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When I was living in The South – aka the part of the country that is always 5 years behind – I was hard pressed to find fresh pressed juice (terrible joke intended). Coffee culture is infiltrating quite nicely, but juice not so much. Whole Foods finally capitulated and started selling an unpasteurized** juice with a green tint, but it’s mostly derived from apples.
Since I’ve moved back to LA (and NYC for a New York minute – I can’t help myself), I see now there is a juice bar on EVERY corner. Literally, there are so many I don’t have time to try them all!
So that leaves us with several questions:
Thankfully I think I have come up with an easy answer for you. My solution is actually in sync with most answers in the food industry: GO LOCAL!
The BluePrint Cleanse was a pioneer in the juice biz and for that we paid good money and still give mad respect to Erica and Zoe. But you have so many other options now, take them.
This lesson was driven home for me in Atlanta when I discovered Shannon Sliger’s dtox juice bar tucked away off Roswell Road in Buckhead. After all of the cleanse brands I’ve tried, hers has been my favorite thus far. I got to customize the ingredients (no ginger please!) and quantity of each kind of juice (I added a cranberry grapefruit). Plus, the fresh pressed juice over a cold pressed juice is so much more flavorful and satisfying. She also includes a wheat grass shot and an aloe elixer (to help with digestion). On the menu there is also a 7 day liver cleanse people rave about and my favorite coffee substitute, the Puerh Latte with fresh frothed almond milk.
Did you hear what I said: ENJOY the juice!
There are so many things you have to tolerate or “do for your own good.” Green juice is delicious once you get over the stigma of it. And if you don’t like, try another brand or shop. All green juices are not created equal. You don’t want to be paying upwards of $8 for something you’re sucking down.
Just beware of the added sugar please. There is usually something in green juice that makes it sweet and “tolerable” like green apple. You want to make sure the juice isn’t all apple and only a little green. The only thing that will do for you is send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. Consider adding beets or carrots to your juice to make it sweeter instead of apples or citrus. Both are high in vitamins!
I digress, but you know I don’t go on rants often, so this must be important.
1. There is no doubt it’s fresh. They make it to sell out daily.
2. They don’t have to cold press the juice to last for days so you get more bang for your buck.
3. Cold pressed juice is great for keeping in your fridge and a cooler in your car.
3. Often you can customize the juice’s ingredients (I like extra greens) AND your cleanse.
4. It’s cheaper in general and no shipping costs!
5. Locals compete so they’re more creative with their recipes.
6. You can get an education from the owner about what their recipes and what your body needs.
7. Whole Foods fresh juice bars suck. They don’t care about the “recipe.”
8. Juice is good for you. It allows your body to absorb all of the nutrients of veggies without having to work too hard. Feel free to drink it with nuts, eggs, or chicken so you’re digestive system has time to absorb all the goodness and your tummy is full.
You know I travel a lot, and I’ve been able to find a fresh juice bar and raw food restaurant in EVERY city I’ve been to. NO EXCUSES. One of my readers/followers actually called the juice bar I posted on Instagram in El Paso to say hello! (Made my day :) The El Paso guy was surprisingly legit with his recipes.
Bottom line: Vegetable Juice – UNPASTEURIZED** juice (read the label) – is good for you. Drink it alongside eating a protein and a little fat like a “does-a-body-good” meal. Cleanse for 3-5 days as a way to hit your sugar-addict reset button.
**When fresh fructose is pasteurized it’s properties change to be like that of sugar like you see in a bag in the grocery store. Put the Tropicana down (even for your kids) and pay the money for the real, fresh deal. Your body will thank you.
If you’re considering a cleanse, click here for a post that includes links to all of my tips and cleanse reviews.
(Full disclosure: 3 day dtox cleanse was provided for free in exchange for a review. However, I don’t want to check my bank statement to see how much money I spent there while in Atlanta. Obsessed with her green smoothie and kale salad is an understatement!)Tweet this!
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After a 3 day juice cleanse, eating vegan 2 days before and after, and abstaining from bread, dairy, coffee, and sweets for the duration, I feel great! Apples taste as sweet a cake now.
