A Juicy Story (and a giveaway!)

January 16, 2014 · 61 comments

It’s a bit harder to get a treadmill at the gym these days. And I bet the salad line at the company cafeteria is snaking around the corner. Are they giving out Justin Timberlake concert tickets instead of selling bowls of romaine lettuce at ridiculously high profit margins? Oh, right. It’s January.

I love the renewed commitment to health and eager spirit of self-betterment in the new year. A fresh start gets me all fired up. It makes me want new, sharp pencils and clean notebooks to scribble down my intentions. I ate and drank my way from Thanksgiving all the way through Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve. I slept through most of my morning workouts in December. The time had come to begin again. I needed a reboot. The mind called it out and claimed it. But this body? It was a few steps behind. It needed a gentle nudge. Hello, body. Yes, you! Time to get back on task.

I was contacted by the founders of Jrink, a new DC-based juicery. It was as if they had a wire tap on the argument discussion going on between my body and the well-intentioned mind that goes with it. Me and juice? We go way back. I shared my juicing secrets with you when I discovered how to make vibrant juices that tasted great and didn’t resemble swamp water in the least. And though I still make my own juices at home occasionally, I sat up a little taller to hear what they had to say.
Did I want to sample their cold-pressed juices and offer some to a lucky reader (yes, this is the giveaway part! Sorry it’s not Justin Timberlake tickets, but you may even like this better. Details at the bottom!)? Um, yes please. I could have stopped listening right then. But I’m glad I didn’t because the story gets better. The company was started by two young women who left their fast-paced, high-stress banking careers to pursue the idea. Hmm… sounds familiar. I like it already. Bye bye, balance sheets. Hello, balanced life.

Jrink offered to send me six of their fresh pressed juices and a “superfood bar” as a first step to reset this bod back to factory specs. I’ve juice cleansed before. I’ve done as many as three days in a row. It’s a great exercise both mentally and physically. But it can be tricky for me to plan life around three days of juice when there are meetings, work events, donut muffins, kids and all else. Experienced juicer that I am, I wondered if I could get that same sense of renewal in just one day? I picked a quiet Monday for this one-day exercise and told them where to drop it off.

I’ve tried the commercially prepared juices of New York-based companies that overnight 18 bottles jammed between blocks of ice. I’ve also bought juices from the same NY companies that are sold at my local Whole Foods for more than you’d pay to have your car washed by hand. Okay, not really but it’s a hefty price tag for something I could make at home if I weren’t so lazy. All of this is to say, it’s refreshing to see a locally-grown competitor offering juices pressed right here in the nation’s capital. If I’m going to shell it out, I may as well support the local economy (full disclosure: I did not pay for the juices Jrink sent me to sample. All commentary is my own opinion).
The package arrived Sunday evening for my Monday reboot. It came in an adorable bag, each juice labeled with a number. There was an order to follow. The next morning, I started with an electric green cocktail made of primarily pear, greens and lemon. It was sweeter than I expected and very easily drinkable – ideal for a first time juicer. I make my own juice a bit less sweet, but when I first started experimenting with juicing I used more apples, pears and lemons to counter the bitterness of the greens.

I drank a bottle of juice roughly every three hours. Flavors ranged from the pear-forward green to a citrusy carrot cocktail to a bright red beet number. Each flavor was balanced and smooth, with gentle notes of lemon, apple or ginger. The subtlety exception was “Clean Me Up,” a spicy lemonade with a pervasive undercurrent of cayenne. I loved it. And it would be great with tequila…I digress. I concluded the day with “Build Me Up,” a creamy vanilla almond milk that tasted like dessert. It was like the prize at the bottom of the (extremely healthy) cereal box. I don’t think healthy cereals have toys in them, come to think of it. But you know what I mean.
The bag also contained a “superfood bar” made of mixed greens pulp, oats and some healthy fats from almond butter, flax and sunflower seeds and coconut. It wasn’t clear when I should eat it, so I ate it at lunchtime. It felt good to chew a bit, if for no other reason than to reduce that fuzzy teeth feeling that comes with a day of consuming nothing but juice. I wouldn’t say it filled me up, but it was pleasurably coconutty. I’d eat it again if given the chance.

