Full Disclosure: Clean Gut Diet { + Brittany Angell! }

{ My first haul. … Stevia pop – not approved. (But Stevia is.) }

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clean

MY  BELLY

gut diet

{ It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. … And you can decide if that is a reference to A Tale of Two Cities … or Chumbawumba (because you know that’s what you thought of when reading it). }

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Eat this once a day.

I have so much to say about this incredible + horrible, incredibly horrible, and horribly incredible … diet.

Let me tell you why.

NAY’S This is what you cannot eat.

  • fruit
  • peanuts
  • corn
  • beans
  • rice
  • potatoes
  • grain
  • caffeine or alcohol
  • processed sugar/foods

As a human, that’s just unnatural. 

YAY’S This is what you can eat.

  • berries
  • tree nuts
  • vegetables
  • meat
  • preferably organic
  • preferably hormone free/free range

clean gut diet is not a lifestyle

{ paleo is }

I’m doing this diet/cleanse for health reasons. I should clarify – I’m not even doing the cleanse part. { Which requires liquid breakfast + dinner. … } When I say “cleanse,” I mean that this diet has the purpose of cleansing my stomach + intestines.

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Yum.

messiah medicine

HEALTH BENEFITS – A trinity of healing powers …

RELIEF + BALANCE

  • migraine relief
  • anxiety relief
  • brain fog relief
  • bipolar disorder balance
  • hypothyroid balance

BODY + MEDICINE

  • constipation
  • … so I don’t wake-up feeling hungover every single morning … for no reason at all
  • eliminate side-effects from primary medications so that I don’t take so many secondary

DIAGNOSE

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Spaghetti Squash – I will always eat this.

full disclosure

The worst part about what’s been happening to my body this past year??

CONSTIPATION

Let me tell you about being 29 years old, jogging regularly + supplementing with yoga and kickboxing. Eating fruits + veg on the reg. Not partying a lot.  … And being constipated like a 75 year old man. { This gets graphic. }

  • Two words: bloody nose.

This happens when you’re trying to shit out a weeks worth of fruit + veg. And you can’t.

  • One word: balloon.

Squeeze a long balloon, from both ends. That’s my guts.

love for clean gut

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I heart squash.

Take 5 { Shits }.

Day 2 – no hungover feeling when I awake. Incredible.

Day 4 – I can finally shit. I can still shit.

Thank you, god. The only time I struggled was Day 13 + Day 14, wherein I severely cheated on my diet Day 12 { migraine … while traveling } after having been clean for 12 days.

non-love for clean gut

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Inedible.

I Used to Have an Eating Disorder.

I can’t do diets! Fuck that. Give me a 3 day or a week long cleanse with genuine health benefits – I’m about it. But Clean Gut … is 21 days long. { And then you painstakingly reintroduce foods … which can take another month, at least! } After a week and a half, these are some side-effects I incurred:

  • perfectionism
  • acutely aware of body fat
  • obsessing over being thinner
  • guilt when I don’t eat healthier … and I’m eating the most healthy any being can

and that’s why I’m not pissed …

I’ve cheated

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Cookie recipe with coconut sugar.

No Shame.

You cannot shame-spiral when on any diet. The end objective is what’s most important. For me, this means asking –

Can I shit? Can I not shit?

Do I wake-up feeling hungover? Do I wake up feeling refreshed?

And, with just 2 days left, before I begin reintroducing foods … I repeat this like an affirmation.

lifestyle change 

The best outcome from Clean Gut? Awareness. Paleo is a lifestyle I can handle. It is very healthy, more realistic, + way less restrictive.

Brittany Angell

Coincidentally, I’ve just discovered Brittany Angell! A Rochester native, who is a gluten-free + paleo goddess.

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Hot Coca with Stevia + Coconut Sugar. YUM.

I truly look forward to continue using a ton of savory vegetables + simple dietary substitutions in my daily cooking and eating.

{ For videos detailing my journey … check it. }

#eatlocal

#bewell

XO.

Fall For Your Favorite Snacks: French Fries!!

FALL FAVORITES

 { SNACKS }

FRENCH FRIES!

{ It’s no surprise that french fries are one of my favorite snacks, meals, medicines, + general past times of all time. But I especially find them appealing in the fall. Fall, in general, is a capital time to snack. For one – it’s #back2school, which pretty much fuels the snack industry. For two – it’s getting just a tad bit cooler, which begs us to whip-up heartier combos. }

My fall snack staples include:

  • hot coca with marshmallows
  • popcorn with evoo, salt, pepper, + a sprinkling of cheese
  • homemade french fries!

