DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

It’s been WAY too long since our last DFD Babe Feature!!

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I’m SO happy to be talking to Staness Jonekos of Eat Like a Woman on here today. I think you guys are really going to love this one – Staness is all about educating women on how their bodies are different then men’s in terms of health and diet. I actually had the pleasure of working with Staness a couple of years ago when she first launched her bars, shakes and cookies, and reconnecting with her has me so excited. You know how passionate I am about surrounding myself with smart, motivated women like herself!!

In this interview, we talk about how she got started with her Eat Like a Woman book that then became a plant-based nutrition line, why it’s so important that women understand how their needs are unique, and how female bodies are generally neglected from scientific research. You know I love every single person I interview for this series, but this one in particular is the perfect intersection of what I like to talk about on this blog (aka health and wellness!) + female entrepreneurship. Keep reading to learn more about Staness and her incredible company!

Tell us a little bit about Eat Like a Woman! What made you decide to write the original Eat Like a Woman book and then branch out into the food space?

During a TV show pitch session as one of the executive producers for Oprah Winfrey’s first TV network, Oxygen Media, she personally asked me how I was making a difference.  Health was always my passion and she knew there was something out there I should be doing. When Oprah speaks, you listen. I took a hiatus from television and wrote EAT LIKE A WOMAN after I discovered the FDA banned females from clinical research in 1977 until recently.

Women experience heart disease and stress differently than males, and burn carbs and fats differently, as well as metabolize nutrients at a slower rate.  This information inspired me to create a company that manufactures plant-based bars, cookies and shakes designed specially to support a women’s health. 

I truly love that you’re educating women on how their bodies are different from men’s bodies! That’s not something discussed often. Can you give us a quick summary of what women should be paying attention to in terms of their unique health?

Women have very unique life stages (pregnancy/lactation, reproductive years, menopause and beyond) that require specific nutritional support.  Our Life Stage Shakes® honor these requirements, so we can achieve optimal health at each life stage. We all have a healthy weight, we are all different – focus on health, not size!  We are born with BILLIONS more fat cells than males. How we perceive fat in our society does not embrace health for a woman.  

Of course, staying at your healthy weight is important – too much fat isn’t good either, but those curves are there for a reason. Carbs are not bad! In fact, a female’s neurotransmitter health benefits from a balance between protein and carbs.  High protein diets are not the best fit for females. You may drop some weight quickly, but one can get cranky and those pounds will return when the carbs do. The Mediterranean’s figured it out…lean proteins, lots of veggies, grains, olive oil, and some RED WINE!

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What’s your favorite part of owning & running Eat Like a Woman?

Discovering new science that included females so we can apply it to our daily life is one of my favorite Eat Like a Woman duties, and creating food products that harness this info so we can achieve optimal health as a woman! Every day I am spreading the word that differences matter, so the new science can help each of us. Medical text books still do not have this new research, so I am committed to sharing it with women so they can demand that future research include women.  

And what’s your least favorite part?

There are a million details to launching a food business – operations, financing, legal,  managing three warehouses, three co-packers where we manufacture our bars, cookies and shakes, a law firm to protect our intellectual property and ensure we follow all of the FDA regulations, raising money so the company grows so we can met our costumers demands, and seeking out new distribution channels.  Until recently I personally handled all of these activities, now we have an amazing team that has joined the ELAW family!

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If you had to pick one piece of advice to give to others pursuing their passions, what would it be?

Ask yourself “what do I do every day that I love?” For me, I love to KNOW things.  Researching and writing is like breathing…I have no choice. When I was 6 years old, I found my Mom’s nursing/medical text book and studied every word.  Local kids would come over when they were sick and ask me what was wrong with them—so I started diagnosing my friends. It made perfect sense to write books and launch a disruptive business that can change how we think about nutrition.

Ask yourself: What do YOU do for free daily, because you love it?  When you can answer that question you have found your purpose in life – how YOU will make a difference.  The exact question Oprah asked me years ago.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I must confess, launching a start-up is super time consuming.  I need to work on making time for myself and finding balance. The answer – we must all make time for ourselves, me too. De-stressing and self-care is a work in progress for me.  That said, I think ALL women have the same struggle.

