I don't typically cover brand campaigns on my site, but Philosophy's latest spoke to me in a way that made it seem natural. Their new campaign, 'How are you, REALLY' focuses on the honest state of our mental health. How many times do you answer "How are you?" with "fine" or "great?" I'm guilty of it all the time, because that's the expected answer. No one asks to create an honest conversation. In honor of Mental Health Month and with the help of Philosophy, that's all changing.
I've been volunteering at the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City as of late and absolutely love the animals. true love and care are given to the animals and tons of the hard work goes into getting each and everyone of them adopted. Adoption success stories make my day and this week, I'm proud to share this story from my friend, Alexis Farah of RandomActsofLipstick.com, who has opened her LA home to fostering dogs. I couldn't be more proud of her!
Since receiving my health coaching certification, friends and family are constantly asking me about healthy breakfast ideas. It seems all anyone eats are eggs! If you follow me on Insta, you already know that I love making bowls and smoothies that are full of nothing but nutrition. Here are five well-balanced breakfast ideas (including my yogurt bowl and chocolate, banana smoothie) to begin incorporating into your mornings.
This week in Miami, Joe and I were able to enjoy the Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau for a few hours. Typically, when we get spa treatments on vacation, we always opt for deep tissue couples massages. This time however, something else caught my eye on the spa menu and I'm glad I tried it. After all, it is part of my job! With an open mind and spiritual interest, I tried an Ayurvedic massage called Abhyanga, which is an ancient Indian massage therapy that uses a combination of oils according to your Dosha type in order to unblock your chakras and relieve stress. Dosha? Chakras? Allow me to explain. Here's everything you should know before trying an Ayurvedic massage.
Last week I was in LA for work and a little play and couldn't have felt more alive. I just love it out there. I was so happy about the gig I was working on, so happy to take a break with Joe and so incredibly happy to be in the sunshine. And now, back to the grind in NYC. Reality sets in. I once read that there's a formula to our happiness by Deepak Chopra, MD. Here's how it works.
One of my favorite parts of teaching yoga is that I can cater the playlists to each class. My favorite type of music to play and choreograph to is by far rock and roll. I get just as high from opening a flow to John Mayer's cover of Free Falling as I do when inviting my students to join me in a closing OM at the end of Dave Matthews' Crash Into Me. Chills. However, Pearl Jam's Release and Just Breathe take the cake. Here are some of my favorite playlists to teach and practice to.
Teaching people how to navigate the grocery store in order to eat their healthiest is one of the most rewarding parts of being a health coach. Once you show someone once, they'll never look at the food store the same again. In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are 5 simple tips for success at the grocery store.
In need of a re-energizing, midday snack or a morning pick me up? You're going to want to try these bite sized protein balls. Delicious, healthy and great for on-the-go!
There's nothing more heart warming than receiving emails from you guys about random acts of kindness. This story proves that even the smallest, selfless acts make a huge difference. If we all act out of kindness always, we can contribute to making the world a better place.
I'm excited to announce that I partnered with natural beauty brands Jason, Alba Botanica and Avalon Organics to teach a free yoga class at a their event in NYC tomorrow night and you're invited. In collaboration with Care.org, the brands are celebrating women's empowerment in order to raise awareness and funds for their work in supporting Qach'Umilal Girls' Education and Leadership Project, which helps to give indigenous Guatemalan girls access to education. Read on for details.
I'm such a creature of habit, especially when it comes to my workouts. When it began to feel like ground hog day, I knew it was time to shake things up and challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone. Not only has it been invigorating, but my body has been responding differently to the exercises (something I def needed) and I feel inspired.
Here in NYC, we don't exactly have "margarita weather" today, but the sun is shining somewhere, so to celebrate National Margarita Day, here's my favorite recipe. And yes, of course it's healthy! Haven't you ever heard of the tequila diet?
Quick, flavorful and super healthy. This chili is our spin on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's delectable recipe and perfect for cold winter nights.
Now, being that I only have about 13K Instagram followers, I'm not one to give advice on how to grow your audience. However, I will tell you that ever since I started strategically using the platform about a month ago (I know, it's about time), I've noticed a spike in my following and engagement so I thought I'd share a few tricks with you.
It's been a year since I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training at YogaWorks and I am still so grateful that I had the opportunity to take it on. It was by far, the best personal growth opportunity I've ever had. I've never been stronger than I am today and have never felt more comfortable in my own skin. Besides teaching, my practice has drastically changed. Here's how:
I'm so excited to be hosting a yoga class for the Liberty Humane Society next weekend! The animal shelter is located in Jersey City, NJ and is where we recently adopted Leo. While this photo shoot wasn't very fun (it was war), I promise my class will be! The playlist will be rock and roll themed and 100% of the proceeds will be donated. Read on for details.
