My Issues With Body Image Issues

I don’t know about you but I’m sick and tired of the skinny obsession in this country.

It’s bullshit. LADIES, we’re supposed to HAVE CURVES! I have yet to meet a man that doesn’t like curves in a woman’s body.

For me, this is a  highly spirited topic and I hope this video will help motivate you and see your own beauty and worth!

What’s your take on this issue? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

SHARE this video with your beautiful friends, to remind them that they are beautiful and totally worth it!

Breathing Tips For Energy And Weight Loss

Yoga and Tai Chi practitioners have known this for centuries: Deep, active, conscious breathing can increase your oxygen intake even when done for just 1 to 2 minutes at a time!

And these breathing exercises can increase your energy level almost instantly, help speed up your metabolism, give you clarity of mind and help reduce stress.

It will help promote relaxation and give you a better awareness and appreciation of your body.

Check out the video below to learn more!

Practice this exercise a few times a day especially when you feel tired. Do it, and then let me know what was your experience by leaving a comment below!

My Birthday Wish For You

‘Tis the season of giving and it also happens to be my birthday.

As many people out there, I take the days leading up to my birthday to reflect on the previous year, toss away what didn’t serve me, and make space for new experiences that will help me move forward and become a better, bigger, wiser, kinder, better person.

This year, I want to be open to receive and in order to do that, I need to embrace giving (you know, to open up some room for all that receiving coming my way!)

So for today, this is my BIRTHDAY GIVING wish for you!

Thanks for your support!

Feel free to SHARE with all the friends that you’d like to offer a gift of love.

Breakfast Smoothies In 5 Minutes Or Less

I get people telling me all the time that they want to juice and blend but that they have no time. That the prep time is too long, or the clean up is a pain.

BULL CRAP! I’ve been juicing almost every day for 10+ years and blending for the last 5 or 6 and if I learned one thing during this process is that WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY!

We live in a society of convenience and if things don’t have in 5 minutes or less, we give up. Well, I’m not here to fight that current. Instead, I’m going to show you in the video below how to make smoothies in 5 minutes or less (yes, including clean up)!

Wasn’t that painless?! Now you know and you have no excuses.

So go on, prep your smoothie ingredients, SHARE this video and get blending!

How To Curb Sugar Cravings In 3 Easy Steps

SUGAR! How much we love thee sugar! You have had a long-standing love affair with Oreos, ice cream or the “healthier” dark chocolate or vegan cookies, even though you know that stuff is not good for you.

Every morning you wake up with a new will: to stay away from sugar. By night time, you’re once again totally hooked. You’re ready to stop the temptations but feel like you have no willpower. And the truth is that you do not!

Learn WHY and HOW TO CURB sugar cravings in 3 easy steps! Check out the video below!

Remember, repetition is key. It will take you at least 21 days to learn this new habit so you must commit to your 3 steps on the video and follow them every day.

Hope you enjoyed the video. SHARE with your friends all over the net!

5 “Healthy Habits” That Are Not That Great For You

I spend my days educating people how to create lifestyle changes that will help them be healthy, stronger and extend their longevity.

I also spend a lot of time debunking myths and helping people move away from habits that have long be considered “healthy” but that may be some of the stupidest things we do that are keeping us from reaching our wellness goals.

In the video below I go through the ones that I encounter with clients almost every week. Check it out!

Now, I know you’ve heard some of these. But have you heard about others that are not included on my list?

Which one? Let me know!?!?

And please SHARE this with all of your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

5 Mind/Spirit Lessons You Can Learn From Your Dog

Today’s topic is a little unorthodox. After all, you’re probably thinking: “What can a dog teach me about emotional and spiritual health”?

Well, LOTS!

If you’ve ever had a dog or any pet, you know that these amazing creatures are the epitome of loyalty, of living in the moment and of absolute appreciation and love. We can learn simple, yet powerful lessons from our pets just by observing their behavior and following their leads. 

Let me give you these 5 lessons, just to get you started!

