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CHARCOAL PILLS…TOTAL GAME CHANGER!! (PLUSSS They’re A Real Fabulous Hangover Cure, LOL)

The Skinny Confidential talks charcoal.

Hi, hi, hi.

Heard of charcoal pills?

Chances are you haven’t, or you have & you’re super obsessed.

If you haven’t, let’s talk.

First things first: WHAT THE HELL ARE CHARCOAL PILLS?

Well they’re exactly that: pills that are charcoal.

Wait, hold up. WHAT?

Yesssss. Bear with me.

I first found out about charcoal from my friend, Annie of Suja Juice. I asked her some tips for feeling better when I was SICK AS A DOG. She recommended charcoal to eliminate toxins AKA sick-ass germs.

Let’s start with the benefits of ingesting charcoal:

♥ Contains many small chambers & cavities that capture/bind-up unwanted materials & gas
♥ Safely carries unwanted materials and gas out of the digestive system
♥ One of the finest natural adsorbent agents
♥ Provides fast detoxing for better digestion & rejuvenation

&…don’t tell your mom The Skinny Confidential told you this BUT it’s kind of the best hangover cure ever.

It’s like a Dementor from Harry Potter: it sucks the hangover from your soul.

#tipofthecentury

A little more charcoal research for ya because you guys know I LOVE MY F-ING RESEARCH!!

According to this source the powered version of charcoal is AWESOME for whitening teeth ( need to try this ASAP ): “while you might not think that a black powder could actually whiten teeth, you’d be surprised – all you have to do is sprinkle charcoal onto a toothpaste-ladened toothbrush, and brush away. Your mouth may look really bizarre when you brush with charcoal, but if you do this daily, you’ll notice a difference within a couple of weeks. Activated charcoal is odorless and tasteless, so aside from having temporarily black teeth, you won’t be able to tell you’ve got charcoal in your mouth. Keep in mind that activated charcoal is a fine black powder. Although it won’t stain your skin, it can be messy to use, so keep a wet paper towel on hand for a quick clean-up in case you spill” ( HAS ANYONE DONE THIS? IF YOU HAVE, PLEASE SHARE!! ).

As far as ingesting charcoal in pill form, “activated charcoal is a highly absorbent material with millions of tiny pores that can capture, bind, and remove up to 100 times the charcoal’s weight in toxins. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged toxins and gas to be carried easily out of the body.

Toxins from low quality, processed food, and environmental pollution are a real problem. It is important to help your body eliminate them to promote a healthy digestive system and brain. Chronic exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, allergic reactions, compromised immunity, and more rapid aging. Regular use of activated charcoal is easy on the colon and can remove unwanted toxins from your body, leaving you feeling renewed and more vibrant, often in minutes. Try it even once and you’ll feel a difference!”

AKA if you need to have a bowel movement, try charcoal as an all-natural, healthy option. Laxatives were supposedly cool circa 1995 when Cher met Dee. I was never a fan— OUCH!

All natural options are the way to go ( literally though? ). & since we are on the subject of poo, if you need a healthier bowel movement: DON’T FORGET TO EAT YOUR CHIA SEEDS after popping your charcoal pill.

So, it honestly doesn’t matter which brand you buy as long as the only ingredient is charcoal. I have this kind ( it’s $12 bucks!! ) in my medi cabinet & it works great. There’s also one by BulletProof which is fun because it contains coconut oil too..but it’s more pricey.

Anyone else as obsessed with charcoal as I am??!

x, lauryn

+ as always, consult a doctor before taking any kind of pill.


HUGE SUJA GIVEAWAY!! x The Suja Juice Solution

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.

Since I’ve been MIA for the past couple of days, I wanted to do a funnnn giveaway with you guys!

Firstly, my talented girlfriend Annie Lawless, co-founder of Suja Juice ( & blogger at BLAWNDE ) wrote a book. EXCITING! Annie is constantly killing it with Suja so really it’s no surprise she’s an author too.

Annie is the girl I text when I’m walking through Whole Foods, debating what coconut milk to buy. The girl knows her shit when it comes to food. She’s an amazing person, friend, & colleague in the healthy living community.

Oh, & I’m not promoting the book just because I like her ( but really, I do, I do!! ) but because I believe in her lifestyle. I do not & will not put things on TSC that I don’t believe in myself.

So on that note: her new book, The Suja Juice Solution is NOT A DIET.

JAZZ HANDS!!!

It’s a healthy lifestyle filled with nourishing foods. Basically a cleanse/jumpstart to putting the right things in your body & eliminating nasty shit.

