Thoughts on Life Centered Around Social Distancing

These are strange and unsettling times and another testament to how life as we know it could change in a second. It was just a few weeks ago when I was still traveling for work and busy making plans for several big events that were scheduled to take place this Spring. It was not too long ago when an invisible enemy – a virus called COVID-19 – seemed like a vague and distant possibility. A cascade of events quickly signaled that “normal life” was about to change. Colleagues who were gearing up for domestic and international trips were grounded.…

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Wellness is the New Luxury

“Luxury … is to go to SoulCycle and treat yourself to an avocado toast, instead of going to buy those new Gucci loafers,” Owens said. A pair of shoes that you can share on social media once or twice doesn’t have the legs that it once did. The new luxury is convenience, culture, wellness, and sustainability.” – Philly.com I’m home in front of my laptop still feeling high from my hour and a half walk/run along Penn’s Landing.  It feels so good to move my body and put in my steps first thing in the morning.  My watch tells…

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Project Wellness: Walk, Run, or simply Move!

Happy Weekend, friends!  Those of us in Philadelphia woke up on Saturday morning to the beginning of a beautiful weekend.  Mother nature finally gave us a nice respite from the heat wave that dominated most of last week.  This morning, lured by the mild temperature and gentle sunshine, I decided to go outdoors for a walk/run along the Delaware River. I realize that it has been so long since my last entry on my project weight loss.  Truth is, there is nothing new to report.  The journey continues, so to speak, and lately my focus have been on: shifting…

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Meyer Lemons and Five Tips to Increase Your Water Intake

While well aware that hydration is essential to our well being, I confess to not being diligent about drinking enough water each day.  But when I started using a pretty water glass container and adding a couple of freshly squeezed Meyer lemon wedges to my spring water, I have definitely upped my water intake game and feel more energetic because of it. Lemon water, especially when taken first thing in the morning, has been touted for its immune system boosting health benefits.  I’ve always liked the idea of lemon water and even tried it but the juice of regular lemons is much…

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Project Weight Loss: Tale of a Goal Driven Dieter (March Update)

It was the week before a work event in Miami when I decided to try on the dresses and suits that I was planning to pack for the trip. As I suspected, my clothes were snug so I made my way to the mall in search of a couple of pieces but found nothing that flattered well enough to justify spending the money.  Truth be told, I was in major panic mode as I was driving away from the mall empty-handed.  That was when I thought of doing a liquid diet – a last-minute and desperate attempt at a quick fix.…

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Recipe: Golden Milk Turmeric Tea

I found this turmeric tea recipe in Epicurious and plan to try it out this weekend.  Recipe yields two cups and takes about 20 minutes to make. INGREDIENTS 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage or almond milk 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick 1 (1-inch) piece turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns Ground cinnamon (for serving) PREPARATION Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan;…

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Recipe: Flourless Coconut and Sweet Potato Muffins with Ginger, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup

Just have to share this anti-inflammatory muffin recipe: INGREDIENTS 1 small organic sweet potato, roasted (1 cup, packed) 3 organic free range eggs, lightly beaten ¾ cup of organic canned coconut milk 2 tbsp of organic olive oil ½ cup of pure organic maple syrup 1 cup of organic brown rice flour ¼ cup of organic coconut flour 1 tbsp baking powder ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon 1 tsp of ground ginger ⅛ tsp of ground cloves ⅛ tsp of ground nutmeg PREPARATION Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil a 12-hole muffin tray.…

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Recipe: Braised Sweet Corn with Chile, Cilantro, Feta and Lime

  Source: Conde Nast Traveler I love corn and so I could not resist sharing this recipe with you. INGREDIENTS 6 ears corn, shucked Kosher salt 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium-hot green or red chiles, preferably Fresno, minced 1 shallot, minced 2½ oz [70 g] feta cheese, crumbled Juice of 1 lime ¼ cup [7 g] fresh cilantro leaves PREPARATION Using a knife, shave the corn kernels off the cobs into a medium bowl and set aside. Working over a small bowl, scrape the cobs with the back of the knife to extract the milk. Set aside…

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Favorite Skin Product: Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter

I have been obsessed with the Royal Jelly Body Butter ever since I “discovered” it at the Savannah Bee Company while walking along Broughton Street which is Savannah’s equivalent to Charleston’s King Street. The Royal Jelly Body Butter comes in three formulas – the original, tupelo honey and sensitive skin. The packaging is so pretty and I just love the smooth and velvety texture, the delicate scent, and the fact that it’s very hydrating – I highly recommend! Since my trip, I have repurchased the big container of the sensitive skin formula. My daughter occasionally gets eczema and she…

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