Warm & Cozy Winter Detox

I know how difficult it can be stay on track with all of the holiday temptations this holiday season, so I’ve got the perfect solution for you.

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Now that the weather is cooling off, you may not feel inclined to drink as many green smoothies or eat as many raw salads, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help support your body’s natural detoxification system with quick and easy whole food options. I’d like to provide a solution that can help more people at an affordable price, so I’m hoping this online program will do just that.

It’s chock-full of recipes and tips to help you eat well when the temperature drops. You may find it easier to eat well in the summer, when fresh and juicy produce is abundant, but when it’s cold outside and you feel the urge to hibernate, healthy eating can be a bit more challenging. To help, I’ve included plenty of warming recipes to satisfy your cravings, without derailing your health efforts. In fact, this book features 21 exclusive recipes that can’t be found on the blog, or in my cookbook, and they’ve all been developed to be comforting and quick to prepare.

Here’s what’s included:

detox program handoutsAs an added bonus, I’ve created a private online forum to help participants stay motivated and accountable, as a sort of online “buddy system,” and I’ll be moderating your questions and comments myself with bonus audio recordings. Since this program is completely digital, as a PDF download and website, you can participate from anywhere in the world.

Most importantly, you’ll be enjoying an abundance of whole foods while reaching your goals. No starvation or fasting required! As you all know, I’m not a fan of “quick fix” plans or fasts, because I feel they are often used as a form of procrastination– as a way to avoid making lasting lifestyle changes. It’s far more important to learn how to feed yourself on a regular basis, so that you can maintain your results after the cleanse is over. No one wants to suffer and restrict their diet for a period of time, just to gain back the weight (or even more) later. It is my hope that this program sets you up to make better choices long after the three weeks are up.

To make this program as accessible as possible, I’ve included plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike. All of the recipes are gluten-free and added-sugar-free, and there are lots of grain-free Paleo options, too. There’s something here for everyone!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

The next session will begin Monday, January 9th, to help you kick-start the New Year, however you are welcome to take the program at your own pace and start whenever you’d like. The digital e-book and access to the member forum are yours to keep, so you can repeat it with support in the future. Many of my past participants like to repeat it on their own throughout the year whenever they feel the need for a reset. The cost of the lifetime membership is $69, and you can sign up using the “add to cart” button below.

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*By purchasing this program you are agreeing to my health coaching terms of service.

Wishing you a very healthy and happy holiday season!

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Susan

Are a certain percentage of these recipes constructed with proper food combining principles in mind? I am looking to give my digestive system a much needed break after the holidays.

    Megan Gilmore

    All of the recipes in this e-book are properly combined, with the exception of one that has a couple of “optional” toppings that would make it miscombined– but if you skip the optional toppings, then 100% of the recipes are properly combined.

Susan

Thanks! I will be ordering it for sure. So grateful for you! It is refreshing to have found a site that is well organized and thorough. Recently I read a book that was so frustrating…..typos throughout, recipes that had ingredients in the directions, but not in the list so I did not know quantities, overlapping sentences, etc… I wondered how someone could have taken the time to collect all the data and had so much knowledge, but did not have the good sense to have the book proofread properly. Every recipe of yours is detailed and the printable version is so inclusive. Yes!…a breathe of fresh air. Thank you again and again. Please keep up the good work!

Lauren

Hi Megan! I’m gearing up to ease my way into this detox – I purchased it early on after its availability via your website but have only just now settled into my work routine and fitness schedule after the holidays. I love that from the very beginning, the book encourages gentle adjustments and does not promote portion restriction or starvation.

I’m looking forward to the impact of removing artificial sweeteners from my diet, if only for a limited time. I’ve suspected that their presence in my diet could be evoking an insulin response that is all the more damaging to my hormonal balance given that there is actually no sugar present to combat. I’ve already cut out almost all refined sugar almost six months ago (and don’t miss it at all) but I will miss some of my honey and maple syrup. Glad to see dates and raisins are still on the menu!

I’m most interested in the principles of food combining as I have had a lot of digestive “sluggishness” lately (for lack of a better term). I understand the basic theories about rates of digestion and the interplay of hormones and enzymes dependent on the food consumed by I’m curious as to why so many of our best-loved meals are so MIS-combined: crackers and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, pepperoni pizza with cheese, macaroni and cheese (can you tell I have a thing for cheese?), deli meat sandwiches, hamburgers and fries, butter chicken and naan or basmati rice, spaghetti and meatballs, Koreean fried fish and white rice – obviously the eating pattern of combining animal protein and grains spans many cultures – it’s even Biblical (loaves and fishes)! Why would humans around the world be so drawn to making combinations that don’t work for our bodies?

