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28 posts from December 2013

BEST OF FHH 2013! 27 Dec 2013

2013

What a great year!  Some standouts: Busting workout myths for the Huffington Post, Sayeh and food, Lithe in The New York Times, Sayeh tries the 9 Days of Lithe, Lauren for Fitness, Lither gratitude (before & after), CCS at its best: Rock Steady, Loving your athletic body, my favorite skinny heathen, Bouncing Forward for Huffington Post, Emerald Mary, Me on taking risks, love letters like this, Lithe in Philly Mag, Summer lovin', Positive studio-esteem tips, lithers lithin' all over the world, Tips on trimming the fat talk, my apple, Lithe on the Kris Jenner Show, prepping, the bomb, major transformation, Lithe ink, Lithe's first Varsity team, Old City 6AM'ers on Halloween, my favorite smoothie of 2013, the love letter that pumped us all up, turning 36, Thinkfest, Sayeh's wedding & Forbes!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 24 Dec 2013

Lauren Boggi Goldenberg & Jordan Goldenberg Mars

I, along with everyone at Lithe & FHH would like to wish you and yours a beautiful holiday and all the best in 2014.  Thank you all for your love, inspiration, loyalty, readership, letters, comments, and all your support this year. 

I'm really looking forward to spending some much needed time with these guys over the next week.  As I sign off today, I'll be back on Friday with my favorite posts from 2013.  Bored?  Scroll through the 2013 archives

We'll be back on Monday, January 6th with information regarding Lithe's beautiful new Rittenhouse studio (opening 1.13.14!), our Lithe Spring Escape and babysitting services at Lithe Old City.  2014 is going to be a really (really!) exciting year and I'm looking forward to bringing you all that is fit, hip, healthy & Lithe!

xo, LBG

Image of Lauren & Jordan (photo-bombed by Mark Bauers) via Crystal and Mars in the kitchen via Jordan

WHAT A GIRL WANTS! 20 Dec 2013

  What a girl wants

Guys, you have 6 shopping days left.  Here's a thing or two that she'll really love:  1. The gift of Lithe for all things Lithe (workouts, clothing, gear, juice and food). 2. Anything (and I mean anything) from Third St. Habit  3. Fragrance by Fragonard (Belle De Nuit and Soliel are my current favorites - buy at Millesime), 4. Pharrell's book. 5. Brooke Holloway's provocative art (trust me).  6. Uber gifts to get her to and from Lithe in the cold.  7. A healthy clean home with bundles from The Honest Company.

Images via brand websites and Brooke's medium paper collage via BH

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 20 Dec 2013

Agno Grill
 
Happy Friday! This week's giveaway comes to us (at perfect timing!) from one of my favorite healthy Philly spots: Agno Grill, a new kind of Mediterranean from the owner's of Pure Fare
 
Inspired by the beauty of its culture and the timelessness of its food, Agno (ΑΓΝΟ), meaning "pure" in Greek, is a fresh new approach to Mediterranean cuisine.  Rooted in the traditions yet inspired by modern flavors, processes and ingredients, Agno strives to make delicious, healthy cuisine that satisfies both the mind and body.  I love that they are organic, GMO-free, hormone-free, gluten free, white flour, AND white sugar-free.
 
Agno is giving away dinner for two (each guest gets to build one regular meal: 1 base, 1 protein, 3 toppings, & 2 sauces)!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us which ingredient from their menu you're most excited to try!  A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person.  Good luck!

In addition, Agno is extending a Lither-exclusive special offer for 15% off a single purchase through 1/20/14 with this Coupon!

RESOLVE TO REACH IN 2014! 19 Dec 2013

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You're invited to Resolve to Reach in 2014 with Lithe & Bradamant!

 
Nothing is impossible.  Lithe is all about empowering Lithers and keeping them inspired to reach their goals.  With the new year ahead, we are excited to join forces with Bradamant to cohost a party where Lithers can "Resolve to Reach" their 2014 fit, hip, healthy goals!
 
Lithe Founder, Lauren Boggi, Instructors, and Staff will be on hand to answer questions, motivate, and guide you toward reaching your goals. Exclusive Resolve to Reach Lithe packages and giveaway opportunities will be available only to party goers!
 
Bradamant's bodysuits keep you tucked in and confident all day, so you can leave your comfort zone and aim higher.  Tamar Daniel, Bradamant's designer, will be on site with exclusive preview of Bradamant Spring Styles to view, and the opportunity to preshop spring at discount prices. 
 
You will also enjoy healthy snacks and goodies from Pure Fare throughout the evening!
 
Join us on Wednesday, January 15th from 6PM to 8PM at the Lithe Old City studio for Resolve to Reach 2014! RSVPs are requested by January 8 at pr@lithemethod.com.

DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS} 18 Dec 2013

Dear Lithe

Dear Lithe,

I did it! I can't believe I actually did it! Considering my crazy work schedule and being away six out of the 35 days, I think I did the 30 classes in 26 days. There were a few days I doubled up and another few days I did three classes (yes crazy I know)  but after purchasing a monthly unlimited and signing up for the challenge I was determined!

Just wanted to thank Lauren and the Lithe Method, for there has never been another workout that got my butt up out of bed at 5 am, 4-5 days a week, and made me want to workout more than once a day, consistently! I feel so strong and my body is looking pretty good too-- My husband is loving my butt!! I'm so glad I started Lithe in March, it is now my favorite workout and I now dread the mundane workouts at the gym.  I'm determined to stick with Lithe through the long, cold winter (I hate the cold) and for once in my life, NOT gain ten pounds like I do every winter.

Thanks for constantly motivating us and challenging us, I love reading the blog and learning about the different instructors, and seeing new recipes from Lauren. Also thank you to the girls at the front desk for bring so helpful and cheerful!  

You have a new member for life! I'm hooked! Can't wait for the next challenge, bring it on!

Liza Bello

INSPIRATION 18 Dec 2013

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Image of Lither Julie Cooper via Lauren

SUPERFOODS FROM THE WORLD OF ENDURANCE 17 Dec 2013

Elizabeth Tomkins

I've been really into superfoods for some time now.  While researching unique and uncommon ones I came across a great article by Tim Ferriss via Huffington Post!  Check out these uncommon superfoods from the world of ultra-endurance!

Natto: A popular fermented soybean food prominent in the Japanese diet, natto is a must for anyone concerned about heart or circulatory disease. High in pyrazine and the enzyme nattokinase, blood thinners that can prevent thrombosis (blot clot formations) by essentially devouring arterial plaque, natto significantly reduces the risk of suffering a pulmonary embolism (arterial blockage) that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Cordyceps (Sinensis) Extracts: Well-known for centuries in Chinese herbal medicine, Cordyceps sinensis is a parasitic dried fungus that grows on caterpillar larvae native to high-altitude regions of China, Nepal and Tibet. Pretty nasty, but awesome when it comes to health and athletic performance. Pharmacologically anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-lipid (cholesterol lowering), studies indicate enhanced immune system functionality as well as improved stamina in endurance athletes.

Turmeric:  Anti-Oxidant/Anti-Inflammatory (aka badass).  A plant native to South India and Indonesia, if you like curry or mustard, you’re already familiar with this yellow food. What you might not know is that turmeric, due in large part to curcumin, turmeric’s primary active ingredient — is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories on the planet.

Apricot Seeds & Sprouted Mung Beans:  Cancer Cell Inhibition.  Both of these foods share one thing in common: high levels of laetrile (vitamin B17), which has been found effective in arresting tumor growth. But how does it kill cancer cells without killing healthy cells? Without getting too technical, there is some evidence to support that when laetrile comes into contact with an enzyme called beta-glucosidase (which is only found in cancer cells), the laetrile is broken down, releasing “manufactured” hydrogen cyanide (HCN), which attacks the cancerous cell. Normal cells remain unaffected because of the mitochondrial enzyme rhodanase, which detoxifies the cyanide component. Cancer cells lack this enzyme. Might not be the cure for cancer but definitely a PREVENTATIVE measure.

Green Coffee Beans:  Fat loss.  Similar to green tea and grape seed extract, organic raw (green) coffee beans have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties effective in combating free radical damage. Benefits in weight management are due to two active compounds, caffeine (lower in green beans) and chlorogenic acid (which is destroyed by roasting). The caffeine releases fatty acids into the bloodstream from stored body fat, while the chlorogenic acid increases efficiency of metabolizing these fats while inhibiting sugar (glucose) absorption by the blood stream.

Elk Antler Velvet:  Testosterone Booster. For the boys (& ladies) Elk antler velvet isn’t just the “fuzz” growing on the animal’s antler, it’s derived from the whole cartilaginous affair, which is removed from the animal (humanely), dried and ground into a powder (predominantly in Canada and New Zealand). Due to growth proteins called Insulin-like Growth Factors, this “velvet” creates an endogenous increase in testosterone production, increasing in the body’s ability to naturally and rapidly regenerate tissue

Suma Root:  Adaptogen; The 4 Ginseng Blend.  Adaptogens are metabolic regulators that increase the body’s ability to – for lack of a better phrase — adapt to environmental stressors, both physical and emotional. Suma is a ginseng-like adaptogen extracted from a root native to Brazil that is linked to improved immune system functionality and hormonal regulation. Combine with (American) ginseng, Ashwaganda (Indian ginseng), and Eleutherococcus (Siberian ginseng) to create a potent combination that promotes longevity and stress management — normalizing and balancing emotional and physical energy levels.

