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Why paleo blogger Melissa Joulwan quit CrossFit

Why Melissa Joulwan let go of the thing that defined her

Melissa Joulwan is kind of a big deal. She’s the brains and beauty behind Clothes Make the Girl, a blog that actually has little to do with fashion and a lot to do with cooking delicious, healthy food. Her Paleo cookbooks, Well Fed & Well Fed 2, have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

In 2008, Melissa stumbled into the world of CrossFit and fell head over toes-to-bar. When a medical condition forced her to quit a few years later, she was absolutely heartbroken. So where did a Paleo guru find solace after quitting the thing she thought defined her? In the most unlikely place. I’ll let her explain.

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Let’s get down to business: What did you quit & why?

I quit CrossFit. Kicking and screaming. Because I had to. I was sad about it then, and honestly, I’m still sad about it sometimes. But … Read more

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Quitters: How Quitting Alcohol Made Me Better at Everything

Quitters: How Quitting Alcohol Made Me Better at Everything

Jina Schaefer looks like the picture of perfect heath. She runs marathons. She meditates. Gluten? Psssht, she doesn’t eat that. However, this lifestyle she leads was earned, decision by decision, small step by small step. And what’s especially great is that she’s super normal and relatable and not holier-than-thou about it, which hardly ever happens. 

A year ago, she decided to give up the booze, not because she needed to, but because she just wanted to. What happened next surprised her. We discuss the culture of alcohol, what it’s like to be the “sober friend” and why she’s not planning on drinking ever again.

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Let’s get down to business: What did you quit & why?

Alcohol. I felt like I needed alcohol to get through the holidays. Instead, I decided to try and give it up for 100 days through the holiday season in 2013. I knew … Read more

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