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Fashion & Beauty:

If you gentlemen are wondering how to begin wardrobe or style overhaul then this guide from Attire Club is the perfect starting point for you – Beginner’s Guide: A List Of 20 Style Tips Which Cover The Basics.

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The key to creating a swoon-worthy wardrobe is the ability to use the same pieces in new and interesting ways – Skillfully mixing your separates can exponentially increase the number of outfit choices you have when you step into your closet. Check out The Glamourai’s An Outfit For Any Occasion for some great tips & recommendations!

Who knows how long the mixing prints trend will last so you should enjoy the amazing combinations while you can! Get inspired over at WhoWhatWear with their piece Steal Her Style: Clashing Prints.

A head-to-toe monochrome look is one of those styles that manages to look effortless and oh-so-chic at the same time, which is a fabulous combination. You’ll be dying to try this style after scanning the gorgeous shots in B a La Moda’s Looks Monocolor post.

Summer-Denim

As you’ve probably discovered by now, I’m a big fan of denim. And it looks like I’m not the only one! If you’re a fan of chambray and the perfect pair of jeans you’ll LOVE If You’re Thinking About… Summer Denim from The Sartorialist.

Health & Fitness:

While comfort food is a must, bad-for-you comfort food isn’t. Craving fries? Try making these Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries instead for a healthier indulgence.

HIIT is the best way to get through your cardio so check out FitSugar’s Burn Calories, Blast Fat, and Save Time: 7 Minutes Is All You Need for some great new tips to try.

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Embarking on a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to mean forgoing all of the indulgences in your previous diet. It’s about making better choices, not depriving yourself. Try this Enlightened Carrot Cake recipe from Chef Amber Shea.

With stress and stress-related illnesses on the rise it’s important to focus on finding your inner peace. Not sure where to start? Read this – Easy Ways To Slow Down & Find Balance.

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When you read the labels on your supplements and vitamins you’ll be blasted with information – Take on an empty stomach! Don’t eat for 30 minutes! Take with a meal! Curious when you should pop them? Learn the Best Time of Day to Take Vitamins.


Cauliflower Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I go through phases in the kitchen. Ingredients or recipes or specific foods that I’ll eat tons of until I’m sick of them. Right now that food is, you guessed it, cauliflower! I’ve tried everything from cauliflower mashed potatoes and cheese sauce to raw rice and salads.

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Here are some of my favorites:

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I’ve tried all of these and have loved each and every one. I have a handful of other delicious looking cauliflower-based recipes printed out and waiting in my kitchen though so be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can see my cooking attempts! {moicontrelavie – no spaces}

What’s your favorite food right now?


June Round-Up

June was a busy month filled with great events, travel, and lots of hard work. It was the perfect way to start Summer – Not only was I really focused on my health, I had a number of fun fashion-related outings and collaborations to keep me entertained.

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Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – June was quite fun on the social media side of things, in addition to creating some great new Pinterest boards {Summer Motivation, Swimsuit Season}, I also starting posting fun collages on Instagram & updating my photo shoot Outtakes folders on Facebook again.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – Not only have I been writing up a storm for MCLV and Ajent, I’m also working on a website overhaul so stay tuned for a brand new Moi Contre La Vie! ❤
  • Expansion & Growth – June was a big “behind the scenes” month and I’ll be rolling out new services, an email newsletter, and sharing some fabulous new collaborations in the coming weeks.
  • Be Positive – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Loving where you live is EVERYTHING. I adore San Francisco and have “I love this city” moments on a daily basis. It’s amazing how much that can keep you happy & positive!

June Goals:

Fashion:

June was a busy month in the San Francisco fashion world – Loads of sales, store openings, collection launches, and oh-so-fun events to attend. Some of my favorites included The Factory’s new custom gown collection and the launch of Sonas Denim‘s Indiegogo page which means getting a fabulous new pair of jeans for $89-$99 rather than the usual $249! {There are still jeans available for pre-order so head to Indiegogo for details.}

I also have a series of great beauty-related posts to share with you in July, a giveaway, and a fun event for you to come meet me at – So stay tuned for more news!

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{Left – How To Wear White Jeans & Right – How To Wear White Jeans: Dressing Up}

Food & Fitness:

My June health goal was simple – To get in shape and mentally prepared for warm weather dressing and bathing suits – Enter the Swimsuit Shape-Up Challenge. Using The Fitnessista’s 2013 Summer Shape-Up Plan and Tone It Up’s Bikini Series as inspiration I spent four weeks focusing on healthy eating habits and regular workouts.

