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51 posts from June 2014

COCONUT JERKY! 30 Jun 2014

Jerky

This recipe leaves Mars begging (above) for more.  It's meat and hormone-free and tastes just like candy.  I use Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat, but you can DIY and purchase 5-6 young coconuts and extract the meat utilizing a Coco Jack.

If you like it savory…
Ingredients: 1 half bag of Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat (you can buy it by the single, $10 bag at Whole Foods) 1/2 cup of Braggs or Tamari, 1tsp olive oil & 1tbsp nutritional yeast

If you like it sweet…
Ingredients: 1 half bag of Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat, 1 tbsp coconut sugar & coconut oil spray

Directions:  Slice coconut meat into thin strips and then dehydrate for 4-6 hours at 118 degrees.  If you don’t have a dehydrator, set your oven at its lowest temperature, place the coconut on a rack and place a wooden spoon in the oven door to keep it slightly open. The surface should feel dry, but you want it to still be chewy on the inside.

Images via Lauren

#LITHETOUR 2014 (LOS ANGELES)! 30 Jun 2014

LitheTour LA

Hey LA, get ready to experience Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting with Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!  Sweat, sip cold-pressed Lithe Foods juice, and snag some swag.  August 15th & 16th on the rooftop of the PalihouseReserve here!

Space is limited.  For media inquiries, please contact Jill at pr@lithemethod.com

HAPPY #LITHEWKND! 27 Jun 2014

Bob

I'm so excited to spend this incredible WKND with you!  Don't know what to expect?  Well, that's all part of it - Just like our Lithe Escape philsophopy!  Get out of planning mode and get ready for sore muscles, beach time, girlfriends, Lithe Foods, and major results.  See you tonight!

#LITHETOUR 2014! (USA) 26 Jun 2014

Tour (1)

We're getting prepped for our first two stops in the USA!  Details on how to sign up next week...

LAUREN ON FLOWER POWER 26 Jun 2014

Flowers

Fresh flowers are one of my favorite little luxuries at Lithe and at home.  I truly believe that having them in our spaces is part of being a good host. Sure, flowers can be an extra expense, but they don't have to be expensive.  I often wish that other local businesses (especially restaurants) placed more emphasis on floral design. Flowers not only bring beauty to a space, but they bring us health and evoke a feeling of beauty and grace. 

I leave it up to Sullivan Owen to create amazing floral designs for Lithe, but unless I'm hosting a party, I usually DIY flower arrangements for my home.  Sometimes I pick out flowers based on appearance alone, but recently I've been paying more attention to the meaning behind them. Many cultures throughout history have assigned meaning to flowers. Whether you’re decoding the pink roses your boyfriend sent, or deciding which blooms belong at your wedding, the language of flowers is both interesting and surprisingly useful, too.  

Right now Sullivan is featuring Peonies in our studios.  Peonies have a delicious scent and are so incredibly beautiful. The peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love, and the symbol of the peony is often considered a metaphor for female beauty and prosperity.  I had a Caribbean wedding and utilized local flowers like the Bird of Paradise which symbolizes joyfulness, magnificence and also is used to indicate an exciting and wonderful anticipation.  If I had a wedding in the states I would have most definitely incorporated the Peony. Do you have a favorite flower?  

Check out some of our favorite flowers and their meaning:

  • Anemone – unfading love; anticipation
  • Camellia – perfect loveliness
  • Chrysanthemum – joy; optimism
  • Daffodil - chivalry; respect and new beginnings
  • Dahlia – elegance; dignity
  • Forget-Me- Not - remember me forever
  • Gardenia – joy
  • Ginger - proud
  • Lavender – luck
  • Marigold - desire for riches
  • Lily (white) –innocence; purity
  • Orange Blossom - fertility
  • Orchid – rare beauty; luxury
  • Protea (king) - change and transformation
  • Ranunculus - radient charm
  • Rose (pink) –gratitude; admiration and friendship
  • Rose (yellow) – friendship
  • Stargazer - ambition

Image via Pinterest

SAYEH'S LIVING EATING...PHYSICALLY 26 Jun 2014

Sayeh

Last week, I talked about how I felt EMOTIONALLY during my intense cleanse. That I discovered that, for me, it was hard to untangle the emotions that come with eating food--any food--with the act of eating to nourish my body. That removing those feelings left me depleted emotionally. How I felt PHYSICALLY throughout the cleanse was quite different, however.

First, I have to be honest and say I didn't last the entire 3 weeks. I had about 5 days left, when I just called it quits. I went to a wedding in North Carolina, and well...BBQ called and I just couldn't do it anymore and felt like I'd gone the distance all things considered. That being said, 2.5 weeks was enough time for me to see some changes in my body. 

First, I was not nearly as bloated--something that seems to be par for the course for me after every meal. I felt less bubbly and didn't have that HEAVY post-meal feeling that often leaves me lethargic and uncomfortable. This was a big deal since all of that stuff contributes to the kind of feelings I don't like having about my food--guilt and regret. 

Another major observation was that my appetite DRASTICALLY decreased. I joked to friends it was because my body was boycotting the short list of things I could eat, but I suspect that the foods I was eating were actually giving me the nutrients I needed to feel satisfied, so I needed much less. This was HUGE. One of my biggest issues is portion control. I can EAT. I'm always hungry, and if something is delicious, even when I feel full, I can't stop won't stop. Forget doing the whole stop when you feel 80% full thing. I barely stop when I'm 80% over capacity. Eating small portions, I barely recognized myself. I would eat half my plate and just feel full. No will power needed. Nothing. I was just...done. It was crazy. 

