What were your symptoms with Lyme disease?
hi!! brain fog, severe rashes, severe joint pain, insomnia, jaw pain, a uterine fibroid (hormone imbalances), nutrient deficiencies, and severe chronic fatigue to name a few <3
I've seen several times where you have mentioned taking fiber to help relieve belly bloat and keep you regular. What fiber would you recommend? Thank you in advance. ☺️💕
i loveeee the "detox drink" powder from wecare spa. you can order it online!! it is made of psyllium husk and some other binding agents. very, very good!!
Hi Jordan! I am interested in the wake up your soul course. Is payment available in monthly installments? Also is there a spiral bound book that goes along with the course or just print your own pdf?
Thank you 🙂
hiiii!! the course is now closed, and the next round will likely be in january. sign up for my newsletter to stay in touch and receive updates for the next launch! the PDF is online and you can choose to print it and bind it at your own leisure if you prefer <3
Hi- I have read a few of your blogs, found you when searching robotic Myomectomy recovery videos. Just 2 days ago, I had the same surgery as you, almost exact same symptoms and size of fibroid. I am in a great deal of pain, feel like my abdomen is on fire, incisions hurt so much, lots of gas pains (sorry TMI), can’t control pain and get myself to sleep. What pain meds were you given during your recovery? I am having such a difficult time because opioids and narcotics don’t work with my body. Any other tips for pain management?
i am so so sorry. i took ubuprofen during my recovery. otherwise give yourself a lot of rest and a lot of love during this time. i also did vitamin IVs to boost my immunity <3 xoxo
Hi Jordan! I have been a follower of yours for a long time and have loved seeing your journey. I was wondering if you had some recommendations for me. For a while now I've really been struggling with life's big questions (why are we here, what is my purpose, etc.) and I'm not sure why or what to do about it. I know you're into books and I'm an avid reader myself. I was wondering if you had any suggestions of books that touch on those topics? I know it's kind of a vague request but I'm looking for any advice I can get. Anything would be appreciated!
oh my goodness yes my love!! I need to do a big huge book club post asap. for one, check out my amazon shop page here (specifically the books section): amazon.com/shop/influencer-4f21141a, for a bunch of my faves!! secondly, the course I am creating right now, waking back up to your own soul (!!!), will cover these topics and answer these questions to the best of my ability! yay!!!
Hey! So - is your diet SOS free, with no meat, but salmon? I have been a vegan, vegetarian, strict paleo, etc., and I am having such a hard time trying to figure out what is best for me mentally as well as physically. I currently just got blood tests back saying my estrogen is way too high and they recommended dietary changes because I don't want to go back on hormonal birth control, so I'm thinking about cutting out meat again, but like you I love Salmon. Sorry for all of that!!! Thank you so much! Your platform is one that helps keep me grounded and in check 🙂 I have been following you since college! xoxo
awww thank you, you're wonderful! i do not eat salmon. but there is nothing wrong with eating salmon. 🙂 do YOU and whatever works best for your body!!!!
Hello! I’ve been reading a lot of your blogs and I’ve been following you on insta for a long time.. and I can relate to you so much. I just got done reading your post about water fasting and you mentioned your fibroid. I was wondering if you were able to shrink it at all? I’m dealing with a fibroid outside of my uterus and am on day 6 of a juice fast and was thinking of turning it into a couple days of water fasting if it will shrink my fibroid. Ugh! Thanks for all you do!
sadly the water fast did not shrink my fibroid because mien was too large and too far gone. but if you have a smaller one, water fasts tend to shrink them yes <3 (make sure you are under medical supervision if you choose to water fast)
What magnesium supplement do you take?
mag O7 and oxy-powder!!!
How did you discover you had Lyme disease? What is the best test to ask your doctor about if wanting to be tested?
Ask for iGenX and make sure you are seeing a great LLMD <3
How do you deal with eating out on the SOS free diet?
I ask for steamed veggies and rice, or a plain salad and I bring my own dressing, or sometimes I get creative depending on what else they have. I also usually eat beforehand so its not a pain for anyone I'm with (or myself or the restaurant) and then get something light at the restaurant !!
It’s Keeley. I am at a complete loss and am looking for some guidance for my eczema. I have blisters and horribly itchy skin on my hands. I’ve been drinking celery juice every day for almost two months and the flare up is getting worse.
I’m in school for 12 hour days so I can’t take the time to really heal it slowly but I would deeply appreciate if you have any tips.. or if you could tell me how long it took to see improvements with the celery juice?
Sending you lots of love and good vibes. Thank you so much.
I am so sorry you're dealing with this 🙁 my eczema was already healing by the time I started celery juice. I would recommend getting your blood and urine tested for mold and different illnesses like Lyme!! that was the answer for me. sending you so much love!
What are some of your favourite recipes when you have time to cook & want to?
Oooh I love making French fries in my air fryer and making my plant based nacho cheese sauce recipe!! I love making SOS-free salad dressings... total heaven. Living the salt oil sugar free life has me making very simple foods but I love it that way. Also love making a good lentil stew + also the reflector muffins I've posted a few times on Instagram!! SO heavenly!
What are some things you do when you're home alone after work and there's nothing to do?
I... sit in my sauna (heaven!!!!), take a bath, read a good book, cuddle with Huddy my cat, watch Vanderpump Rules (best guilty pleasure ever), call a friend, stretch, meditate, ahhhh I love my alone time so much!!!
What is your typical grocery store list?
Spinach, bananas, almond milk, almond butter, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, Russet potatoes, Addictive Wellness chocolate (HEAVEN!!), Four Sigmatic mushroom elixirs, cauliflower gnocchi, the list goes on. 🙂 🙂
I AM ALSO A PERSON WHO SUFFERS FROM LYME DISEASE. I HAVE RECENTLY MOVED TO SF AND NEED A WEST COAST DOCTOR. I KNOW YOU SAID YOU HAD A DOCTOR WHO CHANGD YOUR LIFE-- WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO SHARE YOUR DOCTOR WITH ME?
yes!!!! my doctor's info has been shared a bunch on the blog!! her name is Dr. Erica Lehman and she practices in Beverly Hills. I am sure she could also see you on Skype. Highly recommend!
I love reading your blog and listening to your podcast! I know you are super close with your family/parents and I wanted to know more about how they support you through your past ED and current illness? How do you communicate to them your needs/how you are feeling/how they can help you?
awww this is a great question. I wrote a lot about that in my book Breaking Vegan which you can find here: http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7. And with my current illness they are AMAZING. my parents actually moved to LA part time to help me. as far as communicating we are super open and honest with each other and I share everything I can with them... coming to doctors appointments helps them learn too. <3
I found it very disturbing you received death threats for breaking your vegan diet. They're accusing you of murdering fish or whatever yet threatening a human being? What a dichotomy. Do you mind me asking how the death threats were worded? Sad you had to go thru that just because your body can't sustain a vegan diet.
I found your blog because 6 weeks into turning vegan, this morning my entire body was shaking yet yesterday felt strong. I vacillate in-between feeling strong and healthy to shaky, weak and dizzy and back again. It has to be from my vegan diet. After reading your period came back after eating salmon I'm going to start eating fish.
I find it strange how some body types can thrive as a vegan or on vegetarian diet and some bodies can't sustain it. I was a vegetarian for years then started feeling exhausted and was told my diet impacted my adenral glands.
Thanks for your writing. Appreciated.
hi there!! I agree, the death threats were out of control. They were worded in all ways.... there were YouTube videos created about be-heading me!! NUTS. Scary. Listen to your body... so important and your body knows best. <3
I recovered from an eating disorder about a year ago and I was wondering what foods you found helped you get your period back? I feel like I have tried everything under the sun on a vegan lifestyle and nothing seems to be working. I would love some of your advice!!!! Hope all is well! 🙂
B12 supplements!! Avocado!! Salmon!! Those were all what worked for me but I would say find a doctor or nutritionist who can support you <3 <3 it's too tricky because our bodies are all so different xoxo
Have you done a post on living in NYC vs living in Cali? If not, it would be awesome if you did!
I need to!!! Amazing idea! Adding that to my list!
Hi Jordan!! I was wondering if you use a non-toxic shampoo/conditioner for your hair. If so, what brand is it???
yesss I do!!! I buy it at Erewhon I cant think of the name right now. I will look into it and add it to my IG stories very soon!
Have you done a parasite cleanse? If so, can you please elaborate?
Yes, I use one from a brand called HumaWorm!
Will you change your last name when you get married?
Yes 🙂 but I will keep my last name for professional things!
Hi! I’m curious how you feel giving up caffeine. What benefits have you noticed? Was it difficult for you?
I FEEL AMAZING. My adrenals have never been so happy. It made me so jittery. I miss coffee but I can definitely live without it
Do you pay for your own lyme treatment or do your parents pay for you?
I pay for them. <3
What kind of juicer do you have?
Breville!!!! love it
My boyfriend and I are looking for a new apartment in Brentwood where do you guys live? We love everything about it!!
email me 🙂
Hi Jordan! I looove your style. What are some of your favorite clothing stores? Where do you get your non-workout clothes?
thank you!!!! free people is a fave. a brand called the wylde. Christy dawn. I like flowy !!
Hi Jordan! I love your podcast and blog. I am hoping to travel to Ubud, Bali for the first time, and I was wondering if you could recommend a retreat center to stay at. I am hoping to go for 3 or 4 weeks, to practice yoga, decompress and relax, and eat clean yummy vegetarian food! Would love to hear about where you stay when you are there. Thanks so much!!!
wowww fun!!! I haven't stayed at a retreat center in bali but I love the hotels Bisma Eight in Ubud + the hanging gardens in Ubud. and highly recommend Nihiwatu on Sumba island!
My functional medicine doctor wants me to take a Lyme disease test but It is $1800 out of pocket! Do you know of any cheaper options for testing?
I don't 🙁 I wish I did. but you definitely want to do one of the tests that works + is up to date, like igenX!
Hi Jordan, (feel free to steal this as a blog post), but what would be your Jordan Younger "starter kit"- products, non negotiable habits, daily habits, must have foods etc.
LOVE THISSSS. definitely going to do a blog post on it and/or a podcast episode!! so fun!! thank you for the rec!
You mentioned a documentary/ series in Podcast episode 107 about EMF s and people recovering from auto-immune disease. Will you let me know what that was called and where to find it? Thank you... loving your inspiration right now... so grateful; Kelly xo
AFFLICTED! SOOO GOOD.
What is 201?
my lucky number 🙂
Hi Jordan 🙂 Just wondering about anything you've truly found that helps you with fatigue and low energy? The struggle is real and it doesn't feel like it's my normal. Thank you <3
Methylated B12 works very well for me <3
Hi, Jordan! What is your honest opinion of IIN? I have read a lot of reviews and have done a ton of research but keep going back and forth. Would you say that competeing this program has given you more knowledge on how you think about food today? Has it transformed your career with TBB? Just want all the insights I can get! Xx
hi love!!! ahhh for me it didn't really transform my career to be honest. if I had wanted to go the health coaching route it probably would have. but its nice to have some certifications under my belt as a blogger <3
I am looking into a trip to Bali. Where did you stay at? Any tips for a first time visit?
Bisma Eight in Ubud !!!!
Hi Jordan, a new friend of mine has introduced me to you and your podcast with Jenna Zoe and the human design, after she discovered I was a reflector like your self. First off I want to thank you for this amazing podcast. It shined a light on what I knew was there but didn’t fully understand. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to listening to more of your podcasts!
Do you recommend any books or reading material on the human design? Where can I find out more information? And if you have any advice from one reflector to another that would be awesome! Thank you 😀
yqyyy reflector love!! ahhh yes the original book on human design by Ra Uru Hu is amazing!!
Hi Jordan! I just discovered your pages via Instagram and I am very inspired by your journey! I am wondering who inspires you?
thank you!!! I am deeply inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabby Bernstein, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Oprah, and my mama to name a few <3
Jordan!! I have wanted to start my own podcast ever since I took a podcast class in college. I have all of the equipment and couple definitely find the time, but get nervous that no one is going to care what I have to say or the idea of "it has been done before." What advice do you have for a new podcaster like myself/should I start with a blog? SOS!! Love you!!
podcast class in college?!?! SO COOL !!!! you don't have to start with a blog but its definitely helpful to have both I think. just GO FOR IT and speak from your heart. always here. love you!
Hi Jordan! I remember you posted about doing Podcast or blog entry with different Healers that you recommend and/or have seen in the LA area. Did you post that somewhere and I'm missing it? I would LOVE to know who you recommend for Shaman/intuitive reading/and Spiritual Healing work! <3
I need to compile this all into a list!!! thank you so much for this suggestion!!!!!
Hi what brand accupressure mat do you use? It was on your Insta story last week I think?
Hi Jordan! I’m hoping you can help me or lead me in the right direction at least! I consider myself a Christian, but am struggling because I also feel that there are other higher powers besides God... I’m just really confused on the whole matter & I’m realizing now I didn’t ask a question but maybe you could still guide me in the right direction? Idk
read Michael A. Singer's book Untethered Soul & also his book The Surrender Experiment <3
hi lovely. this isn't so much a question as it is an admiration of you that i've been wanting to express for a while. my name is jordan duncan, and frankly, i think you are quite incredible. it's wild, because although we have never met and i have absolutely no idea how i stumbled across your page, we have so, so much in common, including our first name. i didn't know you during your vegan stage, during your transitioning stage, or any of the sort. i remember listening to your podcast as i made the solo trek from Seattle, WA to Charleston, SC this past October. i think you are gorgeous. your personality, the way you express yourself, everything. i don't know. i have always been a writer. its been a long time, but i have finally created my own blog. its been a long time coming. im not sure if you will even read this, but if you do... it would mean the absolute world to me if you read what posts i have and even if you decide to follow me. my blog is duncdaze.com. its a shot in the dark but i figured i might as well send my love out there to you and see what comes back.
lots of love,
wow wow wow thank you SO much. this is soooo amazing. I will definitely look at your blog. so thrilled for you and inspired by you in return xoxox
Hey Jordan! First off, I looove your podcast! I love the spiritual turn its taking and you've opened my mind up to so much! Not to mention you're just a joy to listen to and so friendly! You've mentioned the book Highly Sensitive People a few times on the podcast... I am so interested in learning more, but there are SO many with that title! I'm wondering which one you read?
The book is The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron -- that is the original and she is the one who came up with the term HSP! You'll love it!!!
I thought I may have remembered you had some sort of nutrition/health coach certificate. I know you are a Yoga trainer but thought there might've been a food-related certificate in there somewhere as well. Was curious where you got that certificate (if you have it) or where you would recommend getting one (as I'm sure you have friends who have them!) I'm also considering the MBG Functional Nutrition Program. In the past year or so I've found a love for learning about health and wellness, and sharing what I learn with other people! However, I'm not sure whether I should head down the path of becoming a nutritionist and/or health coach or maybe should take the MBG course first to see if it's something that I continue to feel passionate about. Do you have any recommendations for me?
hi there!! yes I have my IIN health coaching certification. I would totally recommend the program, and same with the MBG functional nutrition program!! start with one or the other. IIN is all around health coaching while MBG is specific to functional nutrition. you will love either one if you are into this stuff!! xoxo
HI Jordan! I’m looking to begin a career in holistic nutrition, and I always thought I had to have the credentials in order to get clients. What are your thoughts on that? Also, can you name off a few of the best online nutrition courses that you know of? I really resonate with everything you share so I feel like your input on this will be so valuable! Thank you so much ❤️
yes I do recommend having credentials!! my recs are IIN, MBG's functional nutrition program, or listen to the podcast episode I did with Courtney Swan that talks ALL about this and where she went to school!! xx
Hi! What are your thoughts on GG crackers?
I am not a fan because I am gluten-free!! I think there are other ways to get lots of fiber into your diet like fresh veggies and fruits. 🙂 But to each their own!
Hey Jordan! Do you have any tips on journaling/designing a personal bullet journal? (along the organization/scheduling but also intentions/manifesting lines!) I feel like this is so your type of content but I've been looking around on the blog and don't see anything about specifically designing a journal, so I guess this is a blog post request! Would love your guidance 🙂
ooooh designing a journal?!? brilliant post idea!! will get something in the works for this and add it to my list of posts to work on 🙂 XO
Do you have any plans on doing online yoga teaching? (If you don't have any plans in the works already... you TOTALLY should - spoken by someone who is very far from the LA area and would never be able to attend any of your classes!!)
hi love!! ahh YES, i actually do!! i am in the works of creating some videos (4-6 every month I HOPE) and most of them will be yoga focused. so excited to film them & get them out there for you guys!! stay tuned! LOVE this question!
Where do you recommend purchasing crystals?
EnergyMuse.com, my absolute favorite and my dear friends!
I was wondering how is the mbg functional nutrition course going so far and what is your take on it? I've thinking about it but really wanted to know from somebody that is actually doing it what's their perspective. Do you think it is a good place to start off a functional nutrition path?
Thank you so much for inspiring me in my spiritual journey, i am forever grateful!
LOVE it and highly recommend!! especially if you're looking to learn rather than practice functional nutrition. i like it to have the info in my back pocket. <3 <3
This year knocked me on my ass. I don't want a repeat in 2018...so I'm turning to you (as a friend, fan & just soulsister). 1) How are you spending the new year? Easing into it etc 2) What are some of your resolutions?
LOVE THIS. will share big time on the blog and podcast in coming weeks!!
Hi there! I'm in the early stages of blogging and I'm really trying to stay grounded with it. How do you manage to strike a balance between your very public persona on social media while also living a centered life?
LOVE this. will answer in the next solo Q&A!
I recently wrote to you in the contact section and then realized you have a Q&A area. Curious, what do you use for birth control, if anything? I am wanting to get off the pill and get back to my body's natural rhythms, but i don't want to get pregnant quite yet. Any thoughts on natural/hormone free methods?
check out the book Woman Code if you haven't read it -- its an AMAZING resource for those looking to sync with their cycle and get to know their bodies from the inside out. she touches a lot on birth control methods too. i recently got an IUD put in and it's not working for me (I am SO SENSITIVE hormonally) so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. i am getting it taken out in a couple of days. i think good old fashioned safe sex with condoms is the way to go... I am not a fan of putting something into our body that is synthetic. however, if your body can handle it, then I know for some women it's completely okay. check out the book and let me know your thoughts!
Do you know your Myers Briggs type?
I need to find out!!! I am so into that stuff but I can't remember mine right now... I need to retake a test for it!!!
Hey!! I believe I read somewhere that you did your CPT through NASM? If so, which program did you do? I'm looking into NASM myself, but am not sure which study program is best.
hi there!! ahhh i didn't, but i know other people who did!! i only have my 500 hour yoga certification which I've done through yogaworks 🙂 Xo
I heard you say in a recent podcast that you were taking ldn. I am prescribed it from my functional med Dr., but keep going on and off of it because I think it makes me tired and feel kinda of wacky. Curious if you are responding well to it, let me know! Thx!
hi!! so far i haven't noticed a big change one way or the other. i don't think its making me tired but i also have yet to notice positive changes. i will keep you all very posted as i continue to take it and see what happens!!! xoxox
I have been vegan for 2 years and veggo 10 years before that. I have PCOS and eating a high carb wholefood vegan diet has reaked havoc on my body because of this. I am pretty much infertile atm due to the insulin resistance and estrogen dominace and need to overhaul my diet. A low carb high protein diet, without legumes, wheat and dairy is what my naturopath/nutritionist is recommending. No legumes means I will need to eat meat to meet my nutritional needs. I am however, struggling with the idea of eating animals again. Ethically how did you get passed this? I know I NEED to do it for my health and that veganism isn't healthy for "me" but I am struggling. Also how did you deal with the backlash from the vegan community? I am overly sensitive and anxious atm (hello excess estrogen) and know how nasty vegans can be to ex-vegans?
Thanks and sorry for such a long messsage!
i understand, its so tough and something i struggled with for a long time also. ethically its so hard to go back to eating meat but i also believe it is tremendously important to listen to our bodies above all else. you don't want to be infertile and sick for life. sustainably sourced and local is where its at -- i shop at farmers markets. also check out my book breaking vegan if you haven't (links on the SHOP page of my site) because it is all about this transition!!! sending you love
Hey! You mentioned in one of your podcast episodes that you might discuss the process of writing a book and go into detail about your books. Do you think you will do this? would love to hear!
yes!!! i want to record an episode all about this. thanks for following up on that, i think i will dive into it ASAP!! <3
Hi, do you have any advice about where and how to buy the most ethically sourced meat/fish products possible to help non-vegans along their journey? I'm trying to make more effort to only eat lesser-sentient beings. Though like you, I have health reasons (thalassemia) why I am unable to go vegan.
farmers markets <3
Yoga mat suggestions?
Manduka and Jade are my two faves!
Why is your intention to avoid desserts? Don't you find that that causes restriction?
we are all different and must listen to our bodies. don't get too fixated on what other people are doing 😉
Hi Jordan, I think you're the best person to answer this and help me. This week, someone brought to my attention how much I'm doing. My immediate reaction was " I'll let you know if I am burning out". Truthfully, I think it's just because in comparision to some in my situation, I do, do a lot more. But I am passionate about it....and I also have the drive to succeed. I do not feel burn out. But I realized, my work does take a lot of time that I could perhaps spend doing other things...but I still am able to fit in things that matter to me like reading, walks, baths, trashy tv etc. How do you balance between working a lot to achieve your dreams...but also living life? Should I be cutting out things? What are your views on manifesting vs hard work?
youve gotta listen to YOU! we are all different. depending on our signs, personalities, constitutions, the day, etc. we all need a different amount of alone time and time with others. i personally need a ton of down time which i am unapologetic about! it makes the hours and days that i work hard that much more productive and meaningful. my biggest piece of advice is to not compare yourself to others when it comes to your work flow and the way that you spend your time!
What made you decide to feature your current BF on your insta/blog? I can tell how in love/happy you are, which is amazing! I just know you were pretty private about your personal life before, so I was surprised to see the difference.
hi!! i love this question, but the truth is i was never very personal about my private life. it was always all out on the table -- relationships, family, friends, eating disorders, etc. i suppose the difference is that i have never been so in love or in such a serious relationship before. 🙂 my relationship prior to this one was... well, let's just say the dude wasn't very committed. so sharing about it left a lot to be desired. thanks for asking! x
I need some help!
A few months back I had a conflict with two YouTubers Alex and Cara. I still don't understand what has gone on because no one talked to me or messaged me back.
I feel like I want to write an email to Alex and see if I can make things better because I feel misunderstood and sad and I don't understand what I have done.
How do you think I should start the email?
Why do you think she hasn't replied?
yes i think the best thing to do is to always be open and honest about your feelings! and if others are upset with you for a reason you're not sure of -- try clearing the air, and then focusing your energy elsewhere on people who are reciprocating your friendship!
I just read your book, and honestly it was amazing. Simply AMAZING. Do you have any book recommendations for books that are similar to yours? (Overcoming an eating disorder, balancing life). Any recommendations would be awesome. PS your podcast is amazing too!! From Angie
oh my goodness THANK YOU!! this message seriously makes my life. angie, you rock. some other books i really enjoyed about overcoming eating disorders are Brittany Burgunder's memoir (AMAZING), Kelsey Miller's "Big Girl," and Andie Mitchell's "It Was Me All Along." Try those and let me know your thoughts! Doing a book club post on here soon too, yay. <3
Hi Jordan! Long time reader and listener here, but first time question asker! First and foremost I want to say THANK YOU for all of your honesty and authenticity. You have helped me and inspired me in countless ways over the past few years. Most importantly, your open dialogue about eating disorders helped me to recognize that I too was struggling with orthorexia but kept denying it to myself and others in the name of "health." I'm happy to say that I'm in recovery now, and you've been a huge help in that regard! Like you, I also really drew on spirituality and alternative healing to aid my recovery process. Unlike you, I don't live in LA and have very little access to all of the awesome kundalini classes, yoga teachers, and crystal shops! So my question for you is in regards to some book recommendations -- all things kundalini and esoteric. I read Guru Jagat's Invincible Living and LOVED it but I can't seem to find another source that "sets my soul on fire!" Any advice??
Hi beautiful!! OMG first of all THANK YOU!!! your kind words mean the absolute universe to me and i am so so glad to have you reading and listening, and most importantly in the tribe <3 we are all friends from afar and hearing how much we have in common makes my heart sing, especially hearing that you are on a balanced and spiritual path now!! woo!! so yes, Guru Jagat's book is AMAZING (she is coming on the podcast in two weeks I AM SO EXCITED) so some others I would highly recommend are... the Energy Muse book that is coming out in October called Crystal Muse -- it answers a ton of spiritual questions and is purely amazing. Tyler Henry's "Between Two Worlds," Sherrie Dillard's "Discover Your Psychic Type," Emma Mildon's "The Modern Girl's Guide to Spirituality" and as far as websites: Gloria Latham for Kundalini, High Vibe Livin for Kundalini, and check out RA MA TV (Guru Jagat's site!). I hope this helps for now and I will def write a full blog post on this soon!! XOXO
Hi Jordan, love your podcast! Have you ever thought about doing some yoga class videos for your followers that don't live in your area? You have a very soothing voice so it would be great for our @home yoga practice!
hi love! oooh thank you so much, i love this question. i have thought about it a LOT and i plan to make some videos very soon. i tried once before and the audio quality wasn't up to par but i have a few really good videographers i am toying with the idea of hiring for it, so stay tuned because by the end of the year or early 2018 there will DEF be a TBB yoga video subscription!!! EEK !
I need your advice. I was having some work done on my house and didn't have the workers names given to me and I didn't ask but wanted to follow up so I could write a review on the people who helped on my house. I contacted the company today and asked them to provide me with the names of the two people who worked on my house. Do you think that's a bad thing? Let me know!
No, that is such a nice thing that you want to leave them a nice review! I am sure the company will get back to you and then you can leave them with a good review!!
do you ever eat something that you dont usually eat and get mad at yourself for eating it?
ALL THE TIME! thats part of being human. but i try not to get too mad at myself because getting upset with yourself over something that you eat only makes the reaction worse usually... i try to be loving to myself just like i would with a friend or loved one 🙂 and it doesn't reverse the situation but it definitely makes dealing with it a LOT easier!
Hi Jordan, it's Cassie again (the one that had the shirodhara massage). I loved it! I let the oil soak in my hair until I showered to go to dinner & I took the most glorious 3 hour nap after my appointment.
I need to listen to the podcast episode about all the ayurvedic practices that you recently did. I do have a random question though: if you could only use one wellness tip for the rest of your life, what would it be? Thanks again for always being so open and connecting with your readers. I appreciate you a lot. 🙂
oh FABULOUS!! i am soooo glad that you did the shirodhara, i am dying for that right about now!! OMG i love love this question. Hmmm, let's see... if I could use one wellness tip for the rest of my life, it would be to be KIND to myself. that means with nourishing foods, meditations and self-care, workouts, and rest. I would always choose to be kind to myself instead of push myself or talk to myself negatively, because that goes a LONG way with everything wellness related and self related. SUCH a good question!!
I just purchased your five day cleanse and wanted to know if there are any pre-made juices you recommend. I work all day so pre-made would be convenient.
Hi there!! Yes!! I recommend Suja, or a cold-pressed juice bar that might be local to your town because then you can pick and choose ingredients. If you're in LA, I really like Beaming, Kreation and LA Juice!
Are there any protein powders that are reasonably priced? I am new to Kelly Leveque's Fab Four and have seen the Nuzest Lean Clean Protein but cannot fit that price into my monthly budget. Any suggestions?
I love the Tone it Up protein powder, Vital Proteins collagen peptides (a great protein source), Rootz Nutrition, Tera's Whey (if you do whey and not strictly plant-based) and my absolute fave right now is Ancient Nutrition from Dr. Axe!! Clean Program is a great one too!! Xoxo
You are a huge inspiration to me Jordan. I'm obsessed with all you do. For the past 25 years since my husband took his own life, I've known in my soul that I would forever study health and wellness. I constantly read, soak up any and all info on this subject but cannot for the life of me live the lifestyle. I talk the talk but don't walk the walk. People never take me seriously because I'm 75 lbs overweight and don't fit the role. How can I truly change and live the lifestyle I feel I was called for. ? Please help
Oh my goodness, thank you so much for reaching out and for this kind message. I am so sorry to hear that your husband took his own life 25 years ago... something I can relate to on a small scale level as I have been in a similar position but my person did not end up dying. Regardless, it was a tumultuous road and i don't wish that pain on anyone!! First of all -- if there is something you want to pursue and you know in your heart and soul that it will set your soul on fire, then GO for it no matter what other people say or think. When I first started blogging many people didn't take me seriously either - everyone in my very seriously literary grad school program took my blog as a joke. Now it's my full-time job! But if I listened to the naysayers I'd be nowhere. I would also say that before you can truly help others, you must first help yourself. On a health level, spiritual level, love life level, wherever that may be. If you eat well, exercise, and feel good and you are naturally overweight then HEY no one should or can judge you. But if you don't feel your best, eat well, or exercise -- then my first recommendation would be to take care of yourself and get yourself to a place of total balance, wellness and acceptance. And then studying health and wellness and sharing that with others will come with ease. I hope this makes sense and I don't think you should be discouraged at ALL that just because youve fallen off the health wagon doesn't mean that you can't get right back onto it. It's a long road and a lot of work but youve got this. Invest in yourself. Make the challenging decision to really step up and take care of YOU. Whether it be therapy, meditation, kundalini, reiki, or long walks and pep talks with yourself or a fitness group / trainer to hold yourself accountable, DO IT. also, if you want a discounted membership to a great LA studio (if you're in the area) email me because I would be honored to hook you up with that. Sending so much love and thank you for supporting me!!
First and foremost THANK YOU! thank you for the work you do...I know people say it all the time, but you truly make a difference in people's lives. Thank you for continuing to support your 'fans' even by responding to all these questions.
I have a bit of a different question (i.e: not about food/yoga). I recently got layed off from a job I really liked (it fit with my school schedule, the money was good and it wasn't very stressful) after only 3 months. It has really triggered me. I'm a perfectionist and struggle with the pressure I put on myself.
Since not working, I feel like I haven't been doing enough. I go to school full time (for my PhD) but it isn't very much work right now (shocking). I have days free. I've obviously been applying for more work. I'm so used to being on the go, go, go...and now I'm not. I do have another small part time job, but it isn;'t very much work at all.
I just keep looking at people like you who are similar in age and so successful and I worry about not being good enough...I have all this ambition and work ethic and don't know where to channel it (I felt this way before the job loss...the job loss is now only adding to the 'and not having money in the bank thing).
hi love!! aww i feel you, it sounds like you are going through a lot. it is always hard to feel like you're totally go-go-go and then experience that radical shift of suddenly... having free time! something we always feel like we want until we have it, and then we're like WAIT, what do i do now?! my biggest piece of advice is to DROP the comparisons of yourself with other people. "comparison is the thief of joy," i truly believe. instead, focus on how awesome it is to have this current free time while you're in school for your PhD. everything happens for a reason and maybe you're meant to dive fully fully into this program and discover new things about yourself in the process. no one else is worried about what you're doing with your time except for you, so allow yourself to go at your own pace and enjoy every moment. 🙂 i hope this helps and i get it girl, i too suffer from the comparison complex. it always feels way better when i finally drop it!! xoxo
Hi! Your hair looks so shiny and healthy in all of your pics. I was wondering if your hair got thin/ fell out while you had orthorexia, and what you did to get it looking like it does now! Please share, because I am going through this and am trying everything to get my hair back to how it was. Thanks <3
hi hi!! thank you so much. yes, my hair did get thin and fall out while i was suffering from orthorexia. a few things that helped me were adjusting my diet, adding in a lot more natural sources of vitamin b12, iron, protein and calcium (like eggs, fresh water fish, poultry) and also taking b12 and fish oil supplements. be patient and overtime your hair will get back to normal. i also recommend collagen supplements (collagen peptides from vital proteins are awesome) and also vital proteins' beef liver!! <3
Hi Jordan...I asked you a question a little while ago (I'm the girl who has been dating her bf for 3.5 years and was worried all the time) and as of last night we are broken up. I feel absolutely devastated. He was my first love, and I still believe we have something.....what do I do?
hi girl!! ww i am so sorry to hear that, i know how tough heartbreak can be. it is PAINFUL, and i believe the best thing to do is feel all of those emotions as they come. they suck, a LOT, but if you don't experience them now they will only come back later with a vengeance. do some fun self care things for yourself and start to embrace the idea that loving YOURSELF is where it all begins. i know it sounds cheesy but once you really start to give love to yourself the way you have it to another human being for so long, powerful things happen. its a beautiful time of self exploration an working through the challenges. some self care things i love to do... yoga retreats (even something mini like a local weekend workshop if retreats are out of budget or you don't have the room in your sched), ayurvedic treatments, massages, steam baths, infrared sauna, acupuncture, cupping, vitamin IV drips, reiki, energy work, crystal healing, speaking to an intuitive, YOGA, exercise, taking care of yourself, good nourishing foods, lots of rest, and reading good books. i wish there was a more clear cut answer for how to navigate it all but the real deal is: FEEL and process your emotions. and you'll come out on the other end so strong and so alive and in tune. here for you <3 feeling for you. xx
Hi, Jordan. I'm fairly new to this tribe, but your vibe and message really resonate with me. As an empath and HSP, I would love your input. I feel like I fall into this category half the time (empath and/or HSP), but feel shut off the other half, almost like there's a block keeping me from feeling too much. I suffer from thick barriers and boundaries (learned from a meeting with my medium) and have a hard time (understatement) being vulnerable. I'm also told, "I come by my intuition rightly." Could these barriers be keeping me from fully letting myself be open to the universe and the powers I may or may not possess? If so, how do I break them down?
i feel you!! we are the opposite, as i have NO boundaries and i could definitely use more in my life. i do think that the walls you put up for yourself could be blocking you from being open to the universe. i think you can work on breaking them down by creating a meditation practice for yourself, trying kundalini yoga, maybe talking to an intuitive or a reiki master about where your barriers and walls come from and how you can work on them -- and WRITE to your intuition / journal! that always helps me so so much! hope this helps babe and i am so glad you're in the tribe <3 xo
Hi! I am transitioning away from my vegan diet, I know it is the best for me due to my health issues but I have seen all the terrible slaughterhouse videos and thinking of eating meat makes me feel so guilty, it honestly doesn't even feel like a food to me
How do you get past the guilt? How do you change your way of thinking about eating animal foods? Thanks!
hi there!! if you haven't read my book 'breaking vegan' yet, i think you'll find it very comforting as it answers a lot of these questions and tells the full story of how i grappled with eating meat again and re-learned to listen to my body!! link to the book is here -- http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7
Hi Jordan! I was just wondering about your opinion on Greek yogurt. I care about what goes into my body and I absolutely value your opinion. Your wellness journey has never ceased to inspire me during my similar recovery journey from orthorexia. I currently am trying Stonyfield's 100% organic grass fed whole milk Greek yogurt. Would you recommend yogurt like this? Being orthorexic, I tend to get anxiety around new products and sometimes feel that I should not be eating dairy, though I do not possess any such intolerance. I am sorry for how disorganized this post is, but I thank you for hearing what I have to say! 🙂
aww thank you so much!! first and foremost, releasing that anxiety will be huge for you. it's a learning curve and it takes time, so don't put any judgment upon yourself but DO notice if you are still holding onto your anxieties and food fears. i can't speak to the yogurt itself because all bodies are different and i happen to be lactose intolerant, but i CAN speak to listening to your body and noticing how it FEELS in your body. i am always here to listen babe and my greatest advice for you is to dive into the self-exploration process of learning and noticing what works for you. i am sorry i can't give you a distinct answer on the yogurt but YOU have the answers!! xo
Hello! I think you're a great influencer! I've been thinking of writing a book, starting a blog, creating content, and creating a podcast. I am not sure where to start and which niche I should remain in since I have so many interests! I want to do something that makes me happy and stuff that I'm passionate about, but I'm not sure that it will end up being profitable. So two questions: Where should I start? Should I pursue any niche that interests me regardless of not making a profit from it?
hi love!! ooooh yay, that is so exciting!! it is hard to say where you should start, because you should start with what excites you the most! since you wrote that you are thinking of writing a book at the beginning of your list... my guess is that maybe you should start with your book. 🙂 and yes, pursue what interests you FIRST and then focus on making a living from it afterward. i believe that following your passion first and then allowing the $$ to come after is the way to go, not the other way around. xx
Is there a spot that lists various sponsors? I recall a ghee company...
yes! check out thebalancedblonde.com/podcast to see all of the episodes and the show notes with sponsors. the one you are referring to is fourth & heart ghee! they are the best! xx
Do you have any advice for someone trying to recover from an eating disorder?
