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Image of Lithe Instructors using Lithe's Higher Power Band System® & Instructor, Liz Galbally applying Thinny® bands via Dom

PARIS EATS. 26 Jan 2012

Paris eats

Jordan and I just returned from a fantastic 5 day getaway to one of my favorite cities.  We did nothing but sleep in, walk the city (never took the metro or a cab once!), eat and drink.  I have a "I'm Loving (Paris)" post coming to you soon, but here are some of the amazing spots that we were lucky enough to enjoy some of the best food in the world. 

If you're hitting up Paris sometime soon check out:  You can't go wrong with any bottle of champagne, but Claude Carre et Fills rose was one of my favorites (at Lescure), coffee at Hotel de Vendome, Comptoir de la Gastronomie for lunch, Pierre Herme Macaroons, American Chef, Daniel Rose's Spring (one of my top 5 dinner experiences ever!), L'Atelier de la Robuchon, classic French at Lescure, dinner at Alcazar and Pierre Jancou's Vivant

 Images via Lauren, Hotel de Vendome via Cool Hunter & Vivant via My Paris Notebook

25 THINGS {BY SAYEH}! 25 Jan 2012


If you’ve been going to Lithe for any period of time, you’ve probably seen a red-head with a curious and aloof smile plucking away at an iMac, distributing meals plans, handing out locker keys and guiding people to their proper studios. This is Johanna, or Jo Jo Ma as I affectionately call her (in my mind) as she really is a young mother-hen for all us Lithers--telling us for the 100th time that yes, you need gloves for Waspie, No she hasn’t found your water bottle (but please take one of the million others laying around) and Yes, there is room available in A-List Abs at 5:15 in Old City. But who is this woman who pops in and out of our classes and always answers all of my inane questions via email? Willing to unveil a little of the mystery, Johanna shares 25 things we don’t know about her.

    1.  I never think anything is spicy - a couple years ago, I won $1000 gift certificate in a spicy food eating contest.

    2.  Despite hating most math, I'm secretly a statistics nerd, and sometimes think about taking a stats class for fun so I can be even more of one.

    3.  (I've never admitted this) I keep track of random things that I do.  For example, all the books I read in a year (my record was 150 in 2009), the push-ups I do (2,505 in the last 6 months) or miles I've run (374 since June).

    4.  I HATE the cold, but I love snow.

    5.  I am incapable of abbreviating or condensing my thoughts, and thus, write the longest text messages in history.

    6.  I grew up without cable (and barely watching any TV), and am completely clueless about all pop culture pre-2000

    7.  I love salads (and basically all vegetables in general), and have at least one virtually every day.

    8.  ....at the same time, I also love sugar, and have some of that (swedish fish! frosted flakes! icing! cotton candy!) virtually every day as well.

    9.  I grew up in North Carolina and somehow escaped a Southern accent (although, you might catch me saying y'all).

    10.  I am theoretically training for my first marathon in March.  (**By theoretically...I am training for it. I'm just too terrified to admit yet that I might actually go through with it)

    11.  I grew up in gymnastics, and while I don't know that I could even do a back handspring anymore, I think I'll always consider a gym my second home.

    12.  I'm a natural blond, but I always hated it.  Red is much more appropriate for me.

    13.  I'm hands down the most stubborn person I've ever met.

    14.  I'm insanely clumsy.  I fall down while walking (a lot), run into things, and drop everything.  My phone has been cracked for months because it seems silly to replace it when I already know I'll just drop it again.

    15.  Despite my many years in a gym, I always hated (was terrified of) all types of cardio.  I took a chance on Twiggy one day, and now all my favorite classes are the cardio ones, and I'm a 4+ day-a-week runner.

    16.  I lived all over Philadelphia - North, South, West, and Center City before landing in Fishtown almost 4 years ago.

    17.  I love heights - I'll climb any ladder/tree/roof within striking distance, and last year went skydiving.

    18.  I can't wait until it's warm enough to start riding my bike to work again.

    19.  I am NOT a morning person.  I think those who have known me for a while are still baffled that I manage to get up a couple days a week to be at the studio for 6am's.

