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Raw Garlic Cloves Are On Point

The Skinny Confidential talks garlic.

I freaking LOVE eating raw garlic.

I know, I know, poor Michael.

It’s this really weird obsession. Really though, I pop that shit in my mouth like they’re sour Skittles & have a full on dance party by myself.

You might be thinking ‘you’re NASTY, ewww, bye.’

BUT WAIT!!!

Garlic is known as a WONDER DRUG, guys.

It’s kind of the best thing ever & some of the benefits are instant gratification, so before you be a Judge Judy read on, k?

Ok so a few things before we begin- if you decide to hop on my raw garlic train, make sure you have a toothbrush handy. Let’s just say your breath will smell like a dirty toad that fell in poo. Funny how I literally don’t care because the benefits just completely out weigh the breath smell. Plus, that’s why God invented toothbrushes- for garlic lovers, duh.

I’m not going to lie I’ve been weirdly excited to share garlic’s benefits with you. So if you notice JAZZ HANDS throughout this post, don’t be alarmed- I’m just SO EXCITED & I JUST CAN’T HIDE IT about this post…

Why I eat raw garlic cloves, like everyday:

+ No bullshit, during Egyptian times it was used as a traditional remedy to aid in health & treat many different diseases ( AKA Egyptian’s couldn’t pop over to their local Rite-Aid & grab an antibiotic so they had to make due!! ).

+ It’s filled with the good stuff…according to this source: “intact cells in garlic contain a natural compound called alliin. When you crush garlic cloves by chewing them, alliin is released from broken cells and contacts a garlic enzyme called alliinase. Alliinase converts alliin into a volatile oil, allicin, which is a main active ingredient in crushed garlic. Garlic also contains other oils, called ajoenes and terpenes, as well as several water-soluble compounds. Some amino acids, Vitamin C, calcium, iron and other minerals are also components of fresh garlic.”

+ Chewing raw ( RAW!! ) garlic may lower your risk of developing several types of cancers. This is because the compounds in garlic can stop cancer cells from dividing & may cause them to die. PLUS IT BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM LIKE NO OTHER!

+ It’s known to lower cholesterol & reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

+ Garlic kills infection and helps fight viruses. In fact, I’m looking in to make garlic soup next time I’m feeling sick. The recipe I found is here & looks supppppper interesting. Basically raw garlic is known for its anti-bacterial & anti-fungals powers!!

+ & ONE of my FAVS: “oxidative damage from free radicals contributes to the aging process. Garlic contains antioxidants that support the body’s protective mechanisms against oxidative damage. High doses of garlic supplementation have been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes in humans ( source ).”

WHAT ELSE can I tell you about garlic. Oh, I typically eat them while I’m cooking. Usually three cloves. The allicin compound only comes to live when the garlic is crushed or cleaved & RAW!! So uncooked.

If you just CAN’T RIGHT NOW, then at least add some diced garlic to your salad/sauce or AT LEASTTTT take a daily garlic supplement or try garlic extract. Another fun way to get your garlic is to mash up raw garlic, mix it with olive oil & lemon and spread it on a piece of sprouted toast. YUMMMM.

No one will convince me to give up garlic cloves. I will undoubtedly be eating them the rest of my life— even when I’m 97 years old, walking my cat, & wearing a YMCA visor.

Basically I don’t care if it smells, garlic is necessary.

Anyone else a die-hard garlic fan?

Chat soon, Lauryn xx


Latest YouTube Addition: What’s In My Purse?!

What's in my bag?!

 

I swear my arm goes slightly numb because of the weight of my everyday handbag…but I can’t stop, won’t stop carrying every single ‘I need’.

You NEVER KNOW, right?

I may or may not have 3 phone charger packs…( they’re THE BEST! ).

Since I always see the ‘What’s In My Purse’ articles in US Weekly, I figured I’d share a visual so on the last TSC YouTube channel shoot, I literally ended emptied the contents of my black backpack for you guys!