Curious to hear your thoughts on the above and excitd to report my results in a month or so!

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Lauren!

    I hope you’re enjoying the program so far. In regards to the popular miscombined meals, my best guess is that grains are included in so many favorites because they are cheap and abundant! (They also tend to be addictive, which could also explain why they are included so frequently.) I feel like grains are added to many traditional meals as a filler, because other ingredients, like animal protein, can be harder to come by– especially depending on time and location throughout history. The human body is highly adaptable, which explains why so many of us have been able to survive in spite of our junk food culture, but just because a lot of people happen to eat a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the right way for humans to eat.

    That being said, I don’t think food combining is as important for some people as it is for others. I think it tends to be more important for people with a history of poor diet and lifestyle choices. For example, I grew up on a diet of super-sized extra value meals for the first 25 years of my life, so I feel like it’s more important to give my digestion a chance to catch-up now, by eating properly combined meals, so that I can recover from the damage I put my body through. On the other hand, my one-year-old son has been fed an exclusively whole foods diet, so I don’t worry about food combining for him at all, since his digestion is likely strong and running smoothly.

      Lauren

      Hi Megan,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write me a detailed, thoughtful and articulate reply. I think you’re right on many points. The human body is an amazing machine (organism) for its ability to function well on a poor diet. It would be amazing if our vehicles could perform as well and as long as our bodies do if we tried to use fuel at a low enough grade to correspond with the quality of some current diets.

      I also agree with the idea that food combining is not as important for all people, or at least not all of the time for all people. I’m going to put it in my arsenal as a strategy for healing after a digestive upset such as an illness or out of the ordinary food choices (either poor quality food, aka junk food, or un-habitual food choices such as while on vacation). I didn’t even realize my digestion was suboptimal until I consulted with a naturopathic doctor on another matter and we started discussing stools (I think only naturopaths, holistic nutritionists and their devotees and parents of small children can truly understand the power of poop – haha). I learned its a great bellwether for health, along with skin, hair and nail condition and even the whiteness of the whites of the eyes!

      Yours in health and wellness,

      -Lauren

Donna

Hi Megan! Love your site, been a huge fan forever, I want to buy this pdf, but first is there anyway you can send people who did you 21 day detox about a year and half ago, the pdf? I have emailed a few times and I got my google drive hacked and lost it 🙁 And I would love to have it for recipes and tricks that you taught us 🙂
You can email me directly to check that I purchased it. Stay well!

Best,

Donna

Natallia

Thanks again for putting this detox together! I enjoyed many recipes from it! I have been seeing acupuncturist as well as Chinese herbalist for some time now to optimize fertility. Both suggested to eat more warm foods and avoid fresh fruits and vegetables. Just curious if your decision to create this warm detox had something to do with TCM’s philosophy that eating warm foods is more beneficial for you? What’s your opinion on eating cold vs warm foods? Hope to hear from you. Thank you!

    Lauren

    Hi Natallia,

    I’m not Megan but I wanted to chime in because I also consulted with a naturopathic doctor and a Chinese acupuncturist in the hopes of optimizing my fertility (as an aside, I conceived my first child less than three months into the treatments, but I don’t mean to suggest that you will have the same results or for you to think that it’s not a good strategy if it does not bring you the desired results as quickly). Achieving balance across all of the body’s systems (especially the endocrine system, so closely linked to appetite and digestion and also ovulation) is a great thing and I hope you will experience broad health benefits across the spectrum as part of your journey, either before or after you conceive.

    I’m currently living in Asia (South Korea) and hot or warm drinks and meals are very much a part of the culture. Every water “cooler” I’ve seen also has a hot water spigot to dispense boiling hot water for making teas (all kinds imaginable!). I hope you will find eating warm meals less jarring/disruptive to your system, allowing things to heal and flow smoothly. I even removed all piercings (earrings, etc.) so as not to disrupt the flow of energy through my body with a foreign object – not sure if that’s been part of the TCM you’ve discussed but my acupuncturist was adamant. 🙂

    Best of luck to you in your wellness and fertility journey. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you pick up “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Wescbler (Megan, I hope it’s okay to mention this book in your site – I’m in no way affiliated with the author or the book, but personally found it to be a fantastic resource and it was recommended to me in a discussion board in the Internet – paying it forward!).

