Archives for 2014

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Muffins – Gluten-Free

VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS – Gluten-free, dairy-free, junk-free, nut-free! RECIPE: 3 cups old fashioned oats (I used gluten free) 1.5 cups of organic pumpkin purée (this equals 1 can) 3 TBS Sunflower Seed Butter, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1.5 cups water 2 tsp flax seed 3 tsp cinnamon 3 tsp allspice or pumpkin pie spice sprinkle of sea salt HOW TO: preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, grease muffin tin with coconut oil, scoop batter into each muffin tin- fill it to the top because these won’t rise! I topped with a banana slice and sprinkle

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Pumpkin Spice Raw Balls

    This is one of my favorite healthy treats!  Works amazingly as a preworkout snack for an extra boost of energy too!  I working on some fun pumpkin recipes this week and can’t wait to share more with you! xoxo Lauren

Bikini Competition – Recap

This past Saturday I participated in my first ever fitness event in the bikini category.  As many of you know, this wasn’t about winning for me, or even placing.  This was about doing something I had always wanted to do.  It was about taking on a challenge and seeing it through to the end, through hard days and doubt. I can finally say, I DID IT! Here is a stage shot from the event: All made up and ready to go! It was such a great experience and it just felt amazing to step on stage and show off my hard

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Bikini Competition Update – Taking Down A Giant

Last night there was a battle of epic proportions.  As some of you know, I’ve had a bikini fitness competition on my to-do list for a long time.  My brother knows how long exactly.  I’ve started and stopped.  I’ve talked myself out of it.  Downplayed it.  Called it vain, dumb, silly, judgmental and yet I’ve been drawn to it like a magnet the entire time.  Turns out I’m one of those people who is drawn to my fears like a moth to a flame.  I don’t like having any fears.  It bothers me.  It pisses me off when I feel

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Go RAW for September!

It’s a new month! Let’s make healthy choices together! Go RAW for September! Whether it’s high-raw, 100% raw or just one meal a day raw. Start today! If you are just starting out, fruit or a green smoothie for breakfast and a big salad for lunch are a great way to begin. Do what you can. Every small change adds up and makes a BIG difference! No need to flip a switch overnight. Use this new month to build some new healthy habits and eat more veggies! Post your meals, it will inspire your family and friends! If you make

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Are Your Neighbors Hungry?

I live in Chester County, PA which is considered one of the wealthiest areas in the country.  I see fancy cars on the road, fancy houses, fancy people.  What if I told you there are a lot of HUNGRY PEOPLE in Chester County? From a recent Philly.com article: Poverty is increasing in Chester County – up from 4.5 percent in 2000 to 7.4 percent in 2012, census figures show. This despite the county’s designation as one of the richest in America. That poor people are living on what scientists declare to be some of the finest soil in America doesn’t

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How to Get The Results You Want!

I emailed a client to ask them for a status update and this is an excerpt of the email I received back:   “I am still losing weight. I can get into all of my clothes. When I say “get into” I mean my size 14’s are too big, my 12’s are comfortable and I can suck it in really tight and get into my 10’s. In another 10 lbs the 10’s will fit comfortably as well. The lifestyle change has gotten much easier. I saw some past coworkers and friends and they were all astounded. They kept shaking their

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Breast Cancer & Birth Control Pills

Did you catch the short segment on the news this week about the study the shows that certain birth control pills may increase risk for breast cancer by 50%?   They were very quick to say that it was mostly the medium level to high level estrogen containing pills that were the cause and not the low-dose pills.   I’ve had three different women ask me for my thoughts on it after the segment aired.  (For anyone who doesn’t know: My Mom fought and beat breast cancer and that was really a pivotal event that shifted my focus to helping

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