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When traveling, I am completely out of my element and at the mercy of many things out of my control. This ...
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When traveling, I am completely out of my element and at the mercy of many things out of my control. This trip showed me something I intuitively already knew about myself: routine is not only something I love, but something my mental health depends on. . I noticed I had a much better mood and ... When traveling, I am completely out of my element and at the mercy of many things out of my control.
This trip showed me something I intuitively already knew about myself: routine is not only something I love, but something my mental health depends on.
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I noticed I had a much better mood and outlook when I stuck with a morning routine (meditation, warm water followed by exercise)
On days I didn’t follow a morning routine, I felt more prone restlessness, aimlessness and anxiety.
I need to move my body to feel good. It gives me a sense of purpose, confidence, and structure to my day.
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It’s also a great way to feel connected to the beat of a city. I always make sure to research running culture in each city before I lace up my shoes. I want to be respectful of the city civilians, drivers, and pedestrians and not offend anyone. Upon some light research I found that apparently in Rome, its not appropriate to run around in a sports bra in the middle of the city during the day, whereas in LA, that is completely normal. Little details like this helped make my trip a bit more comforting and made me feel like apart of the city, rather than just a visitor. #LeePrayLove
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Gluten is gluten. Yes, perhaps the gluten in Europe is higher quality and produced differently, ...
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Gluten is gluten. Yes, perhaps the gluten in Europe is higher quality and produced differently, but at the end of the day, it can still give people symptoms. No two bodies process food the same. I’ve had a little bit of gluten each day on my trip with no issues the first week, but by week #2, my ... Gluten is gluten.
Yes, perhaps the gluten in Europe is higher quality and produced differently, but at the end of the day, it can still give people symptoms. No two bodies process food the same. I’ve had a little bit of gluten each day on my trip with no issues the first week, but by week #2, my body has had enough. 🖐🏻🆘
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The pasta in Italy never made me bloated, but the bread in France has caused me brain fog, IBS-C, IBS-D, fatigue, bloat, and nausea. When I get these symptoms the first thing I do is drink warm water and lay on my belly and apply a gut-happy essential oil blend on my belly: I like @sajewellness’ gutzy blend made from black pepper, myrrh, fennel and chamomile. I massage a few drops of the oil onto my belly and massage it firmly in a clockwise position to help get things moving!
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For me it’s all about portions. A little bit of gluten won’t necessarily give me noticeable symptoms but a whole pizza or plate of bread will indeed. When traveling: know what you’re eating, enjoy the food, and remember any symptoms that appear will pass and it’s all just feedback for your next eating adventure. #LeePrayLove
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When in France, you begin the day with an espresso and L’escargot pistache chocolat from @dupainetdesidees. ...
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When in France, you begin the day with an espresso and L’escargot pistache chocolat from @dupainetdesidees. I cried eating this. The kind of tears of joy and pure pleasure. #LeePrayLove When in France, you begin the day with an espresso and L’escargot pistache chocolat from @dupainetdesidees. I cried eating this. The kind of tears of joy and pure pleasure. #LeePrayLove
[mental chatter] Is someone behind me? ok, let him pass you. Well shit, now i’m on the street alone! ...
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[mental chatter] Is someone behind me? ok, let him pass you. Well shit, now i’m on the street alone! Is somebody going to come up and grab me? Hit me in the head? I need to look like I know where I’m going. I want to listen to music but should I? I need to stay aware of my surroundings. Will I get ... [mental chatter]
Is someone behind me? ok, let him pass you.
Well shit, now i’m on the street alone!
Is somebody going to come up and grab me? Hit me in the head?
I need to look like I know where I’m going.
I want to listen to music but should I? I need to stay aware of my surroundings.
Will I get home before dark? Pick up the pace so you’re home before dark. It’s getting late.
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To some, this might seem like a dramatized version of a paranoid person, but truth be told; these are the thoughts that run my mind on a daily basis (as I’m simultaneously thinking of other things like my to-do list, my next meal, and texting friends). These are thoughts men will never have to worry about, but most women are very familiar with, no matter where they live in the world. As a woman, I don’t have the luxury not to think about my safety on a daily basis.
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These thoughts don’t obsessively take over my brain, but they are absolutely 100% my survival instincts. They’ve been a tad more prevalent while I’m alone on this trip. They aren’t ruining my trip by any means. I get asked a lot if I get scared or feel “unsafe” while traveling solo, and the answer is this: I keep my wits about me. I never get TOO relaxed. I stay super aware of my surroundings. I listen to my intuition. I never say where I’m staying and if I start to feel uneasy, I exit the situation so that I am back in control again. Yes, there’s usually adrenaline running through my veins if I’m walking home alone after dark. I’m ready to fight. And I hope one day, our daughters don’t have to feel this way or think these thoughts, and the war against women will come to an end. #LeePrayLove
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I’m an aquarius, I’ve never been one to follow the rules. <span class="emoji emoji2652"></span>️<span class="emoji emoji1f30a"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f52e"></span> #whiteafterlaborday #LeePrayLove
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I’m an aquarius, I’ve never been one to follow the rules. #whiteafterlaborday #LeePrayLove I’m an aquarius, I’ve never been one to follow the rules. ♒️🌊🔮 #whiteafterlaborday #LeePrayLove
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Don’t be fooled, I’m not eating pasta and pastries for every meal. I’ve gone on vacations before ...
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Don’t be fooled, I’m not eating pasta and pastries for every meal. I’ve gone on vacations before and overdid it to the point of feeling like I needed to go on a cleanse/detox when I get home. And while there is nada inherently wrong with that, this time I’m doing things differently. . I’m eating ... Don’t be fooled, I’m not eating pasta and pastries for every meal.
I’ve gone on vacations before and overdid it to the point of feeling like I needed to go on a cleanse/detox when I get home. And while there is nada inherently wrong with that, this time I’m doing things differently.
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I’m eating intuitively.