The book is filled with easy, delectable juices that are quick, real food meals. The cleanse is one that is actually maintainable AND includes food. Woo-hoo.

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.

Also, it’s not some annoying diet that is impossible to follow. It’s about pushing out the crap to make room for the whole, nutrient dense foods/drinks.

If you’re looking for a ‘get skinny in a week & then gain it all back in two weeks’ book, this one isn’t for you. But if you’re looking to sincerely adjust your habits and feel your best? That’s The Suja Juice Solution.

Some other rad standouts: beautiful photography, grocery lists, delicious/clean recipes, & advice from outsiders who have tested the lifestyle out. Basically the book is for anyone who’s looking for renewed clarity, focus and energy, healthier skin/hair/nails, a faster metabolism, easier digestion/elimination, increased hydration, greater flexibility, better sleep, reduced hunger, fewer sugar cravings, and feel more satisfied & full after meals. Sounds good, right?

Ok, so now the INSANE GIVEAWAY PART.

Ya ready? Mmkay.

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.

Giveaway Timmmmme!

ONE LUCKYYYY babe will win:

* a Breville Juicer ( YESSSS!! & my personal fav )
* $500 to Whole Foods Market ( EEK!! )
* AND a personalized signed copy (by Annie) of The Suja Juice Solution.

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.

TO WIN…SIMPLY:

♡ Follow The Skinny Confidential (@theskinnyconfidential) & Suja Juice (@lovesuja) on Instagram.

♡ Tag two friend’s, who are interested in wellness & healthy living, on my latest Instagram picture.

♡ Comment below & tell us why you HAVE TO win!

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.

By the way, who the hell doesn’t want a BRAND new juicer, right?!

Ok, & since we’re on the topic: how do you feel about living a healthier life? Thoughts? Love when you guys share.

Oh, & I promise a Beijing recap is coming tomorrow. Jet lag still has me feeling stoned.

Good luck!!

– Lauryn, xx

P.S. anyone who purchases the book through this link with get SEVEN free Suja Juice coupons…AKA more than $70 dollars worth of cold pressed juice. Simply e-mail your receipt confirmation to Sam@SujaJuice.com & you’re golden.

{ anyone eligible to enter | giveaway ends April 17th, 2015 }

+ white robe found here | + pictures

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.


The Meditation Diaries With Annie

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

As you guys know I adore Annie Lawless of Suja Juice & BLAWNDE so it’s no surprise that when she posted about meditation, I was intrigued. Definitely ended up sending her questions ( with way too many Emojis ) via text.

So after talking we decided to do a post collab. Today I’m sharing my beauty tips on BLAWNDE & Annie’s sharing about her experience with meditation.

Here’s the deal though: I have a MAJOR problem sitting still. Like a serious problem. It makes me anxious. So meditation is…well, scary. Annie & I both have super busy lifestyles so I figured if Annie finds mediation soothing & productive, then it’s definitely something I should look in to.

ANYWAY enjoy this interview. I’m super excited about it because I’m REALLY, REALLY going to try to incorporate the practice in to my daily routine. Here ya go:

Ok, ok so what’s meditation?

Annie Lawless: Meditation is a state of being. When you’re in meditation, you’re not doing it, you’re being in it. One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that it’s an action or a something you put effort into. It’s really a deep state of inner peace that you enter when the mind is free of thoughts.

How should someone who’s never meditated start off?

AL: Start small! It will feel awkward and maybe even uncomfortable when you start meditating because it’s surprisingly hard/unusual for us to be still and surrender to peace and calm. We are so over stimulated and wound up these days with the fast pace of modern life, that sitting in silence to do nothing just seems odd. But, if you try for 5 minutes or so and gradually increase that time as you are able to sink into it and get a good feeling from it, you will understand the purpose and actually look forward to it! Also, try some of the tips below if you have trouble silencing your mind. This is definitely not something that comes easily in the beginning, but will be natural with time.

Describe your daily experience:

AL: I wake up and meditate every. single. morning. I do this for 30 minutes, minimum. I ask my boyfriend every night what time he needs to wake up and I automatically set my alarm for 30 minutes prior. I need to be alone in my special quiet space without distraction or noise. I like the morning stillness before anyone else is up and I can just be. This is usually around 5:30 or 6 and I like to go into the exercise room because we have a window that looks out to the ocean. I sit indian style, close my eyes, and place my hands on my knees. I probably look like a typical meditator or maybe just a weirdo, but I really don’t care because nobody is around – its my time. When I hear my boyfriend rustle around and turn off his alarm, I slowly come back into my body and bring my awareness to the feeling I’ve just created and make the intention to carry it with me the rest of the day.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

Benefits of meditation?

