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Healthy Chicks in the Community: Grace Brinton {Boston’s Meal Service & Recipe Fairy}

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For my job, I spend much of the day perusing social media. Fun fact: aside from being a writer and Health Coach, I also manage social media for several small local businesses! While this comes with its ups and downs, for the most part I feel inspired by all the amazing women I get to connect with online and many of the times IRL (In Real Life).

Grace Brinton is one of those super cool ladies I’ve connected with through instagram, and I was immediately drawn to all her beautiful photos of food. Aside from posting pretty, drool-worthy foodie pics all day long, Grace also launched a sustainable Meal Delivery Service here in Boston, prioritizing nutrient-dense, organic and pasture-raised ingredients. Not to mention, everything she whips up is free from gluten and dairy, and many of her recipes are AIP-friendly which is great for those with an autoimmune disease like me who are navigating the AIP diet.

Clearly I’m a super fan girl of what Grace is doing, and couldn’t be more happy to feature her on the blog today!

{photo credit: Lucie Wicker Photography}

NAME: Grace Anna Brinton


Happy Summer: Our 14-Day Summer Self Care Challenge Is Now Open For Registration!

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Happpppyyy Summer! Can you tell I’m excited? Summer is hands down my favorite season — for many reasons. Not only is my birthday coming up (I turn the big 3-0 in a couple weeks!), but it’s also the season of fireflies, cookouts, campfires, outdoor concerts and beach days. I love going outside without a jacket, longer days filled with sunshine, picnics and farmers markets.

Bright, colorful produce is finally in season like watermelon, zucchini, peaches, cucumber, blueberries and tomatoes, and life is simply buzzing with good energy.

In the midst of all the marketing telling us we need to drop 10 pounds to get that “Bikini Body” (which is a load of crap), summer is the perfect time to prioritize self-care by taking care of YOURSELF — mind, body and soul.

Join myself & fellow Certified Health Coach / Yoga Guru Kelley Abatzis for a 14-day Summer Self Care Challenge focused on putting yourself 100% first. Our signature self-care challenge is back by popular demand, with themes of body love, self-expression, and creating more time for play and fun in your life.


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My Personal Journey With Hashimoto’s Part 2 {Plus My Love for Parsley Health Functional Medicine}

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[Photo credit: Shivani Cotter]

A few months ago, I wrote about my journey with Hashimoto’s Disease and what I’ve been doing to jumpstart the healing process over here on the blog. I realize it’s now been about four months since then and a lot has happened in between so I wanted to share a follow up with you as to where I am now!

You can read all about what I personally did in my previous post, but just a quick recap of where we left things off in February 2017:

  • I had just started the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet in January, and had been one month on the protocol, and a little over two months 100% gluten free
  • I was truly taking charge of my own health, since the doctor refused to listen to me or order any extensive lab testing
  • I was feeling more energized, less puffy, and had lost about 9 pounds within a little over one month
  • My TSH had dropped from a 4.5 to a 3.3 within one month on AIP!
  • I was just about to start AIP food re-introductions, with Phoenix Helix’s e-book as a guideline
  • I was not on any
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Healthy Chicks Cheesy Summertime Pizza Flavored Popcorn {Vegan & Gluten Free}

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Summer is just around the corner (yay!), and with the warm weather comes cravings for late-night eats like pizza, buffalo chicken and quesadillas. And yes, all of the sangria, rosé and margaritas…but that’s a whole ‘nother story!

I’m lucky that I don’t crave sweets, but those salty-cheesy cravings still sneak up on me from time to time. However, since I’ve removed gluten and dairy from my diet earlier this year when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I’ve had to get extra creative when it comes to satisfying those cravings.

Here’s a super fun Pizza Popcorn Blend I created for summertime. It’s got all the savory flavors of pizza you know and love, with a touch of sweetness from the sun-dried tomatoes or cranberries. Bonus: It’s 100% vegan, but will satisfy your cheese cravings with the unique combination of herbs, spices and nutritional yeast. Enjoy!

Healthy Chicks Cheesy Summertime Pizza Flavored Popcorn 

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Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Jennifer Gulbrand of SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio in Walpole, MA

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SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio, Walpole, MA 

I’ve written about this before on the blog, but for those of you who don’t know I made some pretty massive life changes about a year ago. Within a couple months, I quit my full-time job, dove full force into the whole “work from home” thing, and moved out of the city of Boston to the good ol’ suburbs of Massachusetts.

Suddenly, this city chick had to get used to the fact that I couldn’t just walk down the street for a cup of coffee, go to all the cool city networking/fitness/foodie events my little heart desired, and take the T or an uber anywhere I wanted. Oh, and then there was the whole getting a car thing…what even is that?!

Don’t get my wrong, we wanted to move and it was super intentional. In fact, to be honest, I think it was needed for my own sanity. My body was screaming at me to “Slow down!” and finally I decided to listen to it, and a move out of the city was a part of that lesson. But just because this is what we wanted doesn’t mean it was easy.… Read More!

Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil {Plus a Gluten Free Paleo Pizza Recipe You’ll Love}

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When I traveled abroad in Italy the summer of my sophomore year of college, I was scared to death I’d gain weight by eating all the carbs and fat. To my surprise, I had lost about ten pounds and hadn’t felt that good about my body in years.

One of the things that really stood out to me was their dedication to high-quality food, particularly the rich flavors of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) doused onto nearly every meal — from caprese salads and pasta to ceviche and stir-fried veggies.

Since it clear I’m obsessed with EVOO, I was thrilled to partner with The Flavor Your Life campaign, whose mission is to educate US-based consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing European EVOO back at home. The campaign is supported by the European Union and Italy, and genuinely spreads the love and awareness around good quality, authentic olive oil, or as they like to refer to it as “liquid gold.”

The Extra Virgin Olive Oil Difference

You hear Rachael Ray talking about EVOO all the time and maybe have it stocked in your cupboard, but what the heck does it mean anyway? Put simply, it’s a fancy way of … Read More!

Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Kaitlin Crehan of Mama Needs Milk

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Happy Friday, friends! I’m heading off for a weekend of camping, so pray to the Weather Fairies that we get a little sunshine and warmth in New England. Alrighty, moving on to this week’s spotlight on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness world!

Ever since she was pregnant with her first son, Boston Blogger and Health Coach Kaitlin of For Love of Carrots had been whipping up grab-and-go cookies for her nursing momma friends to help them boost their milk supply. When she gave birth to her now one-month-old adorable son Hudson, she was personally hit by the challenge of breastfeeding and finding time to eat for herself.

That’s when she decided to take things to the next level, and launched Mama Needs Milk, nutrient-dense lactation cookies to support nursing moms. They come in delicious flavors like Oatmeal Cranberry and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and are made 100% gluten free with superstar ingredients like chia and hemp seeds for healthy fats. Kaitlin’s Etsy shop just opened, and as you know there’s nothing I love more than supporting local female entrepreneurs. I’m psyched to give this glowing, healthy new mama … Read More!

UncommonGoods: Unique, Do-Good, Handmade, Sustainable Gifts For Everyone On Your List

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Those who know me know that I’m not crazy about big, glamorous materialistic things. When it comes to gifts, I much prefer a unique, handmade product with a story behind it. Quite honestly, most of the time my favorite part of the gift is a handwritten card. It has meaning behind it.

When I stumbled upon UncommonGoods, I was smitten. It’s an online marketplace for do-good artisans and designers to showcase their products to a community of passionate people (like you and me) who appreciate that special touch.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, their team of rockstars work to ensure the integrity of the company remains in tact as they grow — from sustainability to creative design. In fact, they are committed to selling handmade, recycled organic products and make an effort to steer clear of using leather, fur or anything that will harm people or animals. Most of all, I love their appreciation of craftsmanship, supporting all the creative souls out there who have a story to tell! We need more of that in the world.

The Shopping Experience: Gift Ideas, Galore!

The shopping experience is super seamless, and also a lot of fun! I had a blast searching … Read More!

Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Lucia Litman, The #PantonePosts Queen

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I am over the (new) moon excited to introduce you to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness world.

Before Lucy became the Queen of Pantone Posts (stalk her Instagram if you don’t know what I’m talking about), her and I met at our company retreat when we both worked for sweetgreen. We instantly bonded sitting next to each other on the bus ride home, shamelessly admitting that while the rest of the bus wanted to party on, all we wanted was a solid nap sesh (#grandmas).

When I visited the sweetgreen Treehouse (HQ) for the first time in D.C., Lucy took me in under her wing, continuously feeding me with office snacks and homemade colorful smoothies, and even brought me as a guest to her gym. Even back then, her joy for life and love for food was obvious.

Now, Lucy lives out in California, and has created quite the buzz online with her beautiful #pantoneposts that inspire people to think of food as fun and playful, rather than shameful and caloric. (This recent post where she opens up about a past … Read More!

WrawP Healthy Rollups Five Ways {Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, And Soy Free}

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While embarking on my journey with Hashimoto’s and exploring the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), I was disappointed by the lack of good, clean healthy wrap options out there. While I’ve since been able to re-introduce many foods on the AIP, I’m still avoiding gluten and dairy as my body continues to heal.

It’s been getting easier (and honestly quite fun!) to cook wholesome, clean meals, but sometimes a gal just wants a good ol’ wrap, and unfortunately the items on the market were either lacking flavor, super processed or just plain boring. After doing some research, I discovered WrawP, and I instantly fell in love.

Created by a raw foodie, these wraps are super nutritious without lacking in taste or quality. The ingredients are simple and come from real foods like spinach, zuchhini, flax seeds, coconut and spices, all dehydrated into one delicious wrap.

I love that you can incorporate them into any kind of diet, whether you’re a raw foodie, vegan, paleo, gluten free or just looking for ways to up your wrap game the healthy way!

5 simple ways to get your WrawP on!

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