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That’s what I call dinner for 1! 😝 Last night I got to sit down for a four-course meal by Chefs Amanda Freitag & Evan Funke, is there anything better than fresh pasta kneaded before your eyes just minutes before it’s on your plate? The answer is NO! The best part is, this unforgettable dinner is just one of the many Priceless experiences being an @AmericanAir #AAdvantage Mastercard credit card holder unlocks access to! Check out my insta story for more! 🍴 #sponsored #StartSomethingPriceless

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I chose all of my tattoos on the spot, simply because I liked the designs, not because they held any specific meaning at the time. It’s funny though, how each of my tattoos have developed significant meaning over time. It’s kind of like I told my own future through my tattoo choices. It sounds risky to get a tattoo that doesn’t initially hold meaning, but I believe that gravitating towards something, even if it’s just by liking the way it looks, is meaningful-an indescribable force. Just like when you hear a song & immediately love it. You may save it, listen to it on repeat & then forget about it for a while. Then you find it again, maybe even years later & you listen - but this time you really listen - to the words & the meaning behind them & you suddenly realize that they resonate so deeply with you & where you are now. Like the words finally broke through the surface & found their way to your soul, like your subconscious mind knew that they would mean something to you someday. Those moments feel like magic, like waking up & turning on the lights, like a warm hug from the universe, like sunshine. I don’t have a favorite tattoo or a favorite song, just ones that make me feel good on certain days & today it’s my sunshine face tattoo. 🌞 Just like the sun, it’s hard for me to look directly at it, but still it brings me so much joy! The sun represents happiness, through its rays it sends us strength & energy, it gives light to the darkness. I strive to embody my sunshine face tattoo, to smile at the people I pass on the street, to laugh harder & louder even when life feels heavy, to radiate warmth & positivity out from the core of my being, through every cell of my body & straight into yours. The sun shares its rays with us everyday, even if we can’t see it or feel it, it’s always there. The sun paints the sky with magical colors & shines so brightly that it leaves evidence of its magnitude on our skin, for me it’s in my freckles & my sunshine face tattoo. (but plz remember to wear your sunscreen)

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I really haven’t missed eating meat all that much but what I do miss is some good old BBQ - where there’s a will there’s a way! In comes this vegan lentil BBQ sando, kind of like a sloppy joe but like a lot better for the earth lolol. As easy as steaming lentils, (you can also find them pre-steamed) & sautéing with your favorite BBQ sauce (mine is @primalkitchenfoods b/c no sugar!) Spoon a heap-full onto your bread of choice (the messier the better), top with micro greens, sliced shallots, & crispy garlic. (I definitely crushed up the potato chips & put them on top too 😝)

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hi guys! Just want to drop in & say thank you for being so supportive of me on my journey, it means the 🌎! Change is hard & it’s not always easy to put it all out there so publicly, but you guys make it a whole lot easier. 💖 My hope is that in sharing my own truth you will feel empowered to share yours, not just on social media but in your everyday lives - person to person, heart to heart, that’s what counts & the world needs more of it. i know i have this platform for more than just recipes, silly moments, & lame puns (as much as i love my lame puns 😝). It may seem like I’ve changed a lot in the past couple of months, but the truth is i am no different, i am just more ME than ever! 🦋 Do me a solid & give yourself a big hug simply because you are you & that’s all you’ve ever needed to be. #majorout (btw i really do hug myself everyday & it really is magical ✨)

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find yourself some friends that always have your back - or at least get on your back, that works too

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Today marks one month alcohol free! Just 30 days, already countless lessons. I chose to stop drinking alcohol for a variety of reasons- initially my body started to reject even just one drink (for someone who could drink a lot I took it as a sign from the Universe). Despite that, it took me a couple of weeks to actually stop. It’s funny, since I started drinking alcohol around 17 years old, (sorry mom) I never stopped. Never re-evaluated the role alcohol played in my life, in my decisions, in my emotions - or better yet lack there of. I conditioned myself to associate alcohol with fun- that without it I wouldn’t enjoy my night, or my day, or my friends, or even myself. After a stressful day I would turn to alcohol to take the edge off, if I was hungover I would turn to alcohol to ease the pain (damn you hair of the dog) Alcohol teaches us that we are not enough just as we are, that we need to wear a mask to be accepted & loved. With a new perspective, it became clear to me that I was using alcohol as a crutch; to magnify my confidence & minimize anxiety. It is a difficult truth to admit but now I see it all around me- the exact same means of escape & I know I am not unique. Alcohol lost its place in my life because for the first time I want to FEEL absolutely everything! - that is what it means to be human. I want to wake up every morning feeling refreshed & proud of my decisions rather than sick & shameful. I want to remember my days & my nights from start to finish, I want to be present, I want to show the world the real me - that I am naturally silly & fun & confident, (& can still drop it like it’s hot in the club when I’m stone cold sober). I know now that as a society we use alcohol to try to heal our wounds but alcohol doesn’t have the power to heal, only we do. This last month I have traveled, I have gone to birthday parties, concerts, breweries, you name it & I still have SO MUCH FUN. Even just a few months ago I would have NEVER believed it - but it IS entirely possible because YOU are powerful beyond measure. I don’t know if, in the future, I’ll find a new place in my life for alcohol but for now I FEEL & it feels so good. Cheers! (with water lol)

