Earth Fare Athlete Ambassador

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I have loved Earth Fare “The Healthy Supermarket” since it opened here in Birmingham. Earth Fare believes in selling food that is as close to the ground as it gets. In the latter part of 2013, Earth Fare shared that they were on a mission “looking for athletes with a passion for healthy living and a commitment to building strong communities.” What an awesome way to pay it forward! I decided to take the next step and I’m so happy that I did. I have been selected to be an Earth Fare Athlete Ambassador also know as an Earthlete!

Earth Fare’s Food Philosophy:

  • No high-fructose corn syrup
  • No artificial fats or artificial trans fats
  • No artificial colors
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones in their fresh meat or dairy
  • No bleached or bromated flour

 

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As an Ambassador I will…

  • Give a one-year commitment.
  • Participate in three public competitive events per year.
  • Refer at least two new Athlete Ambassadors.
  • Log and submit my mileage.
  • Hand out discount coupons to fellow athletes.

 

I am really excited about this new opportunity and I hope to encourage others along this journey! Trust me, I have my days where I just don’t feel like it or I have a moment where I say to myself, “I could have made a better choice [there]“. It’s quite alright. The important thing is to get back to what’s important and keep pushing. This journey is for life so no need to feel like it can’t be done. It can and it will! Every step towards better health, big or small, is a step in the right direction.

I am an Earthlete! In the words of Jeff Galloway, “See you on the road!”

Southern Nights, Jazzy Days

We took it to the city, downtown Birmingham (Entertainment District), to kick-off my birthday celebration! The new entertainment district has been an awesome addition to our city with a lot of new places to try out—Texas de Brazil, Mugshots Grill & Bar (in the works), Octane Coffee (bar) just to name a few. My HB & I wanted to try something new so we chose The Southern Kitchen and Bar. They had live music and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Tried out some menu items and I’ll just say, I’m so glad we did! We discovered some awesomeness!

wpid-2014-04-11-10.36.39.jpg.jpegHand-Cut Honey Jalapeño Fries—Don’t knock it to you try it!

wpid-2014-04-11-10.38.12.jpg.jpeg Plantation Pimento Cheese Dip—a blend of sharp cheddar cheeses and served with pita chips. All made in house. This dip is also great served warm. Yumtastic!

wpid-2014-04-11-10.37.30.jpg.jpegGimlet Martini called, “The Walker”—This was created just for me! Thank you, Emily!

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After church on Sunday we dined at one of our favorites, FIVE. They have an amazing Jazz Brunch and the food is delicious! Great menu options, including $2 Mimosas, $3 Bellinis, and can’t forget beignets.

imageIf you like Bloody Mary’s then you will love the Bloody Mary Bar. You can customize your own and make it just how you want it!

imageShrimp ‘N’ Grits—Blackened Gulf shrimp, conecuh sausage, onions, bell peppers and gouda-goat cheese grits. So good!

 

imageBreakfast Cheeseburger—8 oz burger, fried egg, bacon relish, American cheese with hand-cut fries. One of my favorites!

wpid-20140406_173509.jpgThere was not enough room so we opted for caramel-apple beignets to go. Of course I had to add whipped topping and cinnamon sprinkles! Mmmm!

Great food makes for great celebrations!

 

A Brazilian Birthday with Extra Frosting!

I woke up at 5 a.m. the morning of my birthday to get my “Birthday Run” in— 3.4 miles to kick-off the big 3-4! When I got to work that morning, my sweet coworkers surprised me with a Birthday Breakfast: breakfast wraps and Krispy Kreme (my weakness).

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wpid-20140408_072419.jpgBirthday “Run” Bling—I Ran for Cake on my Birthday!

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wpid-20140408_083803.jpgAlthough the forecast said that it was going to storm, I’m thankful that God allowed the sun to shine on my birthday!

  wpid-wp-1397138019566.jpegThen this happened. My sweet husband surprised me with cupcakes from Dreamcakes!

wpid-screenshot_2014-04-05-18-27-22-1.pngThis was such a nice birthday surprise waiting in my inbox, especially since dining from the regular bar is $42.99 per person. A birthday perk ain’t ever hurt nobody! I will definitely put this to use in the upcoming weeks.

wpid-screenshot_2014-04-08-19-19-33-1.pngI guess you can tell where I’m having my birthday dinner! You know the older you get, you sometimes have to put things on your calendar to remind yourself. O_o

wpid-2014-04-11-12.55.31.jpg.jpegServing 1980′s vintage realness in the midst of a bipolar spring!

wpid-2014-04-11-10.39.37.jpg.jpeg I’ve been a huge fan of Texas de Brazil (Brazilian-style steakhouse) since 2007! Want to know why? Read their overview here. I was beyond elated when I found out there was one opening in Birmingham. You can read that post here. My birthday dinner at TDB was a must!

wpid-2014-04-11-19.27.05.jpg.jpegCoconut Mandarin Mojito! So refreshing!

wpid-20140314_194230.jpgGotta love place cards! Turn it to green (“Sim, Por Favor”) and the “troop of carvers” will come by your table. Turn your place card to red (“Não, Obrigado”) and either you need a minute or you have thrown in the towel! The various cuts of meat are perfection. Mashed Potatoes (enough for four people), Fried Bananas, and Brazilian cheese rolls are served with dinner. My absolute favorites are the Brazilian Sausage, Garlic Sirloin, and Lobster Bisque with steamed white rice. I have a few honorable mentions that include grilled pineapple and sushi from the salad bar. Okay, let’s just say the entire salad bar and carving queue. I’m serious—everything is so good!

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David and the TDB staff took great care of us and made sure my (our) dining experience was beyond spectacular! I received a complimentary dessert, Brazilian Cheesecake, that will melt in your mouth.

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Love & Laughter: Sinfully Chocolate Ice Cream Cake!

All in all, I had a FABulous birthday! I’m very grateful for everyone and their thoughtfulness. It truly made my birthday special! Here’s to many more! *Toasts Dasani Sparkling*