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5 Reasons I Love Juice Cleanses + an Urban Remedy Purify Juice Cleanse Review

Urban Remedy Purify Juice Cleanse Review

Remember last year when I did a review of Urban Remedy’s Organic Signature Juice Cleanse and fell in love? Well I decided to do another one and share my experience with you!

First I want to dive into WHY I love juice cleanses so much since I know there’s a lot of controversy around if they’re actually good for your body. My reasons are purely personal and should not be taken as advice; consider it me sharing my experience with you.

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Let’s Catch Up: Food, Fitness, & Life.

01-IMG_1979 Hey there! It’s been a while since we’ve just chatted. You know about life, fitness, and non-recipes.

Sometimes we have to do that. To just catch up. I hope this doesn’t bore you.

First let me start out by saying that I LOVE salad bars. All of the healthy quinoa salads, kale galore, and every veggie you could imagine is a dream.

Usually I tend to go vegetarian at the salad bars but if I’m extra hungry I’ll get a little chicken. Then there’s always spinach, kale, and romaine for a bit of crunch. I top my salad with chickpeas, grape tomatoes, olives, red peppers, peas and mushrooms. Oh and red onion! I adore red onions. Lastly I drizzle a bit of red wine vinegar and sometimes a dash of sesame oil. TOTAL NOMS.

Few things are better than salad bars.

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Except for chocolate.

My favorite is the Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee. It has a hint of wine and blackberry flavor.

SO SO GOOD. What’s your fav?

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I”m very fond of Greek Yogurt. Actually no, I would say obsessed.

Here’s a fun twist on it I found. YUMMY.

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 I get to do cool things for work. Like hang out with this guy!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies + Bake for their Sake

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Hi friends!

I wanted to tell you about an amazing non-profit organization called Echoing Good who is currently hosting an online bake sale auction to raise money for some really incredible projects in Uganda. And guess what? My Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt are up for bidding! That’s right, bid the highest amount and I will personally ship you some these heavenly cookies.

This cause is incredibly important to me, and an easy way for us all to contribute to something good. In fact, 100% of the proceeds of will benefit Echoing Good and the amazing project work they do.

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From Echoing Good:

Currently in Uganda, malnutrition is depriving many children of the chance to get an education. Due to the high cost of food, families are faced with the decision to either send their kids to school or put them to work to help feed the family. Echoing Good is working directly with the community to develop farms that enable lunch programs in primary schools. The crops grown provide pupils with daily nutritious meals and excess crops are sold to generate money that is reinvested back into maintaining the farms. This one meal eases the financial burden on families to provide their children with every meal, prevents hunger and malnutrition, and ultimately keeps the children in school.
 
Echoing Good’s program currently feeds over 1400 children every day. WOW!
I would love if you would consider participating!

How to bid: Please help support this wonderful cause by simply heading to Echoing Good’s Facebook page, make sure you like the page, then start bidding on some sweet treats by some very talented food bloggers! The bidding ends July 20th at 2pm Pacific. Winners will be notified within 24 hours, and treats will be shipped within a week.

Let me know if you guys have any questions!

xoxo

The Yoga Challenge

The Yoga Challenge

Let me tell you about this guy I used to date.

He was nice, fun and quite interesting. Adventurous, too! Unfortunately, he was also incredibly challenging. Quite frankly, he annoyed me quite a bit… but in that good sort of way. Does that make sense?

Anyway no hard feelings there. The point I’m getting across is that my relationship with him is quite comparable to my relationship with yoga.

It’s challenging, yet rewarding. Both fun and difficult all at the same time. Most of all it’s something to experience. Because who are we, if not for our experiences?

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 3 years and find it to be one of the most rewarding workouts. Not to be a complete hippie, but it’s really taught me a lot about myself, reduced my stress, and kept me happy during tough times. Obviously better than any boyfriend.

So, what’s this yoga challenge about?

My yoga studio offers several different types of yoga classes, all in a heated environment. They recently posted a yoga challenge called Mount Everest, and I was immediately curious. The goal of the challenge is to yoga every day for the next 6 weeks. Whoever reaches 35 classes first wins! You can also double up on your classes;  I’ll probably do that two times a week.

I wanted to share this all with you and document my experience, and also perhaps offer a little inspiration and encouragement along my journey.

Here’s what I’ll be sharing:

  • Calories burned: I just purchased a heart rate monitor off of Amazon, so as soon as it arrives in the mail, I’ll be wearing it to all of my classes to help document how many calories I’ve burned.
  • Food: I don’t plan on posting what I’m eating all the time, but instead include some photos of my meals in weekly recaps. For the next month, I’m giving up alcohol, peanut butter, and most wheat. I’ll be sticking to a high protein diet, healthy gluten free grains, and avoiding anything processed. I’ll also be switching to organic fruits and veggies. It’s a good thing I’ve been saving up recipes to post!
  • Weight loss: I’ll track weekly any weight loss along with how I’m feeling or if I’m noticing any changes in my body or emotions.
  • Recaps of favorite work outs: I’m not going to jotting down my moves while in class, but I might share a fun move or how many sit-ups I did, etc.

I’m curious, what has your fitness experience been? Have you tried yoga?

Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for more updates.

Have a wonderful 4th of July! xo