Recently, scientists came out with a study that showed the sugar industry paid food scientists years ago to attribute America’s heart disease and weight gain issues to fats over sugars. This led to an onslaught of “low-fat” products emerging on grocery store shelves; but to even out the taste of these foods, the industry took away fat, but added sugar.
Now, studies galore show that sugar isn’t so great for us, and many attribute it in part to the many diseases plaguing American society. And it’s easy to see why this substance is so addicting: when you eat the sweet stuff, your blood sugar levels spike, resulting in a burst of energy – only to be followed by a crash. To combat this crash, your body craves more sugar, creating a never-ending cycle of sugar intake.
So how, exactly, can you limit your sugar consumption? Cutting out sweets is a great first step (think: ice cream, baked goods, soda), but sugar hides in even the most unsuspecting places. Grocery store salad dressings, sauces, and yogurts are teeming with the stuff.
In order to decrease this sugar intake once and for all, your body needs to learn to live without it. To start this process, choose three days of your week, and promise not to eat any foods with more than 15 grams of sugar per serving. It’s important to look at the labels here, because as we mentioned before, sugar is lurking in even the most savory dishes.
When we’re demonizing sugar, we’re talking about added sugars: those that are purposely added to foods that once did not have sugar. Fruits like apples, oranges, and watermelons are also high in sugar, but it’s natural sugar, and is often paired with good-for-you ingredients like heart-healthy fiber. Eating a piece of fruit is different than a piece of cake, for example, because the fiber in fruit slows down how quickly the sugars are digested by your system, avoiding that aforementioned sugar crash.
You may notice when you’re cutting down sugar that you feel lethargic, groggy, or get consistent headaches. That makes sense – your body is detoxing from the sugar you normally take in! To replace this sweet substance, fill your diet with other foods you enjoy, particularly healthy fats like nuts, avocados, or other filling proteins. Whatever foods keep you fuller, longer are the ones you want to pack into your diet for these three days.
Cooking your own meals also ensures you know exactly how much sugar you’re putting into your food. Take these three days to consume mostly pure fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, and dairy. A good rule of thumb: shop the periphery of the supermarket. These foods are often the freshest and contain no added sugars (except perhaps the yogurt section – always read the labels on those babies).
Once you’re through with the three-day period, take the next step and try limiting your sugar consumption to a total of 25-30 grams per day. This is a realistic goal to hit throughout your daily life and can seriously make you feel like a new person. Once you’re through with that three-day, low-sugar period, you’re going to feel amazing – we promise!
It might be really hard. You might experience headaches and fatigue – signs your body is literally detoxing – but after that, it will be amazing!
Luckily, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is making limiting sugar a bit easier: starting in 2018, nutrition labels will be required to include a breakdown of both the total sugars and a separate row for added sugars, so you have a better sense as to what exactly you’re putting into your body.
Try limiting sugar in your diet this week, and let us know how it goes. We believe in you!
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Looking to add a little more pizzazz to your fall wardrobe? We think we found the answer for you: add some edgy flair to any autumn look by pairing your favorite dresses, skirts, and pants with some gorgeous, leather motorcycle boots.
With intricate embellishments and eye-catching details, moto boots are bound to become your go-to fashion accessory this fall. With metal accents that catch the fall’s warm sunny rays beautifully, these boots draw attention to your sense of style, power, and poise.
Because they stand out, moto boots can really serve as your prime accessory to truly bring a casual outfit up to the next level. A cute fall sweater dress instantly gains edge and pizzazz with the addition of some fun, short boots under a pair of sleek black tights. A flowery skirt complete with gold hues, pops of autumn red, and bright orange color instantly transforms into a chic ensemble with a pair of edgy boots on your feet. A simple pair of denim and a black t-shirt are an instant hit for a Friday night on the town when paired with a trendy heeled moto boot.
Of course, being us, no matter the height on our best moto boots, these babies come adorned with guaranteed comfort along with the outer embellishments and accents. Complete with foot-hugging leathers, pillow-like footbeds, and a tough outer shell, moto boots may look a bit rugged on the outside, but trust us – these babies are astoundingly gentle and soothing for your feet.
This fall, we dare you to adventure on in a great pair of moto boots. Let your boots pave the way towards an autumn filled with freedom, spontaneity, and excitement. With these boots by your side, this season can never be boring – from your style to your weekends around town!
