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2017: Starting out Clean + 3 Tips for Quitting Caffeine


Clockwise from top left: fresh trout from GoodEggs delivery; working out with CG at Basecamp Fitness in Burlingame, CA; getting used to my new non-coffee morning drink.

Happy 2017! I hope the New Year has welcomed you and that all’s going well…

I’m not a big believer in New Year resolutions. Or in cleanses for that matter. Both have always just felt so cliche to me – like, why wait until the New Year to do things better? Though I am a huge fan of the Goop annual cleanse that comes out about now, I’ve never actually done a cleanse myself. Instead, I opt to eat what I would call healthy like 90% of the time.

That being said, my love of coffee and alcohol have been well documented on Snapchat and Instagram. This past year has especially seen me indulging regularly in cocktails with CG and daily coffee runs to Coupa Cafe (goodness their spicy Maya mocha is amazing!!) and extra caffeine hits when I’m on the road for work…

So when a friend of ours started talking about her upcoming 21 day cleanse over dinner the other night, CG and I got to talking about doing something, too. After throwing around a few ideas, we landed on the Freeman Formula – a program CG has done in the past and loved. Though more centered around body building than I’d opt for, the basic premise of the program sounded right to me: eat 5 meals a day consisting protein (fish and chicken primarily) and fiber-rich vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus) with the first three of the day containing complex carbs (sweet potato, oatmeal, brown rice) as well as cutting out all added sugars and fruits along with alcohol and – the real kicker for me – caffeine. The idea is that you keep your blood sugar steady and fuel your body to run properly.

The thing for me about cleanses, it turns out, is that doing them alone, I never had the proper motivation to stay on the program. It was a slippery slope for me allowing one cup of coffee and then one glass of wine and then just doing whatever I wanted. Having CG doing it with me and holding me accountable has made a total difference. We agreed to do it strictly – no cheating – for two weeks.

The first day without coffee I thought I wasn’t going to make it. Luckily I figured out a few tricks that have made it easier:

  1. Keeping the ritual of drinking something warm in the morning has been super helpful. At first I was drinking herbal tea but quickly adopted the Warming Latte from the current Goop cleanse. I sub many of the non-spice powders for Brain Dust from Moon Juice. Of all the powder combinations I’ve tried (and there have been many) this is the one that I feel actually makes a difference. I feel more awake, energetic, etc.
  2. Drink so so much water. I already drink a lot of water every day, but flushing my system with extra water, I believe, helped me not get headaches and maintain energy those first few days. I was still sleepy – I had the luxury of going home for a nap at lunch – but it was survivable. And honestly, I wasn’t that much more tired than I am normally from waking up at 5:20 am. : )
  3. Which brings me to the last point – I had been getting just 6 or 6.5 hours of sleep a night. That isn’t enough in general, and certainly not when you are trying to change how your body uses energy. I’ve started using the “Bedtime” feature on my iPhone – I say what time I need to wakeup and then I move the clock to where it shows me at least 7 or 8 hours…early in the night as that might be, I have felt much better following it and getting more rest.

What are your tips for going off a substance or through a cleanse program? Do you like them? I’d love to know.



What to Wear: The Last Workday of 2016


The 2016 work year comes to an end for me today. When the alarm went off at 5:15 this morning CG said “you did it! Last 5 am wake-up in 2016!” We are both really happy to have a few weeks off from my super early mornings (I plan to sleep in until like *at least* … Continue Reading →

Traveling for Work: New York in the Winter

Burberry coat, J crew skirt, Furla bag and

I’m on my first work trip to New York City for my new job. It’s a totally thrilling experience – new people, new places, intellectual stimulation, beautiful sights…I’m loving it. (Follow along on Instagram for more from the trip.) I’ve traveled many places for work, including NYC, but never at this time of year. In … Continue Reading →

What to Wear to the Office


Figuring out what to wear to work each day can be a real challenge. I’ve recently A. started a new job and B. started working in an office again after 3 years of being remote. Below are a few of the strategies I’m using to figure out what to wear each day in the office … Continue Reading →

Morning Routine

Cruising around the beautiful Stanford campus.

I love mornings. For me it is a magical time when everything feels fresh. Alot about my mornings has shifted since getting back into an office job after being remote for three years. Below is a look at how I’m starting my workdays. 5:25 am alarm goes off and I hit snooze to snuggle with … Continue Reading →

New Chapter: Stanford University


This has been the year where everything changes – then changes again. My absence from blogging has been for numerous reasons: 1. I moved to San Francisco (talked about here) 2. I ended my marriage after 13 ½ years (talked about here) 3. I interviewed for and got a job in Major Gifts with Stanford … Continue Reading →

My Power Pose Lately


Things change. Interests come and go. For years I was consumed by my career and loved it. I poured over magazines and online sites searching for the right thing to wear for such-and-such occasion. I still love my career but I’ve come to a point where I feel confident in my ability to choose properly … Continue Reading →

House Warming Brunch


I’ve mentioned before that I moved to San Francisco in January. It’s been an incredible change of lifestyle and I’ve had a great time walking around my neighborhood, trying new restaurants and living closer to dear friends. Bit by bit my apartment has been becoming more “me” and feeling like home. And what has really helped me … Continue Reading →

The Multitasking Wardrobe: a Little Lace

Photography by David Kim.

I’ve talked before about how much I like to wear items that can double-time from work to weekend. One of the things I’ve enjoyed recently has been renewing my lingerie wardrobe, with Agent Provocateur being at the top of my list. Given that their pieces are unusual in design, they require special consideration to wear. While the … Continue Reading →

A Place Like Home


At age 14 I visited Italy with my mother. It was a magical trip filled with delicious food, interesting/beautiful sights and sweet moments for us together. I was hooked. Five years later at 19 I chose to study abroad in the Northern Italian town of Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and birthplace of Ferrari – … Continue Reading →

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