***FREE sugar workshop!

***FREE sugar workshop!

Where:
Shetler studio –
244 West 54th street (between Broadway and 8th avenue)
12th floor , Shelter #1

When:
Wednesday June 9th , 6:30-8:30 pm (check in begins at 6:15 sharp)

Donna Sonkin is a holistic health coach (Columbia / Institute for Integrative
Nutrition) accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as well as a natural food chef. Her “Get Thin for the Camera” program helps
actors, models and authors, as well as busy Moms, students and regular folk, get
healthy thin in an enjoyable way. Sonkin teaches her clients how to cook and eat
healthfully and how to make great food and exercise choices. She is a strong
believer in the concept of listening to your own body’s special needs in order
to live a happy, healthy life.

SUGAR WORKSHOP
(to attend click link ‘register now’ below)

*Do you want gorgeous glowing skin?

*Would you love to have vibrant energy that lights up any room?

*Do you find yourself reaching for SUGAR during the day for quick “energy”?

*Do your friends call you “moody”?

*Do you crave SUGAR at night?

*Want to discover how diet sodas and artificial sweeteners make you fat, tired,
and haggard?

In this fun interactive workshop you’ll learn: The good, the bad and the ugly
… everything you wanted to know about sugar but were afraid to ask.

Sugar is the biggest contributor to inflammation… inflammation leads to ALL
diseases of age. If you want to live a long, vibrant healthy life you MUST sort
out your relationship with sugar!

Register Now!

https://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e2w0wj9ue1d5a4ab&o
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Testimonials about this workshop and working with Donna:

I haven’t drank red bull since!! And let me tell you- that wasn’t easy!
-Roslyn Renda

Donna’s workshop opened my eyes to the fact that sugar is an EXTREME substance, and needs to be treated with purpose and respect (including perhaps abstaining from it) like any other DRUG! By recognizing this I am able to ‘reset’ my palate, and be satisfied with the natural sweetness of whole foods, and not miss sugar at all.
-Karen Kohlhaas

Donna, Thank you so much for giving that amazing talk. It was both frightening, angering, inspiring and informative.
-Michaela Cullen

I am SO looking forward to seeing you at my signature SUGAR WORKSHOP!

xoxo!!!

Donna Sonkin
HHC, AADP.
Get Thin for the Camera
www.GetThinForTheCamera.com

Healthy Happy Holiday

  1. 1. Get to bed a t a reasonable hour when possible- I know it can be a challenge when there are parties and friends in from out of town, but the closer you are to being in harmony with nature… the healthier you will be. Sleep will also keep your immune system nice and strong. Trouble falling asleep try my favorite – Young Living Lavender oil (click here & place order, sign in as “customer” – you will need to give shipping address before you order)

  2. 2. Eat before you go- not a huge meal but just enough to “take the edge off” so when you get to the party you are not grabbing for whatever is placed before you. Think protein / fat/ vegetables here. So some chicken soup with kale (recipe below) will do the trick.

  3. 3. Drink one glass of water for each cocktail- it’s a fact that libations dehydrate you, so be smart about your alcohol intake. Avoid sugary drinks – best to opt for wine, beer or clear spirits with seltzer water and lime. I like Crop organic cucumber vodka it is crisp and refreshing best of all no chemicals!


  1. 4. Look for non-food forms of nourishment – it’s the time of year to really look after yourself add in a new fun work out – I like what the girls at Physique 57 are doing they keep it fun. You could add on an extra 5-minute massage to your mani-pedi. Or have a Skype visit with a loved one who is far away.
  2. 5. Take my new holiday class!!!

  3. Click here for class invite…

This holiday season I have partnered up with a brilliant clairvoyant teacher – Tori Quisling … she had brought many clients much peace and has helped me to see things in a different light. Together we will help you not only get through the holidays but end up slimmer, healthier and happier come February!


Wednesday,
December 15 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location Upper East Side studio 70’s- (exact address given at registration)

Created By

More Info Stay Healthy & Happy Through the Holidays
With Clairvoyant Practitioner Tori Quisling
& Holistic Health Coach/ Chef Donna Sonkin

You will learn:
• How to stay relaxed & find joy in any situation
• How to create harmony during family time
• How to stay slim during holiday time
• How to boost your immune system & keep healthy
• How to stay energized through holiday madness

In this groundbreaking 2 hour- interactive workshop you will learn this & more!

