Some of my Fav NATURAL Beauty Products at Dermstore Studios

Hello hello, my beautiful #TBBtribe! It’s time to talk about something I’ve been super obsessed with lately: NATURAL beauty products.

You already know I’m a strong believer in eating only the most nourishing foods for my body. I fuel my body with healthy, real foods so that I always feel my best and can be confident that I’m treating it the way it deserves to be treated. My body is good to me, so I wanna show it some love back, ya KNOW?

Living a balanced life means making good choices not only about what goes in my body, but also about what goes on it. And that’s why I’ve been so so SO in love with having a NATURAL beauty routine — which for me usually means skincare routine, because we know I don’t wear a lotta makeup.

Putting harsh chemicals on my skin is not my ish. I only have one face, one head of hair, and one body, so I’m gonna treat them well. I recently sat down at DERMSTORE STUDIOS to film a fun “At Home Spa Day” video & tell you guys about my fav products (all of which they totally carry — whoop whoop!).

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Most beauty products on the market right now have a few too many chemicals for my liking. Check your product labels. Do you know what any of the ingredients even are? Most beauty products are filled with harsh chemicals, artificial ingredients, and parabens that I do not want near my skin – especially my face!

A lot of those sketchy, unpronounceable chemicals totally put your skin’s pH balance out of whack, and if I want my skin to be anything, you know I want it BALANCED! If you have sensitive skin like me, then it’s even more important that you use gentle, natural beauty products that will nourish and soothe your skin.

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It’s taken a loooot of trial and error and quite a few late nights researching (serious biz, guys), but I think I’ve discovered some very favs — for now, at least. You know this routine is ever evolving!!

So let’s get into da real info. Ready? LET’S GO.

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Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: Y’all know I live on the go. On the fly. Unprepared. Going somewhere. Always. #cantstopwontstop. Dry shampoo is a MUST so that my hair isn’t a total greaseball when I go from a workout to a business meeting to a night out. The oat milk in this dry shampoo is my fav part because it totally refreshes my hair without me having to actually wash it. Love love love that these ingredients are natural, and it def doesn’t hurt that this leaves my hair smellin’ oh-so-fine.

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Eminence Facial Recovery Oil: This is really a miracle worker for much-needed hydration. If you haven’t hopped on the face oil bandwagon yet, I highly suggest you try it. This won’t clog your pours — trust me, that was my initial fear.  This oil contains herbs and nourishing oils, like olive oil and Vitamin E, that are super soothing and help to balance out the natural oils in your skin. Put it on at night, soak in the moisture, and wake up with a baby smooth face. You’re welcome.

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: After a crazy day running around (or even just laying in my bed writing all day), I need to get ALL residue off of my face so I can feel fresh and clean. I love this cleanser because it thoroughly cleans my skin without stripping it of its natural moisture, and it perfectly preps my face for any other products I want to use afterwards. It also helps fight breakouts… Which I def need. #sweatygymselfies, you guys know this.

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GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment Masque: Every girl’s gotta have a high-quality face mask in her beauty arsenal. First of all, the packaging of this product is my favorite. That shimmery blue!!! But why I’m actually obsessed with this mask is because it sucks out all of the impurities in my skin and somehow manages to leave it totally moisturized afterwards. I reallllly don’t like that “stripped skin” feeling, which is why I’m addicted to this. Perfect for a DIY spa night with the girls, or for whenever you just wanna treat yo’self! (Also perfect to rock in cute Snapchat selfies, just saying.)

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 8.43.09 AMBriogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask: I’ll admit it, I can be pretty harsh on my hair. Highlights on highlights. This hair mask leaves my hair soooo nourished and soft. Kinda makes me want to whip my hair around like I’m in a Pantene commercial, LOL. Which I do, thanks to Chels in my photo shoots. No sulfates, no silicones, no parabens, no problems.
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Alterna CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-In Hair Perfector: Any product with “10-in-1” in its name sets some pretty high expectations and usually makes me roll my eyes, but this one does not disappoint. Literally obsessed with this. It has CAVIAR IN IT, GUYS. A leave-in treatment is so so necessary to prevent our hair from breaking and drying out. #fancy #iloveit

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So, what do ya think? Interested in diving into a natural beauty routine?! All of my faves (and a million other amazing products that I have yet to try) can be found at Dermstore, so check ‘em out! Like I said, I made a fun vid with them, so feel free to watch if you want some live-action #TBB reviews!

I’m obviously going to continue the hunt for THE BEST natural beauty products on the market, so expect more videos about natural skincare coming very very soon to #TBBTV. Make sure you SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss the fab newness!

What are your favorite natural beauty products?! Let me know in the comments and I’ll def check them out! Remember, natural beauty products are just an addition to the natural beauty that shines through when you’re being the best version of yourself that you can, so go out there and keep killin’ it and being YOU. XO

Why You Need BONE BROTH In Your Life

Guys, not sure if you have noticed from my obsessive Snapchats & TBB Tribe newsletter mentions, but I’ve discovered a natural remedy / delicious miracle food that I am completely obsessed with… Are you ready for it?

Bone broth. 

Yep, bone broth. For thousands of years, traditional cultures all over the world have emphasized using entire animals in their cooking – which includes the bones. Bone broth is great for people with stomach problems because it improves digestion. That’s how it entered into my life… As a natural remedy for my digestion issues! 

It is often used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat tummy probs, because it is SUPER healing for the gut an due to its amino acid and gelatin content, it enhances the absorption of nutrients from other foods.

Bone broth can be made from poultry, beef, bison, lamb, and fish… AND there is even a way to make a vegan one, as demonstrated by Brothee‘s vegan mushroom flavor that I am obsessed with. (More on that at the bottom.)

