BLACK FRIDAY SALE! 27 Nov 2014

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Lithe's Black Friday sale opens tonight at midnight and closes on Monday at 11:59PM!  Our 5 class pack, Monthly (1-A-Day) Unlimited, Annual Membership, & Lithe Foods 3-Day Meal Plan specials make the perfect gift!

5 Class Card  $100  $65 
(that's like, $13/class)
Monthly (1-A-Day) Membership $210  $165
(That's like, $5.50/class if you attend everyday)
Annual Membership  $2,200  $1,999
(That's like, saving $521/year if you're a monthly member)
Lithe Foods 3 Day Meal Plan $225 $203
(Eating Lithe made easy. Kick-off with us on Monday January, 5th!)

To purchase, go to our on-line store and choose Black Friday 5 Class Card, Black Friday Monthly Membership, Black Friday Annual Membership & Lithe Foods 3 Day Detox.

*One per customer. 5 class cards expire on 12/31/14. May not be combined with any other discount or promotion. All Lithe Foods questions should be directed to lithefoods@lithemethod.com

Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Michi NY via Dom

LITHE BESTIES 24 Nov 2014

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Q: How did you meet?
Shana: We met at a party our mutual friend Nicole had, and then recognized each other in class soon after. Our “spots” in class are next to each other and our class schedules are similar, so we started seeing each other frequently and then took our friendship outside of class, too. We both like to reward ourselves with a good cocktail and something yummy to eat (sometimes healthy and sometimes not)

We’ve also now recruited a couple of mutual friends to try Lithe and I think we’ve made a some converts! I just heard one of them say she’s “addicted.” I couldn’t be more happy to have our Lithe crew grow.
 
Kristy: What Shana doesn't know is that I remembered her as the girl who wore the VERY sparkly holiday dress to Nicole’s holiday pony party when we ran into each other at Lithe. I think during our first encounter or two, we were kind of awkward with each other as well. Then, it all came together and we went for drinks post-class. The rest is history. After all of the yapping we have done at dinner parties with our group of friends about Lithe or getting told to stop talking about Lithe, I cannot explain the excitement that they've all come over to our side. I almost cried from excitement, and then I got a hold of myself. But, it really is SO fun to be able to have our whole group plan post-Lithe lunch dates!

Q: What are your favorite Lithe classes to take together?
Shana: This one’s easy, and I know we’d both unanimously agree, Lauren’s Tuesday 12:15PM Freestyle is hands-down our favorite. Always a highlight of my day to take a break from work, get a good sweat, and be pushed to the limit by whatever new trick Lauren has up her sleeve.
 
Kristy: Um ... NO CONTEST on this. It's probably what was our first "Lithe Date" as well. Our "spots" thing mentioned in Question 1 we take super seriously. We have a pact that whoever is there first saves the other's spot. There was this one time I texted Shana to save my spot because I was running late and someone was in it. The pressure was too much and I think accidentally scowled at the girl in my spot. I am really sorry to whoever that was. Though I do still tease Shana that she failed at the task ;)  

Q: How do you motivate each other in Lithe and in life?
Shana: My motto is everything in moderation. We both try live a healthy lifestyle without being too restrictive. I think this is a healthy way to live and limit the binges that might come with complete restriction. We keep each other motivated to get to class and question where the other one was if we miss it. I think we're both equally good and bad influences on each other. So with my math it kind of evens out :)
 
Kristy: Oh it's true. Though I am usually the one that is on the receiving end of the shame texts stating that I saw your name on the class list. Where were you!? Shana is definitely the stronger of the two of us, so I always look to her to push myself for a extra rep or to go for the challenge. I agree with the moderation motto, though I also think we're a bit of work hard/play hard as well. I think she's giving me too much credit on the influence, but I'll take it!

Q: If you're not at the studio, where can we find you two together?
Shana: Sitting at a bar with a bourbon cocktail in hand.
 
