Beauty

What’s Blue Tansy? And Should You Add it to Your Skincare Routine?

Let's discuss blue tansy. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve struggled with adult onset acne for the better part of a decade now. It’s been extremely irksome. Pregnancy seems to have helped a bit…
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Wellness

Sunscreen: Is it toxic? (And if so, what do we do?!)

Toxic and non toxic sunscreen, let's discuss, shall we? Because nothing sounds more fun to me today than diving into a super polarizing wellness topic on the internet! Why are we talking about…
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5 Minute Paleo Breakfast
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7 Minute Paleo Breakfast

Time is of the essence these days. And ever since I quit sugar, I realized that if I'm going to keep up a feel-good paleo diet on the reg. breakfast is mass importante.…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hello from a snug pleather seat on the bus to Logan International Airport! I'm enroute to Charleston this weekend and despite my attempt to wrap up the week before leaving so I didn't…
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Figuring Out Your Life

File This One Under Self Help Books That Are Actually Tolerable

As part of my fave new morning ritual - reading for an hour before tackling the work day, I’m cruising through a lot of books on my shelf that have been collecting dust…
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Fitness

The Many Phases of Dana’s Personal Exercise Evolution

I didn’t start ‘working out’ until college. I played sports from fifth grade on so I never really had to exercise independently, as I know it today. I was always just sprinting around…
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Beauty

My New Favorite Natural Skincare Brand

A funny thing happens when you sit down to comb through your credit card statement in an effort to see where all your money’s been going. You recall the slightly cringe-worthy purchases you…
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Wellness

How To Create Healthy Habits That Actually Last: Part 2

In case you missed it last week, you might wanna check out How to Create Healthy Habits That Actually Last: Part One here. In that post I laid out why healthy habits can…
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Recipes

Simple Paleo Dinner Formula + How to Cook a Steak Perfectly Every Time

Let's talk about a simple paleo dinner formula. You see, dinner time in our house has been a rushed affair of late. Joel gets home around 7:30 pm and Foster goes to bed…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

I'd like to begin by acknowledging the fact that I'm writing this ONE FULL DAY EARLY which means nothing to you, probably, but to me it is simply astounding (and Dana too, probably,…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

4 Phrases to Stop Using that Are Undermining Your Confidence

When’s the last time you used the phrase “just checking in…” or “I just think…” in an email? Monday? This morning? The last one you sent? Yeah, it’s pretty common among women. I…
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Fitness

The Best Black Leggings Ever

Ah, black leggings. The staple of our ever-growing athleisure collections. I’ve worn black leggings for everything from running a half marathon, to yoga teacher training, through the first trimester of pregnancy, to moving,…
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Beauty

Are Jade Rollers Worth It?

Alright, we’ve diving into jade rollers today. I finally caved and bought one. They really are beautiful aren’t they? But aside from being aesthetically pleasing, are they worth it? Do they actually work?…
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Wellness

How To Create Healthy Habits That Actually Last: Part 1

I was chatting with a friend on the telephone the other day and we somehow landed on exercise. Actually, we were discussing the Missing Richard Simmons podcast, which naturally segwayed to exercise (and…
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Recipes

10 Paleo Recipes to Get Pumped for Spring

I am consistently shocked at how happy I am when warmer weather arrives. I don’t really mind the cold or snow all that much, and yet when the coffee shops start serving cold…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hey gang, happy weekend. Dusting off my springy-ish heels (finally!) and making my way to Connecticut for a family bridal shower tomorrow. Wedding season snuck up on us huh? Here's a roundup of…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

What Are You *Actually* Willing to Go Through to Get What You Want?

For a hot minute between graduating college and looking for a full time gig, I thought maybe I’d like to go to culinary school. In hindsight, this was likely about extending the time…
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Fitness

The Power of a Fitness Accountability Partner (+ BBG Post Baby)

Did you know that accountability partners greatly improve your chances of sticking to something? It’s true. The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you…
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Beauty

A Weird Natural Teeth Whitening Trick

When I began dipping my toes in the ocean that is holistic health, I spent many a weekend holed up in my New York City apartment experimenting with exotic superfoods and bizarre gadgets.…
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A Note on Trying to Lose Weight
Wellness

What is Overfat? And How to Tell if You Are

Have you been hearing people toss this term “overfat” around lately? I have. It seems everyone from Hoda to Time Magazine are talking about it. Until recently though, I’d honestly never heard of…
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Sesame Ginger Salmon Salad
Recipes

Sesame Ginger Salmon Salad

I’ve talked about how rushed dinner time is in my house these days. Unfortunately, I don’t have a private chef and takeout in the ‘burbs is abysmal, so I’m forced to cook for…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hey, hi! Finally feels like Spring around here huh? I spent the week moving (yet again because this is my favorite pastime) and settling into a new apartment. Took a break from organizing…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

I Tested 7 Ways to Get Creative Before Breakfast

I am admittedly not a morning person, a fact that has plagued me for years because I so deeply want to be. I relish the idea of waking up to an internal alarm…
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Fitness

Here’s What Happened When I Attempted Yoga Everyday for a Month

I stumbled upon yoga somewhat inadvertently. While interning at a magazine during college, I was part of a small team of writers that competed for assignments based on how quickly we could respond…
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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Beauty

The IT Supplement of the Year: Why everyone is taking collagen

Ordering more Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides today made me realize that we haven’t ever talked about collagen around here. That seems like a shame. It is for sure one of the ‘it’ supplements of…
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Coconut Oil: Apparently it’s going to murder you now.

