“10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” is pretty much self-explanatory. Author JJ Smith starts the book with a questionnaire to reveal to readers how much they may or may not need to detox. Then she follows this up with an explanation for how green smoothies can accomplish the detox and remove some of the results of a stressful, poor-diet lifestyle.
Before the first chapter closes she outlines what the 10-day green smoothie consists of. Obviously it’s for 10 days and you drink green smoothies, but she goes into details that you’re supposed to eat green smoothies only for meals and that any snacking in between needs to be healthy, plant-based snacks such as nuts, vegetables, or fruit. The rest of the book is made up of chapters about why green smoothies are a valuable tool for detoxing, many recipes for green smoothies, and a lot of feedback from other readers about how the green smoothie cleanse has impacted them.
I’m a skeptic when it comes to cleanses and detoxes. There’s a lot of them out there and none of them seem to actually be healthy in the long run. What attracted me to Smith’s idea is that she’s not taking away anything, she’s replacing whole, processed food with healthy smoothies. I already drink smoothies for breakfast and try to eat on an intermittent fasting cycle, so the idea of just consuming smoothies and healthy snacks (if need-be) in between is not a new concept to me. What was news is the idea of eating ONLY these types of foods and for 10 days.
I tried the lite version of the cleanse meaning I only did two smoothies a day and I cheated and ate regular food on the weekends. Due to my schedule and friend group, there was just no way that I could do just smoothies on the weekend. However, even just that little effort I did see some results when it came to weight loss. I was hoping for some more dramatic results in other areas, but considering I wasn’t doing the cleanse strictly speaking, and maybe I’m just not that unhealthy, I’m not too disappointed. There’s some time coming up when I’m going to try and do just the smoothies for 10 consecutive days and see if I don’t get more results.
This book would be a good resources for anyone who’s curious to try a cleanse and/or a fast. I think that doing this cleanse isn’t putting your health at risk and I honestly didn’t feel hungry. The first few days were the hardest, but I chalk that up to be being a change in my routine. Once I realized I wasn’t starving it wasn’t a big deal.