If you’re like me, giving up sugar might feel like an impossible challenge. Having a little something sweet after your meal and sugar with your coffee is just the norm. Treating yourself with is a daily habit, and 3pm without a little something, means you won’t get through the afternoon.
A few months ago, my husband and I decided to give The Whole 30 a shot. We spent 30 days without dairy, sugar, alcohol, gluten, and legumes. It was the hard critical look at our diets that we both needed. But that was a few months ago now. Slowly but surely, sugar started making its way back into my diet. So when the team at Sweet Defeat asked me to join their 7 day sugar free challenge, I said yes. So why should you give up sugar with me? There are so many reasons, but here are a few.
10 Reasons To Give Up Sugar
It makes you look old. Yes, I said old. Sugar breaks down the collagen in your skin and decreases elasticity. So, what’s the point of all that expensive skincare if you’re working against yourself?
It causes inflammation in the body.
It makes you eat more. Sugar never leaves you satisfied, so you end up eating more looking for that satisfaction.
It’s addicting. You know exactly what I’m talking about.
It makes you fat. There are no vitamins or minerals in sugar. Those empty calories convert to fat, and more especially, fat around your mid section. So all those ab exercises you’re doing in preparation for summer? You’re working against yourself if you add sugar to your diet.
It affects your ability to think. Have you ever felt like you’re in a brain fog? Yup, sugar can do that to you.
It slows you down. Yes, that sugar spike after you eat something sweet is real. You may feel more upbeat for a moment, but then the sugar crash comes along, and it’s all down hill.
It can lead to diabetes.
Sugar destroys your liver.
It’s bad for your heart.
So now that you know all the bad stuff, let’s talk about something positive. Giving up sugar really isn’t that hard. 7 days is the perfect start because it gives you a goal that is realistic. I also gave myself a leg up on this challenge by partnering with Sweet Defeat. Sweet Defeat is a mint lozenge that dissolves on the tongue and helps dull the taste of sweet on your tongue for 1 hour. It also helps cut down sugar cravings. I used one lozenge post meal everyday for 7 days (which honestly kept me from eating a LOT of temptations at the office). It was the tool I needed to help start this journey.
How do I feel now that the 7 days is up? I definitely have more energy for my daily workouts, my skin is much more glowy, and I wake up a little bit clearer and less foggy everyday. All in all, I think I’m going to keep going! Yes, if there’s something special, I will indulge, but honestly, I’m not really missing it.
Sweet Defeat and I are hosting a giveaway on Instagram! Head to @ekammeyer to enter to win a box for your own 7 day challenge.
Thank you Sweet Defeat for partnering with me on this post. What I choose to post is 100% my own choice and opinion.
I was reminiscing the other day with a girlfriend about the days when we used to have a wardrobe full of “going out” tops. Remember those ones with the lace trims, sparkles, and way too many straps? That fun little number that made you feel like you were ready to hit the town and paint it red with all of your girlfriends? Oh, those were the days.
Even though I gave those tops up ages ago, I still love that piece in your wardrobe that just makes you ready for a night full of fun. This little number from Caroline Constas is just that. I love the update on the statement sleeve top, and especially love the fact that it’s a bodysuit. I layered it with my current wardrobe staples, my All Saints Leather Moto and a pair of Levi’s 501 altered jeans.
The way I looked at workout gear pivoted a few years ago. I used to view it as just gear that you were sweating it out in, so who cared (I know guys). I would grab an old t-shirt and a pair of shorts from my lacrosse days and head out for a run.
It wasn’t until I started getting into group fitness classes that I realized there was a movement towards creating beautiful gear. Last year I attend a class at Bandier and was introduced to an amazing niche brand called LNDR. LNDR combines high performance gear with high fashion. Their attention to detail, color and silhouette makes my mouth water every time they drop a new collection.
I especially love them for their seamless styles. They give you a hugged sensation and are fantastic for everything from spinning to running to HIIT. The set I’m wearing here is the A-Grade sports bra and the Eight Eight leggings (on sale too!) The bra is a long line fit for a bit more of a crop top silhouette and the leggings are super high waisted and long in the inseam. The set makes you look long and lean. I take a M/L in both pieces.
So where am I sweating it out in my LNDR gear? Here are my top 10 workouts I’m obsessing over in 2018:
Soulcycle – A NYC boutique fitness classic and a super fun way to sweat it out. Two of my favorite instructors are Stevie and Monique!
Xtend Barre Tribeca– A classic barre class but with a bit more cardio. I love how full body the classes are. Your heart rate gets well elevated and its more than just a toning class.
Brooklyn Total Fitness– If you live in Brooklyn, this is a must! Their bootcamp style classes in the early morning are kick ass and are an amazing way to start your day!
Body Conceptions– One of my favorite dance inspired classes. The seat section is brutal in the best way! Hello lifted butt.
