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How To Burn Calories Taking A Hot Relaxing Bath.

We all know taking a relaxing hot bath can be what the doctor order. But what if, it was truly beneficial to potential weight loss and preventing type 2 diabetes? Would you forego a nightly run and hot soak instead?

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If you were on the verge to forcing. yourself out on a run, wait for minute because a tub might be just as powerful, as exercising in relation to your fitness. Dr Steve Faulkner, a researcher at Loughborough University, says it could actually have similar benefits to exercise–helping to save you from type 2 diabetes.
He explained to The Conversation that, though a warm bath has usually been relaxing, it is best lately that technology has started to discover how ‘passive heating’ can improve health.Dr Faulkner and his team have investigated the effect a hot tub has on blood sugar manage and the variety of calories burned. They actually took a look at worried 14 people each indulging in an hour-long soak in a bathtub run at 104 ranges Fahrenheit as well as heading out on a hour’s cycle.
The  exams have been designed to elevate core body temperature by means of simply one degree, in order to assess what number of calories were burned in every consultation. Though biking did burn extra energy, they determined that a warm bathtub used up as many energy as a 30-minute walk.’The usual blood sugar response to both situations was similar, however top blood sugar after consuming become about 10% decrease while individuals took a warm bathtub compared with once they exercised,’ Dr Faulkner reports.

He also defined that the anti inflammatory houses of exercise are important for our immune systems and help us combat illnesses: ‘This suggests that repeated passive heating may additionally make a contribution to decreasing continual inflammation, that is regularly a gift with long-term diseases, along with type 2 diabetes’.
So, take off the ones shoes–in reality, take off the whole lot and head upstairs.


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The Godfather of HipHop

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When one ask the question, “Where did Hip Hop originate from?” Likely, there may be numerous answers. However, if the question is, “Who founded Hip Hop?” You’re guaranteed to here this named uttered, in the topic of discussion, Gil Scott-Heron. Although, viewed in the music genres of American Jazz, particularly Jazz Poetry, Jazz-Funk,Soul and Proto-Rap.

Scott-Heron has been recognized throughout the industry as a spoken word artist, mainly in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His collaborative efforts with Brian Jackson, set the tone for a brilliant and ingenious musical fusion. Resulted in the engendered and creation of political rap, Hip Hop, Neo Soul and thus being labeled the Godfather of Rap.

Gil Scott-Heron’s career had expanded nearly 42 years, before his untimely death in 2011. And is most noted for his spoken word album Pieces of A Man. Which featured the hit urban political rap “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” According to, “the lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.

The critically acclaimed album spawned a once, recited poem into a mega hit. Originally, the song was recorded with bongos and congas drum. The recorded track included a studio session band. And was the B-side to another successful single on the album, “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”.  The potency and deep meaning of the song’s title, the original and necessary slogan for the 60’s Civil Rights Movement; in particular the Black Power Movement. It’s relevancy in the 1960’s United States, mentioned what the revolution will do, will not do or will not be.

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5 Morning Beauty Hacks for Dry Skin

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Winter’s going strong. And we all know the cold weather can really do a number on skin, drying out your face and robbing you of your natural glow. Never fear – we can help you beat dull winter skin with a quick morning routine that’ll leave you fresh faced for whatever comes your way that day!

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Your morning beauty routine begins even before you hit the bathroom. Start the day with a few good stretches. This helps combat dark circles by increasing your blood flow (plus you’ll feel totally calm and refreshed).

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Next, wash your face. Morning cleansing washes away the night and any leftover makeup you may have missed, leaving you feeling ready to face the day…literally. Use warm to slightly cool water. The hotter the water, the more drying it is to your skin.

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It’s important to exfoliate in the winter so you can get rid of all that dead, flaky skin. Exfoliating leaves your skin feeling soft and brightens the overall look of your face. Sensitive skin? Find an exfoliating scrub created specifically for your skin type, or only exfoliate once a week. Time-Saving Tip: Exfoliating pads are gentle, fast and easy to use!

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Now give your skin an added boost by using a hydrating mist on your face. Think of it as a drink of water for your skin. Give an extra spritz at the end of your morning skin routine, too, to ensure your makeup stays put all day long.

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Never, ever skip moisturizing your skin – no matter what your skin type. Believe it or not, even oily skin needs moisture. Apply your face cream while your skin is still damp to help seal in the moisture and further combat dryness. Also, look for products that are oil based (rather than water based) to help attract moisture to your skin. Make sure you use a facial cream with SPF because you still need protection in the winter. Time-Saving Tip: Use a tinted moisturizer and you can skip foundation!

