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HEALTH IS THE GREATEST GIFT | 2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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PHOTO  BY: MIRANDA TURIN

I know from years of experience that many of you are looking for tips and tricks to get through the holidays without losing yourself physically. And some of you are probably hoping to find a miraculous quick fix from an expert like me hidden inside this newsletter. But if you’re smart, you know there is no such thing as a quick fix. And if you’re even smarter, you’ll keep reading.

During this time of year I tend to sit back and not distract you with how you are going to get “your best body ever!” on January 1st. The fitness and wellness industries are crawling with weight loss and quick fix plays to make you feel the urgency to “fix” yourself. Entering the holidays with the mentality that you are going to enjoy them (in a self-sabotaging way) and then be rescued (by some boot camp or cleanse) is the wrong way to show up for yourself.

Leaving 2017 behind, and looking ahead into 2018 with the most clarity, I would like to offer you the choice to simply stick to 30-60 minutes of beginner, intermediate, or advanced master classes with TA Real Time. That’s because it’s most important this time of year that you stay connected to yourself, your #tamily and focus with complete presence on your family and friends. Everything is connected in your body and in this lifetime. Taking care of yourself also means taking care of other people. And we must find enough caring to never lose energy for how we affect ourselves and others.

OK, so here’s the part you’ve likely been waiting for (plus the goodies in my gift guide below. I mean, who doesn’t want a dinosaur chocolate mold?). You don’t need a quick fix. You need a consistent self-awareness. The body takes time to reposition itself. If your current assessment of yourself is that you don’t feel optimized in your position, then we need to gain perspective. Ask yourself: what got me here and what am I doing to focus to truly earn a better position? Lead with a place of honesty and presence for yourself one day at a time, and I promise that next year your position will be even stronger and well-earned.

As you know from my Fireside Talks and Rockstars for Your Health newsletter profiles, I am very careful with the teachers that I choose to lean into. While there are many lessons to be learned from many different kinds of teachers, there are a few that I consistently lean into over the years. If you are a goop-y girl, you may remember the incredible Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes as an original contributor. Gwyneth recommended her to me over a decade ago, and I am as in love with her today as ever. Luckily for all of us, she has written a brilliant message for the holidays. The message stems from a recent conversation that we had where she brought this word to my attention: ‘othered’. How we can make ourselves, those we love, and even people on the street feel this lonely feeling of being ‘othered’? This word brings forward a vital awareness that can help guide us all into 2018 with the extreme healing that the world so desperately needs. So I send you through this loving essay from Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes and a very merry gift guide! 

Sending each of you much love and support!

A big, warm, holiday hug,


ABOUT
DR. KAREN BINDER-BYNES

Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes is a leading Psychologist with a private practice in New York City for the past 15 years. Her practice consists of older adolescents and adults. She provides Individual as well as marital, family and group psychotherapy. In addition, Dr. Binder-Brynes is a leading expert in the field of posttraumatic stress.

VISIT DRKARENNYC.COM

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The holidays are here. We should be filled with good will and hope. This season is a time for reflection, connection, and celebration as we look forward to the coming year. However, holidays often bring   a mixed bag of conflicting emotions for many people.

Although I believe that friends are the” family we choose”, most of us will spend the holidays with our given families, and not always with relatives we feel “in sync” with. If we go into our celebrations with realistic expectations or what I call, “giving up the wish that things will be different”, we start out ahead of the game. Move toward those who reflect you well and whom you feel good around. Minimize encounters with those you struggle with. Don’t forget the “pause” button. Take a breath when you feel the stressful emotions rise before you react.  Find humor wherever you can and if there are children around, see the wonderful, “untainted” world through their eyes.

The holidays are a time for reflection, which may include thinking about those people in our lives whom we are estranged from. When we become estranged from someone we were close to, we feel a sense of having a “missing piece”. During the holidays, we often reflect on these lost relationships and struggle with ideas of reconciliation. I feel we have to examine carefully whether the missing person is someone who we need to make amends with or whether in fact our well-being is more important than re-connecting to a toxic relationship. If we look deep into ourselves and trust our gut, we usually know the answer. Trust yourself.

This past year has been particularly challenging on many levels. We have seen natural disasters unlike any before. We have watched terrorism abroad and at home. There have been mass shootings and a political climate not paralleled in history. Famous and respected figures in all areas of professional life have been “outed for abusive behavior”  and have fallen from their powerful perches. Climate change is roaring forward and science is being threatened. Additionally, social media has caused a tsunami of new problems, personally and publicly. Through the web, we are continually bombarded more and more with unwanted judgments and opinions. The constant flow of information can be maddening. People need to pause and examine the consequences of the negativity they are promoting from their social media presence.

A great thinker, Jean Amery (In the Mind’s Limit-Indiana University Press, 1980) describes alienation from each other as being “othered”.

I found this simple term to be profoundly meaningful both in our relationships and in the world today. Being “othered” is the sense that we are separate from another, be it from an individual or an entire people. If we are “othered”, we are alienated. If we are different looking, different politically, different by race or religion, or different in any way, how do we remain connected and empathic to the other?  These are volatile times both home and abroad. It is essential that humankind stop “othering” each other and realize that we are all on this earth together, each trying to live our lives in the healthiest and happiest way possible. We have to protect each other and the environment by accepting that we are the opposite of “othered” from each other, rather we are profoundly connected on every level.

We need something I call ‘radical hope” during this holiday season. Hope is an amazingly powerful motivator. It is hope that keeps us going even in the most trying of times.  Being a trauma specialist for the past 25 years has taught me about human resiliency. I have great respect for our ability to heal and grow no matter what the circumstance.  As we reflect on the past year and anticipate 2018, lets remain radically hopeful, connected to each other and not “othered”. Let us find love, peace and solace in our collective humanity.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes

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TALKS ON WELLBEING | ISSUE NO. 1

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PHOTO BY: MIKEY DETEMPLE

Let’s get clear! On October 2nd at 5pm in Los Angeles, I will launch my first Fireside TAlk. I am looking forward to giving it my all to communicate what is nearly ineffable. There is no better way to launch this series of events than with the multidisciplinary genius, and @behiveofhealing founder Dr. Habib Sadeghi. If you have read Within you will understand my excitement that he is releasing his next book, The Clarity Cleanse. The link for pre-order is available below. It is my honor to have him at my studio for this special event. In anticipation of his new book we begin an Instagram celebration with a little fun loving contest.

 

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Q:  I FIND THAT WHEN PEOPLE FIND CLARITY THEY FIND RELIEF, SELF EMPOWERMENT, AND A GREAT DEAL OF HEALING.  WHAT MADE YOU TITLE YOUR NEXT BOOK THE CLARITY CLEANSE?  

There are moments in our lives when we are presented with situations that leave us dumbfounded, perplexed, completely unsure of what to do. Often we are thrown into a panic, our days and nights spent anxiously worrying about what action to take. Maybe we just learned that our spouse has been having an affair, that our job is being terminated in an already tight jobs market, or that we have a life-threatening illness.

Since we can’t avoid such times of trauma, wouldn’t it be of immense value if there were some way we could know the right course of action when faced with a decision we have to make and yet simply don’t know which way to go?

When I was diagnosed with cancer over twenty years ago, like that of most my first reaction was sheer terror. It felt as if I’d been handed a death sentence. That there might be a path to a robustly healthy future was the furthest thought from my mind—until a friend pointed me in a direction that had simply never occurred to me.

Flying in the face of pretty much everything my doctors told me I needed to do, other than the barest minimum of excising the tumor, I went in a direction few would think of going at such a time. Instead of looking outward to authorities who were certain of what I should do, I looked inward to a deeper part of myself than I had ever accessed before. It was from this place within that clarity came, in the process not only freeing me of cancer but transforming every aspect of my life.

The essence of my discovery is that our core being contains all the clarity we require in any situation that arises and threatens our peace, stability, and happiness. When we access this clarity, our fear is spontaneously ousted, replaced by an incredible sense of empowerment that has never left me.

Whatever difficult decision or trauma we may be facing, the clarity we need is there in each of us. It’s simply a matter of sweeping aside all that obscures what we already know deep within. This is why my new book is entitled The Clarity Cleanse.

Q: YOUR LAST BOOK ‘WITHIN‘ WAS AN INCREDIBLE SOURCE OF HEALING FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. WHAT IS ONE TAKE AWAY YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL DISCOVER FROM READING THE CLARITY CLEANSE? 

The aim of The Clarity Cleanse is to restore power over their lives to my readers.

We live in a culture that likes to do our thinking for us. Anywhere you turn in modern society, someone is trying to tell you “the way things are” and therefore what you need to do, how you ought to think, and the way you need to live. My own profession is particularly good at this, warning of dire consequences if we don’t heed everything they tell us.