Basically, because there are so, so, so many health benefits, I’m going to hit you with a list of some of my very favorite reasons why bone broth is the awesomest.

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Why Bone Broth is AWESOME / Some of the many, many health benefits:

  • Reduces inflammation in the bod (thanks to the gelatin in the broth absorbing water and helping to keep fluid in the digestive tract)
  • Boosts immune system, because most of our immune system exists in the gut — and bone broth works wonders to improve gut health!
  • Regulates blood sugar — this is a big one for me because anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder knows that getting your stabilized blood sugar back on track is a JOURNEY, man. I love that the nutrients in bone broth naturally regulate blood sugar and help us stay in an effortless state of balance.
  • Enhances muscle repair and muscle growth. I know I’m not the only workout fiend around here! I have been drinking this before my workouts (even drank it right before the Hollywood 10k at 6am the other week, much to Alexi and my sister’s dismay! LOL) and have had really no muscle pain or soreness lately.
  • Has a calming effect on the nervous system: Glycine (in the gelatin part of the broth) has been found to help with sleep because it can decrease anxiety and promote mental calmness because it is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. BIG TIME awesomeness for an insomniac like me!
  • DETOXES the bod: Our liver’s ability to detox depends on how much glycine is available and bone broth/gelatin has a ton of glycine.
  • Increases strength of bones, because it’s high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
  • Strengthens our hair and nails, thanks to the high amount of protein in collagen, which is also found in bone broth!
  • Improves allergies and food intolerances because it lines your gut with good stuff and helps get rid of waste and build up in the gut. (And also helps to get rid of leaky gut!)
  • Improves memory because it’s full of good fats and protein.

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How to Make Your Own Bone Broth (If You Wanna Go That Route):

Put bones from chicken, beef, or fish in a crockpot and add veggies, herbs, and spices; cook on low for 24-72 hours. 

Make sure that the meat that you’re buying is high quality & organic from grass fed cattle, wild caught fish, or pastured poultry. 

The reason you cook it for so long is because the long cooking time removes as many nutrients as possible from the bones, so the nutrients will be in your broth and you can get the fab benefits!

You can use bone broth as a base for soups and sauces, use it to cook vegetables, or drink it by itself as a warm drink. I love to heat mine up and drink it in a mug with Brothee’s HARISSA GHEE and/or their PESTO GHEE. I am so freaking obsessed with ghee it’s not even funny. 

I also like to add roasted veggies to mine like broccoli, carrots & snap peas! Sometimes I add tofu or a bit of shredded chicken and avocado if I’m going for a more filling meal like lunch or dinner. :)

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Where to find the best bone broth, if you don’t go the “make it yourself” route:

I would never judge if you don’t want to make bone broth yourself. In all honesty, I don’t make mine myself. I am an on-the-go kind of gal, and when I find someone who does things the way I like them done (i.e. organic, natural, local, delicious, good vibe company, good people), then I like to support them and have them do what they do BETTER than me so I can enjoy it!

My favorite, favorite, favorite company that I have come across is called Brothee, and they are local to LA so I discovered them at the Brentwood farmer’s market! And I also have to mention that this is not a sponsored post, this is just realness. I am in love with what they do, I drink their broths on the daily, and I want to share their awesomeness with you.

They are committed to running an environmentally conscious company, and they strongly believe in respecting all animal and plant life. They only purchase their ingredients from ethical farms, and they source local whenever possible. They ALSO don’t endorse any particular diet or lifestyle as better or more healthy than another, but instead celebrate conscious, balanced living.

UMMMM, does that sound like my philosophy or what?!

So supportive of what these guys are doing! You can order their products for pickup at farmer’s markets,  and if you’re not LA local… Then you might need to make a trip out here to try this stuff! It’s phenomenal.

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My favorite switches every day. Sometimes I like to go for the chicken broth because I love the taste and I think it’s a little lighter than a beef broth, but on other days the heartiness of the beef broth is exactly what I need. I also love Brothee’s vegan mushroom broth — it still has the great, powerful flavors of the other bone broths and it’s 100% veggie-based, which sometimes is exactly what I need!

Other places to find bone broth in LA, just in case… Erewhon, Bel Campo, local farmer’s markets (it’s popping up everywhere now! LOVE), Earth Bar, & I’m sure plenty of other places that I haven’t seen yet!

But yes, Brothee = my fav. The most flavorful and delicious by far in my opinion.

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What do you think?! Have you tried bone broth yet? Willing to give it a try? Some people are super anti- and I get it, it’s weird to drink something that comes from BONES! But when you don’t think about it that way and you enjoy it for it’s medicinal purposes and its yummy flavor… Then you are golden. <3 

XO 

The Dreamiest Tularosa Outfit ( + A Dress I Can’t Live Without )

Happy Tuesday, loves!

Thanks so much for your comments & love on my gluten-free toast 6 ways post yesterday. I have been getting back in the kitchen lately in a very real way to create recipes for you guys — which, as we know, is something I sort of didn’t do a lot of for a long while!

It’s been so healing being back in the kitchen. I had no idea how much I missed the creativity of recipe development, food photography, and healthifying the foods & desserts we all know and love.

That being said, I’d love recommendations for foods you want to see me recreate in a healthy way! This blog is all about bringing you guys what you want to see and keeping you happy — because you allow me to do what I do. So shoot in your suggestions & recs! #TBBKitchen is back, baby.

Yesterday‘s Yumness…!

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TBB x REVOLVE

And the lifestyle content isn’t going anywhere! Today is a photo journal style post of a super fun TBB x REVOLVE collab.

I had the best time at their brand new SHOWROOM a couple of weeks ago picking out goodies for my trip to Austin, and basically fell in love with everything TULAROSA that I laid my eyes on.

Tula’s Sara Dress… Obsession. | Raye The Label Shoes… Life. Felt like such a ballerina. (This full look coming to bloggy soon too!)

