Can Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Hangovers? Plus More Reasons to Take ACV.

apple cider vinegar

apple cider vinegar

There are countless claims out there for apple cider vinegar: from helping with dandruff, to clearing acne-prone skin, to even helping with digestive issues, apple cider vinegar, or ACV, seem to do it all.

Like with most trends, I was hesitant to jump into the ACV bandwagon but after giving it a shot for the last year, I do think there are some positive effects. The fact that apple cider vinegar has been used for over 5000 years makes me believe there’s a reason that it’s still in our diet today.

Again with a lot of supplements and foods out there, it’s difficult to do controlled scientific experiments on humans so it’s hard to know the exact benefits. So with any nutritional advice I’d recommending taking supplement or food my advice is to take all studies with a grain of salt, listen to your bodies, and use common sense. I think we as consumers we need to learn how to critically think for ourselves. There is no miracle supplement for health in my opinion.

Also my role as a blogger is not to regurgitate another scientific article but instead, to share personal experiences – which I do below:

Curbing Sugar Cravings:

Apple cider vinegar really helps me cut sugar cravings after a meal. After breakfast or lunch I like to add a tablespoon of ACV to a tall glass of cold water and then add a tablespoon of ACV and a dash of cinnamon and sip on it for a couple of hours. The water naturally helps me stay hydrated while the tartness and the cinnamon spice keep the sugar cravings away. If sipping on ACV, I would recommend diluting it in at least 8 oz of water as the acidity can otherwise be a bit harsh on your teeth and digestive system.

Preventing Colds:

I find apple cider vinegar can help prevent colds – be it the acetic acid or who knows what. If I feel the sniffles coming on, I like to drink a mug of warm (not hot) water with a tablespoon of ACV, a dash of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of honey. It’s very comforting in cold weather too.

Curing Hangovers:

Okay the only thing that can cure hangovers is not having one in the first place. But I get it, life happens and once you get up in the morning you’re looking for anything that makes you feel better.

Now you are probably over shots after last night, but I think apple cider vinegar shots are a perfect way to wake your body up and soothe your stomach. One teaspoon of ACV, a quick pour of pineapple juice, a dash of cinnamon and cayenne pepper should help get your body moving. That and plenty of water & electrolytes should do the trick.

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Finally, here’s what the C&G Girl Gang says about apple cider vinegar:

  • “I took apple cider vinegar tablets for about a month. The only reason I stopped is because I’m bad at keeping habits but I noticed a positive change in *regulating* my digestive system.”
  • “t’s beneficial for a number of reasons. One trick people generally take it for is prior to a large meal to aid with digestion. Others take it daily. One thing to note is go organic, and be aware that it can have an effect on your teeth due to the high acidity. “
  • “I take a capful in the morning, either as a shot, or in a half cup of warm water. I do feel like it helps me wake up.”

Do you take apple cider vinegar? Tell us your tips and tricks!

*This advice is not supposed to replace that of a professional. Please consult a RD/physician before making any major lifestyle changes!

Join Our First Virtual Book Club

In Defense of Food Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food Michael Pollan

Food and nutrition is a complicated, long debated topic. To some, it’s just a science while to others it’s much more. For me, food is fuel that also happens to represents memories, culture, and lifestyle. I often find that most information around food and nutrition seems to be very “preachy” and one-sided and fails to give a balanced perspective to different approaches to food. However, when I started to dive into Michael Pollan’s content, I felt like it was different – in a good way.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.”

This seemingly simple phrase coined by food journalist Michael Pollan packs so much power and I would love to dissect it with you all in the upcoming book club I’m hosting. That’s right, we are diving into our first Citrus & Gold virtual book club and I couldn’t be more excited.

If you want to critically think about your own food & nutrition, if you’ve heard of Michael Pollan and have been wanting to read his material, or even if you have read his books but still want to participate in the conversation this book club is for you.

The 5-week virtual book club will start on Friday September 1st right before Labor Day! This book club is open to everyone so ask your friends, boyfriend, family to join! We are reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. You can conveniently grab a copy on Amazon here.

I will keep you guys accountable by giving reading assignments for each week but you can take this at your own pace as needed. This is supposed to be fun not stressful! And since this is a virtual book club you can join from wherever you are at whatever time is convenient for you.

I will also start a pop-up FB group where I’ll post weekly prompts to allow for discussion. Finally, I’ll work with you all to coordinate a virtual book club meeting via video chat during the 4th or 5th week.

I’m excited to give this a shot, who’s ready to JOIN THE CLUB??

