AN UPDATE: POST-CLEANSE

06/14/2017

C96A9074I have officially been off of my cleanse for just about two weeks. I’ve stayed pretty true to the eating guidelines of the Clean Program, but have reintroduced some things here and there. During the first week that you complete the cleanse, you are encouraged to reintroduce gluten and dairy. I tried gluten first and ended up with terrible stomach cramping and bloating. I’ve decided not to continue gluten (at least for awhile) because I was miserable; read: doubled over in pain, crazy amounts of bloat, upset stomach, restlessness, etc. Dairy also upset my stomach and caused bloating, so I have been trying to avoid it as much as I can.

I have yet to reintroduce eggs, except for a small amount of aioli I had, while out to dinner one night. I miss eggs very much (crave them daily!), and do plan on incorporating eggs back into my diet one day soon. I have successfully eaten corn, peanuts, and soy again with little to no side effects. I have also indulged in the occasional glass of rosé and tequila soda and have felt fine, although I am trying to limit drinking to special occasions only. I have not had coffee and although the cravings for it are present, I have no plans on starting to drink it again. I can’t help but think that my anxiety is a side effect from it. I have been drinking tea, decaf or green, and have been enjoying a daily coconut matcha latte (self-made at home) and have not experienced any anxiety as a result.

I’m still drinking one smoothie per day—usually for breakfast, and then having a large protein and veggie packed lunch and a small healthy dinner. I’ve also been sticking to the 12-hour-rule (if I have my last meal at 7pm, then I do not have breakfast until 7am) that the cleanse recommends. Late-night snacking has always been a major comfort for me, but I am keeping it to a minimum. Although, there are times when I just want something and try to stick to fruit, nuts, or a smoothie. I’ve also continued taking the probiotics each morning to aid in digestion.

One thing that has really kept me motivated to keep up with the clean eating is staying organized—in the kitchen that is. I keep a very clean and orderly refrigerator and have two cupboards that I call my “wellness cabinets” full of all of my healthy foods, adaptogens, supplements, and protein powders. This way, I don’t need to search inside the family pantry and be tempted to grab a bag of chips or a cookie. Maybe it’s silly, but temptation is real and it works for me. It also helps me remember to use all of the things I have on a daily basis.

I’ve been sharing a look into my wellness practices on my Instagram Stories (I’m kind of addicted!), and have had so many questions and requests to share more and to go into more detail here.

Coming soon: A look into my wellness cabinet, my cliff notes to the 21-day cleanse I recently completed, favorite supplements and adaptogens, recent recipes and new eating habits, meal prep suggestions, an updated skincare and beauty routine, a peek into my newly renovated closet, and more. If you have any requests, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.

xxJ

P.S. Clean Program saw my cleanse recap and is offering $40 off of the 21-day cleanse. If you’re interested in trying it out (and I highly recommend it), use this link.

TEN THINGS

06/09/2017

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Five days off of my 21-day cleanse and well into the reintroduction stage. It’s been interesting. I’m taking notes and will fill you in soon. Speaking of the cleanse, Clean saw my last post and wants to offer anyone and everyone who wants to try the 21-day program $40 off. Just use this link. I hope you all have a relaxing and exciting weekend. Eat something with gluten for me! xx

1. Summer’s just around the corner! Protect your skin with Glossier’s new Invisible Shield SPF 35. And, don’t forget to use this link for 20% off your first purchase.

2. Speaking of getting prepped for warmer temps, here are 18 summery salads to make all season long.

3. Are you binge-watching The Handmaid’s Tale like the rest of the world? It’s on my list! I hear it’s terrifying, but addictive.

4. How incredible is this Australian countryside retreat?

5. Your June 2017 horoscope now on Mother.

6. This podcast exploring the future of technology seems interesting!

7. Caught the vintage bug? Here is a guide to the best flea markets in the U.S. and Europe according to Vogue.

8. The Denim Jesse Kamm Pants are in at Two Son and they’re what jean dreams are made of. Stock is limited!

9. The Paris Climate Deal: What You Need To Know.

10. I love this new shoe line out of Seoul. It’s so beautiful that it’s hard to choose just one pair.

Photo above via here.

