Detox Done Right

Lose Weight and Re-Boot During COVID-19

By Melanie Carden

Immunity is another word for resilience, and Dr. Roni DeLuz R.N., ND, Ph.D., has it—in abundance. Her bestselling book 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox remains at the top of the charts, an affordable bestseller among the top diet and wellness downloads on Amazon, consistent in its popularity as it does get results. Dr. Roni’s journey toward holistic health is peppered with the very wisdom we need to navigate the emotional and physical turmoil associated with COVID-19. Top-of-mind for many of us is the health issue referred to as Quarantine-15—weight gain associated with the pandemic.

We’ve gained weight and lost strength—not just the power of muscles but the strength of a powerful immune system that could help protect us as we face the potential threat of a second wave of COVID-19. The time to detox and re-boot our system is now. The protocol outlined in Dr. Roni’s book, kits, and at-home COVID-response service, H.E.A.L.E.D. at Home, uses fresh greens, berries, and herbs—foods dense in phytonutrients and micro-nutrients—often in soup, juice, and protein shake form. Her diet supports clients from CEOs to celebrities, who operate in high-stress environments and often complain of exhaustion. She quickly realized that most patients also experience increased stamina and significant weight loss—thus the name 21 pounds in 21 days.

The regimen was designed to clear the body of harmful toxins that may contribute to many health-related issues. Dr. Roni emphasizes that the easy-to-make smoothies release toxins from your body to increase vitality, health, and energy. The fresh purees—in small quantities throughout the day—allow for easy nutrient absorption. She says this portion-control method fast tracks healing, reduces inflammation, improves the immune system, and stimulates rapid weight loss.

Scientists continue to study the COVID-19, but most agree—a healthy immune system is better than one that is compromised. People with diseases that are characterized by systemic inflammation, such as cardiovascular disease, and obesity, are generally cautioned of potentially higher risk. But everyone can benefit by reducing inflammation and improving their immune system.

Dr. Roni began her nursing career at Yale-New Haven Hospital, but it was her personal experience of fibromyalgia that prompted her to transition to holistic care. The condition was largely unknown at the time, and she experienced firsthand the exhaustion of a compromised immune system. Through holistic treatment, she recovered and opened her wellness retreat on Martha’s Vineyard—offering a restorative seaside setting and personalized wellness detox therapy.

As her client list grew to include Steve Harvey, Robin Quivers, Wendy Williams, and many others, she also partnered with James Hester, a former record company executive. He struggled for years with his weight until he lost 30 pounds on Dr. Roni’s program. Crediting her with turning his life around, they collaborated, penning the bestseller, 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox, which landed on The New York Times bestseller list for 13 weeks. Authoring this book, she says, has allowed her to reach everyone—wherever they may be. And now, during this pandemic, many find themselves at home, looking to re-boot their immune systems and lose the weight gained during this period of inactivity and uncertainty.


Dr. Roni didn’t set out to create a diet. She was originally leery of including the word in the book title. But through discussions with her support network, she shifted her mindset. The word diet connected with readers and has empowered her to catalyze thousands of wellness journeys. In addition to her books, Dr. Roni’s brand includes the Martha’s Vineyard Wellness Retreat, a walk-in therapy center featuring natural products, and online membership access to her channel and recipes. As both an entrepreneur and healer, she confides, “My life has never been the same since the book.” It’s led to helping a larger client-base restore their immune systems and improve life quality.


She offers services for men and women of all ages and is grateful that she has been able to help people during the pandemic through her newly launched H.E.A.L.E.D. at Home  (Health, Education, Alternative, Love, Essential, Detoxification) program. The plan—which includes one-on-one Zoom sessions—embraces the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) through the inclusion of health education and incorporating everything from medicinal foods to meditation into your life. The holistic approach creates lasting self-motivation, allowing clients to maintain optimal health on their own—even when faced with sustained periods of stress.

For those looking to incorporate just the detox recipe protocol ASAP—Dr. Roni offers a popular 21 Day Detox and nine-day Maintenance Package. This is a kit with the protein powder and drinks to implement the 21-day diet (chocolate protein powder, very berry flavored essential greens drink, apple banana-flavored essential greens drink, inner cleanse formula, acai liquid berry antioxidant). Turn on your blender, follow the 21 Pounds in 21 Days plan, and you’re on your way to feeling healthier, ready to lose the weight, and jump-start a vital new you.

From weight loss and recovery to immune function and low libido, Dr. Roni works with clients to make sustainable life changes—physically and emotionally. She’s passionate about the importance of lowering inflammation in the body and reports that “you can reduce inflammation” and improve your health and resilience. Dr. Roni encourages clients to come to the retreat when it is once again open to the public.

Detoxing emotionally is just as important as physical rejuvenation. The one-on-one sessions at the Martha’s Vineyard retreat offer clients a deep emotional and physical experience that stays with them long after leaving, explains Dr. Roni whose client base genuinely counts on her to help them stay on the healthiest path. Dr. Roni wants all to realize that whatever your health concern may be, she is here to assist. Most of her recipes begin with a blender and fresh produce—but there’s a hefty dose of education, inspiration, and motivation—and we could all use more of that right now. No wonder, more than a decade after her best-selling book first came out, 21 Pounds in 21 Days is still the go-to-choice for fast, healthy weight loss and successful, remarkably beneficial detox.

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