January Journal

An excerpt from a diary entry....


When our mind is set in a positive direction, we approach life with more enthusiasm and energy. This is a difficult task for me to cover as a neurotic cynical pessimist who constantly worries and anticipates the worst - or even worse - has zero expectations. Having zero expectations means you are so dead inside that nothing effects you. You don’t feel joy or sorrow or heart break or sadness. New relationships don’t bring you any hope and new experiences don’t motivate you to do more.

You don’t want to be in this place - ever.


Experiencing emotion is a healthy way to deal with things - both good and bad. When your heart turns into a rock and your brain is just a machine that processes through the mundane day to day without any thoughts, feelings or opinions, you need to do something to change your life.

My go to has always been to run away and move. I moved cities like people change their socks. Moved apartments, neighborhoods, countries, you name it. But the deeper i go into self discovery and meditation, i understand that we can never escape ourselves. We have to face our thoughts and our beliefs and our emotions. We have to express how we feel and what we think because if we don’t we will be old one day and regret all that was left unsaid.

Sharing your feelings with strangers is the most difficult thing to do. Expressing vulnerability literally takes my breath away. My heart starts beating really fast and my mouth gets dry and I can’t concentrate. I equate sharing feelings with getting into a car accident - when it wasn’t your fault!!!

I don’t know where I am going with this but the lesson being that sometimes we have to push ourselves really really far outside our comfort zone. Like climbing a mountain that we are afraid to get down from. Or swimming really far into the ocean and not being able to see the beach. Those feelings of adrenaline and excitement are the feelings we need to experience to drive us forward and move away from the mundane.

Remember when you were a kid at a restaurant with your parents and you would wave your hand around a candle testing to see if you’d get burned? You were scared and excited but you did it anyway. I think that’s how you need to experience life. Don’t get too comfortable, don’t settle for what you think is right or what society thinks is right. Chase what you want and don’t stop until you get it. Because happiness is really the only thing we have to look forward to. 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The holiday gift guide for the health nut in your life AKA a selection of products I would want for the holidays and so I am sharing them with you. 

Theragun G2Pro

The new G2PRO™ is TheraGun's latest step toward continuing to be the best in handheld vibration therapy, combining frequency, amplitude and torque, the G2PRO™ will both activate your muscles and relieve your pain and soreness, empowering you to do more of what you love. 

Isun Skincare 

My favorite all natural skincare brand has products for every skin type. Not only are the cleansers and balms made with all natural, organic and super clean ingredients in small batches, but the founder of the California based brand takes an extra step to meditate on each handmade batch according to cycles of the moon. The sunstone facial oil will change your life.   

Tracy Anderson Studio Membership

Tracy Anderson Studio offers the best workout for sculpting long and lean muscles. Featuring advanced sound systems and highly-specific temperature and humidity controls to facilitate the best results, the facility offers the newest versions of the method’s custom apparatuses, such as the Tracy Anderson’s patented, Iso-Kinetic Band System and The Super G Floor, along with a handful of brand-new innovations. In addition, there are men’s and women’s locker rooms, complete with organic skin and hair care products, along with complimentary valet parking and a blow dry bar. 

 Ultracor Knockout Leggings

Developed and researched for the perfect fit, these leggings are patented with built-in shapewear that lifts the butt, engages the core, and flattens the tummy. It is made from a breathable fabric with a seamless construction to get rid of unwanted panty lines.  

Bandier Gift Card

My favorite online store for all things fitness related. If I got a gift card here, I would always know how to spend it. Give the gift of active wear this season with the best brands of leggings and sports bras all carefully curated on this site. New Yorkers can also shop IRL at their Fifth Avenue flagship. 

Stumptown Coffee 

As the winter months grow colder and shadows grow longer, the music gets a little heavier over at Stumptown. Join in celebrating the season of darkness with the brand’s heaviest blend yet — Slay Ride. 

Nike Sports Bra

The best workout bra in my experience. It is the perfect fit, level of comfort and offers support even during grueling runs and HIIT workouts. Buy your girlfriends a pack of three and they will love you forever!  

