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Sunday Splash: fall vibes & fitness

Who’s ready for bed? Everyone, hands up?

I’m definitely exhausted in the best way possible—this past week was filled with lots of fun, family get-togethers, relaxation, & yummy food. BTW, we still have TONS of Nutella-stuffed Nutella cookies in the fridge. I might have gotten a little carried away & made way too many.

This year, I went for a run before our Thanksgiving get-togethers & it felt SO good. I definitely want to make it a tradition. Fresh air, fall leaves & endorphins? YES PLEASE!

I’m still not a fan of running on the treadmill (any tips here?) but running outside is hands-down one of my favorite ways to workout. I usually shoot for 1-2 runs a week, and I go to the gym on the other days.

Fall vibes & fitness have been our theme lately.

We shoot for daily workouts, & usually hit 5-7 workouts a week. I’d love to say it’s 7 days/week every week, but being real here, that doesn’t always happen. If I miss a day, I try not to dwell on it too much, & instead I focus on hitting it hard the next day.

A few things that help us reach our fitness goals?

  1. HABITS: during the week, we go to the gym as soon as we get home from work. This trigger helps SO much with consistency. During the weekend, we try to get our workout in, in the morning, before we head off to any weekend plans. This way we don’t miss it by getting home too late/coming home exhausted.
  2. BUDDY SYSTEM: we go to the gym together, whenever we can. This helps with accountability & motivation.
  3. BCAAS: BCAAs feed our muscles and protect them, so we burn fat (not muscle!) while we work out. SO important. They’re essential amino acids—meaning our bodies can’t produce them on their own so they need to come from our diet. It’s best to take them 3x per day—before your workout, after your workout, & before bed. More details here. Oh & update if you’re following JOYFETI on IG, I can swallow two BCAAs at once now. Small wins, guys! LOL. I take these vegan BCAAs, which I’m about to take again right now.

I just finished drinking my peppermint tea & I’m off to get ready for bed & pop 2 BCAA pills. Popity pop.

Sweet dreams!

<3,
Bita

+ if you’re a runner, find out how to find the right pair of running shoes for YOUR feet (+ an interview with A Runner’s Mind)

+ check out the JOYFETTI playlist: energized—it’s perfect for working out!

[ the vegan BCAAs I take ]

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How to eat Fitness Bread—a yummy little snack

Have you guys heard about “Fitness Bread”?

I’d heard about it hear & there in talks about fitness & nutrition, but I never really sought it out.

But, then, today, on my 2nd trip to Whole Foods (there were 3 today—gah! Thanksgiving for ya) I spotted it. And instantly, I had to have it. After checking the ingredients of course—we’re solid. More on that below.

The funny thing is, right away, I knew exactly what I wanted to have it with: COYO coconut yogurt. To the point that I started craving it.

COYO caught my eye a couple months ago & Arrash I really liked using it as a spread on toast. We topped it with honey & pumpkin pie spice (YUM!) & it was sooo good. I had a feeling it’d be delicious with Fitness Bread too & it was! Fitness Bread is kind of long—the pieces are really wide, like double the width of a typical slice of bread—so I cut it in half.

It really hit the spot.

Once I took a bite, I knew I had to snap some pics to share with you guys—it’s definitely worth trying.

Oh & side note: I’m so sorry I completely ripped the packaging! The photoshoot was completely spur of the moment, & since I didn’t plan to photograph it, I basically ripped the packaging in half to get the bread out ASAP lol. I was very eager, LOL. My bad.

To make:

  • Cut one slice of Fitness Bread in half
  • Spread COYO coconut yogurt on top
  • Drizzle with honey
  • & sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on top

Easy—peasy!

If you’re wondering what Fitness Bread is made out of (I was too!) here are the ingredients:

whole kernel rye, water, oat kernels, wholemeal rye flour, iodized salt, wheat germ, oat fiber, yeast.

I’m also into it’s nutrition facts.

1 piece (the entire slice—I used 1/2) provides 24% of your daily recommended fiber (yes, please!) & 4g of protein.

That’s 6g of fiber & 4g of protein just from the bread, & then you’re getting some extra fiber & protein from the coconut yogurt as well.

I’m very into it.

The packaging for the Fitness Bread says to eat it within 5 days of opening it, so I’ll be getting creative & thinking of more ways to eat it. Any suggestions? I’m definitely thinking an avocado-tomato combo will be happening soon. Maybe the day after thanksgiving : )

Okay, I’m off to get ready for bed. Very excited about this little discovery. I hope you guys enjoy too!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! xx

<3,
Bita

Cute plates I’m loving:

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How to curb your sugar cravings

This is my favorite way to do it: FRUIT.

