WHEN LIFE KICKS YOU DOWN AND LIFTS YOU UP… AT THE SAME TIME

Have you ever felt so beat down by a situation that it makes you want to hide from the world and disconnect? This exact scenario happened at the end of last year and that’s exactly what I wanted to do:  fall off the face of the planet and ask God for “re-do”. Now I’m not playing the victim here.  One of the beautiful benefits I’ve received from a solid meditation and yoga practice is that I see clearly my part in any situation.  But at the end of last year, my stress level was at an all-time high and I started to doubt in my ability to do just about anything. Why do I share… Read More

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6 HOLIDAY SURVIVAL STRATEGIES

Hello Holiday Party People! Now, as much as I love this time of the year, we are faced with huge obstacles.  Comfort food, sugary drink concoctions, cookie baking parties (I already had to talk two clients down off the cookie dough ledge!), high-glycemic white foods, and of course, the “food pusher” who brings it all to you.  You know who I’m talking about.  That person who shoves the dessert plate in your face and won’t leave until you’ve tried at least 3 different varieties of the same sugary concoction. Since we are sitting right smack in the middle of the holiday season, I thought I’d share a few ideas with… Read More

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THE HUNGER SCALE

Have you ever sat in the absolute back seat of a commercial plane? I’m talking about the last row, where the seats don’t recline and you’re right next to the bathrooms. Well, that’s where I am right now as I write this to you.  On this plane, the jets cover the windows, so you can’t even see outside. I’ve just spent the past 5 days in “The Big D”, (aka: Dallas), mixing some family time with a business trip.   I tackled 2 (yes….TWO) big family reunions in one very long weekend.  It’s always good to see my family, young and old, who travel from all over to be together for… Read More

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HORMONES, CRAVINGS, SEX, AND FREEDOM

For this Motivation Monday episode, I’ve got three things for you, and they’re all insanely valuable, yet free. (Isn’t that a paradox?….) While they might seem unconnected, a deeper dive in will reveal to you just how integrated hormones, cravings, sex, and freedom all have in common. Let me explain. First cool thing: There’s this event I’m putting on with Dr. Kelly called Breakthrough to your Best Body: The truth about Hormones and Weight Loss Resistance. As a subscriber, I’m sure you’ve read about it, and many of you have already registered for this free event that takes place next Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30pm. Dr. Kelly and I met… Read More

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CELEBRATING BIG WITHOUT CRASHING INTO SUGAR

I know I’ve been talking about my birthday A LOT this year, am I’m pretty positive this will be my last post about it, but I’ve been really trying to dive deep into the ideas of big celebration as a part of life WITHOUT it totally deterring my health. In the past, I usually spend the entire month of July in a sugar addicted stupor.  By the time August rolled around, I couldn’t stop thinking about where I was going to get my next sweet fix, and every meal had some sort of sugary dessert finale. I used food to celebrate instead of using LIFE to celebrate. This year was… Read More

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WHAT CAME FIRST? THE CHOCOLATE OR THE EMOTION?

Is your emotional experience dictating your food choices? OR…. Are your food choices creating your emotional experience? The high-stress/emotional situation OR the chocolate cake?  If you’ve been a Motivation Monday subscriber for any length of time, then you already know I went through life altering emotional and stressful situations.     At that time, following any healthy-food protocol went out the window.  There were no rules and my eating was dictated by my emotions.   I was tired, depressed, obsessed about sugar, and brain fogged out all day.   It was obvious to me that my emotional experience was clearly creating my food choices.   And from this space, exercise… Read More

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CELEBRATING AUDRIKA GIVING YOU GIFTS!

It’s funny, I’ve never really connected celebration of life to the celebration of my body/health/size until just recently. Most of my friends at this point have celebrated wedding showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, baby showers, and first home parties. While I haven’t celebrated any of the above, it hit me that I haven’t celebrated ANYTHING at all!  The last shin-dig I put on for myself to celebrate my life was exactly 10 years ago(!) for my college graduation. Which got me thinking about celebration and how integral and important it is to being human. We celebrate a rite of passage, whether it’s a wedding, birthday, or the world cup. … Read More

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NUMBER ONE WEIGHT LOSS SECRET

What an amazing week. My dad’s been hanging out in San Francisco with me all week and boy have we had some serious adventures!  From walking on a tight rope in Dolores Park, to spending the afternoon soaking in all the Gay Pride events. There was also a lot of eating involved. I’m pretty strict about the types of foods that go in my body, but not from a diet perspective.  You’ll never see me restricting bread or shying away from tortilla chips  or freaking out over sugar. But you WILL see me throw a big ole’ fit about crap-ass food filled with preservatives, corn syrup, artificial crap, fillers, and… Read More

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HEALTHIEST PARTY FOOD CHOICES

Last week I shared 5 healthy and delicious party recipes that I made at the last party I threw. But what if it’s not your party? I just spent last weekend in Durango CO with all my entrepreneurial friends and while we worked hard all day, we partied hard, too! : ) I take you “behind the party scene” so you can see for yourself all the delicious foods I had to choose from, and then I take you through exactly what I chose and why. While some I chose for health and others for pleasure, everything I chose was life giving. While part of enjoying a party is about… Read More

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SUMMER PARTY RECIPES!

The statement “I love summer” just doesn’t seem strong enough.  I want to devour it.  I want to subside on 5 hours a sleep a night just so I don’t miss a second of summer. I come alive in the summer. And what’s summer without parties?  And what’s a party without food? When it comes to taking deep care of yourself, one of the easiest ways to do this is to increase the quality of your food.  When my clients want to losing weight, the first thing I have them look at is the quality of their food. Instead of focusing on taking food away (Ouch! Pain!), we instead take… Read More

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