TIPS ON PICKING THE BEST FALL PRODUCE 20 Oct 2014

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It’s October and Fall is in full effect. I love the crisp air, changing leaves, and the tempting fall harvest at the farmers’ markets. If you’re like me, you can’t wait to grab your tote, moccasins, and sip some cider (or a pumpkin spice latte) as you shop for the week's dinner.

Many vendors often have the same produce so it can be difficult to know how to choose which are the best quality fruits and veggies. I grew up on a farm so I'm privy to all sorts of tips and tricks. Here’s a cheat sheet for choosing the best produce this season.

Root veggies: Look for fresh, firm veggies with bright greens attached.  And for maximum flavor smaller carrots, turnips, and parsnips are better than big ones.

Kale: Look for deep colored leaves that are springy and don’t show signs of wilting or discoloring. Also, the stem shouldn't be dry. Tip: The smaller the leaves, the more mild the flavor.

Butternut squash: Look for one that is heavy and solid, doesn’t have any soft spots, has matte skin, and still has its stem.

Broccoli:  Broccoli seems like it should be easy to pick, but sometimes the stalks are starchy and flavorless. Select one that is dark green with stiff stalks and tight florets. Any signs of yellowing, a rubbery feel, or white stems means you should skip it.

Apples: I've had trouble picking apples that look beautiful on the outside, but are mealy and flavorless once you take a bite. The trick? Look for apples that are firm with shiny, bright skin.

Pears: Did you know that pears are best bought before they’re ripe? Because they’re perishable, select pears that are firm, have smooth skin, and are free of bruises. And don’t worry about variations in color—that’s normal (except dark spots). If you want to speed up the ripening process, place the pears in a paper bag at room temperature. Just make sure to check each day, so they don’t go past their prime.

Avocados:  A ready-to-eat avocado is slightly soft and doesn’t have dents or dark bruises. My dad's tip: Gently press the top of the avocado where the stem was detached. If it gives in, it’s probably ripe (you don’t want it to feel squishy). If you purchase a firm avocado, it can ripen in a brown paper bag (avoid the refrigerator until it’s sliced and then keep a pit in it to slow the browning).

Image of Mars and his grandparents picking spinach on the last day of Summer via Lauren

WEIGHING IN ON MUSCLE 20 Oct 2014

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HAPPY WEEKEND! 17 Oct 2014

So Cal sunset

Happy weekend from the West Coast!  Ahh...California. I feel so lucky that my work takes me here. I love the sun, "sleeping in" due to the time change, beautiful Santa Monica sunsets, and eating Lithe without even trying.  Stay tuned next week for a list of my local southern California eating Lithe recommendations and more shots from the weekend.

Image via Lauren

BECAUSE I'M PERFECT. 16 Oct 2014

Lauren & Mars

Today I'm rapping about body love and words of wisdom from a toddler...

I think my three year old son Mars is soo cute. Like, I could just eat him up. When I ask him why he's so cute, he responds, "Because I'm perfect!" (!!!!?????!!). Now, I've never told him that he's perfect, but he truly believes that he is. And, as his mom, I really feel like I'm doing something right, which is not always the case. You can imagine my reaction when I heard that for the first time. I mean, how fantastic is that? And, he inspires me – my little boy has not one ounce of negativity in his head.  He really loves himself and thinks he's just perfect. We all should have that high level of self-love, right?

Many of us are finishing up our Fall Transformation (myself included), and some of us are just getting back into the studio, post-summer. Recently, there's been a lot of talk about our Stop Bitch moments, body image, what other Lithers do, do too much of, or don't do enough of, and what it means to be healthy and empowered. But behind all of this talk about being Lithe lies the heart of what it means to be healthy: Loving the skin you’re in, treating yourself right, and feeling empowered to question, challenge, and redefine your own self-view of beauty and wellness.  Loving the body you have, and working to improve your health and head is so important. In fact, many of you are already super-confident and intuitive. Here are a few emails that I've received over the past few weeks: 


Being healthy shouldn’t be about appearance, it should be about health.  

I'm all about improving myself and becoming healthy and fit.  Almost everyone I know should spend more time working out, and making lifestyle changes.  It's everything! 

Once I let go of trying to be thin and focused on the idea of loving my body, I became healthier.

