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Chia Detox Shake

If you're in our D.TOXSM program you know shakes become a part of your day and finding a handful of go-to shake or smoothie recipes makes it so much easier to give up those non-D.TOX approved sweet treats! 

Here's a recipe that’s taste-tested and dietitian-approved. If you’re not in the D.TOX program, just substitute the MediClear™ and FiberMend® for a protein powder. I suggest our grass-fed whey protein. The strawberry cream is a great combo with the berries in this shake. I also like to add in Life Greens in the double chocolate flavor for an added nutrient and flavor kick. What’s your go-to add-ins for shakes and smoothies?

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Why Gut Health Matters for Metabolism

What organ is the source of greater metabolic activity than the liver, supplies over 70% of the immune system, and consists of 10 times the number of cells than the whole rest of the body put together? The gut!

An amazing and surprising fact: 70% of Americans have digestive symptoms or disease, yet don’t think twice about its impact on their weight and health.

Gut health breaks down due to many factors in our lifestyles and environment. These factors can over-activate the immune system and ultimately cause internal havoc. Conditions such as migraines or chronic headaches, food or environmental allergies, autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome and celiac disease have all been shown to correlate with digestive dysfunction.

Today, we'll discuss the roles of the gut, what factors disrupt its functioning, and tips for improving gut health to ultimately enhance metabolism, weight management and overall health.


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Detox-Friendly Meatball Recipe

D.TOX-Friendly Meatballs 

*Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Bake Time:  20 minutes

Yield:  12 meatballs

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6 Reasons to Detox

Whether you want to jump-start your fat loss or detoxify from an indulgent holiday season, there are many reasons to seek out a safe and effective detoxification program.

Each day we’re exposed to a variety of toxins through the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use on our skin. How well we fare depends on how well our bodies can keep up with removing these substances.

By supporting our body's own natural processes with a well-balanced detoxification system, we improve our ability to function at our best and to maintain optimal health. Detox benefits are varied and significant. Let's look at the top six advantages detoxification can offer. 


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8 Uncommon Tips for Women’s Wellness

Women’s health is a complicated matter.

A woman’s well-being is impacted by an intricate balance of hormone systems such as adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones.

As women progress through the decades of life, hormones ebb and flow and can knock each other off track. This oftentimes makes attaining optimal health and weight loss more challenging as women age.

The good news is that we have significant influence over our hormones and genes by what we choose to do or not do in our lives. Many factors impact hormone balance such as nutrition, supplementation, exercise, stress management, sleep and living environment.

Learn how you can use these areas of influence to enhance your well-being!


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How to Detox the Right Way

Registration is now open for the online D.TOXSM program. We start Monday, January 8.  

   Sign up below and find out more about our 14-day program.


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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.TOXTM 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:

  • Weekly podcasts – three total with links sent via email
  • Meal plans, grocery lists, virtual grocery store tours and recipes
  • Weekly emails from Coach Anika – with exclusive tips and shake recipes
  • Guidance and support from nutrition coaches via email

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 $20 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 recieve 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.”


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."


Pat R.

"I'm 54 years old, and have always been in generally good health, but noticed a downward trend on 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 any more 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."


The Healthy Way to Detox - Part 1

Spring can feel like the perfect time to start fresh with health goals.

In fact, it's a common time to read about detox regimens that kickstart those efforts.

Not every detoxification regimen, however, is safe or effective. It’s important to not only understand the benefits of detoxification but the ways an individual detox plan can support (or hinder) your body’s own detoxification efforts.

In this three part article series, we'll examine these issues and offer a guide that can help you make the best choices for your detoxification goals.


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