Jumpsport Mini Rebounder 

Cardio on a treadmill can be boring. Cardio on a trampoline is anything but! Turn on an online streaming video via Popsugar, Lekfit, Bari or Body By Simone or freestyle to your favorite playlist and jump and kick your way to a fitter body. Not only does exercise help release endorphins, jumping on a rebounder improves blood circulation and causes less impact on the joints than activities like running and cycling. 

MOTHER Baby Steps Socks

For the badass in your life, these socks look great with sneakers and jeans or pair them with heals and a dress for a statement. You can of course rock them on the tennis court with a terry cloth headband for an old school 80s country club look. 

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

My favorite read this year for its easy to understand and practical advice. Jen Sincero offers down to earth, necessary advice that we so often neglect to remember ourselves. 

Phi Kind Chocolate

What’s better than raw, vegan, sugar free and organic chocolate? Raw, vegan, sugar free, organic chocolate infused with functional ingredients like almond butter, coconut oil, turmeric and MCT oil. The healthiest and tastiest chocolate I have found on the market. Get your friends and family a box of their cherry almond butter truffles and hope they reciprocate the favor.


The Six Best Plant Based Meal Delivery Services

Although I am a big fan of cooking meals at home, sometimes there is simply not enough time or you just came back from a trip or you just want to take the thinking out of meal planning. I love trying new foods and supporting plant based companies, so here is a round up of the plant based meal services I have loved and promise to only include the ones that I would order again! 


Sakara Life

My first venture into meal delivery was enticed by this company’s clever marketing and model Lily Aldridge making me believe we can all look like Victoria Secret models if we eat this way. While I love their food (it is delicious, organic and the menu changes weekly and seasonally), the portions are not satiating. Sakara aims to put the focus on nutrients rather than calories so I don’t know what the caloric density of their food is but for someone with an active lifestyle and a busy work schedule, I find that I am still hungry. Meals come with detox teas to hold you over in between meals but I always find myself hungry at the end of the day. If you live a more sedentary lifestyle, their plan can work for you.



This is a wait-list only meal service, but I promise the meals are worth it once you have been accepted into the program. Every delivery arrives with a menu, nutrition information, super clean ingredients and reusable containers which make the packaging eco friendly. The menu changes weekly and uses organic seasonal ingredients. If you don’t follow a plantbased diet, the majority of Methodology’s meals cater to all kinds of eating styles and you can even customize your portion size to fit your level of activity.

Klean LA

One of the more affordable programs I have tried, their meals change weekly and the food is delicious, super healthy (think low sodium and no processed sugars) and most importantly, they leave you feeling satisfied! A day’s worth of meals comes with 4 containers rather than the typical 3, so you feel like you are eating more than you should be. Everything is labelled with nutrition information as well, so you know what the ingredients and macros are.

Hungry Root

This is a plant based version of Blue Apron. Select a variety of options and order as much or as little as you want (portion sizes are determined by the number of people you are cooking for). Meals are delivered almost-ready to eat. Ingredients are pre measured and delivered alongside recipe cards that explain how to create recipes from the ingredients provided. The majority of the cooking is done for you and you are just left to heat up the vegetables and combine the various ingredients they are served with right on your plate!  


Urban Remedy

A San Francisco based delivery service that also has stand alone shops in the Bay Area. You can order a 1 day cleanse or opt for weekly deliveries so you never have to cook. Plans come with green juices and smoothies so you can take a break from chewing on occassion. This plan was super filling and nutritious and includes labels with ingredients. You can look at the menu ahead of time to see what you will be eating and you can always choose to skip weeks you don’t want to recieve, just as with all of the other companies. 

Daily Harvest

This isn’t so much of a meal delivery, unless you want to do a cleanse and consume only smoothies and soups but the concept is interesting and I wanted to share it with you. If you love having a smoothie for breakfast but don’t have time to shop for ingredients or always find yourself missing that one tablespoon of cacao nibs from the recipe you pinned in Pinterest, Daily Harvest takes the prep work out of the equation and delivers frozen ready to blend smoothie cups to your door. All you have to do is add a nut milk of choice and blend away. The company has also expanded into portable soups, chia seed puddings and overnight oats, which all require very limited prep work on your part. Add water to your soup and cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes, or add nut milk to your pudding or oats and leave it in the fridge over night. Subscriptions can be cancelled or put on hold any time. 