This Fall Transformation has taught me so much about myself and my level of commitment.  I've never felt so great about myself.  I feel like me again.  I'm unstoppable!

Here’s what I think about loving your body. As women, we all struggle with self-confidence. There are always those little things we wish we could change about our bodies. Whether it’s wishing we had a six-pack, more defined arms,  or thinner thighs.  My approach has always been accept it, or act to change it. Because of this, I have always used my "imperfections" as motivation to work harder. Over the years I've learned to love and respect my body for what it is because it has been so good to me. It's gotten me through almost ten injury-free years of Lithe and allows me to burn the candle at both ends and work hard when I need to. It has given me my Mars, it takes me on walks every day, helps me sail a 50-foot catamaran every summer, and feels so strong invincible when I Lithe. 

And, in exchange, I treat my body the very best that I can. I live a healthy, balanced lifestyle by staying active and eating well. I let it rest at night, take Epsom baths and stretch to keep it flexible. On the weekends I have fun, give in to my cravings and just let go. 

So, this fall, as you're working towards your best you, remember that it does not mean that you're working to fit into a particular mold. Not a certain weight, size, or shape: YOU are perfect. Make that your mantra! You're working towards building that confidence muscle – which is the best possible way to learn to love the skin you’re in.

Image via Lauren & Mars via Jordan 

MISSION: LITHE! 16 Oct 2014

Mission-3Lets cheer her on!  Lithe Instructor Kalika starts a nine-day mission on Monday!  Kalika says:

Why am I doing a nine-day challenge? There are a few reasons, but most of all because I am a burlesque performer and I have a show coming up. During the weeks before a big show, I should be paying attention to my body – Lithing to keep my cardio endurance up and remain strong. I should be putting food into my body that fills me with energy. The reality is rehearsals run late and marathon costume-making sessions take up copious amounts of time. Working out (outside of teaching)? Forget it. Preparing food? Rarely.

Doing this challenge holds me accountable and forces me to make time to take care of my body. I want to feel my best on the day of the show. And yes, I want to look my best when I take my clothes off in front of 350 people. One of the amazing things about burlesque is that it celebrates all bodies, but that doesn't mean I don't want to look a certain way for ME!

Images via Lauren

BATTLE OF THE POP DIVAS! 15 Oct 2014

Battle

It's a showdown on Saturday with Lithe Instructor Danielle Ingerman at Rittenhouse!  Who's driving the bus?

LITHE TOUR PHILLY TANK 15 Oct 2014

Lithe Tour Philly Tank

Attending Lithe Tour Philly?  This is the Limited Ed. Duke & Winston Lithe tank that you'll recieve! 

LITHE ML ON LIVING SOCIAL! 15 Oct 2014

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DIY FALL FACIAL 12 Oct 2014

Facial

I have super-sensitive skin and rosacea, so while spa facials sometimes play a part in my skincare routine, I usually save face at home with natural ingredients.  In between visits to my aesthetician, I love to experiment with at-home masks and scrubs.

Is your skin changing with the cooler weather? Enter this DIY fall mask. Just like my Killer Scrub, this face mask uses only three ingredients – and you probably already have them in your kitchen! It really ups your glow factor and only costs a few pennies per treatment. Check it out:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of local, raw honey (antibacterial and hydrating)
  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal (soothing)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (PH balancing)

If you're using Irish oats, break them down into a fine powder with a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle.  Then, mix, apply to face and decollete, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and rinse off with cool water. 

 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 10 Oct 2014

Lithe Spice

Happy Friday, Lithers!  Spice up your metabolism with Lior Lev Sercarz's Lithe No.1 spice blend of grapefruit, lavender, and ginger that's perfect for salads, veggies, and seafood. This week we're giving away a jar of our Lithe No.1 spice! 

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what you're hoping to see in the fridges this winter. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you, and good luck!

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LITHE TOUR PHILLY! 9 Oct 2014

Tourphilly

Mark your calendars! We're back in Philly and we're giving back to our city. On Saturday, November 8th from 11AM to 2PM, we're celebrating 10 years of Lithe with an awesome event open to all Philadelphians.  All classes will be donation-based, and all proceeds will go to the Eagles Youth Partnership

With a minimum donation of $20 (donate in-studio on November 8th), you'll experience an all new Lithe workout, drink Bend & Snap Skinny Heathen cocktails made with Art In The Age Snap spirit and Lithe Foods cold-pressed juice, listen to a live DJ, get a special edition Lithe tank from Duke & Winston, and receive a discount code for your next purchase.

