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).
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.
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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.
This smoothie is hydrating, alkalizing, and energizing. Buy two young thai coconuts and use the water and the meat for this recipe. You can also find coconut meat in the frozen section of certain health food stores.
This smoothie helps balance blood sugar and encourages healthy digestion. To make your own fresh carrot juice, blend 1/2 lb carrots in your blender and strain with a nut milk bag. If your banana isn’t frozen, add a handful of ice.
This smoothie is anti-inflammatory, boosts immunity, and soothes digestion. Make your own almond milk for added nutrients—1 cup of soaked raw almonds blended with 3 cups of water, strained with a nut milk bag.
This granola is totally addictive. Baking it over a long time in a low oven makes it super crunchy, and it’s detox-friendly so you can snack guilt-free. Eat with milk, over yogurt in a parfait, or plain by the handful.
This quick and easy hummus is a great base recipe, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. It’s great as is, but feel free to dress it up with different spices, blend in roasted beets, or top with toasted pine nuts and chile oil.