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

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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!

Sunday Brunches with Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes

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birch bender paleo pancakes

What do you do when you are craving real pancakes? When protein pancakes or banana/egg pancakes just won’t do the trick? You turn to Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes.

There’s nothing better than whipping up a batch of pancakes over the weekend — it brings back so many great memories. Back in the day, my mom always stocked the pantry with the Costco sized Bisquick pancake mix. My brother and I would always load those with chocolate chips, fruit, and of course maple syrup.

Now if you are craving “real pancakes” I’d say just eat the damn Bisquick pancakes — don’t deprive yourself! However if you are like me where gluten and dairy don’t suit you, then Birch Bender’s Paleo Pancakes are the way to go.

I honestly wish someone had told me about these earlier. Truthfully I only discovered them after I read in some magazine that Jessica Biel (aka Justin Timberlake’s wife) eats them every week. Apparently influencer marketing works real well on me because I immediately ordered them on Amazon after reading that article. Hey, who doesn’t want to be like Jessica Biel?

I’m quite happy with my impulse buy since I can no longer imagine life without this pancake mix. It’s made completely from natural ingredients such as almond flour, coconut flour, eggs, and monk fruit for sweetness. I also like to add some Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips to bring me back to my childhood :).

They are incredibly simple to make too – all you need is water! I like to cook them with a little bit of coconut oil.

I reached out to Birch Bender’s letting them know how much I love their mix and they were kind enough to send me a few packs! In fact, I am giving some out to you guys now. You can enter the giveaway on Instagram and enter by commenting the post and tagging two friends. You get a bonus entry just for commenting on this blog post!

I will be choosing a winner on Sunday July 9th so keep your eyes and ears peeled!

The Three Most Important Changes In My Wellness Journey

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akansha-agrawal-fitness-blogger

I’ve learned a lot about myself ever since I started my health & wellness journey five years ago. Five years ago fitness, nutrition, and mental health were not top of mind. My overall well-being was not a priority.

Luckily, the tables have turned but the changes have not easy nor straightforward.

When I first started exploring the realm of fitness, I discovered influencers in bodybuilding who would lift heavy, count their macros, and “cut” for a few weeks after “bulking” for a few months. I briefly fell into that trap and was told to try competing in a bikini competition (yeah no thanks).

Another example is I when I tried to steer towards a vegan diet: I added more soy-based proteins to help supplement my diet (yikes) and never really felt satisfied. It took me a while to realize that it’s okay to eat (good quality) meat and I should eat what my body craves.

These are just a couple of examples of things that didn’t work for me in the end (but hey it may work for others!). Here are three things that do work:

Meditating: Yes again, I know. How cliche right? But guess what guys, even 5 – 10 minutes of breathing, sitting, and doing nothing has helped me so much with my stress and anxiety. Whenever I fall off from meditation I feel my anxiety creeping back again.

Working with a nutritionist: I didn’t start seeing a nutritionist for what most people would think — losing weight. I actually consulted a nutritionist when my digestive issues became too much to bear. My nutritionist Mary Vance has helped my heal my gut (almost!) and has helped me see nutrition in a different light. I promise to post on this topic soon because there is so much to be said here!

Finding fitness buddies: Having friends or people you can workout with has been life-changer! When I first started I’d almost always workout alone for two reasons: 1. I didn’t know many other people who made it a priority (clearly I wasn’t looking hard enough) and 2. I was afraid others would judge me. Once I got over that fear, my life was changed. I started training with Fleet Feet for half marathons, met girls from the Tone It Up Bay Area community and was also more willing to try different kinds of group fitness classes with friends.

So obviously, this is what works for me and those “a-ha” moments may be different for others. Regardless, I do think there are certain take-aways for all:

-Try meditating with Headspace. It’s only 10 minutes long!
-Pay attention to what you eating. Does it make you feel good? Are you eating mindfully, eating whole foods? A nutritionist can be expensive but if you want some basic guidelines on nutrition, the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan is a good start.
– Find a local running group (Lululemon has one, or check out The November Project), or try different group fitness classes with friends. It’s always easier with a buddy :).

It’s like something finally clicked in my mind when I started doing each one of the three things I mentioned above. I’d love to know what works for you in your own wellness journey.