Out with the Old in with the New

007Happy 2012 my friends!  I hope that you had a great holiday season and rung in the new year right!

I know that I am not the only one feeling the push to get back to the grind, as laundry, taking down of holiday décor, and work is on everyone’s shoulders.  I have a huge to do list before I teach tonight.

We all know that with the ringing in of a new year means setting goals and resolutions.  I can tell you that my number one advice is to not make it too big or you’re setting yourself up for failure.  I used to be a pro at those kinds of things.  For example; if you want to work out 5 days a week but you’ve only been going 2 times, aim for 3 or 4 and start slow.  You can’t push too hard in the beginning or else you will bail out in the end. 

Here are some questions to help you figure out what you want to accomplish in 2012:

  • What lessons did I learn in 2011?
  • What was I grateful for in 2011?
  • What dreams came true in 2011?
  • What would I like to learn in 2012?
  • Who do I want to spend time with this year?
  • How do I currently spend my time?
  • How do I want to spend my time in 2011?

Those are just a few things to kind of get your mind turning.  Some people say to pick a word or a theme of what you’d like to experience for this new year.

I guess for me I’d like to love more, judge less, spend more time with my family and friends I rarely see, and meditate/reflect/have quiet at least 5 minutes a day. 

I am grateful for the work that I do and having the ability to share my love of yoga with so many other people.  I’d also like to be injury free!  But we’re not going into that right now.

Moving on.

At this time of year everyone talks about DETOXING.

Before I go any further I just have to remind you as a disclaimer that I am not a doctor or health care professional.  What is posted here is based on solely my opinion personal experience.

When people hear the word detox, they think fasting, juice dieting, and whatever that one is with the maple syrup cayenne pepper water.  No no no no no.  You can detox in a healthy way without starving yourself and depriving yourself of food.

If like me- you ate too much and had to much wine over the holidays, there are many easy ways to get rid of the bad and put the new inside of your body.

You have to eat clean.


Fill your fridge with the fruits and veggies that you like and try to get rid of processed foods.  I have talked many times about green juice and green smoothies that are such an easy way for you to get extra veggies in.  I’m not going to give you a meal plan- however I can tell you that I have been filling up with fresh juice (drank it before I could take a picture), smoothies in between when I have to teach classes, quinoa, brown rice, sprouts, homemade hummus, beans, kale, spinach, avocado, etc.  You get the idea.  Making things like your own soups, salads, oatmeal, and the like are a much healthier option that just getting what’s already made.  My sister always gets the smoothies at the gym and I’m screaming on the inside because you don’t even know what kind of fake ingredients are in that thing. 

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Also- cut out alcohol and caffeine.  Now- I know this is hard because I’ve been drinking both of those for the last month.  When I have tried to cut out alcohol before- I would basically try not to drink wine or anything during the week and then allow myself to have some on the weekends.  Once you do this for a while, it’s easier to decide- do I need this? Or don’t I? The caffeine is much harder.  My only advice is to those of you who are having multiple coffees and diet cokes a day- it to ease up slowly.  And stay HYDRATED!


One of my own personal debates is eating a pure vegan diet.  I have been an off and on vegetarian for years and I’d say I probably am meat free 85% of the time.  It’s a struggle for me because sometimes with my job being physical and I don’t take the time to plan ahead, I feel like I need it and well- I love cheese and feel like I can’t live without it!!! But, with all the news that’s coming out about dairy being bad for you and meat being linked to cancer- it clearly makes me want to change.


Here’s an idea for a meal plan from the 21-day Vegan Kickstart

Breakfast: Cereal, plant milk (your choice), and banana and berries

Lunch: Vegan veggie burger (use whole grain bread topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and your favorite mustard) and cup of Carrot and Red Pepper Soup (leftover from yesterday’s lunch)                                                                                               

Snack: Air-popped popcorn topped with curry powder or nutritional yeast        

Dinner: Southern Beans and Greens (toss in your leftover black-eyed peas here) with side of Couscous Confetti Salad (leftover from yesterday’s lunch)

Seems pretty easy to me.  Anyone want to sign up with me?  I’m nervous and probably couldn’t do it alone!