November Favorites

I’ve discovered so many great new products, places and things in the last month that I wanted to share my recommendations with you. Read below to learn more and click the links to try them for yourself.




Mush overnight oats

This is a great breakfast option when you are on the go and have no time to prep overnight oats the night before. I love the super limited ingredients in this product which are oats, almond milk, dates and sea salt. The flavors vary from peanut butter to chocolate and everything in between, so be sure to try them all!


Coyo coconut yogurt

This coconut yogurt contains zero additives and is made with just coconut meat and probiotic cultures. The super clean ingredients make it a healthy and filling breakfast option when paired with granola and berries.


HB Fit x Grass Roots Juicery

Hannah Bronfman teamed up with NYC- based juice bar Grass Roots to create a collaboration of rawnola, protein bars and juices. Filled with superfood ingredients like chlorella, spirulina, ashwaghanda and so much more, these snacks are radiating with health benefits. While the juices and smoothies are local to New Yorkers, you can order the packaged snacks online. Limited while supplies last.


Phi Kind chocolate

Probably the healthiest chocolate I ever tried, this California based brand creates unique flavor combinations of dark chocolate truffles and chocolate bars that contain zero grams of sugar. The perfect after dinner dessert or an absolutely guilt free pick me up any time of day, these chocolates will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth craving.




Osmia Organics recovery salt bath

This salt soak comes packed with essential ingredients like lavender, olive oil and shea to completely relieve your muscles of tension and help you relax. I love that the packaging comes with a wooden spoon to scoop out the grey salt. 2 scoops is all you need to radiate in the bliss of this bath, and the product will last you for 5-6 times.


Jade roller

I was on the fence about purchasing a face massager because there are so many products on the market and I was afraid they would actually stretch out my sensitive skin. I love the jade roller because it is made out of natural stone and it not being electronic, allows you to control the speed and intensity with which you massage your face. I highly recommend purchasing an 100% jade product and exploring the multiple uses it has to offer. You can use it to intensify the penetration of a moisturizer once you have applied it to your face. Stick the roller in the fridge between uses and apply is to under eye circles to reduce puffiness. My best tip would be to massage your neck on the gland area to improve blood circulation, oxygen production and reduce signs of adrenal fatigue.


Cote twinkle toes set

I love every color in this collection and have been looking for a natural bubble gum pink polish ever since I converted to using chemical free products. Cote is by far my favorite natural nail care brand and I am so happy to have a new go-to pink as part of their collection. The sparkly star-speckled glitter polish is very tame and if you love stars like me, you will be using this color frequently. I have yet to try the blue shade, but I already have my color picked out for my next salon appointment.


Yawn by HVMN

I have been against melatonin for a long time because I purchased an over the counter brand from Whole Foods that did nothing to help me sleep. I have been openly struggling with insomnia on and off for the past few years and I find that this product is a great alternative to stronger medications like Xanax. I am past the point of spraying lavender oil on myself to combat sleeping problems and find that Yawn puts me to good, quality sleep for at least 6 hours if not more. The product was developed by bio-hackers in Silicon Valley and every ingredient is designed to help you fall asleep, stay asleep and have quality sleep where you experience every cycle from REM and light sleep to deep sleep. My Fitbit attests to this because other supplements and medications can knock you out but you wake up feeling groggy and unrested because you are in a “dead sleep” state.





Poke Acupuncture

Finding a good acupuncturist is hard work. Here in LA, there are a dime a dozen and all promise to get you the results you are looking for. My previous experience with acupuncture yielded zero results so I was nervous to try again but I am so glad I found Poke on Melrose. Dr. Alexandra Bruehl is truly knowledgeable and can help you with all kind of issues from insomnia and anxiety to digestion and period pain. She incorporates natural remedies like essential oils and salts into her treatments, leaving you feel truly relaxed and energized. I saw results from my first treatment which got me to book a standing appointment at this cozy Melrose spot. 


Marciano Art Foundation

A new contemporary art gallery on the border of Hancock Park and Koreatown is a welcome addition to the growing LA art scene. The gallery offers 3 floors of rotating exhibits from artists like Alex Israel and Christopher Wool. The first floor cafe offers coffee and light bites while the gallery shop has an impressive collection of art books and collector pieces by Takashi Murakami.


