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In 2014, Make a Difference with These Nine Food Resolutions That You Can Actually Accomplish

Nine food resolutions that will help you eat better, live better and be a better steward of your community in 2014.

Here's the thing about resolutions: we make them because we want to do better—be better, even. So it's no surprise that food often becomes the focal point for New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, "Eat better!" isn't a resolution. That is an unrealistic goal that doesn't give you any parameters for success. And when it comes down to it, what does "eat better" really even mean?

Want to eat better, live better and be a better steward of your community in 2014? Then here are nine food resolutions that will help you do just that. This is not a list or rules and regulations; it's a collection of ideas for how you might start to have a better relationship to what you eat. You may be able to do one thing on this list. You might want to do all of them. Simply use it to inspire you to do better tomorrow than you did today. Change is an accumulation of small steps after all.

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A Daily Email for Aspiring Writers Is Truly Inspired

If you've resolved to write more in 2012, a daily email with writing prompts could put you in the mood.

If your resolution this year is to write more, the challenge is twofold. Cultivating a daily practice takes discipline, while the search for inspiration can feel time-consuming and fruitless. Figment, a digital community for young fiction writers, is tackling both impediments with its new "Daily Themes" newsletter. Every morning between January 2 and March 30 Figment will hit subscribers' inboxes with a different writing prompt, reminding aspiring writers to put their thoughts into words every day and giving them fresh guidelines to get started.

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Idea: A Gym Membership that Charges You for Not Exercising

Right now, it's very easy to give up on going to the gym. But what if you were penalized for every workout you skipped? That's Gym-Pact.


Every year one of America's top New Year's resolutions is to join a gym and get in shape. And every year America just gets fatter. So what if our workout facilities started hitting us where it really counts; not in our guts, but in our pocketbooks?

That's the main idea behind Gym-Pact, a new company in Boston that partners with local vendors to offer discounts to consumers in exchange for weekly workout commitments. If you fulfill your commitment and attend the gym as promised, you get to skate along at reduced rates. But, if you choose to loaf and skip your agreed upon workouts, you're penalized at least $10 per day.

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