I’m going to ride the clean eating, nothing processed, sugar-free wave a long as I can. Cutting out dairy is hard because I rely on yogurt for protein often….and I miss the taste of a cappuccino but thankfully not the caffeine. It was a pleasant surprise to discover I’m not addicted to caffeine. I will admit I splurged on wedding cake last night and it was DELICIOUS, but I don’t feel like I need more. The only thing processed I’ll ingest is in my wine glass. Unfortunately white wine tastes too sweet so I opt for red, a healthier choice anyway. A this point, one glass is enough to get me tipsy so I’ll be a cheap date for a while.
After practicing what I preach in the article regarding water, I’m also fully hydrated for the first time in my life. I can’t say it makes me feel any different overall, but the water is very filling and surprisingly satisfying after a meal.
More on the cleanse, sugar, and my new coffee substitute when I return.Tweet this!
As a girl who can’t keep a manicure for longer than 4 days, I was really excited about gel with its promise of no-chipping for two weeks!
My first experience with gel polish ended the day after I had it applied when it all peeled off. You can understand I was a cynic for a while. However, as the market grew, I figured I should give it another shot at a new salon. I lucked into having a very meticulous esthetician (Traci at Trina’s Nail Salon in Buckhead) give me a fabulous manicure that lasted the two weeks the gel polish promises! Since then, I’ve been a gel junkie and have tried all the brands with a couple different girls at Trina’s salon.
So far I’ve tried: Shellac, Gellish, Voss, and OPI. I’ve heard about: Akzentz, Bio Sculpture Color Gel, CalGel, Dashing Diva Gelife, IBD, the list goes on. For more on brands, go here.
What I’ve found is that it’s not the brand of polish that matters, but who tends to your cuticles and how they apply the polish.
Your cuticles must be pushed and cut back as far as possible. When they grow back to the edge of the polish, they push against it, causing the polish to peel up. Also, if the polish is applied over your cuticles, your mani doesn’t stand a chance. So you’ve got to run the gamut of estheticians before you find the right one. Then choose your polish on color not brand.
Wait, there’s more.
After getting a few gel manicures I started to think, “this can’t be good for my nails.” Kind of like the hair extensions that made my hair thick and beautiful…until I took them out. In a gel manicure, they buff off the enamel of the nail, apply chemicals to replace it, and then bake it dry almost instantly with UV light. Ugh. If you want to read about the effects of the chemicals, click here. It seems the one we need to look out for is BHA, butylated hydroxyanisol, which is a “cancer-causing agent.” The UV light is pretty self-explanatory.
I never get to the part where I have to soak it off, which dries out your nail bed. I find peeling it off to be a great distraction while sitting in horrific Atlanta traffic. (I’m sure that’s bad for your nail bed too.) I let my nails rest a week before returning to Trina’s for more gel. It’s really the only thing that has ever worked for my nails. I’m thinking about wearing finger-less gloves from now on to protect my hands. As for the BHA, I’m just hoping it gets fried in the baking process.
And you? Now that you know the facts, will you continue to get gel manicures. Leave your comments below!
Wouldn’t you know I’m sick. Well, sick seems to be the wrong word. I have a flemy sore throat so I’m fighting getting sick with every natural remedy I know. My method seems to be working.
My usual preventative cocktail consists of:
– 1000 mg vitamin c
– zinc pills
– Umca dissolving powder
– Echinacea and Goldenseal drops
That last one is the killer; it tastes atrocious, but it’s effective. When I went to buy the drops at the closest drug store in San Francisco, they didn’t have any. What they did have is this Sambucus syrup. I didn’t believe it would work because it’s not as potent as straight up Echinacea, but I bought it as my only resort. Thankfully, not only is it working, but it tastes good. The elderberry masks the nasty echinacea taste. It soothes and coats my aching throat which the drops never did.
Check it out next time you’re feeling a cold come on to fight the good fight before the bug takes you over.Tweet this!
