Category Archives: Wellness

3 AMAZON TECH GADGETS YOU NEED- The Best Gift Ideas

October 16, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Boy oh boy has this post has been a long time coming!

It’s straight to the point with the 3 Amazon gadgets that you NEED.

Sure the headphones aren’t cheap but they’re something I’m so happy I invested in. I’m serious- podcasts while I’m flying have never been better AND you know I love my meditation music playing while I work ( shoutout to Relaxing Melodies– download the App for the best chill out tunes EVER ).

There’s nothing better than a glass of wine, a good book ( you need a book light, of course ), & noise canceling headphones.

But like, don’t worry because if you hate the book & you’re more of an iPad girl, I got you covered with blue light blocker glasses.

OK, OK let’s get to the meat of it, the video which will really break it down for you:

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+ noise canceling headphones ( $230 on Amazon! )

+ blue light computer glasses

+ book light

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I take my Amazon purchases very seriously so I feel like these three items are things I’ve tested, reviewed, & lived with for the last year.

What’s your ride or die Amazon purchase? Anything I need to add to my list?

We are actually in the car ( I can blog from the car now! ) driving up to LA for a work day tomorrow. Not going to lie, I can’t wait to get in bed & read. Tip: the drive from San Diego is usually 3 hours but when you cruise up at night ( like 10 pm ) it’s SUPER cute because there’s no traffic. Late night is key.

Anyway, hope you’re all having a fabulous week. Be sure to check out my IG because there’s an Instagram LIVE up: what’s in my purse.

Talk tomorrow!

x lauryn

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3 Amazon Gadgets You JUST Need:

Everything You Need To Know About IV THERAPY

October 4, 2017
by
LAURYN

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IV THERAPY.

THAT’S RIGHT, today we’re chatting with the expert Dr. Aliza Cicerone from Spark Health to get all of the details…And they’re definitely not just for hangovers in Vegas. They’re also great for vitamin deficiencies, low energy, specific diseases, leaky gut, etc. The list goes on for days.

( Side note: as always, do your own research. Like really, really do it. The blog is a way for me to share my experiences & showcase diverse perspectives from experts in multiple industries, however I encourage you to talk to your own doctor, friends, experts, etc ).

Ok so after double jaw surgery I committed to trying a bunch of different holistic practices- IV therapy being one of them. This made sense because I was inflamed as fuck AND I’ve always been a fan of Vitamin B shots. SO I decided to research & see what the fuss was all about. I feel like IV therapy is very popular in a lot of countries so it was something where I needed to pull out my magnify glass & inspect, you know?

You should know I’m a human guinea pig, so I rolled up my sleeves to try it. I HAVE TO SAY I HATE NEEDLES MORE THAN LIFE so this was a HARD ONE for me. Like to be honest I have to look away, breath, close my eyes every time. I CRY, I WHINE, I FUSS- it’s pathetic actually. Honestly the picture above even gives me the heebie-jeebies. Really though!

Not only does Spark Health provide IV’s though. I actually did a full blood panel. Everything came out FAB besides two things: my D3 levels ( remember we discussed this? ) AND my cortisol ( what up, stress ) levels were off the chart ( this is for a whole different post ). Anyway, it was cool to see the breakdown of all my levels & peak BTS at my body. Sometimes you gotta lift up your engine to see what’s inside.

Oh, & you will just LOVE the doctor who guided me through the process. Her name is Aliza Cicerone & she knows her shit- which is why I asked her if I could interview her on TSC. We talk treatments, common issues, supplements, & healthy recommendations.

Happy reading:

+ Introduce yourself:

Dr. Aliza Cicerone: Hi everyone! I’m Dr. Aliza Cicerone & I work at Spark Health. Spark Health is an integrative medical clinic that specializes in personalized natural medicine.

+ How did you start Spark?

AC: We noticed that there wasn’t a clinic in San Diego that was providing truly personalized medicine to address each individual’s unique needs with high levels of both medical care & customer service.

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+ OK SOOOO first of all explain how you are different than any other practice.

