juicy resolutions

I have always been really into resolutions and fresh beginnings. New Years, lent, birthdays, yoga challenges, first day of school, first day of the week, first page of a new journal- the excitement of starting new and do it right is totally my jam.*

Sometimes it sticks, but more often 2 weeks later I am still slapping my alarm clock and mental rescheduling the workout I swore I would start making part of my morning routine. As the years have gone by, I’ve learned how to refine my resolution making skills to include goal dates, conceivable steps to success and make the goals themselves (slightly) more reasonable. This year I limited myself to only four eight goals including my health resolution…

Resolution #3: Eat vegan 6 days a week, with a day for sushi or pad thai or other delicious, not totally vegan dishes. Make 80% of meals at home. Have a salad with/for lunch or supper.

Simple stuff. Surprisingly (or probably not at all), my plant based diet is not the result of a resolution or sweeping plan for extreme life clean up. My path to a mostly vegan lifestyle started one meal, one week, one more vegan book read at a time. I often credit this gradual, no pressure ease into veganism as a major reason why I didn’t feel intimidated or give up at my first hamburger craving. When asked about the best way to get into plant based eating, my first responses is normally just try one meal or one day a week, and to read some vegan lit, which always works to keep me inspired. On the flight home from the busy Christmas vacation, I got into some vegan lit I’ve heard huge praises about, Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr, which walked me down a path I never saw coming- juicing. Something new for a the new year?! Yes, please.

I’ve been a big morning smoothie person for a while, but I’ve always been hesitant to juice because 1) the issue of no fiber and spiking blood sugar and 2) it seemed messy/expensive. Yet Kris made such a strong argument that I decided to give it a shot as a part of her 21 day cleanse and two weeks later, I’ve been really surprised how much I like it. For anyone else also trying this out as a part of their new year, here is my daily juice from Crazy Sexy Diet (adapted to one serving)…

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MAKE JUICE, NOT WAR GREEN JUICE
By Kris Carr
(Serves 1- about 16 ounces)
1 large cucumbers (peeled if not organic)
3 stalks kale
3 romaine leaves
3 stalks celery
1 big broccoli stems
1 pears or apple
1” piece (or less) gingerroot
Other optional greens: parsley, spinach, and dandelion. Add sweet pea or sunflower sprouts when available.

Juice and go! My only hack so far to make this process a little quicker (it’s about 10 min to juice and clean the juicer) is to make juice packs for the week on Sunday nights.

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*(ps- I can’t write about resolutions without a shout out to the only person I know more dedicated to resolutions than myself- one of my closest girlfriends, Amy. I don’t have enough space to talk about how great this girl is, so to stay on topic she also sees New Year’s Day more appropriately as Resolutions day- to be celebrated with healthy meals beside our bloody Mary’s, drafting workout plans and planning the date to plan the budget and all goal-supporting activities. No matter when we get around the actual waking up for the gym part.)

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Do you have an reservations about or love for juicing? Any resolutions you’re all over this year?

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