if not dieting then what
Wellness

If Not Dieting, Then What?

If you're starting to understand that not only does dieting NOT work, but it also actively causes you harm (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually), yet you're still worried about your weight or your…
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Wellness

The Real Trigger Behind Your Battle with Food

In this workshop we share the real trigger behind the battle with food and the work required to overcome it. Work that most women want to skip over if they're being honest with…
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Wellness

The Science Behind Why Diets Don’t Work and What to do Instead

In this workshop we discuss the real science behind why dieting just doesn't work and what we can do instead that's actually effective. We know this is all messy stuff to navigate and…
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Beyond Beautiful Anuschka Rees
BeautyFiguring Out Your Life

The Difference between Self-Esteem, Confidence and Body Image and Why it Matters

The lovely Anuschka Rees sent us an advanced copy of her new book, Beyond Beautiful: A Practical Guide to Being Happy, Confident, and You in a Looks-Obsessed World and OMG, it’s ah-ma-zing. I…
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Wellness

To Juice Or Not To Juice?

I used to really crush juice cleanses. For three days when we’d do this giant collective effort at my office (usually around this time of year, bathing suit season just around the corner).…
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The F*ck It Diet
Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

Book Review: The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner

Dieting doesn’t work. We know this now. Sure, maybe, if you can stick to something for a while, you’ll temporarily drop a few dress sizes and feel like it’s working before blowing it…
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how's your breath
Wellness

How’s Your Breath?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Self-care doesn't always look like we think it's supposed to. Sometimes it's calling an old friend when you need to talk. Sometimes it's standing…
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For the tired moms who could use a good cry...
MotherhoodWellness

For the tired moms who could use a good cry…

Motherhood is exhausting. No way around it. And it can be gross too. For instance, I spent my Monday afternoon trying to get baby barf out of my area rug. And the smell…
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Ayurveda
Wellness

Ayurveda: Do you know your Dosha? And how to use it to your advantage?

On a few podcasts of late, the topic of Ayurveda has come up, most recently with Leslie and Elizabeth, and it had me wanting to revisit this health system.  It’s that time of…
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Figuring Out Your Life

How to Rediscover the “Self” in Self-Care

Self-care, so hot right now. So hot. It's a term tossed around the wellness world often, leaving it subject to many different interpretations. Some suggest it looks like an acai bowl with a…
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Recipes

New Winter Fave: Club Sweet Potato Carrot Soup Recipe

We are getting to that point of the year - because it is an annual occurrence - in which winter begins chipping away at my sanity. I start manically searching flights to Mexico.…
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Salt Fat Acid Heat
Weekend ReadsWellness

Salt Fat Acid Heat: The most healing thing on the internet

You ever watch something on the internets and for some reason that you can’t describe it just feels incredibly, well, healing? Is that just me? Over the holiday break I stumbled upon Salt…
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The Religion of Thinness
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The Religion of Thinness

“It’s hard to feel at home in a body that’s constantly under surveillance” - Michelle Lelwica, ThD Ain’t that the truth!? The most poignant book I read in 2018 was The Religion of…
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DIFF Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Wellness

Blue Light Blocking Glasses: Do you need ’em?

What is blue light? Blue light is the portion of the visible light spectrum that has the shortest wavelengths and highest energy. Like the ultraviolet radiation, it has both dangers and benefits. Sunlight…
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healthy holiday gifts
Wellness

The 2018 Wellness Lately Gift Guide

Raise your hand if you’re a holiday season procrastinator? Biiiig time over here. I used to drive myself bonkers every December. My shopping list would slowly chip away at my sanity, and I’d…
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Confidence
Figuring Out Your Life

Wish You Were More Confident? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

“Be more intentional about who you want to become. Have vision beyond your current circumstances. Imagine your best, future self, and start acting like that person today.” - Brendon Burchard A decade ago…
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Dieting Backlash
Wellness

The Dieting Backlash Weight Watchers Doesn’t Talk About

The holidays are upon us here in the States. And that means alongside strategically ducking out of political conversations with your relatives, you’ll also be hearing a lot about dieting. Usually, as we…
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Intuitive Eating
Wellness

Intuitive Eating: What Kind of Eater are You?

