The Checkup: The Secrets to Saving Money at Whole Foods

• Fact: I spent three hours and way too much money at the brand spankin’ new Whole Foods yesterday. In the future, I will be consulting this list (and you should too!) of insider tips — like asking to try anything before you buy, and buying everything hand-cut — before I hit the aisles to avoid falling into the Whole Paycheck trap. [Bon Appetit]

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The BeWOW Breakdown: You Think This Is a Core Workout — But It’s More

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This Week’s Workout: Your Reimagined Core Workout

The Breakdown
Length of Workout: 30-40 minutes 
Difficulty (out of five): 4. You think this will be a core workout, but it’s more than that.
Soreness Factor: 3. While it was a tough workout, we weren’t too sore the next day.
Overall Grade (out of five): 4. Your shoulders and core will be screaming, but it’s a nice and short workout!

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Meet Licorice, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog


This week’s adoptable running dog Licorice comes by way of ACCT after being found as a stray in West Fairmount Park. She loves to move — so if you’re looking for a reliable buddy to tackle the trails of Fairmount Park with you through winter, look no further. You can learn more about her below.

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My Top 5: Pantry Staples to Use for Glowing Skin (Plus How to Use Them) 

We’ve all seen ‘em: At-home beauty treatments made with pantry staples that Pinterest promises will transform your face into the blemish-free, pore-free, problem-free face of Jennifer Aniston circa the year 2000. But before you fall down the Pinterest at-home-beauty hole, we suggest you take a few pointers from Gigja Hlin Wesneski, the founder of the San Francisco-based organic skincare beauty line Root Science.

Root Science, available in Philly for the first time at King of Prussia’s new Anthropologie store (it opened today!), features many ingredients you might find in your kitchen (rice flour, chamomile, and more). So we figured we’d ask Wesnecki, clearly an expert when it comes to extracting pantry staples’ powers for unveiling glowing skin, to share her top five pantry staples to use on skin — and how to use ‘em. See her picks below.

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6 Things to Know Before You Shop Philly’s Giant New Whole Foods

A very wide aisle in the new Whole Foods store | Photo by Adjua Fisher

A very wide aisle in the new Whole Foods store | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Pennsylvania Avenue’s giant new Whole Foods Market, a 60,000-square-foot masterpiece at 22nd and Pennsylvania Avenue, opened this morning, but we got to traipse around before doors opened yesterday to get a peek at what shoppers can expect. Long story short, you can expect everything that ever inspired thoughts of “UGH, I wish they had [insert desire here]” when you were shopping at their old Callowhill store. (I had these thoughts often.)

To start, there’s double the parking (praise the lord), there’s an unbelievably giant prepared foods section (and that’s not counting the antipasto bar and the fresh pasta bar), there’s a huge bulk items section that includes bulk snacks and fresh spices, there’s a fancy-shmancy coffee bar that also serves tea-infused cocktails if you need to get your buzz on before braving a grocery-shopping trip (we don’t judge), there’s a Whole Body section that’s basically a mini gift shop, and there’s a juice bar. And don’t even get us started on all the extra foodie stuff (A full-blown beer shop (!!). Dizengoff. Cheu Noodle Bar) the store boasts. Our friends over at Foobooz have details on that.

In case you can’t tell, we’re really excited about the new Whole Foods. Like, really excited. If you, too, are counting down the minutes until you can run out of your office to go grocery shopping (solid Friday night plans, in my opinion), take note of these six things worth knowing before you step foot in the new Whole Foods Market of your dreams.

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The Checkup: These Are the Bike-Lane Deserts of Philly (Do You Live in One?) | Robert Herhold | Robert Herhold

• The folks over at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia have created an interesting map that highlights bike-lane deserts, areas of the city that offer no viable transportation infrastructure — i.e. not even any standard bike lanes — for people who’d like to get around on two wheels. Spoiler alert: Center City fares alright, but large portions of North Philly and South Philly, along with swaths of cyclist-heavy areas like Fishtown are considered bike-lane deserts per the map. [Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia]

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10 Gorgeous Philly-Area Walking and Running Trails to See Fall Foliage 

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Autumn | Photo by Flickr user MissTessbacher

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Autumn | Photo by Flickr user MissTessmacher

I hate winter. I hate winter so much, in fact, that I fled from the east coast to Arizona the minute I turned 18, just for the promise of sweater-clad December days. (Choosing your college based on your weather preferences is an awful idea, by the way.) My aversion to temperatures below 45 degrees makes my relationship with fall complicated. The brisk temperatures of fall signal impending doom to me. That said, it is the prettiest darn impending doom there is, what with orange, red and yellow leaves and sweater-weather that is perfect for running, walking or hiking through them.

So to help you soak up the changing leaves of the season before the branches are bare and your hibernation mode kicks in (just us?), we’ve rounded up 10 beautiful running and walking spots (aside from Fairmount Park, because we’re sure you’re already hip to that gem) where you can get up close and personal with the region’s gorgeous fall foliage. We say you make it a goal to check off as many of these as you can over the next few weeks.

Ready, set, go!

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There’s a Free Midnight Zombie Race on the SRT Next Week

Yesterday, we gave you guys the rundown of the full lineup of events for the Ghost Race, Lululemon’s free virtual 8K on the Schuylkill River Trail that will be going on all next week. (You can learn more about it here.) We knew that it was kicking off with a midnight race in the wee hours of Monday morning — that would be 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 17th — but what we didn’t know is that said run, being led by Jon Lyons of Run215, would be a … wait for it … zombie race. So if you’ve ever wondered how you would fare as a cast member of The Walking Dead, here’s your chance to find out.

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The Checkup: Unexpected Foods That Are Giving You Dreaded Sugar Face

Sugar does all sorts of gnarly stuff to your face: breaks down collagen, makes your pores larger — need I say more? All in all, consuming too much of it gives you dreaded — dun, dun, dun — sugar face. And it’s not just your Halloween candy addiction you have to blame: These seven unexpected foods, like nut milks, bread and salad dressing, are loaded with added sugar. [Women’s Health]

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