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When in Rome… January 23, 2017

Just got back from a business trip in Vienna. I know - tough job!!! Anyway, every time I travel I kind of have the motto "When in Rome.....". So guess what, I had my share of weiner schnitzel, goulash, boiled beef and beef soup. And happy to report, it was not my favorite fare! How I longed for a lentil soup, large mixed green salad and linguini primavera. Luckily the hotel breakfast was superb and I was able to start my day with avocado toast with a poached egg on top. Love how certain healthy dishes are now universal. Well, at least in a Ritz Carlton they are.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside! January 9, 2017

I hate winter! I mean I really hate winter. In all honestly I think I was meant to live on a warm tropical island where I would wear only yoga shorts, a tank top and be barefoot all day long. Wait? Have I already complained about this? In any event, here's the thing - winter isn't going away and I am not moving anywhere at the moment: therefore, I need to change the way I think about winter. For example: when it snows, I will try to think about how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, or when I complain about piling on all those layers, I will try and be grateful I have a warm coat. I will also simply grin and bear it - just like every other year. I will still eat healthy. I will still practice yoga. And as much as I don't love to rush time, I will focus on how it will all be different in 3 months from now.

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Forget Those Crappy Resolutions January 2, 2017

Another year - another list of resolutions! Why oh why do we do this to ourselves every year? We make all these promises to do better, on so many levels, and then fall flat on our butts. The thing is - we give up too early, waaaay too early. Rome wasn't built in a day, right? So here's a story: I injured my hamstring a while back. And all of a sudden I went from being a flexible yogi to that person who couldn't touch her toes. I wanted a quick fix but there wasn't such a thing. Patience is what was required. And so I modified my practice, listened to my body, and let go of my ego. Trust me- not so easy for a Miss Competitive!

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Give Compassion A Try December 20, 2016

As many of you might know I am the middle of doing a yoga teacher training. I am doing it not necessarily to teach yoga to others, but more so to deepen my own practice. Lately the word “compassion” has been coming up in many of our conversations, especially how important it is to have compassion towards others. But also, and the one so difficult for many, is to be able to have compassion for themselves. Think about it – to be able to forgive yourself for your imperfections, your failures, and perhaps not living up to your own expectations (that maybe you set way too high to begin with) – sure isn’t easy. But at the end of the day, in order to move forward, sometimes we must learn to let go. So as we approach a new year……why not give compassion a try?

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Say NO To Resolutions! December 12, 2016

In less than a month it will be a New Year - wow!  So let me go on the record right now and say how I am not a fan of resolutions! Surprised? Probably not. I have always been a fan of the saying: "Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today!" And guess what folks -- that applies to anything that you see fit as a resolution. Healthy eating? Fitness? Be kinder? Do better TODAY. Because when tomorrow comes you will probably have a whole new bunch of excuses lined up.

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Dear Santa…… December 6, 2016

"Comparison is the thief of joy." Ran across this quote the other day, not that it was the first time I heard it, but it really made me stop and think. Wow - SO TRUE. In yoga we are always told to keep our eyes on our own mat. Comparing what your body can do and what someone's else can is really not productive. I've also had many patients over the years who felt uncomfortable going to a gym; it intimidated them because of the "buff" bodies that would surround them.

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Back on Track, Again! November 28, 2016

One holiday down - two more to go! I don't know about you, but my long weekend was spent perhaps eating a drop more than I should (yes....still thinking about that mouth watering rib eye steak with hash browns)  and exercising a drop less than I should. However, come Monday morning I was back on track with an early morning yoga class and a healthy breakfast with absolutely no regrets from my weekend behavior. Because honestly, what's the point of looking back and feeling badly about something you can not change? Better to take that energy and focus on making today and tomorrow something you feel good about!

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Let The Holidays Begin! November 22, 2016

I can't believe the holidays are upon us and do you know what that means?  It's time for my holiday spiel! Here goes: If you look at the word holiday - it includes "DAY". Basically the holidays are 3 days: Thanksgiving, Christmas (or Hanukkah - OK 7 days there!) and New Years. EAT whatever you want. Yes, you heard me right -- EAT whatever you want, on those 3 days. Now if you celebrate Hanukkah you will have to choose ONE of the seven days - sorry, it's only fair! Now here's the thing, those 3 days in the scheme of things is not going to be a big deal in relationship to your weight (or overall health). BUT, if you make the next 6 weeks into an eating frenzy using the "holidays" as your excuse, that 's another story!

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De-Stress with Food! November 14, 2016

Well, what a week it has been. And much to my chagrin, I have not found out that our election and the entire past year leading up to it was just like the CBS hit television show Dallas's "Dream Season", in which the entirety of the ninth season (1985-1986) was revealed to have been a dream. Oh well. So, I am forced to deal with the facts, think positively and carry on. NOW, I am going to go out on a limb and make a comparison, please don't hate me for it.

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Election Day Madness November 7, 2016

Well the day has finally come...Election Day!!! It couldn't of come any sooner since I am so tired of the craziness. Honestly though, I will miss all the late night comedy spoofs on the candidates. Laughing is so much more fun than crying!  Anyhow, I know many of my friends, family and patients have been extremely stressed by all of it. Hopefully on Wednesday we can wake up and feel positive about our country and most of all ourselves! And no matter what the results, I know I will find some comfort on my yoga mat with a martini chaser! (Just kidding!!!!?)

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