Philly Woman Instagrams Period Blood, World Freaks Out

If you are a woman living in 2015, chances are, you’ve scurried to the bathroom with a tampon or pad tucked up your shirt sleeve or in your back pocket or maybe even in your waistband — you know, if it’s summertime and you don’t have shirt sleeves and your back pocket is exposed to the world (i.e. your coworkers). Because periods aren’t supposed to be talked about and evidence of them is certainly not supposed to be seen. At least that’s how we’ve all been conditioned. But one Philly woman, Louelle Denor, a philosophy student at Temple, has taken to Instagram to counter this idea with a very bloody selfie capturing her face, a Softcup, and a hand covered in period blood.
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What Vegan Pizza Actually Tastes Like (According to a Non-Vegan)

Vegan pizza from Blackbird Pizzeria — the Haymaker Pizza on the left and Nacho Pizza on the right.

Vegan pizza from Blackbird Pizzeria — the Haymaker Pizza on the left and Nacho Pizza on the right.

About a month into my maternity leave this summer, I learned the hard way that my son, Noah, can’t tolerate dairy. Our first indicator: I ate ice cream, breastfed him a couple of hours later, and then my husband and I spent the entire ensuing night dealing with an inconsolable kid, whose stomach was hard as a rock and was clearly in a boatload of pain. The doctor confirmed the allergy a week later. Whoopsie.

So I haven’t had a lick of dairy since. All in all, the dietary switch hasn’t been too challenging — I’m using soy creamer in my coffee (thank God he can deal with soy) and Earth Balance vegan butter in cooking and baking — but I have missed a few things. Top of the list, of course, is pizza. Sausage pizza, if I’m being perfectly honest.  Read more »

Meet the 2015 Health Hero Challenge Semifinalists!

health heroDrumroll, please! We are very excited to introduce you to the 16 semifinalists for this year’s Health Hero Challenge, our fourth annual search for Philly’s Health Hero. Once September 15th rolls around, we’ll be opening the contest up to reader voting here so that you — yes, you! — can select a winner.  Read more »

Savor the Summer: Simple Salmon and Quinoa Salad Recipe

Salmon and quinoa salad | Photo by Becca Boyd

Salmon and quinoa salad | Photo by Becca Boyd

Although the market is already showcasing early apples and some pretty stellar butternut squash, my shopping bag will be full of corn and tomatoes till they’re good and gone. These summertime staples are not only delicious, they epitomize what we love most about summer living: that it’s easy.

So in a final salute to summer, let’s stave off the high-heat roasting for at least a few more weeks and soak up the fresh summer flavors while we can. This dish can be served warm, room-temp or cold, and tastes great with my other summertime staple, corn on the cob.  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The 10-Move, Two-Person Challenge

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For this week’s workout, grab a friend — heck, grab a BIG group of friends — and get ready to sweat. Everything in this workout will be done with two people or, if you have more than two, two groups of people: When you’re doing an exercise, your friend rests (and cheers you on, duh), and when you rest, it’s their turn to work hard. Or you’ll be alternating exercises, so when you’re doing a wall squat, your friend is doing a plank, and then you switch. Got it? You’re going to start off switching between wall squats and planks then move on to more active bodyweight exercises. Now, get your stopwatch ready and challenge each other to work hard!
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Kevin Hart Run, Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philly 10K: The Best Instagrams from Your Crazy-Busy Weekend

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If you need a weekend to recover from your weekend, we don’t blame you — it was a big one for fitness in Philly! From Kevin Hart’s pop-up run at the Art Museum Steps to the Philly 10K to the Philly Naked Bike Ride, there was tons of sweaty fun happening around town. Below, our 15 favorite photos from Instagram to sum up this weekend’s events.  Read more »

The Checkup: Trader Joe’s Finds Every Busy Person Should Have in Their Fridge

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

• If you, like me, blame your totally unsustainable sushi-delivery addiction on a busy schedule, take note: These 15 Trader Joe’s items — from pre-cooked brown rice to individually wrapped, salad-perfect goat cheese medallions to ready-to-eat, protein-packed lentils — make preparing yourself real (good!) food on a time-crunched schedule totally manageable. (Your bank account can thank us later.) [POPSUGAR Food] Read more »

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