California Tom Yum Soup

This soup is a distant relative of the vibrant, brothy tom yum soup you likely know from many Thai restaurants. Part of its magic is the way (a good version) plays sweet off sour, balancing herbaceousness, feisty heat, and just the right amount of saltiness. There are infinite interpretations of it, but this is how I make it in my (California) kitchen. It has evolved over the years, and this version is vegetarian / vegan, made with a fresh tom yum paste, highlighting whatever seasonal produce is on hand. It evolves with with the seasons, and I like to use any leftover to the next day to add dimension to rice bowls, or as egg poaching liquid, or as the broth in a breakfast congee. Be sure to read the headnotes before you dive into this one. Enjoy! -h

California Tom Yum Soup

California Tom Yum Soup

California Tom Yum Soup

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Her secret to shedding 40lbs in 4 months: the recap one year later

Hey guys! I’m sharing something intimate with you today and believe it will make a difference for you.

What I’m sharing is a ‘big reveal’ around what Nicole, one of my most heartfelt transformation success stories, was holding onto and what she let go of to lose and keep off the 40 extra pounds she was painfully carrying.

What I’m proud of is the ripple effect my clients like Nicole experience. The ripple effect is what you’ll hear us talk about in our no holding back, questions answered girl talk. Hit play!

Back to you. Your choices to pick up something unhealthy and comfort your body often doesn’t come from a physiological response unless your body is in distress/eliciting a negative response, and that’s another story. Where these less than amazing choices come from is someplace MUCH deeper and THAT place is what either makes us or breaks us in the key areas (that we share about in this video) that matter.

Join us for real girl talk in this 20-minute tell-all. We want to hear from you and if you relate!

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Girl Talk with Natalie Jill

Girl Talk with Natalie Jill

Join us on our next retreat HERE and experience your own breakthrough!

XO,

Natalie

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Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

In Terri’s words:

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

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“Thank You is not enough to say to Natalie Jill and the entire team of people that helped me get my life back. I am so grateful for this amazing tribe of women and so appreciative for my new sustainable lifestyle. The opportunity to participate in Natalie’s groups and her Breakthrough Weekend has been a blessing.

Soooo proud to say that I no longer need to wear curvy jeans!!  I started with Natalie Jill at a size 16 and am now wearing an 8 🙂

For most of my life I did not have to worry about my weight. I was active and thin. After suffering a back injury, my workouts stopped and I slowly began gaining weight. I am 50 and want to be active, travel and have fun!! I knew that was hard to do if I was feeling unhealthy and overweight.

Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to Natalie Jill for sharing and being fun and positive. My husband and I both enjoy the positive message that you share and the fun way you share it. My goal is to be fit and healthy!!

Weight loss is 37 pounds (since Jan 2017), BMI 25. Percent body fat 32.5. I am now inside the healthy zone and feel amazing. I have decided that this journey shall continue forever.”

Wow! Go Terri! We are SO PROUD of you! You are FIT, HEALTHY and inspiring us all!

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

Meet Terri! 37 Pound Weight Loss Success Story!

WHO is next?

YOU can do this too! Get the program Terri followed HERE!

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Aging in Reverse

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Aging in reverse

When I’m told “I’m too old” I choose to ignore it. You see, I’ve decided to age in REVERSE. Many people “hide” their age, but I pretty much blast it from the roof tops. Why? Because to me, I feel GREAT for 46. I am not ashamed of my age and I don’t feel the need to try and be 20 again. I love progressing towards the best me possible!

I believe in aging in reverse

What does Aging in reverse mean?

Aging in reverse means “improving” and getting BETTER, SMARTER, STRONGER as the years go by. You have more experience, more resources, more trial and error, more practice, more knowledge so WHY NOT?

Why listen to people that put “aging” into such a negative light?