What are you excited for in the new year? Are you making any resolutions/goals?

We are officially launching Eat Like a Woman nationally next year. I can’t wait to get out there and share powerful information, and yummy plant-based snacks, that can help women achieve their optimal health. Women have a very different eating journey than men…from body image, to nourishing different life stages, to media pressure to look a certain way…it is time we embrace our differences.  We are ALL EQUAL, but our differences make each of us uniquely beautiful.

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Alright y’all, thanks for reading!! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and if you’re in the northeast or anywhere that got snow yesterday/today, stay warm!

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds

Welcome back and helloooo Friday!

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This week has been, UGH. Just so many ups and downs, yes some personally, but more so with the news. It’s hitting quite close to home this week after the shooting and now extremely serious forest fire in Thousand Oaks where my cousins live. The only good news I can think of is that a recored of 117 women were elected into office and the youngest one is from the town next to mine in New York, so that’s pretty cool! A silver lining to chaos, I suppose.

I just want to share some of my favorites from this week, in case you need to read something other than the news. I know I could use a break!

How to Make a Satisfying Salad Every Single Day – Wait, this is SO HELPFUL. I swear, sometimes I’m hungry an hour after I eat my lunch…

Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Strata – If I had a Friendsgiving to go to this year, I would 110% be making this!!

The Many Incredible Benefits of Echinacea – My parents used to take this when I was younger (maybe they still do? Hey mom & dad!) but maybe I need to start taking it, too! Do you guys?

The Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas – If only these weren’t so dang expensive!!! I’m obsessed with them.

5-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Squares – I sure as heck don’t trust myself with a bag of chocolate chips in the house but for this recipe? I might just have to try.

Cranberry Apple Sangria – Well THIS sounds like a winner for the holidays😍

Sending you all my love and please, don’t forget to tell the people in your life how grateful you are for them. Life is short❤️

xo Jordan

 

 

October Favorites

Woah baby, it’s already November! It’s like I blinked and another month went by😳

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October was honestly a pretty fun month for me – I finally stopped traveling, got settled into work, a fitness routine, caught up with friends, went on some adventures, and most importantly – tried some really freakin’ good food.

I’ll just jump into it since I’m already a day late to posting this, but here are all the things I’ve been loving from food to fitness and fashion!

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Live Pure Smoothie Cubes – Guys, this product might be the coolest thing I’ve seen or used in a WHILE. I used these superfood cubes to make the smoothie up in that top picture (I mixed their PB & J cubes with the Pitaya Protein cubes!) and then topped it off with the Live Pure granola. Seriously obsessed. There are a ton of flavors (that all contain probiotics), but what’s even cooler is that you can mix them all up to make even more. They give you a little guide when you order! I can’t wait to try the rest😍 If you guys want to see what the hype is about, you can use LivepureJordan to get 15% off!

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Health Warrior Protein Mug Muffin – Another product that kind of blew me away this month was these protein mug muffins!! I haven’t ever tried anything else from Health Warrior, but I’ve heard good things and these did not disappoint. I don’t know about you, but I used to make all kinds of mug cakes in my early 20’s (#desperatefordessert) and these are 10x easier and better for you. The flavor is delicious and they just require you to add water + microwave. Such a great idea for a pre or post-workout snack, or even dessert!

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Daily Harvest Mint Cacao & Carrot Chia Smoothies – Okay after seeing this brand ALL over my Instagram, I was seriously so happy when they reached out to me so I could finally try it for myself! I wasn’t sure what to expect, or if the hype was even real, but WOW you guys. I’ve honestly loved every flavor, but the Mint Cacao and Carrot Chia are legit incredible. I added some extra greens and protein powder to mine, but they’re amazing on their own. At the risk of sounding like a broken record with these codes, I legitimately just want you guys to be able to save money if you want to! You can use ‘JORDAN3’ at checkout to get your first 3 cups free 🙂

Cotton On Donut Slippers (pictured up top!) – I couldn’t not add these to my list! I bought them earlier this month after a friend sent me a screen shot and I love them SO much. I honestly just love slippers in general, but DONUT slippers?! HECK YES. P.s. They’re literally $10…you gotta do it if you’re a donut lover like me.

