How I Got Over My Fear of Saying No

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Saying no used to scare the crap out of me. Being the people pleaser that I am, I was afraid saying no would let someone down, make me look bad or hurt someone else’s feelings.

What if they don’t like me anymore?

What if they get mad at me?

What if I miss out?

These are the kinds of thoughts that would swim through my head. Then I realized something: saying ‘no’ to the things that don’t quite serve you or light you up is actually saying YES to yourself.

Let me repeat that because it’s a biggie: Saying ‘no’ to the things that don’t serve you or light you up is actually saying YES to yourself.

Doesn’t that take the pressure off like whoa? When you look at it this way, saying no actually puts you in a place of power, control and confidence. Rather than being concerned about what other’s think of you, you step into a place of feminine confidence.

And the more you say no with purpose, the more fabulous you feel. (Trust me.)

Lately, I’ve set some boundaries for myself in order to stick to it, and make sure I don’t fall back into old habits. One of my favorite things to do is anytime I’m torn or have to make a big decision, I ask myself two simple questions:

Is this serving me in a way that feels good to me right now?

Am I excited by this opportunity?

If the answer is no, I know in my heart that saying yes would only hurt me in the long run — by stressing me out, burning me out or making me resent saying yes in the first place. By saying no to those “meh” opportunities, you make way for those shining, sparkling “Hell ya!” opportunities, all while coming from a place of authenticity.

Recently, I’ve had this come up in my life twice in the past week. For one, I said no to an opportunity that would bring in a great deal of money, but the kind of work I’d be doing didn’t feel right or true to me. I wasn’t excited, and I knew I’d be miserable so I said ‘no’ with confidence.

Then just yesterday, I passed up on an opportunity with my blog, when a brand approached me and wanted me to promote their new product line (without actually giving me a sample of the product or paying me any compensation). While old me would have said yes years ago to be “nice,” I said no because I’m not going to put my heart + effort into something without getting anything back AND I had no previous relationship with the brand. When you’re like me and give, give, give all the time, it’s really important to also receive.

Long story short, there is no shame in saying no. In fact, when you say no from a place of confidence and authenticity, it’s actually pretty darn admirable.

I want to hear from you! Do you struggle with saying no? What are your top techniques for saying ‘no’ to something you truly don’t want to do?

xoxo,

Rachel

My go-to tips for keeping pms symptoms at bay

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If you’re one of the not-so-lucky ones like me, that time of the month can be a b*tch. I made the personal decision to go off of my birth control pills about six years ago, as I didn’t want synthetic hormones in my body. After going off of it, I started to feel much better emotionally, and also noticed my belly bloat went down tremendously.

However, some of the not-so-fun side effects — like cramping and breakouts — remained. Fortunately, over the years, I’ve discovered some natural ways to keep these symptoms at bay.

FOR YOUR SKIN

If you deal with hormonal skin breakouts, first and foremost I suggest getting to the root of the problem — looking at things like your diet, how much water you’re drinking and even considering an herbal supplement to help balance hormones. (I’m a huge fan of Megafood Women’s One Daily which contains a balancing blend including Ashwagandha, ginger, dandelion, and raspberry leaf.)

But for on-the-spot breakouts, I love the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Bentonite Clay Mask. It pulls out nasty stuff from your pores, and leaves your skin feeling fresh & glowing. You can buy it online or at your local Whole Foods for under $10!

FOR BELLY BLOAT

During that time of the month, I try to limit my caffeine intake which can work against you in excess — same goes for alcohol! Instead, I reach for herbal tea like peppermint to ease belly bloat while cooling and calming the body. It’s great for any digestive issues too!

FOR TUMMY CRAMPS + HEADACHES

Midol used to be my go-to, and I’ll admit I still reach for it from time to time if the going gets rough! However, I recently discovered Clary Calm essential oil blend. It contains a soothing blend of clary sage, lavender, bergamot, roman chamomile, cedarwood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, palmarosa, and berry essential oils specifically designed to support a women’s menstrual cycle.

