Love Your Body

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{Here’s a picture of me and my boyfriend Tim, taken a little over a week ago <3}

In a time when, “thin is in” it can be easy to justify going to extreme measures to make your body match an ideal that society has created. I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly felt bombarded with images of women who are far thinner than I am – thinner than I’ll ever be. I don’t wish I looked like them, but there was a time when I’d stare at those images; I’d dissect every part of a woman’s body and wonder why mine didn’t look the same. I wondered why my thighs weren’t as thin; why my cheekbones weren’t as prominent; why my stomach wasn’t as flat. It didn’t take very long before I started to cut back on the amount of food I was eating.

It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I slowly began accepting myself. When I went to college, the acceptance and love for my body grew. I became a Healthy Eating and Living Intern at the Student Center. For “Love Your Body Day” my fellow interns and I ordered shirts that said, “I <3 My Body.” We wore them around campus and observed people’s reactions (most were positive :)). I was happy to be wearing one, because it was true. I wanted to inspire others to love their bodies, too. If you’d given me a shirt like that to wear when I was younger, I don’t know that I would have, because I wouldn’t want people to look at me and think that I actually loved my body. How could I? I was no model. But in college, I did love my body. I truly learned to care for myself. I didn’t diet. I shopped for healthy food. I walked for miles every day. I ran by the lagoon. I danced. I filled myself with love, laughter, and happiness. I was fulfilled.

I cringe when I hear how much women torture themselves to look a certain way. I feel saddened by the amount of pressure many people feel to be thinner, prettier, taller, etc. I wish that we could appreciate our bodies for everything that they do for us – that’s part of how I healed. I thanked my body for taking care of me. Instead of wanting to look a certain way, I just wanted to be healthy. I still feel this way.

I wish that we could spread more love; instead of calling ourselves or others fat, my hope is that we will look at ourselves and others for who we really are; the numbers on the scale, the size of our skirts, the fact that we don’t look like a small percentage of women who are incredibly tall and thin doesn’t define us. There was a time when being thin was everything to me. Now, I think it shocks people that being skinny isn’t my ultimate goal. It’s not even on my list of things that I want. I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, or because I love and accept my body, but I genuinely don’t want to stretch myself out to be a few inches taller and a few pounds lighter. I love my curves. I am passionate about helping women be healthy and learn to truly love their bodies, too.

Instead of focusing on being a certain weight, I would rather we all strive to be our healthiest, happiest, most radiant selves. When we learn to love ourselves and enjoy life, if we have weight to lose, it will come off because we are feeding ourselves healthy food, and are taking time to be active, as well as to relax, and connect with nature, ourselves, and people who lift us up. To me, that’s what life is about. If you’re on your wellness journey and are struggling to love yourself, accept your body, and heal, I’d love to help. If you have an eating disorder, I can refer you to a specialist who can help. Wherever you are on your health journey, know that there are people who can help. The fact that you’re beautiful won’t change as your weight changes. And, you can learn the tools to take care of yourself, too. You’re worth it. <3

Fall in Love with Yourself First

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I think that if we all spent more time falling in love with ourselves, just as we are, life would be so much sweeter. One of the best things that we can do for ourselves is to say positive affirmations, such as: “I am beautiful”; “I am healthy”; “I am radiant and I attract abundance in my life”; “I am loved.” And then we have to trust that these things are true.

I do believe that there is healing, calming, soothing, energizing, power in falling in love with ourselves. I want to wish you the ability to focus your time and energy on all of the fabulous attributes that make you amazing: compassion; generosity; the ability to make people laugh (including yourself!);  optimism; charisma; charm; wit; lightheardedness – all of the things that make you so wonderful and loveable. When you treat yourself with the utmost kindness possible, it will be so much easier to stay madly, deeply, in love with yourself.  You deserve to be loved by you. You are glorious. <3

Start Exercising Now!