Blue Bottle Brentwood

The Brentwood Country Mart is seeing a revamp with the addition of trendy Blue Bottle. Not only does the cafe serve delicious coffee and homemade chia pudding, you can also shop for DIY coffee equipment like Chemexes, coffee filters and grinders.


Cos Bar

A beauty supply store in the Brentwood Country Mart after my own heart. Stocked full of every product currently hot on the market, here you will find hair care by Oribe and Ouai, masks by Dr. Jart, nail-polish by Deborah Lippmann and so much more!

The Breakfast Smoothie

Today I am sharing the recipe to my favorite breakfast smoothie. Packed with vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats, this smoothie will make you feel amazing and have your skin glowing. The best part is that you will feel full until lunch or whenever you need a pick me up. 

1 cup nut milk of choice

1 scoop vegan protein

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup baby spinach

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon raw almond butter

1/2 cup ice

Blend in a high speed blender and enjoy. 

This is the basic recipe I use on most days.  You can tailor it to your taste by choosing flavored protein powders- my favorite being chocolate from Sunwarrior and Chocolate Peanut Butter from Amazing Grass. You can also add extra supplements like ashwaghanda, barley grass or pine pollen. You can switch up your nut butter to peanut, sunflower seed or tahini. I recommend using refrigerated nut milks with limited ingredients by brands like Califia Farms, New Barn and Forager. Happy drinking!

Nine of Swords

This week's tarot deck brought out the nine of swords and the description of it so accurate to my place in life right now, that I had to bookmark it somewhere and chose this blog. Maybe you can relate... 


I did a meditation yesterday on what it would feel like to not worry. When I was able to throw out of my mind all of the troubles that usually keep me anxious, it felt like an instant relief. If you want to try this meditation, imagine that you are emptying out all of the problems in your life one by one until you are empty inside. Once you are completely empty of every worry that you have, you can begin with a clean slate and go to sleep.


Some of the worries I carry around with me will be outlined below, but many of them I have already forgotten because I emptied them last night.  





My dogs

My apartment


My car

My health

My fitness

My body




Here is a description of the tarot card in my star sign for September: 

The Nine of Swords shows a woman with her head in her hands, sitting up in her bed. She appears to have just woken up from a bad nightmare, and is obviously upset, fearful and anxious following her dream. Nine swords hang on the wall behind her and the base of the bed is decorated with a carving of a duel in which one person is being defeated by another. The quilt covering the woman is decorated with roses and the outlines of astrological symbols.


The Nine of Swords is the card of fear and nightmares, and has an apparently negative ‘feel’ to it. However, the troubles alluded to in the Nine of Swords are primarily of a psychological nature and do not necessarily indicate suffering in your external reality. That is, it is what is inside your mind that is creating the fear and anxiety, not your actual circumstances. Your experience of the world is greatly influenced by our expectations, desires, and fears, and therefore you are largely the creator of your own world, and your attitudes determine how you experience that world.

The Nine of Swords can also reflect fear of the future, or what may possibly happen in the future. If you allow yourself to be bound by fear of the future, you are at risk of eventually creating a negative reality for yourself by virtue of your expectations. Your nightmare becomes your self-fulfilling prophecy, which is clearly not a desirable outcome.

Generally, this card is an indication that you are worrying excessively about a situation. You are literally being kept up at night because you are so anxious about a particular issue. It is possible you are working yourself up unnecessarily and, if you were to look at the situation more objectively, you may come to realise that it is not as bad as you are making it out to be. In fact, all that worry and despair is what is making it worse, so rather than fretting about it, do something to change it.

Although most people experience fear, frustration and uncertainty at some point in their lives, you should not allow those negative emotions to immobilise you or keep you from pursuing your goals with enthusiasm and hope. Expect at least some level of uncertainty in the future, and draw upon your inner strength to remain as flexible and adaptable to that uncertainty as possible.