Hot damn, there’s a lot of hullabaloo on the internet about coconut oil these days. We went from 7 million articles about The Surprising Benefits of Coconut Oil to Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s…
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Recipes

Paleo Thai Chicken Curry

This week, I made some paleo chicken curry business. And I started legitimately trying to meal plan. You know, that whole thing where you plan out what you're going to cook, make a…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads: Earth Day Edition

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Weekend Reads to talk specifically about Earth Day this week. When I was living in Upstate New York I made a ton of progress in reducing our waste…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Our Spiritual Retreat: The 6 Blocks to Happiness and How to Get Around Them

Bridget and I recently attended Gabby Bernstein’s retreat, The Universe Has Your Back, at the Kripalu Center. If you’re not familiar with either, Kripalu is a big, ‘ol crunchy wellness center in the…
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Fitness

The Best Way to Establish an At-Home Yoga Practice

Ah. That elusive, at-home yoga practice... In 2013, I did a yoga teacher training at Yoga Vida in NYC. It was amazing. I’d just resigned my post alongside Bridget at the Institute for…
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Beauty

What’s in My Non-Toxic Makeup Bag

I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding last fall and I opted out of getting my makeup done for a couple of reasons. One - I never like how I look when…
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Best Healthy Snacks for Traveling
Wellness

The Best Healthy Snacks for Traveling

The first time my car broke down was in the dead center of a four way intersection in high school. It was a whole thing and I’ll spare you the details but the…
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Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese
RecipesWellness

How to Make Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese That Actually Tastes Good

Over breakfast the other weekend a few friends and I were having a very important, very serious conversation. If we had to choose, which would we live without: cheese or bread? I don’t…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

What a week! We’re back in the swing of things around here, which means Weekend Reads are back. It also means I currently have 17 internet tabs open trying to narrow down articles…
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Beauty

Embrace: The Body Image Documentary (and how to stop hating your thighs)

Damn. I finally sat down to watch Embrace: The Body Image Documentary, been meaning to for months and it was so, so good. It’s a documentary by a beautiful Australian named Taryn Brumfitt,…
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Why I Quit Training for a Half Marathon
FitnessWellness

I Quit Training for a Half Marathon and Everything’s Fine

I don’t mind telling you that in approximately 75% of the situations in which I’ve agreed to run a half marathon I’d been drinking. This time was no exception. My friend brought it…
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BeautyRecipesWellness

Clear Complexion Smoothie + a Painfully Obvious Skincare Secret

The other day I dragged myself to the DMV to get a new license, which was approximately 93 days past the deadline for when I was legally required to, out of a combination…
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Wellness

Activated Charcoal: What’s with the black ice cream?

A couple of years ago Bridget and I attended the opening party for a functional medicine practice in New York City. It was hosted in a hip, little venue in Brooklyn and they…
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Recipes

Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites

I don't know about you (if you celebrate Easter, that is) but, Easter was a wild affair for us this year. Blew the doors right off my mom's house. Foster partied so hard…
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Figuring Out Your Life

The Past Year: Bridget

Is this thing on? It’s been awhile since you last heard from us, so we thought we’d give you some context on what’s been going on, and where we’re going from here. Fill…
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Figuring Out Your Life

This Book Gave Me a Real Kick in the Ass to Make Things Happen

There’s a handful of books that have truly changed the way I think. Not in an ‘I couldn’t put it down’ or ‘I learned something from that’ way. There have been loads of…
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Figuring Out Your Life

How Did You Choose Where to Live?

When I was in fourth grade I won an art contest and received a $25 gift card to Pizza Hut. Pretty  big deal. Made my mom cart over there so I could spend…
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Lyme Disease Update + What Has Surprisingly Helped
Wellness

What Surprisingly Helped the Lyme Disease Situation

In case you don’t feel like I’m beating a dead horse yet, I’d like to discuss Lyme Disease today! You can totally go ahead and skip this one if you’re not into tick-borne…
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Figuring Out Your Life

The Past Year: Dana

What happened? I think I blacked out. A year has whipped by and all I’ve got to show for it is a new baby, a new home in a new state, a new…
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Figuring Out Your Life

How To Stop an Anxiety Attack: A Little Yellow Book by a Cool, Zen Monk

I had my first anxiety attack the summer I graduated from college. I was still working at my summer job at a hospital giving electrocardiograms before starting my ‘real’ job in Manhattan. That…
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Wellness

What’s the Keto Diet?

Ah, The Keto Diet, been hearing about that one a lot lately. Seems to be surging in popularity with hashtags like #bulletproof and #keto getting tossed all over Instagram alongside pictures of bacon…
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Beauty

Pregnancy and Body Image: How to keep it together when you feel like a flatulent, humpback whale.

Pregnancy and body image are a strange pairing. “You’re all belly!” - rando “Oh man, you’re getting BIG!” - friend at a bbq “You literally don’t look any different.” - my sister in…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

My Birth Plan, How I’m Preparing for Labor and the Two Random Things I’ve Been Eating

I’ve never given birth before so I’m assuming it’s ridiculous to think anything can actually prepare you for it. As if watching videos or reading books is anything like the firsthand experience. If…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hi, hi. Happy weekend! Hope you're settling in with a hot cup of coffee or tea. I'm back in Connecticut after a couple weeks up in New Hampshire and Maine. I spent a…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

What’s the Key to Motivation?

This post has taken me the better part of a month to write, ironically. And even still, I’m not quite sure if I know what to say so bear with me. For starters,…
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Beauty

Safer Shampoos That Work Really Well

  I've been on a wild, emotional, safer shampoo roller coaster over here the past few months. Over New Years, I went two straight weeks on the no-poo train. I mean, I typically…
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Wellness

Fatigue, Weight Gain, Mood Swings: Do You Have a Thyroid Issue?

Extreme fatigue (even after sleeping 8 hours a night) Weight gain or inability to lose weight Mood swings, anxiety or depression Irregular periods Muscle pain Constantly feeling cold Dry skin Hair thinning or…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

Why Decluttering Feels So Good

Why does decluttering feel so good?   I remember when I first adopted minimalism. In the tiniest of my New York apartments on the upper East side, I wound up with the largest…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hi, hello! And Happy St. Paddy's Day my friends. Never thought I'd find myself working at 8 pm on St. Patrick's Day, a Friday night at that. But here we are. Coming at…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

Kaizen: Get Better at Changing Your Life

Could you use a little kaizen in your life? When we want to improve our lives, our tendency is to look for grandiose solutions. We want radical change, and we want it quickly, so we seek radical programs or advice to follow. Want to lose 30 lbs? Go on this super strict diet. Want to get back in shape? Force yourself to the gym for one…
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Wellness

What Supplements Should You Take?