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Tularosa is REVOLVE’s bohemian, flowy, hippie, very TBB-esque line. Needless to say I connect with it like woah.

My other REVOLVE fav is Lovers + Friends. It still has that boho vibe but with a little more of a sophistocated day-to-night flare.

If my entire closet could be comprised of Tula + Lovers (minus my activewear collection, obvs), I’d be the happiest girl on earth. I think I’ll set out to make it happen. 😉

TBB x Tularosa Wonderland //

Photo Journal Style, BABY.

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This starry top is everything & more. | & the Serene shorts are the absolute comfiest.

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Close up of the Belton Top. DREAMZ!

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Even closer up. Luv. 

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And a close up of the shortski shorts! Also great to travel in — trekked around Austin in these babes.

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Yeah, I’m lookin at you!

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How’s everyone’s Tuesday going?!

Gluten-free Toast 6 Ways + My FAV G-Free Brands

Happy MONDAY, my beauties!

Thanks so much for sharing your blog names & a bunch of your favorite blogs with me in the comments of my last post. I just spent the morning reading through them while sipping on my DETOX drink from Elissa Goodman‘s S.O.U.P Cleanse (more on that to come), and I am so stoked to get to reading tonight!

I love, love, love seeing what other bloggers are up to in this awesome wellness/food/lifestyle/fitness/everything space. If you haven’t shared your blog or your favs yet, write them below so I can check them out & support!

Secondly… We’ve been having a LOT of fun with the TBB Tribe newsletter every Sunday night, so if you are looking for weekly updates, yummy healthy recipes, event discounts, latest TBB news, “what I’m currently loving,” and more… that’s your spot. You can sign up here!

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Now, GLUTEN-FREE TOAST 6 WAYS!!!

Sorry, but there is nothing better than starting the day with a BOMB piece of gluten-free toast slathered with all sorts of goodness.

I am sharing 6 of my favorite ways to get toasty with it below, but before I do I wanted to share some of my favorite (NOT sponsored, just realness) g-free bread brands with you because that seems to be a big question from a lot of you!

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Fav g-free bread brands: 

Udi’s gluten-free millet chia bread: You can find it HERE. It’s made mainly of brown rice flour, millet seed, egg whites, rice bran & flaxseed meal — I have grown accustomed to the taste & I LOVE it, but it may require getting acquainted with the g-free life before you love it as much as I do. 😉

Rudi’s gluten-free multigrain sandwich bread: You can find it HERE. It is made from all natural ingredients and the “bread-ness” comes from rice flour, cornmeal, sunflower seeds, millet, flaxseed and egg white.

Julian Bakery’s paleo bread: You can find it HERE. In all honesty, I am OBSESSED with this stuff. I like it better than the two that I mentioned above, but it is more natural and packed with a ton of superfood ingredients and NOTHING processed, so it is def more expensive. In order for this bread to taste its best you have to toast the shit out of it… So be sure to do that if you go with this one! You won’t regret it. ONLY ingredients are purified water, organic coconut flour, egg whites, psyllium seed powder, organic apple cider vinegar, potassium bicarbonate (potassium), sea salt. You can store in freezer and use for a long, long time!

Grain-free paleo bread & baking mix: You can find it HERE. If you like to make your own bread, then you might like this brand. I would much rather buy it at the store or make it 100% from scratch (time saving vs. the best homemade bread ever…), but some people prefer it from a mix because you get the best of both worlds. This one is from Jackalope foods and I like that their ingredients list is short, and all natural!

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Now… For real, for real: G-free toast 6 ways!

BTW these all happen to be vegetarian as well, and even vegan as long as you substitute honey for agave/maple!

PB, Banana, Chia, Agave: Let’s be real. This is the OG of all gluten-free toasts. Before trendy avocado toast brunches with egg, salmon, burrata, etc. were all the rage, THIS was everyone’s go-to. Super simple because all you need is peanut butter (I like this brand), banana, chia seeds (love this brand) & agave (this brand). BOOM. Drizzle drizzle, sizzle sizzle.

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Avocado & Arugula w/ Flax Seed or Nutritional Yeast: This bad boy is as healthy as it gets in toast-land. It’s entirely sugar-free (if your g-free bread is sugar-free, at least) and it’s jam-packed with healthy fats, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber. After slicing your avo and topping with greens, you can drizzle on some flax seed meal (this brand) and/or nutritional yeast (this brand). I like to do both!

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Coconut Yogurt & Strawberry Slices: This one is great because it can double as a sweet post-workout treat or even a dessert (feel free to add agave or honey too if you want!). Nice and simple and full of flavor and antioxidants thanks to the strawbs. As far as coconut yogurt goes, this is a great brand. I always buy unsweetened too since coconut is sweet to begin with — no one needs those additional grams of unnatural shug!

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Raspberries, Chia, Honey, Cinnamon & Chocolate Chips: This is another one of my favorite sweet treats! It’s great for post-workout or even a pre-workout because of the natural sugar in the raspberries. I like to use Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they’re dairy, nut & soy free. Sometimes I put a little ghee on the bread first or even some peanut butter, but plain with this yumminess is great too. ALSO, did you know that cinnamon is a natural blood sugar balancer?? Umm, yes please. Love this cinnamon brand.

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Sun Butter w/ Flax Seeds & Blueberries: YES. This is my current favorite way to do toast, to be honest. I am such a huge fun of sun butter, especially because sometimes I’ve had it with the nuts and need to do something different. And I know I don’t have to tell you all the good stuff that you can find inside of blueberries, BUT as a reminder: they are chock full of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 & MORE. Yum. Add honey or agave if your heart desires. :)

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Ghee, Almonds, Coconut Chips & Cinnamon: Sometimes it’s nice to keep it as simple as it gets. I have been ALL about ghee lately (this brand is where it’s at), and I can’t tell you how much I love it/how good it is for you/how good it tastes on a fresh piece of toast. Ghee is clarified butter, so it’s free of lactose, casein and whey. Kinda awesome. I have even been using FLAVORED ghee lately, but that’s a whole other story! Also, when it comes to almond I like sprouted almonds best, and the crunch with the bread is so delish! Oh, and this brand of coconut chips is where it’s at.