The Nine of Swords can also indicate that you are being incredibly hard on yourself, putting yourself down or engaging in negative self-talk. For every mistake you make, you blame yourself and become worked up and angry at yourself for messing up again. So, when the Nine of Swords appears in a reading, ask yourself why you are being so hard on yourself, how are you putting yourself down or what is the source of your depression? What can you do to make yourself feel better? You may need to make a more conscious effort to quit the negative self-talk and replace it with positive reinforcement for a job well done.



If you are feeling anxious or worried, know you are not alone. It is part of life. 


Sending you love and light, 


10 Things I learned from Jen Sincero's You Are a Badass

Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. Here are 10 lessons I learned from her book. For more information, you can find the book on Amazon.

“Nothing in this world is permanent, including our stories. Yet we try to hold on to them for false security, which ultimately leads to sorrow and loss. Be willing to let go. Keep reinventing your story as you continue to grow.


If you made the decision that you were going to reach your goals, you would do whatever it took. If you merely wanted to, but hadn’t made the firm decision to, you’d roll over and begin convincing yourself that your life is fine just the way it is.


If we don’t have a strong connection to the truth- we live in an abundant universe, we are awesome, glorious and tear jerking-ly loveable, etc. – a blazing desire, an unflinching belief in our own vision before it’s manifest, we’ll fall prey to our own fears that it’s not possible and give up, instead of course-correction or pushing on through and bringing it to life.


Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm- Winston Churchill


If you were sick of feeling fat and unsexy and out of shape and the only time you could make it to the gym was at 5 AM on freezing winter mornings when you were all snuggly in bed, would you go? If you made the decision that you were going to reach your goals, you would do whatever it took. If you merely wanted to, but hadn’t made the firm decision to, you’d roll over and begin convincing yourself that your life is fine the way it is.


If you’re wired for making instant decisions, practice tuning into your intuition and fully trusting what it says (regardless of what your brain may be screaming about). Get quiet, listen for and feel into the answer, and practice acting on your first, solid impulse.


And whoever you are, please, stop saying how pathetic you are at making decisions. Erase the phrase "I don’t know” from your vocabulary and replace it with, “I'll know what to do soon enough.” Decide to the become the person who makes quick, smart decisions and you will.


Making money isn’t only about the money, just as losing weight isn’t only about losing weight and finding your soulmate isn’t only about finding your soulmate. It's about who you become and what you believe is possible for yourself.


If you're single, it's not about boo-hooing the fact that you can't find someone good or half-heartedly forcing yourself to go on a million dates. It's about keeping your desire strong and your faith unwavering, brushing your hair and teeth, leaving the house, flirting your ass off, joyfully going about your life and being grateful that not only is the person you’re seeking also seeking you, but that The Universe is conspiring to bring you together.


Doubt is resistance, faith is surrender. Worry is resistance, joy is surrender. Control is resistance, allowing is surrender. Ridicule is resistance, believing is surrender.


Sugar is Sugar is Sugar

Let's talk about sugar! 


I know the concept is played out and anyone you meet who knows remotely anything about health knows it's bad for you, but I had fruit for breakfast today after not eating sugar for almost a month and I feel like I went a-wall! 


It's fig and mulberry season in Southern California and I decided to head to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market this morning to score my two favorite fruits! After eating my breakfast of figs and mulberries, I had an immediate sugar spike followed by a crash an hour later.


Now I feel lethargic, tired and like I got zero nutritional benefit from what I ate. Also, this amount of fruit equates to 100 grams of the sweet stuff (even if it is natural) and not from added sweeteners. Sure there is fiber, and maybe it does enter your blood stream at a more controlled rate than if you were to add teaspoons of it to your oatmeal or coffee, but the reaction is the same. 


The longer you abstain from sweeteners, the better you will feel. Have one dessert or fruit meal, and the sluggish tired feeling you will have hours later will make you realize how much better you feel without it. No wonder it is so addicting and causing so many health problems!


My advice to curb sugar intake is to fill your plate or smoothie with lots and lots of greens, fresh vegetables and healthy fats like nuts and seeds. Not only will you be satisfying your nutritional requirements more efficiently, you will also be hitting your system with powerful antioxidants that will improve strength, metabolism, and your overall wellbeing, allowing you to have more sustained energy throughout the day and less need for stimulants like caffeine (and dessert). 


