VegPhilly: The Guide to Healthy Eating in the City

Yellow Juice Bar's green juice || Photo via Instagram

Yellow Juice Bar’s green juice || Photo via Instagram

When it comes to lunch during the week, I have two major problems: I’m a creature of habit, and I’m easily bored.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that those things don’t mix well, and it’s led to some shameful lunchtime catastrophes. I’ve gotten sick of my week’s worth of make-ahead lunches after two days, went to the same falafel place four days in a row, and during one especially weird stretch in February, I ate hummus and Wheat Thins at my desk for a week straight.

Of course, I’d love to spend 45 minutes scrolling through Yelp in search of the perfect healthy lunch spot, but honestly, who has time for that? No one, that’s who.

So let me present to you the answer to all of your lunch-related woes: VegPhilly. It’s been around for about a year now, but I just found it last week. And I’m obsessed.

Here’s how it works.

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A Pre-Broad Street 5K for Non-Broad Street Runners: Heroes on the Hill

chestnut hillFor the beginner or casual runner, the idea of running 10 miles can be more than a little intimidating. Or, if you’re me, just the thought of it makes you feel out of breath without even leaving your desk chair. And with the first weekend of May right around the corner, Broad Street hype is bigger than ever.

But what if you still want to get in on the running (or walking!) action that weekend without all the mileage? Fear not; I have the solution for you.

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5 Tricks for Styling Short Hair

How to Style Short HairConfession: I am hair-challenged. Like, can’t-blow-dry-my-own-hair kind of challenged. So when I had long hair, I ran to the beauty gurus of the Internet with every embarrassingly simple need (read: “how to French braid”). There was always an endless supply of expert advice, product recommendations and Pinterest-worthy tutorials that helped take my hair from frizzy disaster to fabulous (see our roundup of the best 9 hair tutorials on the web here). My hair incompetency was my own little secret.

But last summer, I cut my hair super-short. And while it was adorable when I left the salon, as soon as it came time to style it myself, I was clueless. So of course, I turned to my trusty blogs and YouTube channels for help, but what I found was totally disheartening. There was nothing to help me navigate this new short-hair world. The first few weeks of my short cut were filled with awkward style attempts and lots of headbands. I learned the hard way: It’s hard out there for short-haired ladies.

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I Tried It: Beginner’s Belly Dancing at Studio 1831

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I’ll let you guys in on a little secret: I regularly convince myself that I am totally capable of doing things that I don’t actually know how to do. Sometimes it’s great for conquering fears and pushing my own limits, but other times it sets me up for complete and total failure. Belly dancing, I learned, falls squarely into the second category.

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5 Awesome Things That Happened When I Quit Coffee

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Almost two months ago, I decided to quit caffeine. To some, this might not seem like a big deal. But for all my jittery, six-cups-a-day friends out there, the idea of giving up that Venti double-shot cup of joy is about as pleasant as we are at 7 a.m.

I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy. Caffeine addiction is legit, and the withdrawal symptoms—including exhaustion, headaches, and the vague desire to yell at everyone who looked at me funny—caused me to cave in more than once.

But I am happy to announce that I am officially caffeine-free, and the results have been amazing.

Here are five awesome things that happened when I kicked my coffee habit:

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Fact: D.J. Tanner Loves Heavy Weight Lifting and Mud Runs

Hey, Full House fans. In case you were wondering what ever happened to the all-grown-up D.J. Tanner (c’mon, you know you were), it turns out she’s been lifting some serious weights.

The former Full House star, Candace Cameron Bure, recently dished to the website Chatelaine about all things fitness, including her workout routine and mud races:

Bonus Full House clip for ya right this way »