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who else is feeling that mercury in retrograde, full moon, lunar eclipse, emotional upheaval craziness this week? 😵 You are not alone! You know I love laughing my way through life, but through all this cosmic madness I’ve finally welcomed crying into the mix. It’s been a missing piece for me for tooooo long. When I start to feel emotional my first instinct is to suppress-anything to try to keep the tears at bay. That instinct is still there, but now I thank it for trying to protect me, release it, & allow the tears to flow. 💦 I’d rather be a cry baby than a suppressed emotional trauma baby, but that’s just me 🤷‍♀️ where my fellow cry babies at?! Say I CRY! 😭🙋‍♀️

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a lot of you guys have been commenting on my weight lately. I feel called to share this, especially for those reading who struggle to feel good enough in their own skin, I certainly have been there. Firstly, you are beautiful RIGHT NOW & ALWAYS & I love you! It’s true, I have lost weight, but I would never use my platform to advocate for a specific diet, or a workout plan, or both in order to look a certain way. I have been a victim of toxic diet plans & workout routines myself, striving to lose weight because I truly believed I would only be worthy of love IF. Trust me, that IF never actually comes & you will be caught up in a vicious cycle of self-loathing situated in unattainable expectations. There is no perfect diet, no exact routine, or magic pill, there is only your mindset-& a healthy body can only emerge from a healthy mindset. Self-love became my main priority, I originally had no intention of changing my habits or losing weight. Sure I wanted to, but I wasn’t focused on it. Surprisingly (or pretty unsurprisingly) in focusing on love, the extra weight naturally fell off. SO, you want to know how I lost weight? I stopped fixating on it. I stopped talking negatively about my body, I stopped avoiding looking at my body in the mirror, I stopped pushing it to the brink of injury or exhaustion, I stopped bullying it & telling it it wouldn’t be good enough until... I STARTED appreciating my body for all it does every. single. damn. day. I started thanking it & admiring it & LOVING it with no ulterior motives or conditions but that it was simply deserving of allll my love & attention NOW. In loving my body, I listen to it. I feel called to nourish it the way it asks me to- with mostly plants! I am energized & eager to move it everyday by getting outside & exercising the way I LIKE (no expensive gym membership necessary!) - if I ever feel sluggish or tired I REST & thank my body for needing moments of stillness too. It’s all a journey but I truly have never seen better results & a stronger commitment within myself to make them last. You are love, you deserve love. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer

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mountains are hill-areas ⛰

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louis on the rocks 🎶⛰ @louisthechild

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You may have noticed by now but in May I made the big decision to hang up my apron at @buzzfeedtasty & embark on a new adventure. When I started as an intern, it was my absolute dream job. It fell into my life at the perfect time & I’ve always known it was meant to be. While it was no easy choice, after 3 years I knew in my heart that it was time to move forward. I will always be grateful for all I learned, the amazing friends I made, & the content I created. I am so proud of it all. Ultimately I knew it was time to redirect all of the energy I was giving away back into myself & realign with my purpose here on earth. I had NO IDEA how life changing that jump would be. It has connected me with nature & the universe, deepened my understanding of the oneness of humanity, expanded my consciousness, & healed me from old wounds in the most miraculous ways. All of that & more just by following my intuition, taking a leap, slowing down, & trusting that the universe would have my back. I’m not one who can stay stagnant very long. I make impulsive decisions on a whim & have always just accepted that as a part of who I am. I now know that those decisions were always guided by something so much bigger than myself. I have learned that it is entirely possible to hold such deep gratitude & reverence for something but simultaneously know when it’s time to let go. When things get too comfortable, I crave change. Not fearing that change is exactly what has brought me to my greatest adventures. I have never lived my life in fear of the unknown, but it quickly became apparent to me that the only unknown I was afraid of was going inward, diving deep into my own mind, & the fear of what I would find. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of self-love but the truth is, you can’t possibly love yourself without knowing yourself first. We keep ourselves so busy as a mechanism to distract from the truth of who we are, but the shadows are never as scary as we believe them to be. I cherish all the moments we have shared through Tasty, I cherish all of you, but I’m so excited for what’s to come because it’s yet another new adventure & I have never felt more alive than I do now. 💖