Hilary says you CAN have fun and still be healthy over the holidays. Here are her tips for survival:
Do NOT skip meals!! You know when people say, “Oh I’m not eating lunch because I’ve got this party tonight, and I know I’ll eat there!” WRONG! Do NOT go to the party hungry. Try eating something before hand like a think thin bar so that you don’t go in hungry!
Do NOT hover around the food table. Get a small plate, put what you want on it, and walk away! Work the room, talk to people—focus on the company rather than the food.
Keep your calories and your buzz under control!
Ohhhh the mall food court! All of the gift decisions you face at the mall will make you more vulnerable to temptation at the food court so keep things in your purse.
Why are we such suckers for holiday desserts? The scarcity theory: things we think are in limited supply, are more desirable to us than non-scarce items.
Holiday-themed coffee drinks and sweets are often more caloric than regular ones, so stick to the basics: add your own cinnamon to your every day coffee or drizzle your own vanilla or peppermint extract.
We get it, you’re busy! This means less time to prepare meals, so you may be tempted to eat at the drive through for convenience.
Eat a protein-based breakfast. Healthy proteins and good fats will give you an energy boost in the morning and prevent cravings later in the day.
It’s ironic I turned on the tv today, and Dr. Oz was talking about the MYTH that melatonin is a safe, all natural sleeping aid.
His guest was Dr. Michael Breus, a sleep specialist, who was setting the audience straight.
“Melatonin is marketed as a sleeping pill.
Melatonin is a sleep regulator…to change your body clock. It doesn’t actually initiate sleep….That is not what it is designed to do.”
Some of the research is pretty new…Remember, it’s a hormone, not a vitamin, not a mineral…It’s something we need to consider very seriously.
You might consider taking melatonin if you are a shift worker*….flying from coast to coast*….or eldery.
Nothing could be worse than giving a child melatonin because we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Web MD does not suggest taking melatonin for trouble sleeping, but does not say it isn’t safe.
Dr. Oz and Dr. Breus offered up PROGESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION that everyone can do for a good night’s sleep.
You have to tense your muscles first so then you can relax them.
Here’s the process of tensing and relaxation moving from head to toe:
The EEG showed how the brain relaxes and “moves in the right direction” towards sleep.
I guess a minute of silence and deep breathing would help and is the most natural aid we have at our disposal. But will it work and will I do it when I’m tucked into bed after watching Game of Thrones? That is real question, right?
What I can say for sure is that I won’t be taking any more melatonin. (I’ll just have an extra glass of wine. Shhhh;))Tweet this!
When I think fat, the gym is THE LAST thing that pops into my mind. I see bikinis and cupcakes….and wine. (How did I forget that one in the pics?!) I want to eat cupcakes, drink often, and look good in a bikini, all of which screams to me crazy CARDIO, not a nice and steady aerobic workout where I barely break a sweat!
As Hilary my nutritionist tells it, I would be wrong.
My second thought is to lift weights and build lean muscle because it burns 35-40 calories a day, while fat only burns 5.
Hilary says I’m getting warmer!!
While I hate to admit it, and I have even been hesitant to accept it, Hilary’s philosophy on staying lean makes sense.
Aerobic means keeping your heart rate in zone 3**. For me that is 145-165 beats per minute. Anything over that is zone 4-5, anaerobic crazy cardio. If we as women do too much cardio we train our body to burn sugar, not fat. This would be ok if we didn’t eat any fat I suppose, but fat is important to keep us full and our blood level stable. In other words, keep us from being cranky bitches.
Your metabolism is like fire and it needs oxygen for fuel. Intense cardio workouts that keep you breathing heavy don’t let you to take in oxygen without blowing it out instantly. A steady zone 3 workout, however, allows you breath in oxygen and let your body use it as fuel for your metabolism. So the more oxygen you get in there, the more capable your body will be to burn fat.
Here’s the new schedule she has set for me. I’m not a fan, but I’ll try it.
**Knowing your heart rate and VO2 zones is KEY to all of this. If that’s over your head (I’m right there with you), get your heart rate monitor and have it set to your body. The Age/Heart Rate Zone chart is based on averages, not the size of your own heart, which is what it’s all about.