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Published Tuesday May 14, 2019 by Jacki Carr

The Power of the Unplug: 7 Ways to Disconnect in Denver

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We are living in a digital world with information at our fingertips. Notifications and communications arriving by the second—making it increasingly harder to hit the power button (let alone airplane mode). I am a firm believer in a digital detox to keep my brain fresh, my thoughts comparison-free and my body fully present. As I finish the final chapter in ‘How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life’ by Catherine Prince, one quote really resonated with me:

“Breaking up with your phone means giving yourself the space, freedom, and tools necessary to create a new, long-term relationship with it, one that keeps what you love about your phone and gets rid of what you don’t.” 

But where does one start? I began thinking of my favorite places where I literally cannot (and do not want) my phone: on a mountain climber, out in nature hiking, on the yoga mat. These are the spaces I can explore my own digital detox and connect deeper to my mind and body. 

In Denver, escaping technology can be easier than it sounds. From a new workout class to the great outdoors, here are my seven favorite ways to disconnect:

 

Meet me IRL at the barre.

I love a slice of humble pie while my inner thighs perform tiny repeated movements and my muscles—that barely get any love in my real life seated in front of a computer composing emails and coaching clients—get that feel-good shake, shake, shake feeling in a barre3 class. With four locations in Denver— Cherry Creek, Highlands, Highlands Ranch, and Belleview Stations—it’s easy to find a class where you can forget your 5,452 emails! 

 

Disconnect to stretch.

Picture this: you lay down and close your eyes while a certified Flexologist opens those tight muscles with a customized stretch routine. That’s a reality at the StretchLab in Denver where you can choose between a 25-or 50-minute stretch session. I always request extra work on the hips flexors and hamstrings. Great for post-recovery, it’s a relaxing and safe space to stretch your mind (and muscles) sans phone.

 

Play at the park.

A far out favorite in the city, Wash Park is the place to experience nature in the city. Not only is the park a lush 155 acres with two lakes, but it also has a 2.6-mile run and bike path, ten tennis courts, two flower gardens, and volleyball nets. When the city feels, well, city-ish and the day gets screen-heavy, pop over to the park for a run, walk, pack a picnic or just get barefoot and feel the grass while reading a book!

 

Take me to The River.

One of my favorite studios to make shapes and find my breath on the mat is The River Yoga. Most classes are heated—not necessarily phone-friendly. With a dynamic offering of teachers, classes for the kiddos, and even daycare during certain times of day, this beautiful studio space provides calm in my busy schedule—especially when my breath is interrupted during a frenzy of notifications. Good news! They have two locations - one in Golden Triangle and another in Five Points. The River also leads Yoga on the Rocks classes at Red Rocks this month! 

 

Climb a mountain—indoors.

Feeling the hike but don’t have the time to trek to the mountains today? Don’t give up on your goal! TRANSFORM Colorado hosts a 30-minute class called Climbing on Versa Climber machines. We’re talkin’ about an awesome playlist, climb sequences to the beat, a lot (I mean A LOT) of sweat, hands, and legs moving at all times and intervals to keep you at a high intensity. Pack your phone; I dare you. 

 

Take a hike.

There comes a point in everyone’s week when screen time is at an all-time high. That means you need to hit the road and take a hike. The Flatirons of Boulder are breathtaking— like one of those ‘I cannot believe I actually live here’ moments. Grab your GPS and head to Mt. Sanitas for a 3.2-mile loop packed with wildflowers and nature-style staircases. Be ready to sweat as this hike is not easy, especially when you add that altitude, but it’s totally worth it. I suggest going early as this is a favorite and often crowded! Always remember to pack water–and leave your phone in the car.

 

Breathe in Boulder.

Post-hike, stick around Boulder to grab lunch then sweat it out at a sweet afternoon flow at Amana Yoga. There is a daily 4 pm Happy Hour YIN class at this beautiful studio during the week or a 4:15 pm YIN on the weekends that we highly recommend after that Sanitas hike to recover and rest. The yin of yoga to the yang of the hike is all about balance.

 

Speaking of balance, it is a gentle practice to explore time on your phone and get into your real life off the phone. Practice, and we will see you out there. Get your sweat on without your phone by booking your favorite workout ahead of time on the MINDBODY app or MINDBODY.io
 

Jacki Carr
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Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
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Published Wednesday Jan 22, 2020 by Mckenzie Hathaway

Not Too Cheesy: Vegan "Cheese" Recipes That Taste Like The Real Thing

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Food
Nutrition

We all love cheese. And if you don’t love cheese, well, you just haven’t found the right kind for you. If you’re unlucky like me, however, cheese does not like you. Thankfully, we live in 2020, where plant-based cheese recipes are alive and well.

I have been dairy-free for a few years, and cheese is truly the food group I miss the most. As much as we try, we sometimes just can’t get vegan cheese to taste like the real thing. So, I recruited my dairy-loving, cow-consuming friends to be my taste-testers. Their brutal honesty helped me create some “fake” cheese that can actually compete with the real stuff.

Goat "Cheese" Ball

Did you know you can make mouth-watering “fake” cheese with macadamia nuts? Yes, macadamia nuts. If you’re craving that creamy consistency but your stomach isn’t down for dairy, try out this recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog

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Goat "Cheese" Ball

Did you know you can make mouth-watering “fake” cheese with macadamia nuts? Yes, macadamia nuts. If you’re craving that creamy consistency but your stomach isn’t down for dairy, try out this recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog

Nacho "Cheese" Sauce

I know what you’re thinking: is this real? Is it too good to be true? No nuts, no fat, and it tastes good? You’re in for a treat. No one can tell the difference between this recipe and their favorite gooey cheese sauce. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so be ready to share and shock your dairy-loving friends.

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Nacho "Cheese" Sauce

I know what you’re thinking: is this real? Is it too good to be true? No nuts, no fat, and it tastes good? You’re in for a treat. No one can tell the difference between this recipe and their favorite gooey cheese sauce. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so be ready to share and shock your dairy-loving friends.

Sweet Potato Mac N' "Cheese"

Feeling some cheesy FOMO? Get your macaroni and cheese fix with this deliciously dairy-free recipe inspired by Forks Over Knives. Enjoy all the creamy goodness with ingredients like cashews, turmeric, sweet potatoes, and gluten-free pasta. Yum! 

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Sweet Potato Mac N' "Cheese"

Feeling some cheesy FOMO? Get your macaroni and cheese fix with this deliciously dairy-free recipe inspired by Forks Over Knives. Enjoy all the creamy goodness with ingredients like cashews, turmeric, sweet potatoes, and gluten-free pasta. Yum! 

"Cheese" Potato Fries 

The perfect side dish to go with your Impossible burger, these “cheese” potato fries will definitely take you to flavor-town. Whip up the sauce with cannellini beans, yeast, apple cider vinegar, and just add some seasonings to the potatoes for a healthy alternative to a classic meal. 

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"Cheese" Potato Fries 

The perfect side dish to go with your Impossible burger, these “cheese” potato fries will definitely take you to flavor-town. Whip up the sauce with cannellini beans, yeast, apple cider vinegar, and just add some seasonings to the potatoes for a healthy alternative to a classic meal. 

Mckenzie Hathaway MINDBODY
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Mckenzie Hathaway
Media & PR Specialist
About the author
From working at a fashion magazine to taking on the tech industry, Mckenzie is passionate about all things Public Relations. Outside of the office, you will find her trail running, swimming in the ocean, or creating plant-based recipes as she heals her body from autoimmune diseases.