Two HUGE Announcements

wpid-20150630_141924.jpgOkay. We have some stuff to talk about everyone. Two major things really. SO grab a chair, take a seat, maybe get some coffee or a mug or tea or something, and let’s chat.

Yesterday, I flew up to Boston to interview for a job with Whole Foods Market and GOT IT. I decided to start searching for jobs closer to home two weeks ago and this job just so happened to open up the day after I started actively looking. It all happened sooner than I was expecting, but I had to go for it and I’m really glad I did! It’s a position similar to what I do now, but instead of teaching customers, I’ll be training fellow team members. It’s a little bit more low key than my current job (which is what I want/need) and based out of one store. I really haven’t enjoyed traveling between multiple WFMs and am really pumped to be focused on only one location again. AND its at a beautiful, new store in my favorite city on Earth. It’s staffed with all-star team members and I’ve felt so comfortable talking to everyone I’ve met from there. To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement.wpid-img_20150630_185833.jpgCalling my friends and family- telling them I got the job- AHHH it was the best thing ever. The sense of relief and accomplishment I feel now is just unbelievable.

And I start at the beginning of August so I officially have ONE MONTH left in DC! Holy cow, man. Let bucket list begin…

So you might be wondering, what does that mean for Wicked Healthy Washingtonian? I am heading back to my Bostonian roots after all- the “Washingtonian” aspect of my name doesn’t ring true anymore.

Well, for the past couple of months, I’ve been working on a new blog- mainly in my head, but more recently, actually live online. This new blog will serve as a more permanent space for my musings and everything I want to share with the world. I literally just took the privacy settings off the blog and now anyone can look at it— eeeek!

You’re probably thinking, WHAT IS IT CALLED?!

Well, you can now find me at Not Your Basic Broad. new blogI’m warning you now, it’s not health and wellness focused. It’s Allison focused. It’s more about me as a whole! This of course includes food stuff, recipes, and my thoughts on health and wellness- but it also includes restaurants, ALL food, music, sports, history, and travel.

It’s a blog that encompasses everything that makes me, me. Not just being healthy. Being healthy has truly become just another part of who I am.

I outgrew this blog a while ago and had been struggling to find a way to keep it going. I knew I wanted to create a new space that wasn’t as narrow in focus. I knew I wanted a blank slate- I knew I wanted a fresh start.

And I feel like now especially, with my move up to Boston, its just very timely for me to roll out my new blog and make the transition to writing and posting there.

SO. This marks the end of Wicked Healthy Washingtonian. GASP. Craziness, right? I’m ready to move on but still, this blog has been a huge part of my life for many years. I’m eternally grateful for all of the people this blog connected me with and all of the opportunities it opened up to me. This blog played a big role in me starting my current career and I’ll never forget that! For the many years where I was solely focused on eating healthier, learning about wellness, and exercising- this space was my life saver. It meant everything to me. The support and love that you all gave to me through this blog has been one of the most mind-blowing experiences.

I hope you guys follow my new blog and keep up with me there! I’m going to let Wicked Healthy Washingtonian exist in the interwebs for a while so everyone who wants to access my content and old posts can. But I officially will no longer be posting original content here.

And if you have any questions- send them my way.

In two weeks I turn 25 and I’m ridiculously eager to start the next quarter century of my life- especially with these two big changes underway. 25 is going to be great.

As always,

Keep it wicked healthy.

Familiar Conviction

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

This quote is a tad bit overused and thrown around too frequently for my liking- but I don’t care- I’m using it. It will always be one of my favorite excerpts from my favorite books. I can still remember reading it for the first time and being blown away by how beautiful it sounded.

And I can’t really think of a more poignant or accurate quote to sum up where I’m at right at this very moment.

Keep it wicked healthy.

Yankee Down South

charlestonWill and I are becoming pros at packing as much good stuff into a vacation as possible without over planning and making things too stressful. That was pretty much how our short trip to Charleston was this past weekend. We drove down on Thursday to watch one of Will’s best friend’s from high school get married on Saturday- and were sure to soak in as much Charleston as possible while we were there. Continue reading

May Day 30: In My Hand

20150529_132343In my hand is a fresh off the press copy of the summer challenge I’m leading at the three Whole Foods Market stores I work at (Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, and Bethesda)! I authored all the content and one of the lovely store artists I work with created the design and layout. I love seeing projects that I envisioned in my head actually come out on paper!

You can pick up a copy and join for free at any of the three stores mentioned above! That’s where you’ll find the booklets that explain everything.

