Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ancora Piรน Dolce | 3 WAYS MY TRIP TO ITALY BECAME EVEN SWEETER (and I only gained 5lbs)

By Dominick Hiddo

photo credit: Dominick Hiddo | project: Clean Food

Last year, Italy changed my life. I mean, overall, everything changes our lives. The food we eat. The books we read. The music we listen to. The work we do. The decisions we make, the people and the circumstances. Everything affects our lives and our lifestyles. But I will say that my deeper exposure to the Italian culture really took my understanding of La Dolce Vita to a whole new level. After my trip last year, I made a conscious decision to study the culture and lifestyle of the Italian people. And part of that took place when I came home: of course with Kaite's help. Also, I started taking classes in efforts to study Italian. But as you can imagine, you can't really study and speak a language until you begin to digest and understand the culture surrounding that language, and I'm not only talking about the food: I'm sure many of you bi-lingual and multi-lingual people know this very well. But I'm just learning all about this. Katie's family in Italy doesn't speak much English. So, learning about the language and the culture became a priority for me last year, and especially this year. But as you can imagine, studying Italian for a few months would not be enough to immerse me fully in the country and all of its nuances just yet. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful launching pad for what I was set to experience this year.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Man's Skin | RAW & REAL, SKIN GROOMING TIPS FOR YOUR SKIN, FROM ME TO YOU

By Dominick Hiddo


So this picture was taken first thing in the morning. All my soft and subtle blemishes. The lines in my face: in the corners of my mouth and the ever so light one in my forehead. The super light, bump-bity bumps canvasing my face that are reminiscent of goosebumps you get when the room is chilly.  All my freckles, moles, and birthmarks. And unfortunately, there's that slight darkness under my eyes from living in this crazy world. It's all here. No photo filters or special applications used here to make me look a certain way. Nope. Nothing at all. I just washed my face with a little warm water to wipe the gunk out of my face so you wouldn't think I was a crazy person. And I have to say, at this moment in time I'm the happiest I've ever been with my skin. In my early teens through high school, I was plagued with pimples and acne all the time. Even as I made my way into my early to mid-twenties, acne and pimples would never leave me alone. Then, there was more drama: cracks in my face, clogged pores in my nose and in my skin. And to top it all off, my greatest fear of all came to the surface. I saw a gray hair.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Spread the Love | A SIMPLE, HEALTHY HUMMUS RECIPE (GUARANTEED TO IMPRESS)

By Katie Galeotti


It's safe to say that in the project: CLEAN FOOD household, we're hummus fanatics. And why not? It's full of protein, fiber, and vitamins – making it one of the healthier dip options. But, as much as we love to eat it, a thought struck me: what would it be like to make it from scratch rather than buy it pre-packaged? So, yesterday, as I prepared Mother's Day dinner, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to make my own hummus for the first time (which is actually a little risky, now that I think about it). The result? I was pleasantly surprised to find that the preparation was simple and the taste was rich, creamy, and delicious.  Whether you decide to make it for yourself, for friends, or to impress your mother, we're sharing our recipe – guaranteed to wow.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Clean Style, Clean Living | THREE TIPS ON LIVING STYLISH AT HOME, MAKING A BEAUTIFUL LIFE

By Dominick Hiddo

Home of Naomi Watts + Liev Schreiber / Arch Digest

Home. It's a sanctuary. A retreat. A place of refuge. Ideally, home should be a place to let go of all the subtle inhibitions and nuances of our external lives. And truthfully, it should represent the truest and most liberated expression our entire being. What we see in our home will provide a beautiful mirror reflection of what we see in ourselves. This is probably why when we have people over for a visit, we're always so super particular as to who's granted access to our humble abode. And whether you love to entertain or not, we all love when those fortunate few come into our home and experience those other beautiful parts of our life: our food, our family, our inner beauty, our entertainment, and most importantly, our decor and style.

The color combinations of fabrics and drapes, of wood finishes and rug choices, it all adds to the look and feel of our home. The choices in art, the creative display of coffee table books, the fragrances pervading the air of the home, the arrangement of furniture, fixtures and florals, it's all super important for creating that clean living lifestyle in our place of solitude. And this is not just for your guests, this is for you: for your peace, happiness and tranquility. We do this to feel good about our home: when we leave it and when we return. So whether you're super organized and cleanly, or a hoarder of all things beautiful (and not so beautiful), here are some things to keep in mind when creating a stylish home with a peaceful energy flow.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Superfood Sunday | STRENGTH, HEALING AND REJUVENATION IN ONE LITTLE RASPBERRY

By Dominick H.


Superfood Sunday is a weekly series where project: CLEAN FOOD features the absolute best foods to nourish – and naturally heal – your body.  To help you start each week right, we reveal the one must-have food to add to your diet. Enjoy, and share your inspiration with us by tagging #projectCLEANFOOD on Instagram.

This fruit may appear small, but it definitely packs a super strong dose of nutritious benefits. Raspberries are probably the most powerful of the berries by far (next to blueberries and blackberries). They can be found in many parts of the world, from Asia to Central America, and even right here in the USA. The raspberries come in many varieties and many species; so it's not uncommon to see them in other colors like purple, yellow, and even orange. The most common color of raspberry is red: and even the red ones come in various varieties as well.

Each raspberry has a balanced set of nutritional benefits that are not always the same in each variety. So depending on where the raspberry is cultivated, one variety may have more protein or more manganese than others, for example. This is great because the raspberry will provide an adequate and balanced nutritional boost that is most likely necessary for that particular environment of cultivation.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Superfood Sunday | THE AMAZINGLY POWERFUL KIWI FRUIT

By Dominick H.

Superfood Sunday is a weekly series where project: CLEAN FOOD features the absolute best foods to nourish – and naturally heal – your body.  To help you start each week right, we reveal the one must-have food to add to your diet. Enjoy, and share your inspiration with us by tagging #projectCLEANFOOD on Instagram.

Here we have one of the most amazing and super healthy foods here on planet Earth. This beautiful fruit is a part of the berry family. It was originally cultivated in China. Some other original cultivators of the fruit were India, Siberia and New Zealand. Today, Italy is one of the largest suppliers of Kiwifruit around the world. And, in addition to its worldly origins, it has a host of benefits that make it our superfood of the week. Curious? Read on.
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