Christmas Gift Guide

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The holidays are my favorite time of year!

I absolute love buying gifts for family and friends. Here are a few of my top gift ideas for the Lean & Green individual in your life!

(1) Revitalize & Renew : 7 Days to a Healthier You

$14.95

My first book was published earlier this year! This is the perfect guide for newbies and experienced detoxers. This book will educate you on the importance of detoxing, how to ease in and ease out of a detox and will guide you step by step every day! Choose to detox for all 7 days, or start with just 1… you choose what works for your lifestyle today.

(2) Manduka Pro Lite Mat

$82

Perfect for the yogi in your life! These mats are made of recycled material, and are guaranteed not to wear out… or the company will replace it!

I have had my manduka mat for 8 years, with of tons of use and it is still my favorite mat to date.

(3) Zella Live In High Waisted Legging (Nordstrom)

$54

100% my favorite leggings!!

Theses cotton leggings hold everything in place, support your practice or your daily errands around town. They are breathable, and feel so good that you could wear them all day!

(4) True Roots Cookbook by Kristen Cavallari

$12

LOVE this book! It is full of gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free recipes that the whole family will love!

(5) Made for More Movie

approx. $14

Rachel Hollis has created a movie, Made for More, out of her hit inspirational sell-out weekend event!

This inspiring movie will leave you wanting to go out and live your dream.

(6) JBL Headphones

$199
Favorite headphones! These wireless headphones are perfect for my workout, cardio session or for when I travel. Highly recommend.

(7) Harney and Sons tea

$6 and up

By far my favorite tea brand! I grew up with the Harney family, and love everything this company stands for.

I have tried several of their teas, and have loved them all!

A few of my favorite… Hot Cinnamon, Winter White Earl Grey, and Mango Black tea.

(8) Lean and Green Body Pullover Zip Up

$56

The perfect pullover for those chilly mornings heading to the studio, or even post yoga coffee with friends! Breathable and light weight, this pullover comes in black or pink.

Thankful

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With Thanksgiving behind us, and the holidays and New Year approaching quickly, let’s take a moment and pause.

There seems to be such a rush this time of year, one holiday on to the next. Presents, parties, and an overfull schedule has us moving at a rapid pace.

Let’s pause and surround ourselves with gratitude for this amazing life we are living. Let go of any hardship, stress, worry and think about what you are grateful for.

Gratitude for our families, friends, and the community in which we surround ourselves.

Every year, my family gathers around the table at Thanksgiving and we take turns stating what we are grateful for that year. It always struck me as odd that we only do this once a year. Shouldn’t we be thinking about, and outwardly expressing these sentiments weekly or even daily?

If we don’t tell those around us that we are grateful for them, how will they know?

How will they know that the simple act of kindness they showed to you changed you?

I encourage you to all pause, and surround yourself with gratitude.

Think about 5 things you are truly grateful for each day.

One of my favorite parts of my morning routine (thank you Rachel Hollis for the idea) is writing down 5 things I am grateful for. Each day they may look slightly different, but they always put my life into perspective. I look at the list every morning and I say ‘wow, life is pretty great’. This helps me to create positive energy in the morning, and then bring that positive energy out into my day. My clients, and those I meet then feel that positivity and hopefully some of it rubs off on them, and they are able to pass it along.

Here are my 5 things for today…

  1. I am grateful for my husband, my partner in life.

  2. I’m grateful for this time each and every morning for myself, to pause and reflect.

  3. I am grateful for my dog Neera, who lays by my feet as I write this.

  4. I’m grateful that my business is doing so well, and I have the opportunity to share something that I am so passionate about with my community near and far.

  5. I am grateful for my family, and my friends who have turned into family.

What are your five things?


Rosemary Lemon Chicken Recipe

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One of my favorite fall meals! Perfect for chilly fall days, holidays, and even Sunday football.

This also happens to be one of my easiest recipes to date.

Rosemary Lemon Chicken


Cook Time: approximately 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 small whole chicken

  • 2 lemons, sliced

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 16 oz chicken broth, or bone broth

  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 6 springs of fresh rosemary, remove rosemary from stems

Directions:

  1. Wash chicken and place in crock pot.

  2. Wash and slice lemons.

  3. Wash and dice onion.

  4. Wash rosemary and remove leaves from stem.

  5. Pour chicken broth into crock pot, add onion, sea salt and pepper.

  6. Top with lemons and rosemary… add some inside of chicken for added flavor!

  7. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for approximately 6 hours, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.

  8. Enjoy!

Blue Zones Recap

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It’s official!! Lean and Green Body® is a Blue Zones Project® partner!

The ribbon cutting was on Saturday, November 3rd at 8th Ave South in Naples. We were honored to have the official Blue Zone’s team there to celebrate our new partnership. Lean and Green Body® is excited to be a partner and support the mission of the Blue Zones Project®.

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The ribbon cutting was followed by a 60 minute vinyasa yoga class over looking the beach … the sound of the waves soothed our souls during savasana.

Delicious Raw and Epiphany Bakery both showed their support with post yoga treats!

So what is the Blue Zones Project®???

According to healthways.com “A Blue Zones Community® is an area in which citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores, and community leaders have come together to optimize residents’ longevity and well-being. Blue Zones Project® by Healthways takes a systematic, environmental approach to identifying and creating policies and programs that support community transformation. “.

Blue Zones is working to create healthier communities, helping us to live longer better lives, one partnership at a time.