Join us:
DATE: Wednesday, December 15
TIME: 6:30pm- 8:30pm
PLACE: Upper East Side studio (70’) address will be given at point of registration
FEE: $35 in advance (credit card) call Tori at 516-423-1794

SPACE IS LIMITED pre-registration and payment required.

To learn more about Tori go to WWW.YourPsychicSelf.Net
To learn more about Donna go to
WWW.GetThinForTheCamera.com

before you party soup

2 cups organic chicken stock

1/2 bunch organic kale chopped fine

1 link Apple-gate farms or Belinski’s organic free-range chicken or turkey sausage cut into discs

1 teaspoon grass-fed butter

instructions-
bring all ingredients up to a boil then down to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
enjoy!

sweet class




Sweet Class!
these are pictures from my favorite workshop- the sugar workshop
June 9,2010.

looking to learn even more about how to get HEALTHY THIN?

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Get Healthy Get Happy in just six weeks!

Donna Sonkin’s Get Happy Get Healthy six-week class

Six Wednesday evenings…,7.7,7.14,7.21, 7.28, 8.4, 8.11

From 6:30-8:30pm

Space-upper east side studio

Tuition $495

(sign up by June 22nd for $350… you save $145!!!)

Space limited call NOW! 917-941-5045

Email Donna@getthinforthecamera.com


CLICK here to read testimonials…

course study:

Week one–

  • water

  • sleep

  • greens

  • organic food

  • goal setting

  • cooking demonstration Asian -style Lacentato Kale

Week Two–

  • intro to meditation

  • guided meditation

  • understanding the mind related to emotional eating and body image

  • cooking demonstration Salmon Salad

Week Three–

  • Food diary, why keep one?

  • How to eat in restaurants and at parties , bring yoru favorite take out menu

  • understanding grains

  • cooking demonstration Greek Quinoa Salad

Week Four–

  • understanding dairy

  • understanding soy

  • bone health

  • cooking demonstration free range traditional stock and organic chicken salad

Week Five–

  • what is toxicity and how can I avoid it?

  • Sea food , seaweed

  • natural care products

  • cooking demonstration – Sardines and seaweed

Week Six

  • health food store tour

  • pot luck picnic

  • recap goals


Donna Sonkin

Donna Sonkin HHC,AADP’s Top 5 weight loss tips

1. DON’T DIET!

Seriously, when you “go ON a diet” you are bound to “go OFF a diet” right???

2. SPOIL YOUR APPETITE!

When you wait too long between meals and are faced with too many options and choices you kind of go nuts and eat everything in site. When you show up to a party or dinner hungry but not ravenous you are less likely to stuff yourself, my recommendation is to have a small amount of fat/ protein / vegetables, so, fry an egg or have some steamed broccoli with pastured butter. You will enjoy yourself a lot more and be more in the moment with the other attendees instead of wondering what you are going to eat!

3. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY NOT MAIN STREAM MEDIA!

This is good advice, I cannot tell you how many times I have read some women’s magazine with some “bikini ready- in – 4 weeks” diet plan only to think “ how can they tell YOU what YOU need in your body!?!?!” makes no sense, some people need more food to lose weight, some people are really satiated by grains, some people get bloated when they eat grains, some folks can eat dairy, some become sluggish on dairy, some people feel really great and energized when they eat meat, some people become constipated. There are those who can eat tropical fruit and some who break out when they do. See what I mean? Listen to your body, see how you feel after you eat something, that will guide you… not some “diet” in the back of some magazine!

4. SLEEP!

When you sleep your body reduces its production of the stress hormone cortizol for more wonders of sleep please read my article in Green Beauty Team this month.

http://greenbeautyteam.com/self-care/137-why-beauty-sleep-is-the-fountain-of-youth.html

5. LOVE YOURSELF NOW!

Loving yourself and finding what is good and beautiful about YOU as you are NOW will send a message to the universe that you are sitting in love and gratitude and are ready for beauty (see post below)

http://www.donnasonkinshaw.com/donnas-blog/773/

back to REALITY!!!


