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Superfoods for a super human

As a professional athlete and model, taking incredible care of my body is not an option. It’s important for me to always look my best and even more important to feel energized, happy and healthy! Life as a model and athlete often involves a hectic travel schedule, constantly changing climates, jet lag, little to no sleep and long days pushing my body to it’s limits. Taking special care of my diet has become my secret to thriving amidst the madness. 

Superfoods have become an immensely important part of my recipe to feeling amazing no matter what life throws at me. These are my top 5 favorite superfoods and tips to easily incorporate them in to your diet.

1. SPIRULINA - is a blue green algae said to be one of the most complete superfoods on the planet. High in protein, Vit. B, alkalizing and detoxifying. A simple teaspoon mixed in to a few ounces of organic apple juice first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day. Or make a power greens salad dressing by combining avocado, lemon juice, salt and spiraling. 

2. GOLDEN BERRIES - provide over 1,000% of your Vit. C intake in just a couple handfuls. I eat them as a snack, mix them in to oatmeal and trail mix or blend in to a smoothie. 

3. MACA - I feel the effects of Maca almost immediately. Increased energy, stamina, stress relieving and hormone balancing. Maca is packed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. I like to mix it in to my smoothies or pancake batter in the mornings. 

4. CACAO - One of the highest antioxidants on the planet! Energizing, mentally stimulating and produces happy hormones. Cacao is delicious and good for you. Try replacing coffee in the morning with hot cocoa made fresh raw cacao powder. My new favorite morning boost combines Cacao, Maca and Yerba Mate. Brew ½ C. of strong Yerba Mate, mix in 1 C. of hemp seed milk, 2 T. cacao powder and 1 T. Maca, sweeten to taste. The energy I get from this recipe is less jittery than coffee and lasts all day, give it a try!

5. GOJI BERRIES - Loaded with antioxidants, minerals, Vit. C and 15% protein. These little berries are bomb mixed in to oatmeal in the morning, cooked in to curries or soaked to put in to salads. 

The best source for super foods I’ve found is Imlakesh Organics. All their products are organic and fair trade sourced directly from farmers in the Amazon, Peru and Himalayas. 

www.imlakeshorganics.com

Health is happiness!

xox

Sierra

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i did not think anything could break my bike stoke especially the week before #crankworx….then this comes along. i’m really looking forward to rippin down those snowy mountains with my best girls this winter :) 

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How did I get here: Argentina

The Mountain Top: Iceland

Every so often in life you find yourself on a mountain top. For many of us skiers quite often we are literally on the mountain top. But even if you’ve never skied before, never traveled beyond the flatlands or never even seen a mountain, it’s still quite possible to visit the proverbial mountain top. This mountain top may come in the form of a law degree, an acceptance letter, award, or even a moment of realization that you are simply exactly where you want to be: right here, right now

Right now, right here I am on a mountain top. 

The last two weeks filming and skiing with Warren Miller in Icealnd have been surreal. One of those, “How did I get here?” experiences. I wake up in a to a beautiful breakfast spread then pack everything I need for a day of skiing and load the helicopter at about 9 am. Jess McMillan, Julia Mancuso and I gab over the radio as we scope lines from the heli. Then we punt until about 7pm. Conditions and weather have been all times. Sometimes we take turns skiing huge open 4,500 foot faces down to the Arctic ski, sometimes we ski all together chasing each other down the mountain, sometimes we ski tight, steep couloirs with blind rollovers, and sometimes we get caught in our slough and go head first down couloirs with mandatory airs at the bottom. Either way your heart is beating to a rythym that feels so good you hope it never stops.

I’m the rookie of the group. Julia and Jess have been at this whole pro skier thing for a minute now. Only a year ago I was checking ID’s and hanging up coats at a bar last winter trying to save a buck for some new ski boots. Then I quit everything so I could chase after that “head-over-heals-in-love” feeling that you really only get from skiing. Somehow that quarter life crisis worked out in my favor and I ended up on a mountain top filming with Warren Miller in Iceland. The question circling around in my head has continued to be, “how the hell did I get here?”

Yesterday, standing on top of that tallest mountain on the Troll Peninsula in the beautiful country of Iceland I found myself on the mountain top. It was 7:30 pm. The sun was slowly setting behind 4,000 foot peaks directly in front of me. I stared in to the sliver of golden light cascading it’s beauty on to my face and the face below me. My body made it’s best effort to capture the moment with a huge inhale of crisp, clean Arctic air. And suddenly the entire world stood perfectly still. So I laughed and cried in a moment of pure unrestrained bliss on a mountain top. 

The last year has been a trip! Literally a wild ride full of curve balls and ups and downs. A strange polarity of worst and best possible case scenario ping ponging through health, finances, family, injuries, doubt… If I had a nickel for every time someone told me to stick to modeling and quit pursuing a career in skiing I think I’d be a millionaire by now. Point being, I let my heart lead and it led me to happiness. And here I am standing on top of a mountain top in Iceland, watching the helicopter fly away, soaking in the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen in my life. Something about that sunset provoked a peculiar and powerful moment of reflection. Like the the golden rays flickering across the snow moments of the past came flickering across my mind. I think my brain was finally answering the question I’ve been asking all week: “How did I get here?”

-”Mental strength” - My Dad’s mantra, I’ve been hearing this phrase almost every day since I was born. This mantra has gotten me to the top of more mountains than I’ll ever be able to explain.

-All of my loved ones who’ve supported me suddenly were standing right next to me, including the ones that are no longer walking this earth. 

  • All of the times that I’ve grunted through when I’ve wanted to quit in the face of injury, people hating, doubt, fear, what have you… all those moments came flickering across my imagination and seemed so incredibly distant. 

  • Then pure joy and love came over me. Pure and total stoke. 

  • A feeling of: This is exactly where I’m supposed to be right here, right now. Like every twist and turn that I navigated my way through somehow led me perfectly to this moment. 

… Then I soul shredded down this huge Icelandic mountain with the biggest smile on my face. I think every cell in my body was vibrating a very humble and incredibly grateful tune. xox Sierra


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An edit from our Alaska trip.

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Ski conditioning warmup. Che and I are working on our whooties. No fun at all.