Guest Blog: Tandy from PimpYourMat.com

Sophie and I have known each other for seven years now. A trip in the way back machine places us as trainers and regional manager for Equinox Fitness in sunny SoCal. Long before babies and husbands and our entrepreneurial spirits fully blossomed. In the time we have known each other we have run strangely parallel paths: each having two young boys under the age of 8, incredibly supportive and involved husbands and a clear passion/drive for sharing how to get healthy from the inside out.

 



Sophie asked me to guest blog and share my story and what I do and why.  I launched a subscription based lifestyle website February 2013. I had gone from full time working momma (teaching, training, Regional Pilates Manager at Equinox SoCal), to part-time working momma (training via Skype and traveling to teach workshops) to full time stay-at-home-momma, to I-want-to work-and-have-more-to-give-to-the-world-but-don't-want-to-be-away-from-my-boys very much. So, my husband and I created www.PimpYourMat.com. My subscription based website where I post a fresh 30 minute pilates based workout every three days that is stashed in your account to go back to for the lifetime of your subscription, over 300 dairy and gluten free recipes, the PYM Food Reset and access to me as your actual coach and trainer to go to for modifications, adjustments, motivation and support. Pimp Your Mat solved our family’s needs and the needs of every other busy person who is trying to stay or get balanced and fit in a tech savy, time efficient, budget honoring, intelligent fitness way. You have direct access to me via my Facebook Fan Page @PimpYourMat or email. I shoot 30-minute workouts from home (or if I'm traveling...on the road), I edit and upload to the site myself.


Whew. That's a lot. Now, other than it just making sense, being creative and still wanting to be able to pick-up, drop-off and make snacks for my kids why did we create PYM?


Because people think fitness and wellness is difficult and time consuming. Because people think getting healthy is hard, because I’ve spent 15 years in the fitness industry, many of those years with a 'dirty little secret' of being physically fit and lean but internally quite a health mess.


From the age of 18 I had thyroid nodules that kept multiplying. I had chronic fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic sinus infections, acne, mysterious belly bloating, gas, pain and lets just say it, chronic diarrhea.


I went to doctors and I went to therapists. I went to every alternative practitioner I could find or afford and they all basically told me I was 'stressed'. Um. Okaaaaaay. Seriously? Yes, I was a living, working person in the world but I loved the things I did and at my ‘gut’ level knew that was not the culprit. I didn't accept that answer ever. I didn't even accept it when they handed me antidepressants. I was busy but internally happy and thought, this is crap. I don’t feel well but not because my ‘head’ is wrong because something in my belly/system is causing the veil I felt like I was wearing on my vibrancy.


I was convinced it was food and self-care related and embarked on any and all variations of food, wellness regimes I could. God help my husband who stood by me at each variation and step. It was not easy on me but no easier on him as I sifted through regime after regime.


I had periods of time I was healthier in the inside, but I was never 'well'. I always required more down/recovery time then the people I was surrounded by and some symptoms just never went away. (Panic attacks, anxiety, acne and diarrhea was still the big kicker) I just 'managed' them, didn't address them and quit discussing or thinking about my internal health. I figured if I looked fit, that was enough. Most people didn’t even have that.


Fast forward to having my second son. The nodules on my thyroid had multiplied to total 9. One was actually bigger than my thyroid itself and my latest thyroid panel showed my TSH at less then  .0001. Let's just say that's really not what you want. Your endocrine system kind of regulates everything and if your thyroid 'burns out' of hormone your entire system can shut down. I had started having symptomatic 'stuff' that includes mild tremors, more frequent panic attacks, extreme fatigue and bouts of mild depression. I was having what they call small thyroid ‘storms’. I was scared for myself and I was even more scared for my kids. If I couldn't figure out what was going on with me how was I going to protect, teach and raise my children to be healthy and fit?


So, I put my momma warrior on and thought if this were happening to my kid what would I do? I needed to do that for myself.


