LifeStyle Lessons: Holy, Hangover!

FOMU, vegan ice cream BostonI'm not talking about an alcohol hangover, oh no, I'm talking about over indulgence with food! No bueno! I do this sometimes, testing the waters, thinking I can get away with not feeling the effects of sugar or baked goods, or anything that's hard to digest, especially when eaten later in the day. I followed 'the when its okay to cheat on your diet rules' though, and ate my vegan ice cream in the middle of the day, at the peak of the fire of digestion! It was my little treat to myself to comfort me on a rainy day after a yoga class that brought up lots of anger emotions (strange?!)

I had found FOMU in Boston a few months ago while visiting my sisters. We had a totally decadent night of veg friendly food followed by vegan ice cream sundaes!

I haven't been back there since I moved here, but I happened to stumble into this cute little gourmet shop called Beacon Hill Gourmet on my street a couple weeks ago and found that they sold FOMU 'ice cream' by the pint. I chose Salted Caramel because I had been envious of my sisters who both enjoyed a salted caramel ice cream cone from J.P. Licks the other day, (J.P. Licks also has vegan ice cream options too which is oh so fun!) so I jumped all over buying that cute little packaged pint!

It had been sitting in my freezer for a couple weeks, and I hadn't been in the mood for it until yesterday. Maybe I would have been okay if I had just eaten half of it...but I kept going! It was just so comforting and creamy and delicious! No wonder though, the second ingredient was evaporated cane sugar, and the third, agave. I basically just ate a pint of coconut cream and sugar....

I didn't feel the negative affects at all until about an hour later....hangover central! My stomach was so mad at me, and there was really nothing I could do!

I pulled out all my tricks though:

Ginger tea. Hot water with lemon. Detox tea. A walk to move the digestion. A short nap to try and sleep it off. A Hot Body Scrub before bed to remove toxins. Barley (to pull out the dampness in my body) vegetable soup for dinner. Double dose of Triphala before bed (a natural detox pill to support elimination).

Luckily I feel better now that it's the next morning, but I must live and learn from this little over indulgence. While it was fun, I'm not so sure it was worth it...Now that I've been eating so clean for so long, my body just can't handle these very yin (Macro term), very kapha (Ayurveda term) extreme foods.

Everything in Moderation, right?! Hopefully I'll keep myself in check next time! Til then...


Reviews & Rec's: Heavenly Skin Care Products

evan healy skincareI've mentioned in a previous post that one of my most favorite things to do is to get ready for bed! (What an old lady!) The reason being, that I LOVE to pamper myself with a skin care routine, unwind from the busy day, and prepare for a good night sleep! (I cherish it!)  I could never be one of those people who sleep with their makeup on! I have no idea how they do it! I like a clean face and clean skin for the sheets! Needless to say, I've used lots of amazing products in the past, but I have to say, this one takes the cake! Evan Healy has a topical ayurvedic approach to skin care, and when combined with eating right, my skin has never felt or looked this good!! I tried a sample when the COOP in Santa Monica had one of their estheticians out there offering up her advice! She recommended I use the BLUE line for sensitive skin. Oh My Amazingness! I'm officially hooked and think you should try too!

evan healy skin care

The positive affirmation on the packaging is just an added lil bonus!:)

Do try some. She sells at most Whole Foods, or you can order online.



Reviews & Rec's: Your Summer Essential!

kinesys sunscreenHappy Memorial Day everyone! The official kickoff of summer is here, and with that in mind, I'd like to share with you my favorite summer essential! My former client in L.A. is the founder of the most amazing sunscreen ever! She and her husband designed it for triathaletes in Hawaii and Southern California to resist sweat and water, but also with health conscious intentions. It's paraben free, oil free and made with all natural ingredients free of chemicals. It has an amazing smell, a perfect consistency, easy application and all day protection. I do not get one sign of a burn (or a pimple) and thoroughly enjoy wearing it ~ it just makes me happy!!

You can order online at or through amazon. It's well worth it!!

I hope you enjoy the beautiful sun filled days of summer!


Reviews & Rec's: An Herbalist's Creations

Pitta SpicingThis is a shout-out to my Ayurvedic Practitioner on Cape Cod. I've talked about my little healer angel friend Julie Wardwell of Chalice Wellness who has guided me in seasonal cleansing in previous posts, but what I haven't mentioned is that in addition to giving consultations for your health, she's also a little artist behind the scenes whipping up all sorts of herbal concoctions! Abyhangha OilOne of my most favorite self care routines is doing an abyhanga (means self love oil) massage at night. It grounds and relaxes me which is something I desperately need each day! This last batch of her Vata/Pitta oil she made for me is out of this world amazing!!! Once you try it, you'll know what I'm talking about!! (The label has faded due to heating up the oil in hot water).

I've also purchased a customized Pitta seasoning blend for cooking, a tri-doshic tea to relax me at night, and herbal supplements.

