Posts in Nutrition
More Festive than My Red Mood-Changing Nail Polish

February 10, 2014. The day I fell in love. Senior year of college, I discovered the Weight Watchers cake when my best friend’s mom (I love you, Mrs. Klem!) made one for my friend’s 22nd birthday party.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this delicious creation -- it consists of combining a box of cake mix with a diet soda of your choice. By forgoing the eggs and oil, you are creating a lower calorie cake, thus hitting less Weight Watchers points. Although I don’t follow WW, this cake has been a hit among friends and family, and has worked its way into many birthdays and celebrations. For the past six years I have been tweaking the recipe by using different beverages of choice, such as Henry’s Hard Sparkling Soda (desperate times - but also delicious) and on more festive occasions, champagne, because #adulting.

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Paleo Pumpkin Bread with Collagen Peptides

Feeling haunted by the bowls of candy and treats that pop up everywhere you turn? It may be Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to derail your health goals by eating bags and bags of candy because it’s the “one” day a year it doesn’t count. We thought we’d share some tips that are helping us stick to the healthy eating patterns that make us feel our best PLUS a recipe that we’re happy to “indulge” in this time of year.

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For the Love of the Pumpkin

It is officially the first day of Fall and I am writing this from the Colectivo patio where I am enjoying my almond milk latte with a shot of pumpkin spice and the best pumpkin cranberry muffin in town. Autumn weekends in Chicago, need I say more?

I, similar to most, have an affinity for seasonal things – specifically anything in the realm of pumpkin spice.  As soon as LDW hits, I find myself trying to incorporate pumpkin into just about anything I do. Pumpkin coffee orders, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin Rx Bars, pumpkin candles, you name it, I am here for it.

Thankfully, I am blessed to have a sweet friend who shares my same affinity for pumpkin. So much so, in fact, that she has her own blog centered around all things pumpkin. Enter, Maggie Michalczyk, better known as @onceuponapumpkin. For those of you who are not familiar with Maggie, you’ve been missing out.

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Wedding Prep | Checklists, Cacao and Collagen

The Wedding Countdown continues! One and a half weeks from today will mark the beginning of the coolest life adventure with the best guy around. I keep pinching myself wondering if it’s all real! Being engaged is such a fairytale. But with all the planning and anticipation of a 15-month engagement, I’m so ready to just be married. Can any of you relate?

Many of you are also engaged (or have sisters, friends, cousins that are wedding prepping as well) and are wondering if I have any tips/tricks I can share (beauty, workouts, diet, stress management, etc). I thought I’d take a moment to quickly jot down some of my best secrets as the Big Day approaches! Here goes…

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What Foods Reduce Inflammation?

With the current epidemic of chronic disease caused by inflammation, all of us should be following an anti-inflammatory diet because there are so many other environmental triggers we cannot control. Our diet is something that is always within our control. The foods you will read about are just a small round-up of examples that have been shown to prevent inflammation.

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How to Eat for Vibrant Skin

Skincare routines - we all have them. We all live by them (perhaps religiously). But do we really know if they're working? Beyond that, do we know what they are doing to our bodies under the surface? And lastly, are our routines all-encompassing - meaning, are we thinking about everything we're exposed to/consume and our skin is responding?

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food for thought | the clean eating challenge

With so much misinformation out there, everyone seems to be an expert. This fad, that fad, what’s in trend, what’s the next kale… We really need to be more mindful about how food ultimately makes us feel. We know through research that taking an anti-inflammatory approach is the most ideal for our bodies and ultimately, for longevity.

Read more for tips on being more mindful with the foods you’re consuming. PLUS a clean eating challenge for you!

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Nutrition | A Guest Post with Pressed Vibrance

March is National Nutrition Month, and we are partnering with Eric from Pressed Vibrance to bring you some insight on the importance of nutrition for EVERYTHING in life. Eric's passion for and knowledge of nutrition and wellness is undeniable (read his full story here), so when he offered to guest blog for us, we could barely hold it together. Today, he discusses the role that nutrition plays in our lives and how it's SO MUCH MORE important people think. Eric, take it away...

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10 Signs of Gut Imbalance & 5 Tips to Get Back on Track

“Roughly 80-90% of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood, social behavior, sleep, appetite, memory, and even libidio, is produced in the gut.”1 In addition, 60-80% of our immune system is location in our gut, meaning that “gut imbalances have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, and other chronic health problems.”5 Yikes! We can clearly see its importance, but what exactly is our “gut”? The term does seem kind of vague.

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Decaffeinate Your Life: My Journey to Balanced Wellness

For those of you who are just tuning in, a few weeks ago I began working with Pressed Vibrance in a quest to heal my body from inflammation and fix my imbalances…aka put an end to the painful cystic acne that has plagued my face for the past year or so, and to do it naturally.  I identify as an HSP - highly sensitive person - and with that comes an array of health issues since birth. Some of the many issues I’ve struggled with over the years include: many allergies (to food, pets, the environment), eczema, and IBS.  Basically, about once a quarter, I find myself in the doctor’s office for some chronic illness or rash.  Joy!

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What We Love | (Vital) Protein-Packed Chickpea Blondies

February is the month of love and this month on the blog, we are discussing some of the wellness routines, healthy regimens, and industry trends that have our hearts. Last week, we each gave you a glimpse of how we stay fit with our favorite workouts. This week, we’re talking nutrition, and we’ll be posting some recipes we love, will discuss how to cook with love (what?), and some ideas for learning to love your (healthy) food.

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Q&A with the 2 Health Trends I've Bought Into

I walked into work the other day and everyone was buzzing about Intermittent Fasting.  I swear if you eat before noon these days, people are giving you the side-eye.  Additionally, Vital Proteins' signature blue boxes are littered amongst the piles of Amazon packages in our office every day and whenever I receive a shipment, my desk is immediately bombarded with, "Does this work?"  "Have you tried it?"

So, what's the deal here? When did Collagen and Intermittent Fasting become so popular and why have I bought in?

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Your Chicago Wellness Weekend - Planned

My kind of town, Chicago is. A bustling city settled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is truly the best of the Midwest. While it is not quite to the standards of LA, the wellness scene here has definitely started to blow up with amazing coffee shops, juice bars, and boutique fitness studios in every neighborhood. Sometimes that means it can be difficult to navigate, especially if you are here for a quick weekend or have just moved to town. Most people have heard of Portillo’s and Chicago deep dish pizza, but if you’re on the hunt for something a little healthier, we’ve got you covered. Follow this guide for a flawless wellness weekend in Chicago, sans hot dogs.

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My Go-To Smoothie Recipe

Flashback to one year ago (literally to the week). It was a winter day at the office, Chicago was dreary and cold, and I. Was. Miserable. I was working a job that I knew wasn't right for me. I was coming off the holidays with a little more puffiness than I would have liked. And I was desperately trying to think of ways to fulfill my 2017 resolution of "finding my purpose in life." Lofty goal, I know. 

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Bulletproof Matcha with Vital Proteins

Coffee and I are on a break since matcha entered the picture a few months ago. Matcha just makes me feel better and gives me a calm alertness, rather than the frenzied anxious energy I often feel after coffee. Plus, matcha features much higher levels of antioxidants than coffee, helping fight cancer and slowing the aging process. When I found Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen, I knew it was love. The combination of this powerfully nutritious tea + essential collagen protein has been astoundingly beneficial for the way my body feels lately. Collagen is known to boost the appearance of skin, hair, and nails, increase athletic performance, and aid the digestive process, and I can definitely tell a difference. But I still missed my bulletproof mornings and the productivity I would experience at work all. day. long. So I started playing around in the kitchen...

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