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Surviving the Holidays | 10 Day Cleanse

While I love the holidays, and look forward to them, they can be fairly hard on your body. Between all of the聽late nights, indulgent treats, and cocktails, you start to feel pretty low energy by the time New Years rolls around. This 10 day cleanse is easy, quick, and you still get to EAT. Well… Maybe easy isn’t the best word. But it’s definitely worthwhile. It’s a great way to give your adrenals and gut a break, and you’ll be able to put your best food forward for all of your holiday engagements this year.

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Here are the do’s and don’t’s for the 10 day cleanse:

Don’t consume:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar/Sweeteners (including natural added sugars like agave or honey, but excluding fruits and veggies containing sugar, those are fine)
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Peanuts

Do consume:

  • All the whole foods – Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. (Non-processed meat as well if you’re an omnivore)
  • LOTS of water
  • Pre/probiotics
  • Fermented foods without added sugar

Caffeine is one of the hardest things for most people to give up, but you can ease your way into it by starting to cut back a few days before officially starting the cleanse. That way there isn’t quite as much of a shock to the system. Below are my thoughts and experiences with some of these factors to give you an idea of what to expect and how you may feel.

Caffeine – I was worried about this one to be honest. I generally drink 3-4 cups of tea a day, but I rarely keep track and I’m sure that sometimes it’s higher. Turns out, not much to worry about. I was a little headachy the first day, but woke up bright as a button the second day. (Also – What in the world does that expression mean?)

Alcohol – Let’s be honest, we all feel better when we don’t drink. The end. 馃檪

Sugar/Sweeteners – This is the item that had the biggest impact on me. Start reading your labels and you’ll realize you’re consuming much more sugar than you expect. Dressings, marinades, sauces, protein powders, protein bars… Basically anything packaged. They’re all filled with sugar or sweeteners. Cutting out these items really forced me to look at my meals more critically and make more informed choices. It also meant planning ahead because I couldn’t reach for a quick bite like a protein bar.

Soy – I’ve gotten into the lazy habit of having store-bought veggie burgers and sausage patties when I’m too tired to cook. Yes, they’re great convenience items, but this was a good wake up call that I should make/keep whole food options around as well. This also meant that between no soy and no sugar (aka my protein powders聽and bars) my protein intake was much lower than normal. Once I got into the swing of it and actually did my meal prepping, I was fine.

Overall I thought this was a great cleanse. You still get to eat but you see and feel results. PLUS it’s a great reminder to pay attention to your food and to help get you out of bad habits. That was my biggest takeaway, that I get lazy and reach for foods that are more processed than what I should be eating on a regular basis.

Stay tuned for some fun recipes that I came up with during this cleanse!

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What I’m Loving Lately: Holidays Edition

Moving in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas means one thing – Shopping. And lots of it.

Since I’ve been spending so much time at the shops and online in recent weeks, I thought I’d share a holidays edition of What I’m Loving Lately.

Engaging the senses is such a huge part of the holidays. Which means that聽scents, tastes, and sights are always at the top of my list for ways to get into the spirit. Here are some of my favorites right now:

My first holiday-related purchase every single year is a peppermint candle. It’s my favorite scent but they’re only ever available during the holidays. A few favorites are the Cheer 10 oz Peppermint Candle, Peppermint Bark Boxed Jar Candle,聽聽Pier 1’s Peppermint Party Striped Pillar Candle, and Rue21 3-Wick Twisted Peppermint Candle,

I got a Puresonic Bamboo Aroma Diffuser earlier this year that I聽love and over the聽weekend it (finally) occurred to me to put the peppermint oil in. Now the whole apartment smells like a candy聽cane!!

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Speaking of candy canes… I got a pack, or two, of Bark Thin’s Dark Chocolate Mint and splurged at William Sonoma on their Ultimate Peppermint Bark Set. Perfect little pieces to include with holiday gifts!

We’ve been drinking lots of tea lately as well – From Yogi’s Cinnamon聽Vanilla “Healthy Skin” tea to 聽Candy Cane tea.

Since I’ve basically been touring all of the home goods in the Bay Area the last few weeks – Here’s a round-up of my favorite holiday d茅cor goodies.

How are YOU celebrating the holidays?

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Guest Etiquette: Great Guest Tips

Guest etiquette, like most etiquette, seems to have taken a hit in recent years.

While I truly believe these suggestions are best utilized year-around, I thought that timing this post near the holidays would be a good reminder for everyone as they head into the season of cocktail soirees, tree lightings, and cooking-making parties.

Don’t Show Up Empty Handed

I don’t care if you’re going to your neighbor’s house for a quick eggnog tasting or a cocktail party – You should always bring something for your host.

It doesn’t have to be expensive or over-the-top, just a little something to say that you appreciate the invitation.

Some of my go-to’s are wine, a great wine opener, flowers or a small potted plant, homemade desserts, or something great for the kitchen like artisanal salts or speciality herbs.

Note: Don’t bring something that requires your host to stop everything that they’re doing. If you wrap a gift, leave it with them to open when they have time rather than as they’re trying to juggle a million things.

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{Uber chic Kate Spade stationary is a great way to say Thank You!}

Communicate In Advance

Do you have a food allergy? Are you bringing your child? Plan to be late? Communicate any and all deviations to your host in advance.

For someone like with me who has a complicated diet, I usually explain my allergies and immediately offer to bring something that’s Caity-friendly. A salad for dinner is no problem for me {I usually eat before parties/events for that very reason} but I’ve discovered that hosts fear I’ll starve so I offer to bring dessert or a side to share.

Say Thank you

A Thank You note is a non-negotiable. Not only does everyone LOVE receiving mail, but your host will really appreciate that you took the time to write a card after all the time & energy they spent putting the event together.

I keep pretty notes in my desk drawer at the office to send after weekend events. Some of my favorites are Crane & Co. and聽Kate Spade New York.

Curious about my views on other kinds of etiquette? Check out past posts on this: Work, Travel, Gym & Salon.

What’s YOUR top guest tip?

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Holiday Style

This time of year is always a blur of holiday parties, work events, social outings, cocktail parties, and the like. So what does a person need to survive the gauntlet of holiday cheer leading up to the end of the year?

Some serious holiday style!

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{Season after season I gravitate back to this look. I adore everything about this – From the聽feathered skirt to the rich metallic sweater to the killer leopard print pumps. J’adore!}

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{The only thing more amazing than a sequined pencil skirt is a bold green sequined pencil skirt!}

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{Taking mixing and matching to a new level with this amazing combination of bright red plaid and leopard print.}

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{These are seriously killer sequined pants. I love the silhouette, I love the colors. Perfection.}

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{These festive, flattering separates聽are ideal for the holidays – The bold, wine-hued midi skirt is the perfect punctuation to the fitted button-down shirt.}

{Images from Holiday Style}

Do YOU have a go-to holiday style for this time of year?

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Holiday Fare: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free Recipes

Still planning your holiday menu?

Check out some of these amazing, delicious, healthy recipes and surprise聽your friends & family with some great Holiday Fare – From vegan to paleo to gluten-free recipes!

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{Honey Mustard & Rosemary Glazed Carrots}

Christmas-Holiday-Fare-Purple-Kale-Cakes

{Truffle Salted Purple Potato Kale Cakes}

Christmas-Holiday-Fare-Stuffed-Kabocha-Squash

{Stuffed Kabocha Squash}

Christmas-Holiday-Fare-Almond-Cacao-Cookies

{Almond Cacao Cookies With Salted Maca Caramel}

Want more? Check out my Yummy Pinterest Board.

What’s YOUR favorite holiday dish for this time of the year?

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