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Lauryn Evarts? blogger GOALS.

chances are you’re familiar with The Skinny Confidential. I have become a loyal follower of TSC and I’m hooked.

I love the TSC brand, the content, the podcast, Lauryn’s humor, her photos, her dogs….ok, I love it all. I consistently comment on Lauryn’s photos on social media because I enjoy her content and she’s pretty incredible at getting back to followers. Despite her growth since starting TSC over five years ago, she remembers the reader.

let’s rewind a couple weeks.  I reached out to Lauryn to let her know how much I appreciated her content, and she asked me to review the Bombshell Body Guide for my readers!

needless to say, I was thrilled. so I’m going to outline the details of the BBG for you all and provide some feedback on this fitness/nutrition guide. I hope you challenge yourselves, try it out, and join me!

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What’s the Bombshell Body Guide?

it’s a healthy lifestyle overhaul, with a community included. it’s for the modern girl. no weird sales models or hidden gimmicks. just women who want to feel and look their best. first, users login to a members only platform. then they track progress, post questions, and provide feedback to one another.

it has meal plans and recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. and drinks, too!  it has resources and suggestions. it has grocery lists, meal planning tools, and food journal print outs. it kind of has it all. which is to be expected, as Lauryn’s blog covers just about everything a woman may need.

the fitness.

simple, step-by-step photo instructions of every exercise from warm up to cool down. The fitness area of the platform is broken into either Targeted Work Outs (for arms, ass, abs, etc), or two Bombshell Body fitness plans that are completed in 14 weeks.

Lauryn teamed up with Jaime McFaden, trainer to the stars and named a top trainer by Shape magazine.lauryn the bombshell body guidejaime mcfaden

what did I love about the fitness plan? 27 minute work outs. that’s it!

i followed the suggestion of following the workouts 3 days a week. within a few minutes I was working up a sweat.

not bad for a work out that consists of 10 exercises, preformed for 30 seconds each, and repeated twice for a total of 3 circuits.

the PDFs can be printed then thrown in your bag to accompany you on vacation, to the office, wherever! anywhere you have the time and space to work out. and won’t look like a psycho for busting out some crunches…

no equipment is necessary. just body weight and effective routines. no equiptment means even more convenience and ability to do it ANYWHERE.

if it’s not a yoga class, I want it to be over with quickly. so I appreciated the variety (it changes up daily!) and the fact that the workouts were fast and didn’t bore me.

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the nutrition.

all recipes included are simple enough for a novice home cook armed with a handful of fresh ingredients.

Lauryn covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and even cocktails.

although not a vegan meal plan, dishes that weren’t plant based could be vegan-ized easily. take off cheese, sub a dairy free alternative or some avocado? done.

I’m eager to try the vegan french toast and the tofu scramble breakfast sandwich inspired me to make my own sans dairy and gluten.

I also thought TSC chickpea salad and matcha lattes could become staples in my diet. don’t they look delicious?TSC Chickpea Salad

some of the recipes can be found on Lauryn’s blog, but there’s also a ton of exclusive recipes for members and like the workouts, there’s VARIETY. 

how does BBG work?

well, that’s up to you!  commit and stay on track and you should start to see results!  I think the best part is that you can track progress easily, plus the simplicity of the program leaves zero room for nonsense.  BBG is laid out in an organized and fool proof way, taking the guess work out of this fitness regimen and meal planning tool.

what makes it different??

the community aspect of the BBG is the best part. readers log on and not only speak to Lauryn, but to each other. They can also communicate using the social media accounts dedicated to the BBG – like Instagram.

but wait. we didn’t get to the big news yet…….

three of my recipes will now be featured in the nutrition section of her Bombshell Body Guide! yup, vegan dishes for users who want to incorporate more plant based meals, or experiment with cruelty free cooking.

I’m beyond excited.

you’ll find my cashew cream alfredo, lentil mushroom lettuce wraps, and a new recipe- a raw carrot beet salad with ginger citrus dressing. full recipe coming to the blog soon!