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I sit down and ask my body what it needs- Greens? Carbs? Meat? Cold? Warm? Crunchy? Soft? In general I don’t let the expectations, opinions of others or “whats good” at the restaurant be the deciding factor. I don’t let the belief that “I’m only here once, might as well enjoy” rule my life because that brings upon feelings of scarcity for me and truth be told, this lifestyle is a lifelong journey and I’m in it for the long run.
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When i make the choice from my truest self what to put into my body- whether thats a steamed basket of vegetables or a cheese pizza with gluten galore, as long as its coming from a loving and honest place within me, I feel great about my choices. .
And real intuitive eating also means slipping up and at times eating something I may not be 100% psyched about or truly wanting but eating anyway. So today, I had this salad with avocado, smoked salmon, cucumber, carrots, and fresh radishes with olive oil and salt on top, and it was just what my body needed. #LeePrayLove
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This afternoon I did nothing. No museums, cathedrals, or botanical gardens were strolled through. ...
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This afternoon I did nothing. No museums, cathedrals, or botanical gardens were strolled through. No croissants were had, no people were watched, no street entertainers tipped. I spent the day indoors. Doing… absolutely nothing. I had to remind myself today that even though I am traveling ... This afternoon I did nothing.
No museums, cathedrals, or botanical gardens were strolled through. No croissants were had, no people were watched, no street entertainers tipped. I spent the day indoors. Doing… absolutely nothing.
I had to remind myself today that even though I am traveling in a foreign place, full of exciting things, limitless possibilities and amazing pastries, it’s OKAY not to do anything.
I’ve been go-go-go since I began traveling 12 days ago, restlessly trying to fit everything in and seizing the day. I could see my “must be productive all the time” habits infiltrating into my trip!
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Today I planned on doing a bunch of stuff, but my body resisted anything more than a walk for food.
I had some guilt for sitting on my tush in the middle of a beautiful city when I “should” have been out exploring, but really, the body wants what the body wants.
I don’t need a spa, I just need to do nothing.
So here I’ll be for the rest of the eve. Cozy in my @airbnb doing ZILCH. #LeePrayLove #solotraveltips
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You can’t fake a rainbow <span class="emoji emoji1f308"></span> Peanut butter “nice cream” with cacao nib, coconut, mulberries, honey ...
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You can’t fake a rainbow Peanut butter “nice cream” with cacao nib, coconut, mulberries, honey + extra almond butter on top from @lovejuicebarparis. A perfect little treat, and first welcome to Paris. Tastes just like ice cream, or a DQ Blizzard from childhood. #LeePrayLove You can’t fake a rainbow 🌈
Peanut butter “nice cream” with cacao nib, coconut, mulberries, honey + extra almond butter on top from @lovejuicebarparis.
A perfect little treat, and first welcome to Paris.
Tastes just like ice cream, or a DQ Blizzard from childhood. 🍌🍦 #LeePrayLove
bonjour paris <span class="emoji emoji1f44b"></span>🏻🥐<span class="emoji emoji1f1eb1f1f7"></span> #LeePrayLove
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bonjour paris 🏻🥐 #LeePrayLove bonjour paris 👋🏻🥐🇫🇷 #LeePrayLove
Crying in front of tourists Yep, that was me today. . This trip has brought up some old demons (we ...
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Crying in front of tourists Yep, that was me today. . This trip has brought up some old demons (we alll got ‘em!) ones I thought I had long recovered from and worked hard to overcome. Life is constantly humbling me. Just when I think I have it, a grasp at it, life reminds me that I’m just a tiny ... Crying in front of tourists
Yep, that was me today.
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This trip has brought up some old demons (we alll got ‘em!) ones I thought I had long recovered from and worked hard to overcome.
Life is constantly humbling me. Just when I think I have it, a grasp at it, life reminds me that I’m just a tiny speck floating in the middle of space with zero control over anything.
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Solo traveling sober is a whole different ballgame, and to be honest it wasn’t something I had even considered a potential challenge when booking the trip. Solo traveling my first year sober is a pretty ballsy move IMHO. It didn’t hit me until I arrived and realized past me would depend on alcohol to calm my nerves, socially lubricate myself, feel more confident, etc.
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This made me think about life’s ups and downs, and how even though intellectually I understand there will always be high’s and low’s, knowing this doesn’t make the low’s any less difficult, or keep me from wishing the high’s never to end.
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And when I was feeling low today, all I wanted to do was to have someone here to talk about it with. And I had nobody. So I sat at a cafe and journaled my heart out. This is where the trip becomes a journey. I’ll be taking the next 4 days off social media to digital detox and gift myself the power or true presence during my travels. Be back soon! 💗 #LeePrayLove #SoberCurious
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The beaches of Southern Italy: where personal space is not really an option. ⛱ #LeePrayLove #Pugliagram
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The beaches of Southern Italy: where personal space is not really an option. ⛱ #LeePrayLove #Pugliagram The beaches of Southern Italy: where personal space is not really an option. ⛱ #LeePrayLove #Pugliagram
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Little did I know my Italian neighbors were watching me record this whole thing. Definitely one way to start conversation with my new neighbors #LeePrayLove #pugliagram Little did I know my Italian neighbors were watching me record this whole thing. Definitely one way to start conversation with my new neighbors #LeePrayLove #pugliagram
I’m getting used to this solo travel thing. Getting used to asking people for help when I am lost, Starting ...
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I’m getting used to this solo travel thing. Getting used to asking people for help when I am lost, Starting conversations with strangers, Making new friends, And delighting in my solitude. Being okay with being alone yet surrounded by thousands of people. Not only enjoying taking ... I’m getting used to this solo travel thing.
Getting used to asking people for help when I am lost,
Starting conversations with strangers,
Making new friends,
And delighting in my solitude.
Being okay with being alone yet surrounded by thousands of people.
Not only enjoying taking myself out for a lovely meal, but preferring it.
How sweet it is that I get to focus on the food, the sights, and the sounds around me, without any distractions.
