How to Cleanse without Juicing

With all of the holiday foods, shredding for a wedding, or just trying to reset your body, we have all come to a time in our lives where we’ve wanted to go on a “cleanse” – usually being a juice cleanse. However, once you look at the price tag for a three day juice package, the plans for that cleanse quickly diminish. I mean with rent, student loans, classpass, and spending money, who can really afford to blow $99-$200+ on bottles of juice, only to feel absolutely MISERABLE and hungry. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good juice here and there; I’ve also done a few juice cleanses in the past, but with all of my expenses + planning a wedding, I’ve been looking for alternative ways to “cleanse” without breaking the bank…

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Veggie/Vegan Date Night Options around Chicago

With my shredding for the wedding strategy in full fledge, I’ve been obviously trying to eat lighter and healthier meals, although it has been EXTREMELY hard.  While I love my meats and super fattening foods like any other human being, there have been a lot of times while on date night where I just CRAVE some veggie dishes (See my last few IG posts regarding my current brussels sprout obsession). Although a lot of restaurants typically have vegetarian items, most of those involve some sort of a salad or just a collection of oily vegetables, nothing along the lines of being healthy and filling. However, after a bunch of research and a lot of eating, I found five locations that I deem as my top veggie spots around the city:

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Nice to mEAT you

Ever since I had my huge weight loss experience, I’ve always been interested in trying new diets/ “lifestyles” – anything out of the ordinary to shake up my metabolism. Coming from a middle-class South Side household where meals were often frozen and out of a box, it was super hard at first to imagine eating healthy alternatives without feeling like I was starving. However, once I learned about following a Paleo lifestyle and more importantly, the food you were ALLOWED to eat while on Paleo, that feeling of “starving” and FOMO quickly melted away. From then on, I focused on avoiding carbs, processed foods, and even normal items that I thought were “healthy” (like peanuts, oatmeal, tofu, etc.).

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Food For Healthy Skin & Hair

For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from severe dry skin, eczema, and now that I’m older – Keratosis Pilaris (in addition to dry eye syndrome and chronic inflammatory disorders). Not only am I dry humored, I’m also literally a DRY person.Besides being really annoying that my skin is super sensitive to certain lotions, shaving, and scented laundry detergent, but it’s also really uncomfortable-especially during the winter. Although my skin hasn’t “flared” up since I was in my tweens, my skin has been extra dry since the summer (the “perks” of getting older -_-). Since then, I’ve had multiple visits to the dermatologist and staggered results. Seeing that since I’m planning a wedding and a 26y old on a budget, I’m trying to eliminate paying for another doctor bill and hefty $ perscription. Since infections/disorders come from within, I’ve found a six everyday items that can help with promoting healthier (and lubricating) skin AND hair:

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What’s the Buzz (Bait) in Old Town?

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the name “Malnati?” Pizza right? Well ever since Marc opened up Buzz Bait, his newly unleashed seafood taco counter, his family name might start to be known for deep FISH instead of deep dish. And no, there is no pizza or anything related to his family’s biz being served there….With its doors still wide open, probably to counteract the cold weather vibes, Buzz Bait has already made a name for itself on Wells as the go-to-casual-taqueria.

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