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New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz – I finally bought myself a pair of new sneakers after having holes in my others for months and doing way too much research on what to get🤣 I love these because they’re super light, SO comfortable, and they go with everything. Might buy them again in another color!

305 Fitness – The workout class my friends have been raving about in NYC is finally in LA!!!!!! I couldn’t tell you how excited I was when I realized they were here – they don’t have their own studio, but they teach classes out of a gym in West Hollywood and now I literally don’t want to do any other workout. It’s basically a super fun, intense dance cardio class with a live DJ and fun lights!! It’s exhausting af, but such a blast, which is the best way to get your sweat on, in my opinion!

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Fonuts – I know this place is exclusively in West Hollywood in LA, but I couldn’t not include it! I’ve been a fan of them forever (these donuts are baked and completely gluten-free – most of them are vegan, too!), but I fell more in love with them earlier this month when I got to meet the owners at their re-launch party. They are SO nice and you know I have a soft spot for kind and motivated entrepreneurs. If you’re ever in LA, please of please try these donuts, they’re my favorite in this whole city!

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Joe & The Juice Coconut Yogurt + Granola (The Natural Born) – So Joe & the Juice is all over the country and even in Europe, but I apologize if you don’t have one near you because their new coconut yogurt and granola is actually the most ridiculous thing I tried all month. Swear. It’s like…super rich and creamy and kind of tastes like dessert but it’s also packed with nutrients. Their granola was to die for, too! I’ve only been there once since it’s not super close to me, but I am counting the minutes til I can go back – their juices sounded amazing, too!

Alright y’all, that is IT! I hope I didn’t bore you – let me know if you had any favorites from the month or if you’d try any of mine!! Have a very happy November 💜

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!

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I am very, very happy that this week is coming to a close – this week just felt so long! Some highlights from my week: taking a 305 Fitness dance cardio class with friends Tuesday night, visiting a pumpkin patch with my team at work, a fun meditation and breakfast event at Joe and the Juice, and starting A Handmaid’s Tale. So many good things!

I really cannot believe Halloween is almost here. You know that means too, like the second it’s over everyone is going to be crazy for the holidays! It’s also weird working in social media, or probably any retail company honestly, because we plan holiday stuff SO far in advance. It’s exciting, for sure, but almost makes time feel faster because we’re constantly talking about all of it! I can’t say I don’t love it, though. This time of year from autumn to Christmas is seriously my favorite!

Okay anywayyyyy, now that I’m done pretending you’re my diary, I’ll share some fun reads from the internet with you!

The Recipe for Erewhon’s Famous Paleo Bread – Never pay $16 a loaf again (although admittedly I never have and never will do that, anyway…😅)

How to Wash Your Sneakers So They Look Brand New Again – I have a pair of super cute pink New Balance’s that haven’t looked pink in awhile…anyone else?

Pumpkin Sangria – Making👏🏻 This👏🏻

A 34-Minute Interval Walking Treadmill Workout That’ll Help You Lose Weight – If you know me in real life, you know I LOVE walking on the treadmill at the highest incline! It’s my favorite way to workout when I’m feeling lazy or just want to move without going crazy. I’m not supposed to run (because of a back injury), so walking is a great way to get some cardio in!

6 Ways to Relieve Neck Tension – Umm 100% trying this tennis ball trick. Tension in my upper back/neck has been out of control lately!

12 Slow Cooker Meals to Make on Halloween Night – I’m 100% planning on staying in Halloween night with a glass of wine and some scary movies, so an easy slow cooker meal is PERFECT.

What are you Halloween plans?! I literally have zero festive things to do and no costume, and to be honest, I’m kind of okay with it…haha

I just wish I could still pass for a trick or treater. Oh, well!

xo Jordan

 

 

#AutumnReboot: 5 Healthy Habits I’m Forming This Fall

Hi and Happy Sunday!!

