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Heels To Laces is on a mission to break through the clutter of health and fitness and make it easier to live healthier – and have a ton of fun doing it.

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.” ~Jen Sincero

TRUTH  OR DARE
Each week we will present you with a truth or dare. It’s your job to tackle it with gusto and make it happen. Often, by just focusing on one change…just one, it’s much more palpable and achievable and becomes the jump start you need. This week is a dare (or maybe a truth – you decide).

Dare: Choose Kind
We recently watched the movie Wonder. If you have not seen it, it is worth every second. The theme of the movie is “Choose Kind”. We all know this time of the year is full of anxiety, stress and tested patience. How apropos to reverse all of that negativity and focus on kindness.

There are scientifically proven benefits of being kind. Kindness produces oxytocin (“love hormone”) which helps lower blood pressure and increases self-esteem and optimism, it promotes energy and happiness,  “giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease” (Christine Carter, “Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”), it lights up your pleasure center in your brain giving you a type of “high” and stimulates the production of serotonin.

Kindness can also help alleviate pain, stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure.

There’s no pill to take or long-term treatment. All it takes is being kind to another. During this holiday season, appreciate that everyone has their own story/struggles/issues – just reaching out with kindness can tremendously benefit them…and you.

The dare – make a conscious effort to be kind from now until the end of the year. Give up your parking spot, buy the person in front of you their cup of coffee, give someone a compliment, write a rave review about a store employee, tell the ones you love in your life you love them…then sit back and appreciate the incredible chain reaction it will have for everyone around you.

source: RAK Foundation

ASK THE EXPERTS
We don’t claim to know everything – so sometimes we have to ask the experts. This week, Veronica Naughter, Yoga guru, talks about the benefits of yoga, why Baptiste yoga is different and her insight into how practicing yoga/meditation can change your perspective.

What are the benefits of yoga?

In addition to the incredible benefits yoga provides for your physical body and your mental health, it has been found to improve flexibility, create muscle strength, improve focus, create space in your body and quiet your mind.  Yoga has become increasingly more popular because of it’s benefits and the fact that it is accessible to everybody and every  body, regardless of age or ability.

Why Baptiste Yoga?

Baptiste Yoga incorporates physical practice, meditation and inquiry to empower you to achieve consistent results in all areas of your life. Let’s dive into each…

  1. The physical practice of poses is designed to energize, strengthen and create space within your body.

Baptiste Yoga gives me a physical practice that is constantly challenging me while empowering me to show up more committed to something bigger on and off my mat.  This practice allows me to get present in my body, drop anything that is not needed (like stress, worry or drama) and create focused on my goals while making my day to day life easier.

2. Meditation offers the opportunity to pause, be in the present moment and connect to the peace and power within yourself. 

Meditation, whether for 5 minutes or 25 minutes, can offer the gift of silence.  As a mom, that is something that I value more than anything!  By simply sitting in a comfortable seat, closing my eyes and being present to that moment, I am instantly more connected to my true self, the best version of me that is within.  I can connect with the inner calm and quiet the thoughts and all the noise that would otherwise take me from sane to cray-cray in 0-60 seconds.

3. Inquiry is an opportunity to bring awareness to the things that may be holding you back and to discover what is possible to live your best life.

My biggest and most surprising growth has been through inquiry.  This is the practice questioning areas in your life where you feel stuck — anything starting with “I can’t…” “I don’t want to…” “I’m scared to…” can fall into this area.  Taking a deeper look to see what’s beneath these feelings and doing the work that’s needed, allows you to create more space and freedom in your way of being. Through inquiry, I have been able to improve many relationships, change my perspective on situations and realize when to accept things as they are and as they are not.  It’s like cleaning house to create space for something new…spring cleaning of your self!

Veronica Naughter is a Certified Baptiste Teacher and currently enrolled in the FIT to Lead Program with the Baptiste Institute.  She is part of the instructor team at Lyons Den Power Yoga in Manhattan and POE in Short Hills.  Her classes provide students with the tools of alignment, balance and breath.  Veronica’s intention is to offer students the opportunity to shed what is necessary on their mats and become empowered to live their best life off their mats. To contact Veronica: veronicakaram@yahoo.com or Instagram @vnaughter

WHAT’S TRENDING
B-A-N-A-n-As! (Can’t you just hear Gwen sing it? Watch her bust it out)
Bananas have received a bum wrap. “High in sugar”, “high carbs”, blah blah blah.

Bananas are LOADED with good stuff. And, they are an incredibly effective prebiotic (prebiotics help probiotics flourish and thrive).

