Okay, so I don't promote drinking. In fact, I actually endorse no drinking at all. But, with that being said, the majority of you guys reading this are in your 20s. And while you may be health and fitness junkies, many of you like to enjoy a night out...especially with alcohol. The worst part about drinking is undeniably the hangover the next day - both emotional and physical. While I can't help you with the emotional part, I recently sampled a product that can assist with the physical.
It's called pre|game...the name itself being quite self-explanatory. Two pills come in one neatly wrapped packet, and contain a unique combination of natural ingredients that help to protect and prevent hangovers. Before drinking, ingest the capsules in one packet -- for women, this should save you from the debilitating effects of 6-8 drinks and for men, 8-10. [Disclaimer: I don't recommend drinking this many drinks OR taking more than one packet.]
How does pre|game work? It improves hydration, helps protect your liver, restores energy & neutralizes your stomach, so you don't have the terrible feeling that you've spent a week in the dessert the next day.
The best way to prevent a hangover? Don't drink at all. But if you're headed to the bars or club this weekend, pre|game is your second-best solution.
It's a given that we're inundated with technology. I know I am. My consulting career revolves around technology...even reading this post means both you and I are using technology to communicate. There's a lot of benefits to this, of course... I get to stay in touch with readers like you, from around the globe! Plus, we have constant access to unlimited information. Without technology, The Clean Method wouldn't be possible and we wouldn't be able to meet, connect and share our creativities, our triumphs, and even some of the most intimate details of our lives (more to come on this.)
With all of that being said, we need to learn to unplug and experience life outside of the virtual worlds that we inhabit. Now a days, part of our egos are defined by our digital presence, our digital "faces" as I like to call them. But the best moments in our lives are, of course, created outside of our social profiles...they are defined by our in-person interactions that make snapshots of these memorable moments on Instagram even possible. Some of my favorite things require no computer, phone or tablet at all. I'm sure you feel the same. Here are some ways we can work together to unplug:
1. Write a letter
So often we communicate with the ones we love through text messages, emails, Facebook messages, etc. Even my little cousins are on Instagram! These social channels provide a great way to stay in touch and keep track of everyone's lives but its important to stay connected outside of these platforms. I love to write letters, even if it's a simple sticky note that I'm running out of the house to get dog food!
2. Get outside
Even if it's a climb in your local park. Getting out of the house or your office and exploring nature stimulates your senses and clears your mind of the daily stressors.
3. Make something
Maybe it's drawing a picture or framing a print. Lately, I've been obsessed with keeping an old-school birthday book. I didn't make the book, of course. But I bought a cute book (this one because I'm so into anchors -- and right now you can use the code GOSEMIANNUAL to get 33% off) and write my friends' and family members' birthdays in there. I may use Facebook to source the birthdays, but the point of this is to ultimately have a place to go to away from social channels that helps me remember these important dates.
4. Take time to have a meaningful, offline conversation
...even if its with your barista at your local coffee shop. You'd be surprised how a brief catch-up can enhance your mood and brighten your day.
5. Engage in a hobby
...and make sure it's an offline one. Whatever it is you love to do - yoga, acting, golf, you name it - keep doing it.
Maybe you feel like you don't have enough funds to get out of the country. That's fine. Plan a weekend trip. Rent a car. Do whatever you have to do to immerse yourself in a new environment.
For other adorable notebook ideas, check out the ThriftBox shop on Etsy. They make adorable handmade items that are super adorable. I especially love this one!
The world is your oyster... treat it like that. Travel, explore, put yourself out there and get out of your comfort zone.
You have (some) responsibility... but likely not as much as you'll have as you get older. Kids, stressful jobs, mortgages...you get it.
You can try new things...and not be afraid to fail. So what if you're a bad hairdresser? Or you suck at corporate banker? You tried it and now you know so you can move onto bigger and better things.
If you fail... you can start again. I'm a firm believer that you can reinvent yourself... no matter what your age, really.
You don't know where your life will lead... and there's some beauty in that. We're so quick to want to have it all figured out, but there's something mystifying about what we don't know.
