Happy New Year!


I am a little over one month behind eh uh, but the year did start off great! More of that below, but what inspired me to write was a recent article posted by Self magazine regarding their #notakeoutchallenge featured in their February 2016 issue. It made me think of how awesome it is to start the day and year off right and it all starts with food! Self-magazine teamed up with FOOD52 and created this four-week plan to help you become an amazing cook in hopes that you lessen your eat-out moments. I cook so much that this article really resonated with me and how I choose to live my life. You will be amazed at just how good real food tastes with minimal ingredients. Personally, after awhile, even the best restaurants tend to take on this bland taste and makes me not appreciate them as much when I eat out too often (I did this a lot in my 20s). So this year, why not start a healthier lifestyle in your very own kitchen. Try to cook on weekends in order to set yourself up for a healthy week ahead. Rid your pantry and fridge of anything processed and artificial, stick to natural foods, fresh herbs and lemons and limes can do wonders to just about any dish. Cooking ahead just takes a little planning, but isn’t your health worth it? Don’t you want to be able to do all the things you love with a healthy body and mind (not sure that there is a better way)?  Pair that up with a great workout 5- 6x week and you will hold the key to the healthiest longevity combination ever.

Each year I tell Jason and my girlfriends (back when I was single and still today) that we should go somewhere different and so far, our yearly trip to start each New Year is panning out just right! This year, we decided to visit Lake Tahoe (first time) with Jason and my family. We cuddled up in this lovely a-frame my sister found on Airbnb and we absolutely loved it. We arrived as the storm was getting underway, so we just made it to slip into our pjs and blissfully await the morning powder. Waking up to a snowstorm is one of my absolute favorite things.  While out there, we were able to ice-skate, cross-country ski (Jason’s first time and he loved it!), do some snowmobile riding (where I discovered I am a waaaay better passenger than driver) and my favorite before cross-country skiing- snowboarding.  Although I can’t say I was actually standing on the board most of the time, I really enjoyed taking an actual snowboarding lesson and practicing on my own afterwards (falls and all!).

There is something very freeing and exhilarating when doing something on your own that is both challenging and fun, combine that with the outdoors for me and it’s a dream-like experience! I like to think of it as active meditation (since I have a hard time sitting still, unless I am having a lazy day and lounging in my comfy sweats and my many good magazine reads after a good workout -no doubt). As long as there is something that is of interest to me, I am going to try it. After all, what is the worst that can happen?  So I am beginning this year, as I do all years with a fresh take on different ways to enhance my everyday with things I want and wish to do, not what people think I should be doing and that includes food. Plan more delicious meals, trips, go to cool exhibits and museums, learn to do a handstand and the splits, try new foods and occasionally have red meat (grass-fed of course!). Restrictions are only barriers you place on yourself, which means you can also break them. One life, right? If you were reminded of this everyday, what would you do differently and more importantly what are you waiting for?


Perfectly Imperfect

New York, New York. I decided to spend my 41st birthday in this great city at the start of the summer. According to many women, your 40s are the best time in your life and they attribute that primarily to an increase in overall self-confidence, both physically and mentally.  I definitely feel wiser, more confident and more centered than I ever have in my entire life, but I suppose it’s too early to say if that will carry on. Like most, I spent much of my 20s and 30s wondering and stressing over my career, what I wanted to be, do, etc. Looking back, all those past jobs and experiences, paired with this hunger to be an eternal student, have all lead me to where I am today: in a job that allows me to help people improve their health and practice preventive medicine on a daily basis via good quality nutrition (say yes to: greens, fruits, lean meats, beans and legumes!) and exercise (yes, that includes both cardio and strength training!). All those  obstacles ironically, seamlessly blended together perfectly and finally I am starting have a sense that all my dreams and passions in life just might be coming to fruition.

So there I went to enjoy my favorite get-away city, I stayed with a friend who lives in Newport, NJ just across the Hudson River (which has stunning views of New York's Financial District!). NYC always leaves me re-inspired, re-energized, invigorated and wanting to be better, do better, experience more and grasp all that life has to offer with open arms (maybe it’s their amazing rooftops that make me feel like I am walking on top of the world and opportunities seem endless!). NYC is my go-to personal battery charger. On my actual birthday, the first thing I did was workout (shocking, I know.) at our newest Equinox at Brookfield Place near the One World Trade  The impressionably clean, bright, elegant and modern interior left me speechless. I managed to log in a bit more miles because of it (Thank you Equinox, for providing subliminal motivation at its best). As I cycled, I received a birthday call from my first fitness manager at Equinox, which made me reminisce about many things. Once I hung up and got back up on the bike, I thought about how grateful I am to have good health, family, friends, and ongoing support of my peers along with this incredible job that gives me the opportunity to help people improve their health each and every day. 

