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30 posts from February 2011

FAVES! 28 Feb 2011

I've been slathering on, taking, eating, reading, loving and cooking:  Prtty Peaushun vegan skin perfecting lotion is keeping my skin looking super toned and glowy, GaGa Sherbetter, Fleur Wood, Mih Makarresh jeans, Innate's trimester-specific Baby & Me prenatal vitamins & Mayumi's Kitchen

Images via brand websites and Net-a-porter.

INSPIRATION. 28 Feb 2011


If “motivation” can actually sabotage your health goals, then what propels them?  Inspiration.

What’s the difference? Body related “motivation too often involves fighting against something: your weight, your body, food. Fear and insecurity are constant companions in this approach—companions that send many women directly to boxes or bags of processed “comfort” food.

Inspiration is riding a wave. Uplifting, empowering, even thrilling ... It’s Lithing in a crisp, beautiful, light-filled studio versus slogging through miserable exercise at a crusty, moldy gym. It’s eating food that makes you feel clean and energized instead of being tortured by exceeding  “points” and calorie limits. It’s reveling in a relaxing snow day instead of being angry at the winter.

With food, women often think if they take pleasure in eating, they’ll subsist on excessive amounts of chocolate and ice cream. However, if you start to focus on how food makes you feel, versus the stories you are told, or tell yourself, “irresistible” and “taboo” foods become increasingly less binge-worthy, until they no longer call to you.

To start this transition do an experiment. Stop counting calories and eat ice cream* when you feel like it. You heard me correctly.

Let me explain. A diet soda and many diet foods, have no or few calories. But these artificial sweeteners are guaranteed to cause bloating and aggravate the millions of nerve endings in your stomach. This causes a trip to the candy jar, not only to soothe an unhappy stomach but because artificial sweeteners actually stimulate your appetite, you’re cravings become even more intense and unmanageable. Not inspiring.

*When you feel like ice cream or desserts, why not get creative and make sweets that encourage serotonin production and provide the nutritional value that your body is craving. Try this simple dairy-free ice cream for a power punch of fiber, potassium and other nutrients: The Kitchn One Ingredient Ice Cream. My sister taught me to add one Tablespoon of Sunflower seed butter for an extra iron packed punch and voila, it tastes like peanut butter ice-cream.


The food and diet industry is always trying to invalidate and even mock the secret nutritional weapon of women: our connection to our own intuition and feelings. There is little profit in women listening to themselves and shunning packaged, processed food which is cheap to manufacture and distribute. So, with this in mind, start focusing on how you feel versus what is marketed to you.  Listening to yourself is when the magic happens. Is there anything more inspiring?

Ali Shapiro is  an author and  regular NBC 10! Show contributor and works with individuals and groups to show them how to design their food and life to experience waitless living™. To sign-up for her newsletter, click here

Images via Ali Shapiro, The Kitchn and Lauren Boggi via Dominic Episcopo for Everlast.



Happy Friday!  In need of some retail therapy?  This week's giveaway is a $50 gift card from Denim Habit!   Denim Habit's female-focused habitats are fully stocked with stylish threads from some of our favorite designers:  Joe's Jeans, Hudson, Paige, Theory, Seven for All Mankind, Splendid and Ella Moss (just to name a few!)

For a chance to win, please visit our Facebook page, "Like us" then leave a comment at the post.  A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow and the winner will be announced on Monday!  Good luck! 

Images via Denim Habit & Joe's Jeans.  

HAPPY NEWS! 24 Feb 2011


Congratulations to Lithe Instructor, Heather Burt and her husband Fran...they are expecting! Heather is just about 12 weeks along.  Congratulations and lots of love from everyone at Lithe.  

Image of Lithe Instructor, Heather Burt in Side Plank via Dominic Episcopo.  



Pregnancy is really an amazing experience.  I was talking to Tif yesterday about how no amount of exercise can put a dent in maternal fat stores.  Your body completely takes over-and all for good reason.

For someone who has always been in control of her body, pregnancy has been awakening, freeing, refreshing and fun.  Currently, I'm the curvy-est, most non-petite version of myself.  I'm not complaining, fishing for compliments or being neurotic about gaining weight...I know that I'll bounce right back. That's not my point.  I'm talking about acceptance when your body changes and being okay with what the scale says-if and when you choose to step on it.  Here's a little love from the hipsWords to live by:

 Homage to My Hips
by Lucille Clifton

these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top

via Miss Moss via teenangster

Images via Nike, Lauren Boggi at home {19 weeks} via Jordan & Lithe instructors, Elizabeth Sturgis and Nicole Sewall via Dominic Episcopo

HFCS. 23 Feb 2011


Have you guys seen the ads in defense of HFCS? 

The National Corn Refiners Association is planning to change the name, “high fructose corn syrup” to “corn sugar” due to the negative stigma attached to its current name. The American Dietetic Association says the two sweeteners are “nutritionally equivalent” and “indistinguishable” once absorbed in the bloodstream. The American Medical Association has said it’s “unlikely that HFCS contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose.”

Personally, I think that this stuff can kill.  Try to limited your consumption of HFCS... Overeating HFCS causes disease, obesity and diabetes.

Because the corn industry is heavily subsidized by the government, high fructose corn syrup is the cheapest sweetener available. It can be found in every industrial/packaged product in the grocery store - bread, ketchup, crackers, cereal, salad dressings, yogurt, and even healthy granola bars, soda, cookies, Tasty cakes and candy. 


It’s made by extracting the starch from corn, treating it with enzymes to make glucose, and treating the glucose with other enzymes to turn about half of it into fructose. And it comes as a syrup, not crystals. So from a chemical standpoint, corn glucose and fructose syrup is exactly what it is.

Here are some sweet alternatives to refined sugar: 

Honey (Raw)
Maple Syrup or Maple Sugar (organic)
Raw Agave (somewhat controversial)
Stevia (use the green powder only - the white Stevia powder is an extracted compound)
Sucanat or Rapadura (dehydrated cane sugar juice)
Xylitol ( a low glycemic sugar from natural xylan-rich sources)
Coconut Palm Sugar (dehydrated coconut palm nectar)

Images of HFCS via Almighty Dad, FB World & my morning breakfast topped with raw honey.



Look out for our April Old City schedule and our VIP pre-sale on March 1! 

Image of Lauren Boggi via Dominic Episcopo

LITHE WISE. 22 Feb 2011

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"Mastering others is strength.  Mastering yourself is true power."

                        -Lao Tzu

Image of Lither, Liz C. via Dominic Episcopo


TASTE TEST! 21 Feb 2011

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Join me at Lithe Rittenhouse on Thursday, Feb 24th for a Lithe Foods tasting!  We'll be tasting from 6-8AM &  5-7PM.  We want your feedback!



Yum!  I cannot wait until you guys taste these! 

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