Here are some things you can read that may spark your interest

Dairy no longer part of a healthy diet

Crazy Sexy Diet

Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen

Natalia Rose and The Raw Food Detox Diet

Healthy Eating tactics for the new year by Peas and Thank you

**All in all don’t be too hard on yourself.**

Whether you are tackling career, health, or fitness goals, make your list, start out small, and then cross things off.  Plan things out week by week.  What are you going to eat for lunch, when are you going to yoga, who do you have to email…that’s what I do.

I plan to keep it coming with the recipes, videos, and hopefully a new ab burner sequence this week!

Happy New Year!!!!

5 thoughts on “Out with the Old in with the New

  1. Thanks for the post. I think everyone is on a kick to start fresh, whether it’s starting a new/better/improved workout routine, and eating healthier. But, I have to disagree about the meat thing causing cancer. At this stage, every day the news reports some new thing that causes some sort of cancer. I am a PR professional – so everything you see in magazines or on the news is pushed by people like me. That’s how fads are started. So, all I am saying is – You have to take everything with a grain of salt (low sodium, of course), and do what’s best for you.

    • Those thoughts are based off of the book called the China Study and my family members who haver personally had cancer and high bp and are now disease free. I’m not saying that one way is the right way. It’s just something that speaks to me personally.

      • Oriana says:

        Going vegan 8 years ago (when I wasn’t even vegetarian to begin with) has been the best thing it has ever happened to me, after meeting the man I call my husband. I didn’t do it because I was sick (turned vegan at 29), or overweighted (was at my best shape ever, including a tummy with noticable definition), or to follow a trend (had never even heard of it before).
        It all began because I wanted to “detox” my body, as my diet back then was pretty boring (fish, skinless chicken breast, lots of egg whites, whey protein and few green leefy vegetables and even fewer fruits). I didn’t need to lose any weight, was really happy with the way I looked, but bored with the way I ate.

        During the detox weeks I started to feel “cleaner” and lighter (although my weight didn’t fluctuate), I could better focus on my daily tasks and best of all, I could SLEEP deep and sound every night. I could relax and felt happy, was in a better mood. After the detox was over, something odd started happening: I felt that eating anything containing animal products would “soil” my body, after I had “cleaned” it. For the first time in my life I became regular, without any help from laxatives. I knew I was doing something good for my body. But I also knew I needed to learn more about the vegan lifestyle (I don’t call it vegan diet, because being vegan has implications that go far beyond what you put in you mouth, I would later learn). So I started reading books about it (The China Study amongst them), subscribed to the only vegan magazine in the US VegNews, started shopping solely at Whole Foods and learnt to cook my meals for the first time.

        I took advantage of every single resource available to me (books, the web, magazines) because I needed guidance. In order to keep healthy, I needed to know how to balance my meals so I would get the full range of vitamins and minerals and aminoacids the human body needs. I sucessfully did the transition on my own, and I have never since looked back. I don’t miss the dairy, or the eggs, and have never ever had desire to taste meat of any sort again.

        I’ve become a great vegan cook who entertains mostly non-vegan guest and all want to come back for more vegan meals, because they didn’t know vegan cooking could be so satisfying, diverse, fulfilling and savoury. I enjoy food like I never did before and I indulge myself without second thoughts.

        Sorry for the long post, but I felt compelled to share my story and ask you to give your body a chance to speak to you. Give veganism a try and listen closely to your body, I believe it does speak to you, gives you signals, tells you what it absorbs best and what it needs to perform at its best. Do it for your health, for the animals, for the planet. It’s a win-win situation.

        We are what we eat.

        Best of luck!

  2. Oriana says:

    Oh and by the way, I got here from the link you left at luluaddict blog, although I am one of the readers who advocated for pictures of less “busty/curvy” women… But thought you rocked the tanks and wanted to see more. lululemon is my only “addiction” these day, after I gave up cheese ;-)

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