MY SUMMER OF WELLNESS

06/05/2017

A few months ago, I was in L.A. and some friends of mine raved about this incredibly difficult, but incredibly rewarding cleanse that they had successfully done several times over the past few years. The cleanse cut out alcohol, caffeine, and specific foods and food groups. I immediately thought “Yeah right!”, but as they kept talking, the more intrigued I became. “I’ve never felt better!” “I dropped 15 pounds.” “I had the energy of a nine-year-old!” Once home, I looked it up, did plenty of research, and decided to give it a go. I pressured my husband and my assistant/life-saver Tiana into joining me. We all decided to start on the same day and work through it together and be a support system for one another. I highly recommend having a partner during a strict regimen like this. It’s a great way to stick with it and to help hold each other accountable.

The gist: It’s a 21-day cleanse that completely removes any and all foods that could potentially contain allergens, so no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no soy, no eggs, no peanuts, no white rice, no nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes, goji berries, peppers), no oranges, strawberries, or bananas—there are literally so many noes! But, there are also so many yeses. You are replacing two meals a day with a smoothie. You have a smoothie for breakfast, a cleanse-compliant lunch, and a smoothie for dinner.

My experience: The first week was rough. Day 1, I felt motivated and ready to conquer! Truth is, I eat pretty clean most of the time, so I figured eating a little extra-clean for 21 days would be a challenge, but I could do it. By day 2 the migraines set in. I think mine were much less than my cleansing buddies because I stopped drinking coffee a week before we started, to help make the detox stage easier, but I still had headaches. Headaches for days. I was so tired. I had literally no energy, I was hungry and cranky. I craved all of the things. Scrolling through Instagram was rough because you realize just how many food posts there are when you are limiting yourself. Having kids in the house while you cleanse is also not easy. They still eat all of the things you can’t have. You still have to buy those things, while at the grocery store. You still have to cook those things and touch them and serve them to your offspring. It’s a mild form of torture.

Fast-forward to the one week mark. I felt better. Normal. I was getting the hang of this. I was in a rhythm. I was so sick of smoothies. But, I felt more energized. I was sleeping sound. And, I had zero anxiety. ZERO! I also had no bloating, no upset stomach, very regular bowels, and felt clean. During week two it was much of the same; feeling good, feeling confident, and minimal cravings. My oldest daughter baked cupcakes and cookies that week, which was rude, but I survived.

Week three: My husband Aubrey had lost ten pounds! That’s HUGE! I refuse to weigh myself because I tend to be one of those people who becomes fixated on a number, so I refrained from measuring my success based on weight and instead went off of how I felt and how my clothes fit. Some of my tight-fitting jeans were fitting quite nicely. I was hooked! We decided to add in some workouts during the third week. (The cleanse recommends refraining from strenuous workouts in the beginning.) We worked out every other day to build our stamina. We felt so good. We were almost done.

Then day 21 came. The day we had all been waiting for. It was finally here and I was feeling a mix of emotions. I was proud that I had made it, but I was not excited to be finished like I expected. Instead I was feeling a little sad and emotional. I didn’t want the cleanse to end. With my support system gone, how would I refrain from all of the temptations? How would I hold myself accountable? I do not want to go back to my old habits (I’m a late-night snacker), but I also really want a margarita. I realize that I needed to find a healthy balance between that cleanse life and real life. I needed to make some longterm changes in my diet and set some boundaries for myself. I’m still figuring that part out.

Something to note: My period started a week early. It came with no warning, no cramps, no fatigue, no nothing. The next couple of days, my cramps were bad and my period lasted for TWELVE DAYS! Yikes! Tiana started a week early, as well, but she mentioned that hers was much lighter than usual an lasted the normal length of time. Interesting!