It comes in a lovely roller bottle, which I like to rub on my tummy, behind my neck and on my chest during that time of the month. It’s totally helps ease my cramping and headaches and I’m so happy to have found something that works for me! (You can

FOR YOUR MOOD

Mood swings got ya down? Start by taking a look at your diet! I like to up my magnesium levels, starting with dark leafy greens. Throw ‘em in your green smoothies, stir-fries and omelets or make a big ol’ salad. Your body will thank you! I notice that when I’m eating clean, whole foods, it also helps minimize other not-so-fun symptoms too!

Do you struggle with PMS? What are your favorite ways to keep your symptoms at bay?

xoxo,

Rachel

7 Ways to Detox Your Body, Mind & Soul This Season (Without Dieting)

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Can you feel it in the air? I don’t know about you, but my body definitely feels these seasonal shifts like WHOA. As we transition into fall from the fiery, fast-paced summer, our bodies are often seeking a break — to ground and press reset.

Fall is the perfect season to slow down, get back to our roots and re-energize. It’s also a great time to boost the immune system, shed unwanted weight and let go of things that no longer serve us.

Here are 7 simple ways to detox your body, mind & soul this season (without dieting)!

SET YOUR FALL INTENTION

Intentions don’t have to be reserved for yoga classes and New Year’s Day. Take the start of a new season as a time to get clear about your intention for the next few months. Do you want to take more time for yourself? Practice work-life balance? Work on your patience with the kids? Be more present when home with your family? Think about the areas in your life you’ve been neglecting lately, and start there. Write it down, set a goal and stick to it.

DE-CLUTTER + RELEASE NEGATIVE ENERGY

Now is the perfect time to get rid of all that extra clutter that’s getting in the way! Ask yourself what types of things you are holding onto (both physically + emotionally) that are causing extra “clutter” in your life. Make a list. Now find a way to get rid of some of that extra weight so you can move through life more freely and make way for new beginnings. When dealing with pent up negative energy, strive to look for a positive outlet like running, cleaning or trying that deep relaxation yoga class. You’ll feel a sense of relief, and will be better able to serve yourself, your family and others. Sometimes all it really takes is a simple shift in perspective!

EAT SEASONAL, WHOLE FOODS

During the summer our body needs & craves lighter, cooling foods (like berries, cucumbers & watermelon) but come fall it’s important to incorporate more cooked meals, warming spices and grounding foods. Some of my favorite fall foods are pears, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and pumpkin. Load up on warming spices like cinnamon & clove, which also act as a natural sweet-tooth tamer!

AMP UP YOUR SELF-CARE

What do you do to take care of yourself? It’s absolutely impossible to live a wholesome, healthy lifestyle when you’re not making time for self-care. Some of my favorite ways to put me first are diffusing calming essential oils, self-massage, deep breathing, meditation and journaling. Do what works for you.

HYDRATE

Not only does water hydrate your system, but it actually can help promote better digestion, clearer skin and focus. Win, win, win! One of my favorite ways to start the day — especially as the weather cools down — is a mug of warm water with the juice of half a lemon. This helps energize the body and cleanse the liver! As you start detoxing, also think about cutting back on toxins like excessive caffeine and sugary beverages.

MOVE MORE

Find an exercise that works for you, and do more of that! Some fall favorites include hiking, grounding yoga classes, tennis and playing with the kiddos outside.

DISCOVER YOUR SUPER FOODS!

What makes us beautiful is that we are all different, and what works for one may not work for another. That’s why it’s important to really get to know your body, and the foods that make you feel good! A great way to do this is through an elimination diet, where you remove common allergens and foods that may cause inflammation like  dairy, wheat and alcohol. In my upcoming Fall Whole Foods Detox we remove potential sensitive foods from our diet, and then slowly add them back in to see how our body reacts.