Kristy: ALWAYS bourbon, and often at A.Bar. We're also very into Saturday Funday instead of Sunday Funday. It really is a wonderful thing and you don't start the work week dragging. I think there was only one time that we have been together outside of the studio where there wasn't bourbon involved and that was at Franklin institute's Science After Hours. We made toothpaste and lip gloss and drank wine and beer instead. Basically where there is good food and bourbon we go, and often it involves a dinner party at one of our houses with our girlfriends the Ponies!
 
Fun Fact: We share the same birthday

Images via Kristy
 

 

LITHE SPIRIT {RE-POST}! 24 Nov 2014

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For the next 40+ weeks, we'll be featuring our favorite Lithe workouts. This week we're starting with Spirit, which debuted back in 2010...

In my opinion, this is one Lithe workout that is so underrated. Spirit is unique, so effective, and it's quintessentially Lithe. Tough AND fun is what we do best. CCS on the mat, tuck jumps, star explosions, Marios ... You'll burn at least 700 calories and smile the entire time.

Want to know more? Read Sayeh's take on it!

I sat in on the 11:00AM Wednesday Spirit at Old City and the room was on fire! LM2 Reggae Dancehall (Collie's Bermuda Mix Tape's Defend Your Own and Assassin's Don't Like You (Applause Riddim) are two of my faves) was blasting and all the girls were working their butts off. 

Images via Lauren

LITHE INSIDER 24 Nov 2014

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BOOM CHICA BOOM SKINNY HEATHEN 21 Nov 2014

  Boom Chica Boom Skinny Heathen

 

TGIF! At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next in this 13-week series is Boom Chica Boom, which is made with Lithe's Boom and AITA's Rhubarb liquor. 

 

If you're looking for a healthy, healing cocktail with a kick, this is it! Lithe's Boom is a cold-pressed juice made from lemon, ginger, and cayenne. Lemons are full of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals both inside and outside the cell. Free radicals can cause inflammation and the antioxidants in lemons are helpful for reducing inflammation and easing symptoms of arthritis. Ginger reduces bloating, relieves motion sickness, and also helps promote detoxification. Cayenne also fights inflammation, clears congestion, assists weight loss, and gives your immune system a boost with its high content of beta-carotene.

 

Boom is great straight or as a hot toddyAITA's Rhubarb liquor is made with a botanical bounty of beets, carrots, lemons, petitigrain, cardamom, pure cane sugar, and rhubarb. Married, they make Boom Chica Boom – a refreshing vodka lemonade with a cayenne kick!

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Rhubarb liquor

4 oz. Boom

Ice

Honey to taste (reduce the spice by adding more honey)

Lemon wedge

 

Directions

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in Boom, Rhubarb, and honey, and then garnish with a lemon wedge.



Yield: 1 serving

Image via Chaucee

LITHE BRIDE 21 Nov 2014

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Alex and I were married on October 4th on Kiawah Island, South Carolina at the Ocean Course. We met during first week of undergrad at Duke where we both lived in Wilson Dorm. After dating on and off throughout college, we parted ways for awhile while he moved home to Georgia for medical school and I worked in fine art in Manhattan. When he matched for residency in Philadelphia, I followed quickly with my dog Sprout in tow! Fast forward about a year, and Alex proposed to me in the middle of Philly's City Hall on bended knee while tourists looked on and a busker jammed on an electric violin. While we love it here in our adopted home (I'm from Wisconsin, go Pack!), we decided to get married in a pseudo-destination wedding off the coast of South Carolina where we celebrated our first anniversary during college.

At our welcome dinner lowcountry boil on Friday, and especially at our wedding reception Saturday night we danced like crazy, toasted about a hundred thousand times to our future together, and just generally had the most magical weekend of our lives. I may have pulled out some Lithe CCS moves on the dance floor without realizing, too...
 
