GOOP’s Annual Cleanse

Today is a great day to take stock of 2016. Have you committed to some of the lifestyle changes you wanted to make in 2016 yet? Assess what your stated goals were for the start of the new year and make note of where you have had success and where you have started to make some good ole’ 2015 excuses.

Ok – now that you have done that, do  you need a little help??

Every year, GOOP announces an annual cleanse…and it is actually quite good and a great place to start changing habits. It may be a little restrictive for some of you, so feel free to play around with the recipes and add another (up to) 250 calories in there. Also, give yourself permission to have a day-off. This doesn’t mean go crazy and eat a whole pizza pie, but if you know you have a function during the week where wine or dessert will be hard to pass, make this your “meal off”. Make sense? See if you can stick with this kind of eating for MORE than the stated 7 days!

We linked the cleanse above, or you can follow here:

 

The Annual goop Detox

It’s that time again…time to stash the leftover holiday treats in the back of the freezer and cork the wine. After even just a week of following an elimination-based diet, we feel a bit more in control over cravings, significantly clearer in the head, and often a few pounds lighter. Most importantly, it’s a good way to set a healthy precedent for the year to come. While this isn’t a deep, deep detox, it’s a great way to give your digestive system a breather and break bad eating and addiction patterns that probably set in over the holidays (if you’re anything like us).

THE DETOX

This year, we decided to go a bit lighter on the grains—but we wanted to do it without going overly ascetic. We came up with some good solutions for filling and hearty meals that won’t leave you hungry during these colder months. And we teamed up with San Francisco’s Native Juice and LA’s Kore Kitchen for some delicious smoothie and juice recipes that are easy to superpower with supplements, should you need an extra kick in the pants. (Kore does a full, super clean meal delivery in LA, while Native Juice offers healthy snacks and lunches.)

As always, the rules are simple (but tough). Just say no to: alcohol, caffeine, added sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and nightshades (white, blue, red, and yellow potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant). If you don’t want to cook, Dr. Junger’s 21-Day Clean Program is a great option, since it’s two shakes per day (breakfast, dinner) with a clean lunch in between that’s easy to source from a salad bar.

DOES DETOXING REALLY WORK?

Yes. While it’s true that our bodies are great at detoxing on their own, it’s also true that these days, our environment and food system is overloaded with toxic and synthetic chemicals, making it tough for our systems to keep up. Detoxing is a nebulous and overly-marketed concept, though, and there’s a lot of crap out there, so we asked Bruce Lourie, co-author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things and Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World for his two cents. In the latter, Lourie and his co-author, Rick Smith, exposed themselves to high quantities of pesticides and chemicals from personal care products, tested their blood and sweat, and then tried various things to flush the toxins out. The results are fascinating (and funny), and so we asked Lourie some questions.

WAYS TO HELP YOUR BODY ALONG

You want to keep your digestive system moving, so drink plenty of water (hot water in the morning is key), and think about kicking the week off with a colonic—they definitely get things going. We also try to get to the spa for a handful of treatments: Anything that gets the lymphatic system moving is clutch, and IR saunas are particularly great (and effective) as sweat is one of our body’s most effective means for flushing toxins. We rounded up our favorite spots for all.

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