Bananas have a multitude of essential vitamins and minerals including high levels of potassium (hello, super-fruit), calcium, vitamin C, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and B6. They also contain fiber (3.1 grams!) and several antioxidants. Net carbs in a medium-sized banana are only 24 grams (these are the good kinda carbs) and only 105 calories (although calories really don’t matter when you are eating whole foods).

Ideas on how to eat bananas are endless! Slice them into your yogurt with a honey drizzle, freeze & blend them in the blender with coconut milk for banana ice cream, bake them into banana bread, slice them in half and make a banana sundae with nut butter, raisins and a dollop of yogurt…let your imagination run wild.

WHAT WE ARE OBSESSED WITH
Sometimes, you just gotta have it…

You Are A Badass
There are not many books that really resonate with us and leave us nodding our head, “yes, yes, yes!” THIS book…this book is a game changer. It’s a psychologist in a paperback. It will get you up and moving, snap you out of a rut and leave you ready to conquer the world. The title says it all. It’s snarky, fun and will make you face the #truth. Still time to get it before Christmas.

Best-Gift-Eva!
Ugg makes a blanket just like this for $300. This one is not, but it’s exactly the same. It’s like walking around inside an Ugg boot. Hello, comfort blanket. We just stocked our office with one. It’s ok if you buy it for yourself. We won’t tell.

O-Loves!
We stumbled upon these gems in NYC and then found them online. Little snack packs of olives in a multitude of flavors. They are SCD/Paleo compliant – so even more fun. It’s a great, quick, filling & healthy snack with beneficial fats, and low in calories, that is incredibly good for you. Now they’re a staple.

Mango Madness!
Keeping with the theme of quick & tasty snacks – these delicious organic packs are a hit with kids and adults. They are way better than any fruit snack out there with only 1 ingredient – Mango! The best past is it takes a while to eat (they are in little circles on strips of parchment), especially if you suck on them like candy. Mangos have an abundance of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that soothe the stomach. These powerful antioxidants have the power to neutralize free radicals (which damage cells) to protect your body from heart diseases, premature aging, cancer, stomach conditions and other diseases.

Note from previous post – the Bug Off seat covers are also available in black – we inadvertently gave the link to white. Black is much less conspicuous

THE DISH ON DELISH
All of our recipes will always be quick, healthy, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, SCD legal and Paleo friendly. And yes, all sorts of deliciousness.

Healthy peppermint bark may sound like an oxymoron – but this recipe puts all other peppermint barks to shame. Shame, shame, shame. Not to mention all of the ridiculous health benefits from the ingredients. Can you tell we have a sweet tooth?

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut butter (there’s our Coconut Manna again)
1 cup coconut oil (go for organic, well sourced)
4 Tablespoons of honey
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract (Whole Foods sells a great one)
We also added a 1/2 cup of organic cacao butter
1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (Trader Joe’s sells an organic one)

Directions

  1. Melt the coconut butter, coconut oil, honey and peppermint extract in a double boiler over medium heat until smooth, stirring occasionally. Should take 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded coconut.
  3. Pour into a 6×9 inch dish lined with parchment paper and place in freezer for 60 minutes or until hardened.
  4. Remove from freezer and cut into squares.

Best to double the recipe.

source: A Life of Happenstance

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Heels To Laces will be taking a hiatus over the holidays and will return with vigor and abundance in the New Year with some very big announcements! We wish everyone a healthy, bountiful and happy holiday.

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Whatcha Gonna Do?

Heels To Laces is on a mission to break through the clutter of health and fitness and make it easier to live healthier – and have a ton of fun doing it.

As always, we love interaction so email us, comment, share and send your thoughts.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

TRUTH AND DARE
Each week we will present you with a truth or dare. It’s your job to tackle it with gusto and make it happen. Often, by just focusing on one change…just one, it’s much more palpable and achievable and becomes the jump start you need. This week’s we were feeling crazy and offer one of each:

Truth: What is the one thing you would want to change or start?
Yes, New Year’s resolutions are right around the corner – but why do we have to wait for New Year’s to make a change? This time of year tends to put us in pause mode. “I’ll do it after the New Year.” It gives us an excuse to procrastinate and continue to follow a lifestyle you know may not be the best choice. There is no time like the present. Take a stake in the game and get a running start now. Just like getting in an early workout, you will feel so ahead of the game.

Dare: Make friends with your stairs.
Making excuses why you can’t fit in exercise is the first step to self sabotage. Exercise is one of the #1 stress reducers, mood lifters, endorphin producers and toxin removers. No time for the gym you say? No problem. Chances are you have a staircase in your house. Here’s the challenge: 4 rounds of stair intervals. Run the stairs for 20 seconds, rest for 10. Do this for 8 rounds. Rest for 1-2 minutes and do it again. 4 times. That will give you a quick, 16-minute HIIT Tabata workout (our personal favorite). Interval training continuously rises to the top as the most effective, metabolism boosting, fat-burning workouts available with the fastest results. Feelin’ crazy? double up and do it twice. Twice as nice.