"What supplements should I take?" That's a question we get a lot around here and there are a lot of conflicting opinions about the correct answer to it. Some say that if you're…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

Decision Fatigue: Do You Have It?

You definitely do. You're probably suffering from it ever day, actually. Sadly, decision fatigue has infected us all. Hmmm, this sounds serious.... Wait, do you know what decision fatigue is? In decision making and psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. It is now understood as one of the causes of irrational trade-offs…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hell-ohhhhh Friday! How we doing guys? I for one am feeling a mix of emotions, as my horoscope for the month is spot on (why yes I do have real estate on the…
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Beauty

Natural Deodorant That Actually Works

I finally found a natural deodorant that actually works! The Product  I'm thrilled because I've been on the hunt for years, literally. I've tried everything. Some worked but made my armpits itchy. Some…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hey it's Friday and we made it! AND it's another 60 degree day! Hope you have good plans in store for the weekend? I've got a hot date with TurboTax and am certainly…
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Figuring Out Your LifeStyleWellness

What’s the Deal with Hygge?

Do you ever listen to someone speaking and think, man they just really get me. This happened to me in the car yesterday, nodding my head along to NPR. The subject? The Danish philosophy that’s taking the wellness industry by storm these days, hygge. It’s been popularized by authors such as Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute (uh hi, here’s my resume) and author…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Let's see, let's see. At the top of today's news IMO is the fact that my month on Lyme antibiotics and the accompanying cleanse is officially complete. Yeehaw! The yeehaw is mostly about…
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Period Panties: Do They Really Work?

  Okay ladies now let’s get formation. We were curious, do period panties really work? (If you’re one of our approximately 4 male readers, perhaps you’ll want to skip this one.) We’re talking…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Today felt very nostalgic, like I was back in high school. And not just because I live in the same house that I did during high school heh. No, no because it was…
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Wellness

Can Automating Meals Help You Lose Weight?

This week we’ll each consume approximately 21 meals. That’s 21 times in one week we’ll need to plan, shop, cook and clean up. But what if it was only, say, 10? Or maybe…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Ello! How was your week? It's been a weird one over here. I started treatment for my "Lyme disease, etc." situation. Some days I've been feeling good enough, like I might not even…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

Health Challenges + How to Handle Them

A few months ago I opened up about my struggle with unexpected weight gain and work-related stress. I outlined what I was planning to do in order to feel better and regain control…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hi, hello, happy Friday! After a long hiatus we've decided to revisit this little series to bring you a roundup of good stuff (or at least interesting stuff) we stumble across each week.…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

How to Beat Resistance

Today we want to talk about the underlying cause of self-sabotage that prevents all of us from getting what we want in life. It’s called Resistance. And it’s a real pain in the…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

The Most Impactful of 2016

As we were reflecting the other day, on the year behind us, we decided to do a little recap of all the things we've read, watched and learned that have had the biggest impact…
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BeautyWellness

Lessons from Fiji + Why We All Think We’re Fat

“Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

What To Do When Things Aren’t Going So Well

I’ve been a shitty blogger over the past couple of months. We’ve also been a bit quieter on social media than usual. And today, I wanted to just put it out there and…
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Beauty

Top Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products

Aluminum Zirconium: Used as the antiperspirant in deodorants, this heavy metal has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease and has been found in breast cancer tumors. It is also a respiratory,…
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Wellness

What Are You Really Hungry For?

We’ve talked a lot about how to lose weight around here, why diets don’t work and what to do instead. And while we’ve covered the physical side of things many times, I wanted…
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Wellness

How To Lose Weight By Eating More

When I first sought the help of a health coach back in 2009, I expected her to immediately tell me what to stop eating. I assumed that this ‘health coaching’ would have to…
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Beauty

Fall Beauty Reboot

Did you know that the average woman uses 12 beauty and personal care products per day? And that each of those products could potentially have hundreds of chemicals in them, many of which…
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Wellness

The Weight Loss Plan That Finally Worked For Us

Working at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Bridget and I have been around a detox protocol or two. We actually created our own cleanse guide with the best of what we believe in, if…
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Wellness

2 Things All Effective Diets Have in Common

Sometimes Bridget and I use BuzzSumo to look up what’s hot and trendy in the online wellness and weight loss world. We don’t actually give a shit about the new weight loss tricks…
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Figuring Out Your Life

How to Appreciate Things Without Having Them in Our Lives

Since leaving New York, life’s been a whirlwind, in mostly good ways. Business is moving right along and I’m learning a whole buncha lessons. Things are great. Busy, but great. And yet lately…
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Wellness

How To Lose Weight When You Don’t Have Time To Exercise

One struggle we hear about a lot around here, is the lack of time you have to work out. It seems that if life wasn’t so busy, and you could spend more time…
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Wellness

Currently Reading: The Happiness Equation

As my happiness kick continues, I decided to finish up this awesome book by Neil Pasricha, The Happiness Equation. After spending more than a decade developing leaders around the globe, helping people to…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

On Trying To Control How Things Happen

I've been on a happiness kick lately. Maybe it's 'cause I'm so damn happy that our home renovation, the one we've been living in for about seven weeks, is now finally 'on the…
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BeautyWellness

Is Your Shampoo Safe? Ingredients to Avoid: 1,4-Dioxane

I wanted to start a series that would disseminate some of the information I've learned about the dangers lurking in our everyday cosmetics products. I honestly couldn't believe some of the stuff I…
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Wellness

Why You Can’t Just Relax and Be Happy

I heard some bad news the other day while driving my big, pickup truck down to New Jersey for the weekend. I was listening to The Art of Charm Podcast and they were interviewing…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Currently Reading: The Happiness of Pursuit

A friend of mine recently wrote in to request that I start a series on things we're reading over here at Wellness Lately. I thought it was a great idea. And so it…
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Wellness

Why We Keep Starting (and Failing) New Diets

Like everyone else, I have a lot of weaknesses. And not just like “I work too hard,” or “I’m a perfectionist,” or other dumb job interview answers. Real weaknesses. Here’s the biggest one:…
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Wellness

3 Benefits of Adopting Minimalism

We live in a world where we’re bombarded with messages telling us our worth is correlated with our bank account. And that the best way to prove our worth to the world around us is through…
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Wellness

How To Lose Weight

My extended family has been vacationing in North Carolina every August since before I was born. With the exception of a year here or there, I’ve been on every trip. There are eight…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Are You Holding Onto Clutter for Your Fantasy Self?

