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MISSION: LITHE! 23 Apr 2014


Pearl started Lithing in March and she jumped right in; Her first class after Lithe 101 was a Freestyle with me.  I was super excited when Pearl requested that her nine day challenge be featured on FHH so that she would be held accountable in reaching her goals (it works!).  Today is day two for her.  We'll be checking in next week!  Read why she's doing a nine day...

I am a big believer in the power of real food and regular exercise. However this winter was cold and long, so I excused myself for having hot chocolate, candied nuts, ice cream and cakes.... to keep warm and carry on, until one day I came to my realization that I am no longer the healthy snacker I thought I was.  I rely on sugar and caffeine everyday. I understand that sugar does no good to my body and should only be a treat, but unfortunately I'm so badly addicted to it already.

I am looking forward to breaking bad eating habits, re-embracing a healthy lifestyle, and cultivating that perseverance and mental toughness - it is not easy to wake up at 5:30am everyday and exercise 9 days in a rowI'm going to Lithe everyday, detox my internal system through a 3-day juice cleanse and then I'll be eating only real food afterwards: no added sugar or processed food!

Images of Pearl via Lauren



Guys, this is SO good, and really easy to make.  My little loves it, too.  I cut artificial sweeteners out of my life back in college but this recipe really calls for a powdered sweetener - liquid sweeteners make this too soupy.  The only powdered sweetener that I prefer other than date sugar (which is natural) is Nectresse.

Ingredients:  1 can of thick, full-fat coconut milk (I prefer Thai kitchen), 1/4 cup of cacao powder, 4-6 packets of Nectresse (Stevia will do), 1 tsp of cacao nibs, 1/2 tsp of tocos, 1/2 tsp of mesquite, 1/2 tsp of maca.   

To Do:  Pour coconut milk in a bowl.  Stir in cacao powder, Nectresse, and all of your superfood powders until smooth.  Place bowl uncovered in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight!) until it becomes nice and thick.

Images of Mars and the mousse via Lauren


Lithe Spring Clean

Sorry for the delay, Typepad was down a majority of the weekend and I was unable to post.  Here's your 4th and final week of #LitheSpringClean, which is also the last week of the second phase of our Earned In Winter Challenge!  Good luck everyone, and if you've fallen off the wagon last week, it's the perfect time to get back in the game!

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The temps have dropped again and you're probably looking for some easy, healthy, comfort food, right?  I know that we're heading out of crock pot season, but I use my Royal VKB all year long.  If you don't have a Royal VKB you can use a regular crock pot.  All you have to do is put your fresh ingredients in the Slowcooker XL without oil, then place it in the oven.  I love that all the original vitamins, minerals are fully preserved during this method of cooking.  To Do:  Choose your grass-fed protein, wash and chop your veggies, add water and voila!  

Images via Lauren

THE MARGARITA! 16 Apr 2014


My brother-in-law Stu makes a killer Margarita without any sugar-laden mixers.  Give it a shot, it's a guaranteed  killer arm workout!

To make a pitcher, use equal parts Silver tequila, triple sec, and juice.  To make the juice, you'll want half fresh-squeezed lime juice, 1/4 Roses lime juice and 1/4 orange, grapefruit, or pineapple juice.  Place ice cubes in rocks glasses, shake margarita mixture in a cocktail shaker, and then strain into rocks glasses and enjoy!

Top image via Stu and bottom image via Lauren


Lithe Spring Clean

You're half-way there!  Week three is another detox week, but it's not as spartan as week 1.  You'll notice that your menu is filled with smoothies, green veggies and muscle building lean protein.  If you're hungry during the day, add in more protein and increase your portion sizes.  I want to see your results on Friday (even if it's a happy smile!) so hashtag #Imlithe!  

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Lauren's Ginger Soy Chicken

#Lithespringclean'ing?  I am!  Here's a tasty chicken dish that that everyone in my house loves.  And, it's SO easy that it's sorta ridiculous.  My secret?  Tessemae's!  You can get Tessemae's at Whole Foods or buy it on-line.

Ingredients:  3-6 tablespoons Tessemae’s Soy Ginger Dressing,  1 lb chicken breast, a litttle bit of Braggs liquid Aminos.

Make it:  Cut raw chicken breast into strips.  While you're doing that, heat your dressing and Braggs over low heat in a pan.  Place raw chicken in the pan and cook over medium heat until chicken is done.  Remove from heat and serve.  I usually add more dressing : )

Image via Lauren





Welcome to our new column, NewTrition, written by Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman! We're debunking common food and nutrition myths by giving you facts about sugar, fat—even comfort food—and more, so you can feel good about diggin' the foods that you love.  Danielle is studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions.  Her favorite class is Micronutrient Metabolism, and she's currently interning at CHOP and a private practice in Trenton, NJ.  I'm thrilled that she's shedding some fresh and passionate "Eating Lithe" insight here on Fit.Hip.Healthy!  

Is butter a carb? Ah “Mean Girls”, although generally a far departure from how ‘real people’ view carbohydrates, for here, it could not ring more true. This winter has been ROUGH, long days inside, school cancellations, boredom, comfort food comes a-calling. P-p-p-p-iiizza. C-o-o-o-kies. Make it go away! These foods make us ‘feel good’… or do they? After a 48 hour snow-day binge, I know I feel like a deflated pool float.

Diets attacking carbohydrates as the sworn enemy of the body get a lot of attention these days, and here’s why. When we’re talking about weight gain, typically our focus centers around refined simple carbohydrates- white sugar, white flour, you know, the stuff that makes foods insatiably delicious. Problem is, satiation. These products carry high glycemic index values, meaning once you eat them, they are metabolized into a surge of glucose that zaps directly into your bloodstream. Why does this matter? Well, since our bodies are the coolest machines ever, we can get rid of that crap through the mechanism of insulin, which grabs the blood glucose, and distributes it throughout the body. Unfortunately, this act in many women stimulates what’s called reactive hypoglycemia- basically our body says HEY! we don’t have enough of what we need, lets stimulate some hormones to get it back in here. Cue…hunger. Our bodies think we are starving from our low blood sugar levels, so it stimulates our hunger hormones to get us to eat more to even things out. Ipso-facto - just a few hours after eating you are exhausted and amazingly starving again, which is where the weight gain comes in.

Before you ransack your cabinets and dispose of all carb-laden items, STOP! Not all dietary carbohydrates are here to hurt us. Complex carbohydrates slow the absorption of glucose into your blood, evening out the digestion process and avoiding that blood sugar spike and hypoglycemic drop. Whole grains, legumes, and many fruits and vegetables carry low glycemic index values and often contain many nutrients used to nourish our bodies. However, although eating five apples a day won’t make you gain 5 lbs, it can stimulate more hunger, which is why an even distribution of complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein in your daily diet kicks those blood sugar spikes and curbs your appetite from face-planting into a bowl of cereal at 9 pm. What’s the best combo to stay “lithe”? Try a grain salad mixed with your favorite protein, if you’re feeling famished after an 8 am yogurt, skip it the next day for some eggs or protein and see how you feel. Starving at 3 pm? Try carrots instead of fruit. Remember, the best meals leave us feeling full AND energized. As always, all things in moderation, have fun with your food and try new things. Feel good food is all about balancing what your body loves and what you love.

Image of Lithe Instructor Danielle Ingerman wearing Lithe via Dom



Image of Lauren Boggi wearing Lithe via Dom


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