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always wake up grateful for a new day! 🌞 A fresh start, a blank canvas, a rested mind & body, & a full heart are all gifts available to us with each rising sun. (& coffee, lots of coffee.) ☕️ #sundaymorning

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happy friday! I’m not one for labels but I’ve been playing around with plant-based eating recently & I’ve been feeling sooo good that I wanted to share! It’s funny, I used to say I would NEVER EVER EVER...ever...go plant-based or vegan, my diet has always been meat-centric & it was easy to use working in the food industry as an excuse. Getting more in tune with my body recently has meant listening to its many cues, how amazing is it that our bodies are talking to us all day long?! It’s so easy to tune it out, as I did for a verrry long time, but what’s also amazing is that you can ALWAYS tap back in. You just have to slow down. I have always loved trying new diets & lifestyles out of curiosity; i find it a fun challenge & learning experience, but this is the first time i have changed my diet based solely on how i FEEL. My body has been CRAVING plants big time & it feels so gooood to give it exactly what it wants. (not to mention the positive impact on the planet!) 🌎 What my body is asking for right now may change in a week, or a month, or even a year but I’m rollin’ with it. 🌿 Nothing like a big shake-up to get the creativity flowwwwin’ so here is a delicious bowl of plant-based goodness that I cooked up for dinner last night. I sautéed cauliflower gnocchi a la @traderjoes, made a creamy tomato basil “meat sauce” using coconut cream & @impossible_foods ground “beef”, threw in some arugula & sundried tomatoes at the end, & topped it with my one true love @garlicgold in lieu of Parmesan. IT WAS DAMN DELICIOUS & i didn’t miss the meat or cream OR cheese one bit. I’m not here to tell you how to eat, I understand how off-putting that can be, but what I will ask of you all is to try to slow down, tune in, & listen to your own body’s wants & needs. Treat your body like a soulmate, not a roommate. (Unless your soulmate is your roommate?! Idk lol) 💖🥦🍍🍎🥬🥒💖

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✨ self-care ✨ the most selfless thing we can do is put ourselves FIRST. This means we can then show up for others as our best blissful selves & showing up as your best self is the ultimate gift you can give to the world. It doesn’t always have to be extravagant, like a visit to a spa (even though i wish i could stay @larchmontsanctuaryspa 4ever) self-care can look like going on a walk, taking a bubble bath, reading a book, journaling, listening to music, eating your favorite food, watching a movie, or saying NO to the things that drain you. Self-care means learning to love yourself enough to protect your energy. start to recognize when you are out of balance & take action before you drown in a sea of anxiety & resentment. I have been a people pleaser my whole life, believing selflessness meant putting other people’s needs before my own. It only led me to feel depleted & consequently unable to show up for myself let alone anyone else. I made conscious steps everyday to put myself first, some bigger than others, & in that I discovered a limitless source of light & love to share 💥 my spark💥 Self-care means cultivating your own spark & your spark is the catalyst for all creativity, clarity, alignment, connection, joy, & love! You will do so much more for the world when you first do more for yourself. Tell me, what are you doing to treat yourself today? 💖

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i don’t know who needs to hear this right now but GO OUTSIDE ~ observe the leaves as they dance in the wind, listen to the birds sing as they fly through the air, smell the sweet essence of a single flower petal, & notice the water glisten with the reflection of the sun. reignite your ability to experience the world with childlike wonder. by accepting that nature just *is* we lose sight of the sheer awesomeness of it; fully alive & always in perfect balance. if seeing is believing, look around! expand your mind to believe true magic lies simply in its existence & find solace knowing heaven was always right here on earth. 🌎 no AirPods were harmed in the making of this photo. ok, that’s all.