AC: We are different from most other clinics across the country because we offer a truly personalized and customized approach to diagnosing and treating our patients. Not only is our medicine very tailored to each patient’s unique needs, but we deliver an extremely high customer service experience.

Our process is very thorough & treats the whole person.

+ Tell us all there is to know about vitamin shots.

AC: We have the largest selection of results-driven vitamin injections in the country that have been developed by one of the top naturopathic doctors in the US. Our shots contain natural vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and are formulated to give people a boost in performance in the areas of life that matter most to them.

Some of our most popular shots are Body Sculpt, Energy, Zen Master, Super Immune, & Detox Booster. By getting nutrients in a shot instead of by oral supplements, your body is able to use the nutrients most effectively & efficiently.

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+ Let’s talk vitamin IVs now. SOOO much curiosity on the subject, tell us everything.

AC: IV Nutrient Therapy ( known as IVNT ) is the process of giving concentrated levels of vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, & amino acids directly into the bloodstream through an IV. At Spark Health, we have an extensive menu of 20 different IVs that have been custom designed to deliver specific results. IVs can achieve high nutrient concentration levels in the blood that are not obtainable with oral supplements. Even with the highest quality oral supplements and food, there can be issues that prevent absorption and use of those nutrients. With certain nutrients, IV therapy provides up to 10 times the absorption of oral supplementation.

When our bodies are taxed mentally & physically, by an intense workout, a challenging workday, or a stressful life event, we require higher levels of nutrients to repair tissue damage, maintain mental focus, and restore energy. By administering the nutrients directly into the bloodstream, our cells are able to effectively utilize the nutrients they require for optimal function and healing.

When your cells function properly, energy and focus improve, tissue can recover more rapidly from workouts and injuries, and the immune system can fight off cold and flu symptoms faster, allowing you to remain in peak mental and physical shape.

Some of our most popular IVs are Energize, Immune Boost, Sparkle & Glow, Body Sculpt Plus & Hangover Hydration.

+ Most common issues you see with your patients?

AC: We treat all types of health conditions, from preventive medicine to patients undergoing cancer treatment. Some of our patient population is in great health, and are looking to see what they can do to optimize their health and wellness. We also see many patients that are concerned with age management and hormone therapy.

Many of our patients are very athletic, & come to us for regenerative joint injections, like prolotherapy & platelet-rich plasma ( PRP ). We also treat a variety of digestive issues, like IBS & leaky gut.

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+ Best supplement people can take at home?

AC: There’s not one supplement that is right for every person. We determine the best supplements for each patient by doing specialized lab tests, such as nutrient deficiencies, digestive health, and food allergies.

Our doctors formulate customized treatment plans for each patient’s specific needs.

+ Who is the ideal candidate to come to Spark?

AC: Our ideal patient is anyone who wants to take their health to the next level and is committed to living a healthy lifestyle. Our patients are truly interested in what is actually going on inside their bodies, & who want to understand the root cause of any health issues.

+ As far as wellness is concerned, what are your top five recommendations.

1.) Daily movement or exercise, no matter what the intensity/duration. Do what works for you.
2.) Be mindful of what foods you put into your body…you are what you eat!
3.) Good, restful sleep is the most important and under-utilized medicine.
4.) Know what is currently happening inside your body to prevent issues in the future.
5.) A positive mindset encourages positive health.

+ What are some of the key nutrients in your IV bags?

Taurine: is an essential nutrient for cardiovascular function that has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. It is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown in research to prevent the pro-oxidant effects of exercise, making it great for athletes. It also helps aid weight loss and cognitive function and decrease cholesterol levels.

L-carnitine has been shown to increase the function of mitochondria, our body’s tiny energy-producing machines located in all of our cells. It also supports nervous system and cardiovascular function, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

 Glycine is an amino acid that is a building block for many proteins in the body. It acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain, and is well known to help improve detox pathways, sleep quality and muscle relaxation.

 B5 is a vitamin that is actually made by our own gut bacteria! It helps our body process fats, carbohydrates and protein, and can help lower cholesterol and triglycerides. B5 is a key nutrient for adrenal support and energy.