Are you looking to detox your body naturally this fall, and have your most energized, uplifting, delicious, healthy season yet? I’d love for you to join me and some fabulous ladies for my 14-day Fall Whole Foods Detox group starting September 26th. You can learn more + sign up here. (Note: if you sign up with a friend you each save $15)


Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Wandering Yogi Who Would Love To Cook You Dinner

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Happy Friday, love bugs! On to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doing their thang in the community.

I first met Ashley when I moved into my new apartment complex. I was writing and playing with a new delivery of essential oils, when she walked over to me and asked if I was a yoga teacher. “I wish,” I replied, as I explained to her what I do. We got to talking, and I found out Ashley has an amazing instagram account with 17K+ followers, showcasing her journey as a yogi.

This chick is pretty darn inspiring, and I’m excited to celebrate her today! I especially love her message at the end ;)

NAME/AGE: Ashley Zhang, 21

INSTAGRAM: @Ashley.yoga

CURRENT CITY: Fishers, Indiana

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): May 2016 in Charleston, Illinois

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Full time student

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Yoga, cooking, travelling

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: being active outside, enjoying my favorite fruits, and laughing those unexpected big belly laughs

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I fall off the wagon, lose motivation to exercise and practice yoga, eat way too many slices of pizza, and get irritable and upset

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Coffee maker, blender, hot water kettle

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: A big bowl of noodle soup, or a good ol’ peanut butter jelly sandwich

SONG THAT MOVES YOU: Anything with a good beat

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

(1) I have articles in two yoga magazines.

(2) I find joy in cooking for other people.

(3) I have the laugh of a chipmunk according to my friends who always make fun of me for it.

FAVORITE BODY PART: I love my body in its entirety, not necessarily because my legs are as strong as I want them to be, or I have a six pack, or because I have sculpted arms, but because they each serve a purpose and allow me to do the things that I love everyday

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Weight lifting and yoga

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:  It is okay to call yourself beautiful, to say your own eyes are pretty, and to love your waist and legs regardless of their size. It’s not conceited to use your fingers and point out all the things you are good at, rather than pointing at your flaws. You are so much more wonderful, beautiful, and magical than you ever give yourself credit for. Be proud of who you are.

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

What do you do when you have 2 pounds of cherry tomatoes? Make Gazpacho!

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Late-summer is such a beautiful, magical time. The air starts to become a bit more crisp, and the sun goes down a little earlier. The harvest changes as well, with seasonal favorites like eggplant and figs coming into play.

So what do you do when you’ve got 2 pounds of cherry tomatoes hanging out in your fridge? You make gazpacho, of course!

Late-Summer Gazpacho

recipe inspired by Holli Thompson

  • 3 c. cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 red pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 3 tsp. coconut vinegar (or vinegar of your choosing)
  • 2 tb. olive oil
  • sea salt for seasoning (to your taste)
  • spicy seasoning blend (we love “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun Seasoning)
  • fresh peaches, tomato or sprouts for a topper

1. Soak all of the produce in water for 5 minutes, then train. Transfer to a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix).

2. Blend on high until mixture is smooth. Then add in vinegar, sea salt, and seasonings. Blend on low for another minute. Feel free to taste as you go to get the flavor just right!

3. Pour into mini shooters or cups, and top with fresh chopped peaches, sprouts or tomatoes.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Rachel


Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Fennel-Obsessed, Musical, Real Food Advocate

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Happy Friday, lovies! I’m getting ready to head to the Cape for my sister’s Bachelorette Party and couldn’t be more excited for a weekend of beaching, wine tasting and festivities.

I’m thrilled to bring you this week’s spotlight on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doing their thang in the community. Every once in a while, you meet a woman so beautiful (on the inside & out) and so sure of herself, that it kind of takes you aback. That’s how I feel about my dear friend Atara, who I recently discovered has a secret talent for food photography and is now utilizing it in her business. Seriously, how cool is that?

