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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 56: Talking about Jody @Truth2BeingFit, “Loser Gurl” and a Review of “The Vegucation of Robin” #sweatpink 5

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 56

Featuring: Jody of “Truth 2 Being Fit,” Dealing With Internet Trolls, Teen Bullying,

 Plus: A Review of The Vegucation of Robin by Robin “Ophelia” Quivers

Robin Quivers Book

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you fine people doing today? As I type this Blog post it is Sunday morning and I am staving off a slight hangover. Normally I teach three back-to-back classes at this time but last night I celebrated a weeeee bit too much at my friends Christina & Tom’s wedding (kudos kids!) So with the quiet of my apartment and the promise of scrambled eggs & bacon for brunch in my future I am writing out my weekly post and getting ready to film my Vlog. You’re welcome!

So let me get through a bit of housekeeping before we dive into today’s segment.

Affordable Care Act: I am STILL trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. Oy vey! I managed to create a Login the first day but have not been able to get on to the site and actually sign up for anything. This is most frustrating but I will remain optimistic and persistent. And, of course, I will take you along the journey with me. (Have any of you been able to sign up yet?)

Spark People Activity Tracker: I was asked by none other than Miss Nicole Nichols herself to try out the new Spark people Activity Tracker and I have to admit that I cannot figure out how to get it to sync with my computer. Doh! If any of you can help me –please let me know. I want to review for next week! (Thanks in advance!)

Now on to This Week’s Vlog Items:

Truth 2 Being Fit: If you are not familiar with the amazing Jody of the Truth 2 Being Fit Blog you should check her out now. Jody is a super fit lady in her 50s who has a build that would put most 20-somethings to shame! Jody believes in eating healthy and taking care of yourself every single day and I am a big fan of her Twitter feed and her Instagram photos “Truth2BeingFit.” Jody had two exceptionally great posts lately that I wanted to share with you:

  • Are You Fat? Is This Fat?: Jody takes a look at internet trolls and their messed up comments that they leave on posts through Twitter and Instagram
  • Behind Closed Doors: Aren’t you sick and tired of people blaring out their health declarations over the Internet on how they never eat “ANYTHING BUT REAL FOOD” or that they “CRUSH EVER EXCUSE NOT TO WORKOUT EVERY SINGLE DAY.” There is a fine line between being encouraging and condescending. Between offering inspiration and being a braggart. None of us are perfect behind closed doors and no one assumes we are so why the pretense? Why make people feel bad because they failed to “crush” an excuse? Anyhoo—read this post and tell me what you think!

Teen Blogger Ally Del Monte. Wowza! This post from Ally Del Monte (aka “Loser Gurl”) http://losergurl.com/my-story/ broke my heart. Ally has been dealing with taunts and awful remarks about her weight for years (she has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) but a few weeks ago her world took a very dark turn when I friend of her attempted suicide.  Ally Blogs and Vlogs about her experience here plus you can read more about this remarkable woman with this feature on her from Babble.com. (We need more Ally’s in the world!)

And Lastly:

My Review of “The Vegucation of Robin” by Robin Quivers (The Howard Stern Show.)

Heavy sigh—where do I begin? I guess at the beginning. About twenty years ago “The Howard Stern Show” was introduced to the Bay Area (where I went to school) and I have been listening to Howard, Robin, Fred, Baba Booey and the rest of the gang most weekday mornings ever since. My favorite segment of the show is “The News” where Howard and Robin talk about what is happening in the world and generally goof on dumb celebrities, corrupt politicians and the everyday silliness of life.

I have to say that as much I as I adore Robin and would not want to listen to the show without her—she loves to spout off about her latest New Age findings that have absolutely NOTHING to do with science or reality. Over the years I have heard her espouse the medical wonders of coffee enemas, the Master Cleanse, psychic shaman in foreign lands and “detoxing.” And honestly, my attitude is if it makes you feel better than more power to you. But do no assume all people will have the same results following your plan.

