Right about now, that New Year's resolution may be looking like a distant memory. Yup, at the end of each January, millions of people learn — and then relearn — that resolutions are meant to be broken.
That's why this year I "resolved" to make a few minor tweaks in my lifestyle. Eat one more piece of fruit per day. Eat an extra green veggie daily. Work out one more day a week.
And my new healthy bible, Esther Blum's Secrets of Gorgeous: Hundreds of Ways to Live Well While Living It Up, is at my side each step of the way. Because while I don't need a complete overhaul, I always aim to do better.
So while you may have already mastered living it up, I've rounded up a few of my favorite tips from Blum on living well while you're at it.
• Skip the 100 calorie packs: Blum contends that many of us are eating more than double the portions sizes our body requires, meaning we're packing on an additional 5 pounds per year. But those 100 calories packs are "100 percent completely processed foods, chock-full of chemicals, sugar and preservatives," Blum writes. The best thing to do with that 100 calorie pack? Use it as a guide to appropriate portion sizes, and then eat 100 calories of something healthy such as apples, raw almonds, sliced turkey or even dark chocolate.
• Hangover helpers: No, Blum doesn't advocate overindulging, but let's face it — sometimes that livin' it up mantra of ours goes a bit too far. She recommends staving off misery the morning after with a cocktail of natural supplements including magnesium, l-glutamine, MSM, and n-acetyl cysteine, as well as drinking tomato juice and eating crackers with raw honey to help metabolize alcohol. The fix itself is enough to make me never want to drink again.
• Go green: I aim to be 100 percent organic, but sometimes buying organic food is impractical or downright unaffordable. Instead of going crazy, refer to this list of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables — often called "The Dirty Dozen" — and eat the organic alternatives: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, pears, spinach and potatoes.
• Sweet Feet: Running out of that fancy scrub you shelled out $30 for at Sephora? Blum serves up this deliciously effective recipe for an at-home exfoliating scrub for tootsies. Combine ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 2 drops of essential oil. Mix well and scrub away rough callused skin by applying this concoction at least twice weekly and disposing of any leftover product once a week.
Living well while living it up? That's a resolution worth keeping.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.