8 posts categorized " Lithe Newtrition "

CHARCOAL LEMONADE! 21 Mar 2015

Charcoal Lemonade

The new juice that everyone is going gaga for is our Charcoal Lemonade! You all went crazy for it after trying it in our four-day Eating Lithe detox, so we'll be keeping it in stock on a semi-regular basis. 

Activated charcoal is made by burning a source of carbon (we use coconut shells) at a high temperature, which removes oxygen. Many claim that activated charcoal essentially becomes a natural magnet for toxins (pesticides, dioxins on fish from contaminated waters, and even neurotoxins from mold) in your digestive tract. Activated charcoal is nothing new. Your Brita water is filled with it and hospitals use it for patients who have been exposed to toxins or who have overdosed on drugs.

There's many benefits to consuming it (in moderation, of course). It helps the body detox from processed food and environmental pollution, relieves digestive issues like gas and bloating, and gets rid of bad breath and body odor. Plenty of people also swear that activated charcoal is a hangover cure and love its anti-aging and beautifying effects. 

Ingredients: Activated coconut charcoal, lemon, alkaline water, local maple syrup, pink Himalayan sea salt  Price: $10

DAILY DETOX SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE {DAY 1} 17 Mar 2015

Goji+Rose

Are you detoxing with us? Have you tried your Lithe Foods Day 1 Rose + Goji Superfood Smoothie? I make this smoothie regularly and I'm so happy that we were able to include it in our detox plan. Rose and goji berries create a powerful balancing elixir for the heart that has the potential to open you to the vibe of happiness and love. Enjoy and read up on the benefits.

Rose is considered a heart tonic in the ancient system of Ayurveda. It soothes the heart and emotions and bestows balance. Rose also has a beautifying effect, soothing inflammation of the skin and increasing its glow. When buying rose water for culinary use, make sure that it's high quality and preferably organic. Most roses are heavily sprayed with pesticides. 

Goji berries belong to a class of Chinese herbs that are known as “superior tonics.” This means that they can be taken regularly over long periods of time to preserve health and youthfulness. Goji is known as the “happy berry” and reportedly gives a sense of well-being and calm. Goji’s list of benefits are astounding. Heart health and beautiful, radiant skin are among them. Goji berries are also nutritional power houses that have more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges, and more beta carotene than carrots. They contain a host of trace minerals, B vitamins, and antioxidants. And they are a complete protein (yes!). 

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THE SWEET STUFF 3 Jan 2015

Summer Fruit

Here at Lithe, we don’t believe in demonizing foods, as we're all about eating all foods sensibly. We prefer to swap highly processed and refined foods with their whole food counterparts whevever possible. For some of you, the Lithe Inside Challenge may mean cutting out all refined sugar, carbs, and processed foods from your diet during the work week and relaxing on the weekends. Others may want to take it a step further and reduce their consumption of sugar from ALL areas. It's totally up to you...

If you know me well, you know that I'm a true chocohololic. There aren't too many days that I haven't had a square of dark chocolate. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a sweet treat every now and again (I'm certainly guilty). But many of us with a sweet tooth often overdo it, and rely on sugary food to kill a craving, boost our energy, or even to improve our mood. We indulge, then soon those cravings return, accompanied by lethargy, moodiness, and to top it off, you're back to where you started – wanting more sugar.

Now, don’t get me wrong, not all sugars are ‘bad’, in fact, sugar is critical for adequate metabolic function, to prevent stress on the body, and to avoid the depletion of critical cellular components. But as you are probably aware, sugar comes in a wide variety of foods – from natural plant based foods such as fruits, grains and starchy vegetables, to animal foods such as cheese and milk, as well as processed and refined foods such as crackers, chips, cake, and chocolate. It is the processed and refined sources that we should be avoiding. You know, the stuff that we've been indulging in for the past few weeks!

So, why should we avoid refined sugar?  Any sugar that is unrecognizable from its natural form should be avoided. Conventional sugar is generally processed through extreme heat treatments, chemical purification, and bleaching. Even brown sugar should be avoided, as it is generally white, refined sugar that has either had molasses added back into it to make it brown (or it's artificially colored). The end product of this sugar is therefore nutrient-empty, calorie dense and chemical laden.