Recently Robin dealt with an incredibly scary cancer scare (you can read about it here) and had to work remotely from home for over a year while she was attended to by  the expert staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering. (Trust me—if you get cancer—that is where you want to be treated. They are simply the best.)

Thankfully she is now in remission but it coincides with the release of her book The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life. This is a book she has planned for years and it speaks to her belief (at the time) in the Vegan lifestyle and all of the recipes contained within.

Well, here are a few of my problems with the book:

  • She promotes colonics which has absolutely NO HEALTH BENEFITS WHATSOEVER. Honestly, after all of these years she is still promoting this crap (pardon the pun.) If she was so clean and detoxified from it—then why did she get cancer?
  • Her complete mistrust of doctors and “Western Medicine” when the very reason she is alive is because Howard made her see cancer specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The woman is a former nurse but did not visit with a gynecologist for several years. A regular checkup might have caught the cancer much sooner had she bothered to take care of herself sensibly.
  •  She still promotes the horrible, awful, contemptible “Master Cleanse” which basically starves the body of nutrients for weeks and then encourages binge eating once you are “detoxified.” This stuff is utter f***ing nonsense and she knows it but is too proud to say she was wrong. (Bad advice that can exasperate an eating disorder, Robin!)
  • Robin does not eat many of the recipes in her book because she now follows and grain-free, soy-free and fruit-free diet on top of being a vegan. (Honestly—if you do not completely follow the lifestyle contained in the pages you should not promote the book.)

Whew—that is a lot for me to type out today. Check out my Vlog below for a little more about my thoughts this week:

 

Thank you all as always for taking the time to listen to me. And let me know your thoughts about body image, celebrity

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 55: Celebrating @SparkPeople @thecoachnicole @kickstarter @camillacooks 8

 

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 55

Featuring: Trying to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act, The Spark Activity Tracker, The Na-Mat-Se Yoga Mat Holder on Kickstarter,

 and the “Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook” Giveaway

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week I have been deep in “online mode” trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act every single day since last Tuesday. You read that correctly—I have tried every single day for the last week and have yet been able to sign up for health care. Have any of you had trouble as well? I was able to create a Log In but cannot actually use this log in to –you know LOG IN! Most frustrating but I am going to remain optimistic and not panic unless the problem remains for another week. If any of you have been successful—please let me know!

Other than not being able to sign up for the ACA—my week has been pretty damn great so let me talk about it for a quick minute!

  • One favorite trainers in the world Coach Nicole Nichols of Spark People got in touch with me to ask if I would like to try out their new activity tracker and of course I said “yes”! This week’s plan is to take it out for a test drive and report to y’all on what I think about it.

 

  • Over on Kickstarter I happened across a very interesting project that aims to help yogis keep their mats clean and flat—the NA-MAT-SE yoga mat holder. If you are interested in helping a new yoga company get off the ground, be sure to check them out here.

 

  • I may have some fun news to announce in a week or so about a new brand ambassadorship on the horizon for a certain bike-loving blogger you follow. Stay tuned!

 

  • Camilla Saulsbury the creator of the healthy food blog Power Hungry while also being a writer, recipe developer, fitness trainer, endurance athlete and holds a Ph.D. in sociology (frightening!) Camilla has written a a new book called Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook and you can enter to win a copy by following the rules below. Good luck!

 

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Here is more information Power Hungry:

POWER HUNGRY: THE ULTIMATE ENERGY BAR COOKBOOK

by Camilla V. Saulsbury

$16.95; 152 pages; paperback; September 2013

 

Moms on the go, home chefs, casual and endurance athletes, it is time to shed your life of sugary, junk-packed energy bars. Sales of energy bars have seen incredible growth, with more than $700 million in sales in the last decade, according to Men’s Health Magazine.  Camilla V. Saulsbury’s new cookbook, Power Hungry® challenges store-bought snacks with delicious recipes, giving sports enthusiasts and foodies alike a chance to create nutrient-rich, healthy energy bars at home.  These recipes are 100% soy-free, and highly adaptable to gluten-free and vegan diets, making them a great option regardless of your diet restrictions.

