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

Good health is usually top of mind when we tally up the things we are grateful for. And we are often reminded that everything else we have is nothing if we do not have our health. I am indeed grateful for my robust health and the ability to physically do whatever I want. I appreciate that I have not yet encountered any physical limitations — even though I’m quick to admits that I’m not the same person I was in college!

During the past few months, I have had several friends experience health issues. Some of them have a long road of recovery ahead of them. Some have won a significant battle with illness this year. Some have lost that battle.

It’s never too early to start appreciating your good health, and to work harder to preserve it. Here are a few of my favorite health- related blogs and newsletters that I follow.  Maybe they will inspire you too…

Dr. Weil’s Blog

Time Magazine’s Healthland

The Happiness Project Blog by author  Gretchen Rubin (check out her book by the same name, if you haven’t already read it)

Daily Cup of Yoga