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Can I just tell you something? I literally meant to post this weeks ago, but time literally jus slipped away from me. THAT’S how quickly this month/season is going, what the heck!! But, now that there’s been some time between the day I decided to set these goals and now, I can tell you how they’ve actually been going. And spoiler alert: not well😅

So maybe it’s a good thing I’m actually finally posting this to go live, because it means I’m almost re-setting these goals and making myself accountable but telling all of you. I think I wanted to do this for autumn specifically because all of the crazy travel plans (and weddings!) from the late spring and summer are finally over. As someone who absolutely loves traveling, and admittedly does not like to be in LA for too long, you’d think I’d be sad about this…but I’m seriously SO happy. I’m looking forward to being in one place, one time zone, and getting back into a routine.

So here are 5 little goals I’m setting for myself this season as a re-commitment to my health and fitness!

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Read an actual, physical book for 15 minutes every single night before bed. – By now you probably know that I have sleeping issues…although I’ll be honest, it hasn’t taken me the hours it used to for me to fall asleep in about a month. Which is AWESOME. Regardless, I’d really like to keep it that way and as someone who works in social media both professionally and personally, I gotta get the F off my phone. The blue light isn’t great and it’s hard to shut my brain off. By reading a book, I find it easier to take my mind off the day and get sleepy. The only issue? Books get expensive😬 I need to make a library run soon…

Up the greens. – It’s no secret that I have a green smoothie every single day, but the general logic behind that one is that even if I don’t get many greens in the rest of the day, I know I’ve still had 1-2 cups with breakfast. BUT, that is no longer enough for me. I want to be having greens all👏🏼damn👏🏼day👏🏼. That means green drinks, greens with lunch and dinner, and hopefully one salad every single day. Wish me luck because I tend to slip up on weekends…😅 **p.s. I have been absolutely horrible about this since forming my goal in September. It’s time to step it up!!

Get my sweat on 5 days a week. – To some of you, this may sound like a lot and to others, it might not sound like enough. Here’s the deal, I try to make it to two 45-60 minutes workout classes a week ie. pilates, barre, yoga, etc. The other days I’ll either workout in our exercise room at the apartment, do free videos I find on YouTube for fine toning, or hike. Every single day I walk at lunch for at least 25 minutes (usually 40!), but I don’t consider that a workout because I’m literally sitting on my tush the rest of the day. If I can get in 5 solid workouts a week, that will be enough to soooort of lose the weight I gained this summer without going crazy. Plus, I got a lotta life to live and time is limited. I’d like to not spend it in a gym😊

More meal-prep. – Here’s the thing: making food for my lunches in advance is not only better for me because I control exactly what’s in them, but actually saves me money (which is equally important at this time in my life). I used to be soooo good about meal prepping when I lived alone and had a crazy a$$ schedule, just because I had no other option but to be organized about my food, but I’ve been slipping. If I can get back into this habit – and I don’t mean the crazy hours-long meal prep some others do, just some easy proteins, veggies and grains – then I can save myself time/calories/money throughout the week.

Make no more than 2 plans with others per weekend day. – Omg you guys I have been SO bad about this. Like absolutely terrible. I think because I was traveling for like two months in between crazy work things, I just felt out of touch with friends or something, and now I feel like I’m playing catch up. It’s bonkers. And of course I know friendships are insanely important and being a truly good friend is one of my main goals on a daily basis, but I’ve been burning out trying to run around Los Angeles and see everyone. This fall, and even winter, I neeeeeed to be better about this. I need more me-time to relax and re-set.

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So there ya have it! Are you guys setting any goals or intentions this season? Autumn is such a perfect time to re-set before the holiday season and new year, in my opinion!

Hope you had a great weekend😊

xo Jordan

September Favorites

Ahh, it’s finally starting to cool down in LA and my favorite season is here!!!

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I know everyone is always like, “OMG I LOVE FALL THE MOST AND SWEATERS AND PSLs” but I actually, legitimately love fall the most. I’m originally from the northeast where the leaves change colors and we go apple picking and eat cider donuts and this year will always, ALWAYS be my favorite.

