Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Colorful, Artsy, Creative Dancing Queen

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Happy Friday, loves! Hope you had a fabulous week. Mine was super blissful, filled with a trip to Briggs Garden Center, lot o’ journaling fun, and putting the finishing touches on an exciting creative project I’m launching soon. PS If you missed yesterday’s post, I’m starting a weekly (virtual) journaling club in August and would love you ladies to join.

Anyway, I’m super pumped to bring you this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doing their thing. When you’re a blogger and social media addict, you tend to socialize with many people on the interwebs, many of whom you’ve never even met IRL (in real life). Some of those “online friends” you connect with more than others because they just “vibe” with you, and Sanae is one of those people.

She’s such a beautiful soul — inside & out — and I’m so glad that social media brought us together. I first “met” her through some comments on my instagram feed, and quickly realized what an inspiring, cool, rockstar of a woman she is — all the ingredients for a Healthy Chick in the Community. She even has her own Etsy shop — you must check it out ;)

Alas, I introduce you to Sanae; I hope you find as much inspiration from her as I have!

NAME/AGE: Sanae Ferreira/28

BLOG/TWITTER: Blog: Where the BlueBoots Go (bluebootsgo.com) Twitter: @dieTribebyS

CURRENT CITY: Boston, MA

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): On the blissful streets of Paris in the 7eme district in June 2015.

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I am a doctoral candidate in Nutrition & Metabolism at a medical school in Boston. I am not a dietician (which is what most people think when I first tell them what I do) but I do research with kids to understand what diet, family, and body shape factors put them at higher risk for obesity and later cardiovascular disease. That’s my most professional hat I wear at the moment.

I also write my blog and do some freelance writing and editorial work. I design jewelry art and paint custom pieces for home, gifts, or weddings on my Etsy shop inspiréebyS, which incorporates my love for all things French (inspireée=inspired) with a combination of colors, textures, feelings that I express in my art.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: This is hard! I would say working on any project where I can be creative and make organized messes with lots of color.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Well-rested, well-fed, and in-tune with what is going on inside and outside of me. All it takes is one day when I wake up feeling terrible to realize the gift of health, the presence of wellness. I like to wake up early in the morning and have quiet time to appreciate being alive. The ideal morning starts like this, with some prayer and reflection to fuel up my joy, then some exercise – yoga or barre – followed by a light but filling healthy juice or smoothie.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: The weight of responsibility to fulfilling my investment in my education and career, pursuit of success in creative endeavors, keeping up with friends, and maintaining a pleasant place to live can be overwhelming. In those cases, a slow walk in the neighborhood, talking with a friend or my husband, sitting and daydreaming for a while, doodling, or watching an episode or two of Friends or Gilmore Girls is just the ticket to cheer me up.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES:

Edible: 1) I always have a lemon available because I’m constantly drinking lemon water. It tastes good, and is cleansing. 2) Green living things – currently, basil, apple mint, and rosemary. 3) bananas – easy on-the- go fuel or snack.

Inedible: 1) cast iron pan 2) colorful and fun patterned dishtowels 3) coffee and tea –lots of varieties

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: I’m half Chinese and there’s a chinese spicy dish that I love called ma po tofu – it’s a spicy, saucy dish with soft tofu and ground pork that is just so comforting over rice. I like it without meat too!

SONG THAT MOVES YOU: Literally, “Better When I’m Dancin’” by Megan Trainor is a song I play on repeat when I’m at work and need to power through the afternoon. It always energizes me when I dance to the beat a little. It’s our little secret :-) .

“Show the world you’ve got that fire
Feel the rhythm getting louder
Show the world what you can do
Prove to them you’ve got the moves
I don’t know about you,  but
I feel better when I’m dancing, yeah, yeah.”

A precious verse of a hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness, that I love very much and is moving goes like this:
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU: I’m colorful, calm (mostly), and creative.

FAVORITE BODY PART: Lips or eyes. Because I like them, and not because anyone else does!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: I love yoga, barre, and Body Jam – a cardio dance class. Moving to a beat makes me just as happy as flowing from downward dog to tranquil child’s pose.

