How much will it cost me to detox for a week
A comparison of cost of detoxing on the Lemon Detox Diet and a usual week's expenditure on food and beverages.

EXPENDITURE ON THE 7-DAY STANDARD VERSION - Abstinence from solid foods

Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup $79.00
Cayenne Pepper $2.60
Senna Tea $3.00
Sea Salt $2.40
Fresh Lemons $12.00
Home Filtered Water $0.04
Total spend on 7 day standard program $99.04


Bakery products, flour and cereals $16.06
Meat (excludes fish and seafood) $20.01
Fish and seafood $3.85
Dairy products $11.27
Fruit and nuts $9.77
Vegetables $10.61
Non-alcoholic beverages $12.53
Meals out and fast foods $42.10
Other $26.67

Average weekly household expenditure on food and "non-alcoholic" beverages  $152.87

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products $34.80

Average weekly household expenditure on food including "alcoholic" beverages  $187.67

*Australian Bureau of Statistics 4102.0 - Australian Social Trends Source: 2003-04 Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Detailed Expenditure Items (ABS Cat. No. 6535.0.55.001). Average household: 2.5 persons

*The above figures are based on the 2003-2004 report of averages Australia wide. People living in capital cities will find that their average expenditure is higher. The true value of today's average weekly expenditure on food and beverages is greater than the above statistics and according to the ABS, we are consuming more on food and alcohol than previous years. Based on a 3% increase per year of inflation, the estimated average household spend on food and beverages is approximately $211.00.

A real view on the comparison.

Let's face it, an average weekly expenditure on food and beverages can be blown on a single night out on the town.

While detoxing on the standard version you are abstaining from all solid foods. We are decreasing the costs associated with purchase of foods and beverages, preparation of foods, petrol expenses for shopping, decrease in expenditure on washing liquids and general expenditure associated with cooking and cleaning. The cost to dine out for one night in the week with a partner is usually around the same cost as the full weeks detox program.

Knowing that detoxing can be much cheaper than a normal week's expenditure on foods and beverages, there are definitely high cost savings post detox. People concluding the program will usually eat less than what they used to eat. Most people will kick their bad habits by reducing junk food, alcohol, and cigarette intake. People will tend to eat better and as a result, the savings can be in the thousands.

With the continual financial pressures that we live with today, increased interest rates, petrol prices, and the costs of food and beverages going up and up, makes the Lemon Detox program not only a way to improve your diet, but also a true way to save your money and relieve some pressures off your life.

Is $100.00 for the week justifiable to detox?

The Lemon Detox program is not a weekly program. We recommend detoxing at least twice a year for a beneficial effect on the body. People who detox regularly throughout the year have reported miraculous results in physical, mental and spiritual health.

So, would you pay $100.00 to improve your diet and way of living? Would you pay $100.00 to free your body from harmful toxins and pave the way to a better lifestyle? Would you be happy to spend $100.00 for the week to feel rejuvenated and revitalised? Is this a sound investment...? Would you spend $100.00 to save you thousands? This small periodic abstinence from solid food has proven to be a great investment not only for your finances but a long term investment in improved lifestyle.

Without a doubt you will be saving on this investment, but lets take a look at what else you will be saving on..

In 1997, 90% of women and 63% of men spent time on housework such as cooking, laundry and cleaning. For those who undertook these activities, women spent two and a half hours (154 minutes) per day, and men spent 1 hour (62 minutes) per day.

A greater proportion of women (80%) than men (49%) prepared food. Of those people who undertook this activity, women spent, on an average day, just over one hour (65 minutes) preparing food compared with 37 minutes for men.

A greater proportion of women (52%) than men (13%) spent time on laundry activities like washing and ironing. Men and women doing laundry tasks spent a similar time washing and drying clothes. Women who ironed spent almost double the amount of time ironing (47 minutes per day) as men (27 minutes per day).

A much greater proportion of women (63%) than men (21%) spent time on other housework. For those who undertook these activities, men and women each spent a similar amount of time on day-to-day housework, such as vacuuming, dusting and cleaning the bathroom (around 30 minutes per day). Women spent longer than men on occasional 'dry' housework like rearranging furniture, hanging curtains and cleaning cobwebs, whereas men spent longer on occasional 'wet' housework such as cleaning windows, cleaning carpets and polishing silver.