Anyway, now that you know about my intense love for this season, let’s just jump into some monthly favorites, shall we?! I always share some of my foodie favorites with you guys, but today I’m sharing some fitness & beauty, too! I think I’m going to start incorporating some more of those things on here, I hope that’s okay with you😊

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Food:

Square Organics Peanut Butter Protein Crisp Bars in Dark Chocolate Chip – Square Organics (aka one of my favorite brands) launched their new Peanut Butter Protein Crisp Bars this month and the Dark Chocolate Chip one has my heart (pictured up there ^). I love all their flavors, but this one takes the cake for me! I’ve been eating them in the afternoon between lunch and dinner but before my workouts, or crumbling half on top of my smoothies when I’m starving. (P.s. You can use the code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ for 20% off on their site!)

Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs – I know we are snacking harddddd in this post, but I couldn’t not include these. And they’re actually not too terrible in the nutrition department! I almost ate the entire bag in 7 minutes and had to shove them in the way back of our cabinet so I wouldn’t actually. It was crazy. Their BBQ is hands down my favorite, but the cinnamon and cheddar are so freaking good, too. I will absolutely be buying these again and again!!

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NatureBox Snacks (Literally All of Them) – So I initially just had the lentil loops on here, but then I went through a bag of the twists and fruit squares in a day each, and realized that I was obsessed with just more than one of NatureBox’s snacks😬 I did a giveaway this month with NatureBox, but am legitimately a full-blown fan. It’s super affordable and the snack variety on here is incredible, especially if you have dietary restrictions! I ordered a bunch and keep them in my desk at work. On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t do that…too tempting…

Right Foods Miso Ramen Cups – I realize this is not necessarily the healthiest option for lunch or dinner, but I’ve made two of these guys at work during lunch when I was cold and paired them with a PerfectBar (have you tried the Pumpkin ones yet?!), and it was perfect. I seriously love these – the flavor is amazing and for ramen cups, they’re really not too bad! I bet you could add in some spinach or kale and top it with an egg for a full meal.

Good Day Chocolates (Sleep Supplement) – I don’t know if you guys take melatonin to help sleep (I definitely do, especially while traveling!) and I’m fascinated by these!! It’s basically melatonin in a really, REALLY good chocolate. I’m in love. They also make energy and calm ones!!

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Fitness:

Box Union – I know that most of you don’t actually have a Box Union specifically near you (if you’re in LA, I went to the one in Santa Monica), but I suppose this is more just about boxing in general! I’ve been wanting to take a boxing class forever (the VS angels do it…), but I was terrified for some reason. I went this past weekend with my friend Pam and had a freakin’ BLAST. I love that it’s a more individual workout – you have your own bag and your own space, and there’s a good combination of cardio and other toning moves intermixed with the arm stuff. The soundtrack for class was also on POINT and I was definitely sore the next day!

Books:

52 Lists of Togetherness – Have you guys tried any of these books?! They’re kind of like prompted journaling in list form. A friend gave me the original 52 Lists Project, but this one launched just last week and it’s awesome!! It’s sort of meant to be done with a loved one or significant other, but you can totally write things down yourself! I used to be obsessed with journaling, but time kind of gets in the way these days. I love these books because they’re an easy way to release some creative energy without having to write pages on pages!

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Beauty:

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Moisturizer – If I had to pick one thing in my beauty/skincare routine that I’ve been obsessed with since like, the first half of 2018, it would be THIS. First of all, you can get this stuff at Target for like $16, but it’s also vegan (cool, in my book) and has a crap ton of benefits. It also feels and smells amazing, and I have absolutely noticed a change in my skin. I could not recommend this more!!

SLMD Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Soooo admittedly I work for SLMD Skincare, but I can honestly tell you that our new serum is amazing!!! I was SO worried to use it because I have pretty oily skin in the summertime, and this product feels slightly oily? But it’s legitimately incredible. I’ve been using it for about a month in place of a moisturizer some days and it makes my skin glow!!

