Human Price Tag

Thanksgiving is here. Traditionally a day of giving thanks for the abundance of the harvest. A celebration in acknowledgement of kindness. A time to gather with family and friends to be grateful for our many blessings. Mere hours after stuffing ourselves silly and giving thanks for all that we have, Americans cut their family time short to ram sack and camp out at department stores, fighting and trampling over each other to accumulate more material goods we don't need.
The irony is chilling. 

The "mega deals" come at a grave cost. In order to indulge in these cheap goods, American corporations outsource work and the true cost is dirt cheap labor that robs humans of their dignity. The corporations claim, "we are giving them work." No, they are taking advantage of a desperate human being, but hey, quarter sales are better than ever! The profits they collect are in the TRILLIONS, but the pay they provide to these already impoverished people so that we can continue to buy $6 tee's is abhorrent.

There is nothing more Un-American than purchasing goods that weren't "Made in America" at the expense of subjecting another human being to horrific working conditions where they get paid barely enough to survive. There is a cause and effect here, for the more we buy, and the more we fall for those brutally clever ads that convince us we need "stuff" to validate our worth and we won't be liked without all this "stuff", the more suffering takes place. There is a woman in Bangladesh who has to leave her child in another village because the whole dollar a day she is making isn't enough. This isn't right.

We need to be made aware of the harm and pollution we are contributing to when we partake in events like Black Friday. You aren't just a consumer, you are a human. You can make the choice to consume less and instead of indulging in a massive shopping haul, perhaps you purchase fewer things and give to those who don't even have enough to feed themselves or their families. How different the world would be if we were givers and not gluttonous consumers. 

I want to applaud filmmaker Andrew Morgan for his eye opening documentary, "The True Cost." It deeply affected me and raised my level of awareness, and for that, I am truly grateful.

If you do nothing else but read and share this post, you have already done so much. So, thank you.

Remember, you can make a difference. In America we vote with our dollars. Do you really need that crop tee? another belt? another hoodie? The environmental cost is horrendous and the human cost is even more harrowing.

To whom you give your money, you give your power. You have more power than you think.



Grapefruit: Cellulite's Kryptonite

Ladies, I know why you’re here, I get it. That horrid “orange peel syndrome.”

Ok, so it’s not deadly, but it plagues us and makes us feel like shit. It’s time to get over the whole “it’s bitter” noise and start to love us some grapefruit! This wonderful Ruby Red helps break down fat in heroic fashion. Its primary weapons are an anti-inflammatory and skin cleansing enzyme called bromelain and a chemical called Naringenin that helps break down fatty acids. Bla-DOW cellulite! You want them on your team. Grapefruits are your friend.

Get it in early. A glass of grapefruit in the morning will help curb your appetite and keep the weight off by stabilizing your blood sugar. Grapefruits are chock full of fiber, which will keep you full and keep you away from mindless snacking. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. Some mornings I’ll eat an entire grapefruit, others I’ll juice a grapefruit and have my breakfast 15-20 minutes after. If you really can’t stomach the bitterness, you can juice an orange with half a grapefruit and start there. Of all the fruit juices, grapefruit juice delivers the highest amount of antioxidants so it’s worth acquiring a taste for it. Numerous studies have shown that simply smelling a grapefruit reduces our desire to stuff our faces.

I know you’re all reading this for vanity purposes and that’s ok, it’s honestly what got me so obsessed; but apart from being a dimple destroyer, grapefruits hold so many other incredible benefits. This once forbidden fruit is LOADED with vitamin C, making it a mega immune booster. It also boasts many other essential nutrients such as, vitamin A, B1, B2, B5, B6, biotin, copper, iron, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc bioflavonoids, and lycopene to name a few. It helps with inflammatory issues like asthma, chest congestion, as well as osteo and rheumatoid arthritis and helps in the prevention of kidney stones, colon cancer, and tumors. This fiber packed fruit aids in lowering cholesterol and eliminating harmful toxins from the body.