Ever feel like you know what to do but, you’re just not doing it? Like, you want to lose weight but you can’t seem to stick to a diet. I used to feel…
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dao labs review
Wellness

Dao Labs Review: My New Fave Tool for Immunity Support

When my parents were living in China I used to go visit them every summer. My favorite thing to do was roam the streets without any direction or plan, just meander around, taking…
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Figuring Out Your LifeWellness

How to Stop Fighting Food and Your Body

Have you ever done a belly dancing dvd? They’re ridiculous. I hate them. And who even has a DVD player anyway? But a long time ago my health coach told me to invite…
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Healing Your Relationship with Weight and Money
Figuring Out Your Life

Strength in Numbers: Healing Your Relationship with Weight and Money

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by our lovely friend, Liz Garster. “I wonder how much shoes weigh? It’s got to be at least 5 pounds, right? And then the jeans have…
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Keystone Habits
Figuring Out Your Life

Keystone Habits: Why It’s Better to Focus on Them vs. Your To-Do List

In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg introduced me to the idea of “keystone” habits and how powerful they are. All habits are powerful, sure, but keystone habits he defines as “small changes…
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how to change your life
Figuring Out Your Life

How to Change Your Life: The 3 Parts of Your Brain You Must Train

Had myself an Oprah moment today while reading Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. Yep, still on that train. An Oprah-espq, that’s so major moment. Over here emphatically shaking my head and shouting…
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healthy eating
Wellness

Have You Been “Bad” Lately in the Dieting Department?

I was having dinner with my mom the other night and somehow we landed on the subject of Miley Cyrus. How, I do not know. I told her she’s an animal rights activist…
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Manifesting
Figuring Out Your Life

Want to Manifest something? You’re Probably Skipping this Step

"The Universe doesn't care what you want, it only responds to who you are becoming." - Dr. Joe Dispenza We’re heading back into the vortex of woo today, folks. Because like any, normal,…
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How to Build Your Confidence
Figuring Out Your Life

The 5 Second Rule: How to Train Your Confidence Muscle

You know that scene in The Office where Pam, as she’s recently decided to be more honest and to stand up for herself, goes back to that bar and courageously proclaims that “No,…
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effects of gratitude on the brain
Figuring Out Your Life

The Scientific Reason to Have a Gratitude Practice

Sometimes when I’m having dinner with my parents, I try to bring up really weird topics in the most low-key way possible. I don’t know if this is out of pure entertainment, or…
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Daily Harvest Smoothie Review
Wellness

My Daily Harvest Smoothie Review

Finally got around to writing this Daily Harvest smoothie review for you today. Been sitting on it for a few weeks now. Isn’t procrastination fun! I’d been seeing Daily Harvest Insta ads for…
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heirloom tomato bruschetta
Recipes

On Repeat this Month: Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

While Labor Day may feeeeel like the mark of summer’s end, I’m not buying it. It’s 90 degrees out today, I just took my dog to the beach and heirloom tomatoes are ripe…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Manifestation Tips for Getting What You Want: How to Find Expanders

A funny thing happens when you tell people you moved to New Hampshire from New York City. They'll give you a kind of blankish stare, squint their eyes a bit. Laugh a little.…
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Limiting Beliefs
Figuring Out Your Life

Uncovering Limiting Beliefs: The Key To Getting Your Life Together

Let's discuss limiting beliefs, shall we? That term gets tossed around a lot but, I don't feel we're paying them enough attention. Especially considering the havoc they wreak on all of us. One…
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Fitness

A Day in the Life of an NYC Fitness Instructor

I got really into spin classes for a hot minute in college. So much so, that I thought maybe I'd want to become an instructor myself. I never did, probably thanks to some…
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Figuring Out Your Life

How Meditation Has Helped Me Become a More Confident Mom

I've been getting my mom meditation on, because becoming a mom is wild. For many reasons. From your nipples being on display 24 hours a day to having to see, and tend to,…
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simple peach salsa
Recipes

Perfect Summer App: Simple Peach Salsa

Lots of requests for this little ditty on social media. You people love an Instagram story! Lucky for you I am more than happy to provide it, not only because it is my…
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Intuitive Hits
Figuring Out Your Life

Listening to Pings: Intuitive Hits to Help Guide You Through Life

When I met my friend for happy hour at a bar on the Upper East Side after work one night, I was expecting the usual: drink a couple glasses of wine, complain about…
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diy citrus body scrub
Beauty

3 Simple Exfoliating DIY Body Scrubs

There’s no shortage of clean beauty products lining the shelves of skin care boutiques, health food stores, and even Target. Which is great news, because the personal care industry is sorta like Jaws:…
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cycle syncing
Wellness

What’s the Deal with Cycle Syncing? (and Why is Nobody Talking About it?)