I had the honor to attend Well + Good's wellness trend event at The Redbury in NYC a few weeks ago. There, a panel of very well respected experts dished about what to expect for 2017. Out of all of the 12 trends, a few really stood out to me. One they called, "Nesting at home is the new going out," which actually makes me (and probably a lot of you) a trendsetter.
Looking for a simple, yet deliciously warming recipe? Look no further than Dr. Frank Lipman's butternut squash and root veggie soup.
I'm excited to begin the new year with a story about my grandmother. Of course I'm partial in saying that's she's one of the kindest, most thoughtful women you'd ever meet, but she really is. I'm sure after hearing this Soul Candy story you'd agree.
This year, I'm adding a new series to the blog, a book club! I have a book shelf near my desk where I keep the most inspiring books that I've read to help cultivate creative energy in my office. One of my resolutions for this year is to spend more time reading (I'm truly a book nerd when I allow myself the time to get lost.) and will be sharing my favorites with you.
Since the beginning of December, my inbox has been flooded with pitches titled, "New Year, New You," which I've written a thousand times myself, but these stories tend to point us toward products for makeovers and weight loss tips in order to find fulfillment and happiness. The turn of the year however, isn't about finding happiness through fleeting vices. Instead, it's a reminder to reflect on your lifestyle and set intentions to make necessary changes in order to live more beautifully. So welcome, "New Year, Rejuvenated You," because you're already awesome.
Have you thought about your New Year's resolution yet? Each year I sit down and make a list of bigger picture "resolutions" and smaller things I hope to accomplish within the year. Last year, becoming a certified yoga teacher and holistic health coach, launching a new business and going to a Taylor Swift concert all make the list – Done. Done. Done. And done. All of these things were easy to cross off the list once finished, but some "resolutions" were bigger, self improvement challenges that I needed a strategy for. So here it is. I hope it helps you, too.
The holidays are clearly the hardest time of year to eat clean. Dinner parties often don't provide a ton of healthy options (Finger foods? I'll pass.) and martinis tend to go down like water (for me, anyway). Here's a juice recipe that I've tried by Dr. Taz that'll help to quickly reduce bloating so you can continue to party on without feeling gross.
As my husband and I enjoy the holiday season, going to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, watching Billy Joel perform at MSG and attending countless celebrations with family and friends, I'm reminded everyday how lucky we are in a world of complete chaos and unrest. For me, and I'm sure for most of you as well, it's becoming increasingly harder understand the hate in this world and it's with a heavy heart and hopeful soul that I write this post.
"Tired skin" used to be a common concern of patients who visited expert dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross. This trend initially stumped him. What did they mean by tired skin? And what could he do to fix it? His latest collection focuses on bringing skin cells back to life through a groundbreaking, potent form of Vitamin C complex in each of his new products. Just like a battery, our skin cells need to be charged and the new collection offers the ultimate regimen to keep your skin looking young and radiant.
This "Soul Candy" series is my favorite feature. I'm so glad that I added to the blog this year. Your stories keep pouring in and I feel grateful to be able to share good news and random acts of kindness with all of you. This one was written by a woman who regularly adopts senior dogs in order to give them a wonderful last few years and will make you want to run to the nearest shelter to help!
It wasn't until I studied nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a Holistic Health Coach that I realized the importance of probiotics. It's the one supplement I recommend all of my clients take as I truly believe that it's beneficial for balancing gut bacteria and keeping your digestive system healthy amongst other things. As a health coach and yoga teacher, my lifestyle is dedicated to finding balance, health and internal peace and helping others do the same. When it comes to taking probiotics, that part of my regimen just got easier. Enter: The morning routine.
When it comes to gifting, we love personalization. Not only does it make gifts unique (seriously who needs another damn scarf?), but also just a bit more thoughtful. Here are some of our favorite holiday gifts that can be customized in order to make someone feel special.
You're probably still eating Thanksgiving leftovers, but I'm sure some of you are ready to get back on track. Typically, people do cleanses post holidays, but if you dare, check out my 14 day clean eating challenge. Not only will it help you lose weight before the holidays, but it will also set you up to succeed at any cocktail party or dinner this season. Read on for benefits.
As a holistic health coach and someone who's super conscious about what I eat (hello, gluten free and vegan, a restaurants nightmare), my biggest downfall is portion control. The thing is, I know better, but often times, can't help it. No matter what your eating habits or weight loss goals are, here are eight tips for better portion control.