YES! check out my book 'breaking vegan' (link is here: http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7
), it will answer all of your questions love and it tells my full recovery journey!!
Hi Jordan, I'm about to get a breast reduction surgery to further my physical abilities when it comes to the yoga studio and the gym, and also to alleviate back pain. I was wondering two things. 1, what bra size are you? You seem extremely comfortable running and doing poses and that is something I aspire to. If you're uncomfortable disclosing this, that's okay! I'm also wondering about what I should be eating during my recovery to give my healing body a boost. I already eat quite well, I'm just wondering what you'd reccomend! Thanks so much xx
hi babe!! ooooh you're going to love an upcoming podcast episode i have with two of my friends who had a tummy tuck surgery -- i know its very different than a breast reduction, but it's all similar when it comes to making choices that will make us feel better, more comfortable, and more confident in our bodies. i wear either a 32D or a 34C defending on the brand. as far as what to eat during recovery -- focus on whole, nourishing foods and lots of healthy fats like bone broth, full fat meats, avocado, ghee, salmon, olive oil, etc. and eat what you WANT and what your body craves and desires, you'll be in deep healing mode so being good and kind to yourself will be first and foremost important!!
What did studying abroad in Italy, (with its abundance of carbs, cheese, and wine,) teach you about food and your personal eating habits?
GREAT question!! i was not in a healthy place with food when i studied abroad... which was about 6 years ago... but living in the beautiful country of italy with their abundance of FRESH food ingredients was very good for my soul and helped me learn that it's mainly the preserves, hormones, GMO's, etc that we pump our food with in the U.S. that are so hard for me to digest! if i lived in europe i think i'd be able to eat a lot more variety. 😉 xo
We just opened a new massage spa on Beverly and would like to invite you and say 10-20 of your favorite readers by for a free massage. 🙂 Im native Danish and you will find the place probably lean a bit to northern Europe world perspective. shoot is a email and lets set it up.
oh how nice!!! email me bo, firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get it set up!
Hi Jordan! I just started listening to you about a month ago and I am obsessed!!! You are seriously such an inspiration, and bring so much light! I was wondering if you could offer some life/relationship advice. I have been dating an amazing guy for almost 3.5 years, we started dating as freshmen in college! Now we are graduated and moving into the real world, and I can't help but worry if we are going to work out, if we'll move in together eventually, if he's the one, etc! It has become almost a daily worry for me, and I feel it is causing me to put a lot of pressure on our relationship. Plus he currently lives an hour and a half away from me and will for the next year or so. Any advice on calming worrisome thoughts, etc would be amazing! You are the best!
hi love!! thanks so much for this. i will add this question into my next podcast Q&A because my answer is going to be very involved hehe, so stay tuned and thank you SO MUCH for coming to me with this great q!! lots of love
I struggled from anorexia for the majority of middle and high school and some of college as well. I've been weight restored and recovered for four years since my last relapse, but am actually somewhat overweight now, but am terrified to attempt to lose healthily because I'm so afraid of relapse. Last time I attempted to lose weight healthily, I relapsed horribly into anorexia again. I know orthorexia is different from anorexia, but as someone who is also recovered from an eating disorder, and is passionate about eating healthy, do you have any advice for how a overweight recovered anorexic could lose weight healthily without relapse, or do you think it's just not possible, and I should try to accept myself as being overweight, and become okay with it?
awwww this is tough, i feel you. have you read my book breaking vegan? link is here -- http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7. i think you will find it very healing to read, and will provide much more in depth and longer answers to the question you asked here !!
For the love of all that is grammatically holy, why can't you PLEASE use proper capitalization?! For example, I instead of i. It's really frustrating to read your blog and to have such a blatant grammar mistake take away from your message because they're way too glaring to ignore.
this is probably not the blog for you if it drives you crazy when i don't capitalize 😉 it's a personal choice. wishing you the best and definitely sending inner peace your way!
Hi Jordan I'm having a hard time. I never had an eating discorder but I've been having thoughts more and more about restricting food, beating myself up for eating too much or food I wouldn't normally eat etc etc. how do I get past this?
hi babe! i would recommend reading my book breaking vegan (link is here: http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7) to dive deeper into this subject and get the answer to your questions!! xo
Can you explain your mantra? "I am enough." What does that mean?
it means something different to everyone, and honestly to me it means something different every day!! right now it means to me, i am ENOUGH, just the way i am -- i don't need to change, to do more, or to be someone/something different from exactly who i am, as i am. i hope this helps. xoxoxo
Any advice for choosing a yoga teacher training verification program? What did you use?
i did YogaWorks, and they are some of the best and the most renowned out there!! it depends a lot on what will work with your schedule, what style of yoga you prefer, and what teachers you love -- you want to make sure you love your teacher trainer! i would recommend trying a variety of studios and a variety of teachers before you make your choice. you can't go wrong if you LOVE the studio / vibes / teacher. xoxo
Hi Jordan! I am trying to be my healthiest version of myself. I am mainly eating fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, bone broth, etc. What are the main foods you try to avoid? Is dairy one you avoid? I currently eat dairy and think it's delicious, but I have heard it may not be the healthiest choice. What are your thoughts?
everyone's bodies are so different so it's really hard to say -- if you can eat dairy and not have an averse reaction, then you are totally good! listen to your body first and foremost. if you're looking for a plan to follow, i love to LOOSELY follow the bulletproof + ketogenic lifestyles without getting too wrapped up in the "rules" <3
Hi Jordan, I love reading your blog. I find that I can relate so much to your journey with food. I would love for you to write a post on how you shop for groceries, what's on your weekly shopping list, any food prep you do, and snacks you like to pack if you're out and about. I start my new job in September and am looking for some guidance in the food prep area. I know it isn't totally relatable to you but I'm curious if you have any simple but practical routines to share. Thanks! 🙂
LOVE this idea!!! i will do that very soon!! xo
Hey Jordan! What are you favorite books on all things yoga, wellness, spiritual practices and health? I'm on the hunt for the best resources. Thanks!
LOVE THIS Q! i will add this into my next podcast Q&A. right now i am loving Emma Mildon's books, MaryAnn DiMarco's book, and a book called "Kundalini Rising." XO
Hi - I just wanted to say I just listened to your Reiki podcast episode and it was incredible - especially the distance reiki at the end. Is there any way you could end your podcasts with a guided breathing section? I know I rush through my days and forget to take a moment and just be.
Also, I am getting my first facial and first shirodhara massage on Monday morning. I am so thankful that you open up and share all your self care tips and I'm excited to see what will happen when they pour oil on my third eye. Thanks for your constant beaming joy that you share with your readers. Sincerely, Cassie.
awww YAY this makes me so happy. i am so glad that you loved the distance reiki, and YESSSSS i love love LOVE the idea of ending my podcasts with a guided breathing section. how fun!! thrilled that you are trying a facial + shirodhara!! how was it?!?! lots of love cassie. <3 <3 xo
Hi Jordan! Can you give me any advice in how to meet people like - minded?
yes!!! check out this blog post of mine on finding your tribe, all of my best tips here. i will also include this in an upcoming podcast Q&A episode! -- http://www.thebalancedblonde.com/2016/09/30/finding-your-tribe/
I'm a long time follower and lover of TBB!!! I have been doing the bulletproof diet for about a year now and I am gf df for health reasons for about 7 years now. I know you talk a lot about not restricting yourself and allowing yourself to enjoy food rather than feeling guilty. Do you have any advice for doing this? I think my allergies make me feel trapped sometimes even though I know it is what works best for me. Sometimes if I have some sugar or something not "bullletproof" I feel guilty and I feel like having that guilt just makes it worse.
Thanks for the help!!
hi sweetness i love this question!! i will add this into my next podcast Q&A because i feel like my answer will be very involved... first thing you should know is that i totally relate and you are not alone!! second thing is that working to release that guilt will rock your world and change your LIFE !!! i know its easier said than done but focus on that vs. your restrictions and fears, and peace will come. <3
I just listened to your Ultimate Health podcast and loved every second of it. I have had a similar journey. I'm now getting acquainted with your blog & saw the note about NYC in the Q&A section.
I just hosted a small evening on my rooftop for Summer Solstice with my yoga teacher friend and another friend, Kim Weiler of http://healingmyskin.com.
It was so successful, that we are already planning another event for the Fall Equinox. Any chance you'd be interested in speaking / leading something for it?
I imagine you are used to a sizable fee for something like this. Our last event had just 8 people and was free, but I am a big thinker like you & think this could be much bigger!
hi babe!! that is so amazing, i am so excited for you!! why don't you shoot me an email and we can discuss further? xx
Hi Jordan! What were really helpful/positive mantras for you in recovering from your eating disorder?
I AM ENOUGH. IN THIS MOMENT, IN EVERY MOMENT, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW -- I AM ENOUGH. I AM SO ENOUGH. that is my favorite. all caps because its awesome. 🙂 hehe xo
Have you ever heard of the 30 day Diet Cleanse called Isagenix? And if so what do you think about it?
never heard of it!!! i'd be careful of anything too extreme and instead do more of a lifestyle change -- but that's just me. 🙂 30 day stuff is always a bit extreme in my opinion vs. making long lasting healthy and balanced choices!
Posted a comment on my friends post saying so pretty fit goals seriously 😍 Is that rude?
how is that rude?!? hahah not in my opinion at all!
come to NYC!
would love to come back to NYC soon!!! any requests for workshops or events?? last time i did a live podcast recording and a yoga workshop and it was a blast!
Hi! Do you have any tips for a high school senior in getting into college? I'm super involved in my community but I don't have great test scores...
kill it with your personal essays because that is the way the school will truly get to know you. schools are so tough to get into these days so i'd recommend applying to some schools that you KNOW you'll get into so that you have options!!
Hi Jordan! I am now fully recovered from Orthorexia, however I have gained so much weight back and seem to keep getting bigger. I am vegan and very healthy but I do not want to become heavy. Do you have any tips? Any satiating foods? Anything?! Im desperate haha
hi hi!! ahh I'm sorry this is hard for me to give advice on because when i recovered from orthorexia i incorporated more foods into my diet so i was no longer vegan. veganism can absolutely work for people, but because i did not experience satiety on that diet when i had my eating disorder, it would be hard for me to tell you what would satiate you without giving you anything that might feel triggering to hear!! sending you the best <3
hi jordan! I am currently struggling with ortherexia and bulimia and have been taking laxatives for a while now. I am so tired of being scared to eat and feeling anxious if I don't take any laxatives and I am wondering if you have any tips for getting my body off of them?? Your story has really inspired me and you're amazing!:) Thank you for being so real and sharing your story!!
hi beauty, i totally feel you and I'm fsending you so much love. i would highly recommend seeking out a good nutritionist and/or therapist in your area to help you ween your body off of the laxatives. i don't have experience with that personally so i wouldn't want to give you the wrong advice! but i will tell you, you're on the right track with knowing that you want to slowly get your body off of them and find balance and calm in your life without those obsessions and food fears. <3
I was hoping you could give me some advice on friendships and social life.
I've been on a very similar health/spiritual journey as yourself for the past few years. I'm 26 years old and my good friends are my friends from college. I love them, but our social life revolves around late nights at the bar and lots of alcohol. I'm at the point where I want to do this less and less, if at all. I used to be embarrassed abut wanting to stay in, or felt I was doing something wrong by not always wanting to go out,
I am much more accepting of myself now, but I do fear losing friendships or not finding a group I totally vibe with. It's clear to me that while I love my friends, we are on different paths and value different things.
My friends are wonderful people, and I can definitely do things with them during the week that don't involve alcohol. However, weekends will almost always mean going out.
Do you have any advice on staying true to yourself/saying no/trusting you'll find the right group of people to be with?
I'm a very social, friendly person but I'm craving deeper relationships. When I choose to stay in, I wake up feeling great, I exercise, eat healthy, read, do yoga, etc. I enjoy spending time with myself, but it does leave me feeling lonely sometimes.
Lastly, thank you for sharing your journey. It's weirdly similar to my own in so many ways and you are such an inspiration.
WOW, i can't tell you how similar i feel to this and how much i relate. especially when you say "craving deeper" relationships. that is something i have felt for a long time, SO long, and i finally gave myself permission a few years ago to accept that part of me.
the beautiful thing is, the people that are meant to be in your life will accept you mo matter what. i still go out to bars with my friends (sometimes) and just sip on water or a fun mock-tail. and once in a blue moon i will have a drink (just one) and my friends absolutely love it, haha!!
being healthy and wellness oriented and spiritual does not have to equal not being social!! i totally feel you and it can be hard to find that tire that you totally vibe with, but there is no need to let go of old friendships -- just rather let them shift into something new. i have maintained most of my college and high school friendships and like you said, we just do different things together. weekday dates, yoga dates, and even things we used to do but MY behavior shifts in those situations. people who really love and respect you won't even care a bit. 🙂
also, join some local fitness studios or yoga studios to make friends in new places!!
Hi ! Would love to hear your take on essential oils and aromatherapy..?
i am in love with hem!!! some of my favorites are clary sage, frankincense, tea tree oil and eucalyptus. i have a few really good diffusers that i love (one is Art Naturals, one is Saje) and some roll on sticks i carry with me everywhere (the brand for those is Saje). huge proponent and will be having some people on my podcast soon to discuss all of the details!!!
hi there, jordan ; )
what do you do when you feel completely lost + unbalanced in life? lately i feel completely burn out, have not been taking care of myself physically or mentally [ie. not exercising or eating properly], and just over all have been feeling really down + sad. I don't know how to get back on my feet or even where to start. Do you have any advice on how to get back to being my healthiest self or where to start?
awww im so sorry, i totally feel you. start by focusing on YOU and taking care of yourself. it might sound overly simple, but it truly is simple as that. self care is huge. ask yourself what you need, set intentions every day, and try to incorporate at LEAST one thing (if not more) in each day that you are really, truly looking forward to. that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. it could be a yoga class or talking to someone you love on the phone, anything!! and of course eating whole, nutritious foods and moving your body in a mindful way will both help also. <3
Wondering something and want to know if you know what it up is!
I viewed a girls instagram story her and I never got along but we are friendly er now..
we don't follow each other on social but based out of genuine curiosity I looked because my others friends were raving about her ig story..
it didn't show my name only the people who liked it.. wondering if you could know,
When you watch an ig story does it show your name? Or does your name appear when you only like it?
when you watch a story, your name does appear!
I don't typically drink coffee - what are other things I can add collagen peptides to? How frequently should I use it?
smoothies, water, soups, almond milk!! just a few ideas. you can use it every day or every several days... whichever feels best to you, even once a week would work!
Great piece about "finding your flow" but I'm still finding it difficult?
ask yourself what YOU need!! finding your flow is different for everyone -- dig deep, journal, meditate, or do what it is that resonates with you to draw those answers out of yourself. i find that moving mindfully, eating well and getting good sleep is a great place to start. <3
Hi Jordan. I have been a passionate yogi for about 4 years, and have contemplated YTT. What made you decide to move forward with this decision?
i knew that i wanted to be a teacher deep down inside so i decided to go for it! it's an innate feeling i'd had for years, if you have that feeling - you'll know!!!
What did your life look like when you were 18?
love this question 🙂 well... i had just graduated from high school and was about to move to los angeles for college. i did a ton of yoga (sweaty vinyasa as always had a huge place in my heart) and spent a lot of time with my friends. i was big into going out and being social... during the day and at night. those were the days when i was FULL of energy. looking back, i think it would have been good for me to take more time for myself back then. i definitely miss those days -- enjoy them!!!!
I'm single. As in 24, never had a boyfriend, no clue wtf to do, single. I work A LOT (full time+part time+school) and invest a lot into my career plans, personal goals etc- I feel like I have everything but that romantic relationship. I realized I also have an issue....I like assholes. Simply put. HELP
omg i feel you. i always liked the ass holes too until i finally started a relationship with someone who treats me incredibly well and i see the MASSIVE difference!! i was never much of an online dater but it sounds like if you work a lot and invest a lot of time into your own plans and goals, then... i'd recommend joining a local fitness studio and/or going to events surrounding something you like (for me it has always been yoga studios or gyms) and you will likely meet like-minded people there! if not, there is always the app world which seems to be getting better and better for finding a match. regardless - get clear on what is important to you in a relationship, what your intentions are, and what you're looking for... and once you get clear and do that self work, the right person will come along when you least expect it <3
Hi Jordan! You may remember me, I wrote around 2 months ago, I was who was vegan, in recovery and was craving non-vegan food. I reintroduced a lot of things, and honestly, I feel a lot better. I was scared how my body would react, and nothing happened. It was really scary at first, and I was feeling so guilty. But I had to tell myself that I'm doing this for my health and not for anyone else. I still believe in veganism but right now I feel that it isn't the best for my health. Now I feel more free I guess. I can go out with my bf and not worry about what will I have. Thank you so much for helping me and being an inspiration! I have also been addicted to your podcast, I'm listening it to when I can, and it makes me calm somehow, and in this point of my life (full of stress, the hardest time in my life yet) that is all I want. I'm also in your facebook group and loving it! Sorry for this long message but I just wanted to share it with you 🙂 sending you a huge hug <3
hi beauty!! oh my goodness, this makes me so happy. i am SO glad that you are feeling good, in balance, and having more fun + enjoyment in your life!! that is what it's all about!! so glad to have you here, in the FB group, and listening to the podcast!! YAYYY and cheers to so much more fun together!! xo
What are your thoughts on residential eating disorder treatment facilities?
unfortunately i am not the best person to answer this question because i have never been in a residential ED treatment facility but i know from others who have been in them that certain programs have saved their lives. in my opinion it very much depends on the severity of the ED. xo
I am a big fan of your blog! I love your book, the breaking vegan as well!
Wondering how you deal with friendships that aren't really there?!?!
A friend used to chat with mall the time and like tons of photos on social media but she hasn't in a while.. I want to reach out but I am nervous.. I get notifications of her liking other friends photos and posts but not mine anymore 🙁 do you think the friendship is over?
What would you do?
hi beautiful! thank you so much. my advice is to focus on friendships that are serving you and nourishing your soul. i do believe it can be good to reach out to a friend who you feel like you're drifting from and make sure you're on the same page / ask if you've done anything in order to understand and hopefully move forward in the friendship with open communication -- but if someone repeatedly does not give you the respect and friendship that you deserve, my advice is to focus on the people who DO! it's hard to let go but sometimes you need to in order to create space for those who are truly meant to be in your life at this time 🙂
Any recommendations on mat sprays/wipes?? How do you like to clean your mat after a sweaty yoga class?
yes!!! right now i am obsessed with the laundress sport spray 🙂 i would highly recommend it for wiping down yoga mats after class. also their sport detergent is AMAZING for sweaty workout clothes!
Hi, Jordan! I'm a relatively new TBB follower but I have thoroughly been enjoying your content across all platforms, and especially enjoying the TBB Soul on Fire podcast... It's a lovely addition to my morning routine and as an HSP myself, it's a true comfort hearing someone "speak my language". That being said, I've been scouring your website as well as various search engines and I can't seem to find your TBV/TBB apparel... Am I missing something? Would love to check out anything you've got in production! Thank you & keep doing what you're doing!
hi babe!! that is amazing, i am so glad to have you here following. i used to sell apparel through my site for 3 years!! but we closed production earlier this year so i could focus on the podcast, books, and other new endeavors. now the T's are vintage!! if you ever come to LA, i still sell them at my yoga studio (Habitat Yoga & Nutrition) where we have most in stock!! XO
Hi Jordan! Thanks for sharing your health journey in your post about functional medicine / hormone balancing with Dr. Lekkos (HEALTH JOURNEY UPDATE + MY TAKE ON FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE). I've been feeling off and have a gut feeling my hormones are out of whack but haven't done any tests to be sure. Would you be able to share the exact supplements you've been taking and the roles that they each play? Part of me wants to trouble shoot on my own and see if taking any of these supplements make me feel any better. Also, I know this may be a stretch, but after listening to your podcast with Lisa on skincare, I was wondering what you thought about accutane? I generally try to stay away from putting anything foreign in my body pill-wise (I have the copper IUD instead of birth control pills for this reason) and I know accutane is an extreme drug. However, I've struggled with acne for a while and nothing seems to work and I know it worked for Lisa. I'm worried about it throwing my hormones out of whack, but I've had friends that have done it and been fine. What do you think? Also - thanks for doing what you're doing. You really do provide such a strong voice for yourself and your readership that inspires me and many others to be our happiest healthiest selves!!! 🙂 Much love!
hi there!! thanks so much for following along and for reading my functional medicine post / listening to the Lisa podcast. honestly, i was on about 12-13 supplements after my first round of blood tests with Dr. Lekkos and that was over a year ago so I am not entirely sure what they were and what each function was for. Right now I am back to re-testing and going to get on a new regime of supplements because I am a little off balance again. As far as skincare, I am okay with topical skincare that isn't entirely natural (like Rodan + fields) because it truly works for me -- but things I put INSIDE of my body i prefer to be natural whenever possible!! I am so glad to have you here reading and listening. <3 lots of love!
Previous co worker situation update!
She viewed my ig story but hasn't liked my photos since May 15.. do you think she's upset on the message I sent her?
i doubt it!! i wouldn't spend too much energy thinking about it. and if it's eating you up inside, it might be anxiety about other things that you may want to address in therapy/counseling/confiding in a friend!
How did you manage quit being a vegan? It seems to me like once you start, there is an intense pressure on you to remain vegan forever. Don't get me wrong, I love vegan food, but I am a gluten free (because of sensitivity issues) vegan and it makes eating anywhere besides my home super super difficult and takes a lot of fun out of food. Do you have any advice on how to leave the world of veganism? I have identified myself as a vegan for so long that it makes it very difficult to leave.
i totally understand!! i would recommend checking out my book breaking vegan (link is here: http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7) where i tell my whole story of transitioning from veganism, how i handled it, how i made the decision to do it, etc. the label thing is HARD but listening to your body is the first step. youve got this!! XO
Will you be hosting any events in LA between July 10-27?
yes i believe i will!! i think i will be teaching a yoga class at the alo store in beverly hills during that time -- i will keep you guys updated via instagram and my newsletter so stay tunes!!
Hi! 🙂 This morning I listened to your Soul on Fire Episode with Marissa Lace. I realized I have a lot in common with you both- I'm halfway through my 200 hour yoga certification, I love wellness/nutrition and I enjoy working with crystals and practicing reiki (although I'm still new at both). I currently work at a desk job, although I've learned a lot about wellness/nutrition, I hate it! It dawned on me this morning (while listening to your podcast) that I should start my own blog. I currently blog for work and my yoga studio but I was curious on how to get started and how to make the transition from working at a desk to working on my own time/for myself?
hi girl!! amazing! i have lots of blog posts about this -- specifically a post titled "why I'm not cut out for the 9-5 life" -- search it in the search bar to read some of my top tips!! the truth is, i think you should start slow so that you can pursue your passion project on the side and keep it FUN and lighthearted and like the best and most therapeutic outlet for you, and then once it starts to pick up traction, dive in full force!!! slowly keep adding more wellness-oriented things into your routine... yoga events, hanging with people you meet at the studio, and eventually you'll be surrounding yourself with all of the wellness vibes so it will only make sense to dive fully into the lifestyle! i hope this helps even though its pretty general, because everyone is at such a different part of their journey / path!! XO
Previously asked you about the co worker situation I sent that message 5 days ago and still haven't heard a response.. she she usually doesn't responds sometimes but she has liked others photos.. I feel like I may have upset her or made her feel sad but when it comes to my friendships I need to be honest.
Should I unfollow her? I am sad but don't understand why..
what would you do?
i wouldn't unfollow and i also wouldn't ruminate on it!! if she hasn't answered you its probably a personal thing she is going through that has little or nothing to do with you, so i would not take it personally and would also not jump to conclusions / create stories in your head!! focus on the positive relationships in your life 🙂
A former co worker and i used to be friendly and just recently we chatted. I have been seeing her like others photos of mutual friends we have and she used to like mine and now she doesn't anymore so I sent her a message.
Hey just wondering if you are upset with me? You don't like anymore of photos wondering if things are alright.
Is that mean?
that is not mean!! that is upfront and i think it's always good to be upfront!! XO
Hey girl! I am currently obsessed with your podcast..always waiting for the next episode so I can listen on my morning walks, etc. Can you recommend some of your fave podcasts or ones that are similar to your style so I can supplement while I wait for your next one?! lol Thanks xoxo
hi ahhh amazing thank you!! great comment!! current faves = Yoga Girl's "Conversations from the Heart" podcast, Kathryn Budig & Kate Fagan's "Free Cookies" wellness and sports (but its not very sports-ish lol) podcast, The Skinny Confidential's "Him & Her" podcast, Katie Dalebout, Katie Horwitch, Stassi Schroeder (guilty pleasure), Andrew Sealy's "Yoga Revealed" and Luke Storey's "The Lifestylist"!!! All of my top faves!!!
You are amazing by the way. I love your blogs and podcast. I just read your blog about your morning daily routine. I was wondering about your ACV, how you drink it and what the benefits of drinking it every day are. I try to drink it every day and sometimes I drink it with real squeezed grapefruit juice. Is that too much acid? Thanks!
hi babe!! thank you!! that makes me so happy. i drink it for DIGESTION and i find that it also helps my skin. it has great detoxifying benefits and also balances the body's pH levels. it also cleanses candida if you have any candida / yeast / fungus in your system. all around it's a great natural supplement for the body's natural digestion process. <3 i don't think it's too much acid to have it with grapefruit unless it feels that way in your body!
Hi!! I'm really interested in getting more in to the health and wellness world. What certifications/courses do you recommend would help me get started?
Thanks so much!
there are so many avenues to go down!! i did my IIN health coaching certification and i have my 500 hour yoga training certification. it so much depends on what you're most interested in. you can look into health coaching, holistic nutrition, RD, fitness certifications, etc... you'll just have to dig deep to figure out what it is that you're most interested in 🙂 <3
Hey Jordan! I'm curious, what does a typically day of eating look like for you?
hi there!! every day is sooo different but one typical day in the life might look like: bulletproof coffee, green smoothie, salad with veggies and chicken for lunch, salmon with veggies for dinner... and lots of raw chocolate for dessert. 😉 but truly every day is different and i just listen to my body each day and eat a mostly paleo / keto friendly diet (although i am not a label person)!
Hi Jordan. I first came across your blog a few months ago when looking into collagen. I now follow you on Instagram, and have listened to a couple of your podcasts - my first time actually listening to a podcast! I love your vibe!!
So, I just wanted to ask you about brain octane oil. I know that you add it to your morning coffee; however do you ever add it to smoothies? Thanks so much, from a fellow Libran in Australia x
amazing, love hearing that!!! YAY libra love! i use brain octane in my coffee every morning and YES, i also add it into smoothies! when i use it in smoothies, i do a clean protein shake with greens, chia and the MCT oil so that it is a keto shake and gets the metabolism / fat burning flowing!!!
I am anxious about this..
A guy posted something rude about me on social media.
I tweeted back saying reporting your name and account to police. This is an invasion of my privacy and I do not appreciate it and also reporting your tweet to police.
Do you think he would report me for saying that?
no, i don't think he would report you for saying that! i wouldn't worry about it. 🙂
Hello dearest human!
Stumbled upon your blog and must I say... i-n- l-o-v-e. Your writing style is beautiful!
Curious to know who your favorite bloggers are! Blogs that are similar to yours? Your closest pals blogs?
Thanks doll! Xoxo
hi beautiful!! omg, thank you. what a compliment. i love this question. my favorite bloggers are... the skinny confidential, a cup of jo, rachLmansfield, the southern yogi, and peanut butter fingers. <3 to be honest these days i follow more instagrams than blogs because people write such beautiful captions!!! some faves on there are all of the ones i mentioned above plus @thelitterflowerpetal, @jessicaolie, @sophie.jaffe and @cleowade!!!
Hi! Do you take birth control pills? If not, what do you use for birth control methods?? I have hormonal imbalances and would like to let go of that one last unnatural thing in my routine, but I'm terrified of accidentally becoming pregnant. Thanks in advance!
hi!! right now i don't take birth control pills -- but i am about to get an IUD put in (the kind with no hormones). having something mess with my hormones didn't work for me... i used to take birth control for years and years but i feel so much better without it. i am not anti birth control but i think you have to listen to your body to see what works for you!! XO
I want to start being “healthy” but I don’t know where to begin.
i would start by nourishing your body with healthy, whole, real foods from the earth. then you'll start feeling energized and fueled to exercise, even if you start with long walks in your neighborhood. from there, you can try out yoga (i sell my yoga ebook at gum.co/soulonfireebook), running, fitness classes in your neighborhood, etc. There are so many beautiful ways to get started on your journey once you find what works for you!! XO
Can you have Christina Rice on TBB podcast sometime? 🙂
She was on one of the early episodes!!! Did you listen? She's the best. Will most certainly have her back on!
Do you have any advice for a vegan of 3 years that wants to incorporate eggs again? I am vegan for ethical reasons and am having a hard time getting over the desire to eat eggs mentally.
yes!! my advice is to start slow, be proud of yourself to listen to your body, shop at local farmers markets to support local farmers and get super fresh and cage free eggs... and then make something yummy and ENJOY it, guilt free!!! <3 you go girl for listening to your bod!
Hi Jordan! Quick question about forearm stands. Is your head suppose to touch the ground or hover over it? I've been practicing this recently and I'm sure of how much my head should be resting on the ground.
In forearm stand (Pinchya Mayurasana, in Sanskrit) you are on your forearms but your head doesn't touch the ground. Gaze is forward. In full headstand, the top of your head does touch the ground but most of the stability comes from the forearms still! The head just roots you in the middle 🙂
Hey! I love your yoga style. What are you favorite yoga clothing brands?
Thanks so much babe!! Right now I am loving Alo, Lululemon, Carbon38 and Athleta the most. Most of the time I wear Alo!! XO
HI! I've recently started getting serious about my yoga practice, going 5-6 times per week to hot yoga. I love it but I haven't seen a change in my weight and my skin just keeps breaking out more and more, any advice? I'm getting very discouraged.
amazing!!! i am sorry to hear that you're skin has been breaking out and your weight hasn't changed. this could be a hormonal issue... if you have too much cortisol in your system or an imbalance in estrogen / progesterone or any of your other hormones it could be causing your skin to breakout and for you to hold onto extra water weight!! i would recommend seeing a functional medicine doctor or nutritionist to get to the bottom of the issue. also, your body may respond better to switching up your workouts!!! we are all so different, so listen to your body and do YOU!
First of all, I'd like to thank you very much for your AMAZING blog, which reached EVEN us back here in teeny-tiny Switzerland!
You truly are an inspiration, and for me, especially for having had the guts to just say to the World "hey guys, I'm allowed to change. We evolve, we learn what's working for us and what's not, we try and reach for happiness and sometimes, along the way, we discover that what we once considered to be true, is actually not". For that, big BIG shout-out!
ANYWAY, that wasn't actually the purpose, nor is it the appropriate place for such statement!
Actually, I have a question regarding Yoga Retreats. Now that you experienced with differents kind of Yogas, and also multiple Yoga Retreats' experiences, I'd like to know if you'd recommend one in particular, which brought you some kind of mental practice, with some meditation for example, but also, of course, a good amount of Yoga :).
Thank you very much once again for displaying so much authenticity and overall...positivity 🙂
Lots of Hugs from Switzerland! xoxo
hi love!! this is an amazing message, thank you!!! oh wow, YES, love the topic of yoga retreats!! i prefer tropical yoga retreats because then you get to zen out, hang by the beach, do a lot of yoga, and have a break from wifi / work / technology life. some of my favorite places to retreat have been Baja, Mexico (basically Cabo) and Costa Rica. Some of my favorite teachers who lead retreats are Laura Conley, Calvin Corzine, Vinnie Marino, and Gigi Snyder. I would LOVE to do one in Bali. And I will also be leading a few in the coming year so stay tuned!!! Sending you so much love! XO
What probiotic do you use?
there are a few that i love. Align is the one I probably use the most!! And love probiotic yogurts like Coconut Cult!!
Ever since I became a vegetarian I gained a lot of weight. What do you think I'm doing wrong?
It could be that you're eating a lot of carbs vs. lean protein. Some bodies just do better with more protein in our diets. You could try adding back in eggs, egg whites, and fish for some variety. I would recommend seeing a nutritionist to see what your deficiencies might be!
I have a question and need some advice.
I used to be friends with this girl and we were close, i met her through blogging and her and i would share ideas and this and that. A few months back her and i sort of went our separate ways and she became friends with another girl i used to watch on youtube. I am not sure what transpired there because now either my good friend the blogger no longer speaks with me and this girl i watched on youtube doesn't speak to me either and respects me as a subscriber to her channel.
I feel sad about it because i am not sure what happened. I have reached out 3-4 times because i am concerned there maybe a bigger issue here but i am not so sure because no one is speaking!
I apologized and still no response..
Do you think they would sue me for reaching out?
Thank you for always showing me unconditional friendship and love! You have inspired me to create my own blog after i am done college! Lots of love from Toronto! xoxo
hi dear!!! i am so glad that you are creating your own blog after you're done with college 🙂 how amazing! i am sorry to hear that there have been issues with your friends... that is the worst! i definitely don't think they would sue you for reaching out -- especially if you're just saying hello and not saying anything pushy or aggressive? i would just let it be if i were you, and spend your energy on people who WANT to be your friend!!!
When you went vegan? Did you become sick? I discovered serious health problems being a vegan in these last 5 months.
Hi Stephanie!! Yes, I did -- but after many years of intense restriction on top of veganism. I'd recommend reading my book Breaking Vegan, it tells my entire food journey story and then some!! XO hope you start to feel better soon girl!