B12 is critical for red blood cell production. It helps to decrease fatigue and depression, and improves memory. B12 helps support our detox pathways and healthy metabolism.

Glutathione is our master antioxidant. Glutathione production naturally decreases with age, and is difficult to absorb orally; this is why IV glutathione is so important for detoxification and anti-aging benefits. It acts to reverse cellular damage from lifestyle, diet, and environmental factors. All of our full size IVs at Spark come with a glutathione push, delivered separately for maximum efficacy, and it can also be added to our Fast Bags.

+ Tips for people who are feeling fatigued?

AC: Come in to have your lab work done! Fatigue can be a symptom of a combination of different factors, & lab testing is the way to know how to treat the cause of the fatigue.

SO GUYS: WHAT DO YOU THINK? WILL YOU GIVE IT A SHOT? THOUGHTS? Love your opinions, as always.

+ follow Spark Health on Instagram: @sparkhealth.

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OUTFIT BREAKDOWN FOR YA:

Your Badass Guide To Essential Oils

September 26, 2017
by
LAURYN

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GUYS! Today my younger sister Faye is going to talk about something she lovessss: ESSENTIAL OILS. You may remember Faye from a vintage TSC feature OR from the podcast where she so bravely opened up about her struggle with addiction– either way, my sister knows her shit when it comes to oils. She also knows me better than anyone, so when she recommended I clean my kitchen with Theives & diffuse Tangerine every morning ( like I said, she knows me well! ), I listened. Definitely my two favorites right now.

Anyway, I’m obsessed with essential oils & you should be too. They’re something that sets the ambience, you know? They create a mood. Moods that can be relaxing ( hi Lavender! ), uplifting ( talking to you, Eucalyptus! ), or even invigorating ( why I love Tangerine! ). Mood is so important, in my opinion. A little Bossanova, some candles, a warm cup of tea, & oils diffusing really sets the scene. I love a good scene.

SO! Faye is going to breakdown some of her favorite oils & show you how she uses them. Once you commit to oils, you will never go back!

As you know, Faye joined Michael & I on the podcast to discuss her experience with addiction. Through her struggle ( she’s sober & healthy now with the cutest son- my nephew, Daxton! ) she got very into essential oils & natural living.

Ok, I’ll let her doing the talking now?
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Introduce yourself:

Faye Evarts: Hi everyone! I’m Faye, Lauryn’s little sister. I live in Orange County, CA & I am a full-time mom to my one year old son and two chihuahuas, Hazel & Royale. Because I am so busy with the baby, I needed something I could do to make money from home, besides my online thrift store on Poshmark, “Evillarts Vintage,” so I told Lauryn about my newfound love ( yes, I’m slow to catch on ) essential oils! I have never found something so beneficial and reasonably priced that actually worked & not kidding, CHANGED my life!

Tell us about your favorite oils!

FE: Personally, my favorite oil is Frankincense; they call it the “King of all Oils.” It pretty much does everything, in other words, everything I am lacking or obsessed with worrying about ( insert laugh/cry emoji here ). Frankincense is great for the skin! It reduces wrinkles ( put a few drops in your moisturizer ), fights depression, it’s a stress reliever, fights respiratory infections/colds, it’s anti-inflammatory, a muscle relaxer & more!

Next, THIEVES. Thieves is like a liquid Echinacea, on steroids.

FE: Ever since I started using this oil, no one in my house has been sick. I diffuse it & rub it on my baby’s feet ( always dilute this oil with a carrier oil like olive oil because it can burn your skin ), especially after being on a playdate or in a daycare setting. Not only do I use Thieves oil, but also cleaner, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, & every other Thieves product Young Living makes because it kills all bacteria, fights disease, & strengthens the immune system.

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You talk about oils as house cleaners- tell me more.