Mile High Run Club– Especially good this time of year for those that don’t like outdoor running. I love Mile High because they get you doing sprint intervals I can’t bring myself to do on my own.
Equinox– I’m excited to announce I’m partnering with Equinox in 2018. I love all of their classes but am especially excited about Precision Running. I also can’t say no to the eucalyptus scented towels and a good steam room post workout.
Uplift Studios– The HIIT classes are a fantastic total body workout. I also love this women’s only studio for their personal training.
F45– Honestly this is an intense workout, but let me tell you, it was the fastest 45 minute workout I’ve EVER done. The workout is a tabata style intervals.
The Class by Taryn Toomey– I like to think of it as yoga meets HIIT meets meditation. Honestly one of the most original classes I’ve ever attended and the studio is STUNNING!
The Rope by Amanda Kloots– Hands down a full body workout to amazing music, this jump roping class is so much fun. Amanda is one of my favorite instructors in NYC and super high energy.
Hey everyone! Today I’m so excited to be bringing you a massive giveaway for the new year! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to give away $1k to Anthropologie! All you have to do is enter below in the Rafflecopter widget! Good luck!
Hi Friends! I hope everyone is having an amazing week. I know so many find the holiday season stressful, and yes, that can be true. But I truly adore the holiday season and celebrating with friends and family! Holiday parties galore call for endless outfits. I love a festive look, but sometimes you want something thats a bit more casual, with a little edge, instead of feeling like you dumped a bucket of glitter on yourself. A great pair of boots can help add a little edge to any outfit. This pair from Sudini adds a whole lot of comfort to the look as well. The centerpiece of this look is one of my favorite pieces from Marissa Webb, the queen of downtown edge, but in the most refined way. Winter dressing is all about layers. I took this double breasted vest top and layered a turtleneck bodysuit under it. Paired with a little distressed denim and tall boots, the look is so easy and great for rocking from office to holiday party.
Style tip: I buttoned the vest off center. You can do this with any kind of vest for a look with a bit of interest.
Time is a funny thing. We never seem to have enough of it, it can feel like it’s flying or standing still. My days feel like I never have enough of time, but there are those moments where time halts to savor every bit of a joyous feeling. My wedding day was a mixture of the two. It flew by in what felt like a flash of light, but at the same time I will forever remember looking at my husband as we recited our vows together – for that moment in a garden in France, time stood still.
In a world where most people track time on their mobile phones, many forget that a watch can be a well placed accessory in your look. As most of you well know by now, I love a good accessory. A treasured timepiece like this beauty from Seiko helps me keep track all of those special moments, while fitting perfectly into my stack of mixed-metal arm candy that I don everyday. I love the simplicity with a dash of sparkle.
I styled mine with a layered sweater, a great pair of skinny jeans and a classic bag. Sometimes simplicity is best.
Thank you Evine for partnering with me on this post. My opinions and what I choose to wear are 100% my own.
Pumpkin pie, green beans, stuffing and 3 kinds of cranberry relish start calling my name the moment Thanksgiving rounds the corner. I adore the holidays and absolutely love sitting down with our family at Thanksgiving. It’s one of the few times a year when we all gather around the table to share a meal, catch up on our lives and spend the day curled up and enjoying each other’s company.
But with all of that family time and fantastic food can come lots of sluggish days, full stomachs and missed fitness goals. You should absolutely enjoy your time with family and friends but also be mindful of the food you’re putting in your body and keeping yourself on track.
When turkey day arrives keep these 10 tips in mind to stay healthy and fit this thanksgiving:
Eat breakfast. You may think you’re saving extra calories for later but by not eating breakfast, you’re more likely to binge when you get to the big meal. Eat a healthy breakfast with veggies and good fats to start your day off right.
Drink enough Water. Many people confuse hunger with thirst. Make sure you’re well hydrated by keeping a water bottle with you for the day.
Get some exercise. No matter the length of time, just get out there and get your blood pumping. If you only have 20 minutes, no problem, do a tabata workout. Anything from a hike with family, a barre class or a run outside will be a great start to the day.
Go easy on the appetizers. Cheese and crackers are there all year. Save your calories for the main attraction.
Use a smaller plate. Studies find you eat about 25% less if you use a smaller plate vs a bigger one. This is such an easy trade there’s no excuse not to.
Chew slowly. I know I know, but it tastes so good. Chewing slowly allows your brain to catch up with your stomach. Fast eaters consume around three ounces of food per minute, while slow eaters only eat about two ounces per minute. That can mean a lot less calories. So enjoy the dinner conversation and enjoy your food.
Be mindful of liquid calories. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good glass of wine. But it’s easy to consume more calories than you mean to. Try substituting cocktails with lots of sugar for a vodka soda or something less sweet.