Tri-Doshic TeaWhat a little gift to the Cape Cod Community she is! There are many places to purchase these ayurvedic goodies, but why not support your local artisans who create such beautiful products with heart centered intentions!

Find here and like her here. Om Shanti, Julie!



Reviews & Rec's: Boston's First Raw, Vegan Food To-Go! Yay!

CocoBeetOne of the things I was a little bummed out about upon moving to this new city, is that they aren't necessarily on the 'up and up' when it comes to healthy, plant based restaurants. While there are a handful of really yummy ones, they're not on every street corner like I was used to when I lived in Santa Monica, or what I love about visiting NYC! Boston Smoothie and Juice BarYou can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this GEM the other day! What a gift to the Boston community! Onur and his partner had a vision and they brought it to life! Wahe Guru! This place is much like my most adored Pressed Juicery in NYC. They have organic, cold pressed juices and superfood filled smoothies along with raw, vegan prepared foods to go, including some desserts, snacks, salads, sandwiches and breakfast bowls! Thank God!!

CocobeetI'm so glad my friend told me about this spot, as it just opened 3 months ago! I came here after a yoga class and it was the perfect ending to my first day off in the city! I tried the Curry Chickpea Salad and a Key Lime Tart for dessert! Both absolutely delightful! As a little treat, Onur offered me some sandwiches to try. I gladly accepted and have tried them since ~ SO GOOD!

Chickpea Curry Salad Cocobeet

Key Lime Tartlett CocoBeet

CocoBeet Sandwiches

This will definitely be a weekly hangout for me! I wish them much success! "Re-Root your life"! (How awesome is that tagline?!)



Reviews & Rec's: A quick read for a much needed boost of confidence!

Make Every Man Want YouI've been following Marie Forleo now for awhile, and love her business savvy tips and tricks! She's a little guru in my eyes for living a successful and fulfilling life, so if you don't know, now you know:)! I knew she had written an e-book, but had never felt called to read it until recently. I had been feeling really doubtful in some areas of my life so I downloaded it while on vacation to "Become So Irresistible, I'd barely keep from Dating Myself";).

Although the title sounds like this book is about finding a man, it's actually a book about falling in love with yourself! It's a quick and easy read, and seems to me that it's rooted in Landmark Education (I'm a graduate, so I know;). Regardless of already knowing this info, its always a great reminder to check in to the present moment! She's re-inspired me to look at all the opportunities I already have surrounding me all the time; to be in love, to be fulfilled, and to look and feel my best!

If you're needing a quick pick me up, I think you'll really enjoy this!

Become your Irresistible Self NOW:)



Reviews: Healthy Brunching in Boston

Life Alive, CambridgeI wrote this post long ago, but it has a newfound meaning for me now that I can actually call Boston home this week!!:) Yay for moving to Boston and having some pretty awesome restaurants to choose from! I can recall many an indulgent breakfast/brunch in my college days either spent all day drinking champagne at Charleston's Vickery's, or 'still--drunk fests' at Myrtle Beach's finest ~ Denny's.

Brunch is the NEW 'weekend night out' in the most trendiest of places and will always satisfy that comfort we crave, but now that I'm a 'healthy veg girl', it's not typically a meal that I look forward to eating out because the options tend to be limited to oatmeal or toast...

You can imagine my excitement when I stumble across a healthy restaurant that caters to me and my tastebuds!

Life Alive in Cambridge, MA is tried and true! While it doesn't have a breakfast menu per say, it does have an amazing juice and smoothie menu and a lunch menu to die for! Literally, anything you get there will leave you feeling happy and satisfied!

True Bistro in Somerville, caters to the fancy vegan cuisine palette! Their dinners are lovely, but their brunches are a treasure!

Veggie Galaxy

Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge is a vegan indulgent diner haven! True to diner form, it offers malt shakes, sundaes, french toast and pancake galore set to the '50's soundtrack and a spinning case of baked goods.

ROOT in Allston is a new fave!! A super hip hot spot serving up a vegan 'foodie' menu complete with a farm style ambiance that includes mason jar glasses.

Thank you Boston, for serving up all that I crave and more! I can't wait to explore and eat my way through the city starting next week! I'll be sure to post my adventures:)

(I hear The Friendly Toast is great for brunch, so you know I'll be checking that out asap!;)



Simple ways to live a more zestful life!

as i sit here and write, i am bubbling over with enthusiasm! enthusiasm for life and the gifts that are always at our fingertips! i am incredibly grateful for my dear friend, adele, who has always lead an inspiring life of zest! she recommended the book, "mama gena, the school of womanly arts" to me and it couldn't have come at a better time.

she actually leant the book to me about a year ago, and i remember starting to read it, not getting hooked, and ultimately leaving it on my coffee table, buried under the rest of my self help books! she inevitably took it back, and has referred to it here and there throughout our conversations. you know the old saying, "when you're ready to learn, the teacher appears"? well, apparently, i'm open and receiving of this added whipped cream with a cherry on top delight in my life! big shout out to adele--thanks girlfriend, i love you dearly!