Joel and I have moved six times since we've been together, which is about five years. And every, single time we move, we bring this stupid, acoustic guitar with us. The guitar looked cool in…
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BeautyWellness

5 Tips For Choosing Safer Beauty Products (And Why You Definitely Should)

Once I started learning about all the crazy shit in our beauty and personal care products, it was really hard to turn a blind eye going forward. The industry is self-regulated, meaning that aside…
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Wellness

4 Myths About Weight Loss You Need To Know

I am genuinely fascinated by the science of fat loss. When I was struggling with my weight about six years ago, I decided to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in order…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Fear Could Be Holding You Back From The Life You Really Want

I have always been a little bit fearful. I can’t watch horror movies, I won’t sleep for days. Even “thrillers” are pushing it, I’ll take sappy rom coms anyday. When going to a…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Are Your Finances a Hot Mess?

We haven't talked about finances for a while, so I thought I'd talk a bit about them today. When we left off, we were talking about the path to financial freedom. It was…
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RecipesWellness

One Simple Tip for the Best Fried Rice

Have you ever noticed that when it comes to takeout food, there's one cuisine that just doesn't really cut it? I mean, there's definitely something comforting about ordering Chinese takeout. But it's not all…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Happy Friday, weekend, Earth Day ... happy everything! While we celebrate our planet every year, 2016 marks a pretty special one. That's because 150 countries gathered in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, including…
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Wellness

5 Workout Playlists to Try This Spring

Safe to say we're in the clear for spring, eh? This makes me very, very happy. This means outdoor workouts, longer runs and park trips with the dog. You've seen our 5 Pillars of…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

The Results of Going Booze-Free for 90 Days

It's been a few weeks now and I realized that I never recapped the final results of my 90-day booze hiatus. I think it's probably better to have waited though, having gleaned a few…
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Figuring Out Your Life

What Do You Really Need to be Happy?

If you look around, we're bombarded by ads all day long, every day of our lives. They're on Facebook, billboards, HGTV, in magazines, everywhere. We're lead to believe that the stuff in those…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hello, friends. Happy weekend! It's shaping up to be a pretty one around here. Hope you stock up on all the vitamin D. For your down time, a few good reads we've enjoyed…
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Figuring Out Your Life

On Leaving New York

I realize this has been done before. I don’t think anyone could do “leaving New York” better than Joan Didion did in 1967, and I certainly don’t intend to. Also, I’m about two…
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BeautyWellness

Clean Up Your Skin Care Routine

Instead of just scaring the bejeezus out of you when it comes to this crazy cosmetics industry business, we figured we'd give you some actionable steps to start moving toward better beauty products.…
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RecipesWellness

No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bites

When I was working a particularly stressful job a few years ago I developed a pretty lousy habit. Actually, I developed quite a few lousy habits during that time. But this one was…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

How To Stop Hating Your Body

When we look at life in hindsight, things become clear and it’s easy to pull formulas together for how to achieve goals. We can connect the dots on how we got from A…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Lately

Hey, friends. It’s been awhile, eh? Sorry about that. Life has been a little hectic and I’m just coming up for air. Here’s what’s been going on, in case you were wondering. Lucy…
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Wellness

The 5 Pillars of Wellness

Think you'd be hard-pressed to find another pair of humans who've read more books on nutrition, wellness and personal development than me and Bridget. We're kind of obsessed if you hadn't noticed. And during…
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Beauty

The Perfect Red Lip

Okay, so here's the scoop, if you wear lipstick and you're not actively seeking out safer alternatives, I can almost assure you that you're rubbing lead on your lips. Sorry. Let me back up a…
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Beauty

How to Avoid Parabens & Phthalates

How can we figure out if our makeup, body wash and shampoo and stuff is safe? There's so much to worry about these days. And like everything else health-related, there's so much conflicting info to…
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BeautyWellness

Whole Foods Meets Sephora | Safer Beauty Products

I was at happy hour with some of my wellness friends and at one point, I whipped out my Rosebud Salve and dabbed some on my lips. My friend Blair said "You know…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

Complete This Exercise to Instantly Feel Happier

*Note | I learned about this exercise from Marie Forleo via Katie Dalebout - two of our favorite wellness warriors. Research tells us that positivity is a choice. We can choose to be happy and…
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Eat Fat, Get Thin

Back when I was health coaching full-time, I had to explain many times that fat doesn't actually make you fat. That eating a whole avocado every day ain't no thang. It's hard to…
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Simple Healing Morning Tonic

Spring is just around the corner, folks. And with my 90-day, booze-free experiment coming to an end in just 28 days, I figured now was a good time to super-charged wellness routine. Really…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

Could You Quit Drinking If You Wanted To? 60-Day Update

It’s been 60 days now since I’ve had one sip of alcohol. And it’s been glorious, I have to say. Not only do I continue to get better sleep than I have in…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend, weekend, weekend! I don't have much on the agenda aside from walks with Lucy (Spring is so close guys, I can feel it), catching up on Oscar noms just in time (more below) and a…
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Simple Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

It's been about four months since I resettled upstate. And although there are definitely some things that I miss about living in NYC, some serious advantages have revealed themselves to me as well.…
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A Note on Trying to Lose Weight

If you’ve been reading Wellness Lately for a bit, you might have noticed some fancy new banners under the header of our site. They read “Lose Weight”, “Get Rich” and “Dress Better”. And…
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Weekend Reads

Hiya friends, happy weekend. It's been a whirlwind of a week but we're reeling with excitement over here to share a fun new project with you! We've been putting our Spring capsule wardrobes together, and…
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What Exactly Are Whole Foods?

