Sakara Life - day 1

Sakara Life is an organic, vegan, GMO free, diary free, plant based, gluten free, superfood intense, GOOP-approved, meal delivery service, made popular by such celebrities as Lily Aldridge, Lena Dunham, and Karolina Kurkova. Sakara Life was founded by 2 best girl friends after being fed up with living toxic lives in NYC.  I've been wanting to try Sakara Life (Sakara translates to "with form" in Sanskrit) since its inception in 2011 but their price point has always held me back. 

Feeling bloated from too many summer BBQs and with a member discount from Parsley Health, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the 3 day cleanse from Sakara Life. I didn't really know what to expect because I've only talked to one friend who has used it. From looking as pictures and reading the menu, the portions looked a little small, and I was worried I'd be so hungry that it wouldn't quite be a "cleanse." Boy, based on Day 1, I couldn't be more wrong!

So my Thursday got off to a slightly unexpected start. Because my thyroid medicine requires me to wait an hour before I eat, my plan was to wake up, teach an hour yoga class, come home and eat my Yoga Bunny Breakfast. On my way to teach, my personal trainer, Kate, texted me to see if I could come in earlier for my personal training session. This meant that I didn't end up eating my muffin until 11:30am. I was starving, and I was expecting this little muffin to keep me full for about an hour. Granted I had some coffee with almond milk in the morning, this little muffin was so delicious and kept me full for about 4 hours. I'm not even sure what was in it.. quinoa flour and carrots I think. The orange paste on the side was super yummy. NO idea what it was!

Lunch and dinner have been giant salads with some sort of fixings. Now usually, I like to have grilled chicken on my salad and I also end up craving something a little something extra, popcorn, piece of fruit, crackers with hummus, etc. This salad was very satisfying and didn't leave me craving anything additional. I did add avocado and a little dressing to the greens. The dressing that comes with the salads are so delicious but I wish there was about 4 extra tablespoons of it.

Dinner was "pad thai" which was basically another huge salad with kelp noodles. Usually, I don't like eating salad for lunch and dinner but I love anything pad thai so I was happy to eat this for dinner. Again, it was tasty and filling. I wish it had more kelp noodles but it was still a great dinner. I did end up eating some grapes and cashews afterwards. Each day comes with chlorophyll water to drink before bed. My one experience with a chlorophyll shot from Organic Avenue made me almost puke so I was a little worried. This chlorophyll water tastes like water, not the aforementioned chlorophyll shot, and goes down easy. 

Overall, I'm really happy I bit the bullet and ordered Sakara Life. I feel like I sound like a broken record but it's filling and delicious. Best of all, as Elle Magazine reported, it takes the guess work out of cooking and eating. Everything is perfectly proportioned. It's nice to come home from teaching a night yoga class and know that I'm going to have a light yet filling dinner that will sit well in my stomach 

 

Atlanta Update!!

Hi Ya'll, I'm officially settled and loving life in Atlanta. It's time to give you a thorough guide/recap/breakdown of all my favorite #healthyliving spots in and around the ATL. 

photo cred: any2ndnow.com

photo cred: any2ndnow.com

True Food Kitchen is definitely my favorite healthy food restaurant in Atlanta. With several locations around the USA, True Food Kitchen specializes in an anti-inflammatory diet. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, but there is meat on the menu so it really appeals to carnivores and those with dietary restrictions. Additionally, I recommend this restaurant if you are following the Whole 30 program. All the food is fresh and free of additives. They have the most amazing vegetable crudite bowl with Greek Tzatziki dip. I also like to order the kale salad or inside out quinoa burger.  

photocred: www.pleasurepalate.blogspot.com

photocred: www.pleasurepalate.blogspot.com

photo cred: www.madhungrywoman.com

photo cred: www.madhungrywoman.com

photo cred: www.spatialdrift.com

photo cred: www.spatialdrift.com

Started by a former NFL Quarterback, this happening lunch spot is my go-to for a quick bite. Gusto uses a "Chipotle" style concept to create fresh rice bowls and salads. The ingredients are fresh and the ingredient combinations are full of delicious flavors. My favorite thus far is a grilled chicken salad with either cucumber, tahini, feta or the half rice half salad with grilled chicken and chipotle, mango, avocado garnishes. The best part... all dishes come with sweet potato chips!

photo cred: Gusto YouTube

photo cred: Gusto YouTube

www.souperjennyatl.com

www.souperjennyatl.com

Souper Jenny and its sister store Juicy Jenny are a "collection of cozy neighborhood cafes." They specialize in soups, as you might have known from the name but their salads and sandwiches are fresh and delicious. In the summer months, they have a couple less soups and more options for those yummy salads. They also have an unbeatable lunch deal: choice of 2 salads, with a drink, cookie, and piece of fruit all for $14. Can't beat that. Though their menu changes daily, I've never had something I didn't enjoy. 

www.handpickedatlanta.com

www.handpickedatlanta.com

www.thunderboltpoweryoga.com

www.thunderboltpoweryoga.com

Moving on to exercise, I have two favorite yoga studios ( not including the studios where I am working). First up is Thunderbolt Power Yoga located in Buckhead. When I first moved here, I had a really hard finding a good yoga studio that didn't hot classes. Regular temperature yoga didn't seem to exist so I eventually gave up. Thunderbolt uses infrared radiant heat set to about 85 - 90 degrees. Though it does get hot, especially when it is crowded, it's never too hot or uncomfortable. It's hot enough that the class is always super sweaty, but not so hot that I just want to lie on the mat and not move. All the teachers are great with rocking playlists and wonderful/creative sequencing. 

www.thunderboltpoweryoga.com

www.thunderboltpoweryoga.com

My favorite classes have been their Friday night Hip Hop classes and my favorite teacher is Caitlin

www.infinityyoga.com

www.infinityyoga.com

With three locations, Infinity Yoga probably reminds me the most of some of the studios where I would practice in NYC. Although I haven't been able to practice there as much as I would like due to the locations and class times, all the class are top notch. They offer a wide array of classes and I cannot speak highly enough about their Yoga for Athletes class with Jessie Hughes, Foundational Flow with  Todd Delaune and all their Flow classes. 