Introducing the C&G Girl Gang!

What started on a whim ended up being the best decision I could have made for Citrus & Gold. Introducing…the C&G Girl Gang!

The C&G Girl Gang is a community of women interested in making health and wellness a priority. It’s a forum for women to ask questions, share advice, and connect with other bad-ass women. I’m focusing on building awareness especially for South Asian women but all women are welcome . Sorry men, I don’t mean to exclude but I do want to create a safe, open environment for women specifically.

My mission is to help women take control of their lives to become healthier, happier, and bolder. As much as I like posting on my blog and social media sometimes I feel like the conversations are one-sided. I don’t get to hear what matters for YOU guys quite enough. Or if I do, the conversations end up being quite superficial. Blogging can be pretty lonely at times and I knew I wanted to create something that fosters authentic communication. So on a random Tuesday night I started a FB group, called it the C&G Girl Gang, created a header on Canva and there it was.

At first I thought there would be maybe 20, 30 friends interested but I’m happy to say we have over 150 women from all across the world in the group! It’s been so amazing seeing others connect and bond. One of my friends published a beautiful article on Brown Girl Magazine through connecting with a couple of girls in the group.

We are brainstorming meet-ups, book-clubs and much more! We are all so excited to how it transforms in a organic, authentic manner.

If you are interested in joining you can request access here. Hope to see you there .

Five Tips for Workout Motivation

five easy tips on how to find motivation for working out.

In a perfect world, working out should be as easy as other routine activities like brushing your teeth, showering, eating etc. But we all know it’s not that easy, even though physical activity is as important as clean teeth (if not more!).

You know when I find it the hardest to be motivated? When you’re coming back to working out after a while, whether it be weeks or years. You feel like your first workout back has to be the best one ever – but that’s totally not true. You just have to do something!

I struggled with workout motivation for years and still occasionally do…you know sometimes that fear sets in. But think I’ve finally found a happy balance and I definitely didn’t find that motivation alone. The tips below have helped me stay motivated and hopefully they help you too.

1. Stop being a Perfectionist

Let’s say you haven’t worked out for three months but want to get back into running as You make a plan to run 4 miles the next day but when tomorrow comes, you are afraid you won’t be able to do it so you postpone it.

Then, the next day comes around and you still don’t get to running because you don’t have the time for a full 4 miles. But why not just start with one mile? Or why don’t you even make it a point to get outside for 15-20 minutes to see what happens?

I feel like we get so caught up with the “perfect” plan that we can let it intimidate us to a point where we do nothing. 

2. Set Realistic, Achievable Goals

We all have our own reasons to why we workout: to lose weight, to feel happier, to run faster. However, sometimes when we are dragging our butts to the gym, we lose sight on why we are there in the first place.

Shannon Arens, the general manager of our health & wellness program at work wrote a great post on how to choose “S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound)” goals.

For example, I’m most motivated to workout when I’m training for a race. I feel truly committed andI also love competing against myself and aiming to beat my personal record. A great example of a SMART goal for me would be “set a PR for my half-marathons by running a sub 2:00 time at the Santa Cruz half on April 9th.”

I personally steer away from goals in physical appearance because I think it could lead to an unhealthy obsession with the scale and vanity metrics. So maybe getting ready for bikini season is a great motivation for some people, but I don’t think it’s a goal that’s leads to longer-term commitment to working out.

3. Find an accountability partner

I wish I was better at morning workouts (well I am kind of getting better now that I teach POP Pilates twice a week at 7 AM) but if I don’t have a reason to be up, I normally end up snoozing my alarm. However, if I am meeting a friend for a run in the morning or taking a class someone, I never snooze for fear of disappointing my friend! Working out with someone not only is fun, but also provides accountability.

4. Keep it Social

This point ties in well to the one above: working out shouldn’t necessarily feel like a chore. Try rock-climbing, dancing, or hiking with friends. My roommate and I sometimes go to hip-hop together at uforia studios and it’s so much fun!

With all of our busy lives, it’s hard to find time to do everything, so why not make it easier by combining social time and fitness into one?

5. Join an online community

There are many great online fitness communities where you can like-minded individuals who are trying to make health & wellness a priority. A few well-known fitness communities include POP Pilates, Tone it Up, and Kayla Itsines BBG. There are always different challenges to partake in and you’ll find plenty of other women on the way to motivate you!

I know I’ve only touched on a few ways to stay motivated to work out so I’d love to hear from you what you do to bring back that determination!

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