Hi Jordan! I'm in highschool, and while I enjoy working out, if I get up earlier, I'm exhausted the rest of the day. If I stay up later, I stay up until midnight because of my school work. When do you think I should fit in some time, and what are your favorite quick and effective workouts?
hi girl!! ahhh i totally get that. what about working out in the evening before it gets too late? just a quick 30 minute run outside, or a 30 minute circuit at home? there are some great workouts and youtube channels out there like Tone it Up, TMAC fitness (on my shop page!), my yoga ebook (gum.co/soulonfireebook) for things you can do at home that are quick and effective so you're not up at odd hours and not getting enough sleep !!! hope this helps! XO
I really want to find a yoga studio in NYC that has a more upbeat vibe, do you have any recommendations since you used to live here?
yes!!! i LOVE Y7 (super upbeat), Yoga Vida, and Modo Yoga !! They're all downtown. Pure Yoga is also great if you live uptown, and Equinox should have some fun, upbeat teachers and classes!! Xo
I need your advice!
A girl I work with used to follow me on social and like some of my photos. I recently over the past few months created a new account for private reasons and the girl I work with has not asked me on social media or followed my new account.. why do you think that is?
i am sure its not personal!!! i wouldn't worry too much about it <3
Hi Jordan! So, I have always had a passion for yoga, fitness, and health and I recently just started to get my group fitness certification online. I am so stoked cause I have been wanting to do this for so long. I struggle with generalized anxiety but it gets bad and then gets good. I go through phases like the moon! I am about to start training at an indoor cycling studio where I pretty much have a guarenteed job already. YAY! Dream come true. Buuuut, my anxiety is creeping back up because I have never been into public speaking but have always dreamed of becoming a yoga and cycling instructor. Anyways, I know I will feel so amazing after the first class but I am just so nervous I am going to have a panic attack my first time when I get up on the bike. Because everyone is relying on me so there is no backing out!! I am sure this will be amazing for my anxiety and prove it wrong one more time but I just was wondering if you have any tips or can give ya girl a little pep talk 🙂 thank you in advance for always spreading the positive vibes
hi beautiful!! ahhh i am so excited for you -- you'll LOVE having your group fitness certification!! i think that getting past the fear of public speaking is big for a lot of us in the fitness teaching world -- we have ALL been there. it's uncomfortable for a lot of us at first, and it definitely took some getting used to for me. i'd suggest practicing on friends and family to build up your confidence and get used to speaking in front of people. and then just remember -- people are there to workout, not to critique you. once you can remove yourself from the equation, it all becomes so much easier. give them the workout of their lives, and they'll leave feeling AWESOME!! also, practice helps so much so let yourself ease into it and don't be hard on yourself in the beginning. you'll love it!! XO
Hi! I have a huge internal battle with buying LuLuLemon because of the bad press about body shaming, etc. Their stuff is the best of the best and I always try to find alternatives but everyone keeps saying lulu is the best mat and the best yoga pants. Do the rumors of all that stuff bother you or does the quality take that away?
Hi love!! Honestly, the rumors don't really bother me. I am a huge fan of Lulu's products and have been for almost a decade. I know the CEO gets a bad wrap, but the local Lululemon team around LA are some of my favorite people and have always been nothing but inclusive, helpful, supportive and awesome. So yes -- I am a fan!!!
What is your favorite go to food, and item for each meal?
my favorite go-to food is almond butter + Bulletproof bars!! I am addicted!! I am a big smoothie person for breakfast, and I love having eggs / egg whites with spinach or lunch or din. I am always switching it up!
Hi Jordan! I just started listening to your older podcast episodes and discovered that you are from Sacramento!!? I am moving from Sf to Sac in a couple of weeks and so excited! Do you have any reccomendations on things to do, yoga studios, restaurants, stores? Thank you in advance!!!! You rock! Such an inspiration, I love your energy and whole personal brand.
HECK YEAH !! go to Zuda Yoga (in midtown -- the best EVER. EVER EVER), Team Ride for spinning, Madam Butterfly to shop, The Mill for coffee, Vibe Health Bar, Sun and Soil, & Liquidology for juices / smoothies / bowls. Fave restaurants are Bandera, Mikuni, Ella, Cafeteria, OBO, and Cafe Bernardo. You'll LOVE!!
Today at work I ordered two salads.. I went to order a drink from another chain in our same restaurant and asked the girl who was helping me with the salads where I could pick them up.. then this manger person she's always mean to me 🙁 accused me of not paying for either... she said she was going to tell the manger.. I stole them but I have the receipt.. what should I do?
if you have the receipt then you will be able to stick up for yourself and make sure no one lies about you like that 🙂 don't let people walk all over you just because they're mean / dominating. you've got this, girl!!
whats your favorite protein powder, not whey
right now I am loving the Tone it Up chocolate protein powder, Whole Foods' 365 brand, and Vital Proteins Collagen!!
Hey Jordan! Love your blog. I've been doing yoga on my own (through apps and videos) for years. I recently decided to take classes, which I'm loving! I've been doing intermediate classes which I find challenging and completely satisfying. My question is, I actually took a level 1 class the other day (I have trouble keeping my hips square so I thought the basics would help), but it was far too simple. Do I just continue with the intermediate classes or should I continue mixing them to get my basic positions down?
I totally feel you!! Sometimes Level 1 can be very slow and basic depending on the studio / teacher. I would go ahead with the intermediate classes and just learn as you go!! If your body is ready for it, you'll catch on by following the teachers' guidance and watching the people around you!
I need your expertise!
There is this guy I went to middle school with ( grade 7&8) we were not close at all. To days ago I logged onto my social media account and saw that I had a message from a friend of mine so I clicked on it and long story short a few days prior to me checking social I had coffee with a guy friend of mine at Starbucks and this middle school guy was there with another friend I knew because of school.. anyway getting back to the story my friend messaged me to explain to me that he the school kid posted a picture of me on social with my friend at Starbucks.
I am feeling super upset because he did not have my permission to even take it or post it. So I messaged him via twitter to let him know I would like it removed and if not I would contact the police.. I wasn't meaning to be harassing or rude but I need people to respect my privacy.
What are your thoughts?
hi love!! to me it doesn't sound like something where you would need to get the police involved. it doesn't sound like an incriminating photo of you. but if you want it taken down, contacting twitter is your best bet!! i am sorry that they did that without your permission, that's the worst! xo
Hi Jordan, I am working 3 jobs and going to school. Needless to say 18 hour days take their tool. Any tips for self care on such a busy schedule?
SLEEP is huge and I think should totally be a top priority especially with your crazy schedule. When you do have time off (weekends? nights? mornings?) i'd suggest treating yourself to a long walk listening to an inspiring podcast, taking a bath and reading a book, using essential oils.. just finding those little pockets of time to do things that relax you and bring you back to a balanced state of mind!!! the best thing is -- all of the above is totally free and accessible at any point. also, developing a yoga home practice is huge and so helpful!!!
I am starting college in September! Studying Early Childhood education!
My question is do you think that my program will go by fast? its a two year program! Let me know!
i think so!!! especially if you're doing what you love. i always find that if you do what you love, time FLIES so fast. especially in school because of the semester and quarter systems!!
I need some advice.
last night i went out with a bunch of girlfriends, I haven't seem them in about six or seven years ago so it was really nice to catch up!
at the end a few of the girls that were left were chatting about anything and everything. one of the girls we were chatting with made a comment how she wishes she had the body to fit into good clothes - side note she is very thin and looks in shape to me! - I made a comment saying i would do anything to have your problem meaning to be able to look like you! the friend laughed and so did the rest of us along with giving our own opinions about what she said. my comment was not mean spirited at all.. I feel guilty now because i do not really know this girl really well and our brothers are good friends. Do you think that comment was ok?
Thank you for always answering my questions! I appreciate your time!
i don't think what you said was mean spirited or rude at all!! i wouldn't worry about it -- sounds like you just made a nice comment to her and i am sure she did not take it the wrong way!! sending you love girl!
Hi Jordan! Any specific recommendations for someone (almost 30 - in a week!) that thinks she has leaky gut syndrome? I am currently taking a probiotic daily due to having an ulcer in my mouth (I've heard that correlates directly with your stomach) and looks like eczema on my hands/forearms. I just want to get on the right track and prevent further digestive issues. Already doing yoga, drinking plenty of water and taking a multivitamin every day on top of the probiotic. I probably just need to focus on eating whole foods + cutting out dairy, but I just wanted to know if you had any other tips?
probiotic, YES. i would definitely recommend seeing a functional medicine doctor who can do blood / stool / saliva tests with you to see what's up with your gut and what your exact food and genetic intolerances are. it will make a WORLD of difference. if you're in LA i have a great rec for a doctor!! Dr. Lekkos at Bios Functional Medicine in Santa Monica!
Hey Jordan! I saw on Insta you were in Philly, and I'm curious to know what you thought about it! I'm thinking of moving there for a great opportunity, but when I visited recently I didn't get the most positive vibes or energy from the city. It also doesn't seem to be too health focused with many easy options for healthy food or fitness. Coming from LA, that'd be a huge change!
How was your experience there? Thank so much. xo
i loved philly!!! i was pleasantly surprised by the healthy options in the city -- i had no idea they would have healthy restaurants, smoothie /juice places, lots of people in the wellness scene, yoga studios, etc. I couldn't believe it because my previous vibe was definitely more in line with the one you just described. It's definitely no LA, but I don't think you'd have a horrible time with it!! Plus you'd be in such close proximity to NYC which is always fun 🙂
I just jumped on the balanced blonde bandwagon and I have to say I LOVE all of your content! I look forward to your podcast every Wednesday. I also just started reading your older posts and the ones about your functional medicine doctor have inspired me to try a different path for dealing with my own ailments. For years doctors have not been able to answer my questions about my body and I kind of just let it go, learning to deal with it but now I want to find a solution and give it another go. Long story short, I live in NYC how would you recommend going about looking up a good doctor?
hi love!!!! thanks so much -- so kind of you and loving everything you just said. i would recommend asking around if you know anyone in the nutrition / wellness field and they might have some good recs. maybe my doctor has a good rec in NYC?! he also works with people via Skype if you wanted to try working with him -- Dr. Lekkos at Bios Functional Medicine!!
First and foremost, thank you for still having this section of your blog and actually replying to your fans, despite your busy schedule and success- it's admirable. Actually, your success/hustle is why I'm coming to you. My career goals are very different then yours with the blog, entrepreneurship etc. I'm a full time student and recently took on a part time job (about 20 hours a week)- with school+school work, this brings me to about 60 hours of work a week. I'm VERY lucky in that my work is for the most part flexible around my school schedule & often, I can work at night(same with homework etc). I recently got offered another part time gig (10 hours a week, minimum) & the work is done entirely remotely, so I can work any time of day. I want to accept it, but things are going to be picking up with school. I am however, about $100000 in debit with student loans (in my PhD) & recently moved to a new city which I love, but is extremely expensive (most expensive city in our state- sorry for being coy, I didn't want people to find it). Presently, my part time job just pays my rent (my tuition is still on loans). This extra gig would actually allow me to have 'spending' money or even saving money.... but graduating on time & doing well (since my goal is academia) is still the top priority. I also want to still have a social life (which is very minimal), meet friends in this new city, be able to work out, maybe meet a boy-friend.... you know, have it all. Any tips? Should I accept? How do you balance it all?
Hi!! Ahhhh that is definitely a dilemma. It's so hard to balance it all. If you are struggling financially with your debt and living in a new city -- it sounds like the job might have landed in your life at the perfect time to take some of that financial stress off of your plate. Maybe if you juggle all of it for a while, you will be presented with a better opportunity in a short amount of time for ONE job that really pays the bills while you're in school. You can also try juggling it all, and if it feels like too much just cut back down to one. And then when you graduate -- you'll be in a better position to take more time for yourself, meet someone, etc. Our lives come in such seasons. I definitely had my HUSTLE season for what felt like YEARS, and it's finally beginning to calm down. But without the hustle i wouldnt be where I am now! Hope this makes sense. Sending you love!
So I just took an online CEU course for my NASM re-cert about intermittent fasting. It was really positive and in favor of the concept. But at the end, the Doctor who was leading the talk answered a question about the Bulletproof Diet and he didn't say he was for or against it, but he did bring up a good point. Studies are finding that drinking butter in your coffee every day can raise your LDL. Since I've been into the Bulletproof thing for the past few months, it made me wonder if it's really the healthiest thing. I'm wondering what your thoughts are?
hi hi!! i think it depends on each individual body. some people probably aren't cut out for butter in their coffee on the daily, and for those people i'd recommend doing MCT oil without the butter or ghee. cacao butter can also be used in place of butter, which is what i use when i need a break from ghee 🙂 all of that being said, the BP coffee lifestyle isn't for everyone so i strongly believe each individual person has to listen to their body and learn through trial and error what works for them!!! i am a huuuuge fan of BP for myself!
Hi Jordan, I have food allergies, gluten,wheat, peanut oil, the nuts family,shrimps,lobster, beans legumes are their substitute for any of the healthy fats,help me I want get healthy when I cant eat the healthy food. thank you Vivian
ahhh im so sorry babe about all of those food allergies. that definitely sucks -- i've been there. sounds like there are still plenty of healthy fats you can eat, like avocado, salmon, bone broth (chicken and beef varieties are so delicious), and you can do high quality proteins like chicken, lean beef, turkey, and eggs. some great complex carbs for you would be quinoa and sweet potato. hope this helps -- not all hope is lost just because of the food allergies!!
I wished my friend a happy birthday on social and my message was
Happy Birthday i hope your day was as amazing as you are! is that mean?
how could that be mean?! i am confused. sounds very sweet to me 🙂
I reached out to a former co worker a few times this week but haven't hurt anything back- we used to be super close at work but not any more and i am having a hard time understanding why.. Do you think she will report me? I have contacted her twice but no response. Let me know your thoughts when you can! Happy Easter xoxo
i doubt she would report you for that!!! if she doesn't respond, then she is likely not worth your energy in my opinion. share your energy with people who share theirs with you in return!
Days like today, I feel as if you're my only friend Jordan. I do have a close friend but she's getting married & my other one is 2 hours away & pregnant. I'm 24 & just moved to a new city for school. I am my bosses only employee & my lab mate is younger & we only talk at school. Any tips to meet friends?
yes, start trying out local fitness studios / yoga studios in the area!! a lot of studios and gyms will have events, speakers, meet ups, hikes, etc to grow community -- that is a great place to meet people. you could also sign up for a yoga workshop or training to meet people in the health and fitness world. i also feel like starting a BLOG about something you're interested in could help you immerse yourself into a community of people who like likeminded things !!!! don't worry -- you'll find your tribe and your place soon enough <3 always here!! xo
With all the bad stuff happening in the world, I find myself internalizing it & just being so sad. It's hard to be so empathetic. Tips?
i understand, i have had a hard time too. i think focusing on the positivity, cultivating happiness inside of yourself, meditation, yoga, exercise, sharing experiences with people you love, helping inspire others to find the happiest / healthiest version of themselves, having a creative outlet (for me its blogging and podcasting and photography and yoga !!), playing calming music that you love... it all helps draw us back inward and remind us what we have power over what happens in our minds. <3
Hi, I love your blog and also read a lot of the things you write on Mindbodygreen. You did one a while back on a minimalist capsule wardrobe and I was wondering what your advice would be for someone who loves having a nice choice of clothing but wants to go muralist.
thanks so much !!! ahhhh i am still struggling to fully immerse myself in the minimalist lifestyle. i have a lot of work to do on that front, to be honest. one tip i have is to rearrange your closet monthly and just unabashedly commit to getting rid of things that you don't LOVE entirely or that don't fit you super well anymore. my mom did an AMAZING post on this on her blog dirtymartinisandskinnyjeans.com -- check it out, i think it will be super helpful to you!
I love eating healthy, organic, natural and whole foods but sometimes I find it can get a little expensive. Any tips on how to stay healthy on a budget?
yes!!! i have a few blog posts on this topic -- search "grocery shopping on a budget" into the search bar of my site!! two big tips i have are to go to farmers markets and support local farmers (usually less expensive especially if you buy in bulk) and also focus on healthy foods that you can buy that last for a while... i.e. quinoa in bulk, veggies in bulk (roast and refrigerate), beans + legumes in bulk, almond milk + a good quality protein powder... and just use that ALL week long until you need to replenish!!
I'm really interested in learning more about wellness and nutrition. Do you have any books you recommend to learn about the basics or holistic nutrition in general?
absolutely!!! check out all of Dave Asprey's Bulletproof books, Colin Campbell's The China Study, Sara Gottfried's book The Hormone Reset Diet, all books on Ayurveda (like Yoga & Ayurveda), and so much more!! I have several book club posts on my blog if you search "book club" in the search bar of my site!!!
Hi Jordan! I just found your blog and podcast and I am OBSESSED. I love your view on overexercising, because that's something I've struggled with lately. I'd love to hear even more about your journey with that and finding a balance with nutrition!
Also, can you recommend any other amazing podcasts that are similar to yours? I'm on the hunt for positive, balanced, and cool content!
hi babe!! ahhh, amazing!! i am so so glad that you're loving the podcast. other podcasts i am loving at the moment are Luke Storey's The Lifestylist, The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast, That's So Retrograde, Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Podcast, and Yoga Girl's new podcast!! She is AMAZINGGGG. Hope you love them!!!
Hi Jordan, I'm coming here because I really have no one else to talk to about this (I just moved & am a bit 'friendless' ATM). I was doing very well at my new job, but made a mistake yesterday. It wasn't the biggest of a deal, but my boss completely freaked out. He's been very hard to work with & has very unreal expectations (I was to work 10-15 hours a week, since Im in law school full time, but I've been working 30+). He also hasn't paid me in 2 months. After his blow up at me yesterday, I was afraid to ask for my cheque. It's just been very toxic for a while, but him SCREAMING yesterday set me off. I'm looking for new work, but need to hold on to this until something happens so I can pay for my rent etc (which I'm still behind on because he hasn't paid me). This job is mostly remote work, so I'll get emails/calls all the time & don't see him that often. When he calmed down yesterday and called yet again to get mad at me, I told him I need to cut back on my work hours to what we agreed on & he kept dismissing it & saying I can't. Any suggestions on how to establish more work life balance & somehow survive this without turning to negative habits? I'm like you in that Im extreme, so I've been dwelling over this because I wasn't 'perfect'.
hi!! oh my goodness, he hasn't paid you in two weeks, he is overworking you, AND he yelled at you / completely disrespected you?? sounds like a situation you absolutely have to get out of. to me, it sounds completely toxic. if these means applying to new jobs, working at a coffee shop or a book store for a while or something that will be easy to get to do part time -- DO IT. you will find so much freedom in listening to your gut and leaving this bad experience. also, MAKE SURE you get paid, and stick up for yourself!!! huge, huge, huge!
do you have any advice for losing weight doing yoga? I've committed to daily practice but I'm left too busy/tired to do much more in exercise other than daily walks.
yes!!! have you checked out my Soul on Fire Yoga Ebook that came out on Monday?! The two flows at the end (60 Minute Flow & 75 Minute Flow) and also the sections on Core Work and Inversion Tips will all help with weight loss and toning. The longer flows are cardio based. Ebook is here -- Gum.Co/SoulOnFireEbook
Hi Jordan, I just listened to your podcast about skincare with Lisa Hyde. It was awesome and I loved it! I just had a question about coconut oil. You mentioned to not put coconut oil on your skin and I was wondering why because I use it everyday at least twice a week on my whole body, not really my fave though. And thought it was a great natural way to moisturize my skin. So if you do not recommend coconut oil, what else do you recommend. I have really dry skin and I get bumps on the back of my arms and legs a lot.
Hi Flavia!! Great question!!! Coconut oil clogs pores, so if you have naturally oily or sensitive (or acne prone) skin -- coconut oil will likely cause acne like it did with me!! Instead I love Primally Pure's Body Oils (I don't use them on my face but they are totally okay to use on face), their body butters, Oxygenetix and Supergoop's foundations and moisturizers, and anything from Juice Beauty!! All natural but won't inflame skin!
A girl at work lost her items and is blaming me for it. 🙁 I never took it and it's upsetting me. Any thoughts?
Oh no!! Well since you know it wasn't you, that is all that matters! You can try explaining yourself again and if she doesn't believe you -- her loss! The truth always comes out in the end I think 🙂
Hi Jordan! I'm a big fan and supporter of you! I recently got interested in the Keto OS products after I read your post on it. I truly trust your judgement....Just wondering a couple things... How long have you been using the products? Is it safe for long term use? Do you find that the "charged" ones (with caffeine) give you any sort of jitters or racing heart ? Also I have read reviews about it upsetting your stomach. I already live a healthy lifestyle but am looking for something to supplement and help with energy and fat loss. Thanks so much for all you do!
Hey!! Thank you for the kind words!! I have been using the products since early January, and yes they're 110% safe to use for longterm use. Our bodies produce ketones naturally!! So this is nothing crazy to add into our systems. The charged ones don't give me jitters but I do have a high caffeine tolerance. I'd recommend non-caffeinated if you're prone to jitters from caffeine. It hasn't upset my stomach but sometimes the orange flavor tends to upset people's stomachs because of the MCT oil in the product if they aren't used to MCT! I think you'll love it if you try!!!
You are my true inspiration! I love how beautiful you are inside and out and I love you! ❤
I have a concern right now that I unfortunately am dealing with and I'm not understanding it and wanted to ask you what you thought!
There is this girl that I happen to work with, she's a year older than me we never really got a long because she's very rude and I don't tend to hang around for those people. Although lately she has been smiling at me and hanging a lot more around me but she doesn't really speak with me like she used to before - even though we don't get along because she accuses me of incorrect things I still feel like we need to be professional.
What do you think I should do?
Hi!! So sweet thank you for the kind words. Hmmmm I am not sure if I totally understand!! If she has been smiling at you and hanging out around you more I would say that you should give her a chance- sometimes people are too uncomfortable to be authentic/nice/friendly until they get to know you. And if she isn't nice to you after that, then no worries -- you can be acquaintances at work but don't gave to be friends!!
Annnnd, more questions! I remember seeing on Instagram that you are creating/created a yoga book. Will there be a yoga video coming out soon? 😀 All the Best, Karrie
Hi love!! YES, there will be a yoga video coming out with the launch of the ebook, and there will be two videos WITHIN the ebook. I am SO EXCITED. Both launch on Monay!! Ahhhh!!
Hello Miss! I found you through Addicted to Lovely and you are totally adorable! I am currently listening to the TBB podcast backwards, because I HAVE to hear the beginning first to present. (Your OCD is making you nod isn't it? Lol!) Currently listening to the Keto episode. Which one do you recommend? Caffeinated or non-caffeinated? Also, TBB apparel, coming out again soon? Plus sizes? All the Best, Karrie
Awww I love it, thank you!! I LOVEEEE that you're listening to the podcast backwards. I would 100% do the same thing!!! I recommend caffeinated if you like caffeine, but if you're sensitive to it then I would go with the non caff!!! TBB Apparel is done forever 🙁 if I ever come out with another clothing you guys will be the first to know and YES on plus sizes !!
What collagen powder do you use? I'm having a hard time identifying differences, pros,cons...
I use Vital Proteins!! Check out my blog post all about it by typing "collagen" into the search bar and you'll read ALL about why I love it + what I love about it!
I am 125 pounds and i am 5'5. I feel awful but I know I am average, whatever that means. How do I change my mindset
It sounds like you are in a healthy weight range to me!! Sometimes it's less about our actual weight and more about how we feel about ourselves and the image we have of ourselves internally. I would begin to work on that by drawing inward and asking yourself what do you LOVE about you?? What is unique to you that only you have? Journal about it. Find some forms (or one form) of exercise that you love that you do because it makes you feel awesome and not for any weight loss or aesthetic reason. Consider therapy or seeing a nutritionist--both have changed my life in so many amazing ways. Sending you LOVE
Hey! Do you have any fav restaurants in NYC? I am going for the first time tomorrow!
YES!!! Hu Kitchen, Peacefood Cafe, Candle79, Candle Cafe, Jivamuktea Cafe, Two Hands, Jack's Wife Frieda, Bluestone Lane Collective & Buddakan!!!
Any cheap yoga class recs in NYC?
Yoga to the People on the Lower East Side is donation based and awesome!!
Hi! Any tips on how to get into college? Lol.
work hard, do you, and apply to schools that are within your reach!!!
Hi! Could you do a blog post about virginity/ sex/ menstruation?
great topic idea!! i can definitely weave that in soon!!
Hey! I would love to come to your event in NYC but it is so expensive. Could you do another meetup?
Hi!! I wish we could sell tix to my two NYC events for less but they require so much time and planning that we have to stick to those prices! In the future I will work on lowering the price for my workshops <3
Ughhhh Jordan how do I stop binge eating?
i know its so tough 🙁 have you read my book Breaking Vegan? it's all about eating disorder recovery and i think would be very helpful to you!! search on amazon to purchase <3
Hey Jordan! 🙂 Do you have any advice how to eat intuitively? After having an ed, counting macros and calories, I still don't know how to "eat what I want whenever I want". I try to fit into macros which leads to mostly undereating and eating the same foods all the time and not trying anything new. I'm struggling to find balance and having a good relationship with food. Thanks <3
i know its so hard to find that balance!!! i write a lot about learning to eat intuitively in my book Breaking Vegan, if you haven't read it yet!! i also think that keeping a food journal can be incredibly helpful, as well with working with an eating disorder therapist and nutritionist to build that relationship with your body. XO
Hey Jordan, you've talked about LED light therapy previously on your podcast. I am eager to try it and would love to purchase an at home one. Is there brands that you recommend? Thanks!
Yes!!!! Check out this site for the ones I love (and the ones that Lee really likes too, who was on that podcast episode with me!): https://inlightwellness.com/
For lively glow it was used for a Blake lively event is that bad to copy
I am sure it's fine 🙂
Hi Jordan! I was wondering if you have had any experience/advice with this issue- I seem to be tired all the time. I am a college student so study a lot and have a job, but I get around 8 hours of sleep each night and eat healthy foods. I'm tired of being tired all the time! Thank you xx
yessss, you could possibly be experiencing adrenal fatigue!!! i would look into getting your blood panels done to see what your imbalances / deficiencies might look like!
Im sure you've answered this a billion times, but in the past couple months I've finally started practicing yoga daily and i couldn't be happier or feel better. But I'm in desperate need of a better mat!! What do you recommend or use? Lulu, manduka? thanks love xoxo
GREAT q!! My faves are Lulu's "The Mat" (that one is the best from Lulu, I wouldn't recommend others from Lulu because they get slippery), Manduka (all of them) and Jade (all of them)!! Welcome to the yogi world, WOO!
Hi Jordan! What are some go-to road trip snacks you like to take with you while traveling abroad? I am going to Spain in May and while I certainly want to enjoy the food and culture there I don't want to get stuck eating gross airplane food or train food.
Also... I am OBSESSED with your podcast intro music!! It is so calming and energizing and it just makes me feel good! Is it a real song or just a sample? Either way I'd love to know how I can listen to more of it!
Hi angel!!! OOOH FUN! Everywhere I go I bring... Bulletproof bars, coconut butter, raw almonds, nut butters, Keto OS packets, and plant-based protein powders!!! And THANK YOU about the podcast intro music!! It is a sample and I am unsure of the name but so so glad you like it -- I am obsessed with it too!! Means the world. x
Hi Jordan! I recently read that you use frankincense and clary sage to relieve stress. How and what time of day to you use them? Thank you!! <3
Yes yes!!! I keep them by me at all times in little rollers and sprays to use when I start to feel anxiety coming on. I also roll them onto my wrists, chest and feet before I sleep!!
Such a massive fan of EVERYTHING TBB, and I'm coming home to LA soon so I need to know... Balanced Blonde guide to LA! What restaurants, shops, studios, salons, activities, etc. would you recommend to those of us who share this love for a healthy balanced lifestyle?! Xx
AWWW you're amazing!! Thank you!! TBB guide to LA: Cafe Gratitude (3 locations, take your pick!), Kreation Juice, Earthbar, Plant Food + Wine, Honey Hi, Gracias Madre, Erewhon Market!!! Shops -- go to Abbott Kinney and shop around all the cute Venice shops!! Head to Santa Monica, Malibu and Pacific Palisades for some gorgeous hikes up in the hills. Check out Rodeo Drive if you want to see Beverly Hills and have a cute lunch at Nieman Marcus. And COME TO MY YOGA CLASS at SoCal Hot Yoga (SoCalHotYoga.com), and Kinetic Body Brentwood (kineticcycling.com, but I teach yoga not cycling!) !!! <3
Decided on lively glow for my blog! Thoughts?
BEAUTIFUL name. Love anything with the word GLOW in it!!
What is your dosha? And have you found tuning your diet to your dosha type helps you feel more energetic? Are there any other cool Ayurvedic/yogi things I can look in to that would help me become more in tune with my body? I'm super in to balancing my chakras right now!
My dosha is Pitta!!! I try to eat for my Pitta type and reduce the Vata in my system because I ALWAYS have too much Vata (from living in LA and being a generally fast paced / anxious person) -- so to do that I try to eat warming, cooked foods vs. all salads and smoothies and raw. Check out the book "Yoga & Ayurveda" to learn more, and also look into kundalini yoga and meditation to tune into your body and breath in a whole new, beautiful way!!! <3
I’ve been a fan of yours since the TBV days and get so much inspiration and happiness from reading/listening/watching everything you put out there. I’m constantly grateful for just how damn REAL you are. Too often on social media there is a concept of faking a “perfect life”, and I want to thank you for making your online self, your authentic self.
I’ve been inspired lately by your growing dedication for yoga, do you have any tips, resources or recommended sites for someone wanting to incorporate yoga into their life?
awww YAY i am so so glad to have you reading since TBV days -- that means so much to me i could cry!! as far as resources & tips for yoga -- YES!!! i am releasing my SOUL ON FIRE yoga ebook (gum.co/SoulOnFireEbook) on April 10th and it will be full of stretches, pose breakdowns, flows, yogic philosophy, and MORE for the beginner yogi and also for yogis who want to advance their practice!! Also YogaGlo.com is a great resource and all of Jessica Olie's stuff on IG and her ebook!!! <3
Hi Jordan!! Do you have a nutritionist in the LA area that you'd recommend? I recently moved here from SF, and haven't had a ton of luck finding one. I'd really like to find a professional who could help me better understand how my body is processing the food I'm eating, work through some digestive issues, and create a balanced plan for me to follow. I need some guidance even though I have the basics down. Thanks so much!
Hi love!! yes!! my dear friend Kelly Leveque is my go-to nutritionist. She is amazing. You can find her on BeWellByKelly.com and @bewellbykelly on Instagram. Send her an email and I'm sure she will be able to see you. Also my functional medicine doctor Apostolos Lekkos is someone I highly recommend, and he works in Santa Monica!
I currently go to OTF and Core Power Yoga. Ever since you've talked about your issues with OTF and your skin, I've noticed how badly my skin got once I joined OTF. So I started cutting back on the times I go there (5/6x a week to 2x a week) and then yoga 4 times week. But I've found myself not feeling as accomplished with only doing yoga. Might sound weird. What do you think the good balance of OTF and yoga would be? Could the acne problems be from going to OTF first thing in the morning without having anything but BPC? So many questions, lol! I just want to keep both in my life (a good balance) and have better skin & energy.
Hi love!! Wow!! Well it's not the workout itself causing your skin issues but likely a spike in cortisol from too much high intensity. The good news is, you can totally have both in your life. If your body responds better to yoga multiple days a week and OTF just a few days a week but you're not feeling like you are working hard enough -- maybe try running outdoors once a day at your own pace. So you're not pushing yourself super fast and hard like you might in a class, but you're still getting that cardio in!! MAYBE you also need more fats throughout the day to stabilize your cortisol levels! And maybe you need more than BPC but in that case I'd recommend a nutritionist to figure that out 🙂 I think you can def have both!! Play around with how much / how little you go and see what helps over time!
Hi!!! I have a similar situation to you, where I used to be a Barrys Bootcamp cardio junkie and all it did was make me feel bloated, swollen and worn out. Recently, you've had a few orange theory sessions, do you still push yourself to sprint on the treadmill. What speeds would you reccomend if I wanted to run but not overload my cortisol. Thoughts?
Yes!!! I feel you. So here's the thing with me going back to OTF lately. I have totally changed the way I workout there. I don't wear a heart rate monitor anymore so I don't feel like pressure to be competitive with myself or push myself to get into the really high heart rate zones. Instead of sprinting I've been working my way back up to running at a steady pace and then once I am super warmed up I will choose to sprint for short little bursts. Everyone's body is so diff I wouldn't be able to recommend a specific speed, but what I can say is listen to your body and you'll know!! I personally like running at a 5.0 / 5.5 and then working my way up to 6.0, 6.5, 7.5 and even 8.5 if I'm feeling crazy for short bursts. But that is me -- listen to yo bod girl. I am going to write a full blog post on this soon and cant wait to share more!! <3
Do you have any recommendations for an intro to Ayurveda?
Yes!!! The book Yoga & Ayurveda is wonderful. Also just taking a dosha quiz online and finding out what your dosha is + starting to eat for your particular type of body is a great place to start. And I would suggest trying a consultation appointment with an Ayurvedic practitioner in your area if you want to explore deeper, have your tongue / pulse read, learn about Panchakarma, etc!! And check out my friend Sahara's site Eat Feel Fresh -- she's an Ayurveda master & has such good info on her site!
Do you drink Bulletproof coffee post workout or will you add some extra protein/carb/fat in? 🙂
I drink Bulletproof coffee pre-workout!! It's the best pre-workout because then when you're burning calories your body uses the fat as a fuel source instead of glucose!! So you burn fat instead of just using sugar as a fuel source. Post workout I usually have a protein shake with some greens like spinach and a scoop of fat like coconut butter or almond butter!
What are some things ALWAYS in your fridge
Great question!!! ALWAYS in my fridge are... almond milk, Chameleon cold brew, REBBL herbal drinks, Brussels sprouts and broccoli and cauliflower (when I am on my veggie roasting game), chicken bone broth, coconut yogurt (The Coconut Cult is my current fave) and tahini!!!
I know I sound stupid, especially becase your body is SO perfect, but I'm still scared to eat as much fat as you do. Ironically, my 'low fat' lifestyle has me overweight etc.... any tips?
This doesn't sound stupid at all!! I think getting over the fear of eating a high fat diet is hard for everyone because we are programmed our whole lives to believe that fat is bad for us and will make us fat. The truth is, a lot of low fat foods are filled with sugar and other inflammatories that our bodies don't process very well. High fats that are totally natural and from the earth like avocado, coconut, olive oil, wild caught salmon, etc have no sugar so they're great for stabilizing blood sugar and hormones -- they keep us full longer, fuel our brains and activity and give us energy!!! Start slowly and maybe introduce a Bulletproof coffee in the mornings to see what it feels like to get your body in and out of a slight ketosis!! This will have your body burning fat so you'll probably be comfortable at that point eating more fat too!!!
What are your favoruite ways to season food or keep things interesting?
Some of my favorite seasonings are turmeric, cumin, cinnamon (on sweet things and Indian dishes and basically everything, lol), tahini, healthy peanut sauces, and all of Cafe Gratitude's yummy & healthy dressings!!! Whole Foods usually has a good array of healthy, minimal ingredient dressings also!! XO
Ok, here is my issue. I can be healthy from the time I wake up until I get home at around 8pm... even if I have a healthy meal 'planned' all I want when I come home is comfort food (last night was Indian butter chicken and brownies... like basically stuff that derail my whole day), how do I break this habit?