Our wedding day was more wonderful than either of us could have ever imagined, and I felt incredible on the day of in large part due to Lithe! I began working at Lithe in March 2014, and over the months leading up to my wedding the incredible workouts and general vibe of wellness helped me lose over 20 pounds, going from a size 12/14 to a 6/8. Working in the studio has been such a gift this year, as I'm constantly surrounded by healthy, happy influences care of my coworkers and our Lithers. This influence has carried over into my home & family life as well, where I've just been generally happier, more present, and more energetic! I've also taken to using way more exclamation points!!!
 
I have tons of love and gratitude for Lithe for helping me feel amazing on the happiest day of my life! Thanks for transforming me into a Lithe Bride!
 
xoxo
Jill
 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 20 Nov 2014

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Dear Lithe,
 
I love you!

I hate exercise. I mean I really, really, hate it. My guess is that it stems from being “forced” to play sports as a kid. In my house, it was mandatory to play a sport every season – tennis, softball, soccer, etc. Aside from my stubborn nature of generally hating being told what to do, I never really found enjoyment in these sports. As a result, the moment that rule was lifted, I stopped participating in all sports and had no motivation for physical activity. This lasted on and off through college. I would go to the gym on campus once a week and act like I knew what I was doing, normally leaving with shin splints from the treadmill. After a few years, I found yoga, which I enjoyed but never felt committed to. When I moved to Northern Liberties, I noticed the Lithe studio with pictures of these amazing women on the windows. I also noticed, day after day, as I walked past to get my morning coffee, the weirdest noise coming out of the studio. Why do they breathe like that? I was completely intimidated.

 

In 2011, I saw a deal online for five discounted classes and decided to give it a shot. I had a pretty rough start. I do believe that Lithe truly is for anyone, at any level of physical fitness – but it was hard to figure out where I fit in at first. I was in bad shape. Jumping jacks? Push-ups? Abs? Once I started to get the hang of it I bought a couple packages and Lithed semi-regularly for 5-6 months. Then I stopped. I blamed it on money, or knee pain maybe, but really it was laziness. Not only did I stop exercising completely, but I was out of control with my bad eating habits. Shocking result – I gained weight! 

 

By the time February 2012 rolled around, I was really unhappy with my body, and the external stressors in my life (work, relationship, etc.) were starting to close in on me. I needed something that would get me up off the couch. I signed up for Immersion and never looked back.  For me, Immersion was the right choice. I was able to slowly build up my strength over three weeks before jumping into classes. This time, I didn’t feel discouraged, I felt determined. I figured out that I needed to accept my limitations and do my best. I struggle with knee pain, tight hip flexors, and a lingering shoulder injury. I modify. I have good days and bad days. I made the decision for myself that quality was better than quantity. I would rather do 15 awesome lunges, than 30 sloppy ones. I admire the strong women around me who nail 30 lunges in stiletto – and I accept that might never be me. The hardest part is holding myself accountable to stop or modify only when it hurts, but not when I’m tired and want to give up. 

 

One year ago, the day after Labor Day, my relationship with my live-in boyfriend of 6 years came to an end. The following day I was in class with Kim in the small studio in Old City and I was barely making it through the barre work. I wanted to sit down. I wanted to walk out. At that moment, Kim, in her infinite and unknowing wisdom, started in on one of her mid-class motivational pep talks. “This is your hour! Forget everything else that is going on in your life and outside of the studio and focus on this!” Well, that hit pretty close to home. Staring in the mirror doing sumos and trying not to cry was one of the most humbling experiences I’ve had in the studio. 

 

Kim was dead-on, and I took it to heart. When you come to the studio for an hour, you are going to work hard and it’s not going to be easy, but literally nothing else matters. You have a full hour out of the day to commit to yourself – an hour that is not impacted by your job, your dating life, your kids, your friends. Outside of the studio, this year has been tumultuous. Single for the first time since I was 20? Unemployed? Broke? With all these things going on around me, I was committed to getting to the studio. I knew I could walk in with the weight of the world on my shoulders, sweat it out, and walk out an hour later with a new outlook on life. 
 
