New Year’s Detox

new year detox

Note: Please know that when I write “Detox” I am not referring to fasting, juicing or pounding a concoction of maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne that has you running to the bathroom. I am referring to eating in a way that supports your body’s ability to detoxify effectively and eliminate consistently so you can function optimally.

Winter is an ideal time! This quiet season is a fantastic chance to give your body the opportunity to flush out the old and bring in the new. Just as nature takes time to shed and renew, so can we.

By bolstering our bodies with healthy and vibrant foods (think “clean” eating) like fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, beans, grains, and cutting out things like sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, meat, dairy and gluten, we can give our body a chance to recuperate and catch up.

If you are someone who just thought, “Shucks, all the good stuff”, think again! There is a world of fantastic flavor in the foods of the season: roasted sweet potatoes with cinnamon, fresh corn on the cob, cold cucumber dill soup, blueberry crumble with almond and coconut flour, black bean salads with fresh peppers, green onions, cilantro and garlic and much much more.

That’s right…that IS the good stuff, my friends.

You can detox for two days or two weeks, but taking time off of a typical, more processed diet to infuse it with a bounty of whole-foods-based nutrients is a boon to your body’s organs of detox particularly the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract.

Here are 3 reasons why a detox might be right for you:

1. You have been struggling with low energy or fatigue, drooping around the 3 or 4pm hour and hankering for a Starbucks cookie and Frappuccino for a pick-me-up.

This likely indicates that your body is in need of a boost in nutritional status and a few days to give the short-term boot to the foods that may be bringing you down.

2. You have unexplained symptoms that won’t go away.  Your liver is one busy organ which filters out bacteria, supports digestive function, and metabolizes dietary fats, carbohydrates, and proteins among many other functions.  When it’s working overtime, we may not feel our best.  Signs that your liver might be struggling:

  • Sluggish Digestion
  • Sugar cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Skin issues
  • Hormonal or thyroid issues
  • Migraines or foggy brain
  • Immune system issues

You may find yourself saying: “I feel like an old person and I’m only in my 40’s!” “Why do I still have acne? “When will these headaches stop?”

There’s a possibility that you may be dealing with a high toxic burden from long-term exposure to the vast amount of toxins (chemicals, additives, pollution, pesticides, plastics, etc.) in our environment which have built up in such a way to cause unpleasant symptoms.

A Detox can help your body say “farewell” to some of that so you can recover a bit and feel more like yourself.

3. You turn to food in times of stress or high emotions, using it as a way to comfort or provide release and relief. A detox or time dedicated to clean eating is a fantastic way to change the way that you view food.

When you feed yourself foods that make you feel fabulous, then you begin to see food as a way to nourish and sustain yourself instead of as an avenue towards consolation or punishment.

Making and taking the time to enjoy food in a way that is mindful can be truly transformative. Plus, when you experiment with new foods and flavors, you make discoveries that help shift your palate and curb those typical cravings.

A transition to a new season is a fantastic chance to give your body the opportunity to flush out the old and bring in the new  Tweet about it and tag @marypurdyhere

If detoxing is something that has intrigued you, be sure you approach it responsibly and intentionally. Working with a health professional can be helpful, but even creating your own simple short-term diet of bright colored, fiber-rich, and nutrient dense foods can be the start of moving your health in the right direction.

Ready to start a detox? Use my free mini-course to guide you through the menu and how-to’s.


  1. Whitney E. RD

    Resetting and reevaluating your diet at the beginning of the year can definitely be helpful!

    • Mary Purdy RD

      So true, Whitney! Sometimes a little re-set helps.

  2. Catherine Brown

    Always feels great to have a clean slate at the start of the year, season or month! It’s also a good time to clean out the fridge and pantry too. 😉

    • Mary Purdy RD

      oooh! So true. Clean out your bod AND clean out that fridge!

  3. Stephanie @ Nutrition Hungry

    I know so many people that can benefit from this type of “detox”! I think this is a great New Years Resolution to set 🙂

    • Mary Purdy RD

      Agreed. It feels good to press that reset button and having a plan and guideline can help make it happen 🙂

  4. Lauren Harris-Pincus

    Great points! I’m all for a short commitment to cleaning up things to see if you feel better 🙂

    • Mary Purdy RD

      Yes – sometimes even just a few days of creating new habits can help!

  5. Jeanette Kimszal

    This is a great topic to address! We sometimes don’t realize what we are eating can be causing fatigue and other issues .I used to get breakouts during my cycle until I cut out caffeine and added sugar from my diet.

    • Mary Purdy RD

      How fascinating! It’s all such a learning experience, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing.


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