You’re now washed, exfoliated and moisturized! Your skin should be glowing and ready for whatever the winter day has in store for you. Proceed with your makeup (Burlington has a ton at great deals!) and you’ll be totally radiant and ready to go. For more head-to-toe pampering ideas, check out Burlington’s bath and body sets – all priced to please. Find a huge selection of face washes, exfoliating cleansers, beauty essentials and more at a Burlington store near you.

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Please stop bragging about your husband on Facebook

BY  · JUNE 25, 2014

When women brag on Facebook about having the “best hubby in the world,” I want to buy advance tickets and popcorn to their inevitable divorce. If you really and truly love your husband and you’re actually that happy, why do you need to show off? Is Facebook your own personal delusion billboard?

Like when did husbanding (as opposed to husbandry, something else entirely) become a competition in which your husband is suddenly The Greatest Of All Husbands simply because he exchanged paper money for shiny baubles or, I don’t know, fixed the shower head? And why do you need to send out a massive brag to your “friends”? If it’s such a big deal, can’t you just tell them over the phone or in person?

Why are you trying so desperately to convince the world that you are happy? It’s always the women whose relationships seem a little strained (or super fucked-up) who are the ones posting about having the BEST HUSBAND IN THE WORLD DAMMIT DON’T LOOK TOO CLOSE OR ASK ANY QUESTIONS JUST ACCEPT THAT OUR CREATED REALITY IS PERFECT BECAUSE I AM SHOVING IT IN YOUR FACE LIKE A JEWS FOR JESUS PAMPHLET!

Hey, I’m not immune to the charms of celebrating one’s love. If it’s your anniversary, by all means, declare your excitement. Here are some examples of fun ways in which to do so: “I’m so delighted to celebrate my anniversary with Jimbo. He is one cool dude.” “Me and Arnold are so happy to go to Cheesecake Factory tonight for our 10th! Woo hoo!” “The kids got up and made us pancakes for our 25th. They’re all surly, terrible teens so you know that means a lot to us.”

And let’s say you just got married. Aww, congratulations! In between posting 18,000 wedding photos of your family’s strained expressions (don’t forget the “wacky” one where everybody makes a silly face! This will show that your family is different from all other, lesser families who have taken this exact same photo!) you may wish to post a status that says something like, “What a wonderful wedding. Looking forward to marriage with my favorite person.” or just “I love Manolo and I’m so glad he is my husband now.” That’s nice. That’s sweet. That’s entirely understandable.

But this thing about the BEST husband — or “hubby,” ewww — has GOT to stop. What’s even worse is something like this: “Sorry ladies, the best man in the world is OFF the market. He’s mine!” Okay, psycho hose beast. Please don’t show up to your next Jazzercise class wearing his skin as a workout suit (if only because it really won’t absorb sweat well at all). Also, you are clearly the kind of woman who is going to stab me for being friends with your husband, so I will show myself the door. Bye-bye.

Look, I like my boyfriend very much. He is a very good person with many good qualities that I do not need to enumerate in detail on Facebook, because if you are my real-life friend, you know why I’m with this fellow, and if you’re not my real-life friend, why would you even care? You wouldn’t, which is why I’m not going to bore you with the details of my fondness for my chosen partner. See how that works? Everyone is happy! And if you’re like, “She just mad cause she ain’t married” — this may blow your mind, but I DO NOT WANT TO BE MARRIED RIGHT NOW. Some day, sure! But not right now. And that’s okay! I am not the best or the worst girlfriend/human/woman and that is okay too!

But enough about me.

I feel like some sort of lady Andy Rooney here, so I’ll stop soon. Ultimately, hypercompetitive wives freak me out because they are boring and empty, and boring and empty people are dangerous. They are dangerous because when they open their mouths at parties I die a little inside and fear I may pop a blood vessel from the strain of not rolling my eyes. If the most fascinating thing you’ve done in your life is get married, I am sorry for you and sad that you do not have a better and more exciting life. I recognize that it’s very nice indeed to meet the love of your life and get hitched (this is great!) but when it is the only interesting thing about you, you are not very interesting at all.

And your husband? Honestly, he’s probably just okay.

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Psst, I Got Something To Tell You….


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Secrets to beautiful skin. Lately my focus has been on how to achieve a beautiful complexion. I’m not interested getting age spots, skin discolorations or wrinkles. Looking worn and tired is not an option. I never talk about my age, because I believe that you should always keep them guessing and most of all, you should always try to look your best. So the question is, how do you keep them guessing?

