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I’m Team Blonde Vegan— Jordan Younger Talks Lifestyle Changes

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

Jordan Younger from The Balanced Blonde ( formally known as The Blonde Vegan ) because fast Internet friends. It’s weird/rad when you’re a blogger & you immediately click with someone over the web— definitely a different way to make friends, right?! But seriously, Jordan’s charismatic, understanding ( I’ve been all over the place today while we were posting— lol ), kind, smart, & honest.

Recently she made MAJOR headlines ( think Prevention, Women’s Health, ABC News, Well + Good, & Hello Giggles ( which was shared by Zooey Deschanel )— NBD ) for her transition from vegan life to whelp, a balanced life. After years of being a vegan she decided her body needed something different. Hence her blog name change. As a blogger, I commend her honesty & vulernabilty. The Internet can be a cold, hard place when ya put yourself out there…at the same time, it can also be very supportive. I completely support her brave choice to sticking with what works for HER. She should not be bullied for her lifestyle change!!! To each its own ; ).

Everyone’s different. Do what works for you.

Anyway you’ll love this entrepreneurial, pretty babe ( << she even created her own TBB apparel line!! #girlboss ) who literally glows!

Also, make sure you head over to Jordan’s blog to enter our book giveaway!! TBB & TSC are giving away three signed & personalized Skinny Confidential Books to three of you hot babes. All you have to do is comment on Jordan’s blog telling us why you want to win. Easy, right?

Ok, ok, I know you’re excited so I’ll stop blabbing & introduce you to The Balanced Blonde. Ta-da:

| Tell us all about no longer being a vegan. |

Jordan Younger: I went vegan for health reasons, and in the process I learned so much about the benefits of living a plant-based diet in all aspects of life. I learned a lot about how different foods affect my body, and I tried every type of vegan diet under the sun from 80/10/10 raw veganism to entirely plant-based to raw until 6pm to the protein-heavy and completely protein-devoid variations. About a year ago my body started telling me that veganism wasn’t cutting it anymore, but I ignored the signs my body was giving me. Eventually I lost my period, injured my ankle due to a B-12 deficiency, & started realizing that I had developed a serious problem because I started having serious fears about trying foods that were not vegan or 100% “clean.”

The psychological and physical struggles of my health obsession far outweighed the original health benefits I was experiencing. Eventually I accepted the harsh reality that I had developed orthorexia, a fear of eating food that wasn’t completely healthy. That’s not a way to live! Food should be nourishment, fuel and enjoyment. Not something to fear. So I decided to get help, and in the recovery process I have decided to ditch the “vegan” label in favor of a more balanced lifestyle.

It’s been a difficult process, but I am happier than I have been in a long time.

| Natural beauty remedy that you do? |

JY: Lots & lots of mud masks. I make my own “mud” from coconut oil ( benefits here ), avocado and honey. Let it set for 10-15 minutes. Boom– softest skin & gets rid of pesky irritation.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

| What is your weekly workout schedule? |

JY: I practice yoga daily and I run three to five times per week. Exercise is a huge component in leading a healthy lifestyle. You can’t just eat healthy without exercising and expect to live a healthy life, and you can’t just exercise without eating well either. They are the yin and yang of health. My best advice when it comes to exercise is to find the type of exercise that you love so that you will be consistent with it. Our exercise is our play time, our me-time.

I teach yoga, practice yoga in a studio and have a home practice of the physical asana and meditation– yoga is basically my boyfriend. Find what ya love!

| What is your favorite go-to healthy food? |

JY: My go-to healthy food would absolutely be a green smoothie. Banana, blueberries, kale, almond milk, & a bit of almond butter ( <<< making this tomorrow ). Heaven on earth. And now that I am no longer vegan, I have been LOVING omelets loaded with veggies for breakfast. So delicious.

| Cocktail of choice? |

JY: Vodka soda with lime. My friends make fun of me because it’s the only drink I will ever order or even touch. I’m kind of a freak about the nasty additives that find their way into many cocktails out there. If I’m at an organic bar or restaurant, then I will let up a little bit.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

| Favorite go-to healthy food? |

JY: My go-to healthy food would absolutely be a green smoothie. Banana, blueberries, kale, almond milk and a bit of almond butter. Heaven on earth. And now that I am no longer vegan, I have been LOVING omelets loaded with veggies for breakfast. So delicious.