We honestly get this question all the time. I think we forget, having been immersed in this Integrative Nutrition community for so long, that it’s not always clear what constitutes a ‘whole food’ out…
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Kayla Itsines BBG Week 8 Update

A few weeks ago, I first wrote about my Kayla Itsines' BBG experience. I had just about completed week 5. I wanted to follow up, as I’ve just finished week 8! A little…
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Weekend Reads

Hey friends, happy weekend! Coming at you from Connecticut today. After several months of anticipation, Lucy and I are settling into our new (old) home. Things feel strange, but good. More on that…
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Could You Quit Drinking if You Wanted To? 30-Day Update

I just wanted to share a quick update on my #Dry90 progress as I recently passed my first 30 days. Whooo HAH! Say that again in your head like Busta Rhymes would, to…
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Simple Super Bowl Recipes

I love Super Bowl Sunday. Regardless of who's playing (my team's out this year), it's such a cozy, fun, food-filled day. Plus Queen Bey's taking the stage for halftime so, should be a good one. We rounded…
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The Most Effective Productivity Tool

I’ve had trouble sleeping for as long as I can remember. It’s gotten better in recent years, but there are still plenty of nights when I lie in bed wide awake,  exhausted but…
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Wellness

A Short List of Fantastic Books

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works -- A True Story by Dan Harris I tried to convince…
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How To Declutter Your Home

Decluttering makes me giddy. I swear I extract more energy from an hour of running around tidying up than I do from an espresso on an empty stomach. There’s almost nothing as satisfying…
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Weekend Reads

Hey friends, happy weekend. I hope this post finds you curled up on the couch with a cup of tea or glass of wine (somewhere warm, if you’re braving the blizzard!). A few…
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Why Having Too Many Options is Actually a Bad Thing

You're out for dinner with your friends and you know it's coming, because you're sitting on the end closest to the waitress. "What can I get you?" Hmmmmm, if other people are getting salads…
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Weekends Reads

Hey friends. Happy weekend! A few good reads we’ve been enjoying: Minimalism is having a bit of a moment, so there are a bunch of myths floating around about how to approach it.…
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Is BBG Worth It? My Kayla Itsine’s Review

If you’re into health and fitness and you haven’t heard about Kayla Itsines and her wildly popular workout guides - Bikini Body Guides, better known as BBG - then you must be into…
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Are You Half-Assing Your Life?

You ever feel like you’re never doing anything full-assed? Last night I was watching Aziz Ansari’s show, Master of None. (The title I'm now finding ironic, although I’m not sure I ever use…
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Could You Quit Drinking If You Wanted To?

Not one sip of alcohol for 90 days, could you do it? Or more importantly - would you want to? I started 12 days ago on New Year’s day. I even downloaded a…
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Weekend Reads

Anyone else have plans to cozy up, relax and get some reading in this weekend? If you started The Simple Cleanse on Monday, we’re looking at the home stretch! Here’s what’s on our list: A…
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Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

Ingredients 2 cups Brussels sprouts 1 cup kale or green of choice 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds 3/4 cup chopped walnuts For the dressing: 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 1 tablespoon…
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Why I’m Moving In With My Parents at 27

Just so you know, this was not the plan. I was going to do it all, be it all, have it all. Climb the corporate ladder, make big money, see the world. Settle down…
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One Simple Tip: How To Get Better Texture in Your Green Smoothie

I've been making green smoothies for a dog's age now. And when I was just starting out, often times, the consistency was less than desirable. Sort of chunky or grainy or just not…
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Simple Winter Salsa Recipe
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Simple Winter Salsa

Ingredients 1 pear 1 avocado 1 pomegranate 1 jalapeño 1/2 red onion 1 lime 1 handful fresh cilantro Salt & pepper Method Core and cube up the pear, dice the red onion, avocado…
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Weekend Reads

Eggnog for everyone, cause it's (a pre-holiday) Friday and we made it! A few good reads for your weekend here: Holiday gift-giving between adults is a needless, consumerist chore. PREACH! (Our take here.)…
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How to Avoid the Holiday Shopping Hoopla

One time in college, I thought it would be cool to do the whole outlet mall at the crack of dawn on Black Friday thing. I convinced my boyfriend and my brother to…
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The Book That Changed My Life

I’ve read a lot of books, studies, newspaper articles and blog posts, and none of them have impacted me as much as this one. I purchased the book one morning, after having the same dream…
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Fall Recipes We Can’t Wait to Try

Sometimes I think being a food blogger would be fabulous. I'd whisk around (no pun intended) in my Anthropologie apron, pulling cookies fresh from the oven that fill the apartment with heavenly scents.…
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Weekend Reads

I kind of fell off the band wagon with this little weekly series. Whoops! It's a shame, 'cause I think they're fun, so thought I'd throw one your way today. It's supposed to…
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5 Foods with More Vitamin C Than Oranges

You know those vacations that you need a vacation to recover from? Had me one of those last week. I just got back from an amazing trip to Europe (with a bachelorette party, a wedding…
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How Do You Want to Feel This Fall?