I’m all for professionals who research and are experienced in the many walks of life that affect our wellbeing. We need thorough study, double-blind trials, peer reviews, replicable experiments. But as important as these are, their purpose should be informational. In any situation, we need to be equipped with the facts as they are presently understood. What we don’t need is someone dictating to us.

On one doctor’s website, the statement is made that a particular procedure is safe and the correct course of action, in line with all the facts. But the author then adds that they will follow this procedure “until the facts change.”

Right there is a problem.

In my new book The Clarity Cleanse, I cite various cases of where physicians were certain of the science—until they weren’t. Because they had been practicing the established protocols unquestioningly—and more than unquestioningly, with huge resistance to even the suggestion that they might be mistaken—countless people died unnecessarily. If you think this has changed, you are mistaken.

I want my readers to learn to question. I want them to question the doctors, the standards established by government agencies, the pronouncements about health in the headlines, and the advice anyone offers them in any aspect of their lives. Only by questioning can we begin to take back our power from those who would rob us of it, misguidedly believing they “know best.”

My readers will find specific examples of the kind of questions we all need to be asking in this new book. They’ll see how asking the right questions has changed the course of many a patient’s life, in no small number of cases plucking them from the jaws of death. As they increasingly learn to tune into their own intuition, they will find that they have the ability to sift the information society presents them with so definitively, discern the facts, and make wise choices that will empower them in every dimension of their lives.

Q: WHAT IS ONE THING WE CAN DO TODAY TO BEGIN LIVING UP TO OUR FULLEST POTENTIAL?

With the discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton almost 400 years ago now, the older mystical ways of viewing reality began to lose their grip on the human mind, with the result that we found ourselves increasingly inhabiting a mechanical universe. Creation was seen in terms of a clock that God wound up and that, well, had been running like clockwork from then on.

Not only was the universe and the world of nature viewed in this mechanistic manner, our own bodies also came to be understood as machines. It’s of course true that there are certain machine-like elements to the universe as well as the human body. Within the body are pumps, electrical circuits, chemical exchanges, all of which function quite without our conscious intervention.

The problem with this view of our humanity is that as our researchers have dug deeper, we have become more and more aware of the amazing complexity of both the universe and the body as a part of that universe. For a start, we now know that our bodies aren’t separate entities with distinct boundaries, but that they particular expressions of a quantum field in which an exchange of particles and energy is occurring continuously—a quantum soup, as it’s often referred to as. Instead of being the distinct individuals we imagine ourselves to be, on many different levels we are part and parcel of the world around us, influenced and affected in countless ways by the whole of reality.

As a simple example, even our skin—which appears to form a clear boundary to who we are as a person—is constantly absorbing and giving off particles. We don’t think of the makeup we put on, the fabrics we wear, the mattress and sheets we sleep on, the furniture and flooring we are in contact with, or the liquids that touch our skin as infiltrating us through our skin and affecting our mood and health, and yet the process is ongoing day and night.

What i’m getting to is that no part of our lives is separate from the other parts. The human body is now known to be intricately connected to its environment. More than that, our physical wellbeing is powerfully affected by our mental state and emotions. There’s no separation between the physical body and our mindset, with the two in an ongoing interchange. Our thoughts and viewpoints, our emotions and our deeper currents of feeling—every aspect of who we are as sentient beings affects our physical state, even as the chemistry and electrical systems of the physical body affect how we feel, often dictating our mood and consequently our happiness.

If we are to reach for our potential, we must do so with our whole being. It isn’t just a matter of thinking the positive thoughts or taking appropriate action. It’s drawing on the whole of who we are, so that we approach everything in life holistically. This is fundamentally different from the centuries-old view of the body as a machine in a mechanical universe.

What I came to see long ago is that such a holistic approach is only possible when we are grounded in our essential being, or what’s often referred to as our spirit, our soul, or our authentic self. All such terms are pointing us to the hub within us to which all the spokes of our everyday lives need to be connected and from which the energy we invest in our various projects and relationships needs to flow.

The Clarity Cleanse doesn’t stop with cleansing our body of toxic wastes, nor with cleaning out false beliefs and poisonous emotions. It takes us to our essence, our core self, where we are one with the consciousness that undergirds the entire creation. Linked to the creative energy, wisdom, insight, and inspiration that birthed what one scientist referred to as “the whole shebang,” we are at last equipped to reach for our potential.

Find your essence, align your life with this center, and begin to experience the empowered state that alone can reveal who you are in your true magnificence.