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today when i ventured out on my hike, my mind had the intention of returning to the last place i happened upon. mostly because I’m stubborn & i just loved it so much. no surprise, my intuition had different plans. it was difficult to separate the two, especially knowing the way to the spot that i so loved, but i took pause, really tapped into my inner-self, & trusted that i would get where i was supposed to go. i redirected myself up an unfamiliar road, the opposite way from where i wanted to go, questioning it the ENTIRE way. just when the road came to a dead end, i found a small trail tucked in the brush & immediately knew it was where i was meant to be. a bench was so perfectly placed in the middle of the trail, overlooking LA. i took a seat in complete solitude & tears immediately welled up. instead of holding them back as i typically do, i released them. simultaneously letting go of a lifetime of built up negative energy, damaging beliefs, & fear. i allowed myself to feel sad & scared & alone. immediately after i felt grateful. i learned that choosing happiness does not mean not feeling alll the feelings. we need to acknowledge & hold space for our emotions, no matter how dark, in order to truly let them go. to fully heal ourselves & make room for love & light in our lives. a month ago i would have NEVER shared something like this, i would have thought it was dramatic & weird, but crying is not weird, it’s human & we are here to be human. complex, twisted, emotional but all the while beautiful humans. i’ve promised myself & you guys to live a life of radical authenticity & that means sharing my most vulnerable moments. if i can help even one person find happiness through healing, it will be worth it. so i wiped away my tears, danced to a little @rufusdusol & ventured on. GUESS where the trail took me?...right back to where i originally wanted to go. ✨magic✨ you may have to take a longer path to get where you want to go, but always trust that if you put in the work you will get there. if you find this post uncomfortable you likely have some work to do yourself.

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this week i was a judge at a chicken wing competition & the hype girl at a hot dog wedding. Dreams do come true. ✨🌭 #fortheloveofhotdogs

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i’m asked on the daily how i am so happy, it’s kind of a weird question for me, i just am! It’s not always easy, but i choose happiness everyday. Ask yourself where the source of your happiness lies. Is it in money? the perfect body? Someone else? Do you tell yourself “I’ll be happy when....” or “if...” Realize that is your mind grasping at the future, preventing you from living in the present, & causing you to be perpetually unhappy. Your mind is your greatest threat to happiness. People waste their whole lives chasing after the happiness of tomorrow, when it was always available to them today. Don’t wait for the right circumstances to arise in your life to find your own happiness, life is always in flux. All of your ideal circumstances will seldom line up perfectly. If they do you may find happiness, but it will be fleeting. I took this sweaty mid-hike selfie to capture my happiness & how grateful I’ve felt the past couple of months. Hiking everyday, breathing in nature, & alll the beauty that WE are surrounded by but often don’t slow down enough to see. I’ve been practicing allowing my intuition guide me instead of my mind. Going on an adventure, treating the world like a literal playground, & setting aside all fear to see where it will lead me AND U KNOW WHAT?! It has *always* lead me to the most MAGICAL places! ✨ Places i never even knew existed in my very own backyard. Places that make me want to burst into tears & bust into dance all in one. Happiness. Best of all, this feeling is available to all of us. If you want it, you got it. I believe that our intuition is our innate guide to happiness. We were all born with intuition, but for most as we grow up it was silenced by the practicality of the mind. I’ve always listened to my intuition, & while there have been plenty of ups and downs, it has always guided me to the right place. It’s guided me here, to all of you! It’s not easy for me to be vulnerable, but to not share that would be a massive disservice. SO, i challenge you to start listening to your own intuition too! Not just on a hike, but in all aspects of your life. If you do listen you’ll find It has a lot to say. 💖

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smiles from island to island 🏝 thank you for the unforgettable trip @visitusvi! #usvi

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just lookin for the dive bar 🐚 📷: @girlwanderlist @visitusvi #stjohn #trunkbay

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a sinner & a saint (john) ☀️ @visitusvi #usvi #trunkbay

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sands will make her dance 🏝 @visitusvi #USVI #STT

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keeping my head in the clouds ☁️✨

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SPILL THE TEA, SIS

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DAM.

