Me vs. The Treadmill

Track and Field I was never much of a runner. I remember in high school, gym class consisted of running the one mile around the school grounds. My friends and I would run the two minutes it took to disappear from the site of Mr. Hacker the gym teacher, and then pause to smoke a cigarette somewhere between the housing development next door and the thick tree lined growth that separated the two. I didn’t play any sports after my fake attempt to play field hockey freshman year and recreational activities usually involved a nice leisurely sport like downhill skiing on the epic slopes of Camelback Mountain in the Poconos. My tennis racket served me better as a prop to play air guitar and my bike only took me to my friends houses where we would lay by the pool, not do lapse in it. I was in choir and most of my closest friends were not jocks. Run for exercise? What? At the end of the 90’s I had lost 30 pounds and I was reading an article on how running was a great way to stay fit and maintain your weight. For those who had never run a day in their life, they also had a step-by-step instruction guide on how to become a runner. Run two minutes, walk to minutes. Next week, run three minute, walk two minutes, etc. With consistent pounding house music blaring in my ears, I eventually was able to run 30 minutes on the treadmill, non-stop. After moving to San Francisco, I picked up spinning, enjoyed the elliptical and I continued to...

The Juice Press

While I am a big fan of juicing, I technically haven’t stepped beyond my comfort zone in the process… until last week. I totally dig the BPC (now available at Whole Foods in Tribeca, YAY!) and hear the Cooler Cleanse is very similar. I have looked for less expensive options in the past and in San Francisco I used to do my own version with juices from Frapez in the Castro. While they weren’t all the tastiest, I managed to find my perfect mix. Since my arrival on the east coast I decided to investigate what the local juicers here were serving up. Technically the BPC is local, but they are still pricey even without delivery – – I will need to calculate the price tag of purchasing them singly from Whole Foods. I was recently at a Sunday Clear Day (think healing body work community get-together) in Brooklyn and someone mentioned Fresh Press. I did my research and didn’t find anything except this little joint on 1st Street in the East Village. Enter The Juice Press. Holy Monkey. Before I go into how intense the juices are, I would like to mention that during this process I had my first celebrity (reality) sighting since I’ve been back. It was very fitting too, Eric from the Real World NY Season One. Last time I lived in NYC it was 2000 and I still feel like I am in a bit of a time warp, so seeing Eric brought a smile to my face. He was a little more cleaned up (than this pic) when I saw him scarfing down...

What is Wellness?

Last month in conversation with a friend who works for one of Fast Company’s top 10 companies to work for, the topic of Wellness was at hand. Maybe because I am obsessed with the topic — but apparently so are her clients. In a world that is becoming more aware of our lack of peace, love and happiness, she mentioned that almost every account is wanting “to jump on this Wellness bandwagon.”  Companies that are wanting to design better products and better business models are recognizing the consumers interest in the Wellness factor.  How can they incorporate it and package it? How can they convey to their audience that they have their wellbeing in mind? My first question to her was, “What do they think Wellness means?” When first hearing the word, Wellness is usually lumped into, taking your vitamins, getting exercise and eating healthy. While that is generally the case, it also means so much more. As someone who has done a lot of work on themselves, I think Wellness can reach much deeper levels. Being well to me means, being self-aware, in touch with your truth — mindful of your behaviors and habits and generally being a loving, caring, compassionate person.  Those character traits are left when all the other BS our ego creates no longer rule us. Peace of mind, general contentment, walking through life with grace and ease reside when we become masters to our ego and no longer it’s slave. The 4 elements, Fire, Air, Water and Earth resonate so deeply with the foundation of everything that exists, it seems only natural to use...

The BPC (Blue Print Cleanse)

When my eating habits get out of hand and I can’t seem to pull myself out of a rut, there’s nothing like a cleanse to get me back on track. I’ve done all sorts of cleanses ranging from 3-day cleanses to 28-day ones. Each offer their own benefits. The long term ones I do to check in on how I react to certain foods and then also to remind myself to be mindful of what I consume. Weight-loss, detoxification and clarity of mind also play big roles in why I choose to cleanse. I unfortunately am an emotional eater and when life gets a little crazy, I forget to care, I go back to old behaviors and next thing you know, I am up 6-8 pounds. I’ve done Weight Watchers and Atkins and have had success with both. I’m not a fan of counting calories/points or deprivation and I strive to be the type of person who naturally chooses the right foods and can maintain their weight. I had a nice run of it for almost a year following Kathy Freston’s, Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness. Yes, this was the one Oprah did. I loved it and felt the best I ever have. I naturally adjusted my behaviors as well to support an even stronger set of healthy habits (more consistent workout, less booze, etc.). After the 28-day cleanse I continued to not eat meat or eggs, limited my sugar, gluten and dairy intake and easily ate normal portions. But then there was a bump in the road and next thing I knew...

Daily Quotes: Happiness

One of my yoga instructors, Darren Main, sends daily emails with different mindful quotes. I thought this one was perfect to share, as it once again supports what’s to come from this site: Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. —Denis...

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