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Gwyneth Paltrow’s crazy Goop winter diet detox

- January 13th, 2014

Chickpea soup courtesy of GOOP

I love Gwyneth. And her lifestyle blog, Goop. Her detox plan featured on the site? Not so much.

It’s not that I don’t have the discipline to go through with it – well maybe that’s the case, just a little – it’s more that to even get started on this journey, you have to invest a lot. You’ll need serious kitchen hardware – a good juicer, blender and things like a special cloth to make “almond milk” with – and you also have to spend a lot of money on food; organic fruits and veggies cost a pretty penny, and some of the exotic teas and spices are also hard to source.

It’s already tough to stick to a plan of no caffeine, alcohol, sugar, gluten, processed foods, soy products, dairy, shellfish, condiments, soda and nightshade veggies (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant), but having to find miso paste, pink Roiboos, coconut nectar and marrow broth takes this detox to a new level.

And THIS detox is apparently more doable than her other ones!

The purpose for a “winter detox” is determined by Gwyneth’s doctor/friend Dr. Alejandro Junger, who has an explanation as to why we all into turning into wolf-like creatures come winter, stuffing full shanks of ham – or anything else we see – into our mouths at first chance we get.

He says our bodies cool down, naturally, and we’re looking to warm it up by overeating.

Winter throws us a few challenges as far as detoxing goes: we are more hungry in cold weather and we need a certain internal temperature to function as mammals, which requires consuming more energy. But when we eat more and keep our bodies in continual digesting mode, we lose energy for other necessary functions and for our immune systems, which make us more vulnerable to getting sick.

His tips for staying warm include wearing socks in the house, taking hot showers, followed by cold ones to rev up circulation, and drinking warm things like shakes and soups, foods that are part of his winter detox plan.

(Warm shakes?! As if.) Do I think it works? Probably, for Gwyneth and her crew. I mean just look at her. She looks great, not only “for her age” -  just in general. But I honestly don’t think “normal” people can follow this plan. Just giving up coffee alone for me would be career suicide. I can’t imaging how my colleagues would feel having to put up with me without coffee for more than a few hours. And then there is the prep time, and finding plastic packaging to store warm shakes and lentil patties in…

Okay I’m a bit melodramatic about it. I guess I’d just like to see a detox or healthy eating plan that is doable: Affordable, accessible and easy to make. The detox is a week to a month long if you’d like, although the name “winter detox” makes me sure that it could last until the Spring Equinox.

Check out the plan below for a sample of a few days, in case you’d like to try this diet:

Winter Detox

Admittedly, waking up to warm lemon water is actually nice. I’ve been doing it for a week and while I don’t notice a change, it tastes good and I’m usually parched by the time I wake up, so it kind of does the trick. The warm shakes however aren’t my thing. And like I said, I’d actually need to own a shake machine to make them. The only part of this detox I’ve manage to follow is the no dairy and alcohol rule. Although the alcohol part is probably ending tonight – it’s the weekend after all.

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