In 1997, Australians spent 93 minutes per day eating and drinking. Just over half of all households ate at a restaurant in the two weeks prior to the survey and almost 60% bought a take-away meal. Couples with non-dependent children only were more likely than other households to eat at a restaurant and couples with dependent children were most likely to purchase a take-away meal.

So what do we do with all this extra time on our hands whilst detoxing....

August 7, 2007                         Embargoed 11.30 am (AEST)                                84/2007

We're overweight, marrying less and buying more: ABS

We're more likely to be overweight, less likely to marry, and consuming more goods and services, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) flagship publication, Australian Social Trends 2007, released August 7, 2007.

"In 2005, 7.4 million people aged 18 years and over (54% of the adult population) were classified as overweight or obese."

This publication provides a snapshot of life in Australia and how it is changing over time.

Australia's families

Australia's total fertility rate fell to a historic low (1.73 babies per woman) in 2001. Since then Australia's total fertility rate has increased, reaching 1.81 babies per woman in 2005 - the highest level recorded since 1995. Women aged 30 years and over and living in more advantaged areas are driving this increase.

The probability of marrying has declined. If current rates were to continue, 31% of men and 26% of women would never marry. At the same time, the probability of marriages ending in divorce has increased. One-third (33%) of marriages which took place in 2000-02 could be expected to end in divorce, compared to 28% of marriages in 1985-87.

In 2004-06 one in five children (20%) were in one-parent families. These families are at a higher risk of disadvantage. In 2003-04 almost half (49%) of one-parent families with children under 15 had both low income and low wealth, compared with 11% of couple families with children of the same age.

Work and family in Australia

The increased proportion of women working since the 1990s has contributed to increases in Australia's labour force participation rate, up from 74% in 1990 to 76% in 2005 for people aged 15-64 years. Australia's labour force participation rates were above the OECD average (70%) and similar to the U.S. (75%) and the U.K. (76%) for 2005.

The Australian labour force participation rate for women of child-bearing age (15-44 years) rose from 59% to 71% between 1980 and 2005. One type of support to help mothers combine paid work and family is access to leave. In 2005, female employees using leave (either paid or unpaid) for the birth and care of their baby used an average of 34 weeks of leave in total. For those using paid leave, the average length of this leave was 12 weeks. Just over one-in-four female employees (27%) did not use any leave for the birth and care of their baby with most of this group permanently leaving their jobs.

The latest figures (2004-05) show that around 7.4 million Australian adults (54%) were overweight or obese. This was an increase of more than 2 million adults from 1995. The proportion of adults who were obese (up from 13% in 1995 to 18% in 2004-05) increased at a greater rate than the proportion of adults who were overweight (up from 33% in 1995 to 36% in 2004-05).

In 2004-05, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were over three times as likely as non-Indigenous people to have diabetes and more than ten times as likely to have kidney disease.

Australia's household income and consumption

Goods and services generally became more affordable between 1985-86 and 2005-06. This is because per person increases in household disposable income (up 5.1% per year between 1985-86 and 2005-06) and household net worth (up 6.6% per year between June 1989 and June 2006) both increased faster than all groups consumer price inflation (3.7% per year between 1985-86 and 2005-06). While many goods and services have become more affordable - including motor vehicles, clothing and footwear and household appliances - others, such as education and hospital and medical services, have become less affordable because price rises for these services have outpaced increases in income and wealth.

As our household income has increased so has household spending. Since 1985-86, real (i.e. adjusted for inflation) household final consumption expenditure per person has increased on average by 2% each year (from $17,500 in 1985-86 to $26,100 in 2005-06). The largest increases have been on communication services and goods for recreation and culture. Spending on cigarettes and tobacco has fallen.

The amount of solid waste generated in Australia rose by 6% a year between 1996-97 and 2002-03 (excluding Tasmania and the Northern Territory). The amount of solid waste that was re-used or recycled rose almost ten-fold between 1996-97 and 2002-03.

More details are in Australian Social Trends, 2007 (cat. no. 4102.0).

Media Note: While most of the articles in Australian Social Trends 2007 present a national picture, state and territory information (graphs, tables and commentary) for a range of social indicators are included at the start of each chapter