When I woke up the other morning and checked my weather app, it read 61 degrees. I wore a long sleeve shirt to walk Lucy! I drank hot coffee! I considered wearing a…
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How to Make Almond Milk

I always hear people talk about how simple it is to make almond milk. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it’s simple at all! I think it’s a freaking production.…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Fix All of Your Problems in Three Simple Steps

Here's the thing: we might think we have a lot of problems in life but really, we only have one. I recently read Louise Haye’s You Can Heal Your Life. For those who…
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7 Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipes

You look up from the email you're typing and wowza, it's already 2 pm! How did that happen? Acknowledging your hunger, you make your way to the office kitchen. But you already know.…
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Sweet Potato Tacos

Sometimes I think the name of this blog should be Crop Tops & Sweet Potatoes. CTSP doesn’t have a very nice ring to it though, does it? I have a new sweet potato…
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Is "Everything in Moderation" the Right Approach to Health?

I’ve been thinking a lot about whether or not “everything in moderation” is solid wellness advice, or a big ole cop-out. Conventional wisdom tells us we should strive for “everything in moderation.” But if…
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Figuring Out Your Life

How to Get More Out of Life Through Learning

I was a mediocre student in high school. I wasn't in the top percentile of my class, but I didn't fall toward the bottom either. I skidded by in a few honors classes, but I…
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6 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

  Hey gang. Long time no talk, I know. My bad! You may remember last year, when I tried to use moving as an excuse for being so MIA around here. Well, shit.…
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Figuring Out Your Life

How to Deal with Anxiety and Fear

I've been thinking a lot about fear lately, as the departure date for our three-month, cross-country road trip draws near. Because well, I'm afraid. Last week at a bar in NYC, some dude…
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Is ‘The Secret’ A Bunch of Bullshit?

My friend Blair stood up at my rehearsal dinner and told everyone that we became close when we first bonded over a book called The Secret. Lots of eyes rolled in the room…
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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas from The Purple Carrot

Raise your hand if you went a little hard on the black + blue burgers this weekend. Yeah ... same. No biggie, friends. Time to bounce back. If you're a regular around these parts,…
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One Simple Rule for Accomplishing Any Goal
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One Simple Rule for Accomplishing Any Goal

Sometimes I wonder what my dog walker thinks when she comes to pick Lucy up. I have a giant stack of books on my bedside table and guys, the titles are weird. She's probably…
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Healthy Weeknight Meal: Stuffed Sweet Potato

Simple, easy meals that make you feel good, that's what we're about around here. The key to weeknight cooking is stocking your pantry. It just makes it easy, and easy is good when…
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How to Change Your Negative Thoughts (And Why You Should)
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How to Change Your Negative Thoughts (And Why You Should)

"We come to realize that our thoughts, more so than our circumstances, sabotage our freedom and success." - Brendon Burchard My sister-in-law will be graduating from her doctoral program this summer. After ten,…
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We Just Have to Decide
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We Just Have To Decide

My maid of honor said something in her speech last weekend that really struck a cord. She said "A long time ago Dana decided that she was going to be happy." Although that's what…
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You Know What To Do, You’re Just Not Doing It

When we get feedback from our readers about the biggest challenges they're facing, their biggest frustrations, many of the responses start with "I can't lose weight. If I could just lose this gut,…
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Figuring Out Your Life

On Being Busy

  I just listened to a chapter of We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider and I cannot wait to read the rest of the book on my honeymoon now. The chapter was entitled "Lazy"…
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The Best Thing I Did For My Health and How You Can Do it Too

I was going to write about something else today, but then I read this article. To summarize it for you real quick, 61 percent of the food Americans buy is highly processed. That…
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Weekend Reads

Can I get a slow clap for the holiday weekend? It's off to a beautiful, sunny start here in NYC and we couldn't be happier to welcome back our old pal, Summer. I…
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Healthy Coffee Smoothie with DRINKmaple

I used to dread Sundays. This horrible, nauseating fear would creep up around noon, when I'd start counting down the hours to looming deadlines. Working over weekends was pretty much par for the…
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5 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid
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5 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid

Is everybody ready for bikini season!? Ugh. If I see one more ad for getting a 'bikini body' I'm going to lose it. What about a one-piece body? I'm really into one-pieces lately.…
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Expert Opinion: What’s the Best Type of Workout?

Let's talk fitness, shall we? It seems we're all dying to know what the best type of workout is, and when to do it, and for how long. Magazines and blogs and YouTube…
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On Having Enough
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On Having Enough

I had to work this past weekend, which made for one very cooped-up puppy. Cooped-up Lucy = crazy Lucy, and it's not fun for anyone. After spending most of the day inside, she…
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The First Step to Success
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The First Step To Success

Joel tore his patellar tendon. He can't walk. We're less than six weeks from our wedding day and he is undergoing orthopedic surgery on Thursday morning. So on top of not being able…
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4 Healthy Habits You Can Start Right Now

As you know, we believe wellness is about a lot more than weight loss. Lately I've been hearing a lot of things like, "If I could just lose my gut," and "My weight is…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Happy Friday, friends. What's on tap this weekend? Don't tell me Coachella, I'll virtually smack you. I would like to be there. Alas, I've got some fun stuff lined up including a bridal…
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Should I Quit My Job?

I'm jazzed to share some big news with you guys today: I'm taking a sabbatical. A day or two after our wedding on June 6th, Joel and I (and Jacko of course) are…
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Why I’m Giving The Online Dating Thing a Shot

Last week our bride-to-be, Dana, recalled her harrowing tales of dating in New York City. Fortunately, she has since met Joel, and is one of the biggest advocates for online dating that I…
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How To Stay Sane While Planning a Wedding
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How To Stay Sane While Planning A Wedding

I originally wanted a simple, laid back, backyard wedding at the house I grew up in. It was all going to be so easy and awesome and cozy and homey and I could…
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Figuring Out Your Life

The Perfect Female Body: Which Team Are You On?