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So, there you have it my lovelies. I like to keep things simple around here, so I hope it’s cool with you that none of these toasts are OMG-woah-10-steps kinda recipes.

Lots & lots more recipes to come, because TBB is gettin’ BACK in the kitchen. Oh kale yes.

Send in any recs! What do you think of the toasts? Agree with my g-free bread recs or did I miss some good ones?! XO

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 All fav brands that I mentioned in this post can be shopped below! X

5 Influencers I’m Currently Obsessed With

I know I’ve mentioned to you guys before that I, surprisingly, don’t read a lot of blogs! I have a few that I check out on the the reg because I like to support the well & healthy lifestyle blogging community (duh, big time), but other than my little blog roll… I am not what you’d call the most avid blog reader.

I like to write in my free time (surprising? hehe), read a lot of books & have recently been listening to a lot of podcasts, but the main places that I usually keep up with influencers that I follow are on Instagram & Snapchat.

That being said — I want to check out more of your blogs! I am so grateful to the people who read my blog, because even though I am active on all sorts of social media platforms… I’d be happy just blogging & blogging only for all of time.

As I grow with this business & learn more about where I want to take my career, I feel that it’s only right that I get back into READING more blogs. Ya know? Show some love to the people who paved the way for my blog and for the people who have started blogging since.

Karma, karma, karma.

So leave YOUR blog name & the names of your favorite blogs below!! I wanna read, read, read this weekend!

And just because I don’t read a ton of blogs right now doesn’t mean that I’m not wholeheartedly obsessed with the ones I do read and/or the influencers I follow, so here is a list of some of my very favs…

TBB’s Fav Influencers at the Moment:

1. The Southern Yogi // There are a few reasons I’ve become completely obsessed with Morgan Haley of The Southern Yogi. First of all, I started following her journey about a year ago when she was relatively new to yoga. The girl has a KICK ass bod, and was born to be a yogi, but she discovered the practice a couple of years ago and started documenting her journey on Instagram. There is something so completely raw, inspiring and authentic about Morgan’s openness and vulnerability.

Her account is not about twisting into crazy pretzeled positions for show, it’s about being REAL and being on this epic journey of life — with a lot of yoga mixed in. I have become a diehard follower of Morgan… I legit type her account name into my Insta’s “search” bar all day every day to read her down to earth captions and see her unbelievable photos & videos. This girl is going to do BIG, big things. Also, she wears (and loves!) TBV Apparel, so that’s even more epic.

Lastly, she has inspired me to make more yoga vids again. Yoga is slowly but surely working its way back into my life in a real big way… And I am so grateful for the inspiration Morgan has played in that!

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2. Yoga Girl // I meeeeannn talk about an INSPIRING chick. I have been following Rachel Brathen for several years now, but what drew me in was not the insanely cool yoga poses she does (I mean, that too), but rather her crazy real ability to draw her readers in with her BEAUTIFULLY written captions. She is one of the only people I avidly stalk on Facebook, simply because the musings about life, love, loss, yoga and growth absolutely can not be missed.

Rachel lost her best friend a couple of years ago, and it was at that point that I became fixated on her and totally obsessed/in love with everything that poured out of her heart. The way she dealt with loss with such vulnerability, openness, and bravery to feel and express PAIN was unbelievably inspiring to me. I needed that unabashed expression of heartache and loss, I needed the example of someone I admired, and she brought it to the table.

I had the opportunity to take a yoga class with Rachel last time she came to LA, and she did not disappoint in person. She was so real, so genuine, so authentic, and asked the audience NOT to take selfies with her afterward but rather talk to her, give her hugs, and share space with her. Cool AF, right? I want to be BFF’s with Rachel, like, yesterday.

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3. Gal Meets Glam // Also known as the gorg Julia Engel. I’ll start by saying I am really not big into fashion blogs. I have my own unique, very boho style that is characterized by a LOT of activewear (lol), and I don’t always find a lot of inspiration in fashion blogs beyond the perfectly curated and undoubtedly beautiful imagery.

Julia, on the other hand, takes fashion blogging and photography to a whole new level. Her husband Thomas is her photographer, and together they have created what can be described as none other than an empire of travel, fashion, beauty and lifestyle content. Julia has partnered with dream brands like Ralph Lauren, Prada, and more, and she is someone who genuinely radiates good vibes straight off the screen.

Her travel content makes me want to travel the world, and I also like her because she doesn’t try to be anything she’s not. Her style is very feminine, she loves dresses & hats, and puts together a MEAN travel outfit. She is a genuine chick I’d be friends with in a heartbeat, and that’s the other reason why I adore her stuff.

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4. The Skinny Confidential // At this point you guys probably know that I absolutely adore Lauryn’s blog. I love the content she puts out there on the daily and I truly believe she is the true definition of a hustler (in the best way) — always staying one step ahead of what she is already doing to ensure longevity in her brand and business. I dig that, a lot.

I also love Lauryn’s blog and social media platforms because she has a super distinct VOICE that really shines through. You know what you’re going to get when you go to her blog, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., and it is so refreshing to follow someone’s work who knows their style and their vibe and is just unapologetically who they ARE.