Leaving Equinox, I visited the New Whitney Museum of American Art  then went to my favorite park in the city, the High Line  where I leisurely walked and observed all the beauty that surrounded me, such as the local artwork, green luscious plants, blossoming flowers and amazing architecture that thrive along the park, filling it with both surprise and peace. I also took the time to look up and observe all the tall buildings surrounding this magical city, like huge arms, adding layers of warmth all around. I stopped at this great LEGO®exhibit and without hesitation dove into my childhood ways. The white LEGO® bricks are part of The Collectivity Project by Olafur Eliasson (open until September 30). The creative installation encourages one to add to its already existing city landscape. There was a mix of adults and kids of all ages building creations from their own imagination. A white mini city built by everyone and there I was, adding pieces to a staircase I found lying there and decided I would make it stand, long and winding. A young boy walked over and started helping me. Of course, just as we thought we had this staircase to nowhere free-standing and stable, I put this last piece on and it topples over (hmmm, that was my sign to step away). 

After my Lego adventure (and thinking I would like to get a few white legos for my own place and master that staircase one day), I decided to lie down on this beautifully designed wooden bench and close my eyes, slowing the pace of both my thoughts and physical being.  I felt this warm subtle summer breeze and it carried with it the smell of fresh blossoming flowers, voices in all different languages and the sweet laughter of children enjoying the late warm sun. I pondered over supposed “wrong turns” I had made, right turns I had encountered and then what the future might hold and what other undoubtedly wrong turns I will likely continue to make. With all the memories and reminiscing (and a late nap, succeeding not to fall of bench) that went on in those lovely minutes that late afternoon, I came to a few life conclusions: I am incredibly content with my life being perfectly imperfect; I look forward to my 40s and hope to continue to share them over some great meals and travels with friends and family.  I will continue to welcome all the exciting adventures that come my way in hopes that one day, I will be the one advising someone in their 40s and will be able to say that mine were lush with excitement, more self-confidence and yes, way more rosé, which I did manage to have later on that evening while watching the sunset over the Hudson River, nostalgically and excitedly anticipating what is yet to come. 

Preventive Medicine: Mindful Eating


"If your compassion does not include yourself, then it is incomplete." - Buddha 

Mindful eating is preventive medicine at it’s best. I am currently taking a course called Culinary RX via Roube Cooking School. It is a 60-day online course where you learn from experts in the health field about nutrition and how much you actually have control over so many of the major cardiovascular diseases and even different types of cancer by simply watching what you eat. The course was created primarily for health practitioners who receive little nutritional education in their years of studying medicine, but anyone can take it. The course is designed to help patients/clients develop better eating habits and have less medicines prescribed as the all-time-one-stop-remedy to illness. I am so thrilled to be taking this course and hopefully share with you what I learn along the way. 

Although CulinaryRX does stress a plant based approach to eating and that may be a huge leap for many, including myself, (as I truly enjoy the occasional grilled grass-fed skirt steak sprinkled with some sea salt, sliced against the grain and BAM, just call it a day!) it might be worth considering. Another way to look at this approach might be to consider yourself a “conscience omnivore.” I once heard someone say this about themselves in a video and I liked the way it resonated. You don’t have to go into a complete overhaul of your refrigerator or shopping list, but simply try adding more vegetables, fruits, leafy greens, beans, legumes, etc. into your diet. For those of us that are reluctant to give up our already established habits of eating, the idea of being a “conscious omnivore” might be a good starting point towards improving nutritional habits and considering the importance of mindful eating: being conscious of what you are putting into your mouth because every bite affects every cell and that in turn, affects your mind, then your body and just about everything you do and wish to do in life. 

My Dinner with Longevity Expert, Dan Buettner, No Kale Required

Dr. Ellsworth Wareham

Q by Equinox: Spicy Black Bean Fish Tacos

For the delicious taco recipe, I used some healthier alternatives:  swiss chard instead of romaine, sprouted grain corn tortillas, light coconut milk instead of crème fraîche and salmonWas amazing and super easy to make!  



Last year I turned 40 and I thought by this time many years ago, that I would have already accomplished most of my wildest dreams. Luckily I can say that yes, I have met many of my to do's (NikeWeRunRome 10k in Italy on New Year's Eve 2014 and visiting Madrid, Spain for a few days afterwards. See pictures below.), but I have a young heart and it races towards my next biggest adventure like wondrous child and something tells me that list will never end. Being 40 has both made me more confident and more aware that life is indeed short and I best do what I can now while in good health.  It might be my Gemini quality (we are know to be forever young at heart), but to be honest, I truly believe one should never stop being curious, adventurous and passionate about the things they most love. 