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When we’re stressed out, anxious, or depressed, I know it’s tempting to curl up into a ball, watch movies, and stay in bed. While these actions may seem like a good idea, the answer to feeling better is actually to get up and move. Exercise plays an important role in our health. When we exercise, we release endorphins, which are the chemicals that create a positive feeling in our bodies. We all have an exercise routine we love, whether it’s running, hiking, biking, walking, swimming, doing housework, practicing yoga, dancing, doing pilates, or something else, we have to stay active. By doing so, we will not only be physically fit, but we will also increase the “feel good” hormones in our body, which can assist in dealing with depression, reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, increasing self-esteem, and more.

What I love about exercise is that it really has so many positive benefits for us. In addition to making us feel happier and more relaxed, exercise is also important for keeping our hearts healthy and strong; staying active also strengthens our muscles and bones, lowers blood pressure, and exercises such as yoga help keep us flexible.

I know that the weather is colder, the days are shorter, and it probably seems like a good idea to just stay put, but trust me, you’ll feel so much better if you dedicate part of your day to getting up and moving. Even if you only have 10 minutes to go for a walk or a quick run, do it! Promise yourself that you will create a plan to stay active. If you’re exercising in the morning, it’s important to warm up first; don’t overexert yourself, especially not first thing in the morning, as this can be a shock to your system. Instead, wake up, have some water, tea, breakfast, and after you digest you can stretch and go for a walk – how great does that sound? Add your exercise routine to your calendar. Join a group exercise program and make new friends who support your healthy lifestyle and encourage you to do great things for yourself. Share your new workout plan with others so that at least one person will hold you accountable. See if you have a friend or family member who will work out with you. Whatever your next plan of action will be, I want you to not only look great, but to feel amazing as well. If you have a medical condition or an injury and cannot exercise at this moment, please try other stress reduction methods such as meditation, massage therapy, and/or hypnotherapy. If you can exercise, then get up and move! If you’re not sure whether or not you can exercise, or what the best exercise is for you, make sure you see a physician who can help you make a safe, healthy decision.

A Health Coach is a great resource to have when you’re starting a new exercise plan, want to heal yourself, and need someone who will listen to you and support you consistently. Join me for a free one hour consultation where we’ll create a health program that is perfect for you. Explore my programs and get a sense of which one of these you’d like to try first. Here’s to your health!

Must-Try Health Program for New Moms

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Now that you have just given birth, you know firsthand how many new and exciting changes are taking place in your life and within your body. While it’s normal to put all of your attention on your baby, it’s important to take care of yourself, too. With all of the new and sometimes unexpected changes that take place after giving birth, I’ve developed a program to support moms in regaining their strength, maintaining their health, and increasing their energy.

If you feel like you have a million things to do a day and all of these things are draining your energy, I can help you learn which foods will nourish you and give you sustained energy so you can look after yourself and your family. I know that your body has been through a lot – you just gave birth! I also know that you may feel overwhelmed, which is why it’s important to have a support system, and that’s what I am here for. Whether you want to get your pre-baby weight back or you want help dealing with your mood changes, I will focus on developing a program that’s right for you.

For new moms, it’s best to gradually make changes in the way that you eat and how you will stay active so that these changes will be safe and healthy. For this reason, I recommend either a 90-day Healthy Mommy program or a more extended Platinum 6-Month Healthy Mommy program so you can really give yourself time to heal, flourish, and thrive.

Do you want to:

  • Increase your energy levels?
  • Get your pre-baby weight back?
  • Eat delicious, healthy foods that are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients?
  • Learn how to stay active in a way that is safe and will allow you to lose weight?
  • Balance your hormones and moods?
  • Relax, meditate, and decrease your stress levels?
  • Take care of yourself?

If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, this program is right for you!