Making the commitment to Lithing 5-6 times a week paid off in the studio as well. Push-ups on my toes for the first time in my life! Mastering the Pom CCS, only to wonder why it ever took so long to figure out! Realizing that CCS might mean deadly cardio, but it’s SO MUCH FUN! Actually feeling what the instructors mean by “the space between your stomach and the floor” in a Superman hover! My results are measured in these terms. I don’t own a scale and I don’t know my weight (or care what the number is). In 2012, I wore size 12 pants, now it’s a 6 or an 8 (sometimes a 10 to fit the Lithe Booty). I used to hate wearing sleeveless shirts, now tank tops are my friends. Shorts? Bathing suits? These things don’t scare me!

 

The month of August was extremely challenging for me, both inside and outside the studio. I realized I was very close to making Varsity but I would need to make some extra efforts to make it happen. With the help of some awesome women, staff, instructors, and other fabulous Lithers, I was actually able to achieve this goal. This brings me to my final point…

 

Lithe is a place where you can get what you want from the experience. Some women want to walk in, work out for an hour, and get out. Other women want camaraderie to help them with their fitness or weight loss goals. For some, it’s a social venue. For me, it’s a place full of awesome women who I want to know. Some days I’m the get-in and get-out type, but mostly I stop to talk to everyone – front desk, instructors, other Lithers. And if you’ve met me, you know I lay it all out there (no filter here!). Lithe has been a fundamental part of my life, especially over this past year while so many other things have been in flux. I know that when I walk in, I am surrounded by other women who have also made it a priority in their lives to come to this place and who love it just as much as I do.  

 

xoxo,

Molly

7 FIT HIP HEALTHY FRIDGE MAKEOVER TIPS! 19 Nov 2014

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Many of us are in the midst of Thanksgiving prep, which is always a crazy time of the year. During the holidays my fridge gets out of control really quickly. And when it does, I totally lose track of what I have in there. I also lose a little inspiration to Eat Lithe (Lithed Up salads, smoothies, spa water, etc.) which makes me feel great and keeps my energy levels high. This week is the perfect time to tackle your refrigerator and give it a good makeover pre-holiday. You'll feel better, and it will inspire you to eat healthier too.

1. Clean House. Get rid of limp veggies and check expiration dates on all of your condiments.

2. Prep! Take fruit and veggies out of plastic bags and cut them up so that they are ready. Arrange salads and vegetables so you can clearly identify what you have on-hand.

3. Invest in clear containers
. I like to cut up melon, pineapple, and berries and store them in these. Because glass containers are expensive, I hesitated for years but most of my vegetables and salad greens are neatly displayed in them now. In addition to being freezer, microwave and dishwasher-safe, the thick tempered glass makes them quite durable and chip-resistant, and I love the fact that you can clearly see the container's contents.

When not in use, the containers and lids nest perfectly inside each other, and when they are in use, the square containers fit neatly side by side, maximizing precious fridge/freezer space.

4. Be an Herbigirl! Fresh herbs add so much flavor to salads, soups, smoothies, and are believed to be more beneficial when enjoyed fresh rather than dry. Every week, I try to invest in a few different varieties and store them in pretty glasses in my fridge. Right now, I’m enjoying lemon balm and mint. 

5. Leftovers up front. In the past, leftovers quickly got lost in the back of my refrigerator. Now, I make an effort to keep them in the front (in my glass containers) where my family can see them. I really get creative with my leftovers - I like to double the recipe for quinoa salad with carrots, parsley, and basil and toss it with a baby spinach, make a quinoa frittata, or tuck it into a wrap. 

6. Spa Water. 
Water keeps your body hydrated, your skin glowing, and revs up your metabolism.

7. Organize your condiments. All the different varieties of dressing, mustard, tamari, vitamins and hot sauce were exploding out of my fridge. So, I took a hard look at what I had and considered whether I really used it and enjoyed it. If not, I tossed it.

Image via Lauren

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 19 Nov 2014

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Guys, I'm happy to report that I've actually made some good choices over the last couple of weeks. And shockingly for me, it wasn't the result of buying a new book, ditching everything in my refrigerator, or starting a cleanse. I made a little tiny baby step, and the domino affect has been pretty exciting. 