You may be wondering why I didn’t just make the juice myself since I own both a juicer and a VitaMix. Valid question. Have you ever seen how much produce goes into a glass of juice? It’s a truckload. Jrink’s website states that five pounds of produce go into every bottle. That’s a big pile of greens, friends. It’s possible, but not practical, to produce that volume of juice at home. It’s more economical to do it at home in pure dollar terms, but it also takes a lot of time to juice, store or dispose of the pulp, store the juice and clean the machine. I’m not going to act even for a second like this is a real problem.
So I’m sure you’d like to know how I felt at the end of this day. Was I rejuvenated? Did I feel renewed? Or just hungry? Andy will tell you that I was cranky. That is true. However, my sour mood was related to feeling like I was coming down with a cold. I had chills that started in the morning (before bottle #1 was even cracked), I couldn’t get warm and I was really tired. My muscles ached and I wasn’t at all hungry. He didn’t help himself by poking the beast. Calling a cranky person “cranky” doesn’t usually help the situation, in case you were wondering. This achy, chills thing went on for a couple days, I slept a little more and then you know what? No cold. It went away. Hard to say if I knocked it out with some extra Z’s and laying low, or if that big hit of extra vitamins A and C played a role? Maybe all of the above. Or maybe none. I’ll never know for certain. But I’m happy to feel better and decidedly less irritable.

What I do know for sure is that the benefit of a reboot is as much mental as it is physical. There is something powerful in leading the body with the mind’s will. Remember the Little Engine That Could? I think I can. I think I can. I feel recommitted to my lifestyle of wellness and ready for this new year. There are big ideas and lofty goals floating about my head. I’m going to need this body to cooperate if I’m going to get them done. Now that body and mind are aligned, I’m ready to get out there and make it happen. That feels great.
How about you? What are your aspirations for the new year? Would you like try a one-day reboot with Jrink’s lovely juices? If you are located inside the Capital beltway (sorry, non-DC readers, Jrink is only able to deliver within the Capital beltway at this time), you can enter to win six bottles of Jrink’s fresh juices and a “superfood bar” by telling me in the comments section below how you reset after a period of indulgence. As I’ve done in the past, I will use a random number generator to determine the winner. Go!

P.S. I should mention that I’m enjoying yet another scenario of colliding worlds. After I agreed to try Jrink’s juices, I learned they would be sold at barre3 Georgetown, where I teach classes two days a week! So fun when this happens. I smile every time I see the glass bottles in the refrigerated case at my favorite place to work and play.

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Bianca at DC Daybook January 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm

My reset is getting back to counting calories with the My Fitness Pal app. That’s the best way for me to keep myself accountable and really think about how I can best nourish my body. It’s a tedious process but oh, so worth it! Thanks for a good post!

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 2:04 am

Good for you! There are so many great health and fitness apps out there. I always love hearing about one that really works. Thanks for your comment, Bianca.

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Amber Bullard January 17, 2014 at 12:18 am

I reset by ditching simple carbs and making extra visits to the gym.

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 2:04 am

Ooh, those simple carbs. My downfall.

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Holly Smith January 17, 2014 at 12:42 am

My biggest reset is getting back into running regularly, no matter how much my job, Mother Nature, and my four kids conspire to stop me…

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 2:06 am

This is a biggie for me, too. I went out this morning with my good friend. It was dark and cold at 6 a.m., but we agreed we both need to get back on a regular routine. It hurt but we were so happy afterward! Happy running, Holly!

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Holly Smith January 21, 2014 at 1:28 am

Same to you, Alicia! Although it looks like neither of us will be running in tomorrow’s snow!