Meditate. Stress can get the best of you and cause you to not enjoy the day or binge on an entire pumpkin pie. Meditation can help you manage that stress in a more productive way. I love the app Headspace for at home meditation.
Write down what you’re thankful for. It’s easy to let the holiday season zoom by. Take a moment to sit down and write down 5 things you’re thankful for this season.
Red. That color that warms the soul and to me, signals time for the leaves to change. I’ve always always always loved this color. There are so many amazing trends this fall that I’m so on board with. But the easiest trend to wear this fall is the all red uniform!
I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous red coat from Banana Republic during fashion week. I love the military details, the classic wool overcoat style, and the large lapel. It’s the perfect coat for everyday or just a fun statement when the days are grey and the sun sets all too early. I paired mine with my faaaaaavorite jeans right now from Levi’s. They’re the go to rigid denim with just the right distressing. They’re high waisted, which I love, and loose in just the right way. You don’t always need to feel painted into your jeans. Paired with a classic white lace top and my go to statement red heels from Manolo Blahnik.
You can incorporate a dash of red or go for the whole damn look! Here I decided to pair a great pair of red Manolos with a red overcoat (bought mine one size big (size large) so it was a bit more oversized, if you want it more fitted, buy true to size). But I’m totally obsessed with an entire red uniform. Adios all black uniform, heeeellllloooo all red! Here are a few of my favorite red picks for fall to create your red uniform.
What trends are you loving this fall? I would love to hear from you! Head back to Accessories Gal Monday next week for a little bit of print mixing fun.
It may not feel like it, but it’s fall! I can hardly believe I am still running around New York in shorts and a crop top. This time of year always makes me think about back to school shopping when I was a kid. I have vivid memories of heading out at the start of the new school year with my mom to find my look for that year. At my wedding, one of my bridesmaids recounted a story about this exact moment when we were kids. She told the story that I always waited until school had started so that I could scout all of the new trends that were happening in the halls of school. What can I say, I’ve always been on the hunt for great fashion inspiration.
This season, the trend I’ve been falling in love with is the statement sneaker. I have never been one to shy away from a statement shoe. My favorite new pair is this fantastic stacked platform from Gucci. They’re the perfect sneaker to pair with a great pair of flared denim for fall or a fun structured cropped trouser (love this pair from J.Crew).
There are so many directions, but I wrapped up a few of my favorite sneaker trends you need for fall. I went for something with a little 70s funk and fun. Below you can see a few of my favorite picks, and starting at $40! A few of my favorite sneaker trends for fall include the platform sneaker, metallic sneaker, contrast toe cap, and glitter sneaker (I’m a sucker for glitter).
One of my absolute favorite go to sneakers is also Golden Goose! They’re so chic and effortless in their already worn and beaten up design. These high tops and these low tops (um, yes VELVET) are on my fall must have list! No matter your style there’s a trend for you!
I would love to hear what your favorite trends for fall are!? And what sneakers you’ll be rocking this season!
You know that dress that always makes you feel fantastic the moment you put it on? This bright yellow dress from Marissa Webb does that for me. It’s easy, effortless and makes the perfect statement. Though this flirty little dress is sold out, I’ve picked a few of my favorite yellow dresses to brighten the end of your summer days.
Out and about in this post with my amazing and talented friend Ashley Nelson of On The 10. Ashley has an amazing blog and Instagram @Ashleynii. She’s one of my absolute favorite people to grab a quick workout or glass of rose with….or both 🙂
Since moving to Brooklyn I have been loving the barre classes at Xtend Barre Brooklyn and The Bar Method Brooklyn. As a runner, I am in desperate need of cross training and workouts that help build a strong core and allow me to get a deep stretch.
To pair with my new barre method love, I have been wearing pieces from the newly launched ballet athletic line Belle Force. Belle Force was super savvy and started the brand via a Kickstarter campaign. After exceeding their goal, they finished production this spring and the collection is now live. With a simple color palette of blush and black the collection is filled with ballet inspired details.
The leggings I’m obsessed with and wearing in this post have a stretch french netting detail that mimics ballet shoe ties. The same gorgeous stretch netting trim is used to finish the edges of the bra worn under this plunging neckline top. I’m loving the bra so much that I also have it in blush and have been wearing it outside of my workouts as a base with strappy tanks during the summer.
Now, about this top! I love the wide shoulder and long length. The best part though is it’s reversible. It has a high crew neck on one side and a plunging deep v neckline on the other side. I personally love wearing it both ways.
To me, great design is all in the details. It’s the little things that bring such joy to something you are going to pour so much sweat into.
As for fit, I purchased a medium in the tank and the bra but a small in the legging. I find my rib cage is a bit wider and usually need a medium or size 8 in sports bras but a small or 6 in most leggings.
So Accessories Gal readers, what workouts are you currently obsessed with and what are you wearing to get them done? I would love to hear from you about what workouts are making you break a sweat and what you’re sweating in.