When that sweet tooth kicks in, there’s nothing better than a homemade dessert to satisfy your cravings. Banana bread is just as delicious when paired with butter for breakfast as it is with peanut butter for an afternoon snack. Get to baking!

The Staples

A loaf of great banana bread can be done a million different ways and it can easily accommodate all possible allergies and dietary restrictions (unless you’re allergic to banana — then you’re out of luck!). Still, there are a couple of things that certainly cannot be omitted:

  • Really ripe bananas — The riper the better! Not only will…

Ever since I first got my period, I don’t remember a month I actually knew when it would come. It was never regular and always a surprise, so I never thought much of it, as all the tests came back normal. Throughout the years, I had some months off, but never like this… 3 and a half years of absolutely nothing…and no one knew what was wrong. I realized I had to take things into my own hands and figure it out. When you want something done right, do it yourself, no?

There can be so many reasons for losing…


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“Snooze, you lose” — a well known saying that goes hand in hand with everything our parents taught us about creating & keeping good habits by waking up bright and early to start our day. But, are those habits actually good for us, or do we require a bit more Zzzzs for our Beauty sleep? Having had problems with sleep myself, I decided to explore how lack of sleep really affects us. Read on!

Sleeping is natural to all living beings, and we are the only ones who created alarms to disrupt it. Every other being wakes up by its…


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I used to think I was one of the lucky ones, not getting migraines during my period. Lying on my bedroom/bathroom floor all crunched up, getting a fever, even throwing up — that, I could take. It was my every-month-routine. But headaches? Man, I always hated those. Not only did they make me want to jump out of my skin, but the simple act of looking into the world through my eyes was painful. My eyesight narrowed, tear canals filled up with liquid, my hearing was super heightened, my head felt like a hot balloon…and everything bothered me; sounds, light…


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It’s Saturday night, the weather sucks, you turn on your favorite Netflix show and take out that pint of ice cream, some chocolates, popcorn and…maybe even chips & salsa ( don’t judge, ok? )

Next thing you know, your couch is full of wrappers and your belly is about to explode, but you feel happy…for a while…

You wake up the next morning, look at yourself in the mirror and you’re like — ummmm why is my face so puffy? And my belly is still bloated….AND THEN IT STARTS…

…the judgement, restricting, feeling guilty, the ‘I’m fat’ thoughts, the ‘I…


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When we experience grief, some of us place food at the bottom of our priorities, while some of us turn to it for comfort. Either way, we’re sending mixed signals to our bodies and minds, and therefore, not getting the right response. I know it’s hard to shift focus when we’re in pain, but that’s always the first step in dealing with it. I want you to know that taking the first step is always the hardest, and it’s ok if you don’t take it right away. …


Karla Tafra

I decided to go fully plant-based over a year and a half ago, and the reasons behind it are the hormonal imbalance I’ve been struggling with ever since I moved to the US. I’ve been paleo for a couple of years before I switched, and it had been working wonderfully, as with my celiac disease, I have problems with processing any type of grains.

While I was living in Spain (up to 3 years ago), I was eating a lot of fish, and very little meat which made me feel really good, but here in the US, the food is…


Karla Tafra

How many times have we woken up to our bellies grumbling, not really in the mood to make ourselves a nourishing breakfast and simply opting for that comforting pancake mix instead? And how many times did that mac and cheese find itself in front of us as we binge-watched Sex And The City? Too many times to count. …


Karla Tafra

It can be so hard to forgive someone, understand their actions, and logically comprehend why they made those choices in the first place. It can be even harder forgiving ourselves when we do something we regret or feel terrible about. Many times we decide to punish ourselves for our mistakes. Some ways we may choose to punish ourselves are restricting food, participating in a grueling exercise, or simply fueling our body the wrong way because we think we’re not “worthy” of feeling good or receiving forgiveness.

Realizing we made a mistake is a huge step towards dealing with it and…


Karla Tafra

You know that sudden urge to raid the fridge or the pantry? That growling sound of your stomach saying “Hello? I’d like some food…stat!” You see, sometimes, it’s not about the food at all. Sometimes, we can feel like this even with our bellies being completely full — and we’re not able to figure it out.

Hunger is a signal that our hormones (specifically, ghrelin) send to our brain to let us know our bodies need nutrients. Being full, or satiated, on the other hand, is also a signal our hormones (specifically, leptin) send to our brain to let us…

Karla Ilicic

Freelance writer, yoga teacher, nutritionist, and content creator with a strong passion for health, wellness, fitness, travel, relationships, and good food :)

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