I totally, totally get it. First of all, know that that is SO normal. So many of us plan all day and do so well and then we just get hungry (starving), tired, our hormones might be out of whack, etc and we go all out with so much food. My suggestion would be to up your healthy fat intake (lots of olive oil, avocado, avo oil, coconut butter, ghee, Bulletproof coffee if you like that) because they keep you fuller longer and keep your hormones stabilized. Also introduce a protein shake in the late afternoon to curb your cravings!!! It will work WONDERS ! It sounds like you just need to stabilize your blood sugar and hormones, and your cravings won't end up being so ravenous, I promise. Sugar is also a great thing to cut out (or cut back on) if you feel like your cravings are controlling you.
THANK YOU for always responding to 'fans' no matter how famous you are!
THANK YOU for being awesome because you guys are my favorite part about what I do forever and always!!!
What are some of your favourite budget-friendly, but uber healthy meals
Greatttt question. Honestly a forever staple in my diet is black beans, quinoa and steamed kale. SUPER simple. Lemon or tahini dressing. Black beans and quinoa last so long when you buy them in bulk !!!
I'm in LOVE with health/nurition blogs... what are some of your favourites?
Me tooooo!!! Great q!! Some faves are: The Skinny Confidential, RachLMansfield, Chocolate Covered Katie, The Healthy Maven, Addicted to Lovely, Oh Lady Cakes, and My Name is Yeh!!
When you were in graduate school, how did you fit in your wellness lifestyle...amidst friends who love fast food, movie nights, all nighters and low budget?
Veryyyy great question. In grad school I was known as the girl who would order a tall glass of water out at the bars after class. 🙂 We had late night classes and we usually walked to a nearby bar afterward. I would just get water, stay and hang out for about and hour, and go home and be in bed by midnight when everyone else stayed out way later!! It was the best of both worlds because I made some lifelong friendships in that program but also was dedicated to be healthy, early morning yoga, non alc drinking lifestyle !!! I also like to think that my lifestyle inspired them a bit to try healthier restaurants, eat better, exercise, etc -- so it all worked out! <3
If you had an entire weekend off, with no plans, what would you do?
GREAT question!!! I sort of had one of those weekends this past weekend, and it was AMAZING. A few things I did were... checked out Tantris Yoga in west hollywood (absolutely GORGEOUS and so much fun), had a yummy healthy lunch at Erewhon with this insanely amazing reishi cappuccino there that I am obsessed with, had an awesome cryotherapy session, made dinner with my love, took a private kundalini meditation class with my best friend, taught yoga and hung out in the valley a bit with family. So basically -- a lot of yoga, good food, people I love, and good vibes!! And lots of sleeping in and leisurely mornings 🙂
This is going to sound like such a silly/odd question... but I'd like to eat dinner earlier. I've been eating dinner at 8 or 9pm because I don't like to go to bed hungry. However, the catch 22 is that because there's such a gap between dinner and lunch... I basically binge eat before dinner..or have dinner twice. How did you train your body to have dinner at like 5 if you dont go to bed until 11 or 12.
Hi!!! I totally get this. I am an early dinner eater and sometimes I have to have a snack later on before bed if I don't go to bed very early!! What my nutritionist Kelly taught me is to have a clean protein shake in the afternoon (4pm ish) if you're going to have a late dinner, which holds you over before you have a lighter healthy dinner. Or you could eat dinner earlier and have a healthy snack later on like nut butter and fruit, veggies and hummus, a protein bar, a healthy dessert, etc. It's all about keeping that blood sugar stabilized!
Hi Jordan, I LOVE your podcast. I use it when I take daily walks to work. I work two jobs, so my time is pretty limited and this is just one little thing I do to try to be 'healthy' and save money. I'm trying to get back on my feet after a low period.
Do you have any other 'little' tips or things i can do while working 2 full time jobs with limited money?
Hi you!! Thank you so much -- that's so nice!!!! I love, love, love that you are taking walks in the middle of the day to feel good, move mindfully and get your exercise in on a budget!! I am ALL about it. Midday walks are great. If you want to ramp it up by doing some outdoor runs (starting with 30 mins every other day, and then increasing to 40 mins, 45, etc and work your way up) that is another free way to exercise and get that heart rate pumping!! All you need are some good running shoes. I will also be releasing my yoga ebook VERY soon which is just a onetime payment and then you have yoga sequences and poses on hand for life!!! <3
Hi Jordan, for the past few months I went through a lot of changes (new city, new job etc). So my eating habits went from 'kale' to burger king. I've gained 20 lbs but truly enjoyed just being able to meet new friends at dinner, etc. For once in my life I didn't really care about 'healthy food'.... but I feel like Crap..... Any tips to get back together without restricting (I have a history with that).
Hi!! AHHH I feel you. I think striking a balance between being too restrictive and overindulging is one of the hardest things to do for us extreme personality types! I would suggest doing things that strengthen the mind/body relationship so you can get in touch with your hunger cues and nourish your body from the inside out. Focus on how you FEEL rather than how you look. It doesn't always have to be total health food -- sometimes it's good for us to just be more laid back about food and actually enjoy the entire process of being with people and eating !! For me I love to do yoga, meditation, journaling, breath work, and mindful movement to get more in touch with my hunger cues. And therapy helps me too!! Just a few random tips !!! XO
Just wanted to say, I really like your podcast and What I Eat In A Day posts!
Hi you!! Thanks so much!! I will do more What I Eat In a Day posts, it has been a while!! Appreciate the feedback!
Hey Jordan! I am 29 years old and have always had sensitive skin. Right before I went on a trip to Vegas last week, my arms started breaking out and my friend who is a nurse thinks its eczema. I went back and read some of your blog posts about it and I was wondering if you still use the Skinfix balm for it? It's not super noticeable to others but it is bothering me.
Any advice would be appreciated - I'm a sensitive skin, no makeup girl just like you. 🙂
Hi love!! I DO still use Skinfix, and it works extremely well for me. I highly recommend it. It's clinical strength and the ingredients are nothing bad for the skin (sensitive skin gals unite !!!) -- try it and let me know what you think!!
No question. Just want to say you are the BEST!!
Franciele Faria - a Brazilian 🙂 @franciele_faria
awww YOURE the best!! thank you!!!
I reached out to an old co worker it's been a few months since we last chatted. Do you think she will respond?
I am sure she will!! If not -- don't sweat it. It's probably her own issue and not yours if you left on good terms! X
Hi Jordan!!! I'm debating on making a blog and you give me a lot of inspiration. What is the layout you use? Or do you have a specific website you get different layouts from? Thank you so much!!
hi babe!! amazing!! this is a super customized layout on wordpress. i've used a lot over the years but i finally dove into the full custom site and its been such an amazing thing. i am happy to recommend my web designer to you if you're looking for something on the professional side!! xx
Hey Jordan, I lovvveeee your website layout!! What platform do you use?
thanks so much babe!!! this is wordpress with a LOT of plugins and customized design. love love it!
Need your expertise!
I reached out to an old teacher of mine in high school! - she was a teacher for me once as an on call, do you think it's inappropriate for me to do that? All I asked her was how is everything and is she still at my old high school?
Loved your book and your podcasts! Thank you for inspiring so many!! You are a beautiful soul! Xoxoxo
hi love!! i think that is absolutely great. i am still in touch with many of my high school teachers! i think they love hearing from their former students!! thanks so much for the love and kind words girl. MUAH
have you ever had problems with binge eating or eating after drinking or a night out? i struggle with these sometimes and i feel like i can't control it and i need help. i'm too scared to tell anyone about this because i'm embarassed but i need to find out how to stop
absolutely!! i have definitely been there and i know how difficult it can be. my issues with what you mentioned above came from being deficient in all sorts of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. i didn't have enough b12, iron or protein in my system so my body started ravenously craving sugar. it was the worst!! i would recommend seeing a nutritionist and/or an eating disorder specialist to dig into the emotional side of it too. emotional eating is a real thing, and sometimes we use food to try to bandaid other things going on in our lives. sending you the best babe and you will surely get to the bottom of it -- i promise so many people are in this boat and your awareness of it is the first step!!
Hi Jordan! I'm in recovery from anoxeria for 3 years now, and in this time, I've gone vegan (nearly 2,5 years ago). At first it helped me so much, I felt I can eat more. I was hclf vegan for like 1 year and this past 6 months (after starting to lift weights) I upped my protein and fat and also started counting macros. Since the start of my recovery I've been obsessively counting calories and weighing foods and I still couldn't stop. I love being vegan and it means so much to me, I learnt a lot in this past years about the environment, animals and myself as well. But this past few weeks everything started to go down, I'm the busier I've been, I'm always running to everywhere and I started to feel really tired, weak, lost a bit of weight which was enough for my ed to start creeping up. And the thing which I'm asking for your advice and opinion: I never craved anything animal product this past years. But this weeks I've gotten huge cravings for eggs and greek yogurt (no meat, that still disgust me) and since then, it's on my mind all the time. I feel so guilty and bad about myself for craving animal products... I told this to my boyfriend and he said that there's always a reason why my body wants eggs and yogurt. He is really supportive but he worries a bit as well, he said he'd be more calm if I would be vegetarian at least until I fully recover. But how could I say I go back? What would I say to people? I told everyone that it's the most healthier diet and I'd never go back. I don't really know what to do now 🙁
Hi beautiful!!! I totally understand. Don't feel guilty at all for what your body is craving. Your boyfriend is right, there is absolutely a reason why you're craving certain foods -- and that's because your body knows best. You are lucky that your body is still in alignment with its hunger cues so you can listen !!! I ALSO told everyone I was going to be vegan for life, but your concern can't and shouldn't be other people -- it should be YOU. Your body. Your happiness and health. The people around you will understand and support you regardless. Have you read my book Breaking Vegan? Search it on Amazon and check it out babe!! I think it would be very helpful to you as you make this transition. XO
hi! what are your thoughts on muscle testing/applied kineosiology?
I want to believe in it so bad, because I am currently getting treated for leaky guy, hormone problems and food sensitivities at my naturopathic doctor and he uses it for everything.
I feel like it's correct but then I started looking stuff up online and there's such a mixture of research and feedback, mostly saying negative things. Which makes me mad haha
hmmm i think it depends on the person!! i have definitely had some people do it with me and i've seen / felt it to be really accurate, and then other times i haven't! i think it's important that whoever you're seeing as your doctor you trust 100% so maybe its time to try something else!! there is definitely legitimate info out there about it, so i do think it depends on the doctor, situation, etc. hope this helps!
When you started your blog, did you have professional photos taken? At what point did you decide it was time to go pro!
i had a few professional photos taken for the launch of my blog, but for the most part all of my social media photos at that point were just taken on my iPhone!! when i started working with brands and really taking blogging full-time more seriously, i started using high quality professional photos the majority of the time!! <3
My name is Paige Johnson, and I am getting ready to create my own fitness/lifestyle blog. I just wanted to ask if you have any tips, recommendations, or helpful hints that you could share from your journey with blogging. I really like the layout of your page, and the message that you share. I am a trainer myself, but work more in the High Intensity Interval Training world (I'm from the Windy City, so have to find a way to stay warm lol).
Anywho, I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for your time!
hi babe!! amazing!! yes -- go to the search bar of my blog and type in 'blogging tips' -- i have shared a TON of them over the years! also writing an ebook all about the business of blogging that i hope will be helpful for all of you amazing babes getting started with your blogging journeys. you will kill it!!
I need your help!
I met a really nice girl and we actually met through me watching her older sisters YouTube videos!
We were talking and came across the subject of life and all the things we wish to achieve and talking about some people in our life who died and couldn't fulfill them. We bonded over a discussion about my uncle because he sadly passed away from a brain aneurysm and the girl sadly had the same experience with one of her friends - this girl died of a brain aneurysm sadly at school she encountered a sudden headache and passed out and died in hospital two days later only being 18.. I am so affected by that because my uncle died in the same way her friend died. - the girl sent me the link so I could take a look and it was really truly sad. I have never met this girl before but being friends with her friend the one I am talking too after becoming friends because of her sisters encounter with me from a subscriber relationship. We follow each other on social media and she has posted pictures from the date the friend died and memories. I can't help but look and feel sad. I need guidance in how to move forward? I always get attached to theses stories and situations and feel very bad. I don't know her and I feel bad for my friends because they knew her but I just want to move forward. Any advice?
hi babe!! ahhhh this is hard. i think you just have to remove yourself from the situation and know that the best thing you can do is send good vibes and healing energy their way. i know how it feels to be a highly sensitive person to all of these sorts of things, but you can't let it get to you!!
Hi Jordan! I just wanted to say that you are such an inspiration to me. I am in the process of recovering from orthorexia/anorexia and have not had my period for a little less than two years. Do you perhaps have any advice as to how I can get it back in a healthy, balanced way please? Thank you so much for your time.
read the book Woman Code! a lot of my friends who have been in this position have found this book incredibly helpful as far as learning about hormones, etc. Also for me, taking b12 supplements really helped and also eating a lot more iron and protein. I would also recommend seeing a functional medicine doctor to get some testing done to see what the exact hormone imbalances are!!
Hi Jordan! I've heard you slightly mention maybe doing yoga retreats in the future! Please please do it! I know myself and a bunch of your "tribe" would love to go!!
yes!!! in the very early stages of hopefully planning some. do you have any exact location requests?! i am so excited to get moving on these !!!
What happened to your business of blogging e-book? Is that off the table now? Hope not!
hi love!! def not off the table!! jugging a few too many projects at once, but it is still in the works!! its halfway written... just need to write it out and get it all out -- thanks so much for inquiring, i am going to do my best to finish it ASAP!
I just order the Ketones! Any advice on how to get started?
amazing, you're going to LOVE! listen to episodes 14 + 20 of the podcast, they will answer all of your q's about getting started!!!
You mentioned you had a stomach parasite. Just curious if you have any recommendations for anti-parasitic natural remedies/foods? I picked something up while traveling recently and it's been hard to get rid of completely, even with medication!
hi love!!! ahhh, the worst. i took an antibiotic. I am not even sure which one -- i can ask my functional medicine doctor and find out!! it took two months to die.... it was seriously nuts!!!! sending you the best with yours, babe
Hi Jordan! I recently discovered your podcast/blog/instagram/tribe and am obsessed!
First, I do not mind your long intros, I love hearing your updated and what you have to say, my favorite podcasts sometimes have long intros. I would love if you maybe had an "ask Jordan" section at the end or beginning. Sometimes at the end might be better because then people can turn it off if they just want to hear the guest.
Secondly, doing my Yoga Teacher Training is a life long goal of mine, I am still young (24) and I know that I have time, but am worried I'll forever push it off because it isn't the right time. I also work in the hospitality industry which causes me to work weekends occasionally and long hours and am not sure how I can fit all of this. Do you have any advice for any corporate people that would love to do a teacher training?
Thanks so much! 🙂
yes this is awesome!! i LOVE the idea of the "ask jordan" section at the beginning!! i will add that that ASAP and so true that people can fast forward if they choose to! and that is so exciting about your YTT -- there are so many diff options so you could technically do a 200-hour training that is every weekend or every other weekend (i did the every other weekend option for 6 months) so those are available to people who work 9-5 during the week! i did mine when i was in college!!! it's a lot of work but if you're dedicated you can make it happen and you'll love it <3 <3
I love your podcasts! - I loved your book too! You have pushed me to write my own book!
I need your help!
I am going through a hard time right now I'm struggling with friends I reach out to old friends and they don't respond to me anymore.. so I am sad about that and I am also struggling with getting motivated I want to start my own channel and create s blog but I can't get motivated to find a name.. how did you find motivation to reach your goals? I would love to see a video on it! Much love xoxo
hi babe!!! that means the world to me. thank you! for me, the balanced blonde as a name just totally fit what i was doing and who i am. i knew i wanted to focus on balance, and wanted to keep the "blonde" in my name from my O.G. blog the blonde vegan!! for you, you could always just use your name instead of fussing with trying to get creative with it -- creativity can't be forced, and once you start you can always change it if something pops out at you!! my advice is to just START, and you'll feel good about going forward from there. and so sorry that you are struggling with friends, that is the worst. keep doing you and being you and and you will begin to attract those likeminded individuals that way <3 <3 sending love babe xx
Which vitamins and foods are essential for vegetarians?
b12 is something i think all vegetarians should be taking since it can be hard to get in plant foods alone. same with iron and calcium!! other than that, i really think it depends on each individual body as far as what to take on the daily!! <3
Hi again Jordan! Thank you for your quick response to my question on the KETO OS. I was also curious if this is a product that one would continue to take indefinitely, like for the rest of the forseeable future, or if there is a stopping point? Like, does one build up a tolerance to it, or does it totally depend on each individual? I have tried it and have mixed feelings! Thanks a ton!
hi babe !!!! i think it totally depends on each individual. some people love it so much that they can't imagine ever not taking it every day, and others are more into having it pre-workout a few days a week or every so often. i have been having it daily but i also know that i will probably have some time soon where i take it less frequently, just because i like to switch things up!!! if its not feeling good for you, switch up how you're using it and maybe go for using it less often, or taking half a packet instead of a full! <3
Hi Jordan! I have some major portion control issues. I feel like I have virtually no self control when it comes to food. Especially carbs! Like rice, bread, FRUIT etc. So I make a conscious effort to not eat them whatsoever. I really wish that I could just eat a little bit and feel satisfied, but it's so hard for me to recognize "hey, you're full" or distinguishing boredom or mindless eating from hunger. Any advice? Thank so much. Xx
hi love!! AHHHH i so get it. you know what, i actually just listened to a podcast by the amazing Gretchen Rubin (of "The Happiness Project") all about ABSTAINERS vs. people who can do things in moderation. Her whole stance is that the social norm is to have things in moderation which makes it so hard for us extreme people to follow through with things like "cheat days" once a week and eating well the rest of the time. I am certainly more of an extreme, abstainer type of person... and that is to stay away from foods that don't make me well I sort of have to cut them out of my life. That isn't something we should feel guilty about!!! It's actually beautiful & amazing that as humans we are all so different and we get to learn how we all work best and what makes us function our best. Anyway, my advice is to cut it all out and see how you feel. As Gretchen puts it, it's more FUN to abstain and see and feel the results than constantly struggle with that "one bite" of chocolate a day or whatever it is. Also, Keto OS helps me a lot with curbing my cravings (thebalancedblonde.shopketo.com) which is another nifty tool!!
I just listened to your most recent podcast (love your podcast and blog btw!), and am just wondering, is the KETO OS something that should be taken twice a day (ideally) indefinitely? My apologies if this was answered on the podcast already and I missed it!
hi babe!!! dont apologize -- such a good question to ask!! honestly my recommendation is to try it out and then check in with your body to see how often it feels good for you to take it. i really enjoy taking it twice a day (it works optimally that way) but that also requires drinking a lot of water to prevent dehydration from the sodium!! some people really like taking it once a day. can't wait for you to try it and hear your thoughts!! X
Hey sweet lady!! Just wanted to say you are doing AMAZING things! Love being able to join in on your journey of inspiring others! I have the hardest time descinfwhat to eat pre/post workout and how to supplement before and after. Any quick tips/food ideas to optimize my workout. I usually go at 5am so it's hard to pre fuel my body that early.
hi beauty!! thank you so much!! what an amazing message to receive 🙂 OMG that is an early workout missy!! that is amazing. i have trouble eating that early also. i think it really depends on your body for how to eat / supplement before and after but what i do is... pre-workout bulletproof coffee, maui punch keto OS, and 7-9g of BCAA's!! however some people like SOLID food before a workout which i totally get. i used to be a big oatmeal with PB girl!! after a workout i like a big protein shake with a clean protein powder like Rootz Nutrition or Vital Proteins collagen 🙂 hope this helps!!!! XO
What are your thoughts on fitbit and other fitness trackers?I feel like they can be harmful if you have an obsessive personality type, but i like tracking my heart rate and all that...
i agree!!! i think that if you're prone to obsessing, then they can kind of perpetuate that habit. for example, when i wear one i get extremely fanatical about hitting 10,000 steps a day.... not a terrible thing, as there are FAR worse things to obsess over but it depends on how obsessive your personality is!! i think knowledge is power when it comes to our health so they don't really hurt unless you feel better off without knowing. i've been enjoying working out WITHOUT my heart rate monitor at orangetheory so i can listen to my body instead of focusing on the numbers 🙂
What nutrition/wellness certifications do you have? If I am looking to become a wellness coach with my business and my own clients, and design my own meal plans which would be best for me?
i did the IIN health coaching certification program!! it was a lot of fun + super informative. feel free to refer me if you sign up for it! otherwise, i am just passionate about health and wellness. 500 hours of yoga training also so sometimes i feel like i have a masters in yoga 😉 pretty fun!
hi! can you please explain what you normally eat in a day on the keto/paleo lifestyle! and could you tell us anything else about what it's done for you and why you feel so good this way? have you seen any changes in your body or digestion? I'm so curious, and want to try this lifestyle as well.
hi babe !!! i talk ALLLL about the deets of this in episode 14 of my podcast to answer all q's!! i don't ascribe to the label keto or paleo, as i like to listen to my body above all else, but i do enjoy eating low carb, loading up on bulletproof products and high fat foods, and high quality proteins like wild salmon, organic chicken and red meat about once a week. LOTS of high fat smoothies (protein shakes are my jam), keto OS twice a day, lots of yummy veggies loaded with ghee or olive oil, and of course all of the organic dark chocolate because it's my fave. i will do a whole post on this soon to make it easier to follow!! in fact.... i think i will write it right now 😉 XO
Hey! I recently discovered your site and I absolutely love it!! I've been really diving into health and wellness (clean eating/clean beauty/yoga) lately and want to learn more, but have no idea where to start. Any suggestions?
amazing!!! read my post from yesterday titled 'wellness hacks' it has my top 16 or 17 go-to's for wellness and feeling good!! check it out! xx
Hi! What do you do when shopping to think about the environment and climate change, etc... where food comes from, leather...? I need help!
i don't really do a whole lot of shopping for leather unless someone gifts me something that was made for leather. i just try to shop at places that i know use ethically sourced fabrics, non sweat shop production, etc. it takes a lot of research but i also mainly wear activewear so it works for me;)
Any tips on ways to take action regarding the current Trump administration? He has done everything from threaten the rights of trans- kids to deporting many who just want peace and love.
my blog isn't a space where i openly talk about politics, but in terms of how the administration is affecting the organic/health world, i would highly recommend signing up for my friend max's "Organic Insider" newsletter. look him up (LivingMaxwell.com) and sign up, you won't regret it! <3
I literally just came across your blog quite desperate.
I have been struggling with my weight pretty much since birth.
I tried many eating lifestyles. First I was plant based, then I was calorie restrictive, then Keto, then Paleo, then back to plant based.
Two months when I went back to being plant based I lost 15 pounds.
However, I feel like my body is resisting this lifestyle.
I have been having serious GI issues. Severe bloating 24/7! At times it is very painful. I feel like my my whole body is filled with air.
Yesterday, it was so bad I had shortness of breath because I feel like the air was under my rib cage.
My bowels haven't been normal since either.
I could eat anything and it could even be small and it would bloat me even more.
I feel like my body needs some good healthy fat like an egg yolk or coconut oil, but I am so afraid that if I start putting fats in my diet again I will gain all the weight back.
I have done so much research. Everybody contradicts what the other is saying.
I am so exhausted trying to be healthy and get to a normal weight.
ahhhh that is so painful. well honestly even if you DO gain weight at first from going off of a plant based lifestyle it sounds like it will be worth it due to how awful youve been feeling - that sounds so uncomfortable babe and i am so sorry you're in this position! i'd recommend seeing a functional medicine doctor so you can get your blood work drawn and see what's going on with your hormones, maybe you have a parasite (i did -- happens easily), or other imbalances that are causing you to hold onto weight with a non-plant based diet that is still healthy. invest in the functional medicine world babe, i think it will work a world of wonders for you!!
I need some major help. I am going through an extremely hard time right now with the recent break up with my boyfriend of 4 and a half years. We've lived together for 3 and a half years so it's been really hard living in my house alone with so many reminders of him.
I've always been drawn to mediation and different spiritual activities but never pursued anything out of fear (stupid I know). I really want to just turn my life around and become the person I really am. Not this strange person I don't feel like I even know.
I have purchased some crystals which was something I was always drawn to and I read the soul searchers handbook (which I loved). But I just feel kind of lost.
What do I start with? How can I be more connected with myself and the Universe and all of the energy surrounding me? How do I get in touch with my crystals?
I try meditating but I can't focus and I just think about nine million things.
I'm in serious need of some serious advice.
Thanks so much,
hi love!! ahhhh that is so tough, i feel you. i would say start with yoga and then work your way into meditation. i find that starting with a moving meditation type of experience like yoga or running can help you work your way into deeper, seated meditation that quiets the mind. there is no one size fits all pill or magic formula for getting into it, other than clearing your head, setting your intentions, and being OPEN to the universe guiding you. read gabby bernstein's 'the universe has your back'!!! game changer.
Hi! On one of your recent podcasts, you and the gal you were interviewing talked about setting intentions. Can you go into further detail about how to do this? Thanks!
hi love!! ooooh i should write a full blog post about this because i think it's a little too much for me to write here, but honestly you can just start with your journal and write your intentions for the day/month/year -- they can be anything from spiritual to physical to emotional and beyond 🙂 read the book "the artist's way" to learn more about how you can work on specific intentions to enhance creativity, and also "anatomy of the spirit" xx
hi! do you have any good recommendations for a non toxic, clean sunscreen? i am going on spring break soon and i have recently been very conscious about the products i am using, i am trying to be non toxic as much as possible!
SUPERGOOP! ALLLL the way!!
I need help.
I reached out to a former co worker who blocked me because she wasn't understanding my account situation I made I business and one personal anyway tonight I reached out it's been a year.. and apologized for the account switch up.. do you think she would report me?
I don't think so! Doesn't sound like you did anything wrong to me.
Hi Jordan! Recently I've been feeling extra tired lately and it's hard for me to get stuff done and even finish homework. I've been getting 8-9 hours of sleep and have had my thyroid levels checked and can't figure out what's going on! Have you had similar experiences/ suggestions on what I should do? I eat a healthy diet and get exercise as well. Thank you so much!!
hi love!! ahhh hmmm i wonder if it could be high cortisol, adrenal fatigue, overcommitment of your time, not enough protein/b12/calcium? i have definitely had that experience before. i think that there are so many possible factors here i would recommend looking into seeing a functional medicine doctor to get your blood levels tested so you can get to the bottom of it!!! knowledge about our health = our power!
Hi! What are your thoughts on peanut oil?
not a fan of peanut oil because peanuts can be a breeding ground for mold in the body!! i have peanut butter every so often, but i prefer almond butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, etc. 😉 <3
Hiiii gorgeous! I just wanted to say that I am LOVING everything you are doing right now and accomplishing. You are one of the reasons I am going to yoga at least once a week now. I just wanted to ask if we have seen your Valentine sweetheart on Snapchat? Or is it someone we haven't met in the online community yet....so happy for you! 🙂
awww thank you so so much!!! i love this question. you've seen him on my snapchat 😉 and he is also on my episode 11 of the podcast... he is one adorable cutie. and i am very lucky. longtime friend turned recently more. thanks for the support boo!! xo
it seems like you use the keto os stuff as an excuse to not eat enough food the same way peple do that with veganism ..
i think it's silly and sad that people judge from afar when they have no idea what people on the other end of the screen do or do not eat 😉 as i have mentioned a few times publicly, until i do a "what i eat in a day" video, you will have no idea how much i do or do not eat, as i don't publicly share every bite that i do or do not take. and just a personal note -- spending your time judging others' diets (and reaching out about it) seems like a waste of time to me, especially with inaccurate info to base your judgements off of!
Hi Jordan! How do you keep up a healthy lifestyle and fight cravings! I always eat clean and well but am a sucker for pastries and eat way too many cookies for example and feel like I am back at square one. Any recommendations on not indulging and fighting temptations? Thanks!
hi love!! as far as cravings -- i find that using Keto OS every morning (you can purchase at thebalancedblonde.shopketo.com), really eliminates my cravings for sugary, unhealthy foods!! also eating a TON of healthy fats, rich in vitamins and minerals helps. and vital proteins collagen peptides and beef liver supplements!! those are a lot of my go-to's. avocado, coconut, olive oil, salmon, YUM !
As someone who has been vegan for 7 years who is passionate about veganism, it saddened me to see your article entitled "veganism almost killed me," only to read on and learn that you were never vegan. It sounds like you followed a plant-based-diet, and had some calorie deficiencies and other issues as well. It saddened me because I think it can be misleading to people who do not understand vegasnism.
When you were vegan, did you still wear leather/wool/silk? If so, it is inaccurate to have called yourself vegan. It would it be more accurate to say you followed a plant-based-diet. I think plant-based diets can be wonderful and offer a lot of benefits, and I don't contend that veganism is for everybody - it's just that veganism refers to an ethical lifestyle, not a diet. These aren't my opinions, it's just taxonomy. "Vegan" does not mean someone who follows a plant-based-diet for health reasons.
Why have you chosen the label "vegan" if it is not correct? I am sure this must have been brought to your attention before (I myself had left a comment on your Facebook page, which was deleted).
I am not judging your decision for returning to a diet that includes meat. That was a personal decision. And I am not trying to argue to be rude, I honestly want to know why you chose to label yourself this way when it was not accurate.
Best wishes on your health journey,
Lily in New York
P.S. If I am incorrect, and you did stop wearing leather, etc., my question is - do you still abstain from supporting those industries? Or do you wear leather again now that you are eating some animal products?
hi there lily. first of all, i never wrote an article titled "veganism almost killed me," and there is a lot of information out there (written by me) about the fact that the media sensationalized my story and chose titles like that that were incorrect. that is media in general, a rule of thumb most people should be aware of. and as far as your judgement on whether or not i was vegan or plant-based, i will leave that judgement to you. in my opinion, i was vegan in every sense of the word -- and i no longer believe in labels. for obvious reasons, mainly including the sad truth that the labeled communities are riddled with judgement for others. that is all i have to say on the subject, and wish you the best <3
any tips for PMS? I feel groggy, annoyed, anxious and just kinda down and gloomy before and a little bit after my period. holistic tips?
holistic tips -- i just heard about an amazing THC suppository that has helped people a LOT with terrible period cramps and PMS!! check out the "so retrograde" podcast for all the info on that!! also, my friend wrote a good book about holistic ways to deal with periods -- i will be writing about it soon!
hi beautiful!! what is your skin care routine? you GLOW in all of your insta stories!! and i think we have very similar coloring, fair skin and light eyes so i wanted to get your feedback! thank you 🙂
awwww thank you!! such a kind comment!! i have a pretty specific routine. i take Vital Proteins collagen peptides + beef liver supplements every day which i believe help a lot with my skin. I also use Keto OS powder every day (avail at thebalancedblonde.pruvitnow.com) which has helped a ton with my skin and digestion. Lastly and most importantly... I use Rodan + Fields Unblemish & Soothe lines for skincare, Argan oil on the daily with my makeup, and organic, natural, non-GMO makeup from Juice Beauty and Supergoop!!! ALSOOO lots of sunscreen and healthy eating. 🙂 XOXO
What are things you always buy from the grocery store?
nut butters (Wild Friends and Barney's Butter and Justin's are three faves), Eating Evolved chocolate, Coconut Cult coconut yogurt, New Barn almond milk, Chameleon cold brew coffee, REBBL tonics + elixirs, produce like kale + spinach + broccoli + sweet potato, organic chicken & salmon!! my staples!!
Hi Jordan, I know you moved a bit. I have been here in a new city for about 6 months and while I have friends in other cities, none here, really. I tried to join a book club in my building, studying/working in public spaces, but no luck. Any tips on meeting friends?
ahhh i feel you. it can be hard to meet people in new cities!! i would recommend joining a gym that has group classes, like OrangeTheory Fitness, a yoga studio, Barry's Bootcamp, or something like that. I find that gyms can be very community oriented and usually host fun events. Or sign up for a workshop at a local yoga studio!! A lot of them have weekend workshops or mini trainings, and that is a GREAT way to meet people who are likeminded!! Also, healthy cooking classes!
What are some things you have to do everyday in terms of wellness or your simpliest wellness tips for daily life that don't cost a fortune.? I.E: For me it's green tea every morning.
journal every morning, meditate and stretch every day, cuddle with my kitty, take time for myself, bulletproof coffee & keto OS (a little more expensive but worth the investment in my opinion), healthy supplements from Vital Proteins and a daily probiotic, green tea throughout the day, and lots of SLEEP!! and ginger tea if i have a tummy ache after eating... and magnesium!!
Hi Jordan, I know you recently went on the Ayurvedic cleanse & I also know it's intense. Any tips for making this an 'at home' thing? Maybe not so intense but things we can do to reset at home, on a budget?
hi love!!! it was intense, for sure. you can definitely do a version of this at home!! i would recommend making kitchari (so many good recipes online!) to eat 2 or 3 times a day, as i did on my ayurvedic cleanse. you can give yourself hot herbal oil massages, take hot steam baths, do a full body exfoliation, and do a digital detox (take a technology break for at least 24 hours if not longer). relax, get a lot of sleep, practice self-care and meditation, journal and tune in. it's an amazing way to do this at home!!
Hi Jordan, coming here as a "friend". I know we must strive for balance and not restrict, but I have the opposite problem then most 'health nuts'. Since the end of November, I've let go of all 'control' and have not been eating great. The result is me feeling like complete garbage (take yesterday for example, I had a cookie + latte for breakfast, white pasta + mashed potatoes for lunch, popcorn, more pasta & crackers for dinner....chips in between). My body does best when I'm eating 'cleaner' and really focusing on those veggies and protein. I just cannot seem to get back on track. When I try, I feel like Im restricting so mid-day I binge, or I get so hungry, because my body is so used to those simple carbs (& huge portions) I just end up giving in. Any tips?
hi lovely!! i totally get it -- it sounds like your body is a little out of whack, and trust me -- i have been there. MANY times. i would recommend seeing a nutritionist or a functional medicine doctor, because these types of imbalances often occur when we are deficient in certain minerals/vitamins. replace the simple carbs with complex carbs like sweet potato and quinoa, to begin with!! it's not about deprivation, just about healthy substitutes. you don't want to feel deprived or it will be hard to keep it up -- ya know? find all the healthy substitutes that you love!! I'm going to write a blog post about this (youve officially inspired me) because i know a lot of people struggle with this!! lots of love <2
First and foremost, I need to tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE the podcasts. They keep me company on my daily commute and sometimes if I make it to the gym! Now, my question for you is about work-life balance. It's one of my goals for 2017. I am a PhD student (so that's practically a full time job), I volunteer & I have a new part time job. I'm usually so busy balancing these three M-F, that I have little time for anything else (especially if I schedule in a work out or something- something I'm trying to do more of). I'm trying to not work weekends (in the past, I'd use my weekends to 'catch up'). However, I'm finding myself bored or anxious (it's hard to 'relax' after such a busy week). I'm using my weekends to clean the apartment, do face masks, watch some TV or movies, catch up on blogs, read, grocery shop if need be.... but still. I don't have many friends here, so visiting them sometimes doesn't happen. What do you do when you have days off?