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Wear sunscreen. This is your best defense against future skin damage. SPF needs to be applied on a daily basis, even on cloudy days because the sun’s harmful rays are still present. No matter what age you are, protecting your skin should be a priority because no one wants a dull uneven complexion.

Eat healthy. You know that old saying, “you are what you eat,” well it holds true when it comes to your skin.  A diet rich in antioxidants will surely help to give you a glowing complexion. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

Be healthy. Getting enough sleep and regular exercise also goes a long way to having great skin. While exercise increases circulation and brings great nutrients to your skin, having a good night’s rest allows your skin to regenerate.

Keep a simple skin care routine. With so many creams and cleansers on the market it can be really easy to want to try everything, but keep in mind that different ingredients can cancel each other out. When you find products that work for you stick with them for a while to get the best results.  I’m always tempted to change up my routine and I always need to do my best to remember that it takes time for products to work. Creams which contain Retinol are great for fighting the signs of ageing. So give them a chance.

Invest for the long term.  I keep promising myself that I’ll start going for regular facials, but either I’m too busy or I don’t have the money or I don’t trust a new cosmetician to touch my face. Receiving the Microderm 360 kit from Kelley West was a huge coup. If I’m going to be honest, I am starting to see the first signs of ageing. While I can’t afford expensive lasers and other similar treatments, I can now easily get the same results at home and frankly, I’m over the moon. My skin has never felt softer and never looked better!secrets to beautiful skin

Of course, not everyone was born with perfect skin but maintaining a healthy and (relatively) stress free lifestyle, coupled with a simple and consistent skin care routine, will go a long way to having glowing and youthful looking skin.

What are some of your skin care secrets?

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Let Your Sun Sign Guide Your Travel


Your 2017 Travel Horoscope

by Erin Nicole January 31, 2017

Though it’s only the end of the first month of the year, we’re already feeling as though we need to get out of town, stat. Assuming you’re in the same boat (pseudo-pun intended), we thought we’d offer you a vacation horoscope for February instead of the usual mumbo jumbo about which days of the month are going to be best for your love life. (Spoiler alert: It’s the 14th if you’re coupled and “better luck next month” if you’re not). Here, the top escape you should plan next based on your astrological sign.
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Your Personalized Escape Plan

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Nepal is the perfect destination for bold and adventurous Aries, particularly given their propensity for going their own ways (as not everyone on Instagram has trekked this route). To get inspired, check out designer Prabal Gurung’s guide to his home country here.

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Oslo, Norway

Anywhere in Scandinavia will be a dream for laid-back-yet-orderly Taurus, who also prefers the finer things in life. Although it’s not the most affordable destination on Earth, you’ll get more bang for your buck in posh Oslo than you used to. The city’s got a thriving coffee culture, a burgeoning art scene and expansive natural areas for an escape near its urban areas.
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Formentera and Ibiza, Spain

Geminis tend to embody extremes, so they should look for destinations that will allow them to both retreat inward and repel away from others—and also “wild out” whenever the mood strikes. These islands in Spain afford the perfect balance: Formentera for when moody Gemini needs to chill on the beach and Ibiza for when her life-of-the-party side needs a night of clubbing until the sun comes up.
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Porto, Portugal

Sentimental, shy, imaginative and chill Cancers will flip for Porto, which is one of the hottest destinations du jour without any of the annoying traits that often come with that title. Think of Porto as a more understated Barcelona with an even more romantic vibe—one of the most romantic, we’d argue, in all of Europe. If you visit, we suggest you don’t miss this beach or the city’s signature sandwich the Francesinha, a vacation-perfect indulgence of steak, ham, sausage and cheese.
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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

No place in the world is better suited to the social, playful and thrill-seeking Leo than Rio de Janeiro. Here, these flirty party girls can indulge their most outrageous impulses over caipirinhas with some of the best-looking people in the world. Don’t miss Ipanema Beach and, if you’ve got the time and budget for an even heartier party, take a flight out to Florianópolis while you’re in the area.

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Montreal, Quebec

Canada is oft overlooked in favor of more exotic-seeming destinations, but that’s precisely one of the reasons that Virgos will feel at home within its borders. Those born under this sign may be calculated, organized and perfectionist, but they also have a hidden party side, and Montreal is a perfect fit for this duality. Plus, it’s a very French city, which will appeal to these confident lovers. Need more inspo to book your trip? Check out Leonard Cohen’s guide to the city here.