ASK THE EXPERTS
We don’t claim to know everything – so sometimes we have to ask the experts. This week, we reached out to Deborah Munies, executive coach extraordinaire, on how to avoid the holi-daze.

And here’s what she said:
If you find yourself rolling into the new year feeling battered and bruised from the holiday “fun” (not this year!) – stop right there! Following are some quick, easy ways to surviving the mayhem and stress and saying YES to what jingles your bells:

Be Selfish – Do at least ONE thing each day to take care of YOU.

Get an Attitude – Strap on your Gratitude Attitude. Each day, think about one thing you’re grateful for and the reasons why.

Be Unsocial – Take a social media break – even if it’s just for one day. Imagine what you’d do with that found time!

Be a Party Pooper – Take mini-breaks at parties (go outside, touch up makeup in the  restroom) and have an agreed upon exit plan with your family/date before arriving.

Get What You Want – Choose one thing you’d really love to do or get this holiday and communicate it to your family. They aren’t mind readers and probably would appreciate a little guidance!

Deborah Munies is an executive coach who works with smart, time crunched, high performing corporate moms who want to balance career and family. She is a motivational speaker, contributor to The Huffington Post and a passionate empowerment educator for tween girls.  www.deborahmunies.com  Instagram@debordahmunies

WHAT’S TRENDING
Coconut milk.
Not just for those that seek a dairy-free alternative, coconut milk is the ideal milk substitute – it is easy to digest, simple to use and contains an abundance of nutrients. Why so beneficial? It contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy, helping enhance physical performance. Coconuts’ fatty acids (the good kind) help you lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, and may prevent heart attacks or a stroke. It also contains manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium & potassium (natural electrolytes – bye-bye sports drinks) and iron.

But, wait – there’s more!

Coconut milk is hydrating and helps the digestive organs, like the liver and kidneys, function properly, which helps metabolize fat and remove waste from the body. What?! Coconut milk also nourishes the digestive lining due to its electrolytes and healthy fats, improving gut health and preventing conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.

But wait, there’s more!

Coconut milk can help with joint inflammation, arthritis and prevent ulcers. Could do this all day…

However, not all coconut milks are created equal. Look for a brand without artificial sweeteners, additives, preservatives…it really should have one ingredient: 100% coconut milk. Our two go-to’s are Trader Joe’s organic coconut milk (in the can) and Coconut Manna (purest form) – just have to dilute it.

Coconut milk is not just for lattes – use it in baking, cooking (so good with cauliflower rice!) …you can even use it to make whip cream.

WHAT WE ARE OBSESSED WITH
Sometimes, you just gotta have it…

The Ultimate Finisher
Now that you have these gorgeous new lashes, how do you amplify them even more? This mascara is the balm of all balm mascaras. It coats lashes with a crazy volume building/extending coat that forms tiny water resistant “tubes” around the lash. It’s smudge-proof, sweat-proof, water-resistant, flake-proof and comes off easily in the shower. We just stocked up today.

B-12
Feeling tired and draggin’? There could be an easy fix.  B-12 is a super vitamin that helps boost energy, metabolism, mood, and strength along with supporting proper nervous system functioning. Also improves concentration, mental clarity, and cognitive function while strengthening our immune system.

You’ve probably heard the rage about B-12 shots or IV’s. Not necessary. We found a B-12 supplement we use daily that is one of the purest forms available – no synthetic preservatives, dairy, gluten, soy, added sugars, fillers, binders, flavoring or dyes. Only 100% methylcobalamin (a form of B12), purified water, and organic grape alcohol. Comes in 2 sizes (2 oz keeps you going for a while).

THE DISH ON DELISH
All of our recipes will always be quick, healthy, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, SCD legal and Paleo friendly. And yes, all sorts of deliciousness.

Step aside Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte – there’s a new, healthier kid in town. Not only will this save you $5 and 50 grams of sugar, the health benefits are tremendous.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or almond, cashew or other dairy-free milk)
  • 1 cup water or tea (we use less depending on the thickness of the milk)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (we love this brand)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve.

You’re welcome.

source: comfy belly

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Work Hard. Play Hard. Repeat.

Heels To Laces has rebranded & revamped! We are on a mission to break through the clutter of health and fitness and make it easier to live healthier – and have a ton of fun doing it.
Our new format is below. As always, we love interaction so email us, comment, share and send your thoughts. Let’s get this started…

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” ~E. Degeneres

TRUTH OR DARE
Each week we will present you with a truth or dare. It’s your job to tackle it with gusto and make it happen. Often, by just focusing on one change…just one, it’s much more palpable and achievable and becomes the jump start you need. This week’s choice:

Dare: We dare you to remove refined sugar from your diet for ONE week.
Raw honey is fair game. Why?