HI!! this is AMAZING!! thank you. i totally get it... i feel the same way with the psycho schedule a lot. it can definitely be hard to relax when you're used to being so "ON"! But I have found that taking time OFF for real is so soul-nourishing, necessary, and amazing. One thing that really helps me unwind is trying my best to have a digital detox on my days off. Taking time away from my phone and computer. That way you're less connected so you're less ON, and more available to tune in with your thoughts. Also, yoga and meditation help hugely with this. Or going on long scenic runs on the weekends... total moving meditation. I also like to just VEG OUT. it doesn't happen that often, so when it does... it's blissful. a good netflix documentary, some dark chocolate, my cat, phone off... HEAVEN !!!
I need advice.
A friend liked one of my photos and we haven't talked in a while and I checked on all her photos to make sure I didn't say anything bad so I checked all her photos and instantly felt bad that I did say something.. but I know I didn't right anything.. any tips
hi love!! hmmm -- i don't know!! i think my usual advice for this would be that if someone is ignoring you and not reciprocating your good energy, then they aren't worth your precious time and space!! focus on the people in your life who are great to you. <3
Not a question, just sending you love and good vibes and sunshine x
Great job with your podcast, btw, it seems like you've really gotten into the groove of it and so quickly! I'm learning so much, i love it <3
hi love!!! i absolutely love this, THANK YOU!! what a kind message to receive here 🙂 love that you're loving the podcast. i love YOU!! xx
My question is about hormones and birth control! I have always hated birth control because it makes my natural system out of wack, has made me moody although it has helped clear my skin. I know its a personal choice for everyone 100 percent, but I wanted to know your thoughts and experiences with birth control?
hi!! ahhh yes i feel you so much. i stopped taking birth control about four years ago and it was one of the best decisions i have made for myself personally. i just didn't like taking a daily pill and my hormones are SO funky that i knew by putting something into my body every day it just didn't make me feel good. i do believe that everyone's bodies are so different and we all have to listen to what works for us -- but even these days i have to work hard to control my estrogen and progesterone levels so i am still loving being off birth control!
Hi Jordan! Is there any way to test out Vital Proteins without committing to a whole tub? My parents are not convinced about the fitness or health benefits and I have really been wanting to know if collagen or gelatin is right for me!
you can try their stick packs which are smaller than the full tub!! i am not sure how many sticks come in a package, but i think those would be the best to try before going for the full tub!!
Jordan, do you think that you are possibly being just as extreme about your new ketosis/paleo lifestyle as you were about veganism? I am happy for you if you are enjoying how you are feeling, but I am worried that you are possibly being too restrictive. I think that this whole low carb lifestyle is simply a fad. As someone with an eating disorder past, it can be triggering for me to watch your content. Do you ever consider this?
hi love!! i so appreciate the question and the thoughtfulness -- but i am not doing a full ketogenic diet!! i just use the keto OS product in the mornings because i really love the way it makes me feel and the energy it gives me. i haven't cut out carbs and i don't plan to. i try to be mindful of how i say things when i share about the health products that i love (vital proteins, bulletproof coffee, keto OS, etc) because i never want to trigger anyone but the truth is i think social media in GENERAL can unfortunately be triggering sometimes. just keep in mind that we are all doing US and what works best for us, and you keep doing you. don't let my lifestyle or anyone else's make you question or compare your own. i don't believe in labels so i don't consider myself ketogenic or paleo, but if anything i am "close" to paleo -- with a lot of listening to my body and a lot of healthy desserts. 😉
I hope you can help me. I need your help.
So I created a new social account because I wanted a business profile and my friends are very supportive usually if it. - so I sent a few messages to one friend and are relationship and friendship is a different one she sometimes doesn't check her messages and other times she does but we haven't but this time it's different we have not communicated since the end of January so today I was feeling anxious and sent her a few messages.. not to be annoying just out of concern and because I think of her as my friend.. she has liked others posts but won't message me back or accept. - the last time we talked it was very good. Good conversations. I feel sad and anxious and don't know what to do.. I need your help. What would you do?
hi!! ahh that does sound stressful. i think if your friend hasn't responded or accepted you, it's probably not personal. social media can be that way -- some people don't check their stuff very often. and if she doesn't want to be your friend, then i would focus on putting my energy into other, healthy friendships that go both ways!! <3
Are ketones safe to drink when breastfeeding?
hi love!! yes, they are but i would still talk to a doctor first just in case because everyone is so different! our bodies naturally produce ketones so the keto OS product just ramps up that process. Babies are born producing ketones too. 🙂 And for breastfeeding moms, I recommend caffeine-free !!!
Will you be doing any retreats or specific TBB meet ups/ yoga classes?:) Love you so much and all you do!
hi!! yes!! i am working on planning a retreat for the end of the year... yay!! and also will be hosting yoga classes in NYC and Philly in the coming months, and I teach in LA 4x a week!! <3
Hi I was wondering the name of your functional medicine doctor thanks!!!
His name is Apostolos Lekkos and he works in Santa Monica! Look him up, he's amazing!
Hi Jordan! I am 16 years old and absolutely love your blog. I am also currently recovering from orthorexia. I had asked my mother to pick up a specific brand of almond milk from Whole Foods, but she accidentally bought the wrong kind. Being orthorexic, I am nervous to drink this specific brand of almond milk, which is Califia Farms unsweetened vanilla. Could you please perhaps give me your opinion on this specific type of nut milk and whether or not you would recommend drinking it? Thank you so much for your time.
HI love!!! Ah, I totally get it. I have been in similar positions before (my mom can attest to that, haha). Califia Farms is a great brand!! It's organic and the unsweetened version sounds great. My advice to you is to try your best to enjoy the food you put into your body, even if it's not organic or natural, because life is about enjoying what we eat and the experiences we have with people. I hope that helps -- and I am sending you so much love in your recovery!
I know you're on a big yoga kick right now, and I'm loving all your posts and instas and stories featuring yoga. What are your favorite yoga or yoga lifestyle websites?
Thank you so much!! My fave yoga sites and yoga lifestyle sites are yogajournal.com, mindbodygreen.com, and elephantjournal.com for awesome yoga articles!! To follow on IG I love @the_southern_yogi and @jessicaolie. And I will be posting some yoga tutorial videos soon to YouTube!! <3
Jordan, I have so many questions for you because I think you're absolutely adorable and love the energy you put out into the world sharing your experiences. I was wondering how you got started blogging (where you created your blog (website?) and what type of camera/lens you use!) I am soo interested in knowing these details!
Aww so sweet!! I love it!! I got started on WordPress.com (and I use Bluehost.com as my hosting site), and I use a Canon 6D camera, my iPhone (with all the VSCO filters!), and a GoPro Hero 5. <3
soo, I used to be able to drink quite a bit and be totally fine in college. Now since I changed my diet to eating much more clean I have ONE drink and I am hungover for two days.. is this normal? And also, my hangovers trigger my anxiety back up so then I get stuck in that again. Any tips or experience with this?
omg i am the SAME. i get super hungover now too, and i think its because i drink far less now and also eat super clean now. being hungover is the worst. honestly, the way i deal with this is by drinking very minimally. if i have a cocktail i keep it to one or MAYBE two, and if i have wine, it's one glass. i get such bad hangovers so it's worth it to me. if you're hungover, i'd suggest drinking aloe juice, sparkling water with apple cider vinegar, and eating a nutrient-dense breakfast (or late night snack!) to get the alc out of your system!!! xx but yes this is definitely normal <3
I try to be the bigger person and left a comment on a girls photo .. we aren't friends but we are friendly. I put beautiful do you think that's ok??
Of course! That sounds nice!
I need your advice and your wonderful help!
There is a girl I work with we are friendly at work but not friends outside of work.. just recently she added me on social..
Tonight she posted a picture I liked it and instantly felt guilty.. I didn't commented I just liked it... we haven't talked since Friday when I saw her at my last shift and we have a shift together tomorrow.. I'm just feeling guilty like I did something.
Maybe I am feeling this way because we haven't talked in a couple of days I don't know. Thoughts?
This sounds like anxiety to me and I would consider seeing a professional about it. 🙂 I see a therapist every week and it's fab!
Hi! I am really intrigued by your collagen and beef liver post! As a fellow health enthusiast, I am SO annoyed by my thyroid condition. Beef liver seems like a great way to help my body, but I can't help but be skeptical. Can you share some of the research you looked at when deciding to experiment? I'm trying to decide between the collagen and beef liver supplements, so any guidance around when to choose one versus the other would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
YES! Check out Vital Protein's site and also search Beef Liver on Pub Med and read all about it. I think you will find that the benefits will be perfect for you, but all of of our bods are so different so def dive into the research so you're comfortable!! <3 I like to use both, but if you are choosing for hormonal issues then i would go with the beef liver!
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Thanks for your help and inspiring words!
So cute, I love it!!!
Hi Jordan! I recently started a healthy recipe instagram because I love creating recipes but don't have the time or money to start a blog at the moment. Do you have any suggestions on how to get followers and expand my insta? How did you start yours? Thanks 🙂
Yes!! I started my Instagram as a hobby and grew it organically but interacting with other wellness accounts, hash tagging my photos with relevant hashtags, and investing time and energy into quality imagery and recipes!!! Hope this helps. Excited for you! XO
Jordon We have a 17 year old girl fighting for her life that is a vegan and an extreme fitness nut she is 6.5 feet and 94 lbs She is in Children's Plano Tx Suffering from Orthorexia can you help? Can you write her a letter Thanks A&J
Awww thank you so much for reaching out 🙁 I would love to write her a little letter. Has she read my book? I would highly recommend it. Email my assistant firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get me set up with your info to write your daughter a letter. Sending lots of love xo
Would you ever work one on one with someone interested in what you are doing??
It depends on the context! My schedule doesn't really allow for it much at the moment, but sometimes I do consultation appointments depending on what my week or month looks like!! Definitely something we could discuss! XO
Who is Mr. Squeak?
HUDSON BUDSON 🙂 the best kitty in all the land!
Hi Jordan! I am in college at CSU Chico, and I have been struggling with eating healthy every now and then. My parents give me 30$ a week for groceries, which I am very thankful for but it is just not that much. I also volunteer on an organic farm, where in exchange, I get a nice box of fresh veggies every week, but I still find myself struggling with groceries. It is especially tough because I try to buy organic and from the farmers market as much as possible, which tends to be more expensive. Do you have any advice or tips to stretch my money further? Thank you!! 🙂
Hi love! Ahhh that is definitely tough. I don't know how I would subsist on a $30 grocery budget but it is VERY nice that you get fresh veggies every week from the farm where you volunteer. I would definitely suggest looking into coupons that you can use at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or any other nearby grocery stores where you can buy organic and natural foods!! Focus on whole, real foods above all else. Black beans, rice, quinoa, veggies, coconut yogurts, nut butters, protein powders, etc -- this is all stuff you can buy in BULK and let it last you for weeks or months!! Also, if you really feel that you're struggling, I would consider getting a small part-time job? It could help ease the money stress!! Sending you lots of love, babe. XO
What is the best website to use to start a blog?
WordPress for the blog site and Blue Host for domain hosting site!!! You can use this link to sign up for Blue Host -- www.bluehost.com/track/theblondevegan/ 🙂
Let's be honest, is becoming a yoga instructor expensive? Also, how many years did it take you to gain your skill? Love you lots!!!!
Yes, it's expensive! It's an investment... sort of like a lot of other health-related things! You can try to get sponsorships / financial aid at most studios, and also some studios (like my fave studio in Maui, the Maui Yoga Studio) offers a FREE training once a year that can be applied to. I have been practicing yoga for 10 years and did my first training 4.5 years ago, and my 300-hr is wrapping up now. Definitely something to save up for if you're serious about it!! It's a true life changer. <3 Love ya
How do you become a yoga instructor?
500 hours of training through Yogaworks here in Los Angeles. 🙂 Mentorship under some fab instructors from Gigi Snyder to David Lynch. Very very special experience - I would highly recommend it!
How do you create a blog that people actually want to read?
Blog about what you LOVE and what you are most passionate about, and the rest will come. <3 You will never run out of content if you keep your eye on what you love the MOST and what sets your soul the most on fire. And don't be afraid to evolve... getting stuck in one thing and becoming stagnant is the WORST way to grow and keep people engaged. So evolve, change, ebb and flow, and do yo THANG! And quality content helps. Xoxo
Jordan! I wanna try this ketosis drink!! Where can I get the deets?!
I am seriously so excited that you are interested in the keto powder. I am OVER THE MOON to record a specific bonus podcast episode with nutritionists + experts Kelly and Wes tomorrow and will be asking them a major handful of questions so that everyone can grow to understand the benefits of ketosis and how wildly cutting edge it is for our bods with fat loss, metabolism, digestion and more.
It also fits hand in hand with my *balanced* outlook on health, because after drinking the keto OS bio max drink in the morning I find it helps me stay better in touch with my hunger cues throughout the day and promotes brain alertness on a WHOLE new level.
You can also watch this informational video on the homepage of thebalancedblonde.pruvitnow.com for more info. 🙂
(If you order, use referrer code thebalancedblonde to be on my "team"!)
& let me know if you have any questions!!! It's a pretty insane product and the health benefits are blowing my mind so I couldn't not share with you guys. <3
Lots of love,
Trying to figure out an email address for my YouTube channel I am into wellness and skincare and fitness any ideas?
I think it's gotta be up to you!! I don't know enough about you to answer that question -- make it feel like YOU and very authentic to who you are, and it will work. 🙂
A co worker I work with got engaged and I commented congratulations so happy for you. I didn't say to her and her boyfriend cause I don't know him. Is that ok that I just said congratulations so happy for you!
Of course it is!!
I am a complete wellness junkie and love following your blog and podcast. I have been doing barre and have become so passionate about it that I have started considering becoming an instructor. What are some things you could suggest about getting started? How did you make the decision to transition from yoga student to instructor? Thank you!
SO COOL!! I love hearing that. 🙂 Man, my decision to transition from yoga teacher to student was a DREAM for 10+ years, and then I did my first teacher training 4.5 years ago, and didn't really end up teaching afterward because I felt like there was still SO much to learn and wrap my head around. Then I had an epiphany on a yoga retreat last May about how much I needed and wanted to teach -- how deeply I craved immersing myself into that side of the yoga practice and having that person to person connection with people. So I signed up to finish my 500-hr at Yogaworks! Then I *knew* I wanted to start teaching during my 300-hr, so I made it my mission to do that.... and now I teach all the time and it's the best addition to my life ever. I would highly recommend becoming an instructor for barre since you love it -- sharing your love for the practice will enhance your relationship to it in a whole new way. It's so fun. XO
I am going to college next Year and fear I won't know where my classes are going to be..
also my program is two years do you think that will go by fast?
You will totally know where your classes are going to be!! Just walk the campus first once you get your schedule so you give yourself some time to figure it out and adjust. And leave with lots of time before class so you don't get into a last minute situation. Two years will fly by if you enjoy what you're studying!!! If you don't enjoy what you're studying, then maybe switch it up. 😉
Hi, Jordan! I hope this message finds you well. I'm studying abroad in London this Spring and wanted to continue practicing yoga while there without being bogged down by a schedule at a studio. I was scrolling through some of these questions and saw one about a reader studying abroad in Florence and I agree with you in the sense that I want to take the trip for what it is without stressing too much about my routines from home, but I feel like an occasional yoga video when the mood strikes could really benefit me! Thanks!
Yes, totally agree with you on that!!! Find a balance of immersing yourself in the culture and enjoying the time for all it has to offer -- BUT definitely do you and do what you love!!! I certainly missed yoga while living in Europe. Maybe doing a home practice would be best for you and practicing a bit every day or every few days in your living space?! I am hoping to create a yoga video series very soon that should hopefully be conducive to that exact type of situation. Have so much fun in London!!! Epic city. <3
Hi Jordan! Do you have any tips on how to avoid being lonely? Living alone and having only a few friends, being alone can sometime turn into loneliness and I'm trying to avoid that negative feeling. Thanks!!
Hi love!! Yes, I do!! I live alone as well and I have a lot of different tips + tricks for getting out there and keeping your social side nice and nourished 🙂 my advice is to start filling your time with things you love (that are social) because inevitably you'll meet people that way... joining a local gym and going to events and group fitness classes there, going to yoga events / meditation (check them out in your area and I bet there will be a bunch of options!) and making fun plans with your friends like weekend trips, spontaneous dinners, etc. Also... I swear that starting a blog and immersing myself in the blogging community was one of the best things I've ever done as far as meeting incredible, likeminded people. Try those things!! And check out my blog post about "finding your tribe" because I have a bunch of tips there too!! Xo
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Hi Jordan, I just discovered your blog and I am at a really low point so I just thought I would try asking. I am tired of hating my body and feeling intense regret after eating. I don't eat that healthy. I really have no idea what to eat as I am currently a college student (freshmen) and live in a dorm room with no access to a kitchen. I don't know what to do or where to start, please help!
Hi lovely! Ahhh I know where you're at -- it's so hard in the beginning of college and getting used to that dorm life / trying to find balance within that lifestyle. I would recommend trying to think to lean protein, veggies, complex carbs (like sweet potato, quinoa, rice) and cutting back on sugar and processed foods! Whenever I go back to the basics like this I feel amazing. Also, incorporating exercise (even light jogging / walking) feels amazing and will help kickstart you into wanting to eat healthier to feel better all around!!! Hope this helps! Xo
First off, I absolutely love your blog and your podcasts! 🙂 But I have a quick question about your book. I've been wanting to read it, but as someone who is starting to transition towards veganism I've been a little hesitant. I understand how orthorexia is incredibly unhealthy, but I'd want to know, in your book do you talk about veganism as being completely unhealthy? I hear that kind of stuff all the time, and I've done enough research to know that every diet can be unhealthy, and I want to read the book if it doesn't completely tear apart veganism. I apologize if this question sounds bad, I'm honestly asking out of curiosity, and the fact that I've been really really wanting to read your book for the longest time. Thank you so much!
Hi love!! No, I don't generalize veganism as unhealthy at all in the book -- that is a great question. I know that my stance can be confusing after I switched from veganism and found more balance in a different way of life with no labels, but I am not opposed to veganism at all. I think it works beautifully for some people, and there are still weeks/months of my life where I am so heavily plant based I could practically be considered vegan. I just prefer not to label it, because my mind is SO all or nothing that I get into a tailspin of cutting more and more foods out and trying to feel even purer.... you know how it goes. 😉 I would love to have you read the book and hear your thoughts! There are a lot of really awesome (and very die hard) vegans who have loved the book -- so I hope you could be one of those too!! XO let me know if you read it!
Do you understand how damaging and unbelievable the article about you titled "Being vegan almost killed me"? So, super disappointed you would let that happen
People who get interviewed for articles in mainstream media do not get to choose the titles of said articles -- and it is very common knowledge that titles are sensationalized on the daily, without the interviewee's awareness. Perhaps next time don't cast judgement until you have a better idea of what you are referring to. 😉
When are you teaching some more yoga classes?
I teach Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at So Cal Hot Yoga!! 7:45pm on Mon and Wed, and 5:15pm on Thurs!
I need your help!!
So today at work we ( my co workers and I) - were chatting about our hours and they asked me if I heard anything and last night our new gm was saying some hours may change and I heard that and asked for my own purposes and told them what I heard but said I don't know for sure..
do you think that's bad? I tend to worry and feel anxious now.
I don't think so! I think that sounds like a lot of anxiety + stress, and I would perhaps consider seeing a therapist to talk it through. 🙂 Therapy is a godsend!
I see you talk a lot about balancing hormones. Do you take birth control? Thanks!
I don't take birth control! I've been off of it for almost 4 years and feel amazing without it!
Hi. What are you doing for your stomach issues now? Have you healed yourself with your current diet or is it still a part of your daily life?
It's a full lifestyle balance!! Check out my book Breaking Vegan if you haven't, as my whole regime is in there that helps me lead my happiest, healthiest, most balanced life!! I still have major stomach issues because I was born with them and have the MOST sensitive stomach ever, so it's a balancing act. The Bulletproof lifestyle works really, really well for me, so I stick to that most of the time. 🙂
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It's up to YOU 🙂
Hello, so I have been vegan for about a year and my dad, who is a doctor is oriental/natural medicine, roots against me. He has told me several stories about chronic illnesses and how many long term vegans suffer from micro nutrient deficiency. Out of fear and inspiration I am thinking about switching up my diet to more of a paleo diet. Do you have any suggestions on how to make this transition easy? What made you not be vegan anymore? Since switching your diet, what affects have you noticed?
Thank you for you time!
Yes!!! Have you read my book, Breaking Vegan? All of my tips, tricks, and guide toward making this transition in a balanced way are there!! Link is here -- http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7!!! XO
For an email do you like email@example.com?
Yes so cute!
Do you think I should send my friend another message? -
I don't think so -- I think you've done your part by reaching out and now the ball is in her court! If you have something you're dying to say then go ahead and say it, and then walk away and know that you said everything you could!
I reached out to a friend 3 weeks ago but no response?
She has been active on social media by liking posts and other things.
Do you think she still wants the friendship with me?
Hi!! Ahh if she isn't paying attention to you, then I would recommend putting your energy elsewhere. If you are worried and panicked about the friendship, she may be picking up on that energy and it may be turning her off. Not that you are doing anything wrong, but just do YOU and she will come back if she is a caring friend. If not, you are better off without her and putting your energy into YOU and your other friends + caring people in your life!
I love your blog and have been a long time follower. I am so passionate about health and fitness and one of my biggest joys comes from sharing my knowledge about nutrition and fitness. I love trying the newest health trends and am always up for any type of fitness class. I also love to write! I have been thinking a lot about how to turn this passion into a career, similar to you- but I have no idea where to start or how to go about this. Do you have any advice or tips? All information is helpful 🙂
I love this!! YESSS I certainly do have tips -- this is one of my fave topics! First of all... I am working on an eBook about the business of blogging that has taken me a long time to finish (EEK, overcommitted) but it will be coming out soon!! My top tips are to find what you are most passionate about and build a career off of those things. You can do this in a variety of ways... starting with a social media account and blog, and growing off the Internet to hosting workshops in your local community, planning events, connecting with other likeminded entrepreneurs, starting a podcast or interview series, getting your health coaching certification or yoga / fitness training certification, developing recipes for friends / parties, the list is endless! If you love what you're doing, the career will build upon itself... the hustle is real, so put the work in and good things will come!! Lots more tips and tricks to come in the ebook!! <3
I need your help.
Each night I check a co workers insta pics to make sure there is nothing I wrote that would sound rude.. I get theses anxious thoughts in my mind that I wrote something rude or disrespectful so I keep checking over and over.. nothing is always there. I know in my heart that I didn't but the anxiety takes over along with guilt.
We haven't talked in a bit. I miss her. I don't know what to do? Hope you can help. Merry Christmas!
Merry belated Christmas love!! If you haven't said anything rude to her -- then there is no need for the anxiety! I know when friendships fade or there is something uncomfortable going on it can be really difficult, but just know that if you didn't do anything wrong then perhaps your friend is going through something she needs to deal with on her own. Keep sending her good vibes, and she will come back to you if she is planning to! If not, your energy is better spent elsewhere. <3
What is bulletproof coffee? Love Sandra 😘
Happy holidays 😘
Hi Sandra! Check out my bulletproof coffee recipe here with a description of what Bulletproof is -- http://bit.ly/bulletproofrecipe, and if you are further interested you should check out Dave Asprey's book The Bulletproof Diet!! It's amazing. The Bulletproof lifestyle is one of my favorite ways to eat/live. 🙂 XO
Hey girl! I don't even know where to begin for this question and it's more just asking for advice lol...so I've started an instagram where I just post healthy things I eat everyday and I have like 3 followers which is amazing and I didn't really make the insta for it to become like a big thing (nor do I care about followers) it's mostly just so I can hold myself accountable for what I eat and it's kinda fun! But I am really feeling like trying to start a blog about a healthy lifestyle and trying to be my own BOSS (the longer I work at my 2 part time jobs the more I know a 9-5 desk job is not for me)! But I just don't know how to get it going. Like how do I promote myself, are people even going to read my blog? How would I make a career out of it? Or just like what's the first step, just so I can start somewhere haha! sorry that was all over the place! xoxo
Hi beauty!! Well if you're looking to blog full-time, that is AWESOME. I am working on an eBook that is meant to help people get started with blogging, and I am sooooo excited to put it out there!! It should be finished in the next couple of months. Otherwise, my main advice is to blog what you are absolutely most passionate about, and you'll never run out of things to share. When you love your topic, you will also garner an audience who loves the topic -- even if it takes time. Quality content, bright + clear images, and quality writing helps too!! Social media helps a lot... use hashtags and engage with other bloggers + wellness Instagrammers!! XO
I need your help.
I have been reaching out to a former co worker for sometime now. - at work we were really close and we followed each other on social media.. just recently she un followed me.. so I sent her a message never heard back and sent her another one last night.. do you think that could be seen as bullying or do you think she would report me to the police? I am a bit nervous. Thoughts?
Definitely not bullying in my eyes if you were just trying to reach out to her? If you're nervous about it, I would just let her do her own thing and she will contact you if she wants to keep in touch and keep your friendship in tact! If not, maybe the friendship wasn't meant to be and you should focus on the other close, positive relationships in your life. 🙂
Do you like cashew butter 🙂
LOOOOVEEE cashew butter!! Watch this video, lol -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrjgIwYxTAI
What makes a food "healthy" to you?
Basically anything natural with no GMO's, preservatives, refined sugar or refined flour 😉 then again, there is not ONE definition of the word "healthy"! But that is my definition!
can you recommend some good health books??
yes!!! depends on the topic but some i love are called: the hormone reset diet (great book for women's wellness and hormones), aim true (yoga + recipes), anatomy of the spirit (more spiritual book), dave asprey's bulletproof diet book, and the body book!!
are you married?
no, lol! if i was, my hubby would be all over this blog 😉
Hi Jordan!! I am sooo happy I stumbled across your blog.
I am 20 years old and fitness is my passion; okay maybe my obsession. I have had a history of unhealthy eating, and anxiety in social situations revolving around food- you know feeling thrown off because you don't know what's exactly in the food, you didn't make it yourself, it doesn't fit into your macros or micros etc....
This is something that I have been struggling with for a while. I think that day by day I am doing better. I don't restrict myself from the foods I need, as I do love to run everyday and lift pretty heavily, so I do allow myself a moderate amount of carbs, proteins, and fats. However, I would say that I'm pretty cautious/ pay close attention to what I eat, which causes a lot of unnecessary stress.
I'm emailing you because I am about to travel to Granada, Spain to fulfill my minor of Spanish Studies. While I am entirely grateful, and aware that this is a once in a lifetime experience, I can't help but feel anxious about the change in my diet. I will be living there from January to May, so five months, and I will not be able to cook my own food! We live with host families- and they prepare our meals for us. I already told them that I am lactose sensitive, and that I don't eat gluten, but really, I'm just nervous that I won't be able to balance being respectful and eating prepared food while maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle.
Additionally, there is no gym at the university! AHHH! Although I can run everyday, engage in HIIT workouts outside, and I'm sure I will be doing a lot of walking in Spain, I can't help but stress about how I won't have my RX bars handy for a little snack, and be able to use dumbbells and weights. What if the combination of the foods I'm eating/ lack of exercise will contribute to weight gain? I love the way I look- and don't want to change anything.
So, I'm reaching out to you for some tips and tricks on how to stay fit. I know this seems excessive, being as I can just moderately pay attention to what I eat, and always find alternate ways to workout- textbooks, cans of soup, HIIT workouts, etc... But still. I think I just need some reassurance that it's possible, and that I can do it.
How do you manage, staying fit and not over indulging in the food?I have read through your blog, and I know the key is balance, but I would love if you could respond and give me some advice.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, it really means a lot.
Hi beautiful!! Ahh, I can TOTALLY relate. I studied abroad when I was in college in Florence for a semester, and I too had a lot of food fears and anxieties before I left. Especially with Italy being the land of pasta, pizza and wine! Plus, no one exercises there. I found the ONE yoga studio in the city but it wasn't quite what I was used to, haha. Honestly, my biggest word of advice is to live it up while you are there, indulge mindfully, and do so without guilt and anxiety. I know it's easier said than done, but I look back on my time in Italy with SUCH happy memories and good vibes, because I let loose, enjoyed myself, and really immersed myself in the culture and had a blast with my friends. I tried to exercise, but honestly I just got back on the wagon when I got back to the states. So find that balance but also don't feel pressured to be anyone that you're not. If you can find a gym or cook some of your own healthy meals, by all means so it if that will make you feel more balanced!!! I hope this helps, and I am always here for you to answer any questions and chat!! Muah!! XO
Are there any skincare and makeup brands that you recommend? I'm looking for products with ingredients that are good for my skin and the environment.
Yes!!! Derma E, Oxygenetix, Juice Beauty, Bare Minerals & Nubian Heritage are some of my current faves 🙂 I also use Rodan & Fields for skincare, but that one is not all natural!
Sparkle in her soul is what I came up for my channel and blog!
I love it!!! Beautiful name, and so cute!
Hi jordan, I know we are to priortize sleep and normally I do... but lately, I've been two busy (full time student, volunteer, 2 part time jobs). Any tips on staying healthy?
Aw man, I totally feel you! There is something in the air lately with sleep... I have been trouble falling asleep lately too. As far as sleep health, I love the supplement from HUM Nutrition called Zzz. It helps a lot with falling asleep / staying asleep naturally. As far as other health tips for your busy schedule, don't forget to carve out time for yourself!! Journaling, meditation, and moving your body through exercise (yoga, running, whatever you enjoy) will help a lot to keep you balanced and feeling good!!
Do you love being a yoga instructor? I am interested in becoming certified and I am asking others that are certified if they enjoy it. What are some pros and cons?
I LOVE it. It is a huge pro in my life. 🙂 It's been a blast teaching people what I love most (yoga), and getting to connect in such a special way... being a teacher is awesome. Especially since the rest of my career is spent mostly behind the computer working!!! The only con is that it takes a lot of energy + time to prepare yourself to be fully present to teach, and of course it doesn't pay well (but thats not why I do not) -- but I imagine that might bother some people!!! Just keepin it real. But otherwise it's amazing, you should do it!
Hi Jordan! I love your podcast and I especially love the one with your nutritionist Kelly! I actually have my first nutritionist appointment tomorrow. I just wanted to know how having a nutritionist has positively impacted you and your healthy lifestyle?
Thank you! <3
Aww yay, that makes me so happy!! Kelly is the best and she is my "unofficial" nutritionist because I don't see her regularly -- I just ask ALL of my questions to her all of the time!!! She is incredibly helpful. Knowledge is power when it comes to our health, so the more we know... the better! You will find so many positive impacts I am sure. Let me know how it goes, I am excited for you!! XO
I am thinking about calling a manger at work tomorrow night to discuss a time I would like to meet with her.. do you think that would be a good idea? My co workers and o were talking about one of the mangers today who isn't nice.. I feel guilty and was wondering do you think the co workers would turn against me and tell her? I am having anxious thoughts about this.
I think you are totally fine! It's human to vent and express your emotions about people -- but if you're feeling guilty, just be mindful of not doing it again!! XO
when your anxiety was high did you ever get depersonalization (felt like you were in a dream)? or what were your anxiety symptoms? also, how long did it take you to fully recover from your anxiety? I feel that I am on the up slopes of recovering and now I am just scared it will all come back cause the symptoms really scared me when I had it!
Hi! Wow that is an amazing question because at the height of my anxiety (when I was a sophomore in college), I did experience depersonalization. It was brought on by a traumatic event, and the event itself was so painful to me that I often felt like I was in a dream while it was going on and when I thought back on it. It was crazy -- and my therapist helped me realize that it was depersonalization. The good news is, once you are recovered, those symptoms will not come back unless there is a reason for them to! I learned to manage my anxiety and also to manage the situations I got myself into to make sure that those situations would not rise up again. I will be sending you all the best and lots of love as you move toward full recovery... always here!! Xo
HI Jordan! I am currently a freshman in college and trying my best to lead a healthy lifestyle, which is very difficult at times, and I know it would be easier if I had a solid support system except unfortunately, not many freshman are worried about health haha! I was wondering how you found people who understand you and who are so similar to you or how long it took you to start forming a solid support system? Ahh p.s. you are such an inspiration to me, keep doing what you're doing!
Hi love! Ahhh yes, I feel you. Being healthy in those early years of college was HARD. It definitely took a lot of trial and error to find my people who were also into health and wellness... and even then, we still went out + partied so much in college, even my healthiest friends were really into letting loose. Overall I think it was good for me to experience college to the fullest and let go of some of my super healthy tendencies so I could live in the moment, BUT I will say I was always looking forward to adult life beyond college so I could get back to my healthy roots. I found other healthy likeminded friends by doing yoga in my college gym, bonding with girls from my sorority who also loved to go to the gym and try healthy yummy restaurants near school, and ultimately by ALWAYS listening to my body and staying in / not drinking if that's what my body told me to do. I feel that when I was most unapologetically myself, it just attracted the right type of friendship and those are always the times when I met and bonded with the people who were meant to be in my life. If you haven't found that yet, don't fret! Freshman year is HARD... even if it's fun, it's challenging and a huge shift from the last 18 (ish) years of your life. Sending lots of love, and always here for you!
I need your help
At work we got a new manger for the dining room, I work at a restaurant. She is a year older than me and is constantly harassing me on checking the washrooms and cleaning which I always do.. she is also very mean to me and she makes me feel sad.. I want to sit down with her and have a convo do you think that's a bad idea? What would you do? I love your blog!!
Hi babe! I would definitely sit down with her and have a convo, I think that is a great idea! Being upfront and honest with people who are bothering you in some way is the BEST thing you can do, because that way you are true to yourself and you get to express yourself at the same time. Plus you will hopefully connect and find some kind of reconciliation. I would just say, "Excuse me, can I talk to you about something? I feel like you may be frustrated with me so I'd like to know if I am doing something wrong. If so, how can I fix it?" And if she says nothing, then say, "Okay, then I would appreciate it if you showed me a little more kindness and appreciation versus getting down on me -- I don't respond well to that type of communication." <3 <3 good luck!!
What age did you move out?
I moved out when I was 18 and went to college in LA!
Hi Jordan! I live in Massachusetts and obviously November-April is pretty cold! I know that you go to farmers markets a lot, where are some of your other favorite places to shop since we only have them usually May/June-early October.
Hi Becca!! Great to hear from you. I also love to shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Sprouts, Gelsons, and on the east coast I love Westside Market and Integrative Foods!!!
My older sister by a year always gets angry with me when I talk about my day with her she thinks I am giving her attitude because sometimes I don't want to talk to her about it.. I am 20 and sometimes I prefer to keep that to my self! Today my sister got impatient and ended up smacking me and sending me to my room and took a privilege away.. Do you think she did that because she lost it or do you think she did that because she was hurt that I didn't talk to her.. any advice would be helpful!
Hi! Well in my opinion if you are 20 years old and your sister is taking privileges away from you -- she might be trying to exercise some sort of control over you? You are a full grown adult and you have every right to live YOUR life without anyone taking privileges away from you. I think if she smacked you then there are deeper issues & I would recommend seeing a family therapist?! Therapy is such a liberating thing. 🙂 XO
Do you have your own place?
Yes! I have my own place + live with Huddy (my kitty). And I have friends stay with me a lot when they come into town... it's the best ever to live alone!! <3
Are you still doing YouTube? I miss your videos!!
It's been a while because I am more into the podcast life lately!! Basically YouTube minus the video component. 🙂 But I definitely still plan to upload some videos in the new year!! I think YouTube is a great supplement to my blog and brand, but not my main focus!
