The Dangers of Added Sugar

This post is sponsored by Salad Power. All writing and opinions are my own.

I’m no nutrition expert, but I took Anatomy 101 once upon a time and let me tell you, it scared the HELL out of me. I also like to credit a lot of my knowledge of sugar to the documentary Fed Up, which is amazing and shocking and beautifully produced and I highly recommend that everyone in America watch it. (What sort of process do I need to go through to make something part of high school curriculum? Let me know.)

Overall, I know one thing: sugar can be extremely dangerous. It isn’t always, but it CAN BE. So let’s start with a super basic breakdown of why sugar is dangerous. Continue reading

How I Gained The Freshman 20 And Lost It Within a Year

April 2016 to April 2017

This post is going to be super personal, but I feel like I’m at a place where I can (and should) talk freely about my health journey over the past year and a half. My life has been full of changes, from going to college to completely dumping toxic friends to starting three (!!!) new jobs. My body has changed with these things, bringing me to this point, where I am completely comfortable and confident in how I look and feel. The photo on the left above is from April 2016, where I weighed about 125 lbs. The right is from this week (almost April 2017) at 107 lbs.

All my life, I have been a very small person. In elementary school, I was always the shortest in the class and it took me until junior year of high school (and starting birth control) to break 100 pounds. It never bothered me; I liked being small. My volleyball career didn’t exactly work out the way I wanted it to, since, you know, all the good volleyball players are giants, but that was okay. I was a champ at hide-and-go-seek and never thought twice about what I ate. (Which is why I ate french fries every single day at lunch in high school– my stomach turns now just thinking about it.) Continue reading

How To Eat Healthy At Chipotle

Okay, you’re trying to eat healthy, but you don’t have time to make dinner and need to grab something quickly. What do you do? Chipotle can be a great healthy option that has restaurants in many cities across the country, but most people choose to make unhealthy choices when eating there. Like, let’s be real, is eating a burrito that’s the size of a small baby healthy? Probably not.

I’ve learned that it can be hard to find low-carb options at fast food restaurants. However, I’ve found that Chipotle is one of the easiest fast food places to make healthy choices. This is how I do it.

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Everything You Need to Know About Kombucha

Lately, I feel like I’ve seen a lot of buzz around kombucha. This drink has been on my radar for a while– my health nut mom introduced it to me a few years ago. At first, I was apprehensive. The drink smelled like vinegar and didn’t taste that great. But once I started having problems with my stomach and carbs, it seemed like kombucha was an easy, quick fix when my tummy wasn’t feeling so hot. So I decided to give it another chance.

It seems like a lot of other food and wellness influencers have been hopping on the kombucha train, and for good reason. But what exactly is this magical drink, and what does it do? Continue reading

What’s Up With Charcoal Juice?

If you’ve scrolled through any foodie or health nut’s Instagram, you’ve probably seen bottles of colorful juices, and promotions for juice cleanses. Green, red, purple – the options are endless – and now you can actually make black juice with activated charcoal and a few other ingredients of your choosing.

Throughout the U.S., juice shops have begun selling this charcoal juice, citing its health benefits, and encouraging customers to use it as a means to detoxify the body. After seeing a few of my friends post pictures of their own bottles of this mysterious juice, I set out on a mission to find out what exactly makes charcoal juice such a big deal. Continue reading

Sustaining a Low-Carb Diet in College Is Harder Than You’d Think

About a month ago, I went to the doctor with some serious stomach pain. It seemed like after every time I ate, my stomach would KILL, and I had no idea why. This happened sometimes at home, but seemed to be getting worse since I started eating here at school. At first, I thought it could be a dairy intolerance, since a lot of the foods offered in our dining halls are smothered with cheese or cream-based sauces. But much to my surprise, the problem was that I was eating a whole lot more carbs than I had before, and my body wasn’t able to digest them.

For those of you not familiar with anatomy, enzymes, or the digestive system in general (don’t worry, I’m not either), the enzyme that digests carbohydrates is called amylase. It is made in the pancreas and salivary glands and helps break down the sugars most commonly found in starchy carbs. Apparently, after a simple blood test, the doctor discovered that my body produces significantly less amylase than the average person. Since there’s really no way to fix it, we decided that I was going to try to cut starchy carbs and processed foods out of my diet and see if that helped my pain.  Continue reading