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Palm trees, sunshine, and sparkling pools surrounded by sunbathers. Thinking of a vacation?? My college experience comes to mind. I was very fortunate to spend four years at Arizona State University for undergrad. A gorgeous campus, far from home, with a ton of new people to meet. One of which I need to introduce you to!
 

Everyone, meet Gourmet Gab! Gabriela Rodiles is a foodie and blogger who I was very lucky to meet in college. In fact, we were roommates one year! She’s not only a kind friend, but she’s got skills in the kitchen! I remember coming home and seeing her make different dishes in our apartment. I was always inspired by Gab’s blogging, and found it very courageous of her to follow her passion. She travels a great deal due to her work for her sorority, and is based in Indiana now! She’s also spent a summer as an intern for the Food Network. Find her at The Gourmet Gab or on Instagram, @gourmet_gab!


 
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Here is Gab and I in the Hamptons a few years ago.


 
Because blogging is all about making connections, we wanted to introduce each other to our readers. We both have different approaches to our blog, with different areas of expertise! So we put together questions to interview one another, as well as a recipe that is inspired by the flavors of the southwest, a little ode to where we became friends! So lets’s get to it…
 
K: Knowing you from college, I was always impressed that you had taken the risk of starting your own blog! When did you first have the idea and what inspired your passion for cooking at such a young age?
 
G: When I was a freshman in college studying journalism, I saw the sophomores making a blog for one of their classes and I wanted to get ahead of the game. I started Gourmet Gab to begin writing about my love of food and connect to other college students! Ever since I was little I wanted to be in the kitchen. I vividly remember watching Emeril Lagasse instead of watching cartoons. Discovering how to mesh my two passions — cooking and storytelling — has been so fun over the last five years.
 
K: What is your favorite spice or ingredient to add to your dishes?
 
G: Sea salt! I know this sounds simple, but I have just recently had an epiphany with salt. I think I have been under-seasoning my food for too long, and now that I’m using real sea salt, I appreciate how it brings out the natural flavors of food. 
 
K: Any tips for healthy eating while traveling? You are always jet setting and very busy! How should we avoid packaged on-the-go food choices when traveling?
 
G: Although they are packaged, I always have a granola bar in my bag when I’m traveling! Lately I’m really into KIND bars and Trader Joe’s Simply Nutty Dark Chocolate Nut Bars. When I’m on the go, I would always rather have something in my bag with me so I’m not tempted to snack on fast food or overeat once I do sit down for a meal. I would recommend also making your own combination of trail mix with raw nuts and dried fruit to have stashed away in case hunger strikes while you’re on the plane or traveling. 
 
K: Speaking of your travels, what do you love most about visiting a new city? Do you explore their food scene and try signature dishes?
 
G: My most favorite part of visiting somewhere new is trying the city’s food! Even when I’m traveling for work I would rather wake up early and stay up late to squeeze in trying new restaurants or visiting the spots where the locals go. To me, it’s like a treasure hunt. I enjoy researching, reading other blogs and talking to the locals about the must-visit spots of each city. Once I find an amazing meal, drink or restaurant, my whole day is made!
 
K: I LOVE your tagline of “Love Food. Love Self. Love Life.” Could you describe more about how you came up with that and what it means to you and your readers?
 
G: Thank you! It popped into my head while I was trying to think about what I wanted my blog to encapsulate. The three phrases —  Love food. Love self. Love life. — are so interwoven to me. Food brings me so much joy, and when I am happy it gives me a positive outlook on life. Food is powerful and when you learn to embrace it, appreciate it and savor it, I believe it impacts your being and your attitude about everyday life. I hope this philosophy connects with my readers, as well. My goal is to help people feel more knowledgable in the kitchen. If this leads them to feel more confident and inspired in their own lives, I’ve done my job!
 
K: What are your favorite ways to stay active as part of your healthy lifestyle?
 
