If you're looking to kick-start 2016 with a full-body detox, Gwyneth Paltrow offers some advice you might want to consider. Taking to her site Goop, the 41-year-old actress shared the plan she'll follow in the coming weeks. It was developed in conjunction with her doctor, Dr. Alejandro Junger.
The goal of the program is to "clean up the menu and eat as well as possible... as a means for resetting the palate, giving guts a break and stripping off a few extra pounds [that] might have [been] picked up at the end of the year."
Overall, the rules are pretty straightforward: don't eat gluten, dairy, corn, soy, caffeine, alcohol, added sugar, red meat, shellfish, white rice or nightshades (things like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and potatoes). Her team advises those trying the detox cook as many meals as they can, but suggest folks hit the salad bar if they don't have fresh fruits or veggies at home.
Gwyneth and her experts also recommend people scale back their workout regimen while detoxifying. "Yoga and walking are great options for something less-intense. But getting a great sweat is key for detoxification, so if you can get to an infrared sauna, you’ll be helping your system get the toxins out faster... Meanwhile, drink as much water as you can."
The article goes on to outline a meal plan and several recipes that were concocted especially for the star in 2016. There's a detox tea, which is said to aid digestion, as well as a chia pudding. Other options listed, include a kimchi and grilled chicken nori wrap, a tostada salad, chicken paillard with zucchini noodles and five-spice salmon burgers.
This, of course, isn't the first time the actress has advocated that people detox their diets. Gwyneth has been publishing programs like this one on her site for years. The mom's interest in nutrition began when she lost her father, Bruce Paltrow, to cancer in 2002.
"All I’ve learned about nutrition and health came from his cancer,” she told Harper's Bazaar. "I’ll probably have a long and healthy life because he didn’t.”
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