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A best-selling author, nutritionist, and certified weight loss expert, JJ Smith has influenced over a million people with her #1 New York Times best-selling book 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. Having sold nearly three-quarter of a million copies, that book has crested the New York Times bestseller list for two years and counting. JJ Smith not only created an effective cleanse but also started a lifestyle movement.

Featured on The View, NBC News, Roland Martin/News One Now and in Glamour Magazine, Women’s World Magazine, and The Washington Post, JJ Smith has gained fans and followers who have experienced significant weight loss and positive health results after all other diets have failed. While on the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, people reported that in addition to shedding pounds, they also slept more soundly, thought more clearly, had clearer skin, and were in better overall health. As delicious as her green smoothies are, however, the cleanse was designed to jumpstart a detox and a new approach to eating—it’s not a permanent solution.

Now, with Green Smoothies for Life: 30 Days to Quick and Lasting Weight Loss (Atria Books; December 27, 2016; $19.99), the highly anticipated follow-up to the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, Smith introduces a brand-new meal plan that will assist with incorporating green smoothies into everyday routines while developing healthier long-term eating habits and improving overall health. Some already using this plan have reported they’ve lost 50+ pounds and have kept the weight off by incorporating green smoothies and healthy clean meals into their regimen. With over thirty recipes for healthy dinners, desserts and snacks, twenty-five thoughtfully composed green smoothie recipes, a thirty-day meal plan and the corresponding shopping lists, Green Smoothies for Life takes the guesswork out of eating mindfully and healthily.

Since reclaiming her health, losing weight, and discovering a “second youth” in her forties, bestselling author JJ Smith has become the voice of inspiration to those who want to lose weight, be healthy, and get their sexy back! JJ Smith provides lifestyle solutions for losing weight, getting healthy, looking younger and improving your love life! To learn more, check out

After studying and applying knowledge about how to heal the body and lose weight, JJ went on to receive several certifications—one as a certified nutritionist and another as a certified weight-management expert. JJ received her certification as Nutritionist from the Institute of Holistic Healing. JJ received her certification as a Weight-Management Specialist from the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). She is also a member of the American Nutrition Association (ANA).

JJ is the author of 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, is a proven plan to safely and quickly detoxify the body, and jumpstart weight loss. Most people who follow the plan strictly experience weight loss of up to 15 pounds in only ten days. JJ’s first book, a #1 Bestseller, Lose Weight: Without Dieting or Working Out!, is a revolutionary system that teaches proven methods for permanent weight loss that anyone can follow, no matter their size, income level, or educational level. And the end result is a healthy, sexy, slim body.

JJ holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Hampton University in Virginia. She continued her education by completing The Wharton Business School Executive Management Certificate program. She currently serves as Vice President and Partner in an IT Consulting firm, Intact Technology, Inc. in Greenbelt, Maryland. JJ was also the youngest African-American to receive a Vice President position at a Fortune 500 company. Her hobbies include reading, writing and deejaying.

J J Smith answers your questions here: 

Hi, Dr JJ: I have the opposite problem I’m in my 40’s with a high metabolism. How do I gain weight?

Eat more and often! 🙂

Are the green smoothies good for someone who is pre-diabetic?

I am pre-diabetic. That’s a hormonal imbalance that you can correct so that you can accelerate weight loss.  I teach how to do that in my private VIP Program HERE.

Also, you can always consult with your doctor to see what eating plan is best for you given your medical condition, but we have had diabetics have success lowering and stabilizing their blood sugar level with green smoothies.

What about the powdered greens – are they as effective?

No, they are not. Fresh greens are better. Powdered greens are helpful if you’re traveling and can’t make a green smoothie.

Is your plan/book safe for diabetics?  You can always consult with your doctor to see what eating plan is best for you given your medical condition, but we have had diabetics have success lowering and stabilizing their blood sugar level with green smoothies.

Are the smoothies meal replacement? Not all smoothies are, but my recipes are all meal replacements because they are nutritionally sound. My green smoothie recipes have protein (greens), healthy carbs (fruit) and healthy fats (flaxseeds).  So the green smoothie recipes in the book are a healthy meal replacement.

What are some reduced sugar fruits to use in green smoothies?

Sugar can definitely add up!  We have a section in the book that lists low sugar fruits that you can use in smoothies, such as apples, strawberries, blueberries. But natural sugar does not metabolize the same way as refined sugar does in the body. Why fruit works in the green smoothies is that the greens and flaxseeds slow the absorption of the sugars so they stabilize blood sugar and does not cause insulin spikes.

JJ Smith does your smoothie plan produce the same results for men as they do women?

Yes, we have thousands of men who have success on the program. You can see many of those success stories on the Facebook support group that has over 400,000 folks following the program right now.

I’ve been following a vegetarian/vegan diet. How can I get more protein and fat in my diet?

Just add in more foods that are high in protein and fat, including beans, peas, tofu, black beans, etc.

I’m actually starting the modified cleanse today. Is it OK to workout during the 10 days? Don’t wanna fallout!

YES! Chapter 8 discusses the best options. But always listen to your body. Detoxing is a time of rejuvenation and healing for the body so rest if your body wants rest.

I just got JJ’s book in the mail yesterday. So excited. What is the ACV recipe?

YAY! Expect great things from my new book, GREEN SMOOTHIES FOR LIFE. The ACV recipe is discussed in Chapter 10, 21 Detox Methods to Accelerate Fat Burning in the body. The recipe is 2 Tablespoons of ACV, with 8 ounces of spring water.

JJ, I have type 2 diabetes. Is the 30 day green smoothie diet/cleanse good for me?

You can always consult with your doctor to see what eating plan is best for you given your medical condition, but we have had diabetics have success lowering and stabilizing their blood sugar level with green smoothies

What are your thoughts on the ketogenic diet?

There is nothing new about this diet or any diet.. it’s just a strict low carbs diet… but you need healthy carbs to be healthy. That’s why we don’t “diet” to lose weight, we make a lifestyle change. We change our eating habits, get moving and balance our hormones to lose weight and keep it off so we never have to diet again. I share healthy weight loss tips on my Facebook page here:


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