 

What's in my bag?!

Products used:

black backpack
♡ white camera
tinted moisturizer w/ SPF
grey tee
black sunglasses
floral makeup bag
♡ grapefruit lip balm
sunscreen
perfume
white nail polish
palm print cell case
♡ tangerine, unavailable because I ATE IT! HA.

I’m filming more YouTube videos this week, so PLEASSSSSEEE ( please, please!! ), let me know all your requests. I want to make sure I’m filming what you guys actually WANT to watch : ).

Ok I’m off to watch Shark Tank ( I’m so obsessed with this show, it’s BAD! ).

Also, check out what’s in my gym bagpurse, beach tote, & Cabo bag!

- Lauryn, xx

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Mini DeLites: In Vegas

The Skinny Confidential takes Vegas.

{ my favorite breakfast at The Wynn }

The Skinny Confidential takes Vegas.

headphones for the flight ( marble phone case here ) }

Hi guys!

Coming at cha from Vegas ( << well, technically I’m home now, but I wrote this last night!! )!

Currently: sitting in at a restaurant alone drinking a sparkling water & eating a margarita flatbread with chile flake, extra ( extra ) lemon, & handfuls of basil…while Michael plays Black Jack ( he gets very in to his Black Jack, like it’s intense ).

Nothing better than a pizza, my computer, and some alone time— ha!

One of my favorite things ever is sitting alone on my computer in a restaurant. I know we’ve discussed this subject before but is anyone else with me on this one?

The Skinny Confidential takes Vegas.

{ me & Michael }

Ok anyway we’ve been in Vegas since Saturday & it’s been super fun ( highlight: I got a massage & the lady literally stretched me in every which way— I mean, at one point I think my legs were over my head? I may or may not have been in a naked-ass pretzel? I don’t know, it’s kind of a blur, I guess, but I’m super loosened up now so it’s a WIN, lol ).

There’s just one problem I have with Las Vegas: THE CIGARETTE SMOKE. My throat/eyes/head are killing me. I’m dehydrated x 10 & my skin feels nasty.

But really, is it necessary to smoke endless Marlboro Reds while eating a filet at the casino bar? I’m not a smoker so the harsh cig smell is making me gag every second. Not a fan of the whole being able to smoke inside. Anyone with me?

Anyway that’s my spiel for the day. Happy Tuesday & via Las Vegas!

- Lauryn, xx

+ pic 2 || pic 4

* the sunglasses I’m wearing are not sold online, but these dimes look EXACTLY like them ( & they’re $16 bucks! ).

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{ post-Vegas relaxation in these fun socks }

The Skinny Confidential takes Vegas.

{ Caesars Palace gorgeous ceiling }

The Skinny Confidential takes Vegas.

{ if you follow TSC on Instagram, you know about my Vegas hangover cure ^^^  }


Hottie Workout Gear ( & Totally Budget-Friendly )

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I lovvvvvveeee a good sweat sesh.

But you know what I love even more?

A good bargain.

ESPECIALLY when it comes to workout clothes.

So when Target came out with their latest C9 items, I pulled out my spectacle to inspect. And lemme tell ya, the stuff is not just great, it’s PHENOMENAL.

Like, A++. The material is fab, the look is cool, & the colors are on point ( plus their sports bras really hold ‘the girls’ up, if ya know what I mean ).

And seriously, I haven’t taken off my grey, crew neck C9 sweat shirt. It’s sort of off the shoulder & perfect in all the right ways. I’ve been rocking it Mon-Fri.

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The reason I’m so anal when it comes to workout clothes is because I’m always out & about. So I havvvvvee to have something that transitions from a sweat sesh, to a meeting, to coffee, to the bank, to the post office, to date night, etc.

And this get-up really got the job done. In fact, I wore it to a coffee meeting last week— coffee? Eer, I totally meant hemp cappuccinos because they’re the best things EVER.