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Alicia January 21, 2014 at 1:32 am

I want to try to get in a run before the flakes fall! Of course, that means I’ll have to get out early. We’ll see. I’ve become a little wimpy about running in the cold. I used to run up and down Lake Michigan all winter long when I lived in Chicago but DC has softened me considerably. Stay safe out there!

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Pam January 17, 2014 at 1:46 am

I reset by getting back in the routine of doing a weekly meal plan and grocery shop on Sundays, so I am prepared for the week. And, of course my Barre3 always helps make me feel better!

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 2:07 am

LOVE seeing you at barre3, Pam! Happy new year! I also find that regular planning and shopping help me keep nutritious foods around. What a difference that makes in food choices, right?

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Geoffrey January 17, 2014 at 1:53 am

New “reset” in 2013. Wearing Jawbone every day, walking a ton, sleeping 7.5-8hrs and counting calories. Working on a reset that is more of a fundamental shift rather than reset.

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 2:09 am

I am intrigued by the Jawbone. I got the Mini Jambox made by same company this Christmas which I am crazy about. CRAZY. It’s on for, like, 90% of my waking hours every day. You have to let me know what you think of it! Good luck on the fundamental shift, Geoffrey. I’m rooting for you!

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Dave B January 17, 2014 at 2:02 am

Since Jan 1st I have done INSANITY classes, spin classes, laps in the pool, run, biked and packed a salad for lunch most days. Come February I’ll be happy if one of these remain in the mix on a regular basis!

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 4:18 am

Wow, Dave. That is intense. Do what you like and it’ll stick around!

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Tiffany January 17, 2014 at 2:04 am

I reset by getting some form of exercise in daily, regardless of how tired I am.

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

You know what I’m finding? Even just 10 or 15 minutes makes me feel a lot better. And usually I want to keep going after that point! Happy new year, Tiffany!

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Shannon January 17, 2014 at 3:31 am

I reset by cutting out distractions during mealtimes. No more fork in one hand, laptop/phone/remote in the other. It’s amazing how good food can taste when you’re actually paying attention to it! Only allowable distractions are good conversation and the unavoidable antics of one very “spirited” toddler. :-)

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 4:20 am

This is a big one. Thanks for the important reminder, Shannon. I am pretty guilty of this at lunch (eating at my laptop!).

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Richard January 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

Thanks for bringing JRINK to my attention! My reboot plans are not to miss boot camp unless it’s humanly impossible to get there, to find time for at least an occasional yoga class after a long hiatus, and to go to sleep before midnight. And maybe a juice cleanse!

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 4:22 am

Happy new year, Richard! You’ve been a loyal reader since day ONE. Thank you for that. :-) The going to sleep before midnight is a tricky one for me. I’m an early riser but it’s hard to turn it all off at night! Too much to do!! Let me know what you think of JRINK!

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Becky January 17, 2014 at 11:51 am

I reset with lots of yoga- Jivamukti at Buddha B and bikram. And getting back to smaller portion sizes, lots of fresh veggies, less meat, and sadly- avoiding the cookies and treats I indulged in all holiday long.

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Don’t I know all about that sweet tooth! Once that monster is awake, it’s hard to put it back to sleep. Good luck, Becky!

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Celia January 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Happy new year, Alicia. I am happy to include your blog as part of my blog reads again this year. I reset by keeping up with exercise even when it is cold or rainy out. Last weekend I made a big batch of soup that started with a beautiful bunch of fresh dill, celery and potatoes. Eating that for lunch makes me feel very virtuous :).

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for reading, Celia. I so appreciate it. That soup sounds amazing and warming (especially after a run in the cold rain, which I did begrudgingly last weekend!).

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Patty January 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I reset by having my hubby join me in cutting out carbs, eating healthier and going to the gym together. It helps to have a someone join you in your efforts.

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I can’t often get Andy to join me on a run or in cutting anything out (waaah!) but I have girlfriends for that! So nice that you and your hubby are in it together. Happy new year, Patty!

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Patty January 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Hi Alicia!

I love this post. I have a juicer at home, but it is hard to make enough juice for a three day cleanse. I reset by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and cutting back on simple carbs and dairy. Thanks!

