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How to Lose Fat: Become Less of a Food Snob

YAY THAT HOW TO LOSE FAT SEGMENT IS BAAAAAACCCKKKKK.

It’s true. I am a food snob. I am super, uber particular about the food I eat. If you are new here, read this to find out why.

eat cookiesBut, here’s what I discovered: When I let go of the rules, I let go of the fat that no longer serves me. Fact. When I trim the emotional fat, fat falls off my bones.

The fockkkkk she talking about? I am saying when I got rid of restrictions in my diet, I let go of the emotional attachment I have to food. In turn eating less, making good choices, indulging a little, being more satisfied and ultimately weighing less and being more healthy. I discovered this literally today in speaking a really, really ridiculously good looking friend of mine.

Said friend:

(While Teddy is eating one of her kid’s puffs’)

Oh this does have grains in it? Is that okay for the baby?

Me:

Yeah, even I EAT GRAINS these days.

Said friend:

Realllllyy? (With a look of, oh my god, you didn’t die?)

Me:

I know. Grains. Usually sprouted grains, but not always!

How insane is that conversation when you read it, let alone say it out loud? We speak the same batshit crazy hippie language, and there is no judgment.

salad porn

The point is my body is way more better like when I take care of it, and not emotionally taunt it with the things she cannot have.

This does NOT mean I am showering in Pop Tarts everyday.

This means, I have a mocha once a week-ish. (And, it’s from Little Lion Cafe, so it’s real milk with real chocolate, no other bullshit.)

This means, I eat grains, almost everyday. Usually sprouted, but sometimes not.

This means, I eat more carbs than I used to. (BUT when you compare my consumption of carbs with others, it’s probably still very very low carb.)

my hubs makes the best pasta

This means, I find myself eating less. Not on purpose, but because I listen to what my body wants/needs and serve it that. I am not opening the fridge nearly as much to plug some craving I cannot soothe on a restrictive diet.

This means, I broke up with keto. (I WILL ALWAYS LOVE THAT BITCH AND I WILL SEE HER AGAIN.)

This means, I never eat crappy meat. I just do not. I am almost a vegetarian to be honest. I eat meat possibly three times a week. Good, really good. I am talking humanely raised and organic unicorns.

love your body

Carbs. And my leanest self. Not perfect. But happy in my skin.

The point: I find it very dangerous for people to assume that their way of eating, their way of working out, their way of being healthy is the ultimate end all, be all. Your body is a miraculous vessel, she will change, shift, get better, get worse and your needs will change day by day, year by year. When you emotionally attach yourself to a way of being healthy to the point where it becomes a part of you that you defend to the death and tell everyone you know how they are doing it wrong, it could be time for a shift. Not to mention, what is that doing to YOU psychologically? It becomes crippling. When I am on a really strict diet, I loathe eating anywhere but my house and have envious rage over the things my hubs consumes. And THEN I binge. Because I cannot contain the rage. Yep. Welcome to my life.

rainbow fucking sprinklesSo, what I am really trying to say is this: Break up with whatever diet you are on, eat real food whenever possible (organic produce, really really good meat, high quality dairy, shit you know you CAN DIGEST) indulge when you see fit, enjoy your life and move on with your day.

With love!

x to the ohhh,

Whitters!

Cleansing Detox Soup

This recipe is a staple of my Feel Less Shitty Cleanse, and something I love to make almost weekly! Enjoy! xo

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If I had to reduce your healthy existence to two things you need to get right, it is this: gut health and digestion. (Amongst a million other variables, but really those two are super, super, mother fucking important.) I preach about it all over my book, and it is a driving force behind my Feel Less Shitty Cleanse. In my opinion, the most humble and wonderful food for your immune and digestive systems is a good soup, made from traditionally prepared bone broth, and full of vegetables that provide wonderful nutrients and fiber.

bone broth soupBone broth alone is SO amazing for your gut health, cleansing and overall wellness. Remember the olden days when Chicken Noodle Soup was the cure for everything? It was the broth. It was the bones that made the broth magically healing. Simply because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and expedite healing.

5 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

  • Huge immune system boost
  • Helps reduce cellulite <<< insert emoji hair flip
  • Improves joint health
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory that helps the body HEAL and RECOVER
  • Heals a Leaky Gut

So dig out your bowl, and make your own broth when you can! It is so economical to cook a whole chicken for meat and then use the bones for broth. Good for your body, soul and wallet. Holler. 