Prepare to be dazzled (and for your tummy to growl)! ;)

NAME/AGE: Atara, 26

BLOG: The Fennel Frond

CURRENT CITY: Washington, DC

PHOTO TAKEN: In Pittsburgh at my favorite contemporary art museum, The Mattress Factory.

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Freelance photography, and creative projects like The Wandering – an intimate plant based gathering series that I co-founded with Alexandra Dawson.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: food, duh!

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM… exercising regularly, eating nourishing food, creating, and investing in my friendships wholeheartedly.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I treat myself to ice cold, and painfully bubbly fountain soda.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Olive oil, smoked salt, fennel seeds

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: cornbread

SONG THAT MOVES YOU: Pink Moon, Nick drake

FOUR FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:
1. My second passion after food is music. I love lots of different genres, and believe that any musical style in its mastered form is transcendent (hip hop, pop, rock, jazz, folk). Some of my favorite bands include The Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Dave Brubeck, Real Estate, and Frank Ocean, which should prove my diversity in interest and how much I covet great music. In high school I was really into jam bands and I followed Phish around the Northeast and saw them 19 times! I’m totally obsessive…

2. I got my first degree in photography and design and I’m a total stickler for well designed everything as a result- even emails. It definitely makes me come across as a pretentious idiot, but oh well. I’m also a sucker for beautiful packaging, and can be tricked into buying pretty much any product so long as it has dazzling packaging. Secret’s out…

3. I am a huge cheese lover and put cheese on everything. In high school I went vegan for a few months and crumbled (no pun intended) due to severe cheese longing. Needless to say, I am no longer a vegan.

4. I spent three years working at sweetgreen, managing their sweetgreen in schools program – a nutrition education initiative for kids in elementary schools. During my tenure there, I spent my time teaching children to love real food. Raw, plant-based, wholesome deliciousness.  I had the opportunity to convert thousands of picky eaters into herbivores. My background has taught me a lot about the way people interact with food. The first, is that coupling food with a positive and fun experience has the power to challenge a picky eater instead of scaring them into a shell of anxiety. Second is that most people want to eat healthfully. Our very broken food system has made it nearly impossible for many to embrace a healthful lifestyle. Lastly – food does not need to be so complicated. Creating satisfying, affordable, ethical and delicious meals start by simply leveraging the best available ingredients to create an inspired dish. That’s what inspired me to start my food blog, The Fennel Frond.

FAVORITE BODY PART: my chataranga arms

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: jivamukti yoga with ample chanting

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:

My knee jerk reaction when others compliment me or my work is to respond with a self deprecating joke. I think this is a result of decades of the patriarchy telling us that we are not allowed to be proud of our work, that we need to apologize, that we need to bring ourselves down when others are bringing us up — tip toeing our way around the world all so that we don’t come across as a bitchy, corporate caricature of ourselves. It’s hard being a woman in this age, it’s hard to know how to be. We can’t be too meek, or we’ll be taken advantage of, but we also can’t be too forward. We’re forced to toe the line. I think it’s time to just be ourselves — completely and unabashedly, and eff the haters.

Big thank you to Atara 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

New Month, New You: 9 Ways to Boost Your Energy Naturally This Season

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Happy September, beauties! I love the beginning of a month — the perfect time to re-set and gear clear about your vision. It couldn’t be more true this month, as we also have a New Moon to celebrate. Hip Hip, Hooray!

Something I’ve been really focusing on these past few months is my energy levels. I recently became aware that my thyroid levels are a bit out of whack, not enough to put me on medication but still borderline in the hypothyroid range. The first thing I told my doctor was that I wanted to take care of this naturally, so I did my homework and got to work. I’m already feeling much better, and anticipate my next blood test to see what’s up.

Now while many of you may not have thyroid issues, I’m sure most of you deal with energy slumps especially as we’re in the midst of a seasonal shift. As we move into back-to-school fall mode, I wanted to share with you some natural ways you can boost your energy!

