After all that holiday food, it is time to detox!

December was a great month to be with friends and family and bask in the love and gifts. Unfortunately, we did our share of basking in all the holiday goodies too. Now is the best time to take charge again, lose the accumulated pounds and regain our health!

Prepare yourself for another week of juicing. Let your digestive system take a break and flush out those toxins from your body through a vegetable and fruit juice fast. Don’t delay. Now is the time to do it before you lose all initiative. Remember, losing 3 pounds is much easier than having to lose 30.

While preparing yourself mentally and physically for another juice fast, remember to:

- Purge your house of all junk food. Give away the last of the Christmas cookies, the holiday candies, the rich chocolate cakes and bread puddings. There is truth in the old adage, "Out of sight, out of mind."

- Create a shopping list. Not for gifts this time, but for the fresh produce you will need to make your juices and smoothies. Remember it is much easier to stick to a healthy diet when healthy ingredients are within reach.

- Move. Away from the fridge, and towards a workout routine. It doesn’t have to be a 2-hr marathon of intense running, but slowly ease your body back to the regular exercise sessions you may have shoved aside in lieu of the past month’s revelries.

- Lose the fabric. During these cold January nights, it may be much easier to bundle ourselves in layers and layers of warm clothing and hiding our body from our own skeptical eyes. However, in this case, "out of sight, out of mind" does not really help. While coats and scarves and gloves are essential at this time of year, wear something tight-fitting inside all those layers to remind yourself that there still is a figure in there somewhere that needs to be taken care of. At home, ditch the stretchy sweats and don fitting sweaters and shorts. Sounds silly, but this helps you maintain your focus to get healthy again and forget that last piece of chocolate hiding in the back of the fridge.

Sounds good? A Happy, Healthy 2011 to us all!

Author's Bio: 

Brendan McCarthy is a health, fitness and nutrition expert and enthusiast and the author of The Jump Start 7 Day Weight Loss Program. This revolutionary program gives you a step-by-step plan to help you lose weight, cleanse your body, look terrific and boost your energy levels/ All through the natural goodness of juicing in just seven short days. Unlock the secrets to successful weight loss and healthy living. Indulge your senses on a delicious journey of great tasting, all natural juice cocktails specially formulated to help you naturally lose weight and feel great fast at JumpStart My Health Now!