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Find your tribe that will support your flourishing presence. We are often striving and challenging ourselves, which can be great, but always check in and listen to what is going on inside. No matter of the instant “pay off,” if you don’t have wellbeing, you don’t have happiness. It isn’t something people our age thinks of, but even if we’re young now, we have to start thinking of healthy aging because aging is a natural process. We have the opportunity to make healthy choices every day to age beautifully or else spend years trying to undo damage and catch up. Adequate sleep, reflection time, a diet which fuels and renews you, caring for what you eat and apply to your skin or hair, and staying active and flexible are all so important.

Finally, take care of your whole being – physical, mental, social, spiritual. Envision where you want to be. How do you feel? What do you look like? Are you smiling? Just imagining yourself as your best self helps bring happy hormones to be active and helps engage your whole self in a cycle conducive to a positive state of being.

I’d love to connect and talk about any of this more, so thanks for reading, and thank you so much, Rachel, for asking me to be a part of Healthy Chicks this week!

Big thank you to Sanae for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community! If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

How Journaling Turned My Life Around {+ 4 Week Virtual Journaling Workshop for Women}

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Journaling saved my life.

“Huh?” you must be thinking. “How could a piece of pen & some paper do such a thing?”

But you see it’s far more than just simply jotting down words. Journaling is a way to express yourself, unleash creativity, pour out all the emotions, and get clear about what it is your heart truly desires.

When you think about it, many of us had our first experience with a journal during childhood — in the form of a diary. Little girls everywhere would rush home from school writing down the latest gossip, deep secrets and magical fantasies. If you’re like me, many of my entries are filled with things like “Today I have a crush on____.” “Joey didn’t talk to me on the playground today.” “She’s my BFF forever and ever and ever.”

While it may seem silly, at the time it was my little Rachel’s way of venting; it was therapeutic in a sense. After all, nothing you write in a journal is off limits.

However, it’s the journaling I deep-dived into as an adult that truly was the game-changer for me. In my early days of college, I wrote a lot about heartbreak, body insecurities and my distorted relationship with food. Upon graduation, I used my journal to keep track of my hopes and dreams, and jot inspirations as I overcame my struggle with weight and began to fall back in love with my body.

Through my mid twenties, my journal stood beside me through financial fears, career changes and the feeling of falling in love, and nowadays it helps me walk through setting my intention, understanding what it is that I want and getting clear on my business visions.

During these times (both the dark & the bright) I truly don’t know what I would have done without the comfort of my little magical book. If it wasn’t for my journal, support and self-care, I’d likely still be dieting, hating my body, feeling deprived and living a life where I felt stuck.

Today I even have multiple journals for different types of ideas — one for creative insights, business, and personal ramblings. It’s important to me that the particular journal I’m using has a certain “vibe” and purpose.

So where am I going with all of this? Maybe you journal, maybe you don’t. Maybe you intend to journal but forget, or write in it occasionally a couple times a year / around the holidays. Maybe you try to write but the words just don’t come out, you’re afraid to get real with your thoughts, or you just “don’t have time.”

I get it. Journaling is much more challenging as an adult, because let’s be real: life is much more challenging and dynamic. But I’m telling you once you begin incorporating journaling into your daily routine, things begin to open up for you. Life becomes more clear. It’s easier to understand how exactly you want to feel & what it is you truly want.

That’s why I want to make things easier for you…and will be launching a 4-week girl’s night out journaling club in August. Think of it as a book club with less reading, and lots more writing, empowerment and witty banter. Oh P.S. It’s virtual, so you can take part anywhere you may be!

4 Week Girl’s Night Out Journaling Club

WHO: You! Any gal that wants to get more into journaling and have some breakthroughs along the way, all while surrounded by a bunch of feel-good ladies. Feel free to share with your girlfriends, the more the merrier!

WHAT: Think of it as a healthy, judgment free, blissful girls night out. We’ll cover topics like settings intentions, self care, unlocking creativity, busting through body insecurities, and celebrating / finding joy with food. Each virtual meeting will be chock-full of personal stories, juicy positive mantras, inspiring journaling prompts, and fun projects for the week to keep those creative juices flowing. BYOB! (Bring Your Own Journal!)

