Breaking out of my Comfort (Food) Zone

Katie B’s Cocktail Cleanse Review

If you have ever been in my class, you have probably heard me encouraging my riders to get out of their comfort zones. There is a lot to be learned about yourself and your body by pushing past the limits you set for yourself, both mentally and physically. I recently did something that was completely out of my comfort zone; a juice cleanse.

Being as active as I am, I am ALWAYS hungry. The idea of drinking only juice for 3 days was absolutely terrifying for me. However, as a huge fan of The Ripe Stuff juices that we carry in our studios, I was curious to see what a cleanse could do for my body. I know some people that swear by them, and after a week of rather unhealthy eating (ice cream is very hard to resist in the summertime, ok?!), I took an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and try out a juice cleanse.

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The great thing about The Ripe Stuff is the variety of different cleanses that they offer. For me, a 3 day cleanse was a little too extreme. I went with the 1 day “Cocktail Cleanse”, consisting of 6 juices all cleverly named after some of my favorite libations. Their website boasts that instead of giving me a hangover, these drinks would give me boundless energy. Ok, I like the sound of that.

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My day started with the Mojito green juice. Unfortunately for me, I had a meeting at Thinking Cup where I longingly stared at their beautiful pastry case. I ended up ordering an iced coffee but that’s allowed…as long as it is decaf!  Along with each cleanse, you are given some instructions and suggestions that offer a little wiggle room. Instead of strictly downing only juice all day, I had the option of adding 1/4 of an avocado, a green apple, some greens with lemon juice, a cup of black decaf coffee, and 10 raw almonds or cashews.

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For the rest of the day, I tried to space my juices apart every two hours or so. I was pretty hungry by 9:30, so I gave in and had an apple with my second juice, the Pina Colada. By 10am, I had already peed about 5 times, so I knew I was definitely losing some water weight!

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For the rest of the day, I went back and forth between waves of extreme hunger and feeling confident about finishing the cleanse. But by dinner time, I was ready to give in and order a pizza. I sent SOS texts to all of my friends, but they encouraged me to go on… I had already made it this far! I ate the suggested bowl of greens and felt better. I washed everything down with the sixth and final juice, the White Russian, a blend of almond milk, cinnamon, and agave. It was definitely the most satiating and delicious juice of the bunch. I went to bed feeling less hungry than I thought I would feel.

The next morning, I woke up and was very excited to scarf down a protein bar before teaching my 8am ride. And wouldn’t you know, I felt super energized and ready to conquer my day! Although it was definitely a challenge for me, I think that the Cocktail Cleanse was just what I needed. It left me feeling lighter and refreshed. It was a feeling that I wanted to keep, so I was more inclined to eat only healthy foods as I introduced real meals back in. Though I know I will never subject myself to a cleanse lasting more than one day, the next time I feel like I need to reset my body after a week of unhealthy eating or drinking, I will push myself to break out of my comfort (food) zone and go for another Cocktail Cleanse!

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#PositiveSpin: Lindsay’s Even Hotel Review

Last week I went on a business trip down to Norwalk, CT. Doesn’t sound too exciting… until you hear about the hotel I stayed in. For those of you who haven’t heard me talk about it in almost every class throughout my interview process, I recently changed jobs (…and careers). I now work for Cigna Healthcare as a Client Engagement Manager where I will be implementing and running wellness programs in the northern New England territory. Fitting for the wellness girls, my coworker and I posted up at the Even Hotel. These hotels all share the common theme of, you got it, wellness. As soon as you walk in, there is fruit infused water (lemon lime mint, watermelon, etc…), fresh fruit, hot towels, and the workout room was conveniently located behind the front desk with a sign that read “Walk in, Strut out”.

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When I got to my room, I noticed it came with a yoga mat and block, jump rope, a book of all different workouts. There was also a standing work station if you didn’t want to sit at a desk. Once we checked in, my coworker and I went down to the fitness center for a workout before dinner. The hotel had 4-5 Woodway treadmills (the same kind Emily Susen uses to crush legs at Barry’s Bootcamp) where I showed my coworker dynamic mode for some fun – after a little spin sesh of course!

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Everywhere you walked, there were motivating signs and words of encouragement. Every hotel needs to be a replica of this! There was no excuse to skip a workout when everything you need is provided right in your hotel room! And lucky for us, the hotel was not extremely pricey – only $189 for the night.  There are currently only two Even Hotels (Norwalk, CT and Rockville, MD), but hopefully more hotels well start to follow suit. Traveling and staying healthy can be hard – but these hotels made it so easy!

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REFUEL: Buckwheat Zucchini Bread

After hitting the Copley Square farmer’s market recently, we had more seasonal zucchini in our kitchen than we knew what to do with. We consulted our friend, Rebecca Greeley, of The Ripe Stuff for some culinary advice. She helped us put a #positivespin on a classic favorite; zucchini bread. This moist and delicious loaf is a perfect post-spin indulgence and can be shared with all your vegan, gluten free, dairy free friends!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour (can be purchased or made by grinding rolled oats in a food processor)
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbs ground flax + 6 tbs water (substitute for 2 eggs)
  • 1 1/4 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

Directions:

  1. Grate zucchini
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. Mix wet ingredients and slowly add to the dry ingredients
  4. Fold in zucchini and pumpkin seeds
  5. Pour into a lightly greased bread pan
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes
  7. Enjoy!

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