The hardest 45 minutes of my day- learning to disconnect

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Working in social media your day never ends as there’s always a new tweet or facebook update.  I work holidays (yes Christmas morning), birthdays, weekends, etc

It’s easy to get lost on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and blogs.  I often find myself working through lunch and eating at my desk.

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10 Awesome Life Changes

Feeling stuck or in a rut?

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1. Disconnect.  Separate yourself from screen time (aka your phone, computer, iPad, etc.) every single day.  While it’s probably not feasible in this day and age to go completely tech-free, it is important to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the people around you.

It’s incredible what a phone call (try it– you might even scare the person) or small gesture like a personal note means these days.

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Healthy Guide to Paris

Healthy Guide to ParisLet’s face it, if you are going to visit or live in Paris and try to diet or not indulge in all their delicious food you might as well not be there!

There is nothing like a French baguette or pain au chocolate (my favorite.)

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The key? As with everything in life, moderation and balance.

Here are a few places that kept me healthy during my trip:

1) The Yoga Factory

21 Rue des Filles du Calvaire (3rd)

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I should write Karine and Thibaut (owners) a letter and thank them for allowing me to eat whatever I wanted while in Paris.  The Yoga Factory‘s hot Vinyasa flow, although quite expensive, has been my saving grace.  I go to classes here 2-3x/week and sweat my butt off with an intense workout.  My favorite class was the ‘Dynamique‘ which worked your entire body.Move – Play – Connect

25 Euros/class or 10-class package for 180

2) Vegalia Juice 

106 rue Amelot (3rd)

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Located right next to my Yoga studio (I’m such a New Yorker- after yoga I want green juice) this new Paris Juice Bar is delicious.  They have every juice combination you could ever want (even adding fun ingredients like Maca, Sprulina, etc)  And it’s much cheaper than other juice bars in Paris!

You MUST try their salad combination platter (photo above).  I ate these at least 3x/week and it was always fun to see what healthy food combinations they came up with.

The owner is very passionate about health/wellness and it doesn’t hurt that he’s also quite charming.

3) Velib

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Stations Map here

For 8 Euros/week you have no excuse not to bike everywhere and exercise.  Biking is such a fun way to explore Paris- there’s nothing like riding over the beautiful bridges across the Seine.  Magical.

 

And remember— your goal should be to try every flavor Macarons at La Durée

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Amusez-vous bien !

Teeth Issues! Oil Pulling

Day 1 Oil Pulling:

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My teeth– not my best feature.

I’m lucky to work with an amazing dentist, Dr. Reid Winick a Holistic Dentist at Dentistry for Health in NYC, who completely changed how I take care of my teeth.

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Step 1: Oil pulling.   Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

Benefits include:

• Whiter teeth
• Cavity and gingivitis prevention
• Better breath
• Stronger teeth and gums
• Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement– Hopefully ME!), sleep problems and sinus issues
• Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues

Procedure:

First, pick an oil. Dr Winick recommends coconut oil as it also has strong antibacterial properties.

Next, take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes.

Note: Be gentle here — no need to be as aggressive as you are with mouthwash, as you will be doing it for 20 minutes and don’t want to get a stiff jaw! The oil will almost double in size as it draws in saliva as well as the toxins. Be sure not to swallow as you will be taking these toxins into your body — the complete opposite of what you are trying to do.

Once the 20 minutes are up, spit the oil out into the trash (not your sink, where the oil may solidify and block up the drain) and brush your teeth well.

Day 1 thoughts:

I could only do it for 10 minutes (I suffer from TMJ and my jaw hurt too much.)  But my mouth feels really clean!  I look forward to trying again tomorrow.

Reebok’s True Studio Slipper Review

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

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Reebok TRUE STUDIO SLIPPER

Anyone who reads (or even glances at my blog) knows my favorite type of workout is Yoga or Barre classes. I was exited to learn that Reebok designed a shoe just for these classes: Reebok’s True Studio Slippers.  They are an ultra lightweight and comfortable barre shoe that is designed to provide a barefoot feel with a little extra grip.Product Features: Continue reading

Emmy’s Raw Mint Macaroon’s changed my life.

As many of you know, I work with Raw Foodist and host of FOX’s A Healthy You Carol Alt.  Carol is always rubbing off on me in a good way.  I’m more conscious of what I put in my body especially when I’m snacking or looking for something sweet.

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I was recently given an opportunity to sample some vegan & raw macaroons from Emmy’s Organics.  Their macaroons are one of those treats where I feel completely sinful while I’m eating them and have to remind myself they are good for me (they tastes THAT delicious.)  I can’t ever decide what flavor I like best- there’s 7 of them: Mint Chip, Choco Chili, Lemon Ginger, Dark Cacao, Coconut Vanilla, Chai Spice, and Choco Orange.

Although I was blown away by the mint… BLOWN AWAY.

Emmy's Raw Macaroons

 

Unlike ‘normal’ macaroons, Emmy’s are soft and very coconut based.

“At emmy’s we are committed to YOU having it all. We pride ourselves on the quality, creativity & sustainability of the products we offer. In respect for our bodies & the earth, we use the finest non-GMO ingredients in everything we make & biodegradable, earth-friendly resources for our packaging. Our food is derived from nature, which in return nourishes us in the best way possible. Vegan & Gluten-free foods are our passion, so you can always feel good about choosing emmy’s. All of our goods are made in a certified vegan & gluten-free kitchen.”

The company also sells other products such as almond milk, granola, and super-fudge.

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I took my first taste, letting it sit on my tongue for a moment, enjoying the creamy and rich texture.

I was blown away.  I could just eat this with a spoon.

The Final Review: I love Emmy’s.   This is my ‘go-to’ snack with I want something sweet.  It’s so much fun to try all of the flavors!