Lately, I’ve been avoiding dessert—not cold turkey, just limiting it, so I’ve been picking up more fruit at the grocery store.

When I get a sugar craving, I grab some fruit—instead of a brownie. Simple, right?

Some of my favorite fruits to snack on are stone fruits (mostly nectaries & peaches), grapes, & of course, berries. I’m obsessedddd with berries. Antoxidents! & they’re SO yummy!

If your office is filled with chocolate & desserts, pack some fruit with you in the morning and snack on it when you want something sweet.

Another good go-to is apples with nut butter. I love the sweet + salty combo.

Okay, dish… What do you eat to curb your sugar craving?

<3,
Bita

Cute bowls make it more fun:

 

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How to go from hike to dinner ( without taking a shower )

EEK, sometimes you gotta do it…

This past Valentine’s Day Arrash & I hiked Big Basin in Boulder Creek ( in Santa Cruz County ), & saw the “natural bridge” at the Natural Bridges State Beach.

& then we went straight to dinner.

Well, technically we stopped by a local restaurant for a drink and an app first, but the point is there was no time for a shower before our vday dinner.

Clearly, Arrash made the plans ; ) LOL

But really… That was part of the fun—hopping from one activity to the other, without spending too much time on hair & makeup.

It was refreshing.

& super exciting! ( it was mostly surprises )

So I had to figure out how to go from hiking to dinner at a restaurant without looking or feeling gross.

[ Arrash & I at the top of Big Basin ]

Here’s what worked for me…

If you’re going straight from hiking to dinner at a restaurant…

Bring these items with you:

  • Baby wipes to wipe your face ( & armpits, LOL, if you want to… Pretty sure I did )
  • Your makeup ( so you can apply fresh makeup before dinner )
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume ( a small bottle or rollerball )
  • A change of clothes for dinner… I recommend bringing a top that doesn’t cling too much and is sleeveless or has cap sleeves ( sleeves after a hike suck because you’re still warm & that can make you sticky… Or is that just me? ) I brought black skinny jeans that I could put on in the car and a vneck. Yes, we changed in the car… So stretchy jeans were KEY. For shoes I wore white Keds. I think going for a casual, effortless-but-cute look makes it SO much easier!

Also, remember to put on sunscreen—so important! 

If you can, choose a restaurant that’s not too fancy so you can get away with a casual look & be comfortable with it.

Avoid curls—choose a hairstyle you can’t mess up while hiking. I went with straight hair. Easy-peasy.

After the hike:

  1. Wipe your face & put on fresh makeup ( if you want to )—point is, don’t leave on old makeup or pile on more makeup without taking it off first. It’s not good for your skin since you’ve been sweating ( it’ll clog your pores ). And layering on more makeup never looks as good as a fresh face, don’t you think?
  2. Apply deodorant & perfume. I took my small perfume bottle but if you have a perfume rollerball that works too! I might do that next time.
  3. Put on your change of clothes & fricken enjoy that dinner. YOU EARNED IT! Have dessert too : ) I did!

Speaking of dinner & dessert… If you guys are in the Bay Area or planning a visit you HAVE to check out the restaurant we went to because I still day dream about the food. It was that good!

We went to Au Midi, a French restaurant in Aptos ( also in Santa Cruz County )

It’s kind of a hidden gem.

From the outside, you’d never know how amazing their food is. It’s drool worthy.

& the experience was perfect!

P.S. when we walked in we saw a lot of French people dinning there, which I always think is a good sign considering it’s a French restaurant. If you go to a Persian restaurant, for example, and there’s no Persian people there… You should find a different restaurant ; )

Here are a few snapshots of what we ate ( demolished )

[ Au Midi’s soup de jour ]

[ Au Midi’s Stuffed Zucchini & Sea Scallops entrees ]

[ Au Midi’s Bergamote dessert. OH MAN, this was good!!!! ]

We started with the soup de jour ( AMAZING! ), and then got two entrees to share ( so we could try more, hahaboth of them were delicious! ), and then we had dessert.

Oh, and we ordered a bottle of wine and some dessert wine, too, to pair with our dessert…

Does anyone else make noises when they eat something they really like? Because I do…

I’m kind of like Wally Mars ( played by Jason Bateman ) in The Switch.

& boy did I make noises eating that dessert… Not sorry about it : )

Okay, I’m off to shower. Chat soon!

