Healthy Resolution 3 of 7

by Laurel on December 31, 2012

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m finishing up work for the day and making preparations for a fun night out in NYC. But before I go get ready, I wanted to post my third healthy resolution for 2013. This year I have so many plans for things I want to get done and I know I need to be in my best shape to achieve all my goals.

To help me stay energetic and healthy, I really want to focus on drinking more fresh vegetable and fruit juices in place of some of the coffee I drink. I love coffee and I don’t plan to give it up (I’m a proud K-Cup Ambassador), but I definitely think I can drink less of it and fill up on more fresh juices that are packed with nutrition. I also plan to do another juice detox cleanse this spring.

Also, stay tuned for my book review and giveaway of The Joy of Juicing, 3rd Edition next week!

7 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
#3 – Drink More Fresh Juices and Less Coffee

Green Lemonade and Pineapple Beet Lime Juices from Peacefood Cafe in NYC

Green Lemonade & Pineapple Beet Lime Juices from Peacefood Cafe in NYC

My third healthy resolution for 2013 is to drink fresh vegetable and fruit juices instead of coffee at least three times a week. Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables gives you a boost of anti-aging, superfood rich nutrition that fills you up and provides tons of light energy to power through your day. It’s a different kind of boost than caffeine, but it can be just as addictive (in a healthier way). I’ll also be drinking more lemon juice in my water cup every day at work.

Check out a few of the powerful benefits of juicing:

  • Reduces your risk of cancer and helps prevent spread of cancer
  • Reduces cravings for sweet foods and junk food
  • Calms nervous system and improves sleep
  • Provides anti-aging benefits to the skin (gives you a glow)
  • Improves digestion and detox in the body
  • Reduces allergy symptoms
  • Provides light and happy energy and boosts mood

Who’s with me for making this resolution? I included a few recipes below and also a trailer for the successful documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead about a man with autoimmune disease who decides to let his body heal by vowing to only drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 straight days. If you’ve haven’t seen it and are curious about juicing, you have to check it out!

See also: #1 Meditation, and #2 Exercise

Watermelon Green Juice

Watermelon Green Juice (recipe in the list below)

Juice and smoothie recipes:

Smoothie made from blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, almond milk, chia seeds, and stevia

Berry smoothie: blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, almond milk, chia seeds, and stevia

Shot of Chlorophyll from Organic Avenue

Shot of Chlorophyll from Organic Avenue (to add to fresh juices)

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Neil Butterfield January 9, 2013 at 2:26 am

Great idea and these juices do look delicious. I am wary of placing too much stress on myself with new years resolutions. I do however agree that this is a great one to implement. My one thing I am striving to do this year is to live a spiritually more healthy life by keeping connected to God as much as possible.

Laurel January 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hi Neil, I agree we have to be wary of putting too many expectations or stress on ourselves, but I’m also a big proponent of challenging ourselves to take better and better care of our bodies, because it means a better daily life. One of the biggest lessons I learned in my health coach training was that everyone is in a different space and has different needs at different times in their lives. I may be in a super motivated space right now where it feels good to challenge myself, but not everyone is there and that’s ok.
The start of a new year is a perfect time to check in with yourself. If it feels like you need to give yourself a break, that’s probably the healthiest thing you can do. It’s about checking in with ourselves and honoring whatever comes up. You feel me? :)

Wade Balsdon February 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

Nice post Laurel. These juices look absolutely delicious. I must admit that I struggle to cut back on the coffee. I usually drink about 2-4 cups a day.

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