WHY: Because adult journaling is the bomb, and I want to help you get on a pathway of falling in love with your journal while getting real with yourself. Plus, who doesn’t love spending Wednesday nights with a bunch of inspiring ladies?

WHEN: 4 virtual meetings – Wednesday 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/31 @ 6PM EST (You can join for all or pick & choose which ones you’d like, but you’ll definitely get the most out of it by joining for the entire month!)

8/3: New Moon Mantras – Identifying how you want to feel + the power of intention 6PM EST

8/10:  Cultivating Creativity – Unleashing Your Creative Bada*s + Getting Unstuck (In any area of your life) 6PM EST

8/17: For the Love of Food – Celebrating + Finding Joy with Food 6PM EST

8/31: Body Bliss – Breaking Through Body Insecurities + Comparisons and Mastering Self-care 6PM EST

COST:

I’m keeping the cost way down because I firmly believe in the power of journaling, and want to share it with you beautiful souls! I’m also planning on taking these workshops live, so this virtual program is a pilot of sorts ;)

Single Session: $5

4-pack: $18

BOOK HERE

Choose Your Session(s):

Hope you can join us, grab your girlfriends!

xoxo,

Rachel

5 Feel-Good, Non-BS Mantras to Get You Through Those Summer Body Woes

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Good afternoon, babes! Hope you’re having an amazing week, and soaking up some sunshine. Hubby & I just moved into our new place in the ‘burbs yesterday, and we’re already loving the simplicity and quiet. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Boston, but I’m definitely a country gal at heart ;)

Anyway, I wanted to let you in on a little secret over here: I used to absolutely hate my body, in particular my “fat thighs.” I was super self-conscious to the extent that I wouldn’t wear jeans or shorts, let alone be caught dead exposed in a bathing suit. Trust me, I had the worst tan lines!

By focusing on what I hated about my body, my mind was filled with negative thoughts like “I am not good enough,” “If only I could have her body” and “Once I lose some weight and that thigh jiggle, maybe then I’ll be happy.”

Newsflash: those thoughts got me no where.

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of negative bod talk stemming from the whole “bikini body” goals. It’s all over the place on social media, tabloids, magazines, and blog posts shouting at us ladies that THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK LIKE! THIS IS WHAT’S CONSIDERED BEAUTIFUL! THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO MAKE YOUR BODY LOOK LIKE THIS! LOOK AT MY BODY! DO THESE THINGS AND THEN YOU’LL LOOK GOOD ENOUGH TO WEAR A BIKINI ON THE BEACH! THE WAY YOUR BODY LOOKS IS WHAT DEFINES YOU!

Pretty negative shit, huh?

When I was on my journey through overcoming food fear & body hate, these kinds of messages from the media were super triggering for me. They made me feel small, fat, and hopeless. The more I compared, the more I hated my body and wanted to be like someone else.

It wasn’t until I looked within that things started to shift for me, and 99% of that had to do with my mindset.

Been there? Here are 5 non-bs mantras to help shift your mindset from negative to self-love next time your feeling that summertime sadness.

1. (SELF)LOVE WINS.

I choose to love + honor myself exactly where I am right now. After all, self-love is the most powerful kind o’ love.

2. MY BODY IS MY BODY & SHE IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL + MIRACULOUS.

It is not her body, it is my body. Sometimes my thighs jiggle when I run, and my arms don’t look like that woman’s in the magazine. But it is my own and does magical things for me; I love her for that.

3. WHEN I FEEL GOOD INSIDE, I SEND POSITIVE VIBES OUT INTO THE UNIVERSE.

I choose to focus on the good as best I can, and send those positive thoughts out into the world. (And you bet that comes right back at ya! Karma, baby.)

4. I MOVE IN THE WAY THAT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD + DANCE TO MY OWN SONG.

I choose to do the things that light me up inside, rather than focus on the number of calories burned, how “hard” a workout is or what that other girl is doing. If it feels miserable, it aint worth it.

