Meet Fearless Fabulous Rebecca Katz, MS

When I was undergoing breast cancer treatment in 2010 a friend gave me a copy of Rebecca Katz‘s award winning book, The Cancer Fighting Kitchen. It remains one of my favorite books to refer to for healthy cooking and nurturing, nourishing recipes.  Rebecca’s newest book is The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory and Mental Clarity.  Her co-author, as with four of her books, is the award winning science, health and sports writer, Mat Edelson (The Cancer- Fighting KitchenThe Longevity Kitchen, One Bite at a Time and The Healthy Mind Cookbook.

Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz

Rebecca joins me on Fearless Fabulous You! March 9th, 9pm ET/6pm PT, to discuss how she harnessed the latest  research on brain science  to identify the foods that can help improve the brain’s function ability to control cognition, emotion and physical function. We’ll discuss Rebecca’s simple approach called FASS- which stands for fat, acid, salt and sweet- to create flavorful, perfectly balanced recipes.

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Don’t Flurry! Be Happy!

I used to say that when it was snowing the “the angels were brushing their hair.”  This year, the angels have really let their hair down, giving much of the country a cold shoulder. If hell actually froze over it may have been this winter.

I don't mean these kind of angels!

I don’t mean these kind of angels!

Like many living in the icy parts of the country I had my cold snap this past week. In my winter meltdown I wailed to my husband….and to the snow angels, “I’ve had enough! As God is my witness, I want to go home to Tara!”  In reality, my “Tara” in Chattanooga, Tennessee, received a good six inches of snow this week. My mother curled up with a good book, watched movies on television, and enjoyed a three dog night.

David said, “Snap out of it!” We made a pact:  Complaining about the weather is officially off limits from this point on. If you can’t control the weather, stop bitching about it and adapt. If you have a roof over your head, albeit groaning from the weight of snow; if you have food to eat; if you have heat and clothes to stay warm; if you have enough of what you need to weather the cold; why waste your energy complaining?  Too many people in the world lack for food, shelter, warmth, clothing and even basic necessities like clean water, sanitation or good health.

Let it snow! Let it go! Fly like a pig!

Instead of complaining I started re-framing, and made this list which I call: “Don’t Flurry. Be Happy” – 12 things snowy, winter days are good for that you probably would never do when the sun is shining……..(feel free to weigh in)

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Fearless Fabulous Tips To Start Dating Again

Are you getting over a breakup or about to break off a relationship? Are you newly single and a little timid about re-entering the dating scene? Let’s face it….many of have been down that road. We may end up taking different directions, but we can all agree that it is not an easy journey!

Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott

On the March 2nd edition of Fearless Fabulous You! relationship expert, Susan J. Elliott, JD, M.Ed., will help you learn to jump back into the dating saddle again with confidence.

As with anything, re-entering the dating scene is a process. Susan’s new book, Getting Back Out There: Secrets to Successful Dating and Finding Real Love after the Big Breakup, outlines the pains and gains inherent in facing the dating scene again.  Susan’s  “Five Rs”—Readiness, Rejection, Recycling, Rebounding, and Retreating— help you navigate the bumps you can expect on the road to a new relationship, and shows you how to cope with them. Continue reading

Digesting The New Veganomic Guidelines

I’ve always liked a good egg, especially a perfectly executed fluffy omelet or eggs with my southern biscuits. But like many Americans, I am concerned about my cholesterol. So for years I’ve limited my consumption of eggs since we were told by the Nutrition gods that eggs were bad for your cholesterol.

The gods got it wrong. After receiving a life sentence for being an accomplice to the “silent killer” (a.k.a. high cholesterol) leading to more heart attacks and strokes, eggs have been pardoned. So has shellfish. The folks over at Red Lobster must be celebrating. I’m ready to boil up some shrimp and crawfish.

The “Jury” in this case is the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee which recently released its five year report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). The report includes updated recommendations to help federal officials decide the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The final report will be released later this year.

