Written on July 24, 2012 at 9:15 am , by Christie Griffin
Next Tuesday, the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team will go for the gold in the Team Finals. (Yes, we’re already counting down.) And while Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin may have recently retired from gymnastics, she’s as busy as ever! We caught up with her for a few minutes to find out her predictions for the upcoming Games, her future plans, and more.
Written on May 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm , by Christie Griffin
Inspiration can come in all sorts of packages, but the judges for the Fitterati Blogger Awards were still a bit floored when we discovered that one of the blogs leading the pack was maintained by a 16 year-old runner from Georgia. While the official rules prevented us from naming Danielle Lullie, creator of the Pinterest-like Tumblr blog Just Do It Then Do It Again, as an official Fitterati winner, we were more than happy give her an Honorable Mention…and get to know her a little bit better.
Brace yourself, FITNESS readers. You’re about to remember what it’s like to have raw motivation and a fresh belief in yourself.
Q: What’s your blog about?
DL: Just Do It Then Do It Again is full of motivational quotes and pictures for everyone. It represents hard work, not giving up, reaching your goals, running faster and a lot more.
Q: How do you think your blog stands out from other blogs?
DL: I think my fitness blog stands out from other blogs because it doesn’t focus on my life and my accomplishments. It’s there solely to motivate other people and myself.
Q: What is your fitness mantra/motto?
DL: My favorite one would have to be “I’m gonna show you how great I am,” by the true definition of a champion, Muhammad Ali. I also love how Lance Armstrong says we have two choices in life: Give up or fight like hell. Read more
Written on May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by Christie Griffin
Whether you’re hosting a big family brunch or just gabbing with mom, why not celebrate her with a little imbibing? These low-cal and gourmet drink recipes, thanks to Patrón Spirits, sound delicious, don’t you think…?
The Good Wife - Low-Calorie
- 2 ounces Patrón Silver
- 1/2 ounces Ginger simple syrup
- 1/2 ounces Lime juice
- Seltzer or mineral water
- 3 to 4 mint leaves
- 2 to 3 peeled fresh cucumber rounds, skins removed
In a highball or collins glass, muddle cucumber, lime juice, and mint. Add Patrón Silver and fill with ice. Cover with seltzer and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber rounds.
Mother’s Little Helper – Low-Calorie
- 1 3/4 ounces Patrón Silver
- 1/4 ounces Elderflower liqueur
- 3/4 ounces Fresh lime juice
- 3 slices Cucumber
- 2 whole fresh sage leaves
- Ginger ale
Smack sage to open up aromas. Tear in two and muddle well with cucumber and elderflower liqueur. In a mixing glass, add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with cucumber and sage leaf.
I Said So Martini – Gourmet
- 2 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
- 0.5 ounces Amaretto Liqueur
- 1 ounces Cream
- Almond shavings for garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with almond shavings.
Sealed with an XO – Gourmet
- 3 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
- 1 ounces. Espresso
- 1 large scoop coffee-flavored gelato
- Coffee grinds for garnish
Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a hurricane-style glass. Garnish with coffee grinds.
For more drink recipes and ideas, visit patronspirits.com.
Written on May 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm , by Christie Griffin
Aspiring to work at a major fashion magazine since she was a child, Lauren Finney saw her dreams almost crumble when she was devastated by the diagnosis of lupus about five years ago.
Within weeks of her moving to New York and pursuing a career in the fashion industry, Lauren developed a hard, painful, red and growing rash all over her neck and face—a horror for someone trying to excel in a field so focused on appearances! This first warning sign was followed by extreme fatigue, hair loss and a multitude of doctor’s visits. But, after multiple opinions and doctors, two hospitalizations, a strict medicine plan, and—thankfully—the enduring support of her fashion colleagues, Lauren was finally diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that impacts the skin, joints, kidneys and other organs.
Lauren may have broken into the competitive fashion world, but not without simultaneously enduring a diagnosis that felt confusing, frightening and dream-destroying. But she is hardly alone; 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus, 90 percent of whom are young women. Lauren’s work with the SLE Lupus Foundation has allowed her to help others cope and find hope through research that’s taking place. Here, she answers a few questions about her experience:
Q: Why do you think more people don’t know about lupus?
LF: Lupus is such a weird topic. Every time I told someone I have it, they say,” Oh, I know someone who has it…what is that?” People know it’s out there, but what manifests as symptoms and issues in one person is not necessarily the same for someone else. This makes lupus hard to spot, hard to diagnose, hard to treat and hard to understand.
Q: Is the difficulty you had in getting diagnosed with lupus typical?
