New Year, New Diet Plan: Gwyneth Paltrow's 2016 Goop Detox

New Year, New Diet Plan: Gwyneth Paltrow's 2016 Goop Detox

It was only a matter of time before our own healthy Januarys got Gooped all over…

Thought your 2016 was going well because you’ve been to yoga once and the gym twice, and haven’t sunk a bottle of Merlot and consumed an entire wheel of Camembert every night?

Us too, but now Gwyneth Paltrow is here to make you feel bad about it, with how she's spending her January.

It's pretty much what you'd expect from the super-healthy star; though it's not vegan (*gasp!*), and she admits to eating bread and cheese (*keels over in a cold sweat*), it's full of the everything-free recipe ideas we've come to know and... accept. 

And is it just us, or is Goop getting just the teensiest bit more relatable? All the talk of coffee, wine, bread AND chips?

In fact, the actress recently spoke to Yahoo Beauty about her diet, saying: ‘I think there's a lot of misinformation about what I actually eat […] I really don't have any rules. I really believe in delicious food and enjoying life and not saying no to anything.

'But at the same time, you know, I think it's important to understand what good nutrition does and make sure you maintain a balance. For me the big things are really processed food and foods that have tons of chemicals and pesticides. I try to stay away from that, but I love French fries and cheese and martinis and all that kind of thing.’

That said, there are still some classic Gwynethisms in the lastest Goop post. Our favourites?

1) ‘Once you get through the first few days of caffeine withdrawal (some people might experience dry heaving)’

2) 'If you can get to an infrared sauna, you’ll be helping your system get the toxins out faster'

3) ‘Yep, you can even sweat out plastics’

Get ready. Here's Gwyneth's full 2016 detox, in her own words...

'It’s here: That moment when we vow to put our elastic waist-banded pants in the back of the closet and kick-start some healthier patterns in the kitchen. As always, the goal with the annual goop detox is to not try to pull off a week of starvation: It’s to simply clean up the menu and eat as well as possible (more on that below), as a means for re-setting the palate (bye-bye shrimp toast and cheese plates), giving our guts a break, and stripping off a few extra pounds we just might have picked up at the end of the year. It’s the baseline of how we like to eat all the time (with plenty of deviations for wine, bread, and french fries)—but this time of the year, we just stay the course. For this round, we asked our friends at Surya, an incredible Ayurvedic spa in L.A.’s Pacific Palisades, for a handful of recipes too. They offer a full panchakarma, and as part of it, they cook for you: The mung dal, in particular, is delicious.

As always, the rules are straightforward, but a little rough (particularly when it comes to coffee and booze). No gluten, dairy, corn, soy, caffeine, alcohol, added sugar, red meat, shellfish, white rice, or nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes). Once you get through the first few days of caffeine withdrawal (some people might experience dry heaving—if this is you, see Dr. Junger’s piece on adrenal fatigue), sticking to the meal plan won’t make you feel like you’re depriving yourself of anything. If you can’t cook, it’s easy to make a clean meal at any salad bar: Focus on whole veggies, lean proteins, and a dressing like olive oil and lemon.

Things That Help

While exercise is important, you might need to take it down a notch while you’re on a detox diet (then again, you might not). 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 (yep, you can even sweat out plastics). Meanwhile, drink as much water as you can—and if you still find yourself backed up, consider kicking off the cleanse with a colonic (Dr. Junger answers questions about what’s involved with that here)'.

The Meal Plan

You can extend this to as many days as you’d like. Plus, you can mix in more detox recipes from previous years.

DAY 1:

First Thing: Surya Spa Detox Tea
Breakfast: Chia Pudding
Lunch: Five Spice Salmon Burgers with Detox Asian Salad
Snack: GP’s Morning “Smoothie”
Dinner: Chickpea & Kale Curry with Brown Rice

DAY 2:

First Thing: Surya Spa Detox Tea
Breakfast: GP’s Morning “Smoothie”
Lunch: Detox Tostada Salad with Grilled Chicken & Cilantro Cashew Dressing
Snack: Rice Cake with Almond Butter
Dinner: Leftover Five Spice Salmon Burgers with Steamed Bok Choy

DAY 3:

First Thing: Surya Spa Detox Tea
Breakfast: GP’s Morning “Smoothie”
Lunch: Chickpea & Kale Curry with Brown Rice
Snack: Crudités with Leftover Cilantro Cashew Dressing
Dinner: Detox Hot & Sour Soup

DAY 4:

First Thing: Surya Spa Detox Tea
Breakfast: GP’s Morning “Smoothie”
Lunch: Kimchi & Chicken Nori Wraps
Snack: Rice Cake with Almond Butter
Dinner: Detox Hot & Sour Soup

DAY 5:

First Thing: Surya Spa Detox Tea
Breakfast: GP’s Morning “Smoothie”
Lunch: Soba Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken & Miso Dressing
Snack: Surya Spa Aloe & Coconut Smoothie
Dinner: Surya Spa Dal

DAY 6:

First Thing: Surya Spa Detox Tea
Breakfast: Chia Pudding
Lunch: Chicken Paillard with Zucchini Noodles
Snack: Crudités with Leftover Miso Dressing
Dinner: GP’s Morning “Smoothie” & Roasted Sweet Potato

DAY 7:

First Thing: Surya Spa Detox Tea
Breakfast: GP’s Morning “Smoothie”
Lunch: Detox Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken
Snack: Surya Spa Aloe & Coconut Smoothie
Dinner: Surya Spa Dal

Good luck!

 
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