A Warming Winter Detox

Written by: goop


Updated on: November 14, 2022


We took to the test kitchen to create a three day menu of detox recipes that are warming and filling and don’t feel like a sacrifice. We then turned to Dr. Alejandro Junger for some info on how to best detox during the cold winter months.

Winter Detox Tips from Dr. Alejandro Junger

Winter throws us a few challenges as far as detoxing goes: we are more hungry in cold weather and we need a certain internal temperature to function as mammals, which requires consuming more energy. But when we eat more and keep our bodies in continual digesting mode, we lose energy for other necessary functions and for our immune systems, which make us more vulnerable to getting sick. A winter detox allows us to harness our energy, hit reset on our food intake, and stay healthy and energized. We don’t need to wait for summer to feel and look our best. Here are some tips to help get the best results on your winter detox:


Wear warm clothing both outside and inside your home. Organic cotton and wool are the best materials because they allow your skin to breathe and sweat (one of the ways we detoxify).


Keep your socks on in the house, or wool slippers, or both. Energy leaves us through our extremities. Socks and slippers make a huge difference keeping us warm.


Take warm baths, or even long warm showers if a bath is not available.


Drink lots of hot herbal teas.


If possible take saunas—infrared saunas are especially good. More and more gyms have these available.


Make your liquid meal a warm soup instead of a cold smoothie or juice, especially at night.


If you have a fireplace, use it. Gas or wood—there is something very nurturing about relaxing around the fire beyond just the temperature it generates.


I know I said stay warm but shocking the system with a short burst of cold at times can help activate detoxification. When I was living in New York I would often go to the Russian Baths… Even if it were snowing outside, I would go from the stone sauna into the freezing cold pool and run back into the heat. As long as you make certain that you are sufficiently warm at the end, this process will be extremely beneficial. You can also get a similar but less intense result if you shower with hot water, and a few times during the shower you just let the cold water shower you, and then back to hot.

Stay warm and enjoy your winter detox!

Daily Menus

Dr. Junger contributed the warm shakes—the rest of the recipes are from the goop kitchen. Adjust the times to your schedule and the meals to your taste. Our winter detox has looser guidelines and restrictions than ones we’ve done in the past, but here is what we’re avoiding: Dairy, gluten, shellfish, anything processed (including all soy products), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant), condiments, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and soda.

Day One

Breakfast Recipes

Chai Gingerbread ShakePhoto courtesy of Clean.

Chai Gingerbread Shake

Those who love more seasonal spices will dig this shake.

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Peppermint Hot ChocolatePhoto courtesy of Clean.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This is a pretty great kickstarter to the day when the temps drop.

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Lunch Recipes

Savory ShakePhoto courtesy of Clean.

Savory Shake

This is a good option for those not inclined toward sweeter things in the morning.

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Chickpea Soup

Chickpea Soup

This vegan, clear-broth soup is soothing, light and cleansing, with bright lemon notes and a kick from the cilantro.

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Roasted + Clean Carrot Soup

Roasted + Clean Carrot Soup

The idea here is to slow roast and caramelize half the carrots and keep the other half super clean. This gives a complex, layered taste to a soup with basically just one main ingredient.

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Balsamic Miso Root Salad

Balsamic Miso Root Salad

We originally made a miso tahini dressing for this, but did some playing in the test kitchen and swapped the tahini for a sweeter balsamic—it ended up making the salad.

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Dinner Recipes

Quinoa Pilaf Stuffed Kabocha

Quinoa Stuffed Kabocha

So, this dish seems a little weird and crazy, but it’s delicious and simpler to make than it sounds. The bowl is the squash and you can scoop as much or as little as you like onto your plate with the quinoa. This definitely does not feel like a detox.

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Pan-Steamed Chicken + Broccoli

Pan-Steamed Chicken + Broccoli

A clean version of a Chinese take-out favorite…

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Coconut Poached Salmon

Coconut Poached Salmon

Coconut milk poaching is indulgent and super warming for this time of year. We found our way around fish sauce (which we love but is not detox friendly) by sneaking in a few anchovies at the end.

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Snack Recipe