At the end of the day I get to share my highs and lows with myself. I’m my own best friend, mother, protector, and date on this trip.
I get to leave when I want to, sightsee when I want to, pee when I want to, eat when I want to. When my feet hurt and I want to go home, I just go home. Nobody else to appease, compromise, or discuss what to have for lunch with. Mayyyy be getting addicted to the world that is solo travel. #LeePrayLove
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My new idea of a productive day is taking a gelato before 1PM. (Top scoop is hazelnut and cream, bottom ...
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My new idea of a productive day is taking a gelato before 1PM. (Top scoop is hazelnut and cream, bottom is mint chocolate with ACTUAL pieces of mint in the gelato that I could see and taste... zoom in to see for yourself! Italians just do it better ) #LeePrayLove My new idea of a productive day is taking a gelato before 1PM. (Top scoop is hazelnut and cream, bottom is mint chocolate with ACTUAL pieces of mint in the gelato that I could see and taste... zoom in to see for yourself! Italians just do it better 🌿) #LeePrayLove
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Went all the way to Vatican City to try and catch the Pope but he’s in Ireland this weekend. I hate when ...
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Went all the way to Vatican City to try and catch the Pope but he’s in Ireland this weekend. I hate when that happens #LeePrayLove Went all the way to Vatican City to try and catch the Pope but he’s in Ireland this weekend. I hate when that happens 🇮🇹 #LeePrayLove
When in rome, cacio e pepe* *Not gluten free, not vegan, not the cauliflower substitute. This sh!t’s ...
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When in rome, cacio e pepe* *Not gluten free, not vegan, not the cauliflower substitute. This sh!t’s the real deal. #AlDenteForever #LeePrayLove When in rome, cacio e pepe*
*Not gluten free, not vegan, not the cauliflower substitute. This sh!t’s the real deal. #AlDenteForever #LeePrayLove
Today I turned my phone on airplane mode while I walked around. I only used it for offline google maps ...
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Today I turned my phone on airplane mode while I walked around. I only used it for offline google maps (I downloaded the routes to my phone before I left so I knew where to to) and to capture photos and videos. As soon as I got what I needed from my phone I put it away. The results were a completely different ... Today I turned my phone on airplane mode while I walked around. I only used it for offline google maps (I downloaded the routes to my phone before I left so I knew where to to) and to capture photos and videos. As soon as I got what I needed from my phone I put it away. The results were a completely different experience. I immediately became more present and enjoyed myself, and the city, much, much more.
I think its visible in my face ☺️
Solo travel tip: put your phone on airplane mode during the day. Not only will you save to roaming charges, but you won’t feel tempted to scroll and upload content in the moment, which inevitably takes us out of the present and could rob us from immersing ourselves and getting the true experience. Wait till your back at your hotel/hostel to upload everything. Instead, engage with your surroundings however you want to, not your social media feed. #LeePrayLove
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First breakfast in Rome. As soon as I got to my destination, I started to panic. As I wandered the ...
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First breakfast in Rome. As soon as I got to my destination, I started to panic. As I wandered the streets I felt like a complete fish out of water and craved familiarity, something to calm my nerves. I couldn’t relax or feel settled. I was questioning everything. I was wondering why I even came. ... First breakfast in Rome.
As soon as I got to my destination, I started to panic. As I wandered the streets I felt like a complete fish out of water and craved familiarity, something to calm my nerves. I couldn’t relax or feel settled. I was questioning everything. I was wondering why I even came. I kept scrolling through social media to distract myself (which made me feel more isolated) like a robot. I saw couples, families, groups of friends laughing everywhere and I felt like a total outsider.
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The worst part? I was beating myself up and judging myself for having these thoughts. “Why am i not enjoying myself? This should be the trip of a lifetime!” I scolded my emotions. I felt so frustrated i wasn’t feeling grateful to be here.
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But this morning I decided to be more patient and graceful with myself. Obviously the first day in a foreign city by myself is gonna bring up a lot of stuff. One day at a time, yea? :) #LeePrayLove
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Off I go on my first solo trip overseas. . In march, when I was in a time of big life transitions, I ...
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Off I go on my first solo trip overseas. . In march, when I was in a time of big life transitions, I was up one night checking Airbnb for something work related when I stumbled upon a magical trullo in Puglia, Italy. I had never heard of the town, but when I saw this little villa I envisioned myself ... Off I go on my first solo trip overseas.
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In march, when I was in a time of big life transitions, I was up one night checking Airbnb for something work related when I stumbled upon a magical trullo in Puglia, Italy. I had never heard of the town, but when I saw this little villa I envisioned myself there, writing, reading, basking in the sun, diving in the salty sea, drinking cheeky espressos and eating out of this world food. I saw myself there alone. “I’ll think about it and book it tmrw if i still want to go” I thought. I tried to sleep but I couldn’t. I had to book that house. My solo trip was born. It started with a vision and it’s finally here 😝
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I legit feel like a little girl on her first day of school.
I’m a bag of nerves, uncertainty and terror right now- but you wouldn’t ever know it. The past few days I’ve been asking myself, “Why did I ever think this was a good idea?!” Yet here I am at the airport, about to board my flight. Diving into the great unknown that is solo travel with a straw hat and a tongue scraper in my carry-on.
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And to think back to my younger self who did everything to avoid alone time and being left with myself. I’m excited to be present for whatever comes up. And I’ll be sharing my experiences and updates with you guys using #LeePrayLove.
✈️ Bon voyage! See you soon, Italy! 🇮🇹 #LFAtravels
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Currently have 1,000 things to do but can’t seem to mentally get past the Grease original soundtrack remastered album. #DannyZukoWasMyFirstCrush #TheseLyricsAreAheadOftheTime Currently have 1,000 things to do but can’t seem to mentally get past the Grease original soundtrack remastered album. #DannyZukoWasMyFirstCrush #TheseLyricsAreAheadOftheTime
New blog post up today talking all about armpit care! Armpits are one of the most neglected parts ...
