2020


MAYM Podcast Episode_iFund women2
Martinis and Your Money Podcast Episode featuring Joslyn Reese and Brittney Rae Reese, Sisters and Founders of FIT & NU

A few months back, we were awarded a grant by IFundWomen. Today, we discussed how this grant impacted us and our business with the lovely Shannon McLay, the founder of Financial Gym, and fellow guest Emilie Rodriguez on the podcast Martinis and Your Money. You can check out the episode on their website or on your favorite podcast app.



Diabetes Prevention
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FIT & NU™ is working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Prevent T2 lifestyle change program to prevent type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week, or
  • Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

Nationally, 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes, so the need for a prevention program, like Prevent T2, has never been greater. The PreventT2 program is a research-backed and scientifically proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of certified coaches that help individuals establish healthy habits. Studies suggest that the Prevent T2 program can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% through modest lifestyle changes.

As trained lifestyle coaches, Joslyn Reese and Brittney Rae Raeese will guide participants as they work in groups to develop the skills they need to make lasting changes to improve their health, including losing weight, increasing physical activity, and managing stress. The program focuses on eating healthy, adding physical activity to participants’ routine, managing stress, staying motivated, and overcoming challenges that can get in the way of healthy changes.

PreventT2 groups meet for a year. Weekly for the first 6 months and then once or twice a month for the second half of the year to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar barriers and working toward the same changes. Participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles together.

To learn more about the program, visit FIT & NU’s website or go to the CDC’s website for more information.



We are honored and thrilled to collaborate with Adam Taub and Story Doc for this short documentary about our company. If you like the video and want to support their work, please consider following Adam and Story Doc on their YouTube Channels. You can also reach out to Adam at adam_taub@hotmail.com.

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Written by Teniqua Pope

I don’t know who needs to hear this but, Sis: the times are always uncertain. Think about it: unless you dabble in the tarot or own a bedazzled Thanos glove, you’d be hard pressed to even predict what will happen later on today, let alone your entire life. Granted 2020 has definitely been next level chaotic (I’ll spare you the trauma of a recap) both your worst nightmares and your wildest dreams can sprout in chaos. Choose wisely. 

Know this: Comfort cannot coexist with breakthrough. And amazing things are often planted in the unknown. 

Fingers clenched around the familiar cannot grasp greatness. Even if what you’re holding on to is good, you have to let good go to reach better. Uncertain or not, right now is the time to make your move. Whatever that is. Lean into this moment and prepare to be amazed.

Key word: prepare. 

Yes. You do have to prepare to be amazed. Nine months in and 2020’s got too many of us pregnant with fear instead of hope. Again, I’ll spare you the recap, but please know that what you give birth to will be the product of one of the two. What do you want to deliver this month? If you’ve been on a steady diet of doom and doubt for the last 8 months, it’s not too late to detox and replenish yourself and the vision living within you. 

You owe it to yourself, and the vision you’ve been carrying all this time. Prepare. A lack of preparation will only cause delays in your destiny. 2020 has thrown enough banana peels in your path. Don’t let your own limited thinking hold you back. Here are 7 steps you can take to eliminate self doubt and align yourself with amazing:

  1. Solidify your why. Once you have clarity about who you are and what you really want out of life, you’ll need to get solid on your why. Why is this so important to you? How will your life be different once you have/lose/achieve this?
  2. Make room. Declutter your schedule, your space and your mind. Leave room on your calendar for daily self-care and chance encounters. Rearrange your living space if need be. Explore new mindfulness habits.
  3. Set boundaries unapologetically. Get really comfortable saying no. Without explanation or excuse. This will position you for the yes that you truly desire.
  4. Get radical about self-care. Beyond your daily routine. Plan (within your means, of course) to do a little extra once a month. Give yourself something to look forward to. Normalize luxury. You are the occasion.
  5. Invest in you. Somehow you found the money to invest in the travel agency and the cosmetics line your mom used to wear. (Or maybe that’s just me.) Put your money where your dream is. Reserve the domain. Take the certification course. Invest in you.
  6. Share wisely. Your vision is for you. It’s ok if not everyone in your circle can see what you see. Find the cheerleader, the helper, and the sage in your friend group and lean on them for encouragement, inspiration and accountability.
  7. Be that woman now. This ain’t about faking it ’til you make it. You are already that chick. Right now. Shine accordingly.

 

[About the Author] Teniqua Pope is a trained and experienced Life Coach, Mediator and Transition Strategist based in Denver, Colorado. Her first guided journal for women, “The Self-Care Dare: A 30 Day Journey to Radical, Unapologetic, Life Affirming Self Love” is set to be released in Fall 2020. To book a complimentary coaching discovery session with her, please visit teniquapope.com


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This is our NU favorite snack! This toast is on a whole ‘notha level. Each slice gets you about 9 grams of protein (1/2 of a palm) – the perfect serving to satisfy and get you to your next meal. If you choose Ezekiel Bread, you can gain an extra 4 grams of protein per slice. Ezekiel Bread is a sprouted grain bread, usually found in the freezer or refrigerated aisle at your local grocer.

Click here to download the recipe. Enjoy!


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We’ve got recipes! As a member of the FIT & NU family, you now have access to 40+ brand new recipes each month. We are so excited to release your first recipe pack. Enjoy a ton of Plant-Based recipes for all meals including snack and dessert! Click here to download.

Because we are quarantined and all – we felt this would be the best time to get in the kitchen and form some new meal-time habits. Your NU Coach will be checking in with you on practical ways to enjoy the recipes and follow your personalized eating guide at the same time.