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Saturday Reading #9

Yet another exciting round up of wonderful links for all my readers!

1. The Science of Salad by Sayward Rebhal at Bonzai Aphrodite


So. Salad.  Once, I was listening to a No Meat Athlete podcast, and the host (Matt Frazier) said that he does his best to eat a smoothie for one meal and a salad for another on a daily basis. His third meal tends to be a wild card, but he feels that no matter what, with that template, his day is at least 2/3 healthy and super nutrient dense. During the winter, that doesn’t really work for me, but Summer comes early in California and that has pretty much been my jam for the last few months. It feels good!

Despite knowing that salads can totally be entire meals before, I am JUST now figuring out how to execute these entrees with confidence. This guide to salad makin’ takes all the guess work out of the process and it is a perfect how-to for meal salad newbies. Check it out!

2. 10 Ways We Body Shame Without Realizing It by Ragen Chastain for the Internal Acceptance Movement



There is a woman at my gym who is a very sweet human being, but every time I see her she talks about my body. “You look thinner every time I see you!” she says, glowing with a deep pride in my “accomplishment”. Holy SHIT does it skeeve me out. I am in no way trying to lose weight. I tell her this every time and she says “NO way! I see you working your ass off in here.”

What comes over me in this moment is distinctly shame. Because I am horrified to think that someone would watch me work my ass off in the gym, and assume it was to grow smaller. I am horrified that this woman would consider my “before” body unacceptable, and my “new” body more palatable. I feel shame knowing that in this process of “complimenting” me, she is also subtly putting herself down, as I’ve heard her discuss her own struggles with weight. I think of the way that she must have been shamed about her body, and how the experience has the potential to pass through her and transfer on to me and then I say (to myself) “WOAH WOAH WOAH. Not into that shit.” I smile and say “I work out to be a bad ass, not to be small” and then I move on. Don’t got time for that body shame.

(This sort of instance is actually not on this list! But many other sorts of things are. READ EVERY ONE OF THESE and for goodness sakes, don’t get caught accidentally body shaming. You’re good, you mean well, this article will help you.)

3. Sized Up by Anna Mollow for Bitch Magazine 



Wow. This article is pret-ty  incredible. It intersects queerness and queer acceptance to fatness and fat acceptance. It made me think a lot about liberation in general, how far we have come, how far there is to go, how much I still have to learn. I can’t say I necessarily agreed with the blanketed way some of the theses were stated, but I at least considered them heavily. This article made me think deeply about health and who defines it and what it means. Worth a look!

4. Gena Hamshaw on Food, Healing, Perfectionism and More – With Melanie St. Ours and the Creative Wellness Podcast 


Gena Hamshaw is a hero of mine. Her blog, Choosing Raw, provides simple and beautiful recipes that are easy enough to make on a regular basis. She has a wonderful blogger voice, and I relate to her experience with her eating disorder, her body image, and her recovery SO MUCH. This link is not to Choosing Raw, but instead to a podcast that Gena was a guest on. In the interview she discusses having a type A personality,  the beauty and seduction of raw food, perfectionism, and so much more. I like her even more hearing her speak! This is an extremely worthwhile listen for a little enthusiasm bump.

5. Art by Joanna S. Quigley 



Joanna Quigley is one of my very favorite artists. Her work is quirky, adorable, happy, and just straight up FUN. She recently opened up an Etsy shop, where her prints are available for a ridiculously low price. Jump on it!

As A bonus:

My good friend Josey (former guest poster!) is conducting a short survey for a research project she is doing. The project is called  “Intimate Partner Violence and Empowerment: The Mediating Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity and Embodiment”.

She is interested in learning about the relationship between different kinds of exercise (aerobic exercise like jogging or cycling vs. empowerment-oriented exercise like strength-training and martial arts), women’s sense of connectedness with their bodies, their sense of being empowered and their mental health. She wants to explore the answers to these questions with groups of women who have previously experienced partner abuse or dating violence.

Please consider participating in this brief survey if:

  • You identify as a woman
  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You live in Canada or the United States
  • At some point in your life you have experienced partner abuse or dating violence

Click on this link to take part in this short survey:

click here to participate. 


I just made a new Facebook page for Super Strength Health. If you feel so inclined, please go and like it! It would make my day.

Have a lovely weekend!

What I Ate Wednesday

I love seeing what other people eat. It’s incredibly pleasurable to see someone’s day all laid out in food and hear their thought processes and associations around their meals. It took me a long LONG time to be able to love looking at my own food, But today I am so happy about my choices. To me, they feel balanced, intuitive, delicious, and made with pure love. I am so lucky to have transcended my eating disorder to arrive at this place with food. I never take it for granted for a second.

I want to share my food with you. Not to brag, not to make you think you should somehow be eating what I am eating, but just to give you a little slice of my life. I am sure this wasn’t every morsel that went into my mouth this day, but it is a documentation of the things I wanted to share.

Breakfast on this day started with pie.


I have never done this before! I am totally a green smoothie type of babe, but as I was pulling out my kale and my bananas I kept nibbling at my leftover strawberry apple crisp. I wanted it, but somehow felt that I shouldn’t have it.

“Why don’t you feel like you should have it?” I asked myself.

“Because it is dessert” I answered.

