Coach’s Program NOW OPEN for 2017

Coach’s Program NOW OPEN for 2017

It’s finally here!! The coach’s program is now ready for 2017!!! We have upgraded the program this year you will be super excited to learn that we have automated much of the program for your and your clients. You can learn all about the coach’s program here.

For those who will be renewing in 2017, here’s just a few of the upgrades to the program:

  • All of the program files, including the recipe & guidebook PDF and the bonuses will now be on the web, no more DropBox needed. We do recommend that you download the files to your own computer however you can choose a different cloud service as well.
  • You will be able to register all of your paying clients in our special members only area! Clients will also receive a welcome email, and weekly support emails automatically once they are registered. Coaches also get a copy of these email upon registration (timing may not match with your program timing however).
  • NEW: Text message support for you and your clients. Clients who opt-in will receive a short 1-2 sentence program support message every other day during their program. Coaches can also receive these messages.
  • More licenses! Now when you register as a coach, you get 10 licenses (plus access to the full program for your own personal use). Once you’ve enrolled 10 clients, you can easily upgrade for another 10 licenses in 2017
  • New branding for the recipe book, website and FB, plus we now have an Instagram account. Use #30daywholebodydetox and we’ll feature your photos on our feed too! To purchase physical copies of the guidebook, please email info (at) or purchase at our live events!

We have two LIVE launch events this year as well, both featuring Dr. Arla Kasaj, Naturopathic Doctor. First, this coming Wednesday March 22nd in Waterloo:

And next week, we’ll be in Burlington on Wed. March 29th:

Detox in the Summer?

Detox in the Summer?

detox in the summerWhy would you want to detox in the summer? In 2012 I founded the 30 Day Whole Body Detox, the healthy, whole food detox that will nourish your body at the cellular level. I have been doing the program every spring since then and I encourage others to do the same. Yet there are always a few who choose to take on the challenge in the summer. Which is super challenging! I’m excited to share that I have found an alternative to the 30 Day Whole Body Detox that can be easily done in the summer and will allow you to enjoy some of the benefits of the 30 day program too.

Gratitude Tip: Our bodies are a miracle and every day there are processes and reactions that happen completely automatically. Taking care of our digestion and blood sugar levels is a form of gratitude for our bodies. Sometimes we forget how amazing our bodies really are. A short 7 day program can be great for the summer and allows us to focus on nourishing our cells rather than abusing them as we are apt to do in the summer.

If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been doing the new 7 Day MySmartStart challenge for a few days now. I did a trial run at the end of June when the program was first launched. After coming home from a 10 day vacation, I knew that I needed to get back on track before I left again for Salt Lake City next week. I decided to complete the MySmartStart again (with my hubby too!) and so far, so great!

detox in the summerWhat is it?

USANA® MySmart™Start* is a seven-day program designed to help you break your old unhealthy lifestyle habits and begin a new fitness regimen.’ It’s a simple program that comes in a box (see photo) and contains all that you will need to be successful. During the 7 days, you’re replacing two meals per day with the MySmartShakes (a choice of Whey, non-GMO Soy or Plant protein), plus eating one low-glycemic meal per day and two low glycemic snacks. The kit includes the new MySmartBars (10) so you’ll enjoy at least one of these a day. And finally you’ll be supplementing with the world-class USANA supplements in the convenient AM/PM packs known as the HealthPak.

What are some of the benefits?

Here’s what my clients and I have found:

  • Sugar cravings are gone (shakes and bars have zero added sugar)
  • Carb cravings are gone
  • Feeling full and satisfied after each meal
  • Releasing a few pounds
  • Clothes feel looser
  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • Creating new habits
  • Breaking old habits that did not serve us
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • A sense of doing something great for our bodies
  • Easy program to follow

What is the value of the program?

The full kit includes:

  • 14 individual servings of the MySmartShakes. You can choose the regular kit to try all of the flavours or create a custom kit based on your needs. I choose the Plant and Soy bases.
  • 10 MySmartBars, my favorites are Berry Nutty and Dark Chocolate.
  • 7 days of the HealthPak AM/PM supplements, including the Multi-minerals, Anti-oxidants, Active Calcium Plus and the bonus Anti-Oxidant booster
  • 14 flavour optimizers. These can be added to your smoothies (optional). My favorites are dark chocolate and orange cream.
  • Bonus: 14 page guide that includes healthy, low glycemic recipes and program tips for success (when you order from me or any of our Holistic Lifestyle Creators tribe)
  • Bonus: Private FB group for those who have done the program or are going through it. Great for support and more fun recipe ideas.

