HIGH VIBIN’ in MKE: Carrot Bomb

I started the High Vibin series as a way to crack open MKE and connect like minded people from my own little corner of the city. There is so much good going on. So many people steeping in their own wellness journeys that it keeps me inspired. My next guest has definitely done that.

I had no idea what my life was missing til I met Loulou of Carrot Bomb. My dad affectionately refers to her as my very own personal health chef. I couldn’t agree more! Sure I made my own broths-SHE TAKES IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Sure I can make my own healthy meals-but it’s really great to have a pro do it for you once in awhile. Her soups, flavor combos, and meals are no exaggeration heavenly. Even my picky toddler gobbles them up.  He calls her green tea with turmeric, ginger, and honey ‘yellow juice’ 🙂 Plus there is just so much damn good juju in it that you feel great eating it.

“Carrot Bomb is a full service catering company dedicated to local and organic, homemade and beautiful food! EVERYTHING is organic, grass fed, pastured and homemade by a professional, insured chef of over 20 years. We work with farms in our community to feed our community.”

It took no time for me to start looking forward to Mondays… the day she posts her lists of bone broths, soups, tea, juices, fermented sourdough, and fresh made meals ranging from vegan, GF, DF, and full on farm fresh meat. I relish in picking through what I want for the week. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I truly believe the broths have helped me in healing so quickly after the birth of my son three weeks ago.img_0944 Being a caterer she took the down time of the winter season and has flipped it. Now, in addition to her main gig, she is cooking for the community. And the people have spoken, she had over 200 orders last week! Talk about creating opportunity. Katie said, “OMG this food from Loulou is OUT OF THIS WORLD! I feel like I have so much energy thanks to the sipping broth at work today (no time to chew, you know all about that!) and two days in a row of kvass. Plus that iced tea is like a dream!

And she is just pretty darn cool. But I’ll let her speak for herself and you will see what I am talking about:

The Carrot Bomb Journey:

Carrot Bomb Catering is the result of years of traveling around the world learning traditional cooking, and wanting to share these recipes with my friends, family and community.

Working as a chef in Europe, I noticed that every town or city had their own gardens, community smoke house, farms, ferment specialists, fisherman and livestock.  From these pure ingredients came mouthwatering and beautiful plates.  I wanted so badly to emulate these dishes in the US, but found it hard to find the farmers that were constantly at my disposal overseas…. Then, due to popular demand, small, organic veggie farms and grass fed animal farms started popping up in my area, and after extensive research and hunting~ it was ON!

What are your food beliefs?

Nutrient dense, real, pure food is not made of (somewhat?) understandable ingredients~ they ARE the ingredients!  Carrot Bomb puts these real ingredients together to provide amazing, healthy food that is traceable, local, organic, yummy and beneficial.

Food can be the death of you~or make you energized and healthy.  We all have to eat, so let’s do it right!  First- stop being afraid of fat!  We need good fats, and they are delicious, so indulge~it DOES NOT make you fat.  This has been proven time and time again.  Then- lose the sugar. That’s what puts the pounimg_0909ds on, decreases energy and is more highly addictive (according to recent studies) than cocaine.  Crazy, right?  Everything you are buying off the shelves at your grocery store most likely contains processed sugar.  Salad dressings, pasta sauces, cereal, frozen dinners… They are ALL suspect.  When corporations and factories cook for you, they are thinking profits, not health.  People ask me all the time, “What is your favorite food/meal?”  My answer, every time, is “Anything a person makes me from scratch with love.” That’s the real deal.

Cooking for yourself or family after a long day of work can be daunting… That is why Carrot Bomb opened it’s doors on Tuesdays to offer made from scratch dinners, lunches, soups, bone broths and more for pick up.  Let us take a little work off of your table!  We also provide group cooking classes 🙂img_0940

What is lighting you up at the moment?