LIMIT YOUR CAFFEINE

I know, I know. This one was tough for me. Heck, I even have a tank that says “But First, Coffee.” When I was working in my high-stress full time job, I often drank 2 -3 cups of coffee a day, often times in the afternoon. Talk about energy dips! Nowadays, I limit myself to a couple cups of coffee each week. And when I do drink it, I aim to make it myself at-home, and strive to truly enjoy it in the morning with or after my breakfast. For me, coffee brings a sense of comfort and I especially enjoy it around family + friends.

BUT FIRST, WATER

What my tee really should say is “But First, Water!” I know we hear this one all of the time, but I can’t stress it enough. Be sure to carry a water bottle with you throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated all day long. Consider drinking a cup of warm water with lemon at the beginning of the day to give yourself an energizing boost, and help cleanse your liver. And if you don’t love the taste of plain water, try sprucing it up with mint, citrus fruit or berries.

LOAD UP ON LEAFY GREENS

Stock up on leafy greens like kale, spinach, collard greens and swiss chard. Sneak greens into veggie-packed green smoothies in the morning, salads at lunch, or a steamed side at dinner. (All you need is a little garlic, lemon and sea salt for a delicious and low-cal side!) I love making nutrient-packed green smoothies with my best friend: the Vitamix.

EAT CLEAN (MOST OF THE TIME)

Clean to me means as close to its natural state as possible, with limited added ingredients. This means choosing whole grain quinoa or rolled oats instead of granola bars or instant breakfast; whole raw fruits rather than fruit flavored beverages; organic meats in place of microwavable frozen dinners or takeout; sprouts and beans versus a canned, sodium-packed veggies. Eating clean makes you feel clean, rejuvenated and alive! Also, attempt to eat in season when you can for ultimate nutritional value!

SHOOT FOR SUPERFOODS

Superfoods are the superheroes of health food, as they provide a whole gamut of health benefits. My favorites for energy include cacao (in powder or whole form), gogi berries (perfect trail mix staple), maca (great in powder form to add into smoothies and shakes) and honey (go for raw, unrefined forms). The best source for superfoods in my opinion is Organic Living Superfoods, a local Walpole-based company that’s doing it right!

LEARN WHICH FOODS WORK FOR YOU

All of our bodies are made different, and what works for your best friend may not work for you! Put your detective cap on, and start noting which foods make you feel energized and refreshed, and which suck your energy, make you feel dull or bloated. Listen to your body, and it will tell you what’s up. If you need help figuring this out, my 14-day Whole Foods Detox coming up this fall would be perfect for you!

DE-STRESS

This one may have been the biggest for me! By running around trying to please everyone and be “the best” at my job, I was neglecting the most important person: myself. My body definitely took a toll, as without realizing it I was burning myself out slowly but surely. I now make sure I put myself first. This means taking a little nap when my body craves one, breathing, meditating and saying NO more often to the things that don’t serve me.

PLAY WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils have become a huge part of my life, and I have a bottle for almost any ailment! When it comes to increasing my energy + “waking up”, my go-tos are peppermint, lemon, grapefruit and citrus bliss. I love diffusing in my home, or mixing with coconut oil to rub on my body! If you’d like to start your own journey with essential oils, feel free to shoot me an email. I’m happy to answer any questions!

MOVE YOUR BODY

There’s a big misconception that you have to be an Olympic-like athlete to work out. That’s so not the case! Find something you love, and do more of that. Lately for me this includes walking, indoor cycling, weights, intervals, and the occasional yoga. And when you can, try to take your workout outside! It’s amazing what some fresh air can do for our energy levels.