New July Goals:

Fashion:

My goal fashion-wise in July is to keep up my momentum – I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing photographers, bloggers, brands, and store owners to date and I want nothing more than to continue on this path. Getting to know San Francisco based people and companies is such a joy!

Food & Fitness:

I’ll be undergoing a medical procedure at the end of the month so I want to spend July being as healthy as possible so that I can recover quickly & painlessly. So with that goal in mind I’m going to continue my 5 days a week workouts and eating a clean diet high in raw, whole foods.

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{June Fashion: Heavy Metal, Casual Fashion & Polka Dots}

After reading my friend Holly’s amazing 2013 Summer Bucket List and Cupcakes & Cashmere’s Summer To Do List I was inspired to create my own mini bucket list for the month. So for the rest of 2013 I’m going to give myself a couple of items to accomplish or go-after each month.

July Bucket List:

  1. Launch MCLV Newsletter
  2. Film first YouTube video

What’s on YOUR Summer bucket list?

Are you following my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet?


My Week Via Instagram

Happy Saturday my friends! Today I’d like to share some good old fashion Instagram photos from the last week so that you can get a little peek into my daily life – Enjoy!

Fashion:

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{I love animal prints and I cannot lie – See more in my Casual Fashion post from last week}

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{Short suits for Summer w/ Beth Animal Print}

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{Gorgeous vintage baubles from Sasha Maks Vintage – You can see the whole look in the Styling 101: Heavy Metal post}

Food:

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{My favorite new smoothie ingredient is mint – So refreshing! Check out some of my other favorite smoothie recipes here}

Food-Baking

{Vegan, Gluten-Free Baking – Mini Protein Cake & Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies}

Food-Salad-Beast

{Salad beast from the Plant Café in San Francisco – Kale, quinoa & beets for the win.}

Fitness:

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{Working hard at my Swimsuit Shape-Up challenge so that I can get bikini ready for Summer!}

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{CrossFit Competitions = Sweaty shirtless boys. Any questions?}

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{Fittest of the Sierras in South Lake Tahoe – I support my team in Prabal Gurung for Target – What about you?}

Follow me on Instagram at: moicontrelavie {no spaces}


Links You’ll Love

Do you let a bad mood ruin your day? It happens to us all and the consequences can be rough. Here are some GREAT tips on how to keep that from happening – 5 Ways to Flip your Bad Mood from Organized Clutter.

Health & Fitness:

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Sometimes you just can’t fight your sweet tooth. It happens to the best of us. Eating a healthy diet is about not going to extremes – So try a healthier treat to keep yourself on track rather than succumbing to junk food cravings – Frozen Coconut Macademia Bars.

Gut bacteria and its role in a health and weight loss has been a frequent topic of discussion in the media in recent months. If you haven’t read up on this topic this piece should be of interest to you – Bacteria in the Intestines May Help Tip the Bathroom Scale.

As bathing suit season is upon us keeping your abs in shape becomes more and more important, check out these great Pilates moves from Women’s Health – 8 Pilates Ab Exercises.

Chlorophyll

In the last Links You’ll Love post I included an article on all the reasons to try wheatgrass so this week I wanted to share some great reasons to add Chlorophyll to your healthy diet – Why You Should Love Chlorophyll.

Are you a fan of snacking like I am? Finding new snacks to try to ways to make healthy choices can be a challenge – So why not take some advice from an expert. FAQ With a Vegan Chef: What kind of snacks do you eat?

Fashion & Beauty:

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Stripes are a must for Spring year-after-year, the key is to put a modern twist on them and find interesting ways to pair them and create new looks. Nicole Warne – aka Gary Pepper Girl – is here to teach us just how to do that – How To Wear: Breton Stripes.

Each season there are a handful of great pieces that you can find that will instantly revive and modernize your wardrobe – Pieces that are versatile and can help you put together look after look. The same goes for men and women, so check out what Stylist Brad Goreski suggests for you gentlemen this season – Brad Goreski on Men’s Fashion: Stylist Shares His 6 Must-Have Pieces for Summer.

During Spring Cleaning each year I store my Fall & Winter wardrobe and rearrange the pieces in my closet to make dressing easier for that season. Here are some great tips for reorganizing this year – Accessories: Moving from Winter to Summer Shoes…

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A neutral bag is a must every season – A handbag that goes with everything and can seamlessly translate from day-to-night. And this fun DIY project is just the way to make the perfect bag for yourself this year – DIY Celine Structured Clutch.

Ombre is everywhere this year – From hair color to maxi dresses to accessories – Trends We Love: Ombre Obsession.