I’ll eat anyone’s french fries. But I’ve just discovered that I can fry my own! This tickles me. Before we talk recipe, check out my quick tips for all of these delectable + comforting snacks:

  • Hot Coca with Marshmallows: Healthy for your World.

I buy Fair Trade Equal Exchange cocoa mix + vegan marshmallows from Abundance Cooperative Market. The coca is more expensive. … But so is craft beer, and even I {the woman who can no longer drink beer} know it’s worth it. Plus, Fair Trade Equal Exchange ensures an “economically just and environmentally sound” world. I’m down.

  • Pop Corn: Healthy for You.

I pop my own … in a microwave! Yes. This is true. Scoop 1/2 cup of un-popped, regular kernels into a brown paper lunch bag. Micro as per usual. (I do 2.5 minutes or until the popping slows.) Pour into a bowl + season. How. Much. Fun. Is. That. … And you control the toppings. Recently, I made garlic infused butter and poured this overtop with parmesan cheese. … Instant gourmet snack, in literally 2.5 – 3 minutes.

Homemade Fried French Fries

I cannot find the recipe I used last night. It was that magical.

These are neither healthy for you nor healthy for your world (unless you buy local or organic or IPM … you get the point). But they are flippin’ fun. I recommend looking up your own recipe. (There are a ton!) Here’s my informal version and the tips + tricks I used:

  1. Ingredients + Materials – dutch oven (or huge sauce pan) | canola oil (or peanut oil – any oil with a high smoke point) | russet potatoes (most sites recommend these or any high starch potato) | paper towel | plate | salt | mesh spoon (whatever that’s called) | recommended – thermometer | optional – bowl, water, strainer
    • tips + tricks Mr. Potato Head. It’s a funny thing while stove-top frying instead of deep frying. Most recipes encourage you to buy high starch potatoes for crispy, sturdy, meaty fries.  The recipe I used last night instructed to use a high starch potato, but to draw the starch out, exactly because this is a stove-top fry. I’ll speak more to that soon. In the meantime, I say – use whatever potato you got. (Look up separate recipes for sweet potatoes.)
  2. Prep – slice potatoes to desired thickness (1/4 – 3/8 in.) | soak potatoes if doing so | if not or while potatoes drain + dry: add oil to pot + heat
    • tips + tricks Practice Safe Frying. One time my mom fried a chicken wing and almost burnt her face-off. It’s because we underestimate how much oil bubbles once something’s dropped in. IE – If you’re waiting for your oil to bubble so you can guess how hot it is … DON’T. First – make sure whatever pot you use is no more than 1/3 – 1/2 filled. Second – This is why a thermometer is highly recommended. (Goal temp: whatever your recipe says.) … I didn’t use a thermometer (because I don’t own one), + I felt comfortable eye-balling it. But I was lucky I didn’t overfill my pot with oil. Phew. Once I added those fries, it really got a bubble going.
  3. Recommendation – Add to bowl of cold water for 20 minutes. If you use a red potato, white, or new potato (low starch), try 10 – 15 minutes. This draws out the starch.
    • tips + tricks – The Starch Factor. Apparently high starch is best when frying. But, according to the recipe I used last night, high starch might not be best while stove top frying. I soaked a low starch potato, and the result was perfect. (To my taste buds.) Though I can see how it could have been crispier. Solution? Try something in between: i.e. soak, and then thoroughly dry, a high starch potato.
  4. Fry – When oil reaches frying temp, use wire mesh spoon to gently add potato slices to oil. Flip slices mid-way through. Fry for 5-6 minutes. Drain on rack or paper-towel lined plate when finished. Salt to taste.
    • tips + tricks – Give Them Their Space. Do not add too many at once – fry in batches. This ensures even coloration and crispness. If you happen to pull some before desired doneness, add them back! (Worked for me.)
  5. Rest – Most recipes call for 10-15 minute cool time. … Just don’t burn your fingers or your tongue.
    • tips + tricks – Worth It. I wasn’t that patient. But I also didn’t burn myself. Maybe clean up some of your surroundings while the fries cool. This way, your will power isn’t totally … fried.
  6. EAT – Enjoy salted and plain. As a snack or with a meal. Dress up in a cute cup. Or eat off the grease-stained plate.
    • tips + tricks – You Think You Fancy, Huh. I would include a photograph of my plated fries … except that I devoured them instead. But I did make a garlic mayo (veganaise) and pair it beside ketchup, both of which I placed in bowl and plated amongst my salty, savory, fresh french fries.

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I love fall, and fall snacks might just be my favorite snacks. They’re so comfy + cozy + crispy + yum. What are your fall favs?!?

