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Guest Post by Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Consultant, & Certified Personal Trainer Alix Turoff (yay!)

Are y’all sensing a trend here?

I am THRILLED so many talented, educated, fantastic ladies are guest blogging on BEC lately. I hope you are all learning and enjoying as much as I am!

Check out this fun ‘what I eat in a day‘ post by my girl Alix Turoff who has SO MANY letters behind her name it’s incredible. Alix is a registered dietitian, a nutrition consultant, and a certified personal trainer (um, hello she is also my new bestie but doesn’t know it yet). What a resource!

More specific deets about AT:

Alix Turoff is a Registered Dietitian and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She has a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She lives with her husband and dog, Oliver and believes in a balanced approach when it comes to nutrition and fitness. She doesn’t follow rules and encourages her clients to do what works for them. She runs her private practice completely virtually and maintains her blog where she posts her healthy recipes and nutrition tips!

Enjoy her inspiring photos, super informative notes, and be sure to check out her beautiful website here!

xx,

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6 AM: I usually wake up around 6-6:30 AM. My husband wakes up at that time to go to work and because I work from home, I find that it really helps me to keep this as a routine for myself because it’s easy to lose structure when you work from home.

After I brush my teeth and wash my face, I head to the kitchen and fill up a mason jar with 16 fl oz of ice water with half of a fresh lemon. I then put on a pot of coffee (if I’m drinking hot coffee that day, otherwise I always have cold brew in the fridge) and grab my ice roller from the freezer and head to my vanity.

I find that routines work really well for me and I like to build them i to my day. By starting with 16 fl oz of water first thing in the morning, I find it really sets the tone for the day and it helps me stay on track with my water intake. I will also take my pills and vitamins at this time (in addition to my prescribed medications, I take a Probiotic and Collagen supplement). The collagen supplement is fairly new and it’s something I’m experimenting with. If I don’t see a change after about 2 months, I’ll ditch it.

So I’ll put in my contacts and slather some a vitamin C serum on my face. Then I’ll take my ice roller and roll my face for 3 minutes or so to wake myself up and also stimulate collagen.

620 AM: I’ll usually take my dog out if my husband hasn’t and then I’ll pour myself some coffee. I ALWAYS start my day with coffee. It’s non-negotiable for me. I love the taste and smell of coffee and enjoy the routine of it.

 

7-8 AM: Most days I’ll exercise during this time. I don’t usually eat before I exercise unless I’m going to be exercising later in the day. I find that eating before exercise bothers my stomach so I wait until after!

830 AM: I get in breakfast routines where I’ll eat the same breakfast for a few weeks in a row during the week and change it up on the weekends. Once I get sick of that, I’ll change it up again.

Right now I’ve been keeping it really simple and doing ~6 oz Siggi’s Vanilla yogurt with 1/3 cup bran buds, 1 tbsp chia seed and some fresh berries. Sometimes I’ll swap out the yogurt for cottage cheese. Other go-to breakfast are egg white omelets with GG crackers, a high fiber English Muffin with Peanut Butter and Banana or with mashed avocado and Trader Joe’s everything bagel seasoning.

Between breakfast and lunch I aim to get in another 16 fl oz of water with lemon.

 

1230 PM: By 12:30-1 PM I’m usually ready for lunch. I tend to eat every 3-4 hours so.

Lunch is usually either a salad with protein (usually chicken), some kind of lettuce wrap (like homemade tuna salad in romaine lettuce cups), 4 GG Pizzas (4 GG Crackers + ½ cup Rao’s Tomato basil Sauce + ½ cup 1% Cottage Cheese) and 1 cup Amy’s vegetable soup or a few other variations.

 

 

2 PM: I’ll usually have another cup of coffee around this time. The caffeine doesn’t affect me too much so it’s never really an issue for me. I’ll also make sure to get in another 16 fl oz of water with lemon

4 PM: This is usually when I’m ready for an afternoon snack. If I’m out and about, I’ll throw Nugo Fiber D’lish bar in my bag. Otherwise I might have some popcorn with a string cheese, fresh fruit with peanut butter or if I didn’t have GG pizzas at lunch, I might make them in the afternoon! I also really like to do smoothies with protein or collagen.