I have recently been getting really, really into her podcast, too. Lauryn & her fiancé Michael dish out tons of social media + entrepreneurial advice, answer questions, give BTS tips (how they got on Gary Vee’s show!!!!) and straight up just express who they are in all of their realness, and I like that. Props to my fab intern CHRISTINA for turning me onto their podcast, because now it is my obsession. (I like to listen to podcasts while I run/exercise!)

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5. Jessica Olie // To keep the yoga influencer vibes going (can you tell what I’ve been into lately?!?), I have also been super into following the beautiful & down to earth yogi Jessica Olie. Jess was a very recent discovery for me — I found her through Morgan’s account when they traveled to Bali together a few weeks ago, and I have been obsessively stalking ever since.

Jess has gorgeous yoga flow videos & has an eBook that she sells to help people get into yoga. Her authentic captions and killer music in her vids always draw me in, and I also like that she is friends with a bunch of other Instagram yogis and they all hang out in real life… I am ALL ABOUT that real life connection, and any girl who has a lot of girlfriends is a #1 in my heart… Always the sign of an authentically rad person.

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But I still want lots & lots of recs!!! Leave them below and add your own blog links so I can check out what you’re all up to and support you right back. <3

XO

 

Loving Lately // 5.21.16

Is it just me, or is this full moon making it impossible to concentrate? If it’s not the moon, then there’s definitely something funky going on with me personally, because… My concentration level is at a legit zero today.

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My usual instinct is to look at my lack of focus today as a failure. It’s hard for me not to beat myself up about little things like having a slow morning, only crossing very minor things off of my to-do list, and spending 75% of my day thus far stretching and bending on my yoga mat trying to find some clarity.

But here’s what I’m telling myself: it’s okay. There is no rush. Sure, there are 298398 things (or so it feels like) that need to be done in TBB-land in the next few days, but I have a feeling that taking some hours to myself today is exactly what I need in order to recharge, re-focus, and be productive from here on out.

(Maybe from tomorrow forward? Lol.)

ANYWAY. There is some great Loving Lately -ness going on up in here, so I do have that to share with you today!

Enjoy, and PLEASEEEE tell me I am not crazy for being such a space cadet today? Anyone?!

Loving Lately // 5.21.16

1. VLOGGING: I’ve mentioned a bit that I have been getting back into the YouTube space recently and I am LOVING it. I have been watching a lot of other YouTubers’ vlogs lately to get inspired, and in Austin last weekend I made my first vlog — a travel vlog! I hope you love ;). I am clearly just learning, so any constructive feedback would be much appreciated! And if you are headed to Austin soon, we have some killer recommendations & must sees in there!

2. WELLNESS TOUR: I have been visiting a ton of LA’s best healthy restaurants lately to launch the official #TBBwellnesstour of the yummiest wellness hot spots for you guys! A few favs so far? Lifehouse tonics, Moon Juice, Cafe Gratitude, Rawvolution (always), and Bottega Louie. Admittedly, Bottega Louie isn’t the healthiest spot on the block, but I thought it would be cool to include something with more variety so I can show you guys how I like to keep it simple + healthy even in those situations! Cannot waaaiiittt to launch it soon — along with some new exciting features on TBB, AHHH!

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3. READING: It takes a lot for me to calm down, unplug from social media/my computer, and READ. I got into a bad habit recently of not relaxing until I was completely 100% ready for bed, and that’s not cool. Time to read and unwind is so necessary in our lives… Especially because there are so many badass books to read and soak in knowledge and inspiration from. I am working on a post that will include ALLLLL of my fav favs, but to give you an idea… I am loving Sugar Crush, Essentialism, & Bad Feminist a LOT right now.

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4. ALKALINE LIFESTYLE: I wrote about Dr. Daryl Gioffre‘s Alkamind Lifestyle & detox last week and I wanted to give you guys a little update. I am still eating as alkaline as possible and incorporating a lot of his yummy recipes into my day to day life. His chunky monkey smoothie is still a fav… Bananas, almond butter,  almond milk anyone? If you follow me on Snap then you know it’s a daily staple. I am so glad that so many of you were interested in hearing more about the alkaline lifestyle… I am going to include a portion of his alkaline foods list in an upcoming post, so be on the lookout!

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5. SAYING NO: I am trying as hard as I can to stay on top of my New Years’ resolution of saying no to things I don’t want to do, don’t have the time for, or sound like a good idea but in reality are too much for me to handle. I think I am getting a lot better with it, because I am starting to notice great things popping into my life as a result of making more time for myself. Exhibit A? A SPONTANEOUS yoga retreat to Mexico in two weeks… That I no doubt would not be going on if I didn’t create enough time and space for myself to make it happen. That included saying no to a lot of other shit, ya feel me?

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What are YOU loving lately? Would love to know. :) XO 

You Wanna Drink Out of a Copper Water Bottle: Here’s Why

Hi! Hi hi hi hi.

Had to say it a bunch of times because I’ve been sort of MIA for the last week ish, I know. But I promise that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working my butt off to create fun new content for you guys!!

I am currently working on a travel VLOG for TBB TV  to show you guys everything we did in Austin, Texas last weekend. If you follow me on Snapchat (@jojoyounger), then you already know that I vlogged there too, hehe. Like a lot a lot.

One of my favorite shots from Austin: looking out over Ladybird Lake seconds before a massive downpour!

One of my favorite shots from Austin: looking out over Ladybird Lake seconds before a massive downpour!

(PS “vlog” = video blog, if ya didn’t know. Needs to be in your lingo repertoire, because I am about to be using it a lot.)

And if you’re not a Snapchat person, then… Spoilers: Austin was a BLAST. Even rode a mechanical bull. And yes, I got bucked off in under 10 seconds. LOL.

I’ll refrain from telling you everything else I’ve been working on this week even though I desperately want to share ALLLL the deets with you, but you’ll see shortly. :)

Now, for the topic of this post! COPPER WATER BOTTLES.

