by Hillary on July 24, 2014

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This product is just as exciting as its catchy name.

If you love mason jars as much as I do (I inherited this trait from my mama… and maybe somewhat from the current Etsy/Pinterest craze), you’ll want to stick around to hear about this sustainable foodie accessory.

What initially attracted me to Cuppow was their (BPA-free, recycled plastic) lids to turn an ordinary canning jar into a hip way to drink my beloved iced coffee. Litte did I know, they sell a variety of sustainable products fit for mason jars, small and large.



The other neat canning jar adapter is the BNTO: inspired by Japanese bento boxes, these inserts allow you to turn a jar into a lunch box or suitable snack pack for ingredients you may not want traveling together (for example: salads and dressing, carrots and hummus, yogurt and granola, or apples and almond butter).


Both the lids and BNTO containers come in all sorts of cheerful colors, too! Not that I am thinking about Christmas in the middle of summer, but Cuppow products are ideal stocking stuffers.

I think I need the mason shaker for summer cocktails…


About Cuppow >>

“Cuppow is an American company that grew out of a need to develop everyday products that would help us decrease our own eco-footprint; we have been committed to that ideal from the outset, and seek to achieve it along every part of our process.

Our flagship Cuppow product – the original drinking lid adaptor for canning or mason jars – allows people to up-cycle an everyday item into an eco-friendly travel mug, and we bring this same intention into all of our products by designing for utility and simplicity.

Our products utilize BPA and phthalate free food-grade recycled plastic as part of our ongoing commitment to divert as much needless waste as possible from the landfill. We hope you enjoy using them as much as we do!”


What sustainable products and/or habits do you use/practice in your kitchen?

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Disclosure: Cuppow sent me three of their products. I was not compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.


Life Without the Scale

by Hillary on July 22, 2014

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Earlier this summer, I shared my biggest accomplishment for the month of May: ditching the scale! Since May 1st (actually a few days prior), I have only stepped on the scale two times: once at a doctor’s appointment and once at home.

If you’re an observant Nutrition Nut reader, you know I have battled with the bathroom scale for years; I’ve shared my struggles publicly more than once on this blog.

>> Why I Hate the Scale

>> Break Up with the Scale Tips

Now that it has been over 2 1/2 months since I broke off my unhealthy relationship, I thought I would follow-up on my journey. I assume that at least one of you reading this post has or have struggled with seeing that number on the scale; I hope this can provide comfort in that you are certainly not alone, and inspiration to stick that damn tool under your bed, as I did.


As a scale abuser for many years, it is rather strange to think that I don’t know how many pounds I weigh in this current moment, nor do I know what it read yesterday, or last Tuesday for the matter. If I am being completely vulnerable here, I used to keep a journal of my weight and compare it week-to-week, month-to-month.

The part that struck me the most was when I would hypocritically encourage my peers to ditch the scale for the sake of their own good and peace of mind, yet I could not do said action myself. So, “out of sight, out of mind,” was the tactic I tried. I stuck the darn P.O.S. under my bed, and there is still resides amongst picture frames and old school notebooks, collecting dust.

Last week, when chatting with my IIN Peer Coach, I heard myself say that I was ready to get it (the scale) out of my house. A bold statement from a former weigh-in addict.

The drug I took, stark naked, nearly every morning (and often post-workout) was no longer needed.

For the past 10+ weeks, the first thought upon waking isn’t one of anxiety in anticipation of using the scale to measure the worth of my day.

While I am proud and confident that the scale will remain an abusive partner of the past, all negative self-talk has not vanished.

As I have also discussed here in this space, it’s easier than reciting the ABCs to fall into the comparison trap, especially as a member of the fitness blog community.

Here I am: miles ahead of where I was, yet still miles away from where I would like to stand with the relationship I have with myself: one of pride, love, and forgiveness.

What steps have you made to improve your self-talk?

What or who has inspired you in your own journey?

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Worth a second shout-out >> Why You Should Throw Away Your Scale


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