    20.  I'm a huge Duke basketball fan, and while I can rarely sit still for a whole movie, I could (and have) spent entire days watching college basketball.

    21.  I believe my certification has lapsed, but I was certified as a USTA referee for youth tennis matches.  It was surprisingly fun.

    22.  I'm generally baffled by what to do with all kids other than my nephews (3 year-old Jamie & 6 year-old Graham).

    23.  I love history, and read about it all the time...and then get frustrated when I can't remember ALL of it.

    24.  Aside from workout/running clothes, I live in skirts and dresses and couldn't even tell you the last time I wore a pair of jeans.

    25.  I have never cried during a movie.

As a person who cries during Google commercials (the internet IS what you make of it), I could take a page from Johanna! Number 25 is quite an accomplishment. There’s no way she’s seen A League of Their Own or My Girl. Johanna, are you telling me you didn’t break down when Veda Sultenfuss threw herself on her best friend’s coffin in her dad’s funeral home because he was killed by a swarm of bees while trying to retrieve her favorite mood ring??? “Thomas J! Thomas J! He needs his glasses! He can’t see without his glasses!” I might cry right now. My hats off to you lady.

Stay tuned to the blog next week, where I’ll tell you all about my experience on the Lithest Level 3 Detox plan, as well as many more 25 Things to come.

See you in class!

Image of Johanna Goode in Lithe Wear's Hot-Stepper Dress via Dom



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Mushroom Leek Soup with Wild Rice

Our Mushroom Leek Soup with Wild Rice is my favorite of the Level 3: Lithest Detox Plan soups.  The leeks in this warming soup are a health-boosting allium vegetable (like garlic & onions) with many sulfur compounds that play an important role in support of the body’s antioxidant, detox, & connective tissue systems. They are also an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin A and anti-inflammatory vitamin K. Perfect for these cold Winter days!

Ingredients: veggie broth, mushrooms, spinach, leeks, rutabaga, wild rice, extra virgin olive oil, sherry
110 Calories, 3g Fat, 15g Carbs, 3g Protein


Chocolate Mousse

The Chocolate Mousse is one of my favorites from the Lithe Foods plans, and the first in our series of Lithe Puddings (new varieties coming soon!).  You would never know this chocolaty treat is raw, vegan, and packed with nutrition! Avocado is the primary ingredient and is loaded with vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and copper, and is packed with healthy, cholesterol-reducing fats.  The cocoa, that satisfies my chocolate cravings, has higher levels of flavonoids than most foods, including blueberries, red wine, and tea (in fact, cocoa has up to 4x's the antioxidants found in green tea).  Grab one to go for a sweet snack or a healthy dessert!

Ingredients: avocado, cocoa powder, agave nectar, vanilla extract, almond extract, raspberries
180 Calories, 10g Fat, 26g Carbs, 3g Protein

LITHE QUICHE 23 Jan 2012

Lithe Quiche

Our Lithe Quiche is one of our Level 2: Lither Meal PLan breakfast items, and it's dose of protein, vitamins, and minerals keeps me satisfied all the way to lunch!  We've Lithe-ified traditional (fat-laden) quiche by replacing the flour & butter shell with a potato crust, combining a healthy mix of egg whites & whole eggs, and adding just the right amount of ricotta and mozzerella cheeses.  And, don't forget the nutrition-packed kale and mushrooms to round out the dish!

Ingredients: egg, potato, kale, mushroom, onion, whole wheat pastry flour, extra virgin olive oil, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, water, salt, pepper, oregano
216  Calories, 8g Fat, 27g Carbs, 12g Protein

I'M LOVING... 23 Jan 2012

U Bee Well (made in Philly!) Chapstick, Carla Bruni and Lithe Wear's Rio Top (Coming Soon!)

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