#fallfavorites
#eatlocal

XO.

Adolescent Seasons + Awkward Transitions: Happy Fall!

{Above Photo: Shit gets awkward when seasons change. … Even my hair’s at an awkward length!}

Summer Into Fall / Summer – both photo sets taken before bed. In summer set, I’m also wearing eyeliner. …Eyeliner doesn’t make that big of a difference, guys. (Season transitions do!)

AUTUMN

ATUMUNAL EQUINOX

FALL

happy fall to all

Fall is, by far, my favorite season. (Least favorite – spring. Not sorry.) Especially in coastal upstate New York (by which I mean coastal-Lake-Ontario + coastal-Finger-Lakes) the beauty of fall awakens a new sort of energy. The cumfy, cozy, + crisp energy. For any bountiful number of reasons, fall is magnificent!

  • fresh apples
  • fruit roll-up colored leaves
  • sweet and sticky smelling breezes
  • inky twilights
  • pumpkin everything
  • gourds
  • orange twinkle lights
  • film {Hocus Pocus, Disney’s Halloween Treat, The Legend of Sleepy Hallow, I could go on …}
  • carmel popcorn
  • haunted houses
  • ghost stories
  • decorations
  • costume parties!
  • Halloween
  • trick-or-treat
  • candy corns

The real reason fall is my favorite?? …Those are the real reasons. But a close second is this little known fact-of-nature:

transitions between seasons are more awkward than adolescence

  1. Crazed hair
  2. Morphing skin tones
  3. Mixed-up wardrobe
  4. Befuddled accessories
  5. Tricky weather

I take at least 20 more minutes each morning, merely because my routine’s thrown into chaos. I wear winter-time pajamas at night because it drops to 40 and my heat’s turned off. I haven’t allocated a fall purse yet, and so I can’t settle things into pockets. There’s a 20 degree weather differential across 12 hours of shortening days and, quite frankly, I dress like a frump to compensate. In short, I’m happy fall has arrived. 

the case for magical thinking

Sure, okay – it’s still 45 degrees when I wake and 75 by the time I eat dinner … . But it’s the mental-frame-of-mind I’m stoked for. There’s just no question, anymore. It is fall. Fall is here. It’s like graduating high school and going to college. The awkward baggage just magically drops right … . Alright, this part isn’t fact-of-nature proof. But at least my frame of mind is.

Now. Who’s got some Shop Local tips + tricks + treats for me this fall??!

#shoplocal

#happyfall

XO.

The Subtraction Project: Back 2 School Lesson 1 … Is Life Adding Up For You??

{Photo taken from the Facebook of The Subtraction Project brain-lady: Cass McCrory.}

THE SUBTRACTION PROJECT

BY: CASS. JUST CURIOUS.

WEBSITE | SIGN UP | FACEBOOK

WHO: Cass McCrory – business woman, strategist, mentor, mom, wife, blogger, writer, web site developer, + #ladyboss.

WHAT: A simple way to help your life add up, everyday.

WHERE: At your digs! With updates online + on Facebook.

WHEN: …When works for you? Newest Subtraction starts this September! (Sign-up now.)

WHY: Mindfulness. For me, this is about setting 15 minutes everyday so that I can practice mindfulness inside and out: in the 2 spaces I frequent most. My mind. And my home.

{ I lifted this from Cass’ Facebook. }

Have you ever been tempted to cut the puzzle piece to fit? What thing to do you need to cut out of the puzzle that is your life right now?
What’s missing? All of the comments of people who, like me, want to minimize. … Why should you join? You tell me!
(How it all adds-up, for me.)
  • Time + space to … subtract the extra in my brain!

Listen, I got a lot going-on up there. {Points to brain.} Clients. Blogging. Strategizing. Planning. Executing. … I recently started jogging again. I’ve done yoga since 2012. I’d like to get back to kickboxing. … I work hard to keep my body in shape. Why not keep the mind in shape, too?

  • No trips to the big box store required

This is the best part! Subtraction Project is free … + it requires no extra supplies. In fact {let me rephrase that}: the best part is … I finally get to get rid of stuff! Stuff. I’m sick of it. And yet, when do I sit down, go through the bags and totes I’ve used  the past 6 months {2 years}, and subtract?? I don’t. The Subtraction Project will help.

  • What time commitment??

As Cass says, “Prompts will be short and sweet taking between 5-15 minutes to complete.” Can you handle that? Because 100%, I can. And, yes, of course you can too. It’s like–putting #Instagram down for 1 hot minute and, instead of scrolling through every last photo that’s in your queue, subtracting some of the extra.