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@behiveofhealing

Hello Summer | Tracy’s Hamptons Guide

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PHOTO  BY:  MIKEY DETEMPLE


AVAILABLE AT EVERYONES
FAVORITE CAFE,  THE GOLDEN PEAR CAFE

99 Main Street, Southampton
34 Newtown Ln, East Hampton
111 Main Street, Sag Harbor
2426 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton
follow @goldenpearcafe

7 Main Street, Sag Harbor, New York
631-725-3636

It’s my true ride-or-die grocery store!  And it’s not just any grocery store — it’s one that actually feeds and nourishes you with the utmost integrity.
follow @pronaturalfoods

146 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, NY 11930
 I can’t actually get through the day without it….. why???? It’s true that the fine folks at Jack’s know my order when I walk in. Everyday my organic coffee with extra foamy whole milk only is my happy ritual!
follow @jacksstirbrew

1616 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976You can see by the photo I go here everyday sweaty and straight from class!  Their organic greens selection deserves to be painted it’s so stunning!follow @greenthumborganicfarm 
ORGANIC TA CLEAR BARS
If you need to stock your summer fridge for an on-the-go breakfast option, stop by our TA studios in Water Mill or East Hampton for our organic TA Clear Bars. They make great kid camp snacks too! 

@ HAMPTON CHUTNEY

Amagansett Square, 6 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930My son used to beg me to drive from Sag to Amagansett during the school year just to bring him Hampton Chutney for lunch! There aren’t quite the lines in the dead of winter and boy do we get spoiled that they stay open year-round because I would wait in a 3 hour line for my favorite Uttapam.
follow @hamptonchutneyco 
@ EMP SUMMER HOUSE
341 Pantigo Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
 I’m into places that the kids can roam and enjoy while the adults do too.  Obviously we are all so blessed and perhaps admittedly spoiled to have this summers EMP seasonal guest appearance in East Hampton. Penny enjoys dancing on the open stage fielding missed ping pong shots, while we await the most insane lunch you will ever eat.
 

@ CROWS NEST MONTAUK

4 Old West Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954
Willing to make the drive from Sag to Montauk to go to Crows Nest where the kids can roly poly down the hill while we dine.
follow @crowsnestmtk
 
GRANDMA RUTH’S GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE
Available at The Green Thumb, 829 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976
When my dear friend, interior designer and Third Way co-founder Victoria Stokes, shows up to a dinner party she brings this dreamy “by special request only” pie (because I think she actually forced Grandma Ruth to create it for me) and I LOVE it — and all of her incredible pies. 

follow @grandmaruths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. MARSHALLS SPEAKERS, $249  |   2. ROUND TOWEL IN HAMILTON DESIGN BY SUNNYLIFE, $98  |  3. RETRO SUPER FUTURE SUNGLASSES, $199+ |  4. WÖLFFER DRY ROSÉ CIDER  |  5. ALE BY ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO SWIM  |  6. TEVA FLATFORM UNIVERSAL, $25.99+  |  7. ECCO BELLA NATURAL AGE ANTIDOTE DAY SKIN CREAM SPF 15, $51.95   |  8. CHANEL LE VERNIS NAIL COLOR, $28  |  9. ECCO BELLA VITAMIN E LIP SMOOTHERS, $21.95  |  10.  NANNACAY JOANA POM POM TOTE, $260.00  |  11. JENNIFER FISHER HOOP EARRINGS, $175+  |  12. INCASE REFORM BACKPACK, $149+  with LOVEBUTTON.ORG PINS

I say drip me in Roxanne Assoulin, I love her entire collection. It makes me feel hippy dippy happy!

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So the gold Jennifer Fisher hoops have become the Rachel Haircut for the ears.  They are iconic to say the least.

I love that two of my favorite shops (for two very different purposes) are right next to each other in East Hampton. Ladies, whether you are 15 or over the age of 50 don’t let this store scare you. When I go in and ask for my favorite stylist there, Ava Lantiere (@avalantiereshe already knows not to give me mini skirts and half tops — but she will still find me legit fashion fun trendy pieces that make even going to the gym, way cool.
– Tracy

Ask for Ava66 Newton Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 907-8430 

66 Newtown Ln, East Hampton, NY, 631.527.5794

What more can I say: founder of Kirna Zabete, Beth Buccini is a class act through and through. I love her as a woman and I am obsessed with everything in her store. I’m obsessed with her store, period. And her incredible presence. 

@  GOOP MRKT 145 Main Street, Amagansett, New York, MON-SUN: 10AM-6PM /JULY 1st – AUG 20th
Ahhhh this little haven is so special and well curated by the one woman I know that has total clarity on if something looks, smells or is good or bad for your lifestyle! Don’t miss Gwyneth Paltrow’s Amagansett baby that I hope she gives a permanent place!  My friends and I would walk there in our snow boots. @goop

903 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976

Where the cool kids who are serious about having healthy joints when they are 80 hang out and where you can also shop in our tent featuring cool trunk shows from fitness brands I love all summer at my Water Mill studio.

@TENET
91 Main St, Southampton, NY 11968

I basically shop off of my friend Candice Miller (@mamaandtata) as she comes to class, a dinner party, or event.  She has helped set the fashionable stage for this cool store.

@ SERENA AND LILY BEACH MARKET 
332 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott, NY 11975

Serena and Lily has a really well thought out selection of fun gifts to take to a dinner party. I recently snagged the cutest sand castle making kit and super styling throws to take to a BBQ for a special host’s kiddos.

@ LONGHOUSE RESERVE 
133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

My travel expert beautiful friend Mia Ljungberg Nevado introduced me to the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Please take her advice and don’t miss this special place.

Here is my dear BFF and Interior Monologue founder Tanya Zaben (@interior.monologue) getting real with me on my Sirius XM radio show you can catch on your summer Mondays at noon on channel 109.

Grab your paddle boards and make your pledge pages ladies and gentlemen for the annual Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink.  If you ask me, this is the Hamptons event not to miss! Let’s help the Baum family and the BCRF find a cure for breast cancer!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017
#PADDLE4PINK

Let’s get real before 2017

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If January 1st is New Year’s Day, have you ever noticed that January 2nd is Personal Crisis Day?

It seems that the second the Holidays are over, we’re all immediately back to trying to solve our best bodies through lifestyle trends that will once again prove to fail year after year.

But you need to change the tape.

This weekend and through the New Year, focus on the people that you are the most grateful for in your life. Try to let go of negative feelings about things that may have occurred in the past. The brain reacts to stressful events by releasing messenger molecules to your body. We can only cry wolf about our stress so many times before our body’s ability to deal with it in a healthy way starts to weaken. This is why taking the loving high road is better than your often damaging ego may realize. So embrace, enjoy and celebrate whatever the Holidays mean to you with those that mean the most to you. Hug a little tighter. Look each other in the eye a little deeper. Listen with more interest. Be very, very present. This matters for your health, your balance and your ability to start 2017 off right.

When January 1st comes around, I want you to consider the concrete realities of where you are. Knowing YOU is the only way to know how to improve you.

Now is just a moment in time. I want you to dig through the congestion from this past year. What did you not say that you still need to say? What did you not do for your health that you need to do, starting today?

I want you to get a journal—even if it’s an imaginary one—and spend some time actually answering questions for yourself like: What do you weigh? How do you eat? Where do you buy your food? What do you eat that is organic? How do you enjoy life? How do you move? Do you have a strategy for your body? Are you focused? Where are you out of balance? What do you do for yourself? What do you do for others? How do you treat others? How do others treat you? Do you value yourself? Do others properly value you? How do you love? Who do you love? What is your routine? Do you have a routine? Are you consistent? Are you erratic?

This year I challenge each of you to consider getting more focused on your own intrinsic rhythms. We live in a fast paced world with an overloaded amount of options and opportunities. Just think how hard it is to figure out what television show to binge tonight. (An aside: I recommend “Search Party” on TBS.) Many of the brain’s most important functions operate on less stimulation, but we have to find balance.

This year, don’t believe the hype. Create your own hype. Get educated and trust the people that are experts in their lanes so you can focus on being the best you can be.

As for other concrete actions you can take …

I have been doing press for over a decade. A lot of it. I can’t tell you the number of interviews over the years during which I have taken time with the lovely reporters to educate them on the truth of what readers really need to hear.

Unfortunately, even when I educate them on giving you the truth they still are ordered to ask me and somehow tell you how to get J. Lo’s butt in three moves or Gwyneth Paltrow’s legs in two; Hilary Rhoda’s arms in five minutes, or Alessandra Ambrosio’s abs in two smoothies.

It isn’t true, and I honestly can’t believe we have led any publication to believe that we are this dumb and this unwilling to want to celebrate our own beauty. But this is unfortunately what sells, and the only people that can start demanding better information are the readers by putting their dollars towards publications that are actually growing in the right directions.