In your 90-day Healthy Mommy Program you will receive:

  • Six one-hour one-on-one sessions over the course of 3 months
  • Unlimited email support in-between sessions
  • Recipes, tips, books, and more resources on the best foods to eat for postnatal health
  • Advice on how to stay active so you can regain your strength and get your pre-baby weight back
  • Delicious food samples
  • Information on breastfeeding

In your 6-Month Platinum Healthy Mommy Program you will receive:

  • Twelve one-hour one-on-one sessions over the course of 6 months
  • Unlimited email support in-between sessions
  • Recipes, tips, books, and more resources on the best foods to eat for postnatal health
  • Advice on how to stay active so you can regain your strength and get your pre-baby weight back
  • Delicious food samples
  • Information on breastfeeding
  • Exclusive discounts on detoxes that are safe for new moms who are breastfeeding
  • Support and guidance from me
  • Ability to move at a steady pace so you can gradually make changes that will last a lifetime

I know it seems like there’s no way that you can afford to add another thing to your to-do list, but really, now that you’re a new mom, you can’t afford not to take care of yourself. You don’t have to go through this time alone. Contact me so we can discuss which program is right for you. Before you know it, you will be looking and feeling amazing. You will lose weight, gain support, and learn how to stay healthy and happy for a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

Brides to Be: Lose Weight Before Your Big Day!

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No one knows how much time and effort planning a wedding can be, unless they’ve done it themselves. With so many details to tend to, it’s easy to be stressed out, break out, and feel like you’ll never lose those last few pounds and fit perfectly into your gorgeous dress. As you’re prepping for your wedding, you want to make sure that you look and feel your best, which is why I came up with a program exclusively for brides to be! Whether your wedding is six months away or next month (yay!), there is still time to lose that extra weight. Even if you’re in a rush, you can still lose up to 8 pounds with my 30-day Rush to Weight Loss Program. My goal is to help brides to be shed those last few pounds before their wedding day without dieting, starving, sucking it in, or stressing out. I want to help take a load off your shoulder and be your partner as you lose weight, feel great, and prep for your big day.

In this special program, you will work with me to finally get to your ideal weight. As a bonus of living a healthy lifestyle, you will also get:

  • Clear, radiant, glowing skin
  • Beautiful, shiny hair
  • Better sleep so you can get more rest
  • Tips and training on how to breathe and be stress-free
  • As much support and guidance as you need from me

You will have access to delicious recipes, food samples, tons of helpful handouts, and more. I will share with you my top tips for shedding weight without dieting or starving. You will be happy, full, and still lose weight!

Choose from one of these programs:

30-day Rush to Weight Loss:

This program is ideal if you have less than 10 pounds to lose. Remember that you can only lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week, and while I want you to lose weight, I will ensure that you are doing so in a way that is safe and healthy.

You will receive:

  • Two one-hour sessions over the course of 1 month
  • Recipes, handouts, exercise tips, and more
  • E-mail support in-between sessions

90-day Intensive:

This is perfect for you because you will have enough time to lose weight and learn how to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

You will receive:

  • Six one-hour one-on-one sessions over three months
  • Unlimited email support for same day question and answer response
  • Handouts, recipes, books, and more
  • Food samples and other materials

6-Month Platinum Program for Brides to Be

This is the ultimate program for brides to be. You will make gradual, lasting changes and will have my constant support and guidance for 6 whole months! I *highly* recommend this program if your wedding is at least 6 months away – get excited!

You will receive:

  • Twelve one-hour one-on-one sessions over six months
  • Unlimited email support for same day question and answer response
  • Handouts, recipes, books, and more
  • Foods samples and other materials
  • Discounts on my special cleanses and detoxes

I know that while this is a special, exciting time in your life, it can also be stressful. There are lots of details that you’re probably thinking about constantly, but stressing out about your weight does not have to be one of those things. I will help you look and feel your best on your big day, because you deserve it. You are beautiful no matter how much you weigh – there’s no question there, but I certainly want you to feel amazing in your own skin. You can finally reach your ideal weight, get clear skin, shiny hair, and more. You are gorgeous and you will be glowing on your wedding day! Contact me so we can get you started on your exclusive bride-to-be wellness package.

Slim Down with this Summer Detox!

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Hi Everyone!

I have been getting lots of questions about cleanses and detoxes; many people want to lose weight for this warm season, so I came up with a simple, easy to follow detox! I’m excited to share more about this with you.