Speaking of…
(Where you can see it add up for me.)
  • Daily.

Find a post on Instagram! Or Facebook. Or Twitter. See how, on 1 of my social media platforms, + you Subtraction Project works for me.

  • Monthly.

Find a longer post + reflection right here! See what I love. See what works. See what doesn’t. See how it helps. See why I laugh + how I’ve channeled the lightness that so many seek.

  • Nightly.

Okay, you won’t see this. But I will. Nightly, I’m excited to see how each + every prompt and exercise helps me. Life’s about meaning, about feeling whole.

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What’s The Subtraction Project mean to you??
#subtractionprojct
XO.

Rooftop Pool Party: Celebrate End of Summer, End of Week.

{photo taken from Rochester-A-List Rooftop Pool Party Facebook Invite}

A-LIST ROOFTOP POOL PARTY

THURSDAY 8.21, 5-9PM

BUY TICKETS HERE

FACEBOOK | A-LIST | FLOWER CITY

Celebrate Summer:

unwind as the week winds down.

WHO: Rochester A List to host a Pool Party along with Flower City Fashionista

WHAT:  Swank, Swag, Shopping, Sport, Summer, + Service. 

WHERE: Rooftop of the Radisson Riverside Hotel on East Main Street in the heart of downtown Rochester

WHEN: Thursday, August 21. 5-9PM.

WHY: To party on a rooftop with a sick view of downtown. What else do you need? … Okay, how about:

  • Networking
  • Mingling
  • Relaxing (I mean like spa services)
  • Shopping (we’re talking #shoplocal extreme)
  • Chilling (lawn games, no big)
  • Eating, Drinking, Cigar-rolling
  • People Watching (we’re downtown … and there will be models)

Music, Mingling and Mixed Drinks on the Radisson Riverside Hotel’s Rooftop Pool Deck

Let’s start with some FAQs. You throw after-work pool-party into the mix, and suddenly all of our adult-isms completely take over. As. If.

FAQs.

1. How should I dress? You’re probably coming from work.

Ladies: 3 Letters – LBD. Or another-color equivalent. The idea is a sleek dress or skirt + blouse you feel comfortable enough in all day that easily transitions to night. What helps with this transition?

  • Rocking heels.
  • Great bag.
  • Poppin’ lip.
  • Blazer or wrap to keep it cool + cozy.

Men: Sleek slack, tie-less button-down. Or, bust-out that white T you wear beneath the button-down. Cannot go wrong.

2. But it’s a pool party! What now?

Listen. I’m brining my bathing suit. If there’s a pool, and it’s still hot like the projected 81° daytime temp indicates, and there’s a pool on top of a roof with a downtown view. … You can’t ignore a good pool. It doesn’t mean you have to get in. It doesn’t even mean you try and combine beachwear with after-work evening attire–this isn’t Miami + congrats to the person who does pull this off–but it does mean you are prepared.

TIP: Looking for a demure vintage 1-piece?? I highly recommend Shop Peppermint, which is where I bought mine. (Sorry men, none for you. … .)

3. What should I expect?

Soiree. Shindig. Carnival. Backyard BBQ. I am not the organizers of the event, but this is my take. This is a cocktail party that also has a beer-toss Dress for Success fundraiser. (Let that juxtaposition settle-in.) This is an after-work get-together filled with cigar-rolling + loads of premier #shoplocal shopping. True there are no rides nor corn dogs involved, but there are lawn games. And food, and vodka, and spa services, and–oh yes–a DJ.

non-life threatening lawn games.  Jenny Sanzo

Let’s look at it this way. There are a lot of cool things happening between 5-9PM on Thursday, 8/21. Here’s what this Pool Party got (taken from Rochester A List website!):
Swank. Beauty and Pampering for Men + Women: Mini manicures, massage and a full service braid bar over cocktails.

1. Allora Salon and Spa’s full service braid bar will be on-site for gorgeous tresses. They will also be offering mini manicures and chair massage.

2. Shear Ego Salon and Spa will be offering mini manicures, chair massage, and colored hair chalk – a quick splash of color on several strands of hair that washes out in 2-10 washes.

3. Men, there’s something for you, Shear Ego Men’s Club will be offering MANicures and complimentary nose waxing. One of their male clients’ favorite services!

4. Jamberry Nails will be offering complimentary nail wraps.

5. Motives Cosmeditcs  is known for their quality cosmetics offered at affordable prices. Motives will be sharing their expert makeup tricks, tips, and providing demonstrations.

A woman’s dream come true. $5 braids, $15 manicures, $10 hair chalk.