Cost? Only $122.95 (no tax!) for the full seven days (CND and USD). To order, please connect directly with me, or visit my USANA website, – pricing on the site is retail however. Make sure you click on Become a Preferred Customer before placing your order to get that price.

Are you ready to show some love for your cells this summer? You can join us for a detox in the summer at any time!


30 Day Whole Body Detox – Day 24

It’s hard to believe that I am already in my last week of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox ! It has sped by even more quickly than other years. Perhaps it’s because I have become more familiar with the program and have learned to navigate the ins and outs of the detox. Or maybe it’s because I have learned to LET GO.

Human beings have an un-satiated desire to control. This might go back to our survival instinct. Most of us have one or many areas in our lives where we believe we need to hold on tight to ideas or beliefs in order to survive. In my case it has come in the form of striving for perfection. The all or nothing mindset that can trip me up if I make even one mistake. Does this sound familiar ?

In the case of this 30 day program, I would have set a goal in the past to “be perfect ” throughout the 30 day program. If I did veer off I would adapt the all or nothing mindset and sometimes sabotage my efforts. We all know that it is  not realistic to think that humans can be perfect. So why not let go of this idea?

Over the years I have come to forgive myself, let go, and move forward whenever I strayed from being perfect. The wonderful reality of being human is that very fact that we are not perfect. life is fluid and we must adapt to what comes our way even when we are on a 30 day mission to improve our health. I practice this belief more each year. For example this week, I didn’t have time to make an actual meal for my family  so I searched out the organic food section of the grocery store and found a wonderful organic soup with very few whole ingredients  (see photo for brand).  Today, I  had a glass of champagne and a small piece of birthday cake for a dear friend celebrating her 50th. In the past I would have felt guilty and disappointed in myself for falling off the wagon. But today I get right back up, dust off my boots and keep going ! After all it’s the home stretch ! 20160516_201227

A Party in My Mouth – 30 Day Whole Body Detox


I have to say one of the biggest benefits of being on the 30 Day Whole Body Detox is how much more I taste. Sweet food tastes sweeter and savoury dishes explode with flavour. This is so important and powerful considering most of us follow our taste buds when choosing our foods. After a few days and weeks on the detox, foods that normally come across as bland when eaten now taste wonderful ! Before I continue and for those reading this blog who are not familiar with this program, let me be clear. This is not a calorie counting program or diet. You eat tons of beautiful whole foods on this system and there is plenty of opportunity to cook simple delicious sweet and savoury  recipes that are great for the whole family. As your body becomes accustomed to no longer eating refined sugars and processed foods, your taste buds begin to change and crave simple ingredients. I even love my vegetables now ! I must confess that for most of my twenties and thirties I loved anything rich and savory. A meal was not complete without a buttery sauce on my protein and I wasn’t satisfied without some kind of starch like mashed potatoes slathered with butter or gravy. Simple was boring to me and not worthwhile. How things have changed !   Now my taste buds are happy with a kale salad rubbed with sea salt and olive oil and dressed simply
972141_10156921112155385_3991362542346121784_nwith a homemade balsamic vinaigrette (from the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Recipe and Guide Book). Today I made the Luxurious Tomato Basil Sauce from the Oh She Glows cookbook using cashew cream which I made  last week for the very first time and froze for future use (ie. desserts, whipped cream, creamy sauces).

Raw Vegan Cashew Cream

  • 1 cup of raw cashews soaked for at least 2 hours or overnight (on counter or in refrigerator)
  • Once soaked , drain and rinse them well
  • Place in your blender or food processor and add a little bit of filtered water (for desired thickness)

I also added some extra nutritional yeast for added cheesy texture. Again , simple ingredients that exploded with flavour ! The 30 Day Whole Body Detox has introduced me to a whole new world and my taste buds are thanking me !

Detox Success Story! A Family’s Lifestyle Change

Detox Success Story! A Family’s Lifestyle Change

PhotoGrid_1461756584061One of our 2016 detox clients wanted to share her challenging yet very successful 30 Day Whole Body Detox program story with us. As she has chosen to be authentic and vulnerable with us, she has asked to remain anonymous. Here is her story:

At first I honestly thought that my coach asked the wrong person to join this detox because at the evening launch I saw more healthy, professional people; not struggling, overweight, unhealthy single moms. Now, I am glad that my coach asked me to join for so many reasons.  I had a real difficult month personally and I truly believe that had I not been doing this I would have handled things much differently and not in a positive, good way.  I still had tough moments but had much more clarity and faster bounce back than in the past.

