Find Your Soul: The Many Lessons I’ve Learned at SoulCycle

July 24, 2017
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If you have been following me on the internet these past 2 months (or IRL), you may have noticed my increased presence at SoulCycle (you know, that popular indoor cycle studio frequented by Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga). This past weekend marked my 10th SoulCycle class. I took my first class two months ago, when Bay Area blogger/total babe GOFITJO hosted a free ride at the Palo Alto studio. I’m not one to say no to free, and I had to know what all the hype was about. I had been hearing about these classes for years and and I had made a commitment this year to try more new things, especially related to fitness.

I didn’t know what to expect, and if I’m being completely honest there’s a part of me that really didn’t think I was going to like it (but more on that below). But I tried something new and went to class and I was hooked immediately. I have learned a lot since that first SoulCycle class two months ago. In only 10 sessions, I’ve already learned a lot about myself, about my strength, and about life in general.

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Date and Coconut Butter Bites

July 3, 2017
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While my cravings usually lie on the salty and savory side of things, I also have a sweet tooth that shows up every now and then. We rarely keep many sweets in the house—mostly because Devlin and I both prefer savory foods, but also because I have learned that I feel best when I don’t eat sugar. It makes me tired, sluggish, bloated, and break out. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat sweets though (that’s a life I don’t want any part of).  I don’t like to ignore a craving because I believe it’s our bodies telling us exactly what they want! I also don’t want to load up on sugar and other inflammatory foods every time I’m in the mood for something sweet. My go-to is some in season fruit or a smoothie, but sometimes I want something a bit more decadent. That’s where these Date and Coconut Butter Bites come in.

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Pantry Essentials

June 26, 2017

As I’ve been planning different posts and recipes for the blog, I’ve realized that many of these include a lot of the same pantry items. Rather than repeating myself in every post, I wanted to outline some of my pantry essentials to reference. This way, I’m not talking about the benefits of coconut oil in every post but I’ll have a place to go if you need a reminder or if it’s your first time here.

I also plan on adding to this list as time goes on as I learn more about nutrition and have new favorite pantry essentials.

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Frothy Bulletproof Matcha Latte

June 22, 2017
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About a month ago, I decided to switch up my morning caffeine source. I had wanted to make my own matcha latte for a while but was honestly overwhelmed when it came to buying the matcha powder itself—I had so many questions! How much do I need to spend for ‘good’ matcha? What should it look like? What is the difference between cafe grade and ceremonial? These uncertainties made me put off buying my own matcha for months. I finally took to Facebook for some answers and Brittany of Wight Tea Co. agreed to do make a video that explained all things matcha. My questions were answered, and I realized a lot of people had similar uncertainties to mine!

Matcha is a wonderful alternative to coffee or tea. When you’re drinking matcha, you’re drinking the entire tea leaf and so you’re able to benefit from those nutrients. Matcha is packed with antioxidants and has been known to calm the body and mind, even thought it has almost as much caffeine as a cup of coffee


That Obligatory ‘First Post’

June 18, 2017
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All new blogs need that first post. You know the post I’m talking about. That first post that introduces the blog, why it’s being created, the intention of its work going forward, what you can expect. The one that starts as an ‘about’ page but then all of a sudden it’s 5 paragraphs long.

Yep. That’s this post. I tried to get away with not writing it, but I . So here it is—that obligatory first post.

Hi, I’m Julie. Julie Laufer Official is my official take on (get it?), well, pretty much whatever I want, but with a focus on health and wellness.