When Health magazine first approached me as a cover girl I had to ask several times if it was a mistake. ME? Me, who has turned down several sold television shows about myself? Me, who is five-feet tall, 41 years-old, and has had two kids?

Not only that, they want to let me give the readers new moves every single MONTH and they want me to tell their readers the TRUTH!  WOW!  I am a huge fan of this magazine. Publications that come to you every month that are well-vetted and easy to read are a great add on for you to stay healthy. If you are going to subscribe to any publication, subscribe to HEALTH.

Get a personal MARSHAL speaker, an infrared heater, a home humidifier. Some days it’s absolutely impossible to get out and take the time to go to the gym. That’s why you need a place at home devoted specifically to your exercise routine. Consider that staying in for your workouts is, strategically, the best thing you can do for real change to occur in your body.

I would much rather someone be on my live streaming all year in their home than at the occasional, random gym class. Your body can only change with strategy. You can only lose weight and own that weight loss with consistency.

2017 is the year we need to stop joking around. We need to speak truthfully and supportively. We need to help save each other and the world by trading in a life style for a life stance, so that when January 2, 2018 rolls around, we won’t have another personal crisis and it’ll just be another day on the calendar.

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Of course I believe in eating raw foods. I was a vegan raw foods for a year however that didn’t prove to make my system more balanced.  I don’t believe in eating chemicals and I would rather eat something out of a wrapper that is organic than something alive and drenched in toxins.  There is a real necessity for meal replacements that help us manage living at a healthy weight.  I have worked and continue to work very hard at consistently improving healthy organic on the go options for you to be healthy.  Below I asked my dear pal and chef Emery Chapman to come into my home and make some fun alternative ways to add the good protein from my CLEAR bars into your life.  I am also sharing with you some of my favorite shake recipes that I made up to help me drink less calories but  get the protein I need to replace a meal.  I like to have one meal a day attached to my emotions and be more intelligent about the others.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


 

 

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I THINK ERIN BROCKOVICH IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MOVIES FOR OUR HEALTH WE CAN WATCH. I MEAN WOULD YOU EVEN WANT A DROP OF POISON IN YOUR BODY LET ALONE A “LEGAL” LIMIT FOR ONE. WE NATURALLY HAVE A GUT THAT HAS BEEN SHUT UP BY INDUSTRY SO MUCH THAT I BELIEVE SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT EVEN PESTICIDES MUST BE OK OR THEY WOULDN’T BE ALLOWED. SADLY THAT ISN’T THE CASE. WHAT FILM DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FILM PEOPLE CAN WATCH TO START 2017 OFF MORE HEALTHY?

I think the documentary “Before the Flood” is a really important and powerful film that needs to be seen. Climate change is a very real threat. In fact, it has been said that if ignored, it will be the greatest global disaster to humanity and the planet. This is a humanitarian issue that transcends all race, creed, gender, and we absolutely need to pay attention. We are currently at a tipping point. If we begin to make changes, the earth actually has the ability to heal and correct the damage. The recognition that how we consume and that our purchasing power can impact the effects of climate change is so important. Simple ways that you can get started right away are to recycle, purchase locally, bring your own reusable grocery bags, use your own reusable water bottle, support local organic farming, choose products that do not contain palm oil, source your food more mindfully, and in general just consume less. There has never been a more important time to be proactive. We absolutely can be a part of making a difference as the future of this beautiful planet depends on it. This transition and awareness needs to happen for our generation, our children’s generations and the generations to come.

I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS EXPENSIVE TO BUY ALL ORGANIC. I THINK IT IS CRUCIAL THAT IN 2017 ONE OF THE MOST VITAL STEPS WE TAKE FOR OUR HEALTH IS TO BUY ORGANIC AND ONLY SOURCE MEAT FROM PLACES THAT WE KNOW HAVE OUR HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENTS HEALTH BUILT INTO THEIR LAWS OF DOING BUSINESS. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO SHOP FOR FOOD IN THE MOST HEALTHY WAY. I PERSONALLY KNOW THAT I CAN TRUST THE STAFF AT PROVISIONS TO VET WHAT MAKES IT ONTO THEIR SHELVES AND IT IS THE ONLY PLACE I SHOP.