I can SOOOO relate. My biggest word of advice is to follow your heart + soul, and go for that wine and dance sesh!! Just because its been a while since youve had alcohol or gone out, it doesn't mean that you "don't" do those things. I think you will feel so much relief and freedom if you allow yourself those simple pleasures once in a while. I don't really drink either, but nights out with friends sometimes where I do have alcohol can still be so much fun. Hope this helps -- letting go and living in the moment is what we all deserve, and that is true balance! xx
reply- Thank you. This is crazy how I feel the need to label myself as not drinking because I really couldn't care and feel I do it for others. So crazy! I think doing this will help me let go of control yeah? Letting my hair down 🙂
Yes, I am so with you!! I have a few posts about that. Search "alcohol" or something like that in my blog search bar, because I have struggled a lot with living in the middle and not feeling the need to label myself as "sober" or someone who doesn't drink just because I don't drink often. Same goes for red meat... I hardly eat it, but don't like to label myself as *NOT* eating it. We are allowed to live in the middle!! XO
I read on your blog that you are a "Health Coach" and I was curious where you got this certification from? I am also interested in doing this as well.
Love of Love <3
-- Anna E
Hi Anna! I am a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Let me know if you'd like a signup link and I can send it to you! It's a pretty awesome program, although I don't practice health coaching at this time because I prefer teaching yoga + blogging. 🙂
Hey Jordan! Where did you take your yoga teacher training?
YogaWorks 500-hour!!! <3
Hi Jordan! What do you recommend selling an EBook through? I am just starting out and currently don't make any money from my blog. I've seen a lot WooCommerce, Gum Road, Shoptify...
Gumroad!!! I love it and that's where I sell all my ebooks and cleanse programs. Shopify is great for physical products like clothing 🙂
I replied to a friend on message saying how is everything with you? Is that rude?
Doesn't sound rude to me at all!
I need some advice!
I messaged a co worker and we usually talk here and there! We were talking about hockey and I gave her my opinion she was saying she was disappointed about how a hockey team played and all of that. I always try to see the bright side out f things and everything.. although I am sad now because this co worker hasn't responded I get that people are busy but she usually responds sooner! Do you think she still wants to be friends? I keep checking social media to make sure she was still following me and all that.. please help me!! I am sad.
Hi!! I don't think that sounds like she is upset with you at all -- if she hasn't answered and you want to talk more, just shoot her a message making sure everything is okay between you! I think the more direct we can be with people we care about -- the better! xx
Hey Jordan! Wow Im half way through your book and can relate so much to avoiding social situations through fear i wont have healthy food, even this year i want to go camping for a week and feel those thoughts coming back up, though not letting it stop me... Especially being immersed in yoga scene and veganism friends, though I started drinking bone broth and eating ghee and have felt amazing! I lost my period and feel intuitively its because of vegan diet and hoping the bone broth ghee and some weight gain heals it as im a bit thin atm. Did you have to gain weight? Did you lose your cycle? Im finding it difficult as im happy with my current weight grr and I do not undereat. Love to know what your thoughts are. Also, I don't drink alcohol and havent for the past 2 years as i practice ashtanga yoga and it just doesnt interest me so much but lately ive been craving a glass of wine and a good dance, though feel im not allowing myself it for some weird reason. Can you relate? My ny resolution is to let go of control completely and live in the moment!
I can SOOOO relate. My biggest word of advice is to follow your heart + soul, and go for that wine and dance sesh!! Just because its been a while since youve had alcohol or gone out, it doesn't mean that you "don't" do those things. I think you will feel so much relief and freedom if you allow yourself those simple pleasures once in a while. I don't really drink either, but nights out with friends sometimes where I do have alcohol can still be so much fun. Hope this helps -- letting go and living in the moment is what we all deserve, and that is true balance! xx
You have inspired me to be on a healthier journey! The question I have is, do you have any tips for buying the same health stuff that you use on a budget? I have two daughters so I really need to be careful with my money.
Thank you for any advice!
Hi lovely! I am so thrilled to hear that you have been inspired by my journey! Yay for health. As far as shopping for healthy food on a budget... yes! One thing I love to do is hit up local farmer's markets for produce and specialty items like plant based protein powders, superfoods, honeys, bone broth, etc. Local farmers tend to give better deals, especially if you are buying in bulk for a full family. Also, shopping at Trader Joes versus Whole Foods always saves SO MUCH on my grocery shopping, without sacrificing the quality of the produce and products. When it comes to things I use all the time that are pretty expensive (protein powders, superfoods, yogurts, etc) I just buy the largest quantity they have so even though it's expensive... it lasts me for a LONG time. Also, always be on the lookout for deals and giveaways that healthy food brands are hosting online. It's amazing how often they host little sales !!! Also, bloggers are often hosting giveaways of these items (I do them all the time) -- so stay tuned for those!! <3 XO
I need your help.
So today at work I ordered food.. I usually get a discount. There was no manger.. so she told me I didn't have to pay.. so I took it.. now I feel guilty as all hell.. I am not a bad person..
this girl tells me she is my friend but I don't want her to tell.. uhh I want tomorrow to come faster!!
Do you think everything will be okay?
Hi there!! Well if she told you you didn't have to pay, then you didn't do anything wrong! I think anyone in your position would have done the same thing -- how are you supposed to pay if there is no one there to give your money to? If you are still feeling guilty about it, you can absolutely go back and pay them extra next time!!
Hi Jordan, I hope you don't mind me reaching out with something so triggering and personal. I'm in recovery. I have a past of anorexia and restriction, and perhaps now some bing eating (although, that was never formally diagnosed). My issue is my thin roommate, who used to boast about her fast metabolism is now on a "diet". For the past 8 days, she's been walking around the house looking at the calorie count on everything, saying things like "I am SO hungry", "I'm only eating X number of calories" (a number far too low" or "I can't eat, THIS, THIS, THIS". As someone who has to make a very cautious effort to eat certain things, knows what she is doing is dangerous and now struggles with the weight she's gained from recovery... it's tough. I've tried to ignore the comments or say things like "just try to eat healthy instead", but it gets to me. It got to the point last night where I said "can we just not talk diets, please, I'm really trying to stop that body hate myself"... she just doesn't get it. I've come to realize that this trigger will always be there, there are always media and diets... how do I protect myself? Admittingly, I am jealous of her ability to maintain this, since now if I try I'd just binge..... it's wrong and sick, I know.
Hi there! Ahhh I feel you, girl 🙁 that is a rough place to be in. Honestly, it is very hard to live with a roommate in general because in some ways and at some point their behaviors can be triggering. You're right that triggers will always be out there in media / fad diets / on the Internet, but it does suck when you have to live with it in your own home! And I know it is frustrating when people don't quite understand that saying "I'm SO hungry" and those types of things are very hard for someone in recovery to hear. It sounds like you're doing a good job being honest and letting her know that talking about diets so much is bothering you. I would take it another step and explain, "Look, I'm really sorry, but I am recovering from an eating disorder and I would really prefer not to put the emphasis on food and hunger all the time. I respect what you are doing and I hope your diet is making you feel great, but personally it's hard for me to talk about so consistently so I hope you can respect that." Or something along those lines. Be a little blunt. Being OPEN and honest about these kinds of things can be very helpful. Also, this is a situation where we can practice BOUNDARIES. As people in recovery (and as sensitive people in general), having boundaries is super important... or else other people's negativity and energy will get to us and drive us mad. Keep in mind whenever she talks about her diet that this is HER energy and not yours. Don't let her words and her experience suck YOUR energy away from you... just let it go in one ear and out the other. Keep in mind that you have done hard work to make your mind-body connection as strong as it is now, and that one day she will also get to that point. And then try to take your mind off of it!! Other people's issues are so not worth stressing about... even though I know it's easier said than done! I hope this helps!! I can relate because I used to have roommates like that too and it DROVE ME CRAZY -- I wish I had taken it more lightly and just let it go!
Thanks for your blog this week - I also have a super sensitive digestive system aggravated by years of disordered eating - still struggling to find balance in my life! I am a really all or nothing kind of girl and struggle so much with eating and what to eat and when😢 Any tips are always welcome thanks love ❤️ Sandra Xoxo 😘
Hi babe <3 I am so glad that the post resonated with you. All or nothing can be so hard, especially with our sensitive tummies!! I am so with you. If you haven't checked out my book, I think you would really be able to relate + there are lots of tips in the book that I share that have really helped me find balance. It's Breaking Vegan on Amazon + B&N... let me know if you check it out!! <3 xo
tips for balancing hormones?
Vital Proteins Beef Liver capsules, Collagen Peptides with morning coffee or breakfast, lots of healthy fats & eating balanced meals with at least 1 major rest-day per week <3
I need your help!
I have been wanting to create a YouTube channel and blog for a while now but everytime I go to do so the name that I like is taken.. I am trying to come up with a unique name right now! Could you please send prayers to me! I love your blog! Btw do you have any siblings?
ahhh so many names are taken these days, I totally feel your pain! Just be unique and be YOU, and if you think of something that is so so so *you* then there is no way it will be taken. It might have to be sort of long to get this accomplished!! Sending good vibes! And yes, I have three older siblings (two sisters and a brother), and I have 3 nieces and a nephew! <3
do you have any tips and tricks for staying healthy but still enjoying yourself around thanksgiving and the holidays? i am already worrying about thanksgiving dinner
omg yes I totally do. I am going to write a blog post today about my top tips to stay healthy during the holidays but still enjoy yourself... and the post will be live before thanksgiving!! hopefully tomorrow -- stay tuned. <3 thanks so much for asking! great Q.
How do I help a raw vegan friend that is going through miserable stage? I turned to omnivorous 10 months ago and I feel so much better but I do not want to scare her away!
Ahhh it is tough!!! I know. Honestly just be a positive, healthy example to her, and likely she will eventually follow your lead. Don't be too pushy about it, but just talk about and SHOW her how healthy you feel and she will probably want to feel that way too. 🙂 I have found the greatest way to inspire people to make a healthy change is to be a healthy example to them!! XO
Why do you think gluten is bad? I have seen articles from both sides. I have noticed gluten free things can be not as nutritional as the gluten version.
I don't think gluten is bad. I personally am gluten-free because I have an intolerance to wheat -- it inflames my stomach, gives me skin problems and makes me nauseous after I eat it. But I went through several blood tests to find that out. I do think the reason some people believe gluten is "bad" is because it's often used in conjunction with refined flour, which is not something we want to be putting into our bodies! Not ALL gluten-free products are "better" than products with gluten, but if you stick to organic, natural brands then you should be all good!
How old were you when you decided to commit to a healthy lifestyle? (Like started changing your eating habits or working out)
I was about 15 when I first started dabbling in health, doing yoga and exercising regularly!! But it wasn't until I was 22 that I really took in the "healthy lifestyle" as a WHOLE. I think starting young is GREAT, but also when we are young we have to be easy on ourselves and enjoy everything from starting to drink alcohol out with friends (if you want to!) to living the college dorm lifestyle (not always the healthiest options), and then it really makes you appreciate health and wellness when you reach that point in your life!
I am a 15 year old girl that loves sports and being athletic. I want to lose fat and gain muscle so that I can perform better in games and such. Do you have any workouts, diet plans, or just general tips for me?
Hi love!! Amazing, love to hear it. Yes, first and foremost I recommend a balanced diet full of lean protein, veggies, complex carbs (sweet potato, quinoa, rice, gluten-free grains) and to focus on listening to your body and nourishing yourself with healthy foods so that you never have the desire to overeat or to restrict and under eat!! On top of that, exercise like HIIT (high intensity interval training), yoga, running, or whatever makes YOU feel best will help you lose fat and gain muscle. Also lifting weights... I love the way lifting light weights makes me feel!
Hi Jordan! Last year, I started counting my calories and have stuck with it since. In the first couple months of me counting my calories, I lost about 10 pounds, but haven't lost any weight since. I've actually cut back on the calories, but still can't drop the extra pounds I want to lose. So, I guess, my question to you is, do you know why I can't seem to shed the last few pounds I've been trying to lose?
P.S. I love your blog and follow you on Instagram and am so inspired by all your posts!
Hi beauty! Ahhh yes, sometimes people just plateau once they hit a certain point -- I know I for sure have been there! Usually that is our bodies telling us we need more nutrients than we are getting, or even more different TYPES of nutrients than we are getting. When I plateau... I try a few things, like Bulletproof coffee for breakfast and waiting 15 hours between dinner and my first meal of the next day (balanced intermittent fasting) and focus on eating high-fat foods so they nourish my body and fuel me for exercise. And then I just really cut back on desserts and carbs because they do pack on a pound or two even if they're healthy. 😉 Just my honest advice, but don't go overboard with it -- keep listening to your body!!! <3
Hi Jordan! What's your opinion on fitness and meal plans such as the beach body guide and all the others that are out there?
Hi! I think some of them are totally great. Kayla Itsine's "Bikini Body Guide" and lots of healthy books and programs are out there on the market, it's just about choosing what works for YOU so you don't feel like you have to go overboard with the workouts and diets. Some of those fitness programs make it so you have access to a personal trainers' workouts, which is awesome! I prefer to take classes and workout on my own versus follow the programs, but I know lots of people who have seen great results from them! xo
i am always so hungry at night after i eat dinner and i end up binging. does this ever happen to you? i don't think i restrict myself during the day but i always need something after dinner and i can never keep it to a small portion
Hi! Hmmm I think my next podcast episode (up next week) will be VERY helpful to you because I interview nutritionist + health coach Kelly Leveque, and we talk ALL about balancing blood sugar and insulin so that those hunger swings don't happen. Basically, the desire to binge comes from a blood sugar crash, which can be caused by eating too sugary of foods, eating too often (because our insulin never has time to fully metabolize in our cells), or from restricting early on in the day. This has totally happened to me many times, but ever since I started learning more about what happens INSIDE of our bodies when we eat (and when we don't eat), I have been able to avoid the crashes more often!! Hope this helps. <3
Are you vegan?
Nope! You can read all about that in my book, Breaking Vegan (available here -- http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7)
how much calories do you eat?
I don't believe in counting calories. 🙂
Any tips for anxiety?
YES !!! Journaling, meditation, yoga, long soaks in the bathtub with essential oils (Clary Sage & Frankincense are some faves), being super honest & radically honest about your feelings with those close to you, THERAPY (just keepin' it real), rigorous exercise, and cutting toxic people + toxic foods/things out of your life. Food is medicine, so fueling yourself with nourishing, whole foods is super helpful. XO
Who won your awesome giveaway from signing up for your podcast?
Loved the interview with your mom in Podcast 2- very down to earth, real, and now I am following her instagram!
Hugs and Peace
Hi Lisa! Yay, so I am so glad to hear that! I chose 7 winners for the podcast giveaway... and let me tell you, it was SO HARD to choose because you're all awesome and all of you totally deserve to win. I ended up choosing based off of what each of the 7 said to me about loving the podcast, subscribing, their journeys, etc. The winners are announced in my blog post about the podcast with my mom!! Will definitely do more giveaways soon. And love that you're now following my mom! SO AWESOME. <3
For my blog I came up with believe and inspire! Do you like?
I'm slowly getting more & more interested in Ayrurvedic ways of eating/healing my gut/skin. Any book recommendations for beginners? I already know what type I am & I grabbed Kimberly Snyders new Radical Beauty book.
YESSSS love it. Also, check out "Yoga & Ayurveda" and also "Happy Belly" by Nadya Andreeva!
do you ever take rest days? where you don't workout at all?
Absolutely! I think rest days are so important. I try to take at least 1-2 a week, but some weeks I end up taking more. When we REST is when we give our bodies a legitimate chance to change and repair. <3
I am vegan (and want to keep being vegan)! Tonight I ate so much and sometimes feel like I can't stop. Tips? I still have to gain weight though...
Awww that is a rough feeling -- I totally get it. It sounds to me like your body is probably in need of nutrients that you aren't getting... I would consult a doctor or nutritionist to find out what your deficiencies are, and then go from there! Hormone imbalances and nutrient deficiencies can cause that feeling of extreme hunger where you can't stop... also blood sugar imbalances can cause that -- trust me, I suffered from that a ton when I was in the midst of my eating disorder. Not fun!! Sending u love!
I am feeling really sad theses days and got some sad news today that a co worker is leaving. I am really sad and don't know what do do! She is 4 years older then me we have a,ways had a pretty solid friendship and I am depressed. Any advice?
Awww I'm so sorry to hear that 🙁 it is rough when people you're close to move away (or leave where you work) and you won't see them as much anymore. I would say just be upfront with her about how much she means to you and make a solid effort to stay in touch and still spend plenty of time with her!! I've never worked in a traditional job setting so I don't know from experience, but I know a lot of my close friends have had their "work besties" leave their office and their friendship only gets stronger if anything -- you just have to make that effort outside of work and find things that you both love to do together!! Even a monthly dinner date or adventure date would be an awesome way to stay in touch. 🙂
do you still have slip ups with food where you get off track, binge, or feel shameful about eating so much or certain foods? or have you perfected a balanced healthy-eating lifestyle?
hi!! my relationship with food/fitness/health is definitely not perfect, but most days it is healthy and balanced because i always focus on how i FEEL more than anything else. i try to be as balanced as possible and stay away from depriving myself or overeating (or eating when i don't want to / feel like it)... and when i have an off day, i don't beat myself over it. that's the key -- our relationship to health is a lifelong lifestyle, not a one day make or break situation! i hope that helps. i have some tips for food freedom in my book, available on amazon if you're interested <3
I need your help..
a friend of mine just got into a relationship with this guy I don't know him but I heard through another friend they have been dating for some time. Which is fine although I am a bit sad because my friend no longer talks to me.. do you think it's because of her new relationship? Do you think it will last a while?
Hi! Hmmm I don't think that her being in a relationship is why she isn't talking to you anymore -- but I would need some more context!! Did you have a falling out, or did your communication slowly dwindle? If I were you, I would reach out and let you know that you miss her!! No harm there, and you get to express yourself and share your honest, authentic feelings! <3
Hi Jordan! Are you going to be having an event in LA anytime soon?
Hi hi!! Yes, I will be hosting some yoga classes around the holidays and will have some steady yoga classes soon in Brentwood -- will keep you all very updated about that!! Sign up for my newsletter if you haven't yet -- that's where I will send out the info!! <3
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I need your help!!
I was talking to a former co worker chatting about different things! We were ending a conversation when I said I miss you and I said the place where she worked with me before is definitely not the same with out her and that I miss her! Is that mean? She didn't respond.. I wrote back saying would never want to offend and it was not my intention. Help please 🙂
Hi hi!! Hmmm that sounds to me like she probably just got sidetracked in the conversation and didn't get back to you!! I don't think that is offensive to anyone at all. Good for you for following up and letting her know your intentions -- that's the best that you can do, and if she doesn't get it, that is definitely not your problem! <3
Hi Jordan, do you have any suggestions for declining food when offered, that you're sensitive too/make you feel bad or how to eat "differently" in social settings without feeling awkward? I eat out with friends a lot (I prefer it over the bar/club scene) but always give into whatever their eating (i.e: greasy burgers & fries) even though I don't necessarily even like that stuff over say a lettuce-wrapped trukey burger.
Hi hi! Yes, I totally get it. The main thing to remember is, YOU are the only one who lives in your body. You are the only one who knows what works and what does not work for you and your system. Any good friend should understand and support you ordering what works for you (i.e. a lettuce wrapped turkey burger) or else they're kind of judgmental and you MIIIIGHT not want to keep spending so much time with them. And it comes down to you -- you've gotta have the confidence to do what works for you, and explain to people why you are doing it!! Make sense? It takes a while to get comfortable, but once you do it makes a wooooorld of difference. Xoxo
Need help creating a blog name!
I like the words haven, inspire, true and balanced any ideas you get from that?
A blog name is such a personal thing, it's got to be YOU that comes up with it. If I knew you personally I'd love to brainstorm, but without knowing you -- I am too far removed from the situation to give my thoughts! I do LOVE the words you came up with. Riff off of those! 🙂
What do you think about weight watchers?
I think it's a good thing for people who need a kickstart into feeling/being healthier! I am not into the whole calorie counting thing, but I know it works for some people -- and I can support any type of lifestyle change that promotes health, wellness, and feeling good in our bodies. Are you considering trying it? xoxo
Hi Jordan, this may be random (but I admire your 'hustle' so much). How do you manage to get so much done in a day while still balancing fitness, healthy food, friends and self care? It feels like there are only so many hours in a day.
I love this!!! Yes, the hustle is REAL over here. Honestly, I've had to cut back a bit on the things that I've committed to in order to continue to prioritize fitness, healthy food, friends and self care ALONG with work, yoga training, training for races, etc. Ultimately I realized that what is MOST important is how we feel in our bodies and the people we surround ourselves with... so that helps me maintain a healthy work-life balance. Otherwise, I really just do what feels right to me and have created this career path in my life because it combines all the things I love!! It makes it easy to work and get things done so I have time for myself... plus, it's flexible. So I can work for 14 hours one day if I feel like it, and 2 hours the next!! Sometimes I really do that, and it weirdly works for me. I will have a whole chapter on this in my upcoming ebook, so stay tuned!! XO
Not a question, but I HAD to come here & tell you how much I LOVE you. Seriously, I mean this in the least creepiest way possible, I think we're friends. I've been reading your blog from the start, love your S.C & Instagram. You do SUCH important work for girls like me. Thank you <3
AWWW I LOVE that!! You are amazing. Thank you so much. I would love to know your name + email so I can send you a PERSONALIZED thank you for what a sweet message this is and how grateful I am to have had you following for all these years. And duh... we are friends. <3 xo
So I'm pretty much like you in that I'm an "all or nothing" type person- either chugging kale juice, eating salads etc etc or eating Oreos for dinner for the 12th night in the row..... how do you achieve balance while allowing yourself 'treats' but focusing on healthy food? Like how do you handle triggers?
Yep, extreme people for REAL!! I get it. Well, the triggers are hard. I find that everything in moderation works better for me than cutting things out entirely. I mean, I can cut things out for months or years on end, but eventually there will always be a day that restriction ends and I go overboard again with what has been so off limits. I try focusing on how I FEEL rather than anything else... and remembering that I do not feel good when I eat a whole dessert to myself or when I eat an acai bowl with tons of toppings for dinner (my weakness) instead of lean protein and veggies or something else more "balanced".... then I remember it's just not worth it. I am so focused on feeling good, it makes the rest a lot easier. I hope this helps. <3 xoxo
Hi Jordan, can you just give me some examples of filling dinners you may have on the go...I often study in the library late at night.
Yes, this is great! I like to make a little "whole" of good, healthy yumminess on the go. Like roasted veggies (brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and squash are some of my current faves), quinoa, black beans & avocado! Or a salad with lean protein and veggies. Sometimes when I'm really on the go I get a packaged meal from Whole Foods that is perfect for eating in the library or during one of my nighttime yoga training classes. I also LOVE nuts, Perfect Bars, and protein shakes on the go!
Hi Jordan, how did you get into running? I've tried on & off a few times, but never could stick with it. I have never been able to run for more than 4-5 minutes.... any tips?
Well, that's exactly where it starts! Running for 4-5 minutes at a time. 🙂 The way I started training for the LA Marathon was by running 30 minutes outside every other day, and then working my way up to 45 minutes, and then an hour... etc. My long runs were on the weekends, and I gradually increased those over a 6 month period from one hour runs to 3.5 hour runs!! Then, next thing I knew, I was running a marathon!! Hope this helps <3 you've got this! XO
Hi Jordan, this may seem 'out there' but I'm asking you as a friend. I recently moved in with a new roommate. She's a vegetarian (I'm not, but I do eat mostly vegetarian). She loves to cook (& I consider it a success when I can scramble an egg). Anyways, turns out, she doesn't have the healthiest of habits. In the past two months, I've had more take out and meals out then ever (I turned 23 before ever trying Taco Bell). Besides it being expensive, I've gained wait, I feel horrid, my skin is yucky.... and I'm triggered. You see, I'm a recovering binge eater (former restricter before that) & so eating these things, just sends me into a spiral. I can't just eat, say a McDonalds meal or 2 slices of pizza... I'll need the ENTIRE pizza etc. It's not healthy. I told her how I've been feeling (leaving out the ED part- I dont think she'd get it...how do you explain that you just cant control yourself around food) and in turns she's been cooking dinner for us. I can be healthy for breakfast and lunch because Im at school or work, but dinner it's hard. Nothing she makes is THAT unhealthy (yesterday was questadilla's with tons of beans, cheese, peppers and sour cream) but it still triggers me. I miss my old 'dinners' of large salads, soups etc......... How do I refuse her meals without have her suspicious or offended? Or how do I just eat some of her healthier meals without going overboard? Thanks
Hi love! Ahhh, I totally get it. That is so tough. Honestly, just be super upfront with her. Tell her that you are struggling with food (you don't even have to use the words "ED", you can just say "struggles" "unhealthy habits" "loss of control" etc) and that you really need to stick to a specific plan. Tell her that certain unhealthy ingredients trigger you and make you feel out of control, so you need to stick to cleaner meals for the most part to get yourself on track. If you are open and tell her that you just need some support and understanding, you'd be astounded how far that can go. Being open about my eating issues rocked my WORLLLDD and changed everything for me. It was amazing!! Sending you love, always here. Xo
What are your favorite post workout meals? Do you eat different things based on your workout?
I do eat different things based on my workouts! If it was a really intense HIIT workout with lots of running, I focus on protein and up my carbs a bit. Lean chicken, turkey, fish and sweet potato are some go-to faves. Also LOVE eggs post-workout and "protein oats" -- oatmeal with egg whites and protein powder!! SO good! And protein shakes are a huge part of my diet. 🙂
do you take any vitamins or supplements?
Yes!! I take b-12, vitamin D, and take a little concoction of essential oils that keep me feeling cal and balanced. 🙂 I also take collagen peptides twice a day from Vital Proteins, and Beef Liver from the same company!!
I have a quick question.
At work we have lists that we put who's working and so fourth. A girl and my name is on it and we are friends. I feel guilty for some odd reason I feel like I may have said something on that list even though I didn't and nothing was on that list before I checked but I feel guilty that something was written on it and I am feeling guilty any thoughts.
Hmmm what do you feel guilty about? I am not sure if I understand what the purpose of the list is! It's for who's working the hardest, or not working very hard? If you don't think you did anything wrong, your gut is probably right so I would not worry too much. <3
hi jordan! i really fell of the wagon recently and i am having a lot of trouble staying motivated to eat well and maintain my exercise routine. my friends aren't very healthy eaters so it's hard to stick to my healthy diet. what would you do in this situation?
Hi! Ahhh I totally get it. When I fall off the wagon, I usually do make a very serious pact with myself to get back on it -- and I start by making healthy choices, non-negotiable, for 3 days straight. After those 3 days, I am already feeling better and more healthy and balanced, so it makes it easier to stay ON the wagon. It's all about just STARTING, and maintaining it in the beginning long enough to reap the benefits from it!! <3
Do you have any thoughts on white vs brown rice? Which is better? Is brown rice really that bad due to arsenic? I love rice and I get so confused by all this conflicting health information. Thank you!
I like both!! I actually find white rice easier to digest for my super sensitive stomach, but everyone's bodies are so different! Brown rice is lower glycemic and has more protein, which is a plus. And quinoa is great too if you are looking for a more protein-rich option!!
Hi jordan! Do you think i can make your pumpkin chocolate loaf with a chia or flax egg?? I love that there is no sweetner added. Im into the slightly sweet savory snacks. Cant wait to try it!
Hi!! Oooh you're going to LOVE if you aren't a huge sweets person -- same as me! You can definitely make them with chia or flax egg. You can also make without any egg substitute at all, just be sure to add more nut butter to make the consistency less dense!! The original version of these are on my blog under "pumpkin almond butter oat bars" - and those are vegan & egg-free, if you wanna check that recipe out!
hey! are there other health bloggers that you follow?
oh yes!! SOOOO many. i LOVE (in no particular order bc they're all awesome): Lauryn's The Skinny Confidential, Geri's Because I'm Addicted, Chocolate Covered Katie, RachLMansfield, Shut The Kale Up, Lexi's Clean Kitchen, Kathryn Budig's blog, The Southern Yogi on Instagram (basically like an Instagram blog), My Name is Yeh, The Healthy Maven, Realfoodology, Lee from America, and SOOOO many more. They are all so great!! I get inspiration from reading other people's stuff. 🙂 xo
do you eat dessert? if so when? and are there certain foods you never eat or never let yourself eat?
yes, i do eat dessert!!! i LOVE the brand Lily's chocolate bars... they are sweetened with stevia so no extra sugar -- and they are SO good. also Eating Evolved is another delicious brand of chocolate, PB cups, etc that is totally healthy and natural. and when i am out with family and friends... i always take a bite of dessert if i want it!! i just don't overdo it. i have a little bit of dessert every day because i love it, and it helps me from feeling deprived. 🙂
hi jordan! i know you are recovered from your disordered eating but do you still find yourself struggling sometimes? do you still have those "fear foods" or "triggers?" i am recovering but sometimes i still have trouble allowing myself certain foods. can you relate?
oh yes, i definitely still struggle!! i think even when we are fully recovered, we still struggle. it is sort of a part of our personalities, us perfectionists. the BEST way i try to avoid this is by filling my body and my diet with a ton of healthy fats (avocado, coconut butter, coconut oil, full fat yogurt, wild salmon, olive oil, etc) -- it satiates me and reminds my body that i do NOT deprive anymore. and when i crave something sweet... i eat it! in moderation. i know that depriving myself of something always tends to hurt me in the long run. i ALSO fill my time with things that i love -- because that is always a great distraction from food issues / thinking about deprivation. I hope this helps!! sending you love! xo
I have a question for you.
I am trying to create a blog and add a YouTube channel as another component but I am having a hard time sticking towards the name. I thought about peaceful clarity but I don't know if I like it.
On my blog I talk about fitness, wellness and skincare. - any ideas?
A blog is a very personal thing to choose a name for, so without knowing you or seeing any sample posts, I don't think I'd be able to give much advice or choose for you! I think it's gotta feel right to YOU, because this is going to be your baby and perhaps one day your business. 🙂 excited for you!
Hi Jordan, if you know you're going to have a wild girls night (or just a night where there will be booze, drunk food, etc etc) how do you prepare during the day?
That is a great question!! During the day I make sure to get a sweat in, get lots of rest the night before, and eat really well (lots of healthy stuff + greens) during the day so that by nighttime it's only a few drinks (plus maybe some drunk food) that I have to recover from the next day -- and not a whole day's worth of craziness + no workout + bad sleep!! Does that make sense? Basically I *balance* it by lots of good, healthy stuff during the day! I love going out with friends at night even if it doesn't always fall into my usual healthy lifestyle choices-- we have to live and have fun too!
Hey Jordan! I have a question about running...I use to be so into my running schedule and making goals for myself, but recently I have had no desire to get out and run on a weekly basis. I have been running on a treadmill for about a month and finally made it up to 6 miles, but even when I take a week off I have no desire to get back out there. This past Monday I went on a good run outside and felt great, but still I don't want to go out and run again. Last year I ran a half marathon and had a blast training for it...I felt so amazing after I finished up the race. Do you ever go through periods where you get sick of running/any type of workout that you do? How do you keep up your energy? Thank you!! xo Liz
Hey babe!! Making it up to 6 miles on the treadmill is KILLER and something you should be very proud of. Even for frequent distance runners, 6 miles is not an easy distance. And guess what? It's okay if you don't love running!! You can find that sweet spot between being obsessed with running and absolutely hating it... and just do what feels comfortable for you! I am a big proponent of challenging ourselves to do workouts that don't come easily to us (*ahem* me + running, for SURE), but I am also big on not doing any type of workout consistently that you don't actually ENJOY. I also think we go through "seasons" with what we are into, fitness-wise. To be honest, ALL I've wanted to do is yoga lately. I could happily go to 2-3 classes a day and do nothing else and be happier than ever. Does it stress me out a bit that I haven't been running as much? YES, especially because I am signed up for a half marathon in less than a month!! But it's okay, and I am being easy on myself about it. I think it's worth getting yourself out there at least a couple of times a week to keep up your running fitness, but if you really aren't enjoying it... just do something else instead!! Sweating + getting your heart pumping is really the only goal, unless you're training for something specific. <3 in a short... you're not alone!! XO
Kind of personal, but do you take birth control pills? I just started a few months ago and have put on a lot of weight and just feel all around not too great about myself. I want to stay healthy and fit but these darn pills seem to be getting in the way! Thanks 🙂
I always eat when I'm bored. I just enjoy it, I'm eating healthy stuff but I find myself putting on some lbs from mindless eating. Any tips? Love your blog! Xo
Hey hey!! Yes, my main tip is to fill your diet with a lot of healthy fats... like avocado, coconut oil, coconut butter, olive oil, full fat yogurt (if you're not sensitive to dairy), ghee / grass fed better, wild salmon, etc. And limit your intake of sugar.. even fruit sugars!! That will help you stay full and have the desire to snack less. Our bodies actually produce more insulin when we snack in between meals, which can lead to fat storage. That is my best tip-- cutting back on snacking by filling my diet with fat rich, nutrient-dense foods has been a game changer!
Hi Jordan! Love your blog by the way! I am currently in college in Southern California and have just recently gotten into yoga. Unfortunately, I'm on a college budget and can't spend a fortune on all the awesome studios here. Do you have any suggestions for a broke college student? Thanks!!
Hi Maria!! Ah, I totally understand the struggle. Yoga is expensive in LA / So Cal!! (And everywhere, really.) There are a lot of free yoga videos on YouTube and on different teachers' / trainer's sites, and I think that joining an online membership like Udaya.com, MyYogaWorks.com or YogaGlo.com is all more affordable than joining a studio. Also, listen to some yoga podcasts and then once you nail some sequences on your own you can totally practice at home!! All you need is a basic knowledge of the poses and sun salutations and then you can get creative with it and be your own teacher for the most part. It's such a beautiful way to learn yoga and get your body acquainted with it. I will keep posting my favorite poses & sequences, which will always be free and accessible to you guys. OH and come to my yoga events if you're in the LA area!! XO
Hi Jordan! Have you considered going on tour? I mean for things such as pop-up events, workshops, teaching yoga, etc.. I would love to meet you in person! #tbbtribe
Hi! WELL, going on tour would basically make my world go round!! I LOVEEE meeting you guys and getting to connect face to face. Hopefully with starting to teach yoga more I will have the chance to go on tour and hit a lot of big cities-- also hopefully with more books I'll have the opp to do that as well! I will definitely keep you all very posted. #tbbtribe ALL the way!! <3 <3
Hi Jordan, I've just found your blog and love your honesty! I'm a strict vegetarian and have been since I was 7 years old. I'm struggling to find a lifestyle that is fulfilling and healthy - everything seems to have cheese in it as a vegetarian and so I'm looking into vegan options as a healthy and exciting alternative to eat well and be excited about food again - difficult when you struggle to lose weight. I want to write a blog and do a YouTube channel about it as I'm constantly experimenting with food, but I worry that because I'm not a professional it could be harmful to people reading/watching it? I'm not a nutritionist or personal trainer - just a girl trying to figure what works for her! lol... Any help or advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
Hi girl! Thanks so much for the kind words, and YES I can totally relate to the struggle! Glad to hear you're dabbling with finding healthier options so you can feel your best. 🙂 You can totally start a YouTube channel and blog without being an expert! Just don't ever claim to be giving medical advice and don't answer people's questions as the "end all be all" to what they're trying to fix... it's okay to give tips as a "friend"/blogger/YouTuber, just with the disclaimer that you aren't a nutritionist! No harm there as long as there is always transparency and honesty behind it. I say go for it!!