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I made juice for a one day cleanse one time and it was a ton of work and MESS! The home juicer is perfect for the one glass a day habit and not much beyond that. Thanks for your comment, Patty!

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Andrea January 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I normally reset by counting Weight Watcher points again, but it’s not really doing the trick this time! I feel like I have settled into a “winter weight” that’s not working for me. I have never tried a juice cleanse, so I’m hoping to try JRINK.

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Happy new year, Andrea! So nice to hear from you here. I’m finding slowly that changing it up every now and then is key. The same old tricks don’t work because the body and mind get hip to the program!

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cathy January 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I’m trying to get to bed by 10pm and rise early (the get to bed early first is going better than the waking…) :) Instead of resolutions I’ve got a list of simple, healthy habits I want to instill this year – and am tackling one a month in hopes that it becomes a habit after that. In January I’ve been drinking a glass of warm water with cayenne and lemon first thing in the morning – its surprisingly refreshing on these cold days, and is a nice boost of energy!

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Hi Cathy! I love this. I read an article in the Huffington Post last month saying that resolutions don’t work and that it’s better to set a “theme” for the year. There’s a better chance of the habits sticking that way. It sounds like you are tackling your 2014 theme in a very sensible manner! Good luck to you and I’m going to try your spicy morning lemon booster for sure.

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monalavinia January 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I reset my first having a “high-importance meeting with my self . We discussed what needs to be improved , if my mind is not into it , it’s a bit trickier to keep it up .
I drink more water , keep the greens on heavy rotation.
Slowly but surely increase my work-out routines and book them , Making oneself accountable helps .
I run more often , run the day , run the night . Cut back on H H once I feel my energy coming back , I remember the great feeling of staying and living healthy , it;s ok to indulge during the holidays but it’s time to get back up and move

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I need to schedule more high-importance meetings with myself. I love this!

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Jill z January 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I reser by eating in a healthful way without deprivation or indulgence. I also add more meditation and outdoor activities.

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

The meditation and outdoor time can be one in the same, no? Amazing how fresh air and outside time can heal body and mind.

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Carissa January 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I overindulge and I accept that and realize for me it’s about balance (hard to do with holidays and cold weather, oof). I no longer wait until the new year to make resolutions. I look at where I am and assess what improvements can be made and begin day of. I accept that I’m going to treat myself and not deprive because what kind of life what that be, but I check in a few times a month to make sure the scale doesn’t have a heart attack. I am a wuss when it comes to winter weather and outdoor exercise so you’ll find me on the treadmill 2-3 times a week and mixing it up with a random zumba or spinning class. I also walk to and from work to keep the extra calories at bay (1.3 miles each way). I find I need more sleep with this cold weather and tea, soup and warm water with lemon are helpful. Without enough sleep I snack more. Sounds simple, but once you accept that it makes so much sense. Even though I’m not craving salads or fruit the way I normally do, I am making a concerted effort to keep them in the mix. I allow myself to accept the winter and enjoy the heartier meals (meatloaf, steak, spaghetti bolognese, potatoes, burgers and beef stew…yum). I would absolutely love to try juicing and sample a Jrink.

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I miss the days of walking to work! So nice to hear from you Carissa. Happy new year!

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Lisa January 17, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Hey there! I reset by re-committing to regular exercise despite the weather, and digging out my old cookbooks/Pinterest pages/and other sources for a new selection of healthy recipes (hint, hint)

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Lisa! I love that my regular readers (from day one!! Thank you!) are coming out of the woodworks on this one. Warms my heart. I just dug up some old cookbooks, too. So much ground to cover in there. New recipes coming soon!