Let me be clear in stating that grapefruit isn’t a miracle cure. You still have to do your part in eating clean, staying away from processed foods and exercising. You should also be drinking lots of water daily to help detoxify the body and stay hydrated. Grapefruits are 90% water. Because of its high water content and abundant amount of vitamin C grapefruits are essential for producing healthy collagen which keeps your complexion plump and smooth!

I am a believer that once you educate yourself on the transformative power of foods, your taste buds start to change and you begin to enjoy the foods that will help heal and nourish you. Vanity is actually a great place to start. If you loathe cellulite as much as I do, it serves you to love grapefruit.

I love me some grapefruit!










Mother Dirt: The Ultimate Healer

When life feels overwhelming I seek refuge and comfort in the dirt. Connecting with the earth is incredibly nurturing and soothing, it’s the best form of stress therapy there is. That precious time spent in the garden shifts you into a meditative state, stilling your busy mind and keeping you present. In this quiet mental state, the healing begins, both on a mental and physical level. The soil is full of healthy bacteria which has been shown to trigger the release of serotonin, the brain chemical that keeps us happy. You can boost your mood naturally just by digging in the dirt! Say no to pills and yes to mud pies.

Your kids also benefit tremendously from playing in the dirt. They need less time trapped inside the “spic and span” home, chemically ladened with household cleaners (windex, clorox, bleach, carpet cleaner, air fresheners), and more time outside rolling around in the dirt! Here is the dirty little secret; early exposure to healthy soil will actually boost your child’s immune system. We are dirt deficient. Our germaphobic, hyper hygienic society has actually placed us and our kids in a weaker state. Apart from the tremendous physical benefits of spending time outside and getting grimy, dirt also has a positive impact on kids emotional well being and cognitive skills. Playing in the dirt increases happiness, and enhances learning. Mother Dirt knows best.

Patience, love, compassion, respect, forgiveness, life, and death. All lessons learned by time spent in the garden. Dirt is more alive than we are. Dirt has all the kingdoms of life in it. Dirt is the living breathing skin of the planet we call home. When you dig your hands in the soil you connect with life on the most fundamental level.

Next time someone says  “What’s wrong with you! Were you raised in a barn?”
Your reply should be... "No, but I wish I was."

Buh Bye Expectations. Hello Acceptance :)

We expect so much from others. All the time. Yes, you do. We all do. Constantly, always, even when we think we aren’t. We expect our partners to behave a certain way, our co-workers to act a certain way, our parents to be a certain way, our kids to behave, our teachers and our boss to act a certain way, our family to….(fill in the blank). The list of expectations is endless and in return we get frustrated, angry, upset, annoyed, and disappointed when they don’t.

Kindly show all of these expectations the door, because they do not serve you. Have you ever tried not expecting a thing, ever, from anyone? Try it out for size. By letting go of these expectations you free yourself from disappointment and gift yourself with the abundant power that you’ve had all along. Take that wagging finger turn it around and point it towards yourself. There you go. That’s the only person you control and controls you. Do not mistake this for speaking your truth. You can let someone know how something they are doing or saying is affecting you without expecting anything.

Do not let outer circumstances, others behaviors, or anything that lives outside of you mandate how you feel inside. You can’t change or control others, you aren’t responsible for their happiness and they aren’t responsible for yours. The few who understand this indulge in the endless euphoric feeling which I like to refer to as freedom. The brave new world of accepting will get you there, and you will be happier because of it.

Those who know me know that I care about what people put into their bodies, but I also care about what thoughts they hold in their mind. If people understood how powerful their thoughts really were, they could start to turn this franchise called “their life” around! You are only as good, as healthy, as smart, as successful, as beautiful, and as powerful, as you THINK you are. If you spend zero amount on time on creating a better mental state, growth of any kind will be difficult. I am constantly working on achieving a better understanding as to why I think and behave the way I do, and I strongly encourage you to do the same.

This is what we call, awareness.

Nature will help get you there.

I took this picture during my life changing trip to Las Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazu Falls in Argentina).