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We’ve suddenly found ourselves at the great transition between summer and fall – when corn is still delicious but apples are, too. September is a wonderful month because we still get to enjoy the beautiful, crisp flavors of summer produce like greens, corn, and berries, but also notice our farmers markets starting to fill with the likes of squash, Brussels sprouts, heartier greens, and a wide variety of potatoes.
When produce is at its peak, it inevitably tastes better due to how fresh it is. Our favorite September fruits include apples, cherries, persimmons, and pears. These crisp, crunchy, filling fall favorites add a little bit of sweet flair to all your favorite recipes. While delicious raw, each of these juicy fruits can also be cooked into magnificence. And they don’t only need to be relegated to pies – apples and pears are actually great thrown on the grill, on top of a pizza, or in a quinoa dish.
Veggies galore emerge in September, and we couldn’t be more excited. Hearty fall wonders like potatoes (particularly sweet potatoes) help keep us full the whole day through. Cooking flavor into your favorite dishes takes on a whole new meaning in the fall, when garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks are in season. At their prime, these vegetables are literally wonderful in any meal. Throw onions, shallots, and garlic in your pan as the base for any of your favorite dishes, and watch as the flavor steps up a whole new level.
We couldn’t forget about our other favorite fall veggies: cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and mushrooms. You’ll notice a trend here: all of these yummy veggies are delicious roasted, and take on an amazing flavor when you add a touch of your favorite spices. They’re all also a hearty addition to any fall meal, keeping you fuller, longer, and allowing you to feel warm as the weather gets colder.
We’ve found a few great recipes across the web that use 5 of our favorite September produce items: apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and cherries. Try out these recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers, and enjoy the September air while its still here!
- Halloumi Tacos with Dark Cherry Salsa from Scaling Back Blog
- Carrot Rice Noodle Bowl with Tahini Sriracha Sauce from Naturally Ella
- Apple Sangria from Damn Delicious
- Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Soup from Amuse Your Bouche
- Stacked Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas from Two Peas and their Pod
Do you feel like you’re constantly surrounded by clutter and mess? You’re not alone. Many wish that their spaces could look like those minimalist wonders you see on Pinterest and in magazines. But the truth is, life can be messy, and stuff tends to pile up easily without you even realizing it – until it’s a total mess.
Having a clean, organized, clutter-free home can actually make you less stressed and can contribute to a happier home life. Feeling overwhelmed by the clutter? We’ve got you covered.
First thing to note: clutter expands to fit the space you give it – so don’t give it much space. Keep your storage bins small and put organizers in your closets and drawers to carefully place trinkets, knick-knacks, and other items you want to store away.
We recommend walking into each room of your house and really looking around to identify trouble spots. What items are piling up or contributing to a mess? What items do you not use very often but are placed in the middle of a room or visibly against a wall? Take stock of what you can store, then start storing.
Removing clutter means storing items in unlikely places – places you may not have thought about before. The walls can be a great storage spot to get things off the floor and into an organized position. Use hooks, pegs, or magnetic strips to hang everything from ties to children’s toys. Under a bed or couch also works well, but be sure to get drawers that slide out, not just large boxes, to make finding your stored items easy and stress-free.
Clothing hangers can work wonders in tucking away a whole lot more than clothing. Hang linens, tablecloths, towels, scarves, and even boots from clothes hangers in your closet. Better yet, start clearing out your closet season by season. Hang all your clothes for a particular season so the hangers are facing the same way. Flip them each time you wear an item; at the end of the season, donate those you never wore!
It’s important in clearing clutter to always think of unconventional ways to store. For instance, cereal boxes cut in half can serve as efficient spice racks. Empty coffee cans can store packets of cocoa or cous-cous. Magazine holders can organize tin foil, cling wrap, or other thin boxes. Make sure to always take your newly purchased items out of their boxes before storing to save space. For instance, removing that cous-cous from its box and storing it in a different, space-saving container with other similar items can work wonders for clearing out clutter.
All in all, clearing out clutter starts with thinking minimally. Think twice about each item you purchase (do you really need it?) and keep your available home storage in mind. With this plan, you’ll have a stress-free, clutter-free home in no time!