Watched your videos with Brandin. You two are super adorable together and it's very obvious there is chemistry there! You both need to make it official!
Haha awww Brandin is one of my closest friends and we have so much fun together. We definitely give off the chemistry vibe because we are crazy close -- but no matter what he is to me he is hugely important in my life!! Stay tuned for more videos with him and maybe a podcast episode or two... 😉
You talk about how you struggled with orthorexia. I have too can you talk about it a little more or point me to the page or blog where you first wrote about your experiences with it? Thanks!!
Yes! Search for "Why I'm Transitioning Away from Veganism" in my search bar and it will bring you to my first post with it! Then just scroll to "next post" to continue reading. Also, my book Breaking Vegan is all about my orthorexia struggle and recovery. You can purchase it here if you're interested -- http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7 !! Xo
Do you eat something sweet everyday?
Usually! I never say that I do anything "every day" because every day really is so different, but mostly every day I have something sweet! Whether it be an almond milk latte sweetened with stevia, a piece of dark chocolate, some fruit with honey, a Perfect Bar... I usually crave sweet! I just love it. But I do have days where I have no sweets and I enjoy those days too. <3
Hey Jordan! I have loved following your blog, insta, and reading your book-i am actually reading it for the second time right now! Anyway, my question is regarding juice cleansing. I just got off of a vacation where I threw my healthy eating habits out the window, and I am interested in doing a partial juice/smoothie cleanse for about 5 days. What are your thoughts about juice cleansing now? Do you have any tips? I don't want to do a strictly juice type of cleanse, I want to be able to eat other solid foods during this time so my metabolism doesn't crash once I pickup normal foods afterward. Nervous, but thought you may have an answer!!
Hi! So glad to hear that you are a fan of the book, blog and insta!! All of that means the world to me. Yes, I think that partial juice cleansing is the way to go... Definitely not all juice with no solid food all day because it just turns into a deprivation cycle and your body needs more! I think it's okay to kickstart with a green juice every day, and focus on easy-to-digest soups (there are some delicious veggie soup recipes!!) and end the day with more veggies and a grain or some lean protein. Also, incorporate healthy fats into your cleanse! Avocado, coconut oil, coconut butter, nuts, etc because that will keep your metabolism up and also keep your blood sugar stable! Way better than all juice like I once used to do. <3 You want sustainable!! xo
Hey Jordan, when you were in Italy was it hard for you adjusting to their eating habits? I'm living in Spain for the year and while there is lots of good food, their diet is very heavy and the "alternative" foods that I'm used to eating are either not available or very expensive. I've struggled with Orthorexia in the past and I find myself getting kind of stressed not having my typical "safe" foods (I miss my food processor and blender!). I'm trying to have a balanced approach and be open to a different culture but this week for some reason has been hard food wise. Do you have any advice?
Yes, it WAS hard for me!! I totally get it. It's really difficult to be in a different country/culture and be so far outside of our comfort zone with food and routine. First of all-- big kudos to you for adventuring and doing something different, even if it's totally difficult to get used to. My best advice is... find a way to *balance* the Spanish culture with your own food preferences. For example, I struck a pretty good balance in Italy with their typical pasta/big lunch/late dinner thing (even though it was really hard for me to get used to) with my OWN preferences toward lots of veggies, small lunch, early dinner... and tried to meet in the middle most days. I wanted to enjoy the food of the culture without getting too stuck in my own head. Also, I ditched the scale. I definitely gained some weight living in Italy, especially because Italy is not big on exercise, and I was totally fine with it. I look back on those days so fondly, it was all worth it. ALSO I had my mom send me granola in large batches... so at least I started the day out with *my* food preferences each day! I hope this helps. <3
hey Jordan!! I love your look and your website! its awesome youre willing to share the things you do to encourage and help others. I am curious as to know what your height and weight is????
Hi! That is a quite personal question and I don't feel comfortable sharing that online, especially because I don't really believe in weighing myself very often, but my height is 5' 4''!
I have a friend, we don't really know each other very well, only new her for a year I mean we work together. She ol lows me on social media, she used to like some of my photos but not anymore.. Do you think she is my real friend?
Hmmm -- I definitely think she is still your real friend even if she still doesn't like your photos! I have tons of friends & acquaintances who's photos I don't always like all the time, but it doesn't mean I don't like them as people. I wouldn't take it personally. 🙂
Hey! What podcasts do you listen to?
Hey!! I've recently gotten into podcasts, and I am LOVING the Beautiful Writers podcast hosted by Linda Sivertsen, The Bitch Bible by Jackie Schimmel, Lauryn Evarts & Michael Bosstick's "Him & Her", Two Dope Queens, and my intern has one called Actually Adultish that is awesome!
I really try to avoid processed food, even if it's "healthy." But there are some good ones out there with wholesome ingredients. What are your favorites? (granola, bars, dried fruits, crackers, etc)
Yes! Great question! Because sometimes we DO have to "live a little" and not make everything from scratch. I love nut butter brands like Wildfriends & Justin's (also Justin's PB cups when I want a treat are LIFE), Perfect Bars, Quest Bars (in moderation bc of the sucralose), Julian's Bakery Paleo bars, Mary's Gone Crackers, and a bunch of Trader Joes brand cereals!!
Hi Jordan! Do you think it's possible to eat too much fruit?
Hi! While all bodies are different, I do think it's possible to eat too much fruit. For example.. I really can't have more than 2 servings of fruit a day without feeling bloated and without my blood sugar spiking a little (leaving me hungrier later). Fruit has a lot of natural sugar, so it's something to eat in moderation! Although it's beautiful, whole, food from the earth, so I'd choose it over refined sugar any day!
I have two quick questions for you.
1st being I need your help, I need to remain my blog and YouTube channel because someone already has mine! I need to strong names, I talk about wellness, balance and creating a healthy lifestyle. Any ideas?
2nd does it mean your friend doesn't like you if they say they are always busy but like others photos? Thanks
Hi! For the YouTube and blog names -- try something with your first name + Welless, like... "Jordan's Wellness Journey" or something like that! 2nd, I don't think it means they don't like you! Maybe you just aren't on the top of their mind. Reach out and be honest about how you're feeling. Ask if you've done anything wrong! It never hurts to be open and honest, even when it's tough to do.
Hi Jordan I need your help.
I reached out 3 times to a friend but no response? Do you think she wants wants the friendship?
Hi! Hmmm I need a little more context -- were you in a fight or arguing about something? Or are you just reaching out and saying hi? Sometimes people are super busy or have other things taking up their mind, so I wouldn't give up on the friendship just yet. I say be super honest and express yourself and just say "are we good? i feel like you may be avoiding me -- did I do something?" being honest and speaking from the heart can never hurt. let me know how it goes!
hey jordan! i'm a 20 year old college student and i have a very active and healthy lifestyle. i love working out daily and eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains. i have good discipline and i never thought i had disordered eating because i really love how i feel when i workout and eat whole foods. but recently i've been having trouble with the nightlife, drinking, and drunk eating that usually happens every weekend. do you ever struggle with this? i'm afraid of going out with friends because it'll hurt my health goals.
hi!! ahhh yes i totally feel you -- i had that experience in college as well where i felt like alcohol and staying out late would kind of derail and mess with my health goals. but i am so glad that i didn't let that stop me from having fun in college, going out to events & staying out late on the weekends more often than not. i have such fond memories from those days -- and i was somehow able to bounce back and still wake up early / exercise, etc. but that's just ME. we are all different and if you're feeling over the going out scene there is nothing wrong with that... there are always other ways to connect and hang with your friends. that's how i am now! i barely ever go out but still see my friends all the time in other ways. <3 AND when you do go out and drink, just keep the drinks to a minimum! when you aren't hungover it helps a lot the next day. :)
I already went to the gym this morning. I don’t have anything left for tonight (I mean theres always stuff I SHOULD do, but nothing really pressing)….. what do people do after work when theres nothing to do & they don’t shower?
Great question-- because I am in your boat tonight and am going to have to pull myself away from work so I can relax and do something fun instead of being a workaholic! I love making plans with friends, going on walks outside, grabbing a bite to eat somewhere fun or new, talking on the phone with a friend, reading, writing, brainstorming new projects... There are lots of fun things to do with free time. I hope this helps!! Xo
Do you like hey balanced and true for an email
Great words! Yep.
I loved your tribe post! Do you have any advice for when friends grow apart or break ups... essentially letting go to people who you love and shared so much with, but who no longer want to be friends or serve you?
Thank you so much! AH yes, this has been incredibly hard for me. I have the most trouble letting go of people I was once close to... but honestly, remembering that the friendship no longer serves me and reminding myself of all of the reasons why helps me keep a clean break and feel good about it. There are people I was close to for nearly a decade that I hardly talk to anymore, and when I start to miss them I remind myself that while there were great times with them -- there were also really challenging, draining, emotionally painful times that I do NOT miss. In order to cultivate a happy, whole, inspired life -- those draining friendships and relationships just realllllyyy don't work in the longterm. Sometimes as time goes on those people can be a part of your life again, but remember that for YOUR happiness (and ultimately theirs too) distance can be a beautiful thing. I try to "never say never" or close the door on someone completely because to me, THAT is painful. It's more of a gradual, spend less time ruminating about the challenges kind of thing for me and then slowly pulling away. I hope this helps. <3
Hi Jordan, what are some wellness things you HAVE to incoporate daily, evenon the busiest of days?
BEST question. My wellness routine is non-negotiable! Every day I must... stretch (even if I can't make it to a full yoga class, some major stretching and mini-yoga sesh goes down in my apartment), make sure to check in with myself and BREATHE through the stress of a busy day, eat healthy (it's most important to me on my busiest days - so that I can feel good on the inside at least!) and break a sweat. Sweating it out & getting my heart pumping is my #1 go-to for busy, stressful days. A few other, subtle things... tongue scraping, getting enough sleep, sipping on green tea, oil pulling with coconut oil, surrounding myself with positive people and good vibes, and journaling. <3 I basically live and breathe wellness... hehe
Any tips on beating carb cravngs (for unhealthy white carbs or candy)
Yes!! Fill up on healthy fats -- in my experience, it helps cut cravings biggggg time. Some of my favorite sources of healthy fat are avocado, coconut butter, coconut oil, nuts, olive oil, and freshwater fish. If you count ingredients and not calories -- you can eat these foods in abundance and you'll prob start to feel a lot better / more energized / experience less unhealthy cravings!! XO
I've been absolutely horrible with my eating habits for the past 2 months, due to some stress and changes and gained 18 lbs in 2 months. Any tips on getting back with it?
AHhh I feel you-- never a good feeling. Stress is a very real thing when it comes to how it affects our food intake / what we want to put into our bodies. As far as getting back into it.. You might want to consider jumpstarting with a detox! That always helps me get re-inspired and re-motivated to get back on the weekend. There are some great detoxes that include food, like Elissa Goodman's SOUP detox, and the Philosophie cleanse. Another thing you can do is just promise yourself that you are going to get back into the swing of things, and make healthy action steps to follow!! Having a self-care routine really helps. I like to meditate in the morning, journal, make sure to get a ton of sleep, take baths, etc and all sorts of things that keep me centered and peaceful. The inside is where it all begins. <3 xo
Hi Jordan, I was wondering during recovery did you lose your hair?
My hair got very thin during the worst of my orthorexia, and thickened back up in about 6 months to a year after I began recovery. I also took b12 supplements which I think helped. Not fun to have your hair come out in clumps in the shower!
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Good question. 😉 Probably a lot of wood..!
Hi Jordan! Just curious- what's your middle name?
i am having a hard time creating an email.
how did you pick yours?
My email is the same as my blog name!
hi!! does anxiety and over thinking go away when you stop paying attention to it and just live your life?
It depends on the person and where the anxiety is stemming from! I don't really think that anxiety goes away if you just stop paying attention to it-- but that is definitely a helpful first step. Just get out there and live your life and have the confidence to do so, and the anxiety will lessen. Also try different self-care methods like meditation, yoga, exercise, therapy, massage, journaling, etc. Find what works for YOU and you might be astounded with what you find most helpful. <3
What are your biggest pet peeves?!
OOOOH very good question because I have a ton of them -- LOL. I absolutely cannot stand the sound of people chewing. Cannot STAND it. I have what they call "misophonia..." the fear and hatred of certain sounds. For me it's people chewing with their mouth open, chewing loudly, chewing strangely... Ahhh I can't stand any of it. I also have a pet peeve about fake people and people who act differently around some people than they do around others (a.k.a social climbers). Also cannot stand excessive throat clearing, sniffing, etc. For me it's really a ton of sounds that bug the ISH out of me!!
You have the most beautiful smile! how do you keep your teeth so white? 🙂
Aww thank you so much!! I don't do anything super special to keep them white but I brush and floss every day, use a tongue scraper (here is a link if you're interested-- I am obsessed-- http://rstyle.me/n/bzt5k6bejn7), and I also do oil pulling about twice a week!!
(http://rstyle.me/n/bzt5nibejn7 -- some oil to use for pulling!). And mouthwash. I swear by it. I need to chew gum less too lol because that is the only thing I do that is not good for my teeth!!
For my email I chose
findingtruebalanceandhappiness do you like it?
Yes, I do! As long as you like it -- I am happy for you. That is truly the only thing that matters when choosing a blog name.
Hi Jordan! The questions about Hudson below made me think- besides him, what's your favorite animal!?
Also, do you have any other pets? I thought I remember seeing a cute puppy on your snapchat and instagram. I am thinking about getting a dog but I'm not sure if I'm ready for that kind of responsibility yet. How do you balance your busy schedule with taking care of your animals?
Hey!! That is a great question-- besides cats I absolutely love puppies, and in an ideal world I'd have a monkey. 😉 I have always been obsessed with monkeys. The golden retriever puppy is my close friend's dog, Holden! I kinda feel like I am his mama hehe. He will be in an upcoming insta of mine... keep an eye out for it! And as far as balancing my schedule with Huddy, having a cat has been perfect for me because I work from home so Hud gets a ton of love and attention most days. But I do have a wild and wacky life schedule, so I don't always get to be here with him. If I had a dog that I had to take out for walks all day -- I would struggle with balancing my sched. One day I want a dog but that will be when my life settles down more! <3
I had a question!
For my blog I thought of theses ideas! Let me know if you like them and if theses make sense!
Yep! They make sense, and I like them. 🙂
She likes to sleep in her bed too!
Totally unrelated, but I was also wondering besides the name TBB, do you have any nicknames that your friends/family call you?
Aww so cute! Yes, I have a lot of nicknames-- hardly anyone calls me by my full name! My family calls me Jojo and a lot of my close friends call me that as well. They also call me Jo & Joj. And my best friend who's name is also Jordan calls me Jor! Also someone very close to me calls me Hunter, my middle name. 🙂 I love it all!!
Hi! I love reading your blog and I too have a cat (her name is Audrey)!! I was wondering, where's Hudson's favorite place to sleep?
Awww so cute!! Hudson sleeps in my arms almost every night-- it's SO adorable. He also likes to sleep in his little cat bed at the foot of my bed, and sometimes under the bed! Where does your kitty like to sleep? xx
Need your opinion!
What one do you like?
The second one!
How should i go back to a non-vegan, healthy diet? I ate eggs for the first time (after 6 months) and my stomach was a bit upset.
Take it slow! So proud of you for listening to your body and making the changes that you felt were necessary. Try reintroducing one new thing per week-- eggs, fresh water fish, organic chicken, whatever you're comfortable with. Be patient with your body and if the digestion issues continue, consider taking a daily probiotic and some enzymes to help you build your stomach enzymes back up to break these foods down that are now sorta foreign to your bod! <3
What is your favorite color up in dis blog?
My favorite color up in dis blog is lime green. 😉 (in dis bitch)
I am a 15 year old vegan and as I read your blog your story seems to fit to mine. I often forget the true reason I became vegan and I have lost 30 pounds in the process. I am now eating more and making vegan desserts and such but I still think about food all the time. Why is this happening?
Hi girl, I am sorry to hear that! I definitely can relate. I think your body is probably in need of more variety -- perhaps you aren't getting all of the nutrients you need. If you want to stay vegan for reasons that make you (and your body) happy, you might want to see a nutritionist to see what your nutritional deficiencies are. If you are open to incorporating more variety -- freshwater fish, eggs, etc -- it MAY be a good idea. Everyone's bodies are so different I can't say exactly what you may be deficient in, but likely your body needs more nourishment!!! Talk to a nutritionist or a functional medicine doctor to get some tests done and figure out what those are. <3
For the email for my blog I have picked abalancedandtruejourney do you like it?
Absolutely!! Love it!
Hi Jordan, I CRAVE your lifestyle. I'm jealous (but in a 'so happy for you' way- not in a mean way). I'm on a VERY tight budget being an international medical student so I can't afford retreats, a yoga membership, expensive honeys etc. Any tips on how to somehow achieve your wellness "splurges"?
Hi!! I totally understand. I feel lucky to have access to so much wellness-related stuff because of what I do for a living, where I live, etc. I think I will write a blog post for "wellness on a budget"!! I think that would be helpful to many people. A few quick tips... get outside! Going for a run, a pretty hike, or doing a HIIT class (maybe from a podcast) outdoors is totally free and available to anyone. Check out websites like udaya.com, myyogaworks.com, and yogaglo.com to download podcasts (I think they all have free weeks available) from some of the best yoga teachers in the world -- right at your fingertips! Also, farmer's markets are definitely my fave for shopping healthy on a budget. Same with Trader Joe's. Or pick a day with your friends to have your own "mini retreat" and do a yoga class on a gorgeous hiking path somewhere!! That can be just as fun and lovely. <3
This is just meant to be fun 🙂 WHat are some facts we don't know about you?
I love this question!!! Hmmm, facts you may not know about me... Hudson is my FIRST animal ever, my parents never let me have animals growing up and I always, always wanted a kitten or a puppy. I did have fish growing up through. 🙂 I am the youngest of four children, and I have 3 nieces and one nephew. My family is totally my life. I LOOOVE to write fiction, not just non-fiction bloggy kind of stuff. I am working on a novel right now that I write in my free time, and it's a blast. <3 keep these questions coming!! Love the random facts. <3
I'm writing a PhD dissertation, which I can only imagine being similar to your book-writing process (tons of time sitting, stress, deadlines, editing etc). Any ideas on how to stay healthy during this process, when I have a time crunch which motivates me to sit at my desk day-night & eat nasty snacks?
AHHH I totally get it. I can so relate. Well, first of all -- evert 20 mins getting up to do some light stretching and take a little walk around your apartment (or dorm, wherever you live!) is great for the nervous system, your body and for your stress levels -- especially cortisol. Also having a meditation practice (even if its just 5 minutes) first thing in the morning, and when you're done working for the day will work wonders on your relaxation levels and being able to wind down and be in a good, healthy headspace before and after studying. Also, have tons of healthy snacks at your disposal! Steamed veggies with hummus, fruit with nut butter, lots of yummy legumes / grains to have for lunch, etc. That will help you from reaching for the bad stuff!! And of course not being caffeine dependent -- that will keep you craving all the sugary sweet stuff. <3
This is going to seem like a very silly question to ask of a wellness blogger, but I've been a fan for so long, I sometimes forget we're not "friends in real life". I love my life. I feel like I'm at a good place. I want to share it with someone knew. I'm 25 & never had a boyfriend, have only gone on 4 dates (all this year & because of Tinder) &after each one, I've never heard from them again. I'm sweet, authentic, an introvert by nature (though I try not to be shy on these dates).... I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any ideas of where to meet boys or not scare them away?
Hi!!! This is not a silly question at all!! LOVE that you are asking this, and love that we are friends on the Internet 😉 it's so fun to have you reading. Honestly, just be YOURSELF and put yourself out there!! It's definitely not easy to totally be yourself with someone youve never met before, especially for those of us who are sort of shy, but that doesn't mean you can't be you and let that sweetness shine through. When you meet the right guy, you will most certainly hear back and he will make you feel as special and wanted as you deserve. Keep putting yourself out there! I am not a big fan of dating apps or meeting on the Internet, I think that meeting guys in REAL life is the way to go. Going to do things you like, like signing up for a yoga retreat or going dancing at a country bar or whatever it is that YOU like -- that way you can meet new people in authentic and fun ways. I think those are where real connections stem from. And have a wing woman with you, a friend who you can be totally yourself with and so comfortable! I hope this helps.. I'll keep adding ideas as I think of them!! XO
Hi Jordan, I just moved to the Big City to work with a mentor of mine in research and I don't know anyone. I've always lived in way small towns and had a close knit family and lots of friends so this is an adjustment. Any tips on surviving
Hi! Ahhh I totally understand. It's crazy going through a big move and also not knowing anyone -- I am actually writing a post non "how to find your tribe" in your city, that is going live this week! Keep an eye out for it. My main advice is to do things you love and that you're passionate about, and then you'll naturally meet likeminded people in the process. I.e. gyms, yoga studios, running groups, whatever you're into and you will start meeting people that way. And being okay with doing YOU and knowing that you're in this city to focus on your goals and try new things. Have the confidence to know how awesome you are and that what youre doing takes bravery -- the beginning is always the hardest, and it gets easier and easier. <3 xo
I don't have a question, exactly, but I wanted to applaud you for the way you deal with this Q&A forum. People have asked you extremely personal questions and you've responded with honesty & compassion and others have made negative comments, and you continue to respond with positivity & grace. It's a breathe of fresh air.
thank you so much!! that is an incredible thing to hear -- really means a lot to me. i try my best to be as positive and open as possible. sending love to awesome humans like you! <3
For an email what option do you like?
Whichever rings true most to you!! Choosing a blog and email name is such a personal experience -- I think it has to feel best to you. I would match it to your blog name as closely as possible!
Thanks for your suggestions Jordan!
Do you think I should name my youtube channel that as well?
Balanced & True Yogi?
Yes, whichever you choose for your blog, keep for your YouTube channel as well!
Where are you doing the cleanse?
At a house in North Hollywood with my Ayurvedic practitioner !!! Happy to give more deets if you are interested!! <3
HI Jordan, Below I will be sharing a couple ideas for my blog. Hope you can choose what one is your favourite!
1. True Balanced Yogi
2. Balanced True Yogi
3. Being Balanced And True
4. Spiritual true balance
5. Brunette and balanced
I am still trying to find one, i like. I hope you can help me out by picking one you like! Thank you xoxo
I like Balanced True Yogi -- Has a ring to it!! Or Balanced & True Yogi! Beautiful options!
What do you feel is the easiest animal protein to integrate back into the diet after being a vegan for 2 years. Like yourself, I too am beginning to have difficulty with low energy and don't feel like I can sustain the lifestyle much longer. I feel better when I increase my daily protein...
Yes, good for you for listening to your body!! You will likely feel a lot better once you start to integrate more variety. I found it easiest to start with farm fresh eggs, and wild salmon. They are easy on the digestive system and will give you the dose of b12 your body is probably craving!
hiii Jordan! I hope this post finds you well. What supplement do you take for your anxiety? I struggle as well and have been trying many different combinations but am still curious on what you take 🙂 also, any tips for PMS?!
Hi! I don't currently take a supplement for anxiety, but I do take an herbal mixture from my Ayurvedic practitioner that is supposed to help with overall calm / peacefulness. The mixture consists of agrimony, centary, aspen, vine, pine and white chestnut!! Mixed with water and taken in a tincture 4 times a day. <3
which one is safe to take while pregnant?
Which what is safe to take while pregnant?!
I need your help!
I created a blog and named it balanced and true.. But I don't feel that it describes me. Do you know any ideas? I talk about finding your own happiness, balancing life and eating good foods and talking care of your well being. Any name ideas from that? Hope you can help me!!
Hi there! Have you gotten my previous responses to your question? Check back on the below that you've posted and you will see my responses!! (Also responded to you on Snapchat!!)
Why are you blaming veganism for your lack of research into the vegan lifestyle? You didn't have to limit yourself with salads!
Thx for the second comment in a row -- salads are delish but I never ate only salads. (lol...!)
Would you give veganism another chance? From watching past videos on what you ate as a vegan, you ate a lot of salads. By eating more of a variety of foods, you could've easily succeeded in this amazing plant based lifestyle!
Also, how can you go from veganism to eating animals again? My body absolutely hated me when I accidentally drank a smoothie with yoghurt in it!
What about the life of the animal who lost their life for your meal?
Trust me, I had a lot more than just salads. 😉 Not sure if you can judge a person's overall diet or lifestyle based off of a few videos they made at that time in their life! Wishing you the best, and hope you find more peace and non-judgement! Focus on YOU -- it's the way to be!
Do you think balanced and true is relatable? For a blog name and a YouTube channel?
Absolutely!! Both of those words are very relatable. Maybe adding your name in there, like "Balanced and True ____" would make it even more relatable!
I am trying to create a personal blog and have a YouTube channel with the same name.
I talk about finding happiness, well being and true balance. Any personal names that come from that? Something that represents me? I am 20 and a brunette and Canadian. Let me know what ideas you got!
Ahhhh I would need more info!! Creating a blog name is SO personal I think it has to come directly from you. But the words you are throwing out there thus far are GREAT, and if you include your first name with a few of those words I think you are golden!
My blog has to do with lifestyle, wellness, happiness any name ideas from that for my blog? Also want to make it more personal. Let me know what you think!
Trying to create a blog with a bold name.
On my blog I talk about balance, happiness and wellness any ideas?
Ah, there are so many ideas and ways to go with this one!! It depends on whether you want the name focused on the contents of your blog, your own personal name, a play on words with both, or what! I would need a little more info about you to be able to give you my opinion on that one!! Send more my way!
Should I have the same name on my blog as my channel?
Yes, absolutely! Make things easy for people!
I created a blog named aiming for balance
And my YouTube channel is aiming for balance too do you like it?
Yes, I do! I think it's very relatable and catchy. 🙂
I am new to YouTube and want to call my self something that represents myself and my lifestyle.
Could you help me out?
I am interested in health and wellness and been a vegan for a few months now but not sure what my YouTube channel name should be or my blog name. Any suggestions?
Send me more info to go off of!
I am creating a new email address and was thinking thetruespirtualbalancedblogger do you like that?
I think it's a little too long for email... People may get confused!
I need some advice!
I follow this girl on Instagram. I follow her blog too. Every time I go to add her on Instagram she blocks me and I am not sure why? Any advice??
Hi there!! Hmmm, really? Do you comment on her photos or contact her in any way, or just try to follow? Some people are super private when it comes to their social following -- but if she is a blogger then that doesn't make a lot of sense to me!
Hey Jordan! Your post on IIFYM made me want to ask you about how to make sure you're getting enough calories eating whole foods. I often struggle post-orthorexia with eating either too much or not enough. On days when I don't track what I eat, I sometimes eat as little as 1200 calories because I fill up on veggies, fruit, and healthy fats. I often turn to coconut milk ice cream and nut butter in order to get even close to the amount of calories that I need. You mentioned that you are eating a lot more carbs than you used to. I became orthorexic doing paleo, and while I do eat grains now, I still struggle with being afraid of carbs. I am sure that adding more carbs would not only increase my calorie intake but also my hunger. How do you make sure you are getting enough calories eating whole foods? How do you overcome "carbphobia?" Thank you!
Ahh, I feel you on this for sure!! This IIFYM thing has been so freeing for me because I have finalllyyyyy been eating more carbs and learning how to work them into my diet in a healthy normal way. There are lots of whole foods options for carbs -- sweet potato, quinoa, brown rice, gluten free oatmeal, fruit, etc. It's been tough for me to get enough carbs in but even adding them into every meal helps. The best way I've learned to get past the "carbphobia" is to eat carbs in abundance and realize that I have more energy, haven't gained a pound, and feel great!! Try it out and see if it works for you. <3
Hi Jordan! I love your blog, but seem to be a bit confused. After preaching so persistently about how important it is to not label yourself when it comes to food/dieting, i.e. vegan, plant-based, paleo, etc. You are now on a food journey related to IIFYM. To me, this does not seem like a recovery from an eating disorder, but just another route. With IIFYM you still have to log what you are eating and focus on how much of what you are consuming and after reading your most previous post I am still just confused how this is "food freedom."
Hi there! Good question. In the post where I mentioned IIFYM, I was very clear that this is ONE route I have found that has helped me. After 2+ years of re-learning how to listen to my body in my eating disorder recovery, I have very recently found a lot of freedom in the "Flexible Dieting" mentality of IIFYM. As I mentioned in the post, I have found the freedom through this diet to eat MORE than I was eating before, and feel more comfortable eating 5x times the amount of carbs I am used to eating! To me, that's food freedom right there. I think people should find whatever works for them and run with it. I would NOT recommend a diet where one has to count macros or log meals in the beginning stages of recovery, but I feel super strong & stable in my journey at this point so I am excited to try something new! For those of us who are passionate about wellness & fitness and want to feel our best, I think trying different lifestyles is just fine. Being sure not to get caught up in the label is the important part! For example, my nutritionist recommends trying something for weeks at a time as a "kickstart" (like IIFYM, Bulletproof, vegetarian, etc) and then after incorporating it into your life, letting it go so you can focus on listening to your body. But still gaining the benefits of learning about that lifestyle!! Make sense? I hope so!! Sending you love, thanks for your honest question!
Hi Jordan need some advice,
I have a YouTube channel. I watch theses two girls on youtube. Ones name is Carah and one is Alex. I have had my issues with Carah she has been bullying me for 2 years and has been talking to other you tubers about me.. I think she told Alex something but she won't tell me? Alex won't answer either.. What should I do? I reached out to both but never heard a response.
Hi! Oh no -- I am so sorry that one of the girls you watch on YouTube has been bullying you! I definitely know how that feels... The cyber world can be very mean sometimes, because people seem to say anything while hiding behind their screens. If neither of them will get back to you and you've been trying to reach out, it's safe to say that these girls might not be friends you want to surround yourself with. Surround yourself with positive people who uplift you, support you and make you feel GOOD. People who don't talk behind your back and make you worry about their friendship!! I hope this helps -- stay strong girl. There are lots of good people out there who are far more deserving of your friendship. Xoxo
Hi Jordan, I am not sure where you are located, but I think you're in New York now? I would LOVE to meet you in person, hear your story, and learn from you. I follow you on Instagram (@misshotels) and am in recovery from an eating disorder, depression, etc. Anyhow, you have just inspired me along my journey and I even wrote about you in a paper on how you changed your entire image and lifestyle publicly and how courageous that is! I now am working for Chapman University in Orange, attending grad school for leadership development, and completing my yoga teaching certification this weekend! AHH! Anyhow, thank you for all you do, your strength, and honesty. It's contagious and the world needs more of it! Hope to connect soon and take care beautiful!
Hi there! Great to hear from you. I live in LA currently, but travel to NY all the time! What an honor that you wrote about me in one of your papers!! That is the coolest thing I have ever heard. And love that about Chapman -- one of my dear friends went there and I almost went there for grad school! So it is very dear to my heart. You will have to come to one of my events in LA soon, especially since you live in OC!!! <3 xoxo
I need some advice!
So tonight I was at work and another co worker made a rude comment about another co worker and I smiled but I didn't mean it to smile.. It was more of a shocked kind of smile like omg? I am feeling guilty. I don't want that go worker and mines relationship to turn bad. Any advice?
Hi hi! Ah I totally get it -- I am very much a "smile when I feel uncomfortable" kind of person. If I were you I would just confront the issue head on! Tell the co worker who made the rude comment that you didn't mean to smile and that the person they were talking about is someone you really like / don't want to offend. Nothing wrong with doing that, and it will ease your guilt. That is what I would do. 🙂 <3
Hey Jordan! When will your e-book be available? It says July 20th, which has obviously passed so just want to know when I should come back to order it!
Hey hey! Yes, oops, that deadline has passed! I have pushed it back to somewhere around the end of summer. I am hoping by late September it will be out. I am compiling a bunch of info for it right now and conducting Q&A's with other popular bloggers so that there is a ton of opinions and tips in there. So excited about it. I will keep you guys very posted about when it will be coming out!! Yay! XO
Hello Jordan! I just wanted to say that I love your blog and I've been following it for years now, there has been so much improvement on your blog! Who helped you design your blog? I've tried to start up a blog myself but I find WordPress so confusing. Any tips? Much love. xo
Thank you so much!! This means the world! I agree -- my blog has come a longggg way in terms of aesthetic, consistency, etc. over the years. Most recently, a FAB designer named Anelise Salvo (http://www.anelisesalvodesignco.com), designed my blog and she has done a PHENOMENAL job. She really brought my vision to life. I'd highly recommend hiring a graphic designer & investing in their services if you're looking for a super pretty, user-friendly format! I am a creative brained person, and figuring out the backend of my site on my own was definitely hard for me. I am also working on an eBook about the business of blogging that will be available by the end of the summer... It will be available on my SHOP page. Can't wait to share with you guys! XO
Need some advice
A friend and I usually talk ever couple of weeks, I sent her a message but she hasn't responded? I noticed she has been liking some other pictures in Instagram but has responded to me.. Do you think she's mad, do you think I should reach out again?
Hey there! Hmm, did you and your friend have any sort of argument before she stopped responding to you? And also, do you know each other in person or just online? I am always a proponent of being super honest & confronting an issue head on. Asking your friend, "Hey, are we okay? I feel like you might be annoyed with me." is a good place to start. 🙂 Let me know how it goes... I hope it's all fine!
Hey Jordan! Love love love your blog, insta, snapchat, EVERYTHING! I have been so inspired by you and your journey. I was wondering how it all started?
Also, what did you make you blog through? It is amazing!
Hi! Thank you so much! That means the WORLD. It alllll started when I began my Instagram account (@theblondevegan at the time) when I was sitting in the airport for a super long layover. I had been following other vegan blogs for a long time, and got so inspired I decided it was time to start my own. Then I started a blog through WordPress, and the rest was history! Lots and lots of time, effort, passion love, and major decision making (like leaving grad school to pursue my blog full time) came into play -- and here I am now. I am working on an eBook right now that will give all deets about how I started my blog, and my suggestions and tips for starting your own! Thanks so much for the support-- so glad to have you following along! MUAH.
Do you have any tips on keeping your hair healthy and long?
Yes!!! I am all about my Oribe purple shampoo for bright blondes, and afterward I use a L'oreal deep conditioning mask every time I wash my hair. I've also started washing my hair less -- about 2 or 3x a week which keeps it nice and healthy and thick instead of overfished and dry and dingy!! Also, lots of healthy fats in my diet: coconut, avocado, nuts, seeds!!! And I barely ever use heat on it... I often air dry, and barely ever curl or straighten!
Hey Jordan! I am 16 and currently recovering from orthorexia, and I really appreciate all the help and openness that you offer. You are such an inspiration and prove that one can be healthy without an eating disorder, which is what I am trying to achieve. I admire your balance in life, in exercise, spending time with family, and allowing yourself to indulge in moderation. Do you have any advice as to how I can recover yet still have a healthy lifestyle please? Thank you so much for your time!
