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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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The Skinny Confidential BOOK CLUB | Lauryn’s FAVS

Updated: March 23, 2017
by
LAURYN

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As you guys know reading is one of mine & my husband’s ( so weird to say “husband” ) favorite pastimes. It’s really the perfect way to wind down at night, calm the mind, & learn something new. With all of the traveling I’ve been able to get through some INCREDIBLE books.

Discussing mental health is really important since I’ve dealt with anxiety ( & I know some of you struggle with this too ). All of these books help shed some light on coping with these struggles in insightful ways.

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MARCH MUST READS

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I have this weird thing for the Kennedy family. The whole family is fascinating, especially from the perspective of this book. Told from the point of view of JFK’s executive assistant, RoseMarie, Fairy Tale Interrupted details the life of the Kennedys in a new way. It’s a fun glimpse capturing the behind the scenes of an iconic man & the aftermath of his death. Ask me about the Kennedys- I know the weirdest, most random facts.

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My friend Erica, from Fashionlush, mentioned this book in the latest podcast since she struggles with anxiety. Many Lives, Many Masters follows a psychotherapist & his patient, Catherine, who struggles with anxiety & phobias. Through hypnosis Catherine taps into her 86 past lives which helps cure her from her worries. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, this is an intriguing read.

Erica & I both highly recommend.

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This book might be my favorite on the list. Suffering from memory loss, paranoia, weight loss and more, Ally Hilfiger’s family brought her to a psych ward at 18. After years of being undiagnosed, a doctor uncovered Ally’s lyme disease.

In Bite Me, Ally discusses her struggle with lyme disease, how she took back her identity & how she healed. Listen to Ally on the podcast for even more juicy details about the book!

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Open details the life of world famous tennis player Andre Agassi. After winning his first grand slam by 22 years old, Andre was young, famous, & wealthy. Pushed to play tennis by his demanding father, Andre opens up about his struggle with his family, his marriage & his disenchantments with tennis. Interesting look into the sports world & young fame.

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Hearing the real & honest stories of people’s struggles always intrigues me. Especially reading about how they overcame those struggles. In Between Breaths, Elizabeth Vargas describes how her childhood anxiety contributed to her alcohol addiction.

For anyone who has struggled with anxiety this book is very relatable. Elizabeth’s story is empowering & her journey allows you to find new ways of coping.

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Ever since I read The Slight Edge I’ve been trying to integrate its methods into my daily life. Jeff Olson details how simple habits can increase your capacity to achieve your dreams.My favorite tip: using commute time to listen to educational material. Hello podcastsThis book really gives you the tools to hack your brain & get the most out of your life. Love it.

These books really go there. Next time you’re traveling, grab a tote, a cozy sweater, & get ready to dive deep into some juicy stories. What are some books you’re loving right now?

Hope you guys have a great weekend-

lauryn x

+ For more of my favorite books check out Pinterest

++ thank you, THANK YOU for all the support on this post. So much love for you guys. <3

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3 HEALTHY LIVING MUST HAVES

Updated: March 7, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Having a few basic tools can reallyyyyyy take your healthy living to the next level.

We all know eating healthy is SO much easier when you’re prepared, right. This doesn’t mean prepping 5 nights of meals on Sunday ( although if that works for you- do you! ).

What it means is that with the right tools, healthy choices are much, MUCH easier & accessible. These are the items that I use every day & are a must for anyone looking to incorporate healthier habits into their life.

( Yes, yes, you know these three usual suspects if you follow along on Snapchat! ).

Alright here’s my main bitches:

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HEALTHY LIVING ESSENTIALS

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If you don’t have a strong blender GET ONE NOW. I use this blender EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Usually multiple times a day. I start my morning with a green smoothie & make extra for Michael if he’s lucky. My smoothie mantra is to throw in whatever sounds good at the moment. Sometimes it’s spinach, kale & herbs, other times it’s a whole lemon.

This blender is by far the best one I’ve tried & can really handle it all. You can use it to whip up hummus, 3 ingredient pancakes & soup too. The options are endless really.

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Love pasta but trying to limit your carbs? Enter the spiralizer. This tool is AMAZING.  I use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles regularly. Top them with spicy marinara, lemon & arugula and you honestly won’t miss the pasta at all. You can also use a spiralizer to make curly sweet potato fries, beet slaw or an apple crisp. There are SO many possibilities with this.

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I’m always on the move which means I eat on the go A LOT. I’ll eat in the car, when I’m on the phone, during a brow wax sesh.. you get it. Eating on the go is not an excuse to eat unhealthy foods. Prepare your food ahead of time so you know EXACTLY what you’re eating.

These glass containers are perfect for storing your lunch & fruit to bring to the office. I even use glass bottles to bring my blended coffee around town. Please, whatever you do, stay away from BPA and use glass / BPA free plastic whenever possible. Balance this part like your checkbook- do what you can do.

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Always keep smoothie ingredients in your freezer & snacks in your purse. You’ll be thankful when you’re stuck in traffic for two hours and all you can find is a gas station. Hope you guys are having a fun & relaxing weekend!  Share any of your healthy tips below PLZ!