What’s the point? Here’s why it matters from the website

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) provides advice for making food and physical activity choices that promote good health, a healthy weight, and help prevent disease for Americans ages 2 years and over, including Americans at increased risk of chronic disease. The recommendations are based on a rigorous review of relevant scientific evidence that occurs through a transparent process. The Dietary Guidelines serves as the cornerstone for all federal nutrition education and program activities.

As with any major proceeding there’s a debate period. In this case, a 45 day open forum which started February 19th, where nutrition and health experts, food producers, commodity groups and just about anyone else with an opinion can weigh in.

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Fearless Fabulous Women Feb 23

There’s been several news stories recently about the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines. The bottom line: Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population needs to eat more vegetables and we all eat too much sugar. A few foods that many of us were shying away from for health reasons received a cleaner bill of health: eggs and shellfish in the cholesterol category and coffee (without the cream and sugar) if consumed in moderation.

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A Waist Is A Terrible Thing To Mind

Nora Ephron wrote a hilarious book on the trials of aging called “I Feel Bad About My Neck.” If I wrote a book on aging it would be entitled, “A Waist Is A Terrible Thing To Mind.”  Aging is inevitable; the only way to stop aging is to stop living. That’s not a great option. You can slow down the clock with a better diet, exercise, sleep and stress management and- hopefully-great genes. But you can’t stop the clock unless you stop ticking altogether.

As a wine and food professional, I’ve grappled with balancing the pleasures I enjoy imbibing with the practical necessities of managing a body whose metabolism isn’t the same today as it was 20 years ago. I always obsessed about my waistline. In fact, as a young girl I would wear a very tight corset to bed to try and maintain a wasp-sized waist.  I even slept wrapped in plastic wrap to “sweat out” the fat. I tried numerous fad diets and workouts to whittle my waist. When I hit my late 40’s my body retaliated.

At some point, you need to realize the body you had in your 20’s and 30’s is not going to be the body of your 50’s and 60’s and beyond. Nothing is more unsettling than seeing a mature woman starving and stretching herself into extreme skinniness to fit into an outfit that is no longer age appropriate any more than seeing a morbidly obese woman or anyone treat her body with disrespect.

I don’t advocate wasting time obsessing about your looks and body weight, but I do believe it is important to spend the right amount of time time taking care of your well-being.  Doing some research for this week’s radio show I uncovered some startling facts:

Currently, 80 percent of women in the U.S. are dissatisfied with their appearance. And more than 10 million are suffering from eating disorders. Ref: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/06/02/why-do-women-hate-their-bodies/

Glamour magazine survey of more than 1000 respondents revealed 54 percent of women—13 percent more than a survey conducted in 1984—are unhappy with their body, and 80 percent say just looking in the mirror makes them feel bad. http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2014/10/body-image-how-do-you-feel-about-your-body

Women have made huge advances in the last 20 years. We have had more doors open up to us in business, and more women today run their own companies. We are financially independent and many of us make more money than our husbands. We control much of the buying power in the U.S.A. and in the future hopefully more seats in different levels of the U.S. government. Yet, despite all of this many women still are not happy with their bodies and fret about looking “fat,” old” and “undesirable.” They purchase self-help books by the millions and spent small fortunes on products and procedures to “fix” themselves. Why are we so hard on ourselves and what example is it setting for younger women?

We should be self-championing our achievements as women and be less self-critical. We need to learn to love the person we see in the mirror rather than fixate on what we see as imperfections. And we need to stop listening to, watching or reading propaganda that promotes unhealthy or unrealistic images of women.  To allow anyone to tell you – or to believe yourself – that you have any short comings is simply short changing who you are.

We can make jokes about “middle age spread,” “muffin tops,” “chicken necks,” “sprouting gray hairs,” “age spots” and dryness in all the wrong places. But we should not complain and feed bad.  We have to feel good about ourselves and keep our minds active in more positive ways, nourish our body and nurture our spirit. We promise to age gracefully and graciously. Some women never have that opportunity.

Yes, “a waist Is a terrible thing to mind” if you don’t love your self in the body you have and if you don’t take care of that body. And it is a total waste of your mind to think someone or something will make you happier about your self. Only you can make yourself happy and be at peace with who you are in the body you have.

BODY IMAGES

 

If it makes you feel better just take a look at this fabulous un-retouched Marie Claire magazine shot of super model Cindy Crawford.

CINDY CRAWFORD

I’ll be speaking more on the topic of having a healthy body image Feb. 16 with former plus size model-turned body image coach, Dr. Felicia Clark on Fearless Fabulous You! 9pm ET/6pm PT on W4WN.com and iHeart.com. Following Dr. Clark is Plum Alley Co’s Jan Mercer Dahms, who will discuss crowd funding tips for women entrepreneurs. Can’t listen to my live show? Here’s the free podcast to listen any time: http://www.iheart.com/show/209-Fearless-Fabulous-You

 

 

Dr. Felicia Clark

Fearless Fabulous Women Feb 16 Spotlight

The news that Sports Illustrated ‘s annual swimsuit issue includes a plus-size model, Ashley Graham, brought to the forefront the conversation about body image and body acceptance. If you truly love your body as it is you are one lucky person because studies show that over 80% of girls and women dislike their body in some way.

Dr. Felicia Clark

Dr. Felicia Clark

Dr. Felicia Clark is a plus size cover model and body acceptance coach who hosts workshops and online courses to help girls, college students and women develop a positive body image. Formerly with Ford Models, Inc., Dr. Clark has appeared in multiple national media outlets modeling clothing for Just My Size, Jones New York, and several designers. She holds degrees from Pepperdine University and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

 

On my February 16 edition of Fearless Fabulous You! we’ll discuss Dr. Clark’s book,  I Like My Body: A 52-Week Journal To Honor and Appreciate My Body,  which shares her 7 step process that helps women accept and love their bodies.

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

Well, there’s a special place in heaven waiting for Jan Mercer Dahms who has made a career of helping women people and their companies connect, engage, inspire and motivate.

Jan Mercer Dahms

Jan Mercer Dahms

Jan is Managing Director of Business Development for Plum Alley, a crowd funding technology company which helps raise funds for women-owned businesses. A  brand management consultant with a 20+ year career working with a diverse range of industries; Jan is also Founder of 6-Figures, a networking venture for highly accomplished women.  I’ve had the pleasure of attending some of Jan’s high powered networking events in New York. It is an invitation only organization with membership in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and London.

Jan and I will discuss what you should know about crowd funding, steps to consider to  initiate a successful venture and how crowd funding businesses like Plum Alley are helping to level the capital raising playing field for women entrepreneurs.

Connect:

http://janmercerdahms.com

http://www.plumalley.co

https://www.facebook.com/plumalley

https://twitter.com/plumalleyco

http://instagram.com/plumalleyco

http://www.6-figures.com/

 

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The Greatest Love of All

Sometimes Valentine’s Day makes me see red. There is so much emphasis on loving couples toasting each other with loving cups of fine wine and sharing platefuls of delicious food. Expectations are as high as the romance meter, not to mention prices at restaurants for those coveted two top tables. One NYC restaurant is charging $1000 per couple for a “gourmand experience.” It’s all fine if you want to buy into it…and if you are a couple.

But many of you are single and fabulous. There should be no shame or sadness in being single, either by choice or by changes in your life. Being alone has many advantages. I was single well into my 40’s and used the time to travel solo all around the word, indulge my whims, gather with girlfriends for crazy nights out and do myriad things I seem to do less of now that I am consciously coupled.  Being in a steady relationship has its benefits and trade offs.

I think learning to be comfortable alone and appreciative of one’s self is the emotional home we must build from within before we open the door to let anyone inside.  Here are my tips for Loving the One You’re With Every Day…Your Self.