I personally feel at a loss when there is not broth in my fridge or on reserve in the freezer. If I am being honest though, I am not great at making my own. My HUBS however, makes the best bone broth, which he calls stock, as they do in kitchens. When I do not lovingly force him into making my broth, I buy it from the Bares Bones Broth Company. 

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The Cleansing Soup recipe I put together is simply a bowl full of nutrients and fiber, all of which, you guessed it, encourage digestion and the reduction of inflammation. Such a simple and amazing way to devour veggies. Plus, soup is just good for your soul. If you are not into bone broth or meat, this recipe can easily be manipulated and still very beneficial.

Full disclosure: I personally have a tough time consuming bone broth straight up, so I have to have soup, or I add it to sauces, or find a way to make gravy with coconut flour.

Soup’s on!

x to the ohhh,

Whitters

Detox and Healing Soup

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Cleansing Soup

  • 6 cups of bone broth or organic store bought stock + 4 cups water (you want to cover all the veggies, maybe less, maybe more)
  • 1 sweet potato cut up into chunks
  • 2 cups of kale, de stemmed and chopped in small pieces
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped (about half a head)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic minced,
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 piece of ginger 3” inch piece (or as much as you can handle) peeled and minced (or I actually use a micro peeler)
  • 2 tablespoons of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Throw everything into a crockpot and simmer for 8 hours. (You want the sweet potatoes almost mushy.)
  • Feel free to add any other veggies you are into, I personally hate onions but they are cleansing so feel free to add those bad boys.

Bone Broth – Yields approximately 12 cups.

  • Giblets and carcasses from two chickens (or one turkey)
  • 2 medium yellow onions, roots cut off and halved
  • 4-5 carrots, washed and cut in half (or about 2 cups of baby carrots)
  • 6-8 celery stalks, washed and cut into thirds
  • 2 stems of fresh thyme or your favorite herbs
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 gallon cold water (enough to cover the ingredients)

Directions:

  1. Place chicken giblets and carcasses, vegetables, garlic, herbs and bay leaves into a big stock pot.  Fill with enough filtered water to just cover the ingredients.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil on top of the stove, then turn down the heat to keep a simmer for at least 4-6 hours (the longer the better!!!), stirring every half hour or so. Let simmer with lid off for the last hour (or two).
  3. Strain all the ingredients by pouring bone broth from one pot to another through a colander or strainer.

For information about the Feel Less Shitty Cleanse:

Read THIS!

My cleanse is over, now what?

Well, simply put, keep NOT eating crap. Keep eating real foods. Keep taking care of yourself. Let some of the things you discovered become a habit. If you really do not want to read this whole post (no worries, I get it, thankful you are here now) just read this:

The single most important and wonderful thing you can do for yourself, and possibly your family is to cook your meals. Cook your meals with real ingredients. As many of them as you can. I literally do not care what you cook so long as you have to cut shit up and throw them in a pan, or a crockpot, or the oven, or some lard to fry. Good lard. A good source of lard, is actually a wonderful thing.If you are just warming something up, it is possibly not real food, you likely should just toss it. Cook your meals my friend. You will cook real food. You will grow to love more and more real foods.Cook it. Eat it. Don’t over think it. Just find the kitchen.

“Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being.” Michael Pollan

If you are not familiar with Michael Pollan, get familiar. The man is wonderful and has such an amazing point of view when it comes to food. I love people who preach real food without banging their chest and making you feel like if you eat bread you will shrivel up and die.

Anyways, I digressed, HERE are my tips for coming out of your cleanse gently. If you followed my Feel Less Shitty Cleanse, thank you! I really hope you fell a little bit in love with just taking care of yourself. If you did, keep going, but do not drive yourself insane.

cleanse over

Don’t binge.

I know you want to make it rain at the taco shop, but can we just make some good tacos at home? Can we just go get a good organic brand of ice cream that only has a handful of ingredients and really enjoy that? Then move on. Do something naughty if you must, then eat something good at your next meal.

meal prep

Meal prep every Sunday.

For me that means:

  • Roasting or baking chicken
  • Sometimes cooking hamburger patties if we have Sunday night burger night and I will have my hubs grill a couple of extra patties so I have them for the week
  • Making or ordering bone broth (usually once a month)
  • Cooking sides like sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, baked kale (or whatever starchy vegetable that is currently my jam)
  • Cooking some sort of green side or SOUP for the week
  • Hard boiling eggs
  • Soaking nuts (usually cashews)
  • Stocking my fridge with veggies, fruits, yogurt and cheeses that I can snack on or throw together a hearty salad with

Keep eating the foods you were eating!

