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TIPS ON PICKING THE BEST FALL PRODUCE 20 Oct 2014

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It’s October and Fall is in full effect. I love the crisp air, changing leaves, and fabulous fall harvest at the farmers’ markets. If you’re like me, you can’t wait to grab your tote, moccasins, and sip some cider (or a pumpkin spice latte) as you shop for the week's meals.

Many vendors often have the same produce, so it can be difficult to know how to choose which are the best quality fruits and veggies. I grew up on a farm, so I'm privy to all sorts of tips and tricks. Here’s a cheat sheet for choosing the best produce this season.

Root veggies: Look for fresh, firm veggies with bright greens attached. For maximum flavor, smaller carrots, turnips, and parsnips are better than big ones.

Kale: Look for deep colored leaves that are springy and don’t show signs of wilting or discoloration. Also, the stem shouldn't be dry. Tip: The smaller the leaf, the milder the flavor.

Butternut squash: Look for one with matte skin that's heavy, solid and still has a stem. Stay away from ones with soft spots. 

Broccoli: Broccoli seems like it should be easy to pick, but sometimes the stalks are starchy and flavorless. Select one that is dark green with stiff stalks and tight florets. Any signs of yellowing, a rubbery feel, or white stems means you should skip it.

Apples: Many apples look beautiful on the outside, but are mealy and flavorless once you take a bite. The trick? Keep an eye out for ones that are firm with shiny, bright skin.

Pears: Did you know that pears are best bought before they’re ripe? Variations in color are normal (except dark spots). If you want to speed up the ripening process, place your pears in a paper bag at room temperature. Just make sure to check each day, so they don’t go past their peak.

Avocados: A perfect avocado is a little soft and doesn’t have any dents. My dad's tip: Gently press the top of the avocado where the stem was detached. If it gives in, it’s ripe (you don’t want it to feel squishy).

Image of Mars and his Emmy & PopPop Marc at the family farm picking spinach on the last day of Summer via Lauren

BECAUSE I'M PERFECT. 16 Oct 2014

Lauren & Mars

Today I'm rapping about body love and words of wisdom from a toddler...

I think my three year old son Mars is soo cute. Like, I could just eat him up. When I ask him why he's so cute, he responds, "Because I'm perfect!" (!!!!?????!!). Now, I've never told him that he's perfect, but he truly believes that he is. And, as his mom, I really feel like I'm doing something right, which is not always the case. You can imagine my reaction when I heard that for the first time. I mean, how fantastic is that? And, he inspires me – my little boy has not one ounce of negativity in his head.  He really loves himself and thinks he's just perfect. We all should have that high level of self-love, right?

Many of us are finishing up our Fall Transformation (myself included), and some of us are just getting back into the studio, post-summer. Recently, there's been a lot of talk about our Stop Bitch moments, body image, what other Lithers do, do too much of, or don't do enough of, and what it means to be healthy and empowered. But behind all of this talk about being Lithe lies the heart of what it means to be healthy: Loving the skin you’re in, treating yourself right, and feeling empowered to question, challenge, and redefine your own self-view of beauty and wellness.  Loving the body you have, and working to improve your health and head is so important. In fact, many of you are already super-confident and intuitive. Here are a few emails that I've received over the past few weeks: 


Being healthy shouldn’t be about appearance, it should be about health.  

I'm all about improving myself and becoming healthy and fit.  Almost everyone I know should spend more time working out, and making lifestyle changes.  It's everything! 

Once I let go of trying to be thin and focused on the idea of loving my body, I became healthier.

This Fall Transformation has taught me so much about myself and my level of commitment.  I've never felt so great about myself.  I feel like me again.  I'm unstoppable!