Sugar is higher on the glycemic index (GI) than honey, meaning it raises blood sugar levels more quickly. This is due to its higher fructose content, and the absence of trace minerals. Honey is comprised of only single sugars (monosaccharides) which do not need microvilli enzymes to absorb them like refined sugars. The sugars in honey are already in absorbable form. Many with digestive issues do not have functioning enzymes – which make it harder to process and break down the sugar. In addition, raw honey (choose raw! refined honey is overly processed) has incredible antioxidant and healing powers and is the perfect energy source.  A study from the University of Wyoming found that raw honey can even activate hormones that suppress appetite.

Raw honey, a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers, contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals (including ironzincpotassiumcalciumphosphorousmagnesium and selenium) and 5,000 enzymes. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.

Thanks, honey.

WHAT’S TRENDING
Mango.
Mangos have recently been highlighted as a super-packed super food. The benefits are endless including:

  • One cup = 100% of your daily vitamin C recommendation for healthy immune function and collagen formation
  • They are high in vitamin A, which helps promote good vision, bone growth, healthy membranes and skin
  • Mangos contain more than 20 different vitamins and minerals
  • They contain flavonoids like betacarotene, alphacarotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin (translation: super-rich antioxidant strength)
  • Mangos are high in potassium, helps control your heart rate and blood pressure
  • They are rich in vitamin B6,  which helps hormone production in your brain (yes, your brain has hormones)
  • One cup = 12% of your daily dietary fiber (shortening the time waste spends in your colon – therefore, reducing the risk of colon cancer!)

Mangos have been shown in clinical studies to protect against cancer of the colon, breast, and prostate, as well as leukemia. The most prominent effectiveness was against breast and colon cancer which studies show, cells died off while normal cells were unharmed. 1.

WHAT WE ARE OBSESSED WITH
It’s holiday time – and the sales are tremendous. We like to follow the premise of one for you, one for me. By giving a gift and receiving the gift at the same time, you experience complete fulfillment. Just sayin’.

Organic Red Wine
Organic red wine has no sulfites. What does that mean for you? No hangover. You can drink a bottle (ala Italy) and wake up and conquer your day. Not that we are suggesting you drink an entire bottle, but if you were to, you’d be just fine. It is holiday season after all. Brands we like? Honoro Vera makes a few varieties – most of which are from Spain, all of which are delicious.

Flawless Hair Remover
Have you ever looked really closely in the (magnified) mirror and noticed a layer of peach fuzz on your face? Hate to say it, but most of us have it. Especially if you are in your 40’s. You do not need expensive laser removal to address this sneaky malfunction of your hormones.  The Flawless Facial Hair Removal literally removes-it-all. Also works great for a teenager not quite ready for waxing. Find it here.

LASHES!
Long lashes are the in-thing. It’s an easy, natural way to enhance your face and eyes in a dramatic way. If you considered lashes, but do not want to invest in the upkeep ($$$!), Lash Boost from Rodan & Fields is the go-to product. It only takes a few weeks to see the difference (hint, hint holidays). The long lashes last forever – you may even need to stop applying when lashes start to hit your eyebrows.  Order here. (full disclosure, although I am no longer an active consultant, I can still pass on the discount of 10% off + free shipping to new PCs.  Just enter “Debra Karrat” as your consultant during checkout and you’re in!)

Travel Companion
These little gems will keep the germs and head lice away. Germaphobe? Or just don’t want to share bodily fluids with others? This one’s for you. Use it on airplanes, in movie theaters, on trains, buses….we’ve gotten stopped everywhere when using them to ask where to buy them. Get this…they are only about $1 each! You can have them too:  protect yourself.

THE DISH ON DELISH
We are all about easy, quick, healthy recipes. Not the complicated ones that make you want to pull out your hair. All of our recipes will always be gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, SCD legal and Paleo friendly. And yes, all sorts of deliciousness.

This week we highlight one of our new favs: Almond Butter Blondies (thanks, Comfy Belly).

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (227 g) unsalted almond butter (roasted or raw)
  • 1/2 cup (170 g) honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Line an 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, or grease it generously.
  3. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well blended.
  4. Scoop the batter into the baking pan, and spread it across the pan. It will even out when it bakes.
  5. Bake the blondies for 20 minutes.
  6. Cool and slice. Store covered for a week or in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

Woop! That’s it.

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  • Sharon Priore

    I LOVE this! So informative ❤️

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