After a two year hiatus, Lithe Escape is back! From March 23rd-March 28th 2014, we're taking a departure from our intimate, ultra-luxe villa-based Lithe Escapes of the past and going to my happy place: Jake's Treasure Beach. Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip; it's the epitome of bohemian luxury.
Back-story: A good friend introduced me to Treasure Beach a few years back, and Jordan and I have fallen in love with the area, the warm, friendly community and the friends that we have made there. Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast is the antithesis of a tourist trap. It's really off the beaten path, but that hasn't stopped us from returning again and again.
Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast. The community of Treasure Beach is truly unlike any other place in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines and miles of sweeping savannas—not it’s white sand beaches or jungle-like rain-forests. Treasure Beach is notorious for the warmth of its people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century). Full Disclosure: This is the real Jamaica. We'll be an almost three hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget, and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart.
What is Lithe Escape? 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 down time, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU.
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Ready to book your spot? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette will be ready to assist you beginning on Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 4PM with flight information and roommate details.
So last Wednesday night, I put on a little lip stick (a nude shade by Hourglass that I'm currently obsessed with), ran my fingers through my hair and tried to zhuzz up my post-work self as best I could and headed to Lithe's Resolve to Reach party, and I'm so glad I did. It's no secret that I'm in need of motivation these days. Motivation to eat better. Motivation to get myself to class. Motivation...in general.
So when I arrived at the Old City outpost, and was directed to the big studio where I could already see a great deal of hustle and bustle, I got immediately happy to be back on Planet Lithe. It was so nice to see fellow Lithers and instructors--but out of our normal athletic context. Stylish, understated outfits. Long lashes. Lip gloss. Hair down. Everyone looked fabulous. There were hugs. Exclamations of not recognizing one another in our street clothes. We munched on gluten free Pure Fare, checked out Bradamant, and sipped some champy while catching up with some and getting to know others. Walking on the hardwood floor normally reserved for bare feet and mats doused with tea tree oil in my boots felt wrong, but everything else was right.
A mini photo studio was set up in the back, and we were encouraged to set some goals for ourselves and take pictures with the small signs we made. Goals about anything. Not just fitness. Some resolved to get more sleep. Some resolved to spend more time with friends and family. I resolved, as you can see above, to: eat clean and stop spazzing. Given my donut episode of recent weeks, we all know why the clean eating part. The stop spazzing part refers to...well everything. I am given to the spazz. Not like the spazzing out ON people where I freak out and throw things. When I refer to spazzing, I'm talking the nonstop internal freak out dialogue I have going on with myself.
Why do I lose everything? Why did I eat that donut? Why can't I go to class as much as I used to? Is this turbulence actually the result of a major failure in modern aviation? Do I have something in my teeth? My lips are really dry. I'm so cold. I think I want to go ombre with my hair. Is ombre out? Is that guy following me?
You get the idea. So this year, I resolve to get out of my head, be mindful, go easy on myself and allow for the ebbs and flow in motivation that are par for the course when it comes to me and...well everything. And it was so nice to see other people's goals and to feel reassured that I'm not the only person that has struggles. I will be checking in with some of my fellow resolvers throughout the year to see how they are doing in reaching for their goals while I try to reach for mine.
In the meantime, go go Gadget arms!
See you in class!
We're about 3 weeks into the new year and chances are good that most people have already ditched their resolution plans. We haven't! We can't wait to see everyone tomorrow night at Resolve to Reach 2014! Lithe Founder, Lauren Boggi, Instructors, and Staff will be at the party to answer questions, motivate, and help guide you toward attainable goals. Also, a discounted Resolve to Reach Lithe package and giveaway opportunities will be available only to attendees!
Bradamant's designer, Tamar Daniel, will also be on hand with an exclusive preview of Bradamant Spring styles and the opportunity to pre-shop spring at discounted prices. Check out her Kickstarter campaign here for a preview! You are also invited to sample healthy food and treats from Pure Fare and will have the opportunity to get your Lithe Foods fix with samples of your most loved juices and smoothies!
Image of Lauren Boggi via Dom
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!
You're invited to Resolve to Reach in 2014 with Lithe & Bradamant!
Ah, the holidays are upon us. While some of us are polishing off the last of our Halloween candy, others of us have moved on to hoarding recipes for cornbread-stuffing and pumpkin pie… then comes the Christmas cookies and egg-nog, not to be out-done by the champagne cocktails with-which we toast to bring in the new year…
Most people indulge during the holidays. They just do. And most people feel bad about it afterwords. They just do! Enter “detoxes” designed to flush out the body of toxins and waste that accumulated during our Holiday Bender.
I believe in detoxing. One of the things I love about Lithe Foods is the Lithe Foods Three-Day Detox. Why? Because it does detoxify the body and can jump-start weight-loss, but in a psychologically healthy way! You still eat meals, you still get dessert (praise the Lithe Gods! Dessert!). The program does not follow a deprivation model—meaning it does not cut out FOOD, it just provides you with the purest, cleanest form of it! Of course, Lauren could have created a three-day juice cleanse without batting an eyelash. But there is a reason that she did not. As you will read in the following post, juice cleanses, for some, can be dangerous: medically, emotionally, psychologically, and otherwise. . .
I’ve heard Lithers freaking out about the Lithe Foods Holiday Vacation (Oh My God, Becky, did you hear!?...) While I will choose to wait ‘till 2014 to get my Detox on, I am aware that many of you will not. I am also aware that the Holidays, although meant to be joyous, are not always so happy. Whatever our vices may be, they tend to intensify during times of stress, and for many of us, the holiday season is extremely stressful. It’s important to keep all of this in mind so that we are able to make healthy decisions.
