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10 Creative Ways to Inspire Your Yoga Practice This Summer

Posted on 7/5/2017 by Andrea Ferretti in Andrea Ferretti Yoga Inspiration Creativity Yoga Sequence Deepen Your Yoga Practice

When summer rolls around, yoga practice can fall by the wayside — the longer days mean we spend more time outdoors, we travel, those of us who have kids deal with changing schedules. So, to keep you inspired, Jason and I are doing a six-episode summer podcast series!

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Don’t Fear the Fat! Why It’s Time to Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet

Posted on 4/12/2017 by Andrea Ferretti in Andrea Ferretti Healthy Fats mindful eating Tips for Healthy Living

My most memorable and doable resolution for 2016 has been to eat more fat. Yes, you read that right: Eat. More. Fat. Decades ago, fat became the villain of the America diet and carbs were king. Now the low-fat approach to eating is being blamed for the rise of processed carbohydrates and high-sugar foods — think sweetened low-fat yogurts and splenda-sweetened Starbucks bevvies.

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Pranayama Ninja

Posted on 1/23/2017 by Andrea Ferretti in Pranayama Deep Breathing Ground Down Yoga Practice Andrea Ferretti

I’m going to share something straight-up and simple that’s transpiring for me lately. Here goes: As the working mom of a preschooler with a husband who travels constantly, I can say that unequivocally, it’s my practice that keeps me sane and balanced. (Can I get an “Amen!”)

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Zucchini Noodles with Perfect Pesto

Posted on 1/10/2017 by Andrea Ferretti in Zucchini Noodles Andrea Ferretti Vegan Healthy and Happy Pesto Easy Recipe

I'm going to take you back to an Italian-American family on the east coast (mine) in the 1980s…those were the days when carbs where king and fat was the enemy. What did we eat back in those days? Do you remember the nation’s obsession with Snackwells and pasta? Well, we ate lots and lots of pasta.

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries

Posted on 12/19/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in Strawberries Healthy Snacks Andrea Ferretti Avocado Chocolate Mousse Holiday Recipes

We had amazing food at this year’s retreat to the Lumeria Maui. And when you’re on a yoga retreat, doing many hours of yoga each day you really need a great dessert. This Avocado Chocolate Mousse was, hands-down, the group’s favorite, because hello, chocolate?

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8 Mindful Ways to Curb Sugar Cravings

Posted on 11/28/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in balance mindful eating Andrea Ferretti Clean Eating Yoga Lifestyle Curb Sugar Cravings Sugar Addiction

I was recently hanging out with some old friends and mentioned that I’m living a nearly refined-sugar free life. (I say nearly because I believe in balance and, on occasion, sharing a chocolate croissant with my family is worth it.) They gasped. While I’ve always attempted a clean diet, it was shocking for them to imagine their former fro-yo lovin’ friend off of sugar. I chalk it up to one of the things that a breast cancer diagnosis did for me – scared me straight off the sugar crack.

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Mid-Morning, Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

Posted on 10/9/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in Cacao Smoothie Raw Chocolate Andrea Ferretti Antioxidants Pick Me Up Smoothie

Coffee seems to be one of those foods that’s either vilified or celebrated in the media. Since having my daughter, I am on Team Celebrate Coffee, but it seems most important to determine what works for your personal constitution. You can certainly make this smoothie without the coffee component. Between the coffee, the raw cacao, and the cinnamon, this is a smoothie that’s packed with antioxidants.

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Minty Green Tea Cooler

Posted on 8/22/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in Andrea Ferretti Green Tea Summer Recipe Minty Green Tea Cooler Catechins Vitamin C Health Benefits of Green Tea

It’s safe to say I’m green-tea obsessed. It hold promise for many different types of health benefits (including cancer prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention) and there are so many varieties and delicious blends that I never grow tired of it. Since reading David Servan-Schreiber’s book Anti-Cancer, I try to drink it regularly, so I’m often experimenting with different recipes. This one is my current favorite summer iced tea. It requires some prep, but you can make a big batch and drink it over the course of a few days.

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A Smart Flow for Hamstrings

Posted on 4/14/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in yoga Hamstrings Andrea Ferretti Jason Crandell vinyasa flow Forward Bends

I am a vinyasa flow girl through and through. I believe that spending time studying alignment is vital to a lifelong yoga practice — whether in the form of Iyengar classes/workshops or with a flow teacher like Jason who occasionally slows things down. When you learn to understand and tune into the details of alignment you not only stave off potential injuries, you truly learn the skill of connecting your body and mind.

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4 Propped Poses to Build Your Hanumansana

Posted on 4/9/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in hanumanasana yoga Hamstrings Andrea Ferretti Jason Crandell Yoga Poses Forward Bend

Hanumanasana feels different each time I do it. There are days when I can get my pelvis to the floor with my hips square. But these days I focus more on getting the benefits of the pose instead of going all the way into the pose.

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Almond Butter Cups

Posted on 3/7/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in Gluten Free Andrea Ferretti Vegan Recipe Almond Butter Cups Dessert

This delicious recipe combines Jason’s love for chocolate with everyone’s love for the peanut butter cups of our youth. Instead of peanut butter, they’re made with almond butter. Instead of sugar, they’re sweetened with agave. Boom! You’ve got a recipe makeover you never knew you needed, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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A Thank You Note to My Bod

Posted on 11/11/2015 by Andrea Ferretti in Andrea Ferretti Jason Crandell Thank you Bod Cancer Music

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately – about consciously thanking my body for all that it does. When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it’s easy to feel like your body has betrayed you. Like it’s been sneaking around behind your back, hanging out with rogue cells in alleyways making dirty deals. It’s a horrible feeling, that.

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