way. The next two weeks were going to be tough, but I knew if I followed Samantha’s advice and studied what I could and couldn’t eat, I would be solid. I asked her why most people fail. She said it is all about the meal and snack prep. She couldn’t have been more right. Having meals and snacks on the ready make this program 100% easier. I won’t get into the day-to-day, but I tried to keep it super simple. Shake in the morning, pre-prepped meal for lunch and dinner with lots of protein and veggies. Oh yeah, and no alcohol. The first couple of nights I felt a little out of sorts without my cocktail, so I tried to keep my hands and mind busy until bedtime. After a week, I could feel my cravings subsiding and the pounds started to fall off! WHAT!?!  After two weeks, I was down 12 pounds. HUH!? Did D.TOX and I just become best friends? YEP! Coming off D.TOX wasn’t the moment I thought it would be. I pictured my head in a basket of chicken wings while having a 16 oz. Bourbon Manhattan by my side. I know, I’m supposed to reintroduce one thing at a time, but a boy can dream. The funny thing was, I didn’t want any of those things. I brought back my one cup of coffee in the morning, but I stayed away from sugar, gluten, soy and dairy. I can now have a drink or two on the weekends, but I’m such a lightweight that I don’t want any more than that. I have to say this was a great kick start to eating (and drinking) clean. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and it gives me a new appreciation for eating and living clean. I’m looking forward to doing it again!”

Pam M.

“I started my first D.TOX when I joined the Life Time 90 Day Challenge in Spring 2016. I went in fully committed, head on, and admittedly suffered some headaches and sluggishness my first week by being off caffeine, a substance I have faithfully consumed every morning for the past 35 years. I did not deviate and stuck to the program. I was pleasantly surprised how yummy the shakes tasted and how long I felt full from my smoothie shake every morning. About one and a half weeks into the program, I started to feel quite amazing. No longer did I crave my morning coffee or my nightly wine with some cheese. I mean why would I want to change my eating habits back to my favorites when I am feeling this incredible? I kept going, and not only for the full 30 days of the program, but I continued throughout the entire 90 day challenge. During that time I never felt deprived and I even indulged in two glasses of red wine on nights out with friends and two pieces of celebratory birthday cake during the three months I was transforming. I know my transformation results were 80% because of this program, and I have forever learned amazing eating habits. It is now one year later from my first and I am starting another D.TOX program. I love this program so much, I will commit to doing it at least once a year the rest of my life. Thank you Life Time for educating me about this amazing life changing product because I never would have dreamed I could feel (and look) so good. Especially now that I am over the big 5-0.”

John K.

“The first two weeks of March was my one year anniversary of starting the D.TOX program. I have lost 42 lbs., and now getting a nice toned body that I once had…or close to what I once had. I’m at the perfect weight for which I want to stay at forever, 230 lbs. The programs have totally changed my eating habits. My lifestyle continues as if nothing has happened. Many of my friends ask me what diet I’m on. I tell them, ‘It’s a lifestyle, not a diet.’ I tell them: ‘We are all on diets, some of us have good diets, and some of us have bad diets.’ I compliment and give credit to the Life Time Fitness programs. I’ve purchased the D.TOX packages for my daughter, brother and co-worker. All three have shown success. I’m 59 years old, I was an athlete in college, then competed in triathlons and marathons for ten to 12 years, I have completed three Ironman Triathlons. I was in the Clydesdale division, playing football. I’m a big guy. My best Ironman was 11 hours and 23 minutes, and I weighed 225 lbs. Then I slowed down and got busy with my kids, slowly stopped working out, got heavy and out of shape and up to 272 lbs. I was shocked at how much I weighed. The years just disappear, but getting myself back in shape was so self-satisfying; my wife of 37 years and family loves it also. I’m back; Big John is back! I hope all your clients feel this sense of accomplishment because it breeds success and continued good health practices. Now that I’m at my desired weight, I still do the D.TOX quarterly, but I follow the 80/20 rule on eating, too. A person can’t be perfect all of the time, so if I eat properly at least 80% of the time, so I’m good to go. This has worked for me for the past four months. When I go on vacation I try to eat good, but not every day or every meal, 80% of them. I just went on a ski trip to Whistler with 27 people. I was the oldest guy in the bunch at 59; the youngest was 31. I outlasted them all on the mountain, and we ski hard, double diamonds and all, and we went heli-skiing for a day. Two of the younger guys asked me what the heck I’m doing. I tell them it’s the Life Time programs and told them to look into them! A BIG THANK YOU for all your work and encouraging e-mails and phone talks.”

Pat R.

“I’m 54 years old, and have always been in generally good health, but noticed a downward trend in my late 40’s. I began gaining weight. My hormones were doing ‘those things’ that happen to women my age. As I got in my early 50’s I would tell myself that a few extra pounds didn’t matter anyway. I began my prep on January 15th and started the actual D.TOX on February 1st. Eliminating caffeine from my life was a challenge and took longer than a week. But I knew I could do it and that it would be worth it in the end. I followed the D.TOX program very carefully and am pleased with the results. I only lost a couple of pounds during the two-week detox phase, but after eight weeks (two weeks prep, two weeks detox and four weeks restore), I lost nine pounds and five percent body fat. I feel that I’m in a good place on my journey to a healthier lifestyle. The biggest short-term impact I noticed was that I didn’t need to take ibuprofen anymore for daily aches and pains. Even more impressive were my numbers at my annual physical. When I had my screenings earlier this month, I passed all four tests! I know that it is from the changes in my diet due  to habits that were introduced as part of the D.TOX program.”


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