Nutty For… [9.26]

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This is VIP: tomorrow these two cool cats celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary! Thanks for being the goofy, loving, wonderful parents you are, & thank god for the elevator you first met in back in the day.

PS I promise my dad doesn’t have three chins when he’s standing normally.

I’m nutty for those guys ^^. Here’s what else I’m  nutty for this week!

Nutty For… Veggies!
Have you ever asked someone in the grocery store, “how do I pick out the perfect [x vegetable]?” only to realize that they have no idea… even if they work there? Ponder no further: this is the only chart you need.

Nutty For… Hip Openers
I’m not sure if it’s that I run or if I’m just an 80-yr-old in a 22-yr-old’s body, but my hips are always so tight! I love these top hip opening yoga poses.

Nutty For… Arm Balances
Did I tell you about the last time I tried to get into crow pose at yoga? Either I’m totally doing it wrong or I have super bony elbows because I had two huge bruises on my arms the next day! Maybe these pointers will help me??

Nutty For… #truth
Let’s get real: we all know there are both up and down sides to blogging. Lauryn covers some of the hard truths in this post — I was shaking my head yes for the whole read.

Nutty For… Muscle
Do you know the difference between muscle building and muscle toning? Honestly, I couldn’t have completely spelled it out myself. Now I know thanks to this post.

Nutty For… Fall Foods
#sorrynotsorry. Free People covered some of my favorite fall foods & why you should eat them this week. In a word… squash.

Nutty For… Food
Old Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes
Curried Pork and Quinoa Stew
Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola
Roasted Broccoli Chickpea Burgers with Spicy Cashew Mayo
Sausage, Garlic and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms
Arugula and Goat Cheese Portobello Pizzas
Fall Harvest Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Blondies

Past “Nutty For…” Posts
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Nutty For… [9.19]

Questions of the Day:
>> Can you do arm balances, handstands, headstands? I can feet stand.
>> What’s something interesting you heard this week?

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life


Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles

When I was younger, I wasn’t a picture of health. My mom will tell you differently (MOM if you’re listening… I had glasses, no boobs, and long crimped hair. I was not cute), but I was, frankly, overweight for my age and had zero self-confidence. I didn’t like the way I looked or how I felt.

By the time I reached high school, my brain was already infiltrated by media telling me that I needed to be thin, pretty and perfect. For the next several years of my life, I focused on losing weight and I did, but honestly, I still completely lacked self-confidence. I spent tons of time in the gym, and while this period in my life ignited my love of running and fitness as well as of good food, it also negatively skewed my perspective on how to reach my goals.

I’ll save the long story for another day. The short story is that I wrecked my metabolism by trying any “lose 10 pounds in a week” plan that I could get my hands on and over-exercised.

Thankfully, I came to my senses (dear senses, you sure took long enough). I realized that to be clear-minded and happy, you need to fuel yourself with delicious, nutritious food and make time for self-care. In my case, self-care includes lounging when I need to, listening to my favorite music, taking yoga classes, and spending time with my family and friends. Most importantly, I spend time alone, giving my head a chance to catch up with my heart.

Now, in the age of social media and the internet, I have the opportunity to seek out people whose philosophies align with mine. I’m able to be inspired by amazing humans and learn new lessons from these people every day. One such person is Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga, a NYC based studio that focuses on movement to bring awareness to the body and become stronger both in mind and body.

I’ve followed Tara for some time now, and recently her popularity in the U.S. skyrocketed thanks to her collaboration with Reebok (you’ve probably seen her famous cloud pants before). While she does design some bomb clothing, it’s her lifestyle that I admire most. When I found out she was writing a new book called the Make Your Own Rules Diet, I knew I had to read it. Just from the title I could tell that this wasn’t your typical “follow my plan to look hot!” book. This was going to be the real deal – a life changer.

Make your own rules diet Tara Stilesphoto provided by Tara Stiles

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to read an advanced sample of  Tara’s book and share it with you. I can assure you that as soon as it’s released (November 11!), I’ll pick up a copy of my own. Here’s what I took away as the core of the book:

“When following someone else’s rules leads us further away from ourselves, we start swimming in dangerous territory. We chase the external and grasp at the next best thing that never lives up to its promise. And worse yet, we begin to think of ourselves as failures.”