Honestly guys, I could add like 10 more things on here, but I don’t want to overwhelm you!! My dad told me blog posts are too long, so I’m trying to cut back on the wordiness🤣 Let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’ve been obsessed with this month!!

xo Jordan

For more of my monthly favorites, head here:

August Favorites

July Favorites

June Favorites

May Favorites

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, sweet friends!!

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This Friday feels about 150% different than last Friday (when I’d gotten off a red-eye and was back in the office for the first time in about two and a half weeks). Luckily now I feel almost entirely back to my routine, and even though I’m going back to the east coast (yet again…for ANOTHER wedding) next week, I feel like the chaos has died down significantly!

While I’m impatiently awaiting fall, I’m loving this time of year in LA when it’s not sweltering, but still feels warm enough to dine outside. I have a fun weekend ahead of dog sitting, catching up with friends, and seeing Beyoncé. Yep, freakin’ QUEEN BEY. I might cry honestly. We’ll see…I’ll keep you guys posted😂

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Fall Harvest Honey Crisp Apple & Kale Salad – Pretty much all my favorite things in a salad🙌🏼

Stability Ball Ab Workout – Something tells me that this would burnnnnn but I need to do it, anyway…

Are Pickles Actually Good For You or Not? – Wait this is so interesting. I actually ate a pickle last weekend for the first time in ages and was like WHY do I not eat these more often?!

Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce, Sausage & Baby Spinach – Give me alllll the carbs once the weather gets cooler👏🏼👏🏼 Unfortunately it’s still about 85 degrees in LA though…

6 Outfits Rachel Green Would Definitely Wear Today – Just a fun one! If you know me in real life, you know I have all 10 seasons of Friends and used to watch it every single day for like a decade! Did you guys used to watch it?!

10 of the Coziest AirBnbs to Escape to This Fall – Wait I want to go to every single one😫

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday from North Carolina!

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I can’t remember if I told you guys this or not, but I’m down in the Outer Banks this week for my family’s annual summer vacation. This is by far my favorite place in the world – our house, the memories, the vibes, the views, the beach, it’s all INCREDIBLE. I’ll do a little recap post for you next week, but I wanted to bring it back to a Friday Finds since it’s been awhile.

I’m getting super, super pumped for autumn (my favorite season!!!) and am really looking forward to a sort of life re-set after all my traveling in August/September. I always feel like the start of the school year and this new season is a good time to get our sh*t in order, y’know?

Anyway! I’ll save my little fall journey entry for another time😊 Let’s get into it!

How to Make Fruit & Herb Infused Sun Tea – I know summer is “technically” over but 1) summer lasts until November in LA and 2) iced tea is always a good idea.

Fig Beet Blueberry Smoothie – This sounds BOMB. And also super healthy…count me in.

How to Pig the Perfect Fig – Can you tell I’m obsessed with figs yet?

How to Work Out in the Morning and Make it a Habit – Susie gives the BEST tips on here. I actually just recently started working out in the mornings to give myself more time after work for other stuff and it’s been AWESOME.

The Fall Kitchen Detox: What to Toss and What to Stock – This guide is AWESOME.

1-Minute Gluten Free Mug Cake – Because desserts still calls.

Coconut Protein Balls – Brittany’s recipes are always amazing and this one is no different. I want to get back into meal-prepping the second I’m back home, so I can’t wait to make these!

Alright my sweet friends, that’s it for today. I’m actually working remotely while I’m here, so I’m trying to pack in as much in a day as I can. Have a great one, and a happy weekend!

xo Jordan

August Foodie & Fitness Favorites

Holy crap, it’s almost pumpkin season.

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I legitimately think this month flew by faster than any other month in 2018. Am I crazy or do you feel that way, too?! I think I just had SO MANY PLANS. Like so many. And I’ve been traveling the past few weekends (plus I’m in New York right now!) so that always makes things fly, too.

I’m 29 now, so that’s cool, and I’ll be on vacation for the next 5 days or so, which is even better. I know I’ve been slacking on here a bit, but truth be told, life has just been happening and I’m trying to just enjoy it. That being said though, you knowwww ya girl has some food & fitness favorites from this month that need to be shared, so let’s jump into it!

