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New Year, New You

January 13, 2018
January Detox

Made so much merry you’re in dire need of a new year detox (or a lie down)? Join the club. Luckily, La La Land can ace wellness in its sleep. Here’s our list of karma-cool spas, workout studios and wholesome eateries; this one comes with your doctor’s endorsement.

Spare your therapy pennies and check-in to Café Gratitude for affirmative culinary experiences such as the ‘I Am Whole’ macrobiotic bowl and the ‘I Am Gracious’ grain salad. (Leave your cynical side at the door.) If that doesn't do the trick, try one (or five) of the ‘I Am Radiant’ sparkling mojito spritzers. Yes darling, yes you are. Throughout January, cleanses come with 50-percent savings; additional reasons to be grateful include the cafe’s two other mood-boosting outposts, dotted around town.

Didn’t think coffee could be healthy? Rethink things at Bulletproof Coffee in Downtown, which serves perky libations featuring ‘brain octane oil’ and grass-fed butter. The Coffeeplus Protein stars collagen; other on-menu additions include cacao nibs, ghee butter and herbal blends with promising names such as Stress-Mastery and Fat-Burnification. This is coffee 2.0.

If you’re feeling peckish, post-workout, then Plant Food + Wine – nutrition-nut Matthew Kenney's, totally vegan, 98% raw foodie foray – ain't all cabbage and kale. Think coconut ceviche tacos, kelp noodle cacio e pepe and even cashew 'cheese', served alongside highly gluggable organic and biodynamic wines. Sit outside on the shady courtyard and feel your Chi realign with every mouthful.

Spring clean your skincare regime and take your pores and paws to Skin Laundry, an upscale chain that specialises in 10-minute, deep-cleansing laser treatments. You’ll leave looking as fresh as the proverbial daisy. No appointment necessary.

Mindfulness is still the LA word du jour, so jump on the meditation bandwagon at Den Meditation, a mellow mecca for novice and expert meditators alike. Vedic by candlelight? Or perhaps a tranquil sound bath? Chanting mantras on hand-embroidered rugs? Don’t leave before balancing your chakras and joining a Reiki healing circle in this dedicated Cali take on a zen temple.

Move over Pilates – the latest LA exercise craze is barre; and you're likely to spot an A-lister or two while sculpting your bod and booty at Bar Method. After, head to Moon Juice next door for an Enzymatic Tonic. Made with aloe vera, alkaline water and probiotics, it’s a perfect post-workout boost.


Cafe Gratitude / 639 N Larchmont Blvd / Larchmont / +1 323 580 6383 / 8am-10pm daily /

Bulletproof Coffee / 300 S Santa Fe Ave / Arts District / +1 213 265 7040 / 6am-9pm Sun-Thu, till 10pm Fri-Sat /
Plant Food + Wine / 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd / Venice / +1 310 450 1009 / noon-10pm Mon-Fri, from 11am Sat-Sun /

Skin Laundry / 8789 Beverly Blvd / West Hollywood / +1 310 360 0791 / 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm Sat, 9am-5pm Sun /

Den Meditation / 360 S La Brea Ave / Hancock Park / +1 323 424 3444 / 7.45am-10pm Mon & Thu, from 8.45am Tue-Wed & Fri, from 9.15am Sat, 8.45am-9.30pm Sun /

Bar Method / 8416 W 3rd St / West Hollywood / + branches / +1 323 651 2226 /