This 15 Day Detox is going to change your life forever: you will detox & lose weight in the most fun & natural way.

  • Are you ready to recharge for the summer?
  • Are you ready to slim down for the summer months?
  • Are you ready to boost your Immune System?
  • Are you Ready to Detox & Lose Weight in a safe and fun way?
  • Do you want to say goodbye to sugar cravings and say hello to a new way of eating?
  • Are you ready to ditch the diets, stop counting calories and reboot your entire body?

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 Welcome to this incredible Detox!

 Have you been dealing with any of the following:

  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Skin conditions such as acne
  • Insomnia
  • Eczema
  • Excess weight
  • Food Allergies

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Did you know?

Your body may be carrying around 5 to 10 pounds of toxic waste, which slows down your ability to lose weight & that means SLOW metabolism – oh no!

Get Renewed, Rebooted, and Recharged in this one-of-a-kind 11 day step-by-step proven system that will help you to…

  • Tone your body
  • Reduce the toxic load
  • Improve your digestion
  • Uncover hidden food allergies
  • Make weight loss fun & easy

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Imagine discovering your blueprint and  finding the foods to fuel your body.

You will….

  • Uncover hidden food sensitivities that are keeping you feeling blah
  • Learn what foods fuel your body
  • Rev up your metabolism
  • Release stubborn weight and reduce cravings
  • Say good-bye to sugar cravings
  • Reduce inflammation that leads to weight gain

Your Detox Experience Includes the Following:

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An 11-day, step-by-step meal plan – making this Detox super easy for you to to follow!

The Sensational Summer Detox Recipe Guide includes a grand total of 89 recipes – wow!

  • 11 Smoothies
  • 10 Juices
  • 6 Raw Delicious Dips
  • 5 Dressings
  • 12 Meals in the Raw
  • 5 Meals Cooked
  • 4 Raw Soups
  • 6 Warm Soups
  • 10 Snacks
  • 8 Desserts
  • 8 Recipes Plus 4 Desserts for the Transition Phase (the last 4 days of the detox)

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You will also receive:

The Sensational Summer Detox Food Diary & 11 Day Meal Planner
A Shopping List so that planning meals is fast, easy, and fun
The Sensational Summer Detox Handouts:

  • Journal & Vision Board Yourself to the Body You Deserve
  • Low Glycemic Handout
  • Find Your Carbohydrate Tolerance: Learn the difference between good carbs and bad carbs and eat what’s right for your body

When you have completed your adventure, your life will never be the same because you will:

  • Lose 3-5 pounds in a week
  • Ditch the diet mentality and kiss cravings and bloating good-bye
  • Feel endless energy
  • Have mental clarity and not “brain fog”
  • Learn simple techniques for detoxing and eating that you can use for a lifetime

You will be glowing!

You will transform!

You will Reboot & Refresh!

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What are you waiting for?





Nigella Lawson Embraces Her Beautiful Body

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I know I always tell people to love their bodies, so I am always excited when someone knows how beautiful he/she is and is ready to share it with the world. Recently, Nigella Lawson, one of the chefs on ABC’s The Taste, told ABC that they were not allowed to airbrush her tummy in new promotional posters for her show. I am so proud of her for embracing her gorgeous curves and for reminding men and women that we do not need to be retouched to match an unrealistic expectation of beauty that society has drilled into our heads. Being curvy is just as beautiful as being thin; the important part is that we are healthy and that we take care of ourselves. There is no sense in beating ourselves up for our natural bodies, rather, we should follow in Nigella’s lead and be proud of what we have!

If you are having trouble loving your body, think of everything that it does for you. Stand in front of the mirror and say this affirmation daily, “I am beautiful.” Thank every part of your body for the role it plays in keeping you healthy and for allowing you to do all the things you love. If there is a part of your body that you are trying to change, be kind; love yourself  – all of yourself. Touch the parts of your body that you try to hide and say, “I love you.” Practice being your biggest supporter. In time you will see that you are beautiful.