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Guys. Copper water bottles.

First of all, they are so cute & will make you want to reach for more & more water every day because they’re so eye catching.

Secondly, this one is only $17 on Amazon. And this one is $28, if you feel like splurging on yo health. (Honestly they look the same to me and I have the $17 one and I LURVE IT.)

Butttt that’s not the main point. There are tons of reasons to drink out of a copper wattle bottle, and I’ll tell ya why.

( Shoutout to my gal pal Geri Hirsch for writing this post on copper water bottles that went straight up viral — I’m so glad I discovered it so that I can share this realness with you guys now. And shoutout to Suzanne Hall for intro-ing Geri to the copper water bottle life. #girlpower #womeninwellness #copperwaterbottlelife. )

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9 Reasons Why You Need to be Drinking Out of a Copper Water Bottle

  1. AYURVEDIC HEALTH BENEFITS UP THE YIN YANG! That’s right, my new-old favorite traditional Indian practice strikes again. According to Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas in our bods. (I’m a PITTA when in balance, if you were wondering.) It does that by positively charging the water.
  2. It’s Better for Your Digestion! Copper has properties that stimulate your digestion, kill harmful bacteria & reduce inflammation — which is also why it’s a great natural remedy for tummy probs, indigestion, and ulcers.
  3. D E T O X I F Y I N G. Copper helps cleanse and detox your stomach by regulating your liver and kidney function, absorbing your nutrients from food and helps you properly eliminate waste. 😉 The best time to drink it (by Ayurvedic standards) is first thing in the morning and warm.
  4. Anti-Aging Benefits! Copper is a great natural remedy for anti-aging because it’s packed with anti-oxidants to fight off free radicals. It also helps with the production of new & healthy skin cells. Score & SCORE.
  5. It’s good for your THYROID. This one was awesome for me to hear because I’ve had some thyroid problems lately. Apparently one commonality among people with thyroid diseases is that they usually have low levels of copper in their body. Who knew?  Copper is one of the most important trace minerals the thyroid gland needs to function optimally!
  6. Skin health. Since copper is the main component in the production of melanin, drinking from a copper water bottle can help with melanin production that helps the body stay safe from sun damage and also helps healing from scars and blemishes. Plus, staying hydrated is great for your skin in general.
  7. Cardiovascular health. What what!! Important x 3874239084. Copper helps minimize the risk of heart disease by preventing accumulation of plaque, and also helps dilate blood vessels to allow better blood flow to the heart.
  8. Stimulates yo brain. Copper is known to have brain stimulant and anti-convulsive properties (prevents seizures), that do a world of good for your brain.
  9. It’s CUTE & will remind you to drink more water throughout the day. Sounds silly, but it’s true. I grab it all the time because its so much more eye-popping than my other water bottles so it keeps me more hydrated throughout the day.

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ALSO, a couple of words: Copper is not innately used by our bods so you don’t want to OVERDO it with the copper water bottle drinking. 2-3 times a day, interspersed with your other water vessels. :)

It’s such an all natural way to stay on top of our health with NO added stress / medication / lifestyle change, & that is why I love it, love it!

We can all incorporate this awesomeness into our lives!

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PS… SO STOKED to share the Austin vlog with you. Like dying. Subscribe to YouTube so you can see it when it goes live!

Thoughts on the copper water bottle?!? Get one for yourself HERE

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Best Friend Q&A Part II: What I’m Looking For in a Guy + MORE!

Guyyyys!! Part II of the Best Friend Q&A series on my TBB TV YouTube channel is now live! You’ll get to know my BFF Brandin Cohen & I way too well through this video. (As well as Part I!)

What’s in the vid?! —> What I’m looking for in a guy, have I ever dated two guys at the same time (the answer is yes… LOL), my dream house, what Brandin thinks is my WORST quality, forcing B to say Breaking Vegan is his fav book, trying to say 10 things about ourselves in 10 secs or less (he’s way better than me), & more. :) 

Our Part I has gotten a great response so far and was also just crazy fun to film and is now crazy fun to watch (and re-watch, and re-watch… this is what I do when I love something far too much).

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Why YouTube is the Most Fun Ever….!

I love this series because there’s nothing I love more than taking the TBB brand off the screen & showing you guys who I am in real life — silly, quirky, passionate, and also surrounded by the best people with the greatest energies because that is really what fuels my soul and allows me to do what I do in the first place.

My people are everything to me so having the people I care about most in my videos is da bomb. Then you get to see what I’m really really like and not just what I am like talking to a camera! Soooo, yes that means BFF Q&A is a series and there will be lots and lots of fun videos like this to come! Couldn’t think of a more fitting person to start it with than B. 😉

I am soooo excited to have TBB TV back up & running on a regular basis (1-2 vids per week coming at you, plus weekly VLOGS!) and am really excited to be connecting with you guys in this alternate way.

FUN, RIGHT?

So what I’m really saying here is subscribe to my channel if you like these vids & wanna see more, because I feel myself getting super passionate about the video life and want you fab TBB readers along for the ride.

But don’t worry — I’ll keep posting about them here regardless… Along with Top 10 Reads of the Week, Loving Lately‘s, heart spilling posts (my absolute favorite kind) & ALLLL the rest.

Anyway, check out our newest vid & let me know your thoughts!! Tell me if you have suggestions or any questions for an upcoming YouTube Q&A… That’s gonna be a real fun one. 😉

XO

The Alkamind Lifestyle: Livin’ that Acid Free Life

Hello my angels! So yesterday I alluded to the awesome Alkamind “Get Off Your Acid” 7-Day DIY Cleanse that I did last week in conjunction with my warm, nourishing food regime per my Ayurvedic nutritionist’s help and suggestions.