In case you hadn't heard, there is a new ad campaign by Lane Bryant: I'm No Angel. At first I was feeling pretty positive about it. I get why we need to buck the…
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Healthy Egg Muffin Recipe with Sweet Potato & Kale

When I got home from the gym last night I was starving. Then I opened my freezer to pull out some chicken only to find that I didn't, in fact, have any chicken.…
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Online Dating Advice: How to Make Every Man Want You
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Online Dating Advice: How To Make Every Man Want You

Bridget suggested that I write about dating. When I said "But I don't know shit about dating. No one does. None of us have any idea what we're doing. I've never even used…
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Weekend Reads

Happy Saturday, friends. I hope you have some fun stuff lined up! I for one am tackling my closet today and have never been so excited to organize something, ever. I was serious last…
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Quick Turmeric Chicken Lettuce Wraps

When I was a teeny tiny BShan my favorite activity was to get dressed up, jam my favorite tape into the cassette player and perform a "show" for anyone who would watch. Namely,…
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Why Willpower is Bullshit
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Why Willpower Is Bullshit

Feel good in our own skin Get rich Be happy Fall in love Do work we're excited about Have an awesome life That's what we all want, right? At least that's what the three of…
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Weekend Reads

I wasn't necessarily expecting 70 degrees for the first day of spring. But snow? Lol Mother Nature. In addition to being the official season opener, today happens to be International Day of Happiness.…
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7 Ways to Relieve Seasonal Allergies Naturally
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7 Ways to Relieve Seasonal Allergies Naturally

  There are few things that make me feel worse than having an allergy attack. If you've ever had one, you know that they can totally ruin your day. They're also just so…
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How to Stop Waiting on the Weight
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How to Stop Waiting on the Weight

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about calling ourselves ugly. It was our most viewed and shared post to date. It obviously struck a cord. I am clearly not the…
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Why Saying No Matters for Your Health
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Why Saying No Matters for Your Well-being

You may have noticed it's been a little quiet around here over the past week. We decided to throw in the towel on this whole project, take off to Florida again, and drink…
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Zucchini Noodles with Almond Pesto

It's almost comical how good my mood is today, thanks to the weather. I think I need to move somewhere warm, because it must be nice to feel like this ALL the time.…
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Weekend Reads

HELLO Friday. Wooo-eee this week was a doozy. Miami seems so long ago! That's probably for the best. The sooner we forget what anything above 20 degrees felt like, the better, in terms…
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Daring Greatly

My favorite thing to do in life is read books.  And once in a while an important book, a book I know I need to read, falls into my lap (or onto my…
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A Couple Big Questions To Ask Yourself Right Now

I've proclaimed my love for Tim Ferriss' podcast around here, yes? I just love it. Podcasts are having a moment, and I latched onto that bandwagon like it was headed for the promised…
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On Being Creative
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Being Creative

  Hiring my coach last year, the one and only Jeanne Grabowski, was one of the best investments I've ever made. I had quite a few epiphanies over the course of working with…
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On Calling Ourselves Ugly
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On Calling Ourselves Ugly

JB likes to take pictures of me in my most unflattering states. I'm not sure how or when this began but it drives me nuts. Nuts. The other night, I honestly forget where…
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Minimalism

  I've been wanting to write about minimalism for a while but, I wasn't sure where to start. I think it's because there is so much to talk about when it comes to…
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Weekend Reads

I feel like I'm always talking about how cold it is outside lately. The reason, is that when I sit down to write these posts I rack my brain for what's going on…
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The Five Minute Face
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The 5-Minute Face

On Saturday I went to Yoga and lunch with my best friend, the beautiful and talented comedian, Molly Austin (You should really check out her show Emotistyle on YouTube. It's awesome.)  As we…
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Real Simple Blueberry Muffins

I can't wait to have a real kitchen. I mean, I have a kitchen but, it's a tiny, dysfunctional, crappy, apartment kitchen. It's not super fun to cook or bake in. I suppose…
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How to Start Meditating
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How To Start Meditating

  I think we've all read about the benefits of meditation. We know it relieves stress, increases productivity and mental clarity, fights depression and boosts moods. We know that a lot of really…
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Why I Switched to All Natural Makeup
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Why I Switched To All-Natural Makeup

It seems a little backward, but I started thinking consciously about what I was putting in my body long before what I was putting on my body. So it's sort of ridiculous that…
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8 Things I Learned from Dry January
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8 Things I Learned From Dry January

Alcohol is a big part of life for a lot of people. Here in New York, social lives tend to revolve around the stuff. Having drunk enough wine around the holidays to hold…
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Easy Avocado Salsa

  I'm waaay behind schedule in getting this one up. My bad. When I was trying to decide what to bring to a Superbowl get-together the other weekend, I went back and fourth…
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Weekend Reads

Oh hello, Friday. I didn't see you there because I was squeezing my eyes shut wishing I could click my heels and end up on a tropical island. Alas, here I am, in…
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5 Reasons To Eat Saturated Fat (and Enjoy Every Minute of it!)

Boy oh boy, I just loooove that title. Fad diets have taken us on a roller coaster of confusion over the years. Low carb or high carb? Paleo or vegetarian? Perhaps the most…
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The Best Workout We've Had in a While
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The Best Workout We’ve Had In A While

Oh my word, you guys, at the invitation of the lovely Sydney Stargatt over at TS Fitness (Assistant Manager and fellow Institute for Integrative Nutrition alumna) Bridget and I headed over to their…
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How to Get Better at Yoga
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An App To Help You Get Better At Yoga

In 2013, I did my first ever teacher training at Yoga Vida in NYC. God, it was amazing. I'd just resigned my post alongside Bridget at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and decided that…
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10-Minute Tomato Soup & Toast

We've reached the time of year when I am literally cold 24/7.  I look forward to my hot, evening shower all day long because it's basically the only time my body temperature feels…
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Easy Sesame Chicken & Broccoli

Let's talk about NYC's delivery food scene for a sec. It is simultaneously one of the best and worst things to exist. Anything you could POSSIBLY want to eat: anytime, all week, day or…
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The Results of an Awesome New Morning Routine

30 days ago I started a new morning routine. I'd just finished reading Hal Elrod's The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Gauranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) and decided to see what…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Collective slow clap for Friday. Who's got fun plans for the weekend? I just reserved a bike for a 6:15 spin class after work, because if I don't book these things they just…
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Bulletproof or Bullshit?

