• Fitness

    It’s Official. I’m a CrossFit L1 Trainer, & I Had The “Fittest Woman On Earth” As My Coach.

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    Behold the unparalleled beauty of Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, who is literally “The Fittest Woman On Earth,” as well as the idol of CrossFit fans around the world.

    Look, she’s gorgeous, athletic, fierce, adorable…everything admirable. Anyone who has seen any photos or videos of her, can confirm that she is absolutely every single one of these well-suited superlatives.

    However, after spending this past weekend with her as one of my coaches during my CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, I got to experience firsthand that perhaps the best of all her superhuman traits, is her ability to actually be, well, just a super HUMAN.

    Not only was she extremely knowledgable in all of the CrossFit methodology, nutrition talks, and uh, ofcourse the movements, but she was exceptionally engaging, accessible, and grounded. I spoke with her at length both days about themes that transcend the CrossFit community that I deal with on a daily basis with my health coaching clients ala body image, dysmorphia, relationships, and self-love.  She and I spoke as two like-minded women chatting about topics that evoked passion and concern. You know, one fit woman talking to, ok, THE fittest woman.

    It was her down-to-earth persona that was her most admirable quality of all, and I felt genuinely refreshed knowing that young girls everywhere truly have a respectable role model to emulate. Too often, the word “role model” gets tossed around, as people often confuse celebrity with superior human spirit. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet embodies both.  Besides being effortlessly cool, she truly is a super human. And for this title, she’s got no competition ;-)

  • Product Picks/ Recipes

    Hot For These Healthy Hotcakes

    Simple Mills Pancakes

    I. Love. Pancakes.

    Who doesn’t? I don’t want to know that person.

    I rarely have them because they’re not the most fueling choice for breakfast; however, THESE hotcakes are on on my hot list.

    Enter Simple Mills Pancake and Waffle Mix which is Paleo-friendly, certified Kosher, Gluten-Free, and Non-GMO. It has 8 simple ingredients: Almond flour, arrowroot powder, organic coconut sugar, organic coconut flour, cream of tartar, aluminum-free baking soda, and sea salt.

    Now, what you put on these badboys is up to you. I always opt for Grade B Maple Syrup for its rich, natural indulgence. Drizzle some of this heaven on top of your flapjacks, add some fresh strawberries, and experience the bliss on which I’m about to embark.

    Sunday Funday indeed 😉

    Eat Up Life!

     

  • Fitness/ Food For Thought

    The Difference Between an Overwhelming Monday and a Motivating Monday is YOU!

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    Attitude and mindset are EVERYTHING.

    If you think your Monday is going to suck, then it will suck.

    If you celebrate it as an opportunity to reset and focus, then you will do exactly that and be much closer to your goals.

    Mondays are magic like that. Actually, it’s your mind that is magic like that.

    Right now, set your intention for just ONE specific small change you are going to implement this week. Say it out loud. Then look at your calendar and actually schedule it in for a set time that is non-negotiable.

    I AM going to run a 5K this week. I’m going to do it this Wed at 6:30pm, and I’ve even recruited a friend of mine to join me and hold me to it.

    What are YOU implementing this week? Share with me in the comments below!

  • Fitness/ Food For Thought/ Where I Feast

    How To Become A Healthy Road Warrior

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    Congratulations! You’ve settled into a routine of healthy habits at home and at work, but then, boom, life happens and you have to travel. Whether it’s a work trip or a family reunion, there is no reason you can’t maintain the healthy lifestyle you have already implemented at home. Here are some travel tips to ensure you continue your healthy habits while on the road.

    Snack Attack

    Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. Always arm yourself with healthy snacks to prevent S.O.S (Sudden Onset of Starvation). Hunger often equals bad food choices, so keeping healthy snacks on hand is a great way to stay on track. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Veggies are crunchy and hydrating, and won’t pack on the calories. Opt for sliced bell pepper, celery and carrots.

    2. Nuts are a great option—just make sure they are natural and raw. You’ll want to steer clear of roasted, salted and flavored varieties. Nuts are packed with nutrients, fiber, protein and healthy monounsaturated fats, which will help make you feel satiated, regulate blood sugar levels and prevent cravings. If weight loss is your goal, be mindful of portions, as a small handful packs about 180 calories.

    3. Make your own healthy trail mix before you hit the road. Include ingredients like raw nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut. If you want something more indulgent, ditch the M&Ms and opt for some dark chocolate chunks instead.

    4. Jerky is high in protein and can be carried anywhere. Just keep in mind that not all jerky is created equal. Some brands are packed with high-sodium ingredients, such as MSG and sodium nitrate. Opt for those made from all-natural ingredients, and grass-fed beef is always best.

    5. While real food is preferred over processed food products, bars are a great options when you’re on the road. While many “health” bars are no better than glorified candy bars, there are a few brands that offer healthy options. Quest Bars are high in protein without sugar, Lara Bars contain only a few ingredients, and Greens + are organic and vegan.

    Fast Food Doesn’t Have to Equal Disaster

    Sure, your options may be limited while on the road, but become a pro at navigating a menu and you can make healthy choices anywhere. Here are some ideas:

    1. In & Out Burger: Skip the cheese and order any of their burgers “Protein Style”—the burger will be wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun.

    2. Chipotle: Order a salad or a bowl with extra meat and guacamole and forget the cheese, rice and beans.

    3. Panera: This chain has a hidden menu so make sure you ask for their “Power” options, which includes a breakfast bowl with steak and a roasted turkey salad.

    4. Diners: You can never go wrong with eggs and bacon, or a massive salad with grilled chicken or steak.

    5. Gas Stations: Convenience stores have expanded their healthy options and often sell items such as raw almonds, hardboiled eggs, vegetables and hummus, and bottled protein shakes.

    No Gym, No Problem

    No access or time for the gym while you’re away? You can still start your days away with a 10-minute workout right in your hotel room. Here are some ideas:

    1. Jump for Efficiency: 100 jumping jacks, 75 squats, 50 push-ups, 25 burpees for time

    2. Burpee Blowout: 100 burpees for time

    3. 6 Minutes of Mayhem: Max push-ups in 2 minutes, 1-minute rest, Max sit-ups in 2 minutes, 1-minute rest, max squats in 2 minutes

    4. Rein in the Rope: 3 rounds of 10 burpees, 20 push-ups, 30 walking lunges, 40 squats, 50 jump-rope singles)

    5. Lucky 7s: 7 squats, 7 burpees, 7 rounds

    There you have it—snacks, fast food and fitness all covered. Just remember: Being away doesn’t mean your healthy habits have to stray.

  • Product Picks/ Recipes

    This Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Pizza Has Your Name On It

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    I’m a New Yorker.

    For us, pizza is a rite of passage.

    As a kid, I had it almost daily.

    As a young adult, I had it almost nightly (read: drunk late night eats)

    As a health conscious adult, I now have it very rarely. In fact, I’ll pretty much only eat in New York, OR when I make it myself!  YES!

    This morning I woke up and was aggressively craving pizza.  Thankfully I had one of my boxes of Simple Mills Pizza Dough in my cabinet. Presto. It was time to make the pizza.

    The Mix: It consists of almonds, arrowroot powder, flax meal, cauliflower, baking soda, organic oregano, cream of tartar, and organic garlic.

    You: Add apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and water to the mix and then mold your own crust.

    The Toppings: This is the fun part! I’ve never made the same pizza twice, but this morning I opted for ground turkey, caramelized onions, peppers, and mushrooms. I sauteed all the veggies in coconut oil and the meat in a buffalo hot sauce.

    Bake: Put the crust in for 5 minutes on 350° and then another 10 minutes with all the gorgeous goodies atop,  and your  paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, low carb pizza is ready to go any way you slice it.

