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Go Organic or Go Home.

Posted in cheese, fitness, health, lifestyle, social media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by jentonelli

Hi! I was following Self Magazine on Twitter, and found this link called “3 Ways to Munch Meatlessly” It details the menus you can follow if you are interested in leading a meat-free lifestyle. Whether you are Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian etc. your options are very broad. Here is the link to the menus varying by the food lifestyle you might lead:

Self Magazine

Speaking for myself, I eat meat all the time, but what I wanted to share was the breakdown of the different types of food lifestyles out there these days. We often only hear about vegetarianism or veganism. But there are many variations available for your particular needs and preferences. Just because you hear about few eating lifestyles lately doesn’t mean those are the only available, or that they are perfect. Everything is created for a reason, mostly because there are enough people out there who agree. It can get confusing… so here is your vocab list of the week ūüėČ If you are going to make a decision about the things you put into your body, make it an INFORMED decision. Read up on all the options, know what you are actually agreeing to. It is YOUR lifestyle after all. Even if you do want to eat meat, find a environmentally and body-friendly way to do so…. Here is what I found in about 5 minutes of research. Imagine what you could find in an hour. Just one hour devoted to the rest of your life as a conscious eater…. Think about it:

Vegan is a philosophy and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. Products include meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, honey, fur,leather, wool, and silk. Common animal products also include gelatin, lanolin, rennet, whey, casein, beeswax, isinglass, and shellac.

Vegetarian does not eat meat, including: red meat,game, poultry, fish, crustacea, shellfish, and products of animal slaughter such as animal-derived gelatin and rennet.

Pescetarian a diet that includes seafood and excludes mammals and birds. In addition to fish or shellfish, a pescetarian diet typically includes some or all of vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, and dairy.

Pollotarian is a semi-vegetarian diet in which a person only eats vegetables, fruits, and poultry meat (particularly chicken), but does not consume meat from fish or mammals. Pollotarians tend to include non-flesh animal products such as dairy and eggs in their diet, as well.

Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian is a vegetarian who does not eat beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but is willing to consume dairy and egg products.
**A Lacto Vegetarian will add only dairy, an Ovo Vegetarian will add only eggs.

Flexitarian is a semi-vegetarian diet focusing on vegetarian food with occasional meat consumption. A self-described flexitarian seeks to decrease meat consumption without eliminating it entirely from his or her diet. There are no guidelines for how much or how little meat one must eat before being classified a flexitarian.

Paleolithic a way of eating in the modern age that best mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors – combinations of lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

I’m sure there are a million others I haven’t even heard of or thought of yet. If you know some you’d like to share, please do! And one final tip…. be cautious of substitutes. Just because it isn’t meat, and it isn’t terrible for the environment, doesn’t mean it is good for your body! Be mindful of processed goods! SERIOUSLY….. If you want to give up cheese, give up cheese. Don’t sub in that fake shit, whether it ‘tastes’ like it, ‘looks’ like it or even ‘smells’ like it…. Fake is Fake in my book. Go organic or go home.

Hair, There & Everywhere…

Posted in beauty, health, lifestyle with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by jentonelli

Holaaa…. I just got my hair trimmed and it made me think of how important the health of a girl’s hair really is. So I wanted to pass along a few tips that I have learned over the past ten years (since I started coloring my hair WAY too early)… and hope I can get in your head, pun intended.



1. Don’t Start. If you have never colored your hair, do not start now. Your hair is gorgeous and most complementing in its natural hue. I wish I knew this when I was 13 and my mother let me dye my hair. I have been highlighted, black, bleach, a mixture of the two. I have only given up coloring in the past few months and it is really hard… but it will be worth it when my hair is completely back to its natural color.

2. Quit. If you color your hair now, try to quit. Unless you need to cover some grays, try to stop.

3. Wash less. Try to wash your hair as little as possible without it looking too greasy. You can shower and wet it, but really, 3-4 times a week should be the MAX. The natural oils that your hair produces are GOOD and keep your hair looking younger, longer!!

4. The colder, the better. Hot water dries out your hair AND your skin. Your hair will age faster and your skin will develop wrinkles from using hot water, so try to stay on the cooler side and keep the length of your shower to a minimum. (I confess, I take the LONGEST showers, EVER).


5. Cold = Shine. If you rinse your hair with cold water at the end of your shower, it will close the hair follicles and make your hair look shiny all day. This is also beneficial for your skin, cold water closes the pores and keeps toxins out and the nutrients in!

6. Product = Bad. Try not to use hairspray. It is bad for your hair and for the ozone. Its unnecessary, but if you must use it, search for an organic brand, like this one:

Love, Peace & The Planet  Free Ur Mind  Firm Hold Hairspray

7. Hot tools to a minimum. Remember, natural is beautiful. Just because stick straight hair is in right now, doesn’t mean it will be forever. Especially when you notice 5,000 hairs in your drain. If you need to run a straightener through it, do it on a low setting and quickly as possible. When the fad is out, you’ll be happy your hair still looks ‘in’.

8. Trim = Length. Many girls who want long hair, refuse to cut it. Getting a quick trim every 6 weeks will make your hair grow faster and look healthier during the process. If you don’t cut it, it will take forever to grow and look dead the entire time.

