Ringing in the New Year

New Years WOD

My husband convinced me to ring in the new year at our Crossfit gym.  I did NOT want to go.  But I’m so glad I did.  We got to work out together with two of our friends on a team of four.  The workout was tough but it wasn’t all work and no play.  After each ofthe twelve rounds we took a shot of tequila.  It was a great way to ring in the new year.   It was an intense workout and as fitness dorky/crossfit culty as it seems, there were some real benefits to doing a WOD for new years eve.  I didn’t drink that much, we didn’t spend a ton of money and I woke up on New Year’s day a little sore with no hangover!  We were up late though and I think chicken wings were involved in our walk home…so I needed some detox new years day.  Luckily we had all of the ingredients for our pressure cooker chicken bone broth.

One organic whole chicken, cut up and meat sliced to expose the bones

6-12 organic chicken wings

1 bay leaf

1 organic carrot

2 stalks organic celery

1 organic onion

3-4 cloves garlic

1-2 teaspoons salt

Place all ingredients in pressure cooker and fill to top fill line.  Turn on, cook, drain and enjoy!


Sunday Paleo Stew in the slow cooker

Sunday Stew


2 lbs Organic stew beef

2-4 Tbsp Organic extra virgin olive oil

1 organic onion chopped

4 organic celery stalks cut into bite sized pieces

3 large peeled organic carrots cut into bite sized pieces

1 medium organic turnip cut into bite sized pieces

1 package of organic shitake mushrooms

3 chopped organic tomatoes

3 Tbsp of organic tomato paste

1.5 cups homemade organic chicken bone broth

1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

4 Tbsps coconut aminos

3 sprigs fresh organic thyme

2 sprigs fresh organic rosemary

3/4 cup red wine

Heat cast iron skillet on med heat.  When skillet is hot, add some olive oil, I usually just put enough in to coat the bottom of the pan but if you would like a precise amount, use 1 tsp.  Add more as you need it.  Place meat in skillet, not touching, you want to brown meat, not steam it and not cook it all the way through.  Once all meat is browned on all sides, add  it to the slow cooker.  Then add the onion, carrots and celery to the hot skillet.  When the onions are transparent add all the veggies to the slow cooker.  At this point add the tomatoes, the tomato paste and the wine to the skillet to heat and make sure you get all of the flavor bits from the skillet.  Toss in the parsnip and turnips (I did not brown these in the skillet but you definitely can before adding them).  Add the tomatoes and the broth to the slow cooker.  Add the coconut aminos, the herbs and the salt and pepper.  Put the lid on and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4.

Rainy Sunday in December

Winters on the east coast have always been hard for this island girl.  I find that having to do lists when the weather is particularly bad outside helps to keep me from staying in my pajamas on the couch with a pint of ice cream.  Sometimes the list consists of walking Daisy and writing my first blog post.

daisy profile pic

Most winter weekends involve errands with my husband, we go  grocery shopping, do laundry,  he goes to crossfit and takes a bath, I run the dog along the east river.  Then we usually head to Redfarm for our favorite cheat meal: dim sum, noodles and fried rice.  I find that the balance between organized chores and more enjoyable fun activities keeps me sane on cold and dreary winter days.

Cooking is another great rainy day activity.  Today we made a Paleo beef stew.

Sunday Stew



my intro post

This is my very first blog post so allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Mandi, I was born and raised on Oahu in Hawaii.  I   moved to Manhattan in 2002 to learn how to teach Pilates.  I thought I would be in NY for five years but after getting married in 2008 I’m stuck here!  I live with my husband Rich, my rescued mutt Daisy in Manhattan.


I travel around Manhattan to see clients and coach them through an hour of movement.  Many of my clients like to do Pilates with me.  If they do not have their own equipment I either create Pilates-like equipment in their gym or I see them here, here or here.  I also work on some yoga with my clients and occasionally we take runs in central park.  I started doing Crossfit about a year and a half ago so that work sneaks its way in occasionally.  I am currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  I decided to do their program after my husband and I began following a Paleo way of eating.  I felt so much better after cleaning up my eating and I wanted to share that with my clients.  I love working with the human body and I love cooking and eating.  That is what I want to write about, moving and eating.