Got a sweet guest post for ya today! I'm psyched about this one, because it's a topic I feel pretty lost on, and based on several conversations with friends, I think a lot…
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body positivity issues
Wellness

Here’s My Problem with Body Positivity

Last weekend, while chilling by the pool in our one pieces, grillin’ burgs and sharing a bottle of wine, my friends and I found ourselves talking about body positivity. One had just watched…
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Best Personal Development Books
Figuring Out Your Life

The 5 Best Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

Today I'd like to share what I think are the best personal development books out there. My family beach vacation is coming up in a couple of weeks and I’m beyond excited. I…
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how to reprogram your mindset
Figuring Out Your Life

How to Reprogram Your Mindset to Reach Your Goals (+ Rad Vibes Only Giveaway!)

"If you argue for your limitations you get to keep them." - Elizabeth Gilbert The first time I watched The Secret on Netflix, I heard my neighbors coming up the stairs about halfway…
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DIY Seaweed Mask
Beauty

23 Skin: How to Make a DIY Seaweed Mask + Matcha Mask

Man, what is it about a self care day (or even like, 15 minutes) that makes us so damn happy? From a face mask, to a body scrub, to a relaxing bath (I…
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Stoic Philosophy Quotes
Figuring Out Your Life

Ancient, Stoic Wisdom for the Anxious, Modern Woman

Today I’d like to talk about the most important of stoic philosophy quotes, or stoic philosophy in general. Because I honestly don’t think we women talk about it enough. Or at all really.…
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yoga mat
Fitness

The Best Yoga Mat, According to a Bunch of Teachers

As I was waiting in line at the grocery store the other day, I mindlessly scanned all the magazine headlines and one in particular caught my eye: the best yoga mat had finally…
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Tips for Glowing Skin in Summer
Beauty

7 Tips for Glowing Skin This Summer

Coming atcha with some sweet, sweet tips for glowing skin in summer today. Something I never thought I’d be writing about but, here we go! Last week, I had to have a wisdom…
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liquid sleep aid
Wellness

6 Natural Sleep Remedies You May Not Have Tried

It’s a story that’s been told and retold: we need our sleep. And not in an I can definitely function on five hours today sort of way. I think as we get older…
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morning routine checklist
Figuring Out Your Life

Your Morning Routine Doesn’t Matter But Here’s What Does

When people ask me what my dream scenario looks like, I usually direct them to this photo on Oprah’s Instagram account. Honestly, have you ever seen anyone look as happy as Oprah does…
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best-back-massager
Fitness

The Best Back Massager: These Little Balls I Bought on Amazon

Bridget put me on to the best back massager. It’s literally my favorite thing I’ve purchased on Amazon lately. Let me backup a second though... Today was the day I was supposed to…
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Beauty

Essential Oils: Medicine or Marketing?

As I shuffled through my nighttime skincare regimen the other night I was struck by a thought: how much of this is actually working? How much of it is just good branding and…
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Figuring Out Your Life

Are We All a Little Too Complacent?

“Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.” -Zadie Smith I had this director at an old job, who was terrible on…
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lymphatic brushing
Beauty

5 Awesome Benefits of Dry Brushing

I have a fantasy about never needing to do anything to my skin in order for it to look fantastic. No moisturizing, no serum application, nada. I don’t care about putting stuff on…
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Wellness

So Weight Watchers is Targeting Teens Now Huh?

I apologize in advance for this. I had just polished off a glass of pinot noir when Dana sent me an Instagram post about Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers gets me real riled up.…
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Jessica Baker
Figuring Out Your Life

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

Wanna hear some super-depressing statistics on body image? You know, just for fun!   81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. These 10-year-olds are more afraid of becoming fat than they…
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Non Toxic Nail Polish Brands
Beauty

11+ Non Toxic Nail Polish Brands to Try This Summer

The other day I plopped down on my yoga mat to do pilates, took one look at my toes, and felt a sharp twinge of horror. The level of frumpiness I’ve allowed to go on down there is just unacceptable. And I went to my first mommy meetup/playgroup like that. In sandals! Damnit. And I’m expecting to make friends?! Needless to say, I haven’t had a…
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Figuring Out Your Life

How to Get Over a Breakup

Despite occasionally airing some personal laundry on the Internet, I’m actually a pretty private person. I find relief in dismantling my Facebook account from time to time (though perhaps that’s just living through…
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Fitness Industry Statistics
Fitness