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Jewelyn January 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I never really had a go-to reset strategy. That’s probably why it takes me so long to actually reset. It’s a mental barrier I struggle with. That said, I found Jrink and LOVE them, and tried my very first juice reboot a few weeks ago. When I need a little extra inspiration, I visit the pinterest board I made with workouts and motivational statements to remind me I need to work on myself to move forward. Go @JrinkJuicery! #champagnecampaign

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Alicia January 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Welcome, Jewelyn! Glad to hear you’ve found a reset that’s working for you. I believe you are the first person to use a hashtag in the comments section. I think you should get a prize for that! #jrinkup #cheerstoyourhealth #dclove #happynewyear :-)

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Kortney January 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

You know I don’t have a “reset” plan, I THINK of lots of ways, however none get implemented. Maybe that is part of the problem…..

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Alicia January 21, 2014 at 1:23 am

You know what they say, right? Fail to plan, plan to fail.

I bet if you decide to make a plan and follow it you will be surprised by your success! Good luck, Kortney.

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Sarah January 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

It is quite boring, but to re-set, I eliminate sugar (except for dark chocolate, I can’t give that up) & only have one serving of whole wheat bread or pasta a day.

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Valarie January 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm

That sounds good. How much weight did you lose?

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Valarie January 18, 2014 at 12:32 am

I reset by getting all of the sweets out of my house. (I make a wonderful organic pound cake. I eat a slice a day until it goes. OK sometimes I eat 2 slices a day!!!) Then I concentrate on eating healthy with fruits, vegetables, and fish. I am ready to lose to lose 15 pounds. Wish me well.

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Alicia January 21, 2014 at 1:25 am

Good luck in your efforts, Valarie. I also have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I know exactly what you mean. If they’re not around to taunt me, I have much better chances of limiting them! I never fully cut them out.

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T January 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

21 Day Sugar Detox. No place for juice on this one. But I’m 17 days in… so some free juice might be the perfect thing in a week from now. Pick me, pick me!!!

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Alicia January 21, 2014 at 1:26 am

How are you feeling 17 days in? I bet by now you are starting to feel a lot better. Sounds like you mean business in starting this new year. Best of luck to you (in winning the juice and in general!).

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Ratna January 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I’m trying something a little different this year. Instead of general statements of eating healthier and working out more, I think of it in one week increments. At the beginning of the week I look up a lot of fun ( and healthy) recipes from you and others and then pick which days I’m going to exercise. I mark an X on my calendar which also helps to keep me motivated on the exercise days. I’ve stuck to it thus far, let’s see how long it lasts!

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Alicia January 21, 2014 at 1:28 am

Awww, I love to hear that! I’m thrilled that my recipes are helping you in your commitment to eating healthy. Your plan is so simple and clearly it’s effective already. Congratulations! Keep at it and I bet it gets easier as each week goes by. Thanks for your kind comment, Ratna.

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meredith January 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I reset by eating clean and getting rid of all the junk thats in my pantry so im not tempted to splurge more. These juices sound yummy and a great way to eat/drink clean!

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Alicia January 23, 2014 at 1:22 am

I have some leftover chocolate birthday cake in my fridge right now that’s taunting me. It wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t here!

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Tierney January 22, 2014 at 12:28 am

I just try to cut down on dairy and eliminate sugar.

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Alicia January 23, 2014 at 1:24 am

Sounds like a solid plan. Happy new year, Tierney!

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Christie January 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

In addition to eating healthier — so much junk in abundance at the holidays — I like to start the new year with a closet/house purge. Helps to clear the clutter both inside and outside myself. Great giveaway! These look yummy.

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Alicia January 23, 2014 at 1:23 am

I just cleaned out my cabinets and boy, did it feel like a fresh start! My desk is next…I’m procrastinating on that one. Ugh. Happy new year!

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Lesley January 31, 2014 at 3:01 am

I catch upon sleep, meditate, re-focus my intentions and vision for the life I want, then get back to my daily exercise and heslthy eating routine. Sometimes I’ll do a 1-3 day juice cleanse to reset. The rest and meditating are critical though. Otherwise I don’t have the willpower.

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jenna cohn April 4, 2014 at 2:04 am

My reset is water, clean food and juice that enhances digestion, and also trying to cut out almost everything I can.

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