These Fitness Gals Know How To “Kick Asana”

Katharine Lucic and Katie Lucas. Co-Founders, Ohm K

Katharine Lucic and Katie Lucas. Co-Founders, Ohm K

Yogi Katharine Lucic and cycling instructor, Katie Lucas, are the Brooklyn, New York-based co-founders of Ohm K,  a lifestyle wellness brand committed to empowering women. Ohm K was created to promote the message that women of all shapes and sizes should be able to feel good about where they are, who they are, and what they look like right now! The creative artist community of Brooklyn NY (also where the line is designed and produced) inspired the current fresh and cheeky slogans like, “KICK ASANA”, “YOU HAD ME AT OHM”, and “OHM MY GOD BECKY.” Tees,  tanks, and crop tops from $30.00.

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Through the sales of different Ohm K designs Katie and Katharine support causes near and dear to them including Exhale to Inhale, a local NY organization that serves women who have suffered domestic violence and Edible Schoolyard New York to help build edible gardens and kitchen classrooms throughout New York City.

Ohm K also supports a two woman design team from Belgrade, Serbia who created the Ridin’ Dirty Tank. $1 of each sales goes to aid families in Serbia who lost their homes and possessions in a flood that devastated the Balkans in May 2014. For Katharine, its a cause close to her heart. Her husband is Serbian, and the two spend at least a month each year between Serbia and Croatia with family.

Infused with the message of beautifying the world and women from the inside out, Katie and Katharine are also on a mission to expose the unique communities of artists around the world. Each month, they seek out creative capsules and collaborations with other artists (everyone from graphic designers to painters) which pop up each month and highlight a different artist who takes the “Live Ohm K” mission and translates it into their own unique piece of wearable art. Artists have included Calcho Falchon, a native of Paraguay now living in Brooklyn, Serbian painter Antea Arizanovic and stylist Jovana Bozovic and California-born illustrator May Parsey, also living in Brooklyn.

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Meet Katharine and Katie Monday, April 13, 9pm EST on Fearless Fabulous You! hosted by Melanie Young, award winning author, integrative health coach and author of “Fearless Fabulous You! Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms.” Tune in live on W4WN. Listen to Fearless Fabulous You! on iHeart Radio anytime: http://www.iheart.com/show/209-Fearless-Fabulous-You and live Mondays on W4WN 9pm ET

 

 

Inspiring Women- April 13- Fearless Fabulous You!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 4.5 million Americans have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One out of every 68 children has been diagnosed with some form of autism. This represents a 30 percent increase since 2012. With more people being diagnosed with the disorder, more families are working harder to understand how to help their loved ones with healthy support and communications.

April is Autism Awareness Month, Jeanne Beard, author of Autism and the Rest of Us: How to Sustain a Healthy, Functional and Satisfying Relationship with a Person on the Autism Spectrum, joins me on Fearless Fabulous You! Monday, April 13, 9:28-9:48pmEST to shed some light on ASD and share some of her insights for parents. Jeanne is the devoted mother of 2 sons, one diagnosed with Asperger’s, one with ADHD.

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Food Hysteria- The New Eating Disorder?

As a lifelong foodist and longtime food professional, I have always taken a keen interest in what I put in my body and share at the table with others. Lately that table has become a matter of dining diplomacy as more people are concerned less about what to eat and more about what not to eat.

I am thrilled that communities and the media are focusing more on diet, health and sustainability. I read the Health Section of The New York Times with as much focus as the Food Section, seeking out morsels of news about the latest scientific research on foods, diets, exercise and boosting metabolism.

But I’m less thrilled by what I see as growing confusion about what to eat and what not to eat. While much of it is science based, I feel we are all taking it too far and need to reel ourselves in. At any given dinner table or event we’ll have a combination of people who are: gluten free, dairy free, meat free, sodium free, soy free, sugar free, allergic to nuts, shellfish or chocolate.

I’ve also learned a few new terms that I wish did not exist:
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A Different Kind of Green Juice to Detox

When I saw a notice in RITR, a source for journalists and radio show hosts to find interesting guests, I was taken by the title of this book, “Juicing Cannabis for Healing” by Katie Marsh. Now I live in New York State where marijuana is illegal, even for medicinal use. But next door in New Jersey you can partake for medical reasons. I am intrigued by the use of medical marijuana to alleviate a number of health conditions and side effects from treatment including those from cancer. My mother has rheumatoid arthritis, and I am a cancer survivor. Any natural way to offset pain and discomfort from the disease or treatment is of interest to me,juicing cannabis

Author Katie Marsh is a mom, Ironman triathlete and global traveler who lives on a sustainable farm in Northern Maine.  In late 2011 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis after suffering symptoms since 2009.  Katie tried several ways to heal her painful condition naturally by adjusting her diet -eliminating certain foods,  going gluten free and sugar free, trying the Paleo diet……  Nothing, seemed to stop her pain.  After watching a video  by Dr. William Courtney, a California-based physician, who is considered a pioneer in dietary cannabis, Katie decided to try juicing cannabis to improve her own health.

