Healthy is the new Black

I can’t believe there was a Kickstarter campaign for “Anti-Thigh-Gap” jeans; all I can say is HALLELUJAH!!!
http://youtu.be/DoFrpZ4QXwo

This video gives me confidence that the lunatics who still push the very unhealthy Kate Moss definition of beauty are FINALLY fading into obscurity!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I fully appreciate people who have a naturally small frame like Kate Moss or Keira Knightly. With that said, I’m fed up with that cookie-cutter stereotype still existing. Mindy Kaling is a great example!

Look at these Elle covers:
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Granted, this happened in March, but it shouldn’t be happening at all!

I’m so excited to help women be mad scientists; I’ll give them as many tools to help them be successful in their life-long experiments with food, exercise routines, menus (I’m officially banning the word diet because it says “die” for crying out loud!!! — menu is intended to reveal your “New Me!”), makeup and fashion that will solidify their Aphrodite Attitudes!

Much Love!

My NutriBullet Experience

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A couple months ago, I wrote about how the NutriBullet was an awesome way to get your fruits and veggies in every day (especially if you hate grazing as much as I do 😜).

For my birthday, I that I wanted to try the NutriBullet for myself and I couldn’t be happier!!!

Here’s a couple of the nutriblasts I make regularly:
Mixed Berry kiwi:
*1/2 organic kiwi
*handful of organic blueberries
*handful of organic raspberries
*2 large organic strawberries
*2 or 3 organic baby carrots
*1 leaf of organic kale or lettuce
*a pinch of cinnamon and ginger
*1 scoop of soy protein powder
*6-8oz of water

Mango berry kiwi
*1/2 organic kiwi
*1/2 organic mango
*1 leaf of organic kale or lettuce
*handful of organic blueberries
*handful of organic raspberries
*pinch of cinnamon and ginger
*1 scoop of soy protein powder
*6-8oz of water

I’m sure you can tell I love organic foods, haha!! Seriously though, you don’t have to use organic, but I love how organic makes me feel and I encourage y’all to give it a shot! 😀

Every time I have my nutriblast, I know I’m doing right by my body now and in the long run. Over the past month and a half, I’ve noticed my sugar cravings decrease DRAMATICALLY!! To give you a sense of how bad my sugar addiction was, I bought a gallon of vanilla ice cream and a case of Mt. Dew every week when I went to the grocery store. Now, I can barely drink a can of soda without feeling my teeth rot.

A NutriBullet may not be the best option for you, but I just hope you’re willing to try it.

Remember, that all we have is our health and EVERY investment (whether you’re eating healthy once a month or every day) counts!!

Talk to y’all soon!! 💖

Russell Simmons Eptiomizes Meditation’s Benefits

"Yoga has really helped me feel more comfortable with the idea of being present, the simpliest idea of spirituality, the power of now." -Russell Simmons

“Yoga has really helped me feel more comfortable with the idea of being present, the simplest idea of spirituality, the power of now.” -Russell Simmons

In my last post, I explained that hypnotherapy, is one form of meditation, and when practiced regularly, it will markedly improve the amount of success you achieve in your personal and professional lives; Russell Simmons epitomizes this concept. I believe it was last Tuesday when I saw Larry King interview Russell on his show Larry King Now.

Larry and Russell were discussing Russell’s new book, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple, and Russell explained how his discovery of meditation (specifically yoga) changed his life. I’m sure you’ve heard of Russell’s prepaid debit card called the Rush card – ironically, that card bears part of his nickname before he discovered meditation, Uncle Rush! In this clip, Russell tells Larry the story of how exactly he became addicted to the powerful peace of mind meditation gives him and how it’s impacted his career (watch from the beginning until about 7m30s):

Russell Simmons on Yoga and Meditation

What struck me the most is Russell’s cogent explanation of meditation being a practice; it may take a few minutes for our impatient minds to calm down, but once they do, stressful problems are easily solved. We must remember two key points:

  1. The adage that “Rome was not built in a day,” and

  2. the fable of the tortoise and the hare

Faster results and instant gratification is not always best.

Russell Simmons reaped such astounding benefits from the simple practice of meditation, and you can too!!

Now that you know that simple changes in your lifestyle can make a huge difference, I want to share with you the many ways we can transform our own lives by “exploiting” the expectations society places on us. We all have to eat, so why not use the  foods we have (ideally, organic) to continue to build and reinforce our Aphrodite Attitudes? The same idea can be applied for makeup, skin care products and fashion.

Aphrodite Attitude Redefined

Embracing your inner goddess means honestly contemplating whether all three parts of you (mind, body and spirit) are truly in harmony on a regular basis.

Embracing your inner goddess means honestly contemplating whether all three parts of you (mind, body and spirit) are truly in harmony on a regular basis.