Refined sugars are easily digested and absorbed straight into our blood stream, causing elevated blood glucose levels. High blood glucose levels put a massive strain on our organs and body’s systems, causing wear and tear, aging, and decreasing its functional ability. Excess sugar consumption has also been associated with tooth decay, contributing to weight gain, compromising immunity, and many other consequences.

The amount of sugar in our food is downright shocking. If your food is packaged, it probably contains added sugar. This includes ready-made sauce and salad dressing, bread, breakfast cereal, potato chips ... And the list goes on. When you sit back and think about what you eat on a typical day, you may be surprised at how much sugar you are actually consuming. You can see how easy it is to consume a ton of sugar and just how quickly it adds up.

Want to learn more? Stay tuned on how you can eliminate refined sugar and what you can do with it (on Monday) in lieu of throwing it away!

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LITHE NEWTRITION (THE AFTERMATH) 28 Nov 2014

 

Newtrition

 

Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is 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 at 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!  Today she's talking post-holiday self-care...

 

It’s the time of year all of us look forward to, the holiday season. Finally we get to put our busy B.S. aside for a moment, spend some time with family (hopefully more pros than cons there), see friends from out of town, and relax a bit. For me and many others, most of those special events revolve around one thing … food. A lot of us look forward to holiday traditions centering around meals and there’s no reason not to. Most of our favorite foods evolve from a feeling, a memory, some emotion that brings us to a place of comfort and happiness. More than what we “crave” our minds take us to an emotional place each time we reach for one of our favorite treats. What I hear a lot and what is expected in the field of dietetics, is that most people use these occasions as cheats. I’m all for holiday gluttony, I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t admit to it, but what I’ve learned to manage over the years is the post-gluttony guilt.

 

I’ve previously written about how we can be so hard on ourselves when we are trying to clean up our lifestyle, that any bump in the road makes us throw our hands in the air and say we “give up.” I hear women that have lost 50 to 100 pounds come into offices where I work and say after the holiday one thing led to another and they gave up. But then they step on the scale and have only gained 5 pounds. We are SO much harder on ourselves than we even realize. We quickly throw away all of the progress we’ve made based on what we view as a couple of hiccups in our path to wellness. As a future dietitian I am required to say that there ARE tips for avoiding total blackout eating at these times, such as not going into meals hungry, focusing on filling your plate with greens, focusing on the protein, putting your fork down between bites, etc. However, as a food lover and enthusiast, I think I’d like to focus more on the food forgiveness in the holiday aftermath. Enjoy yourself, your holidays, your family and friends. When the workweek hits, get back to your fit.hip.healthy. We are human, not robots, sometimes we really need this time, so take it. Just remember to always take care of yourself and your body. We’ve only got one!

 

Happy holidays to my Lithe family!

 

Lithe Instructor Danielle Ingerman via Dom

 

 

LITHE NEWTRITION (MAINTAIN > GAIN!) 2 Sep 2014

Newtrition

Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is 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 at 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!  Today we're talking maintenance:  

I’ll admit. Deep inside, I have definitely fallen victim to it. The crunch-time mentality. When you’ve eaten like a preteen for weeks and realize your friend's wedding, your vacation, your son’s bar mitzvah (had to throw that in there) is lurking around the corner and it's time to hit the gym and diet track HARD. Ya know - we all do it. Heck, in the diet and exercise world we analyze behavioral patterns and trends all day long. It tells us peaks and lulls in business. Here’s the thing though- it’s a slippery slope, this mentality and I’ll tell you why.

One of the biggest things we preach as (future) dietitians is maintenance. When a client comes in and says “I want to lose x pounds for x event,” heads always shake left to right. Setting a goal is great and encouraged, but the goal of that goal is to stretch it out as far as possible. Did you know that in most cases of successful weight loss the goal is 1 pound or less per week? Gradual weight reduction has been found to improve weight loss outcomes solely because the weight stays off. Think about it: the more time you take, the more you expose yourself to improvements in diet and exercise - the stronger you get. New changes turn into better habits and the easier it all becomes.  Once you lose the weight, shed the inches, and change the diet (the hardest part), remember the secret to success is ... maintenance.

