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The Best Water Filters and Other At Home Hydration Products

The Best Water Filters and At- Home Hydration Products | Pitchers, Sink top, Japanese Charcoal, Water Bottles | Best Brands and Products

Health is a big business. For years I felt like I was bleeding green on everything from foam rollers to green juice to magnetic back braces. One of the reasons I started The Wellness Project was to try to figure out what products (including foods) are actually worth the money we spend on them.

Building a water habit is something you can easily do for free. In fact, one of the experiments I suggested for this month was to go on a beverage aisle ban, which will end up saving you a lot of money of you’re someone who can’t resist a bespoke bottle of kombucha.… Continue Reading

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The 8 Best Natural, Organic Skincare Brands and Products

The Best Natural Skincare Products | Organic Brands for Face and Body |

Since kicking off Green Beauty month, I keep getting emails and messages asking about my favorite natural cosmetics brands.

Last year, I put together a list of the great organic makeup items I started integrating into my routine. But since skincare is really the first place to start, it seems silly that I haven’t given you that specific leg up into the world of naturals for your body and face.… Continue Reading

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A Simple Timeline For Switching to Natural Beauty Products

Last spring I went through the first few steps of transitioning to natural beauty products. I’ve made it through stage 2, to be exact.

As part of The Wellness Project’s green beauty month I’m going to try to make even more progress, including finding one go-to red lipstick that’s natural. I’ve put it further down on my timeline because for me it’s not an everyday item. But it’s estimated that the average woman will eat 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. So there’s that…… Continue Reading

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The 7 Best Healthy Hangover Brunch Recipes + A Toaster Giveaway!

7 Best Healthy Hangover Brunch Recipes | Gluten-Free Pancakes, Healthy Baked Eggs and Apple Pie Oatmeal

Aside from the morning after your 21st birthday, New Year’s Day is the most famous and socially acceptable time of the year to sleep until noon and pour yourself a morning cocktail in the form of some combination of bloody Mary and Pepto.

But since New Year’s Eve doesn’t sneak up on you in the same way as that random Wednesday night of pickleback shots with your coworkers, you can plan ahead for the mind-crushing aftermath of all your bad decisions with brunch.

The best hangover brunches are easy to prepare—preferably make-ahead so that most of the physical activity the morning of can be relegated to easy tasks like turning on the oven and pouring orange juice into your mimosa.… Continue Reading

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6 New Rituals to Anchor Your Days in the New Year

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Even if you’re not religious per say, this time of year does feature a lot more traditions in the collective consciousness than any other. There’s the lighting of the Hanukkah candles, the significance of which I learned at some point during Hebrew school and now just remember as something to do with freaky super-strength oil that justifies our mass consumption of greasy fried potatoes. Then there’s the lighting of the Christmas tree, and the eating of countless mini crab cakes off cater waiter trays, which, depending on who made them, could very well be a religious experience.

I haven’t had too many traditions to speak of in my life aside from the Jewish ones I arbitrarily observe, depending on the year and whether fasting falls on a weekend.… Continue Reading

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The 7 Best Gluten-Free Sauces and Condiments

The Best Gluten-Free Sauces and Condiments | Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce, Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce, Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce, Gluten-Free Peanut Sauce, Gluten-Free Mayonnaise, Gluten-Free Romesco and Gluten-Free Carrot-Ginger Dressing

I hope everyone had the best Thanksgiving!

I know I should technically be diving right into holiday planning mode and/or helping you disguise your 5-day old turkey into curry or casseroles or croquettes. But luckily, I already did the latter last year (see here for turkey tikka masala and other treats), so I thought I’d take advantage of the rare lull to talk about something a little more practical than how to make eggnog for 18 of your boozy friends.

The biggest learning curve when I first went gluten-free was trying to navigate all the condiments and sauces that were now a landmine for wheat additives.… Continue Reading

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Video: How to Heal Your Back Pain

How to Heal Your Back Pain // Jesse Cannone - Ways to Lose The Back Pain // Back Health Tips

There are many aspects of my autoimmune disease that have made me feel like 29 going on 90. But more so than the inability to function on less than 8 hours of sleep, having to travel with several pill boxes on my person, and getting winded climbing a simple flight of stairs, what’s made me feel the most terrifyingly old is all the times I’ve thrown out my back.

Ironically, one of those times was last week as I was shooting photos of these banana birthday muffins. It’s ironic not just because it was a few days before I turned 29, but because I’ve had a Wellness Wednesday on back health on the schedule for over two months!… Continue Reading

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The 7 Best Gluten-Free Crackers (Plus Easy Appetizers to Serve Them With!)

The Best Gluten-Free Crackers - my favorite brands and gluten-free dips to go with them

Holiday finger food can be a wheat-laden war zone for many people with dietary restrictions. Usually the vehicle of choice is a toasted piece of bread, a square of puff pastry, or a round water cracker. While I’ve been known to pull the pigs out of their blankets and scrape the topping off of crusty crostini, when hosting at home, I’m able to make the easy swap to serving my appetizers with gluten-free crackers.

The gluten-free aisle seems to get more and more crowded every day. So I put together my favorite gluten-free crackers and some easy gluten-free appetizer recipes to serve them with for your holiday entertaining needs.… Continue Reading

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