Things that didn't happen that I was hoping would:

  • more mental clarity, focus and memory
  • a significant increase in my energy level
  • improvement in my sinuses or ability to breathe through my nose (being a mouth breather is no way to live)
  • getting things movin' (if you know what I'm sayin)

Post cleanse, I reintroduced wheat, and nothing really changed. Then I reintroduced dairy and I didn't feel anything different there either. (Disclaimer: I didn't do this part as diligently as outlined in the book). And I have to say I was weirdly disappointed that I didn't break out into hives after having a piece of toast, because the thing is, I think I did this cleanse because I was secretly hoping for there to be some magic SOMETHING that I could point to, to explain some of my issues. It's like sometimes when you go to the doctor almost hoping for a (non-threatening) diagnosis, so you can say OH?? It's THAT? Now I know what to do to fix it. I've heard so many stories of people tossing their inhalers and ditching their skin care products and never feeling better after eliminating gluten or dairy or some other food or additive, and blooming into a radiant, healthy version of themselves. 

Alas, that was not my experience. I will say I shed a couple lbs (which I immediately gained back once I reincorporated the eliminated foods) which was nice at the time, but one thing really did stand out to me AFTER I started eating normally again. My anxiety levels, which I hadn't noticed had dissipated during the cleanse, came back in full force. It was like living with a pain, and then realizing: Hey, I haven't felt that pain in a long time! Like it went away so quietly, you didn't even notice when it left (like falling asleep...slowly at first and then all at once). But when it came back, it came with a vengeance. I all of a sudden was feeling anxious and having racing, unhappy thoughts. And that hit me like a ton of bricks. Could my eating be related to my anxiety?? Have I been thinking food makes me happy, but really it stresses me OUT?? And that was no small thing. Sadly, since I sort of just mish-moshed it all up at the end, I don't know which foods (if that really is the cause) got me feeling anxious again. And once I regroup a bit from this foray into cleanse world, maybe I'll try again and pay particular focus to my psychic state rather than my physical one, when it comes to how the food I eat is affecting me. 

Overall, I would say that embarking on something like this is worthwhile. If you discover nothing physically, you uncover so much emotionally that is worth exploring. 

See you in class!

LITHE-BUILT 24 Jun 2014

Lithe's RB

There really IS a method to the madness.  Build your body with the bones of Lithe: Higher Power, Waspie, Pom, Twiggy, and Skinny Jeans/Sculpt.  It's what we're made of.  Want to get Lithe?  Dig your heels in and repeat...

Image of Lithe Instructor Rachael Bridgens via Dom

 

RIGHT NOW... 24 Jun 2014

  RIGHTNOW-3

It's Summer in the city and I'm carrying, using, eating, and cooling off with: {1.} Little Baby's Ice Cream (dairy & non-dairy) Chocolate Salt Malt sorta rivals Barbuzzo's Budino {2.} And So It Goes black net bag is perfect for trips to the market, Lithe WKND, or the beach {3.} Beach waves are made easy with the T3 Single Pass Whirl {4.} Mabelline's Baby Lips in Pink Punch {5.} My Monday's Chicken (recipe coming soon!)

Images via Lauren and brand websites

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 24 Jun 2014

What's new in the fridge?

Lithe Latte
Golden Milk

Green Colada

This week our Lithe Latte is back, and we'll also welcome Golden Milk, and the new Green Colada Smoothie (a new take on our Spring Break Recovery Smoothie)!  

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 23 Jun 2014

Love letter

Dear Lauren and the Lithe Community,

This summer, I wanted to embark on an introspective journey towards self-care. Chronicling my journey through the hashtag, #sexysalubrioussummer, my goal initially was to reclaim a sense of worth. My friend cajoled me to join Lithe after I regaled her with stories about my struggles with vulnerability and courage. Experiencing searing emotional pain from the effects of love and loss, I also wanted to exert and expend my energy into something new. Lithing has not only become a physical exercise, but an exercise that has helped me to embrace vulnerability. My goading anxiety about being the only male in classes most times has slowly diminished because of the inspiring inclusive community. I am realizing how much strength I actually have, and for the first time in years, I can look in the mirror, like what I see and affirm that I have inherent worth. The empowering ethos that is Lithe is incredibly palpable. I always look forward to the conversations with staff, instructors, and Lithe sisters/brother (hi Jonathan!). Lithers exude such grace.

Liz and Marisa, it is always an absolute pleasure to be in your classes. As much as I want to scream expletives because of the burn, your careful guidance and reassurance makes it all worth it. After only about a month of classes, I am noticing my physique is more toned. I am eating healthier, feeling more energetic, and appreciating all that is me.

While I will be moving to Minneapolis this fall to pursue my doctorate, I will still be frequenting Lithe when I can. I am always deterred by the angry personas of fitness that get reverberated by the media. Exercise does not need to be a hyper-aggressive or competitive endeavor. At Lithe, we all attune to the common goal of reaching our optimal selves. Lauren, I can't thank you enough for developing such a graceful and beautiful outlet for me, as Dr. Brene Brown says, to dare greatly.

With so much love and care,

Justin

 

 

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