well folks,

after 7 weeks in New Orleans filming VH1’s Tough Love AND 3 weeks up at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, I am finally home.
phew!
you will be able to watch my transformative stint as reality show star on Tough Love starting April 15th Sunday night on VH1 at 9pm. Also, you can find out the inside scoop and some show gossip/ cast photos by checking out my VH1’s Tough Love -Donna Sonkin fan page on Facebook.
you can see all of my new techniques and fun recipes by checking out my Donna Sonkin Holistic Health Coach and Chef on my Facebook page or visit my website DonnaSonkin.com
as for my time in both places…
keeping to my simple daily yoga practice and meditation kinda saved me. Nothing too intense just about 5-30 minutes of yoga and a simple meditation that at times was only for 5 minutes- sometimes 20 minutes. It’s stressful having cameras in your face 24 hours a day. Just as stressful living in close quarters with new people. I made some wonderful friends (please follow me on Twitter @donnasonkin for cast mate tweets) I LOVED these gals.
I also followed a pretty strict food plan of what I wouldn’t eat – except of course on dates… you have to bend a little:)… there were times where I had literally nothing else to eat but pizza because that was the ONLY thing available. In those cases I ate the pizza.
Up at school it was even more of a challenge because I HAD to taste EVERYTHING ! I mean, I was at one of the top culinary schools in the world. I needed and wanted to learn through my taste buds and I did. Every cream sauce, all types of braised meats, anything fried, also there were many healthy items so I tried my best to fill my plate up with vegetables and just have bites of everything else. It was a wonderful experience.
here was my basic protocol for avoiding packing on the pounds when schedule and stress collide to create what could be the perfect storm of diet disasters:
I got these basic ideas from an amazing book that I read by Canadian N.D. Dr. John Matsen – the book is called “Eating Alive Prevention Thru Good Digestion” he talks about avoiding non-food items
  • coffee
  • tea
  • white sugar
  • chocolate
  • alcohol
  • artificial sweeteners
  • preservatives
  • iodized salt (good quality table salt OK)
  • tobacco
  • gluten and processed grain products (quinoa, brown rice OK)
these items tax adrenals and stress the body out. if you are going through stress you want to make it easy for the body!
I made sure that I slept as best I could, donning a sleep mask, using ear plugs and anointing myself with lavender oil. occasionally I would take Bach’s sleep remedy spray or melatonan.
of course the easiest thing to do is drink a glass of water and take a deep breath.
having certain foods on hand will set you up for success as well:
  • sardines
  • kale
  • some fruits
  • sweet potatoes
  • good quality animal protein
  • naturally raised eggs
  • all vegetables
  • good quality spring water – in glass bottles when available (my favorite is Mountain Valley Spring water)
now that you have the basics… there is no excuse for letting stress get the better of you. If I could get through this mania anyone can:)
much love,
xoxo-Donna

Donna Sonkin's Blog 2011-05-17 13:08:00

Donna Sonkin HHC,AADP’s Top 5 weight loss tips

1. DON’T DIET!

Seriously, when you “go ON a diet” you are bound to “go OFF a diet” right???

2. SPOIL YOUR APPETITE!

When you wait too long between meals and are faced with too many options and choices you kind of go nuts and eat everything in site. When you show up to a party or dinner hungry but not ravenous you are less likely to stuff yourself, my recommendation is to have a small amount of fat/ protein / vegetables, so, fry an egg or have some steamed broccoli with pastured butter. You will enjoy yourself a lot more and be more in the moment with the other attendees instead of wondering what you are going to eat!

3. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY NOT MAIN STREAM MEDIA!

This is good advice, I cannot tell you how many times I have read some women’s magazine with some “bikini ready- in – 4 weeks” diet plan only to think “ how can they tell YOU what YOU need in your body!?!?!” makes no sense, some people need more food to lose weight, some people are really satiated by grains, some people get bloated when they eat grains, some folks can eat dairy, some become sluggish on dairy, some people feel really great and energized when they eat meat, some people become constipated. There are those who can eat tropical fruit and some who break out when they do. See what I mean? Listen to your body, see how you feel after you eat something, that will guide you… not some “diet” in the back of some magazine!

4. SLEEP!

When you sleep your body reduces its production of the stress hormone cortizol for more wonders of sleep please read my article in Green Beauty Team this month.

http://greenbeautyteam.com/self-care/137-why-beauty-sleep-is-the-fountain-of-youth.html

5. LOVE YOURSELF NOW!

Loving yourself and finding what is good and beautiful about YOU as you are NOW will send a message to the universe that you are sitting in love and gratitude and are ready for beauty (see post below)

Donna Sonkin's Blog 2011-04-19 12:12:00

Beauty as Nature Intended By Donna Sonkin HHC,AADP.