Here is how to embrace aging in reverse:

Eat real food. Stay as CLOSE to natural as possible. Processed food and junk will AGE you and put unnecessary strain on your body. Our bodies were NOT designed to process chemicals, artificial junk and high doses of sugar! Keep it real unprocessing your diet

Eat your veggies and phytonutrients. Vegetables have so many amazing nutrients to help keep you feeling and looking young.  Nobody EVER “got fat” eating too many carrots! 🥕 ‘s
Seriously- don’t get me started here. Load up on those veggies!

Stay active!  Just MOVE! Park further, walk more, play, walk instead of drive, bike to run errands, take the long cut, and keep moving. Quit sitting so dang much!!! (Yup I’m yelling)

Challenge yourself always. Progression with your body as well as your mind is key. You can ALWAYS improve from where you are no matter what your age. Practice, be determined, and move forward!

Try new things and never stop with your goals. Age is not a reason to not go for your goals.
Keep negativity out of your life. If someone causes stress or brings you down there is no reason to engage with them.

Drop the excuses and self imposed stops. FIND SOLUTIONS and progress forward. You are not “too old” it’s not “too late” you are just getting started!

Age backwards. XO Natalie Jill

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I have always hated my arms

I have always hated my arms

I have always hated my arms. In fact, as a baby I had super chubby arms. I’m not exaggerating. The kind with rolls on them- like the Pillsbury dough boy. For real.

My mom said people used to “comment” on the 9 rolls on my arms (yes there were 9 of them). She told me that people used to stop her on the street and say “that’s a big bruiser of a boy you got there!”

It never mattered that I had a pink bow in my hair (true story- you can ask her if she hasn’t already told you or you can look at the pictures below.

Hating my arms was never-ending.

When I was in the best shape of my life I still hated my arms.
When I was in the worst shape of my life- I hated my arms.
In a tank top – I hated my arms.
In a strapless dress… I hated my arms.

In ANYTHING no matter what… I hated my arms.

It could be 110 degrees outside and I would likely still have had something covering my arms.

You could have told me that you loved my arms and it wouldn’t have mattered.

I hated them.
You know what the funny thing is? You likely have not ever noticed my arms.

You see- WE hyper focus on ridiculous things about US that no one else notices! Everyone does it.

We focus on something ridiculous that no one else notices.

I decided a while back that I would LOVE my arms. Not because they would CHANGE or all of a sudden be totally different but because there is GRATITUDE in what my arms do daily for me. That list is so long.

Focus on what we LOVE not what we hate and everything starts to shift.

xo Natalie Jill

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NEW Workout Clothes by Natalie Jill Fitness

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NEW Workout Clothes by Natalie Jill Are HERE!



I am so excited to share with you that my brand new workout line is HERE and NOW AVAILABLE! I have seriously LOVED designing the functionality of this line!

For my workout clothes, I wanted fashion and comfort. Not only that, but I wanted to address the insecurities so many get when it comes to workout clothes! I have a FULL line now available!

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ADJUSTABLE WAISTBAND

You have the option to either have a thick waistband to hold stuff in on days we want it held in or fold them down to make them low rise so you can still look cute on days where we are feeling a little bit stronger and more toned without needing a new pair of pants! Honestly, I like to wear them BOTH ways, it just depends on the day!

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WORKOUT LEGGINGS WITH POCKETS

Holding a cell phone and a key was a must! So there are two pockets: one hidden inside the waistband for your key (or cash) and one on the side for a cell phone! Now you can have a totally free handsfree workout.
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ADJUSTABLE SPORTS BRA LENGTH

The sports bra top (Breakthrough Bra) inspiration came from wanting something CUTE but with a secure and functional fit. This top provides support, is fashionable, can be changed to be more cropped or longer just by rolling it under…AND did I mention it is super comfortable?
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TANK TOPS THAT HOLD THEIR SHAPE

It was my mission to design a tank that not only looked flattering but could be tied to the side without losing its shape!