FE: I am also obsessed with using chemical-free EVERYTHING in my home. My cleaning lady simply uses ONE cleaner ( Thieves ) in our home, on everything: toilets, windows, showers, dishes, baby toys…the list goes on. I was actually weary to use the cleaner at first because I didn’t think it would work as well as bleach or others because there are no chemicals, but to my surprise it actually works BETTER! And with no side effects!

What else can oils do?

FE: Essential oils can be found in the blood stream less than ten minutes after applying them to your skin. They are the only thing on the planet that can enter every cell in your body. When you smell the oil, it sends a signal to your limbic system in your brain, which rule your emotions ( also, blood pressure, heart rate, memory, stress and hormone balance ) to a sense of peace, joy & contentment.

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 How did oils help with Daxton’s cold?

FE: Peppermint & Eucalyptus help him with breathing and a cough, so I diffuse those when he is sick. For preventive measures, I rub Thieves and a carrier oil ( like olive oil- this is a MUST for children because the oils by themselves are too powerful for their skin ) on his feet. And I also will clean all his toys with Thieves cleaner after he is sick or after another child plays with them ( yes, I’m psycho ). I will mix R.C. with olive oil as well and rub it on his chest to help with congestion. Not only have the oils helped his colds, but also his acid reflux/colic, which he suffered from for the first few months of life ( & I suffered too ). I just add a drop of Peppermint oil to his bottle whenever I smell the acid on his breath or he spits up.

+ Side note: Peppermint is also amazing for headaches, varicose veins, cold sores, eczema and nausea.

…also can we talk about how Dax LOVES to eat raw lemons just like his Aunt Lauryn <3:

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Which is your favorite oil and why?

FE: I would say DiGize is the winner in our house because Johnny ( my fiancé ) & I have a lot of stomach issues, especially him ( LOL ), thanks to his years of eating fast food! So I would say this is amazing because when you are suffering from bloating, cramps, gas, constipation, etc. ( I don’t want to go on because it can get gross ), it’s so necessary to have something that’s natural & fast acting, but actually GOOD for you. Whenever we are experiencing any of those symptoms we rub DiGize on our stomachs, or even put a few drops in our water or tea. Works like a charm! Try it!

Benefits of my favorite oil: tangerine?

FE: Tangerine is very good for purifying your house and making it smell clean, it is very citrusy ( of course & Lauryn’s all time favorite ). Tangerine oil is an anti-septic & an immune booster as well. It is also a digestive aid and helps with insomnia & memory support. The best part about Tangerine is it regenerates new cells while purifying the blood! That being said, I would buy it as a “Vitality” as well as an oil, so I could put it in my drink to digest!

Can oils help with anxiety?

FE: Absolutely; I have the worst anxiety & depression and oils have changed the game for me, more than anything else and I have tried it ALL. The best oils for anxiety are, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Lavender, and Bergamot. Or you can buy the blend called Stress Away or Peace and Calming 2 ( which is another one of my all-time faves ).

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 What kinds of oils are the best to buy?

FE: I would say Young Living because they are the purest on the market. They are a seed to seal company which means they are distilled right there at the factory/farm & transferred directly into the bottle. Young Living controls the whole process and owns all their own farms worldwide, so there is no middle man or grey area, it is very simple and honest. I have tried many different companies and it is scary because you do not know exactly what is in the oils and you could be diffusing/using chemicals and jeopardizing your health, which is why I stick with Young Living because I know they are all pure- you get what you pay for, QUALITY.

Why do people need oils in their life?

FE: Oils can replace any medication, chemical, product, fluoride, etc. Practically everything we purchase at stores or on a daily basis can have cancer causing chemicals and if you want to live a clean life & have pure products in your home and around your family, it’s the way to go. Also, if you are a DIY person you can make all your own products at home with the oils and save money too. I am not the creative type, but Young Living sent me a booklet with one of my orders to make homemade baby wipes, deodorant, shower gel, dish soap and more and even I could make them! Now I know exactly what is in everything I am putting in Dax’s body/lungs and I live a more simple, healthy & honest life!

Oils are incredible. I love using them to set the mood when I’m working in the morning with peppermint or to wind down at night with some lavender. They instantly shift your mood. What are you excited to try?