“But there’s nothing in it that is unhealthy, nothing in it that would be bad to start a day with”

I looked deeply at my pie, and I realized that any time I am thinking I “should” or “should not” eat something based purely on what it is (not how it will make me feel) than that’s leftover eating disorder voice. Fuck that voice! I ate my pie.

After a session with a client and a walk to the grocery store I had worked up quite a lunch appetite. What followed was a gigantic salad (romaine, cauliflower, red cabbage, snap peas, cucumber, smoked tofu, nutritional yeast, baba ghanoug, salsa and a crumble of Tastymakes salt and vinegar crackers and tortilla chips.) My special dudefriend happened to be making a green smoothie, and tossed me the leftovers like the sweetheart he is. It was INCREDIBLE and when I said “WHY IS THIS SO GOOD?!” he smiled and said “the secret ingredient is coffee!”. Go figure.


Another client meeting and some hours later I was starting to feel cranky. This is almost always a reliable sign that I am hungry, and since it was not quite dinner time I made myself some homemade almond milk, a scoop of Tropical Tango Vega Energizing Smoothie, and a half a banana blender mix. It hit the spot.



In the past, I have been an “eat-the-exact-same-thing-every-day” type of person. These days, I have been working on tuning into my body more and trying to hear what it tells me I want to eat. I usually work out before dinner, and my body ROARS for food, so preparing a supper ends up being super delightful and intuitive. On this day however, I had taken a rest day. I knew I was hungry, but it wasn’t in that NOW NOW NOW type of way that makes choosing super simple. I honestly meditated for a moment before I chose this strange combo of foods for my meal.

It included red cabbage, avocado, sauerkraut, salsa, nutritional yeast, and Beyond Meat. Do you know about THIS COUPON?! It is for a FREE package of Beyond Meat and is good until May 31. I want to be honest: I don’t know how I feel about my consumption of this product! It has a great nutritional profile in terms of macronutrient ratios (IE tons of protein) but it is much more processed than anything else I enjoy. Truthfully, its delicious and for me, digests quite well.  DAMNIT BEYOND MEAT. your tempting processed ways seduced me. also your free-ness.


No day is complete without 85% chocolate dipped in homemade peanut butter. Divine brand is local to me and my absolute favorite.


SO that’s it! I came, I saw, I ate, I conquered. It was a very delicious day.

Strawberry Apple Crisp

I am so psyched about this recipe. It is DELICIOUS.

Strawberry apple crisp from SuperStrengthHealth_3

A few weeks ago I got an email from a lovely woman named Melissa, who owns and runs a company called Tastymakes. The email stated that Tastymakes was a raw vegan company, and that they wondered if I wanted to try some of their products to review. I love free stuff, I especially love free raw, organic, sprouted and gluten free vegan stuff. “Of course!” I said. Being a blogger is super fun.

Strawberry apple crisp from SuperStrengthHealth_7

A few days later I got a beautiful package that was literally chock full of samples. The first time I tried one (salt and vinegar raw crackers to be exact) I was just post-workout and I moaned with glee. (Can we talk about eating after exercise? Everything tastes AWESOME.)

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to talk about these products and I came to the conclusion that ultimately, I don’t actually love straight up product reviews on blogs. They bore me! Everything I tried from Tastymakes was great- If raw granolas, bars, and crackers are your thing, these are definitely the best ones I’ve tried-  but the honest truth was a few of the items I received made me want to make things. Pie, specifically. I figured my readers would probably like pie more than me saying “this was really good!” in a thousand different ways.

From that urge, this recipe was born.

Strawberry apple crisp from SuperStrengthHealth


Strawberry Apple Crisp
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan Gluten-Free
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup Tastymakes vanilla nut granola
  • 1.5 cups Tastymakes Choco-coco granola divided (.5 cups for crust, 1 cup for topping)
  • 7 Medjool dates (Fresh ones. Soak yours if they are dry)
  • 10 Tastymakes Lemon bar bites
  • 3 medium granny smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
  • 16 oz. organic strawberries, sliced thin
  • ½ cup oat flour (you can make this by pulsing oats in a food processor)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • ½ cup gluten free rolled oats
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. grease a 9" cast iron skillet with coconut oil
  3. In a food processor, pulse 1 cup Vanilla Nut granola, .5 cups choco-coco granola, 7 dates, and 10 lemon bar bites. Your final product should be sticky and clustered.
  4. Press the whole mixture into the bottom of your pan, forming a crust
  5. peel apples
  6. slice strawberries and apples super thin, toss in a bowl with ½ cup oat flour, 2 Tablespoons coconut oil and 2 T coconut sugar.
  7. Mix together and pour into the pan on top of the crust
  8. pulse 1 cup choco-coco granola with 2 Tablespoons coconut oil and ½ cup oats
  9. Pour on top of fruit mixture to form a crisp top
  10. Bake for one hour, until top is nice and brown and your whole house smells like awesome


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Strawberry apple crisp from SuperStrengthHealth_5

This pie blew my mind with how incredible it was. There was no refined sugar in it, and granny smith apples and strawberries can be a bit tart. I was worried it would be decidedly un-sweet but BOY was I wrong. It was the perfect amount of sweet, ooey, gooey, crispy, warm, delicious and pretty darn healthy, if I do say so myself. I ate it for dessert with friends the night I made it, and again for breakfast the next day. NO REGRETS.

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