Why Detoxes Will Only Detox Your Wallet

This morning, I was reading through some of my friends’ Facebook posts. It is usually that time of year when lots of women try to get that “beach body.” (That discussion of a beach body has its own discussion, but that is for another time). Many of my friends were toting a diet of eating only steamed greens and lean organic protein to get those bikini abs or swimsuit body. “I need to purge my body of those toxic chemicals,” a friend said. “Green juice and smoothies only from now on.” The truth, though, is that detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam

And it is something that, as consumers, we need to be aware of.

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How the Jersey Shore Shaped My Diet

I was 18 years old when I stopped eating meat. It was a traumatic affair, involving a bite into some deceptively cooked chicken. One bite of the stuff and I was completely turned off. When I came home after my first semester, I adamantly sat down to dinner with my family. “I’m going to cook some eggs. I don’t eat meat anymore,” I said. My mom looked at me quizzically, “Not even chicken?” she asked, handing me a dish of chicken parmesan.

It reminded me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Learning to Love Tea Again

As I get older, it gets harder and harder to keep up with the speed of life. And, while it seems like we are doing a good job to maintaining the pace, we must admit that our bodies were not made for this fast paced lifestyle of modern society. We are still struggling with early morning school bus runs, scheduling one activity after another, and electric lights that let us stay up way past dark.We have so many options that weighing the slight differences between two equally good choices drive us toward our breaking point. I go in and out between periods of anxiety about the future, about plans that franly can change in a blink. I am only 24, but I feel completely burnt out.

And that’s when tea saved me.

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Seared Breakfast Banana Split with Biscuit Crumble

Aka how I have fully embraced having dessert as breakfast. Or hey, what about breakfast as dessert? With Mother’s Day coming up and everything, I was looking for a recipe that was a) relatively low maintenance, b) reasonably good for you, and c) so decadent she would not be able to tell the difference between this and dessert ! And I think I’ve nailed it.

Because, while this is a banana split, if you squint, it looks like breakfast!

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What’s the Beef with Protein?

When I became a vegetarian, my parents were not shy about making sure I met my nutritional requirements. Specifically, the subject on their minds was protein. “Sarah, have this piece of fish. It’s full of protein. You need protein in every meal to stay healthy.” It drove me absolutely mad, so much so that I became super focused on making sure I was hitting at least 100 grams or more. I tracked my macronutrients using LoseIt extensively, making sure that every handful of spinach or carton of egg whites helped me reach my goals. Sometimes, I would eat 3 Quest Bars just to make sure my protein needs were met. Now to be fair, at the time, I probably was not eating enough calories, which resulted in the symptoms of protein deficiency. And yes, once I stopped eating my vegetable-only salads in favor of a more balanced meal with added protein and fats, I felt loads better. However, after reflecting to that time in my life,  I began to critically think about the intense focus our society has on protein in our diet.

With this in mind, I beg the question: what is the deal with protein?

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How I Use Bullet Journaling to Help Me Stay Organized

Ever since I was in middle school, I have always been a “lists” person. You know what that is?

It is a person who has lists for what they need to do for the day. It is a person who never goes to the grocery store without a list. It is a person who writes out their weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.  It is a person who even has lists for her lists.

How else would I keep track of my lists?

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“Are You Getting Enough Protein?”: Counting Macros

The first time someone told me that I needed more protein was from my mom. I had just come back from a weekend trip in college and was visiting my family for the holidays. My mom took one look at my hair and asked, “Are you eating enough protein? Maybe you should have some fish.”

To be fair to my mom, I probably was not getting enough protein or calories at the time. Like all trips you take in your late teens and early twenties, I was subsisting on a diet that would not be considered balanced. In this case, my team and I ate nothing but granola bars and Subway sandwiches. And because I was a pescatarian and store bought tuna salad (which is basically half mayo) FREAKS me out, my only option was the veggie delight sub with the sweet onion sauce. As you can tell, this probably has zero protein.

But you cannot say I did not get my veggies in.

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Letting Love, Not Fear, Be Your Compass

This past June, I was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. A friend of mine was planning on traveling the world and, for a segment of the trip, she discovered her previous travel companion was no longer able to come with her. She asked if I would like to come along, knowing of my desire to travel. When she presented the opportunity to me, I could not be more excited. The trip was for two weeks, traveling through central and eastern Europe. I had been saving money since my freshman year of college for the opportunity to do this. This was the first time I would be traveling without my family (or “adults” although technically I was an adult). And even though the $900 I spent on the last minute ticket to Venice was more money than I have ever spent in my life at once, I was so excited to be finally leaving the country by myself.

And yet, that same excitement was quickly augmented.

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Learning to Eat Mindfully

I am a bit embarrassed to write this post. As a health and wellness blogger, I feel as though I need to have a perfect face on at all times. However, my hope with The Cutting Veg is to be real with you guys. And I do not feel as though I can move through this journey until I come clean about my journey through emotional eating. And really, this will be a journey. And I want you to come on the magic bus with me. Cause duh!

So here it goes.

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