Reserve your spot: Head on over to Lithe's Mindbody: Click on Services and then click on Lithe Tour. There will be no charge.  It's just like buying a complimentary first class.  Then, book your spot on the November 8th Rittenhouse schedule.  As timeslots fill up, we'll add additional classes. 

New to Lithe?  Create your own account and reserve your spot. 

Don't want to work out?  No problem. You can still celebrate with us!

If you no-show or late cancel:  Your $10 late cancellation fee will be donated to Eagles Youth Partnership.

LITHE IN NYC 9 Oct 2014

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THE KEY TO LITHE! 8 Oct 2014

The Key To Lithe

We all know that Lithe is different.  Trying to navigate our studio schedules?  We can help!  Lauren creates workouts and programs the schedule, so that you achieve your best results without overworking muscle groups, or becoming imbalanced and injured.

What is Lithe? Our method is called Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting. CCS utilizes precise cheer-based movement to load muscles, produce a high cardio burn, and reduce fat zones all in a matter of 60 minutes. CCS targets all three zones of the body: the core, the lower body, and the upper body.  In each workout, you’ll accelerate your burn (and results) with Lithe’s Higher Power Band System (which adds 12 to 15 lbs. of resistance), light to medium weights (3 to 20 lbs.), and other Lithe-exclusive props. 

Every Lithe workout is total body, cardiovascular, and sculpting (think: sweaty).  Some workouts produce a higher cardio burn and some are more sculpting (slower and grounded), and everything can be modified and tailored for you.

Some Tips:

  • If you're an every day Lither, just show up – the key takes the guesswork out for you.  
  • If you Lithe less than three days a week, you can pick and choose. Oppositional workouts will be held in our smaller studios beginning November 1, 2014!
  • With CCS, it's best to alternate instead of rest. Alternating body parts keeps your workout moving and your body changing while giving muscles time to rest.  Yes, you should take a rest day (or two) per week. 
  • Begin the week with our most core-focused workouts; it's crucial to begin with the center. 
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, our workouts require a lot of "UP" movement. Our band system also takes you higher and decreases joint stress.  Achieve your best results by working against the bands by sculpting via Lithe's sponging technique.
  • Sculpting is crucial to increase muscle and decrease fat. Achieve your very best results by moving slower with precision a few days a week. 
  • Many of our sculpting workouts also utilize our Higher Power Band System: Waspie, Thnny, Higher Power, High Waisted, Waist Not, and  Endvy.
  • You DO need repetition. If you stop doing our barre sequences you'll see how your body changes!
  • Sore no more even after you've increased to 8 and 10 lb. weights? Good! Try not to use soreness as the gauge of a good workout.  You're in Maintain Mode, and that's a beautiful thing!
  • Beginner?  Returning from a hiatus?  Maybe you've been chasing a particular type of Lithe workout?  Get back to the classics with the movements and workouts that build your Lithe foundation: Waspie, Higher Power, Skinny Jeans/Sculpt, Twiggy, and Pom. 

Image of Lithe Instructor Rachel Dore via Dom

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 8 Oct 2014

  Sayeh

Welp! It happened. I have officially screwed up the #sexierinsix Lithe transformation. For me it's been more like #sexierinacoupleofclassesandthenohyouknowwhatjustforgetit. I missed a day here, a day there, got hit with an unexpected trip back home to Dallas amid the Ebola scare (no one watch Outbreak right now), and I'm officially back to eating donuts at work and not scheduling myself any Lithe classes. Because as I've thoroughly documented, I can't ramp up the eating if my working out is falling off. Oh no. That would be too sensible. No class means, I'll take the fried chicken instead of the grilled and yes, yes I DO feel like ordering pizza tonight, and no I don't mind if I do eat an entire block of cheese while watching the Real Housewives of Melbourne reunion. 

But, aside from my trip, which would have made it tough to accomplish the challenge, I know there are a few things I could have done better to set myself up for success.