Here’s what I think about loving your body. As women, we all struggle with self-confidence. There are always those little things we wish we could change about our bodies. Whether it’s wishing we had a six-pack, more defined arms,  or thinner thighs.  My approach has always been accept it, or act to change it. Because of this, I have always used my "imperfections" as motivation to work harder. Over the years I've learned to love and respect my body for what it is because it has been so good to me. It's gotten me through almost ten injury-free years of Lithe and allows me to burn the candle at both ends and work hard when I need to. It has given me my Mars, it takes me on walks every day, helps me sail a 50-foot catamaran every summer, and feels so strong invincible when I Lithe. 

And, in exchange, I treat my body the very best that I can. I live a healthy, balanced lifestyle by staying active and eating well. I let it rest at night, take Epsom baths and stretch to keep it flexible. On the weekends I have fun, give in to my cravings and just let go. 

So, this fall, as you're working towards your best you, remember that it does not mean that you're working to fit into a particular mold. Not a certain weight, size, or shape: YOU are perfect. Make that your mantra! You're working towards building that confidence muscle – which is the best possible way to learn to love the skin you’re in.

Image via Lauren & Mars via Jordan 

LAUREN'S GYM BAG ESSENTIALS (REFINERY29) 14 Oct 2014

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LITHE'S PLYO VS. DOUBLE JUMP PLYO 14 Oct 2014

 

 

DIY FALL FACIAL 12 Oct 2014

Facial

I have super-sensitive skin and rosacea, so while spa facials sometimes play a part in my skincare routine, I usually save face at home with natural ingredients.  In between visits to my aesthetician, I love to experiment with at-home masks and scrubs.

Is your skin changing with the cooler weather? Enter this DIY fall mask. Just like my Killer Scrub, this face mask uses only three ingredients – and you probably already have them in your kitchen! It really ups your glow factor and only costs a few pennies per treatment. Check it out:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of local, raw honey (antibacterial and hydrating)
  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal (soothing)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (PH balancing)

If you're using Irish oats, break them down into a fine powder with a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle.  Then, mix, apply to face and decollete, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and rinse off with cool water. 

 

LITHE IN NYC 9 Oct 2014

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MERMAID CRUNCH TIPS! 6 Oct 2014

 

 

BLUE BAND HAND TIPS! 30 Sep 2014

 

New to Lithe, or having touble holding the blue bands?  Watch as Lauren gives tips on proper hand form when using Lithe's blue Higher Power band system.

 

RIGHT NOW... 26 Sep 2014

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 1. Ban.do canvas totes are bright and durable.  2. New Balance 711 Mesh Trainer is so comfortable and great for Lithe with its super flexible forefoot. 3. RMS beauty oil keeps my skin glowy and protected as the weather turns cooler.  4. Lithe's kale & cashew wholefoods Lithe Bar is perfect post-workout (coming soon from Napa, CA). The Beacon by Beacon & Lively is awesome - Pink means that my sitter is texting. Love being smart without being a smart-phone zombie. 

Images via Jordan and brand wesbites

 

F/W 2014 LITHE ESCAPE AMANSALA! 26 Sep 2014

Escape

*Today is the last day to reserve your spot on our Fall Weekend Lithe Escape! Payment is due in full on Wednesday, 10.8.14.  

Ready to get ultra-Lithe in paradise?  From October 30-November 3, 2014, we're heading to the original eco-chic resort, Amansala on Mexico's Carribean coast. For four nights and five days we'll take over Amansala Chica, the all new 20-room, all suite outpost (complete with a beachfront juice bar and rooftop spa) that's organic, sustainable, hip – and right on the ocean's edge. 

What is Lithe Escape?  Getting back to basics. Eating fresh and simply, falling asleep to the sound of the sea, rustic, bohemian luxury, salt, sun, sand, sweat, spa, Lithe magic, new friends, and exploring.

Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded women.  Get excited for girl time and downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU

Want to learn more?  Download Lithe Escape Amansala

Ready to book your spot?  Email escape@lithemethod.com.  Our awesome Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette is ready to assist you beginning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 10AM with flight information and roommate details. 

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