LF: Yes, it’s entirely common for someone to have trouble getting diagnosed. The symptoms one sees with lupus are often symptoms of other disorders and diseases. It takes on average three years for someone to get fully diagnosed. I feel lucky it only took a year for me.
Q: In your experience, what did you find to be the most common misconception about the disease and how did you overcome it?
Written on April 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm , by Christie Griffin
Our May issue (on stands now!) features a lightened-up version of enchiladas, along with tips from Julian Medina, Chef/Owner Toloache, Yerba Buena and Coppelia restaurants in NYC. And with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, we were psyched to score a few more online-only recipes from the inventive chef! Combine the gourmet recipes below with the guilt-free one in the mag and you’ll have a flavorful fiesta ready to go!
Guacamole de Frutas (serves 4)
- 2 Mexican Hass avocados
- 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons Vidalia onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons mango, diced
- 2 tablespoons peach, diced
- 2 tablespoons apple, diced
- 1/4 teaspoon habanero pepper, minced
- 1 teaspoon Thai basil, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
- Kosher salt to taste
1. Scoop the pulp out of the ripe avocados into a bowl.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and a pinch of salt. Mash the ingredients together, leaving it chunky and check the seasoning.
3. Serve with warm corn tortillas or chips.
Toloache Margarita (serves 1)
For the Hibiscus Puree:
- 1 cup of hibiscus flower
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 ounce sugar
Combine ingredients into a blender, or food processor and puree until smooth. Let cool.
For the Virgin Mix:
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce lime juice
In a separate container combine the Cointreau and lime juice, stir well.
For the Toloache Margarita:
- ½ bar spoon of blueberries
- 2 ounces hibiscus puree
- 2 ounces Herradura Blanco
- 1 ounce virgin mix
- Splash of simple syrup
1. In a cocktail shaker muddle the ½ bar spoon of blueberries, then add the hibiscus puree. Pour in the Herradura Blanco, virgin mix and simple syrup. Add ice and shake well.
2. Pour the margarita into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a hibiscus flower and lime wedge.
Keep reading for an ambitious chicken quesadilla…!
Written on April 17, 2012 at 8:42 am , by Christie Griffin
There are modeling competitions…and then there are models who compete.
We prefer focusing on the latter, and the athletic, crazy-cool Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament in South Beach a few short weeks ago is a prime example of model behavior that may motivate you to start getting summer-ready! Pictures worth being jealous of:Read more
Written on March 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm , by Christie Griffin
One of the most thrilling, coolest, and—yeah, we’ll say it—sexiest Olympic sports is Women’s Beach Volleyball.
That’s why we were pretty psyched to chat with Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, the U.S. women’s pair currently ranked fourth in the world. The duo is just a few months away from a berth to the Olympic Games in London and are preparing to dive into their competitive season. But remember how we told you about that Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament in Miami this weekend? Yep, Kessy and Ross will be there. (Gah! Let’s all go!)
“We train really hard Monday through Friday and try to have a regular life on the weekends,” says Kessy. “So, we’ll be back to work on Monday. But in the meantime, the event gives us the chance to support the NVL (National Volleyball League). Plus, it’s in Miami and we like to enjoy the ride!”
And enjoy the ride they do. But it’s well-deserved: After just missing out on the 2008 Games in Beijing—only two teams per gender per country can go—Kessy and Ross have been preparing for years to represent the U.S., with Olympic veterans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. Here, Kessy and Ross reveal a few of their essentials while they’re on-the-go…plus, we find out exactly why those volleyball bikini bottoms are so itty bitty.
FITNESS: What do you have to have when you’re traveling?
Ross: “The number one thing I have to have is a big water bottle. If I go half an hour without water, I tend to freak out.”
Kessy: “I have to have my pillow. My neck can’t take different hotels pillows every week, especially after you spend your days diving for the ball. Sleep is really important to us, being on the road a lot, so I also have a sleeping mask and earplugs.”
FITNESS: Are there any beauty products you can’t live without, other than SPF?
Ross: “I hate the grimy buildup from the sweat and sand, so I bring exfoliating cleansers on the road to get the layers off. I also have some sun damage, so I use Kieh’s Spot Corrector. I usually carry Eucerin hand cream, too.”
Kessy: “I just got the Clarisonic (Skin Cleansing System), and talk about getting grime off your face!” Read more
Written on March 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm , by Christie Griffin
Between the warm(er than usual) weather and March Madness, we’re feeling a little nostalgic for Spring Break in college! So we scored a couple cocktail recipes from Bryan Dayton, the owner and Beverage Director at OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder, Colorado…including a non-alcoholic one, for those of you who gave up booze for Lent/New Year’s/Who Knows Why.