I am not an expert on cannabis and I do not smoke marijuana. My last experience with marijuana was in Jamaica many years ago. So I am simply a curious and conscientious consumer who wants to learn more about the medical benefits of cannabis to alleviate pain.  I find the aspect of juicing versus smoking interesting and want to know why juicing is better and do you need to use a specific strain of cannabis.  And what part of the cannnabis plant do you use?

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Katie Marsh Author,”Juicing Cannabis for Healing”

Katie joins me on Fearless Fabulous You! Monday, April 6th as my second guest at 9:28 pm ET to discuss her experience and book, Juicing For Cannabis. If you are experiencing chronic pain, you may find this a mind opening show to get you into an altered state of feeling less pain.

I watched Katie’s video on how to use the marijuana leaf for juicing. Barking dog aside, it was pretty interesting. I learned that you will not get high from juicing cannabis and that certain strains of cannabis are better for juicing.Link to Katie’s video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2LGelahmyk

Curious about juicing cannabis? Please tune in this Monday, April 6, to Fearless Fabulous You on W4WN-the Women 4 Women Network at 9:25 pm to hear more from Katie Marsh. If you have questions, please email them to me at melanie@melanieyoung.com.

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The Calming Benefits of Tea

According to the World Health Organization more than 450 million people worldwide suffer from stress. Are you one of them?

Stress wreaks havoc on your mind and body. It’s just plain unhealthy and can lead to a myriad of problems including hormonal imbalance, cardiovascular disease, insomnia, diabetes, obesity, depression and other chronic illnesses. I believe years of stress contributed to my cancer diagnosis. And today, when I start feeling surges of stress and anxiety my body starts itching, my skin starts to blotch, and I lose my lack of concentration.

My way of dealing with stress is: hydrate, gyrate, masticate, meditate (drink water, exercise regularly, eat healthy foods and do not skip meals and relax through meditation and deep breathing). I do not believe in popping pills or drinking in excess to relieve stress and anxiety. I do believe in putting the right foods and beverages in your body.

Dr. Nada Milosavljevic

Dr. Nada Milosavljevic

On Monday April 6, on Fearless Fabulous You! I will address the health benefits of drinking tea with Dr. Nada Milosavljevic who is the first MD/Certified Tea Sommelier in the USA.

Her career resume is beyond impressive: Dr. Milosavljevic (Nada) is a Board-Certified, Harvard-trained physician and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. In addition to conventional medicine, she practices Integrative medicine for cognitive and behavioral conditions. Dr. Milosavljevic is the Founder and Director of the Integrative Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.  She holds specialty certifications in Regenerative and Functional Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Ayurvedic Medicine, and Chinese Herbs.

Nada uses her training and experience to speak, write, and educate patients, health providers, and the tea industry as to herbal and tea preparations and the wide range of health benefits. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Board of the Specialty Tea Institute (STI). She is a contributing health/wellness writer for Tea Magazine and write an excellent article on tea called “The Science of Calm.”

In addition to discussing how drinking tea can help alleviate stress and boost your immune system, Nada  will discusses the benefits of drinking green versus black teas, teas and tisanes, and how to properly prepare tea.

 

 

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Your Body. Your Genes. Your Choice.

Once again Angelina Jolie-Pitt made headlines with her New York Times Op-Ed article “Diary of a Surgery” addressing her decision to undergo prophylactic surgery to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes.  She chose to have the operation after her physician informed her that inflammatory markers from a test may point to ovarian cancer. Jolie-Pitt’s mother, grandmother, and aunt all lost their lives to cancer.

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In 2013 Jolie-Pitt , in another The New York Times op-ed “My Medical Choice,”  revealed her decision to undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction as a safeguard against breast cancer.  As a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation she had an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

There is no screening method for early detection of ovarian cancer. Sadly it is often diagnosed at an advanced stage. Symptoms may be attributed to other conditions and ignored by the individual. For more information on possible symptoms read this link: http://www.ocrf.org/about-ovarian-cancer/what-is-ovarian-cancer/signs-and-symptoms-of-ovarian-cancer

You may ask, “Why would someone undergo a surgery to remove healthy body parts and organs, radically changing her body, when she has not been diagnosed? You may applaud her for taking such a courageous preemptive measure. You may snark, “Well she can afford it. Most people cannot.”

It’s a personal decision. I don’t think anyone should A) criticize or judge others for their choices, and B) make hasty decisions about their own health. It is important to evaluate with your physician your family history, current health, potential risks, and all outcomes and consequences for whatever decision you make. This includes how it impacts you, your family members, and your future family if you are planning one.

People who find out they carry a genetic mutation that could lead to a fatal illness for themselves, or that they can pass down to their children, carry that thought in their minds forever.

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Fearless Fabulous Women- March 30 Edition

You want to know what’s in a name?
Would you like get people to (unknowingly) do what you want?
Kerrie Hopkins is a personality profile expert on what she refers to as “onomalogy,”

 the correlation between a person’s name, and his or her behavior and personality traits.
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Kerry says, “There is a direct correlation between people’s names and their unique personality traits, and when onomalogy is applied to sales, personal life and family you can predict who is more likely to buy or not, how others will react in relationships and in your home, and why.”