Happy energizing! If you’re looking to get back to basics with your health through whole foods + self care and boost your energy levels naturally, I’d love to invite you to join my 14-Day Whole Foods Group Detox coming up this fall. You can get all the details over here.

xoxo,

Rachel

Summer Lovin’: What I’m Crushing on this August

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August has been a whirlwind of a month for me. I joined the SheBreathes team (I’ll be teaching a Journaling Class + will be available for 1:1 health coaching), got settled into our new apartment, stood by my dear friend’s side at her wedding in Virginia, and traveled to Greece to watch my soul sister marry the love of her life sea-side in the beautiful village of Eressos.

As we prepare to transition into fall (my favorite season!) and close out the month, I wanted to share with you some of my August obsessions. Here are some things I’ve been crushing on big-time lately:

CLARY CALM ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

Where has this been all my life? I’m absolutely in love with this essential oil blend, and use it quite often. This monthly blend for women works to keep hormones in check, and minimize those not-so-fun symptoms. During that time of the month (which also happened to be while I was traveling!), I rubbed it on my belly and on my pressure points…and NO cramps. I kid you not, this is the first time I didn’t have to take Midol for my discomfort. Lady friends, get yourself a bottle. Feel free to reach out for more info on essential oils…I’m happy to get you started ;)

DIY TONER

Speaking of essential oils, I also concocted my own toner this month using equal parts apple cider vinegar + water, and then adding a few drops of lemongrass and tea tree oil. I love spritzing this on my face in the morning before makeup, and throughout the day whenever I need a little refresh. Making your own beauty products is super fun, and you can save lots of money doing so!

FUNKY HIPPY PANTS

Just ask my husband, I practically live in these pants! I bought them at a little shop in Newport this summer, and can’t get enough of them. For me, summer is all about being comfy and free and these pants do the trick ;)

LET IT OUT WITH KATIE DALEBOUT PODCAST

I stumbled upon Katie’s podcast a few weeks ago during my social-media hiatus, and absolutely fell in love with her energy and style. She interviews some super cool chicks, each speaker always leaving you with some sweet little nuggets of wisdom. I highly recommend her podcast, and you can learn more about Katie here in her Healthy Chicks in the Community feature.

SIMPLE ONE-BOWL RECIPES

When it comes to cooking, I like to keep it simple. I am so not the girl who follows a recipe to a T, and hate anything too complicated requiring 20+ ingredients. In the summer, I especially like to keep the cooking to a minimum, and one-bowl meals are where it’s at. Last night, I made this Quinoa with Herby Avocado + Tahini Cream and Summer Vegetables created by my dear friend Atara of The Fennel Frond. Trust me, this one’s a must. I left out the feta cheese because hubby + I overdosed in Greece, and added some fresh garlic to the sauce…because, garlic is everything.

JOURNALING

I can’t get enough of my journal lately! Ever since I left my full-time job and moved (two huge life changes), my journal has been my place of comfort (even more so than usual). I love writing my morning pages to clear my head, jotting down ideas that spark me at random, and sharing my dreams.

TRAVEL

As I mentioned, this month has been a big one for travel. I especially loved visiting Greece for my first time, and completely fell in love with the culture. The people on the island were so hospitable, constantly feeding us (Oh, the food! I’m still dreaming about the cheese pie and mousakka), playing live music, and bringing us rounds and rounds of ouzo. Opa!

MOO BUSINESS CARDS

I love, love, love my new MOO business cards! Seriously, how cute are these itty bitty babies? I love that they’re personalized to me, using all of my own instagram posts. They definitely scream “Rachel!” Love ‘em as much as I do? Snag some of your own here! Note: I chose the square design.

SUCCULENTS

I mean, what’s not to love? These guys make any day more sunshiny :) And Briggs Garden Center is pretty much succulent heaven.

What are you currently crushing on, lately?

xoxo,

Rachel

Fall Detox Group Program: Recharge + Ground Your Body For The New Season in 14 Days

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Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. I love the crisp air, perusing the farmer’s market, picking apples straight off the tree, and the smell of a fresh pot of soup cooking on the stove. It’s the season of apple picking, transition, and also when I got married to the love of my life.

