First Annual Paradise Coast Wellness Weekend

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You have heard the news that Naples, FL is the healthiest and happiest city in the United States; but did you know that it is quickly becoming the Wellness Capital of the United States?

Incredible! Although, it’s not hard to believe, seeing how it is sunny everyday and the community is so healthy and active.

The first annual Paradise Coast Wellness weekend was held January 19th, with more than 30 wellness themed events and classes all over Southwest Florida! This will be an annual event every January to promote wellness in Southwest Florida and highlight a few wellness events and classes that set us apart from the rest.

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Biking, kayaking, beach yoga, meditation, swamp walks, 5K run/walk, cooking demonstrations, wellness events and seminars are just a few of the events that were hosted during the first annual Paradise Coast Wellness weekend. Many local studios, well-preneuers, and hotels participated in the events, allowing something for everyone!

The Edgewater Beach Hotel, JW Marriott Marco Island, LaPlaya Beach Resort, Naples Grande, Naples Bay Resort, The Ritz Carlton and the Naples Staybridge Suites are the hotels that participated in the wellness weekend, offering something unique to their guests.

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Wellness events started as early as 7am with the Pan-Florida Challenge Training Ride where Trek Bicycle Store educated the community about pace line training and rider etiquette, before taking riders on a 30+ mile ride.

The JW Marriott Marco Island celebrated with 12 hours of wellness, 7am - 7pm, with events such as yoga, meditation, cooking classes and other wellness themed activities.

LaPlaya’s “Fit and Trim” team offered free bike rentals, aromatherapy demonstrations, and infused water to guests and residents.

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I was fortunate enough to be a guest of the Edgewater Beach Hotel for the first annual Paradise Coast Wellness weekend. The Edgewater Beach Hotel had events lined up all weekend, including a 4 day ‘Shift Happens’ retreat with Spread Happy Now, beach yoga, cooking demonstrations, and bike rentals. The hotel became a Blue Zones approved partner in 2018 and has since added in some incredibly tasty and healthy options to their menu!

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I started my wellness weekend Friday morning at the Edgewater Beach Hotel with bike rentals for my husband and I. We were able to bike through Old Naples and stop for coffee at a cute local coffee shop (s/o Bad Ass Coffee) then we headed back to the hotel for a spa like day (more on that coming in a future blog post)!

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Saturday morning, our day started with beach yoga, Nico from Practice Yoga, taught the class to more than a dozen yogis. The view was breathtaking, the sound of the waves was meditative, and the feel of the warm sun on my skin was energizing. I would love to start everyday with beach yoga. There is definitely a time and a place for studio yoga, but beach yoga is unlike anything else. The connection to your surroundings and nature, everything else just fades and peace and calm just takes over. You can’t explain it, you need to experience it for yourself.

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After yoga, we were treated to cucumber mint infused water to rehydrate before a cooking demonstration later in the day. In between events, my husband and I enjoyed time by the pool, where we were able to unplug and relax.

In the afternoon, we were treated to a cooking demonstration from the Edgewater Beach Hotel Chef. He demonstrated how to create their signature cauliflower quinoa cakes and the green smoothie… both are Lean and Green Body® approved items! The cauliflower quinoa cakes were a crowd favorite, so much flavor and so few ingredients.

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I cannot wait to see what Southwest Florida has in store for the second annual wellness weekend!

(Look for my next blog post about my stay at the Edgewater Beach Hotel.)

Southwest Florida is known for the sunshine, warm temperatures, beautiful beaches and now for it’s Wellness!

Be Well!

Candida

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Candida has become a popular topic in today’s wellness groups. But what is it really? How do we get it … and most importantly how do we get rid of it??

Candida is a fungal infection that occurs when the healthy bacteria levels in the body are disrupted. This can occur from a variety of factors leading to an imbalance of healthy bacteria and bad bacteria in the gut.

A few factors that can lead to Candida overgrowth …

  • high refined carbohydrate diet

  • high sugar diet

  • antibiotics

  • high alcohol consumption

  • weakened immune system

  • oral birth control

  • diabetes

  • high stress levels

Candida symptoms can often go unrecognized initially because they look similar to many other conditions.

A few signs that you may have candida …

  • recurring urinary tract infections

  • fatigue

  • digestive issues

  • sinus infections

  • fungal infections on skin and nails

  • joint pain

Work with your doctor to determine if you have candida.

So, you have candida … how do you get rid of it??

First, no sugar! Sugar will feed the candida and make the infection worse.

Eliminate all refined sugars, carbohydrates and dairy products from your diet. These foods will encourage candida and bad bacteria in your gut to grow. I would suggest eliminating these from your diet permanently (or at least 80% of the time), but that is up to you!

If you have a suppressed immune system those foods will continue to promote the infection in your body.

There are several foods that have been proven to increase good bacteria growth in your gut, and begin to eliminate the growth of candida.

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  • Probiotics

  • Garlic

  • Coconut Oil

  • Aloe Vera

  • Curcumin

  • Kombucha

  • Pomegranate

Still have questions about candida? Leave your question below or reach out to our holistic nutrition specialist at jennifer@leanandgreenbody.com

The Local

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My husband and I recently had the pleasure of being guests at The Local here in Naples.

