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This "Taco Cleanse" is the only diet we're willing to try

What's the point of healthy eating if you can't take all your favorite foods and fold them into a tortilla?
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If you’ve paid any attention to the onslaught of weight loss resolutions pouring in, you’d know that detoxing by tacos is a thing now. Delish magazine has heralded the arrival of the taco cleanse, in which nothing rivals the dual pleasure of tearing into a glistening taco and becoming healthier for it. And I get the instinct to be skeptical; we’re inured to fad diets taking off and crashing like the hot messes they are. But eating tacos for an entire week sounds like no hardship. At all.

This is coming from The Taco Cleanse, a new cookbook written by four self-proclaimed "taco scientists" from Austin, Texas, so it's totally credible. According to these experts, the tortilla-based diet is meant to make getting up in the morning easier by "[rewarding] your body with what it naturally craves." Breakfast tacos, of course. 

What usually ends up happening though, as documented in Rhenna O'Neil Bellomo's enviable "taco diary," is that the preparation occasionally proves to be too much work, and the next best optionno less delectable, mind youis to seek out the tastiest tacquerias in the city or have the tacos delivered to the workplace instead. 

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And in case you needed any more reason to jump into this, writer Rhenna O'Neil Bellomo claims that going on a taco diet sparked her creativity in the kitchen. "Over the course of the week, my meals spanned a wide spectrum of fruits and vegetables," she says. "I tried new preparations, mixed and matched ingredients, and thought outside of the taco box in terms of flavors, dressings, and toppings." 

For those who dare to brave this challenge, the month-long meal plan entails consuming tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What a sacrifice.

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