I'll begin by explaining that I've been having a slew of first world problems that have really been bogging me down lately. First, I got the two worst haircuts of all time. TWO. Back to back. My mom, who has always cut my hair, briefly lost her mind (love you, Mom) and chopped an entire foot off my hair and gave me the equivalent of the infamous (and terrible) Rachel haircut from 1994. It's one of those haircuts that people can't even TRY to make you feel better about. Even my mom. All she could say was: Oh my God. I don't know what happened. I'm so sorry. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?? You don't. know. what. happened? Were you briefly kidnapped by aliens?? Do we need to do an exorcism of Emily Rose?? What do you mean you don't know what happened? How about that whole time when I was saying: Um, Mom. Mom. You're cutting a lot. Mom. I don't really want a ton of layers in the front like that. Mom. MOM, I don't want bangs! And you kept telling me to pipe down and that you were 'blending?' What about then?? No? Can't recall? Sweet.

This took place an hour before my flight back to Philly, where I quietly and completely ridiculously, sniffled back the streaming tears of a person who rationally knows that this not the worst thing that could befall a person, but just can't help it. Upon my return, instead of struggling with an awful 'do for months while waiting for it to grow out, I decided to try and get it fixed. Someone could do SOMETHING right?? Nope. I left the shop with a shorter, more shrunken version of the same exact haircut. Basically, I'm the man at the end of Beetlejuice with a shrunken head. I'm shrunken-head haircut woman. So now, I can barely put my hair up in a ponytail to hide its hideous-ness, and I hate the world. (Not you mom, except for maybe a little bit the first few minutes in the morning when I look in the mirror.)

Then. THEN. I leave the salon to go pick up my scooter which has been in the shop for 4 months. My beloved scooter, which is my only freedom from SEPTA in this world, trapped in a garage for the entire riding season. I think: Okay, I may look my absolute worst in the head area for a while, but at least I can finally take my scooter home. Hoorah! Except that a few short blocks into my glorious and much awaited ride, it DIES on me at Second and Girard. Trolley tracks everywhere. Cars honking. My layers flying in the wind and in my face. And me. With my dead scooter and horrible haircut sitting like a half-plucked duck in the middle of traffic for all to see and hate!

Does it end there? Oh no, my friends. I finally get home after this horrible ordeal in 35 degree weather, to plop down on the couch and have my favorite pants rip. That's right. Rip. Right along the seam in the back of the thigh. Why? Because I've been eating pizza and chips and hoagies and extra cheese, and not going to Lithe. And my pants, which have been hanging on for dear life throughout all this abuse, finally just told me to go F myself.

So I sat there, and had a good cry and basically re-enacted the scene in Overboard where Goldie Hawn freaks out and turns into a zombie and just keeps muttering buh buh buh buh buh over and over again. Once I got it together enough to call my husband, I did. He talked me off my ridiculous cliff, as he is so expertly does probably a little too often.  

After this ordeal, I was done feeling sorry for myself and decided to stop being a total mess in life – haircut notwithstanding. So, I went to the grocery store...without a plan. I didn't sit and toil over food blogs and recipe websites trying to plan a menu, as I'm wont to do, for hours. I didn't walk around agonizing over what to buy and not to buy. I bought a few fresh veggies. Some fresh fish. And called it a day. I went home, threw something together and sat by myself and had a home-cooked, healthy meal.

And it changed everything. 

I took the leftovers to work for a clean lunch. And felt lighter and happier throughout the work day. I filled up my water bottle four times that day in an effort to increase my water intake and get some much-needed hydration. On the way home, I stopped by the Reading Terminal, and picked up a few more things to make another healthy meal. Over a week later, and I'm still on a roll. Turning down cookies and folding laundry and just feeling more in control. 