Swag. Music, Complimentary H’ors D’oeuvres, Drink Specials, and for VIPS 

Admission Tickets: $10

VIP Tickets: $25 – includes entry, one cocktail and one service – braid bar or mini mani, complimentary parking and goodie bag

VIP Tickets: $25 – includes entry, one cocktail and 3 balls for the beer toss to win 24 craft beers, complimentary parking

Shopping. Just basically my all-time favorites. And if you don’t know them, they will be yours, too.
Preview: (That’s right. There’s actually more!)

Artwark: Inspired by elements such as culture, nature, religion, and love Artwark features handcrafted cutting edge jewelry with a personal touch.

BeBe Mills: Nestled in the village of Brockport, BeBe Mills carries contemporary clothing and fashionable accessories for women of all ages.

Christine and Co. Design specializes in one of a kind glass pendants designed by local artisan Christine Meyer.

Dragonfly Jewelry: Dragonfly Jewelry provides unique customizable handmade beaded, leather, wire wrapped, and chainmaille pieces.

Lucends: Handmade by artisan Lucinda Snyder, Lucends has an array of totes, clutches, and cosmetic bags in colorful prints and exclusive fabrics.

LuLaRoe: Style meets comfort with LuLaRoe’s mobile boutique of maxi skirts, pencil skirts, dresses, and leggings for both women and girls.

Motives: Motives carries quality cosmetics at affordable prices with products ranging from custom foundations to eyeshadows, lipsticks, creams, and nail polishes.

Panache Vintage and Finer Consignment will be hosting a pop-up shop of designer and boutique label women’s vintage and finer consignment luxury resale.

Jonelle Maria’s namesake handmade jewelry line is filled with eco-friendly minimalist pieces that take inspiration from geometric patterns, nature, and tribal silhouettes.
Claire-Flair features one-of-a-kind, handmade vintage-inspired accessories guaranteed to add some glamor to any ensemble.

Machinator Chaos specializes in creating one-of-a-kind Industrial, Steampunk and Victorian jewelry and accessories made from everyday materials.

Penny’s Lotions and Potions is a natural skin care haven. All of her products are all-natural, contain only a few ingredients, and are safe for sensitive skin.

Stella and Dot Stylist Krista Jaekle will be showcasing their irresistible line of boutique fashion jewelry and accessories complete with a preview of fall jewelry trends.

Bombay Bangles – Bombay Bangles jewelry is handcrafted in India, drawing upon eastern colors and styles for pieces that truly make a statement.

Origami Owl: Origami Owl representative Carlyn will be bringing her jewelry bar filled with unique charms, lockets, earrings, and chains.

To Your Measure – Ensuring comfort and a flattering fit, To Your Measure creates custom pants designed to fit your unique body measurements.

Treasure Trove Vintage – Treasure Trove Vintage will be providing attendees a glimpse at their collection of quality vintage pieces ranging from the 1900’s to the 19990’s.

Transit Apparel: Created by local artisan Matt Rodgers, Transit Apparel’s line of t-shirts feature exclusive prints that reference Rochester’s heritage and its historic subway system.

Thirty-one – Consultant Rebecca Haley will be showing off their assortment of cute and functional bags, wallets, totes, and home accessories.

CAbi– Featuring women’s clothing for both career and casual wear CAbi inspires women to build a style by mixing and matching pieces with the way they live.

Carrie George – Handmade leather bags and accessories designed and made by local artist Carrie George.

Nerium skincare provides natural skin therapy solutions with day and night creams to promote younger-looking skin.

Sport. Lawn Games. (Non-life threatening.) And how about this:
*Stop by the Hype Booth to capture the night’s memories on film.
*Select a hand rolled cigar from the master roller at Santigo Cigars
*TREE Vodka signature cocktail sampling. Anyone with a pre-sale ticket gets their first cocktail on the house.
*Treat yourself to a guilt-free Sample of Vemma’s insanely healthy energy drinks.
*Sample Eat Me Ice Cream’s inventive flavors made with local, organic ingredients.
Summer. It’s a Pool Party on a Roof, Downtown!
What other summer pool parties do you have to go to right now?
Service. It’s all for a Great Cause.
Great Brewers will be offering a craft beer tasting. Win a selection of 24 craft beers at the Beer Toss forDress For Success.
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Eat Me Ice Cream! Jonelle Maira Jewelry. Treasure Trove Vintage. A (female) DJ Annalyze. Hype Booth. Poolside! And more.
Buy your tickets now, guys. It’s gonna’ be hot.
#shoplocal
#partylocal
#fashionlocal
#AListlocal
XO.