This book aims to lead us back to ourselves in three ways: the mat, the cushion, the kitchen (i.e. yoga, meditation, food). Tara writes that when we spend time in those three areas, we can feel, move, and believe. Those are the three principles by which we can make space for ourselves and begin to thrive.

“The more space you have, the better you start to feel and the more you’ll want to continue the great feeling.”

Tara’s writing captivated me throughout the book, which includes personal anecdotes and stories (she’s so inspiring!), yoga routines, meditation routines, recipes and two different “transformation” plans to follow, if that’s your ish or you need a little guidance.

While I only had a sampling of these, I can assure you that the meditation and flows are easy to follow and rejuvenating and the recipes simple, clean and delicious. Look! I can prove it. This is Tara’s Roasted Acorn Squash Soup. It took minimal time and prep. Plus, I didn’t see a single recipe in the sampling I received with more than 10 ingredients, not counting spices, which I LOVED.

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I’m highly recommending the Make Your Own Rules Diet for one specific reason: Tara doesn’t tout her views as the best, she simply wants to share information with you and let you make your rules. We are all different, so how could one prescribed diet or routine fit us all? It can’t! With that in mind, you can truly take away what works for you from this book. I loved it, and I know you will, too.


Full disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I received a BLAD copy of Make Your Own Rules Diet free of charge. All opinions are my own. 

Questions of the Day:
>> Are you familiar with Tara Stiles?
>> What do you think of the lifestyle philosophy shared here?

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life

Nutty For… [9.19]


Hey! Like my new kicks? I do. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14. You might even say I’m nutty for them.

Here’s what else I’m nutty for this week!

Nutty For… Life
Okay so maybe you’re like “haha that’s the name of your blog,” but this list of 30 things to do every year really emphasizes how important it is actually live the life we’re given… which should definitely include #6 and absolutely #13 (<< def making this a thing in my life now). Be a nice & happy human!

Nutty For… Cleanliness
This totally made me want to vom. You can bet I’m going to do a better job of washing my fitness clothes right after I wear them (I’m looking at you smelly mat towel).

Nutty For… Pumpkin Spice
I can 100% for certain say I haven’t had a PSL yet this season… HA wait, it’s not even actually the season for pumpkin spice lattes, anyway. That starts on the 22nd, kids. Do you feel like the pumpkin spice craze has hit an all-time high this year? R29 has a great imagined list of pumpkin spice products. PS – am I the only one who pronounces “pump-kin” as “punkin”?

Nutty For… Cool Women
Back in the day, I wanted to be an EIC of a print magazine. Recently, Cosmo changed heads and landed Joanna Coles as the new woman in charge. After reading this interview, I was totally inspired & might actually start to read Cosmo.

Nutty For… Pinterest
Have you ever wondered, “how do I get more Pinterest followers?” I have, like everyday. Solution 1 is to start using it more (wink wink self 😉 ). If you’re like me, you’ll get a lot out of this list.

Nutty For… My Body
Sometimes I take everything my body does for granted. I have terrible eyes, but I can still see. I have arthritis in my knee, but I can still walk. Arman woke me up to this with his post this week – be grateful for your body.

Nutty For… SEO Tips
Lord knows I need ’em. These are some good reminders with regards to images + SEO.

Nutty For… Learning Lessons
I really resonated with this post about expectations and disappointments. I’m one of those people who easily dreams of the best possible outcome, and I often set myself up for failure that way. I’m not saying lower your expectations, but it’s important to realize that you have to be ready when life doesn’t go as expected.

Nutty For… Food
Spiced Zucchini Carrot Bread
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers
Strawberry Shortcake Skillets
Gluten Free Breakfast Quesadilla
No-Bake Vegan Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Nutty For… Fitness
The 20’s Cardio Warm-Up
Strong Sexy Arm Workout #2 (Purely Training 79)

Past Nutty For… Posts
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Nutty For… [8.29]
Nutty For… [9.5]

Questions of the Day:
>> What’s your go-to running shoe/fitness shoe?
>> Fave mag? 
Typically I love Glamour.

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life