Jan 30, 2015

5 Stretches for New Mamas

Hi Babes! I've got a brand new video for you today that I filmed several months ago. I never realized how sore I would be those first few weeks after birth! My neck, back and shoulders were aching from holding and nursing Christian. These 5 stretches were a life saver and are great for all new moms whether you're breastfeeding or not. If you haven't had your baby yet, you might want to practice these a couple of times... trust me you're going to use them in a few weeks!

Jan 28, 2015

True or False? I Workout in Just a Sports Bra.

False. Definitely false. In fact I can count the number of times I've bared my tummy while teaching/working out... once. Yep. And the whole time I was feeling super insecure.

It's kind of ironic that my main photo is of me in my sports bra because really that's so not me. I kind of wish it was though...

Whenever I take a class and the instructor or another woman in the room is bearing her belly I think it's really great. Even if they don't have a perfectly toned/flat tummy, there's something about a woman baring it all that says "I love my body." It's refreshing (in most cases) to see a woman proud of her bod.

Don't get me wrong. I don't like the exhibitionist in the middle of the gym floor (we've all seen that girl). But there's something sassy and motivating when in a windowless studio filled with women, you're able to expose an area that's a huge insecurity for many women. And let's be honest, a sports bra covers up way more than a bikini at the beach.

Why then do I feel insecure working out in just a sports bra? Really, I do. I know I don't have a perfect body but I think I look pretty dang good (especially with an 8 month old!). I've been asking myself, does the perfectionist in me feel insecure about my body or do I feel insecure baring that much skin? Whatever it is... I'm just not that girl.

What do you think? Do you think it's motivating when your instructor is teaching in just a sports bra? What about other girls at the gym? This is not a rhetorical question... leave me a comment. I want to know what you think!

Jan 22, 2015

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup (Perfect for a Cold)

When life gives you carrots, make carrot soup! I had a lot of ginger and carrot on my hands so I figured I mix them together and see what happened. The result was a creamy, vegan carrot coconut ginger soup, chock full of healthy fats, antioxidants (thank you tumeric!) and vitamins to fight the flu and cold this season. It's also trés delicious!

6 Large Organic Carrots (Peeled and Roughly Chopped)
1 Large Organic Apple (Chopped)
1 Clove of Garlic
1-2 One inch piece of Ginger (more for spice)
1 Cup Pure Coconut Milk*
1 Cup Water*
Dash of Sea Salt
Dash of Herbs de Provence
Large Dash of Tumeric
Olive Oil

To Make: 
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine spices, apple, carrot, garlic, and ginger into a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Mix and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Once cooked dump roasted vegetables into the blender and add coconut milk and water. Blend on high until smooth -- If using a Blendtec (Love mine!) press the "soup" button. I garnish mine with unsweetened coconut flakes to give it some texture. 

*Use more or less coconut milk depending on how thick you want the soup to be. I used half a can of light coconut milk from Trader Joe's and the rest coconut beverage. If it's too heavy with pure milk, dilute with water. The key is to add just enough to blend. 

Jan 20, 2015

Pump Up the Playlist

Hi Babes! I'm sharing the top songs on my playlist right now...

I have an incredible DJ who makes me the perfect mixes for my class. I tell him what songs I like (currently the ones listed above) and he mashes them together with the perfect BPM. He throws in a few of his favorite songs of the moment too, which is always inspiring. If you're looking for a mix for your class or just to workout to, contact me and I'll share his info with you! x

Jan 19, 2015

Weekend Readings

I'm constantly reading articles on fitness, motherhood, health and wellness and I'm often inspired to post on something that I read elsewhere. While I'm always happy to share my tips, tricks and experiences with you, I'd like to share some of the articles that inspired me this week. Love em' or hate em', this week I read...

Fitness : 

Healthy Diet : 

Motherhood :

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