| Can’t-live-without beauty product? |

JY: Moroccan Oil. My hair is addicted to it. And Donna Karan Cashmere Mist body lotion– I can’t leave the house if I haven’t put it on!

| When I wake up I… |

JY: Have a glass of warm water with lemon, write in my journal and meditate.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

| WTF’s in your purse? |

JY: WTF isn’t in my purse? I always have about ten MAC lipsticks and lip glosses rolling around (light pink shades; sometimes red if I’m feeling wild), my wallet overflowing with juice bar punch cards, my Equinox and Moksha yoga membership cards, my journal, my reusable water bottle, a PB cookie flavored Larabar, & my sunglasses.

| Day of eating? |

JY: Breakfast is usually a green smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, lunch is a big green salad with a piece of wild salmon, dinner is steamed or roasted veggies with a grain or legume. Snacks are fresh fruit, green juices, raw nuts or a Larabar or Kind bar. Lately I have been reincorporating eggs and even some free-range organic chicken.

| Quick, easy (healthy) recipe? |

JY: Baked sweet potato wedges with half an avocado: cut a sweet potato into cubes, add some cumin and a dash of salt/pepper, pop in the oven at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Slice 1/2 avocado into cubes. Toss together, and voila! Perfect snack or mini-meal.

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++ Also, don’t forget to check out Jordan’s interview on TSC here.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

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Fitness Instructor, Brooke Tigh Shares All Her Amazing Tips

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

Brooke Tigh had me at bunghole.

No really. I went to take her Studio Barre class & she had me laughing while I was in a happy baby ( AKA ‘spread eagle’ ) pose. She was just checking to make sure ‘our bungholes were facing the mirror.’ HA!

I was hooked to her sense of humor + her amazing class. Every Friday at noon you can find me tucking away with Brooke. She’s a real gem. Read on, lovaz. You’ll fall in love with her too!

+ Tell us about yourself.

Brooke Tigh: I’m graceful, strong, and coordinated-yet still somehow very accident prone.

I’m energetic, confident and silly-but when it’s time to wind down, I’ve been known to turn into a “womouch” ( part woman, part couch ). Even though I love to joke around, I CAN be serious and focused. It’s all about balance.

Teaching fitness and living a healthy, active lifestyle is my passion! A perfect day consists of: Studio Barre, yoga, lunch with friends ( & adult beverages ), massage, nap, dog park w/ my pup, more adult beverages, delicious dinner, dance party ( duh ), a nice sleep in my glorious cal king ‘cloud bed!’

+ Why is Studio Barre amazing?

BT: Studio Barre is so fantabulous ( yes that’s a word- cause I said so! ) because not only is it a kick ass workout that will literally change the shape of your body for the better…but it’s a place to come and be surrounded by glorious people & great energy. There’s something magical that happens when you walk into the doors of Studio Barre; you smile, you laugh, you bond with all the other ( mostly women ) ‘tucker’s.’ Everybody is so supportive of one another, there’s no cattiness or bitchy-ness like other boutique style studios sometimes have.

+ Favie Studio Barre move?

BT: Why, the ‘tuck’ of course! What is a ‘tuck’, you ask? It’s simple. Just squeeze your bootie & pull your belly button in to your spine. It’s like a little air hump. It tightens everything from your ass all the way up & goes through your entire core. It lengthens your low back, while strengthening your belly muscles. As we say, “keep calm and tuck on!”

I’m also a big fan of our ‘cardio snack’, which happens about halfway into class, gets your heart pumping, & helps you find your last push of energy to take it to the end of class.

+ Quick skinny tips?

BT: To slim down, cut out booze, refined sugar, & carbs. I know, it sounds freaking terrible. But you will see a change in like a week, I swear! Try & do this for two full weeks to see the most difference. Or if you can’t tone it, tan it! Get a spray tan & you may possibly look five pounds lighter!

