Favorite Healthy Living Tips & News of The Week- 4/20/16

Welcome to my weekly wellness roundup of interesting things to know related to health living, there is so much information out there but so little time to take it all in. Now you can get the top tips and news related to healthy living all in one spot!

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10 Tips for Stunningly Gorgeous Skin –  via KrisCarr blog

It’s not just the food we eat that affects our health. The products we use on our skin are easily absorbed into our bloodstream, thus have an impact on our well-being. Kris Carr shares her natural skincare and beauty tips in this week’s blog post. She even includes a link to the EWP’s database where you can look up some of your favorite beauty products and see what their toxicity rating is!

“Beauty isn’t shallow when it comes from the inside out.”~Kris Carr


Why You Should Instagram Every Meal – via ThriveMarket blog

New research is indicating that posting food pics actually makes your food taste better! Steve Holt writes that “consumers who took photos of foods they perceived to be healthier before eating them rated those foods higher than consumers who didn’t take a photo.” So maybe if you’re not a fan of a certain “health food”, say broccoli for example, taking a beautiful photo of it on a plate may make you more likely to enjoy eating it, maybeee? What do you think?


Silent Killers of your Metabolism—via Infographic Journal

This is a pretty cool infographic on how factors like stress, sleep deprivation, toxins, and excess of sugars are not only slowing down our metabolisms, but contributing to this country’s increasing obesity trend. Check it out to increase your awareness and learn about the simple steps you can take to revive your metabolism and revitalize your health.


Plyo Circuit Workout– via Popsugar

This is a challenging set of plyo circuits you can do at home with no equipment. My current workout routine is mostly weight lifting with some yoga. I was looking to do something different at least one day a week. That’s when I stumbled across this gem of a workout. I encourage you to try it out. It’s tougher than it looks, but definitely a great workout to incorporate into your usual routine.


I hope you enjoyed this week’s weekly wellness roundup of my favorite healthy living tips and news.

What was your favorite article?

What else did you learn this week related to healthy living?



Happy Hump Day,





Two Dollars and a Dream- Creating Your Wealth


Did you take a chance, but didn’t win the Powerball? Sorry to hear that, but the good news is you still have a chance at getting rich! All it takes is two dollars and a dream.  

May I present to you Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made millionaire. She was the first woman in history to start with nothing and earn her own fortune. This inspiring woman dared to dream when all odds were against her, took a chance, and created her own wealth by turning her biggest struggle (hair loss) into her greatest success (a line of women’s hair care products).     



We all have dreams in life.  They may change, take time to achieve, some may flourish, while others wither away. The dream for me was always to help people improve their well-being AND become rich, too, so I became a pharmacist.  I now realize my intentions were a bit materialistic, but don’t tell me you have never had a similar selfish dream of doing something great while making a lot of money.  Well, this dream turned out to be a classic example of how money won’t make you happy. I was working too much, constantly felt sick, stressed, and as a result neglected my health and relationships.  Sure I was making good money and I was sort of helping people, but was it worth my health and happiness? Was it really the dream I had in mind? (Please note: This is not at all meant to say that I do not have full respect and love for the profession of pharmacy)  Looking back on this time, I realize how I let my dreams wither away for a while and just settled.



Finally frustrated with how unfulfilled and unhappy I was, I decided to make a change. That change was to give myself permission to start dreaming again!  After working solely as a pharmacist for about a year, I realized I wanted to make a bigger impact on health and wellness by focusing more on prevention rather than treatment (which pharmacists are doing a lot more of these days, by the way).  I wanted to help people feel good about themselves inside and out, bring awareness to the connection between our diet and diseases, and prevent/minimize medication dependency.  More than that, I wanted to feel good about myself and stop neglecting my own health.

I underwent extensive training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a holistic health coach.  I did tons and tons of research to become an expert in my new found passion, and combined it with my PharmD knowledge. I became my first client, practicing what I was preaching by infusing positive changes into my own life. Not only did I heal my body of asthma, excess weight and stress— but I found my joy, my energy, and renewed my health.

Let me just tell you, in all honesty, this took A LOT of work, both internally and externally.  I had to deal with so many personal fears, limiting beliefs, overwhelm and anxiety, but I want you to know this: YOU are worth investing in. Your DREAM is worth investing in. These kinds of investments will help you create true wealth, no matter what odds are against you. Just take a look at how much Madam Walker had to overcome– poverty, racism, abuse, and much more, I’m sure.




Today I can say I have been able to not just lose weight, physically, but emotionally too. I’m not 100% where I want to be yet, but I am well on my way. (We’re all a work in progress, right?)  I’m still practicing pharmacy, but in a new and exciting setting of corporate wellness! I’m practicing as a health coach, too AND investing in myself a lot more. I get to do the thing that brings me joy everyday by helping clients successfully reach their health and wellness goals.  The dream took time to actualize, and continues to be a work in progress, but changed my perspective on the real meaning of being rich. I wasn’t after the money this time, I was after the improvement of my health and the value of my life.   Walking on this journey helped me to realize that THIS is what real wealth is all about.  It’s about impact and not at all about money.  It is a different kind of wealth–  the kind that enriches your life with purpose, passion and fulfillment. Money can’t buy health, precious moments, true friendships or a new life.

I don’t want my life to be defined by the abundance of my possessions, but rather by the richness of my works.

For me, finding fulfillment and true wealth in my life was about believing in the worth of my dream, making a career shift and taking time to invest in my personal health and relationships. What is it for you?  You don’t need to have it all figured, but you do need to be willing to invest in yourself.  You don’t need other people to believe in you for you to believe in yourself.


I know everyone was worked up about the Powerball and a little disappointed not to have won, but hey, you took a chance and gave it a try.  Now why not take a chance on yourself?

It’s true you only need $2 and a dream to stand a chance at winning, but those $2 come in a different kind of currency: faith and action. Today I hope you invest in renewing your faith and aspire to take meaningful action in achieving your dream.  Like Madam Walker, let us create our own rags to riches story.


So let’s go get rich! How will you start living a richer life today?

Health is Wealth,