5. EFF THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE.

Seriously, that sh*t doesn’t mean a thing, and it’s about darn time I quit obsessing. Rather than spending my time counting calories and weighing in, I choose to do the things I love. Happiness trumps that silly number any day.

Do you struggle with body confidence? What do you do to keep your thoughts positive?

xoxo,

Rachel


A Blazing Summer + Fitbit Giveaway

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Hello beautiful ladies! Hope you’re off to one heck of a summer; I know I am. I left my full-time job, celebrated my 29th birthday, camped with some of my faves, chilled by the ocean, took an incredible calligraphy class, and have been eating all the food. Um, hello wine + cheese.

One of my favorite parts about summer is being outdoors and staying active — be it hiking, long walks on the beach collecting sea glass, morning runs or standup paddleboarding.

Fitbit makes it easier than ever to track all of your activities in a stylish, simple way. With the latest and greatest member of their active line — the Fitbit Blaze – they’ve totally pumped it up a notch. I absolutely love the plum wristband on the one I was given (my fave color!) but it also comes in blue and black if purple’s not your thing.

Check out these sleek features to see why I’m lovin’ the Blaze:

  • Connected GPS™ maps routes and delivers real-time exercise stats on device like distance and pace (using the GPS from your connected smartphone).
  • Cool one-of-a-kind screen features like color touch screen and music control. Ya gotta have those beats!
  • PurePulse® continuous, wrist-based heart rate tracking helps maximize training, maintain workout intensity, and better track calorie burn and optimize health without the need for an uncomfortable chest strap.
  • Multi-sport mode records your core workouts like runs, cardio, cross-training, biking and more while providing relevant, real-time performance stats on display. PurePulse is enhanced while in Multi-sport mode for even better heart rate tracking, especially during high intensity workouts.
  • SmartTrack™ automatic exercise recognition effortlessly records workouts and gives you credit toward weekly exercise goals in the Fitbit app. It automatically recognizes and records continuous movement activities like biking, hiking, running and sports including basketball, soccer and tennis, and more.
  • FitStar™ on-screen workouts with guided instructions and images provide on-the-go exercises right on your wrist to coach you along. This is great for cross-training in between runs, for example.
  • All-day tracking of steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes.
  • Automatically track how long and how well you sleep, and set a silent, vibrating alarm.
  • Stylish from work to workout: Fitbit’s most stylish tracker yet has you covered throughout your day. In fact, you can even change out the band with one of their leather bands to seamlessly take your Fitbit from work to workout.

I’m super excited to take my new blazin’ bff out for a run, and test out all the cool new features! It’ll pair perfectly with my brand new purple Nike sneaks ;)

Ready, Set, GO…It’s giveaway time!

Lucky for you chickies, I’m giving away a brand new Fitbit Blaze to one of my readers. To enter, simply:

1. Leave a comment with your favorite way to stay fit during the summer.

2. Bonus point for tweeting: “It’s one blazing summer! Enter @healthy_chicks giveaway for a chance to win a @Fitbit Blaze http://healthy-chicks.com/?p=7310″ (just be sure to leave another comment over here)

P.S. Fellow Boston babes, stay fit all summer long with Fitbit Local. There’s some pretty great events coming up (Outdoor Bootcamp or Hiphop Yoga, anyone?) to keep you moving & shaking as you continue your blazin’ hot summer.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 26 at 5PM, and is open to residents in the US. Note: I was given a Fitbit Blaze to review on the blog, but all opinions are my own.


What To Do When Someone Tries To Steal Your Glow + How to Stay Positive

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Have you ever had someone try to steal your glow — you know kill your vibe? You’re feeling great, you’re having an A-OK day, and then someone kind of stomps all over it.

This happened to me today while going about my daily errands. I ran into someone from my past whom I haven’t seen in years, and casually told them what I was up to. Before asking anything about me, they were quick to say — while laughing hysterically — “What? You quit your job without having another job?” When I told said person about how excited I was to finally focus on my health coaching and freelance writing and look for something part time, they continued to laugh at me. Big, roaring, I-am-judging-you-right-now snicker.