The restaurant is cozy, intimate, and very inviting. The staff, owner and Chef Jeff Mitchell went out of their way to ensure that we had a wonderful experience.

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The mission at The Local is to produce high quality meals by sourcing all their food products from “local ranchers, farmers, sea mongers and artisans with integrity, favor and soul.” YES! This is definitely a mission I can stand behind. This means that the menu changes according to the produce and products that were delivered.

As a small business owner, I love supporting other local small businesses. And as a gluten free, dairy free, nutritionist, I am always on the look out for the best (allergen friendly) places to dine out … and I can tell you this is a new favorite! The Local has so many gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available. The staff and Chef Jeff are also very accommodating and aware of food allergies, and will help to advise you on which choices would be best (ie: no cross contamination).

Let’s talk about the meal … to date our absolute favorite meal in Florida …

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My husband and I started with the house-made ricotta cheese caprese salad (homemade ricotta!!) and the vegan Korean lettuce cups. Theses were definitely two of our favorite items of the evenings, and a must for our next visit!

We then shared the shrimp, mango and avocado salad … my three favorite things! Clearly this was a winner, and a super healthy option! This salad is packed with protein, healthy fats, and greens!!

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Next we shared the shrimp zucchini pasta with a coconut cream sauce, pretty much made my gluten free dairy free dreams come true! The spices and the shrimp were delicious. The amount of flavor developed in this dish was so delectable, that it kept me going back for more.

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My husband tried the mushroom lovers pizza (gluten free crusts are available) … this is the most popular pizza at The Local, and my husband loved it! His favorite part was the house-made sourdough crust.

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I finished with the keto steak, with kale and roasted cauliflower as my sides. I rarely eat red meat, my body simply does not crave meat, but I have to say this steak was the best I have ever had! (not paid to say that, it honestly was the best!!)

What I love most about this restaurant is that they try to get everything from local and organic sources. They can actually tell you where your steak came from and where the kale was grown. I’m obsessed!!

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To finish off our dinner, we shared a gluten free carrot cake cupcake!! Dying, it was so rich … my husband could not believe it was gluten free.

Yes, this is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own (with my husband’s help, he’s my number 1 taste tester!) and I would never advocate for a business that I did not fully support.

This restaurant experience was amazing!!

The Local is a must for your next date night, girls lunch out, or even happy hour!

Year in Review

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Wow. What an incredible year it has been!

Honestly, 2018 has been the biggest year professionally of my life.

When I look back at this past year, I am amazed by all of my accomplishments and everything I have built for Lean and Green Body®.

I am happy to say that this is only the beginning of Lean and Green Body® … we are just getting started!

Since August 2018, I have had the privilege of being featured in the following publications: Naples Daily News (online video and front page of the paper), Gulfshore Life Magazine, Naples Herald, and Naples Illustrated (coming January 2019).

Here are a few of the big points and events of 2018 …

January - Grand opening of 5th Ave Studio

January - I published my first book- Revitalize and Renew

January - First event for Revitalize and Renew at Revival Yoga

February - Revitalize & Renew book launch

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February - Revitalize & Renew book launch party

April - Lean and Green Body® at an Ebella event with Dr. Perlmuter

July - Made the decision to close 5th Ave Studio … only to go BIGGER!!

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August - Started a partnership with Momentum Brewery for monthly yoga classes

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September - I won Top 40 under 40 for all of Southwest Florida!!

October - Hosted a Yoga and Wellness event for the David Lawrence Center

October - Started teaching weekly yoga classes at my own public studio space … for only $10/class … making yoga more accessible to everyone

October - Became a Certified Fitness Nutritionist through ISSA … love continuing my education and staying current on new wellness ideas for my clients.

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November - Lean and Green Body® became an approved Blue Zones Project partner

December - I was asked to sit on the board of the Red Cross.

December - MALK Organics asked me to become a national partner, and work with them as a nutritionist. I am so excited for this partnership, because together we will be able to educate the public on a national level.

December - Mindful Movement Studio powered by Lean and Green Body® … pre-sale started December 17 and beta launch is January 1!


This year has been incredible! Through Lean and Green Body®, I have been able to host over 20+ events for our Southwest Florida community.

Thank you to all of you, who have supported me through this momentous year of growth.

In 2019 Lean and Green Body® will officially be a national brand!! I am so excited and ready for this expansion, and to educate the greater community on the importance of wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Happy New Year!!



Love and Light,

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of creamy organic peanut butter or almond butter

  • 2 cups organic coconut sugar

  • 2 cage free eggs

  • 1 bag of dark chocolate kisses

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Mix all ingredients together, and create 1 inch cookie dough balls from ingredients

  3. Place the cookie dough on a greased cookie sheet

  4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes

  5. Take cookies out and add dark chocolate kisses to each cookie, the trick is to twist the chocolate as you press it into the cookie

  6. Place back in the oven for an additional minute

  7. Take out of the oven and place on a cooling rack.

  8. Enjoy!

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.