What if I told you that you were amazing RIGHT now? Yes, we could all use some tweaking to be the BEST version of ourselves but, what if you already had all of that in you. What if you could just relax knowing that, like Dorothy’s ruby slippers you had the ability all the while. Through all of life’s ups and downs, through all of the anxiety and low self esteem days? Would you believe me?

I am here to tell you that you are a glorious creature that you have been given the perfect body, skin, voice, hair, talents that you need for this lifetime. The lessons that you must learn will turn about because of who you are and the vessel in which you travel. Sure Marilyn Monroe got a nose job – but I’ve seen the photos and I thought that she was gorgeous with her original nose.

I recently NetFlixed the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” I was blown away by all of the CGI (Computer-generated imagery) during the course of the movie Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchet’s characters go from 19 years old to 95 years old –they were pulled to look younger and had more than 5 hours of makeup a day to look older. Julia Ormond played Cate’s daughter and is 43 years old. The first close up that I saw of her bowled me over- “she is a goddess” I thought “ a radiant vision” I think that it was the first time in about ten years that I have seen a woman in the movies actually look her age. Every line , every wrinkle, the furrow of her brow. It made me feel good about aging gracefully without botox or fillers or peels. Without lying to my friends about some secret vacation when I turn 55 to go get pulled and nipped. To see an expressive face , a face with feeling and emotion. WOW! So many of us fall into the trap of being lead by the media – I actually dated a guy who had no clue that they airbrushed photos of women in the magazines and billboards– he was really missing out on BEAUTY as nature intended it! I remember one of my students talking about her grandmother and how she loved her arm fat – how it was one of the few places that she felt safe, how she would not trade time in her grandmother’s embrace, snuggled into her bosom nearly suffocated by arm fat. Isn’t that worth something?

I read a great interview with Selma Hyack where she calls her stretch marks her “tiger stripes” just thinking of Selma Hyack with stretch marks makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

These imperfections will benefit someone along the way – it is up to us to figure out who and allow those people who REALLY appreciate us and our bodies to get to love us and be with us. In the movie Pitt’s character goes on and on about loving Blanchet’s smile lines, that alone is reason to forgo botox.

I am in no way saying that you should have globs of arm fat and weathered skin – I am saying that you can work with what you have and see the value in it . To love it as it is and then work at making it the BEST ever.

Here are some tips on working with what you’ve got:

Donna’s top 5 tips to loving where your at:

  1. Figure out what it is that you need to work on, really. Find an honest friend who will lovingly and gently bring things to your attention- do you eat late night? Do you make dumb choices when it comes to relationships? Ask a friend and then sit back and LISTEN without judgment or fear.

  1. DO something about it! Now that you have a basic idea of what needs work go out and DO! Is your apartment a mess? Call in a professional organizer. Do you feel stuck , get a life coach. Need some fresh energy in your life? Volenteer.

  1. Make fitness a regular part of your life. Be consistent, finally! Enlist a professional to kick your butt and then make plans to keep doing it. Make work outs a fixture by literally scheduling them into your blackberry or planner. Nothing will make you feel better about who you are than a work out- you release hundreds of wonderful phyto- chemicals and endorphins.

  1. Get OUT of your head! Are you trapped by your thoughts? Find your personal Zen place with classic meditation or one of the active forms of meditation. I call these “active” because they link the body/ mind and breath – any martial arts, yoga, swimming and running even a long walk in nature can bring you glorious inner peace. Even taking 5 minutes a day to quiet the mind and breathe can change your entire day and how you feel about who you are.

  1. Get your food issues under wraps once and for all! Are you emotional eating? Late night eating? Have you no clue of what to buy, cook or what to eat? Do you look to magazine articles for your nutrition advice? Time to get real and figure that all out. First I recommend eating REAL food – this is food that is what it says it is, an egg is an egg, chicken is chicken, nuts are nuts, grapes are grapes etc. If you eat only this type of food you will avoid all processed food naturally. Also, listening to your body can be so powerful. So ask yourself before you dive into the buffet table at your cousins wedding “what do I really want?” “how hungry am I ?” if you eat when you know you aren’t hungry ask “what is on my mind ?” “what am I upset about –really”

I know that with these 5 tools you are well on your way to the
kind of self acceptance that makes you appear to be more beautiful in all you do.

Donna Sonkin