Camu Camu: The happy superfood. A sour lemon-sized orange-purple fruit indigenous to Amazonian lowlands, camu camu contains an impressive array of phytochemicals, bioflavonoids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene and potassium. Most importantly, camu camu boasts the highest natural vitamin C density of any food on the planet, anywhere from 20-50 times the level of vitamin C in a typical orange, and scores extremely high on the “ORAC” (“oxygen radical absorbance capacity”) scale, a method of quantifying the anti-oxidant capacities of biological samples. Camu camu also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol and facilitates the uptake of serotonin.

Moringa:  Dubbed the “miracle tree” and the “world’s most nutritious plant species ever studied,” this amazing tree is native to regions of Africa/Asia but can grow almost anywhere due to its incredible ability to extract nutrients from the soil and air. Its leaves are an all-around green superfood; with more than 90 nutrients, moringa is like a utility baseball player that can excel in every position. High in a wide array of vitamins and minerals it’s anti-oxidant rich (46 anti-oxidants), anti-diabetes (reduces blood glucose) and promotes heart health (lipid lowering) among other benefits

Pu-erh Tea:  Its leaves derived from trees upwards of 1,700 years old. A post-fermented tea product produced in the Yunnan province of China and carefully aged, the harvesting, creation and ceremony of Pu-erh is an art steeped in preserved tradition dating back to millennia. But what makes Pu-erh truly unique is the process by which the leaves are fermented by microbes after drying and then aged. It is believed that the microbial activity in the tea provides probiotic health benefits unique Pu-erh, such as reducing arterial plaque and LDL cholesterol levels as well as aiding in weight loss by reducing blood sugar levels and improving the body’s ability to metabolize fat.

Image of Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins via Lauren

INSPIRATION 17 Dec 2013

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ASHTON'S 5 STAPLES FOR GLOWING SKIN 16 Dec 2013

Ashton

Have you seen her?  Talk about having a radient glow!  Lithe Instructor Ashton Osby and I were recently chatting about beauty rituals, and I quickly realized that not only is she the picture of health, she is a product junkie with a real passion for beauty and skin care.  She shares her 5 staples for getting that glowing aura:

1. Flax Seed-My mornings start with flaxseeds; the high fiber content gives me energy and keeps me full on those rushed mornings. I use ground flaxseed in smoothies, oatmeal, and quinoa porridge. The omega-3s have the added benefit of supporting healthy skin, hair, and nails. For the curly haired girls-after your leave in conditioner, rub a pea sized amount of little flax oil in your hair. It will lock in moisture without weighing down curls or appearing oily.

2. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment-I started using this face mask three months ago and can't stop raving about it. This face mask uses microbeads and fruit enzymes (papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin) to gently buff away dead skin cells. A little goes a long way! Have you ever had dry skin after using a face mask? ExfoliKate has honey and vitamin E to combat dryness. This mask gives my combination/oily skin a nice rosy glow and overall smooth appearance. Honestly, this two minute face mask blows away some of the facials I've had! Pro tip: use it in the shower when your pores are already open, and use a face oil afterwards to really lock in moisture during those dry winter months.

3. Tumeric Tea-I got into using turmeric after cooking different lentil based recipes. The earthy, yet peppery turmeric root is speculated to be a natural anti-inflammatory; I think it to help me unwind after a busy day. Heidi Swanson's blog, 101 Cookbooks, has a more exact recipe for turmeric tea. I eyeball it by placing one spoonful of honey and a couple of healthy pinches of turmeric in a mug. Stir until it makes a paste, then pour hot water over the mixture. It's really fun to experiment with different flavors-my go to is adding ginger and lemon. Sometimes, I add cinnamon and nutmeg to the base for a hot apple cider taste.

4. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer-My main skin concern is uneven complexion. Until about a year ago, I had frequent breakouts; now those acne scars have turned into dark spots. While daily use of sunscreen certainly helps fade some spots, others are more stubborn. At night, I use this Perricone moisturizer with antioxidants and vitamin C to even out skin tone. It's lightweight, yet immensely hydrating; no greasy residue here!

5. Ginger Root- Ginger is one of my favorite spices! There's something calming about ginger-it helps with digestion, aids circulation, and supports the immune system. I always have this root on hand in the kitchen.


Images via google, brand websites, 101 cookbooks (adapted for FHH) and Lithe Instructor Ashton Osby in LA via Ashton

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