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PRODUCT LINE

The LEGGINGS and BREAKTHROUGH SPORTS BRA are available in THREE colors: 

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To shop my COSMIC options:  SPORTS BRA go HERE  /   LEGGINGS go HERE

To shop my BURGUNDY CRUSH options:  SPORTS BRA go HERE  /   LEGGINGS go HERE

To shop my BLUEBERRY CRUSH options:  SPORTS BRA go HERE  /   LEGGINGS go HERE

NATALIE JILL JUMP START TANK TOPS are available in FOUR colors

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SHOP WHITE HERE | SHOP BLACK HERE | SHOP STONE GREY HERE | SHOP LAVENDER HERE 

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Wellness Your Way Four Seasons Maui

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My husband and I share the love of travel. We make it a goal to experiment with different locations and resorts but there is one that keeps drawing us back – The Four Seasons Maui in Wailea.

We recently made our way back to try out their Wellness Your Way Program and it was EXACTLY what we needed to relax, connect with each other, and to leave the outside world behind.

Upon arrival, our FIRST stop was the GORGEOUS Serenity Pool. I could get LOST staring at the view from the pool all day!I would have been fully complete with daily visits here 🙂

BUT, there was more…

The Four Seasons Maui is located along the beautiful Wailea cost of Maui (shhhh…don’t tell anybody, but they get the best weather!).

A gorgeous scenic walk is just footsteps away. Each morning and afternoon we went for a stroll along the coast.

There are so many areas to walk, run, climb around, take photographs, or simply just sit and watch and think.

It was time to dive into “Wellness Your Way” the Four Seasons Resort carefully curated a program that includes energy-focused spa treatments, culinary dishes and fitness classes – available on an a la carte basis and recommended under the guidance of the Resort’s wellness expert.
They offer several options (descriptions taken direct from their wellness your website HERE)

DETOX YOUR WAY
Each day, we are exposed to harmful toxins. The air we breathe, the food we consume, and the products we use, build up and impact our overall health.

In this program, their wellness experts craft an itinerary to assist you in hitting the “reset” button to increase energy, reduce cravings and lower stress

WEIGHT LOSS YOUR WAY
In this program, regardless of where you are on your path, their wellness experts will craft an itinerary of treatments and activities that will lead you to a new lifestyle that promises long-lasting effects.

VITALITY YOUR WAY
Whether you are a seasoned athlete, weekend warrior or are just beginning to explore your potential, their wellness experts will help you achieve your greatest self.

INNER PEACE YOUR WAY
In this package, their  wellness experts lead you on a path to calm and stillness of mind by customizing a program that will connect you to a deep sense of tranquility.

I chose, with the nudge of my husband “inner peace your way”

My Experience…

My first day started with a two hour inner clarity session with Dr. Deborah Greene, PHD- Mind Body Medicine Specialist. I was told this session would calm my emotions and clear my mind.

I was a little nervous entering our session but as we sat in a hut hearing the waves crash. Her entire sense of being was so calming. Just being WITH her instantly put any fear I had to ease.

We set an intention (mine was to be able to stop my thoughts from always spinning).

Through muscle testing, holistic techniques, tapping acupressure and coaching we dialed in my intention and we went to work!

Everything was done via closed eye mediation and I left our session feeling very clear, calm and focused. My energy and clarity soared for the next few days.

According to Dr. Greene, “The role of the mind in health and wellness cannot be overestimated,” she says.

“The new biology tells us that, ultimately, our thoughts control our bodies and control our lives. Yet many people struggle to get a grip on what goes on inside their heads, so providing guests with proven tools, tips and techniques that can help them clear their mind is very empowering.

You can either learn to control your mind, or your mind is going to control you.”

She continues on to share that “Many people vacation in order to relax and get away from it all, but find that they take their stresses with them,” she says. “By focusing on the mental and emotional levels, my sessions can provide inner peace and help give the mind a much-needed break.”

Day Two we met with Dr. Mark Emerson – Clinical Nutritionist and Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Mark D. Emerson is a chiropractic physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker who specializes in Nutrition Based Lifestyle Medicine and natural treatment methods for patients of all ages.

