Healthy(ish) in 2016

Will 2016 be the year you convince your taste buds that tempeh doesn’t taste like particle board slathered in guano? I mean, let’s be honest. Probably not. But some things to consider: (1) You’re probably full of good intentions right now, so might as well take advantage of opportunities to be your best sugar-free-vegan-namaste self for as long as possible. (2) Dine Downtown Restaurant Week is next week, which means a renewed glut of gustatory goodness, post-holiday-cookie carnage, so some counteractive measures might be in order, no? A few suggestions for going semi-Gwyneth Paltrow or else making some modest lifestyle changes:

WholeHearted Juice Co. (1050 20th Street, Suite 110) is ready to have a lot of faith in you (and your $299) starting on Monday, January 4, with an eight-week cleanse with unlimited access to Fitness Quest Bootcamp (2476 41st Street), 13 organic meal-replacement juices and various workshops and coaching. On a slightly more scaled-back level, Sun & Soil Juice Co. (1912 P Street) is offering 12 group fitness sessions next door at Bodywise (1920 P Street) along with a full one-day juice cleanse for $195. If that whole squats-and-lunges thing is a bit much and drinking your way to a cleaner spleen is more your speed, Peel’d (49 Bicentennial Circle) is offering a two-juice, one-smoothie, one-soup-per-day-for-five-days deal for $99 starting Monday, January 4.

If, on the other hand, your New Year’s resolutions include “spend less on cold-pressed juice,” the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (1900 Alhambra Boulevard) is offering a Healthy Eating on a Budget class on Wednesday, January 6, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The class will cover menu planning, food-waste-reduction pointers, cheap recipes and tips for frugal grocery shopping. Registration is $10 and more information can be found at

Aspiring yogis can jump right in with the New Year’s Detox Flow at the Yoga Seed Collective (1400 E Street) on Friday, January 1, at 11 a.m. It’s technically free (though a $20 donation is suggested). If you’re hooked after that, there’s a four-week beginner series taking place on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. starting on January 6 for $128, which includes unlimited access to other classes for the whole month. Visit for more info.