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 !

Tattoo Tuesday

Many of our instructors have adorned themselves with their very own wearable art. For all of you wondering what the stories are behind these bodily masterpieces, we give you Tattoo Tuesday.

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Katie Barrett‘s elephant tattoo is a constant reminder that the world is only as big as you let it be. After her freshman year of college, Katie took her first international trip to Scotland to visit her older sister who was there getting her master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh. In the heart of Edinburgh is a little coffee shop called The Elephant House. Inside, there are elephant figurines and pictures from every country. Katie and her sister went for brunch one day and sat at a table by the window with a view of Edinburgh castle. All of the furniture at The Elephant House are mismatched antique pieces. The table that the Barrett sisters sat at had a drawer full of letters and postcards from people every corner of the world. Katie wrote one and left it in the drawer and decided that she wanted a constant reminder of the feeling she had whenever she visited a distant place by getting The Elephant House logo on her wrist. It has served as a good luck charm ever since!

Tattoo Tuesday

Many of our instructors have adorned themselves with their very own wearable art. For all of you wondering what the stories are behind these bodily masterpieces, we give you Tattoo Tuesday.

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Kelly Whittaker‘s anchor is a tribute to one of her best friends who passed away too soon.

“We always used to say “just keep swimming”, which is why I picked an anchor. It’s a daily reminder to me that no matter what happens, just keep swimming – things will get better!”

Back on the Bike after Baby

As many of you know, our very own Katie Andrews brought the first Recyclistiny into the world this spring. We wanted to share this Recycle Mama’s journey back to the saddle and encourage all of those new moms out there to reclaim their rides!

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While there are many aspects of being a new parent that you can prepare for by reading books, joining groups, or listening to friends, the actual experience of both giving birth (and what happens after) is really a mystery until you experience it. As any new mother will tell you, there is a lot of anxiety leading up to the day that your child is born, and little you can do to ready yourself for what is a monumental change.

But once that amazing birth-day arrives, the anxiety unfortunately doesn’t end. Are you going to co-sleep? Are you breastfeeding? Will your baby use organic diapers? Cloth? There are so many decisions to make, and it can easily feel overwhelming. So overwhelming in fact, that you focus all your energy on making everything perfect for the baby, and forget that caring for yourself is also a priority. (If you didn’t think it was, now is the time to MAKE it a priority). You can’t be a good parent to your child if you aren’t taking a moment for yourself – to recharge, refresh, and most importantly, take back your body that for the past 10 months has been rented out to a tiny but demanding little human.

Yes, what I’m telling you is, it’s time to get back in the saddle. Because I had a c-section (little guy was all tied up!), I was told that I couldn’t get back to my regular exercise until 8 weeks after my son, Benjamin, was born. To be honest, I was a bit relieved that a date was set for me – exactly 2 months after he was born, I signed up for my first spin class. Surely I could have started with something a bit less challenging, like couch aerobics, but I knew that the only way to begin to take back my body was to jump in, clips first.

But let me back it up a second and tell you how I got to that first ride…After having Ben, I could hardly walk, let alone consider exercise. A c-section is full abdominal surgery, and giving birth will leave your body equally changed, exhausted, aching, and unable to consider sitting on a spin bike. As much as I yearned to get back in the saddle, I knew I’d have to start slow.

Step 1: Walk around the block. No matter how fit you were during your pregnancy, your first step should always be walking around the block. See how it feels. Are you winded? Tired? Sore? I made it 2 blocks the first time before I had to turn around. Baby steps.

Step 2: Extend the walk and push the stroller. Strollers are no joke. Pushing that thing, with Ben inside, for 10 minutes outside would cause me to need an extra afternoon nap. Don’t go too far from home before you turn around – if after a couple blocks you still feel good, go for another spin. But you don’t want to walk out too far then need to take a cab back (yes, I considered it once).

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Step 3: Start doing some household activities that you probably asked your husband/friend/mother to do over the first week or two. 
My first days home I couldn’t reach high enough to put a plate away in a cabinet, lift the laundry basket, walk the dog or take out the trash. (Note: I wasn’t exactly complaining about missing these tasks and I was very lucky to have many helping hands.) However, resuming these day-to-day activities was a good barometer for how I was healing – the day I could reach a wine glass on my own was a real success :) Remember that every time you lift, bend, reach, and squat, you are working your body’s muscles and beginning to retrain them for exercise.

Step 4: Put your baby to work. I was most paranoid about walking into my first Recycle class and making it about 30 seconds into the arm sequence before I dropped my weights. What I didn’t realize is: babies are heavy. When you lift them up from a chair, the crib, the changing table 382 times a day, you are working your arms, chest and back. Have you ever carried a car set with a baby in it? It’s no joke. Now take it in one arm and add a swinging motion so the infant inside stops screaming bloody murder and terrifying everyone in the elevator. Yeah – that’s like doing one-armed kettle bell swings with a 25 lb weight. Your baby is making you work every single day (as if you didn’t already know that!)