Before we hand over the happy hour inspiration, you should know whom it’s coming from. Bryan hasn’t just been a mixologist for 15 years—he’s also a trail runner (the higher the altitude, the better) with an incredible race resume. Nice!
My Little Honey
- 1.5 oz gin
- .5 oz honey syrup (1:1 honey to hot water)
- .5 oz fresh lemon juice
- Soda water
To make: Pour all ingredients over crushed ice, give a quick stir and garnish with a lemon.
- 2 slices of cucumber
- 2 quarter wedges of lime
- 1.5 oz gin or vodka
- .25 oz honey syrup
To make: Muddle all of the above together in a mixing tin and then add ice. Shake. Fine-strain over crushed ice and then garnish with a slice of cucumber. Idea: Substitute berries for the cucumber, if you want something fruity!
The Summer Smash (Non Alcoholic)
- 2 slices of cucumber
- 6 mint leaves
- 1 mint sprig
- .5 oz lime
- .25 oz honey syrup
- 3 oz soda water
To make: Muddle mint and cucumber in a mixing tin. Add all the ingredients, except for the soda water. Add ice, shake and strain into a highball glass with ice. Finally, pour in soda water and give it a quick stir. Garnish with mint sprig.
Traditional Margarita on the Rocks
- 1.5 oz Reposado tequila
- .75 oz orange liqueur
- .75 oz fresh lime juice
To make: Put all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake. Pour over fresh ice in a short tumbler and garnish with lime. Salt is optional.
Written on March 21, 2012 at 9:35 am , by Christie Griffin
In 10 days, the 2012 Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament will hit South Beach—and give us a motivational kick in the butt to get ready for bikini season. But the two-day event will also give us a little boost of hope, too, thanks to its charity partnership, Models 4 Water.
Co-founder models Georgie Badiel (runway stunner) and Heide Lindgren (face of Guess by Marciano) started M4W last year, with the goal of raising money to bring sustainable, clean water to the people in Burkina Faso, Georgie’s homeland. The country is one of the poorest in the world and about 85 percent of the population doesn’t have clean drinking water. And as you may suspect, most of the burden of finding usable water falls on the local women.
“We want to use our level of exposure to give back and work (as an industry) together to make a difference,” Heide says. “But this isn’t about being a ‘rewarding experience.’ It’s about fulfilling your duty as a human being to use your blessings to help bless others.”
M4W works with The Water Project, which also hosts the donations. (They’ll accept as little as $1, so go for it!) But the Model Beach Volleyball Tournament will also have an area dedicated to M4W, and additional Global Ambassadors will lend their image and connections to the cause in the future.
Until then, Heide says the dream is simple: “Water is one of the few things the body requires to live, and we don’t want access to clean water to be an issue or concern for anyone.”
Stay tuned for more updates about the exciting 2012 Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament, an event FITNESS is proud to partner with!
Written on March 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm , by Christie Griffin
Sneezing, itchy eyes, a stuffy nose…nothing puts a damper on our excitement to get outside quite like seasonal allergies.
So, first the bad news: 2011 was reportedly “the worst” allergy season ever—if you go by pollen counts—and 2012 is going to terrorize allergy sufferers once again. Because of the warmer winter, some trees started budding super-early (before Groundhog’s Day!). Great.
Now, the good news: You don’t have to spend the next few months in an OTC-drug haze, or wondering what to do if you only have mild allergies. There are several all-natural strategies for fighting allergies, like eating the right foods, acupuncture (which helps balance the immune system), and even oils like #15 – Decongest from 21 Drops. Most recently, the first-ever organic lozenges landed on our desk: AllergEase. They’re like cough drops—but for allergy sufferers.
“Many women today want to avoid medications and the associated side effects that can slow them down,” says Omar Javery, MD, who created the formula with his wife in mind. “Even mild allergies can be miserable when you’re on the go and trying to stay active. The last thing you need is to be groggy and in a daze.”
Amen, doctorman. With a formula featuring five herbs that either battle or suppress the allergic response—plus a dose of Vitamin C—AllergEase can be a complement to your favorite allergy medicines, or be consumed on its own. The high Vitamin C content and the high flavonoid levels provide anti-oxidants, which are essential in minimizing oxidative stress that can be damaging to the body, explains Dr. Javery.
Bonus: They’re actually really tasty—and you can taste-test them yourselves by requesting a free sample at aedrops.com.
For more strategies to manage your seasonal allergies: