Inspire

Ying Maneein, also known as Rice Man, is a 28 year old self-employed barber from Chicago who let a run of bad luck bring out the best in him. If you happen to stumble across @THERICEMAN on Instagram, you’ll see a variety of images ranging from colorful socks to skyline views. Scroll a little bit…

Sweet Coffee Sausage Sautee

I’ve gotten a bit lax with meal planning. For starters, anyone who knows me knows I have a propensity for 1.) impulsivity and 2.) indulgence. The combination of the two make me a poor candidate for sitting down and planning a long-term menu. It also makes going to the grocery store a bit of a…

Strawberry-Spinach Cacao Smoothie

I decided I wanted to see what all the smoothie hype is about, plus I’m looking for any reason to include Nikki’s Coconut Butter into a recipe. This is a pretty simple recipe, and I initially intended to add avocado but was seriously lacking produce this morning. Ingredients 12 oz coconut water 2 cups spinach,…

Don’t Fall Victim to the Maintenance Myth

I had my annual exam recently, and when the doctor’s assistant asked my weight, I dismissively replied, “I’m not sure, probably like 160 something.” She directed me to the scale, and matter-of-factly informed me I weigh 173 pounds (she then proceeded to measure my height, and claimed I’m 5-foot-6-and-a-half). Clearly she knows nothing, because I…

Acknowledging Valentines Day

Growing up, my parents belonged to a religion that believed all holidays were pagan, and celebrating pagan holidays was strictly forbidden. When it came to handling holiday celebrations at school, my siblings and I each have our own unique stories about either secretly partaking in these celebrations, or having to sit in the office while…

Thank You for Keeping It Real, Lauren Fleshman

And that photo was everywhere the next week, and it made me feel good and guilty at the same time. Because, on the other hand, that photo was fantasy. That photo was me, but it was me at my most excellent… It showed no evidence of all of my imperfections. That picture was what we…