Step 5: Pull off the bandaid, sign up for a class, and reclaim your ride. I swear I couldn’t sleep the night before my first ride back in the saddle because I was paranoid about humiliating myself. What if I couldn’t follow the choreography? What if I couldn’t hit a double time? Or even get out of the saddle? What if jumps went over my head or a climb was out of the question? Mostly I feared – what if my boobs start leaking during class????! I wore two sports bras, fed Ben right before I left, brought a swimming pool worth of water, and went to the studio. When I sat down to put my shoes on, they fit so much more comfortably than the last time I had worn them, almost 3 months before. I realized – the last time I had done this, I was 36 weeks pregnant (with swollen feet). Since then I have given birth, learned to breastfeed, stayed up nights crying in frustration, and spent mornings giggling into a crib at my newborn son. I have made decisions for him that I would never know were right or wrong, but were my responsibility to make. I have become a mother. And there was nothing in that studio, on that bike, in that class that that would hold a candle to the challenge I was already living. I strapped on those shoes and I ROCKED that ride. And I came home to my baby and told him….She’s baaaack!!!

This all took me 8 full weeks, but your timeline could be different. The most important thing to remember is that your body WILL come back. It will feel changed, different, and new but also STRONGER, FIERCER, and more POWERFUL than you realized possible. You made a tiny human – and that is the most amazing thing of all. If your body can do THAT, it can certainly push those pedals around, and return you back to the person you knew a year ago. With just one adorable difference.

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REFUEL: Eat like a Recyclista!

With all of the calories they torch on the bike, our instructors and staff have some serious appetites! You have probably seen them on multiple occasions munching at Sweetgreen or Pinkberry after a sweat sesh, but these girls cannot live on greens and froyo alone. We had our Recyclista’s weigh in about their other favorite eateries in the Boston area and the healthy dishes that keep them fueled up and ready to ride. Try one of these delicious meals after steaming up the studio with us this weekend!

Breakfast

Anni – “The absolute BEST post-workout meal in the morning is Flour Bakery’s steel cut oats. The oatmeal is a creamy blend of grains with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon topped with their seasonal fruit compote and nuts. Right now its a delicious mixed-berry compote topped with pecans. Finish it off with a sliced banana for a little extra potassi-YUM.”

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Lindsay – “For a delicious, filling breakfast, I love Sound Bites in Somerville. Sometimes I go for an egg-white omelet with cheddar and peppers and an english muffin on the side. My other favorite is their egg and cheese sandwich on a bagel – the best!”

Katie A – “Pavement Coffeehouse is one of the top 5 things I miss about Boston! I love to refuel after a ride with their Chia sandwich (veggie cream cheese, avocado, sprouts, and tomato) on a whole wheat everything bagel and a refreshing hibiscus iced tea.”

Stephanie – “Thinking Cup Cafe… now our neighbor on Newbury! In the morning I get the Greek Yogurt Parfait. It has a gorgeous mix of blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries and comes with granola on the side. It is delicious and a great way to fit in some protein first thing in the morning.”

Lunch

Aly – “Pret a Manger! It’s grab and go and everything is made fresh. For lunch, I love the Moroccan lentil soup (lentils, caramelized onions, carrots, garlic, celery, turnips, balsamic, olive oil and Moroccan spices) or their market salad (quinoa, edamame, peas, parsley, garbanzo beans, avocado, beets, grape tomatoes, carrots, mixed greens, onions and lemon with balsamic vinaigrette). The serve yourself coffee and community style table makes me feel right at home. “

Brianna – “My new favorite place to grab something delicious is Snap Top Market on Columbus Ave in the South End. They just redid the inside and they now have AMAZING collard green wraps, acai bowls, and raw pastas (made from zucchinis, etc). My current go-to is a collard green wrap with chicken breast, vegan chipotle sauce, quinoa, veggies, and avocado!”

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Cate – “The Asian Soup Bar at Blue Glass Cafe in the John Hancock building has an amazing variety of flavors that allow you to make your perfect soup. I go with veggie broth, ALL of the veggies, add tofu, spicy sauce and snag a dark chocolate sea salt Kind bar by the register for dessert! Perfect lunch on the go!!”

Denva – “The Angora Cafe on Comm Ave is an old favorite of mine. To feel like you are eating something super indulgent, order the Feta Portobello Flatbread Pizza. It is amazingly light and delicious and won’t weigh you down like most pizzas do!”

Elyse – “My favorite healthy lunch is the Macrobowl from Root in Allston. It’s packed with organic quinoa and topped with pickled carrot, kale, chickpeas, and avocado and a citrus miso vinaigrette. Gluten-free, colorful, and fresh!”