Gym Style

The term “workout fashion” may sound like an oxymoron but I fully believe that not only can you hit the gym looking great, your choice of pieces can actually help motivate you to make it to the gym.

One of my favorite bribes motivators for meeting a fitness goal is a new addition to my gym drawer. And it doesn’t have to be pricey. While you may be a fan of Lulu, there are plenty of stylish, functional, reasonably priced brands out there to choose from.

Read on for some inspiration to spice up your workout gear and some fun new pieces to try:

Karolina Kurkova Keeps Up Her Super Model Frame

Inspiration:

Shoes

New Gear:

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{Left: Zella ‘Live In’ Reversible Capri Pants – $48 & Right: Zella ‘Everyday’ Racerback Tank – $38}

My personal gym must haves include Nike sports bras, Zella tankscapri pants, Lululemon leggings, and Brooks running shoes.

What’s on your Must Have List for the gym?


Links You’ll Love

Fashion & Beauty:

Are you a fan of topping your looks with a chic little blazer? Check out Refiner’s 29’s Challenge Accepted! Watch How Our Editor Styles 1 Blazer 5 Ways for some creative new ideas!

Braids

I don’t know about you, but I love a quick & easy up-do during the Summer, it’s the perfect way to get your hair out of your face. For Sure J’Adore clearly agrees – Easy Summer Hair: Braids.

This season is all about sunglasses – Bold colors, fun embellishments – There are some great pairs out there. In the mood to get creative? Try The StyleList’s DIY: Two-Tone Sunglasses.

Still in the market for the perfect Father’s Day Gift? Apartment 34 to the rescue – Fab Father’s Day Gifts You Can Still Get!

Backpack

This Summer’s new trend in carry-alls is a bit of a throwback. Backpacks are back! Don’t believe me? Check out Into The Gloss’s Knapsack Nation for some of the options out there.

Health & Fitness:

Whether you love to bake or are a fan of adding something sweet to your morning coffee, this is an article you should read – The 5 Best Natural Substitutes For Sugar.

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Now’s the time that the Farmers Markets and grocery stores are flooded with tons of colorful, fresh produce so it’s the perfect time to whip up some delicious vegetable filled dishes:

One of the biggest health risks in our modern society is stress. Not only can it play a role in ailments like heart disease, it can also lead to weight gain, interfere with sleep, and cause depression & anxiety. Read this now – Why Stress Can Kill You: A Cardiologist Explains!

Wheatgrass

There are a lot of supplements & superfoods & healthy foods touted as “miracle cures” today and it can be hard to figure out which you should try and why they may help. Here are some interesting facts about Wheatgrass to help educate you – 50 Reasons To Drink Wheatgrass Everyday.


Swimsuit Season: How To Get Bikini Ready

Step one in the race for the beach is getting yourself healthy & in shape. And, of course, mentally preparing yourself… 🙂 So read on for what my Swimsuit Shape-Up plan is and some great tips & suggestions for getting yourself ready for your first beach, river, pool trip of the season!

Swimsuit Shape-Up:

My four-week plan to get bikini ready hinges on three important factors: (1) Spending some quality time at the gym, (2) Making healthy food choices, and (3) Staying motivated. For me the third is almost as important as the first two in terms of reaching my goals. We’ve all gone on a super healthy kick only to burn out a few days later and fall off the wagon!

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Here’s my plan for the next four weeks:

  1. Eat Clean – No takeout, nothing processed, no packaged foods. Whole foods only. Smoothies, salads, stir fried or sautéed veggies & raw produce. Not sure what to snack on when you’re busy or traveling? Try baby carrots + hummus, Larabars, raw almonds, or a healthy sweet treat like mini gluten-free protein cakes or energy bites.
  2. 4-5 Weekly Workouts – Getting to the gym consistently is incredibly important so I’ll be aiming for 4-5 workouts a week including full-body circuits, core focused routines, and physical therapy. Plus daily walking.

Tips & Recommendations:

Sometimes, as hard as you work, the day you have to suit-up is thwarted by bloat or water weight. FitSugar is full of tips for getting back to your lean self – Flat Belly, Fast: 15 Ways to Debloat Today.

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Your mentality when it comes to bikini time is important – Like with most of life’s obstacles, if you approach it with a negative mindset you won’t get the results you’re hoping for. Not sure how to improve your outlook? Read Garance Dore’s Don’t Freak Out.

