A detox diet is the perfect way to start the holidays! When it comes to Latinas and food, many of us defend our culture’s diet with a hint of resignation, as if our bodies are defeated for eternity by our rich, savory recipes. For instance, when I tried to advise C.R., a woman from the Dominican Republic on revising her eating habits, she replied, “Well, you know how we [Latinos] eat. It is all fried, carbs and processed sugar, “a Latino diet“. “I cannot change that. It is part of my culture, of who I am.” Indeed, food is an integral part of Latino culture: It defines our roots, history and cultural background. Yet, when it comes to take care of ourselves, changing our eating habits can be challenging for many Latinas, as we tap into some dormant areas of our lives, both physically and emotionally. But what C.R., and many Latinas alike, don’t realize is that you don’t need to give up tostones forever to regain and feel like your best self. All you need is a week to detox your system. A detox diet is not a full-on fast. Rather, it’s a way to simplify your diet for a short period of time. By detoxing for a week, you can reap some extraordinary benefits. A cleansing can chase away the blues and lethargy, clarify the mind, restore the skin’s glow, ease insomnia and rev up your energy. Oh, and you might lose weight! And, here’s the best part: Detoxing can be quite delicious. Yes, delicious! But now you’re thinking of the H-word: How can I possibly detox during the holidays? For many, it’s a hectic time, not to mention filled with temptation. Holidays can have so many different denotative and connotative meanings. But in actuality, now is the perfect time for a gentle detox, including a juice-fast. And also to allow ourselves to cleanse, release and detox both our emotional and physical system to be armed during this stressful time.