Naw-Rúz, the Bahá'í New Year's Day that occurs in the spring, marks the end of a 19-day fasting period devoted to spiritual recuperation. Many of us spend December in a whirlwind of holiday parties that make abstaining from anything other than the gym nearly impossible. But there's almost a week between the last Christmas cookie and the first glass of Champagne when you can do a mini detox. Think of it as a chance to try out those extreme resolutions—giving up dessert, kicking caffeine, saving your entire paycheck—which you already know you won't be able to commit to for an entire year. Sticking to them for a few days will give you something to celebrate on the 31st, not to mention a clean slate to get started with those healthy, sustainable habits that will make 2012 your best year yet.
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