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New blog post up today talking all about armpit care! Armpits are one of the most neglected parts of our bodies. Most deodorant brands claim to help you stop sweating, but we actually don’t want that. Armpits *NEED* to sweat, its one of the most fundamental human functions. The microbiome ... New blog post up today talking all about armpit care!
Armpits are one of the most neglected parts of our bodies. Most deodorant brands claim to help you stop sweating, but we actually don’t want that. Armpits *NEED* to sweat, its one of the most fundamental human functions.
🐛The microbiome in your armpits needs to be balanced in order for them to work properly, avoid irritation and excessive stinky sweat. Regular deodorant from most pharmaceutical brands can kill throw that microbiome off kilter and get rid of the good bacteria our pits need for optimal health.
🤰🏻Plus, they can pose harm to the endocrine and reproductive system because of their “anti sweat” properties.
⚡️Armpits host a large number of lymph nodes, which serve to filter out toxins and assist with the body’s immune system. Basically, your armpits help your body fight infection.
➡️In the blog post, I go over how I finally found peace with my pits and found a new armpit and deodorant routine that works for me after 11 years and trying every natural deodorant brand on the market without getting a rash or stained clothes (goodbye, creamy armpit marks on sports bras!). This routine is natural, assists in flushing out the lymph nodes, is price friendly, more eco-friendly and has actually helped to make my armpits softer and sultrier than ever.
Crystal deodorant rock 1x daily
@motherdirt’s AO+ Mist 1x daily
Dry brushing my pits 3x weekly
Masking my pits 1-2x monthly
Link to full post in bio! #leefromamerica
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During a Q+A someone asked if I had a tattoo and I realized I haven’t shared this with you guys-so here ...
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During a Q+A someone asked if I had a tattoo and I realized I haven’t shared this with you guys-so here goes! . I got it when I was 20, 2 years after my stint at an inpatient treatment center for eating disorders. Those first 2 years, I was dealing with crippling post-recovery anxiety. This tattoo ... During a Q+A someone asked if I had a tattoo and I realized I haven’t shared this with you guys-so here goes!
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I got it when I was 20, 2 years after my stint at an inpatient treatment center for eating disorders. Those first 2 years, I was dealing with crippling post-recovery anxiety. This tattoo is meant to represent my heartbeat.
While I was in treatment I had my EKG (electrocardiography) read regularly to make sure my heart was still working properly.
I’ll never forgot how real sh!t got when they hooked me up to all these machines to check my heart. My most vital organ. I realized this disorder was not a game, but a matter of life or death.
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While I was sick with an ED, I didn’t care much about living or recovery. My heart wasn’t in it. Whether i realized it or not, I was choosing death. It was a slow suicide. I lost all rational thinking, my will to live, my friends, my health, independence, self esteem and future.
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This tattoo reminds me that as long as I have a beating heart, I can choose life. As long as I am breathing, I still have a chance to start fresh and turn things around. It serves to let me know that I’m gonna get through whatever I’m going through. My heart’s in it, and that’s what matters. And here I am, 10 years later, alive and breathing.
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Post note: My dad tried to pull a strict no tattoo policy for his kids, but I broke that rule (and many others, but we won’t go into that now 😉) so I hid it for a long time until he spotted it while i was wearing a sleeveless dress one Christmas eve. And he loved it.〰️ #leefromamerica #EDwarrior
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I either need bigger hands or a smaller sandwich. I’ll take bigger hands.
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I either need bigger hands or a smaller sandwich. I’ll take bigger hands. I either need bigger hands or a smaller sandwich.
I’ll take bigger hands.
When I first moved to LA, I knew nobody. I left everything safe behind. a close circle of girlfriends ...
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When I first moved to LA, I knew nobody. I left everything safe behind. a close circle of girlfriends in NYC, a steady job, and my family just a train ride away in Connecticut. I almost didn’t board the plane with my 1 way ticket. I was so scared of not knowing what was to come. It was a lonely ... When I first moved to LA, I knew nobody.
I left everything safe behind. a close circle of girlfriends in NYC, a steady job, and my family just a train ride away in Connecticut. I almost didn’t board the plane with my 1 way ticket. I was so scared of not knowing what was to come.
It was a lonely first year.
And as we know, it’s not where you are but who you’re with. Friends make everything better. Until I had friends, Los Angeles was a pretty isolated place for me.

I had to work from the ground up in finding my community: and not just anyone, but with people who had the same passions as me- a love of food, self growth, hiking, animals, not just a friend I'd hit the clubs with (though those are great too). 🐕
Finding new friends is not an easy feat, especially as you grow older. We get sidetracked with relationships, jobs, families, moves across the country. No longer do you have the comforts of college with a classroom full of potential besties. .
That’s where @BumbleBFF comes in - it’s an app that can help you find friends in your community.
Spending time with my friends is a huge building block for my self care routine.  So get on BFF on and find the friends that'll make you feel glad you live where you do. Without my girl time, I don’t know where I’d be, but I feel lucky to call these girls friends and Los Angeles my home.  #bumblepartner #leefromamerica
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How has culture and society robbed you from enjoying your food? It feels like today, eating is just ...
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How has culture and society robbed you from enjoying your food? It feels like today, eating is just another item to cross off our to-do list, a chore, something in the way of completing our next task. We allow ourselves almost no pleasure while eating. . We’ve been taught that it’s okay and ... How has culture and society robbed you from enjoying your food?
It feels like today, eating is just another item to cross off our to-do list, a chore, something in the way of completing our next task. We allow ourselves almost no pleasure while eating.
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We’ve been taught that it’s okay and (actually a good thing) to eat in our car, out of single use plastic, in front of the television. We get the message that food’s not meant to be enjoyed, but to just be eaten in convenience. We get bonus points if we eat at our desk while we work and check emails. As long as we are always being productive, it’s okay. 🙄
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So instead, we rush through meals, we eat processed foods, we eat standing up, we eat in the car, or in front of the television so fast we barely even recognize we’ve eaten. Then sometimes we might feel guilt and shame. We are physically feeding our bodies but we are not emotionally, mentally, nor spiritually feeding ourselves.