During the summer months, the sun rises nice and early, ready to greet you the second you wake up. This natural light helps you pop out of bed ready to start the day. In the fall and winter, however, the sun rises later and later each day, making it so eventually, you’re waking up to darkness. This lack of light can make it especially difficult to get out of bed, even as you know that getting up early can start your day on a super productive foot.
When this transition starts to occur, it’s important to remind yourself each night, and every morning, what motivates you. Does exercise make you feel amazing? Plan your workouts first thing in the morning so you have a great reason to wake up early. Do you adore reading the paper in the morning with a cup of coffee? Spending extra time with your family? Whatever your motivator, visualize that enjoyment each night to remember what gets you up when that alarm clock starts blaring (despite the lack of sunlight).
How else can you make mornings work for you?
- Adjust your bedtime. While we recognize that this is easier said than done, getting to bed earlier is a vital part of an easy early morning wake-up. If this sounds difficult to you, gradually adjust your bedtime in 15 minute increments each week until you get to a bedtime that will help you achieve 7-8 hours of sleep – while still waking up at the crack of dawn.
- Similarly, gradually move towards a new wake up At the same time that you’re starting to go to bed 15 minutes earlier, wake up 15 minutes earlier, too. Four weeks later, you’ll be waking up an hour earlier each day – without the jarring effect of trying to do so right away. A gradual transition won’t be nearly as difficult to stick with.
- Play with your alarm clock. Everyone wakes up differently, and finding your ideal alarm is necessary to ensuring you wake up in a happy, productive mood. While some need a blaring beep to get their eyes open, others prefer the gentle soothing of an ocean. Particularly in the winter, it might help you to get an alarm clock that mimics natural sunlight to help you wake up, gradually lighting up until your set wake up time. Put your alarm across the room if you have to – whatever works for you!
- Prioritize a filling, delicious breakfast. Starting the day off with a proper mix of delicious protein and carbs is a guaranteed way to jumpstart your energy and get your body moving. Eight hours of sleep leaves your stomach naturally empty, so fueling up is a vital part of starting a successful day – and may just be the motivation you need to get out of bed early. Try Greek yogurt with homemade granola, eggs and toast, or some yummy peanut butter protein bars.
- Connect with loved ones. The thought of spending time with beloved friends and family is enough to get anyone out of bed. Find a great crew to go to the gym with you in the morning – you’ll be constantly inspired and motivated to get there if you know your friends are there laughing the morning away. Waking up early could mean spending an extra 30 minutes with your children eating breakfast, or grabbing a bit more time with your spouse. No matter who you spend your time with, motivate yourself to become a morning person by thinking of the ones you love.
All in all, waking up earlier leads to increased productivity and decreased stress. Unless you’re dead tired, have you ever regretted waking up a few minutes earlier? Probably not. Remember this mantra as you wake up each morning – and watch yourself become a “morning person.”
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September is a wonderful month to get your transition in gear from hot, sticky weather to chiller, breezy days. You’ll notice the evenings and mornings getting a bit chillier, with a cool breeze that forces you to bring a light sweater with you each day. As September continues, the days turn chillier, and fall weather is suddenly upon you.
As mid-to-end of September nears, it becomes time for your wardrobe to transition to fall weather. Weekend shorts and t-shirts are replaced by denim pants blouses; knee-length work dresses are switched with maxi skirts and topped with a light scarf. The fall season opens up plenty of opportunities to show your unique style through layering – add beautiful golds, autumn burgundies, and emerald greens atop each other within your wardrobe to really embrace the season.
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The layered, fall look takes on entirely new heights when it comes to shoes. Our favorite transitional trend? Ankle boots. Not quite as warm as knee-high boots, but just as stylish, ankle-height boots are the ultimate September accessory. Easily tuck in your favorite pair of denim or white pants into cute short boots to highlight them and lengthen your legs. Layer a pair of bright, patterned socks under these shorties for a autumnal, layered look.
Dresses and skirts work well with ankle booties, too – particularly those heeled booties. The subtle heel lengthens your legs to entirely new heights, perfectly accenting your favorite patterned knee-length skirt or dress. Maxi dresses pair beautifully with these short wonders, highlighting your bottom half in style. Match this look with a simple t-shirt or white blouse to really make your shorties shine.
No matter what your sense of style, short booties are the absolute perfect transition from summer sandals to the knee-high boots of late fall and winter. Grab a pair today and let this new look shine this autumn.
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