For example, here’s what happened on Mother’s Day. My thought was that I was almost done the detox and for Mother’s Day I would have whatever I wanted, I deserved it.  I was thinking something yummy, and really over the top.  But then I stopped that thought, because that was my old way of thinking; that that kind of junk food was what made me happy, comforted and safe.  When in fact this month’s food did make me happy, confident and hopeful.  So I had a fantastic Mother’s Day and stayed on track.

My 13 year old son 13 weighed 220 pounds when we first started the program, and he only wanted junk food, fast food and would only eat white carbs at home.  He reluctantly came along for the ride when my other older two sons asked if they could also do it with me. I had told them that  I wouldn’t be keeping the junk food in the house because it was too tempting for me.

On Mothers’ Day after me stopping and picking him up Wendy’s (another old habit) for lunch he really didn’t want it and asked me straight out if we could keep eating the way we have been eating through the detox, even though the 30 days is almost up.  I asked him why, and his reply was that he has lost 15 pounds, his acne has cleared up and he feels good.  What surprised me most is that he has made a connection that I, an adult in my 40s had only just made.  What we eat affects everything we do and how we look and how we feel.

So here is a list of some highlights:

  • For the first time ever I have run out of veggies before the week ran out.
  • For the first time ever I am not going through my fridge on Saturday morning and throwing away a bunch of slimy, bad produce because I didn’t eat them.
  • I always thought that it cost more to eat healthy.  It does if you’re throwing it all away and still eating junk.  But I have seen that it’s just a shift in where I’m spending.  So where I used to spend money on fast food and junk that is now being put into healthy food.
  • When we first started it was new so old habits were still there.  But as we progressed I noticed that the boys and myself were eating less frequently.  Before with the junk food they would be in the kitchen every half hour getting something.  Now with the healthier food I see the satiety effects, which I never really saw before.  So again they are eating less so it really isn’t more expensive.
  • It does take more effort but the funny thing is that by eating healthy I have way more energy.  I can get the prep done and still have time to have fun with my kids.  Before I would always hear from them that I always said I was too tired to do anything with them.  Which was true.
  • This past week, I had a bad day and I ate two frozen mini pizzas, (old habit), and then I had what I call food coma sleep, one that I had not had all month.  It was a sluggish awful feeling that I did not like.  So after that the rest of the day I ate well and by the evening I even went for a walk. Far from my old habits!
  • Our family has signed up for David Suzuki’s 30×30 challenge, where you get out in nature for at least 30 minutes a day every day in May and do some physical activity.  We have done it every day, and are having fun!  Before we would eat dinner, watch TV, or they would play video games and then go to bed.

This is just a small look at how the detox has changed my family; but definitely not a small change in our lives.

This truly is a lifestyle change program disguised as a detox program. And the reason our clients repeat the program every year is because it’s challenge to stay on track for the other 11 months of the year. Most people stick with their new habits til the holiday season. The yearly detox allows people to get back on track and create even more new habits!

You can still join us this year! Our last big group start will be on Tuesday May 24th, following the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada. US friends, we recommend you start the Tuesday after Memorial Day. If you’re ready to join us, ORDER NOW. Want more info? Check out this YouTube video on the Top 15 Reasons to Join us for the Detox this year.

Health is a journey – 30 Day Whole Body Detox


Life is a journey and so is becoming our best and healthiest self. I have always been drawn to optimal health although I didn’t always apply the success principles of a healthy lifestyle. Thinking back to my twenties and most of my thirties , it was about instant gratification and enjoying the pleasures of life most of the time. This included rich foods and less exercise. I dabbled in diets, and fitness programs and never stuck to any one thing. And we all know diets have a beginning and an end. They are not sustainable.. It is always challenging to make a lasting change.

It wasn’t until I partnered with USANA Health Sciences that i was immersed in the world of cellular nutrition and glycemic eating. I learned about the importance of treating our bodies with kindness and reducing inflammation whereby reducing the onset of disease..

Five years ago I was introduced to the 30 Day Whole Body Detox program and this is when I deepened my self-awareness around food.  I noticed more how my food consumption was linked to my emotions. I also realized more than ever that we are what we eat. I always had the mindset that working out would give me the best results. As long as I did my cardio four times a week I could eat anything I wanted. In reality it is what we put into our mouths that gives us 80% of our results.

And so every year, I improve my health and take one more step towards better health . It has taken me a few years to finally understand that the number on the scale is not nearly as important as reducing inflammation in our bodies and being healthy. The scale would wreak havoc on my body image and my progress and so I finally threw my scale away and have not weighed myself since last summer. My clothes say it all.

