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New Year’s Diets & Detoxes


A detox is a horrible idea.


There, I said it.


I know that after the holidays you need a change, you might be feeling heavy and gross, or maybe you’re just ready to get down to the business of getting healthier in 2022. But my friend, a detox is not for you. Diets are a slippery slope, and I’m here to tell you how to refresh and lighten up.


Detoxes are unnecessary


First, detoxes are completely unnecessary. Your body will do all of the things that an expensive or complicated “detox” will do. Feeling like you need to flush out the sugar overload from Christmas cookies? You don’t need a tea or special blend of 23 magic herbs.


Second, they can be dangerous. If you spent an entire holiday season indulging on holiday treats odds are you didn’t get your daily servings of fruits, veggies, or whole grains. Your body is craving nutrition not more depletion! Many detox teas and plans actually flush out valuable nutrition along with “toxins.” Women, especially women over 40, tend to be deficient in magnesium for example. Most detox plans involve increasing urination and bowel movements- that will deplete magnesium reserves even further.


Lastly, they are a waste of money. Your body will detox for you, all you need are some basic nutrients and the opportunity for your body to rest & restore. Most of these nutrients are inexpensive and readily available in your kitchen already: water (get crazy and add some lemon), produce, a mindfulness journal, and so on.


Refreshing for the New Year


Ditching detoxes is the theme in the Mindful & Balanced membership for the first 3 months of 2022, if you are looking to be guided and supported consider joining the membership for everything you need. Here’s a look at what we are doing in the membership:


  1. Eliminate excess- begin by getting rid of what you don’t need. This can be laying off the cookies, or cancelling your Netflix subscription to make time for more fitness. Take a look at the habits that you picked up over the holidays that feel heavy and begin to shed them.

  2. Nourish for sustainability- Once you strip away the habits that aren’t serving you, it will become more clear what you need. Nutrients like anti-inflammatory berries, replenishing probiotics, and metabolism boosting lean proteins are on the meal plan. Check out this sample 1 day plan to get an idea what that looks like.

  3. Mindfully Maintain- lastly, build habits that you can do every week to restore and replenish. It might look like a weekly restorative yoga class. Perhaps you’ll spend 20 minutes on Monday afternoon meal prepping healthy lunches.


Diets and detoxes can be tempting, but keep in mind that they are designed to be short term- you need a long-term solution so that you can get off the roller coaster. Hormone balance becomes more tricky each and every time you diet, a better way is to work on consistency and mindfulness so that you can enjoy the treats whenever you like and still feel good inside your body.


Create your own path


You don’t have to subject your body to the roller coaster of calorie restriction, odd tasting detox shakes, or days of kale salads to reach your goals this year. You can get back on track after the holiday indulgence by checking in to your body. Here is a short yoga practice to help you check in and start your year off with mindfulness.


Next step is returning to the foods that give you energy, nourish you, and that you enjoy. Not sure how to get started? M&B Membership is a great place to start, with monthly lessons in nutrition & yoga, meal planning tips, recipes, and mindfulness strategies.


We’d love to have you join us in the Mindful & Balanced membership this year, and this is the best time to get started! Learn more and enroll here.


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