Last year I decided to go sugar & dairy free for a few months to see how it made me feel. It didn't only make me feel great, but made me look better (no bloating, clear skin...) so now I've decided to only remove refined sugar and dairy for one month twice a year. I don't eat gluten anyway, and if you want more of a challenge, you could always remove that from your diet for the month too. It's always a good idea to time this 'month of deprivation' right before summer starts, so it helps shed the excess bloating & inflammation before swimsuit season :)
The first couple of weeks are brutal, but once you get past that hump, it becomes much easier and you start feeling and noticing the differences. If you can find some great whole foods that you love, it becomes really easy. When I went full on sugar free last year, I cut out everything from fruit to natural sweeteners (like honey & maple syrup), but I still had a glass of red wine and a square of the darkest chocolate I can find. I also had some whole milk kefir every day to keep a little dairy in my diet so I wouldn't become lactose intolerant, plus for the probiotic benefit.
I highly recommend picking up the Goop Clean Beauty book as it has so many great recipes and tips to making small changes to live a clean & healthy life. My FAVE recipe from this book is the Sweet Potato and Avocado Grain Bowls (below). It looks pretty daunting with so many parts, but if you make enough, it'll last days :) I also use each individual ingredient as snacks throughout the day. Gwyneth also recently came out with a new cookbook, The Clean Plate, that I can't wait to get my hands on.
Sweet Potato and Avocado Grain Bowls from Goop Clean Beauty
If you want to add a meat protein to it, I found this amazing Chicken Thighs recipe. I add it to the bowls, and also use it in salads throughout the week. I love the recipe as is, but I usually sub the maple syrup for coconut oil or coconut aminos to cut down on the sugar intake. They still taste amazing.
My latest sweet craving is fully satisfied with this Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge recipe. It's like making your own chocolate, and REALLY easy. I've been using honey instead of maple syrup, but I bet the latter is great too.
If you NEED sugar, you can always substitute with coconut sugar, which is low glycemic and better for you than cane sugar, supposedly. You can sub it in any recipe and not taste much of a difference. These Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Minimalist Baker are my favorite, and they're loaded with protein. I always sub the brown sugar with coconut sugar. They're gluten and dairy free also.
Sustainable swim is in!
We partnered with Amour Vert for an exclusive collection of ultra-chic, sustainable swimwear. Each suit is made from recycled nylon/spandex created from materials such as fishing nets, fabric scraps, and industrial plastic. Three of our most popular styles are available in two colors.
How It's Made
We constructed these suits in Downtown LA with recycled fabric. The recycled nylon is made with ECONYL® yarn. ECONYL® yarn is a 100% recycled nylon yarn made out of nylon waste. The waste is made up of 50% post consumer, which incorporates fishnets, and 50% pre consumer, including nylon plastic scraps.
The color story for Resort is inspired by natural and healing elements - crystals, stone and clay.
Clean white imbues the collection with purity and elegance, shades of purple symbolize
boldness and inner strength, and a vibrant pop of yellow reflects a happy spirit.
The terrazzo print adds a subtle rawness to the fresh and sophisticated feel of the collection.
The modern maillot for the confident woman is the focus of this collection. Reinvented with flattering cut-outs and fresh color combinations, our maillots stand out from the crowd but are still totally functional.
Our swimwear is made locally in Los Angeles with the highest quality Italian fabrics. KORE SWIM is committed to following sustainable and ethical standards through the entire design and production process.
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