 

7 PM: During the week, my husband and I usually eat dinner around 7 PM. I probably have wine ~3 nights per week. Dinner is usually my highest carb meal so I’ll usually incorporate either some rice, chickpea pasta, tortillas, or sweet potato. This just works for me so I go with it. I’m all about flexibility and doing what feels right for you.

One of my favorite meals to make is chicken lettuce cups with Trader Joe’s chicken fried rice!

I’m also usually working on my last 16 fl oz of water with dinner and after. That way I get my 64 fl oz covered and if I’m craving more water, I’ll have it!

 

830 PM: 90% of the time I like to have something sweet after dinner. I wait until I digest my dinner so I can see how I feel. I listen to my body and if I’m craving something sweet, it’s usually dark chocolate with sea salt or if I want something salty, I’ll usually go with popcorn!

 

Latest Obsession…

Photo: Big T NYC

 

I haven’t been into coffee lately.  I don’t know if it’s because the weather is warmer and I want something lighter, but these days you can keep your coffee.  Instead I am consuming boatloads of tea. Specifically Big T NYC tea.  I have introduced y’all to Theresa before as a BEC Badass here.  Ever still the badass, she is cranking out the BEST tea.  I know what you’re thinking..tea is tea, right?  I thought so too.  Until I started drinking at least a cup a day of this floral, fragrant, naturally sweet, beauty tea.  For real.

 

Photo: Big T NYC

 

I feel like it has improved my skin, given me a boost of energy (not the jittery feeling I get from coffee), and it is also loading me up with antioxidants.  I purchased the oversized tea strainer with my first order and feared it was going to be a high maintenance process.  IT IS SO EASY.  But if that scares you, tea sachets will be out later this year.  Order the tea here, try it, love it, thank me later!    

xo,

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Clean Spring Cocktails

Maybe it’s because I just got back from Las Vegas, maybe it’s because today is the first day of SPRING…whatever the reason I have had “clean” cocktails on the brain.  By clean, I mean nothing from a bottle except for the booze.

Think: fresh squeezed green juice with celery, kale, apples, lemons, a little jalepeno mixed with a splash of vodka.  Or maybe freshly juiced grapefruit with a little tequila and a pink salt rim?  How about an earthy beet and blood orange juice with a bit of sparkling wine floating on top?  The possibilities are endless. Don’t want to juice or blend?  Buy cold pressed juice at the store and go to town.  I recommend Suja and Blue Print, personally. Save yourself the time and effort of juicing at home!

We all know fruit has a lot of sugar but here’s what I suggest: throw in some veggies, a splash of ACV, some soda water, minimize the amount of booze, and drink A TON OF WATER while imbibing…you are sure to have a fun night with a pretty forgiving morning. Just add a group of friends and PLEASE add some food as well. (Sidenote: I am notorious for not eating enough when wining with my girls, but I am making a big effort to change this!)  Hummus and pita, marinated olives, cheese with fermented pickles, and spiced nuts are my favorite “bar” snacks.

I recently found a solid recipe on A Healthy Life For Me for a Green Goddess Cocktail.  Um, hello?  It was like made for us, y’all.  With celery and cilantro among other goodies, this is one I plan to make ASAP. Find the whole recipe here.  Isn’t it gorg?  Photo by A Healthy Life For Me.

Photo by A Healthy Life for Me

 

Cheers to warmer temperatures, fabulous girlfriends, and feeling fine!

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In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day…

 

I am not much of a corned beef and cabbage kind of girl, but I want to serve something appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day.  That’s why this recipe from Eating Well appeals to me so much.  Made in the slow cooker using chicken thighs (my favorite part of the chicken) a little stout for flavor (and festivity!) and lots of veggies…it is savory, delicious comfort food at its best. I am going to skip the bacon, use whole wheat flour, and maybe throw in even more peas and carrots, but you do what you want!

It will be delicious either way.

Photo: Eating Well

 

Have a great week and happy St. Patrick’s Day guys!

 

xx,

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