Are you freaking out over the upcoming holidays? Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and for many people, this one day centered on just one meal, is the start of a season of downward spirals toward the inevitable “I’ll start again in January.” • Check out this blog post I wrote for @kettlebellkitchen, where I highlight some practical tips for enjoying the holidays without completely sabotaging your health: http://goo.gl/rX2vF3. • How do you plan to stay on track over the next few weeks?
A good day is one that starts with delicious coffee, is super productive, and ends with amazing food, a ton of laughs, and a celebratory cocktail to honor a week of hard work. And now, we rest 😴. • 📸: Grass-fed butter & MCT oil coffee with raw cacao 😋 from @greecologies. Yes. (Almost worth the 2+ hours sitting in traffic to get there)
@amandamontalvord is staying here for a few days so we can work on some fun and exciting projects 🎉, so we’ve been hitting the gym for some @street_parking workouts. • I’ve been working out alone mostly lately, so it’s been nice to have a workout buddy with a similar movement philosophy- do what feels good, focus on quality over quantity, and make it fun. • PS- I’m so excited to share what we’ve been working on with you all! Stay tuned! 👀 #bodyinbalance
Finally settling in after this weekend and reflecting on the amazing experience this has all been. • For those who don’t know, I’ve been a group leader with the @ntatraining NYC class of now NTPs (yay!) these past 9 months. I’ve debated signing up for this since I finished the program myself, so when they brought it to NY, I immediately applied. I figured it would be a great refresher of the course content and a fun way to meet some new people with similar interests... and It was that, but so, so much more. • I learned way more than I ever thought I would- not only from the 2 brilliant instructors, but also the other group leaders and students. My job was to help “lead” and advise, but in fact, I felt like more of a student myself. Every workshop weekend was mind-blowing, with so many aha moments and a new way of looking at this path I’ve chosen to follow and this person I can be- imperfections and all. • I am so happy I dove in to this experience, and quite sad that this last weekend was our last one officially together. Watching this incredible group of people each transform and grow in their own way was such an honor. I feel refreshed, with a renewed sense of self, and a fire has been lit to take this gift I’ve been given and share it. • Thank you to the NTA, John & Leanne, fellow group leaders, and every NTP who has shared this experience with me. I’m so confident in all of your abilities to go out and change lives. Never forget the immense power of all that you’ve learned and the potential to heal that is within your grasp. I have been reminded of it over and over again these past months, and I am endlessly grateful for it all ❤️.
#fbf to just a few short years ago, cramming last minute for my NTP final exam with @thegirlwiththebutter and @yourbodyonnutrition (with treats, of course)🤷🏻♀️. • I’m so excited for the NYC group of just-about-NTPs whose lives are about to change big time after this weekend when these doors fling wide open. Group leading has been such an eye-opening experience and I’m so glad I️ did it with this class and its incredible instructor team 🙌🏼. • Good luck to everyone on finals this weekend! See you soon 👋🏼
Shout out to @drlaurendulberg and this bone broth I’m guzzling for bringing me back to life today. 🙏🏼Gearing up for a busy weekend with my NTA tribe and this session was much needed. 🌿💕
Can’t wait to dive into this one 🤗. I’ve been trying to catch up on all my reading, but hopefully the holidays brings some down time to nerd out. Who’s read it? What did you think? • Yay for gifts from clients/friends! Thanks @clouuuuud 😊
Ever curious about your body’s reactions to different foods? Hidden food intolerances can wreak havoc on the body without you even realizing it! • • An elimination diet is always the first step for discovery. It acts as an experiment, where the hypothesis is that you’re intolerant to certain foods (most often, gluten, soy, and dairy but commonly all grains, sugar, legumes, and eggs). You remove those foods for a period (4-6 weeks at minimum), and then “test” by adding them back in to your diet in a controlled manner. • • Elimination diets work really well to not only pinpoint food sensitivities, but by removing constant exposure to inflammatory foods, the body has time to rebalance and heal. • • But sometimes, symptoms persist and you’re left wondering what other random food intolerances you may have. This is where testing comes in handy. • • Your body can be reacting to foods you never knew could be causing trouble. This KMBO Food Inflammation Test is the one I use with my clients. With just a finger prick, you can measure your immune system’s reactions to over 130 foods! • • Taking this test myself was a monumental step for me. I found out that I was highly reactive to foods I was eating daily. I noticed immense changes in how I felt after I removed those foods, and lately I’ve been a little more lax about it, and I notice feeling drastically worse. (Not coincidence!) It’s time to cut those out again. • • Have you ever done any type of food sensitivity testing? If so, what helpful insight did you gain?