Saulsbury has a PhD in Sociology, with specializations in food studies and health, and brings her expertise to the kitchen with her energy bar recipes. She’s also spent the last twenty years immersed in the world of fitness—from teaching yoga to Pilates, spinning, and kickboxing, Saulsbury is the perfect combination of noted cookbook author, health and wellness expert, and athlete. She’s also a mom, so she understands that a healthy snack needs to appeal to picky eaters as well.

Power Hungry® boasts over 150 pages of gorgeous recipes, guaranteed to be kid-friendly, nutritious, and delicious. With chapters such as Super-Natural Knock Offs, Activity Bars, Endurance Bars, Protein Bars, and Raw & Almost Raw Bars, you’ll be sure to find bars you’ll make again and again. Plus, a comprehensive pantry section has all the essential information you’d want on those good-for-you ingredients.

 

Imagine, being able to craft your own delicious bars with flavors like:

  • Salty-Sweet Trail Bars
  • Morning Maple Bars
  • Flax Your Muscles Bars
  • Quinoa Chia Apricot Bars
  • Black Bean Protein Brownies
  • Green Tea & Ginger Bars
  • Greek Yogurt Muesli Bars
  • 5-Minute Protein Truffles
  • Carrot Cake Action Bars
  • Sticky Sesame Energy Bars with Raw Chocolate Drizzle

 

Whether you’re training for a triathlon, packing a lunchbox, or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, you’ll find recipes you’ll love—and a nutritious treat to boot.

About the Author

Camilla V. Saulsbury is a writer, recipe developer, fitness trainer, endurance athlete, and creator of the healthy food blog, Power Hungry. She also holds a PhD in Sociology with specializations in food studies, health, and medicine. She has been featured on the Food Network, Today, Good Morning America Health, QVC, and in multiple publications including the New York Times, Cooking Light, Southern Living, Clean Eating, Cosmo Girl, Food Network Magazine, and Pilates Style. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she currently lives in Texas with her husband and son.

 

Got that? Now, in order to win a copy of this book (Continental U.S. only!) you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below (on this particular blog post).
  2. Tweet out your interest to me (@brooklynfitchik) and Camilla Saulsbury (@camillacooks)

I will the winner next Monday, October 14th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 54: Talking About What to Look Forward to in October @kmaecags @CG_Confections 2

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 54

The “Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Things to Forward To in October” Edition

NYC F/N Pop-Up Event, Against All Grain by Danielle Walker, Fitwalker Classes, Balega Socks

& the Affordable Care Act (Yikes!)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s a new week and I am getting excited about October. Why? Mainly because I will be officially ending my second Paleo/Whole 30 challenge on October 1st –can I get an Amen?!

This time was so much easier for me than last year as I mainly do live a Paleo/Primal lifestyle and keep grains and dairy out of my diet. However, this past summer I felt as if I indulged a bit too much in red wine, fruity drinks and fattening meals and wanted to “right the ship” so to speak. So the past 30 days I have lived completely Paleo and abstained from all processed foods, dairy, sugar, grains and alcohol. The one vice I have not given up is coffee but you do NOT want to see me without coffee. I refuse to go without my caffeine fix in the mornings and will not apologize for that.

And now here we are—on the cusp of October with beautiful, crisp weather and a season of delights to look forward to over the next few weeks. So today I just wanted to give a shout-out to all of the things I am looking forward to this coming month.

Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Things to Look Forward to in October:

  • NYC F/N Pop-Up Fitness Event: My awesome fellow Sweaty Betty Claudette Wilkins of the amazing gluten-free treats Cavegirl Confections will be joining two of her fellow badass fitness babes @jazzythings and Krissy Mae Cagney (http://kmaecags.com/) for a popup fitness event  (F/N Popup Event) to take place in NYC from October 25-27. There will be bootcamps in Central Park and healthy cooking classes in hell’s Kitchen—cool! Click on this link to get more details and purchase tickets; http://kmaecags.com/events-view/new-york-city-event/  I plan to drop by if that gives you any encouragement!