1. Schedule my classes ahead of time.

I usually do this to avoid wait lists and have my schedule set, but work has been so unpredictable lately that I've been racking up late cancellation fees, so I thought...I'll just schedule my classes on the day OF, so I can avoid those fees and the inevitable self-hate that comes along with having the late cancellation on my permanent Lithe record. And while this has helped me to save money, it has made it so that I have no reason to force myself to class. At the end of a long day, even when I get out of work in time to go to class, it's so much easier to go home than get on my app and schedule myself something. I underestimated how much the threat of late cancellation motivates me to Lithe. This is certainly a balancing act during crazy times at work–because I truly can't afford to pay late fees willy nilly, but I also can't afford–for mind and body–to continuously skip Lithe and fall into bad habits all around either. 

2. Clothes, clothes everywhere. 

Although this is cliche because it's on every workout tip list, I found it totally true this challenge go-round.  I need to have multiple sets of workout clothes at my disposal to ensure I'm ready to hit the studio when scheduled. At work, at home and I would have some in my car, if I owned one. I twice walked out of my house in a rush and realized I left my workout bag at the foot of my bed, making it impossible for me to go to class. And on one of the days that I remembered my clothes, I realized I hadn't packed my sports bra! (Thank God I was taking Armistice instead of Rock Steady that day and made it work, but it was touch and go there for a bit in terms of a wardrobe malfunction.) Had I had some clothes at work, I could have grabbed the extra sports bra, or still have gone to class on the days I forgot my bag. Don't get me wrong, I certainly can't afford 7 pairs of Wunder Unders to strew about town, but I do have a few less exciting sets of clothes that I can afford to have around in case of an emergency. 

3. Wake up, wake up, wake up

I KNOW that I have much less control of my afternoon than I do of my morning. I get pulled into 5 o'clock meetings which means I won't make my 5:45pm class, or the cable guy needs to come by and replace my box, or my girlfriends want to meet for happy hour, or I have to attend an event for work...the list goes on. I know that if I wake up early and get my workout in FIRST, then any unforeseen or foreseen circumstance won't bump Lithe down the list. I try to fit my entire life between the hours of 5 and 10pm–spending time with my husband, friends, cooking, working out, fulfilling work obligations, dealing with life in general (And I don't even have kids! God bless all my friends who do all of the above and are raising and scuttling multiple kids to all of their life things.) And it's too much to ask of those 5 hours. I need to add a couple hours in the morning to balance things out a bit. But GOD it's so much easier said than done. I'm a night owl, not a morning person and braving the darkness and the elements in the morning to make it to the studio seems downright impossible to me.

Overall, this has been a good learning experience for me. I'm going to keep on keeping on and will continue to strive to keep my priorities in order and hopefully work on all of the above to create less work and guilt for myself on the other end. I guess the key that I need to keep reminding myself is that doing so takes careful, considered and consistent effort which is ultimately why it's can be so hard to sustain at times.

See you in class!

LITHE SPICED SHRIMP 7 Oct 2014

Shrimp

Spiced Shrimp

I love Spiced Shrimp – it's a simple, healthy, and quick dinner that everyone loves and can be paired with any side or tossed into a salad.  Shrimp is a great Eating Lithe option: four ounces of shrimp have approximately 24 grams of protein and only 112 calories. Shrimp also provides selenium, B12 and D vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids, so eat up!

Lithe Spice No.1 (available in-studio on Thursday!) is the secret to this simple dish.  Since the shrimp only cooks for three minutes on the grill,  I plan ahead by prepping my shrimp in the morning. 

Spiced Shrimp:
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Lithe Spice No.1
1 garlic clove, minced
Cooking spray of your choice
 
Preparation
To prepare shrimp, combine 1 teaspoon EVOO, garlic, Lithe Spice No.1, and shrimp in a large bowl; toss well.  Thread about 4-5 shrimp onto each of 6 (8-inch) skewers.  Place skewers on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes or until done.  Don't have a grill?  Sautee shrimp in a pan for 5 to 7 minutes, until they turn pink

Images via Lauren

LITHE FOODS ON GLAMOUR.COM 6 Oct 2014

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Yum!  Our raw, vegan carrot cake oatmeal recipe featured on Glamour.com!  

INSPIRATION 6 Oct 2014

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LAUREN'S HI-TOP PLAYLIST 6 Oct 2014

Hi-Top-Playlist

It's core day at Lithe!  If you're Hi-Topping at home, check out this playlist!

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