If you enjoyed any of the recipes on your cleanse, keep incorporating them into your weekly meals! Love the soup? Make the soup! Eat the soup!

big ass salad

Eat a big salad everyday.

Make it a great salad and for me that means

  • Good base of spinach, kale or arugula if I am having eggs with my salad
  • Protein – I love hard boiled eggs chopped up, chicken and sometimes ground beef
  • Fruit – THIS is the money maker, this makes my salads come to life. Right now I love persimmons in my salad, but I usually just slice up whatever I have on hand (except bananas)
  • Crunch – I need a little crunch so I love adding a handful of my sprouted nuts, or chia seeds or hemp seeds (or all of the above if I am being honest)
  • Fats – Grass-fed or raw cheese, avocados

Put your favorite meals on repeat

Repeat the same meals each week as you begin changing your lifestyle for the better and experiment with new recipes overtime. Yes, I want you to eat MORE real foods, but initially I want you to fall in love with good foods, and that means you need to eat foods that you know you like. Because, you will EAT them enjoyably and keep repeating that behavior. 

Don’t worry about what you SHOULD not eat.

Don’t overthink it anymore. Stop dieting. Focus on the good foods you enjoy, and eat them. If you have some ice cream, AWESOME. I actually think it is a wholesome treat. Stop measuring your portions and stop weighing yourself. Really, just stop.

Let go of that which no longer serves you.

In both consumption and emotion, let go of the shit you really do not need. For me, that means not showering in coffee and wine everyday. Le sigh. Is it a need or a want? Can we save “wants” as treats? When it comes to caffeine in particular, we are FIERCELY protective of it. We try so hard to make a case for coffee, and really it is amazing, but is it taking away from you in anyway? For me, I found I would drink too much caffeine and ignore the other nutrient needs I had, because the coffee covered up my real deal cravings. So now, cappuccino at brunch, absolutely. Everyday, I’m gonna have to just say no. (I reserve the right to change my mind on this.)

kombucha in a wine glass

Kombucha + Beet Kvass in a wine glass

 

Eat something fermented or probiotic rich every single day.

Kombucha in a wine glass! MY FAVE! Or yogurt. Real yogurt, not the shit you pile all of the things on. That’s not real yogurt. Go to the farmers markets in your area and find someone who makes delicious and nutritious fermented foods. In San Diego, we are blessed with The Happy Pantry. Go find Mark.

Do one thing a week that TAKES CARE OF YOU.

Well, ideally you are doing more than one thing a week. But start with one. Like taking that yoga class by the ocean at 9am. Or demanding that your hubs watches the kids for a couple hours while you go get a pedicure, or sweat or hike or sleep. Anything. Take a detox bath. Do something for you, and do NOT apologize for it.

Make friends. Outsource whatever you can. Become a real foodist.

No but really. Want bone broth in your life but cannot find the time or enjoyment to make it? Order it. I LOVE Bare Bones Broth. Go the farmers markets in your area and make friends. THOSE people know what is going on with real foods. Become a part of the real food community. Fact: I have a wonderful mama friend who lovingly picks up my raw milk and goods from the Real Food Club we belong to because I simply cannot make the drive as it always conflicts with my working schedule. One day I will find a way to repay her.

kombucha in a wine glassNourish. Not punish.

And finally, nourish yourself, don’t punish yourself. Don’t starve yourself after a rough go of a weekend. Just keep eating food that is real. Food that can rot. And if you do fuck up, that’s fine! You KNEW deep down that the 7 days you spent eating green shit was not going to change every bad habit you ever had, but, it was a start! Good for you. Keep making better choices and find the joy in nourishment.

That’s it folks!

x to the ohhhh, Whitters

If you need help and want to join in my November cleanse, I have 20 open spots so leave your email in the comments below, or shoot me an email for deets! whitneybenjamin@me.com

Best Recipes from my Instagram Machine

Do you follow me on the Insta? Well friends, I post A LOT of recipes on insta, alongside a slew of shameless selfies, so saddle up and follow a bitch.

Any hooters. Sometimes I get comments like, hey where is the recipe, where is that, how are babies made? To which I reply, well I don’t, I don’t actually reply at all. Instead I am posting my most recent and popular recipes as seen on insta, so you can enjoy.