Thank you so much, Matigan! That means the world to me. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle was really important to me throughout my recovery, and still is. I think what helped the most was dropping the strict "off limits" ideas of unhealthy foods -- and allowing them in moderation. I eat a diet now that is probably 85% clean, pure, whole foods from the earth, and 15% everything else. It allows me to feel my best but also live my life and not isolate myself because of an "obsession" with health. Also, find exercise you love that makes you happy -- that's a great way to stay healthy during recovery as long as you are exercising a healthy amount and it doesn't become obsessive. I hope this helps love and I am always here! My book (available on the SHOP page of my site) has tons of advice and details on my personal journey as well. Xoxo
I am suffering from orthorexia. I did not want to admit it but I am. I feel so anxious all the time and I just wish it would all end. I have faith so step by step I know it will get better. 🙂
Hi there! Aw, I am so sorry to hear that -- I know how hard it can be. I am so glad to hear that you have faith and hope that it will get better, because it WILL. It is a step by step journey, and you have to be ready and willing to get help. If you are ready and willing to do the work, then you will certainly see progress and start the incredible journey of self-discovery toward full recovery. You've got this. If you have any specific questions I am here!! Xoxo
For all of eighth and freshman year I was terribly orthorexic and anorexic, and it's taken a year to eat normally again. I lost my period in middle school and it hasn't come back yet, I am almost 17. But now I have swung from one extreme to the other and am eating constantly, everything that I once was terrified of. In a bad way. I feel terrible and I am scared for my health, paranoid that I am gaining weight. Everything triggers me but I can't stop it. I will lay in bed all day. I need help but it isn't like my parents can monitor my eating all day or get rid of all the food I shouldn't have in the house. I am not happy, even though I am not anorexic or orthorexic, and instead just have eating disordered behavior.
Aww I totally understand that. After living in one extreme, it is really easy to swing back toward that other extreme. It's so hard, after you've restricted yourself from certain foods for a really long time -- your body inherently wants to let go of that restriction and have whatever it wants. It's a deep internal process that has a lot more to do with our biology and genetics then the "control" we feel like we have or want to have over what we eat. I would suggest getting a nutritionist and/or an eating disorder therapist to help you through this tough time and teach you about your body chemistry -- it will help a LOT and I think it will help get you back on track. They will teach you how to eat balanced meals of protein, carbs, veggies and fat so that your blood sugar stabilizes. You've got this!! You will come out on the other side feeling amazing, no doubt. <3
Hey Jordan, what are your thoughts on grains? I get so confused with all this conflicting health advice, and I often find it stressful trying to figure out how to eat. It's so confusing!
Hi! I know, it can be so confusing with all of the conflicting info and opinions out there. I personally don't love the way that most grains make me feel, so I stick to gluten-free grains. I eat quinoa and rice and gluten-free oats, and I love having those grains in my diet. They help keep me full and give me energy, and they have a ton of health benefits. Completely restricting myself from grains wasn't necessary, especially because I was always hungrier that way -- but gluten doesn't work well with my system! I find that if the grain is not genetically modified or it's not used to make a refined flour (like most breads, pastas, etc) then I feel good eating it! I stay away from refined flours and refined sugars -- that's where the bad stuff hangs out. Hope this helps! Check out the book 'Wheat Belly' if you haven't heard of it! It's really informative and a great read. Xo
Hope you are doing well!
I have a question and need some advice! Hope you can help me!
I am 20 years old. I am sensitive to certain situations, meaning I care about people and want to make sure everything is ok!
A few weeks ago I was at the mall and saw this boy crying.. His dad didn't even say anything to him. It made me sad to see that. I was wondering why the dad wouldn't respond to him and if he cares that his son was crying.. I don't know these people at all and I am thinking about this so much and don't know why! I don't even know theses people! What is your advice? Do you ever have this problem of letting go of things you can't control? I know that the issue is probably resolved and the boy is probably happy again! Also a couple of weeks ago at work I saw a dad and his son come into work and they looked like the same people.. Do you think that was them? Anyway. Hope you can help! Thank you!
Hi there! Did you see my responses to your question below? Check them out! I can totally understand that super sensitive feeling. My thoughts are below on the question you left last time!
How did you start branding yourself? I have this total motivation to enter the Lifestyle industry and you're definitely a role model there! Any tips on how to create a living in the wellness world while cultivating the ultimate lifestyle?
Hi hi! That is a great question. I am working on an ebook right now all about branding and the art of blogging. Check out the preorder link under my "shop" tab on the site. I think/hope it will help with all sorts of questions about starting a blog, building a brand, etc! My main advice is follow your passion. If you're passionate about what you're starting, you WILL be successful. Start a blog about something you could talk about every single day. Because that's what likely will end up happening 😉 hope this helps!! Xoxo
Hi!! I wanted to start off by saying I love your blog and have been following you for many years. I am from New Jersey and spend a lot of time in NYC, but love California so I understand your love for the two places. I am 19 and currently vacationing in Malibu and Venice beach with my mom for a week and I see from your imstagrams that you spend a lot of time at these places. We both love fitness, health, and the beach and are looking for some cool places to check out. I was wondering if you had any eating/ hiking/ working out/ beaches/ or really anything recommendations or favorite places in these areas.
Thanks so much,
Hi Julia!! So fun that you are here in Malibu & Venice for the week!! Sorry that I am seeing this a few days late -- but you MUST check out Sunlife in Malibu, it's my fave smoothie, juice and acai bar on earth! In Venice there are tons of options. Try Kreation, Plant Food & Wine, YAS (Yoga & spin studio), Yogaworks on Main Street for yoga, Lemonade on Abbot Kinney, Wabi Sabi if you like sushi, and Cafe Gratitude for SURE for yummy plant-based food! You guys will have the best time!! Xo
why not call your book "breaking ortherexia" instead of "breaking vegan"?
Because I didn't break orthorexia, I broke veganism! 😉 I recovered from orthorexia. Big difference! Veganism was my label.
I created a blog and named it the true balanced journey do you like that?
I love it! I think that is a beautiful name!!
I need advice
So I had a hockey game yesterday night and both of my sisters age 22 and 24 came to watch and I didn't play that well but my team still won! But sadly my 24 year old sister lost her patience with me after my game and screamed at me and smacked me😢
Today we had a family dinner and she didn't talk to me at all what should I do?
Awww I am so sorry to hear that!! Family issues can be so tough because they are the people you love the most yet sometimes the people that can be hardest to get along with because of family complications/being too similar/etc. My advice is to talk to your sister and let her know how much it hurts you when she loses her patience and gets upset with you. Ask her to express herself in a more gentle way, and tell her that you'll work on doing the same. I've done that with a few people in my family before and it works wonders!! If nothing else, being open, honest and true about how you're feeling always helps. <3 <3 xo
I am trying to come out with an email any ideas?
I am brunette and a vegan what should it be called
Hi! With an email or with a blog? Hmmm so many options! Give me some more details about what you're interested in and I will shoot out ideas!
How can you justify condoning the support of factory farming? You have such a large audience. You could be a positive influence in ending animal suffering and death. Do the lives of animals matter to you?
I think you're confused about my message! Read my book Breaking Vegan to learn more, or scroll back through the blog! Xo
Hi Jordan! I just recently found your blog and fell in LOVE. I can relate to so much and I feel like this was just the blog I was needing to find and the Universe sent it my way in the most perfect time 🙂 I have anxiety as well and I was wondering what herb & oil supplement you take for it? Also, do you have any recommendations for hormone balancing when you're PMSing?
YAYYYY this makes my life!! I take a few herbal and oil supplements. The herbs are an intricate mix and I am actually not sure exactly which herbs are all in there (I will check -- email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you exact deets!), and for oils I LOVE Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender and Eucalyptus. All so soothing and helpful for reducing anxiety!! XO
Hey! I would like to share something has been bothering me for a while. I found a blog post of yours to be quite relevant to that matter. I'm vegan and I am feeling really stressed just by the thought of going back to normal diet ( including animal products ). I don't know how to tell my family about what I want because once I transitioned to veganism I was so crazy passionate and now going back to omnivore diet would make me look silly in their eyes. I miss going out to pizza restaurants and eating pizza with cheese, such a silly example but I'm really missing it. What should I do? I absolutely love your blog and if you happen to have a minute to reply, I would really appreciate it. Wish you a gorgeous day! 🙂
Hi there! Of course I have a moment to reply -- this question is so relevant and so dear to my heart. First of all, know that you aren't alone. So many people dive into the vegan lifestyle with so much passion and with it feeling so RIGHT, only to start feeling like it's a bit less right for them as time goes on. That is VERY normal. Our bodies change and evolve, just like our personalities and everything else about us! It's important to listen to our gut and that little voice inside of us that yearns for more variety and to have less rules and labels around food. My biggest piece of advice is to ditch the labels (if you're comfortable doing that) have have the pizza!! Let up every once in a while, but stick to a mainly plant-based diet if that's what makes you feel good. If you want to read more about my experience, you can check out my book (Breaking Vegan, the link is here: http://rstyle.me/n/4gxt9bejn7), and I have written a lot of blog posts on the subject! Hope that helps. <3 Sending love!! You've got this! Xo
Hey Jordan! I've tried starting multiple blogs, but I can never keep up with it. I also tend to struggle with coming up with great new ideas for content. Do you have any advice for struggling new bloggers like myself?
Hi there! I totally understand -- before I had this blog, I had a travel blog called "Meanwhile in Florence," from when I studied abroad in Italy. I found the upkeep more stressful than anything else! I updated it about once every 3 weeks, and I felt pressure to record every single thing that I did so that I'd always remember! So my MAIN advice is -- pick a subject to blog about that you are endlessly passionate about! I never run out of ideas or excitement when it comes to wellness, fitness and overall healthy lifestyle -- so it's been natural to keep creating content for this blog over the years! Sit down and think about what lights you up. What could you talk about for DAYS & days & days on end? That is your blog topic. <3 Hope that helps! Xo
Hey Jordan, I love reading your blog! I am recovering from orthorexia and have really struggled with body image. I went from hardcore restriction to eating WAY too much junk that I was afraid of to get over my fears, and now I'm back to a generally healthy diet full of whole foods. I have only gained about 5lbs throughout all of these changes (which the nutritionist told me would likely happen as my body readjusted to taking in a normal amount of calories), but that 5lbs has been enough to make my clothes tight. My body composition has changed a lot. I think you are absolutely beautiful and you inspire me with your fitness routine. I was wondering if you struggled with anything similar while you worked to recover from orthorexia? If so, how did you overcome the negative body image that came along with changes in your body? Thank you!!!
Ahhh, I totally, totally understand. Yes, I definitely struggled with the same thing when I was recovering from orthorexia. Except, a bit diff than you, I gained about 20 pounds -- VERY quickly. Not fun. But I also knew that I was recovering mentally, and that was what was most important to me. I knew I had to do the mental work and allow myself to indulge, eat anything I wanted, be less rigid, and enjoy LIFE. I did that, and I really was able to let go of my compulsions with food. Then I got back to a point where I really wanted to find that balance -- to be healthy and fit which is a HUGE passion of mine, but also not take it too far. I am happy to say I think I have finally struck a balance and am now somewhere nice and healthy in between. And IN the process, I let go of trying to achieve a certain body type. I learned that how I FEEL is most important to me. I have a rough idea of the "healthy weight" that I should be where I am my healthiest, happiest, and most confident, and it has taken me a long time to let go of "wanting more" a.k.a wanting to be tinier and tinier once I reach that healthy weight. I hope that this answer helps. I have found so much peace of mind with focusing on how I feel versus how I look. Sending you so much love, and I am SO proud of you for embarking on this awesome recovery journey of self-reflection and realization. MUAH!
Hey Jordan! How do you define yourself if you're not a vegan? Does the label plant based suit?
Hi! Well, I would say that I eat predominantly plant-based but I also eat freshwater fish, sometimes eggs and on the rare occasion poultry and red meat. I don't have any "off limits" foods anymore. I do have foods I avoid due to stomach problems and knowing my body & what makes me feel best -- but I find so much freedom and liberation from CHOOSING to eat well rather than "restricting" from certain foods. I hope this answer helps! Also, if you are looking to go plant-based, I highly recommend sticking with the label "plant-based" versus vegan... It will give you more leeway to listen to your body, which is of the utmost importance in my opinion!! XO
Hey Jordan! Just wondering: where did you go to college? Also, are you familiar with your Myers Briggs type?
Hi there! I went to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. I loved it! And my Myers Briggs type (as far as I think at least) is ENFP -- all about that energy, creativity, imagination, spontaneity and optimism. What is yours?!
When you were vegan, did you eat tofu/soy on semi-regular basis?
Hi! Yes, when I was vegan I would eat tempeh about 2-3 times per week. I limited my tofu intake due to a high amount of estrogen in my system as it is, but I definitely did eat it occasionally!
Hi. I'm the one who asked the question about the blurry photos. Just to follow up, I wanted to let you know that when I scroll through the blog (before clicking Read More for a particular post), that the pictures are clear. And when I click on a post to read in full, the first picture is always clear, but all the photos that follow it are not. Just wanted to give you more info, but maybe it is just my computer (I'm browsing on a work computer).
Another question. I have tried eliminating meat/dairy (currently am doing so actually), and like the experience you had, I'm not sure it is working for my body. It took me a long time to go this route so I am trying to not give up quite yet. My question is, when you were vegan, did you eat tofu/soy? I'm wondering if the issues I'm experiencing are actually having to do with the effects of soy.
Ok! I will let my programmer know. Thanks so much for that info. The issues you're experiencing definitely might be related to soy -- it's one of the top foods that people tend to be allergic to. I would suggest cutting it out, and upping your legume/nut/veggie intake for extra protein and fiber! Also, just remember that everyone's bodies are incredibly different, and if you need a bit of meat in your diet in order to feel your best then that's definitely worth noting. Keep experimenting and see what works for you!! Xo
Going back a few questions. In your opinion do you think the dad hugs the son before bed? And dares and loves him? Do you think he is and only child? It was just him and his dad.. Do you think so? Do you think I will ever see them again?
Hi! I can imagine that the dad loves the child very much. Since I wasn't there, I am not sure what other type of advice to provide! If it's really bothering you, I think talking it out with a friend or family member might be helpful. Xo
I want to read your blog, but why are the pictures in your posts all blurry?!?! I've tried several times coming back to your page but the blurry photos make my head spin. Is it my computer? Am I the only one who is seeing blurry photos?
Hi dear! Oh no -- I am so sorry that the photos are blurry on your end! They are completely clear on my end, and with the several other computers I've checked out my blog from lately. Try reading on your mobile device? The site is mobile friendly!! In the meantime, I will chat with my programmer and look into the issue!! Xo
Thank you for answering my question! One last thing, do you think that the dad resolved the issue with his son in the car or at home? You don't think the dad would hold grudges?
Of course! Yes, I think that the dad resolved the issue. I like the think the best of people, and especially if it's hindering you from focusing/feeling content then I would say give him the benefit of the doubt! I am sure all is good now. Xo
Hey Jordan! I remember way back in the day, you mentioned about getting your health coaching certification at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Did you ever get it? & if you did what were your thoughts on the program? I am thinking about signing up for it! Thanks so much!
Hi! Yes, I did get my health coaching certification through IIN! I thought the program was great, if you are looking to become a health coach. I wanted the background knowledge so that I would feel more comfortable giving nutrition advice, tips and tricks on my blog. As usual, I always want MORE, more, more of everything -- so the program left me wanting MORE. but that is not a bad thing. you will definitely still learn!! Shoot me an email if you'd like my affiliate signup link for IIN! xo
I had a quick question for you. I need your help!
I would like your advice, I am having a hard time moving on from the past and other situations.
I was at the mall this past weekend and a boy age 7 or 8 was throwing a tantrum crying and screaming really loud or maybe just crying, but his dad wasn't saying anything to him.. I wonder now if the dad loves the boy? Do you think the dad forgave the boy? Do you think the issue is resolved? I don't know theses people at all. I am having a hard time moving on from it tho. I have goals I want to accheive but can't seem too stop thinking about it. Can you help me. Love your blog! ❤️
Hi there! Ahh, I feel you. I feel things HARD as well when I see other people upset/suffering, whether I know them or not. My best advice in this situation is to put yourself in the dad's shoes and think that maybe he was just having a bad day. Maybe his son had pushed him to his edge. I am sure that he loves him, and there was probably more to the story. Also, channel your feelings about it in a positive way-- you feel sad and unsettled about it, so you will make sure that YOU as a parent never act that way. And bring light + love to everyone you encounter, because you can control that!! Sometimes we must let go of the things we cannot control. XO
I need some advice.
Their is this guy who i really don't know at all. He is pretty rude and makes assumptions about me. Just recently he has requested to add me on social media. What should I do? Why would he be open now when before he was rude?
Hi! Hmmm, I don't like hearing that he is rude and has made assumptions about you when he doesn't know you! Now that he's requested you on social media, the ball is in your court. If you don't want him following you / being a part of your life, then no need to accept him at all. Or, if you want to be open because perhaps he is acting out of insecurity and is actually a nice person, then accept him and see if he proves you wrong!! I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt just in case... And then if they prove themselves to be rude, no need to have them in your life. 🙂 Hope this helps! Xo
My name is Nicole. I love your blog!
I had a question and I need some of your advice please and thank you!
A few days ago I was at the mall. I was at Starbucks ordering a drink. Waiting in line. A dad and his son come and his son ( age 7 or 6) was screaming, crying. The dad was not saying anything thing did not even ask if his son was ok. I am wanting to understand, 1. Why did the dad not say anything when his son was crying? 2. Do you think the dad cared? I always have a hard time letting go situations but this one for some reason more.. I have a passion for children and plan to become an ea. Let me know your thoughts.
Hi Jordan! I first want to say that I love your blog and everything that you stand for because you remind me so much of myself. Second, I wanted to introduce you to two brands that I feel like you would really enjoy and I think you should check out! The first is called Healing Home Foods and they have incredible, raw, vegan, gluten-free snacks. My personal favorite is the Raw Pizza Crackers! It tastes exactly like pizza and a chip combined! The other brand is a brand of Alcohol brand called Truly which is a spiked and sparkling drink that only has 100 calories per bottle and 2 carbs!!! Also it tastes incredible (just like seltzer,) and is so easy on the stomach! Both brand reminded me so much of you so I wanted to see if you had heard of them before! Love you xoxo
Thanks girl!! They sound delicious!!! I would probably love both. Truly sounds PERFECT for this weekend -- since I should probably bring my own alcohol to the 4th of July party I'm going to, since I am the pickiest. Thanks for sharing!! X
Hi Jordan! I've been vegan for about 8 months now, and I've been HCLF and doing my best to ignore gluten. However about a month of so into it, I started to have terrible digestion. As tmi as this is, I would have very loose uncomfortable stools and I could never figure out why. Recently I've slowly been adding small amounts of cheese or some greek yogurt into my life and on those days, my digestion has been so much better. Do you think this is a sign I should move to a more "normal" or a vegetarian diet?
Hi beautiful!! Ahh, yes I feel you. From my personal experience, it sounds like your tummy would probably be better off on a diet with more variety. It can be hard for us to digest so much roughage, and especially if you're responding well to more variety already then I'd be willing to bet you'd feel good adding more. But, you also might want to consult a doctor or nutritionist when making your decision. I just want you to feel your best so you can be your happiest, healthiest self!! Hope this helps. <3 xo
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
Some one that I know, but not very well just experienced a loss. We didn't get invited to the service, since I heard about it I have been having spells of guilt. I keep checking social media to make sure I didn't say anything wrong or anything like that, I know I didn't but I feel bad, and I am not sure why? I need your help. I also waved at them earlier in the week but they didn't say hi back, maybe there minds where in different places. Anyway what should I do? Love your blog and appreciate your time! ❤️
Hi love! I'm sure it's nothing personal- it sounds like their minds are probably in a different place, and it sounds like they're going through a lot. Often those services are more of open invitations to everyone and/or very small and intimate. I'm sure that's all it was. Maybe after some time passes you should reach out and give your condolences and let them know you are there for them. I'm sure they will appreciate it, and it will also make you feel better about it! Sending love and sharing honest thoughts/good vibes in those situations goes a long way. <3 xo
This may be a bit personal, but I've been meaning to ask FOREVER. My story is a bit similar to yours in that I've ALWAYS battled stomach issues- have seen more specialists than I can count, been in more hospitals etc- and the results are usually "oh you have stomach acid", "oh it's just IBS"..... At the root of this is digestion issues and I really want to combat it and FINALLY feel good. HOWEVER, my concern with cleanses or restriction etc is that like you, I battled an eating disorder. After a very short stint of severe restricting, I developed Binge Eating Disorder. Thus, any short of 'juice, soup, whatever- cleanse' you'd normally tell me to try (or anyone else) can really harm me (I tried; but I mean, I'm talking, sobbing and eating until I throw up and eating as I throw up- pulling food from the garbage- style binge) and thus, I don't want that. Any tips?
Hi love! Ahhh, I can relate. Extreme personalities to the max. Since you know restriction doesn't work for you, definitely steer clear of restrictive diets! You definitely don't need to do something like that in order to feel good and/or help your sensitive stomach. The extremes can be rough, and a lot of people don't respond well to them. You probably do have a super sensitive stomach, high acid, IBS, or at least something is off balance. Have you ever considered trying something holistically healing like Ayurveda (I have a few posts about it- search it on the blog!) or acupuncture? You might find that it helps a LOT. They treat through herbs, and there is no food restriction involved. That could help you get back to more balance in a healthy way. Also, just remember it's a process that will take a while, so don't try to get ahead of yourself!! You'll feel better if you take it nice and slow. Try to eliminate a few foods from your diet and then add them back in to see what sets you off. Not in a restrictive way, but in a loving way. You want to feel your best, so you deserve to try it! Xo
Hi Jordan, I wanted to ask if you ever eat something 'bad'. I know you write about how good 'good-food' makes you feel and so you don't eat bad things that make you feel bad, but come-on, do you seriously never eat mcdonalds or greasy pizza
Great question!! I definitely do eat "bad" foods every so often- I am human, and I especially love dessert. 🙂 I actually don't try to think of foods as good or bad... That leads to obsessiveness in my mind, haha. I eat well the majority of the time so that I can indulge when I want to! Sometimes that means dessert, sometimes that means a vodka soda with lime. I don't eat greasy foods or fast foods because they really do bother my stomach and it's never wort it to me, but when I'm craving something like that I try to find the healthier version. Like gluten-free pizza, lettuce-wrapped burgers, etc. I am a huge fan of those. It's all about the balance!!
Just wanted to say I LOVE your mantra post
Thank you so much!! It was such a fun one to write. So glad you like it. <3 xo
Hi Jordan, I noticed you don't eat a lot of meat, but when you do, how do you cook it? Looking for more 'meat' recipes on blogs these days- it seems like everyone is a vegan (and my body just does better with some chicken)
Hi! Well, I am definitely not vegan anymore-- and you're right, it can be hard to find recipes for meat on health blogs! I will play around with some recipes and share them with you guys. When I cook for myself it's usually plant-based, but I do eat organic chicken and beef every once in a while. And I love fish. My friend was just telling me about a cilantro lime chicken recipe... Maybe I will test it out and share with you guys! XO
Hi Jordan, not that you have ANY reason too and I apologize if this question is triggering, but how do you handle "fat" days?
Haha! Well firstly, I don't refer to them as "fat" days, but I definitely do have days where I feel off. I usually handle them by drinking lots of water, starting the day with a peppermint tea and some Ayurvedic herbs, exercise and eat well that day. When I am feeling thrown off for any reason, having a day of being really good to my body always seems to help. It reminds me that I am in control of how I feel. On that note... massages are great too! Any type of self-care tends to help. Xo
Hi Jordan! What supplements and vitamins do you take regularly, or would recommend? Any specific for energy or detoxing the body, such a triphala? XO
Hi!! I take the herbs avipattikar and ashwaganda every day for digestion and absorption. Ashwaganda is a great adaptogen that helps to calm the nervous system and has so many health benefits. I also take a daily probiotic, a daily mixture of herbs & oils to help my anxiety levels, and also a b-12 supplement, magnesium (every other day), and a hydrochloric acid pill for digestion!! As far as specific for detox -- I love detox teas (Dandelion tea is amazing), and I find that avipattikar is a great detox for my body, and so is aloe water!! XO
Any suggestions for super easy or go-to snacks or meals to buy or QUICKLY Prep? My biggest obstacle to staying healthy is I get overwhelmed by recipes with many ingredients or after a busy day I reach for something quick (or already made) and often times not so heathy. Sadly, I can relate to the saying "I go to the kitchen looking for food and I'll I see are a bunch of ingredients".
Hi! I am totally with you -- the simpler, the better with recipes! My favorite quick-prep meal is a simple bowl with quinoa, black beans and steamed or sauteed veggies (broccoli and cauliflower are some favs). I just steam the quinoa and black beans on a Sunday, put them into separate tupperware, and then saute some veggies in coconut oil or ghee, and top it all with a yummy tahini sauce or a sun-dried tomato hummus from the Farmer's Market, and voila! Easy and healthy weeknight dinner! On-the-go snacks... roasted nuts, toasted coconut chips, Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt, banana with almond butter, veggies with hummus! Hope this helps! XO
Thank you for always answering my questions. I love your blog, and your youtube channel! xoxo - Nicole
Hi beauty! Always!! Love answering your q's. Keep them coming!! Oh, and I am filming a bunch of YouTube videos today yayyy can't wait to share with you guys! Xo
Did you hear about that sad story about the little boy attacked by a gator? What are your thoughts and how do you move forward from hearing sad stories.
Hi there! I did hear about that story, and I was devastated by it. 🙁 I feel terribly for the little boy and his family, and the heartache his poor loved ones must be going through. There is a lot of unexplainable, unfair tragedy in our world that happens to the MOST undeserving people -- almost to the point where nothing feels "safe" anymore. I think the best thing we can do for those we have lost in tragic ways is to live our lives unapologetically, without fear, and pay tribute to them by following our passions and using our lives to do what we love. Also, it reminds us how precious life is: how important it is to give back, to spread kindness to those around us, and to remind our loved ones how much we love them. <3
I don't mean this in a negative or 'picking on you' way whatsoever,... but in light of your recent daily fitness post, I'd hate for someone to think they need to or should workout 3 times a day. Do you think you're over-excercising? And on days when you want to and have the time to wokout 3 times a day, what do you do to compensate (i.e: eat more, prevent sore muscles etc)
Hi! Don't worry, I don't take that negatively at all. I almost never work out 3 times a day -- and in my daily fitness routine post I talk about going to OrangeTheory for HIIT in the mornings, doing light stretching/yoga at home, and maybe going on a walk with friends. That would be the extent of it! Also, if I ever do work out several times a day, I wouldn't tell someone else to do the same. I just so happen to have a job in the fitness industry, so trying classes and meeting friends for workouts is part of my job! Also, I definitely eat more when I workout more. On days that I do OrangeTheory in the mornings I almost always have a protein shake somewhere between breakfast and lunch! And I do a lot of cryotherapy, massages, etc to prevent sore muscles! Hope this helps.. sorry if my initial fitness routine post was confusing!
I love your blog and have read your book.. AMAZING!!!
I am new to being a vegan and i love it.
My question is what website did you use to create your blog?
Thank you so much! I am so glad to hear it. I used Wordpess to create my blog, BlueHost as my hosting site, and just recently got a redesign done by the fabulous Anelise Salvo!! If you're thinking about creating a blog, you should totally go for it! It's such a fun outlet to have. <3 xo
Do you have any recommendations for online yoga classes? I *love* the studio I go to, but I haven't found any online that I really love for those mornings that I don't want to leave my apartment. I'm just starting to get back into yoga (partially inspired by you!) after a really long break, so I'm looking for beginner-intermediate level.
Absolutely!! Check out YogaGlo.com, and also Udaya.com. Those sites are great with some of my fave teachers! On YogaGlo check out Kathryn Budig, Annie Carpenter, Elena Brower, Dice (they're all good!). And on Udaya check out Calvin Corzine!! Xo
How do you deal with negativity? Love your blog!! xoxo
Hi! Great question. The main way I deal with negativity is by remembering that when someone says something mean to me on the Internet (or in person) or is negative about me in general... I know it has a lot more to do with them than it does with me. Others' negativity is a direct reflection of their own unhappiness/insecurity. It's unfortunate, but true! That has helped me a lot, and also just by strengthening my own relationship with myself and knowing that I make my choices for a reason. That way when others question my choices at least I know I am happy with them -- and that is what matters most!
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Thanks Jordan 🙂
Hi girl! Amazing hearing from you. Shoot me an email, I'd like to discuss working together! email@example.com <3 xo
BEEN YOUR BIGGEST FAN SINCE THE START! Andhave read your book (and old posts) more times to count!!!! MY question is, I am at the point in my life where I'm broke- like broke-broke-broke, pay-cheque-to-pay-cheque, grad student life broke. BUT I want to live to way you do- I want to buy good healthy foods, be active, and practice self care... and it just seems like it's out of reach because of my finances. Any ideas/suggestions?
Aww YAY! That is so good to hear. I definitely do have suggestions! For one, make health your #1 priority. You want to FEEL good so that you can go out into the world and be your best self. Instead of buying some drinks out at the bar with friends, stay in for a weekend and save that $ to buy organic produce or go to a few yoga classes. Also, meal prepping is huge. I save SO much money by prepping my meals (when I am good about it) ahead of time. If you go food shopping on a Sunday, prep your meals for the full week with affordable ingredients like black beans, quinoa/brown rice, broccoli, cauliflower, homemade dips, etc. You can reuse and mix and match ingredients all week -- and have innovative meals without breaking the bank and buying MORE ingredients. Also, work out at home!! You can do home practice yoga, 20 min home workouts with no equipment (some of my faves are from Tmacfitness.com), and for self care -- give yourself an oil massage with olive oil or coconut oil!! Works wonders, and totally affordable. <3 <3
What are some things you'd never touch/eat with a 10 foot poll?
great Q!! I would never touch... fast food / overly greasy food, genetically modified food, American cheese, refined sugar (for the most part), red onions (hate them!!), bell peppers (intolerant to them), and pretty much anything from a major chain restaurant that I don't trust. 🙂
This may be a bit much, but I wanted to ask because I LOVE your positive, resilient attitude and the fact that you surround yourself only with uplifting people. I am living in a negative environment and am saving up to leave, but to do so will take about a year (broke international grad student). Any tips on how to make the most of this space?
Hi! This is a great question. Living in a negative environment is the worst... I've totally been there, and it can be pretty soul sucking. I would say first and foremost make sure you have your own thing going on and places where you can go that serve as your refuge. A great yoga studio or gym is always a good start -- somewhere where you can start to feel at home and like its "yours" away from your living space. Even a great coffee shop, park, or neighborhood to stroll around can work wonders. When you start to feel that negative energy creeping in, then have your go-tos where you know you'll feel better. Also meditation, gentle stretching, lighting candles, keeping a journal, taking really good care of yourself -- those all help immensely when you're trying to keep your positive mojo up!! I hope this helps <3 xoxo
How did you let go of the guilt of eating meat? I fully support veganism, but for me personally, my body does better on higher protein, which I can't seem to get on a vegan diet (unless I turn to protein shakes all day).... I've tried.
I know, it can be so hard. I have gone up and down with the guilt, but ultimately my top priority is feeling my best and fueling my body as best as possible so that I can be my "best" possible self. I would suggest starting slowly... Eating fish and eggs before you incorporate other types of animal protein. Making sure what you're getting is from a local, sustainable farm helps -- and never supporting factory farms or mass chains that use animal protein. That is a good place to start!
Hi Jordan, I suffer from Binge Eating disorder, which I realize comes from that "all or nothing" mentality, you too suffered from (but in a different way). Any tips?
Ohhh man I have been there. That all or nothing mentality can be so difficult. My tips are to try to incorporate a diligent and enjoyable self-care routine into your life. Meditation, having a grounding morning routine, yoga, gentle stretching, exercise, skin brushing, tongue scraping, massages (even if you massage yourself with oil before you take a shower -- it's so therapeutic), and keeping your goals in priorities in mind so that you know you are taking care of yourself in so many areas. I find that it really helps me also gravitate being kinder toward myself with food choices when I am taking care of myself in so many other ways. Also, rigorous exercise helps me because it reminds me to make good choices with food so I am properly fueled and have the energy to do things I love. I hope this helps -- always here if you have further questions. Xo
I'm planning to go plant-based! Any advice?
This is a wonderful question! First of all -- do your research so that you know which foods to eat to get adequate nutrients -- protein, b12, calcium & iron are usually what can be the biggest challenge for newly plant-based people! You can get creative with veggies, grains, legumes, nuts and fruit and you might even find a new passion for cooking when you go plant-based... I know I did! Also feel free to check out the two cleanse programs I sell on the site that are good transitioning guides for people who are first switching their diet! Xo
Jordan! I'm struggling with hypothalamic amenorrhea. While I'm currently seeing a nutritionist, I also feel stumped. What worked for you? Any tips to regain your cycle?
Hi babe! Ah, I am so sorry to hear that. Definitely been there and know how it feels -- for me, what helped was lots of b12 (from freshwater fish mainly), healthy fats (lots of ghee, coconut, avocado) and overall having more variety in my diet. Also, bone broth has worked wonders for me. What has your nutritionist said? Those are my personal recs but I think you should further consult some doctors + healers for personalized advice!! <3
GO-TO HAIR PRODUCT?
Abbbbsolutely "7Seconds" leave in detangler by Unite. It's my lifeline -- helps with brushing right after the shower, and also keeps my hair shiny & protects it from the heat when I blow dry!! Link here: http://rstyle.me/n/bsb6pzbejn7
How do you feel towards vegans and veganism now?
That is such a great question. I am not personally a fan of labeling my diet at this point in time, but I do eat a mainly plant-based diet right now supplemented by some freshwater fish and occasionally eggs and poultry! I like the freedom of living label-free so that I can listen to my body... But I also love how I feel when I am eating an abundance of veggies, gluten-free grains and legumes!
who does your hair in LA? it’s so blonde! and shiny!
I go to Kelcey Barrad at NineZeroOne salon on Melrose. Fun fact is that she is my god sista and we grew up together in Sactown!! She also happens to be one of the best blonde colorists I know. And thank you. 🙂
what kind of blender do you use to make all your smoothies and juices?
I have always been a VitaMix girl all the way (link to my fave one HERE), but lately I have also been ALL about my KitchenAid blender/food processor! I like to use something heavy duty to get the job done.
What kind of cat food do you give Huddy? He is so cute in all of your snaps and instas!! I’m sure you give him such healthy food…
Huddy loves Soulistic cat food, and especially the kind that has gravy in it. It's natural and features whole cuts of meat like free range white chicken breast and wild caught sustainable fish -- rather than the chopped up gross stuff. It's grain-free, and contains no soy, glutens, fillers, added artificial flavors, or preservatives. I have also tried to turn him onto The Honest Kitchen's kitty bone broth... But he is a picky one! I'm getting there.
Most definitely the "I Am Whole" bowl from Cafe Gratitude. It's their macrobiotic bowl. Adzuki beans, mashed sweet potato, quinoa, tamari almonds, steamed kale, sprouts, and lots of veggies! That's my fave meal in a nutshell. Topped off with a gluten-free, refined sugar free chocolatey brownie or cookie for dessert.
Go-to beauty product?
BareMinerals bronzer. Probably the only thing I wear. And Oxygentix foundation (in the color "Pearl") if I feel like having some extra coverage!