All photographs by Claudia Gavin
Confession: I’m a health coach that hates to cook.
I used to think that in order to have a healthy toned body, I had to cook 80 to 100 percent of my food—and for a while I did just that. I used to spend six hours on a Sunday shopping, chopping and cooking all my food for the week because I never had the time during the work week to cook a healthy, elaborate meal that didn’t taste like cardboard.
Guess what? This got old very quickly. I prefer eating food rather than making it. And unless you’re a Powerball winner and rolling dough, you can understand why eating out at the healthiest farm-to-table restaurants every night of the week isn’t an option, either.
So I was determined to find a solution that would save me from slaving away over the stove for hours but that didn’t force me to give up eating the foods that were good for me.
And that’s when I discovered this secret: the frozen food aisle at Trader Joe’s. Seriously, it’s one of the best places to find healthy “fast food” (i.e. food that doesn’t take 100 years to make)—you just have to know what you’re looking for.
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After packing on a few pounds from all the holiday fa-la-la-ing, you can’t help feeling bloated and sluggish. Chances are that right about now, you’re desperately searching for a reboot.
In the past, January always meant signing myself up for a juice cleanse, which required forcing down foul-tasting juice for a week and completely clearing my calendar because I couldn’t handle being around solid food without wanting to punch my friend in the stomach and run off with her pizza.
Sounds like fun, eh? Trust me—it wasn’t.
Sure, by the end of the cleanse I’d fit back into my skinny jeans … but then a few days later, I wouldn’t. In fact, I’d gain all the weight back I lost and then some.
For those who struggle with emotional eating, cleansing can be torture and only guarantees a binge later on. That’s why instead of going on a cleanse, I plan what I call a “detox done right.” It’s an affordable, luxurious week of self-care, pampering and nourishment that doesn’t turn me into hermit or starving psycho. It’s more effective, restorative and a whole heck of a lot more fun than a cleanse.
Here’s an example of five simple things I include in my five-day detox:
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I sweat (with) you. I’m very blessed to have taken many of your classes when I travel to New York and LA. The hum of the bike, the bump of the music, the way we find the beat together … But this long distance relationship has gone on long enough.
I’ve been watching you expand and have put in many requests myself for you to come to Philly. Since it seems like you might be hesitant to make the commitment to come here, I’m giving you five more reasons you need to plant your SOUL in our city:
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