While you pack away your swimsuits as fall approaches and start thinking that sweaters will blanket our bodies and we can "let go" - stop. Because it’s not about one short-term goal. It’s the long haul we’re worried about. So what happens if work gets crazy, the kids' schedules pick up, it's cold, it's raining, and on and on? What if you only get to 2-3 classes one week, or cook dinner once, or friends come in from out of town and you decide to take them to every one of your favorite spots to eat? IT'S OK! Some weeks are better than others. Our goal is to not let the bad ones derail us. We steer this train, Lithers!  Too overwhelmed to cook? Keep a tighter watch on takeout orders and portion sizes. Feel like an hour of a class is more than you can commit to today? Go for a walk, do some crunches and push-ups in your living room. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. WE define what throws our train off the tracks. The goal is to never give up on your health- it’s YOUR decision. Maintain, maintain. That’s the name of the game.

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LITHE NEWTRITION (WHAT'S SUP-PLEMENTS?) 15 Jul 2014

Danielle   Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is 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 at 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!  Today we're talking suppliments:  

Is it really working or is it simply magic? No I’m not talking about exercise (Lithe is really working), I’m talking about supplements. I sat and watched my mother pour out about 100 different pills in nondescript bottles and finally I asked her what they were for. Surprise, they were for everything. Biotin, ginseng, calcium - the vitamin industry is booming and there have never been more pills to take, ever. After all the outrage surrounding Dr. Oz and his claims around his "magic beans," a lot of focus has shifted to the validity behind what these all natural vitamins really do. Longer life? Hair growth? Weight loss? How much of it is reality and how much is fantasy? It's a very loaded topic.

Although, I'm far from a medical doctor, I do know this about the nutrients in the body: unless you are blood deficient, your body will naturally replenish itself. A wise doctor I work for gently calls it "pissing in the ocean." Your body will only use a predetermined amount and the rest you will usually excrete through urine. Actually, about 90 percent of the nutrients we may lack can be found not on the shelves but … dun dun dun: IN YOUR DIET.

But … don’t some people feel better when taking vitamins? Even if they aren't lacking them as per outline on their labs? Some doctors and dietitians say that it’s a matter of the mind. When we set aside time to actually take these supplements it means we're already making health a priority which may come with many other things. Simply taking supplements may reduce stress and anxiety levels surrounding the issue which may result in let's say a reduction in a hair loss issue. Taking your vitamin C may mean that you're also cleaning up your diet and exercising a bit more, so that you feel better. Most likely it's not the vitamin C, it’s the lifestyle change that's causing the shift. Every body is different and responds differently - I can have an espresso at 9PM and fall asleep by 10PM, yet my mother could travel cross-country in a Flintstones car and still have energy to hit the gym (yes, we spend too much time together). I’m curious … how do my Lithers feel about this? Anyone else warming up the ocean?

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LITHE NEWTRITION (SEASONAL ALLERGIES & YOUR DIET!) 30 Apr 2014

NewTrition

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!  

(sigh) Springtime- the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, happy hour has never been happier, unless you’re like me sniffling and congested from seasonal allergies. I have never been diagnosed with an actual allergy, but as many of you may witness yourselves, a lot of the time you don’t need to get a thousand needle pricks (AH!) to tell you what’s making your eyes look like you are perpetually watching the end of ‘The Notebook.” While many of you, like myself, look to the pharmacy shelves to help us out, you’d be surprised to know how much our diet plays into many of our symptoms.

Being a mildly lactose-intolerant human, my mother basically made milk products look like the plague (think the mother from the Waterboy.) She was convinced any ailment I had GI-related or not had to do with dairy consumption. Although I was able to shake off a lot of that mentality, one thing did stick- when I am congested, should I eat any form of dairy (lactose heavy or not) my condition gets exceedingly worse. Many old-world medicinal practices support minimal consumption of dairy, claiming that it acts as an immune-blocker, so I looked a little deeper into the research surrounding this idea. Turns out, studies have found individuals with dairy sensitivities DO experience progression of congestive symptoms upon ingesting milk-products. So although my allergies are not directly related to milk products, with my sensitivities, it only makes things worse. Who woulda thunk it? Of course, my findings have only been validated in people with dairy woes like myself, but hey, you only know what works until you try it! The beauty is that we are our own test subjects- anyone else ever give this a go?

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LITHE NEWTRITION (DO CARBS MAKE YOU FAT?) 8 Apr 2014

Newtrition

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

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