9. Warmer climates make your hair grow faster. You might notice your hair is sprouting quick right now as the temperature warms up. The winter stunts the growth of your hair, as it stunts the growth of just about everything.

10. SPF for Hair! Remember, they make hair sunscreen, so even if you are loving what the sun is doing to your length, it needs protection just like your skin. The SPF should prevent damage and color fading. Try this one:Oscar Blandi Capri Sun-Shield @ Sephora

Whole Living Action-Plan….

Posted in fitness, health, lifestyle, recipe, shopping with tags , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by jentonelli

Helllooo … happy rainy day. I would like to invite you all into the next 28 days of my life. It is going to be terrifying…

In addition to applying for jobs, writing my senior thesis and completing the rest of my semester as well as planning for any summer moves; maintaining my health needs to be a priority in a stress-filled time. For all of us, we get bogged down by papers and job searching, taking tests and trying to have fun since apparently college is the only time for that?? Not true. Our whole lives are going to be filled with work and fun… College does NOT mark the beginning and end of this.

We need to find a way to balance our health with this stress, or we will always find some excuse not to exercise and eat right. You know you’re exhausted so you skipped the gym, but the endorphins released from exercise are proven to give you energy…. You don’t have time to cook so you go for fast food. Bad. We need those healthy and natural nutrients to keep our energy levels up and avoid crashing after a shit-load of sugar and dairy.

I proudly announce the Whole Living Action-Plan! And I invite you to join. I was reading Body + Soul magazine last night and found this 28 day plan to purify and assess our health, moods, food intake, exercise, energy, fitness etc. It offers recipes, steps and motivation for all who choose to do it. They have broken the plan down into 4 weeks. The first is a Detox Cleanse. The last is a full and healthy lifestyle. In between are two weeks to get you there. This is not the type of plan that ends in 28 days, it is 28 days to get you to your best self and help you stay there!

Today marks my ¬†first day of the cleanse. The cleanse calls for a liquid-based diet. Wait, before you run, listen up. They say the best way to cleanse is to have liquid-based meals for breakfast and dinner complete with a hearty and filling lunch. For breakfast they offer delicious smoothie recipes and for dinner, tasty soups, you can obviously mix and match, but keep that thought in mind that liquid is your friend. Also, drink as much water as you can… 8 glasses!! And lots of tea will benefit your cleanse and your life.. For the lunches, try to avoid sugar, wheat and dairy. Go for salads filled with proteins, legumes, and hearty veggies. Below is a complete list of foods to INCLUDE and EXCLUDE during week one of the plan: The Detox.

Foods to Include

  • Dairy substitutes:¬†Rice and nut milks such as almond milk and coconut milk
  • Non-gluten grains:¬†brown rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, potato flour, quinoa, gluten-free oats
  • Fruits and vegetables:¬†unsweetened fresh or frozen whole fruits, water-packed canned fruits, diluted fruit juices and raw steamed, sauteed, juiced, or roasted vegetables
  • Animal protein:¬†fresh or water-packed fish, wild game, lamb, duck, organic chicken, and turkey
  • Vegetable protein:¬†split peas, lentils, and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds:¬†walnuts; sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds; hazelnuts; pecans; almonds; cashews; nut butters such as almond or tahini
  • Oils:¬†cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, canola, and pumpkin
  • Drinks:¬†filtered or distilled water, decaffeinated herbal teas, seltzer or mineral water
  • Sweeteners:¬†brown rice syrup, agave nectar, stevia, fruit sweetener, and blackstrap molasses
  • Condiments:¬†vinegar; all spices, including salt, pepper, basil, carob, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and turmeric

Foods to Exclude

  • Dairy and eggs:¬†all
  • Butter and mayonnaise:¬†all
  • Grains:¬†wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale, most oats (oats are usually contaminated with gluten unless you can find a gluten-free brand)
  • Fruits and vegetables:¬†oranges, orange juice, corn, creamed vegetables
  • Animal protein:¬†pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, shellfish
  • Vegetable protein:¬†soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, textured vegetable protein)
  • Nuts and seeds:¬†peanuts and peanut butter
  • Oils:¬†shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, and spreads
  • Drinks:¬†alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and soft drinks
  • Sweeteners:¬†white and brown refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice
  • Condiments:¬†chocolate, ketchup, relish, chutney, barbecue sauce, teriyaki

Things to Watch For

  • Corn starch is often present in baking powder, beverages, and processed foods.
  • Vinegar in ketchup, mayonnaise, and some mustard usually comes from wheat or corn.
  • Breads advertised as gluten-free still might contain coats, spelt, kamut, or rye.
  • Many amaranth and millet flake cereals contain oat or corn.
  • Many canned tunas contain textured vegetable protein, which is from soy; look for low-salt versions, which tend to be pure tuna, with no fillers.
  • Multi-grain rice cakes are not just rice. Be sure to purchase plain rice cakes.

For the complete Action-Plan with recipes, fitness routines and steps for your personal 28 days to a better self, click here: Whole Living Action-Plan

Let me know if you have been inspired and I will be updating you on my own progress. Ciao–XoX