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Capetown, South Africa

Curious and open-minded Libras will find innumerable ways to occupy their busy brains in Cape Town, a complex city with an intriguing past and a very happening present. There are also beaches to satisfy the laid-back side of this sign, in case the stimulation of the city gets to be too much. For more on what to do in Cape Town, click here.
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Kyoto, Japan

Scorpios will feel at home anywhere in Japan, being as they are clever, ambitious, independent and even mysterious. Their need for alone time will be well-served in Japan as well, where the locals are not ones to interfere unless expressly asked to do so. According to Pinterest, Kyoto is the destination of 2017, which makes Tokyo’s quieter cousin the ideal bucket-list destination for our Scorpio friends.
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Belgrade, Serbia

Those born under the Sagittarius sign are by nature hard to pin down, which is why we think it’s only fitting that their next destination be somewhere as exotic to Americans as Serbia. Lonely Planet describes Belgrade as “outspoken, adventurous, proud and audacious,” which is basically how we would describe our Sagittarius friends. When planning your itinerary, be sure to focus on the Savamala quarter, Belgrade’s hippest enclave.
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Capricorns love to be alone, and we can think of no better place to get in some quality solo time than Belize, a perfect mix of low-key beaches, fascinating ruins and adventurous activities. Belize works for all budgets and preferences, too, and we’re certain that resourceful Capricorns can put together unforgettable itineraries at any price point. Or, for ultimate solitude, our Capricorn friends could always consider renting out Bird Island—because what’s more private than a legit private island?
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Berlin, Germany

Innovative and adaptable Aquarius guys and gals belong in Berlin. Their love of music will be indulged by professional concerts, festivals that rival Coachella and even karaoke in the park. This diverse and youthful city is unpredictable, which is just the way those born under the Aquarius sign like their adventures. Read more about Berlin here, as well as some of the other exciting spots in Europe you might want to add to your itinerary while you’re on that side of the pond.
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Ubud, Bali

If you’re a Pisces, beware—one visit to Bali and you may decide to permanently relocate. The culture of this quiet country is perfect for Pisces, who tend to be romantic dreamers, artists and spiritualists. We picked Ubud because it’s a good entry point to the island for those who may be first-timers or traveling alone, and also because it’s such a destination for those on a journey of consciousness. That the food is amazing and dirt-cheap doesn’t hurt, either.

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The Ayurvedic Cleanse

​If you’re anything like me, you desire to try many diets (or as I like to call it “Nutrition Transitions”) to properly detox your body; to better incorporate food consumption, designed to heal and strengthen your body can be rather confusing. I was reading this article from, and found myself relating to every aspect of it. There’s truly more to detoxing and healing your body through home fresh cooking, than meets the eye. But so worth in the end, and your body will love you for it. ~Hope Elle~

What’s An Ayurvedic Cleanse? One Editor Finds Out The Hard Way

by Erin Nicole January 26, 2017

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What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda—essentially a holistic approach to health—is known by many as the sister science to yoga, and its origins date back thousands of years in India. In Ayurvedic tradition, everything we know and experience is made up of five elements: earth, wind, fire, air and space. Each human being has a unique composition of these five things, known as their dosha, and according to Ayurveda, keeping them balanced is what keeps us healthy. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that anything natural can be medicinal—as all matter contains the five elements—but that nothing is more healing than food. Gwyneth Paltrow  has been known to embrace it as a means of detox—and that’s about the best endorsement any centuries-old practice can get here in the 21st.

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The specific take on Ayurveda I’ve decided to try is called The Layer, a 10-day program hosted by one of my favorite fitness movements of all time, The Class by Taryn Toomey. Simply put, the goal is to reset: to eliminate common irritants from my diet, cut out bad habits and optimize the whole mind-body package for best health.

Preparation For The Cleanse

To gear up, I join my brave fellow Layer initiates, all women, all in their 30s to 50s, at the home of instructor Natalie Kuhn. She gives us each a box of goodies that contains the following: Minerals de Mer Body Soak, a tongue scraper, Moon Juice probiotics, turmeric, cayenne pepper, magnesium supplements, vitamin D supplements, chlorophyll supplements, a body scrubbing glove and Aloha Protect Tea. It also contains a booklet with a day-by-day breakdown of the program—what to eat and when to eat it, recipes for suggested meals and instructions on when and how to tongue-scrape, bathe, do belly rolls and take supplements.
I’m immediately overwhelmed. I had thought this would be easy, but the recipes look intense (I can’t even cook macaroni and cheese!), and I recognize almost none of the ingredients. All are alcohol-, gluten-, caffeine-, meat- and refined-sugar-free for the first half of the cleanse, at which point fish and eggs join the list of verboten items. Natalie senses my discomfort (read: panic) and tells me I can find almost everything on the list at Trader Joe’s, and that I don’t have to make every recipe. I can pick the ones that seem easiest and stick to them. Still, she insists that cooking aids in the mindful self-care portion of the program, so I commit. 