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Each time we eat, we have the opportunity to feed our souls, nurture our bodies, and take care of ourselves. Mealtime is a perfect opportunity to turn everyday life into a ritual. No meditation experience needed. It doesn’t have to be extensive, timely, or even beautiful. It doesn’t even matter what food you’re eating. But we can use mealtime as a way to recognize this meal may be our last (there are no guarantees), stay present, sit down, pay attention to our food and wonder how it got to our plate. The systems and people that helped to put it there. How hard we worked for the money it took to buy the food we are consuming. How good it feels when the food touches our tongue and enters our bodies. To take care of ourselves with each bite and chew.
#mindfuleating #leefromamerica
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Looking for my desire to go home, has anyone seen it? #LFAtravels
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Looking for my desire to go home, has anyone seen it? #LFAtravels Looking for my desire to go home, has anyone seen it? #LFAtravels
A morning moment With matcha, of course <span class="emoji emoji1f335"></span>🏜 . . . @JoshuaTreeCabin #LFAtravels
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A morning moment With matcha, of course 🏜 . . . @JoshuaTreeCabin #LFAtravels A morning moment
With matcha, of course 🌵🏜
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Sweet dreams indeed<span class="emoji emoji2601"></span>️<span class="emoji emoji1f430"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f41a"></span> Sleep is sacred. I have a few house rules for how I get the best night’s sleep: 1. ...
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Sweet dreams indeed Sleep is sacred. I have a few house rules for how I get the best night’s sleep: 1. Eyemask and ear plugs, every.single.night. (most of us unconsciously wake up 8-11x a night from noise, blinking lights, subtle movements) 2. No phone. Any calls, texts, or scrolling ... Sweet dreams indeed☁️🐰🐚
Sleep is sacred. I have a few house rules for how I get the best night’s sleep:
1. Eyemask and ear plugs, every.single.night. (most of us unconsciously wake up 8-11x a night from noise, blinking lights, subtle movements)
2. No phone. Any calls, texts, or scrolling must be done OUTSIDE the bed. This little rule has been a game changer for me in making my bed really feel like a safe haven and a place where I can truly relax and unplug.
3. No jeans on the bed! I try not to wear “real people clothes” while lying on my bed- this again subconsciously sends me the message that the bed is for sleeping and sleeping only.
4. Do one relaxing activity before bed - even if just for 5 minutes. 📖
It doesn’t hurt that my new white fluffy sheets from @parachutehome make me feel like I am sleeping on a cloud. Happy sleeping everybody! #myparachutehome #LFAhome
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Smoothie bowls all around 🥣<span class="emoji emoji1f320"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f300"></span> Blackberry, frozen avocado, zucchini, almond butter smoothie ...
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Smoothie bowls all around 🥣 Blackberry, frozen avocado, zucchini, almond butter smoothie bowl with cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, homemade pumpkin seed milk and coconut yogurt blended inside. Topped with toasted coconut chips, fresh blueberries, cacao nibs, bee pollen, and a ... Smoothie bowls all around 🥣🌠🌀
Blackberry, frozen avocado, zucchini, almond butter smoothie bowl with cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, homemade pumpkin seed milk and coconut yogurt blended inside.
Topped with toasted coconut chips, fresh blueberries, cacao nibs, bee pollen, and a dusting of dried rose 🌹 The zucchini adds thickness without overtaking the flavor, and the vanilla always hits the spot and feels like I’m eating ice cream. Wishing everyone a beautiful Thursday! #bowlsbylee
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New blog post up today all about swimsuits! <span class="emoji emoji1f459"></span> I’m sharing my favorite brands and 9 styles of suits ...
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New blog post up today all about swimsuits! I’m sharing my favorite brands and 9 styles of suits that I actually *enjoy* wearing. From high waisted to polka dot to side cuts to deep v’s. I go over each style and whether it’s what I call ocean friendly (aka won’t fall off during rough seas), ... New blog post up today all about swimsuits! 👙
I’m sharing my favorite brands and 9 styles of suits that I actually *enjoy* wearing.
From high waisted to polka dot to side cuts to deep v’s.
I go over each style and whether it’s what I call ocean friendly (aka won’t fall off during rough seas), true to size, and stands the test of time (discoloration be gone!)
I buy most of my suits online so it can be a huge process to find one that actually fits and aint nobody got time for that.
It’s also high time for end of summer bathing suit sales, so be on the lookout for price cuts!
Link in bio. Happy swimming and summering! #summersnotoveryet
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I am not my productivity levels. I am not how many emails I send in a day. I am not how hard I work. I ...
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I am not my productivity levels. I am not how many emails I send in a day. I am not how hard I work. I am not how many things I cross off my to-do list. I am not how busy I am. I am not my projects. My worth is not based on my productivity. It can be easy to get sucked into believing that our work is ... I am not my productivity levels.
I am not how many emails I send in a day.
I am not how hard I work.
I am not how many things I cross off my to-do list.
I am not how busy I am.
I am not my projects.
My worth is not based on my productivity.
It can be easy to get sucked into believing that our work is our worth. We live in an age where we feel called to find work that fulfills their deepest passions and desires. For a while, my confidence was based on how productive I was or how much I achieved. At one point, I replaced basing my worth on my weight to basing my worth on my work and how much I could achieve.
Our society embraces reward, productivity, and achievement.
Our society does not embrace the in between, the mundane, the gray area, the small triumphs of doing the dishes or calling Mom.
What I realized is, I am not my work. My work is a part of me, but I am not it. #leefromamerica #onwork
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The only time I like to use the words ‘ooey gooey’ is when I am describing my eggs. <span class="emoji emoji1f373"></span> Sesame @newcascadia ...