Austin Active Leggings + Sports Bra  (Pictured up there ^) – You guys know I’m a sucker for cute, quality activewear and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wear this set twice a week now. It’s SO flattering and comfortable (no camel toe ladies, it’s amazing). Not only are the pieces great, but I actually love the girl who designed them – I’ve been following Katie Austin on YouTube for awhile now and I got to meet her at the launch event she threw for her line. She’s an absolutely doll and I love how much of a hustler she is!! She was also sweet enough to give me & y’all a discount code so you can use JORDAN15 to get 15% off your purchase on her site😍

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Banza Chickpea Pasta – I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this pasta on here before (maybe?) but either way it is da bombbbb. Like seriously I don’t even want regular or whole wheat pasta anymore because I love the slightly nutty taste to it. I’ve also tried a couple other brands of chickpea pasta and this one is MA FAVE. It holds it’s shape but more importantly it has a boat load more protein and nutrients than regular pasta which makes it a billion times more satisfying and also totally okay if you eat a big portion of it…which I am absolutely guilty of😅

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CorePower Yoga on Demand – Apologies for the dark photo up there ^ but I have been absolutely obsessed with starting or ending my day with yoga, specifically Yoga Sculpt using CorePower on Demand. I love CorePower anyway (have you guys tried it?!), but being able to access the classes from my living room is pretty dang convenient. I also appreciate that they have a bunch of different class lengths to choose from, and they’re constantly adding new videos so you don’t feel bored. Highly recommend if you’re someone who likes at-home workouts!

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Trader Joe’s Nothing But Fruit & Nuts Discs – I can’t seem to find a link anywhere for these, but they’re in TJ’s by the dried fruit & nuts (which makes sense since that’s basically all that’s in them😂) and they have a few flavors but THIS is hands down the best. It almost tastes like a little brownie, so it’s great for me since I literally crave dessert around 2pm everyday after lunch. I think one is about 80 calories or so, and I’ve been having a couple if I need a more substantial snack before a workout or something! I keep them in my desk drawer…absolutely obsessed.

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ZUPA NOMA Soups – If there’s one thing I’ve eaten ALL month long that really stood out to me (that wasn’t at a restaurant…) it would be these soups!!! They are SO GOOD and the flavors are absolutely ridiculous – they just launched their pumpkin spice and I neeeeed to get my hands on it!! I think these are such a lifesaver on days you’re running low on groceries or even time to make a lunch/dinner and they are packed with so many nutrients. I like the thought of having soup so much more than juice for a snack too since the nutrition profile is less compromised, but it’s nice that these are just as convenient when you’re on the go. I have a code for this one also, so you can try them for yourself! Get 15% off with the code ‘dancingfordonuts’

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Omega PowerCreamer – I got this stuff in the mail in two flavors (original and vanilla) and though wasn’t sure what to expect, I LOVED it. I know a lot of people drink butter (or Bulletproof) coffee when they’re on the Keto diet, which I am not, but supposedly it has a bunch of other benefits like increased energy and fat burning. To make it, I blended one tablespoon with hot coffee in a blender and added a bit of stevia and cinnamon. It was surprisingly super delicious and I think it’s awesome that it also has MCT oil in it, so you don’t have to worry about having a separate bottle of that!

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Avocado Necklace – Another boss babe I know made this and I don’t think I’m ever going to take it off, you guys. My blogger friend Gracie (who I have legitimately been following since 2008) actually started her jewelry line, Speakable, ages ago and I have one of the originals, but she came out with these super cute foodie name plates and I knew I had to get my hands on one. Mine says avocado, but she has others that say tacos, pizza, carbs, and lots of other stuff!!

So YEAH. That’s it you guys!! I’m off to go meet up with some friends and kick off my brother’s wedding weekend + our family vacation!! I hope you have something fabulous planned for Labor Day, even if that just means a nice summer dinner at home with some rosé. Thanks for reading!!

xo Jordan

If you’d like to see favorites posts from previous months, head here:

July Favorites

June Favorites

May Favorites

April Favorites

5 Things I Learned at 28

Well, today I turn 29 years old and y’know what? I kind of really love being almost 30, and I never ever thought I would say that.