Does the idea of adding weight training to your fitness routine intrigue you but you’re not sure what the first step should be or where to start? Check out Natalie Jill Fitness’s You HAVE to lift HEAVY if You Want to Lean Out and Change Your Body for some great insights!

Not sure what foods are best in the last few days before a trip? Try rehydrating and fiber-filled fruits and vegetables – MindBodyGreen has all the details in their 5 Best Foods For A Beach Body.

Something to keep in mind when you’re working hard to meet a fitness goal are the perils of over-training. If you don’t give yourself enough time for recovery and get enough sleep, you won’t see the results you’re hoping for. Check out this great piece on rolling our your muscles from Women’s Health – Soothe Muscle Soreness.

What are YOU doing to get yourself ready for swimsuit season?


May Round-Up

May was the unofficial month of MOI! After spending the beginning of 2013 traveling non-stop I took some time for myself in May and put time & effort into my personal goals. And I’m not going to lie to you guys, it was nothing short of glorious!

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – At the end of May I finally caved and got myself an iPad Mini which I’m hoping will mean I’ll be able to stay on top of the blog & all the various social media platforms all the easier when I’m traveling.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – May was all about collaborations and fun new projects – In addition to getting a chance to work with some talented ladies on the Blogger Fashion series, I was also thrilled to be able to try out the gorgeous clothes from The Factory’s Spring Voyage To Marrakech collection. Stay tuned for another great collaboration that I’ll be announcing Tuesday!
  • Expansion & Growth – During May I had the amazing opportunity to be mentored by Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society  as I went through Marie Forleo’s 8 week online entrepreneurial & business program. I learned so much and in addition to unveiling a new website in the next few months, I’m also launching a newsletter so you can get special MCLV insights & personalized styling tips.
  • Be Positive – Spending additional time in San Francisco and less time traveling this month had an amazing effect on my mindset. I had so many “I love my life” moments the past few weekends it really renewed my appreciation for the city I live in the life I’ve built for myself.

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{Voyage To Marrakech}

May Goals:

Fashion:

One of the highlights of this month was getting a chance to work with New York City photographer Lydia Hudgens while she was visiting in San Francisco – Stay tuned for some of the great pictures we took!

Food & Fitness:

Spending less time traveling this month meant more time in the kitchen and some much-needed trips to the Farmers Market. I’ve found that even when I eat healthily while I’m traveling I tend to eat smaller snack-like meals throughout the day, while when I’m home and have more control over my schedule I’ll sit down for three meals a day.

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{May Fashions: Great Gatsby Fashion, Camille K: Vintage Jewelry For Spring & Blogger Fashion: Striped Shirt}

New June Goals:

Fashion:

This will be the Summer of collaborations! 🙂 In addition to working with photographers Lydia Hudgens and Jennymay Villarete, there will be another fun post in the Fashion Blogger series, Styling 101 goodness featuring Sasha Maks Vintage, and a collaboration with a great local denim company.

Food & Fitness:

It’s officially the time of year for beach, pool, and river trips so I’m going to start working on toning in preparation for swimsuit season. That means changing up my workouts and adding additional protein to my meals. If you want to stay on top of the shifts in my fitness routine check in on Instagram for updates or you can join me in getting bikini ready by emailing me for details!

We’re swiftly approaching the half-way mark for 2013, how has your year been so far?

Are you following my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet?


{Guest Post} Interview With A Trainer: Nutrition & Supplements

Welcome back to another Fitness Friday post – You can check out all the previous Fitness Friday posts at the bottom if you’d like to catch up on what you’ve missed so far.

Today we’re talking with trainer and co-owner of the barbell gym Capitol City Strength & Conditioning about nutrition, supplements, and the weightlifting Holy Grail – Protein powder.

Read on to not only find out about his personal regime, but to receive tips and suggestions for some changes you can make to improve your personal health routine. CapCity (1) Do you take any supplements on a daily basis? Yes, there are a few supplements that I take nearly every day and some a cycle on and off with. The ones that I take regularly are fish oil, vitamin C and D, and Magnesium.