You're defining yourself...and that's fun! You're a work in a progress, but discovering your true passions is such a rewarding journey. And, sometimes, it takes some experiences we don't enjoy to find this.
You don't have to be afraid of what makes you "you"...do you love to read? Cook? Play 'Words with Friends?' Whatever it is that makes you happy ... do it. It's not about what others think... it's about what makes you happy.
You're finding your true friends...and you're finding the undeniable value in the ones you hold close. Situations change, friends and romantic relationships come and go...but you start to understand the people you want to keep in your life. The best part of it all? It's your life...and in your 20s, you call the shots.
Hey guys! So assuming some of you that have stumbled across this site are also bloggers or influencers in your own right. Although unfortunate, many bloggers out there don't share their secret to success for fear of increased competition. I feel quite the opposite - I'd rather creative a collaborative community in which we can also share the knowledge we've learned to make a more vibrant blogger community. (So if you have ideas about blogging, please do comment below! We will respond to every thought/idea/request!)
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I missed you all over the holiday season, though I hope you had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year with family and friends! During the holidays, especially, I put my best foot forward to "unplug" (even from my personal social media accounts; talk about a challenge) to focus on the wonderful company around me. (Speaking of: this is a totally awesome little book, demonstrating fun and easy ways to unplug everyday. For only $12.75, I highly recommend it.)
I just bought a new DSLR camera, which I'm super psyched about. I've always wanted to explore photography, but it was also important to me to bring more real photos of the healthy TCM lifestyle we preach, straight to you. Though I'm certainly no pro yet, I shot a couple of scenic pictures of the city and surrounding areas this past week that I'm excited to share with all of you. Below each picture is a descriptor of where it was taken. Plus, I've let you all in on some of my fave food spots - whether you're looking for brunch, a snack or just a little guilt-free (gluten-free) treat. Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!
On our Pacifica Hike
View of the bridge from Crissy Field
Vista of the city through Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands
Approaching the Vista of the city through Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands
GET TO KNOW SAN FRANCISCO
BEST BRUNCH SPOT(S):
Chloe's or Mama's [Brenda's is a close third]
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Chloe's is classic San Francisco: quintessential breakfast items, from omelets to pancakes, a quaint spot (that fills up quickly) and friendly staff.
Mama's on Washington Park is often chalked up as one of the best brunches in San Francisco. Visitors love glossing over the display of fresh fruits and breads, visible through the interior glass window. I especially loved their
Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes and Cranberry Walnut Bread, served with homemade raspberry jam. (Yes, I was off my typical diet this week.) Be prepared to wait. A long, long time.
FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY:
Mariposa (in the Ferry Building)
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Mariposa makes being gluten-free a borderline blessing. Everything is good and fresh here, though I especially dig their fruit danishes, bagels and cinnamon buns. Just beware: the products are worth it, but their prices are steep.
Hog Island Oyster
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Hog Island Oyster is involved in every step of their process - from cultivating the oysters to beautifully presenting them at table. Though the brand has several locations, I particularly enjoyed dining in their Ferry Building Marketplace location, boasting beautiful views of the water.
FAVORITE FARMER'S MARKET STOP:
Hayes Street Grill (also serving up Vicolo Pizza)
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Nothing will disappoint here - from the Oyster Po' Boy sandwich (decked out with house made tartar sauce, cole slaw and buttermilk-dredged fried oysters) to the Salmon BLT (with Hobb's Bacon, cooked to crispy perfection.) I especially love the Salmon BLT, though in a seemingly sacrilegious act, I skip the bacon. Pick up a Vicolo pizza while you're there and leave equipped with one of San Francisco's original cornmeal crusts.
Blue Bottle (at the Hayes Valley alley location)
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Despite loving Blue Bottle coffee, the company's Hayes Valley Kiosk, originally opened in the friend of the brand's garage in 2005, has become a staple, urban pleasure. I love their New Orleans-style iced coffee with chicory, though their drip coffee is always a welcome pick-me-up.
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