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Holistic Health Coach - Nutrition Consultant - Dance Cardio Instructor -
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Why I Do What I Do.

I do what I do because I truly have no choice. This is who I am.

I do what I do because I must help others. I do what I do because it fuels my soul. Because human connection is everything. I do what I do because in this compartmentalizing brain of my mine, when life wears on me a bit and I find myself needing a freaking helmet, grasping for my purpose, for some reassurance, for some truth and direction, I am able to find solace in the fact that "I am helping others".

I do what I do because I've been there. I am also human. I've been there, feeling out of control of my own body, and not in a beautiful way. I've been there not fitting into my jeans...then wondering why I even need to "fit into my jeans"...then knowing that I am more than my jean size...and then realizing I also want to be happy and healthy and comfortable...and not want to buy a new wardrobe. Ah, the mental battle.

I do what I do because I have had people tell me how skinny I am, as if that is a good thing. Then came more attention. Then came modeling (which is "cool"?). Then came way too much pressure and simply the inability to be anything less than what I deemed as perfect (still working on this).

I do what I do because I believe in it. We must take good care of our bodies, as they do so much for us. And really, this whole thing on Earth ends when they give out on us. Let's strengthen them.

I do what I do because it has changed my life for the better.

I do what I do because I know that when your health gets in the way of what you want to achieve, be it running around with your kids, spending time with your friends, accomplishing your dreams, it sucks.

I do what I do because sometimes we all need a little bit of help. While we must express gratitude for all that we have - this incredible beating heart that we were so effortlessly gifted with, this sun that continues to rise and shine day after day, this food that nourishes our body that most of us have readily available to us, this family that loves us through thick and thin - I believe that it is equally as important to recognize that life can be difficult at times, whether it lasts 30 seconds or 10 years. Sometimes we need a little help. I aim to provide that help in a real, honest, loving, fun and affective way.

I do what I do because in this crazily beautiful world, we juggle a lot - thoughts, emotions, judgements, commitments, relationships, finances, social calendars, all of it. As we go through, we develop tools to help us get through this whole thing. I aim to empower you with these tools. These tools will vary from person to person but my goodness I know some of mine - movement, sleep, good nutrition, meditation, sunshine, family, love, community, gratitude, nature and a damn good tribe (shout out to my girls and dad!) to be specific. These tools help me live my life the way that makes me feel good - good in my body, good in my mind and good in my inner being. They have changed my personal game, and I know, human to human, they can change yours too.

I do what I do because eating healthy, nourishing foods makes me feel like a million bucks and keeps me trucking along...soaring along actually.

I do what I do because movement, UGH MOVEMENT, always reconnects me with who I am. It instantly makes me feel better - more confident, less stuck, more connected. It makes my head that seemingly spins and spins and spins go "HEY YOU, SHUT UP! You are here. Now." It connects me to my heart, which I often have difficulty with, by breaking down my physical body so that my mind and heart really come into play. Sometimes I choose to get real with it. Other times I just want to shape up my arms to feel good in a tank top. Is this wrong? Sue me. Just kidding please don't - I am not a doctor.

I do what I do because I believe that movement is healing. There are so many benefits to it - brain, heart, mind, weight, bones, etc. Movement breeds strength. We learn what we are actually capable of in a very matter of fact, obvious way, right then and there. There you are, hi body!, literally in real time doing exactly what you thought you couldn't do. There it is!

I do what I do because offering people a safe space to be themselves is necessary, whether it is in a studio dancing their hearts out or talking with me one-on-one. I want to provide a space for you to ditch what you came in with before, even if only for an hour.

I do what I do because I have been the student literally bopping down the street after a good workout class with all of those yummy endorphins running through my veins - day changed, mood elevated, happiness upped, confidence in tact. Here is where other people reap the benefit too ("hi homeless man, here is $5" because I feel good today, "have a good day" to the barista swamped behind the Starbucks bar, "I'm here for you to listen and help" to a friend that calls crying, because I feel good enough to be able to hold the space for you today).

