I don’t know about you, but I always feel like ideal health is just out of grasp. I’ve made pretty big lifestyle changes for my health over the past three years - growing in yoga, exploring more plant-based foods, nixing the alcohol, adding mindfulness to my morning and evening routine. And in LA, there are always new hip things to try. Sometimes I’m down for the trends. Like last week I had an amazing laser & light facial at Skin Laundry - a little Monday blues pick-me-up. Though it was a fun experience, usually I let the trends float by unless I read ground-breaking research.Read More
It’s no mystery that individuals with chronic diseases are at higher risk for depression. Who’s mood doesn’t drop when confined to a bed or coughing up a lung?
Battling my autoimmune condition is also battling my mood. My mood is intrinsically (and maybe biologically) linked to the flares of my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I once read a meme that said something like, half of the time I’m trying to convince others of my autoimmune condition and the other half of the time I’m pretending like it doesn’t exist. It’s like this: on one hand, people tend to think I look young and healthy, like I don’t have serious health problems, when in fact I do. On the other hand, I’m trying to look (and feel!) young and healthy, like I don’t have serious health problems, even though I do.
Today I feel the tension and frustration acutely.Read More
My intention for 2017 was ADVENTURE.
And adventurous it was.
I decided to follow my gut. To listen to my needs, my dreams, my wisdom. To go places I’ve never gone, learn things I’ve never learned, and achieve things I’ve never achieved! I did all of this over the past year and I’ve never felt more alive.
My adventure in 2017 was full of inspiration, roundedness, and risk all at the same time!
Unexpectedly it’s also brought incredible clarity.Read More
A woman’s place should be wherever she damn well chooses. And wherever that place is, I hope she feels strong and healthy.
I speak to women and serve women and care about the health of women because too often society has been taught not to.Read More
I’m a foodie. And we landed in New York City for a week.
New York seems to have a surplus of fresh foods - and a surplus of foods to indulge in.
Life is about balance. I’ve found the healthier I eat (healthy meaning fueling my body well, knowing what it does/does not tolerate) the better I feel. And I wanted to feel great, with lots of energy to explore the city!
I’ve learned to make all my own food rules so I can also know exactly when to break them.Read More
So if you haven’t heard, I’m a meal prep skeptic.
Oftentimes starting a meal plan or diet is done all at once and can feel overwhelming and time consuming.
Oftentimes doing meal prep can feel impossible.
While one-size-fits-all programs nearly are impossible for most people, meal planning doesn’t have to be!
Here are five myths about meal planning that don’t have to be true for you:Read More
I decided to listen to my body and I decided to trust what it was telling me.
You know, our bodies speak, and not only from our mouths. Our bodies talk in our sleep, in our aches and pains, in our mood.
I listened when my hands hurt at work and I couldn’t open medicine bottles for patients. I listened when halfway into a twelve-hour shift, my ankles ached and I couldn’t help but limp. I listened when I woke up in the middle of the night, both feet throbbing until I soaked them in the tub. I listened when after a glass of wine, everything got worse: fatigue, pain, anxiety. My body was responding differently to the same stimuli. With my progressing symptoms, it wasn’t hard to listen.Read More