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New Year, New You Detox: Week 1–Get the Junk Out

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New Year, New You Detox: Week 1–Get the Junk Out

Imagine waking up without an ache or pain, cruising through your day with energy and ending it by enjoying a refreshing night’s sleep. Then, imagine waking up to do it all over again. Think it’s impossible? Think again. The key is eliminating toxins from your body and your life. Toxins can leave you feeling sluggish, achy, heavy, and out-of-shape. They can also be a factor in the development of chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, allergies, and many other serious conditions. Over the next five weeks, I’ll show you how to get rid of those toxins following a modified version of the program I developed through a decade-and-a-half of research and share in my book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.  In this book, I share how to detoxify your kidneys and urinary tract, intestinal tract, liver, gall bladder, skin, respiratory tract, and more.

This week let’s get started by eliminating harmful foods and lifestyle habits and start to replace them with health-supporting ones. Start by lessening or eliminating:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs. Of course, continue to use any prescription drugs your doctor has recommended.
  • Dairy-milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, butter, buttermilk, etc. Many people are sensitive to dairy products but are not aware of this sensitivity. It may show up as digestive difficulties, bloating, cramping, seasonal allergies, joint or muscle pain, arthritis, and many other symptoms and disorders. During the detox, it’s best to avoid dairy products to give your body a break. You can begin them again after the detox if you wish.
  • Fried foods. I think this one is self-explanatory.
  • Sugar, synthetic sweeteners and food made with sugar or sugar substitutes. If you’re craving sweets, start by eating a piece of fruit or sweeten herbal tea with stevia (a natural sweetener that does not impact blood sugar levels) or a small amount of raw honey or real maple syrup-no more than a teaspoon at a time. Don’t confuse stevia, an herb that is naturally sweet with Splenda, which is not included in the detox.
  • Reduce animal protein to no more than a few eggs per week and 1 meal of meat (preferably organic eggs and meat). Obviously if you are vegetarian, you can ignore this step.
  • What I call the “3 Ps”-processed, packaged and prepared foods. Instead, you can eat simple home-made meals from fresh ingredients. By eliminating or reducing these foods, you’ll automatically be lessening your exposure to preservatives, additives, colors, artificial flavors, and trans fats.
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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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9:10AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

Are there verified scientific studies to base these recommendations on or is this "junk" science?

12:05PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Never heard of the herb stevia...thanks, will look it up.

2:14AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Good to know. Thanks for the post.

5:58PM PDT on May 30, 2011

Thanks for sharing this series. Great help!

10:28PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010


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9:11PM PDT on May 10, 2010

I recently did this detox - all five weeks of it, in order - and loved it! I followed it very strictly which was difficult at times as I love sweets and junk food. Now that I'm done, I'd like to continue to make healthier meal choices regularly.

Thank you so much for this series! Excellent stuff.

4:11PM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

Stevia is a natural herb. It is not a synthetic sweetener. Unlike sugar, it does not affect blood sugar levels. It just naturally tastes sweet.

3:21PM PDT on Mar 20, 2010

thanks for information

10:04PM PDT on Mar 18, 2010

Are you saying one meat meal per day or one meat meal for the whole week? That wasn't really clear.

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