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www.coffeewineandyoga.com

www.coffeewineandyoga.com

Though I wasn't a huge fan of megaformer classes in NYC, I love Stellar Bodies.  I particularly like their  Basics class, something SLT and the other megaformer studios do not offer to my knowledge. It's helpful for me to get down the foundation before moving on to the more advanced classes.  I find it useful to built the strength before trying to move on to more intricate exercises.

Do you have favorite spots in Atlanta that I need to check out? Comment below!

 

NYC Bucket List

My husband recently accepted a job offer in Atlanta. We are going to be moving at the end of March. I have called NYC home for the last 6 years and I will miss the endless new restaurants and boutique fitness options. I have an extensive #NYCBucketList in several different categories so here we go:

305 Fitness. Photo courtesy of WellandGood.com

305 Fitness. Photo courtesy of WellandGood.com

Restaurants

  • Bar Primi
  • Dirt Candy
  • Bkb
  • Huertas
  • Tijuana Picnic
  • Javelina
  • El Rey
  • Nourish
  • Wassail
  • Superiority Burger
  • Prune
  • Inday
  • Copper Kettle Kitchen

Spas

  • Naturopathica in Chelsea
  • Pratima Ayurvedic Skin Care

Classes

  • Ballet Beautiful
  • Barre Method
  • Barre3
  • Katonah Yoga
  • Jivamukti Yoga
  • AKT in Motion
  • Yoga Shanti
  • Dharma Mitra
  • I am You
  • 305 new Sculpt, Core, and Yoga class
photo cred: wellandgood.com

photo cred: wellandgood.com


WIAW

I used to read a lot of Healthy Living blogs that participated in something called "What I Ate Wednesday" (WIAW) which was hosted by Peas and Crayons. Peas and Crayons would aggregate all the photos and link all the photos. As usual I'm about 2 years late to the party. Also FYI - I don't think anyone should give a rats ass about what I ate on Wednesday. Nevertheless, I present to you: What I Ate Wednesday:

Green protein shake - coconut milk, coconut water, greens, protein, flax seed oil, and probiotics

Coffee with a mix of almond milk and coconut milk

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Kitchen sink salad... mixed greens, turkey, cauliflower, broccoli, avocado, Trader Joe's siracha hummus, and balsamic vinaigrette with a side of seltzer.

Dean & Deluca Falafel chips - so good!!

Rainy day savasana

Gluten free pumpkin scone. Post teaching yoga treat courtesy of Butterfield Express. I don't usually eat baked goods but this pumpkin scone was calling my name. 

 

Trader Joe's cauliflower rice (!!!) with homemade bison tomato sauce with a side of chicken soup with yucas (also from Butterfield Express)

 

The 10 Rules of Weight Loss that Lasts

It's that time of year again... New Year, New You. With so many people making New Year's Resolutions to lose weight, I thought this article in Shape Magazine's January/February 2016 issue by Beth James, offered good comprehensive advice to help you stick to that resolution. Here is a condensed version:

1. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.   To shed weight and keep it off, you need to make permanent changes. It's ok to indulge on occasion, but the diet mindset leads to yo-yo dieting. 

2. There's a right way to exercise. Cardio gets all the credit but strength and interval training are the real heroes. Be mindful that your cardio workout isn't making you eat more.

3. Don't overreact to mild hunger.   Some women have a hard time losing weight because of hunger anxiety. If you are someone who carries snacks with you, don't eat the snack because it is there or obsess over the KIND bar in your purse. The fact that it is 3pm shouldn't send you racing to the vending machine. Try to put off eating until you are truly hungry. The way to determine this, is what I call the fish and broccoli test.  Are you hungry enough to eat fish and broccoli or do you just want that energy bar because it tastes good.

4. Not all calories are created equal. Take in fewer calories than you burn, right? Simple. Not quite. Process foods can disrupt the hormone signals that tell your brain you're full. Try to eat whole, unprocessed foods. 

5. Protein,produce, and plant based fats are your weight-loss trinity.   Eat the three P's regularly to drop pounds. Aim to incorporate each of the three P's into every meal.       

6. Meal skipping, juice fasts, and crash diets don't work. Always

7. How you eat is as important as what you eat. Slow down. Remove distractions. Smell it. Chew slowly and don't put another bite on your fork until you swallow. 

8. Weigh yourself

9. Sleep

10. You will hit a plateau and you can bust through it. Strength train or cut an extra 100 calories per day. 

June Goals

There are certain yoga poses that I want to improve so I have made it my goal to practice the following everyday for the month of June

– Handstand

– Headstand

– Side Crow

– Full Split

– Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (extended hand to big toe pose)

I also want to:

– foam roll every day

– look into volunteer opportunities that align with my passions

– go to a dermatologist for a mole check ( I don’t think I’ve done this since I was 18)


Do you set goals for yourself?