I had my thyroid removed. For me, it was the right choice. At the rate it was going it wasn’t going to ‘last’ my lifetime anyhow and we were basically short-cutting the step of letting it burn out. I embarked on a lifetime of chemical meds to replace my little butterfly organ and marched towards writing my own food reset.  I knew my 'stuff' was food related. I have always believed you are what you eat and that your gut instincts are usually right. I believed, as I still do, that food is fuel and beautifully nourishing and absolutely healing. I had always eaten 'healthy' but the truth was it wasn’t working for me. I devoured food sensitivity, intolerance, leaky gut, celiac and thyroid dysfunction articles and books. I relentlessly searched symptoms in effort to put connecting pieces together and chatted with my endocrinologist about my suspicions. I took blood tests, skin tests and elimination diets and cleanses. In the mix of it all, I cracked my own code and saw very clearly how others could figure out the ‘perfect’ fit to balance their own systems.

 

My discoveries were that certain things absolutely didn’t work for me not matter how many articles said they were ‘packed with nutrients’ and ‘good’ or ‘best’ for your health.


My first step was to remove gluten. Although I had been tested for it and all tests always came back negative, I removed it from my diet and immediately (within 4 days) had a solid bowel movement. Gross, I know but bowel movements truly are the sign of your internal health. Wish is knew THAT fact much earlier in life. And I thought ‘AHA!’ This is it! I ditch gluten and the world is my Oyster! Not Quite.

 

I eliminated gluten and continued to eat things that were supposedly healing and healthy but things just didn't totally 'fix' and then went through a period of time where things got worse. Back to the drawing board. More reading, more experimenting. I knew Gluten was out but was becoming suspicious of nuts, nightshades and a myriad of other foods and ingredients. I kept thinking perhaps EVERYTHING was cross-contaminated with gluten, but no, I was actually not responding to many other things just as I had suspected, nuts, seeds, nightshades, any grain fed animal, ‘natural flavorings’ and ‘artificial flavors’, legumes and all grains plus any dairy containing casin. I went in a thoughtful and methodical way to research everything that was a possible gut irritant and took them all out. I kept in foods that I had researched to be healing and non-irritating to the digestive tract and easy to absorb nutritionally. I also researched how to get the most nutrients out of your foods, cooked or raw, and created a balanced map that had me feeling better than I EVER thought possible.


The research I did ended up becoming the PYM Food Reset. Within 21 days I had identified more foods that were triggers for my sensitive belly then in my entire lifetime! I felt empowered, vibrant, rested and above all armed with a road map for myself. It was absolutely about me, my system and what it responded to. Not what anyone else said it should be. Custom built by my own belly for wellness and fitness. I felt like a super hero when I eat the foods that I know work for me. Still do!


Pimp Your Mat.com is not just about pilates. PYM is about getting to your most vibrant and balanced self and working with your own needs and responses. Learning what works and doesn’t work for your body regardless of what any doctor, therapist, specialist, nutritionist or dietician says. PYM is about taking things at your own pace with a clear path to consistent health. PYM is about balance and real, busy lives and it’s about listening to your gut and getting connected to your own self. How do you approach your days, your weeks and years and how many of those do you enjoy and experience to the fullest, undistracted and unencumbered by the ailments, sounds and ‘funky bits’ of your body


I believe each body requires a little something different in order to thrive. I believe and know you can 'crack your own code' with the PYM Food Reset in a short and simple amount of time minus a ton of pricey testing (which I've done and you should do if you think you have genuine health issues triggered by food, but those don't always give you functional answers or real life help. ALL of my testing came back negative. I never did and still do not have any food allergies. I have however been diagnosed by my General Practitioner and Endocrinologist with Celiac based on my reactions to gluten).


Since doing my own food reset I know what sets my system off. I'm not perfect and I still trip up, but I am healthier than I've ever been, I'm no longer crazy fatigued or have to take a nap every afternoon with my boys (ok, sometimes I still so cause they are wonderfully snuggly and only small for so long). I no longer have panic attacks and I do not present the same extreme level of anxiety I used to. I feel safe in my body and generally happy, capable and vibrant in the world and above all capable of caring, teaching and raising my children to listen to their systems to create the highest health for themselves.


Our wellness and fitness is not just about our vanity. It's about our longevity and quality of life. PYM is my way of being there for those who don’t yet have a calm, balanced, healthy experience in their body. PYM is what I wished was around for me when I was going through my experience. I believe fitness and wellness should be about being of service and usefulness to the world we live in and the people we care about.