Paella! Madrid, Spain 2015

Paella! Madrid, Spain 2015

Madrid, Spain  

Madrid, Spain


Madrid, Spain 2015

Madrid, Spain 2015

Fiesta de Reyes Magos. Madrid, Spain 2015

Fiesta de Reyes Magos. Madrid, Spain 2015

Sunsets. Madrid, Spain 2015

Sunsets. Madrid, Spain 2015

Spiced Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk by Sprouted Kitchen

Finally ordered the book! I haven’t made any of the food items yet, but am excited to try all the recipes. I just love the uber healthy ingredients and beautiful photos in this book! I will say, today I made the Spiced Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk from the website.  It smells amazing & I can’t wait to try it!

Recipe from Sprouted Kitchen below.



Recipe adapted from The Travelers Lunchbox who adapted it from Once Upon a Tart

The recipe calls for green lentils. I used a mixture because I have a large amount of them and they worked just fine. Split or red lentils will likely get too mushy here. I used 4 cups broth because I like my soups on the stewy side, if you prefer more broth to you soup, add another cup or two when cooking the lentils.


• 1  1/2 cup lentils, rinsed (green suggested)

• 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth

• 1 1/2 tsp. tumeric OR curry powder

• 2 tsp. dried thyme or 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves

• 1 Tbsp. coconut oil

• 1 large yellow onion, diced

• 2 stalks lemongrass, outer layer removed, lower portion finely minced

• 1 tsp. sea salt, plus more to taste

• 1/2 tsp. cardamom

• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon pinch of red pepper flakes to taste

• pinch of fresh grated nutmeg

• 1 1/4 cup coconut milk (use full fat, just believe me)

• 3 Tbsp. lemon, lime or orange juice

• a few handfuls of swiss chard, spinach or kale

• 1 cup flake coconut, toasted (optional)

• chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)



Add the rinsed lentils, broth, thyme and tumeric or curry powder to a large pot. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.

While the lentils cook, heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add the onion and saute until just browned. Add the lemongrass, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, pinch of red pepper flakes and some fresh ground nutmeg and saute another minute. Add the onion mixture to the lentils and stir, keeping the heat on a low simmer.

Add the coconut milk and greens and simmer another five minutes, stirring occasionally until just wilted. Taste for salt and spice and add as you prefer. Finish with the citrus juice and serve warm with toasted coconut flakes and cilantro on top.

Adventurous Colorado, you stole my heart.

It sure has been awhile since you've heard from me! I recently took a trip to Colorado with my best friend of over 20 years. It was one of the best vacations of my life, by far! Besides driving around everywhere and seeing some amazing view and landscapes, we also did some fun outdoor activities. How could you not in Colorado right? We did things we have never done before! New things are so exciting! I learned how to skate ski (like crosscountry skiing, but you can do lateral movements with these small narrow skis). What a workout ( I also fell like 10x). We hiked the boulders in Boulder and tried snowshoeing for this first time. Since not many are familiar with skate skiing (it was new to me as well), below is a clip I found online.

Snowshoeing was amazing! We liked it so much, we each bought a pair of snowshoes and now they are displayed nicely in my home office.  It is an incredible workout. Snowshoeing feels as if you were wearing boots in deep sand (going uphill)- Imagine that!  

Colorado is such a beautiful place with all of its majestic landscapes and scenery, not to mention the spectacular weather. Denver has 245 guaranteed sunny days in a year! Additionally, the temperature and terrain can change so much within 30 minutes. One minute we were driving through a snowstorm on our way to Vail, then we very aptly made a U-turn (we did not have four-wheel drive) and drove to sunny Boulder, where I hiked up Mount Sanitas. The outdoor activies are endless and you can find one for each weather change. It's such a healthy lifestyle for all the lucky Colorado residents (so jealous, but this only makes me plan my next trip and outdoor activity asap). The people are also so kind and relaxed, must be that MILE HIGH, which surely was contagious. 

Snoeshoeing in Minturn, CO.
Colorado mountain

Colorado mountain


It sure has been awhile! I recently returned from an amazing trip to Greece with my mom and my sister. Three ladies traveling to a place neither of us had ever been. Oh my! What a beautiful country and what a fantastic time we had! We spent two days in Athens and the rest of the time in majestic Santorini. With my sister's amazing itinerary, we did everything from jetskiing on the Aegean Sea, renting a convertible (must rent a car in Europe) and went on a catamaran cruise that took us to all these beautiful stops to have lunch and swim in that gorgeous turquoise water. We also got our feet "kissed" at the Kissing Fish in Fira. I have to say, I was a bit sqeamish about this one. Once my feet went into the tank (see link) I screamed and burst out laughing (being extremely ticklish does not help). Craziest sensation, but I always say, you must always try something at least once. I definitely stayed true to my word on that adventure! 

Top: Athens  /  Middle: Santorini meals  /  Bottom: Sunset in Oia

Top: Athens  /  Middle: Santorini meals  /  Bottom: Sunset in Oia