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The only time I like to use the words ‘ooey gooey’ is when I am describing my eggs. Sesame @newcascadia gluten free bagel with @jjslonedaughterranch avocado, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, flaky sea salt, red pepper chili flakes, and a few heirloom cherry tomatoes on the side. Every time I go ... The only time I like to use the words ‘ooey gooey’ is when I am describing my eggs. 🍳
Sesame @newcascadia gluten free bagel with @jjslonedaughterranch avocado, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, flaky sea salt, red pepper chili flakes, and a few heirloom cherry tomatoes on the side. Every time I go to Portland I make sure to grab a dozen of these bagels and fly home with them. Food is forever the best souvenir. Happy Tuesday everyone! 😛 #leefromamerica
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Dandruff Updates! . Last spring I began oil training my hair, a process in which you slowly train ...
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Dandruff Updates! . Last spring I began oil training my hair, a process in which you slowly train your hair to last longer between washes to use less product, lessen your environmental impact ️, and bring natural body back to your hair. It’s also a huge time saver I successfully went from ... Dandruff Updates!
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Last spring I began oil training my hair, a process in which you slowly train your hair to last longer between washes to use less product, lessen your environmental impact ♻️, and bring natural body back to your hair. It’s also a huge time saver ⏰ I successfully went from needing to wash my hair daily to only washing every 7-8 days. My hair never looked and felt so great.
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This worked for a little over a year, until this spring, I noticed layers of skin around the front of my scalp falling off. It was like dandruff, but without the itch of normal dandruff. I intuitively knew it was from oil training buildup: working out 6 days a week without wetting or washing and constantly wearing it in a bun was causing my scalp’s pH levels to get out of wack. Plain and simple, my hair needed extra TLC, and I knew that meant more frequent washes.
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I started washing my hair every 3 days, adding a few droplets of tea tree essential oil to my bottle of shampoo to help prevent dead skin buildup. I did an apple cider vinegar rinse 1x a week too (dilute 1/4 cup ACV with 1 cup water, let sit in hair after shampooing for 5 mins then rinse). Within 2 weeks, my scalp issue was back to normal.
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This is not to say that all sorts of scaly or irritated scalps can be healed this way. The lesson here for me is to always keep my body guessing. Change is constant. What worked last year won’t necessarily work today. What even worked yesterday might not work for me today. Always stay open to new messages your body subtly (or not so subtly) sends you. Maybe another time down the road I’ll stretch the limits between washes, but for now, my scalp and I are loving a 2x weekly wash. #LFAcleanbeautyhacks #oiltraining
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when ppl ask me what my saturday night plans are 😛<span class="emoji emoji1f366"></span> #saynomore
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when ppl ask me what my saturday night plans are 😛 #saynomore when ppl ask me what my saturday night plans are 😛🍦 #saynomore
February 9, 2004 - August 7, 2018 We said farewell to my little sweet angel Nikki this week. At 14 ...
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February 9, 2004 - August 7, 2018 We said farewell to my little sweet angel Nikki this week. At 14 years old, the cancer had progressed so quickly that her quality of life was rapidly decreasing. I know it was her time to go, and that we didn’t want her to live in pain. I know she’d lived a good long ... February 9, 2004 - August 7, 2018
We said farewell to my little sweet angel Nikki this week. At 14 years old, the cancer had progressed so quickly that her quality of life was rapidly decreasing. I know it was her time to go, and that we didn’t want her to live in pain. I know she’d lived a good long life full of all the joy, food, swims, love, and fetch she could ever want.
I understand all these things yet, saying goodbye to the pet that I grew up with feels like a chapter of childhood being shut, and the girl I always looked forward to coming home to won’t be there in the window when I go home to see my parents.
Nikki was my childhood dog, the one I went to when I was mad at mom+dad, broken hearted from my dramatic high school love life, or simply just in need of cuddles or rescue from reality. She was always there to push her head between my arms so I’d touch her, wag her tail, and give me endless kisses and sniffs. Nikki showed me what unconditional love looks like.
I wondered if she felt any pain as she left the world, if she was scared during her last breath and my heart aches. I love you Nikki more than life itself, we will miss you so much and I will lever forget you. You are irreplaceable 🕊💔 #RIPnikki
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This toast is about the craziest thing that’s happened to me all week. 2 pieces of gluten free sourdough ...
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This toast is about the craziest thing that’s happened to me all week. 2 pieces of gluten free sourdough topped with almond milk yogurt, drizzly almond butter, blueberries, crushed pistachios, white chia seeds and rose petals. Plus more almond butter for good measure. Happy #toasttuesday ... This toast is about the craziest thing that’s happened to me all week. 2 pieces of gluten free sourdough topped with almond milk yogurt, drizzly almond butter, blueberries, crushed pistachios, white chia seeds and rose petals. Plus more almond butter for good measure. Happy #toasttuesday ya’ll! 🍞
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My self tanner brand is eating lots of carrots. 🥕 #LFAcleanbeautyhacks #imdeadserious #carotene
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My self tanner brand is eating lots of carrots. 🥕 #LFAcleanbeautyhacks #imdeadserious #carotene My self tanner brand is eating lots of carrots. 🥕 #LFAcleanbeautyhacks #imdeadserious #carotene
Starting the week off strong with a big bowl of fat, fruit, and all the crunchy delicious things <span class="emoji emoji1f351"></span>🥥 The ...
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Starting the week off strong with a big bowl of fat, fruit, and all the crunchy delicious things 🥥 The base is coconut cream yogurt with crunchy almond butter, fresh peaches from the farmer’s market, toasted coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs, sesame seeds, and rose pistachios ... Starting the week off strong with a big bowl of fat, fruit, and all the crunchy delicious things 🍑🥥
The base is coconut cream yogurt with crunchy almond butter, fresh peaches from the farmer’s market, toasted coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs, sesame seeds, and rose pistachios a friend brought me from turkey. All topped with a raw almond butter cookie dough ball..a new recipe I’m experimenting with!