No questions. No congratulations. 100% judgement.

While at first I was insulted, I quickly reined it in and remembered how amazing I am and how I shouldn’t need to feel validated by another — mind you someone who barely knows me. I haven’t felt this happy in a while, and I’m going through a huge transitional period right now, including moving into a new place with my husband. This should be an exciting time. This is an exciting time.

So why do others feel the need to judge? Shame? Laugh? Bring you down? Whether it’s career related, a snide comment about your body or relationship status, I’m sure you’ve dealt with a similar situation at least some time or another.

But let’s set this straight here: First and foremost, it’s important to know that when this happens it’s usually not about you at all; it’s about them and their insecurities or entitlement to share their unsolicited opinion.

They typically don’t know you, your story or anything else about you that warrants that kind of criticism. After all, you know you best and as long as you feel good about yourself (be it your career path/boyfriend/body/income/living situation) that’s all that really matters.

So next time someone tries to rain on your parade, just take a deep breath and just let it fuel the positivity in your life. After all, that stuff is much more powerful.

Stay amazing.

xoxo,

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Sunshine-Soaking, Running, Southern Blogger Babe

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Happy Friday, love bugs! I don’t know about you, but I am totally feeling those summer vibes. Yesterday I hit the beach with one of my BFFs and we spent the day laughing, enjoying little appies (including this incredible local goat cheese spread!) & sharing a pitcher of sangria ;) Hey, you only live once! I’d say I’m starting 29 off with a bang.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s spotlight for Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doin’ their thang. Remember last fall when I ran in the Reach the Beach relay with 11 other fabulous ladies? Well, I was lucky enough to meet the beautiful, confident, bubbly Ashley Diamond who also ran the relay! I loved her big, welcoming personality, making RTB newbies like me much more comfortable. I’m thrilled to feature Ashley on the blog today; she sure is one “Healthy Chick” you’ll love getting to know!

NAME/AGE: Ashley Diamond / 32

BLOG/TWITTER: A Healthy, Happier Bear and I am on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter at
@healthyhappier

CURRENT CITY: Brooklyn, New York

PHOTO TAKEN: This picture was taken while hiking in Vermont with my family this June.

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Since graduating college in 2006, I have worked for Procter & Gamble in their sales organization. Over the past few years I have developed a niche and expertise in eCommerce and am currently leading the team who supports the NYC based online retailers such as Jet.com. I am so thankful to work for a company that supports their empoloyees and is filled with incredible people.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Helping others realize that regardless how busy their schedule, they have the ability to live a healthy, happier lifestyle.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Outside enjoying sunshine and fresh air, preferably either on the water or hiking.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Want nothing more than to collapse on the couch with a glass of wine, dark chocolate and read a good book or catch up on my favorite television shows.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES:

  • Fage Greek Yogurt as I eat this for breakfast Monday through Friday.
  • Fresh fruit (bananas, peaches and berries) as I love to top my yogurt with them in the morning and snack on them in the evening.
  • Sparkling water via our SodaStream as my husband and I have replaced our Diet Coke habit with sparkling water since giving it up a year and a half ago. I love adding mint or lime to my sparkling water for added flavor.

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

  1. My husband and I lived abroad from July 2013 – July 2015 in London, England and Geneva, Switzerland.
  2. I didn’t make health a priority until my senior year of college, ten years ago, when I lost 50 pounds.
  3. Growing up in Savannah, Georgia provided me with an appreciation for good seafood, time on the water, Southern hospitality and the inclusion of y’all in my daily vocabulary.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Running, especially if it’s with a friend.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Seafood

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:  Your health journey can start anytime you’re ready but the most important thing is to take it one day at a time and set, small manageable goals for yourself whether they are measured in pounds, minutes or miles.

Big thank you to Ashley for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community! If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

Embracing 29 (and Letting Go of Expectations)

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29.

Yesterday was my 29th birthday. The final year of my 20s. Almost 30. True adulthood.

Like all of my past birthdays, a bajillion feelings come sneaking their way to the surface, and I get a little self-judgy. It’s a time where I reflect back on where I am now, and where I think I “should” be.