Put on those stilettos, girl. The higher the better for long, lean, luxurious legs!!! Also, invest in Spanx. You will be amazed!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

+ Weekly workout schedule?

BT: Right now, I’m on the books to teach three yoga classes & nine Studio Barre classes a week…& I usually sub a few classes on top of that.

Since my voice is pretty much the only thing that gets a workout while teaching, I like to kick my own ass in these ways:

- At least three Studio Barre classes…

- At least three yoga classes…

BT: I’m the worst at cardio! It has to be disguised for me in classes like Zumba, Cardio Dance, & Step. I usually go to Frog’s Gym in Encinitas. Also, I have a Labradoodle named Piper who has tons of energy, so lots of walks with her count as part of my routine!

+ Favorite go-to healthy food?

BT: I try to always have a Larabar with me…cashew cookie and peanut butter cookie are my faves. An organic banana with some crunchy, unsalted almond butter & organic, raw trail mix= life saver!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

+ Cocktail of choice?

BT: Kettle One vodka & water ( not soda water ) with three lemon slices. Delicious & refreshing!

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

BT: I’ve always been active through dance, sports, & working out. I’m motivated by the simple fact that I know for sure that I’m going to feel better afterwards. If that’s not enough, living in San Diego & embracing the beach lifestyle requires a shorts, tank top, & a bikini ready body during all seasons!

+ World’s best beauty product?

BT: My Clarisonic Sonic skin cleansing brush & facial dermaplane treatments. This magical combo makes your skin super über soft, so that all your products go on fabulously!

+ Natural beauty remedy that you do?

- Lots of naps, sex, and wine!

- If you’re rested, you’re not cranky- & that’s beautiful!

- If you have a lot of sex-you have that glow ( it’s scientifically proven, people! )…& that’s beautiful!

- If you drink enough wine, not only are you getting those powerful antioxidants, you’re not stressed out…& that’s beautiful!

+ Quick, easy recipe?

“Beanwah” ( beans+quinoa )

1 cup tri color quinoa

2 cups low sodium vegetable stock

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon red or yellow curry sauce ( or any yummy flavorful sauce you have )

1 big handful of raw kale ( they sell it in bags all cut and trimmed, way easier than buying the whole stalk & doing it yourself )

Organic black beans ( canned & whole is fine-I get mine at Trader Joe’s )

+ Directions: Put all ingredients except for beans in a rice cooker. Be sure to rinse your quinoa, it has a bitter outer shell that’s no bueno. Once cooked, fluff rice cooker stuff w/ a fork. Heat beans ( nuke ‘em in the micro! ). Mix together, salt and pepper to taste, and WALA! BEANWAH!

* Sauteed tempeh or tofu is a good add-on, or some freshly steamed veggies too!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

WTF’s In My Gym Bag

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks about what's in her gym bag

When it comes to my workout bag, I try to keep it as organized as possible. Per usual, when I am running late rushing out the door, like a crazed maniac, I tend to forget important items. That’s why the easiest solution is to have all my fitness essentials pre-packed. Here’s what’s in my bag:

+ Lululemon Flow and Go Tote
+ Keys
+ Lifefactory water bottle
+ A magazine
+ Lemon Tart organic mints
+ A small tribal coin purse
+ My absolute favorite minty lip balm: Burt’s Bees
+ Colgate Wisps
+ Emergen-C packets
+ Business cards
+ Goody ponytail holders
+ A weekly vitamin holder
+ Travel-sized Dove cucumber deodorant
+ My neon pink wallet
+ Cat-eyed black sunglasses
+ A banana bread flavored Larabar [ all-natural ingredients ]
+ Antioxidant infused face sunscreen by Badger
+ My cell that subs for an iPod + headphones
+ Melt Away Stress Lavender lotion by Johnson & Johnson
+ My laptop for spur of the moment blog posts [ case found here ]
+ EO Lavender hand sanitizer wipes

 What’s in your gym bag?

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks about what's in her gym bag

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks about what's in her gym bag

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks about what's in her gym bag

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks about what's in her gym bag

 

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.