<3,
Bita

[ Loved this wine! ]

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Foods + drinks I always have in the house

Or at least I try to…

Sometimes I run out sooner than I expect.

But more often than not, you can find these foods & drinks in our house at all time, regardless of my food cravings or “food swings” ( LOL )

I’m VERY moody when it comes to food.

I get really into something and I’ll eat it day after day, meal after meal, and then, eventually, I’ll need a break so I won’t buy it for awhile.

I go through phases.

But THESE are my staples.

Most of these foods are nutrient dense, versatile and easy to enjoy.

They’re available & affordable year round, and stay fresh for a pretty long time—or they’re versatile enough that’s it’s easy to use them into different meals and recipes within their expiration date.

This list definitely helps me with grocery shopping & creating a healthy kitchen, so I’m hoping it helps you guys too! ( You can repin it here for convenience )

Okay, let’s dive in!

Perrier / Pellegrino

I’m OBSESSED with sparkling natural mineral water—& I like to drink it from a champagne flute as you might have heard ( LOL )

Personally, I prefer Perrier because it has larger bubbles, but I’m more than happy sipping either.

Also, there’s something super refreshing about having sparking natural mineral water at night or in the middle of the night when I wake up, which happens more often than I’d like, haha.

P.S. If you’re looking for a soda replacement, definitely try Perrier. It’ll make it easier to break the habit.

Coffee pods

Right now I’m obsessed with Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend—it’s a dark roast.

I have it every morning & I legit go to bed excited to wake up and have my coffee, through a stainless steel straw, of course ; ) It helps me avoid stains on my teeth & keeps my teeth white.

Coffee is also my favorite “pre-workout”. I have so much more energy when I workout after having coffee, than when I workout without it.

&… It keeps things regular.

You know you love coffee for that reason too, be honest.

Coconut creamer

All credits go to Arrash’s sister, Michelle, on this one!

Michelle ( Meesh ) introduced us to So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Creamer and it is so, so good!! Definitely a big reason why I look forward to my morning coffee, and why I prefer having coffee at home.

I stick with Original to avoid “natural flavors”.

I avoid them because “natural flavors” can refer to so many different things & I’d rather take out the mystery when it comes to food ingredients.

Tea

Okay, so, lately I’ve been starting my day with coffee & ending it with tea—usually peppermint tea. There’s something therapeutic about it, for me—and it helps me wind down for bed. It kind of signals my body and brain that it’s had dinner & it’s done eating… Which keeps me from binging / constantly snacking before bed.

Sometimes I’ll have a cup or two during the day too.

Very Persian of me, right? My parents sip Persian tea all day & night.

Peppermint tea is non-caffeinated so I feel good about having it at night. Plus, it’s delicious.

I drink my tea from a stainless steel straw. Gotta keep those teeth white ; )

Coconut water

I use coconut water in homemade juices & smoothies so I try to buy this in bulk too.

I’ve also been drinking it straight since from the bottle ( LOL ) since I started drinking Harmless Harvest—it’s SO good, and naturally sweet ( & pink ), so you can treat it like dessert ; )

Though it’ll never replace chocolate… Scroll down, dark chocolate is on this list, too.

I feel like Harmless Harvest is the closest you can get to fresh coconut water from a bottle.

A fresh coconut on the beach is pretty damn good, too. It’s the BEST.

I also love coconut water because it provides potassium.

Eggs

I’m a big fan of eggs because they’re versatile, easy to cook and full of protein.

I’m very particular about my eggs. I buy Vital Farms pasture-raised organic eggs from Whole Foods because they’re organic and have one of the most humane practices I’ve seen when it comes to hens and eggs.

How I use them:

I like to make hard boil eggs a couple times a week and keep them in the fridge to have with my morning coffee and / or to eat as a snack during the day.

I also love a quick omelet with spinach and sometimes, mushrooms + onions.

I’ll eat the omelet on it’s own or I’ll add it to toast to make an open-faced sandwich… Quick lunch idea you can fall back on! You’ve seen me make this on Snapchat if you’re following along : ) ( add me—username: joyfetti )

Cuties

I eat these like chips. Really.

They’re so good, plus, they’re in season during the winter when most of the fruits I’m obsessed with ( like berries ) are not. So, I’ve been eating a lot of these, which doesn’t help with my tooth sensitivity, but it’s worth it, with semi-moderation.

Also, I’ll usually put them out in an Anthropologie bowl during dinner parties so people can snack on something healthy if they want.