After the meeting, I head straight to the grocery store, determined to start by making four or five of the recipes in preparation for the week. TJ’s indeed has a lot of the ingredients, but not all of them, so I move on to Sprouts, where I wander around like the lost KFC-eater I am, all the while feeling as if I’m being punked by Portlandia. By the time I finish foraging, it’s 6pm and I’ve been to Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods and Target—twice.

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The Cleanse, Days 1-5

Natalie is right. I love the cooking, even if it’s incredibly time-consuming. I put on Fleabag and haphazardly chop vegetables for hours, slicing my finger only once in the process. However, nothing I make turns out as I think it’s supposed to—my seed bread doesn’t in any way resemble actual bread, my chia pudding is a milky mess and my sweet potato soup is chunky due to a blender breakdown. Still, I’m not deterred. I’m determined to do this—it’s my personal, small-scale Everest.
Each day is meant to begin with tongue-scraping, a busy-girl’s dry brushing (with the glove, while showering), a hot water, lemon, turmeric and cayenne drink, the vitamin D supplements, the chlorophyll supplements and a belly roll. I do well with all of these except the belly roll, which I forget the first day and never remember thereafter. (Note: This is a mistake, as the belly roll is meant to relieve you of—ahem—excess air, of which you have plenty when on a diet of mostly vegetables.)
Now, I have a confession to make: I survive only three hours without coffee for the entire program, which makes me feel like a failure, but I have to get through my workday somehow and I’m not yet enlightened enough to do so without my morning caffeine. For the first eight days it’s my only setback—the rest of the time, I exist on my hardcore, home-cooked foods and I’m able to (oddly easily) shun office sweets.

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The Cleanse, Days 6-10

At this point, I believe you’re supposed to feel better than ever. I do not. My brain is foggy, even with my cup of coffee in the morning, and particularly in the afternoon. My theory is that it takes longer than five days to detox from sugar and all the unhealthy chemicals our bodies are addicted to, so I press forward.
Here’s the kicker, though. My stomach is the flattest it’s ever been (flatulence aside). Or, to rephrase for accuracy, my stomach is now flat and it has never before been so. I didn’t embark on the cleanse to lose weight, and I don’t think that’s what’s happening. Rather, I have a highly irritable digestive system, and for the first time in my life, it’s calmed by the gentle, whole foods I am consuming.
For most of the program, I’ve been staying in at night to avoid temptation, but by day eight I need to get out. Once I’ve broken free of my monastic existence, the glasses of wine my companions are drinking look like a mirage in the middle of a desert, and with their enabling I break down and order one—my second setback. Apparently, it’s easier for me to give up sugar, meat and processed foods than it is for me to give up caffeine and alcohol. I don’t know how to feel about this, but meh. Gwyneth I am not.

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The Aftermath

To be honest, I’m relieved the cleanse is over for one major reason: ease of life. Cooking complex recipes for three meals a day is exhausting. Also, the brain fog made writing tough, and writing is, you know, how I make my living. I do sense that this is the way I’m supposed to be eating all the time, which makes it feel like a strange thing to abandon in favor of a return to the poisons I regularly ingest.
To that end, what I take away from the cleanse is more life-changing than what I’ve gleaned from any similar program. After 30-some-odd years of never cooking for myself, I now do so several times a week and I love it. I have a whole pantry full of healthy ingredients I didn’t know existed before, and while I still can’t pull off anything from Amanda Chantal Bacon’s cookbook (who can?), I’ve mastered quite a few soups, curries and other vegetable-based dishes. For someone like me, I’d say that setting yourself a home-cooked-meal challenge is the thing to do, with bonus points for the healthful and detoxifying qualities of the food.
To aid you in this endeavor, try the Forks Over Knives app or, for cheaters, Purple Carrot meal delivery (which qualifies as cooking, the busy-girl way). I also highly recommend The Layer—the support group and guidelines are immensely helpful, educational and inspiring. Plus, Natalie tops my list of the best people on the planet, and her energy is healing, infectious and energizing, all of which you’ll need as you embark on this 10-day journey. Check back here for details on upcoming cleanses. ~The Zoe Report~