Happy New Year everyone! It feels good to be back after a glorious holiday spent with family and friends, and of course lots of food. I really whooped it up over break continuing to experiment with the superb dishes that you submitted to the recipe challenge, and I hope that many of you took advantage of the free cookbook I put together with the best of the best. It really is a wonderful collection of delicious and healthy delights – a great way to start off 2012 in fact!

But if that doesn’t get you all revved up, I think I have something that will…

As many of you know, I am a monthly contributor to Whole Living online, where I write a Meatless Mondays column and recipe. Well, the editors at Whole Living Magazine asked me to head up their January Detox Program and I leapt at the chance, obviously. The 21-day plan has over 50 recipes and plenty of lifestyle tips and advice for completing a successful cleanse. If you have never embarked on such a journey before, this is a great opportunity to try a whole body and mind clean out! The plan is not about deprivation, but centers around a plant-based diet loaded with flavour, colour, and vibrant, seasonal foods.

I was in charge of the first week of the cleanse, which is the most challenging, but I promise delicious (does that food look anything but insanely luxurious? Exactly). Week 1’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes include fruits, vegetables, and plant-based fats, nuts, seeds, and oils, and asks you to cut out processed food or beverages, added sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, and alcohol. Not an easy task, but good grief will you ever feel like a million bucks.
And if you can commit to the 21-day plan, which I highly recommend, you will undoubtedly feel more energized, sleep better, and likely shed some unwanted weight. What better way to enter this new year than with a new you – possibly your best self ever?

If you live in a country that does not sell Whole Living Magazine, you’re in luck! The entire plan is up online and comprehensively laid out for you to follow week by week. Start today. You can do this. No more excuses!

Let me know in the comments section if you’re committing to the plan, and feel free to give feedback throughout the month – after all, I made the program for you.

Good luck friends.
In love and support, always!
Sarah B.

p.s. – other fun stuff in case you’ve missed it:
My New Roots at the Huffington Post
Sarah B. on Sous Style

images courtesy of Whole Living

Copyright 2012 My New Roots at mynewroots.blogspot.com

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