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This time of year, it’s common to take a lot of foods off the table: sugar, carbs, dairy…And spoiler alert: Restricting your diet isn’t easy. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could reset your eating habits while still having creamy mac and cheese, nourishing soups, and yummy noodle dishes? Classically trained wellness chef, best-selling cookbook author, and Well+Good Council member Candice Kumai is here to tell you that you can.

For the next five weeks, the plant-based eating queen will share her favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes so you have something healthy and delish for every single meal until February. This isn’t “diet food” or a plan focused on a quick fix. Instead, each week will fall under a specific theme meant to be carried out long term.

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The theme for week one: gut health. Chances are, you already know the microbiome affects everything from your mental health to your immune system, so creating a balance is important. All week, Kumai will be sharing recipes made to help heal the gut and really nourish it. Some power ingredients she’ll be using: miso, ginger, and apple cider vinegar.

Prep for the week ahead with this shopping list of everything you’ll need. Then, check out what you’ll be making below:

Gut-healthy breakfast recipes

Gut-healthy lunch recipes

Gut-healthy dinner recipes

Get ready to kick off your best—and healthiest—year yet!

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