When I was 22, I thought I had it allll figured out. I was ripe out of college, and had just moved to Boston with my best friend to start our lives in the city. I had super high expectations for myself of where I’d be at certain milestones in life — career, personal successes, love life and more. I would nail my dream job, find a husband, and make it big.

By 29, I’d be established in my career, own a big house with a backyard and grill, have a puppy and maybe a kid on the way. Put simply, I’d have my “shit together,” you know as adults should.

While things certainly didn’t map out as “planned,” I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We struggle, we change, we make decisions we don’t know are “right” but they feel right so they’re right for right now. That’s the beauty of it all.

Last week was my last week at my “real job,” and in two weeks from today my amazing husband & I will be moving outside the city to the suburbs. It’s a time of true transition, change, and exploration.

Maybe we don’t have the big house with a yard, but we’ll be comfortable. While there’s no puppy or kids in the picture just yet, it’s sure fun to talk about them and we’re soaking in all the date nights in the meantime. While I do not have an established, stable career, I have a dream and a passion like no other. I will let that carry me through.

Life certainly doesn’t look as I thought it would, but I’m learning to be OK with that. Going into the big 2-9, I’m letting go of expectations and simply allowing myself to be FREE — free to do me, to create, to live the way I want to live.

29, bring it on. Let’s see what you’ve got!

What do birthdays mean to you? Do you put pressure on yourself to be at certain places in your life?

xoxo,

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Bike-Riding, Holistic Wellness Pro Who Loves a Good Brunch

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Happy Friday, loves! I don’t know about you, but I’m totally feelin’ those weekend vibes. Maybe it’s the fact that I wore my new hippie elephant dress for the first time today, and totally felt in my element. Anyway, it’s time to move along to this week’s feature for Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doing their thang.

I’m excited to intro you to the ever so beautiful Maura, who I was lucky enough to meet at Balans Organic Spa in Boston. (If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a must…their massages are on-point!) I love Maura’s passion for what she does, and how she totally walks the talk when it comes to holistic wellness. I’ll let you see for yourself!

NAME/AGE: Maura McCartney / 25 years old

BLOG/TWITTER: Balans Lifestyle Blog

CURRENT CITY: Boston

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): LA / 2015

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I support individuals to lead more vibrant, fulfilling lives by optimizing health, habits and lifestyle choices. I am the nutrition and health consultant at Balans Organic Spa and Balans Wellness studio — I absolutely love it! There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing my clients blossom into healthier, more confident people each week. To see their lives shift due to the effort, patience and consistency they’ve invested into themselves is what makes my role so satisfying.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Spreading the holistic lifestyle message.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Outside in the sunshine + maintaining work/ life balance!

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Doubt my abilities and strengths… but I continue to practice kicking
that doubt to the curb!

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Avocado, chia seeds + a blender

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: BRUNCH. Quality coffee, homemade yogurt parfait, an omelet packed with broccoli, and great company is how I like to party.

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:
1. I completed my first Spartan Beast race in May and finished 4th overall for women (which completely surprised
me!)

2. I studied EcoGastronomy (sustainability of food systems/ Slow Food) in northern Italy for 5 months and dream
about it constantly.

3. I ride my bike everywhere. I only took the train to work 4 times this winter… which is 4 times more than I
would’ve liked!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Boxing + soccer. I need more yoga and stretching in my life, but I just love the feeling I get from running around on a soccer field and pushing myself during the burnout rounds in a boxing class.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Oatmeal + raw cacao powder + almond butter + coconut oil + chia seeds.

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:
Healthy living is not about being perfect or adhering to a diet. It’s about committing to self-care and valuing YOUR needs
regardless of how stressful or overwhelming life can get. It is not selfish to put your needs first, you absolutely deserve it.

Big thank you to Maura for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom


Developing A Summer Mindset + My Night Out in Chestnut Hill Square

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This past Monday officially marked the first day of summer, and I was lucky enough to ring it in with a few other bloggers for a night of fitness, shopping & dining in Chestnut Hill Square.

