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So I Cut Dairy For A Month & Here’s What Happened

Updated: April 17, 2017
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LAURYN

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Ok so I’ve talked about this a little bit but let’s really elaborate today.

Actually the idea of this post came to me because of THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP.

…Which can we take a second to acknowledge because OMG IT IS SO FUN. It’s like being on a group text with all your friends. What I’m specifically obsessing about is there’s so much real talk. Like we go from talking about books to yeast infections to boobs to anxiety to home decor to…vibrators. It’s kind of a medley. Also there are no Judge Judy vibes in the group- everyone is very open-minded. The group is girls only ( sorry boys ). Although Michael has been peering over my shoulder whenever I’m engaging in the group. The other day I laughed out loud at something one of you said about sex & he was trying to snoop. I told him to butt out. LOL.

I was kind of crying over the group the other day because I’m so happy to see you guys connecting- sharing your own tips & tricks. This is why I created The Skinny Confidential in the first place. So ya, it’s pretty rad.

Anyway, if you haven’t joined, you should. It’s a safe space to discuss anything & everything with no judgment & lots of positivity. To join simply search THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL & press ‘group’ & click ‘join.’ Hope to see ya there.

Ok so let’s discuss DAIRY…shall we?

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Full transparency: I’ve been wanting to discuss dairy FOR A WHILE. There’s so much to say but I’m not an expert on the subject so I decided to be a guinea pig instead. That’s right, I did one month NO dairy. Like no dairy. No cheese, no milk, no parm, none.

Clearly not a scientist here but my first reason for cutting dairy was simple: what’s the point of it?

What does dairy do that’s so magical?

If anyone can provide some insight on dairy benefits, please do so because I can’t find too many. It’s sort of an irrelevant food group.

Not only did cutting dairy HELP ME, I actually didn’t miss it.

It’s kind of a yawn if you think about it. Of course cheese is fun but it’s not something I need every single day.

After a month of cutting dairy I can definitely say I had more energy, lost 5 pounds, tightened up, & was LESS BLOATED. Plus my skin was glowing more than usual.

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( For the record a lot of celebs like Khloe Kardashian & Megan Fox are fans of cutting dairy for weight loss…they swear by it to tighten up ).

If you’re thinking of trying the whole no dairy thing, here are some tips that really helped me:

BUY THIS. In fact, get it even if you like dairy. It’s this nutritional yeast that tastes like cheese. It’s crazy really. I make this lemon-y, chili flake filled pasta dish with lentil pasta & this “cheese” a lot & it’s so damn good. Also you can use it as a delicious seasoning- sprinkle it on everything: salads, vegetables, potatoes, rice, pasta, zoodles, soups, & even popcorn! Thank me later for this gem.

♡ Almond milk FTW. Unsweetened almond milk goes in my smoothies, oatmeal, & cereal. For coffee, I prefer unsweetened coconut milk with cinnamon because I like a healthy fat with coffee for some reason- it just feels…fuller? I don’t know. Coconut milk is also so good to blend with espresso & pumpkin pie spice with ice. ENJOY. I love this organic canned coconut milk!

♡ BUTTER. I love grass-fed butter ( Kerry Gold, unsalted- specifically ). But for the month I did Ghee & it was all cool. This brand ROCKS. Highly recommend. I like to use it to cook eggs or on toast with avocado. Ghee is full of healthy fats & vitamins.

You should know I also like cooking with coconut oil ( really into the protein pancake that was just shared on @tscbombshellbody Instagram & I always cook it with raw/organic coconut oil! ).

♡ Make ‘nice cream’: simply blend a banana with coconut milk & a little maple syrup with a splash of vanilla extract. Then freeze. Enjoy later with some mashed berries. YES PLZ.

♡ Eat coconut yogurt, instead of regular yogurt. Add pomegranate seeds for some flair!

♡ Skip whey powder. I hate whey protein. I like plant-based! If you’re cutting dairy, stay away from whey.

** by the way: not a fan of soy at all- but that’s a whole different post. I like coconut or almond milk WAY better than soy.

Since I feel like TSC BYE, BLOAT MEAL PLAN isn’t heavy on dairy, I’m going to give away 15 meal plans to 15 of you! One lucky winner will ALSO win a 3 day Suja juice cleanse too. I think you guys will love the meal plan I created.

