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            If you're wondering about me, I am "The Skinny Critic..." My name is Brittany Fuisz and I am a Lifestyle Editor for C-Suite Quarterly Magazine, as well as the Los Angeles Yelp Community Director (meaning I throw parties for yelpers, write a weekly newsletter, and handling marketing partnerships for Yelp in LA among other various things).

I love food, wine and all things related. I also love staying in shape and being 'skinny.' Kate Moss said, "No food tastes as good as skinny feels." I don't know if I agree with that entirely, as I've tasted some pretty incredible things. But the point is, there is always another meal to eat, something new and wonderful to try. I never feel like "this is my last chance! 

It's also all about exercise and moderation. I am very conscious about what I put into my body and how those foods make me feel. I recently did some allergy testing and discovered I am gluten intolerant and allergic to dairy and eggs. Bummer, huh? While I don't think I had any major symptoms, I would be congested regularly, had some skin irritations and felt tired a lot of the time. After eliminating dairy and gluten completely,  my skin is looking wonderful, I am no longer congested and I have more energy and am sleeping better. With these allergies, an elimination diet is recommended for four months and then I am able to slowly reintroduce the foods and see how I feel. I am six weeks in so far! 

I always eat breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day. Because of the allergies, eggs are no longer an option. (Insert sad face here). But instead I am making a lot of smoothie bowls - kind of my spin on an acai bowl, expect loaded with greens. I like to use things like spinach, green apple, avocado, zucchini (yep, in a smoothie!), carrots, and anything else seasonal and ripe, such as pineapple, pears or mangoes. I blend it all together with some flaxseed and OJ or coconut milk and top it with organic berries, and some paleo granola and hemp seeds.  It's such a fantastic way to start the day.  On a cooler morning I'll have gluten free oatmeal with flaxseeds and berries. 

Lunch is usually some sort of a salad or sushi.  I like to keep it light in the middle of the day and heavy lunches slow me down.  If I have a heavy lunch I want to crawl in bed and pull the covers over my head for a few hours, so I usually save the big meals for dinner. 

 I love dinner. I used to love 3 hour dinners with 10 courses.  But lately I prefer smaller meals that are incredibly fresh with local ingredients. I like eating the food that is from the place I am in.  I do try to keep it pretty healthy - usually for dinner I opt for seafood.  I love sushi and fresh fish.  I do have a good steak about once a week and once a week I'll get pasta or pizza (now only gluten free). 

 I'm also very ingredient conscious.  I'm not obsessive about it, but I really appreciate local, sustainable ingredients and seek them out whenever possible.  It's great that local farmer's markets are sprouting up left and right and people are gaining easier access to healthier foods.  Stores like Whole Foods make buying organic easy in terms of availability but a bit tough on the wallet.  Organic fruits and vegetables taste so much better, that I do buy organic whenever possible for my produce and meats. Grass fed meat has come a long way and often tastes better than the corn fed versions. 

I do love my sweets but have really tried to cut back. The gluten and dairy allergies have made it a lot harder to eat normal desserts. I find that I am limited to sorbet these days.

But the message here or the "skinny" rather, is that to stay skinny definitely takes work. It's not as simple as having a good metabolism.  I do some form of continuous cardio for at least 45 minutes at least 4 times a week and usually do a yoga class and some serious stretching the other days. I've also found that incorporating meditation, journaling and supplements are all key to keeping at your optimum health. 

Most of all, I love sharing my learnings with you all here as I go through life. 


Yours truly,

The Skinny Critic

SkinnyCritic@gmail.com

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Travel, exercise, food, reading, champagne and not necessarily in that order...