My quick and delicious salmon meal (recipe next week) made me realize that when I'm in a rut, I don't have to get drastic to start seeing real change, real quick. My whole entire week doesn't have to be a wash if I can't plan a week's worth of meals and shop and prepare for them on Sunday. I don't have to be so hard on myself to do it all, all at once. One meal. One fresh, home-cooked meal. That's it. And during this upcoming time of parties and excess, it's something I'll be reminding myself of over and over again. I don't have to wait until January 1st to feel better about my choices – even though it'll probably be at least that long before I feel better about my hair. I can always just cook myself one good meal. It can be that simple. 

See you in class!

 

MAMA SAYS 18 Nov 2014

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While many Lithe mamas are still in the midst of sleep training and toddler temper tantrums, Lauren Leahy has been through it. Though you'd never guess it by looking at her, she has a 14-year-old son. A single mother for years (she just got hitched!), she's figured out a formula to fit in me-time. Read on to hear her wisdom.  

Children: Liam, 14

Day job: Expense analyst

Tell us your Lithe story: For awhile I would buy class cards here and there to supplement gym memberships. Only in the last couple years have I been able to go 5-6 times per week. Now that Liam is old enough to be at home for a little while by himself, I sneak out of the house for 6AM classes while he's sleeping. I'm actually not a morning person at all, but I have a just do it attitude when it comes to exercise. Making the financial commitment also encourages me stick with it every month. 

Your attendance is pretty impressive, but surely you miss class here and there. What was your last family-related reason for late cancelling? That would be when my husband broke his foot. 

As a single mom, how did you make it work? Because I feel calmer when I exercise, I always set aside time for it. In the past, I'd go for a 20-minute run or do an hour-long yoga DVD. For awhile, Liam would tag along with me to a morning yoga class and eat Cheerios and read comic books in the back of the studio. 

Does all your healthy living rub off on Liam? Well, I definitely have to choose my battles when it comes to food. I recently made a stir-fry with vegetables from our CSA and he picked out everything green. Luckily, he's more enthusiastic about exercise. We used to take kung fu together and I convinced him to run a 5K with me. 

Can you share some advice for all the new mothers out there? Acceptance of your body is key. I'm finally at a place where I appreciate my curves. Also, no matter how busy you are, you can fit in a workout if you really try. 

LITHE SPICED BREAKFAST QUINOA 17 Nov 2014

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As soon as the weather turns cold I make breakfast quinoa. Not only is it healthy and full of protein and super-foods, it really hits the spot post-Lithe. I prepare my quinoa ahead of time on Sunday and store it in the fridge. It's great not having to worry about cooking healthy on Monday and Tuesday mornings. 

This recipe is anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. Cacao, mesquite, and maca support recovery and the immune system and provide an energizing, caffeine-free boost. This recipe is especially delicious – coconut and banana meet cacao, cinnamon, and spice.  Seriously, it's everything nice.

Lithe Spiced Breakfast Quinoa
Yields 2 servings

Ingredients
1 cup coconut milk (I prefer Thai Kitchen. If you don't have it on-hand, any milk will do)
1/2 cup quinoa (I used regular)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon (I love La Boite's Smoked Cinnamon N.18)
Pinch of Lithe Spice No.1
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2-3 dates, sliced 
1 banana, sliced
1/2 teaspoon each of cacao powder, mesquite, and maca (optional)

The secret to this super-fast and delish morning breakfast is to cook the quinoa ahead of time. To do this, simply take 1 cup of uncooked quinoa, rinse it, and then place it in a sauce pan with 2 cups of water (maintain that 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water). Bring it to a boil, cover and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the quinoa has turned into spirals and becomes a bit translucent (don't let it get mushy). You can store cooked quinoa in the fridge for about 4 days.

Instructions
1. Place sliced dates and bananas into a medium sauce pan and pour in coconut milk.

2. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered.

3. Once the bananas and dates have softened (approximately 5-10 minutes), stir in cooked quinoa, cinnamon, Lithe Spice No.1, cacao, mesquite, maca, and shredded coconut.

4. Let the mix simmer until the liquid is absorbed by the quinoa or until it reaches the consistency you like (approx 3-5 minutes).
5. Serve immediately or let cool and refrigerate.
 