I’m beyond stoked to tell you about the Alkamind lifestyle, otherwise known as the “Get Off Your Acid” cleanse. Again, just like with my soup cleanse post yesterday, I’ll remind you that I don’t like the word “cleanse.” I prefer using the words detox, lifestyle, commitment and experiment instead. So from here forward that’s what I will be saying. :)

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After all, a “cleanse” of sorts is really just a commitment to your health and hopefully an overall permanent positive change to your lifestyle. That’s why we make healthy changes in our lives, yes?! So we can reap the benefits long after the “cleanse”/”detox” is over. Not to restrict ourselves only to binge out on the foods that we are restricting right when the detox ends.

Health is a journey, my loves. Wellness is a lifestyle. Once you learn to embrace those two truths, you’ll be amazed and how much beauty you can let in. 

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My wellness journey in a nutshell:

I have come a long way over the past couple of years. Most of you probably know the story: I went from being a healthy plant-based vegan to a very restrictive plant-based vegan with an eating disorder, and then bounced back in an extreme sort of way to try to recover from my eating disorder and basically ate anything/everything to prove to myself that I was no longer sick.

Then I developed stomach ulcers, a parasite, more food allergies/anxieties, and a whole lot of “imbalance” in my life. During that time I wrote my book, and part of me was very fearful about putting my story out there knowing that I still had a long way to go until I reached full “recovery.”

Ya feel me? Big time fears! And on top of it I just didn’t feel good — I felt sluggish, bogged down, and desperate to figure out what was going to work for me and my very specific tummy issues.

Then came January 2016, and I was like woah. I need to make some changes. I want to feel better again. I am a wellness blogger with a serious passion for health, active lifestyle, and feeling my best — so why don’t I feel even remotely close to my best?!

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Looking for a SOLUTION!

So with all of that, I went on a quest to prioritize MY health and get it figured out. This meant dealing with hormone issues, gut health problems, skin problems, anxiety, and overall mental health (yes, therapy, the best thing ever). I am doing a LOT to work on myself right now, and it’s pretty eye opening.

Challenging, but so worth it.

Get Off Your Acid!

One person I’ve discovered on this journey toward wellness is Dr. Daryl Gioffre – the go-to alkaline expert who has developed several programs to help people live a more balanced life, full of energy and OFF of their acid! He developed the “Get Off Your Acid” lifestyle, and his story in itself is so inspiring. He was a serious sugar addict — like, big time — and once he hit rock bottom with his own health he decided he needed to do something about it.

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He discovered that by making changes in his diet and getting off of sugar by replacing it with alkalinity and nutrient-dense foods, he was able to mend his health problems and inevitably make hugely positive changes in his life.

Why is acid such a negative thing in our bods? Lots of reasons. It can cause us to feel bloated, sick, nauseous from food, inflamed, to hang onto weight, to be low energy, and so much more. We want our pH to be balanced and for our bodies to be slightly alkaline, which is much better for our immunities and overall for how great we can possibly feel.

Plus, the dangers of acid are far greater than feeling a little nauseous or bogged down… Acid can cause stomach ulcers (like the ones I developed!), and weaken our immune systems so that we develop serious illnesses easier than we would if our bods were in a state of health and balance.

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EEK, right?

That’s why I love Dr. Daryl‘s approach.  His approach is one of moderation, not deprivation, and he aims to bring his patients to higher levels of health, fitness, and energy. #YES, yes and yes! His specialty is uncovering the root causes of chronic illness, which makes healthy changes more convenient and sustainable.

I am ALL ABOUT starting at the root cause and then moving forward from there, because all of our bodies are SO, so different, so Dr. Daryl’s approach is 110% in alignment with my own.

After I did my lengthy rounds of blood work and gut health testing with Dr. Lekkos in Santa Monica, I spoke to Dr. Daryl to make sure that even with all of my supplements and lifestyle changes the Alkamind detox would be okay for me to do.

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The answer was yes, and I quickly found that eating alkaline foods and drinking Dr. Daryl’s Daily Greens & Daily Minerals drinks only helped speed up the healing of my gut and helped my digestion return to normalcy. I did it for one week, and I am so looking forward to seeing how my health progresses over time as I continue to incorporate his drinks and nutrient-rich alkaline foods into my daily life.

You guys already know that I ate a lot of alkaline, nutrient-rich soups for most of the week last week, all “Alkamind lifestyle” approved, and I can’t rave ENOUGH about how good I am feeling after 7 days straight of that routine.

I also used a lot of his recipes & advice — including some killer salads and smoothies that I will be making all the time in my kitchen from now on. :) The chunky monkey smoothie (YES, it’s as good as it sounds) was my absolute fav. I will be including the recipe for that in this week’s Loving Lately post!

I most certainly understand that health is such a process, so I don’t want to say my entire life has changed in a week and that my tummy probs have disappeared, but man do I feel like I am on the right path. It is so relieving and mentally calming to know that I am doing something that seems to be working.

Annndddd to teach you a little more about Alkaline foods, incase you have no idea what I’m talking about (wouldn’t blame you in the least!) here is a handy chart from Dr. Daryl’s website about the importance of having a healthy pH balance in our bods:

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ALSO COOL: Both the Daily Minerals and Daily Greens products are 100% Raw, USDA and QAI Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, GMP, Kosher Certified, and Vegan. :)

ALSO, ALSOOOO COOL: They are created using low heat dehydration at 88 degrees Fahrenheit, naturally preserving all of the chlorophyll-rich nutrients and active enzymes of the living food, keeping them as potent as the day they were picked. This gives this product a 2 year shelf life with no need for any unhealthy preservatives.

^ The high chlorophyll percentage in the Daily Greens drink made me super duper gassy & bloated in the beginning, so if that happens to you don’t fear. It just means that you  have a lot of acid you need to get off of… So the lifestyle is probably exactly what you need!