1. Live to express not impress. Embrace and project your authentic you. Don’t try to be anyone or anything you are not just to impress someone who should be looking at the real you anyway.

2. Imagination is a powerful companion. As an only child who grew up alone much of the time, I learned to use my creativity to keep entertained. I feel you are never alone in your thoughts and that can be a good thing if you  use your mind constructively.  But many don’t share that same comfort level or practical application. In fact, Science Magazine reported a University of Virginia study where respondents said they’d rather administer electrical shocks to themselves rather than be left alone in their thoughts*. …What were they thinking?

3. Be the life of your own party and make your life your party. Simply put: Do what you love, love what you do and share it with others. Don’t hold back waiting for the party to come you. Make it happen yourself.

4. The only approval you need is your self. Open you hands; put your arms around you and give yourself a hug. You are doing OK.

5. You’re not just single. You are singular. Be “one singular sensation” every day and make “every step you take and every move you make” your special imprint in life.

6. Take it all in stride. Knots tie and untie. Things change by chance or choice. Make sure whatever happens, good or bad, does not erode your internal happiness.

7. When it comes to finding love, you need to love your self first.  If you stay true to you, true love will follow you. 

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* Reference: Science Magazine July 2014 Vol. 345 no 6192 pp 77-77 DOI: 10.1126/science.1250840

 

 

 

Fearless-Fabulous You Banner with TimesThis week on Fearless Fabulous You! Meet two women who can turn your kitchen and pantry into a lean, green health machine. Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN, lives in Montauk, NY, and hosts the Hamptons NPR radio show “Stirring the Pot.” Her book What the Fork Are You Eating? stirs up alot of information and thoughts about what you are putting in your body and what you want to start tossing.  Winnie Abramsom has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a helpful palate inspiring blog called HealthyGreenKitchen.com. She’s author of One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways To Transform Your Life and will share some simple changes you can make today. 9pm ET/6pm PT on www.W4WN.com and podcast on iHeart Radio (under Shows & Personalities.

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Be Supermarket Savvy and Pack a Power Pantry: Fearless Fabulous You! On-Air Feb 9

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said, “Dis-Moi Ce Que Tu Manges, Je Te Dirai Ce Que Tu Es.” (Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are.”) Sadly if most people living in the U.S. were defined literally by what they eat we’d have a lot of genetically modified, artificially produced adults and a bundles of sugar babies. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer five and a half years ago I took a hard look at what I was putting into my body, especially when it was no longer receiving infusions of chemo cocktails every few weeks. I wanted to clean out my system from all toxins, including any artificial ingredients and foods. My body thanks me every day for taking steps to make healthier food choices because it is healthy, strong and full of energy.

February 9th I have two authors and food writers on Fearless Fabulous You! to discuss how you can make buy better options in the supermarket, pack your pantry with power foods versus poor packaged alternatives and take smart, simple steps to live greener, leaner and healthier.

Stefanie Sacks Photo credit: Geir Magnusson

Stefanie Sacks
Photo credit: Geir Magnusson

Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN is a culinary nutritionist, author, radio show host, educator, speaker and consultant. Studying food and healing for 25 years, Stefanie has her Masters of Science in nutrition education from Columbia University, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Her blog, What The Fork Weekly features her Stirring the Pot radio show that airs on Hamptons NPR, WPPB 88.3FM and via podcast. Her book book What the Fork Are You Eating? An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate (Tarcher/Penguin Random House) is available wherever books are sold.

She has contributed to several books and is a sought after guest expert on local and national programs. Her print and online media contributions are extensive from Harper’s Bazaar, O Magazine and Teen Vogue to The Huffington Post and “Healthy Eats” by The Food Network.

 

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Winnie Abramsom

Winnie Abramsom

Winnie Abramson creates and photographs seasonally inspired recipes for her blog (healthygreenkitchen.com) in addition to being a freelance food and health writer.  Winnie’s first book, One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life, was published by Chronicle Books in 2013.  The book provides 50 small changes that readers can easily make to improve their every day well-being.

Winnie grew up in a food-centric  family. Her parents owned the famed Quilted Giraffe restaurant in New York City when she was growing up, and she spent much of her childhood in the restaurant’s kitchen. After college, she studied naturopathic medicine at Seattle’s Bastyr University in Seattle, earning her doctorate in 1998. After practicing for several years, Winnie changed gears to raise her family and focus on writing.

Winnie has a black belt in karate and currently trains to compete in powerlifting. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, two kids, and many pets, including a flock of laying hens.

Connect :

http://healthygreenkitchen.com

https://www.facebook.com/HealthyGreenKitchen

https://twitter.com/winnieabramson

http://instagram.com/winnieab

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 2 on Fearless Fabulous You! Jocelyn Greenky & Dr. Carla Marie Greco

Want to learn some tips from a top lifestyle branding expert on how to polish and present your best professional you? Joining me February 2 on Fearless Fabulous You! to hear from branding pro, Jocelyn Greenky.

Jocelyn Grenky Herz

Jocelyn Grenky Herz

Jocelyn Greenky, author of The Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Must Know, is a lifestyle  and media consultant, advice columnist, high-school mentor and a highly sought-after national public speaker. She has enjoyed a successful 25-plus-year career as an entrepreneur and senior executive at companies such as Philip Morris, Wenner Media, Hachette Filipacchi. She is a co-founder of the international design and event firm, Colin Cowie Enterprises and CEO of the digital food platform, BriteBean.

In 2000, Jocelyn launched Sider Road Media, a boutique consulting firm which provides leadership to global entertainment companies in all aspects of growth including creative execution, business development, marketing, branding and broadcasting, and digital production. Clients include Wall Street Journal, Colin Cowie, Diversion Media, HBO, Preston Bailey, Sigmax Entertainment, DGSkincare, Publicis Advertising and Burnham Securities.

Jocelyn has appeared in The New York Times and ELLE. She has been an on-air host for the Metro Channel and has served as an advice columnist for Hampton’s and Gotham Magazines and Boca Raton Observer. She was featured as a weekly career host on WBZT-AM in Miami, FL. and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. She is an AOL Coach, a mentor within the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program (www.Women-of-Tomorrow.com) out of Miami, FL.

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Dr. Carla Marie Greco

Dr. Carla Marie Greco

 

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  Advertising, retailers and restaurants pull out the stops to play up romance. But what if your mood and his don’t always match up?

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Carla Marie Greco joins me to discuss managing expectation in a relationship.

With her doctorate in clinical psychology and her master’s degree in counseling, Dr. Greco is dedicated to working with couples and individuals who are facing life challenges. With a focus on improving personal relationships through increased self-awareness, she strives to support those who strive to create healthy, joy-filled lives. Whether working with youths in crisis, young adults on the verge of opening new doors, or couples facing relationship difficulties, Dr. Greco embraces the opportunity to aid others in surmounting life’s many hurdles.  In addition, her practice maintains an emphasis on addressing sexuality issues within relationships. Certified in EMDR, Dr. Greco is also skilled in working with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, PTSD, and challenging life transitions.

Dr. Greco maintains her clinical psychology practice in Sonoma County, California.  Over the years, Dr. Greco has become increasingly committed to working from a body-mind-spirit paradigm.  In her clinical practice, she helps clients create an awareness of how their physical and mental states, thoughts, and emotions interweave to create either balance or instability.  By incorporating a holistic approach into her practice, Dr. Greco has found that many clients enjoy substantial, long-term improvement.

Dr. Greco is also a skilled meditation leader. Beyond offering individual and group psychotherapy services, Dr. Greco is highly invested in writing and speaking to offer widespread educational opportunities to her local community and beyond.  Look for Dr. Greco’s contributions in various online publications such as “Babble” and Hitched relationship magazine where she contributes regularly.

http://www.drcarlagreco.com/

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