I talk a lot about our buying power. We vote with our dollars and the more we purchase organic and demand it as a standard, the more it will become available as a cost effective option for everyone. When consumers demand a standard through their purchasing power, companies listen because at the end of the day it’s about what’s selling. Personally, I have the most amazing local co op called the Rising Tide and it is where I primarily shop for all of my food. When you become a member of many co ops, you are supporting small business and companies that are purchasing products that are sourcing local, organic, seasonal ingredients and products generally with sustainability in mind. Co ops give members discounts on food, have weekly and monthly sales and member appreciation days. You can go to www.coopdirectory.org to research finding a co op in your region. I believe supporting small business is so important and when we support businesses that have a higher vision in mind, we impact change. My hope is that one day organic real food will be affordable and available to everyone.

ONE OF THE REASONS I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A HEALTHY PROTEIN BAR ON THE MARKET WAS NOT ONLY TO HELP PEOPLE WITH AN AFFORDABLE HEALTHY MEAL REPLACEMENT TO LOSE WEIGHT BUT FOR THOSE OF US MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT ON THE GO. WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF TRULY ON THE GO WITH TRAVEL OR THE KIDS WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WITH ME. MINE ARE EDEN TAMARIN ALMOND SNACK PACKS, MY PROTEIN BARS, AND ALTER ECO DARK CHOCOLATE VELVET BARS. I DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM OR I MAY EAT M&M’S!

The reality is we all have days or schedules where we are rushed and realistically sitting down to a meal is just not going to happen. On those days, I still make a commitment to pack food on the go that is nutritionally sound, satisfying and that will fuel my day. My go to choices are generally an organic apple and a TA protein bar . They are delicious and it feels good to know the protein is coming from a clean reliable source the will hold me until I can sit down to a proper meal later in the day. I also make my own trail mix which has raw unsalted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and local bee pollen. I take a small container of that with a piece of fruit that is in season. Lately, I’ve been really loving seasonal clementines. There is nothing worse then trying to get work done or manage kids when you are too hungry. With a little preparation and organization, we absolutely can keep ourselves on track and make choices that empower us and help us meet our goals.

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I FIND THAT ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS FOR PEOPLE IS CONSISTENCY. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THE METHOD NOW? HOW DO YOU JUGGLE BEING A PROFESSIONAL CHEF, BUSINESS OWNER AND MOTHER OF TWO AND STILL SHOW UP FOR YOUR WORKOUTS?

I have been practicing the method now for 9 years. My husband read me a newspaper article about a form of exercise known as the Tracy Anderson method. I was hooked from the first dvd and have never looked back. Metamorphosis led to Continuity which then led to live Streaming which I truly believe is Tracy’s best content yet.

As a professional chef, momma of two beautiful babes and a business owner, there are honestly days where trying to juggle it all is a real challenge. Exercise however is an essential part of my life and the glue that holds me together literally and figuratively! The question is never “if” I am going to workout but rather where in my schedule am I going to fit my workout in. I look at my schedule and I find the pocket of time and then I just make it happen. If I am having a day where I am feeling sluggish and struggling to hit play, I get on Instagram and see all of the “Tamily” doing leg lifts and that’s all I need! The community helps so much and the reality is when I exercise, I am a better mom, a better business woman and just a better person in general.

The true root of where my consistency is continually born from though transcends the incredible physical results one sees. We should all take a moment to acknowledge the profound changes that anyone who fully commits to the method will see in their body but there is something even more exciting. The greatest benefits of the method go far deeper. Neuroscientists are proving that key elements such as emotional connection, repetition and triggering the body to tackle new “puzzles” through movement are key contributing factors in fighting aging of the brain and body. This is exactly what the method does as it truly binds the emotional, physical and neurological elements into one. The method is one of the greatest ways we can enhance brain neuroplasticity , brain synapsis and overall brain function. As someone who has recovered from a serious head injury, this is crucial. My body has truly healed itself and continues to feel better and better every time I do it. Once you experience this, it honestly is hard to take a day off.

  WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR APPROACHING COOKING FOR THOSE OF US THAT FEEL LIKE MAKING OUR OWN MEALS IS TOO MUCH TO TACKLE?

Julia Child said it best:
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients”

Cooking does not have to be complicated or daunting task to taste good. All we need is a is a little organization, meal prep, and the understanding that real food does not need a lot to taste delicious. You do not need to be a professional chef to learn how to cook simple, gratifying healthy meals. In the time it takes to heat up some processed packaged meal, we can make a completely nourishing meal from scratch. Pick a day to grocery shop, write down a rough schedule of ideas for meals and then just make a commitment to it. There are so many easy, quick short cuts such as purchasing organic pre washed salad greens to quickly make salads. Organic hormone free rotisserie chickens for quesadillas, chicken salad, rice bowls, soups, and I love my rice cooker and crockpot for busy days.