Another Persian move… We always have fruit on the table.

Bananas

What is a smoothie without a banana?

Really though…

I tried to make a smoothie without a banana once ( because I ran out—GAH! ) and it was NOT good. It was gross.

I know you can make a smoothie taste good without a banana ( Google told me ), but for now, I’m happy plopping a banana into my smoothies at all times. YUM! Plus, bananas provide potassium and magnesium.

I also like topping them with peanut butter & cinnamon for a quick treat, or putting them on toast.

& I also eat them on their own…

And I feel like that quote “never make eye contact while eating a banana” was something I should’ve learned a long time ago. Whoops.

Same with lollipops…

I got weird looks when I was eating a lollipop in downtown Burlingame Avenue last month. Anyone else experience this?

Apples

Apples are a great staple. I use them in homemade juices, add them to salads, or slice them up and dip them in peanut or almond butter.

I also bite right into them —Adam & Eve style.

Apples are great when I need something sweet or crunchy, and they’re a good source of fiber and magnesium.

Lemons

Okay, lemons… I LOVE lemons! ( Oprah Winfrey Weight Watchers ad moment HAHA you know what I’m talking about? LOL, I LOVE her! )

I add lemons to soup ( usually bone broth ), homemade juices, fish, and a bunch of other recipes like this shrimp ceviche recipe I’m totally OBSESSED with!

I’m also planing to get back into drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning… Anyone else doing this right now?

Read about the health benefits here.

Spinach

Spinach is SO versatile and full of nutrients like protein, calcium, iron and potassium.

I add it to omelets, pasta sauce, smoothies, homemade juices, yogurt ( after I cook the spinach ) and not surprisingly I use it as a base for salads, too.

Plus, you can freeze it if you buy too much, and can cook it / add it to the blender later, which is very convenient!

Frozen fruits

100% a staple! I buy these mostly for smoothies.

My favorites include strawberries, raspberries ( high in fiber ), blueberries, mango, pineapple, & peach. Berries are full of antioxidants and raspberries, in particular, are a good source of fiber.

Chia seeds

I add these to smoothies, my peanut butter, anything I can think of really… They have so many health benefits. They’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids & they provide a modest amount of protein as well!

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for optimal health & wellness, and they’re also anti-inflammatory.

Ground flax seeds

I love these for smoothies & peanut butter.

I get ground flax seeds because it’s easier to absorb the nutrients when they’re grounded vs. whole.

Like chia seeds, they’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids & provide a modest amount of protein.

Hemp seeds

I didn’t start eating hemp seeds until recently because compared to ground flax seeds and chia seeds they have more Omega-6 fatty acids ( which are pro-inflammatory ) than they do Omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s important to have a balanced ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 in our diets.

A 1:1 ratio is ideal, but most people today are getting a 16:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 so it’s important to incorporate more Omega-3 rich foods in our diet.

This balance is really important for overall health.

BUT ( !!! ), I started eating hemp seeds because they have more protein than chia & flax seeds & they taste SO GOOD!

If you like nutty flavors, you’ll love hemp seeds! I especially love them in my smoothies for an added crunch & nutty flavor.

Nuts

Nuts are great to snack on & they’re a great source of protein and healthy fats.

I usually get raw, unsalted almonds ( which also provide calcium & magnesium ) & slivered almonds, and sometimes walnuts ( a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids ) and cashews.

I’m also a big fan of sunflower seeds though I try to limit them because they’re high in Omega-6 fatty acids.

I like snacking on them, adding them to smoothie bowls, and sometimes, salads and yogurt.

Nut butter

Pure nut butter, without the shitty ingredients…

Trader Joe’s and Justin’s are good options for delicious and healthy nut butters. I’m a big fan of peanut butter & almond butter.

I dip apple slices in it, spread it on toast, and sometimes have it straight from a spoon.

I know you do too ; )

Plus, the dogs love peanut butter!

Bone broth

My mom’s been making us bone broth for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite recipes of hers.

Being a chicken ( no pun intended ) and not wanting to making my own bone broth from scratch, I found some delicious store brands that aren’t full of junk and taste delicious with some added seasoning.

P.S. Seeing a pattern here? I always read ingredients.

My favorite brands right now are Epic Homestyle Savory Chicken Bone Broth ( made with organic chicken ), which is shelf stable, & Bonafide Provisions Organic Chicken Bone Broth, which is frozen ( I just defrost it in the fridge for 24 hours )

I heat it up with pepper, pink himalayan salt & chili flakes, pour it in a mug & add fresh squeezed lemon—SO YUM!

