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5 Healthy Ways to Detox Post-Turkey Day

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Can we go ahead and call it? Thanksgiving is the most epic of holidays. It’s one of the only times when eating as much as possible is not only acceptable behavior but downright celebrated. The only downside is that all that stuffing tends to leave us, well, stuffed. Before you bid a tearful goodbye to your skinny jeans forever or opt for more drastic measures, turn to this roundup for a little wellness inspiration. Our detox menu will blast away bloat and ensure you kick off the approaching New Year (yeah, remember resolutions?) as the picture of good health. 

1. Take 10

Think staying healthy requires a hefty time commitment? Think again. Each of these wellness breaks only takes ten minutes or less to complete. Make them a part of your daily routine, and we guarantee you’ll see a difference, inside and out.

2. Take it to the Streets

And by streets, we of course mean taking your fitness quest to the great outdoors. When temperatures plummet, runners fall in one of two categories: those who resign themselves to the treadmill, and those who layer up and tough it out. Planning to brave the elements? Here’s a checklist of the apparel, equipment, and grooming goods you’ll need.

3. Hunker Down

Often, it’s not a lack of will power but a lack of free time that keeps us from our daily sweat sesh. The solution? Maintain a small, well-curated collection of tools and weapons for your touch screen that will actually serve you well. Here are seven of our favorite apps to help you streamline your routine and simplify your life.

4. Workout, Anywhere

There’s no need to abandon your exercise while traveling. These easy poses by yoga rebel Tara Stiles, founder of New York studio Strala Yoga, will help you de-stress, beat jet lag, recover from plane-induced tummy troubles, and more. Best of all, you can do them anywhere—even a tiny hotel room.

5. Get Your Chocolate Fix

Who says healthy foods can’t taste good? Created by Dr. Lipman and goop, this rich smoothie combines raw cacao (yes, chocolate), honey, and a couple secret ingredients. Find out how to make this creamy treat and why it’s so good for you.

—Ally

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3 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

This month, Birchbox is focusing on our theme Beauty Buzz, but October will always mean something else to me: Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Fifteen years ago, my seriously amazing mom Susan (who also happens to be featured in our third anniversary video!) was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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My mom, my little brother, and me at a breast cancer awareness walk three years after her diagnosis.

Today she’s healthier than ever—and making sure the rest of us are, too. As a physician with an integrative and holistic approach to family medicine, she leverages her expertise and her own journey as a breast cancer survivor to help her patients live their best lives. I’ve taken a personal interest in wellness, not just because of my mom’s diagnosis, but because of her entire approach to living a healthy life.

Given that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. (aside from skin cancer), I asked her to share three things anyone of any age can start doing right now to prevent breast cancer. Here’s what she had to say:

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Pure Yoga’s Loren Bassett on the Best Yoga Poses for Everything

After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we can all use a reminder to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road), we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we’ve asked Pure Yoga to give us some tips on bringing yoga into our everyday.

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(Photo: Pure Yoga)

We’ve all had days when something happens that makes us want to EEEE! at the top of our lungs or when we feel like we’re moving through molasses. When that happens there are some simple yoga postures that can help. Pure Yoga’s Loren Bassett breaks it down.

When you’re stressed: Child’s Pose and Savasana are beautifully relaxing and grounding postures, calming the nervous system and promoting relaxation.

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5 Yoga Myths Debunked

After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we can all use a reminder to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road) we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we asked the experts Pure Yoga in New York for tips on finding your yoga groove. Managing teacher Terrence Monte already told us how to find our yoga match, now he’s dispelling five rampant myths.
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Myth #1: You can’t do yoga if you’re not flexible
I don’t go to the dentist because my teeth are terrible. But that’s not a reason not to do it. Going to the dentist will markedly improve your teeth. Going to yoga will markedly improve your flexibility NOW and in the future. Stop waking up with soreness, tightness, and back pain. Come do yoga.
 
Myth #2: You have to be crunchy granola to love yoga
It’s true. Some yogis are vegans, wear burlap, and apply patchouli instead of deodorant. But, on the flip side, there are also plenty of yogis who were once in finance or engineering (present company included) or owned a business. These yogis are relatable and down to earth, and won’t force you to go vegan. They might ask you to “Om,” but they also won’t make you feel stupid for faking it. If you don’t want to chant, don’t; if you don’t want to meditate, don’t. But this is two minutes of a 60-minute class that might actually change the way you feel about your body and your life. Find a teacher who resonates with you.
 

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How to Pick the Right Yoga Class

After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we could all use a reminder right about now to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road) we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we asked the experts Pure Yoga in New York for tips on finding your yoga groove. Here, managing teacher Terrence Monte diagnoses the right type of yoga for every need.

In general, beginners should try several different styles with several different teachers. Neophytes come into yoga with very specific, often misconceived, ideas of what yoga is. If you take classes with three different teachers, you’ll see a huge spectrum of what yoga can be. Once you have the moves down, find a teacher that quickens your blood. It is the teacher, not the style, that matters most in yoga practice. Align yourself with one who speaks to you (literally and metaphorically), and you will come back for more. 

If you need rebalancing: Go for Slow Flow. New York City is fast-paced, in your face, and aggressive. This can put you off kilter and leaving you feeling abused. A Slow Flow class can put things in perspective. You will still have an athletic challenge—people actually say holding these poses is more challenging—and you will get in touch with a slow, steady, cyclic, meditative breath. 

If you’re an athlete: Most athletes have short, quick-burst muscles (this is a generalization for sure). Depending on the sport of choice, the athlete is nursing an injury, or looking to supplement their sport with something to keep them healthy. Look for classes taught by an instructor with an athletic (not necessarily dancer) background. Yoga for Athletes or Yoga for Runners are great choices for any athlete.
 
If you’re nursing an injury: Try a Yin/Yang class. This is typically 45 minutes of asana (Yang) and 45 minutes of restorative (Yin). You get a little work, and a little healing. It’s the perfect blend for someone nursing an injury.
 
If you’re an adrenaline junkie: Hot Power is where you belong. When you’re in 105-degree room with the music blasting, the sweat starts pouring out before you start moving. Look for Level 2/3 Hot Powers taught by teachers who are known for being bad-ass, and who practice where they teach. There’s typically no chanting, little breath work, and NO talking about vegetables or animal rights. This is all movement for an hour.
 
Check back for more yoga tips from Pure Yoga’s experts. In the meantime, take a look inside at this month’s Birchbox Magazine.

How To: Avoid Getting Wrecked by Travel

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This summer has been a blur of planes, trains, and automobiles. While travel can be wonderfully fulfilling, it can also throw your body completely out of whack. I love scouting out all the best pastry shops in Paris and food souvenir-ing my way through Barcelona, but I hate the feeling of returning home exhausted and wrecked. 
As I gear up for back-to-back trips to Los Angeles and Europe (lucky, I know!), I’m arming myself with key tips on staying healthy, courtesy of my friend and wellness expert Tammy Walker. 

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