Archives: August 2012

My sister Mika eating dinner at the amusement park

Do you have trouble finding healthy options when you travel? I know, it’s tough to keep to your same healthy food routine when traveling, but I have to say that it’s definitely possible. I’m not only talking about when you travel on an airplane going thousands of miles away, but what about when you go to I don’t know – let’s say an amusement park. What do you do when you know the only options will be pizza, French fries, burgers, hot dogs and all the gluten in the world, including fried dough?

Well – I was just put in this situation this past week and luckily I planned ahead.

The key to keeping your healthy diet is to plan ahead. That’s the trick!

What do I mean by this?

Let me explain. My sister and I were a part of an event that took place at an amusement park in Connecticut and it was an all day thing. I’m talking 7am – 11pm!

We spoke the night before and made a plan.

We both brought peanut butter and jelly on gf bread, 3 hard boiled eggs each (for dinner), baby carrots, cucumbers, cashews, dark chocolate and bananas.

I’m not kidding!

What a brilliant idea it was.

We didn’t end the day feeling like crap and I can’t tell you how happy I was not to leave with a stomachache.

This is an example of a day trip – but I’ve also traveled on planes where I pack a whole slew of healthy snacks ie: gf crackers, Larabars and any other fillers that I might need while on the go.

Just because you leave the comfort of your own home, or city does NOT mean you have the excuse to eat like crap. I don’t care if it’s vacation, don’t do it. Sure, have a margarita every now and then, but to eat junk for every meal while away is not ok for you and your body.

Take some time to plan ahead – your temple will certainly thank you.

Yours in health,


Today I passed a sign in New York City that said: At least Mike’s ban on sugary drinks doesn’t effect alcohol. Clearly they were referring to Mayor Bloomberg’s new ban on sugar filled drinks. The plan is to lower obesity rates in the city by banning large sugary drinks with more then 25 calories per 8 ounces.

Wow! What a statement he’s making.

I know there’s been a huge uprising about this and most people are not happy about it. I’ve got to tell you though – I’m thrilled. Those drinks are costing those who drink them thousands and thousands of unnecessary calories!

The obesity levels in this country have never been higher. Even children as young as 5 years old are effected and may not even see adulthood if a change isn’t made right now.

In my opinion, thank God for Mayor Bloomberg. He’s the only one in this country to make a serious change for the good of his people and actually see it through.

So far he has been an instrumental force for NYC and our health. He’s Required chain restaurants to list calorie counts on menus. He has banned smoking in parks and beaches and now he’s banning large sugary drinks! I know the argument here is that if you take something away from someone, they are only going to want it more, or they’ll find another way to get it – maybe that’s true. OR maybe this will open people’s eyes up to know and understand that they are drinking harmful calories which will cause harmful disease if it hasn’t already.

Watch this video here to learn more about the situation.

What do you think about the whole situation? Do you think this ban will help or hurt the city? I’m very curious to know your thoughts on this – please share your ideas by commenting on this post.


For the past few weeks I’ve been dealing with a shoulder injury. Yes, it really sucks! As a yoga instructor it’s been a challenge for me not to use my arms AT ALL during the classes that I teach. I haven’t done any demos in class and it’s very frustrating to say the least.

The Dr. says I have bicep tendonitis. How did I get it ? No clue! He said it’s from over use, Oh man – over use?! How can I NOT use my arm?

Everyone keeps telling me that this injury will be one of the biggest teachers in my life – since it will show me how to get out of my comfort zone and find a new way to still be a great teacher. Well, it’s been a rough few weeks but I’m finally starting to see the light. I definitely had my down and depressed days where I was so upset that it was hard for me to do much, but I’ve since figured out how to move on and be okay about where I’m at now.

I’ve learned to take it step-by-step, day by day and not get too caught up in the frustration of it all. Patience is key in this life and boy have I been given a fine teaching of that.

Here are 2 natural anti-inflammatory supplements that I’ve added into my daily regimen and found to be very helpful.

New Chapter’s  Zyflamend

Liquid Turmeric in a tincture.

Cheers to our health!