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Getting ‘me’ back!

Many of you know or may not know, but for the last (almost) year I have completely submerged myself into getting back in shape and eating healthy. After having Eleanor and going through IVF , I gained a lot of weight. Completely worth it, but not what my (usually) smaller frame was used to.  All of the meds associated with IVF really had my body feeling blah. So, last April, I made the decision to do something about it.

I started a local program here in Santa Barbara, called Jenny Schatzle Program. The first month was brutal. I had never worked out previously, I was lucky in that way.  Or, maybe not. Ha! A girlfriend of mine completely convinced me that I would soon get “addicted” to it, I laughed! If you know me though, you know that I always follow through and I’m pretty strong-willed, so I was determined to fall in love with this beast.

The classes are all HIIT, which is high intensity with a mix of cardio and weights. My first class I literally thought I was going to puke. Even one of the trainers told me I looked a little white.  But, I still came back again and again and long story short, I was becoming “addicted”.

I was also ready to gain “me” back again. I had put so much into trying to get pregnant, then being pregnant, having Eleanor and starting a business, that I forgot about taking care of myself, mentally, physically and spiritually.

I think mothers just naturally fall into this pattern.  I remember saying, even when I was pregnant, that no matter what, I wouldn’t forget to take care of myself. Then, the baby comes and it’s all different. Even after seeing Eleanor thriving in my belly, I was falling into the common pattern.  Completely fine, but I believe it’s important we don’t go years doing this, otherwise we do completely loose ourselves and it’s so hard to get back, if we ever do.

Approaching 40, I have to admit, I feel the best I have felt in years. My body looks good (yes, I’m tooting my own horn), my skin is coming back (from the weird acne you get from pregnancy and after), and I feel strong all around, physically, spiritually and mentally. All three very important for a healthy lifestyle, in my opinion.

Last week I shared some of my favorite workout shoes, today I wanted to share some of my FAVORITE workout pants. Ladies, they make your booty and body look good, no matter your size.  Trust me!  Here are my top picks that I own…

 

 

 

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Chosen Foods

 

 

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We are continuing our healthy eating/cooking segment over here, and we have found a new favorite! Chosen Foods, they make a wide variety of cooking essentials.  We do a lot of cooking in our home. Matter of fact, we cook almost every night.

When cooking with different temperatures it’s important that you use the right oils. Chosen Foods makes that easy for you. They have their avocado oil spray, which is for higher temps, and their olive oil spray for lower temps. Both are sprays, which seriously makes life so much easier. Especially when you are roasting veggies all of the time, like we are.

They also make an amazing sesame drizzle oil, that we tried. This is the prefect oil to drizzle over your meal right before eating. It goes amazing with stir-fry. we also tried their quinoa and chia seeds, which you can never go wrong with using.

There are so many “healthy” choices out there these days, it’s important to know which companies are “truly” healthy. We love Chosen Foods, and believe the company is doing a superior job to make sure your health is number one!

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The Perfect snack bar

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Hello!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We did a lot of r&r around here. I have been doing a high intensity workout since April, and I have to say it’s been challenging, but good.  I have been fortunate or not fortunate, however you want to look at it, to not have to work out my whole life, until now.  I’m 39, and let’s just say my body doesn’t just drop weight like it use to.

All of that being said, I have recently started counting my macros. This has worked really well for me. Remember, everyone’s body is different, what works for one person may not work for another. This is what I needed. My personality is the type that one isn’t enough and ten isn’t enough either, so I wanted to find a balance. This also keeps me accountable, which is what I need.

I’m always searching for the best products for myself. Easy meals, on the go snacks, etc…When I came across Square Organics they sounded like the perfect snack bar. All organic and super clean ingredients, just what I like. I don’t have one favorite flavor, they are all amazing! The whole family actually liked them, even Eleanor. The macros fit right into my food diary for an easy snack, or even a meal if I’m really on the go.  Most of the time, they are a snack for me.

Head over to their site and check some out for yourself.  They were generous enough to offer our readers 20% off. Please use the code goodnewssantabarbara. There is no limit, so try them all!!!

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Happy Birthday, Love Threads!

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Love Threads turned 2! In celebration and to show our love and gratitude to all of you, we are offering 20% sitewide, until Sept 18th, 2015. All you have to do is use the code bday20 at checkout.

This past year has been amazing to say the least. We are building Love Threads into and amazing mix of fashion and healthy living.  We believe that health is just as important as fashion. We want you to not only look good, but, most importantly, feel good.

Hope everyone is having an amazing week! Now, go grab some fun things that you’ve had your eye on;)

xo

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Go Raw

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A while back we finished up our healthy, snacking series.  We loved being able to introduce some healthy snacks for the on-the-go person.  Keeping up with the healthy snacks, we found Go Raw. Go Raw uses all fresh, organic products to make their snacks. All of their products are fresh, living products, created with a gentle dehydration process. This all means you don’t have to feel guilty eating these yummy snacks.

We love raw snacks because of the increased energy, mental clarity, and of course, no preservatives. Our family thrives on healthy eating. We have completely cut out refined sugar, which I can tell you has made a huge difference. Try it for just a week, I promise your body will love it, and your sleep will be so much better.

Living healthy is a way of life for our family, we strive to eat as clean as possible. Our bodies feel so good, and knock on wood, we haven’t been sick in years.

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Herbal Remedies+Fashion

I wanted to introduce to you our newest addition to Love Threads, our apothecary section. I strongly believe in everything fashionable, and that even includes how we take care of ourselves.  I’ve used all of our products that we are carrying, for a long while before adding them to our shop.  So I stand strongly behind them.

