What the Heck Are You Eating – Detox Edition

Feeling Good. Again. I hope it lasts. Things are looking up. Phase 2 is OVAH (if you’re not from Boston that’s OVER).

Vlog #8!! Today I’m answering the question”What the heck are you eating?” You know. And now you will.


Off you go…



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Whole Food Detox a la Vlog

So a loooooooong time ago I said I would start vlogging, then I didn’t. Ack!

So it’s a New Year and I’m a new me! A vlogging me :-) For now anyway.

I can hardly write anything because my caffeine withdrawal headache is so hideous.

Also I wish I had turned off autofocus, but again, headache.

I have to go.


There should be a cute vide here. If not refresh and like magic it will appear!

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A New Year’s Cleanse – A giveaway and discount!


I’ve been wanting to do a cleanse for a few years now. But having to feed 5 people 5 different meals everyday was already too much for me.  You know what I’m talking about mamas, no one will eat exactly the same thing at every meal and it’s maddening. To consider a different meal for me every time, well that wasn’t happening. Sometimes even the things that we should do for ourselves we just don’t take the time to do.

If you’ve read my blog for a while you know that I’ve done the 4HB  way of eating and had great success. Well, processed foods have slipped back in to our house and our whole family needs a more whole food approach. And it all starts with me. They need to see me eating whole foods and then slowly offering them only those kinds of things. It starts and ends with mama.

I’ve decided that this is the year that I stop making so many meals and I start using more whole foods, for everyone (I’m looking at you 3 year old). Big changes around here! So it would follow that now is also the perfect time to do that cleanse I’ve been putting off to kick start it all!

I’ve chosen a 14 day guided Whole Food Detox through Team J and A. Just in time for some New Year’s resolutions – the program starts on the 5th!

 The Basics:

It’s a 14 day program – 100% virtual, online program, starting on Jan. 5th. I’m online all the time anyway right? It’s a Whole Food Detox – which means that you are eating the whole time, learning how to eat real, clean un-processed food in a way that tastes good and fits your lifestyle. No powders or pills, just food! Jody & Ashley (the J and the A ;-)  are both certified holistic health coaches. They lead clients  step by step via live group training calls, live group Q&A calls, and emails with PDF materials, recipes, shopping lists, workbook & guidebook – so you know exactly what to do and why. Then there’s the group community & accountability – via a private Facebook group, that Jody & Ashley moderate to answer your questions … additionally over 70 people are already in the group who have experienced this program and are here to support you.

Just some of the benefits of this cleanse include:

  • Better sleep & stable moods
  • Reduced cravings
  • Improved energy, weight loss, improved digestive system
  • Outlook on food may change
  • Lose the inner thigh & belly fat

Sounds awesome right? I’ve looked over the recipes and the shopping list and everything’s there. Laid out. Simple. I don’t know about you but I could use a bit of hand holding when it comes to this sort of stuff. I like to be accountable to others to keep me on track. It all sounds like a good fit for me and at the very right time!

How about you? Are you ready? C’mom – do it with me!

The Giveaway and Discount:

Jody and Ashley were kind enough to not only offer my readers a very generous discount ($50 off!) but also a GIVEAWAY! WOOT! The Detox starts on January 5th.

If you want to make sure that you’re in for the 5th with me you can sign up at www.TeamJandA.com  with the coupon code violacay for $50 off! You will receive your getting started guide within the hour.

You can use the coupon for either the Basic ($197) or the VIP plan ($347). So that’s $147 for the Basic Plan. I just spent that on a pair of boots that aren’t even waterproof. Which purchase would prove more beneficial to me?! The VIP plan gets you ALL IN with private coaching calls and emails at $297 with the discount code!

Want to enter the Giveaway? It’s for the Basic Plan  – a $197 value!

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Well I’m ready! Are you? Who wants to do a 14 day Whole Food Detox with me? Its starts this Sunday, January 5th – 7pm. Be there or be square

If you sign up, let me know in the comments:-)



Winner has 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway will close at 11:59PM ET,  Jan 1,  2014. The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog. 
This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by SOKA Wellness. I have been given a basic version of the cleanse to participate in for this post. All opinions are my own.
Photos by Michael Maina, used with permission. 

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Getting Fit for Fall

This summer I ran some and I did some barre classes to keep my curves from getting outta hand.

I LOVED the barre classes, but they were pretty spendy. I can’t keep up with that monetary output. I will go again but I need to find something that fits my schedule a bit better as well as my wallet.

All of my best buds are runners. Like marathon runners, runners. That will never be me. It’s just not a goal that I have. In fact I don’t really like running all that much. However, running for a half hour or an hour would be AWESOME. I want to be able to pop out of the house and go for a quick run and get on with my day.