A few days ago I had a webinar from one of my business mentors playing while I was cooking my lunch and at the time I didn’t fully understand why. Then, just as I was starting to tune the audio out, she mentioned how she almost lost the rights to use one of her tag lines in a legal proceeding. The slogan she referred to reads as follows: “Remove your blocks so your business rocks!”

Unbeknownst to me, playing that webinar was the best thing I could have done for myself and for y’all. I’ve been pondering why the tag line resonated with me as much as it did, and I realized why: I’m ignoring a major block of my own!

While I absolutely LOVE helping y’all learn about the amazing healing properties of food, I understand now that that is not my only mission. To serve y’all to the best of my ability, I know that I have to stay true to myself and embrace EVERY aspect of a complete Aphrodite Attitude, especially the mental component! I could give you advice on infinite external tools you can use to improve your self-esteem, but if I continue to be negligent in acknowledging that we need to discuss the mental component as well, I am not fully honoring my mission.

From this point forward, I want to use this blog to help you embrace, develop and maintain your Aphrodite Attitude. In order to do that, you have to want to examine the following:

  1. Your willingness to acknowledge that a HEALTHY state of mind allows you to admit you’re flawed (and that your flaws are just as beautiful as your strengths, just like Aphrodite),
  2. Examples of strong, confident women who have the the courage to break down and eradicate the societal compulsion to force every aspect of your life into a perfect box, and
  3. External tools that will reinforce our stronger senses of self-worth, including (but not limited to) balancing your psyche, proper nutrition (weight loss/gain is a bonus!!) & skin care/makeup.

Why I Want the NutriBullet

An easy way to harness the power of raw foods!

An easy way to harness the power of raw foods!

Over the past week, I’ve seen the infomercial for the NutriBullet System at least twice and I’ve seen it being presented on HSN. This product’s statements have always resonated with me for some reason (I guess it’s because I can hear my mom telling me to eat my vegetables) and today I realized why: it’s called bioavailability.

I know that that term sounds complicated, but it’s really very simple. Think about how many times you’ve needed a sponge to clean something up. When it’s just spilled milk, it takes very little effort to get the sponge to soak up the milk; dried ketchup, on the other hand, takes considerably more effort to scrub and wipe up. That’s exactly how our digestive system works. If you drink a glass of pulp-free orange juice, your body can soak up the nutrients like a sponge, whereas whole foods, like broccoli, spinach or blueberries or spinach, your body has to scrub the foods (break them down) before it can absorb those nutrients.

In the infomercials, longevity expert and master nutritionist, David Wolfe (who also appear in “Simply Raw”) explains that when we prepare our vegetables, fruits and nuts in the NutriBullet, they are are turned into super foods they call nutriblasts. Here’s a video of how the NutriBullet makes the foods we eat super foods.

One nutriblast each day is the perfect way to incorporate the raw foods diet lauded in “Simply Raw,” especially if you have an extremely hectic schedule.

Is Your Weight Loss Program Foundationally Sound?

I’ve been trying to find a way to verbalize how important your mindset is when you’re determined to be healthier, but Ellie said it better than I ever could!

Enjoy!

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It’s the end of January and once-determined dieters are falling by the wayside every day. Why? Discouragement, boredom, distractions . . . all influence decisions. The most important reason for failure however, is that their program wasn’t built on a firm foundation to begin with!

foundation built on sand (2)Until one asks “Why do I want to do this?” it’s like slathering paint over moldy dry wall. The underlying problem always returns. It’s important to unmask the emotional and psychological reasons why one uncontrollably eats in the first place. It’s painful facing up to the truth.  It is so much easier to procrastinate and hide from it than to rip away the revealing scars in our memory.

One of my patients had been horribly abused as a child and theorized that if she hid her body under layers of fat, no man would find her attractive. God lifted her out of her despair when she realized that she had value in His eyes…

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Disheartened? Disregard Your Scale!

I couldn’t agree more with Ellie’s sentiment. I threw away my scale 2 years ago and made my focus how I feel and it’s an incredible feeling to get that anxiety about the scale out of my life!

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Okay, you have been on your weight loss plan for five weeks now, how are you holding up? Still resolving to lose weight or are you a trifle discouraged?  Ready to give up? Then I’d recommend you throw away that scale.  A scale is not a great indicator as to how healthy one is and you have probably been checking it every day now, hopeful you have lost a pound or two.

Healthy living is the objective, not thinness. Weight means very little but bone structure means a lot. If you are large-boned, you will never comfortably be able to fit into a size 2.  If you are small boned, even a weight gain of 5 lbs. will make you look a little pudgy. Good news – God created each of us uniquely but wants all to be healthy.

In regards to  weight: a pint equals a pound. If you drink a couple of cups of water, coffee, tea or eat breakfast and then step…

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