Inspiration comes in many forms.  Cooking for lots of musicians who travel through Milwaukee, I am always finding new music, which is always pumping while I cook. Milwaukee chefs are doing so many cool, local plates… Going out to eat at places like Goodkind, Morel, Wolf Peach and Amilinda keep me on my toes! Hopefully, my next big inspiration will come from some South American travels and eats 🙂

What does your morning routine look like?

I also find our morning routine helpful. After waking, beds are made and my son and I stretch.  Sounds so simple, but the message is~ we are putting away sleep and getting ready for our marathon!  Starting out excited and ready makes an incredible difference 🙂

Today I am grateful for…

We also just started “the grateful three”.  We each speak out loud three things we are appreciative of.  Today, my four year old son chose “no buggery nose, zombies and puzzles”. Mine was “Super comfy new bed, praying mantises, and I get to cook!”

* Some ingredients we can’t live without:  Apple cider vinegar, pork belly, turmeric, green tea, bone broth, ginger, lemons, raw milk, honey, red beets, apples, fermented sourdough

Eat good~feel good~be good (our trinity)

So many good takeaways:

  • work with our farms in our community to feed our community
  • we all have to eat, might as well do it right!
  • food can be the death of you- or make you energized and healthy
  • don’t be afraid of fat! Sugar on the other hand… (my weakness)
  •  start a morning stretching routine with your little people- I love this idea

Follow Carrot Bomb on Facebook and Instagram– you won’t regret it.

Steeping in ‘eat good~feel good~be good,’

Tori

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When it’s right for YOU…

As a Health Coach, I work with many individuals who are working toward many different goals. No one client is like the other — different motivations, different strengths, different barriers, different medical histories but that is what makes Health Coaching so unique. It’s not a prescription or a diet plan that will make someone successful, it goes deeper, and through coaching, the path to wellness reveal themselves so brilliantly.

So when does someone know it’s right for them? Throughout the many stages of change, health coaching can be a viable support system. Whether someone is in full action mode of accomplishing their goals or if they are far from taking the first step, health coaching is built around working with EVERYONE at ALL LEVELS. The New Year had a lot of us re-energized and motivated to make changes but sadly this time of the year also comes with frustration and potentially a lack of confidence to keep moving forward.

How do you keep on keeping on with forward progress? You may need to take a step back and analyze why you are doing this in the first place. If your answer is to loose weight, why do you want to loose weight? If your answer is to feel better and have more energy, why? Dig deeper and whatever your answer is, that will help you keep motivated on January 24th when your New Year’s Resolution is far forgotten for the year.yogi-teaWhen is the time right for me? There is no better time than the present to try Health Coaching. Tori and I are available face-to-face or over the phone, whatever works better for you and your geographic location. Our first session is a deeper dive into what health coaching is and what to expect and subsequent sessions are to focus on you and your goals. Depending on scheduling and motivation, we work with clients usually between 3-6 months but vary, as I mentioned everyone is different. Coaching sessions take place weekly, if not every other week to keep focused on goals but with enough time between sessions to put goals into action.

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How much do health coaching sessions cost? Sessions are $70 each and if you purchase three sessions in advance the cost is $200. The investment is for you, your health and your happiness.

To contact us, feel free to email us at SteepedInWellness@gmail.com or through Facebook

Steeping in the Power of Health Coaching,

MeganLifestyle

Bone Broth to the Rescue

What a week-let’s start with the fact that I had my second baby! It has been an emotional, exhausting, joyous week if I never knew one. I’m sure many of you can relate 🙂 When everything changes its important to take care of yourself. Many of you are fighting the winter cold(I know I am running on empty), working towards those new years intentions…this is something everyone can incorporate cause its just so dang good for you!

I have been making my own broths for while. Just by saving your organic veggie scraps in the freezer you can make your own veggie broth, and what a use of all those scraps! Save the bones from the whole chicken(your husband won’t mind em taking over the freezer;) add some seasonings and ,voila, chicken broth. Or with turkey after Thanksgiving. Here are some tips to remember when making your own. There are a couple things to keep in mind to make sure you get the most out of your bones.