 

LITHE INSIDER 17 Nov 2014

  
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FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 14 Nov 2014

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Happy Friday Lithers! This week we are giving away a Complete Wellness Package from The Wellnest (a $560 value)! 

Mother-daughter team (and Lithers) Dr. Maureen Kelly and Alyssa Kelly Boente founded The Wellnest in April 2014 to create a much-needed resource for people seeking improvements in their health and wellbeing.

The Wellnest is a unique integrative health and wellness center offering massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, yoga, meditation, professional counseling and support groups. I love that they are driven by the belief that the individual should be nurtured on both physical and mental levels. Spaces like The Wellnest aren't widely available within the health care system as it exists today and I'm thrilled that they are in Philadelphia!

 What's Included:

  • Consultation with physician: Devise your personal plan to achieve wellness with a physician who specializes in holistic approaches. Together you will determine the most beneficial things you can do to improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Acupuncture: An initial consultation and treatment with an acupuncturist
  • Massage: A 60-minute massage and bodywork session to promote relaxation as well as resolve any specific muscular tension you may have
  • Nutrition counseling: A 60-minute meeting with a dietitian to review your diet and determine the most important changes you can make for your health
  • Private yoga and meditation: A 60-minute private lesson in Vinyasa yoga and meditation tailored to your goals and level of past experience

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you want/need to win! One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you, and good luck!

 

 

 


 

SPIRIT SKINNY HEATHEN 13 Nov 2014

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At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next in this 13-week series is Spirit, which is made with Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine and AITA's Rhubarb liquor. 

 

If you love champagne and Smile Sparkle Shine, you'll love this! Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine is a cold-pressed juice made with grapefruit, pear, and apple. Our refreshing combo is healthy, tasty and low in calories. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, lycopene (pink and red only!), and has salicylic acid which dissolves inorganic calcium formed deposits that may build up in the cartilage of joints and cause arthritis. Pear is a good source of insoluble fiber and reduces grapefruit's tartness, yet really enhances its tastiness. AITA's Rhubarb liquor is made with a botanical bounty of beets, carrots, lemons, petitigrain, cardamom, pure cane sugar, and rhubarb (of course!). Together they're refreshing and light and perfect for Bellini-esque brunch cocktail.

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Rhubarb liquor

4 oz. Smile Sparkle Shine

1 oz. club soda

Lemon twist for garnish

 

Directions

Pour ingredients into a champagne flute. Place lemon twist on the rim or in the glass. 



Yield: 1 serving

Image via Chaucee

 

 

 

 

GREEN & BLACK TAPENADE 12 Nov 2014

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I love hosting dinner parties and creating fresh whole food snacks for my friends and family.  This Green & Black Tapenade recipe is perfect for a small get together and the recipe can be doubled and tripled to accommodate a group. I love to enjoy this with a handful of crunchy carrots, scooped onto Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips, or on top of a simple green salad.

Black & Green Olive Tapenade
Servings: Makes approx 2 cups

 

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups pitted green olives
• 1 1/2 cups pitted black olives
• 1 bag of Guacamole Food Should Taste Good chips
• 1 bag of Multigrain Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips
• 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
• 2 flat anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed with a garlic press or finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
• 1 black radish, sliced
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

 

Directions
In a food processor, finely chop olives; transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in lemon zest. Using flat side of a large knife, mash anchovies with garlic to form a paste. Add anchovy mixture, parsley, oil, and pepper to olives; stir until blended. Thinly slice black radish. Spread on Food Should Taste good avocado chips, and top with black radish slice.

 

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FIT. HIP & HEALTHY. 11 Nov 2014

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Did you attend Lithe Tour Philly? Last Saturday was fantastic. After teaching two killer classes, hanging out and chatting it up with many of you, I realized that over the past ten years I truly have fulfilled my mission.

My mission through Lithe is to inspire people to be fit, hip and healthy. This is the core of our company and what drives me every day. I live and breathe the concept through our philosophy which is my secret to having a healthy, happy, and inspired life.