Protein / nutrition bars

I love having protein or nutrition bars on hand for a quick snack ( or dessert, if we’re avoiding cake ; ) ) so I buy these in bulk too!

My favorites right now are Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Square Organics Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter.

What are your favorites? What should I try next?

Plant-based protein powders

I’m OBSESSED with Vega One—right now, we have the All-In-One Nutrition Shake in Natural and French Vanilla flavors, as well as the Vega Sport Performance Protein in Vanilla. I love that they’re protein based and taste amazing!

Dark chocolate chunks

So I have a sweet tooth…

I can limit my sugar intake and I’ve even gone months without dessert ( usually in preparation for a Vegas trip, LOL ) but I have low blood sugar so chocolate is basically my medicine ; )

I kid, kind of…

Sugar from fruits can help me from going dizzy when I’m low on sugar, but sometimes you just need some chocolate, you know? At least I do.

So I like to keep Whole Foods’ 365 Dark Chocolate Baking Chunks in the pantry. On a positive note, dark chocolate provides probiotics so it’s not only only good for your heart, it’s also good for your gut ; )

I add the chunks to my DIY goji berry trail mix and use them to make my chocolate covered almond haystacks—both of which I’ve made on Snapchat.

LMK if you want me to share these recipes on the blog?

& sometimes, I eat a few chunks from the bag : )

Dried fruit

If I need a quick treat… Something with natural sugar… I’ll reach for some dried fruit—usually dried apricot ( a good source of iron ), prunes or dried mango, without added sugar ( this is key! ) Fruit is naturally sweet, so there’s no need to add sugar. I also LOVE goji berries, which are a great source of antioxidants, and I’ll often add raisins ( & dried yogurt ) to my yogurt—raisins provide iron as well.

I always look for organic, unless it’s something with a think skin—like bananas & oranges.

Okay spill… What do you keep in your house at all times?

Would love to hear!

<3,
Bita

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Alone time

Do you guys ever eat lunch at a cafe or a restaurant, alone? How about dinner?

Not that long ago, this would be frightening. And super unpleasant. And awkward.

( for me )

But a few years ago I had an amazing brunch all by myself in Cleveland.

To be fair, I didn’t plan it.

I missed my flight home & I was hungry. LOL & to be 100% accurate—I slept through my flight.

So I tried to make the best out of a shitty situation.

I went downstairs to Urban Farmer ( I highly recommend it! ), sat down, alone—and had the most amazing brunch. I even learned how to make a Bloody Mary ( they had a DIY Bloody Mary bar )

& I actually enjoyed it.

I didn’t feel awkward. And trust me, this was VERY unusual for me. Normally I’d avoid sitting alone at all cost.

But instead, I ordered my favorite ( Eggs Benedict ), whipped out my notebook ( I went upstairs to get it—I was staying at Westin ) and used the time to “blog” in my notebook.

It felt amazing.

If eating alone at a restaurant scares you, try it.

Overcoming that fear felt so liberating, and while I’m not likely to make a reservation for one anytime soon, knowing I can sit down at my favorite restaurant and enjoy the experience all by myself ( because I’ve already done it ) feels weirdly freeing.

Which brings me to the topic of alone time…

If you asked me two years ago if I enjoy alone time, I’d probably laugh & tell you no… I’m actually 100% sure of it. And I’d tell you I’d much rather spend that time with someone else.

Wake up call ⇢ I love running. Alone.

Because it gives me time to disconnect—& reconnect, with myself.

Because I’m not trying to keep up with someone else’s pace and I’m just focusing on myself and the run.

I finally see how important it is. I benefit from the time I spend alone—& so do my relationships.

If we don’t spend time with ourselves how can we get to know ourselves? How can we stay in-tune with who we are and what matters to us?

I don’t know about you… But these things don’t just come to me.

I have to put in the effort & I have to tune out the noise to hear myself think.

For me, alone time is usually spent running outside, reading a book in bed, or jotting down my goals & priorities, & creating a game plan.

Realistically, alone time doesn’t have be eating alone in a public place.

It can be whatever YOU want it to be—whatever allows you to connect with yourself.

There’s nothing selfish or weird in doing that—it’s healthy & productive.

What do you guys think?

Do you carve out time to be alone? Would love to hear!

<3,
Bita

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My ONE Goal for 2017

[ Mug | Pretty embroidery on this maxi dress ]

[ Monogram mug | metal strawsweater ]

Can you believe it’s almost 2017? GAH!