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BONE appétit! Thanks for another incredible meal @out_inthefield & to chefs @nealfraser, @chefaustincobb, @zpollack, & of course for allowing me to climb the dam, & for letting me gnaw on the short rib bone 😂 #outstandinginthefield #thecloserthebonethesweeterthemeat

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i forgot sunglasses lol

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Tinkerbell ain’t got nothing on #RALIX Have you guys seen the season premiere of I Draw, You Cook yet? As always, I had so much fun competing against my favorite @thedessertsnob 🧚‍♀️ Also, don’t forget to watch the BTS up on my personal channel! #linkinbio #buzzfeed #tasty #youtube

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this morning I went on a hike alone. It’s hard for my soul to be still, but I practiced quieting my thoughts. I listened to my music, really listened (mostly to @mariboustate). I let my body & my mind wander. I got lost, no really I got a little lost lol. At the top, I sat on the edge & closed my eyes. I felt the wind on my skin & in my hair, I filled my lungs with my breath & my being with gratitude (& then i took a picture because, duh it’s me). It was magical. 10/10 would recommend. (This is in no way sponsored by @beatsbydre)

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Who else is ready to WRAP UP this week? 🙋🏼‍♀️😝 But really, wraps are quick, easy, fun, customizable- what more could you want in a meal?! Assembling this wrap was as easy as tearing off a piece of lavash, slathering it with garlicy spread, (if you know, you know @traderjoes) layering greens, prosciutto, shredded rotisserie chicken, baby heirloom tomatoes, and thinly sliced shallots. #wrapartist

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wilder than the flowers 🌸

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Channeling my inner Khaleesi today WHO DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THE IRON THRONE?! I’m team Dany, duh. @emilia_clarke #got

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doMutts 🍩🐶

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lightning in a bottle & tequila in a tiki cup 🌩👌🏻

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Swipe ➡️ to mix it up! 🍴 I got lucky with my fridge scraps today & made this bomb.com Carnitas Burrito Bowl. Filled with shredded carnitas, @eatbanza chickpea rice (new obsession), kale, cabbage, avocado, cherry tomatoes, queso fresco & crema. No recipe necessary! ALSO OMG 200K TYSM 💖

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🌙 Lashes by: @soholashes_hollywood hair by: @anyabraids

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BUST IT DOWN Hair by: @anyabraids moves by: me

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I got the chance to take part in a special Miller Lite beer experience with my new friends @higgins.ben & @sydsogood and we had the best day ever! #ad We tasted beer side by side with a Trade Brewer and learned all about the brewing process. I was shocked to learn that Miller Lite has MORE taste with a fraction of the calories. Thank BREW Miller Lite! Cheers! @millerlite

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I’m the girl at the ice cream shop who asks to try every flavor but always goes back to the same one. Who’s with me?! @jenisicecreams Brambleberry Crisp has my 💖 ft. @alvinzhoupwns 🤣🍦#icecream

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pool hair, don’t care 💦💁🏼‍♀️ (except for tomorrow when the chlorine turns my hair green, then I will very much care)

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Mother of Kittens 🐱 #worththeallergies #fosterkittens

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I call this creation “I’m not a regular lemon bar, I’m a cool lemon bar.” (NAME THAT MOVIE!) Lemon bars are one of my favorite sweet treats & i made these with *fun* twist; a funfetti shortbread crust! 🍋🌈 They are as delicious as they are cute, trust. #lemonbars #funfetti INGREDIENTS Crust 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons (265g) all-purpose flour AS MANY RAINBOW SPRINKLES AS YOU WANT! (Or 1/4 cup) Lemon Filling 2 cups granulated sugar 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 6 large eggs 1 cup fresh lemon juice (I used 7 lemons / fresh is best!) -Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9x13 inch dish (preferably glass!) with parchment paper. -In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together. -Press the dough into the dish evenly. -Bake the crust for 20 minutes or until just brown on the edges. -In a medium bowl, mix the all the ingredients for the filling together. -Pour the filling over the baked crust and bake again for 20-25 minutes or until the filling no longer jiggles. -Allow to come completely. -Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into bars. -Eat!

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I call this “Rie in portrait mode”

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b-yacht #REVOLVEFESTIVAL

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Still in shock I wasn’t the only one in cheetah print @coachella New video on my YouTube channel! 🐆 #linkinbio #lastoneipromise #coachella

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NAPCHELLA

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I can’t feel my feet lol #REVOLVEFESTIVAL

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Just want to thank everyone for coming to my birthday party @coachella thanks @tame__impala & @wherearetheavocados for the performances thanks thanks #blessed love you all #26

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Duuuuude. I’m alive lol #REVOLVEFESTIVAL

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Bend it like Traeger 💁🏼‍♀️ What’s your favorite sport? Mine is ⚽️ @tikitakasoccerleague