Lifting, Pregnancy, and Selfishness (I’m Choosing All Three)

You may have seen the media storm over the last week over Emily Breeze.  Emily is a games level CrossFit competitor who has been lifting and cross fitting throughout her pregnancy.  She was featured in Women’s Health and Insider People and has received a lot of attention- the Insider People video has over 21 million Facebook hits!   I absolutely love that we’re talking…

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Albers Down Under: Kangaroo Island and the Beauty of Local

There is something really special about Kangaroo Island (KI) in Australia.  It may be the perfectly quaint size, beautiful bays and beaches, or the abundance of wildlife.  But I would be more willing to bet it’s because of the local people and their absolute pride in everything KI.  They love to showcase local honey, eucalyptuses oil, wine, fish, and wildlife. …

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Albers Down Under: Tasmania and the Art of YOLOing

Next up on our visit Down Under- Tasmania.  Now, I can honestly say that I have no idea why we put Tasmania on our itinerary.  I’m pretty sure it has something to do with Looney Toons and the fact that I grew up associating a large Tornado Rodent with Australia.  Either way, it got on our itinerary.  We got the…

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Albers Down Under: Sydney and the Basics

Traveling can be stressful- airplanes, transfers, people who seem to have never left their mother’s basement.  Add foreign foods, bad coffee, and exposure to almost every germ known to man, and you most likely have the perfect storm for exhaustion and sickness.  But traveling doesn’t have to suck.  The next several posts will be capturing our trip to Australia, but…

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An Anniversary Gift to my Husband

Today is my 5 year wedding anniversary.  In an effort to save money for our real gift to each other (our trip to Australia in a few weeks), we decided to not spend a whole lot of money on each other today.  So what do you get a guy that already has everything (XBox, future plans to travel the world,…

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CrossFit Doesn’t Give People Rhabdo (People Give People Rhabdo)

  In case you missed it, the Huffington Post ran a nice little article about CrossFit’s “dirty little secret” of higher than normal rates of Rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis (aka Rhabdo) is a disorder that breaks down muscle fibers and releases them into the bloodstream. It can lead to kidney damage and can be caused by excessive physical demands placed on the…

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Meet Your Meat (Happy Animals Just Taste Better)

This may come as a surprise to a lot of people who have been in my life for a very short while, but I was a vegetarian for several years.  And while I’m learning to not look at life experiences as either good or bad, but rather as learning opportunities, I can say that a plant based diet was not…

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Hey! Meet Me!

Welcome.  Welcome!  WELCOME!  To Ignite.Nourish.Thrive.  I am just so happy that you’re here at my blog!  I am a Real Food Advocate.  My personal experience with the healing powers of real foods started five years ago when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  The pharmaceuticals to manage (not cure) it came with a whole host of side effects.  So I unknowingly…

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