• Food For Thought/ Recipes

    Your Thanksgiving Survival Guide



    Ah, the holiday is upon us!!!First and foremost I am thankful for my health and my family and friends…but you better believe I am equally thankful for Thanksgiving Day itself! It is hands down my favorite holiday besides July 4th (read: the summer version of Thanksgiving), and my family takes this holiday very, VERY seriously. My mother starts preparing right after Labor Day. Word.

    This day in particular connotes a spectrum of emotions for people. Sure it reminds us to be grateful and thankful, but for many of us, it is also a source of anxiety, stress, guilt, and perhaps self-loathing.

    I am here to give you a (turkey) leg up on this! I want you to really keep the below ten tips in mind so you can enjoy this day to the fullest. We want our hearts to feel as full as our bellies.

    1. Start Your Day With Gratitude

    Before you even get out of bed, name three things for which you are grateful. Don’t just rattle them off. Name them aloud and visualize what you are saying. Be in the moment and ground yourself before you start this day of even more thanks.

    2. Fill Your Wellness Well

    Start drinking water, and then keep drinking. All. Day. Long. This will keep us hydrated, alert,  and will help to get us moving. Before we make our moves at the dinner table, make a move to establish a mind/body connection. Hit the weights, go for a long walk, or hop into your favorite yoga class. This will set your intention for the day to be present, leading to empowered decision-making later tonight.

    3. Wear Pants That Uh, Button 

    Ditch the jeggings and put on some structured pants that can help you check in with your “fullness” throughout the day. We want to avoid that uncomfortably full point.

    4. Bring a “Fit To Feast” Fave

    If you are attending someone else’s dinner, bring a healthy dish.  Whip up a batch of Brussels Sprouts or a bountiful Harvest Salad, or simply bring a bowl of raw nuts or a fruit platter. Options On Hand = Better Choices. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail.

    5. You are In Control

    You are an independent adult. No one can make you feel obligated to eat anything you don’t want to. You do not need to feel that you HAVE to “get it all in” because this day happens once a year. Enjoy the food, but more importantly enjoy the fact that YOU are in control of YOU!

    6. Slow Down and Take Inventory

    Thankfully, we don’t need to worry about presents today, so focus on your own presence. Slow down, and breathe. There will be plenty of time to enjoy everything the day has to offer, but just be present and mindful in every sip and bite. See what’s on the table and start game-planning. We don’t want to waste any valuable stomach real estate on the same ole chips and dip, a generic dinner roll or a just ok store-bought pie. Always fill you plate with protein and veggies (not the casserole kind), and then take some tastes of the other fun stuff. Keep in mind, that there will also be an entire dessert chapter to follow, so pace yourself!

    7. Strategize

    Feeling overwhelmed? Here are a few strategies to try:

    -Pick one indulgence category for the night: alcohol, bread/sides, or dessert. But go easy on the alcohol regardless. Too many drinks will throw all of your good intentions out the window.

    -Use the three-bite rule. Try the first bite, if it’s not worth it, stop there. If it is, take two more awesomely mindful bites.

    -Make one plate and one plate only. This doesn’t mean piling as high as possible.

    -Taste everything by taking a small helping of everything there that looks like it’s worth it, but make it count!

    8. Visualize

    Today does not occur in a vacuum. Think ahead to tomorrow morning, and the next day. Picture yourself putting on your gym clothes. You want to be happy with our choices. Enjoying today does not mean gorging ourselves to the point of not being able to move. In fact, you should be able to go for a family walk afterwards. Get to the point where you are enjoying everything, but are enjoying your choices even more.

    9. Remember it’s Thanksgiving DAY!

    This doesn’t mean you eat leftover stuffing for the remainder of the weekend. You had it already. It was awesome, now let’s get back to healthier choices that serve us!

    10. Love Yourself

    Let go and cut yourself some slack. Don’t give this day power over you. Just enjoy it. It’s not an all or nothing day. It’s just another day. A wonderful day! Enjoy every single second of it, guilt-free. Remember, it IS about the food, but it’s mainly about the awesome loved ones around you!

    Eat Up Life,



  • Product Picks/ Recipes

    Thankful for these Brussels Sprouts with Maple Roasted Apples & Pecans


    My peeps at Bulletproof Coffee sent me the latest copy of the Bulletproof Cookbook, and I just had to put one of the veggies recipes to the test. I started with their basic Brussels sprouts recipe and then put my Fit To Feast spin on it by adding some maple, apples, & pecans.

    Here’s what you need:

    • 1 pound Brussels sprouts (halved)
    • 2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter
    • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
    • 1 fuji apple
    • 1 tablespoon of 100% Organic grade B Maple Syrup
    • 1 cup raw pecans


    Here’s what you do:

    • Preheat the oven to 300F.
    • Place the sprouts in a baking pan with the butter.
    • Sprinkle on the salt
    • Bake for 30-45 minutes.
    • While they are baking, spray a pan with coconut oil and pan fry the chopped apple and pecans. Drizzle on the TB of maple syrup.
    • Combine with Brussels when they are done and serve.