There are so many delicious, easy recipes like my favorite, go-to salad dressing, lemon/broccoli soup, skinny banana bread, & a probiotic drink! You can read all about here.

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TO WIN…SIMPLY:

♡ JOIN THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL SECRET FB GROUP

♡ SHARE YOUR DIET TIP/TRICK ON MY LATEST INSTAGRAM

SUBSCRIBE TO TSC YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

♡ EXTRA CREDIT: COMMENT BELOW ON WHY YOU NEED A MEAL PLAN!

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Here’s the thing about me: I’m not the “cut something out forever” type. Like next time I’m in Venice, you will find me with a huge-ass cheese plate sipping rosé, stuffing bread down my throat. And Florence? Well duh, I’m for sure getting some fucking heart-shaped pizza. Also I love me some grass-fed butter in my almond butter cookies, OK?

AND just very in love with goat cheese to be real.

So I’m just sharing what happened when I cut it out for a month. Maybe it will inspire you to try it? In any case, after this little experiment I will 100% be cutting back on dairy BIG time. I’ll save it for travel & my butter cookies.

Currently in bed, listening to meditation music on new noise canceling headphones Michael surprised me with. Imagine us in bed with matching noise canceling headphones- yah, not the sexiest thing you’ve ever seen. I’m going to get off the computer because my eyes are literally burning & watch the finale of The Imposters. Anyone seen it? So good.

We will be on INSTAGRAM LIVE tomorrow doing a Q & A at 11:30 am PST- come hang out. Also don’t forget to enter the meal plan giveaway.

Hope you all have a very productive weekend!

x lauryn

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Face It: Gratitude Is The Attitude

Updated: April 6, 2017
by
LAURYN

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I have been taking a lot of time to think.

Thinking is a big part of content.

If I didn’t sit & think ( or meditate ) I would not be the best version of myself on The Skinny Confidential.

One of the themes that has come up a lot in my morning meditation sessions is GRATITUDE.

Sitting with what I have in that moment & being 100% fulfilled without wanting more.

Just appreciating the people & things I have around me.

Tony Robbins always talks about ACHIEVEMENT vs. FULFILLMENT.

“Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure in life. The worse advice you can get is ‘go achieve all your goals’. Most people do that and they go, ‘is this all there is’? … what you have to find out is what’s going to fulfill you.”

I BELIEVE with every speck of my being that fulfillment…starts with gratitude.

Gratitude is taking the time to look around & appreciate life’s beauty. Embrace. Feel it. Be thankful.

And here’s the thing: gratitude is really very simple.

It’s taking a moment or two every day to think about things or people you’re grateful for.

I’ll start. Today I wrote down three things:

1.) I am grateful for the incredible, special time I spent with my grandma. The Nanz was truly my best friend & we did everything together. She was even working with me on The Skinny Confidential. I am grateful I had time with a friend like her.

2.) The Skinny Confidential community keeps me feeling grateful. To be able to connect with you  guys on a daily basis gives me fuel. I feel like I have a community of friends all over the world.

3.) YOGA. Yoga has helped me be still. I am grateful for stillness where I can sit with my thoughts. It allows me to function at a higher creative level AND step back & enjoy the ride. Yoga has been life-changing, mentally. Health is wealth.

( To be honest I’m also very thankful for noise canceling headphones because now I can write in bed without disturbing Michael ).

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll write down three more, & the next day three more, & then so on and so on.

I write this list in my black Bullet Journal ( << which is a whole post in itself? ) in pretty pens to set the tone. Pastel highlighters are fun to use to showcase important words/phrases. You could use any journal or even type it on your phone if you want.

Remember gratitude is a skill. A happiness skill. And with a skill you have to practice. So practice your skill everyday.

…I’m actually going to go out on a limb here & say gratitude can change your day…LIFE. That’s right. Shift your perspective & magical things start to happen.

The other day I woke up in a horrific, bleak mood. Michael’s delivery was off in something he said to me & I snapped at him. Immediately afterwards I went into my office & took three deep breaths & wrote down three things I was grateful for ( one being Michael ). The whole day changed just like that. I had a choice in a moment to hold a grudge & be a bitch all day OR to shift my focus to gratitude. Changing my mindset from scarcity to abundance. Simple really.

Honestly it’s easier & more comfortable to be the bitch, FYI.

