VIBRANCE Nutrition and Fitness
Summer is about Celebrating!
July 2009 - Vol 4, Issue 5
In This Issue
Celebrate Summer without Weight Gain
Upcoming Kombucha Class!!
We have a Birthday - YOU get the presents!
Staying Balanced: the Art of Radical Self Care
Recipe of the Month:Grilled Shrimp with Black Beans and Jicama Slaw
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Bragging RightsThis issue is ALL about celebration!

This month, VIBRANCE turns five years old!

You are encouraged to celebrate with us by jumping up and down on the bed, doing the coconut dance, or taking the day off work (really - we okay'ed it with your boss!) Here at VIBRANCE headquarters, we are celebrating by giving away goodies! Lots and lots of goodies!

Below you can find out how you can get in on the goods. (there's not one, but TWO ways!) Best of luck to you, and Happy Summer!

Warmly Yours,


Celebrating Summer  - Without Gaining Weight

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There's always a big push to lose weight for the summer, then we engage in all sorts of activities which encourage weight to come back on -- heavy BBQ's, travel to new and exciting places, summer parties and celebrations all centered around lots and lots of food.

The unscheduled nature of summer interferes with routines which keep weight more easily managed and often people notice a couple of extra pounds in preparation for the winter months.

Given that we don't opt to hibernate, this extra weight isn't necessary! Here are some of my top tips to avoid gaining weight when traveling and enjoying summer festivities:
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Make Your Own Kombucha!

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You asked for it, you got it!!!
See how easy it is to make your own Kombucha! VIBRANCE Nutrition is honored to team up with Women 4 Wellness and Lululemon to offer a Kombucha Making class this month! Learn the rich history of this beverage, it's health benefits, sample some varieties and take home a culture to begin brewing your very own! A portion of the proceeds benefit non-profit programs benefiting women (visit for more info). I hope to see you there!

DATE: July 31, 2009
TIME: 7pm
LOCATION:Lululemon, La Jolla
2602 First Avenue, Suite 209 (corner of First and Maple, Banker's Hill)
PRICE: $20 includes a culture to get you started!
Click Here to sign up now! 

VIBRANCE Turns 5 years old -- YOU get the presents!

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VIBRANCE has turned 5 years old, and we want to celebrate!! Naturally, there is a desire to include you in our festivities, so we want to offer you an opportunity to receive some fun and healthy gifts!

Over the last five years, I've been very honored to help countless people shift their lives to a more positive direction. It happens via this newsletter, via workshops, and in sessions in my office, at the gym or over the phone. If you have been positively affected by VIBRANCE Nutrition and Fitness, please tell us about it! How has VIBRANCE changed your life?

All entries will be collected and the names of participants will be entered in a random drawing to win a goodie basket including free bodywork, a few of my favorite things (you know some of it will be edible!!), and some customized goodies valued at over $100! This is one way to win.

The second way to win is by providing the most moving testimonial. I will be picking my personal favorite and sending a special gift basket to this lucky winner!

Deadline to enter is August 8th! Email all entries to Entries may be used in part or whole as testimonials online and in print. Your entry is expressed consent for such use. Family members of VIBRANCE are excluded from entry (sorry!). The winner will be contacted by August 18th for information pertaining to shipment of delightful goodies to his or her home. Good luck to you!!
Staying Balanced - the Art of Radical Self-Care
I recently asked 297 of my closest friends and colleagues (okay - it was via Facebook) how they take care of stress. Geniuses that they are, they come up with some incredible ideas to combat the stress of daily life --- some of these I will definitely add to my repertoire!

  • Saleem A. suggests, "Going for a walk in the neighborhood and take in all the stuff I don't see when I'm driving by. I literally tell myself look at that car, that window, that telephone pole, that dog running after me, the street sign, the view of the sky through the trees or over someone's fence...literally all the things that are around me I try to identify them. While taking deep breaths too. It's what gets me present to now, and lowers my stress dramatically." Definitely! As soon as we can get present and out of our minds, life seems a little less intense. I love the idea of bringing focus to the world around you!
  • Colleague Aqiylah Collins gardens. She elaborates:"Being outside in the fresh air, digging in the earth, communing with the miracle of nature." Sounds heavenly!
  • Take a nap.
  • Share troubles with others.
  • Client Kate E. suggests: "I go to the nearby playground and swing on the swingset like I did when I was 10. Works every time!" I have to admit - this was my favorite idea!
  • Go for a run!
  • HR 175 on elliptical/treadmill hills for 53 minutes.Or, of course, white powdered donuts. (Way to keep it real, Maggie D!)
  • Visit a greenhouse or park, get down to a body of water and stare at the waves.
  • Listen to your favorite music!
  • Deep breathing (a popular choice!)
 We can't always pack up and head out of town, so it's important to have a good set of resources to manage day-to-day stress so we enjoy our lives to the fullest. Your suggestions are welcomed! Email me with some of your favorite ways to unwind!
RECIPE: Grilled Shrimp and Black Beans
This protein packed entree is light and filling. Marinated tofu can easily be substituted for the shrimp for a vegetarian version - simply brush with oil before placing upon a clean grill and heat until warmed. Serve with jicama slaw (below) and young spinach leaves.
Grilled Shrimp with Black Beans
(courtesy of Good Housekeeping)
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1  lime
2 cans (15 to 19 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
2  ripe plum tomatoes, chopped
2  green onions, thinly sliced
1 small yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
1  jalapeņo chile, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup (loosely packed) fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
Lime wedges

Prepare charcoal fire or preheat gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, from lime, grate 1/2 teaspoon peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. In large bowl, stir lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon lime peel with beans, tomatoes, green onions, pepper, jalapeņo, cilantro, oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside at room temperature. Makes about 5 cups.
In medium bowl, toss shrimp with remaining 1/4 teaspoon lime peel and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place shrimp on hot grill rack (or hot flat grill topper) and cook 3 to 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn opaque throughout, turning shrimp over once.
Stir about half of shrimp into bean salad; top with remaining shrimp. Serve with lime wedges.

Jicama Slaw
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1 large jicama, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 Napa cabbage, finely shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/4 cup flax, pumpkin seed, or olive oil
Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves

Place jicama, cabbage, and carrots in a large bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, ancho powder, honey, and oil in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the dressing over the jicama mixture and toss to coat well. Fold in the cilantro. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer! Get outside in the fresh air, have a picnic lunch with friends or enjoy a live sports game. Indulge in the things you are passionate about and put some of your stressors on the backburner for awhile!

Don't forget to enter the drawing to win a birthday goodie basket! Click here to email your entry!

May health and happiness be joyfully yours!

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Aimee Gallo
VIBRANCE Nutrition and Fitness