Where did you grow up? New York City
Is there a message that you learned at a young age that has stuck with you?
One of the biggest lessons I find myself always coming back to, is that change is constant. A difficult learning experience or something that brings me immense joy could be right around the corner - we never know what’s going to happen moment to moment. Remaining constantly aware of this, helps me stay even minded and reminds me not to take any moment for granted!
What is your main tip when helping people work through unhealthy habits?
On the same topic of living moment by moment, I’m constantly reminding my clients that we are working toward life-long sustainable changes. Our goal is not rapid results, which in today’s world, is difficult not to expect. Comparison-itis is a HUGE thing!! When we see or hear something that starts to send us down a spiral of thoughts, “they’re doing it better, faster, different” - remember to pause, take a step back and breathe.
Weight loss is a big trigger for this, when you’re eating right and working really, really hard it’s difficult when you don’t see immediate results. The trick is to stick with it and remind yourself you’re making lifestyle changes, becoming healthy and forming life-long habits.
On the topic of weight loss, is that what most of your clients come to you for?
Yes, most of my clients are coming to me for nutrition advice, specifically weight loss. Once we start working together, the journey becomes so much deeper than that. Often times food is an addiction that stems from something else - similar to any other addiction. With a background in personal training, yoga and nutrition - I work with my clients to put together a holistic plan for a healthy lifestyle - which includes their approach to food.
Do you have a morning ritual?
Oh my god yes, totally! I am a firm believer in the new beginnings of each morning - it sets me up for the rest of the day. Each morning, I take 30 minutes for myself right away. I don't even let myself connect to technology or engage with my kids or husband until I’ve gone through my routine.
As soon as I open my eyes, even if I am not feeling extremely happy, I put a smile on my face. It’s an immediate boost and triggers a happy mindset. Then I take a moment to express gratitude, if I can’t think of something specific I am grateful for right away (because I’m tired ha!) I just say “thank you for this moment.”
Next, I get out of bed, do my normal bathroom routine and then I get straight on my mat to meditate for 15 minutes. After I meditate, I drink 32 oz of lemon water to get my digestive system going. From there, after I’ve slowly eased my mind and body into the day, I can better assess what I need to do next.
Favorite way to relieve stress?
My favorite three minute kundalini meditation. I sit in a meditative open position with my arms straight out in line with my shoulders, palms face up. I open and close my hands while repeating the mantra “sohum." This process really does wonders in bringing me back into the moment. Admittedly, I find myself doing this quite a bit - I find it quite helpful.
I also occasionally add cannabis smoothies into my routine. However, in order to incorporate this into your diet, just like any substance, it’s so important to remain vigilant that you aren’t using it to numb, it needs to be done with intention. Learning the medicinal effects of cannabis smoothies is a must in order to mindfully incorporate it into your life. My personal rule is not to have it more than 4 times per month.
If I’m out and about and can’t do either of the previous mentioned, chamomile tea is my go-to!
It sounds like mindfulness and meditation are a huge part of your personal routine & your coaching. How do you make each of these more approachable for those just getting started?
Meditation is really teaching yourself to be aware of your thoughts. It’s not about shutting your mind off - which is what typically trips people up. Being mindful is about being present and choosing how to engage with the mind chatter.
Mindfulness leads to accountability, realizing you can’t blame anyone else for your circumstances or situations. In this realization comes a sense of control, you are empowered to take the initiative for change and take advantage of every moment you have.
What is wellness to you?
Wellness is a trifecta for me. It’s how you deal with your nutrition, how you move your body and how you handle your moods. It’s looking at life and health holistically and choosing how to respond. The wellness formula is different for every body.
And now… the style questions… Favorite staple piece?
I have an amazing black jumpsuit from Intermix that I love. It is the easiest grab-and-go and fits no matter if I am bloated or not, ha! I also love that I don’t have to wear a bra. Like any good staple piece, it’s solid black so I can dress it up or down easily, all I have to do is change the shoes or the jewelry!
Favorite go-to summer outfit?
A pair of rag and bone jeans shorts and a white tee shirt. Similar to the jumpsuit, I can dress it up or down and still love it.
It’s the most simple outfits that make me feel the most chic. As long as it is good quality, it seems to always look put together!
What’s next for you business?
I am currently working with small groups of like-minded women on building healthy rituals that fit the demand they have on their time. The group works on diet & exercise planning used for weight-loss and gut health as well as mood enhancing plans. I also have a mom specific group because we sometimes are the ones that need reminding of the importance of self-care & self-love. There is a difference between self love and being self-centered - when you show your kids that it’s ok to spend time for self-care you’re teaching them a powerful lesson.