Post cleanse: I have decided that this summer is my summer of wellness. I plan to continue to cut out many of the things eliminated on the cleanse, adding some back in moderation, having the occasional drink, staying active, and challenging myself all summer long. I love food. I love to eat at fancy restaurants and order everything. All the cheese, all the bread, all the pasta—I love it all. It’s going to be hard to turn those things down, but I think I can live without them most of the time and allow myself some slack in moderation. Today we start the reintroduction phase of the program, which is a very important step. I am supposed to eat gluten to see how my body reacts. I am hesitant to do so, but I also just received the most thoughtful package in the mail from Teri Turner over at No Crumbs Left (she’s my favorite on Instagram. Her Stories are the best!!!) filled with fresh baked English muffins from Napa. I think I’ll give one a try. Will keep you posted on the how the reintroduction goes.

I have had a ton of questions about my experience, what I ate, how I did it, and more over the past 21 days. I plan to address some more of those here, soon. Feel free to ask any questions below and I will do my best to shed some light.

I also plan on posting my cliff notes to the process soon, as I know not everyone can afford the steep price tag, so stay tuned! This is not sponsored! But, if you are able, I think it’s 100% worth it to do the real deal. You get the support of their highly-trained team every step of the way. They email you daily, they answer any and all questions you may have, and that is really nice to have because this ain’t easy.

 

TEN THINGS

05/26/2017

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If you follow along with me on Instagram, you know that we are on a 21-day cleanse. It’s been incredibly challenging, but I feel amazing. Today marks day 12! I’ll be sure to fill you all in with the details here soon. I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend. Here at this week’s ten things!

1. Who’s ready!? July 16.

2. We recently celebrated Mother turning three! Take a peek at the party pics here.

3. Frank Ocean captures the Met Gala with a 35mm camera, and the result is stunning.

4. There’s a Memorial Day sale happening at Two Son all weekend long. Use code: memorial2017 for 20% off sitewide.

5. I’m more than halfway into Clean Program and feeling great. Excited to try these clean-approved chocolate cups when I’m craving something sweet!

6. Inside Linda Rodin’s Insanely Stylish NYC Apartment.

7. I was recently sent this magic device! It’s a bit pricey, but is supposed to work wonders. Will keep you posted.

8. Currently on my wish list: Blue Oxide Earrings by Annie Costello Brown.

9. Lulu is now open in Nashville and offers great, healthy options. Just what the city needs!

10. A list of books to breeze through this summer.

Photo above via Tamara Lichtenstein.

A LITTLE SOMETHING I’VE BEEN WORKING ON

05/08/2017

4I’ve been working on a little something that is near and dear to my heart (literally) for over a year now in collaboration with the incredible Brooklyn-based jewelry brand Aili. One of my favorite things about my job(s) is when the opportunity arrises to help take part in the design process with brands that I love and admire.

When Aili founder, Monica Ruzansky, asked if I wanted to collaborate on a piece, I was thrilled. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to create something special and personal. Not only is the Aili aesthetic very complimentary to my own, but Monica, too, has an appreciation for simplicity, intention, and small-batch productions.

After much initial brainstorming, emailing, and conversations back and forth, we finally decided on the concept of a hand—a symbol that I really love. When speaking candidly with Monica, she has mentioned that the process she originally anticipated being fairly straightforward was actually an amazing challenge that helped her grow as an artist and designer. As most artists do, she started with initial sketches. From there, she carved the hand from wax and cast it in silver. After creating three different versions of the piece, each with unsatisfactory results (some too realistic, others with the wrong proportions), she finally decided to cut tiny hands out of paper, something she’d never before explored. The result of this out-of-the-box, creative exploration led to the perfect model, our final product, the Aili x Bleubird Necklace. A 14k yellow gold hand made from recycled materials. It’s small and delicate, but purposeful, and goes with just about anything—just what I had envisioned.

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If you’re still looking for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts (or simply want to treat yourself), Aili is also selling our collaboration necklace on their website. We also have a handful of them available for purchase in our Nashville store, if you’re local. There are limited quantities available for purchase now before they’re distributed on a made-to-order basis. The made-to-order process typically takes 2-3 weeks. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do!
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