When transitioning from a hot, sweaty, go-go-go summer, fall is also my favorite time to re-set and get back to the basics through lots of self-care, clean eating and slowing down.

Meet the 14-day fall whole foods detox

That’s why I’m going to be hosting a 14-day REAL FOOD group detox group, starting the end of September. This interactive program is designed to cleanse and pamper your body from the inside out —improving your digestion and eating whole, seasonal foods that are designed to support your body’s natural processes of detoxification and cleansing.

But as you know by now, I’m so not into dieting, so I made sure this program is chock-full of real, seasonal foods (60 recipes worth!), daily self care tips, a step-by-step guide and even journaling prompts to keep you inspired throughout our journey.

No deprivation.

No fad diets.

No starvation.

Just a real plan to tackle your health and bring your bod back into balance.  This step-by-step approach to detoxing is designed to help you finally figure out which foods fuel you—and which ones don’t—safely and quickly, WITHOUT feeling like you’re missing out on your favorite foods.

THE DEETS

Dates:

The Group Detox Program starts on Monday, September 26th — just in time for the first week of fall!

What’s included?

  • Fall Detox Guide: A step-by-step manual that’s chock-full of everything you need to know to detox in a safe and natural way, plus countless physical and emotional support tools that will beautify your body from the inside out.
  • Recipe Guide: Packed with over 60 scrumptious recipes that will improve digestion, decrease inflammation, and keep you feeling satisfied.
  • Daily Email Support: I’m right there with ya, girlfriend! I’ll be in your inbox daily to provide support and accountability during the 14 days, as well as 4 days before to get your body prepared. We’ll also have daily journaling prompts to keep you inspired!
  • 14-Day Guide with Suggested Meals: This will help you stay on track and take the guesswork out of meals during your detox.
  • 14-Day At a Glance: A day-by-day protocol for your entire detox, with easy-to-follow recipes that make this journey the easiest thing you’ve EVER done.
  • Seasonal Shopping List: Let me make trips to the grocery store or local farmer’s market super simple, which makes preparing and cooking for your detox a breeze.
  • Food Diary: This amazing and beautiful tool will help you keep track of how you’re feeling physically, mentally and emotionally throughout the program.
  • Access to Our Private Facebook Group: Stay connected with other fabulous women throughout the program, and get daily inspirational support from yours truly!
  • Bonus: Surprise healthy superfoods snack sent your way plus you get a BONUS 30-Minute Post-Detox ‘Body Love’ Nourishment Session with me when you sign up via the early bird special!
Here are some of the results you can expect during the program:
  • You’ll likely lose a few extra pounds & feel amazing in your body!
  • You’ll feel lighter, experience an inner glow that others notice immediately, and have tons of natural energy (minus the crash that accompanies your daily cup of coffee).
  • You’ll ditch sugar cravings for good…it’s not that hard, I promise!
  • You’ll snooze like a Sleeping Beauty, without tossing and turning all night long.
  • You’ll de-bloat your belly — uncomfortable jeans, be gone!

Pricing + Sign Up:

Early Bird Special: $47 when you sign-up by September 12th. (ENDED!)
Regular Price: $67
Gal Pal Duo: $104 (save $15 each)
Fall Detox Group Program

Common Questions:

WILL I BE STARVING?

Not at all! There are over 60 recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there is room for snacks in between. Every meal is delicious and created by a fabulous chef to nourish your body from the inside out. This program is not about starvation or deprivation, and we are not counting calories or dwelling on carbs. You will feel satisfied with every bite. If you do get hungry, there are extra snack recipes included!

CAN I STILL WORK OUT DURING THE PROGRAM?

Please work out during the program! If you feel tired or have low energy, exercising restores both strength and energy. During this program, you will be eating protein and drinking plenty of liquids, so if you’re already exercising, there’s no reason to stop! It is important to remember that whenever you change the foods you eat, your body changes as well. Please consult with your doctor if you have any specific concerns about your health.