Thanks kitten faces!

Primal Lactation Cookies

Those I actually posted on the blog.

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Firewater: Daily Detoxification and Breath of Fire

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Firewater Detox Water

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 lemon juiced
1/2 grapefruit juiced
2 cups sparkling water (could use regular this just makes it delightful)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or as much as you can handle
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon turmeric root powder
1 teaspoon of manuka or raw honey (optional, I omitted because of sugars)
1 huge handful of mint
Ice
Shake it up shake it up! Yummmmm.

Low Carb Almond Joy Squares

keto fat bombs

Primal Almond Joy Bars

3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup of crunchy almond butter
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of gelatin (optional)
1 tbsp of coconut sugar (optional, use sweetener of choice)
Melt everything over medium in a sauce pan, mix well and pour into silicone candy molds and freeze. You could also poor into cupcake liners and freeze as well!

Thin Mint Fat Bomb Shake

thin mint protein shake

Thin Mint Paleo Protein Shake

1 cup of coffee brewed and chilled
1-2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1/2 scoop of cacao @paleo_pro
1 tbsp coconut butter
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
A few twists of sea salt (makes it caramel-y and salt is good for #keto folk)
1 raw pastured raised egg yolk
5 ice cubes

peanut butter coffee

Peanut Butter Bulletproof Coffee

(I know peanuts are banned under paleo, but a little here and there is fine.)
1 cup of coffee (chilled or hot I like it cold)
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 raw pasture raised egg yolk
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1/2 scoop of @paleo_pro cacao
1 tbsp nut butter of choice, I used@pbpeanutbutter
1 tsp bee pollen (optional but so much energy!!!)
1 square of bakers chocolate
1 itty bitty drop of liquid stevia or sweetener of choice

Keto Bacon Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes

keto pancake

🐷 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
🐷 2 eggs
🐷 2 tbsp sour cream (I like green valley organics the best)
🐷 1 strip of bacon already cooked and chopped up
🐷 1 tsp of #lilyschocolate dark chocolate chips (sweetened with stevia!)
💁🏼 All mixed up and fried in@ancientorganics ghee

Keto Donuts (recipe is actually right here)

primal paleo donuts

 

x to the ohhhh Whitters

 

 

 

 

Paleo Peach Blueberry Crumble!

My mission at Eat Clean. Piss Glitter. is to share workout tips, recipes and laughter for all of the busy folks of America and someday the world. I believe if healthy choices easily fit into your overbooked daily planner you are 113% more likely to stick to a healthier lifestyle. So the workouts and recipes I share take little time and prep. If you have 30 minutes to spare in your day, you have time for the workouts I share. If you can buy frozen veggies and fruit, then you can handle the recipes I create. Not to mention, a side of sarcasm and humor is complimentary with every blog post, so I hope you enjoy.

Paleo Peach Blueberry Crumble

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 bags of organic frozen peaches or 6 peaches sliced
  • 1 bag of organic frozen blueberries or 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 bag of organic frozen raspberries or 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Juice of 1 lemon (if you don’t like tartness omit lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon of organic vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (or pecans or cashews)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 tablespoons of organic raw honey melted

Step 1 – Allow frozen fruit to thaw for a bit so it’s workable maybe 20 minutes at room temp

Step 2 – Mix the berries and peaches with the lemon juice and vanilla

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Step 3 – Put fruit mixture in a greased (I used coconut oil) 9 x 12 casserole pan

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Step 4 – Melt your honey and coconut oil and mix with remaining dry ingredients.

Step 5 – Crumble the topping on top of your fruit mixture (I like to use my hands here to get it nice and even)

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Step 6 – Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until the fruit is a bubbling!

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Step 7 – Try not to eat the entire pan in one sitting…

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I leave you with this thought:

Life is just too short for us all to be a hybrid of Betty Crocker and Jillian Michaels, so work smarter not harder with your health and well being, and never turn down a piece of dark chocolate or paleo crumble, ever.

x to the ohhh

Whitters

 

#butterbooty Can I get a meal plan?

Errrm, no.

burger lounge

Wait, why? Well, basically I do not totally believe in meal plans because I do not believe there is one way for everyBODY. What I do believe is that you can take a plan, use it as your foundation and make the changes as you see fit for your own BODY. I know, annoying. But it is real. This is really the only way permanent change can start to happen. You can do a detox, a 21-day fix, a keto cleanse, whatever, there are millions and look and feel better without question. But, will you make life long changes as a result? Maybe, but probably not. But, maybe. I have found with my family, friends and clients that they truly start to change when they take a plan and make it realistic to their lifestyle. I wish looking and more importantly FEELING better in your body is the greatest catalyst for change, but it’s not, it’s finding a way to make things habitual and enjoyable.