I just finished reading The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey.  I was thinking I'd do a little self-experimenting of my own over the next couple weeks to see how fantastic I could get…
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Weekend Reads

Morning! How was your week? It was a hectic one for our gang. There was a birthday, and a wedding, plus work was a little nuts thanks to Health Coach Week - more…
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What’s the Deal with Bone Broth?

You GUYS!  I finally made the trek down to the East Village to check out Brodo, the world's first comfort food, and now I can finally talk to you about bone broth!  Weeeeee!…
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The Lowdown on Cleansing + a Reset Recipe You’ll Actually Enjoy

Ever have one of those days (or weeks) when you're feeling just a little … what's the word? Doughy? A whole lotta people love turning to cleanses come January, thinking they'll knock those toxins…
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How to Change Limiting Beliefs
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How To Change Limiting Beliefs

I've been rolling my eyes at the term 'limiting beliefs' since it was mentioned a few too many times in a few too many self-help books over the years.  But guess what I've…
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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Hoooooboy has being back at work today been a shock to the system. I'm trying to see the situation in a positive light, and keep reminding myself that tomorrow is Saturday. This is…
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Simplify Gift Giving with Books
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Simplify Give-Gifting with Books

Raise your hand if you're nowhere close to being ready for Thursday. Anyone else? Anyone? My approach to the holidays is fairly laid back. I used to get pretty worked up about it,…
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Is ClassPass Worth it?
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Is ClassPass Worth It?

In New York, your average fitness class ranges in price anywhere from $14 to $40 bucks. So if you're taking say, 3 classes per month, you're likely coming out ahead financially with ClassPass. Unlimited…
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Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Routine

I was never a morning person. In high school, I got a notice every year without fail that if I arrived late one more time I was looking at summer school (yuck). In…
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Weekend Reads

Happy Friday ya'll. It sort of feels victorious to get through this week, right? That's December, I guess. Holiday parties with friends and coworkers, trying to stay on top of our shopping lists,…
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Easy No-Cooking-Required Holiday Appetizer

My brother and I threw my parents a surprise anniversary party once, and much to my surprise, we somehow pulled it off. A cake, DJ, open bar, friends, family, the whole shebang. It…
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Sweet Potato Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

This weather in NYC has got me all out of sorts. First it's freezing, then it's raining, then it's a high of 67, then it's supposed to snow? I don't understand. Should I…
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6 Ways to Exercise in 30 Mins or Less
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6 Ways to Exercise in 30 Minutes or Less

Lately I've been struggling to find the time to exercise. A common issue, I know, but historically not a problem for me. I always made time for it, whether that meant getting my…
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Zucchini Noodles with Easy Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

At one point when I was using my spiralizer to churn out some zucchini noodles the other night, I looked up and my two friends sitting on the couch were staring at me with a mix…
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili  Ingredients 4 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil  1 large yellow onion, finely diced  2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced  2 tablespoons…
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Simple Vanilla Smoothie

Oh man, I am on a vanilla kick and this little treat was delish.  It's like dessert but for breakfast!   Creamy Vanilla Berry Shake  Ingredients 1 ripe banana 1 handful of frozen…
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Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

I slept in a sweatshirt last night. Huh? I'm not complaining, I prefer colder weather for sleeping, it just sort of came out of nowhere. You know what else came out of nowhere?…
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Grassfed Bacon Cheeseburger Salad?

You guys, stop everything and make this salad.   I am freaking out. I used to be a vegetarian, or pescatarian, or whatever.  I basically ate fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and cheese…
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3 Reasons to Travel

Ciao! I'm writing from a train through Italy on the way to Rome, and life is, as you can imagine, pretty good. I typically like to check out completely while on vacation, digitally…
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Why Finding The Right Pair of Jeans Really Matters

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I was just in the ladies room admiring my new black skinny jeans. They're from the Gap and I love them quite hard. They are mid rise and…
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Blueberry Smoothie

Simple Blueberry Smoothie Ingredients 1 handful of ice cubes or crushed ice 1/2 cup of blueberries (I use frozen) 2 heaping tablespoons of almond butter  1 ripe banana  1 tablespoon of hemp seeds…
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8 Simple Ways to Feel Lighter

How was your Labor Day weekend? Long, I hope. Don't you think every weekend should be three days? I think a four-day workweek would really revolutionize the American workplace culture. I, for one,…
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But really, what’s the deal with gluten?

Man oh man, do I love me some Jimmy Kimmel. Here's your daily dose of funny: Gluten-free diets are alllllll the rage these days. But, as the park-dwelling folks in this video demonstrate,…
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Simple Jerk Chicken with Mango Chutney Recipe
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Jerk Salmon

Did I mention that Joel and I are renovating a vintage ('73) Airstream Land Yacht.  Yeah, I basically own a yacht.  It's moving along quite slowly, as most of these type of projects…
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Grilled Chicken with Blackberry Balsamic Sauce

There are many things I like more than moving. Getting stung by a jellyfish, the 6 train, losing my phone, really long lines, frostbite … just to name a few. I am in…
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4 Simple Agreements That Can Radically Improve Your Life

"In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.  Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful…
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Why I Quit My Job

It took me the better part of a year to figure out that I don’t need to do things that I don’t want to do. Okay, I still need to pay my cell…
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Chia Berry Pudding

Chia Berry Pudding Ingredients 2 Heaping Tablespoons of Chia Seeds 3/4 Cup of Almond Milk 1 Small Dollop of Maple Syrup 1/2 Cup Blueberries 1/2 Cup Raspberries Method  Combine the chia seeds and…
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Superfood Smoothie

Banana Pineapple Superfood Smoothie Ingredients 1 Banana 2 Handfuls of frozen kale 1/2 cup Pinapple 1 tbsp Ground Flax Seed 1 tbsp Hemp Seed 1 tbsp Chia Seed 1 tsp Spirulina Powder Ice &…
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