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This year has been a freakin’ WHIRLWIND. I moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, switched jobs (twice…😅), got into a minor but very expensive car accident, broke my elbow, and started getting serious with my blog/Instagram. It’s been a year of ups and downs, exciting and new things, realizing what I do and don’t want to do with my life for the rest of time, and learning about myself. I have some maaaajor goals to hit by the time I’m 30, so knowing I have one year to get there is giving me the biggest, most exciting push EVER. I’m so ready to work, to accomplish, to grow, to change, and to make moves.

That being said, this year has been an incredible stepping stone on my way there, and I wanted to share some of the most important things I learned this year. I know most of them are particular to me and my life, but maybe there a few tidbits in there that you can relate to, also😊

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1. If you’re unhappy, make a change. As I mentioned earlier, I did switch jobs twice this year. Am I proud of that? No, not really, but what I AM proud of is the fact that I was able to recognize that a certain situation wasn’t allowing me to thrive, and then take action to remedy that situation. I learned so much from where I’ve come from (and met some seriously incredible people!!! I always fall in love with my coworkers, honestly…), and I don’t think I would have found the role I’m now in without those changes happening at those moments.

2. Save for a very, very rainy day. So in a matter of 2 months, I had to spend about $2,000 between my car (this dude straight up ran a stop sign and blamed it on me…thanks bro!) and my injury. I admittedly cried when I saw all the bills, but it wasn’t so much because I didn’t have the money, just because there were soooo many other things I wanted to be doing with my $2,000, y’know? That being said, I DID have the money because I’m pretty good at saving (hence why I’m always on a budget over here), and I’m so freakin’ glad I did because if I didn’t have savings I’m not quite sure what I would’ve done.

3. But don’t stress out or freak out when things don’t go as planned. Okay you know that $2,000 I spent in less than 60 days? I actually got some of it back after the car insurance company was able to sue the other driver (s/o to State Farm!) and the hospital made a mistake. I knowwww I am the MOST lucky person ever, but I swear I never counted on getting anything back at all. If I had, I wouldn’t have spent all that time crying and stressing out over money. I think regardless, the lesson here is that sh*t happens and then it works itself out. Even if I hadn’t gotten any of that money back, what was done was done and once I spent the money it was gone and over with. We experience things, we learn, we move on.

4. Meet people. All the people. This one does seem a little unusual for me to be writing – I’m an introvert like 90% of the time, I didn’t go to a single networking event in business school, and I still have the same best friends I did in middle school. But, I can’t even begin to tell you how much joy I’ve gotten from meeting people this year. And don’t laugh, but most of them I found on Instagram…yep, the freakin’ internet. I’ve also been saying yes to as many events as possible, and facing my awkwardness head on, to introduce myself to people at all of them. You know why? Because as I get older I realize 1) how important it is to surround yourself with solid people that understand you, 2) that networking really IS insanely important for your career, and 3) meeting other women in the community you’re in (or men! whatever, honestly) is insanely fulfilling and inspiring. I love helping others and the help I personally have received is immense. I am so grateful.

5. If you don’t have the time or money to go far away for a vacation, take time to explore someplace nearby or even in your own city. I don’t know about you, but I find myself getting upset when I realize I don’t have the vacation days (or funds) to take an actual vacation and all I want is to escape LA. This year was also the first one in a couple where my boyfriend and I couldn’t just go all over the place on a whim (like we did in business school or when I worked remotely every Friday), so it felt slightly different. That being said, I think we’ve had some pretty fun days doing new things around LA, or even venturing out for quick day or overnight trips to Santa Barbara, San Diego (I’m there now!) or Topanga Canyon. Not everything has to be a big event to make it feel special, break up the week, or help re-set the soul.

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If this ^ doesn’t make you chuckle inside, then what will honestly?😂😂😂

Okay, that’s it for today😊 Thanks for stickin’ by me through another year and hope you have a fantastic weekend!

xo Jordan