Kelly – “When I am grabbing lunch near my office in the Financial District, I love to hit up Freshii for one of their Buddha’s satay rice bowls. Rice noodles are topped with fresh veggies and peanut sauce. For a refreshing, sweet treat, I grab a Powerhouse smoothie made with mint, pineapple, coconut milk, and non-fat frozen yogurt.”

Dinner

Anna-ruth – “I love Life Alive in Central Square for their incredible, filling bowls and smoothies. It’s my go-to the night before a race or when I need energy in general. I order The Adventurer bowl (corn, beets, broccoli, dark greens, cheddar, almonds, sesame ginger nama sauce all over quinoa and short grain brown rice). I get legumes instead of tofu, and always add squash + avocado. I usually get the Elvis Alive smoothie for dessert because I love the combo of chocolate, PB & bananas!”

Emily – “When I go out for dinner I love the Back Bay Micro Chopped Salad at Met Bar! This mega salad is jammed with broccoli, beets, avocado, corn, hard boiled egg, cheese, bacon, greens and topped with your favorite protein. I subtract the corn and cheese, but add extra avocado and salmon. With a side of sweet potato fries. Please and thank you :)”

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Julie – When I get a pizza craving, it’s straight to Veggie Planet, located in Harvard Square. It’s Vegetarian and Vegan, which I am neither of, but I love the abundance of veggies creative ways to top your pizza there. My fave pizza is the Portobello Readhead: roasted portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, rosemary and sage, smothered in roasted red pepper and almond sauce and topped with feta. DELISH!”

Katie B – “I get undeniable cravings for the Miso Glazed Salmon Salad at Stephi’s on Tremont! The portion is big enough to leave me feeling full, even after a hard workout. They top the bowl of fresh greens and Atlantic salmon with seaweed salad and fried ginger to give this salad a unique crunch. Not to mention I could probably drink the honey vinaigrette straight…”

Lydia – “My favorite dinner is the Chickpea burger at Veggie Galaxy (sister restaurant to Veggie Planet) in Cambridge. This restaurant is “Lydia approved” because unlike most restaurants you’re encouraged to make your own creation! My favorite toppings typically consist of their tarragon basil pesto, goat cheese, brussels and caramelized onions. They also have gluten-free bread, which is a plus for me!”

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Q&A w/ Julie Hochfelder Webman

Meet Julie Hochfelder Webman, the other newest addition to the Recycle team. This former New Yorker got hooked on classes at Recycle two years ago and never looked back. Not only will Julie have you feeling fierce while riding to the beat, she can even help you look good doing it. As our in-house Recyclista Fashionista, Julie can give you advice on the latest fitness fashion trends! Check her out on Friday nights at the South End studio for a $10 Community Cash Class.

julie2If I’m not in the studio, you’ll find me… At Reebok World Headquarters staying on top of the biggest fitness trends in apparel and accessories. I love getting to combine my two passions, fitness & fashion. If I’m not there or at Recycle, then I’m either home in Cambridge cooking (and subsequently taking instagram photos of what I cook) or dining out with friends, family or my hubby.

If I had to choose a single artist for a playlist it would be… I’m going to have to choose an all-star collaboration for this one. I love a track with Justin Timberlake and Timberland together. I think, in JT’s words, I could “rock your body” with that playlist.

If I had to pick a favorite move on the bike… BOOTY TAP duh…and at all different levels of resistance. I love quick booty taps to a fast beat, but I also love them on super heavy resistance. Those make me feel empowered.

My favorite drink on a night out… Since it’s practically summer, I’ll say Rose. Actually, in the winter, it’s Rose as well. No matter what season it is, a cold glass of Rose reminds me of summer, which is very helpful during these long, cold Boston winters!

My favorite pre-workout snack… Gin Gins…kidding…those, are for after :) After searching high and low for the perfectly balanced protein bar, I was turned onto Think Thin by my fellow Recyclistas. I’m not even GF, but I like that they feel light and the peanut butter is really creamy. For an early morning class, I like to do half of a bar before and half after (of course followed by a bigger protein packed breakfast later on.)

My goal for my rides… Is to emerge feeling recycled. Sounds obvious, right? However, the feeling is indescribable, until you’ve felt it. Sense of accomplishment and strength are embedded in this of course, but on the immediate surface it feels like bliss. What is better than knowing you just got a killer workout alongside others with similar goals AND you had fun doing it? I want to share that feeling with everyone.

My goal for myself… Is to keep challenging myself to reach new goals. Going on two years of taking classes at Recycle, like many others, you catch on to all of the moves, which is such a great feeling and accomplishment. The choreography becomes second nature and you know when to gear up. As every instructor reminds you though, it’s up to you to challenge yourself and take it to the next level. As I take the stage and encourage riders to push themselves, I want to be sure I keep pushing myself as well.

Quote I live by… “Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” — Toni Morrison

Best advice I’ve ever been given… Be yourself…because who else would you be?

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