    Cheers,

    -Lauren

Linda

I have loved this program provided. I have learned so much, lost weight and really changed my eating habits. Thank you so much! I hope you can find the time to come up with a detox for each season! 😉

Lauren

Just touching base to report that I made the Curried Cabbage from the Warm and Cozy Winter Detox this week and my husband and I were suitably impressed. It’s a fast and delicious week-night meal and it made enough for us to enjoy over the course of three evenings, I simmered some pre-cooked chicken in the coconut milk curry sauce to amp up the protein for my carnivorous husband and added a handful of raisins for myself (I think currants would work well, too). We didn’t have any tamari on hand but a few pinches of garam masala brought a beautiful warmth and depth to the flavour profile – I highly recommend it!

Joy

hello, Megan. thank you so much for the great recipes . Can I go ahead (and order) and use the winter detox program for spring or should i just wait for your book.

thanks 🙂

Joy

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Joy!

    I still use a lot of these recipes in the Winter Detox e-book myself, so I think it’s a great tool to have if you’d like to have a collection of more healthy cooked meal ideas in your arsenal! And none of the recipes in this e-book are in my cookbook, so there’s no overlap if you end up getting both of them. Hope you enjoy!

Katie

We’re on the brink of summer here in central CA, and I know your much anticipated cookbook releases In June, so Ive decided to go ahead and put myself (and hopefully family) on this winter detox, I am so tired of being addicted to sugar…the refined stuff, it is evil! I’m hoping it wont make me too warm and cozy, since the flip flops are already in season, but I just need a detailed plan of buy this, make this, eat this…so thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this detox. and my treat for completing will be to buy your book and keep at it!

Kallie

Hello!

Would this detox be okay for me if I am pregnant?

Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    It’s a whole food detox– no juice fasting and no restricting calories– so as long as you don’t do anything against your doctor’s recommendations, I think upgrading your food choices the way this program encourages you to do is totally fine.

Leanna

Hi! This program sounds amazing! Do you feel that there are enough quick, simple options for someone who is traveling a lot? I go from city to city, state to state and do my best to stay somewhere that has a kitchenette to make my own food, but not always the case. Also, more expensive ingredients…as long as they are dry I can pack them, if not I have to dump them when I board the plane.

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, I think we could work on some good travel options for you in the members forum! There aren’t any rules like “you have to drink a smoothie for breakfast” so I think this program would totally be flexible enough for you to follow while traveling– and since you do it so often, I think it would be pretty important to figure out some easy healthy options!

Megan

Hi Megan!
I was wondering if this detox can be accommodated for people that are sensitive to FODMAPs? I stay away from very often used ingredients like onions, garlic, apples, cauliflower, etc. I really want to participate but I find many good plans difficult to following with a FODMAP sensitivity. I love your website BTW!!!
Sincerely,
Megan

    Megan Gilmore

    The program is not set up with FODMAPS in mind, but if you’re willing to work on it in the forum, that’s definitely something we could tackle! I don’t think the list is too bad of foods you need to avoid; you’re mostly sacrificing some flavor by leaving out onions and garlic from recipes, and you can swap out the fruits and veggies as needed.

Melissa

Hi Meghan, is this the same 21 day detox as last winter? Or is it all new recipes?

    Megan Gilmore

    It’s the same e-book, so the same recipes. But, this year I created a separate website for the forum (so no Facebook group) and I’ll be adding to the program regularly with audio recordings, extra cheat sheets, and hopefully some new recipes, too. The new fee includes a lifetime membership, so you’ll get any bonuses I add to the program each year at no extra cost, in addition to the private forum where you can ask questions. (Past members do get a discount since they bought the e-book last year– email me for those details.)

Delphine

HI Megan,
I subscribed for the winter detox. I was wondering if there is any substitute for the hemp seeds/powder? (there is none where I live as it is kinda forbidden here it seems…)
I also wanted to know where is the blog?
Thanks

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Delphine! What email address did you use to pay for the program? I don’t have the one that you’re using on file so that may be why you haven’t gotten the email about the forum yet. You can email me at detoxinista@gmail.com if you don’t want to share it in the comments.

Delphine

Sorry I meant to say the ‘forum’ and not the blog…

thanks

Dana Lawrence

I love your reicpes! I ordered the Winter Detox but now can’t find it to access the information. It is not longer in my e-mails or deleted list. Is there a way to access the information I purchased?

