Spring cleaning for your gut!

I spent last week in Tulum - an amazing, magical place home to everything from vegan chocolate smoothie bowls to paleo quesadillas, treehouse yoga to ocean front sound healing, fresh coconuts to passion fruit margaritas, all under the radiant Mexican sun.

It was a true retreat in every sense of the word. If you read my last email you know that I took myself off social media for 10 days, which included the 5 days I was in Tulum, and I traveled alone meaning this trip was full of self reflection and serious ME time.

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With the warm temps, sun, sand, and lighthearted spirit this trip transported me straight from the dreary ends of winter here in the Northeast to the loving arms of SUMMER. While I was beyond happy to be in the summer vibes, I couldn't help but feel that my body was still back in winter. As I put on my bikinis and shorts for the first time in over 6 months I couldn't help but feel, well, a little fluffy.

 

 

Our bodies naturally hold onto weight during colder seasons, mainly to protect us.

Back in the caveman days, more body fat = more warmth, which means you'd be more likely to survive the harsher season.

The spring season is all about fresh starts, cleaning out and lightening up. Likely you'll start to see advertisements for detox programs and summer body boot camps popping up on your Facebook feed or web browser.

It can be easy to jump at the first juice cleanse that you see, but there's actually an easier and more sustainable way to shed that excess winter weight and reset your taste buds.

A meal plan that's delicious and nutritious, and will help you get into a groove of eating in a way that nourishes your gut and calms your cravings.

Join me for The Good Gut Reset from Thin From Within.

 

 

This is the only "cleanse" program I'll recommend because it's
1. Completely sane (ie there's PLENTY of food)
2. Completely do-able (you're given shopping lists, a step-by-step meal prep plan and daily email support)
3. And (most importantly) completely DELICIOUS.

 

 The program is 100% FREE - all you need to participate is a copy of Thin From Within. 

Time to shed that winter sweater...

Time to shed that winter sweater...

Register here to receive daily email support and to get access to our supportive Facebook group!

Besides the results you can expect from just 3 days on this program (less bloat! weight loss! fewer cravings!), the best part is being able to do this with others. There's something about the energy of a group that makes any goal or challenge more attainable, and more FUN!

We already have over 1,000 people signed up to start on Monday. Are you IN?

 

 

Learn more + register FOR FREE here: Spring 2018 Community Reset.

A different kind of detox

During last week's Rockstar Coaching Collective call (a high level, weekly coaching program I run with Robyn) I committed to doing a 10 day social media detox.

I knew I wanted to take some time offline during my upcoming trip to Mexico but for some reason on the call I decided that my 5 day trip wasn't long enough.

So I committed to doing a 10 day detox and encouraged the ladies in the group to join me, and now I'm inviting you to join me as well.

 

 

Hold on a minute: WHAT is a social media detox and WHY on earth would I need to do one?

 

Let's start with the WHY. Why would I (or you) need to do a social media detox?

Depending on how old you are, your friends and your work, social media can play a greatly different role in your life. For me, social media (and by that I mean mainly Instagram and Facebook, although Twitter, Snapchat and any other social connection platforms count) is a huge part of my business and my life.

Social media is AMAZING because it's connected me with so many incredible humans (many of which are dear friends now!), led clients and students to me and ultimately been a great platform for me to express myself creatively.

It's not unusual for me to spend 2-4 hours each day on some sort of online social platform.

Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing - like I mentioned above, social media is an incredible tool for connection, inspiration and information. However, scrolling through Instagram or Facebook can also be a way that we distract ourselves from what really needs to be done (work, a difficult conversation, getting to the gym, feeling our feelings, etc!).

On top of that, social media is mostly a "highlights reel" meaning it's all the GOOD stuff, and can easily lead us into a compare and despair cycle wondering why we don't have the things we see on other people's feeds.

 

 

 

There's a saying "Comparison is the thief of all joy."

 

Lately I've found myself spending more time scrolling and comparing myself to people with more followers, more money, more whatever than me. I am grateful for what I have, but sometimes (especially when presented with endless beautiful photos of what I think other people have) I forget that.

Which is why I'm taking a break from social media for 10 days.

 

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What does a social media detox entail?

This simply means that I won't be on Instagram or Facebook for 10 days. I won't be posting, or logging in and scrolling.

If I'm bored, I'll read a book or listen to a podcast.
If I want to find out what a friend is up to, I'll call, text or FaceTime her.
If I'm feeling lonely or sad or happy or inspired, I'll journal about it.

I did a 7 day social media detox in the fall and it was incredible - it opened up much more time in my day AND I felt way more present and content.

I know 10 days will be a challenge, so I'm glad I'll have some ladies from the Rockstar Coaching Collective joining me for added accountability and support.

Social media may not be an issue for you - it isn't for everyone, but if you resonated with what I shared in this post, I invite you to consider this kind of detox.

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If you've found yourself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook at night, if your Instagram feed isn't making you feel as inspired as it once was, if you simply want a break from all the noise of everyone else's lives to focus on your own, this is your chance to reset.

 

 

Whether you do a detox or not, I encourage you to observe your habits around social media and how it makes you feeL. If it's inspiring and energizing you, great! That's the point :) If not, consider spending less time on it, and more time connecting with people in real life.

What This "Weight Loss" Book Is Really About

The past few weeks I've been talking quite a bit about this book: Thin From Within. While most of the response has been support and positive, I know that the title has been a turn off for some. Today I want to address this head on - why I'm talking about a weight loss book, why I think the message in this book is crucial for us all to hear, and what I learned from being a part of the book writing process.

 

 

"A desire to lose weight is a sign that we want something to be different in our bodies, but even moreso in our lives." 
- Robyn Youkilis

 

Talking about weight (and weight loss) can be a tricky topic in today’s society where so many women (and men) have struggled with body dysmorphia, eating disorders and exercise addiction. As a result, there’s also a lot of shame around a desire to lose weight, especially in the wellness world. Radical self love is the tune so many are marching to… which is GREAT, but sometimes I find it leaves no room for wanting something to change, especially in the weight department.

 

 

"Your body is your business, and if you want to look and/or feel different and that desire comes from you–not from the media, your mom, or your boyfriend–it's alright to take action to make your dream body your real body." 
- Robyn Youkilis

 

The past year or so I gained some weight, probably unnoticeable to some, but incredibly uncomfortable, and actually almost unbearable at times, to me. The physical weight was one thing, but what actually was weighing on me more was the emotional weight.

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Loneliness (trying to date in NYC #struggleisreal), overwhelm with some difficult family stuff, and (probably HEAVIEST of all) shame around my physical body not being what I pictured I should look like as someone who does health and wellness for a living.

Earlier in the year I decided to "coach" myself back to a comfortable weight. I cleaned up my diet (which writing this I'm like WHAT EM you eat clean all the time), and even followed a hardcore workout plan for a bit, but working with Robyn on this book made me realize the extra weight I was carrying was a result of much more than just the food I was putting on my plate. And in order to lose that weight, I was going to have to take a good hard look at those areas of my life that were weighing me down.

So that’s been my work the past few months - making sure that I’m taking care of my physical AND emotional bodies. While I don’t think I’ve lost any pounds just yet, every time I look at and deal with one of those “things” that’s been weighing on me, my spirit gets a little bit lighter. And at the end of the day, that’s all that matters anyways.

If you’re ready to shed both physical and emotional weight, I encourage you to check out this book. It’s filled with both practical and spiritual advice, and I know it will change the way you think about and talk to your body forever. It did for me.

 

 

Order your copy here today