Weekly Reads Roundup (3.11.17)

From the best jeans for women to Denver’s hottest coffee shops (said in my best Stefon voice), here’s what I was reading this past week!

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Amethyst Coffee Co (via Zagat)

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Protein Protein-y Protein from Rivalus

I generally try to stick to the Michael Pollan Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” philosophy, however there is one food I just can’t let go of: protein powder. Yes, I know, it was made in a plant and is not, in fact, a plant,  but I really feel that adding a scoop of protein to my shake in the morning keeps me more full and adds some extra nutrients that I might not get otherwise. As an added bonus, it also adds a light, fluffy texture to my smoothies that I love. Plus, science has come a long way and there are some pretty amazing products out there now! (Check out my previous recommendations here.)

My newest find is the Rivalus Naturally Flavored Promasil. Hey, when this guy tells you to try his favorite protein, you don’t say no! (He also happens to be my future brother-in-law.)


Today was my first time trying it and I must say, I’m impressed! Here’s why Steven recommended this particular formula for me:

While you might like some of the others as well, Promasil is a time release formula, where you’ll get the fast acting protein to help you recover quickly and also casein for a slow release over hours and hours for better recovery and repair.

I mean, how can you argue with that? Each scoop has 120 calories, 24g of protein, and only 3g of carbs. I also love that it’s naturally sweetened with stevia! I haven’t tried it plain or simply shaken with water yet (since I don’t typically drink my protein that way), but I can tell you that in my usual morning blend of almond milk, frozen berries, banana, and spinach it tastes wonderful!

The other amazing thing is that with Steven’s discount code, my total came to just $35, which is amazing fora 2lb container of super high quality protein (under $1.17 per serving). They also sent a FULL SIZE bottle of their men’s multi-vitamin for Josh and a sample of their cookies and cream flavored why protein which I’m excited to try. Two thumbs up on the customer service!

If you want to try Rivalus yourself, you can use Steven’s code too! Just use “606FIT” at checkout to get free shipping and a 15% discount. (PS make sure to capitalize the code and that you are on the US site, not the Canadian site. Not that I’ve done either of those things…)

(“Protein protein-y protein” reference here. Good marketing, Yoplait. I now say this every time I talk about protein.)

Weekly Reads Roundup (3.3.17)

From a Pinterest-approved miracle salad to using artificial intelligence to fight the effects of cyber bullying, here are five of the best reads from this week!

Glowing Skin Berry Smoothie


1. Calling it Quits: How to Stick to Resolutions Big and Small via GOOP

Stout explains that most resolutions centered around giving something up are destined for failure because the psyche is not bound by deadlines and doesn’t work on shortcuts. The process of quitting needs to be a long game, he says, one best approached with self-love as opposed to self-loathing.

2. This Acne Fighting Salad Has over 34,000 Pins on Pinterest via Byrdie

We’re already aware that what we put in our bodies affects our skin as much as the products we put on it. This knowledge often puts us on the defensive—we know to avoid certain aggravators like alcohol and sugar, for example, since they can contribute to acne and dullness.

3. The Empathy Layer via The Verge

Systems designed to foster clicks, likes, retweets, and shares have become global communities of unprecedented scale. But Zuckerberg was left to ask, ‘Are we building the world we all want?’

4. Why Stress is Actually Good For Us—and How to Get Good At It via GOOP

For one, she posits that while we tend to fixate as a culture on flight-or-flight, there are actually three other beneficial and physiologically positive types of stress; and that harnessing stress to work for you is as simple as changing your mindset, i.e. choosing to believe that your body is simply revving up in support.

(☝🏻 this one is super exciting because it features one of my favorite Stanford professors, Kelly McGonigal! I actually used to take yoga classes from her while on campus.)

5. This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life via Inc

Not how much is in your 401(k). Not how many conferences you spoke at–or keynoted. Not how many blog posts you wrote or how many followers you had or how many tech companies you worked for or how much power you wielded there or how much you vested at each.

No, the biggest predictor of your happiness and fulfillment overall in life is, basically, love.


Fitness Philosophies: On Protein, You Doing You, & Workout Motivation a la Taylor Swift

I don’t know about you, but I keep seeing Eat The Bear, a physique, fitness, and crossfit lifestyle supplement company, everywhere on the internet. Even though crossfit/Olympic lifting isn’t in my current workout repertoire thanks to years and years of countless squats and cleans, my fitness/health/wellness loving self must be right in their target audience. (Side note: has anyone tried their products? I’m very curious…)

Taylor Swift Workoit
What do Taylor Swift’s and my workout routines have in common? Read on to find out!