Gratitude takes getting uncomfortable to become comfortable but its rewards are worth the work.

This source states: “two psychologists, Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, wrote an article about an experiment they conducted on gratitude & its impact on well-being. The study split several hundred people into three different groups and all of the participants were asked to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day without being told specifically to write about either good or bad things; the second group was told to record their unpleasant experiences; and the last group was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful. The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.

If something positive happens to you, your level of happiness rises, & then it returns once again to your “happiness set-point.” A practice of gratitude raises your “happiness set-point” so you can remain at a higher level of happiness regardless of outside circumstances. Overall this research shows that those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than those who don’t practice gratitude. He further points out that “To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings.”

Hence why I write them down.

I feel like writing them keeps me very aware. And awareness is key.

My dad is always grateful. He’s always optimistic. Sometimes to the point where you like want him to not be SO positive. But he never sways. I continually admire these qualities so much. The reason he’s so positive is because he is constantly leading with gratitude ( love you, Daddy! ).

OK, now it’s your turn: what are you grateful for? It can just be one word if you want. Try starting tomorrow with a thought of gratitude. It just might set the tone of your day.

XO lauryn

+ new podcast episode is up with Michael’s dad, Gary Bosstick ( …he’s a REAL hoot & super entrepreneurial ). Also, be sure to listen to the podcast I WANT HER JOB. They interviewed me about business/life. Super fun one. 

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JUST FIVE THINGS YOU NEED

Updated: April 4, 2017
by
LAURYN

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WHAT UP.

Ok so here’s the thing: I’m always testing shit.

You know this.

Sometimes it can be frustrating to always be testing shit because it’s overwhelming. And I want to find the best of the best for the most inexpensive price.

( Note: last week I tried 5, or maybe 6, masks. AND the silver peel-off one still won ).

Anyway, to be efficient I decided to just make a quick video breakdown of my 5 favorites this month.

I mean you need to know in detail why they’re the shining stars, you know?

Let’s get into specifics with the video first:

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To really review:

Oils…not just any oils though:

Right now I love this jojoba oil because like I said: it has a little dropper- BTW I don’t know how to pronounce it, HA. Plus it’s freaking $13 dollars !! The rosehip oil makes the biggest difference in my skin tone ( f off, sun mustache ). I love sweet almond oil for my body ( makes you smell DIVINE ) OR to take my makeup off. Oils are key- WE KNOW THIS. Make sure you get pure/certified organic oils though because not all oils are created equal!

Acupressure mat:

YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE the one you get has a pillow. Here’s why…I tend to use the pillow more than the mat. It’s quick & easy. I throw the pillow under my head & within minutes I’m asleep. No seriously. I figured out the key to going to bed recently: 3 easy steps: 1.) Tim Ferriss’ magic tea: hot water, 2 tablespoons organic raw apple cider vinegar, & 1 tablespoon of RAW honey. 2.) not looking at my phone or computer 2 hours before bed ( HELPS SO MUCH ). 3.) laying my head down on an acupressure pillow. Within minutes I’m dead asleep. Sometimes I wake up 30 minutes later & move the pillow…other times I wake up FIVE hours later & move it. That may sound intense but it works very well for me. My neck feels super loose afterwards which is ideal. If you missed the full post on acupressure mats, BE SURE to check it out.

FIX spray:

Been loving this spray to add to my hot pink beautyblender with some CC cream. It gives the makeup a dewy glow. AND THEN Mimi gave me her little high school tip: add cracked highlighter to the spray. You have to crack the highlighter yourself & pour it in the FIX spray but it’s OH-SO-WORTH IT. After you’re done applying makeup, it gives you a shimmer that makes your eyes pop. Experiment first with the travel-size if you’re not sold. OH & go for white-toned highlight powder here. I prefer this one. Keep in mind: it doesn’t need to be expensive highlighter. The one I use for this trick is $6 bucks.

Sticky phone case:

Just get this if you’re a blogger. It makes everything sooooooo much easier. You can do your makeup, talk, take pictures without hands. It clings to whiteboards too ; ). Sticky phone cases are an INSANE solution for bloggers/vloggers. Need I say more?

( I use mine ALL the time! ).

Contour palette:

This cream one is life because it’s right to the point. The colors are right & it’s an all in one. Ain’t no body got time for 5 different compacts. This one is like a painter’s palette too so you don’t get it all over your hands. I apply it with this angled brush & then always buff it out with a sassy Kabuki brush.