I do what I do because it is so easy to just go on by feeling uncomfortable being who you are - but this doesn't have to be the way.

Once we learn our tools, our lives become more manageable and more beautiful. With this comes happiness. With this comes a better human race. Call it a far stretch if you want, but I've seen it done. I've lived it. And I want to share it with you.

I do what I do because I care and I must try to help. If not for your sake, then for mine.

xx
Hannah

Recipe Review: Detoxinista's Mushroom and Spinach Quinoa "Risotto"

First and foremost, I am a HUGE fan of The Detoxinista. I have made many of her recipes and always end up with wonderful results. I love them because almost all of them meet my dietary guidelines, are easy to prepare and utilize ingredients that I already have in my kitchen. That is a win, win. 

This recipe is no exception. I have made this for clients and friends, and everyone loves it! It is deliciously creamy, savory and decadent. Best of all, it is guilt free and filled with amazing benefits like protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and calcium. 

Try this recipe out next time you need a quick, savory and comforting meal. 

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Serves 2.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water
1 teaspoon coconut oil
½ yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
½ cup water
salt and black pepper
1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
INSTRUCTIONS

Combine the quinoa and water in a sauce pot over high heat, bring it to a boil, then cover and reduce the temperature to low. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.
While the quinoa is cooking, melt the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute the onion for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and mushrooms and continue to saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 more minutes. Transfer half of the cooked veggies into a blender, and blend with the water and tamari to create a silky smooth sauce.
Once the quinoa is cooked, add it to the skillet with the cooked veggies and stir in the sauce. Add in the fresh spinach and season with salt and pepper, stirring well until the spinach is wilted. Serve warm.

Tips for High Cholesterol

Ultimately, a diet rich in whole, unprocessed, organic fruits, vegetables and nuts will solve high cholesterol problems. 

Soluble fiber binds cholesterol and its precursors in the digestive system and drags them out of the body before they get into circulation. Polyunsaturated fats directly lower LDL. Plant sterols and stanols block the body from absorbing cholesterol.

Incorporate the following foods into your daily diet to target your high cholesterol with naturally healing whole foods. 

FOODS RICH IN SOLUBLE FIBER:

Oats

Garbanzo Beans

Lentils

Black-eyed peas

Apples

Green leafy vegetables

Salmon

Walnuts

Almonds

Chia Seeds

Avocado

Garlic

Spinach

Green Tea

Oranges

Asparagus

Blueberries

Olive Oil

Flaxseed

THINGS TO AVOID:

Processed foods – crackers, cookies, cakes, muffins, processed meats, frozen dinners, breads, cereals, almost everything pre-packaged. These foods contain inflammatory oils, added preservatives and colorings and typically inflammation causing flours and sweeteners.
Fried foods
Heavy meats – steaks, bologna, salami, red meats
Dairy – milk, cheese, yogurt (even seemingly healthy kinds), eggs (until cholesterol is under control)
To health and happiness, 

Hannah

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The Best Pizza I've Ever Had

I recently came across pictures from my backpacking adventures through Europe. Two summers ago, my best friend Sarah and I set off to Europe to backpack for about a month. Oh how I miss it so much right now. I wish I could go do it all over again. Some day, I just might. 

One of the highlights of the trip was this photo. 

I will never forget it. We walked into the neighborhood joint, mom-and-pop Italian pizza restaurant. The restaurant was flooded with authentic Italian families with bambinos running around everywhere. Sarah and I ordered pizzas the size of our faces and chowed down, eating every last bite. To our surprise, everyone is the restaurant was doing the same! 

The chef was from Naples, where arguably the best pizza comes from. I can assure you. This was THE BEST pizza I have ever eaten in my life. I savored every last bite.

When you are traveling across the world, experience the cuisine. Taste the delicacies. Don't be afraid to. While I haven't eaten a gluten-filled and cheese-covered pizza since this moment, man am I happy that I indulged then. 

This will forever remain the best pizza I've ever had. 

Other pictures from our travels:
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