Our health is what will keep us going for a long, long time. There is nothing more beautiful than a healthy, glowing, strong woman. Instead of taking multiple supplements everyday, all you have to do is have a cup of one of our Moon Juice dusts, a spritz of our gypsy rose mist, and tend to your dosha, with a spritz of one of our Ayurveda mists.

Having a clean, fashionable lifestyle, has given me more gratitude for life. I have a clearer head, more energy (hello, to anyone with kiddos or works obscene hours), and my overall body, just feels good!

Below, I have shared some our newest products.  If you get a chance, pop over to our site to see, and read more in depth about them.

Peace~~~

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Health // urban remedy

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Up next for our favorite go-to snacks is, Urban Remedy. Urban Remedy, is a line of raw, ready to eat snacks, meals, cold pressed juices, and other tinctures.  We tried many of their snacks, and enjoyed them all.  We favorited the no oatmeal cookies, the sour cream and chive kale chips, and the banana brittle. They are a great snack to keep around for noshing on.  I’m such a snacker, so I need to have healthy food around, or I will eat anything, even if it’s not good for me.

Urban Remedy also has a great cleanse, for resetting your health, and treating different ailments. Please use caution with your body when doing any cleanse.  I plan on doing a cleanse when I’m done nursing Eleanor.  It’s probably safe to do one now, but I’m choosing to wait.  So, that probably won’t be happening for a while, because Eleanor is still nursing full time, and I’m totally fine with that.  I always feel like a good juice cleanse is great for cleaning and restarting your body.

It’s so funny how snacking has completely changed for me.  Yes, I’ll admit, I use to run to Taco Bell, eat Doritos, or grab a candy bar.  But, as I’ve gotten older and definitely since I’ve had Eleanor, my snacking choices have changed so much, along with many other choices.  It’s crazy how a little human will give you the feeling that you want to live FOREVER! I mean don’t get me wrong, I wanted to live before, but this little girl takes it to a whole new level.

Go check out Urban Remedy, and maybe just buy a couple snacks to try.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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health // perfect bar

perfect bar newContinuing on with sharing more nutritious snacks.  The next company we have teamed up with is Perfect Bar.  I first tried perfect bar a while back.  I actually came across someone on Instagram, who was eating them.  I’m not going to lie, she looked darn good, and this was one of her “meal” items that she swore by.  So, I was on it.  I had a hard time finding them at first, because I was looking on the store shelves by all of the other bars. But, because they are completely preservative free, without any artificial ingredients and emulsifiers, they were located in the refrigerated section. YES! even better.

I have tried all of the Perfect Bars.  They are all equally delicious.  Usually, with bars, I find one or two in the group that I really like, and leave the rest behind.  Not the case with Perfect Bar. The bars are so fresh, and are very filling. Great supplement for a small meal, at least for me.  Dave loves the Perfect Bars too.  We both feel great after we eat one.  Just knowing that there are no preservatives in them, that they are GMO free, filled with 20+ superfoods AND gluten free, REALLY does make all of the difference.

If you live in Santa Barbara, you can find them at Whole Foods, Lazy Acres, and occasionally I will find them at Costco. Remember: Always in the refrigerated section. Our family stands behind this company 100%. Nothing but good stuff fills the Perfect Bar!

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health // four sigma foods

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This healthy snack food is for the herbal lover. ME! We love our herbs over here, and not that kind of herb, but, ya know, the other herb. ha! We’ve started implementing all sorts of herbs and tonics into our diet.  So many of them, do so many wonderful things that I don’t even know where to start. However, I know now, that the mushroom, is (was) one of nature’s best kept secrets.

Four Sigma Foods, is a super rad company, making life on the run, easy to stay healthy.  Their foods contain the wonderful beauty, reishi.  Let me tell you, we have started using reishi from a few different companies, and it does wonders. It supports the adrenal glands and immune system, it’s one of the highest sources of antioxidants in the nature and it helps you keep a bulletproof immunity to stay healthy. Also, it can keep that ever dreaded stress at bay. Yes, please, I’ll drink it all!

We recently tried the mushroom coffee, instant chaga, and xoco blue hot chocolate.  We both enjoyed them all, but favored the blue hot chocolate, which is for stress. God knows, we need that right now.  It left us with a nice, calming feeling. Something else we love about the Four Sigma Foods, was the nice small packets that the shrooms come in.  Perfect for throwing in your handbag or gym bag.

So, go jump on the shroom train, I think you’ll be surprisingly happy!!

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health // earth’s best

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are continuing our healthy, eating/snacking series over here, with a little love towards our little ones.  We can’t forget about them!

When we had Eleanor, I said I would make her food, when she was ready for solids. I said a lot of things, but…Well, I attempted it once, and to be honest, it wasn’t for me or her. (don’t judge. ha!)  So my quest began for the perfect, organic, baby food.  There weren’t many options, that I found and felt comfortable with.  However, the one we kept reading about and seeing was Earth’s Best.  So, that’s who we started with. Eleanor loves her options, and there are many to choose from, so, that’s who we’ve been with since day one!

Earth’s Best has a simple mission, “Earth’s Best Organic provides “better for baby” products with the freshest, purest ingredients, so parents can nurture their baby’s health with the utmost confidence.

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Eleanor had a chance to taste a few of their newer products, and she was thrilled with them.  Luckily, we don’t have a picky eater over here, so we are pretty lucky there.  Another thing we love about Earth’s Best, is the variety of items we have to choose from.  We like to give Eleanor choices.  This way she can learn the taste of different foods.  I am still fully breastfeeding, so her meals with Earth Best tend to be a very small lunch, and a larger dinner. We also do give her avocado and banana. She really is a wonderful little eater.

Lastly, if you get a chance and of course have little ones, try Earth’s Best snack crackers, Those are her favorite, of course!

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