It seems as a society we go back and forth on this preoccupation with calories and now, macros (a more detailed way to quantify calories). • Food is so much more than calories. It is nourishment and information. It is tradition, enjoyment, and love. It is choice and empowerment. Food is an immensely powerful tool for healing. But instead, we focus on the unit of energy provided by what we eat, in efforts to override our body’s innate mechanisms for choosing and controlling what we eat. • And what’s happened is disconnect. We no longer know what to eat, how to prepare it, when to stop. We forgot how to measure hunger and satiety without an external source dictating how much to eat. • To get back in tune with your body and the most primal and fundamental nature of food and eating is an essential step toward your best self. #rootandbranchrecommendedreading
Getting owned again by light weights but it feels so good to sweat. I’m working through version 2 of @emilyschromm’s Build program and was so psyched to see power snatches today after a long hiatus🏋🏻♀️. . This week’s been a long one- jam-packed between group programs and new clients, and lots of writing and editing. #tgif am I right? Looking forward to a weekend spent with people I love. 🙌🏼🎉
I love the beginning of a new month, especially in the fall🍂. This season always inspires deep reflection. . . . At the start of every new month, I write down a few thoughts on my goals and clarify what I want to focus on for the upcoming month. For me, November is all about planning, new projects, and working toward growth. . . . We’re starting an amazing nutrition program at @crossfitrockland, the last 2017 session of Eating to Thrive kicks off, I’m finishing a gut healing ebook with the help of the wonderful @clouuuuud, and am building an amazing and extremely exciting program with @amandamontalvord aimed at helping women rebalance and reconnect with their bodies 💕. . . . Whew! I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew, but I know time management and self care will help me achieve it all, and prioritize what’s most important. I’ve also set some personal intentions and am making a point these next few months to enjoy my favorite time of year, and relax during the holidays to spend time with loved ones. . . . What are some of your goals and intentions for November?
Thinking about indulging a bit today on some Halloween treats? 🍫Here’s some thoughts. . . . First, ask yourself: ‘is it worth it?’ 🤔Remember, most “Halloween” candy is available year-round, and isn’t hard to find. How special is it, really? . . . Yet of course, there’s tradition, and memories, and of course, simply treating yourself just because 😊. . . . If you do decide to have a treat or two, make a conscious choice, own it, and balance the rest of your day with quality proteins, nourishing fats, and fibrous greens (bonus points for fermented foods to boost gut health!) . . . Don’t let a few pieces of candy ruin your day. Flexibility is key to a sustainable diet and lifestyle! . . . Whatever your choice may be, enjoy it. Happy Halloween! 🎃👻
Your Monday self-care reminder 💕. . . . Focus on nourishing your body, mind, and soul with good food, fresh air, lots of sleep and relaxation, laughs and deep conversation, and of course, a little Netflix and wine when the mood strikes ☺️. . . . 📷: @cloudy_thurstag
Unpacking my most recent @thrivemkt haul on my stories! Check it out to see some of the fun stuff I got! Haven’t tried Thrive Market yet? It’s like Costco meets Whole Foods, and it’s pretty amazing. You can search by category, filter by dietary needs like paleo and gluten-free, and their prices can’t be beat. You can get 25% off your first order! Visit http://thrv.me/rootandbranch.
Fatigue. Exhaustion. Lack of energy. No motivation. These are things I hear from almost every client (and issues I’ve had a long history with myself). What is going on?! Why are we always so tired?! 😩 . . . Well, there isn’t one true answer. For most people, it’s a combination of factors. A highly processed and inflammatory diet, poor digestion, lack of quality sleep, blood sugar dysregulation, gut pathogens, toxins coming at us from every direction, caffeine reliance (see yesterday’s post), technology and social media addiction, a lack of connection with nature, all the stress were all constantly dealing with... the list just goes on, and on. . . . Sure, part of the problem is all of these things sucking all of our energy. Our bodies and brains just don’t function anymore. We often don’t even know what’s draining our vitality until we sit and take a close look at the whole picture (hey, that’s what I’m here to help with! 🙋🏻). . . . But the biggest issue is just brushing it off. Thinking tired is “normal.” Being so busy you don’t even sleep, but that’s “okay” because you’re getting to the gym at 5am every morning. Downing coffee mid-afternoon because if not, you’ll never make it through the rest of the work day. Saying yes to everything because you feel the need to do it all. . . . Remember this: The body silently whispers until it needs to scream. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and just plain tired— listen. Rest. Say no a bit more. Give yourself permission to be a little selfish. . . . And don’t forget to build the right foundation— eat nourishing food, prioritize sleep, incorporate some form of stress management, get outside, and of course, enlist a practitioner to help do some digging to underlying causes if you’re really struggling. . . . PS- this book has been sitting on my nightstand for months, and I’m so happy something finally made me pick it up. Get ready for some little bits of wisdom! #rootandbranchrecommendedreading