 

  • Danielle Walker “Against All Grain”: After finishing my Whole 30 on September 30th (boo-rah!) I plan to now enjoy some yummy recipes from Danielle Walker’s newest cookbook Against All Grain.

 

  • Fitwalker class at Superstar Gym in Tribeca: In the next few weeks I am putting together a group of NYC fit chicks to join me for a Fitwalker class at Superstar gym here in NYC. What is Fitwalker you ask? Well I am going to write about them in full for Fit Bottomed Girls but try to imagine taking a cardio/body sculpting class on a treadmill that you have to power on your own. That’s right—there is no electricity to power the machine—just the power of your legs to get it in motion. (If you are a fit blogger in NYC—let me know if you want to take a class with me at Superstar gym!)

 

  • Balega Socks: The good people at Balega sent me a few items to try out (they are well-loved in the running community of their blister-free socks) and I can’t wait to road test them on my bike this coming weekend. Bring it!

 

  • Signing up for the Affordable Care Act: Like many folks—my employer decided to not provide health insurance options for instructors who teach less than 30 hours per week so I now need to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. If you need more information—try the official Affordable Care Act web site. (Hoping there is no government shut down…)

 

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Okay—that is it for me today. Talk to you all next week where I hope to have my giveaways back in motion. Later!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 52: The Affordable Care Act, @OxygenMagzine and @EllenBarrettFIT DVD Giveaway! 17

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 52

Featuring: My Journey with the Affordable Care Act, Oxygen Magazines Returns and Ellen Barrett Triple DVD Giveaway!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you? Good I hope!

In this week’s Vlog post I talk about my soon-to-happen journey through the Affordable Care Act, the relaunch of Oxygen magazine (yay!) and my super, duper giveaway this week—a triple pack of workout DVDs from the amazing. Ellen Barrett. Are you ready to rock?

Notes for this week’s episode:

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Here is more information the DVDs you can win:

New Haven, CT –Think of Ellen Barrett’s workouts like those little breath mints. They look so small and yet they still set your insides on fire. With Ellen’s three new DVD workouts, in just 30 to 45 minutes, you will feel the heat throughout your entire body. Like that blast of minty-fresh air, you’ll be refreshed and ready for whatever awaits afterwards. The new “Ellen Barrett Live” series is comprised of “Fusion Floor Workout”, “Sleek Sculpt Express” and “Super Fast Body Blast.” They are $15.00 each and available at www.ellenbarrett.com. These ultra-efficient, intelligent workouts reflect Ellen’s signature blending of the peacefulness of yoga with the intelligence of Pilates and the pure fun of dance. Reflecting her motto, “Exercise should feel good”, they will help women enjoy exercise as much as the benefits that come as a result.  They are all done in bare feet and modifications for all fitness levels are demonstrated throughout the workouts by Ellen and her friends.

“Ellen Barrett Live: Fusion Floor Workout” is done on a mat without any standing exercises at all. It uses no props and no shoes. It’s a complete total-body sculpting workout for people with, or without, injuries. Soothing yet effective, the moves flow gracefully blending strength and stretch at every turn. 45 minutes.

“Ellen Barrett Live: Sleek Sculpt Express” uses light hand weights. Every exercise is choreographed to seamlessly move into the next so muscles are always engaged.  A modern, gentle yet challenging total body workout, and it appropriate for all fitness levels. 30 minutes.

“Ellen Barrett Live: Super Fast Body Blast” employs big ranges of motion to crank the cardio and condition the body whole body while going easy on the joints. It’s designed to create glorious balance from head to toe. 30 equipment-free minutes.

All of the DVDs are available for purchase for $15 each at www.ellenbarrett.com

 

Here is a You Tube link for her Fusion Floor Workout to give you an idea of her style:

 

Got that? Now, in order to win the full set of Ellen Barret’s DVDs (Continental U.S. only!) you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below stating which DVD you would like to win.
  2. Tweet out your interest to me (@brooklynfitchik) and Ellen Barrett (@EllenBarrettFIT)

I will the winner next Monday, September 23rd at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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