I can’t believe it!

I stumbled across this video by Tony Robbins the other day and I feel like it’s spot on with how to create happiness and reach your New Year’s Resolutions / goals ( so obviously I have to share it with you. It’s too good not to! )

Basically, Tony says it comes down to creating PROGRESS by creating new HABITS.

And for me, specifically, it also comes down to FOCUS.

I’m really ( REALLY! ) terrible at following the principle of “The ONE Thing“. But I believe in it… & it’s something I’m working on.

So this year, I’m focusing on ONE goal and ONE habit ⇢ fitness, working out every morning.

If you want to have an awesome year ( & why wouldn’t you? ), DEFINITELY check out this video—think about one area in your life you’d like to make better & what habit will help you get there… Help you make progress. I think you’ll love the video!

Tony shares his 4 steps for making progress towards the end of the video so I made a little cheat-sheet for us ( below ) to refer back to / pin.

If you guys go through Tony’s process ( or even if you don’t ) I’d LOVE to hear what your 2017 goals are. LOL I’m totally serious… I’ve asked / talked about 2017 goals with my boyfriend & his sister so many times now, it’s kind of become a joke.

But, I REALLY want to know. I love this stuff! So shoot me an email ( bita@joyfetti.com ), comment below or on Instagram, or tweet me… However you’d like. I’d love to hear from you! : )

[ monogram mug | metal straw | white bralette | navy sweater ]

Switching gears for a moment, I want to give a shout out to tobi.com for sending me this super comfy, huge ( just the way I wanted, LOL ) navy sweater & this maxi dress ( both pictured above ).

I’ve been snuggled up in this sweater all day & probably will be for a good chunk of winter. I’m definitely packing it for our next Tahoe trip!

I feel like baggy sweaters are a staple during winter. Don’t you think? Especially solids. I love solids!

Okay… I’m going to bed so I can wake up early-ish ( LOL ) and go to the gym in the morning & run. Wish me luck ; )

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

I hope you have a safe & amazing NYE!

<3,
Bita

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How to Find the Right Pair of Running Shoes for YOUR Feet ( + an Interview With ARM! )

 

Hi Guys!

This post has been a long time coming. For the past 2-3 years I’ve been running and doing all my workouts in Nike Frees, which was all fine and dandy until it was extremely painful to run in them.

Side note… I should’ve seen it coming when my friend, Katrina told me Frees are NOT running shoes. Point taken. I learned the hard way.

She also told me about A Runner’s Mind ( ARM ) and their super personalized process for fitting you into the right pair of running shoes for YOUR feet.

So about 3 months ago I FINALLY walked in and the experience was AMAZING & SUPER personalized!

Dawson, who’s the co-owner at ARM, helped me find the perfect pair of running shoes for my feet ( so basically I have no excuse not to run! ) and I’ve been running in them comfortably for the past 3 months

And, this is just a bonus, but I think they’re super cute!

Luckily for us, he agreed to do a fun lil’ Q&A just for JOYFETTI. Thanks, Dawson!

Let’s get into it…

Please introduce yourself: 

I’m Dawson, co-owner and footwear buyer at A Runner’s Mind. I’ve been with the company for about five years now, and I have been involved with the running retail industry for over 8 years. I have been a marathon runner since I was in high school.

Can you tell us about A Runner’s Mind? 

A Runner’s Mind was founded on a simple premise: helping people. We focus a lot on developing relationships with people who walk through our doors as much as we focus on getting people into the right shoes and gear.

Our original founder and owner, Monte Keleher, first opened the store in Burlingame when the local running shop next to the high school closed. It left such a huge void in the community that he decided to open A Runner’s Mind a few years later in August 2010. Ever since then, our involvement with the community and our focus on customer experience has created such a huge following that we’ve been able to open a store in San Francisco ( 2013 ), and more recently in Lafayette ( spring 2016 ). It’s been great! We’ll continue to focus on development in the next upcoming years.

What truly separates ourselves from our competitors is not only our expertise and knowledge, but it’s how fully we integrate ourselves in every community we’re in.

I love your fitting process! Can you tell us all about it?

Thank you! It’s called a gait analysis!

It’s so incredibly important for people to understand how they move to find the right type of shoe.

The gait analysis breaks down an individual’s biomechanics and alignment to find the best possible fit. Running requires so much coordination and energy so we find the best ways to reduce the stress and fatigue on the body to keep you running faster, stronger and farther.

What kind of things do you look for during your fitting process?