I’m practicing seed cycling with this bowl because the sunflower + sesame seeds help support my ovulation phase. Just a tbsp of each or either a day keep the hormones at bay 🙃 (well, kind of)
You can read more about seed cycling and why I do it by heading to the blog - link is in bio. Wishing everyone a beautiful week! #bowlsbylee
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bought a grocery cart so now i won’t throw my back out while carrying heavy bags of avocados to my car. ...
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bought a grocery cart so now i won’t throw my back out while carrying heavy bags of avocados to my car. #aginggracefully 🏻 🥑 bought a grocery cart so now i won’t throw my back out while carrying heavy bags of avocados to my car. #aginggracefully 👵🏻 🥑
feelin’ fine, feelin’ friday with this big macro bowl with all the goods! #ad roasted squash, baked salmon, ...
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feelin’ fine, feelin’ friday with this big macro bowl with all the goods! #ad roasted squash, baked salmon, sugar snap peas, carrot ribbons, marinated red cabbage, nettle pesto, yellow beets, shiitake mushrooms, watermelon radish, English peas, and a big fresh California Avocado ... feelin’ fine, feelin’ friday with this big macro bowl with all the goods! #ad roasted squash, baked
salmon, sugar snap peas, carrot ribbons, marinated red cabbage, nettle pesto, yellow beets,
shiitake mushrooms, watermelon radish, English peas, and a big fresh California Avocado with
olive oil and toasted sesame seeds. 💪🏻
#leefroammerica #bowlsbylee
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Early mornings. Iced cold brew matcha. Tealights. Journal + this view. Not every morning starts ...
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Early mornings. Iced cold brew matcha. Tealights. Journal + this view. Not every morning starts like this, but on the rare occasion that it does, I’m so grateful. 🏻 #LFAhome Early mornings.
Iced cold brew matcha.
Tealights.
Journal + this view.
Not every morning starts like this, but on the rare occasion that it does, I’m so grateful. 🌅🙏🏻 #LFAhome
Whether it was an addiction to my eating disorder, buying clothes, cigarettes (I preferred cloves), ...
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Whether it was an addiction to my eating disorder, buying clothes, cigarettes (I preferred cloves), toxic relationships, drugs, work, social media, exercise or even an addiction to healing myself, I’ve always struggled with addictive behavior. I used to say “well, at least I’m addicted ... Whether it was an addiction to my eating disorder, buying clothes, cigarettes (I preferred cloves), toxic relationships, drugs, work, social media, exercise or even an addiction to healing myself, I’ve always struggled with addictive behavior. I used to say “well, at least I’m addicted to spin class and not drugs” but really, is it any better? It was never about the actual thing I was addicted to that was the problem, but the fact that I was numbing and trying to escape myself for so long.
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I’m sure there is hypnotherapy i could do, a crystal I could wear in my pocket, or a chant I can recite daily to help “heal” this part of me. I’m down to try that, but one big thing I’ve come to realize this year is there is nothing inherently “wrong” or “bad” with me. I don’t have to “heal” it. For so long I shamed, resisted, bashed, or repressed it.
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The addictive part of me is just a PART of me, just like my funny bone or the way I chew my food. The addictive part of me has a seat at my table, but no longer does it run the show, and it sure as heck doesn’t make me any less whole of a person.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there is help. Visit SAMHSA.gov or call 1-800-662-HELP for free 24/7 support.
#leefromamerica #mentalhealthawareness
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Tonight on the blog I’m sharing my top 3 favorite brands for minimal, functional, athleisure <span class="emoji emoji2601"></span>️🏋🏻‍♀️🌚 <span class="emoji emoji27a1"></span>️The ...
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Tonight on the blog I’m sharing my top 3 favorite brands for minimal, functional, athleisure ️🏋🏻‍♀️🌚 ️The leggings in the post range from $68-$138 ️I emphasize brands that are either made in the US or are transparent about their manufacturing process ️There’s also an focus on brands ... Tonight on the blog I’m sharing my top 3 favorite brands for minimal, functional, athleisure ☁️🏋🏻‍♀️🌚
➡️The leggings in the post range from $68-$138
➡️I emphasize brands that are either made in the US or are transparent about their manufacturing process
➡️There’s also an focus on brands that consciously manufacture their clothes to lessen the environmental impact. The fashion industry is the 2nd largest pollutant of clean water globally, after agriculture 😳 🌍♻️
➡️I also go over which styles are best for which sort of workout: whether it’s HIIT, a 5 mile run, spin class, barre, or a hike to my local Whole Foods.🏃🏻‍♀️ Link in bio!
Enjoy, and Athleisure on. #leefromamerica
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Happy August <span class="emoji emoji1f351"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f33b"></span>🧡 Welcoming the month with a fresh list of intentions. This month, I’m focusing ...
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Happy August 🧡 Welcoming the month with a fresh list of intentions. This month, I’m focusing on pausing before making habitual actions, releasing passed down trauma, and getting ready for my first solo trip abroad. Share your monthly intentions with me by tagging #LFAintentions so ... Happy August 🍑🌻🧡
Welcoming the month with a fresh list of intentions. This month, I’m focusing on pausing before making habitual actions, releasing passed down trauma, and getting ready for my first solo trip abroad. Share your monthly intentions with me by tagging #LFAintentions so we can share what we want to bring in. <3 I also have a new playlist up on Spotify, which you can access via the link in my bio. Happy new month!
1. Forgive yourself for holding onto ancestral trauma + wounds passed down. They are not yours to carry. It occurred to me this year that some of my deepest fears and insecurities did not originate with me, but were passed down from generation to generation. I have 0 control over how other people work on themselves- I can only heal my own wounds in this lifetime so I can raise healthy happy kin.
2. Remember that true self love is accepting everything that comes up. For so long I have resisted parts of me that I consider “bad”, “weak”, “vulnerable”, or “not up to par”. I think it’s a journey to embrace these things :)
3. Investing in yourself is not overspending. I think this speaks for itself. There’s a big difference between making planned, healthy financial decisions that will better your life and frivolously overspending to fill a void.