– lauryn x

+ have you listened to the latest podcast? We reached ONE YEAR baby! Thank you for all of the support as always. 

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AMAZON RIDE OR DIES

Updated: March 12, 2017
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LAURYN

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Since Michael & I have never been to Boston before it’s been fun to explore a new city. We’re catching up with our friend Alex aka Mooseknuckle ( ep. 23 ) & letting loose. That being said, I could really use a ice roller right now. It is SUCH a staple in my life that I wanted to share all of my ride or die Amazon favs.

Let’s get right into it.

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CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT PRODUCTS:

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If possible PLEASE avoid using bottles that contain BPA. These Ello cups are BPA free, made out of glass and you can take them everywhere. Use these to sip your detox drinkgreen smoothie & spicy water to work or around town. These cups are a daily essential.

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In addition to the cold weather we’ve been drinking cocktails in Boston. This means my face is extra swollen & puffy. These eye pads are a lifesaver ( I even made room in Alex’s fridge for them ). The cucumber helps to reduce inflammation & has amazing cooling effects. Much needed.

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Ever since my jaw surgery I’ve become obsessed with finding ways to reduce swelling. The steel ice roller is it. Use it every morning when you wake up to reduce swelling & redness. Plus it helps shrink your pores & is way more convenient than an ice facial. It’s a MUST…especially when you’re hungover.

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This acupressure mat changes the game. I call it the bed of nails too. It’s covered in little spikes that cause your body to release endorphins. This helps to relieve stress & relax your mind. I even use this on Pixy & Boone & they love it. It’s stimulating, energizing & just feels SO good.

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So I’m tea OBSESSED. I drink it in the morning, evening, before lunch, after lunch, anytime really. Give me a cup of tea and I’ll be happy. This tea is fruity, lightly sweet & refreshing without any added shig. Put this in your Ello cup with some ice & adaptogens and you’ll be ready to take on the day. Also a HUGE Jocko fan.

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Heard of face shaving? If not, you have to try it! ALL the celebrities do it & for a good reason. The tinkle removes all your peach fuzz, exfoliates & smooths your skin. This creates the perfect base to apply your makeup. I’ve been doing it for years– it’s the best pre-makeup prep.

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Worried about hyperpigmentation aka a sun mustache? Use this serum daily & you will see results. I did this 6 months before my wedding & my mustache was GONE. Everyone, I mean EVERYONE needs a great serum. They’re underrated just like oils. The right serum will keep your face vibrant by brightening dull skin & evening out your skin tone.

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If you follow along on Snapchat you know I’m in love with my new oil diffuser. It changes colors which is incredibly soothing & reminds me of a crystal ball. Essential oils are amazing. You immediately notice a difference in your mood depending on what oils you use.  My favorite combination right now is grapefruit and lemon. My friend Erica also gave me this cute car diffuser the other day. Now I can take my oils with me everywhere. So ideal. Throw on some Bossanova & lavender oil and say bye to road rage.

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The secret to how woman wear those tiny, thin tops with NO bra? Nippies. When I’m not wearing workout clothes, I am most likely wearing Nippies. They’re comfortable, reusable, & completely invisible under those tiny tops we all want to wear this Spring.

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Another beauty must have? A jade roller. They are incredibly anti-aging, extremely medicinal according to Chinese medicine & INSANE for lymphatic drainage. People get bags under their eyes due to fluid retention. Lymphatic drainage FIXES that. All you do is roll it on your face in a downward motion. I do it at night after applying moisturizer.

These items are all essential to making me look, feel & be my best on a daily basis. What are some of your ride or dies?

I’m off to take full advantage of the cold Boston weather by rocking some cashmere joggers & a sweatshirt. Hope you all have a fun weekend ahead.

x lauryn

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The Magic of Pearl: GLOWING SKIN & AMINO ACIDS

Updated: February 1, 2017
by
LAURYN

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My wedding photos are done & edited.

So while we’re waiting for the video ( finally ) I figured we’d discuss something sparkly: PEARL.

YA, LIKE PEARL PEARL.

So this is random but did you know that pearls aren’t something you just wear around your neck?

Yes, yes, they’re actually EXTREMELY beneficial to health.

AND they’re going to be the hot new thing for 2017. I’m calling it how I see it.

Again, go with me here because I’ve been using pearl for the last 4 months & I can say I’m honestly…inflated.

It’s incredible.

Here’s the thing: a lot of wellness trends we discuss on The Skinny Confidential aren’t too popular in the States ( Pu’erh tea for weight loss, lymphatic drainage massage, acupuncture, & jade rolling to name a few! ). HOWEVER I think it’s important to bring awareness to easy, quick, inexpensive tips anyone & everyone can do.

LIKE PEARL.

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OK SO LET’S BACK UP: what exactly does Pearl do?

Whelp it stimulates collagen production, contains powerful anti-aging properties, & UMMMM has 300 mg of calcium ( screw milk, YAWN ).

Some background too?