It's incredible how our bodies react to each and every thing we put into them. Don't be afraid of carbs, just choose more nutritionously dense options like whole grains, potatoes and beans. Even a slice of multigrain bread will be better for you (and digest slower for optimal energy) than a punnet of mulberries. 


I degress because they are seasonal and so limited in their availability, but unfortunately fruits like these are basically the equivalent of eating a tub of ice cream with chocolate cake. 


Gym Bag Essentials

I've recently reignited my love affair with the gym. I used to be a member at Equinox in Soho and when I moved to LA, I experimented with yoga studios, Soulcycle and most recently Body By Simone. Through this process I have weeded out the good and the bad of the fitness industry and figured out what type of workout gives me the best results and keeps me motivated to wake up early.


As far as yoga goes, I think it's a great way to learn about your mind (following your intuition) and your body. It led me to meditation and improved flexibility, and the 7 pillars of the Bhagavad Gita are definitely great rules to live your life by. However, it is not stimulating enough for me to get all of my energy out - even a 90 minute vinyasa flow at Yogaworks. It also left me kind of hungry and in a weird limbo of knowing I worked out but not feeling it. I like to be sore after a workout - not every day - but a couple of times a week, to know I am working different muscles in my body and to measure my fitness level.

As far as Soulcycle goes, I think it's great to incorporate into your routine a couple of times a month for the fun of it- the soul tribe - as it is called by insiders, is a great environment and really motivates you to work out. The group setting is really inviting, however the workout lacks a personal touch as both men and women - 30+ people in a class - of all ages and sizes are doing the exact same thing.

Dance cardio mixed with HIIT and body strength exercises seem to be the best combination for me, as a woman. I think that certain workouts are effective for certain people depending on their personality, workout style and their fitness and body goals. I wouldn't necessarily recommend men to focus on body strength training as they probably want to add more muscle mass with gym equipment and heavier weights, but as far as a women's body goes - to have long, lean muscles and to look "in shape" while keeping your curves, you can do most of the work with your own body and the possible addition of some wrist weights, resistance bands and 3 pound weights.


The reason I am sharing all this is because I have a love hate relationship with the gym afters years of following a static routine prescribed to me by a personal trainer who prepares bodybuilders for competitions. Granted, every experience is a learning experience, but it made me detest gyms, equipment and weights so much that I cancelled my gym membership for over two years.


Now that I am working full time, my schedule doesn't allow me to attend my favorite workout classes like Lekfit, Body By Simone, ModelFIT and Tracy Anderson during the week and paying for extra classes on top of a monthly gym membership isn't worth it. That's why I went back to Equinox! I am still following the routines and circuits I was doing previously in all of these classes, but now I am doing them on my own.


The advantage to the gym membership - only speaking for Equinox - is that I can follow my own schedule. I am not tied down to the boutique studio's schedule which caters to moms and let's be honest - people without jobs who can luxuriously roll into a dance class at 10:30 AM on a Tuesday. Maybe if I lived somewhere else - like New York, or even West Hollywood - I could take a 6:30 AM class. But having the freedom to not worry about being late or someone taking "my" spot makes the morning routine go a lot smoother. Not to mention, having 24/7 access to a steam room is great.

My gym is also really big, so I have plenty of room to do all of the dance cardio I want - albeit with a number of onlookers questioning whether I am on something - no, I am not. Dance cardio is also a lot of fun and listening to good playlists makes the time go by crazy fast. It's also a lot less boring than a tedious treadmill run or an hour on the elliptical.

Some basic things I keep in my gym bag to vary my routines and keep my body guessing - working on different muscle groups at every workout include the following list bellow. For some inspiration on what to pack in your own gym bag, scroll through!

Thumblock Wrist Weights by SPRI

This brand is great because they are easily washable, and unlike most wrist weights, you have to stick your thumb in so that they won't slide around as you do your arm exercises. I use the 2 pound set which is just heavy enough to feel my muscles burning and work great in combination with 3 pound hand weights.

Adjustable Ankle Weights by Theraband

The best way to tone your glutes, butt and legs is with a 1- 2 pound ankle weight. These Velcro ankle weights are perfect for donkey kicks, kick backs and other leg exercises. I prefer them to a resistance band because I don't have to worry about it shooting off somewhere and hitting me mid workout.