For these reasons, I thought it might be meaningful to post some excerpts from a recent interview I did for Redbook Magazine Online regarding my thoughts on all-juice cleanses, weight-loss, and how these elements can contribute to disordered eating. Check out the following post for a peak into my discussion with Sunny Sea Gold, freelance writer and author of Food: The Good Girl’s Drug. As a woman in recovery from her own eating disorder (Binge Eating Disorder, commonly referred to as BED), Sunny’s questions where playfully curious yet honest and caring. I really enjoyed my work with her and hope you enjoy it too.
Image of Lauren Boggi at the Pogust Holiday Party December 2012 via Stuart Goldenberg
I've wondered whether juice cleansing could be a form of anorexia for some people -- basically being able to deprive themselves of food, but in a "healthy" context. What are your thoughts on that possibility?
Yes, but I don’t think it necessarily starts out that way… Take the non-pathological person who seriously wants to drop some pounds: while refusing to eat food for 3 days straight would likely not fly with those around them, calling it a “cleanse” makes their behavior seem more legitimate and socially acceptable. In this case, the person, like you said is “depriving themselves of food but in a ‘healthy’ context.”
How does a Juice cleanse become unhealthy?
It’s a slippery slope because when one does this type of strict cleanse, they will likely see results—this can act as reinforcement for one’s efforts (i.e., when the outcome of a behavior is positive, this increases the likelihood that this person will engage in said behavior again). Further, they might receive praise from others (“you look great! Did you lose weight?!”…. “Oh wow, I really admire your self-control, you are so disciplined!), which further reinforces one’s juice-fasting efforts, and makes them—you guessed it-- hungry (pardon the pun!) for more. So they do it again… and again…
Is it possible for someone to abuse a juice cleanse, as they might a drug?
Yes. Juice cleanses are to be done sporadically, and in isolation. Juice cleanses go wrong when they aren’t used properly. For example, someone may follow a juice-cleanse regimen for a prolonged period of time to lose weight or they might do several shorter cleanses within a short period of time to lose substantial amounts of weight.
OK that makes sense. What else? When does it become pathological?
Someone goes on a three-day bender of eating and drinking whatever they want, followed by a three-day “cleanse” to counter-balance the “damage” they did. It may be seen as a quick fix and might be appealing to someone with that type of lifestyle. BUT it becomes “pathological” when an unhealthy habit is formed: It could quickly turn into detox, then retox, then detox again pattern. This is not unlike the binge/purge cycle of Bulmia Nervosa: consuming a large amount of calories in one sitting and then “purging” the body of said calories through a variety of means. It’s the same underlying cycle regarding impulsivity and loss of control followed by compensatory mechanisms to restore one’s sense of control and emotional peace.
So why do some people try a juice cleanse and emerge just as mentally healthy pre-cleanse, while others may fall into a full-blown eating disorder as a result?
It has to do with the person’s goals, coping skills, and personality factors. Many people will do a cleanse as a way to lose weight but really it’s supposed to be a springboard for weight loss—a kick-start to a healthy and balanced low-calorie diet. But people don’t get that and instead see this as a quick fix: they do the cleanse… and of course they lose weight—much of which is water weight—and the body goes into starvation mode; then they resume their normal eating habits (and most likely indulge a bit as a ‘reward’) and not only do they gain the weight back, but they might even gain additional weight which might compel them to adopt unhealthy habits in efforts to “re-lose” the weight in addition to that which they gained post-cleanse. They think to themselves “well I thought I was going extreme by doing this intense & expensive three day cleanse but not even that worked so I guess I need to go even more extreme!”
On the other hand, do you think it's probably okay for someone who really has no eating disorder tendencies to try a cleanse if they're curious?
Definitely. The most important thing is to educate your self, and have a good understanding about yourself. What makes you tick? What triggers maladaptive coping behaviors? If you have struggled with disordered eating, it’s probably not a good idea for you to introduce a rigid diet into your life because that would trigger all kinds of thoughts and behaviors that aren’t good for you.
Regarding juice cleanses, I choose to remain completely neutral. I am not saying that you should do them, and I am not saying that you shouldn’t do them. For some people, doing a juice cleanse can be the beginning of a beautiful journey towards better health, totally! I am only saying that, like adopting any diet or lifestyle change, you educate yourself.
Any advice for those of us who are curious to try a juice cleanse?
Let me first say that I am no expert in juice cleanses! Nor do I possess advanced knowledge in nutritional counseling! If you want to try it, do your research so you know what you are putting your body through, because it is a shock to the system and should only be done per the directions of the company supplying the cleanse in conjunction with a consultation with your physician. Set realistic expectations. If you want to try it, make sure the reasons for which you are doing it are healthy.
What is the WORST piece of weight loss advice you have ever heard?
Such a good question! I have definitely heard many things, but the sad part about that is most of the things, no matter how disturbing/ grotesque etc. they may be, do work to some extent other wise they wouldn’t have been expressed to me. I choose not to comment on that or repeat these kinds of things because that makes those tips available to others. It’s so easy for things like this to be taken out of context and used for evil instead of good! Even though most people would see those things and laugh or cringe, someone who is not well, psychologically, would see or read that and think “oh. I’m going to try that!”
Article via Redbook Magazine Online & image of Lithe Food's Cashew Milk Mini via Lauren
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