Archive for June, 2010

Call Me Shamu: I’m Proud to be a Whale!

I received the following email in my inbox this morning.  I do not know the origins of this story, as it has been circulating around the web for some time. So unfortunately  I cannot give credit to the author..but whoever you are, THANK YOU!

The Mermaid and the Whale

Recently, in a large French city, a poster featuring a young,thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym.

It said: “THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?”

A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs.

They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don’t exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex?  Therefore they don’t have kids either. Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.

We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends. With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, “Good gosh, look how smart I am!”

June 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm 1 comment

Teeny Tiny Itsy Bitsy Yumminess

People (especially my New Yorkers)–I’ve got something good for you.

I just tried some super delicious cupcakes, and you can trust me…I’m a cupcake snob.

I even had 2 of them! Yes, 2!

But you wanna know the best part? They’re the size of a quarter. NO JOKE. Seriously, the size of a quarter.

The creator of this deliciousness is Baked by Melissa, who has 2 small shops in NYC’s Union Square and Soho. She’ll also cater an event and ship nationwide. With over 10 flavors to choose from, it’s a win-win.

I love that I can eat 2 of these babies and still feel groovy. However, be forewarned…they’re like Pringles.  Once you pop….

June 28, 2010 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Even GaGa Gets Insecure

Check out some words from the amazing Lady GaGa:

“When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year-old girl. Then I say, ‘Bitch, you’re Lady GaGa, you get up and walk the walk today.’ “

GaGa tells the new issue of Rolling Stone

She might prance around in alien-esque shoes, pointy bras, make risque videos, and seem all around confident, but ladies, she’s more like us than you think! How she differs, though, is the way in which she busts right through her insecurities and doesn’t get in her own way!

We can all take a lesson from her (not fashion advice, though!)


June 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm 1 comment

Huff Post: Vitamin D Health, Dr. Frank Lipman

I usually don’t do this, but today I am linking to an article I found in the Huffington Post this morning about      Vitamin D.

There are so many myths and misleading facts floating around (especially lately), but this article says it all. Dr. Frank Lipman is the authoritative source on all things vitamin D.

You might be surprised by what he suggests: don’t be afraid of the sun! (But of course be responsible with it)

Do yourself, and you health, a solid and read this article on Vitamin D!

June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Yoga on the Central Park’s Great Lawn-10,000 Strong!

Join me tomorrow, Tues June 22, for an incredible yoga event in New York’s gorgeous Central Park.

Brought to you by flavorpill, the goal of the event is to gather 10,000 people of all different shapes, sizes, and  yoga levels to practice together, making it the largest yoga class in the world!

Doors open at 5:30, kicking off the event with live music and performers. Class starts at 7:15–and you get a FREE JetBlue yoga mat!

And what’s better than being outside on a gorgeous day doing yoga? The fact that tickets are FREE!

Just go to the website, enter in promo code COBRA, and you’re all set! You can even invite 2 friends.

Hope to see you there!

June 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

Go Green with your Exercise

Just in time for summer!

This month’s Weill Cornell Medical College Food & Fitness Advisor reports findings from a UK study that found that just   5 minutes of “green” exercise each day lifted study participants’ moods and boosted their self esteem. The study was published online on March 25th in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

And what is “green” exercise, you ask? The term refers to an activity in the presence of nature, such as walking, boating, gardening, cycling, fishing, horseback riding, and my favorite, hiking.

The most significant improvements in mood and self-esteem occurred when the participants were in the presence of water. Interesting!

So, next time at the beach, put the drink down, get out of your lounge chair, and take a little walk.  Not only is it good for the body, but good for the soul.  Me…I’ll be hiking in the Berkshires!

June 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

A Night with Geneen Roth: Women Food and God

Yesterday I had the pleasure to see the amazing Geneen Roth speak (via the Open Center) in New York City. I’ve been familiar with her for quite some time now, and her books on making peace with compulsive eating have been my safety blankets many times over.

Geneen Roth has a new book out, Women Food and God (you might’ve caught her on Oprah a few weeks ago. If you missed it, don’t worry! She’ll be on again in July).  Because her work is so important to me and my journey with food and compulsive eating, I took copious notes (and of course bought the book). I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned with you.

First off, Geneen defines compulsive eating as: Eating when you’re not hungry and not stopping when you’ve had enough. That is me in a nutshell! The overarching premise is that our relationship with food is the gateway to the way we live our lives. Food isn’t just food. Food represents our beliefs about the meaning of life. So, when we eat because we are bored, tired, lonely, angry…we’re not eating because we want FOOD. We’re doing it because during the act of eating, we don’t have to face those emotions. Only problem is that as soon as the last crumb is finished, our problems are still there. Even doubled with the compulsive eating.

Here are 5 Principles that Geneen outlines in her book:

1.  We compulsively eat for exquisitely good reasons only.  For example, if you’re experiencing grief at the lost of a loved one, eating can temporarily allow you to forget those feelings. However, as mentioned before, eating doesn’t push away the grief, it only doubles it. We need to look at what’s really going on when we eat.

2.  We don’t change by force.  This includes: guilt, fear, deprivation, punishment, and shame. Think back to all the diets you’ve been on, and subsequently failed, and then saying to yourself: “If I just deprive myself ENOUGH, then I will end up thin, happy, etc.” That seems a bit paradoxical. How can you deprive and punish yourself and still be happy?

3.  Diet’s Don’t Work. I’ve said this before, many times. Diets don’t lead to happiness. They lead to binges, and they lead you to not trust yourself.

4. Healing is about being broken and whole at the same time. I loved this one. She mentioned that people we admire and look up to: celebrities, parents, seemingly perfect people like the Dalai Lama…they may look perfect on the outside, but they too have broken parts. They are human, after all.

5.  Realize nothing is wrong when the pain is there.  Experiencing uncomfortable feelings is a matter of being alive and vulnerable. And it’s also the point at which people turn to food (as I do). But, what’s it truly like to feel hurt? Can you sit with the discomfort, be curious about it, and learn from it, instead of numbing the feeling with food?

Geneen Roth reminded me last night that our relationship with food is vaster than we realize. We need to learn to trust ourselves to make the right decisions for what’s best for us.

As Geneen so succinctly said last night, “We are following instructions by people we wouldn’t even ask for street directions.”

Here, here!

June 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm 1 comment

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