My goal has never been to be just fit and healthy, but to also lead a hip and happy life, full of fun and purpose. And I want to inspire all of you to to live your best life, as well. I believe that many of you are! For me, Fit, Hip & Healthy is the driving force of everything that I do and it's a mantra that many of you have adopted in your own life.  Over the past six years (can you believe that the FHH blog is 6 years old!?) many people have asked me what it means to be Fit, Hip & Healthy. 

It starts with Fit. Being fit is the core of Lithe. I move my body every day. 

Next comes Hip. Hip means in the know. Hip does not refer to one specific quality, and what's considered hip is constantly changing.

And finally, Healthy. Being healthy through the food you eat, a positive mindset, and a healthy relationship with yourself is so important. 

All people who Lithe are part of an amazing community that embraces a healthy lifestyle and want to influence others to think the same way. Today my goal is to continue to inspire all of you and spread our message far and wide. I hope that Lithe can become synonymous with active living on a global scale, so that all people can achieve and be their best selves. 

I'm constantly searching for ways that I can do better and feel that it's my responsibility to ensure that Lithe lives up to your expectations. Every workout, food product, and piece of clothing is made to inspire you all to be fit, hip and healthy. At the end of the day, I too am a Lither; I create and design what motivates me to be fit, hip, and healthy and I love inspiring you to do the same! 

Lithe Tour images via Lauren & Katie Kempf

RAW APPLE CINNAMON RAISIN OATMEAL 11 Nov 2014

Raw Oats

New flavor, but it's just as good (and just as loved) as our Raw Carrot Cake Oatmeal. I'm addicted. 

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DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 10 Nov 2014

Love Letter

 

Hi Lauren,

 

I still feel the magic of yesterday's Lithe Tour Philly celebrating ten years of Lithe. With 200+ people in the studio glowing from "All That," live DJ beats bumping wall-to-wall, and cocktails flowing, there was a special energy that I'll never forget.  

 
Congratulations to you for creating an addictive workout that is its own category in the fitness world. I admire how your Pilates studio organically evolved into a method all of its own: CCS using the higher power band system. Your variety of choreography and props makes intense cardio FUN and the class rotations make plateauing impossible. I simply LOVE Lithing. The value Lithe delivers also goes beyond the physical.
 
From an emotional perspective, you helped me and countless other clients "love the skin we're in." Nowhere else have I experienced such an open, purposeful celebration of body diversity. I remember your What the bulk? post from 2010 where you covered body phenotypes while expressing zero tolerance for critical remarks about clients' bodies in the studios. In all things Lithe, the message is clear: Be the best version of yourself and support/uplift each other (#bandtogether). I see consistent evidence of this ethos in the studios. I, as well as many fellow Lithers, take that message and feel its resonance throughout other areas of life.  
 
Now about Lithe Tour Philly ... the new class "All That" really is ALL THAT, a thoroughly sweaty (!!!) ten-year retrospective mashup of CCS. I hope it shows up on mindbody very soon! DJ Muhammad curated an amazing playlist that was perfect for an intense cardio class. The 80-proof Art in the Age rhubarb liquor went down soooo smooth and the mixed drinks were the perfect post-CCS cocktails. I love my Duke & Winston tank! 
 
My favorite part is the community. So many times all I have time for is a quick "hey" between classes, but it was a great time to chat at length over drinks and bangin' music. The icing on the cake was the special guest appearances by Jordan and Mars (who spontaneously demoed his own mashup of CCS for a circle of admirers! #powerhouse)
 
Thanks to Jill, Jonathan, Katie, Kristy, the Lithe Instructors, and the entire Lithe team for helping the event go so smoothly. I know that the smoother an event goes, the harder the work was behind the scenes. You guys rock!  
 
Lauren, I raise my Bunny Mary to you as Lithe continues to achieve increasing success nationally and internationally in the years to come! Your positive impact is incalculable.  
 
Yeah!
-JL
 

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