Lately, I have been buying my broths from a local source. I cant wait to tell you more! I am working on another High Vibin in MKE story so stay tuned. People like this really light me up.

 

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Preview of this week’s bone broths. I think I’m going to start with the Miso…

But why bone broth? These two articles from The Chalkboard Magazine and Wellness Mama do a great job. Instead of regurgitating what they say ill just let them say it. Did you read em? Like, whoa, right? I am going to go heat up my cup on the stove right now, it’s  like a warm hug.

I sip on a cup everyday. I truly believe its helping me bounce back. Depending on what kind of broth I am having I will add spices like turmeric (always with some pepper for absorption) or Chinese 5 spice for a Pho inspired treat. Whateves!

I hope this finds you well and if not, you know what to do.

Steeping in my new baby squeaks,

Tori

Things That Bring be Joy – Part 2

A while back, I wrote about a few things in my life that especially made me happy. It was a fun post to write sooooo, here’s another one! 

Bach Rescue Remedy

Since we are in the thick of cold and cough season, I am ALWAYS looking for ways to avoid those nasty germs. Excessive stress in my life tends to get me sick every time so I’ve looked for a (legal) product to help tame my often jumpy temper, then in turn, keeps me healthy. 

Less Stress = Healthy Megan. 

Bach Rescue Remedy provides natural stress relief especially in those tense situations. Drop a few drops in your tongue or dissolve is water throughout a stressful day. I can already think a few people that would benefit greatly from this. When I use it regularly, it balances me out. I have truly noticed a difference. 

Lemon Larabars

Honestly, this wouldn’t have been my first pick. I normally go for the chocolatey, peanut buttery yummy ones but one day I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried it and oh man was it glad I did! I absolutely love Larabars and now I have to say lemon is my favorite. You can find these bars in most grocery stores and the price isn’t too bad either. 

My Electric Toothbrush

It only tickles the first time! I got an electric toothbrush from a White Elephant exchange during Christmas–thanks Dad! I can’t get over how much cleaner my teeth feel. It’s one of those things that I am totally late to the game on, I realize this but man, why didn’t anyone tell me?!? If you’re years behind like me, srsly get an electric toothbrush! Thank me later. 

Steeped in (my new toothbrush) the Joy,

Megan

HIGH VIBIN’ with Tabetha Wolfe

Happy New Year! I honestly hope you are all feeling a sense of renewal no matter how you feel about ‘resolutions.’ Instead of making a list of inspirational ideas I thought I would get to the heart of it and showcase Tabetha. Whether or not you are looking to make health a bigger priority this year or not I think its amazing to see people, real people, DO it.

Tabetha has been on a transformational journey that has completely blown me away. I have known her for about 5 or 6 years, our husbands are friends/fraternity brothers. She is a full time working mom of two young ladies and very much involved, as is her husband Dean, in their lives. Amongst all that she truly dove into her own health and well being, prioritizing herself. She has embraced this to the point of now studying to become a Personal Trainer herself!

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Tell us about your journey to where you are today

My fitness and health journey began almost exactly 2 years ago. It started as a New Year’s resolution (just like everyone else), but this time was different. I found a place that made working out fun and I did a lot research on different types of diets. I decided I didn’t want to be on a “diet”; I needed a life style change that I could maintain and also involve my family. I started out with clean eating. This was pretty easy because we were kind of doing this already, but I started eliminating processed foods as much as I could. The biggest thing we started eliminating was wheat – so no pasta or breads. I was unsure of this, but we have been wheat-free for a year-and-a-half and it has helped me lose that extra belly fat.

In December 2015 I began searching for something more, something different. I am a very competitive person, so what else would someone want to do but compete in Obstacle Course Racing! So right after the new year I began training with my husband Dean and my brother Thaddeus. We trained 3 nights a week on top of what we were already doing daily. Our training sessions have become competitions in themselves. We are always pushing one another harder each and every time. This friendly competition makes our workout sessions fun and really fly by.

