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    Hosting a Paleo Cooking Lesson with Chef Seamus Mullen

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    By now you probably know that I lead a Paleo lifestyle.

    What do I mean by that? For the most part, I eat animals, plants, nuts, & seeds.

    So what do I not eat (most of the time)? Grains, dairy, gluten, sugar.

    Now let’s keep it real, you know how much I love icecream, pie, and cookies. I eat them AS A TREAT, here and there.

    But as lifestyle on the regular, I keep it Paleo even when it comes to my dessert, which often use almond and coconut flour to replace that made from grains.

    It was an exhilarating night to co-host this Paleo cooking lesson with my friend Chef Seamus Mullen who shares the same Fit To Feast ideology aka HEALTHFUL INDULGENCE.

    Nutrient-dense, whole foods. Keep it simple, fresh, and high quality. Your body and your tastebuds will thank you!

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    Dense. Gooey. Chocolatey. AND Paleo. Vegan. GrainFree!

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    So yah these are pretty much the superheroes of brownies.

    I always make sure to keep my pantry stocked with this brownie mix from Paleoful. The mix is made from almond flour, so your paleo friends will dig it, and it doesn’t require any dairy or eggs so your Vegan pals will be pleased too. ALL you do is add maple syrup and unsweetened almond milk (or any kind of milk), and you’re blessed with 12 beautiful brownies in minutes.

    Yep you are welcome. Now you know what to buy me next time you come over #BrowniePoints

    Mix Ingredients: Almond flour, organic cocoa powder, organic coconut sugar, chocolate chips (evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor (non-alcoholic), non-dairy cocoa butter), ground flaxseed meal, baking soda, and sea salt.

  • Food For Thought

    Make Your Mark Monday

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    It’s Monday. Today should feel like an exciting opportunity to start anew, work towards your goals, try something for the first time, and if nothing else, another day to make others smile.

    Not feeling this way?

    Give yourself a time-out. Take a deep breath. Name three things for which you truly feel grateful.

    Start there. You are in control of your mindset. Make sure it serves you! Celebrate yourself!!!

  • Food For Thought/ Recipes

    This Is How I Salad…

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    The word “salad” evokes a multitude of connotations for different people.

    For some it symbolizes sacrifice and deprivation.

    For others it’s a trophy of “good” behavior.

    For me it’s just a delicious opportunity to nourish and celebrate my body.  It’s the #FitToFeast way.

    This Is How To Salad The #FitToFeast Way!

    • Prioritize PROTEIN. I select a gorgeous source of protein ala a bison burger, chicken breast, grass-fed beef, ahi tuna, sashimi…you get the point. This is the focal point of the Fit To Feast salad.
    • Load up the leafy greens. Go wild here. Kale, spinach, swiss chard. Do it up.
    • Celebrate seasonal. Opt for fresh produce that’s in season, as opposed to dried fruits and other questionable toppings that can be loaded with sugar and sodium.
    • Dress it naturally. Balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and a little olive oil. Done.
    • Add some fat. Raw nuts and avocado make everything better.
    • Savor your salad.  She’s a beaut.  Mindfully enjoy every bite.

     

    Salads should be a hearty experience. Put your heart into it and enjoy!

     

  • Fitness

    It’s Not About Perfection. It’s About Progress.

    195lb back squat

    I was hoping to hit a 200lb backsquat today, but I’ll take a 5lb PR (personal record) at 195lbs.

    I’m grateful for my progress and all the incredible support around me.
    Set goals, and then surround yourself with those who want you to win.

    Motivate and inspire one another to get on your A-Game.

    Now go squat 😉

  • Fitness

    My FIT TO FEAST Event on Venice Beach

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    …It was a Tug Of War to remember. We killed it on the beach with a team workout, then ate it up at a deliciously, fueling brunch. Save the date August 8 for the next one. Tickets available now! 

     

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    My Meatloaf Game is On-Point. Make This Grainless/Low-Carb Meal ASAP!

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    This is hands-down one of my go-to recipes. Believe it or not, I make 5lbs of this at a time and then I have it as an on-the-go meal or snack throughout the day. Have it in the morning with eggs. Have it for lunch on a salad. Have it for dinner with some steamed asparagus.

    Ok so maybe I’m manic for meatloaf, but at least make a 2lb loaf of this fueling option to keep on deck.

    Here’s what you need:

    • 2lbs of 93% Lean Ground Turkey, not the Extra-Lean, that’s just too lean! We want the flavor!
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 cup almond meal
    • 1 whole onion
    • 1 10oz frozen pack of spinach
    • 1 cup of mushrooms
    • sun-dried tomatoes
    • jarred roasted red peppers ( I like the ones from Trader Joes)
    • smoked paprika
    • Italian seasonings

     

    Preheat the oven to 350° and sauté the onions & mushrooms in a large sauce pan in a little coconut oil. Once onions start to clear liberally season with smoked paprika and Italian seasonings to taste. In the meantime,  put the ground turkey in a huge bowl, and add the beaten eggs, almond meal, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and roasted tomatoes (again amounts based on personal preference). Defrost the spinach and drain as much water out of the defrosted spinach as possible and add to the bowl. (You can use a ton of paper towels and keep pressing..) Finally, add the sautéed veggies to the bowl and knead it all together. Add even more seasoning 😉

    Spray a loaf pan with coconut oil spray and add the mixture to the pan. Take about a cup of my favorite tomato sauce and pour it over the loaf. Marvel at the beautiful site, and then bake for 60 minutes.

    Slice it anyway you like, this meatloaf is a beaut. Enjoy!

    Love this  loaf!

    Love this loaf!

     

  • 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 ;-)

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    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!