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What I’m Loving Lately. Round 2.

Hello friends!!! 

I’d like to share some things I’ve been loving lately. If you’ve wondered why I have been MIA, this might give you some insight :) 

Yoga Teacher Training 

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I am in my first 200 Yoga Teacher Training program at a lovely studio in Culver City, CA called Goda Yoga. I could not be happier to be a part of this program and am finding it to be transformative both physically and emotionally. 

Ted’s enjoying it too…

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Iced Yerba Mate 

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I bought one of these randomly at Rite Aid one day when I needed some energy before work. I never thought I’d be so into it! I find that every time I drink one I feel energetic, happy and never wired. Worth the 9 grams of sugar in my opinion. 

It also comes in a nice glass bottle which I keep to later use for smoothies or coffee on the go. 

Tracking my steps

I used to track my steps with a cheap pedometer when I lived in Boston, and when my boyfriend gave me a FitBit for Christmas I got back into it. I have to say that this has been revolutionary for my fitness philosophy. 

An “active” person walks 10,000 steps a day. You could spend a sweaty hour at the gym 7 days a week and still be considered sedentary! I guarantee that relying solely on this 1 hour in the gym will make your heath and fitness goals that much harder to achieve. Think about the gym or yoga studio as a place to improve your movement, and then continue to be active throughout the rest of the day. It doesn’t have to -and shouldn’t be- overly vigorous. Just walk more and you’ll be healthier and fitter. 

Get yourself some sort of pedometer and see how many steps you take naturally the first day you use it. Then try to add 500 steps the next day. Work your way up to 10,000 or more and see what a difference this makes! 

Raw Chocolate Granola 

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If you’re anything like me the word “granola” sends you running for the hills. It’s impossible to digest. Not this stuff. It is delicious, satisfying and easy on the tummy. 

Arnica Gel for Sore Muscles 

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Proven to be magical for both me and my clients. Slather some on the sore areas after a hot bath of Epsom Salts and Mustard Bath. Do it now and thank me later!

This Sutra 

This comes from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a text I, and most yoga students, am reading.

2.33 - VITARKA BADHANE PRATIPAKSA BHAVANAM
"When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana".
Here Patanjali has given us a very practical way to start changing the way we think. 
Next time you have a negative thought try replacing it with a positive one. You can do this by simply thinking the positive thought, even if it isn’t true, or by distracting yourself with something you love. If your friend is annoying you, tell yourself the things you appreciate about them. Or if you are feeling angry about something, cuddle one of your pets. 
Practice Pratipaksha Bhavana for a day and notice how you feel. 
All my best! XOXO

Smoothie Sunday - Mint Chocolate Chip

Happy Sunday!

My first week back in LA has been both enjoyable and productive. I completed a lot of school work, wrote some music and worked out QUITE a bit. The only exercise I got while I was home involved walking the dogs and lots of ball & frisby throwing. 

{QUIZ: Does Homer (A) Want the ball or (B) Not want the ball? Answer at bottom of post}

I would not take this back for the world. Personally I am OK with missing a few workouts if it means spending more time with the people whom I love and rarely get to see. (This also applies to food. I am fine with the fact that I indulged once or twice quite a bit in restaurants at home. Being in good company, eating good food and feeling happy about it is good for the soul! Well, my soul anyway ;)

(My Grandmother)

SO basically what I am trying to say is that while I regret nothing it feels really great to get back into my regular routine and my body is thanking me for it. 

This week’s health related activities included:

  • Hiking
  • Salads 
  • Hot Yoga 
  • Reading
  • Fruit
  • Journal Writing
  • Sweaty Gym Workout
  • Raw Nuts & Seeds
  • Vegan Stir-Fries w/ Brown Rice or Quinoa, Veggies, Tempeh or Tofu (SO GOOD)
  • Running
  • Tea 
  • Smoothies
  • I tried to remain mindful in everything I did and surrounded everything I ate with good thoughts and positive energy. It was very healing. 

*** To the main event of this blog post! 

I am excited to share this smoothie recipe which I have been enjoying all week. I was inspired by the Mint Chip Protein Smoothie on Elana’s Pantry and set out to make my own GREEN version. If you ask me it was a slam d-dunky dunk. 

Here you go:

Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie

  • Spinach (Fill your blender. Mine equals 6 cups)
  • 1C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1 Small/Medium Banana
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla - Brown Rice or Hemp - Protein Powder (I use Perfect Fit)
  • 1T Raw Cocoa Powder 
  • 1/2T Chia Seeds
  • 1 Handful Fresh Mint Leaves OR Peppermint Extract (Which I used because I didn’t have mint leaves)
  • Stevia to taste
  • Optional: Vitamineral Green or other green powder, Maca Powder, Dandelion Leaves 

Picture not necessary. Just picture a cup of green goodness. 

I’m off to the beach then a friend’s BBQ. Hope you had a great weekend!

(Quiz Answer: A, A, a million times »»>A!!!!««<)

Fitness Fashion and Beyond

Good afternoon!

This morning I popped straight to the gym and completed a 5k on the treadmill after warming up. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “steady state” cardio days and lately I’ve deemed Tuesday my 5k day. It usually takes about 28-30 minutes because I start pretty slow and then speed up from time to time when I get bored. (I try not to sprint as I do sprints on Mondays and do not want to overwork my heart). It feels nice and refreshing to space out and just steadily jog for a while.

When I returned home I made a huge green smoothie using kale, frozen pineapple and strawberries, coconut flakes, coconut milk and brown rice protein powder. I didn’t measure anything, per usual, and it was lovely.

I’d like to share some of my favorite workout accessories, meaning everything to do with fitness aside from the actual exercise. I completely get that some people are straight down to business and throw on whatever they can, get in their workout and go on with their day. For me, fun accessories help me feel excited about returning to the gym (or the mountain or the park) day in and day out. They remind me that fitness is a very important part of my lifestyle.  It helps me tremendously to feel good in what I’m wearing and enjoy the little things like a good protein powder or a new water bottle.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t go on Lululemon rampages spending hundreds of dollars. In fact, the only Lululemon item I own is a headband, which I never use because it instantly slides right off my head. 

*My favorite pants to workout in are these stretchy black capri “tights” from Old Navy. They fit SO well and are more flattering than any pair of black stretchy pants I’ve ever tried on in higher end activewear stores…and they are only $20! I have a few pairs.

*Lately I’m loving these tanks I found at Target. I guess you’d say I’m on the curvy side (Hips with a capital H), and when tops are too tight or too short they ride up off my hips while I’m running. Very annoying, so I try to choose tops that are a little flowy and on the longer side.

This is a long one…

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