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Healing Foods

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You know that feeling when someone asks you what your favorite movie or book is, and you sit there and say “THAT IS HARD! I DON’T KNOW!”..Well, yeah. It is. But, in this case, I do have a favorite “book”. However, calling it merely a “book” is an not doing it justice! Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford is a genius of an almanac… a 753 page gem of a resource on how we can heal our body with whole foods. It focuses on combining healthy Chinese medicine practices along with our current Western research to create an optimal path of nutrition!

My goal? To increase your peak performance in your sport, athletic ventures, and in your life. I work alongside my Stilwellness athletes and exercisers alike on how to optimally live their lives so that their physical, mental, and emotional selves align in balance. Below are 3 of my core findings of an individuals’ physical and mental stressors, as well as respective foods/herb choices that has been proven to heal.  **{These are merely facts/suggestions from the almanac, however I always support a natural/functional medicine doctor or herbalist as needed. I recommend picking up a copy of this almanac to further read and have explanations for the following!}

1) IMMUNITY– our lives keep getting “busier”, and we don’t slow down. The result?Low immune systems and possible sickness. Implement: ginger root, elder flowers, chamomile, rose hips, garlic, cayenne red pepper, peppermint, yarrow, cabbage (rich in vitamin C), parsley, carrots, grapefruit/most fruits, chlorophyll-rich foods (spirulina, sea-vegetables)

2) ANXIETY/STRESS– again, we are in an “information age”, and the daily mental overload is inevitable. Welcome…anxiety. This causes an excess of yang which can in turn create a sense of heat in our hearts and minds. When this spirals, we become sad for long periods of time, struggling to figure out we are not in sync. Implement: Magnesium rich foods (brown rice, oats are both proven to calm the mind), nuts and seeds, adzuki beans, olive and coconut oils, dill, basil, chia seeds, mulberries, lemons, chamomile, cucumbers, and celery.

3) INFLAMMATION– Whether it is physical activity that causes swelling of the muscles, or discomfort and “fire” in our guts from a diet that does not agree properly, the health issue of inflammation is increasingly on the rise. Implement:  turmeric, ginger, pineapple, sweet potatoes, oats, Chinese cabbage, spirulina, squash, flax seed, avocado.

*Again, there are so many more foods and herbs that can be implemented. Consulting an acupuncturist or a functional medicine doctor can often be helpful in assessing how to best heal your mind and body with real, whole foods and nutrition.


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Drishti: A Santa Barbara Gem

About 2.5 weeks ago, I stumbled upon a local Santa Barbara gem: Drishti yoga/workout/lifestyle boutique. I blindly stumbled in (directly after I had the incredible gift of a massage from Linnea Villegas — only the BEST birthday surprise from my best friends Mhyria Polyakova & Caroline Bevillard), and I am so glad I did. After a rad convo with the Drishti social media guru and amazing soul Chanti Peterson, I excitedly obliged to be a contributor to their blog.

This beach town of Santa Barbara feels so insanely natural to me. Everything my goals have ever entailed begin with a vision such as this. Sure, I admit… I have my days of complete impatience to find that “career groove”, confusion for “what’s next”, and complete exhaustion. BUT… there is nothing…nothing that replaces knowing you are in TOTAL and authentic alignment…doing what you love, with who you love, in a place you genuinely love. Now, I simply cannot wait for my family and friends to visit!

That being said, I wanted to share this lovely little blog post that I wrote for Drishti. You can check it out at the link below, or at


Stay tuned for more posts on my new, fun, and exciting ventures! It is true. I love what I do.



What’s cookin’ with Breanne Rice?

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A few months back, the incredible Hilary Phelps introduced me to a beautiful soul….Breanne Rice. She has moved and grooved her way to the top of the food chain (no pun intended), creating a Holistic Nutrition Consulting business — Breanne’s Holistic Health. At age 19, Breanne was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease of vitiligo, thus forcing her to take her imperfect situation turn it into her passion for natural health. Stationed in Seattle yet traveling nationwide to promote her brand, Breanne is a one-of-a-kind beauty that stands for so much more than a pretty face. This chick LOVES life. She takes it and GOES. Truly inspiring!

Sooooo, I was curious. What is a holistic nutritionist lovin’ at this very moment?!

1) Raw Artisana Coconut Butter


2) Gimme Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks (sea salt)

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3) Julian Bakery Paleo BEEF Protein Powder


4) Natura Culina Regenerating Rosehip Facial Oil


5) Lean On – Major Lazer & DJ Snake  / Hot Hands – Darius


Yup, Hilary, you are an absolute rock star for the introduction. Stoked to call you two leading ladies role models and friends!

Jivin’ with Jill

“Flutist Yogini” Jill Bartine reveals her latest winter obsessions… See for yourself! 

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1. Cashew butter from Trader Joe’s. My go-to snack, just a spoonful on its own…

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2. Tops with thumb holes! Kinda like the lululemon henley I’m wearing right now!FullSizeRender-10

3. Our gas fireplace. I know, not as cool as the real deal, but instant warmth, no mess, and my eyes don’t get bothered by the smoke. I can’t stand being cold! Good thing I teach hot yoga. 😉

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4. Indian food. Buffet at Sitar for lunch usually once a week. I avoid the naan and the fried things and try not to overdo it on rice. So comforting and warm.


…….well, heck, this is turning into a cold weather, staying warm kind of list!

5. Leggings that are long enough to tuck under your heels. Wunder unders!  FullSizeRender-4 2      

6. Pose variations, like an arm balance or headstand with one hand and one forearm and funky legs. Normal is overrated!

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7. Bracelets are my jam at the moment, especially yoga-inspired ones.

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8. Yin poses with lots of props. So delicious and what my normally yang personality needs.FullSizeRender-3

9. Natura Culina shea butter on my feet and elbows – the Delight scent is to-die-for.FullSizeRender-5 6

10. Boots. ’nuff said.

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Check our her website at for any and everything Jill Bartine!

instagram: @flutistyogini

What are FODMAP’s?

FODMAPs stand for “Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols.” When you eat these compounds found in many foods, you are basically asking for your belly to bloat and be uncomfortable. Foods that contain FODMAPs will be fermented by bacteria in your gut, causing those unpleasant symptoms.

What to do?! Okay, lets be real. DO NOT ELIMINATE EVERYTHING! That takes out the element of joy in eating out, relaxing, and having things you love. Taking all yummy things out is not the answer. However, sometimes our bodies are not able to digest certain things. One way to find out what is upsetting your stomach is to begin with testing certain foods that you feel you may have too much of. By testing, I mean taking them out for a bit to see if that specific food is the culprit. It is all about trial and error. (If it is not any of the FODMAP foods, then maybe it would be smart to seek some external help from a natural doctor of some sort).

Below is an illustration I found on It will give you a list of FODMAP containing foods. This can help you assess your diet to see if you have a wee bit too much of something in particular on a regular basis!