Since October provides a brief pause between the sunshiny revelry of summer and the merry-making of the holiday season, it seems like a good time for a bit of a re-set. I’m setting out to get rid of bad habits that have crept in and re-commit to good ones that I let slide. For me, that means fine-tuning what I eat (and drink) and getting in three good workouts per week. Since it’s not always easy to know what works best, I rely on two local ladies to guide and motivate me (and you can too!).
As far as what to eat, I have come to trust whip-smart, functional nutritionist Andrea Nakayama, founder of Replenish PDX. Martha Stewart’s Whole Living (RIP) is also a fan. I’m currently in week one of her anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, pro-longevity 25-day Tick Tock Detox and am feeling stronger, leaner and more energetic already. I love that it’s easy to follow, includes delicious recipes for every meal and offers a chance to learn about the science behind Andrea’s recommendations. While Andrea is based here in Portland, her cleanses, detoxes, and classes are available anywhere through her info-packed website.
The other half of my wellness equation is Barre3, a studio that combines yoga, pilates and ballet barre-based moves into quick, leg-shaking, booty-busting workouts. Barre3 was started in Portland by pint-sized powerhouse Sadie Lincoln, who has trained Madonna (yes, that one). Friends outside of Portland, don’t despair– you can take Barre3 classes online (unlimited for $15 per month) and in studios across the country.
Getting up for a 7am barre class before work deserves a reward don’t you think? I get mine at Kure Juice Bar. Their hemp milk matcha latte (sweetened with your choice of honey, agave or stevia) is so good that I always intend to branch out and try their chai, but I haven’t actually managed to do it yet. A latte plus a smoothie (the extra mile), acai bowl (the brasilianaire), or oatmeal bowl (the hansel) makes a tasty and satisfying breakfast that doesn’t undo any of the good from class. Their menu includes tons of options that are fully customizable. Locations downtown and on Hawthorne.
For some extra motivation, here’s a round-up of barre-ready workout wear.
- Solow Sport Mesh tank with contrast bra
- Athleta OC balance tee
- Solow Sport Bustier cami with leather detail
- Lululemon Skinny will pant
- Prima Studio Barre legging
- Solow Slouchy pant with rib detail
Lots more options on my barre board on Pinterest!