my spiritual journey has lead me into a portal of love, peace and light, revealing a clear and beautiful path for me to walk along. the guidance and support that surrounds me unconditionally is exhilarating and comes with a huge amount of responsibility. i welcome the lessons and recognize my job--to give. to receive, assimilate, and share my knowledge with those that are meant to hear it, or read it.

what i can't even contain is the simplistic message from the book i'm reading--to seek pleasure!!!

oh my gosh, it makes me so excited! have you ever considered the concept that we are here to enjoy each and every moment on earth?

we have five senses. obviously, they are meant to absorb the energetic vibrations found in   what we see, hear, taste, feel and smell. what we experience is directly related to what we put out there--so change your surroundings to your liking!! it's that simple. duhhh!

don't get ahead of yourself and think you have to up and create a whole new life for yourself. no, in fact, the lessons in the book offer the acknowledgement of staying present! living in each moment! the oh-so-challenging task of not getting caught up in what's yet to come, and the past that haunts us. let it all go my friends and delight your senses NOW!

start getting into the mindset of "how can i make this present situation more fun?"

the exercises in the book are very enlightening. it really offers a new approach to living mindfully.  she talks about how she sets out to fly a kite for enjoyment, only to stop when she's had enough. this simple notion is easy to relate to--relate it to all areas of your life!

i can't help but argue that pleasure seeking could, in turn, become addiction, but what i keep realizing is that no, in fact, it is the art of staying present in what brings you joy, and when it stops bringing you joy. some days we may have more energy than others--that's normal. just as the sun is always shining, but sometimes we have cloudy days.

here's the real challenge--pleasure should not be rushed.

why are you in such a hurry to get there? we've all heard it before, but it really is about the journey, not the destination. savor and relish in the simple pleasures, moving from one moment to the next. this instant gratification notion in our society is causing us to zoom through life and miss out on smelling all the roses!

think of your body as a vessel to absorb the light from the sun. soak it in, drink it up and bask in its glory. you will be a shining star in no time if you embody the love that is joy.

pleasure is creation.

notice how your enjoyment ignites the fire within you, to be the essence of the sun, which you already are--this is creation, which stems from pleasure. but when you've had enough, know that it's time to condense that energy, to let it marinate and do its job.

your life will have more meaning if you start to acknowledge how you can have more fun and when you've had enough. that last bite that you knew you didn't want, can really put you over the edge and cause you to over indulge, leaving you feeling crummy. why not savor that last bite instead?

i have been dancing and singing all over town this week, realizing how much joy i find in music. i've been lighting candles and making out with vegan ice cream. but i've also realized when it's time to be quiet and go to bed early. these are the little moments that string together, allowing me to experience the life i love!

try setting your alarm each hour of the day today to check in and ask yourself, "how can i make this moment more enjoyable?" the choice is yours.

hopefully you'll be movin' and shakin' and lettin' your hair down while you sing at the top of your lungs out your sun roof, in no time!

in health and happiness,


mama gena

What makes you happy?

these days i'm realizing how challenging it is to stay in balance. we all have priorities and responsibilities, and the days fly by so fast! it's a balancing act and can be easily attainable if we just stay present. however, that in and of itself, is a challenge! a book was recommended to me, from a like-minded girlfriend awhile back. she and i are always talking about what the next best thing is for our future - what we want out of life, and which path we're headed down. i bought the book and it didn't really resonate with me, so i put it down for a few months... until i saw the author on the today show for the new years day episode! her name is gretchen rubin, and her book is titled, 'the happiness project'.

after hearing her speak about the effects she experienced during and after her project, it inspired me to keep reading. it's amazing how just when you need something, it appears! i often times will pick up a book or an article, and it's exactly what i needed at that particular point in time.

the universe is speaking to you when you open yourself to learn and be guided!

needless to say, i have been reading her book and have joined her interactive blog called, the happiness project toolbox. during my leisure days, i am often journaling, making lists, doodling or drawing my own mini inspiration boards, cutting out/writing down quotes/articles that i love, etc. this website encompasses all of these types of explorations in a concise, efficient way! sooo, i logged in, and got really excited about the start up questions!

i encourage you all to ask yourselves these questions and journal them.

i went back and was able to highlight certain phrases and from that point, was able to fill my own toolbox to keep myself grounded to live a peaceful, present life!

1. what makes you feel good? what activities do you find fun, satisfying or energizing?

2. what makes you feel bad? what are sources of anger, irritation, boredom, frustration or anxiety in your life?

3. is there anyway in which you don't feel right about your life? do you wish you could change jobs, cities, family situations or other circumstances? are you living up to your expectations for yourself? does your life reflect your values?

4. do you have sources of an atmosphere of growth? in what areas of your life do you find progress, learning, challenge, improvement, and increased mastery?

now check it out and get started on living at your utmost happiness! :