The Snowman Detox Diet Worked for Me


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Well, the idea of detox may be a load of unscientific rubbish (sorry, a ‘cultural product’) according to Ben Goldacre of ‘Bad Science’ fame, but for whatever reason (probably the eating less reason), my Snowman detox diet has worked well for me this week.

I should point out that this detox diet is inspired, not endorsed, by the Snowman: it involves only eating things you could make a snowman with.

So for two days I drank lots of water, ate raw carrots, tangerines, an apple slice, a banana, and cheated slightly by drinking green tea whenever I got caffeine withdrawal headaches.

The kids and I watched Raymond Briggs movies: The Snowman, Father Christmas, and The Snowman and the Snowdog.

And then we went to my son’s Polar Express cast party 🙂

(Funny how the Snowman and the Polar Express both take a little boy to the North Pole at Christmas to meet Father Christmas and bring back a gift, and yet they have such different endings – all wonderful Christmas films, too.)

Anyway, after 2 days of my snowman detox diet, hooray, my weight did this:

Beginning weight: 226.4lbs – heaviest ever (cry) 🙁
Weight after 2 days: 220.2lbs

Can’t argue with that, can you Ben Goldacre?

Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science

Ben Goldacre at TAM London. Photo by Matt Brown

No, you can just say:

In terms of basic human biochemistry, detox is a meaningless concept… There is nothing on the ‘detox system’ in a medical textbook. That burgers and beer can have negative effects on your body is certainly true, for a number of reasons; but the notion that they leave a specific residue, which can be extruded by a specific process, a physiological system called detox, is a marketing invention.

Because it has no scientific meaning, detox is much better understood as a cultural product. Like the best pseudoscientific inventions, it deliberately blends useful common sense with outlandish, medicalised fantasy. In some respects, how much you buy into this reflects how self-dramatising you want to be; or in less damning terms, how much you enjoy ritual in your daily life.

Ben Goldacre, Bad Science,2008

Quick fix, long term bad habits, blah blah blah…

Ok, you got me, and thank you so much for being less damning there, that’s great 😉

The fact is, it’s not the same getting back into a long diet after the holidays as it is for a slim person to spend a couple of quiet nights in with salad like Ben does after he’s been partying.

Perhaps for some of us, it does take a bit of a fanfare to get started again. And a detox diet is good for that, as well as for giving your body a bit of a rest and getting your stomach used to smaller meals again. And no, it’s not the first time I’ve eaten a vegetable, thanks Ben!

There doesn’t have to be a physiological ‘detox system’ for a detox diet to work.

And it does work, so don’t knock it!


Are you trying a detox diet this New Year? Even if it’s not scientific? Read and post your comments here…

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5 Responses to The Snowman Detox Diet Worked for Me

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  5. I did a detox recently. Forgot the name though. It worked really well. The day after I was done I felt like I could fly. And I eat very healthy every day so I was surprised by the results.

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