And there you have it: FIVE APRIL FAVES.

Shall we do this again? It’s kind of fun. Also going to be doing a lot of Instagram LIVES. I just feel like it’s a fun platform to connect with you guys on. What kinds of LIVE videos do you want to see? Get super specific.

To be honest, I’m ACU-STONED. Do you know what that is? HA! It’s a stoned feeling you get after acupuncture. Anddddd it’s fantastic. Literally high off wellness. Nothing better.

I’m going to go, WAIT FOR IT, make my sleepy tea & grab my acupressure pillow. I’m re-reading this book & have an in-depth post coming with some specific thoughts. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend. So much value.

Will see you guys tomorrow. Hope you all crushed your Monday.

X lauryn

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Mini DeLites: Meal Plan Style

Updated: March 28, 2017
by
LAURYN

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{ chia seed berry pudding }

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{ a bunch of my alcohol hacks ; ) }

You know I’m always hectic on a Monday.

I mean who isn’t but today was especially hectic. So much so, I’m writing this post in bed at midnight watching Vanderpump Rules.

It’s oddly hard to type because I decided to switch it up & get long gel nails- things are much harder with long nails in case you didn’t know. Michael loved his weekend scratch though. He is still talking about it. Although I supplemented scratching him with my new nails with THIS INVENTION. IT WORKS GREAT if you’re trying to preserve a manicure.

Ok so first off I figured we’d do a themed Mini DeLites here with a peek inside TSC Meal Plan with some visuals. Cool?

All of these pictures are of TSC Meal Plan recipes/concoctions. They’re quick, easy, recipes for the girl who’s always late.

( Head over to the latest episode of The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER Podcast because we are doing 20% off for all listeners! ).

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{ a go-to nightly treat! }

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{ one of my favorite anti-inflammatory soups }

Anyway, like I said, Michael & I did no dairy, red meat, or alcohol for 15 days. We felt AMAZING.

Last week I slowly implemented cheese & wine which was MEH weirdly? Not as thrilling as I’d expect.

Then on Saturday we went out for Jordan’s birthday.

All innocent until you have one too many rosés & convince everyone that they need IN & OUT protein-style burgers at 11 PM. With fries. And maybe even a Diet Coke…which is something I never drink butttt ya gotta live once in a while.

Well, you play you pay, because the next day we were literally dying.

I guess that’s what happens with you cut those three things out & then stuff your face with a burger covered in cheese after a wine night.

It’s safe to say today was absent of cheese, meat, & wine. Trying to keep it clean today.

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{ favorite oatmeal medley }

Ya so I had a major food hangover this weekend but today I was back in action, literally behind the computer for 12 hours checking up on e-mails, conference calls, & mapping out a plan for the month, content-wise.

Tomorrow is Michael’s birthday so I have a few tricks up my sleeve including a lot of coconut oil– HA. He can expect a VERY OBNOXIOUS cake too…tune into Snapchat for the details.

Ok so again all these pics are recipes from TSC MEAL PLAN. With that, I’m going to get ready for bed & read my latest book with a cup of mint tea.

Hope you’re all having a good start to your week!

See ya tomorrow, lauryn x

+ be sure to tune in to INSTAGRAM LIVE this week. Here’s the schedule: tomorrow 3/28 at 5:30 PM PST we’re talking HEALTH/DIET/FITNESS and Thursday 3/30 at 4:45 PM pst is a GET READY WITH ME live. See you there!

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BYE, BLOAT MEAL PLAN

Updated: March 20, 2017
by
LAURYN

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FINALLY. The latest installment of the new MEAL PLAN HAS DROPPED.

Super jazzed about this one because the whole seven days are about eliminating bloat. So, so many recipes that are so quick, easy, AND anti-inflammatory.

Because remember this quote? It’s an oldie but goodie:

“LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD.”

If you follow along on Snapchat you know we’ve busting ass for this one. It had to be just right. I’ve taste-tested all of these 5 second recipes a gazillion times & been taking notes like a psycho for the past months…notes on all my HACKS.

HACKS are what it’s really all about, right?

Easy, quick, efficient.

Ahhhh, I just love those words..

