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We're learning it, living it, and sharing the latest healthy, plant-based recipes and weight loss tips so you can look and feel your best. Love, Jess, Nicole, and Ali

Why Soy Seriously Sucks

SOY IS NOT HEALTHY. When I tell people that I’ve gone vegan, an all-too-common response is, “Oh, so… what, you just eat a lot of, like,  tofu and stuff?” ...Or I’ll show up to a dinner party and the host greets me with a self-applauding, “Hey, I know you don’t eat meat so I marinated some tofu for you!” I force a polite grin, “Aw, you shouldn’t have…” No, but seriously- you shouldn’t have.
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5 Signs You May Be Vitamin & Mineral Deficient

Sometimes we get so busy and preoccupied with life that we stop listening to the signals that our body is using to try to communicate that something is wrong. These are a few of the ways your body may be screaming at you that it's lacking the nutrients it needs
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Overweight is Just 1 Snack Away

You eat healthy to get ready for bathing suit season, but as the weather gets colder, you slow down, veg out, and succumb to the winter blues. Sound familiar? Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, and shorter, darker days along with chillier weather can have a huge effect on the way we feel. For many people, feeling a little down can spark that urge for instant gratification... often in the form of self-indulgent snacking.
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The Skinny Girl's Guide to Unwinding

Here are a few ways you can blow off steam, improve your mood, and relax naturally without the toxic empty calories of alcohol: Originally from the South Pacific, KAVA (or Kava-Kava) root can be purchased in a variety of forms including teas, supplements, powders, and extracts. It’s a mild sedative with a traditional history of social, ceremonial, and medicinal uses. Like alcohol, Kava eases anxiety, elevates mood, releases inhibitions, and promotes relaxation, but UNLIKE alcohol, it saves you the empty calories. Kava exerts its calming effects without diminishing mental alertness or transforming you into... THAT girl (you know, the one who texts her ex and loses her purse). If alcohol is your go-to social lubricant or post-work tension-easer, Kava may be...
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BREAK THE BAD HABIT: Delicious dairy-free living (Part Two)

There's a *delicious* life after dairy, and it starts with replacing your milk with this… Drink unsweetened coconut, hemp, oat, cashew or almond milk. If you usually put cream in your coffee, try adding a teaspoon of coconut oil for a “creamier” consistency. Use pureed cauliflower or cashews (that have been soaked over night) to make “cheesy” sauces, spreads, and fillings. You can add nutritional yeast for an extra “cheesy” flavor. Instead of buttering your bread, spread creamy avocado. Using a recipe that requires buttermilk? Combine 1 cup of non-dairy milk with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 7-10 mins before using. If you rely on yogurt as a source of probiotics, look for cultured yogurts made...
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BREAK THE BAD HABIT: Delicious dairy-free living (Part One)

"Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said, 'I think I'll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze 'em!?" -Calvin, from Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes" If you want to maximize your weight loss and alkalize your body, ditch the dairy. As a generation who grew up on milk, we were taught that “milk does a body good”. But what's the actual evidence telling us? Turns out, we don't adequately absorb the vitamin d and calcium found in milk. Dairy has been linked to... A higher rate of osteoporosis (so much for strengthening bones) Acne breakouts Allergies and nasal congestion Weakening hair and nails, and... WEIGHT RETENTION Don't freak out! Despite the persistence...
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What Does Alkalizing Look Like in Real Life?

Maintaining a consistent diet of alkalizing foods is critical to maintaining weight loss. But how do you incorporate the right foods into your diet on a long-term, consistent basis without totally overhauling your life? - Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collards are the absolute best thing in the world for promoting alkalinity in your body. Regardless of what you're doing to lose weight and get healthy, if you do not eat greens every day, you're going to struggle more than you have to.  If eating one or more servings of greens daily sounds like torture, here are some tips for sneaking that chlorophyll into your system: Swap out your iceberg or romaine lettuce for chopped kale or spinach ...
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How ALKALIZING Helps You Lose Weight ...And Be Your Best Self!

When your body is ALKALINE, you: don't think about your weight- it melts off & stays off have skin that glows and strong, shiny hair feel balanced, grounded, and positive wake up energized... like you don’t even need coffee! What’s your excuse for keeping your body in that rut? If fatigue and junk food addiction are holding you hostage, eating alkaline might just be your salvation. A diet HIGH in alkalizing foods is essential for lasting weight loss, bringing balance to your body, and feeling your BEST. Your body is always working to maintain its pH level. In an alkaline state, your body works more efficiently because it is using less energy to neutralize acid in the body. Preserved energy...
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