His successful, clinically-proven protocols help to empower people to live healthier by preventing, reducing and resolving chronic progressive health issues and diseases. We had a great chat with him about his stance on nutrition, which I loved — very similar to mine in that you should unprocess your diet! He also offers some other services you may find of interest.

The afternoon continued with seriously the BEST MASSAGE I HAVE EVER HAD.  Seriously, I had an Ayurvedic massage that was AMAZING!

Our food during our trip was outstanding! We ate so much yummy and healthy food throughout our stay. The highlight of the trip was a dinner with CRAIG DRYHURST.

EXECUTIVE CHEF . Dryhurst was Trained in a classical fashion, Dryhurst worked in a number of five-star kitchens in London, France, the East Coast and Vancouver before coming to Four Seasons Resort Maui in 2014 as Executive Sous Chef.

A supporter of the farm-to-table movement, Dryhurst recently put his creative skills to work in a rollout of the Resort’s Wellness menu, launched as part of the Wellness Your Way spa and nutrition program, offering coordinated menus in each restaurant.

Born in Edmonton, London, UK, Dryhurst grew up in a small town called Stevenage.  As a child, he worked alongside his father who was a keen gardener growing vegetables and assorted berries.  Visits to family in Northern Ireland also cemented his appreciation for recreating locally-flavoured dishes and globally-inspired food.

Dryhurst has had a long culinary career, starting with his work in a series of celebrated London hotels including The Langham, Claridges, The Lanesborough and The Goring.  On the French Riviera, he practiced his craft at the famed Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat (now a Four Seasons hotel).

In 2002, he joined Four Seasons Hotel Boston as Chef de Partie, and spent time in its restaurants and banquet operation. He returned to his homeland in 2006, where he worked at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, where he re-branded its restaurant, YEW, as a sustainable seafood concept alongside Chef Ned Bell.

In 2014, he joined Four Seasons Resort Maui, where he has made a strong positive impact in its restaurants – DUO Steak and Seafood and Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante – and his creativity, hands-on approach, humor and never-ending enthusiasm are inspiring his culinary team to new levels.

“I’m most passionate about the desire to create beautiful food from great ingredients. Knowing where your food comes from is as important as putting it on the plate.”

Our meal was SO amazing. Even more amazing was listening to how he described the items we were testing out! It was evident the passion and love that goes into his creations. Below are some of the amazing foods we experienced including recipes for two of our FAVORITES

Chickpea Socca Flatbread

Sweet Tomatoes, Maui Onion, Thyme, Herb Salad, White Balsamic

Garbanzo Socca Dough

Ingredients:

1 cup garbanzo flour
1 cup water
1 ½ tbsp EVOO
Salt

Method:

  1. Mix together the flour, water and olive oil and mix well knocking out any lumps. Leave to rest for 30 mins.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan to a medium high heat and spray lightly with pan spray. Cook the chick pea batter into desired thickness until golden on both sides.
  3. Remove from the pan and chill.

Cashew Sour Cream

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (225 g)   raw cashews, soaked
3/4 cup (190 mL)   water
2 tablespoons          fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons             apple cider vinegar
Scant 1/2 tsp           fine sea salt

Directions:

  1. Place cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight or for 8 hours if you have the time. For a quick-soak method, pour boiling water over the cashews and soak for 1 hour. Rinse and drain.
  2. Place the drained cashews in a high-speed blender.
  3. Add the water, lemon, vinegar, and salt. Blend on high until super smooth. You might have to stop to scrape down the blender now and then or add a touch more water to get it going.
  4. Transfer into a small, air-tight container and chill in the fridge. The cream will thicken up as it chills. The cream will keep in the fridge for about 1 week. You can also freeze it for up to 1 month.

