Count this. Eat that. Don't eat this.
Sugar free, fat free, guilt free, gluten free.... macros, carbs, protein...
the list goes on and it's freaking exhausting.
This 30-something-year-old was SURROUNDED by it.
And EXHAUSTED by it.
She was scared as hell, unsure of it would work and said one thing changed her life, forever.
Choosing to make the scary investment in herself and make a MOVE.
In her words:
"One month into the program I realized I was starting to gain the tools to fuel myself- not starve myself. I wasn't making my choices based on calories- but ingredients. By the second month I threw away my scale (good riddance)...... I realized I was working out for pleasure- not to burn something off. Most importantly I was finally getting to know myself- what I really enjoyed and valued. How I could push myself in healthy ways. I was having better conversations- better relationships with others and myself.
MOVE. Is a part of me now. The community, the tools it has given...
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.
I get it... it's July. Pumpkin craze starts in September. But if you know me, you know that I know what I like and seasons need not apply. I drink red wine on hot days, eat nachos on Thanksgiving and am driving my third Nissan. Add pumpkin to my list of "un-seasonal love."
When I first made this pumpkin smoothie recipe, I was training for my fifth marathon and focusing on my fuel and nutrition as I was looking to improve my performance without significantly altering my training program. My admiration (read: runner crush) for Shalene Flanagan led me to follow many of her tips. One of her go-to pre and post foods includes sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium, all of which support energy.
But back to pumpkin. Since I was out of sweet potatoes, I opted to substitute canned pumpkin in my post workout smoothie. Because our bodies work hard at recovering and repairing muscles,...
A lot of you have been asking about proteins, what I drink post workouts, why whey hurts your stomach, what other options there are, what proteins helps build muscle and tone? Been there, so wanted to share a few of my favorites.
As an athlete, protein was always a crucial part of my training to help recover after heavy lifts or hill workouts but could never find the right protein that didn’t make my stomach feel like I had swallowed knives. Thank goodness for process of elimination, patience and a lot of lactaid, I found dairy was the majority (if not my entire) problem. I’ve been dairy free for almost 10 years now and discovered whey was hurting my stomach no matter how much or how little I added to my smoothies or yogurts. Whey is a milk-based protein that contains all essential amino acids and actually has some pros, but for me the cons trumped any and all pros. In large doses, whey protein can cause upset stomach and cause symptoms such as...