Chocolate, Chocolate GIVEAWAY!


Hi all!

So excited to be doing an awesome giveaway with Balance Bar for International Chocolate Day!

Chocolate (luckily) has some amazing health benefits, not to mention it is the best comfort food ever.

Turns out, this gluten-free challenge came at a pretty difficult time, as this newly-single girl could really use some gluten right about now! Lucky for me, Balance Bar came to my rescue — with gluten-free CHOCOLATE protein bars!!! Even better? I’m giving away a giant box of their bars to one of you!

I have pretty much had 1-2 per day for the past week. They’re amazing. Ah-maz-ing.

Chocolate and its flavonoids have some awesome health benefits, including….

  1. Lower risk of heart failure or events.
  2. Increase nitric oxide production, which helps control insulin sensitivity and prevents/manages diabetes. 
  3. Reduce stress!
  4. Provide sun protection!
  5. Improve short and long term alertness*

*A University of Nottingham researcher found that drinking cocoa rich in falvonoids boosts blood flow to key parts of the brain for 2 to 3 hours, which could improve performance and alertness in the short term. Other researchers from Oxford University and Norway looked at chocolate’s long-term effects on the brain by studying the diets of more than 2,000 people over age 70. They found that those who consumed flavanol-rich chocolate, wine, or tea scored significantly higher on cognitive tests than those who didn’t.

And, I mean, it’s chocolate, so it just makes you feel gooooooood when you otherwise wouldn’t.

You can all enter to win a GIANT box of Dark Chocolate Crunch Balance Bars and Caramel Macchiato Balance Bars (both gluten-free!) from Balance Bar and I!!! I have been totally living off these things recently, it’s only fair of me to score you guys some!

The giveaway will be open for the next week, good luck everyone! :)

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#GlutenFreeTSOH Week 1 Recap!


Hey all! We’ve gotten through week 1 of Gluten Free TSOH! For those of you doing the experiment alongside Alyssa and I, awesome job! Keep it up!

I am shocked by my results….already.

Things I’m not surprised by:

  • My blood sugar is still 82 mg/dl (it’s only been a week!)
  • I lost 7 pounds this week (for reasons other than gluten I believe, I’ll explain below!)
  • I still have cravings for gluten foods!
  • Alyssa did not lose any weight this week (remember, she is eating ‘gluten-free’ labeled foods!)
  • I’m already annoying my friends with my dietary restrictions!

Things I am surprised by:

  • Accidentally consuming gluten after only 5 days without it made me sick! (see below!)
  • I don’t feel any more energized or healthy.

Okay, so we all know I was a skeptic. This week has been interesting trying to keep an open mind to potential changes. I noticed I ate a lot less than normally, not because I wasn’t really hungry, but because eating was generally inconvenient. For instance, working all day meant that I would have to cook something to eat in the morning, which I didn’t have a lot of time to do. So, I would go the whole day just eating some carrots or an apple — not what I would recommend. By dinner every day, I was ravenous and craving heavier things, like steak or, well, gluten! So, I think that’s why I lost weight: a combination of some extra stress this week plus eating less food and calories out of inconvenience. The lack of food all day made me crave gluten-y foods nightly because I was so hungry! As for Alyssa, I’m doing some research on ‘gluten-free’ labeled foods and am happy to write a post allllll about them soon!

On Sunday night, my friends and I had a BBQ — salmon with mushroom burre blanc and roasted zucchinis and potatoes with salad. I made sure everything was gluten free, but the salad was a last minute addition. An hour or two after dinner, I got a terrible headache, stomach ache, and felt dizzy. Despite being a skeptic about symptoms like that happening after less than a week without gluten, I immediately felt like it was the gluten! I searched from the salad dressing, and low and behold: it had wheat in it!!! =O

I was shocked. I felt real symptoms from this experiment and cannot believe I’m actually admitting that to you guys! I had trouble sleeping that night, crazy dreams, and didn’t feel better until the next morning.

So, overall, I don’t feel healthier without gluten so far. I don’t feel energized or sharper, no weight loss, no magic happening over here. And, it’s been super inconvenient and difficult to eat during the day. However, with gluten after not having it made me feel awful. This might be just from not having it for a bit, or maybe it really is the ingredient. No way to tell until I ease back into it in a week!