“Pearl powder is not a new beauty aid, having been highly prized by royalty in Egypt and China even during ancient times. Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt and Wu Zetian, the only woman in Chinese history to ever attain the title of Empress, were famed for their use of pearl powder to maintain and achieve their youthful, beautiful skin. Modern science has also confirmed what the ancient medics have proven to be true- that pearl powder promotes the regeneration of new skin cells, increases collagen levels that help to firm and smooth the skin and improve the skin’s radiance.”

Well shit, count ME in.

Not sold? Ok a little more in-depth research for ya:

Benefits of Pearl Powder:

Increased elasticity and firmness for ageless radiant skin
Stimulates your body to produce new youthful skin cells
Regenerates collagen
Heals acne & blemishes
Prevents skin aging & deterioration
Prevents fine lines, wrinkles by firming and plumping skin.
Reduces discoloration from sun damage, scars, freckles dark patches, & other discoloration
Naturally reduces pores
Tightens sagging skin through improved elasticity

What else?

After calcium signal proteins are the main component of pearl powder. These active enzymes and hormones promote healing in your skin, they can dramatically slow and even reverse visual signals of aging.

These signal proteins in pearl powder send the message to your skin triggering cellular growth. They stimulate your body to generate new skin and bone unlocking your bodies natural healing potential, repairing skin tissue and increase bone density.

This is why pearl powder was used by the rulers of china for thousands of years to maintain firm, plump, youthful skin.

BUT WAIT: Conchiolin !!!

This is the real secret ingredient in pearl powder. Conchiolin when absorbed by the body converts into human collagen combining with skin lipids to naturally moisturize your skin as well as prevent moisture from escaping. It acts similarly to keratin promoting skin cell metabolism, repairing, hydrating and leaving your skin with an ageless natural glow.

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How to use it? Glad you asked. I like to add it to a smoothie or green drink. Of course if you’re not a smoothie person you can just sprinkle a little in your daily cup of tea. Very easy & tastes like nothing. Not a tea person? No worries. Just add it to your soup or egg salad. VERY EASY. And tasteless really.

Now here’s another cool thing about Pearl: it actually helps fight hyper-pigmentation.

SAY WHAT?

True. Wanna know more? According to this source, “it aids in absorbing oil and skin impurities, filters out UV rays and helps to prevent hyper-pigmentation by slowing down the melanin production in the skin. Its antimicrobial properties are also known to remove blotches, acne, acne scarring, dry patches and rosacea as well as address sun damage.”

Some women: apply it directly to their face before bed, use it as a face mask ( just mix with yogurt ), add it to their foundation ( ??!! interesting right ), ORRRRR dab some in their sunscreen.

This is NO WHERE on the Internet ( that I’ve seen ) but I just mix Pearl in with my skin oils. So I’ll do like an unrefined rose hip OR pure jojoba oil at night & mix a sprinkle of Pearl into it too. I just mix it together, add a thin layer on my skin before bed, & I’m good to go. This takes like 5 seconds. It whitens the skin kind of & helps with the annoying sun mustache. I sleep with the oil/Pearl concoction & I love it: it’s all-natural, efficient, & QUICK. Nothing crazy. Buh-bye sun spots.

Again, not a brand snob here. You can kind of pick & choose as you may. This one is GREAT but so is this one.

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According to Byrdie: “With a mystical name like Pearl Powder, we wanted to know what is in the  powder before we go investing and recommending. Moon Juice’s Pearl Powder is an adaptogen & cell builder. Owner of Moon Juice, Amanda says it’s ‘basically a white magic powder that releases essential trace minerals into the blood stream for longevity, joy, and a serious glow.’ We can expect to see results in our hair, skin, and nails, according to Bacon. She feels so strongly she even refers to it as the ‘golden ticket to getting your glow.’ But the beauty uses for her powder don’t begin and end with the dust milk: ‘You can wear it, too. I blend half a teaspoon of Pearl Powder into my almond milk or smoothie every morning and dust about 1/4 teaspoon directly onto my face with a blush brush at bed and leave in all night,’ said Bacon.”

As Vogue Magazine says: “‘Your face actually absorbs all of it and skin feels fantastic the next day…’It’s testimonials like this that make Pearls a wellness buzzword to watch. We’ve done this as humans for thousands of years- why would we continue if it didn’t work?”

UM YES, YES, YES PLZ TO ALL.

P.S. this is not Pearl sponsored, just love this powder & highly recommend it. Pick a brand, any brand. Go to your local health food store. Try it out. For the record I know I try a lot of products- it’s part of my job. But I only share what works for me. And for the amount of products I try, I BLOG about 5 percent. I blog about the superstars, must haves, real secrets.

Main plus of Pearl? It lasts FOREVER. You simply need a few pinches.

It’s kind of like magic fairy dust…just give a sprinkle in your green drink like sassy Salt Bae & you’re good to go.

OK time for me to go to bed! We just got back from speaking at The Collective & I’m pooped- long day tomorrow too !!

Chat tomorrow, lauryn

+ be sure to listen to the latest podcast episode with my favorite blogger/author, Mark Manson. He’s so inspiring!

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