For anyone curious, the challenge is called Gimme 5! It’s a two week challenge that starts on Tuesday, June 2 and runs Tuesday, through June 16. For the challenge, I’m asking participants to aim to accomplish FIVE goals:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Eat 5 servings of vegetables
  • Consume no artificial sweeteners or anything with added sugar
  • Eat a strong breakfast (well rounded combo of carbs, protein, and healthy fat)
  • Engage in (at least) 30 minutes of activity

I wanted to pick goals that were super doable and that would hopefully end up being lifestyle changes. They’re things that are meant to stick with you even after the challenge is done. There is also a fun little summer survey on the back:20150529_132421Throughout the challenge I’m hosting a couple of cooking classes, organizing some store tastings, doing recipe demos, and offering TWO FREE fitness related events. One is a fun run/walk next Saturday on the capital crescent trail followed by a light breakfast at the Bethesda store. The other is a yoga class with Denise Cavanaugh (one of the best yoga instructors in the city) next Sunday at the Sport&Health location right behind the Tenleytown store followed by some snacks.20150529_132432If you live in the area and want to attend either one of these events, email me at wickedhealthywashingtonian at gmail dot com and I’ll sign you up for them!

I’m really excited to help other people out there work on building healthy lifestyle habits. It’s not about having a “beach body” or anything like that- it’s just about feeling your absolute best. You can also win prizes for participating- but I mean… that’s beside the point 😉

Keep it wicked healthy.

May Day 22: In My Bag

wpid-20150521_175522.jpgI’m not going to lie- I was really excited about the in my bag post. I love seeing what other people have in their bags and having a sneak peak into their life. I don’t care carry a cute bag though, I carry a worn backpack. It’s more practical for me. I’m always walking from here to there and I have to tote around a lot of stuff. It might make me look like a dork- especially when I go out after work- but I don’t care. It’s necessary and it works for me!

Also- on the front of my backpack there is a light up Bruins 2015 pin that I got from my parents.

Usually there’s a laptop, charger, whole foods market apron, and planner in this guy as well- but I was able to leave them at work overnight (which I usually can’t do because I work at a different location almost every day). There was also a banana in my bag yesterday, but I forgot to include it in these pictures!wpid-20150521_180307.jpgHere’s what we got:

  • Umbrella
  • Card holder (debit card, credit card, id, etc.)
  • Two notebooks for work
  • Suncreen
  • Lip gloss
  • Small set of keys- which includes my gym access card!
  • Smart Trip
  • Ponytails
  • Mug and a tea bag (to make once I got to work)
  • Grocery list (why type it into your phone when you can have a real little paper list!)
  • Zip pouch with all my colored pens
  • Water bottle
  • iPod
  • 10 inch chef’s knife (I was doing a demo at work and wanted my knife!)
  • Julienne peeler (I was making zucchini noodles in said demo)
  • Microplane (I needed some zest for the same demo)
  • Blue towel (all of the kitchen supplies were wrapped in it)
  • Umbrella
  • Phone Charger
  • Comb

And USUALLY I can fit my bag with my lunch in my backpack too. I use this wicked tired out whole foods bag…wpid-20150521_181135.jpgAnd yesterday is was filled with a turmeric-saffron-ginger flavored beef stew (made with my homemade bone broth and pureed pumpkin instead of tomatoes) + organic cherries + Jackson’s Honest sweet potato chips (cooked in coconut oil!!!). There was also a little bag of prosciutto in there to go with the chips for a mid-afternoon snack.wpid-20150521_181155.jpgKeep it wicked healthy.

May Day 20: Need

wpid-20150520_075237.jpgPostin’ for yesterday (because I’m a slacker).

Today is rainy and chilly and gloomy.

Yesterday though- it was sunny and bright and perfect outside. I woke up a little tired, but the weather made me so happy and I instantly felt the need to have an acai bowl for breakfast.

I used to eat them more often for breakfast, but now that I’m trying my best to adhere to the aip as possible, they just don’t make sense for me to have. My breakfast these days is usually some sort of homemade breakfast sausage (mix ground turkey thigh with chopped dates and tarragon and s&p… so good) sauteed dark leafy greens with onion (kale, collards, or chard), and roasted sweet potatoes. Yum.

But yesterday, I wanted a big bowl of smooth, fruity goodness. Want isn’t a strong enough word- I needed it. 

So I blended up a frozen acai pack with a 1/2 a frozen banana, 1/2 tbl. collagen, 1/2 cup of coconut water, 2 tbl. of coconut milk, 1/2 cup pureed sweet potato, and 1/4 cup of frozen coconut meat- and I topped it with some shredded coconut and blueberries. I ate a couple of my breakfast sausages on the side for some protein.

Eating as many nutrient dense foods as I can on a regular basis is what gives me the freedom to cave into my craving needs when I want to and not feel guilty about it. I definitely couldn’t eat an acai bowl for breakfast every day nor would it be the healthiest thing for me right now, but it is the healthiest thing for me mentally when I’m reaaaaaally craving it and I let myself have it.

Keep it wicked healthy.