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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

The 1 Food You Should Eat Every Day

A few cool facts about this FRUIT: Its key macronutrient is essential for weight loss About 43% of all US households buy them They've been linked to reduced inflammation (which means beautiful skin and hair for you) They ripen quicker when placed in a paper bag They are the Aztec symbol of love and fertility because they cannot self-pollinate! They are the fruit with the highest fiber content, helping to promote a healthy metabolism So why eat AVOCADOS every day? THE GOOD FATS 77% of the calories in an avocado are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence. But avocados don’t just contain any fat… the majority of the fat is oleic acid. Oleic acid helps reduce inflammation and has...
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The Real Girls of Raw Generation: Confessions of Hardcore Herbivore

Speaking from personal experience, even a 100% plant-based diet doesn’t guarantee the same awesome results as habitual juicing. Often, I find myself hesitating to use the label “vegan” to describe myself. It seems to have acquired a negative connotation in so many people’s minds. They associate veganism with rabbit food, deprivation, and tofu (side note- soy is the worst for a variety of reasons and I won’t eat it). But I’m far too self-indulgent for any facet of my everyday life to be rooted in a philosophy of deprivation. I prefer to think of myself as a hardcore herbivore. An impassioned pro-plant prophet. A crusader for chlorophyll.  I’ve been vegan for about 4 years now, however, it wasn’t like I...
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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. Why? Most soy is genetically modified! If you’re not freaking out about GMO’s, you’re living under a rock. The rates of food-related illnesses and allergies have skyrocketed since GMOs became mainstream. Two of the most common offenders when it comes to adverse food reactions are soy...
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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: SYMPTOM #1: Cracks at the corners of your mouth. The Deficiency: Iron, zinc, and B vitamins like niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), and B12.  The Fix: Eat more sun-dried tomatoes, Swiss chard, tahini, peanuts, and legumes like lentils. Iron absorption is enhanced by vitamin C, which also helps fight infections, so combine these foods with veggies like kale, broccoli, red bell peppers, and cauliflower.   SYMPTOM #2: A red, scaly rash on your face (and sometimes elsewhere)...
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Overweight is Just 1 Snack Away

You eat healthy and get skinny for bathing suit season, but as the weather gets colder, you slow down, veg out, and succumb to the winter blues. Sound familiar? Shorter, darker days and chillier weather can have a huge affect 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.  It starts off innocent: a co-worker brings in donuts or you have a hard day and treat yourself to a meal of warm, gooey mac n' cheese. Much like a drug, as you surrender to temptation here and there, it takes increasingly more of the same junk food to get that rush of pleasure, and you end up gaining weight...
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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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