G: After trying to be a morning workout person, I have learned that the best way for me to be consistent about working out is to head to the gym directly after work. I always do some kind of weights or core workout, then I like to get my heart rate up with cardio. Whether I take a cycling class or go for a run, I really enjoy pumping up the music and forgetting about the rest of my day. Growing up I danced almost everyday after school, in college I was a Zumba instructor and now I am working on teaching cycling classes. Being active has always been a part of my life and I believe it is really important to stay balanced.
 
K: What does a balanced lifestyle mean to you? 
 
G: My mom used to always tell me, “Everything in moderation” and that philosophy has stuck with me. I believe in a killer workout a few nights a week just as much as I believe in gooey, chewy chocolate chip cookies. Keeping a balanced lifestyle helps me to not be too extreme one way or the other. I encourage everyone to find a balance in their life that works for them as well. 
 
K: I know you’re a breakfast lover! If you could only eat one breakfast, what would you choose? 
 
G: Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! If I could only eat one breakfast I would pick peanut butter toast with sliced bananas drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. It’s combines my two favorite things in the morning: peanut butter and fruit. 
 
K: Have you experimented with any super foods or popular health foods? What did you think??
 

G: I love to stay on top of the trends and am always experimenting in the kitchen. I went through a huge kale phase that I am winding down from now. Green smoothies, kale salads and kale in marinara pasta sauce were my favorites. Right now I’m on a chia seed kick. I eat them probably three times a week in pudding, parfaits or smoothies! I love snacking on walnuts, so next I want to play around with actually cooking with them.

 


 

 
Wow, what an amazing approach to food and life. Thank you for sharing with us, Gab!
Now time for the salad. This kale salad is not only my favorite because of the choice of green- but the dressing! It’s tangy, full of fresh flavor from the cilantro, with a touch of spice from red pepper flakes and smoked paprika.
 
We added corn, black bean and juicy mango to give it a southwest feel. Red or orange bell pepper, red onion, or spicy baked tofu would be fantastic to add as well! What is so great about salads is that everything goes.
 
 
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Southwest Kale Salad With Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette 

for the dressing:

2 cups cilantro packed

juice of 1 small lime

1 shallot roughly chopped

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. salt (and additional salt and pepper to taste)

for the salad: serves 2

4 cups of baby kale (or a baby kale spinach blend, or romaine would work well)

1/2 organic black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 can organic sweet corn, rinsed and drained

1 ripe mango

1-2 cups of cherry tomato, cut in half

1 ripe avocado

to make:

  1. Prepare the dressing by placing all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Rinse and drain beans and corn.
  3. Chop tomato and any other vegetables.
  4. Top kale with veggies, corn, beans and dressing and toss to combine.
  5. Thinly slice avocado and mango and top the salad with each.
  6. Garnish with additional lime and fresh cilantro if desired.

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30 day social media detox kaleinit

we live in an information OVERLOAD. the ringing, the binging, the notifying, the swooping in and out of emails. it’s enough stimuli to make your head spin. on one hand it is absolutely incredible. the knowledge that is easily shared, the connections we can maintain despite distance, the convenience is unparalleled.

but how do you find a balance between healthy, mindful living and this fast paced social media phenomenon.

to be honest, i wasn’t.

this post is to share my reasons for taking 30 days off social media and (almost) blogging. it’s also to fill you in on what happened when I did, and to present a social media detox challenge for all of YOU. (if you dare..)

prior to starting Kalein It, I was fascinated with mindful living. I had just spent a total of 3 months in an intensive therapy program for woman dealing with mental illness/trauma. the therapy was based in DBT principles, or dialectical behavioral therapy, which has shown incredible success in treating complex mental health diagnoses such as PTSD and bipolar disorder. for more on DBT read here.

it was heavy. it was a little scary. but it worked to rewire the brain and develop new thought patterns that focused on mindfulness. it started as intimidating, then became really interesting, then it worked. that feeling was something i knew everyone deserved to feel, and then the idea of “kale in it” was born. it truly led me to look at meditation, yoga and a healthy diet in a new light.

it taught me that going through the motions doesn’t make you balanced. living them does.

