August 27, 2014

10 Wedding Updos

I think I slept about 3 total hours last night and  I blame it on a little something that is fast approaching in just a few short weeks. Yesterday, my sister came up from Illinois to join me for my last dress fitting before the wedding day. We were there for a good hour learning how to get in and out of a car, walk up and down the stairs, and of course, go to the bathroom ;)

Once I got home, my mind wouldn’t stop making multiple mental checklist of things to do before September 13th, which lasted all through the night unfortunately. One of the things on the list was choosing an updo. I went on a pinning frenzy on Pinterest yesterday, and here’s what I came up with:

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hair3  (Not sure of the source, but I love this!)

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Any favorites? How would you/did you do your hair for the big day? 

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August 25, 2014

Wrong Like A Denim Tuxedo: Favorite Quotes From Eat The Yolks

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m a huge fan of Liz Wolfe’s book, Eat the Yolks. Liz and Diane are part of the Balanced Bites podcast (one of my favs!) and both have written several books including Practical Paleo, Skintervention and The 21 Day Sugar Detox, all of which are on my list of must-reads.


From the book:

“Worry about cholesterol.
Avoid red meat.
Eat whole grains.
Count calories.

Could it all be a lie?

We live in an era of health hype and nutrition propaganda, and we’re suffering for it.

Eat the Yolks is about the lies we’ve been told, why the heck we believed them, and the REAL truth about real food.

(Sound boring? Don’t worry. Sure, the truth is crucial; but laughing while you learn? That’s a must. See: the chapter on Kellogg’s Flaccid Flakes.)

Here’s the straight talk: decades of avoiding egg yolks, choosing margarine over butter, and replacing the REAL foods of our ancestors with low-fat, processed, packaged substitutes hasn’t just left us with unhappy taste buds. It’s left us with an obesity epidemic, ever-rising rates of chronic disease, and, above all, total confusion about what to eat and why.

This is a tragedy of misinformation, food industry shenanigans, and cheap calories disguised as health food.

It turns out that everything we’ve been told about how to eat is wrong.

The truth?

Fat and cholesterol are crucial to your health.
Properly raised animal foods are vital to the body.
“Whole grains” are not health foods.
Counting calories won’t help you get healthier – but nutrients can.
Nutrition can’t be found in a box, a bag, or a capsule.
Nothing is off limits. From fat, cholesterol, protein and carbs to salt, the sun, and dairy products, I tackle it all.”


Not only is the book highly informative, Liz’s writing style and sense of humor get’s me laughing every single time I crack it open. To get a little taste of what it’s like, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quotes from the book. Enjoy!

Sorry, but I’m not sorry. Here’s the truth: Everything we’ve been told about carbs–where they come from, and which ones are healthy–is wrong. Wrong like a denim tuxedo.

Knowing your carbs, crops and plants means a beautifully healthy body, crash-free energy, and, most important, a foolproof, highly sensitive bullshit meter. This will make you smarter and savvier than the average eater, and aren’t the smart kids usually the popular ones too. Anyone? Bueller?

Despite what the commercial of a happy, skinny woman walking through a field with a bowl of whole-grain cereal at sunrise would like you to believe, industrial crops aren’t good for you, for animals or for the Earth.

Conventional wisdom tells us that carbohydrates, especially those from grains, are the body’s only energy source. That’s like telling a person who’s locked in a tortilla-chip factory that his only energy source is nachos. Duh.

I’ve just got to throw it out there so that when you’re on your vision quest through the wilderness with one rucksack each of fat, protein and carbs, and you’re forced to give one rucksack to a bridge troll before you can cross the river, you’ll know which bag to trade: the bag of carbohydrates.

An overburdened liver that’s always managing the constant assault of fructose-filled processed foods can compromise the health of the entire body. This is unlikely to become a problem within a real-food life style, which is why I don’t freak out over naturally occurring fructose, but those living on soda and garbage (garbage carbs) are cruisin’ for a hepatic bruisin’.

Food is not simple. It’s beautifully complex, and it’s one of the few things in life worth taking the time to truly understand, right up there with the Constitution and that show with the island and the Smoke Monster and Matthew Fox.

Another plant compound is under scrutiny for its proposed connection to everything from autoimmune disease to inflammation. Its called gluten, and it’s uniquely dangerous protein found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains, as well as their derivatives, like flour and beer. I know. My college beer-pong playing, pizza eating self would’ve shut the book right there.

{On gluten} In the words of Joey Gladstone: Cut. It. Out. Seriously. Cut it out. If something’s going on in your body that you simply can’t explain, there’s a chance gluten could be involved. Don’t wait for your family doctor, who is mired in patients and paperwork, to catch up with the latest in biological research. Just try avoiding gluten. You’ll be fine–there’s no such thing as a gluten deficiency.

On slow, lazy days, fewer carbs are probably appropriate, unless you feel otherwise. On days you’re sprinting after a rogue toddler or saving the world from a zombie invasion, you may want that extra banana.

Everything we thought we knew about how nutrients work in our bodies and what we need from our food is wrong– as wrong as soy bacon, margarine and egg-white omelets.

We’ve been taught to think about the food we eat and how it affects our weight and our health solely in terms of calories, despite the fact that the food-as-calories concept is as dated as tapered jeans.

So, seriously people…go buy this book and eat those yolks! Any favorite reads lately? Anyone else love the Balanced Bites ladies? 

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