Have you seen our #FridayFuel posts on Instagram?
You all know we loveeeeee ourselves some IG!
Well, if you haven't, each week we search for all sorts of meals and snacks proclaiming to be healthy (some specifically claim to be gut health... sigh) and we give it the "yay" or "nay" on the #moveapproved stamp.
Not surprisingly, they generate a TON of questions. So we figured we would share some of the guidelines that go into making the cut.
We’ll be honest, we both struggled with the counting, the pressures, the fat-free (cheese, ice-cream, butter, bread, pretzels and everything else). We...
Last week we asked what the community wants to see more of, and boy did we hear ya.
Stress Reduction. Got it.
Cue: 4 MOVE.s To Reduce Stress.
Before diving in, we want to remind you that it's not a realistic expectation to want to go through life stress-free. In fact, studies show that healthy amounts of stress are positive, they create growth. We find that allowing stress to be FEEDBACK for our needs and next steps in the key in transforming it from overwhelming to empowering. If you know us at all, we aren't trying to combat stress with white robes, vacations to escape or luxurious days at the spa. That's a bandaid. But we are all for caring for ourselves in ways that make those (fun) days a place for pleasure instead of escape.
Here are our 4 MOVE.s to Manage Stress:
1- Awareness: Where is your energy going? Not in general. SPECIFICALLY, where is it going? Think of it like a bank account. Track all of your time, thought and attention. Write it out (we...
We confess- we don't do a whole lot of baking because measuring and attention to detail isn't our zone of genius. At all. But we will certainly make an exception for these... anytime.
Wait? We aren't talkin' matcha?
We've been getting a lot of questions on how to take passions and transform them from a hobby to a business. As we entered our own Q2 with new goals and new MOVE.s ahead, we wanted to share 5 MOVE.s To Bring You Growth.
1- Figure Out where your skillset, passion and ability to serve merge. Don’t force it, don’t fake it and don’t only focus on you. Show up to serve.
2- Test The Waters. Get a small group to give you feedback. Thought to action to reflection (we see you, Ayurveda). Continue this cycle. There is no finish line to growth.
3- Invest In yourself. You can’t expect anyone to invest in you if you aren’t invested in yourself. The more value you have to offer, the more you can authentically give. The more you can authentically give, the more you can serve.
4- Take Messy Action. Perfection Paralysis is real. There will never be a perfect time. No one cares if your webpage colors...
Never Miss ATuesday. Taco Tuesday, that is.
We are sharing of our favorite guac recipe inspired by our favorite tacos (s/o Stacey!)
Heart MOVE.ing Guac:
4 avocados, smashed.
1 jalapeno diced.
The juice of 1-1.5 limes.
1 full tomato, diced.
1 red onion, diced.
Himalayan sea salt.
Cracked black pepper.
Skip the cilantro- Load up on cayenne pepper.
Chopped seared shrimp.
Diced grilled mushrooms.
Sprinkle of Matcha. Lol. Kidding. Wait, are we?
You probably know we met over (infamous) puke (hey Timmy!), but did you know that we bonded over a shared love for Cinco De Mayo? How are you celebrating the holiday? Our plans are to load up on green drinks than this green dip... and toast to a year of incredible MOVE.s.
Gut health is all the talk right now and there’s one major reason I believe that this “trend” is here to stay; it works….. at the end of the day, we were DESIGNED to digest our food. We were literally made to create humans, we can handle eating. We just need to stop complicating things and then spending our time, money and energy trying to figure out how to uncomplicate it.
Digestion is a huge energy source; what we eat is supposed to give us energy but eating (and digesting) requires energy. Think about it like a bank account, fueling should be a deposit but for many, it acts as a withdrawal. They don’t understand why they are tired, bloated, foggy or not getting results that they are working for.
I have a weird relationship with gut-health as I lost my daughter to a sick gut, at the time not even knowing it was a “thing.” In my healing I began running, honoring a promise I made to her and finding my way on the Boston...
1) Scope the menu out in advance. Plan accordingly.
If there is something you really want to get that is on the heavier side, choose lighter foods during the day. Consider what alterations you might want to make in advance so you aren’t feeling rushed or anxious asking the wait staff in front of a group. If there is nothing that fits within your diet plan/program suggest another place. If you dinner is for work or a situation where you cannot change the location, eat something within your diet program before you go. Remember, if you CAN’T change the restaurant, this likely means your social situation isn’t about food. It’s about networking, business, or an event. So then don’t make it about food. Eat what you can before and focus on the purpose of the event.
2) Drink a lot of water before you go out to eat.
Many times our bodies think we are hungry, but we are actually thirsty or craving NUTRITION NOT FOOD (Next week, we discuss the way...
I loveeee juice. Yesterday I had 48 ounces of cold-pressed greens. My love affair with gut health began with my very first juice cleanse. Since then, studying gut health has been a game-changer and shifted my health, mindset and functioning.
Since I pretty much always have a green drink within reach, I am not surprised when people question my recommendation NOT to juice cleanse.
Let me clarify- it’s not about the juice. It’s about the energy behind the juice. Whether foods, drinks, clothing, social media and just about everything else; I am not concerned with the what, I focus on the why.
WHY are you doing a cleanse?
Most commonly: a quick fix to feel less bloated, to look good in dress/bathing suit or feeling regretful for crap eaten on vacation.
So what does this look like on an energetic scale: fear, shame, guilt, desperation, anxiety. We call these low vibes.
Cleanses are intended to flood it with vitamins and minerals,...
This week always gets me thinking about gratitude (along with the other millions of americans thanks to media marketing, cheesy #thankFULL puns, and sales at the grocery store). How powerful it is to actually experience thankfulness or, in all honesty, fullness. But, why just this week? We have 365 days we can choose gratitude (to me that’s better than any sweet potato sale at Market Basket) and yet we save all our energy and awareness to acknowledge gratitude face-diving into turkey and a full of stuffing.
I talk about it like it’s simple, but it's far from it and actually a lot of work and sometimes even pain to understand it. Would we understand how to be grateful if we didn’t work at it? Fact of the matter is, it took me a really f*cking long time to get here… and it’s still something I constantly practice. It took a lot of other not-so-comfortable things - pain, uncertainty, sorrow, risk, denial - in order for me to fully embrace...
“I set a new PR last night. Two bags.” -Mel
“Ohhhh….. I’ve done that before.” -Mooch
No, it wasn’t some type of weight training bag, or running bag or bag for yoga (is that a thing?).
This new record was….. Cauliflower Gnocchi. If you haven’t caught our latest obsession we talk about quite frequently (and apparently set records with), let us introduce you to possibly the BEST item Trader Joe’s has put into production. Ever.
Cauliflower replaces potato for the lead role of gnocchi in these delicious bundles of joy. Combined with cassava flour, potato starch a little EVOO and salt…. they are a party for both your taste buds and your belly.
Even better news is that not only can you make it in 10 minutes or less, but the possibilities for preparation are endless. Below are four of our favorite gut-healthy combinations- each offering a different variation of gnocchi preparation.
Trader Joe’s… you’ve...