then i wanted to share. i knew other people struggled with anxieties and fears, perhaps mental illness or a history of an eating disorder like i did. so i started my instagram and i found so much joy in the creativity it sparked. doing things you enjoy – in my case yoga, cooking, photography, and writing – helps you construct a life that feels whole. when you do activities you love with intention and enjoy the experience fully, that is being mindful.

but social media is addicting. does anyone agree? there’s some kind of instant gratification from reaching X amount of likes. i know that the couple of months prior to going through my social media detox, sharing on social media was becoming a bit of a chore rather than an opportunity to genuinely share and connect with others.

in addition to hyper focusing on my news feed, i felt myself regressing to older patterns of behavior and thinking. i was no longer practicing what i had learned and what had propelled me to start a blog in the first place.

i felt pressure to bring great flawless food photos, to portray myself as a strict vegan, to put my best foot forward everyday. that’s not balance at all. that’s self critical and unnecessary pressure rather than behavior based in self love.

heres’s a glimpse of my reality….

somedays i just eat a bland dinner of pre-packaged tofu on some rice. sometimes my green smoothie turns out slightly brown from the  poor blueberry to spinach ratio. a lot of days, my yoga practice doesn’t benefit from taking flexi-bendy-perfect photos. sometimes i’m just sitting in child’s pose, which isn’t always the most impressive but can certainly be the most grounding.

i’m now going to say something that may piss some of you off….dun dun dun

i’ve decided to be label-less in my diet. don’t panic, plant based healthy food will still be a staple both here and on IG, but i want to be honest in saying i’m not perfect. i know in my heart that a highly restrictive diet filled with “good vs. bad” comparisons doesn’t nourish me.

am i running to eat bacon every morning. hell no, gross. but the focus here is health and balance as a lifestyle.

would you like to go meatless on Monday? good for you – come check out my recipes here. effort is effort, let’s be kind to each other rather than judgmental.  and if you have more pressing questions about my diet, feel free to comment and i’ll elaborate.

for those of you who are still with me after admitting i’m not the poster child for the vegan community… thanks for sticking around.

// here’s what happened when i took 30 days off social media // and what i believe will happen to YOU too.


i was present.

more present in conversations, at meals, even chilling out watching tv. i was doing one thing at a time instead of multiple. that is a huge part of being mindful, to focus your attention on one thing at a time and to do it with integrity and proper attention.

i read more.

books, articles on my phone, magazine, anything. i researched. i wanted to learn how to improve my blog, improve myself and become the healthiest and happiest version of me.

i slept more. 

yup, i did actually sleep more. i didn’t stay up for those extra 10 minutes (who am i kidding, sometimes 1 hour) of social media stalking. this brings us back to the theme of- you guessed it!- being mindful, it is easy to lose track of time when scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling….

plus sleep is critical in keeping our moods stable and our body working its’ best. it’s self care to catch zzzz’s.

i was more creative. 

i noticed i had more ideas for topics, recipes, and overall branding for this blog. i wrote them down. they don’t all need to be implemented today, they are brewing in brainstorm land. i also took photos just to take them, not to stress over editing, captioning or posting them. instead of looking at things as “will this be instagram worthy?” i just let my imagination do it’s thing…

i remembered why i started. 

one of the most important goals i had when detoxing from social media, was to remember why i started in the first place. to regain a more genuine attitude toward the social setting, and focus less on likes and comments, and more on community. not to say that i had some massive following, i’m aware it wasn’t huge, but the issue was the fascination with gaining more rather than appreciating what had already come.

i appreciated more. 

due to the increase in presence and mindfulness i felt more gratitude and appreciation for things. i love gratitude lists, make one instead of scanning everyone’s facebook drama!


ready to challenge yourself? but don’t want to go cold turkey on your instagram?  i put together a 30 day challenge with daily detox goals.

if you’re having trouble remember, it’s only 30 days… you got this!

maybe journal about the experience. take the 30 days with less distraction as a chance to reflect.

i’m curious how it goes! please please let me know of your experience and good luck!

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