4. Pause. Pause before you grab for something. We all have habitual patterns that we do hundreds of times a day- perhaps it's grabbing your phone at the first hint of boredom or logging onto facebook at the first hint of loneliness. Simply pausing before I do these habitual things helps gain control over my actions.
5. EMBRACE WHATEVER COMES UP on my solo trip to Italy later this month. This will be my first time traveling abroad by myself, and I must say, I have a wide array of feelings about it. I’m excited, nervous, scared, and beyond thrilled all at once. I want to welcome all of those emotions to live inside me at once and accept it all. #leefromamerica
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I love personal things. Personal space, personal wifi hotspots, personal pizzas. Tonight’s ...
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I love personal things. Personal space, personal wifi hotspots, personal pizzas. Tonight’s dinner is a @simplemills almond meal pizza crust mixed with a flax egg and topped with previously baked mashed sweet potato from sunday’s meal prep, curry hummus, sautéed spinach, roasted cherry ... I love personal things. Personal space, personal wifi hotspots, personal pizzas.
Tonight’s dinner is a @simplemills almond meal pizza crust mixed with a flax egg and topped with previously baked mashed sweet potato from sunday’s meal prep, curry hummus, sautéed spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes, avocado, dill cashew cream sauce, basil, cracked pepper, + chili flakes. It doesn’t get much better than this 😍 🍕 #leefromamerica
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About 5 weeks ago, I took a kettlebell class and my lower back hurt as I was swung the thing around in ...
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About 5 weeks ago, I took a kettlebell class and my lower back hurt as I was swung the thing around in what I thought was the correct form (but probably wasn’t). I continued to train hard until a week later when my any intense workout made my lower back hurt. I laid off the weights and resorted to ... About 5 weeks ago, I took a kettlebell class and my lower back hurt as I was swung the thing around in what I thought was the correct form (but probably wasn’t). I continued to train hard until a week later when my any intense workout made my lower back hurt. I laid off the weights and resorted to yoga, hikes, light walks, and lots of rest days. 3 weeks went by (and I was in my luteal/menstrual phase so the rest lined up perfectly) but the lower back pain did not go away, in fact it persisted.
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This weekend, carrying an 8 lbs bag of avocados from the market to my car aggravated my back enough for me take bedrest for the rest of the day, I knew resting wasn’t enough.
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I won’t lie, Sunday was mentally tough. I was tired of the pain and began to panic that it would never go away. I saw myself really starting to associate with my pain, spiraling me down even further. I found myself turning down social engagements and then I was like, “f%c£ this! time to get help.”
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Yesterday I got acupuncture, cupping, X-rays and saw a chiropractor, and finally feel some relief. While my pain has gone from an 8 to a 2.5, I’m still taking it easy. I’m working from bed and am careful not to lift anything too heavy. You never really appreciate being injury-free until your injured. I’m still not really certain what the lesson here is (ask for help sooner? take more rest days? get a personal trainer and work on form?) but for now, i’m okay not having all the answers. ❤️🕊🌹
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In the bath, I let the water hold me. It’s a break from trying to hold up the world around me all ...
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In the bath, I let the water hold me. It’s a break from trying to hold up the world around me all day long. in the bath, It’s my turn to be supported ️ #alovenotetomybath In the bath,
I let the water hold me.
It’s a break from trying to hold up
the world around me
all day long.
in the bath,
It’s my turn to be supported
❤️ #alovenotetomybath
Peaches n’ cream 🧡<span class="emoji emoji2601"></span>️<span class="emoji emoji1f351"></span> Today’s sunday stack is a fresh tower of fluffy paleo pancakes (I used @birchbenders ...
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Peaches n’ cream 🧡 Today’s sunday stack is a fresh tower of fluffy paleo pancakes (I used @birchbenders mix). I topped ‘em with coconut yogurt (I used @thecoconutcult), a silky drizzle of @spreadthelove almond butter, and freshly chopped peaches from the market. I just can’t get enough ... Peaches n’ cream 🧡☁️🍑
Today’s sunday stack is a fresh tower of fluffy paleo pancakes (I used @birchbenders mix). I topped ‘em with coconut yogurt (I used @thecoconutcult), a silky drizzle of @spreadthelove almond butter, and freshly chopped peaches from the market. I just can’t get enough of stone fruit this summer, and I’m feelin’ extra grateful that my body can process this sort of fruit again without the brain fog. It’s amazing how eliminating and then re-incorporating foods into our lives can make such a difference. 😍🍑
Wishing everyone a beautiful, restful sunday #leefromamerica
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Lunch today is a big plate of roasted cabbage tacos with red pepper hummus, avocado, and sprouts. ...
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Lunch today is a big plate of roasted cabbage tacos with red pepper hummus, avocado, and sprouts. Cooking for 1 is a balancing act- its all about knowing just the right amount of food to buy before it all goes bad one thing I do is ALWAYS keep a purple cabbage in my fridge. Purple (or red) cabbage ... Lunch today is a big plate of roasted cabbage tacos with red pepper hummus, avocado, and sprouts.
Cooking for 1 is a balancing act- its all about knowing just the right amount of food to buy before it all goes bad 😅 one thing I do is ALWAYS keep a purple cabbage in my fridge.
Purple (or red) cabbage keeps in the fridge for at least a month…it takes a lot for these babies to go bad. I slowly chip away at it, week by week, until its gone. A big organic red cabbage head goes for $3.00 at my farmer’s market. I shave it, make kraut with it, sautée it, but my favorite thing to do is to chop some up into 2” pieces and roast it at 385F with some avocado oil, salt, and pepper. It brings out this amazingly caramelized, almost nutty taste to the cabbage. Try it on tacos, pizza, bowls or pastas, or by itself. You now have a favorite new vegetable. 😈 #cookingforone #leefromamerica
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