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Published Monday May 13, 2019 by Brittany Raine

The Best (and Healthiest!) Boston Brunch Spots

Food
Nutrition

Searching for that go-to weekend brunch or lunch spot that won’t completely ruin your weekday workouts? Don’t sweat it! Grab your friends and get ready to chow down on all things healthy at a few of our favorite cafés around the city. 


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Tatte Bakery and Café 

Multiple locations across the city
From Beacon Hill to Harvard Square, this elegant and oh-so-tasty landmark bakery and cafe has 12 uniquely elegant restaurants throughout the greater-Boston area. A favorite weekend haunt, Tatte is the place for a deliciously delectable brunch that offers a variety of savory and sweet plates to please any crowd. Plus, they have an awesome gluten-friendly menu (their flourless sweets are to die for!). 
What to order: Veggie Croque Madame, Multigrain Avo Smash Tartine or Chicken & Sweet Potato Salad with a Cardamom House Latte 


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Trident Booksellers and Café  

Back Bay 
Books and brunch? Yes, please. This quirky and quaint Newbury Street staple is unassuming and worth waking up early or rolling in midday for a can’t-miss healthy dining experience. With everything from a Build Your Own Omelet to Smoked Salmon Scramble and Kale Quinoa, Trident’s menu has all the basics and then some. Check out their espresso with CBD oil and loose tea selection; it’s so good.  
What to order: Cranberry Maple Quinoa, Breakfast Pizza, Butternut Squash Tacos, or Popeye Bowl with a Grapefruit Sunrise Smoothie

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Flour Bakery + Café 

Multiple locations across the city
Grain bowls and breakfast cookies—you can’t go wrong at this Boston staple morning, noon or night. With eight locations that include the South End, Back Bay Station and Harvard Square, Flour’s menu spans everything from sweet treats to gluten-free specialty items and hearty snacks. Switching it up on a seasonal menu, their minimal selection of sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls shows that they know what they're doing and man do their healthy options make all of our vegetable and protein dreams come true! 
What to order: Arugula + Farro Salad, Grilled Cauliflower Melt, or Roasted Chicken Sandwich with a Granola Bar Cookie. 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar