three little words…

Water- Sleep – Greens.

while “I love you” are three little words that we all adore hearing they will not help your body run with vibrancy and efficiently. Water, Sleep and Greens , however will not only make you feel loved they are the kind of unconditional love that we all deserve. please read on for information on how these “three little words” can change your life…


I have heard people brag that they can get by on less than 8 hours of sleep – I find this so silly. When we sleep the body regenerates and gets ready for the big day ahead. When you get less sleep than you need it is like charging your cell phone half way and we all know how much it sucks when your cell phone battery dies in the middle of a busy day.

What to do before bed?

Shut the TV off!

Read only nourishing pleasant things.

Journal, take a lavender bath

Use lavender creams

Sip some chamomile tea (not too close to bedtime!)

Stay off the phone and tell your friends not to phone late (or shut the ringer off)

Lay off the emails (you can do it tomorrow).

Stop eating by 8 p.m.

Stop drinking by 9 p.m. (you can take sips but no full glasses)

Get horizontal by 12 a.m.

Be gentle with yourself.


Everyone always thinks that they are drinking enough. We have all heard the “eight glasses a day” rule, but, really, do you think that someone who is 330lbs., Shaquille O’Neal for example needs the same amount of water as Madonna (98lbs.)? Of course not! Here is a great formula for figuring out your body’s needs. Half your weight in ounces, so, 120lb. woman needs 60 ounces of water a day. I read in a yoga journal nearly 14 years about the powers of “Morning water” it literally pushes the toxicity out of the body through the first urine of the day. Simply drink 2 glasses of room temperature water upon rising. Make sure that it is room temperature because the body is at a cozy 98 degrees and first thing in the morning ice cold water can be too shocking to the delicate digestive tract. Also it is important to drink high quality spring water or filtered water- not tap crap! Drinking water before meals (10 minutes) and NOT during will assure you a nice strong digestion. Drinking with meals actually dilutes stomach acid and slows down digestion. You might notice times when you need more water like if it is particularly hot outside or if you are engaging in more physical activity. It is essential that you listen to your body and give it what it needs.


I mean more DARK greens like collards and kale, they contain powerhouse immune building vitamins and minerals including – calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and Vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll (a natural deodorizer –think fresher breath here) and many other micronutrients and phyto-chemicals. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating health. When you nourish yourself with greens they naturally crowd out the less healthy foods. Greens help to strengthen the blood and respiratory systems as well as promote emotional stability and creativity.

Simple greens:

1 bunch organic dinosaur / Lacenato kale or collards – washed, separate spine from leaf chop both.

2 teaspoons organic tamari

2 teaspoons organic toasted sesame oil

Place stems of kale in steaming basket with an inch of filtered water – bring to a boil, cover for about 1 minute or until stems become a vibrant green color, lower flame to medium, toss in leaves and cover for another couple of minutes or until done, check for doneness. Using tongs transfer greens into a large bowl, add tamari first then sesame oil.


With these tools you are well on your way to being the best version of you and definitely “Thin for the Camera!” for more great tips visit

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