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

  • Wheat products (that includes foods made with white or whole wheat flour). Instead eat brown rice, millet, oatmeal (not the packaged ones with sweeteners and salt-add a teaspoon of pure maple syrup and organic cinnamon for a delicious treat), wild rice, and other whole grains on this program.
  • Margarine. Contrary to common advice, margarine is not a health food.
  • Salt-Switch to Celtic sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt, or another type that contains naturally-found minerals alongside the sodium. Usually they have a grayish or slightly orange color due to the minerals present. Of course, reduce consumption of salt if you’re a heavy salt user.
  • Coffee and black tea. Reduce your consumption to no more than a cup a day. Try drinking herbal or green tea instead. Sweeten with stevia if desired.

Remember: your efforts will be worth it.

Of course, you should consult your physician if you have any health conditions before starting any new eating or lifestyle program. And, if you’re diabetic, pregnant or nursing, you should avoid detoxification.

NEXT WEEK: Week 2–Kidney and Intestinal Cleanse

Adapted with permission of the author from the book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. (Wiley, 2006).

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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!

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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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