WHAT SORT OF PROTEINS WILL I BE EATING?

You will have the option to choose between various plant or animal-based proteins, which will be listed out for you in your recipes and suggested meals. There are so many clean-eating protein sources to choose from, you won’t get bored with your options!

AM I ONLY GOING TO BE DRINKING JUICES AND SMOOTHIES?

No way! While there are some juices and smoothies for you to choose from, you will also be eating salads, soups, and even desserts that are delicious and nutritious and will eliminate toxins from your body in a safe and natural way.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE SUPPLEMENTS, PILLS AND POWDERS?

Nope, not in this program, although it is recommended to take a daily probiotic (We’ll learn how to do this through food too!)

WILL I FEEL WEAK DURING THE PROGRAM?

You are going to feel so healthy and energized it will amaze you! In the beginning, your body may go through a “ healing phase”  to re-balance and let go of toxicity. It is important to listen to your body through this program, and I will be here to support you with that. I will guide you step by step through exactly what can be done to reduce any unwanted symptoms that may appear. This program is completely flexible because we’re here to figure out what works for YOU!

WHAT SIDE EFFECTS MIGHT I EXPERIENCE?

Some people go through this program and feel nothing but energized, while others may feel tired or light-headed as their bodies eliminate and let go of unnecessary toxins. The experience will differ from one person to the next, but this program is designed with that in mind. You’ll have access to all the tools you need to keep any unwanted symptoms at bay.

I HAVE A KNOWN MEDICAL CONDITION. IS THIS STILL SAFE FOR ME?

While this program is based on eating only whole foods, it is still advised that you consult your physician before beginning this or any program. Note: It is important to consult your physician before beginning any new eating or exercise program. This is a clean-eating program designed to teach you the difference between foods that inflame you and foods that fuel you. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Fiery, Animal-Loving, Hula-Hooping Cali Babe

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Happy Friday, loves! I’m off in Virginia, celebrating a dear friend’s wedding on a vineyard. Then on Monday, I jet off to Greece with my husband for another friend’s wedding. I couldn’t be more excited to soak in all the joy + magic of the season. Seriously, someone pinch me.

Anyway, on to this week’s spotlight on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly feature highlighting badass women doing their thang in the community. Celsea is a lovely young woman, who I had the pleasure to work with at my last job. She’s sweet, bright, witty and full of life! Celsea’s totally a gal after my own heart, always up to multiple projects + endeavors, vs. working just one 9-to-5 job.

I’ll let you meet this fiery red-head for yourself!

NAME/AGE: Celsea Novotny Jenkins

BLOG/TWITTER: FreshMeetsFierce.com@CelseaJenkins on Instagram

CURRENT CITY: Oakland, CA

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): A few months ago at my home in the Oakland Hills with one of my dogs, Bernadette

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Right now I do freelance writing and marketing and I’m helping sweetgreen grow in Northern California. I’m definitely a generalist and love doing a lot of different things. Earlier this summer I was on tour with Wanderlust, and I’ve worked with large brands as well. I’m a connector so bringing people together and doing different types of work is really fun for me.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: I’d like to say healthy food, but really it’s the well-being of animals which affects me deeply. Animals don’t have a voice so they really need ours.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Outside hiking with my dogs or walking on the beach, I love the ocean!

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I drink New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc :)

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Vitamix, lemon squeezer and I hate cold water so my electric kettle is always running

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Pizza!

SONG THAT MOVES YOU: I love dance music so I’d say anything with a great beat

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

1. I have an identical twin sister who is my BFF

2. Before I got into health and wellness, I worked in theatre and grew up onstage

3. I just turned 30 and bought a hula hoop to learn to hoop dance after taking a class at Wanderlust

FAVORITE BODY PART: My arms. They feel really strong and support me in doing so many things.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Dancing!

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Stop being so hard on yourself and don’t bother comparing yourself to anyone else, everyone’s journey is their own.

Big thank you to Celsea 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

 
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