Let The Detox Begin

January Detox at Any Given Food
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January Detox at Any Given Food

The January Detox kicks off on January 2nd. What will you be doing to shake off the Christmas?

2012 has arrived and a Happy New Year to all. Customary as it is at Chez McGuire, it’s now time to let the detox begin. Christmas has been great in terms of food and drink but there were way too may tins of Pringles opened, boxes of chocolates attacked, Tayto sandwiches (a Christmas ritual), cans of coke and orange opened and all the rest.

With 31 days in January, I tend to let these things run from January 2nd to 31st inclusive, then back on the bike come February for spring training. Burger and chip takeaways are out the door, as are beers in pint and bottle form. Generally speaking I tend to let January be an alcohol-free month but if a half glass of wine happens to surface come dinner time, I won’t say no.

The new dogs are happily settled in which means there’s more walking on the cards (an added bonus), though having carried a cold and what’s likely a chest infection for the best part of the last month, I’m not exactly exerting myself on the physical side of things.

The final thing the January detox brings is a month of home-cooked meals (outside of the restaurant resolutions), be they lunch or dinner. It’s somewhat of a financial detox as well so I’ll be skipping out on the €5-€10 a day trips to the shops around the corner from the office and vesting more time and household budget into actual proper trips to the supermarket where I know I’ll have food in the press each night I’m home.

Hopefully Christmas has been good to you and the heads aren’t too sore after last night’s celebrations (those at Chez McGuire were suitably more low-key with a slow-roast beef dinner and a few episodes of 24 to ring in the new year) and if you too are kicking off the New Year’s Detox, then hopefully that goes well for you too. Anyone else have any foodie New Years resolutions or detox rituals getting underway? Do share!

Happy New Year to all y’all, here’s to kicking ass in 2012.

Written by Ken McGuire

Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.