  • Fish Oil – I’ll usually take in the mornings and afternoons after a meal.  Fish oil has been purported to have a myriad of health benefits: Blood pressure, mental health, and metabolic functions all seem to be positively affected.   
  • Vitamin C – I will usually take with the first meal of the day or at the end of the day if I don’t feel like I ate enough vegetables.  Vitamin C is good, take some.
  • Vitamin D – This is will usually take with my first meal of the day.  Vitamin D deficiencies can have some very serious consequences, everything from bone health to depression seem to be related and Americans are chronically deficient.  Vitamin D is fat-soluble (i.e. it’s better absorbed by the intestines when taken in conjunction with fats) so I will always take it with a fat rich meal, which is usually my first meal of the day. I avoid taking this later in the day because I have heard that vitamin D can interfere with sleep.  I’m not sure of this is true, but it sounds logical, so what the hell.
  • Magnesium – Magnesium is also something that a majority of people take in insufficient quantities.  Deficiencies can have a host of problems, including affecting the way in which your body metabolizes carbohydrates.  I’ll usually take this before bed (it is said to have a calming effect) and it has a natural citrus flavor so it tastes like orange juice. 

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The following supplements I cycle through during particularly heavy training periods or to supplement specific eating patterns, such as periods of fasting.

  • Whey Protein – I’ll usually take this after I workout, but I go through periods (due to budgetary restrictions) where I will take this nearly everyday.  Outside of Whey’s reported benefits in terms of workout recovery and muscle repair, it is also supposed to have very powerful antioxidant effects. An added bonus is that some of the brands taste pretty good. I’ll usually try to find a brand with the least amount of ingredients, little to no carbohydrates, and minimal preservatives or artificial sugars.
  • Amino Acids – I will take these when I am not taking Whey protein and I will generally reserve this for times I  plan on working out in the morning when I am fasting.  Amino Acids have a lot of functions in the body, especially in terms of muscle repair. Here is a nice and short reference – Amino Acids 101.
  • Creatine – Creatine is something I take during periods of especially heavy lifting, generally for a month or two at a time.  It helps with short-term energy production. I’ll usually take this before and after working out. 

(2)    Do you have a favorite protein powder? What do you look for in a protein powder?

My typical “go to” protein powder is usually Optimum Nutrion’s Whey protein Isolate.  It mixes with water and milk pretty well (not coffee though), meets most of my above stated requirements, and is readily available.  They also have a natural version which I have yet to try.

(3)    When do you take supplements and/or protein powder during the day? Does the time of day, proximity to workouts, or empty/full stomach matter?

Most of the regular supplements I take I will try to consume with meals.  Mineral and Vitamin absorption is very complicated and there are a lot of cofactors as to how efficiently some things can be absorbed.  To save myself the trouble of trying to figure that out I will just take them with food.  The supplements I cycle on and off with generally revolve around my workouts so I will generally take those shortly before or afterwards.  

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(4)    Do you follow a special kind of diet? Have you had success with any popular diets in the past (i.e. Paleo, high fat/low carb, ketogenic etc.)?

I have tried many different ways of eating.  I am in a position where I am frequently asked about diets and I am not very comfortable recommending something that I have not at least tested on myself.  The way I generally approach eating is there is what to eat and there is how to eat. “What” I eat generally follows a whole natural foods approach (Paleo/Primal/whatever).  I make generally make whole meats (chicken breasts, steaks, fish) the basis of my meals and fill the rest in with dairy, veggies, sweet potatoes, nuts, and some fruit.  (I have experimented a lot with dairy and I seem to have little negative effects from consuming it). 

“How” I eat regularly shifts from a few methods I like and which I think are effective protocols for certain situations.  If I have no specific goals performance wise, I will generally stick to an ultra-low carb/ketogenic approach.  Once you get use to doing this it becomes very easy and if you are not doing a lot of metabolically demanding physical activity, I don’t really see the need for a large carbohydrate intake (there are always exceptions).  If I am consistently doing more physically demanding work or trying to get bigger, I will generally add carbohydrates following workouts and for dinner.  I am a strong believer in Carbohydrate cycling/back-loading.  John Kiefer of Dangerously Hardcore and Nate Miyaki of Intermittent Feast are great resources for anyone that is interested. 

(5)    What’s the first nutritional recommendation you would make for a client? What’s the first food you eliminate when you want to eat a cleaner, healthier diet?

The first recommendation I generally make is to make their own food.  I think people develop a much greater appreciation for what makes their body function when they prepare it themselves and making nutritional changes is simpler to do when you are controlling the ingredients.  Once people are cooking themselves, ill generally recommend people remove grains.  It’s a difficult transition for most but I think it has significant payoff.  

You can catch up on previous Fitness Friday posts here: Beginners Fitness, Beginners Fitness: Kettlebells, Beginners Fitness: Medicine Balls, {Guest Post} Women’s Health, {Guest Post} Fashion of the Fitness World, {Guest Post:}Food & The Daily Battle, {Guest Post} Interview With A Trainer & {Guest Post} A CrossFit Year.

Do you take any supplements? Protein Powders?

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