Enter Planet Shoes Get Fit for Fall!

Get Fit for Fall is an online campaign challenging us to accomplish your fitness goals! Whether it be completing a 5k or finishing 10 pushups, it’s time to get fit with the help of PlanetShoes and your fellow fitness fanatics. Join Fit 4 Fall today!

Go to Planet Shoes and see what it’s all about. Set a goal. Join in the discussion. Get off your butt and get #Fit4Fall!

So I’ve got my shoes and I’m ready to go. I just need all of these kids to get back to a regular back to school schedule now. What about you?

What are your fitness goals? Do you like to run??


Planet Shoes sneakers #Fit4Fall




This post, and my sharing on social media, was inspired by my participation in in the #Fit4Fall by Planet Shoes.
I have been given a free pair of kicks for my time. All opinions are, of course, my own.

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The Bar Method with a side of Adora Calcium- oh and a giveaway.

Last week I went to an event that Boston Parent Bloggers coordinated with the good people at 360PR. It was really well run, food and babysitting (!), and gave me good information and a nice goody bag. These are all things I truly appreciate when I am driving into the city to attend an event about calcium in the middle of the day. They gave us one more thing that really pushed me over the edge to get off my butt and go – an abbreviated barre class. THAT I was really excited about.

I hadn’t attended an event for BPB in a while and I like to represent. The stars aligned, the subject was something I like, nutrition and exercise, and I knew you would too. So there I was mid day on a Wednesday schlepping my littlest into the city.

We had a short talk from a nutritionist working with Adora calcium. I am of a certain age when I need to be considering the amount of calcium I’m getting. The dreaded O-word. Osteoporosis. Nobody wants brittle bones. That doesn’t even sound nice.

First, get your Calcium from food. You can get it from dairy, greens, and if you like ’em sardines are good too! If that’s proving difficult, it’s time to supplement. Which is where Adora comes in. It’s chocolate ladies – Chocolate. It comes in the milk or dark variety and provides 100% of the Daily Value of calcium plus the addition of vitamin D3 for improved bone health and magnesium for optimal absorption. A yummy way to get what you need.
Adora Calcium
Next up for your bones. Weight bearing exercise. Enter – The Bar Method. After just one class I was totally hooked. It’s like grown up fitness ballet classes except not at all ;-) No classical music or tutus here. It’s a fast paced class with the music that I won’t let my kids listen to in the car. Awesome.

The Bar Method socks
Barre classes work arms, thighs, seat, and abs in an hour. I don’t think I would recommend it for weight loss or fat burning. But for toning – hell yeah. One of the best parts – cozy socks. You don’t need to worry if your feet have gotten a pedi in a while. You can get long lean ballet dancer muscles if you dedicate yourself three times a week. We’ll see, because I just signed myself up!



How about you? Would you like to give the class a whirl? I have two passes to give away to the Clarendon St. studio, which is gorgeous btw. You and a friend can go check it out. I promise you’ll be hooked after just one class.

Head on over to The Bar Method and take a look at ALL the class times they have! Let me know what time you like to work out.
Are you a milk chocolate or dark Chocolate kind of Adora gal? Let me know.

Additional separate entries for liking me, The Bar Method, or Adora on Facebook.
So that’s 5 entries total if you like. Make each a separate comment.

Remember the studio is in Boston!

Winner has 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway will close at 11:59PM ET,  June, 19th 2013. Please leave a separate comment for each entry and remember to use a valid email address. The winner will be chosen via the WordPress plugin “And the Winner Is” and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog. As stated above I was given a free class and free samples. All opinions are my own.

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It’s almost (officially) Spring and that means more Rainbows!

Chop Chop Magazine and New Balance have teamed up to show you some rainbows in a whole new way. You can Eat the Rainbow and Run the Rainbow :-)

“Eat the rainbow” helps kids get in the habit of eating a balanced palette of fruits and veggies —and, because different colors are associated with different nutrients, it is an easy way to color your world healthy.

“Run the rainbow” in the colorful brand-new 890v3 Rainbow shoe by New Balance.

NB Rainbow

In celebration of healthy kids and New Balance’s new 890v3 Rainbow shoe, ChopChop and New Balance invite your family to enter our “Run the Rainbow” contest. You can enter your email for a chance to win a monthly prize pack, including a pair of Rainbow shoes, a one-year subscription to ChopChop and a grand prize of a $400 gift card to a local grocery store!

Visit: http://www.newbalance.com/Rainbow-Contest/RainbowContest,default,pg.html for a chance to win!

The contest is now live and will run through May.


Just passing along some info on a great mag and some snazzy kicks because that’s why I’m here ;-) I received no compensation for this post. All opinions about how awesome rainbows are, are my own.

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