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So, what the eff can I do? Well if you would like a starting point, I do highly suggest the Whole 30 program. For one, I believe in the foods that are allowed in the Whole 30 challenge and this is how I personally eat most days. But some people NEED grains, a little bit of grains, some people just need a cheat meal once a week. Totally depends. But, I would say the Whole 30 challenge is an amazing place to start. Not to mention you can find about a million shopping lists, meal plans and food lists online, in blogs and on Pinterest. Lastly, I like the Whole 30 plan because the base of it is eating REAL FOOD, not counting calories. Counting calories is horse shit. Effective for some, miserable for most. Be concerned with the nutrients you are getting, not that the calories.

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Here are my best meal planning tips:

  • Just cook your meals at home, as many as you can. That is the BEST PLACE to start.
  • If you are feeling lost, start googling the Whole 30 plan. Start pinning recipes, meal lists and foods that appeal to you and get to work.
  • Search Pinterest using search terms that include your favorite types of food and “Paleo” or “primal” or “whole 30”
  • Shop twice a week for fresh real foods and meats. Once on the weekend and once during the week.
  • Find some staple meals your family loves to eat and make it once a week or every other week. Like in our house, Buffalo Chicken happens every week.
  • Some days, meals won’t happen at home, don’t kill yourself over it. Enjoy being out and be smart.
  • Make healthy treats that you can have on hand when the indulgent yummies creep up on you.
  • Eat. Fat. Good fats will help you stay full and are actually ESSENTIAL for your health. Ever heard of Essential Fatty Acids?

eat fat

 

I hope this is just a tad helpful. At the end of the day, you have to experiment with your foods and your body to understand what works best for YOU. Mmmm kay poo bear?

x to the ohhh, Whitters

Further reading:

My book. Where I talk about allllll of this in great detail. 😉

 How to lose Fat: Eat Nutrients

How to lose fat: Ketosis (Keto)

How to lose fat: Eat Treats.

 

#butterbooty Burger Lounge Giveaway + Keto Krispies Cereal! {sugar-free grain-free paleoish low carb}

You. Guys. I miss cereal so much with my whole heart. I love it. The problem is when I have cereal, I have like 5 bowls not 1. So whilst I preach the moderation wagon, this is one treat I actually really cannot indulge in.  At least not Rice Crispies (my weakness). Except for when I am in the hospital recovering from having a child, Rice Krispies on Rice Krispies on Rice Krispies!

So when I came across this recipe I was beyond intrigued. Made a few modifications and arrived at Keto Krispies. YUMMMM!

 Keto Krispiesketo krispiesIngredients

3 cups coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1/4 of water

1 cup hemp seeds

2 teaspoons of Xyla (could use stevia or something else or maple syrup if not concerned with sugars)

2 teaspoons of Vanilla extract

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of salt

3 tablespoons melted ghee (or pasture butter or coconut oil)

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Line Cookie sheet with with parchment paper.
  2.  Melt ghee in a sauce pan over low
  3. In a large bowl, add water along with cinnamon, salt, vanilla and xyla. Whisk until dry ingredients are dissolved. Add ghee. Add coconut flakes and stir well until flakes are evenly coated. Be sure flakes are not sticking together. Taste for sweetness.  Add more sweetener if desired.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove from oven and carefully stir. Bake for 15 minutes. Keep repeating process until golden brown and krispy, but KEEP an eye out. Mine burned. But I still LOVE IT.
  5. Pour some with a little coconut milk, raw milk, heavy cream whatever. You really do not need a lot of liquid, it absorbs it like crazy! ENJOY!

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#butterbooty Burger Lounge Giveaway

So, the #butterbooty challenge is rocking my world. You all are so awesome and inspiring, and also, totally kicking your own donks which is fun for me. One thing I want to share over this 12 week challenge is that eating can be enjoyable. You do not have to be a crazy person, and you should indulge here and there. That said, if you have not discovered Burger Lounge or do not have one near you, I sincerely apologize. Like, from the bottom of my heart apologize.