 

There are so many things in life to experience and I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss out on it because I was eating things the general world told me were healthy but simply not a fit for my personal system.


Pimp Your Mat is about marching to your own drummer, no excuses, 30 minutes a day of pilates based workouts on the mat, 2-6 days a week, gorgeous, simple, quick whole foods and increasing the fun you have in life because you’re body is in it’s sweetest balance of strength and flexibility. PYM is about hormone balance to allow your body to loose weight, gain muscle, create a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels without medications.


We all know we 'should' address our health and fitness but what we don't always know is our why or how.

My 'Why's' are named Milo, Sam and Mateo. My children and husband are more gorgeous and powerful teachers than I ever could have imagined and I want to be the most I can be, for them.


The 'How' is getting on the mat with pilates based workouts that balance your body with equal length and equal strength without over-taxing or ‘burning’ out your system. Balance brings your optimal body and results. Strength and length. Activity and Rest. Food and Hydration. Pimp Your Mat teaches and guides you through all those steps in a fun, simple, calm manner. PYM is $32 a month to have me as your pocket trainer and coach via any Wi-Fi connection to calmly and consistently balance your body, teach you how to listen and connect with your own system without it getting 'sleepy' or lame. Plus, PYM has a thriving community of ambassadors and subscribers world wide that all support and motivate each other along their wellness journey via the Pimp Your Mat Fan Page on Facebook.

 

 

Pimp Your Mat is a virtual, boutique online studio. I know my subscribers by name, their stories, their wins and fails. I’m in it with them. Everyday. I want to be an advocate for all those who feel lost along their fitness way and for others to know they don’t have to be at the mercy of their bodies. You can be fit and well without beating up your body.

 

Whether your interested in the workouts, the food, the reset or me, it’s all there at www.pimpyourmat.com when you want it.


If you're interested in getting on the mat with me, I offer Philosophie’s fans and followers a 30 day gift code you can activate anytime you’d like to test drive the site. Just reach out to me at Tandy@pimpyourmat.com or the Facebook Fan Page PimpYourMat

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Sophie’s 6 Tips on Starting Up Your Own Company

More than anything, I LOVE supporting people in making their mark on the world. And I know that we’re best at sharing our incredible gifts + talents when we’re full of energy, which is why I created Philosophie. Today, I’m sharing six tips I’ve learned while building my company that I hope will help all of you incredible entrepreneurs in our Philosophie Tribe!

1 When inspiration strikes or you have that “a-ha!” moment, take it and RUN WITH IT.

Philosophie began with me simply wishing that I could have an amazing blend of superfoods and proteins together in one, convenient jar. I didn’t want to run out of camu camu or another individual ingredient and then feel like my smoothie wasn’t complete, so I went all over LA searching for high quality, fair-trade, organic superfoods and began packing them into mason jars and little bags. Hoping to share the magic of superfoods with others, I then started giving the blends to friends and family and making everyone workout and nutrition guides.

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2) There’s no need to get overwhelmed at the thought of creating your own business–break everything down into BABY STEPS.

Once I got home from Israel, I started simple. What did I want to call my company? After I created the name “The Philosophie,” I got the domain for my website. Then I ordered business cards. From there, I created free events on Meetup.com so I could make treats in my kitchen and introduce superfoods to new people.

While some days, it may seem like you have 500 things you need to do all at once, simply take a deep breath, find a notepad, and write down the top 3 things you want to tackle that day or week. Baby steps every day lead to miles over time.

3) Stay authentic to your vision and mission.

Build a dream team and support system that lights you up with energy. Work with brands and people that align with your overall vision. Co-create magic with others who have the same values and principles as you. Don't say yes to everything. The moment you don’t love something, stop to think about how you can either pivot or let go.

5) Slow and steady wins the race.

I never brought in an investor, which made it really hard to build quickly, so I often feel like the tortoise of the tortoise and the hare. However, moving slower helps me also do things with greater intention, so that everything I do is right for Philosophie and right for me. It’s definitely been a blessing in disguise! 

3) Create a gratitude journal to track your wins, whether it’s talking to a new person about your company or making your first sale!

Having your own business can definitely feel frustrating or like a constant uphill battle, but when you carve out 5 minutes to reflect on what’s going right and what you HAVE accomplished, you’ll see how far you’ve come and also how limitless your potential truly is!