Resistance Bands

While I don't use a resistance band for legs, I think they are the ultimate tool for shaping your butt. I guess resistance bands had a moment back in the 90s during the Jane Fonda era, but they are actually perfect for sculpting and toning. Pair resistance band exercises with a Stairmaster three times a week for the perfect workout.


Wireless Powerbeats

Don't let the price tag scare you, these headphones are the best on the market in terms of utility and quality. You can charge them remotely through a USB cable for up to 12 hours and they play music loud enough to tune out the person working out next to you as well as other background noise. Their ease of use is what makes them so irreplaceable, because they connect to your phone through Bluetooth, allowing you to do HIIT and other movements without having your phone attached to you in any way. Worth the investment, I promise!

Newton Running Shoes

These sneakers are under the radar because they are not fashionable or have Kanye West advertising them, but they have the thickest soles allowing you to bounce, jump and run with abandon. If you suffer from shin splints or leg cramps after your workouts, it's not because you are doing something wrong in your technique, it's because you aren't wearing the right shoes!

How to Read a Nutrition Label

Nutrition labels are found on every packaged food product at your grocery store. While it is best to follow a diet of whole foods like fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables and whole grains, there are times when we are in a situation that will require a packaged product - may it be travelling in an airport, celebrating a special occasion, or starving after work and being too tired to cook. For that there's meal prep, but read on anyway. 


Step 1: Shop at health food stores as much as possible

There is a Whole Foods in every major city in the country and the wellness trend is making healthy food stores readily accessible. Better yet, going for a smaller chain or indiviual store will often be less pricey and you will find all kinds of amazing products from companies that are too small for Whole Foods to carry. By shopping at a health food store, you immeditely eliminate toxic ingredients like food coloring and chemicals because these store owners monitor the ingredients of the companies they source from.


My favorite health food stores in LA are Lassens, Erewhon, Mother's Market (The OC), Santa Monica Co-Op and Rainbow Acres. In NY, check out Perelandra, LifeThyme, Clover Grocery and Orchard Grocer


Step 2: Read the ingredients

By default, you have already eliminated junk like aspartame (found in Coca Cola), high fructose corn syrup, and other chemical compounds that you can't even pronounce. 


Now start looking for things you may be allergic too (wheat, nuts, dairy, etc.). Ingredient lables are printed in the order of the amount of food. So if something is first on the label- like sugar- this product will be primarily sugar. I noticed that green juice companies do this a lot! On the front they list ingredients in a different order than on the back - making that "green" juice really just apple juice with a leaf of spinach.


Labels usually write "this product contains wheat, dairy, etc" in bold letters to make it easy to find if you are in a rush. If the label has too many ingredients and those you've never heard of or can't picture in your mind (sodium nitrate anyone?) put it back!


Step 3: Sodium and sugar

I like to check the salt and sugar content of products before I buy them because it helps me guage how addiciting it will be and how much it will bloat me. If a serving of something contains 300 calories and its sodium content is higher than 300 mg, this product contains way too much salt! A good rule of thumb is for the sodium content (in milligrams) to be equivalent or less than the calories per serving. An exception would be for ingredients like coconut aminos or liquid smoke - condiments that are used in very small quantities. 


Sugar content is trickier because our daily recommended added amount is around 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men but natural sugar is found in everything - even quinoa. 


If you want to be adament about your sugar intake, consider not buying products with added sugars like honey, agave or maple syrup. Even though these sweeteners are natural, their glycemic loads will spike your blood sugar. If it's a special treat, enjoy your sugar and don't feel guilty. Don't worry about finding sugar grams on packaged foods, if the range is 1-3 grams per serving it's minimal and won't affect your weight or sweet tooth. 


Step 4: count your macros (if you want to) 

Once you have eliminated all of the bad stuff in your shopping cart you are free to count your macros if you are following a specific diet. Low carb, low fat, high protein, etc.  


Overall, aim for ingredients you can recognize and pronounce, buy organic and non GMO as much as possible and don't be fooled by marketing gimmicks like "natural" and "gluten free".