Caramelized Maui Onions

Ingredients:

5 large Maui onion
3 thyme branch, leaves removed and chopped
Pinch salt

Method:

Peel and slice the onions removing the root. Slice very finely and place into a heavy bottomed pan. Add the salt and the chopped thyme leaves. Bring up to a medium high heat. The onions will start to release water. Cook them until the water has cooked out and they start to caramelize. Keep de glazing the pan with water until the onions are fully cooked golden brown. Remove from the heat, adjust the seasoning and chill.

Semi dried Baby heirloom tomatoes

1lb heirloom cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 ea shallot, chopped
1oz olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and place under heat lamp until dried halfway.

Cauliflower Rice Biriyani /portion size 225g/ serves 4

Pepper, Peas, Zucchini, Smoked Cinnamon, Cashew Raita

Ingredients

2 ea    white cauliflower
20 ea   cashew nuts
2 ea    bay leaf
2 ea    cinnamon sticks
7       cardomom pods
1       onion finely sliced
50g     yellow squash
50g     green zucchini
50g     peas
50g     French beans, trimmed
½       red pepper deseeded and cut into strips
6g      garlic clove, finely minced
12g     ginger, finely minced
80g     chopped tomato
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp   chili powder
½ tsp   turmeric powder
1 tsp   garam masala
1 tsp   coriander powder
8g      cilantro leaves
8g      mint leaves
2 tbsp  veg oil
1 tsp  salt

Method:

  1. Cut the cauliflower and place in the robot cope and run until resembles the size of rice.
  2. Add veg oil to a pan and place over medium heat. Once hot add the cardamom, cinnamon sticks and bay leaf and cook for two mins. Then add the cashew nuts and start to toast for another minute.
  3. Stir in the onions and cook until golden brown. Add the beans, pepper, zucchini, squash, chili, garlic, ginger, turmeric and salt. Place a lid on the pan, and cook on a gentle heat for 20 mins, stirring often to avoid burning.
  4. Stir in the cauliflower, tomato and peas and cook for 5 mins.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and cinnamon.
  6. On pick up stir in the fresh herbs and adjust the seasoning.

Cashew Raita (1 portion)

40g      cashew puree
15g       cucumber
1 pinch  turmeric
1 pinch  curry powder
1 pinch  chili powder
1 pinch  salt
½ cup   lemon juice

Mix ingredients together

Papaya and Banana compote

1 ea     papaya
1 ea     banana
2 cup    water
1/2 cup  sugar
1 ea     lime juice and zest
2 ea     cinnamon sticks
3 ea     star anise
1 pinch  chili powder
Put water, sugar, lime, cinnamon, anise and chili in a heavy bottomed pan. Start to heat the liquid to a low simmer.

Peel, de seed and dice the papaya and add to the pan. Cover the pan with parchment and cook on a low heat for 20 mins.

Dice the banana and add to the pan. Try not to stir too much whilst cooking. Keep cooking slowly until the papaya is tender. Remove from the heat and season with more lime juice if needed.

So there you have it!  As amazing as the recipes are, I think the best thing to do is let Chef Craig and his team prepare them for you while you relax, and enjoy everything Maui has to offer….Four Seasons Style!

Until next time! Aloha!

– Natalie Jill

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Chicken Jalapeno Burgers

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Chicken Jalapeno Burgers for the win. Lunch or dinner for 2 is served! Try this healthy spin on burgers for your next bbq. Pair this recipe with my carrot fries!

chicken jalapeno burgers

Ingredients:

1/4 cup onion
1 clove garlic mashed
1/2 lb ground chicken breast
1/2 avocado
1 jalapeno seeded and diced
¼ cups chop Cilantro, Fresh
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

Using clean hands, mix together ground chicken, onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, ground cumin, paprika, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Divide mixture into patties. Grill over medium-high heat and flip when bottom side of burger no longer sticks to the grill grates, about 6-8 minutes. Continue cooking until cooked all the way through. Top finished patty with avocado.

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Be Happy…Be Healthy…Be FIT!

-Natalie Jill

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