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Dana– I can look up your receipt. Could you let me know which email address you used for the Paypal checkout? You can email me at detoxinista@gmail.com to keep your info private. 🙂

Erin L

Hi Megan! The detox program is awesome. Unfortunately I have misplaced my email re: online support forum…. How can I access this? Thanks!
Erin

Sarah

Hi Megan,

When will you be starting your next detox group?

Thanks,

Sarah

    Megan Gilmore

    I will open up registration again next week before Thanksgiving, and then the next round will begin Monday November 30th!

Monique

Hey there, I am considering the Cozy winter Detox. Can you please answer 2 questions?

1) Will the veggies be mostly “in season” veggies? I live in Northern CA so we have a lot of access to veggies but I like to eat in season foods as much as possible.

2) If I go on this detox, then my family by default will also be doing it w me. Are your meals appropriate for a family of 3 (me, my husband, and our toddler).
Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Monique! To answer your questions:

    1) I developed these recipes last winter, so most of them do call for “in season” vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash, brussels sprouts, and durable cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. To show the kind of variety you can eat, I do include other ideas that might include zucchini or peppers, but those can be easily switched out for other options in the plan if you prefer.

    2) I don’t cook separate meals for my family, so yes I think they can definitely accommodate your family. Each recipe includes the serving sizes, so you’ll know if it will make enough or if you need to double a recipe.

Valerie

Just purchased the Winter Detox. I was eating healthy until the holidays. My body sure is feeling the affects of all the sugar and carbs. Can’t wait to get started because I already love recipes from your website and book. Thanks so much for sharing what you learn!

debra woodruff

Is there an email; which I could contact you? I’ve just launched my new brand: From Soup to Nuts for Seniors and have always admired your clean-cut design on your website…Thanks in advance for any insight that you might be able to share!

Claudia

Hi – i purchased the program this morning and have been checking out the recipes and ebook. I do have to say to anybody here who is vegan – i would not recommend it. It is correct that a lot of recipes are vegan but i would consider them side dishes and not complete meals. To complete a meal the recommendation seems to be add meat. I find it disappointing that there are no suggestions to make a meal complete unless one eats dairy or meat. My other gripe is that it would be much easier if ALL the recipes are in the book, its a pain having to toggle back and force btw. the website, the meal plans and the book to figure out which ones are vegan, what are the ingredients, etc. Completely understand why no shopping list is provided, assume most people will make up their own meal plans anyway but having it all in one place would be so much easier for planning purposes. I will try and see if i can use some of the recipes but otherwise, i’m afraid i will have to write this one off under ‘experience’.

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Claudia,

    Have you checked out the member forum yet? I add updates to the program there, so you’ll find a bonus PDF there with 30 more “winter detox approved” vegan meals– and all of those recipes are in one place for your convenience. Hope that helps!

Mindy

Quick question: are most of the recipes appropriate for someone who is following a grain-free and legume-free diet?

    Megan Gilmore

    I believe 4 of the recipes in the PDF contain grains or legumes, but even those could be modified to accommodate a paleo diet if you like. (i.e. sub ground meat for lentils, or cauliflower rice for quinoa.)

Kierstin

Are these vegan and gluten free recipes. I also don’t eat corn or rice.

    Megan Gilmore

    All of my recipes are gluten-free, and most of them are vegan. I’ve also added a bonus PDF to the members-only forum with 30 “winter detox approved” meal ideas, so hopefully you’ll enjoy that!

Joslyn

Hello Megan,

I showed this 21 detox plan to my husband and he shared some interest with me. However, I have some questions about the meals as I am wondering if they could fit into our lifestyle for 21 days. I have a few questions because my husband has never been disciplined with his diet in anyway.
First, how strict are you meal plans? If there is a meal we aren’t crazy for can it be easy swapped out for a more pleasurable meal?
Also, how time consuming are these recipes. Will they require a lot of prep and cook time using different kitchen tools or could they be put together easily?

Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Joslyn,

    This particular detox is definitely flexible– I include 3 weeks of meal plans, but you are most welcome to swap meals if there’s something you don’t like. I personally tend to eat the same few meals all week long, and then switch to something else when I get burnt-out, so if it’s easier for you to make a big batch of something and eat leftovers for a day or two, that’s totally fine. Most of the recipes in this program take about 30 minutes to prepare or less, with the exception of soups that might have to simmer a few minutes more. The only kitchen tools I use are a blender and a food processor (and for one recipe a coffee grinder, but a blender would work for that, too), so nothing too crazy in the tool department. And if you have questions as you go, you’ll have plenty of support in the online member forum!

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