She’s published three books based on her years of experience analyzing the name-trait correlation and how it interacts with behavior. They include:  You’re SUCH a Dave, How to Never Meet A Stranger, and her most recent, Breaking The Name Code: Define your name, Design Your Life
Kerrie will share her words of wisdom from her onomalogy arsenal  to help you close more deals and grow your business, find  and maintain a relationship with a lifelong, compatible partner, and raise more productive, happy kids, all by understanding what motivates people.
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When Opportunity Knocks Will You Open the Door?

“The optimist sees the glass half full. The pessimist sees it half empty. The opportunist drinks the water.”- Unknown

Some people are entrepreneurs who create and build businesses. Some people are infopreneurs who produce and traffic news and information. I’m an opportuneur. My definition of an opportuneur is someone who takes advantage of opportunities and turns them into something meaningful. Here is another definition from business consultant Gary Brown: “Opportuneurs  seek purpose and want to create change. They follow their passions and look for opportunities where they can use their talents to create this change.”

An opportuneur is a bit different from an entrepreneur. By definition an entrepreneur “is a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.”

Opportuneurs are often entrepreneurs but not always. I am a better opportuneur than entrepreneur. I wrote a successful book, Getting Things Off My Chest, that arose from my own personal experience with breast cancer with the mission to help others facing the disease make better decisions about their well-being. That’s being opportuneurial. Creating a successful business service or product to provide for the emotional and nutritional needs of cancer patients is being entrepreneurial.

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Healthy Tips for Eating Delicious Asian Cuisine

Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, dining out with my parents often meant eating at Asian restaurants. My parents traveled extensively in Asia when I was very young and fell in love with the flavors of the food, especially the cuisines of Japan and Thailand. There were barely a handful of Asian restaurants in Chattanooga back then, and we tried them all. None of them were terribly good, but the dishes all sounded exotic and, according to my mother, eating Asian food was healthy. “You never see fat people in Asia,” she would tell me. And I listened.

noodlesWhen I moved to New York City, I lived on Chinese and Thai takeout. It was tasty, easy and affordable. What I didn’t realize until my pants became tighter and tighter was that my dishes of Sesame Noodles, Moo Shu Pork and General Tso’s Chicken were also packing on the pounds.

Then, the Center for Science in the Public Interest came out with some reports that turned going out for a meal at an Asian restaurant into a “Wok on the Wild Side” for your health, thanks to dishes high in saturated fat and sodium. I felt deceived, but really I was simply misinformed. Mother didn’t know best,

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Turning Fear to Fear-Less

I like to help people transform their “Now What?” into their “Do It Now!” Many people live in a state of Now What? and can’t seem to cross the border into new horizons. Often what is holding them back is the energy that can propel them forward: fear.

Fear is an amazing energy source that can jump start any action, good or bad, if channeled properly. Fear can give birth to purpose. It can change the course of your life for the better. It can give you more clarity for what really matters. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I learned to re-channel my fear to focus on living better and more purposefully. I stopped being fearful of what people would think of me and started speaking my mind, giving birth to my own voice. To lose your grip on fear; you need to re-channel that amazing energy force into something you love doing. I threw myself into writing. Others take up dance or cooking or painting. It’s whatever you enjoy.

No one is ever truly fearless. Fear is an unwanted visitor that tries to linger in your mind and body. Your goal is to send it packing and not allow it to nest. I often compare fear to having hot flashes. My fear flashes are usually triggered by a news item on television, or a sudden panic attack about money, or I read about a woman who lost her battle with breast cancer. It happens. I treat my fear-flashes much like my hot flashes: drink plenty of water, get fresh air, move my body, center through meditation or yoga, and call or write a friend to think about them and not me.

Next time you have a fear-flash, here are five ways to turn it into positive energy:

1. Write down five things you love about yourself.

2. Write down five talents or skills you have that you enjoy, and think about other ways to use them.

3. Write down five things you would rather be doing than fretting. Act on one of them. (OK, if one of them is jetting to Peru, then plan a virtual trip!)

4. Call or write five friends – or new acquaintances – to ask them what they are up to and just listen and respond. Schedule a date with at least one of them to get together in person. Filling up your dance card with enjoyable activities allows less time for fear to squeeze into place.

5. Change your location. Move away from the spot where fear is starting to fester. Get up from the desk. Turn off the TV. Take a walk. Go for a ride. If you cannot physically change your location, move your mind away with a healthy distraction. One of my personal favorites is dancing to music. My husband, David is getting used to seeing me pop up and start hip-hop gyrating at strange times of the day and night. Sometimes, he even joins in.

Fear seems to latch on to people whose minds are a bit sedentary. So flex your mental muscle and allow yourself be utterly and crazily creative. Dump any emotional flotsam and jetsam floating inside your head.  Re-route  “no way” into “get out of my way” and give fear a run for its money. You can take that to the bank!

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