Millennials Can’t Buy Houses ‘Cause They’re Spending All Their Cash on SoulCycle

There was a time a couple years ago when I dragged my ass out of bed at 5:45 am three times a week and walked to the Soul Cycle studio on 83rd and…
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Rosehip Oil How To Use
Beauty

Rosehip Oil: Why Dana’s giving Miranda Kerr’s fav beauty product a try

Let’s discuss rosehip oil, how to use it and why everyone is freaking out about it, shall we? What is Rosehip Oil? Rosehip oil (or rosehip seed oil) is the extract harvested from…
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hemp-oil-cbd
Wellness

Hemp Oil CBD vs. Cannabis Extract: What’s the difference?

Let’s discuss hemp oil CBD vs. cannabis extract, shall we? Well, no. First, let’s discuss CBD oil in general because it’s about as hot ‘n trendy as it gets right now. And it’s…
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Figuring Out Your Life

A Jedi Mind Trick for Curbing Anxiety

I was never really what I’d label an anxious person until starting my business. Turns out signing up to be an entrepreneur means you not only have to learn how to spell the…
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Pilates Before and After
Fitness

Pilates Before and After

“In 10 sessions you’ll feel a difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.” - Joseph Pilates I’m going to share my very…
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do olly vitamins work
Beauty

Do OLLY Vitamins Work?

I’ll admit, I wasn’t looking for a new vitamin. But as I unpacked an OLLY sample bottle, the promise of “undeniable beauty” granted just by popping two pink gummies a day was too…
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causes of procrastination
Figuring Out Your Life

An Analysis of My Procrastination Habit and What Can Be Done About it

The first time I came face to face with the depths of my ability to procrastinate was in college. There were a handful of situations in high school; a science project here, a…
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Beauty

Amazing Face by Simply Divine Botanicals

Let's talk about Amazing Face by Simply Divine Botanicals, shall we? While I was pregnant my face really freaked out. I mean, what am I saying, of course it did! Not sure what…
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food fad examples
Recipes

Are People Still Eating Kale?

The question caught me off guard. "Are people still eating kale? Like, is kale still trendy?" I looked up from my menu to give my friend a weird look before considering it. "I…
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weekend reads
Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Well, well, well looks like we've got a long weekend on our hands! I'm laying low, catching up on work, perhaps hitting the beach with Lucy if the weather allows. Oh and deeeeefinitely…
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female podcasts
Figuring Out Your Life

Great Female Podcasts I’m Digging Right Now

I don’t think it will come as a surprise to you that I’m a bit of a podcast junkie. Fine, understatement. I’m full blown obsessed. You might call me podsessed. Like, to the…
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gym motivation
Fitness

Feel Like You Can’t Go to the Gym Until You Lose Weight?

In a recent pitch for new content ideas, I polled my friends from high school via our group text: is there anything health-related on your mind lately that you’d want to read about?…
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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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non toxic sunscreen
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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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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acure organic
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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healthy habits for life
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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confident communicator
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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black leggings
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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jade roller
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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healthy habit foods
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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how to get whatever you want
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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turmeric teeth whitening
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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top creativity tips
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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30 day yoga challenge
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 Kill You Now
Wellness

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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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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At-Home Yoga Practice
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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Embrace The Body Image Documentary
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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skincare tips
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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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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war of art
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 in our maroon mini…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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BeautyFiguring Out Your LifeWellness

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Body Dysmorphia Test
Figuring Out Your Life

Ever Taken a Body Dysmorphia Test?: 5 Steps to Stop Hating Your Body

Ever taken a body dysmorphia test? I have. And though I've never been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a quick glance at those questions tells me I've clearly been in the red more…
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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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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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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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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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Weekend Reads

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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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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Figuring Out Your Life

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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Are You Half Assing Your Life?
Figuring Out Your Life

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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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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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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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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Figuring Out Your Life

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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Wellness

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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Figuring Out Your Life

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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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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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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Wellness

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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Figuring Out Your Life

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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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
Figuring Out Your Life

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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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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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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Wellness

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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Figuring Out Your Life

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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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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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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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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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

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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Figuring Out Your Life

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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Figuring Out Your Life

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

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
Wellness

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

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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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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Figuring Out Your Life

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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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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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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Figuring Out Your Life

The Four Agreements

Because this book changed my life, I'd like to share some important The Four Agreements quotes. "In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of…
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