My other big change has been to remove grains from my diet. I made that decision back in December of 2015. And now during this year’s 5th edition of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox I have cut out all caffeine. This is a big step  for me towards better health !

I decided today to create a little skip in my step and photograph my progress and compare it to last year. It was well worth the effort to see how far I have come on this journey.
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step !

Top Three Reasons Why The 30 Day Whole Body Detox is a Success

Top Three Reasons Why The 30 Day Whole Body Detox is a Success

3 Reason for SuccessOver the last 5 weeks, we have had hundreds of people start (and most of them complete) the 30 Day Whole Body Detox program. This is the 5th edition of the program and I have been thinking about what makes this program different and why we have had so many success stories year after year. There are thousands of programs out there, why is this one different?

Gratitude Tip: Taking care of our bodies for 30 days is a beautiful way to show gratitude for our cells and all of the automated processes that are happening every single moment that we are alive. We often take so much for granted when it comes to digestion and detoxification, that a program like the 30 Day Whole Body Detox allows us to focus on healthy digestion and detox for a very short period of time, and usually leads to a change in habits which will then continue to serve us for a lifetime.

Here are the Top 3 Reasons why the 30 Day Whole Body Detox is a success:

First, it’s SIMPLE. Being a whole food program, with simple recipes and common ingredients (for the most part), it can fit into even the most hectic lifestyles. This program can be done if you’re eating outside of the house as well and even on special occasions, as long as you stick with the program guidelines. And after a few weeks, it becomes ever easier as you’ve adapted the way you cook and eat. Most clients don’t want to go ‘off’ the program after 30 days because they love this new way of eating.

Second, there is SUPPORT. One of the biggest things that most programs are lacking is proper support. When you purchase a ‘cleanse’ kit from the health food store, there is no one supporting you. If you buy a detox book and do the program yourself, there is no support. We see a lot of success in the detox program because of the support from our program coaches and the online support through our Facebook group. It’s a real community of real people who are sharing their struggles and their successes with each other, as well as recipe ideas.

Third, the SUPPLEMENTS. If you take away the USANA supplements that go with the program, it’s basically a ‘clean’ eating program. I purposely chose not to use the term ‘clean eating’ for this program as it implies that there are ‘dirty’ foods. The program teaches you how to nourish your body with healthy, whole foods and to avoid foods that don’t serve you or make you feel very good. The reason why the supplements are so important is that our cells need a lot of anti-oxidant, vitamin and mineral support beyond what is available from our food – even organic food. By removing the liver loaders (alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar) we are supporting our liver in the best possible way by adding in the Hepa Plus for example, which contains the anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins our liver desperately needs but isn’t getting from food alone.

Simple, Support and Supplements – Three reasons why this program is a success for most of our clients. The last large group detox will be starting on Tuesday May 24th, right after the long weekend in Canada. If you’d like to join us, you can ORDER NOW.

The kids having fun at Bodhi Bar

The kids having fun at Bodhi Bar

We are also very excited to have a new program contributor! You may have noticed a few weeks ago that we did a juicing meet-up at Bodhi Bar in downtown Burlington. I am pleased to announce that Naiomi Gardner, owner of the Bodhi Bar has contributed a recipe to our program, which will be included in this year’s PDF version. We are also working on some fun ideas for next year’s spring detox program, for those who might like the extra challenge of a 3 day juice cleanse before starting the 30 Day Whole Body Detox program.

30 Day Whole Body Detox – Day 15


Today marks the official half way mark of my 30 Day Whole Body detox. I am encouraged by how I feel as I begin my third week of the program. I rise in the morning feeling awake and refreshed. But that is only if I get enough sleep ! I need my sleep now more than ever and I especially appreciate the hour(s) before midnight. I suspect that because my body no longer relies on caffeine to wake me during the day, my body tells me when I have not had enough good restorative sleep. This is great news! My body is finding its own rhythm again !

One of the pleasant side effects of doing this program is how our physical appearance improves. I don’t own a scale and have not weighed myself since the fall so I am not aware f I have released pounds but my clothes do feel loose and more comfortable. I have been receiving compliments from people who don’t know that I am doing the detox but notice that I am glowing and look healthy.

I realize that I have been eating quite similarly to this program for the most part since December 2015  when I decided to stop eating grains, but I continue to learn new ways of preparing food and I stumble upon little things that make me realize there is a whole world out there of things undiscovered. Who knew that you could purchase empty tea filters that allow you to steep your favourite teas and most importantly who new that I would one day get this excited about teas ? David’s Teas offers these wonderful little sachets with a drawstring closure so tea leaves stay put. I am excited to discover the hundreds of new tea flavours out there.   This is what makes it worthwhile to stretch ourselves and leave our comfort zone so that we may grow and expand our world.