There are several things we look for during the gait analysis.

It all starts with understanding the individual; your goals, history of injuries, running volume, any cross training activities you do, and the surfaces that you’re typically running on.

From there, we like to test the individual’s mobility to understand if there are any asymmetries or discrepancies in the body’s alignment, and we conclude by watching the individual run. We conduct a video gait analysis—which means we film you running so we can slow the footage down and frame-by-frame we can see how you carry your weight from one foot to the next.

Our goal is simple: if we can understand any underlying muscular imbalances, we can prevent injuries from happening. It’s about pre-hab, not rehab for us.

If we can make your body stronger, you can run/walk stronger, longer and with less issues!

Why is it so important to be running in the right pair of running shoes?

Finding the proper pair of running shoes for your body and activity is so critical to keeping you healthy and out there with fewer problems. It’s hard enough to find the time to stay active, fit and healthy. Injuries only make it worse. We can prevent injuries from happening by making sure you have the right equipment so that means replacing your old, worn out running shoes frequently and investing in the right pair!

What are some indicators that you’re in the wrong pair of running shoes? What should readers look for?

There are lots of different types of indicators or red flags that may suggest that you’re in the wrong pair of running shoes. If your feet are going numb during the middle of a run—you may have the incorrect size or width. Other things like blisters, callousing, arch pain or general discomfort are easy indicators that you may need to replace your shoes fast!

Are those indicators different from what you’d feel if your shoes were just worn out? How can readers tell the difference?

Sometimes those indicators are different, but frankly, a lot of the times they can be the same. Worn out shoes may present itself in different ways too—like suddenly, your hip is feeling sore after your normal four or 6 mile run. An old shoe loses its support and cushioning, and that kind of wear and tear on the body can take its toll. We typically tell athletes that you should be looking to replace your running shoes every 5 to 6 months depending on an athlete’s efficiency and running volume.

I know you love marathons! What are some of your favorites? 

I do! You remembered! I absolutely love, love, love marathons! My absolute favorite marathon has to be the San Francisco Marathon. It’s my hometown! Plus it was my first marathon when I was eighteen.

Which marathon(s) do you recommend for first-timers?

A lot of people tend to recommend flatter courses for a first-time marathoners. For instance, the California International Marathon is a net downhill course in Sacramento! However, what’s the fun in that? A more scenic race is worth the challenge. I suggest checking out Big Sur in April or the Napa Valley Marathon!

What’s your favorite snack to fuel you before your run? 

My favorite fuel for a long run tends to be one of two things: 1. Generation UCAN which utilizes a modified corn starch for a longer sustaining fuel source or 2. Picky Bar (Ah! Fudge Nuts—it tastes like a brownie!!) + Banana + water!

Both of those combinations have led for some of my best races!

How about after?

Post long runs I always look forward to my Generation UCAN Chocolate Recovery Drink mixed with Almond Milk. It tastes a lot like chocolate milk with so much more protein!!

Anything else you’d like to share with the JOYFETTI family? : ) 

Yes! Definitely! It feels like a lot of people are intimidated to start running for one reason or another. Whether it’s because they think they’re not good enough to run or don’t seem themselves as runners or they’re not fast enough—none of that is true nor does it matter. Running for me is not about competition. It’s personal. It’s something I do for myself to relieve stress and take a break from the chaos of life.

Granted, it has some great benefits in keeping people healthy, but a lot of what running becomes is personal. So make it yours. Go for a run or walk. Take on the day!

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Sunday Splash: Is It Already Smonday?

Minty and Bita 4th of July on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI #MintyMondays

( Throwback to 4th of July last year—if you’re looking for style inspiration for the 4th of July check out these cute, new looks. )

… As in almost Monday!?

It feels like the weekend came & went so quickly. Don’t you think?

If we’re already Snapchat friends, you know I spent the day with family, pups, & chilled wine ( we had La Crema 2014 chardonnay today—it was so good! )

Any who… I’ll be back tomorrow with more to share. Just wanted to stop by & say HI! : )

I hope your weekend was amazing. Let’s kick some butt this week!

xx,
Bita

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( Pretty leaves while running in the neighborhood. )

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( Mira bracelet here & Zella “Live-In” Leggings here. You can read more about Mira & why I love it here. )

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Must-Haves for the Babe Who Runs Outside

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Running is one of my favorite ways to break a sweat—& it’s kind of like therapy.