What I’ve been eating:

  • Gluten free Balance Bars! (seriously, like crazy!)
  • Apples (with peanut butter!)
  • Carrots
  • Lean ground turkey (with onions, garlic, pesto, and some salt/peppah)
  • Salmon
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Protein smoothies (Designer Whey, whole milk, spinach!)
  • Greek Yogurt with Chia seeds
  • Bananas
  • Kale chips
  • Artichoke
  • Salads, salads, salads!
  • Chocolate (it’s been a rough week & my friend just got back from Belgium with treats!)
  • Wine & coffee (duh!)

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Soup Just Got Sexy.


You heard me.

So you all know how I feel about cleansing and detoxing. You also know how not into juicing I am.

In short, this is due to my research experience and what I’ve seen via a clinic in Germany that does therapeutic fasting for cancer and other chronic disease patients (and perfectly healthy people!). Their fasting is different than what we’ve grown accustomed to: it includes vegetable soup.

When I started my research on fasting, I conducted a very long fast in which I had only one small vegetable soup per day. It felt amazing.

Why soup?

Well, the warmth of soup feeeels good — much better than a celery and kale cold pressed juice. Especially at this time of year, you want that ‘goodness’ feeling warm food gives you.

With so many pressed juice cleanses on the market, you would think juices have all the answers. Many pressed juices throw away the fiber matrix and reduce most fruits to simple sugars leaving your liver and kidneys imbalanced and overworked. The body is not inherently toxic, you don’t need to detox it. However, attempting to with sugar from fiber-less juice cleanses adds work for your liver and kidneys to detoxify! Soup cleanses are perfect way to keep the fibrous flesh, seeds, rind and pulp for the most authentic, 100% natural and useable collection of diverse and intact nutrients our bodies can actually recognize and utilize.  

This brings back the whole smoothing vs. juicing argument. With soup, you don’t have to pick sides. You get all the good fiber benefits of vegetables with the vitamins and minerals! Simply, juicing veggies and fruit takes the power out of the power foods and leaves them missing key ingredients!

So there’s this brand-spankin’-new company in Los Angeles & Orange County called Soupure. They’re this awesome team that delivers soup cleanses right to your door! Obviously I needed to get on board.

It was 100% organic hot and cold soups, tonics/juices, and special water — all you need for the perfect cleanse! I loved the zucchini soup, sweet potato and parsnip soup, and the super sweet dessert-y nut milk!

Best part of all this? YOU get a special discount for being a TSOH reader! If you live in the LA/OC area, you can enjoy 10% off your order by using the discount code: TSOH


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Enjoy your soups, can’t wait to hear all about them!! :)

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Summer in Seattle + BirthdayBirthday!

Alright, alright, alright I’ll get personal with you guys!

I’m not big on sharing my personal life or photos with all of you because I feel like that’s boring (am I right? let me know…). As a blogger, though, I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to (right?). Clearly I’m not in the loop about the norms. I’ve written about my personal life and shared personal photos here or there, but I much prefer teaching you all about science and nutrition cause that’s what you’re here for, right? if you want more personal stuff, my insta and twitter are PACKED with pictures and ramblings throughout my days. I rec both those if you want more day-to-day lifestyle stuff.

I had the most amazing summer in Seattle and one of the best birthday weeks that I thought I’d finally cave and give you all some personal life and pictures!

Summer was filled with floating on Lake Union and Washington, BBQs with friends, a boating/crabbing trip, my super cute niece and nephew, trips to Oregon/Napa/SF/LA/Vegas, concerts in the park, and so many more great memories. My birthday consisted of a fantastic lazy day, great dinner, BBQ and party with my Seattle friends, floating on Lake Washington, and a fancy pants party for Young Professionals of Seattle (entitled the Dapper as _____ party, aka a fantastic excuse to put on my tallest tall heels and bold red lips!)

So, here’s a little (MASSIVE) intimate, unedited (red eye, blur, selfies, and all!) look into my iPhone, in chronological order, before Summer officially becomes Fall….

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Personal enough for ya? What do you guys think? Do you want more about my personal life or stick to the science?

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