We started the night off with a sweaty spin sesh at SoulCycle, followed by some shopping at Athleta (where I just had to buy these crops in Tahitian Teal, don’t they just scream summer?!?) After some shopping, it was time for dinner at Seasons52, where we were wined + dined galore.

We started off with a Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail (a sneak peek from their new summer menu!), and our lovely waitress brought us a couple different flatbreads to try: Blacked Steak & Blue Cheese and Lobster & Fresh Mozzarella. Both were absolutely delicious, but the lobster one was the favorite; I think it was the lobster sour cream that really put me over the edge ;)

After the flatbreads, we moved onto a watermelon feta & heirloom tomato salad, which was oh so refreshing! Our waitress then brought out another strawberry cocktail to try, with fresh strawberries that were infused in vodka…oh my! (Time to start pacing myself!)

For my main dish, I chose the Wild Alaskan Copper River Salmon, which was served with creamy lemon risotto, peas and asparagus — pretty much my dream combo! Dessert was an array of mini shooters (ranging from key lime pie to chocolate peanut butter tote) but I had to pass since I was STUFFED to the max.

I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the first day of summer, and I am so grateful to the team at Chestnut Hill Square for including me in a fun & delicious girls night out. Sweating, seasonal dining & evening’s out with amazing like-minded people is truly what makes summer so magical for me!

TIME TO STEP INTO A SUMMER MINDSET

Speaking of summer, if you haven’t already, it’s time to step into a summer mindset. I’ve been hearing a lot of fat talk, body-bashing and shedding the weight for bikini season, and every year it makes me just as angry.

So I ask you to check in with yourself, and ask what kind of mindset you’ve been having lately. If it’s one of self-hate or negativity,  you may want to dig a little deeper and ask what summer truly meals to you.

What makes you FEEL your best self during the summer months?

How can you incorporate more play + celebration into your life?

Who are the kinds of people you want to surround yourself with this season?

How can you appreciate, celebrate, nourish + LOVE UP your bod this summer?

Do you have a special intention you’d like to work toward?

Reflect on those questions, let them sink in. After all, you have no one to prove yourself to other than yourself. All that other sh*t doesn’t matter. It’s time to take charge of the season & make this one rockin’ summer of (self)love to go down in the books!

xoxo

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Mindful, Crafting, Hula-hooping machine

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Crafty people inspire me. There’s something about the art of crafting that brings me back to childhood. It fills my soul with the feeling of playfulness, freedom & not taking life too seriously. So it’s no surprise that when I met Tori of kitchen + kraft, I was immediately drawn in by her playful nature. With a tagline of “rad things for mindful living,” you’ve totally got me sold ;) I’ll let you meet Tori for yourself, and hopefully you too take a away a little inspiration!

NAME/AGE: Tori Kendrew / 25 years old

BLOG/TWITTER: kitchenandkraft.com / @kitchenandkraft

CURRENT CITY: Lynnfield, MA

PHOTO TAKEN: Last Summer on Nantucket on the way to Something Natural (only the BEST sandwich place on the island)

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I own a small creative business where I do natural fabric dyeing and make mindful home and kitchen accessories. I am currently at the tail-end of a year long holistic health coaching certification course and love creating in the kitchen as well. Smoothie bowls are a specialty of mine!

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Living a healthful life

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Finishing up a run outside or in shavasana at the end of a sweaty yoga class

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Eat too much almond butter

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Spinach, dates, bananas

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Watching alllll the reality TV (Can you blame me?!)

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

1) I’ve run three half marathons. The Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC, the Newburyport Half Marathon in Newburyport, MA and an Earth Day Half Marathon in North Andover, MA.

2) I crocheted a sweater that is worn by actress Juno Temple in the Whitey Bulger movie, Black Mass.

3) I can hula hoop like no one’s business.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Running

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Roasted root veggies

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: I believe 100% in synchronicity. I think that when you’re following your heart and living your passion, things line up as they should and assure you that you are on the right path. Listen to that voice inside of you and do you, always. You’re the only one that can make YOU happy.

Big thank you to Tori for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

xoxo,

Rachel

 
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