Most of us are inspired to make some improvements to our lives at this time of year. Dropping a few pounds usually tops that list — at least it does for me.  Eating a more healthy diet in the process is up there too.

So, when I received our January issue of Bon Appetit a week or two ago, I was excited to see an article called “the food lover’s cleanse“.  The menu for this two week cleanse were put together by Sara Dickerman and nutrionalist, Marissa Lippert.

These two are a couple of amazing people in my book.  Sara is a former restaurant cook and and an award-winning food writer.  She writes for Bon Appetit, Saveuer, The New York Times, and has a beautiful website and blog.   And, she’s based in Seattle, which is very near and dear to my heart.

Marissa is a registered dietitian, based in New York City.  She is a writer as well and she has her own blog, in addition to  blogging for Huffington Post.  She also founded the NOURISH Nutrition Counseling.

(Bottom line, these are two very talented women who I haven’t done justice to in my “introduction”, but should certainly be on your list to follow if you are at all into food.)

My experience with cleanses in the past has been positive, but always left me feeling a bit deprived.  Since they are relatively short lived, I figured I could tough it out.  And I usually come out of them feeling healthier, lighter, and, yes, cleaner.  But, although an efficient way to detox your body, the dishes from a lemon juice cleanse, an olive oil cleanse, or anything similar seldom made it into my “real world” menus.

That is why I was so excited to see the article, and the 2 week menu for this cleanse.  It looks amazing!  Online, they have images of the meals, cleanse recipes and a shopping list.  It was created with the intention of showing that a cleanse could be great tasting food that deserves a permanent place in your cooking repertoire.  Bravo!  Real nutrition that you can incorporate into your everyday life.

Take a look at just some of the meals below.  Yum… here’s to a tasty two weeks!

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Photographs by Kimberly Hasselbrink via