Ok so, what’s your favorite way to transition workout clothes? Any tips?

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential takes Vegas.

I’m in Vegas for the weekend for an Internet convention— any restaurant/must-see recommendations? You guys always have the coolest recommendations, so SHARE please!

Talk soon, Lauryn xx

P.S. I can’t wait to share some fitness YouTube videos- anything specific you guys want to see?! Subscribe here for updates.

{ Pics: Teresa Fae }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY || #OOTD

HOT PINK TEE: C9 from Target

BLACK LEGGINGS: C9 from Target

SWEATSHIRT: C9 from Target

SHOES: similar here

SUNGLASSES: Celine ( sold out || similar here )


Date Night Details x Video

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and relationships.

Sometimes I blog about my throw-together-last-minute-because-who-the-hell-has-time-to-plan-a-full-blown-sexy-date-night-once-a-week experiences, but I’ve never gone in to full detail.

SOOOOooo today I put together a little listy-poo of all my favorite quick date night ideas. And of course, I had to show you a peek in to one of our latest date nights…soooo here’s a day in the life video with date night included ( this happens once a week…if we’re lucky!! ):

Ok so you guys have read my whole whip together, Brussels sprout, so I don’t need to dig in to that whole thing, BUT here’s some tips I have for throwing together a super easy, quick date night for your hunny:

♡ CHEESEE!!! I’m kind of like a rat when it comes to cheese. Like, don’t F with my cheese. I could never be full vegan because I just love CHEESE. I’m very specific though when it comes to cheese. During date night I always have a little Brie ( the kind from France is my fav ) and I’M OBSESSED WITH Gureyer cheese. Having a soft & a hard cheese is kind of my thing #totalrat. This cheese board is super cool because you can write the names of the cheese in chalk!

♡ Always add fruit!! Fruit obviously pairs well with cheese. I’m a fan of plump green grapes, berries, or pineapple slices ( use toothpicks in each chunk for easy access ). Cheese without fruit, is just not ok in my book. Usually I’ll add herbs on the plate too for garnish & some nuts. These bowls are fun for fruit.

♡ Music is a real mood setter. As you guys know I’m a huge fan of Brazilian Lounge on Pandora or Spotify. Ask Michael & he will tell you our favorite artist is Sergio Mendes. We’re kind of old school like that…so I always have some sexy Brazilian Lounge playing the background.

♡ Make the space inviting. Michael loves when my space is warm, cozy, full of food, & music. I also make the space a tranquil spot.

♡ Champagne…because duh! I like plastic ice cubes in my champagne. They don’t melt down the booze so it’s a real win/win. Don’t forget the sparkling water too— I always add it to a wine glass ( because it looks sort of classy, right? ) & add a couple of cranberries or pomegranate seeds.

♡ Also this is weird but I like to have a cool show playing on mute. I know, I know…weird? Usually I’ll put on “Son of Anarchy” to give the atmosphere a rad vibe.

♡ Focusssss. I have a huge problem focusing. If you met me in person, you might call me obilvious or distracted. My mind is always thinking about what to do next so sitting and enjoying someone can be difficult. I make it a point to focus on Michael when we’re having date night…and I also focus on my babies: our chihuahuas, T. Boone Pickens & Pixy.

♡ This made sound super creepy but I always spray lavender aromatherapy in the air before Michael comes home. It has a lot of relaxing properties. If you guys think I’m weird, sorry. If you like this, let me know & I’ll do a full post on it.

♡ And the obvious: candles & dim lighting. These two things really set the tone of a hot, sex-kitten date night. If you have a fire place then I’m jealous and you should utilize it every second. Seriously though, if I had a fire place it would be roaring in the summertime. & by the way, you can find the pink, cozy monster slippers here ( they’re the best things ever ).

What’s your best date night tip? SHARE!!

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video: Chris Tran Media || photos: Max & Friends

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