Gwyneth Paltrow

Between those pesky pandemic pounds and low energy lockdowns, we are so ready to get healthier in 2021.

Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to provide the motivation (and instructions) we desperately need. While hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains with her husband, Brad Falchuk, this week, the Goop founder posted a sweet snap on Instagram, showing the couple stopping for a picnic and indulging in dim sum.

‘Best picnic lunch ever now need to start @goop detox like yesterday, I mean tomorrow,’ she wrote.

So what actually goes into this Oscar winner-approved reset plan?

First of all, get ready to cut back, WAY back, as the detox diet calls for eliminating caffeine, alcohol, dairy, gluten, corn, nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes), refined sugar, shellfish, white rice, eggs and soy (although fermented gluten-free soy products, like miso and tamari are allowed in small amounts).

The rigorous plan, featured on her Goop website and inspired by Dr. Alejandro Junger’s basic elimination diet, boats an extensive shopping list and a handy schedule of five days of menus including nourishing breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.

Gwyneth Paltrow

“January is a good time to help our bodies catch up with detoxification—to give our detox organs a chance to rest and recover,” the Goop site reads. “It’s a good time to think about removing environmental toxins where you can and to figure out whether particular foods cause problems for you.

“One more important thing to keep in mind as you detox—possibly the best and worst buzz phrase of the 2010s—is self-care,” it continues. “That’s the spirit of this detox. We hope you feel inspired and empowered to take some extra time to cook yourself food you’ll love, soak in the tub, go for a walk, meditate, read a great book, do a face mask…just take time for you in some way. The goal is for you to be more in tune with your body, how it responds to the food you eat, and what it likes, dislikes, and needs.”

Check out the full plan with links to the recipes below.

*Goop also provides vegan alternatives to the recipes below and a separate three-day plant-based reset.

Goop Detox

CUT OUT

caffeine
alcohol
dairy
gluten
corn
nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes)
refined sugar
shellfish
white rice
eggs and soy (fermented gluten-free soy products, like miso and tamari, will be used in small amounts)

SHOPPING LIST

Produce:
3 yellow onions
2 red onions
2 shallots
3 heads garlic
2 4-inch pieces ginger 1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch parsley 1 bunch mint
1 bunch tarragon 1 bunch dill
1 bunch basil
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch scallions
8 lemons
2 limes
1 avocado
1 Persian cucumber
1 bunch carrots
1 bulb fennel
1 bunch radishes
2 heads butter lettuce
8 ounces snap peas
1 head cauliflower
1 cabbage (green or Savoy)
1 medium butternut squash
4 ounces maitake mushrooms 2 sweet potatoes
1 bunch Tuscan kale
1⁄2 pound arugula
1 pound spinach

Perishables:
Frozen coconut meat
1 3-pound chicken
1 3⁄4-pound salmon fillet
2 quarts chicken stock
2 quarts vegetable stock Fabanaise or soy-free vegenaise

Pantry:
Almond butter
1 small can pumpkin purée
Tahini
2 12-ounce packs kelp noodles
1 can chickpeas
Roasted salted pistachio meats
Roasted salted pepitas
Raw cashews (use raw for the butternut soup, then toast in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes for the Goop Gorp)
Cacao nibs
Dried tart cherries (look for sugar free)
Dried white mulberries
Hu Chocolate Gems (or another low-sugar, dairy-free dark chocolate) Grain-free tortillas
Red curry paste

Pantry Stuff You Might Already Have:
Salt: kosher, flaky, and pink Himalayan (optional) Extra virgin olive oil
Sunflower-seed oil
Cinnamon
Cardamom
Black peppercorns Coriander seeds Turmeric
Sesame seeds Reduced-sodium tamari Coconut aminos Quinoa
Brown rice

Optional:
Raw veggies of your choice for snacking on with your dips (we like cucumbers, carrots, radishes, jicama, and snap peas)
Extra lemons for lemon water in the mornings

MEAL SCHEDULE

Day Before

Grocery shop!

Roast your chicken. Here’s the easiest no-recipe recipe ever: Get a 3-pound chicken, rub it all over with 1 tablespoon of salt (no oil necessary—the natural fat in the skin will render and keep the meat moist). Roast it in a 425°F oven for 1 to 1½ hours, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F and the juices run clear.

Make the Red Curry Almond Butter Dip.

Make the Goop Gorp.

Day 1

First thing: warm lemon water

Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice and Greens Smoothie

Lunch: Lettuce Cups with Chicken, Kelp Noodles, and Red Curry Almond Butter

Snack: Goop Gorp

Dinner: Chicken and Cauliflower Rice with All the Herbs

Prep for tomorrow: Roast your sweet potato for tomorrow’s breakfast.

Day 2

First thing: warm lemon water

Breakfast: Sweet Potato Two Ways

Lunch: leftover Chicken and Cauliflower Rice with All the Herbs

Snack: Red Curry Almond Butter Dip and veggies (cucumber, carrots, radish, and snap peas)

Dinner: Roasted Veggies with Black Pepper Sauce

Prep for tomorrow: Make the bone broth for tomorrow morning’s Breakfast Broth and the Greener Goddess Dressing for tomorrow’s lunch.

Day 3

First thing: warm lemon water

Breakfast: Breakfast Broth

Lunch: Crunchy Salad with Greener Goddess Dressing

Snack: Goop Gorp

Dinner: Slow-Roasted Salmon with Shallots, Garlic, Coriander, and Lemon

Prep for tomorrow: Make the pesto for tomorrow’s lunch and roast a sweet potato for breakfast.

Day 4

First thing: warm lemon water

Breakfast: Sweet Potato Two Ways

Lunch: Pesto Kelp Noodle Salad with Arugula

Snack: Greener Goddess Dip and veggies

Dinner: Creamy Cashew and Butternut Squash Soup

Prep for tomorrow: Make the Toasty Nori Crisps

Day 5

First thing: warm lemon water

Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice and Greens Smoothie

Lunch: leftover Creamy Cashew and Butternut Squash Soup

Snack: Toasty Nori Crisps

Dinner: Vegetable Moo Shu

thoughts?