I MEAN, HOW CUTE IS FAYE?! ( AND DAX? )

+ Find Faye: Instagram | Poshmark | Snapchat | Faye’s favorite oils

++ e-mail Faye with any questions at: Fayevorites66@gmail.com

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The Protein Powder You Need In Your Kitchen

September 13, 2017
by
LAURYN

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I feel like every single protein post on IG or blogs these days are sponsored so I decided to throw a little curveball here & talk about a protein powder that I just REALLY love.

Protein powders ARE NOT ALL EQUAL. There are so many different brands on the market with so many hidden bullshit ingredients. I was actually using a protein for a long time that had awesome ingredients but it contained Stevia. Stevia sometimes is hard on my stomach so I was actively searching for another brand…nix the Stevia. AND FINALLY, FINALLLLY, I found one. I feel that if there were a Tinder for protein powders, I successfully swiped right on my soulmate. This protein powder’s bio would say something along the lines of: NO NASTY BS INGREDIENTS, I’M JUST RIGHT. Or something like that, you know.

Anyway, like I said there’s a lot of scummy protein powders- I have actually heard of scams where the powders are filled with sick filler ingredients that make no sense. You always want to look for those filler ingredients…stay away from whey, soy, GMO’s, etc. I’m not a soy fan at all- this is another post but I actually avoid it whenever I can. Another huge reason I love looking at ingredients.

This is my opinion, of course. As always, do your own research. If anything, this post is to make you more aware.

Moving right along, this protein powder was recommended to me by Be Well By Kelly. As you know she was on The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER Show & she was a real hit ( YES! She will be back! ). Not only has Kelly recommended this, Kim ( my trainer, whose workouts are coming to TSC Bombshell Body Guide– we’ve been working on some badass content for you guys ), said the brand, Primal Kitchen is by far her favorite. Primal Kitchen is committed to high-quality amazing ingredients. I LOVE their avocado mayo ( it’s made with AVO! But tastes like mayo! How cool right! ), always have their collagen bars on hand ( get the chocolate! ), & live for their ranch dressing ( make the switch to this brand- you won’t be sorry- it’s made with avocado oil ). I am not affiliated with Primal Kitchen- I just believe that this a brand TSC community should be aware of- I’m telling you it’s very much legit.

The reasons why I like this protein? Well, let’s get specific here:

It’s all about the gut: the gut is where the healthiness begins- probiotics! They promote healthy bacteria. The protein is pro-gut.

Contains fat from coconut milk: healthy fats- we’ve discussed the importance of healthy fats. They’re fabulous mixed with protein, greens, & fiber. Remember the episode with Be Well By Kelly? She explains the reasons of why this medley works.

No fillers, preservatives, or ANYTHING artificial: this is IMPORTANT !! I FEEL LIKE EVERY PROTEIN POWDER IS TRYING TO SNEAK SHIT IN IT. Anyone else? This one is pretty straight forward ( if you know other brands that are kickass like this, please share below ).

20 g of protein & 18,500 mg of collagen with NO sugar.

Dairy, whey, soy, & gluten, sugar-free.

Let’s also discuss the flavor which is CHOCOLATE COCONUT.

It does NOT taste like chalky disgusting-ness, guys. It tastes…well, actually delicious. And it’s SO good in banana, no-flour protein pancakes with TSC 4 second syrup– I make them on SNAPCHAT a lot if you’re interested ( @laurynevarts ).

Ingredients in the powder? Simple: grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen, coconut milk powder, organic fair-trade cocoa powder, inulin, konjac, monk fruit extract ( used as a sweetener ), sea salt, & organic coca extract ). Also, you should know there’s 4 grams of fiber which is ideal. Add 2 scoops of organic chia seeds & you’ve got fiber galore. I LOVE THE RIGHT KINDS OF FIBER ( for a fiber breakdown, scope this post ). Potassium is 40 mg.

So I’m loving it all.