6) Balance your personal life and your business.

This is SO important. To avoid burn-out, you must find and draw boundaries. You have to actively plan out personal time. Take out your calendar and choose time that is for self-care and time for friends and family. Weekends are sacred, and I usually don't work on them at all if i can avoid it. I work when my kids are at school and then be really present in the afternoon and evenings until they go to sleep–then I go back to work or spending time with my hubby! You’ll always be more productive and more successful when you feel well-rested, fully nourished, and full of love.

 

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Gather This:

 

Do This:

Blitz all ingredients in a high-speed blender, pour into a beautiful glass, and top with your favorite superfoods!


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Berry Bliss Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

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I love the crispy crust on pies and cakes, so I created a guilt-free version by combining raw nuts, dates, and coconut. Not only is this crust absolutely delicious, it's also full of fiber and essential minerals!

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Finally, frozen berries and dates make for a divine sauce to spread on top of your cheesecake, before pilling on fresh berries + bee pollen! 

Makes: 24 slivers of a large pie (or 4 smaller pies with 6 slices)

Gather This: 

 For the Crust:

  • 2 cups raw macadamia nuts OR a blend of almonds, walnuts, and pecans
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut

 

For the Filling:

  • 3 cups chopped cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour
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  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
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For the Berry Sauce:

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For the Toppings:

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Do This:

1) To make the crust, process the nuts and dates in the food processor. Sprinkle dried coconut onto the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch springform pan. Press crust onto the coconut (this will prevent it from sticking).

2) To make the filling, blend the cashews, lemon, honey, gently warmed coconut oil (don't microwave it!), vanilla, sea salt, and 1/2 cup of water. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste.

3) Pour the mixture onto the crust. Remove air bubbles by tapping the pan on a table. Place in the freezer until firm. Remove the whole cake from the pan while frozen and place on a serving platter. Defrost in the refrigerator. The more defrosted it is, the better the taste will be!

4) To make the raspberry sauce, process raspberries and dates in a food processor until well blended. Don't use a blender for this or the raspberry seeds will become like sand ;) Spread the sauce on top of the cakes, sprinkle with more fresh berries, and enjoy!

 

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A Day in My Shoes!

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MORNING

The first 30 minutes are when I meditate + stretch to start my day off on the right foot. I then step into the kitchen to whip up a nourishing smoothie filled with our Philosophie Superfood + Protein Blends, nut mylk, leafy greens, and a whole lotta fruit!

I then get ready – LOVE a cute pair of overalls and YOU by Skechers shoes. They’re so versatile, comfy, and cute that I can go from home to a photo shoot to a superfood demo to a beach walk with friends!

Once I drop the kids off at school, I’ll head to the gym for a HIIT workout or go for a sprint through the park, followed by a short + sweet yoga flow. From there, I’m back home to freshen up, knock out some emails, and write up a new recipe or wellness article for my blog.

AFTERNOON

For lunch, I like to really fill up with tons of nutrients so I can power through the afternoon. If I’m at home, I’ll toss up a huge salad the size of my head, with tons of fresh greens and sprouted nuts and seeds. If I am getting something on the go, I love Fala Bar in L.A. for their yummy veggie burgers. 

Afternoon’s are for creative brainstorms when I meet up my team or collaborate with wildly gifted photographers or friends, who have their own amazing companies. A lot of the times, I’m on my feet – especially if I’m doing a Facebook Live to share a new recipe, demoing how to use our superfoods, or teaching a yoga or HIIT class! Afterwards, I’ll pick up the kiddos, help them with their homework, make a wholesome snack, or do some yoga on the lawn together – they love poses like Warrior 1 and “Airplane”!


EVENING

For dinner, I’ll make our family grilled salmon or a filling soup, and lots of greens and roasted veggies. Since I have such a sweet tooth, we’ll also have a heavenly dessert like vegan ice cream or chia pudding.

If there’s still a bit of light outside, we’ll go for an evening walk. Beyond fresh air and light exercise, these walks provide a space for togetherness and reflection that allow us to truly reconnect. I definitely think my family feels that freedom—we talk about moments in the day we’re grateful for and what our hopes are for the next!

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