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I have started the Whole 30 program today, September 1, 2015! Basically it’s 30 days of REAL food like meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils. And LaCroix, because that deserves a category shout-out all on its own. You are not allowed to have grains of any kind, no sugar, no dairy, no corn or peas, no legumes, no crap....
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Today I taught a Pilates class to the best of my non-Pilates-certified ability. This particular class time is turning into a Les Mills BodyFlow class when our club’s Fall schedule begins next week, and so it was a convenient substitution choice for me to present a low-impact, Pilates-inspired warm-up, followed by 30 minutes of BodyFlow. One of the things I...
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It’s my 3 year blogiversary!! 🎉 I can’t believe next month will mark 4 years of being gluten-free. My blog was launched because, at the time, I struggled to find recipes and quality discussion. We’ve come a long way and I’m proud to be a tiny part of the conversation about eating for health. Plus I still enjoy every moment...
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I know I make grand declarations like this a lot, but THIS is truly my favorite smoothie! The MVP award goes to frozen mango, as I think that was the real game-changer for me.  -1 frozen banana -2 huge handfuls of greens (I used an organic blend of spinach, kale, and Swiss chard) -1/2 an apple; diced -1/3 cucumber; diced...
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A few tips that have helped prolong my berries this Summer: –If I buy Driscoll’s or a packaged brand, I always cut off the cover. When the berries are enclosed together, mold will grow wherever there is trapped moisture, so let the berries breathe! –On a similar note, as soon as you get home, mix them up so that they’re...
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The blog has been quiet since I am on a lovely vacation in my original home state of New Hampshire! We are so fortunate to have family with houses on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith (my namesake) and Wolfeboro. I am also feeling thankful about being in  homes instead of a hotel, because it means constant access to healthy foods and...
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Think of it as a pre-blended smoothie, or a flat parfait. Start with a base of plain, whole milk yogurt (regular or Greek) or, if you’re vegan or dairy-free, an almond yogurt. Then build on with in-season fruits, nuts, seeds, and other nature-made toppings such as shredded coconut, lemon zest, or a sprinkling of homemade granola for a healthy sweetness....
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Ohmygoodness! I’m so excited! @Belowthefork just hit 1000 followers on Instagram! You guys, this is a milestone I’ve been trying to reach for quite some time. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt I had to work a LOT harder for this than on Twitter; however, I love the community on Instagram so much more so it’s been well worth...
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When my tummy wasn’t feeling well, especially after being glutened, I’d buy a bottle of raspberry chia kombucha from the grocery store. I’d savor each and every sip, since it’s so expensive. I read up on the nutritional benefits of incorporating kombucha into my daily diet, but I couldn’t get over the price tag, so it remained an occasional treat for an...
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In honor of being so very close to hitting 1,000 followers on Instagram, I am giving away a 2-pouch pack of Squeez’Ems Reusable Pouches! I love these pouches so much for their convenience, durability, and ease of use. Both my 1 year old and 5 year old love them for applesauce, yogurt, and smoothies on-the-go. Stop wasting money on pre-made...
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Are your personal care products as clean as your diet? That thought has hit me deep over the past month. I’ve been an advocate of eating clean for several years now—and I’ve been slowly changing over to natural products in my home and on my skin—but 2015 has marked a big change for me in my personal care products. I can’t pinpoint...
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Happy Friday!! Today’s Fit Tip Friday was inspired by me being sick all week with some weird chest cold that’s making me sound like an 80 yr old smoker. It’s also been draining my energy and making me a bit dizzy at times, and so I’ve been—gasp!—skipping my usual workouts. And guess what? That’s okay! When you’re not feeling well...
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One of the coolest things about growing up is seeing how your friends turn out. Luckily, the majority of my friends were all good, smart kids, and so it’s no surprise to me that they’ve all been quite successful in life. One of those friends, I’m proud to say, is now the owner and founder of RISE School of Strength...
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Anyone else been seeing ads/sponsored posts about Thrive Market being an online health food store for “25-50% off retail,” all over their news feeds? It’s shown up in practically every article Dr. Mark Hyman posts now, and they have celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels talking about how affordable it is. Of course I was intrigued—what healthy-eating, small-budget mama wouldn’t!? Well, it’s...
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When you increase your fiber intake, you must increase your water intake. Both types of dietary fiber — soluble and insoluble — rely on water; however, soluble fiber dissolves in water and insoluble fiber does not. Soluble Fiber Soluble fiber absorbs water to become a gel-like mass which allows it to slow down the rate at which food leaves your...
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Just a few days ago I was stock piling Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Juice to help beat the heat, and today I’m blending up hot soup to get rid of the chill! Weird weather here in PA. Hot Smoothie This is really nothing more than a heated up smoothie—which means it’s super easy to make, and a cozy method of adding more whole...
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After passing my initial training certification in April, I’ve been living, breathing, and team-teaching BodyFlow for the past couple months. Last week I filmed my full-class video and submitted it to LesMills as the final step in the certification process. Well I just received notification today that I PASSED and am officially a certified BodyFlow/BodyBalance instructor!!! So excited!!!  I was...
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“When you consume sugar naturally—that is, in fruit—you’re getting the fiber you need to mitigate the effects. Am I worried about fruit? No. Am I worried about fruit juice? Oh, you bet. Because when you take the fiber out, you might as well be drinking a Coke.” –Fed Up. Fed Up is a MUST watch documentary about childhood obesity. Currently streaming...
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My husband and I are on a weekend getaway without kids for the first time in almost 4 years. I just had to share these photos from our run on the gorgeous Hudson River Walk in New York. It’s a pedestrian-only bridge connecting both sides of the river together. Beautiful views!  It was also the inaugural run for my new...
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