Burger Lounge is one of my favorite places to go out to eat at on the entire planet! Simply because it is beyond delicious, and I can get a wholesome, humanely raised, paleoish/primal/keto meal anytime I would like. AND hubs is obsessed. And is Wubbas. So it’s like a “healthy” restaurant my hubs can enjoy, too. NOT always the case.

burger lounge

Their beef is grass-fed, their turkey is free-range, they use local produce and based their restaurant truly on the real food movement. What is NOT to love? I can go and get an amazing lettuce wrapped Turkey burger with pickles, and hubs can get fries, a shake, whatever and enjoy his life. Heaven for us both.

Anyhooters, my friends at Burger Lounge are giving away two $20 gift cards, to be selected at random with a #butterbooty Instagram check-in:

1. Post a photo of you doing something amazing for yourself be it completing a #butterbooty workout, eating something delightful (and a touch healthy), walking, resting, whatever and tag @eatcleanpissglitter + @burgerlounge + #butterbooty.

2. Winner will be selected at random on Friday at 7pm PST.

Alright #butterbooty lovers? Get after it!

x to the ohhhh, Whitters

PS If you have not joined our Facebook group and want in on the challenge, DO IT!   Never too late to work on that donk.

Coffee Alternative: Dandy Blend = Lifesaver.

Watch out y’alls, kickass life update ahead. Insert duckface selfie here.

workout girl

I feel so much better. My skin is so much better, my body temperature is getting back to normal (it was reallly low, which can be a thryoid signal of trouble), my cycles are getting back on track. I really should have no reason to complain, but let me just give you one.

I miss coffee.

Yesterday, I needed a lifeline badly. I took to the Facebook machine and y’all delivered by recommending Dandy Blend, a product I was already considering tracking down that very day. I recently gave up coffee, for multiple reasons, but mostly in part of a bigger effort to deal with a flare up. My body attacks itself. Killer. The struggle is real. (Read my story hurrr.)

Food is medicine.

For good or bad, food is medicine. In just a few short weeks of getting rid of coffee, dairy, focusing on sleep and getting more nutrients in my body, I already feel and see a difference. My body is not holding onto the puffiness it likes midst flare ups, my skin is almost all clear (will post a huge before and after, plus my skin regimen soon), and my mood is mo bettah like.

Fact. Eat more nutrients. Avoid shit you cannot digest. Health and happiness.

So I am officially obsessed with Dandy Blend. I had my first cup yesterday afternoon, and I immediately felt like I had a cup of joe. Without the bitterness, which is cool. And, I feel like whenever I drink herbal tea I just feel weirdly uplifted. Like I know in my bones I am doing something good for myself?

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Dandy Deets

Dandelion is one of the top six most used herbs in all of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is most frequently used to heal the liver. This is SUPER important for anyone struggling with hormonal issues. Such as I. Dandelion root helps to clear excess hormone buildup from the liver. (source)

Dandelion is rich in micronutrients such as copper, cobalt, zinc, boron, and molybdenum, as well as Vitamin D. (source)

Dandy blend tastes like coffee and makes my goddam heart warm (source = myself). You can find it here.

dandy blend coffee alternativedandy blend coffee alternativeDandy Little Mocha

  • 8 ounces hot water
  • 1-2 teaspoons dandy blend (I like it on the heavier side, since I effing love coffee)
  • 1 teaspoon of carob or unsweetened cocoa powder (carob if you are avoiding nightshades)
  • 2 ounces of coconut milk (optional) this is my favorite brand because it is BPA free and is just coconut and water, no nothing else’s.
  • 1 teaspoon of maca powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or MCT oil (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey (optional)
  • 1 shake of sea salt
  • Lots of shakes of cinnamon
  • Blend. Enjoy.

I hope you are having a kickass week. Dandy on yo.

x to the ohhh Whitters 

Easy. Healthy. Dessert. Proyo Recipe.

proyo recipe

Holy delightful #proyo batman.
1/2 cup organic full fat Greek yogurt
1 scoop of @source_organic whey
1 teaspoon flaxseed meal
2 teaspoons cocoa powder

skinnytips: Skinny mini cinnamony yogurt recipe

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Stupid easy delights. 1/2 cup full fat organic yogurt (my fave is Strauss creamery) + 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon or more + a shake or two of sea salt. Blend enjoy. Cinnamon makes her taste like sugared cinnamon buttery buns. Bonus: yogurt gives you a good dose of probiotics for your gut, cinnamon helps you burn chub rub. #cleandessert #cheatclean #yogurt #probiotics #eatcleanpissglitter