Blue Zones Recap

Blue Zones Project® | Lean and Green Body® Blog

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 “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 or call (239) 624-2312

Sports Drinks


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.


Change | Lean and Green Body® Blog

The key to a successful business is change, evolving and adjusting to the needs of our clients and community.

We officially closed the doors to our 5th Ave S studio this summer. 

It was a bittersweet moment for me, one that I chose to keep off of social media. I have not announced this news publicly until now. 

I chose to close the doors on our 5th Ave S studio because it not longer fit with my vision of the business. Lean and Green Body® is ever changing, evolving and growing. It is my job as the leader and visionary to follow and keep up with these changes. Our 5th Ave S studio was simply too small for our needs, we out grew this studio much quicker than anticipated. (Which is good news!!) 

My goal is to teach more group yoga classes through Lean and Green Body®. To offer my yoga teachings as a gift to my community, for rates that are accessible to all. I have already begun offering weekly yoga classes throughout Collier County, for a full list of classes visit our schedule.  We also have a full list of events and workshops through December 2018 on The website.

We have several big and exciting changes coming and I can not wait to share them all with you in much more detail! 

Upcoming Classes

Benefits of Foam Rolling

Benefits of Foam Rolling | Lean and Green Body® Blog

By now I am sure that you all have heard about foam rolling? It became increasingly popular about five years ago, and has grown a serious following.

What does foam rolling really do? 

Is it beneficial to foam roll? 

Who should foam roll? 

Do you foam roll before or after your workout?

Let’s dive in and check it out!

Foam rolling helps to lengthen out the connective tissue over the muscles, called fascia. In time, it can actually help to lengthen out not only the fascia, but the muscles as well. Think longer, leaner muscles. 

It is so beneficial to foam roll! Foam rolling helps to breaks up knots, tension and discomfort in the body. 

We are extremely tough on our bodies, whether it be a grueling workout or hunched over a desk all day. We are beating our bodies up on the daily. 

Think of foam rolling as a deep tissue massage… for a fraction of the price!

I would recommend stretching and foam rolling after your workout. This can help the body recover faster, and prevent unnecessary muscle soreness or cramping. 

Ideally we should all be foam rolling everyday, even 5 minutes a day can help!

Foam rolling has also been shown to decrease stress, prevent injury, break up scar tissue from previous injuries, improves flexibility and mobility, and increase blood circulation. 

Still have questions?? Leave a comment below and we will be happy to help!

Running Routine


I had never craved Peanut M&M’s so much in my life. I’d go to the grocery store, buy a “sharing size” bag of the candy, and eat it in about 10 minutes. I did this several times per week. It was a wonderful time, but it was also tough on my body.

This was how I spent the first three weeks training for my marathon. I felt hungry and incredibly exhausted. I didn’t pay much attention to fueling my body. 

It wasn’t until a tough 7-mile run that I decided to make a change. During this run, I reached a point where I really struggled. I felt like I was dragging more than usual — both mentally and physically. A long distance run is never easy, but this was different. For the first time, I felt like my body was trying to tell me something. 

When I got home, I did a lot of research and talked to friends who finished marathons. They had all different tips and techniques, but one topic was constantly revisited: nutrition. I realized I wasn’t fueling myself strategically. Marathon training is hard on the body, and I wasn’t making it any easier for myself by eating carelessly.

Since then, I’ve developed a morning running routine that’s more beneficial for my body. (Disclaimer: I’m not an expert in nutrition, and this is all from personal experience)

On long distance running days, I wake up 30 minutes ahead of time, eat a piece of toast, and do some dynamic stretches. I pack some mid-run food (like Gu, chews, or frozen grapes) and stick a water bottle in my mailbox. Then, I lace up my shoes and run. About one hour into the run, I’ll have a snack and drink some water.

After I finish running, I immediately rehydrate with water with Nuun dissolvable electrolytes. I also make a healthy smoothie packed with nutrients to help my body recover.

Since making these changes, my body feels balanced and restored. I ran 9 miles recently, and I couldn’t believe how much better I felt. It wasn’t easy, but it didn’t feel impossible like before. I’m amazed at how small changes can have such a dramatic effect. 

These lessons in learning to take care of myself run parallel to marathon training itself. There is a lot to learn and study, but I can’t do it all in one day. It takes time and effort. 

Persistence. Faith. Self-love. Patience. And most of all, an unwavering commitment to become a better version of myself.

Home Workout: Legs and Back

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50 Mountain Climbers

20 High Plank - jump feet out and in

Repeat 2 times



10 Burpees

10 Single leg lunges (10 lb dumbbells)

10 Deadlifts (10 lb dumbbells)

10 Deadlift rows (10 lb dumbbells)

10 Squats (15 lb dumbbells)

10 Single arm rows (15 lb dumbbells)

10 Rhomboid squeeze (5 lb dumbbells)
Repeat 5 times


100 Crunches on 65 cm ball

Supine- ball between ankles - up/down - 20

60 second plank

Stretch & Foam Roll


Adjust weights according to your strength level and goals. 

Adjust ball for core work depending upon height, I am 5’6” and use 65 cm ball.