For our first OCR season we ran 3 Spartan Races (Sprint, Super, & Beast), Savage Race, Warrior Dash, Xteme Air 5K, and several 5K and 10K races. We have even got my daughters involved in running with us. I love being able to have them train with us and help them become faster and stronger.

I had been wanting to help people with their fitness and health goals, but was never sure where to start. I was given the opportunity to take over for the man who had been training us. As the saying goes, “if an opportunity comes knocking, open the door and take it”! So that is exactly what I did; I took over the classes and signed up for the personal training course. I was able to keep the clients that currently took the classes and even added a few. I love to show people new ways to train and how to make it fun. It has been such an inspiration to watch those I train push themselves at each and every class. At the end of each class we go to the pull up bar and either do pull ups or hang on the bar as long as they can. To me, this is a great way to gauge improvements in strength. Each and every person has shown improvement and push themselves each time to get that extra second or that extra half of a pull up. In the last year I have gone from being able ZERO pull ups to 13 pull ups. Practice makes perfect (or better)!

What is lighting you up at the moment? (books, music, podcasts, people, places, products…)

To help me with my journey and training others I ready lots of book and listen lots of podcasts. I have read all the wheat belly books, which are great because it gives you the science behind it. My fave podcast channels currently are TNT & Spartan Up! I received several books from Santa, now I just need to find time to read them! Right now I am just a sponge and enjoy reading and adding to my knowledge. Each and every person is different, and what works for me may not work for all my clients, so having that extra knowledge will only help.

How do you ‘Steep In Wellness’?

My goal for this year is to continue to inspire and help others reach their health and fitness goals. Helping people understand that it is not a diet, it is a life style change. Clean out the garbage in your house and only bring in healthy foods and snacks. Meal planning each week makes it easier to stay on track and help you to eat healthier.

At the beginning of December I proposed a challenge to my clients about participating in their first Spartan Race. Each everyone of them took that challenge and now for the next 6 months I will be preparing them for the Sprint at Lambeau Field. Everyone needs a reason to work hard and push themselves past their limits and this was the perfect opportunity for them to prove to themselves they can run an obstacle course race too. Seeing their commitment has given me that extra push I need to study hard and pass my test!

How do you nourish yourself/what do you do when you need a breakthrough?

We all have those days were we just don’t want to do anything, but I the last couple of years I have learned that you need those days. Take a day off to read a good book, hang out with your children, go to dinner with your hunny, whatever it is, take the time and enjoy it. Your body will thank you too. These days off allow you to recharge and remember why you train like you do.

What is your morning routine?

What is a normal morning…not sure what normal is, but the first thing I do when I wake up is drink a tall class of water and take a steamy shower. After that, normal does not happen with teenage girls. I will usually sit down with my oldest and eat breakfast and drink a cup of black coffee.

Today I am grateful for…

With the new year upon us I most grateful for my husband and brother. Without these two guys, I am not sure I would be on this health and fitness journey. My brother inspires me each and every day. He has been drug and alcohol free for 2 years now, and shows no signs of relapse. Even after being diagnosed with narcolepsy 6 months ago. Most people would let the disease control them but he has chosen to immerse himself in Taekwondo and OCR. He battles each and every day, but chooses to keep training and pushing himself. My husband has always been my biggest advocate. He helps me study, train, and even attends my bootcamp classes. He never questioned my decisions and has supported them and made changes himself. Having your husband as a training partner makes staying on-track easier and a lot more fun. To spend time alone and talk, we started taking runs together. Not your normal date, but it works for us.20160210_212132

Just check out Tabetha’s Instagram picture and you go ahead and #goals! WOW. But even more impressive is the example she is setting for her girls. I sooooo love that. I only hope to be as driven and dedicated with my own.

Thank you Tabetha! Im going to go see how long I can at least hang from the bar…

Steeping in my New Year’s intentions,

Tori