Description is simple & to the point: “Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel protein shakes are the perfect drinks to enhance the body’s natural ability to repair joints, tendons and muscles, and to support healthy skin, hair and nails. Collagen is the most abundant source of protein in the human body and one of the top choices for gut health. Our Collagen Fuels contain coconut milk as the primary source of beneficial healthy fat, helping to take the edge off hunger for hours. We source only the purest ingredients, and you won’t find fillers, preservatives or artificial anything in our Collagen Fuel. So get ready to stir, blend, & shake!”

Hello! I’m in.

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Collagen is something I add to my smoothie regularly so it’s super efficient that it’s already added with this particular protein. Sometimes I’ll add an extra scoop just for fun time’s sake- the collagen is VERY helpful in making my hair & nails grow. I notice a huge difference.

If you’re wanting to see how I use protein in a smoothie, be sure to watch to this video.

I am writing to you from Greece, actually drinking a protein/water ( when I’m in a pinch, I’ll do protein, water, & chia seeds with ice in my favorite frosted white BlenderBottle ). Bringing a bag of protein when you travel is key. It’s super helpful when you don’t have access to your normal routine.

( If you’re wondering, I love water & ice in my smoothie ).

Greece happened very last minute- Michael’s business partner invited us to sail around Greece & visit the tiny islands. We’re staying on the boat with a bunch of our friends for the week & exploring Greece. I’ll be bringing you guys along on IG Stories & Snapchat, as always.

Since I won’t be able to do a Snapchat giveaway this week, I’m going to do a few fun ones on the blog. We have some INSANE beauty products at the office & I’m going to give away prizes once a day while we’re in Greece. First up, 10 MAC lipsticks in 10 different shades- so fun! To win, simply tell me your favorite lipstick color on my latest Instagram.

Hope you’re all having a productive start to the week!

Chat soon, lauryn x

+ new podcast episode is live & kicking: we actually interview my brow guru. We talk the importance of brows, tinting, filler, Botox, eyelash extensions, & kind of everything beauty.

++ check out one of my favorite smoothie recipes!

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Latest Obsession: Skinny GG Bran Crackers

September 12, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Have you heard?

GG Crackers are all the rage!

There are so many reasons why, I feel like I don’t even know where to begin.

Hmm let’s see where can we start?

Well gee, let me tell you about all the girls in France. The majority of the girls there are thin…not overly thin- they’re thin in the way where they have plump skin ( healthy fats here! Olive oil! Avocado! Butter ) but in a way where their bodies are insane. So there I am at breakfast, lunch, & dinner like side-eyeing these hot French girls. Sort of like WHAT ARE YOU EATING?? They eat a lot of fresh fish, veggies, & fruits…with a daily side of wine. YES- I like it. Besides this, I noticed so many of the girls in St. Tropez were eating these special crackers.

Obviously I pulled out my fucking magnifying glass & did what I do best: INVESTIGATED.

I FOUND THEM ON AMAZON & I ORDERED A MILLION.

Now full transparency here guys, these crackers are bland. They’re not the most colorful cracker in the world. It’s not a Pringle, you know. Once you pop, the fun stops. They’re straight to the point. Bland, plain, but still good. Nothing special! But they’re great if you want to feel like you’re getting something extra with your protein.

Like if you’re in a pinch & want to cut carbs, THESE CRACKERS ARE IT.

They’re known as the ‘appetite control cracker.’

The description is: “The Appetite control cracker GG Scandinavian bran crispbread has the highest dietary fiber and is an all natural traditionally baked Scandinavian crispbread. At just 12 calories a slice and 2g net carbs, GG is ideal for those who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight.”

If you want the background, you know I have that for you.

They very much fill you up. The REASON behind this is because they’re FULL of fiber. 4 grams per cracker to be exact. Carbs are low at 6 grams. To get the net carb here, you simply minus the fiber from the carbs which equals a measly 2 grams of carbs a cracker. Great when you’re trying to cut back a bit. Also 12 calories per cracker ( they’re pretty big- this isn’t like a normal small cracker, it’s pretty big ). They also make you…have to go to the bathroom…in a good way.

…Also IDEAL if just stuffed your face with bread, pasta, & pizza for a month straight ( HELLO ME! ).

The ingredients are minimal- nothing crazy here. Just: wheat bran, whole grain rye flour, & salt.

( Supposedly they’re making gluten-free ones soon ).

Oh & two things: 1.) I asked Be Well By Kelly about them & she said they’re a great fiber source! And 2.) if you want to REALLY dive into the whole importance of fiber & learn even more about the crackers, read the book The F Factor Diet by Tanya Zuckerbrot. It’s a GREAT READ.

ANYWAY welcome to the FAM, GG Crackers. To get specific, these are the ones I found on Amazon.

You should know they have them in other flavors. My personal favorite is raisin & honey. YES RAISIN & HONEY!! Can you just taste it now? Raw almond butter with a little honey & a dash of cinnamon? So perfect. I’m for real hungry typing this out. If you’re into basic bitch pumpkin flavor, I have you covered. BECAUSE the crackers also come in pumpkin!! Be self-aware here, if you’re one of those girls who’s in line at Starbucks the second their pumpkin spiced latté hits, you probably should start out with the pumpkin flavor, K?

Ok back to the plain flavor- what do you eat these with, you might ask?

Well…I get SUPER creative here.

You can do a French toast moment: I will share the exact recipe on IG Stories BUT it’s pretty simple: just do this recipe, but substitute the toast with these GG Crackers. Just use TSC 5 second syrup & you’re golden.

( You could even grind them up & make pancakes- more on this to come, need to experiment ).

Or you could go old school & do a PB & J. I use raw almond butter & mash up raspberries ( hello TSC 5 second chia seed jam!! ) to make a super delicious, healthy sandwich.

These crackers are a great vehicle for turkey or ham- you can get creative here with mustards, cornichons, hummus, or spicy sauce.

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Switching gears, there’s always avocado. Avocado is fab because it’s a healthy fat. Lately I’ve done 1/2 avocado on 4 crackers with lemon, chile flakes, & my favorite sea salt. Add a little pepper & it’s just so good.

Another idea is chicken or tuna salad. I make mine with bougie cornishon pickles, spicy mustard, a little avocado oil mayo, & sea salt! YUM. Option to nix the chicken or tuna, & do THE NANZ’ EGG SALAD. YUMMMM.

Ok, ok I do have one more idea. A little cream cheese with lox, capers, red onions, Meyer lemon, & tomato? SOOOOOO GOOD.

Another thing: I just bought the GG Sprinkles & I plan on using them as granola with fruit & as cereal with almond milk & berries. YUM.

The options are endless here.

One thing is for sure: fiber x protein is KEY when you’re trying to tighten up. The medley really helps drop pounds. I’m telling you. There’s something about the mixture that works ( which side note: is why I ALWAYS add organic chia seeds ( FIBER! ) to my daily protein shake ). Fiber with protein works. & it works WONDERS.

You can imagine that they’re in my car, purse, & travel bag. They’re kind of everywhere right now. Especially because I’m really paying attention to my food consumption right now.

If you have other ideas for how to use GG Crackers, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Open to mixing it up.

Ok so if you’re looking to tighten up: simply add GG’s to your routine. Tag me in your GG concoctions on Instagram: @theskinnyconfidential or use the hashtag #theskinnyconfidential.

With that, it’s time to go to bed. It’s 1 AM & I have to wake up super early tomorrow. A lot going on this week- will update you in the next post.

Hope you all had an amazing Labor Day! We did lots of rosé, oysters, & lox ( & yes, DUH- I brought my GG Crackers in my oversized handbag ) at the cutest French restaurant in SD, Cafe Chloe. Such a chill, fun day. I like Labor Day.

Chat soon, lauryn x

+ for more recipes like this, check out TSC Meal Plan.

++ be sure to listen to the latest podcast! We’re talking to the BOSS of influencers, Raina Penchansky, who is the CEO of one of the biggest blogging agencies in the world. Happy listening!

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