It’s one of the few workouts where I actually focus on my movement & get away from my thoughts / work / etc… If I’m having a bad day, I run. Lately, I’ve been getting back into running in the morning & it’s been AMAZING. There’s something about starting the day with a run that’s so freeing and energizing. I LOVE IT!

Are you a runner?

If you enjoy running outside, like I do, these items are for YOU! & if you’re not, maybe they’ll motivate you to give it a try. ; )

First up…

1. A MIRA BRACELET

I’ve been using Mira for a hot minute ( 2-3 days, LOL! ) BUT I’m already so in love with it. Hear me out…

Before Mira, I just used the Stepz app, but I wanted something I could wear that was more accurate ( i.e. tracked my steps while I worked out, moved around the house, etc… ) that didn’t make me cling to my phone ( because I do enough of that already ).

Mira syncs with my phone ( through their app ) and is so clean & easy to use. Isn’t it cute?

I put it on like a bracelet when I wake up & wear it throughout day. It’s been giving me a nice mental switch… When I put it on in the morning I know it’s time to tackle the day & when I take it off before bed I know it’s time to wind down & go to sleep.

If you’re a runner ( & even if you’re not )… Take a look at Mira. I have it in their Polished Rosé All Day color & I love it!

AND—BTW, it’s on sale right now. WOO!

2. BEATS BY DRE EARBUDS

Honestly, the gold color got me & their reputation sealed the deal.

These earbuds are GREAT for running. If you follow me on SNAPCHAT ( username ⇢ joyfetti ) you already know this. ; ) I always listen to Spotify or Pandora when I’m running so a good pair of headphones is VERY necessary. My run is 543482948394935 more intense & amazing when I’m listening to music while I run.

If you’re looking for new music,  follow me on Spotify to check out my favorite Spotify playlists and to listen to the JOYFETTI playlists.

3. ZELLA ‘LIVE IN’ CROP LEGGINGS

I’ve never been gung-ho about a pair of leggings until I tried these. I know it’s weird to talk about a pair of leggings like this… But they really SUCK YOU IN. So weird, I know… But it’s true. The fit is amazing, and so is the quality. I guess that’s why they called them “live in” leggings, you’ll want to live in them.

4. A BKR WATER BOTTLE

I tried running without a water bottle the other day & it just wasn’t as good. I got thirsty and sounded like a dog that’s dehydrated ( LOL, because I was dehydrated—it’s hot out. )

Plus, why not drink water when you work out? It’s a win, win…

I like the 500 mL bottle for running & workouts in general.

5. SUNSCREEN ( !!! )

This is a big one! When it comes to running outside ( especially during the summer ) one of the most important things to remember is to put on sunscreen.

5 years ago you wouldn’t find me preaching about the importance of putting on sunscreen, but times change. ( THANK GOD! LOL )

I’ve come to realize the QUALITY ( & health! ) of my skin is MUCH more important than the color. So no thanks to a little runner’s tan ( or really, burn ), I’m much more interested in keeping my skin smooth & healthy. You can’t replace your skin… Think about it.

One of my friend’s, Kheri ( she’s an esthetician ), recommended Osmosis Protect Sunscreen, and I love the feel & texture of it. It’s the only sunscreen I’ve tried thus far that I actually look forward to putting on. It feels like a quality skincare lotion. It’s that good. Plus, it doesn’t say this… But I feel like it’s kind of tinted ( kind of )—it doesn’t have that typical, gross, cake-y white color most sunscreens have. In the description it says it’s “sheer” & it totally is—& it smells good.

Unheard of right… A sunscreen that smells good? It does. Try it out & LMK how you like it. : )

I have the 30 mL bottle right now, but I’m planning to get the 200 mL when I run out. I put it on every day now.

6. CUTE SNEAKERS

I’ve been running in Nike Frees for yearssss now. I love that they’re cute and petite ( not too chunky like some sneakers ) & they’re comfortable for me. Find a pair of sneakers that work for you, and are comfortable and provide support, and be sure to get a new pair when they start to feel funny.

The lifespan of a pair of sneakers varies depending on the shoe and how often you use it, but generally experts say it’s time to get a new pair after 300-500 miles. I usually notice it’s time for a new pair after 6 months to a year. What about you?

BTW, for those of you who hate running, I use to hate it too, but now I LOVE it. It’s such an INSANE workout and it feels soooo good! I’ve been running for 7 years now ( as an exercise ) & let me tell you I definitely see a difference between my face & body when I’m running consistently. I look & FEEL way more lean.

PLUS, it’s one of the BEST forms of therapy for me.

LMK if you give it a try! : )

<3,
Bita

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