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Seated Breathing

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / May 19, 2020 /

Set a nice sounding chime on a timer for 5, 10 + minutes so you don’t worry about the time. Focus on your breathing- observing and following the in and out breaths. When the mind wanders (and it will!) notice that. Slowly bring your attention back to your breathing. Do this over and over again…

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Freedom for Toes! Our Q & A with Paola Shah

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / April 20, 2020 /

Running a small business is always challenging and right now it is especially difficult. Today we introduce you to Paola Shah, one of the most innovative small business owners we know.  Her business, Tucketts™, is the result of a combination of passions and beliefs: barefoot workouts, following nature, love for colorful socks, sustainability, and helping…

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The First Lady of Physical Fitness: Elaine LaLanne.

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / April 13, 2020 /

Gretchen had the opportunity to meet Elaine Lalanne while visiting Risa Sheppard at Sheppard Method Pilates.  Risa often co-hosted the Jack LaLanne show and was best friends with daughter, Janet LaLanne, who unfortunately was passed away when she was only 21. When Elaine first met Jack Lalanne in 1951, she did not understand the importance…

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Crispy Persian Rice (Tahdig) with Spiced Golden Chickpeas

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / April 6, 2020 /

Comfort food at its finest. Basmati rice is pan-cooked until a crispy crust has formed on the bottom. Once turned out onto a plate, the top layer has crunchy rice, but underneath is perfectly cooked, deliciously soft and fluffy rice. Top this Persian rice with spiced, extra crispy golden chickpeas, and a dollop of creamy…

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Brownies with Sweet Potatoes

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / April 6, 2020 /

Well, we love sweet potatoes and this recipe from @wellplated who is “fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible” does not disappoint. These are seriously good and everyone who scarfed them done had no clue the brownies contain no refined sugar-free, whole wheat, and contain only a scant 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Ingredients…

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Running Outside During Covid-19?

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / April 6, 2020 /

Oh, to be running with a partner, these days.  However, most shelter in place orders allow for solo running or walking outside. If you are a runner or walker, you know how great it feels to get outside for a run or brisk walk.  Follow some common sense rules during this pandemic and running will…

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Gratitude: Annie Shares the Silver Lining

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / March 30, 2020 /

I have been thinking about silver linings and gratitude a lot, lately. They seem to be directly correlated. My granddaughter, Adalynn Marie, has a rare condition called Sturge Weber Syndrome.  She underwent a 10-hour brain surgery, on Monday, March 16th, just as the coronavirus was locking down the hospitals.  Silver lining: Adalynn was the last…

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Interview with Fred DeVito of Exhale “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / March 23, 2020 /

It is likely the gyms and studios are closed in your area, so we wanted to share a great alternative with you. Its also something you may want to try in person, once we are allowed back into our studios and gyms. Today we share our talk with Fred DeVito, co-founder with his wife, Elisabeth…

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Holly Konrady: The Power of Breath

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / March 16, 2020 /

Experiencing Stress?  We have the perfect interview today. Meet yoga instructor, professor, and stress management specialist, Holly Konrady. She works at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation on the Dr. Dean Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Team where the concentration is on exercise, plant-based nutrition, stress management and group support to help patients heal…

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Dale Hope: The Spirit of the Islands in an Aloha Shirt

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / March 9, 2020 /

You can’t help but feel the warm Hawaiian breeze when you watch our interview with Dale Hope, author of “The Aloha Shirt.”  In 1953, Dale’s mom and dad bought a garment company in Waikiki and Dale remembers wearing his first aloha shirt when he was in the 3rd grade. Everyone he looked up to wore…

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