We just need to get back into the kitchen and start cooking because this is where deep connections, traditions, and connection with real food are born. We need this for ourselves and for our children. Proper nutrition is the master key to human health. We empower our own health and the health of the planet when we remember the importance of this.

  WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?

I think my New Years Resolution is the recognition that we truly can impact change one by one by one. All of us can be a part of bringing more positivity and goodness into the world. We just have to be dialed in to recognize it. I think when we move our bodies, eat well, get out in nature, and truly connect with people in a real authentic way, we wake up our mind, body and spirit. We have to be physically and emotionally connected within to know ourselves well enough to not only make a difference in our own lives but others. Self care is the greatest “oxygen mask” we can give ourselves. When this is in place, we can offer so much. We can then lead, empower, and make choices that can truly impact change in larger ways. I think this will be crucial in where I see us needing to go collectively as human beings. If I can be one speck in helping nudge this inspiration along, I will feel grateful because serving others is the greatest gift.


Chef Emery |  www.chefemery.com  | @emery5

“Every day is a gift and every day we are beginning”

Professional organic chef, educator of sustainable cooking, and advocate for women’s health and wellness. My life’s work is to use my pivotal role as an organic chef to spread greater awareness on the impact that sustainable food has on our own health and the planet.

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Tracy Anderson Protein Bar Chocolate Bark
Be the star of your next holiday party with this incredible chocolate bark that is full of quality protein!
  • 5 to 6 bars of your favorite chocolate ( I used organic green & black dark chocolate 85% )
  • 1 tsp sea salt ( optional )
  • 1 TA vanilla toffee crunch protein bar cut into cubes
  • 1 TA chocolate protein bar
Use a double boiler or two pots.  Place water in the bottom of one pot and place the other pot directly on top.  If using a double boiler, place water in the bottom and assemble as instructed.  Unwrap chocolate and place in pot.  Place heat on medium and using a spoon stir the chocolate occasionally till fully melted.  While chocolate is melting, take a sharp knife and cut the two TA protein bars into cubes.  Set aside.  Take a medium casserole dish and line it with parchment paper.  Once the chocolate is melted pour evenly into the parchment lined casserole dish.  Next, sprinkle the chocolate with sea salt ( optional ) and the cubed TA protein bars.  I like to let my chocolate bark set overnight at room temperature until firm.  You can place it in the fridge to speed up the firming process but I believe it changes the fat solids in the cocoa butter.  Once firm, remove from casserole dish keeping the parchment on the chocolate.  Lay the chocolate on a hard surface and using a sharp knife cut into bark pieces.  Store the bark in an air tight container at room temperature.
Have fun with this!  You could add dried cranberries or a touch of lemon or orange zest.  The options are endless and of course enjoy!

banana

Organic banana “nice” cream with sliced bananas finished with Tracy Anderson Clear chocolate protein bars.
  • 1/2 organic banana sliced
  • 1 Tracy Anderson chocolate protein bar cubed
  • 1 scoop Tracy Anderson chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 organic sliced frozen banana
With a sharp knife cut one TA chocolate protein bar into cubes and set aside.  Slice 1/2 fresh organic banana into slices then set aside.  In a high speed blender, pour water, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 scoop TA chocolate protein powder and blend on high till it is the smooth consistency of ice cream.  Immediately pour “nice” cream into a cup.  Then add sliced banana and cubed chocolate TA protein bar.
Bananas are full of magnesium, rich in potassium, moderate blood sugar levels and are beneficial to overall digestive health.  Add TA protein and you will not only feel like you just had the most delicious “treat”, you can know you made a good choice that is fueling your body in the right way.

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Organic Raspberries rolled with fresh mint and Tracy Anderson chocolate mint protein bars
  • 1/4 cup fresh organic raspberries washed
  • 5 to 6 sprigs of fresh organic mint washed
  • 1 Tracy Anderson chocolate mint protein bar cut into cubes
Take a sharp knife and cut one TA bar into cubes
Wash raspberries and place in cup alternating fresh raspberries, TA bar and fresh mint
Raspberries are full of powerful antioxidants, fiber and full of vitamin C.  Mint promotes digestion and has powerful anti inflammatory properties.  Add a TA bar which is packed with protein and low in sugar and you have an energy boosting recipe to power your next workout!
Enjoy!

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