Blue Zones Project® believes in the Power 9®…

  1. Down Shift

  2. Purpose

  3. Plant Slant

  4. Wine @ Five

  5. Family First

  6. 80% Rule

  7. Move Naturally

  8. Right Tribe

  9. Belong

Down Shift: reverse disease by finding a stress relieving strategy that works for you.

Purpose: wake up with purpose each day to add up to 7 years to your life.

Plant Slant: put less meat & more plants on your plate.

Wine @ Five: enjoy a glass of wine with good friend each day.

Family First: invest time with your family & add up to 6 years to your life.

80% Rule: eat mindfully & stop when 80% full.

Move Naturally: find ways to move more! You’ll burn calories without having to think about it.

Right Tribe: surround yourself with people who support positive behaviors.

Belong: belong to a faith-based community & attend services 4 times er month to add 4-14 years to our lifespan.


the power 9® info is taken from the Blue Zones Project® handout


For more information on the Blue Zones Project® or to become a partner email bluezonesprojectswfl@sharecare.com or call (239) 624-2312

Sports Drinks

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One of the biggest questions I get asked by clients is how to rehydrate during and after a workout.

Clients often jump to high sugar electrolyte drinks like Gatorade and Powerade to replenish. Although these drinks do contain electrolytes, the bad properties out weight the good. These sports drinks are pumped full of sugar and chemicals, and do more harm than good. These sports drinks will increase the blood sugar and cause a spike in insulin, which will give you a boost of energy but will ultimately lead to a big crash. Long term these drinks can lead to weight gain, and possibly type 2 diabetes due to the high sugar content and the high fructose corn syrup.

The sugar in these drinks cause you to crave more. So you end up drinking more than you initially expected. You take one sip, and it’s so good you want more! Sugar is a drug, and can create similar responses in the brain to cocaine. Crazy?!? Is this how you want to hydrate your body??

I recently had a client reach out to me looking to find ways to rehydrate during and after her golf game. The Florida heats is excruciating this time year, and golf is such a long sport that it is key to hydrate properly on the course and after the game too.

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Water is simply the best way to hydrate! If you drink enough water (minimum 64 oz, but most people need up to 100 oz per day) during the day, simply adding a few more cups of plain water during and after your workout is enough. For extreme athletes, those who play professional sports, marathon runners, triathletes, or anyone with an electrolyte imbalance should consider a hydration supplement.

My favorite way to hydrate, in addition to plain water, are NUUN tablets. They provide electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and are very low in sugar and they have very few ingredients. This is not a sponsored post, I just really love this product! Gatorade and Powerade, among other sports drinks, have made a big name for themselves as the top sports drinks. They have campaigns on how beneficial they are during and after your workouts and games. The one thing these companies do not discuss are there ingredients. These sports drinks, all varieties, are loaded with sugar!! They started with high fructose corn syrup, which has now been linked to cause diabetes, obesity and other major health problems. Some varieties of these beverages have switched to artificial sweeteners, so the sugar content on the food label may appear lower or even zero… but this is not true. Artificial sweeteners are actually worse for you than regular sugar!! It makes me so upset that companies find it okay to put these ingredients in their products. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to diabetes, obesity, brain tumors, and several other health conditions. These sweeteners are not just in sports drinks, they are actually in several common beverages you can find in any grocery store. It is so important to read the food labels on everything you consume. You are what you eat. The cleaner and more pure the better.

If you need help reading food labels, check out this article and video interview here.

Morning Mayhem

It’s Monday morning … you have a few minutes of solitude before the mayhem sets in.

Savor every second.

Within minutes it starts:

You desperately try to wake your kids up and get them ready for school or the sitter.

Make yourself and your entire family a healthy breakfast.

Iron your clothes, heck who has time to iron in the morning??

Pack lunches.

Hustle everyone into the car and drop off on time, so that you can still make your morning meetings.

Only to arrive to work in a frazzled mess with drips of coffee on your blouse. WTH. Hello Monday…

There has to be a way to simplify this routine, right?

There is no way that you can continue this morning routine.

Luckily you don’t have to!

Here are a few simple tips to make your mornings, especially Monday’s, go much smoother.

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Pack everyone’s lunch the night before… including yours.

This ensures that you are making healthy choices for everyone because you are not rushing or desperate.

I find the easiest way to do this is to pack and prepare lunches when you are cooking dinner. Food is already out, and there is likely already a mess happening in the kitchen.

Packing leftovers is a great way decrease food waste and stress.

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Go easy with breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, but let’s not complicate it.

Think simple.

Make everyone a smoothie…chocolate peanut butter anyone?

Or make a big pan of scrambled eggs or pre-make hardboiled eggs the night before.

Everyone in your family (perhaps excluding the baby) can have the same base for breakfast and make their own adjustments or add-on’s as needed.

This will clear up some extra time for you in the morning.

Play some upbeat music in the morning, nothing too crazy, but enough to draw your family out of bed. If you pick the right playlist you can actually set everyone in a great mood before they even leave the house. This will start everyone off on the right foot, and hopefully their positive energy will be contagious. My favorite morning playlist on Spotify is ‘Have a Great Day!’

If your job or lifestyle requires you to iron your clothes… I’m sorry, pick a new job… just kidding! If you do need to iron try to pick one day a week to iron, maybe throw on your favorite tv show and iron enough blouses or outfits for the entire week. This will make it much easier for you in the morning.

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Lastly, wake up 30 minutes before everyone else in your house… and savor these quiet moments for you. If you are a Mom these may be the only quiet moments you get. You can use this time however you like, although I suggest a brief meditation practice, journaling or intention setting, or simply just allow yourself to sit there and sip your tea.

Mornings don’t have to be so chaotic.

How do you like to start your week? Comment below!