  • Food For Thought

    Monday Mantra – Thanksgiving Week!


    Start this week of thanks by being thankful right in this moment. We don’t need a holiday or specific day to be grateful. Be grateful for every gift, moment, and wonderful individual in your life. Thank someone who is always there for you…and don’t wait for Thursday!

  • Fitness

    Honored To Be Featured By “BARBELL BABES”!


    Featured Barbell Babe: ALLISON HAGENDORF

    Allison has always loved fitness. She grew up dancing and then embraced contact sports, field hockey and lacrosse, in high school and college. As an adult, she picked up snowboarding, ran the NYC Marathon twice, and tried every fitness fad and gym class known to man. She’s serious. Pole dancing, aerial silks, hot yoga barre, kangoo, urban rebounding. You name it. This girl has done it. She was the queen of classes until she came across something that was in a class of its own and would change her life forever. 

    CrossFit. It’s a way of life. It’s a commitment to be healthier and stronger as an athlete, and a promise to elevate yourself as an individual. It champions mental and physical empowerment, eliminates self-imposed limitations, and instills pride. It strengthens the relationship you have with yourself, and with those around you. CrossFit is about optimizing every aspect of your life from here on out. It’s a celebratory culture that inspires greatness.

    It’s funny to Allison how we often assume that we cannot do things simply because we haven’t done them before. Prior to starting CrossFit, she had squatted her buns off in countless classes. She often “pushed” herself by opting to squat with the heaviest dumbbells offered in the class, 15-pounds. She’s proud to share that today she can back squat 205 pounds!

    CrossFit has become a microcosm for Allison’s life. She constantly pushes her physical limits while training, and now applies that same mental fortitude outside the gym as well. She’s always been ambitious. Remember she mentioned she tried pole dancing? She now has a pole in her apartment. Most importantly, she finds herself really reaching for new stratospheres outside the gym, in her career as well. She’s more confident, more daring, more audacious in everything she does.

    Allison is now a Certified Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist, as well as a CrossFit L1 Trainer. She’s the Founder of FitToFeast.com which encourages the ‪#‎FitToFeast‬ lifestyle: finding your individualized balance, so you can be fit and eat up life. She helps people get on their A-Game, and cannot stress enough the importance of strength training. You will not only strengthen your physique but you will strengthen your mind, your self-assurance, and your lust for life.

    Allison’s advice to other women is to grab life by the horns. You may as well grab a really heavy kettlebell by the horns too. Find your greatness. You deserve it!

    Follow Allison on Instagram @allihagendorf

  • Food For Thought

    Supermarket Sweep!


    …when battling the crowd at Costco for your weekly grocery stash is part of #SundayFunDay.  

    I’m an animal navigating that cart. #skills 🏇

    Props to Costco for having a lot of organic options and for having their own single-ingredient almond butter: uh, just almonds what a concept! …And props to me for purchasing (and carefully carrying) 10-dozen organic eggs. Go hard or go home. 
    Now, let’s get #cooking!

  • Fitness

    My 250b Deadlift!


    Yes!!! Truly proud of my 250lb. Deadlift PR today at Cave CrossFit.

    I cannot stress enough the importance of strength training. You not only strengthen your body, but you strengthen your mind, self-assurance, and lust for life as well.

    Get primal. Dig deep. Go be great. ‪#‎EatUpLife‬ 

  • Food For Thought

    Join the Fit To Feast 21-Day Palate Reset (F2F21) Launching Nov.1


    Ok so Halloween is this weekend, and then believe it or not, Thanksgiving and the holidays are right around the corner. Ahhhh! No need to panic 😉 It’s an incredible time of year, especially when you’re feeling in control and armed to make smart and enjoyable food choices. Now is the time to start implementing some healthful habits setting the tone from now until the new year!


    THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE, but rather an OPPORTUNITY for you to prioritize fueling your body with nutrient-dense whole foods. The F2F21 will jump start fat loss, kick both cravings and unhealthy habits, and will allow you to celebrate food freedom. These 21 days will pave the way for you to make smart choices past these three weeks all the way through the rest of the year and beyond. You deserve to feel your best. Your A-Game with me starts here. You’ll get:

    •The F2F21 guide

    •Access to my overview seminar explaining how to rewire your biochemistry by letting food be thy medicine.

    •Accountability and access to the closed F2F21 Facebook Group where I will be answering all of your questions, and you can also share tips, recipes, and support with others in the F2F21 community.

    •Weekly check-ins where I answer all  your questions

    •The opportunity to be part of a group of people who want to be their best, just like you.

    Click the button below to get started!