    I slice mine with an old school pizza roller slicer and fold each slice in half simply because it’s the only way to eat a pizza. No utensils! Use your hands, fold, and enjoy!

    Believe me, we New Yorkers have our pizza game on point! Eat Up Life!

     

     

     

  • Fitness/ Where I Feast

    My “Fit To Feast” Event Series at Hotel Erwin: June Edition

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    We came.

    We beasted on the beach.

    We feasted at brunch.

    Mark your calendars July 11 for the next one!

  • Fitness

    Get your Mind, Body, & Behavior in gear with me THIS SATURDAY on the Beach.

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    It is time for your June Tune-Up with me THIS SATURDAY!

    Come join the Fit To Feast Family for the June edition of my FIT TO FEAST Event Series at Hotel Erwin in Venice, CA.

    First we’ll turn it up on the beach and then we’ll eat it up at brunch…and I mean BRUNCH.

    Hope to see you there.  It’s game time. YOUR A-Game time.

  • Uncategorized

    God Bless America

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    There is nothing. Literally nothing, I love more than BBQ.

    Ok, maybe icecream, pie, cookies, and brownies.

    But besides that. Beef ribs for days.

    Happy Memorial Day!

     

  • Fitness

    Memorial Day In Memoriam WorkOut

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    Kicking off Memorial Day by rocking the workout, “MURPH” to honor LT. Michael P. Murphy. We are the land of the free because of the brave.

    1 mile. 100 pull-ups. 200 pushups. 300 squats. 1 mile.

    Completed! Now, we BBQ 😉

  • Food For Thought

    Treat Yoself

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    I was raised to show my love, affection, and gratitude with food.

    There is nothing I love more than baking or cooking or feeding someone I care about.

    Enter a holiday weekend and I just cannot wait to start preparing some sort of delicious edible item.

    The challenge sometimes (read: always) is to prepare food for someone else and not to eat, um, a lot of it yourself before it even leaves your kitchen (types with chocolate-covered fingers)

    I created “Fudge Fantasy: Eat Whatever The Fudge You Want” as a celebration of treating a treat like a treat. I don’t believe in demonizing food. I believe in celebrating yourself by eating nutrient-dense whole foods as a lifestyle, and then treating yourself with an indulgent delectable here and there.

    My one requirement: HAVE EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT.

    I don’t believe in low-fat, sugar-free, inferior versions of that dessert you REALLY want.

    A watered-down substitute will just leave you unsatisfied, and will most likely encourage you to eat more of it in a futile attempt to attain the psychological stimulation for which you were hoping.

    So…..being that it’s Memorial Day Weekend and I have a good number of BBQs to hit, I always come ready to go with my small batch custom fudge.

    This batch was requested to consist of fresh raspberries, roasted almonds, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

    Making the fudge is easy. Not eating the entire thing? Different story.

    So, first I ofcourse, have to “taste” the fudge to make sure it’s not poisonous.

    Once that is confirmed, I should wrap it up to take to the party, but, uh, the hyperpalatable response has been set into motion, and I immediately pop two more “tastes” into the mouth.

    My strategy? Enjoy. Every. Freakin. Second. Of. This.

    I literally savor the texture, the tastes, the flavors, the godliness. Quietly. In the moment. Bliss. (Foodporn music ensues)

    Damn, that is just delicious.

    Ok cool. I am absolutely satisfied. Now I can wrap these badboys up so I can share this experience with my friends, which is hands down the best part!

    Food doesn’t have to be the enemy. It can actually be your greatest ally, as long as YOU take the first step in waving that white flag. Stop demonizing dessert and food in general. If you take the pressure off, and just treat  a treat like a treat, you’ll truly be able to appreciate the sweetness not only of this divine dessert, but of this incredible life that has been gifted to us.

    Cut yourself some slack. Treat yoself.

    What is YOUR Fudge Fantasy. Tell me your dream fudge in the comments below.