#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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Emily’s Whole Detox Recap

This Monday, along with a few other RS instructors (Elyse, Anni, Lindsay & Denva), I finished the 14 Day Whole Detox. As with any detox or cleanse, I definitely had my ups and downs, but overall, really enjoyed this program and am feeling 110% better than I did 2 weeks ago!

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(Tom and I had some battles in the fridge. Kale vs. Beer)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been over indulging this summer, and was coming hot off a bachelorette party weekend in Austin when the detox kicked off. I felt great for the first 5 days- tons of energy, was sleeping better, and my skin cleared up. It was the motivation and push I needed to get back on track with eating well. Then Phase II began… this wasn’t as much fun.

The program is broken down into 3 phases: Phase I is the initial elimination when you cut out all processed foods and common allergens like dairy, added sugars, alcohol, gluten, corn and soy. Phase II is a “deeper cleansing” period where you cut out all animal protein and follow a vegan diet for 5 days. During Phase III, you slowly start adding back in dairy, gluten, caffeine to see how your system reacts.

I was nervous about the vegan phase to begin with. I followed a strict Paleo diet for 2 years, and still stick to it about 80% of the time, which means I hardly ever eat any grains or legumes. During the vegan phase, I was relying heavily on brown rice, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and tons of veggies. While these foods are still healthy and clean, my body does NOT respond well to large quantities of grains and legumes. I had zero energy, was sleeping 10-12 hours a night, was super bloated, my face broke out… there are more details that I’ll spare, but my body was not happy about the vegan portion. I ended up adding back in eggs and chicken after the third day, and I snapped back pretty quickly.

The 2 weeks flew by (minus the vegan portion, which felt like purgatory… sorry all vegan friends out there) and I learned a ton of new information about how to fuel your body in ways that work for you. I had never done an elimination diet like this, and it’s a great way to figure out what foods work best- and everyone is different. For me, it was a good reminder that my body functions best when I’m following a Paleo way of eating, while others may favor more of a vegetarian/vegan approach.

Besides getting tons of recipes, meal plans, shopping list, and general information about nutrition, my favorite part of the Whole Detox was doing it with friends and being accountable to a group of people going through the same things you’re going through. There was an active Facebook group from people all over the country participating in the detox (it’s a virtual program, so you don’t have to live in Boston), and I really felt like I was part of a team. Even though the detox has ended, we’ve all been sticking with it! It’s been a reminder that when you eat well, you feel good.

Team J+A have an upcoming program in August, and if you rally 2 of your friends to sign up with you, J+A will give all three of you 15% back once you register. Just send them an email (hello@teamjanda.com) once all three of you have registered to notify them.

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(Because being a vegan with friends is better than being a vegan without friends) 

The program starts on August and you can register at www.wholedetox.co. Additionally – they are hosting a full day Urban Retreat in Boston (on September) and if you’re a program alum, you’re invited for free. If you have any questions about the detox or want to hear more about our experiences, grab me, Denva, Lindsay, Elyse or Anni in the studio!

#LocalLove: Maple Water

With all of the sweating we do in the studio, we are always looking for new and delicious ways to rehydrate after a good reboot ride. That’s why our ears perked up when we heard about Maple Water, a completely natural and nutrient-rich beverage brought to Boston by two local triathletes. We had the chance to catch up with one of DRINKMaple‘s founders and sports nutritionist, Kate Weiler, to learn about the birth of Maple Water and why we should be giving it a try.

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Q. Where did the idea for Maple Water first come from?

A. My triathlon training partner (and DRINKMaple co-founder), Jeff, and I were in Canada for a race and found a form of maple water in a coffee shop there. Always curious to try new health foods, we purchased some and instantly fell in love with the hydrating effects. After searching high and low when we got home, we realized there was nothing like it in the United States. Extensive research on both the beverage and maple industries and a lot of hard work brought us to our launch this past May. We got our first batch from maple trees in New Brunswick, Canada, but are making the moves to source our maple sap from New England trees for 2015.

Q. So what makes Maple Water different from any other sports drink on the market?

A. Maple Water isn’t created in a lab like many other sports drinks. We simply tap the trees for their sap, pasteurize it, and put it right in the bottle. Nothing is added. It is naturally packed with 46 nutrients like iron and zinc, antioxidants, electrolytes, and contains half the sugar of coconut water. It is a functional fuel for maple trees as they start to bloom every spring, so imagine the possibilities it holds for us! Unlike many sports drinks, the calorie content is extremely low, only 20 per serving, so you can really drink it throughout the day to reap all of the nutritional benefits.

Q. If you had to give advice to anyone chasing a dream, whether it be an athletic endeavor or starting a new business, what would it be?

A. I would say “live your passion.” Starting this company was hard work, and Jeff and I spend long hours working every single day. The fact that we love it and are passionate about what we are doing really makes the difficult stuff a lot easier. The amount of time and effort we put into this really reflects on our company and brand.

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You can buy Maple Water online at drinkmaple.com/store/ . And make sure to follow them on twitter and instagram @drinkmaple !