Yesterday it was Mother’s Day and my husband and kids took me out for dinner to celebrate. I stuck to the program for the most part and did the same today when I attended a family lunch at a favourite local restaurant. I did help myself to a few  corn tortilla chips and some dips that may have contained dairy. But for me this program is not about being perfect but more about the journey and strengthening my healthy habits. Five years ago when I followed  the first edition of this program I veered off the path more often and I may have even sabotaged with the all or nothing mindset. Today I can say that when I do stumble, I have learned to accept my choices and move on.

Life Happens – 30 Day Whole Body – Day 13

It happens to the best of us, We start off excited and extremely focused on our goal and feel like we can conquer the world. Whether it’s tacking a new year’s resolution with a brand new exercise program or creating new success habits , our enthusiasm is through the roof ! We are invincible !

And then life happens. When the big and small stresses of life come up and they most certainly will come up, we humans go to our default position of desiring comfort. And to add to that, excitement and focused energy always wanes with the passage of 10323076_10154095978280385_2041979621_ntime and we must make a concerted effort to choose to fight this universal law.

I am almost at the halfway mark of my detox and today I felt that initial enthusiasm dissipating a little and found myself thinking of my comfort go to habits I believe it’s important to be honest with ourselves when committing to a goal like this. It’s this honesty that allows us to see what shows up.

For me it meant waking up and craving a cup of coffee. I believe my body is no long physically craving coffee but it was that longing to go back to what was “easy” and comforting. I miss my Saturday morning ritual of pouring myself a cup of my favourite Italian java and sipping it while cuddling on the couch with my family. During my errands today I passed a wine counter at my grocery store and watched merchants purchasing bottles of wine and perhaps  preparing for a weekend of entertaining. I found myself longing for that glass of chilled white Pinot Grigio in my backyard with friends.

The lesson here is how will we respond to these normal feelings when in the process of achieving a goal like the 30 day Whole Body Detox? I can choose to have that glass of wine or coffee. And that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. After all, this is my journey and I choose how I want to achieve my goal.

Instead, I opted to cuddle up with my warm cup of herbal tea. I changed my mindset and decided to replace my craving for wine and coffee with my  favourite dessert on page 112 of the recipe and guide book. Gorete’s Delicious No Bake Protein Bars was just enough to put a smile on my face again. My choices empowered me to realize yet again that we are the sum of the decisions we make ! I am ready to take on the second half of this detox !


The 30 Day Whole Body Detox – Day 11

I was reminded again yesterday that all things worthwhile take patience and take time. Whether it’s experiencing the benefits of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox or seeing your business goals come to fruition, patience is a true virtue. It is in times of waiting that we learn our greatest lessons.

My husband and I spent part of the afternoon yesterday at a low vision clinic where John hoped to walk away with solutions (adaptive tools, specialized glasses) for his vision challenge. He is now legally blind as he waits to heal from an eye surgery that took place back on New Years Eve 2015. It has been a much slower recovery than expected.

The experts at the low vision clinic yesterday could not provide any immediate solutions and John left the clinic somewhat disheartened. Although, the eye specialists involved in John’s case have reminded us that he has 8 more months of healing left, it is always hard to wait. But every small improvement adds up to great things. Four months ago John could not see the sidewalk and I would take him by the arm during our walks. Today he can do chores and play guitar with his two bands and at church. The compound effect is always at work in our lives.

The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. Our present reality is an outcome of the little, seemingly innocuous decisions that have added up to your current bank balance, waist line, business success, relationship status. – Darren Hardy

The choices we make each day either bring us closer or farther from our goals. This brings me to the 30 Day Whole Body Detox. We can choose to follow it to the letter and chances are we will end up on the other side with great results or we can cheat here and there and end up in a whole different place after 30 days. Every single choice you make does make a difference.

Last night I was offered a glass of white wine. For a moment I considered it and the wheels began turning as I produced in my head a list of excuses for why a glass of wine wouldn’t hurt. And I was right. Having a glass of wine here and there during the detox probably wouldn’t have an immediate negative impact. But if I added up all my “cheat days” I might find myself further from my goal.

This program is not about being perfect but about having the opportunity to choose where you want to be in 30 days. I have strayed ever so slightly from the plan but I am always growing and learning to be more patient, knowing that my patience will be rewarded. Meanwhile my beverage of choice tonight is my herbal tea. Almost half way there !

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