AL: There are SOOOOO many!! Meditation is like yoga. When people say, “what is yoga good for?” I don’t even know where to start! Here are a few powerful perks of engaging in a regular meditation practice:

STRESS RELIEF: Research has shown, meditation may be one of the most effective forms of reducing stress. Neurologists have found those who meditate have less of the stress hormone cortisol compared with non-meditators.

IMMUNITY: Meditators have shown reduced anxiety and stronger immune function after just 2 months of meditation. Some produced twenty five more antibodies in response to the flu virus.

DEPRESSION: Depressed people treated with meditation are 50% less likely to relapse than people without meditation. Meditation helps retrain the mind to derail negative thinking patterns.

WEIGHT: Instead of eating mindlessly or dealing with stress and negative emotions using food, meditators are more mindful of their hunger and why they may be feeling the need to emotionally eat.

ANTI-AGING: Meditation prevents and reverses the effects of aging on the brain. Those who meditation regularly are shown to have thicker pre-frontal cortexes than those who do not. The pre-frontal cortex is responsible for attention and sensory perception.

What happens if your brain starts thinking too much while you’re meditating?? I’m so anxious, any tips? Also, describe what goes through your brain while meditating.

AL: This WILL happen. Don’t be discouraged or overanalyze it. It’s just the name of the game. When you’re truly in meditation, nothing is going through your brain. When you have trouble getting there, here are some things I do that really help me out when I have monkey mind:

LET YOUR THOUGHTS DRIFT AWAY. When my mind starts firing up with thoughts of what I need to do that day, what’s bothering me, what I should eat for breakfast, my workout, etc. I pretend those thoughts are monkey bars that I am swinging on and I simply leave that bar and swing forward. I don’t let myself hang on those thoughts. When beginning a meditation practice, you WILL have all sorts of thoughts come up and that’s 100% normal and ok. The key is letting them pass and not take over your mind.

USE A SOUND OR MANTRA. If you have trouble focusing your attention on stillness without something more specific to focus on, use a phrase or sound that you repeat to yourself and give purpose to your focus. I like to think of something I need that day like “awareness “, “gratitude”, or “patience” and I repeat that word to myself. When I focus on that word and that word only, my mind does not have the capacity to wander.

BREATHE. This is one of my favorite meditation tips because it is a big part of practicing yoga, which is a moving meditation. Breathing deeply and focusing on that breath is a great way to let everything else in your mind drift away. I like to follow my breath with my mind in through my nose, down the back of my throat, into my lungs and belly, and exhaling back up and feel each step in my body.

RELAX YOUR MUSCLES. A great way to allow your meditation permeate your body is by starting at your toes and relaxing each muscle all the way up through your body one at a time. To do this, focus on your toes and fully relax them, then the balls of your feet and fully relax them, then the arches, the heels, the ankles, the calves, and so on until you reach the crown of your head. By the end, you will have relaxed every muscle in your body while focusing your attention on that relaxation and nothing else. When you open your eyes, you will feel incredible.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

I hope these tips help you start a meditation practice of your own! It is one of the most special and meaningful parts of my day and I know it will be for you too. If you have any questions, check out this post or email me at Annie@Blawnde.com!

Ok, so what’s the verdict: will you try meditation or do you already practice it?

x. Lauryn

++ Read about my favorite beauty tips on Annie’s blog here.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.


Mini DeLites: Through My iPhone

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

Ok so I totally left my camera at home this weekend because I wanted to kick back with my friends!

But here’s a peak into my phone’s pics…hope you enjoy!

We drove up with my girlfriend, Jacqueline which was an interesting/hilarious car ride ( to say the least ). It also involved a lot of Kombucha, made-up/weird-ass games, & good music.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

And then we enjoyed the sunshine, our hotel’s lemonade/vodka stand ( kinda genius ), & the overall vibe of Palm Springs.

The colors in Palm Springs are so dynamic. I know that sounds weird but everything is so bright & vintage looking. So much fun! I literally couldn’t get enough of the colors so it’s no surprise my phone’s pictures were full of color.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

On a more serious note, my friend, Annie wrote a blog post that REALLY resonated today. You guys have to check it out— it’s such a fabulous reminder. Also, after hearing the very sad news about actor/activist Robin Williams, her post could not have come at a better time. I hope you all like the post as much as I did. It was refreshing to start the week with her message. Basically she kind of says everyone has their shit & just because someone’s life looks perfect on the Internet, doesn’t mean they don’t have issues.

Ok, on that note, I hope you all had a fabulous, amazing Monday!!

xx lde

{ Most of these photos can also be found on TSC Instagram account too! }

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

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