This one’s straight & to the point. I’m a creature of habit and eat a lot of the same things day after day so this MEAL PLAN is nothing fancy, k? In fact, IT’S ALMOST TOO SIMPLE.

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Like I’ve said before: This is a PLAN that works for me.

I am not a doctor.

I am not a scientist.

I am not a body builder.

I’m just a regular girl who’s VERY interested in wellness.

I make mistakes.

I LOVE CARBS.

LIKE GET AT ME CHEEZ-ITS.

And really there’s nothing better than a fresh margarita…with a half rim of salt.

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You should know though, fitness & wellness have always played a huge role in my life. I taught Pure Barre & Proformer Pilates for years & years until I began blogging full-time. Also through ISSA, I attained a nutrition certification.

Nothing too intense there but the point is, I’ve always been invested in a healthy lifestyle — a big part of why The Skinny Confidential exists in the first place.

About two years ago I created TSC Bombshell Body Guide with a celebrity trainer to showcase some of my favorite workouts in 27 minutes. We also created a nutrition guide with a bunch of my favorite skinny recipes… AND then of course, we launched THE SHREDDING FOR THE WEDDING MEAL PLAN which included all my pre-wedding food picks.

But we’re changing it up kind of on this one…

Because today this updated plan is all about BLOAT.

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TO GET SPECIFIC, I had horrific jaw surgery that left me swollen for two years. Literally though. Two years. Finally I am feeling very much less swollen because I’ve really, REALLY paid attention to the foods I’m eating. This plan is jammed packed of the foods I’ve been eating to rid the bloat.

It’s so funny how life works. Because of my jaw surgery I’ve discovered SO many tips/tricks for swelling ( ICE ROLLING ANYONE? ) that I would have never found if it hadn’t been for the surgery. Really though, I’ve learned so much about food & drinks that help with bloat too. CRAZY. Just call me a swelling expert.

Some gems in the guide? Cauliflower turkey bacon rice ( YES YES YES ), A WHAT THE FUCK TO DO IF YOU LOVE CARBS GUIDE, alcohol hacks- rosé ice cubes anyone?, pesto spaghetti squash, herb-filled strawberry beauty ice cream, portion control ideas, almond cookies, green muffins, AND turmeric healing soup.

All of these are things I implement on a daily basis wrapped into one pretty booklet with a lot of pictures!

So yes, my food diary- you can take what you like from it & modify it to fit your needs. If you’re vegetarian you can just leave out the meat & sub tofu or extra veg!

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WELL SHIT, WHAT’S INSIDE?

A little letter from me to YOU
A full-on grocery list ( with all my favorite brands )
7 full days of my exact food diary
LOTS OF SKINNY HACKS
A “WHAT THE FUCK TO DO IF YOU LOVE CARBS GUIDE”
…AND all my alcohol skinny tips/tricks ( HAHA- there are some good ones )

YOU’LL ALSO RECEIVE:

Full access to all my favorite 27 minute workouts via TSC Bombshell Body Guide

Price: $49.99 + monthly $9.99 for membership. Your first 30 days of membership are free!

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Why charge? Well, there’s a lot of out-of-pocket expenses like a web developer, graphic designer, editor, photos, time/labor to run the program. I made it as affordable as possible filled with tons of value.

You can access the plan on your phone, computer, &/or print it out ( I always like to print mine in high-res & bound it spirally for $13.99 at Kinko’s ).

If you have already purchased the FULL 28 week Bombshell Body Guide AND you’re currently still a Bombshell Body Member, you get access to the latest 7 DAY MEAL PLAN — completely free!

Simply log in to your account to stalk the latest. It’s located under “Bombshell Body Plans” on the main menu bar…happy reading.

If you purchased any other plan, you can always upgrade your account to gain access to the meal plan. Simply log in to your account & click the pink UPGRADE ACCOUNT button, OR click “Upgrade My Account” under “Bombshell Body Plans” on the main menu bar.

EASY.

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Ok, ok do you guys have questions? Happy to answer ALL of them below! Also, I’ll be hosting a HUGE giveaway on Snapchat tomorrow: @laurynevarts. In the meantime, check out TSC BYE, BLOAT MEAL PLAN here.

I am going to bed. I organized my entire house today while getting all the details in order for tonight so I feel…just slightly exhausted. & shit, it’s 1:06 AM- time for bed!

See you tomorrow- hope you LOVE the meal plan, lauryn x

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