Are you feeling down about yourself? Do you wish you had more confidence? Work with me and I will help you discover how radiant and gorgeous you already are!

What is Light Touch Release?

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When I moved back to Los Angeles a few years ago, I was looking forward to deepening my yoga practice. I tried several studios and worked with different instructors, but it wasn’t until I took Nikita Gupta’s class that I was convinced I’d found the perfect teacher for me. Nikita understands the connection between mind, body, and soul; yoga with her is not just about movement, it’s about a true understanding of your body – it’s about connecting with yourself and learning how to love and take care of your body. Nikita often reminds us that yoga is a great way to manage stress, curb cravings, increase flexibility, and more. So when Nikita told me that she was offering light touch release, I knew I’d give it a try.

I’ll admit that I didn’t know much about light touch release, but my trust in Nikita is so great, that I didn’t do too much research. According to Nikita’s website, “Light touch neuro-muscular release is a remarkable modality that directly accesses the nervous system, to elicit healing through body, breath and energy responses.” I tried this for the first time a few weeks ago and I was astounded with the results that I experienced.

Nikita took time to sit with me and go over a few things before our session; she asked me if I had any tension or soreness in my body. She explained to me that during our session she would lightly touch a few areas on my body – just for a split second each time – and then she would release. This practice “addresses acute situations as well as chronic patterns of tension” so that “clients can have a range of experiences post-session, including healing of physical pain, relaxation, more breath, emotional release, clarity, expansion, and greater aliveness.” Indeed, as I lay face down on her table, she lightly touched a few places on my back and neck; she pulled on my feet a couple of times and asked me to turn to the left and to the right. When we were done, she gently reminded me to take my time getting off of the table. Since she had barely touched me, I didn’t think I really needed to be careful. I turned around to get up and realized that I felt entirely different; my body was lighter and I felt as though I’d just received a 2 hour long massage – I was completely relaxed and I understood why she said to take my time getting off of the table – if I moved too quickly I’m sure I would have fallen! I was amazed. I actually burst into laughter and I didn’t open my eyes for at least a couple of minutes. The amount of release that I felt was beautiful. I did not know that a few light touches would create such a response, but I already can’t wait to try it again.

If you are in Los Angeles and are experiencing any soreness, tension, or pain or are in need of some self-care, I highly encourage you to work with Nikita and try light touch release. She is an amazing healer and I am so thankful to her that she offered her incredible service to me. If you are not in Los Angeles, check to see if there is a wellness provider in your area who can provide this service to you.

Are you tired of being stressed out? Is your day-to-day routine wearing you out? Join me for a free initial consultation so we can talk about how to destress and bring joy back into your life – you deserve it!

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Are You Listening to Your Body?

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One of my favorite parts of nutrition school was listening to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s founder, Joshua Rosenthal speak. He has an amazing ability to capture everyone’s attention, because he is constantly giving out good advice. He is a strong believer that our body talks to us, so we have to listen to what it’s saying. Below is a quote I had to share as it’s a wonderful reminder for us to love and listen to our bodies.

We can, and must, develop dialogue and relatedness with our body because it’s talking to us all the time. And please remember, your body loves you. It does everything it can to keep you alive and functioning. You can feed it garbage, and it will take it and digest it for you. You can deprive it of sleep, but still it gets you up and running next morning. You can drink too much alcohol, and it will eliminate it from your system. It loves you unconditionally and does its best to allow you to live the life you came here for. The real issue in this relationship is not whether your body loves you, but whether you love your body. In any relationship, if one partner is loving, faithful and supportive, it’s easy for the other to take that person for granted. That’s what most of us do with our bodies. It is time for you to shift this, and working to understand your cravings is one of the best places to begin. Then you can build a mutually loving relationship with your own body.”

Joshua Rosenthal, Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness

Are you addicted to sugar? Do you have trouble staying awake without coffee? Are you driven by your cravings? Join me for a free initial consultation and let’s get started on helping you deconstruct your cravings so  you can get your life back on track.