Seeing articles from ETB on different workouts, smoothie recipes, and proper nutrition got me thinking about my own workout routines and the questions I’m asked most frequently as a former DI Track & Field athlete with a family full of high performing athletes (golf, tennis, football, ballet, etc). Namely, how do I fuel myself and how do I stay motivated, both in the long-term (working out regularly) and in the short-term (during a workout)?

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The Benefits of Fish Oil

Over and over again I’ve been told by doctors, chiropractors, dermatologists, homeopaths, that if you’re looking to take just one supplement per day, you should take fish oil.

Fish oil is exactly what it sounds like – oil derived from the fatty layers of cold water fish – and contains two types of Omega-3s: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Your body cannot make either of these which is why consuming them is so important! (For more in-depth information, check out Dr. Weil’s Vitamin Library)

Fish oil can be taken in either capsule or liquid form, as well as of course eating fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines. Personally, I’ve found that I’m more likely to actually consume my fish oil when it is in liquid form – especially when it’s the Barlean’s Fish Oil with Vitamin D in Mango Peach. My husband will even swallow a spoonful and has even described it to me as “melted Hi-Chews.” Aside from the taste, I also prefer the thicker, creamier texture to the oily texture of typical fish oil supplements. One of my favorite holistic health doctors, Dr. Andrew Weil, suggests taking 700 to 1,000 mg of EPA and 200 to 500 mg of DHA daily, so I’ll take 2 teaspoons in the morning and two in the evening which provides me with 880mg of EPA and 560mg of DHA.

Okay, so now you know what to take, why is fish oil so important? While there are a million different benefits, here are my top three favorites.

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What They Ate Wednesday: Daily Diets of Ballerinas, Victoria’s Secret Models, and Instagram Stars

National Ballet of Canada Dancers via The Coveteur
National Ballet of Canada Dancers via The Coveteur

With wedding festivities now behind me (pictures soon!) and a Mexican honeymoon less than a month away, it’s time to get back to my normal, healthy routine. But if you’ve ever completely let yourself indulge, no holds barred, you know that this can sometimes be harder said than done. If you’re itching to get back into the clean eating saddle like I am (the hot fudge calzone last night was definitely not that), here’s some fitspiration from some serious healthy living role models…

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The Alkaline/pH Diet

Last year when my mom was in town she was reading The pH Miracle and asked me if I would eat an alkaline diet with her. Since she also offered to prepare all of our food and I was already familiar with the concept from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet (see her video on being pH-abulous below) of course I agreed!

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Easiest Salmon Ever

I don’t know about you, but I often don’t want to cook simply because I don’t want to clean – that and I get so hungry that the thought of waiting another hour makes me sad. That’s when I rely on this super simple, super delicious (and healthy) salmon recipe!


  • Salmon (single or multi-serve depending on the capacity of your cook surface, I usually cook a pound at a time)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Heat your grill or panini press/George Foreman Grill to high heat (for the quickest, easiest salmon I use our panini press)
  2. While the grill is heating, drizzle some olive oil over the salmon and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
  3. Wrap the salmon in foil
  4. Place on the gril and close the lid or pull down the press
  5. Cook for 10-15min, checking midway through cooking for doneness
  6. Enjoy!

Add some steamed green beans (or canned and microwaved if you’re really in a hurry) and you are good to go! The grill and foil mean no cleanup while the quick cook time allows you to eat healthfully even in a pinch.

Use BurnThis to Burn Through Your Goals

I recently posted about starting a Mind/Body/Spirit Challenge, and obviously that includes a fitness goal. Sometimes it’s hard for me to stick to my healthy eating routine because my fiancé has the metabolism of a 12 year old – and the palate of one too. When I’m cooking him up a big plate of spaghetti, it’s sometimes hard to stick to a salad. That’s where BurnThis comes in!


Touted as “a pinstagram just for fitness,” this awesome app will leave you feeling excited to continue towards you goals. You can share your own pictures and add a caption like “Pumped on Pilates” or “#fitfam,” follow your favorite users, and even complete challenges to win prizes! The best part is that it’s an incredibly positive and diverse group of people who you can rely on to keep you on track. Whether you’re looking to gain muscle or lose weight – or want to join me on my mission to see my abs! – there’s motivation for you on BurnThis. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the App Store to see why I am so happy to be a BurnThis Ambassador!