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Check out his site & lifestyle, you’ll be happy you did. :)

AND if you’re interested in seeing in alkaline foods list, here is a great comprehensive one! Dr. Daryl also has a fab pocket guide!

Any questions?! I know I have been giving a lot more info about my health journey lately, and that’s because after four months of exploration and gathering details, I am finally ready to start sharing some of my findings. Would love to hear your thoughts and whether you have tried anything cool in the wellness space lately!! XO 

Soup Cleanses vs. Juice Cleanses: Why I Will Do One & Not the Other

Happy Monday lovers! I started my morning off with some meditation & intention setting for the week — my absolute favorite way to gather my thoughts and get my creative juices flowin’ for the week ahead!

I also started with some warm water & lemon (a ritual I’ve recently gotten back into that I LOVE, and my digestion loves it too… #tummyproblife), a beef bone broth (newest ritual that I am obsessed with) & a nut and seed soup from Soupure in Brentwood.

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Soupure was kind enough to gift me a 3-day soup cleanse to do over the weekend because my stomach has been such a mess, and I can’t even tell you how good I feel. I am still working out my food allergies and all sorts of other issues (BIG blog post on my blood work & routine with my functional medicine doctor, Dr. Lekkos, coming THIS WEEK) but my stomach feels so calm and back on the right track for the first time in FOREVER.

I coupled the soup cleanse with an Alkamind “Get Off Your Acid” regimen started by Dr. Daryl (more on that TOMORROW), who is awesome & has also helped me a lot with my stomach probs, and between the two my digestion is so much better and I haven’t been waking up feeling like a sick inflated balloon every day. #score

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Soup Cleanse Deets

A lot of you asked me after I posted about the cleanse on Instagram how I navigated doing a cleanse after my restrictive diet past and previous eating disorder.

WELL, that is a great question.

I used to do a LOT of cleanses. Like a lot, a lot. If you’ve read my book, or if you are a long time blog reader, then you know this. 30-day juice cleanses and weekly 1-3 day juice cleanses were my jam back in the day.

Now, I would never do a full-on juice cleanse. I realize that I was using cleanses as a method of control, and to try to ease my anxieties about food in general because there were so many foods I feared at the time would make me not feel well or make me gain weight. Ahhhh, the struggle — I don’t miss it.

Juice cleanses are rough on our systems because there is very little protein and fiber in cold-pressed juice, and there is typically a high amount of fruit sugar which spikes our blood sugar and leaves us feeling hungry, shaky and out of whack.

That’s not to say juice cleansing can’t work well for someone who really needs a reboot and needs to get back on a healthier track — but for me, and for the majority of you, who I know try to eat healthy & live an active and mindful lifestyle, it’s probably realllllly not necessary at all.

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SOUP CLEANSES are way different than that. First of all, I’d like to take this second to rid the sentence of the word “cleanse” at all, because it just has a negative/starvation connotation in my mind.

Let’s call it a soup detox.

Soups are full of fiber, because they are blended so they maintain a lot of the natural fiber from the ingredients that go into it. A lot of the soups I’ve been having are also full of protein — like the bone broths, nut & seed soups and strawberry cashew energizing soup.

PLUS, soups can have a lot more texture and consistency to them so you’re not straight up only having liquid. My soups this weekend had lentils, kale, chopped veggies, blended nuts, sliced asparagus, and I added beans & avocado to some of them.

ALSO… I am at such a more stable place in my wellness journey than I was back when I used to juice cleanse, so I feel comfortable doing something a little more controlled at this point. My digestion has been so bad that it was recommended by my Ayurvedic nutritionist that I do a lot of soupy foods — so this was also a healing experiment for me.

Now, when I get hungry on a “cleanse” / detox, I add more food! I snacked on raw sprouted almonds all weekend, ate lots of spoonfuls of coconut butter and tahini, added beans & avocado to my dinner soups as I mentioned above, sipped on all sorts of energizing teas all day long, and drank tons and tons of fluids to flush my cold out of me (I was SO sick last week + this weekend, ahhh!).

Also, if I had been hungrier, I would have added more. I have learned after everything I’ve been through to listen to my body above all else and give it what it needs to feel its best, be fueled & energized, and to be satiated and happy.

I now know that being “starving” on a cleanse or detox is so bad for your metabolism, adrenals, digestion and mental state. (OBVI.) And also, it makes you bounce back and be hungrier than ever, so any potential digestive benefits that could have been had are totally squashed by that extreme back and forth.

Souping is also warming in texture which in Ayurvedic teaching is so much better for our tummies and digestion than raw food and cold juices/smoothies.

I wasn’t hungry at all on my soup detox because I had a soup nearly every hour, meaning I had tons of good fuel to keep me going throughout my day. I even ran a 10k with my family and my BFF!

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And don’t even get me started on BONE BROTH!!! Bone broth is my lifeline right now — I am obsessed with it, and I feel like it is really, really healing my gut and I am so thrilled to have found something that seems to be working.

To name a few things that bone broth helps with… allergies, anemia, anxiety, bone fracture, bloating, brittle hair/nails, colds and flus, Crohn’s disease, GI problems, detoxing, fatigue, food allergies, hypothyroidism, menopause, muscle atrophy, muscle cramps, osteoporosis, arthritis, slow metabolism, PMS, ulcerative colitis, weak immunity, insomnia, IBS/IBD, leaky gut, weak immunity.

BOOM.

I am going to do a full post on bone broth either this week or next to share with you guys, and I can’t wait.

AND I already made a second trip to Soupure this morning to pick up bone broths & their Superhero Nut & Seed soup to keep sipping on throughout the week as I get back to my regular food routine!!

XO — PS, more on my Soup Cleanse on SNAPCHAT (@jojoyounger) — check it out, yo!