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I want you to think about something you would do right now if money, time or failure weren’t a factor.

Did you think of it?

Dreams, desires, goals. Money, love, health.
When we give ourselves the permission to imagine our life the way it could be if we had it all. It can be unbelievably exciting, tantalizing and even a bit overwhelming.

How many times have you…

  • Thought about going after your dream job, but it wouldn’t have paid as much money as you’re making now?
  • Thought about moving to a new city, but all of the uncertainty – work, friends, rent, finding a new home – kept you right where you are?
  • Been in a relationship that you knew deep within your soul wasn’t good for you, but you stayed anyways…”I’ll give it another month and then if it’s still this bad, I’ll leave.”

Believe it or not, I’ve experienced every single one of these and I get how difficult it can feel when your desires are pulling you one way, but the unknown is pushing back.

Just recently I went to Austin for two weeks. I’ve had this longing to move there for about a year now (even though I’ve wanted to move out of New York City for many years.) However, just like the pattern in my life, I was scared of all the uncertainty that would come with picking up and moving to a new city and leaving behind everything I knew…work, friends, family, my apartment.

About two and a half years ago, I found myself broken hearted yet again. My boyfriend of 3 years broke up with me for the second time on our 3-year anniversary. Two months later, just like the first time, he came back and asked me to give it another try. History would predict that I would have, because I knew very well many times throughout our relationship that I should have ended it and didn’t.

However, this time something in me shifted. I was fully ready to let go of what I knew, own my power, honor myself, my self-worth and step into the unknown. I said it was over and with that also ended years of me not taking responsibility for and sacrificing my happiness.

At the beginning of this year, I had plans to leave my job in advertising that I had been in for 9 years. I had my business plan created. Things were most definitely going to happen this year. Keep in mind, that I had been building my business and working a full time job for 3 years prior. Everyday I would walk into that office with a pit in my stomach, feeling like my energy was drained, knowing that I wasn’t supposed to be there…but I “needed” my paycheck and health insurance, so “once I had the business where I wanted it, I would leave.” Well, the Universe had a better plan, because in February, I got laid off. Continue reading


Two weeks ago, I was feeling pretty awful…physically, mentally and emotionally. I was bloated like a balloon, more exhausted than I’ve felt in a long time and feeling incredibly annoyed and irritable.
Something was up, but I just couldn’t figure out what it was.
I tried all sorts of remedies that usually would help my digestion and bloating: lemon water, apple cider vinegar water, eating super clean, eating less, yoga….
Nothing was really working.
I still kept up with regular exercise, because for sure that was a must when it came to improving digestion. So even if I felt tired, I woke up early, got myself out the door and made it to my boxing class or for a 3 mile run.
Then one day as I started pounding the pavement, jogging, pushing through the discomfort, I stumbled and saw myself in slow motion heading straight for the sidewalk. 
I was laid out like a pancake on the curb.
Eh! No biggie though, right? I got up, shook it off and started trotting along once again. I almost tripped 3 more times and it occurred to me…
Perhaps my body was trying to tell me something.
You see, when we don’t feel good, we see our symptoms as the problem – the thing we need to cure.
The truth is that our physical ailments are actually the cure. (This was a brilliant concept I most recently learned in Marc David’s book, The Slow Down Diet.)
When we get to the point that we’re exhibiting physical symptoms, our bodies are screaming out for attention because we haven’t been listening to it.
My exhaustion was not the problem. In fact it was the very thing that helped me finally feel better, because it forced me to slow down.
In the same way, if you are experiencing digestive issues, fatigue, illness, weight gain, skin issues, pain or even depression, realize that these things are actually the cure for your ailments, not the result of them.
Your body is asking you to address what you haven’t been. Where in you life are you not experiencing balance, love, pleasure and relaxation? Without these symptoms, you may have never realized that there is disharmony within your body and your life.
I was shocked at how quickly my body returned to a balanced state once I addressed some key issues:
1. I made a commitment to go to bed earlier and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep
2. I eased up on exercise because my body needed to rest, not keep moving. I incorporated more yoga instead of the high intensity exercising  was doing.
3. I released certain emotional blocks that were keeping me feeling “stuck.”
Ok, so this last bullet point is extremely important. I cannot stress it enough.
Negative physical and emotional symptoms are the cause of energetic imbalances in the body.

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black bean mushroom burger

I’ve been on a big mushroom kick lately, so beware there are much more recipes to come using these nutrition powerhouses.

These are just some of the benefits of mushrooms:

  • Aids in increasing Vitamin D levels
  • Improves immune function
  • Oyster mushrooms are a good source of iron
  • High in anti-oxidants
  • High in B Vitamins, which aids in turning food into fuel and increasing metabolism

black bean mushroom burger

What I love most about mushrooms though is their versatility. You can eat them raw in salads, sautee them in stir-fries, roast them for a delicious vegetable side dish, blend them into sauces and soup and use the as a hearty replacement for meat in dishes like pasta sauce and burgers.

These healthy black bean mushroom burgers are full of flavor. You can eat them between a bun or on top of a salad like I did here. The combination of smokey flavors from the chipotle and cumin and the tangy lime make this a colorful, delicious and balanced meal.

I love veggie burgers. You can even try this sweet potato and quinoa.  Store bought varieties often contain a lot of questionable ingredients. Making your own doesn’t have to take so much time. You can even make a batch of these and either refrigerate or freeze them to use later in the week.

What is your favorite way to make veggie burgers? Continue reading