Do you have a pet or have had one? What lessons have your learned from your beloved pet?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

My Beef With Milk

I have a bone to pick with milk.

And with the people that tell us that milk is great and with the celebrities making money and trying to sell you the “white stuff”.

You know the argument in favor of dairy: is good for your bones; you need calcium and vitamin D. It prevents osteoporosis. And on and on….

Well, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t.

WHY? Check out the video to find out!

Look, you don’t have to believe me if you don’t want to but what I will ask is that you PLEASE do your homework.

Don’t put that stuff in your body before you know what works and what doesn’t.

Do you have any questions about this highly controversial issue? What’s your opinion?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

The Raw Almond Milk That Will Change Your Life

Today I interview a wellness warrior and founder of Mylkman, a milk alternative delivery company in Southern California.

Their raw almond-coconut milk is totally hot, hot, HOT!

His name is Jeff Leaf and ever since I first tasted the “mylk” I wanted to meet him and pick his brain about the goodness of his product, his personal wellness journey and how’s he’s helping the world become healthier, one bottle of mylk at a time.

Check out the video below to learn more!

Have you tried Jeff’s “Mylk”? What is your favorite type of alternative, non-dairy milks?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Oh, and the URL for the Mylkman is http://mylkman.com – Check It Out!

Is your toilet seat making you constipated?

We have spoken here many times before about lack of proper digestion and the issues related to constipation.

But there is one thing we have not discussed: it is that the way you sit to poo may be adding to your digestive and constipation problems.

I know what you’re thinking?! “Here comes Jovanka, talking about that poo thing one more time!”

Well, yeah! Because it is THAT IMPORTANT.

The information on this video could change your life forever. Click on the video to learn more!

Have you used these toilet steps before? What has been your experience?

Let me know by leaving a comment below.

How To Eat Healthy When Traveling

Traveling is one of my passions:

Meeting new people

Learning their culture

Seeing amazing sights

Creating amazing MEMORIES!

What’s not to love!

The one thing that I struggle with when traveling is finding healthy food alternatives, and also, how to balance the desire to try new things while staying true to my lifestyle and making food choices that will keep me healthy and strong for years to come.

Check out this video for some common sense tips that could make or break your travel experience.

Now tell me, do you travel a lot for work or pleasure? Do you throw all caution to the wind or keep some of your wellness practices even on the road?

Let me know! SHARE. Leave a comment below!

Easy Healthy Picnic Alternatives

Do you LOVE picnics as much as I do?!

But don’t care for some of the typical picnic foods that people eat. Those bags of chips, fatty cheese and “embutidos” (sausage-like substances) only lead to inflammation, acidity and nastiness.

Not worthy when you’re trying to have a great time.

So why not have a healthy yet tasty and fun picnic or beach outing by substituting older food ideas for fun, exciting and healthier ones.

Because summer is as great a time as ever to try some new stuff!

Check out the video below to learn some very easy, tasty and healthy picnic ideas!

So what’s your healthiest food option for your picnic or beach outing?

Let me know by leaving a comment below and feel free to SHARE with your friends all over the “interwebs”.

Can Your Health And Productivity At Work Live In Harmony?

There are inevitable times when you are not paying attention to your diet or your personal growth practices and that could lead to a downward spiral of pure trouble and can eventually wreak havoc in your health, state of mind and your productivity at work.

I’ve been wanting to talk to a super-star business woman to hear her perspective on this issue and Jo-Na Williams, Esq. kindly agreed to talk with us about her experience. Check out the video below for this juicy interview!

So tell me: Have you had a similar experience as Jo-Na?

What changes did you incorporate in your diet and lifestyle?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

7 Lessons Inspired By Nelson Mandela

Every time I think of Nelson Mandela, the great South African leader, the first thought in my mind is…

“we need more like him!”

We are ready and in serious need of leaders to inspire us and motivate us with action and words.

Leadership is hard to define, mostly because it means different things to different people. We know it requires knowledge, strength and compassion. We expect leaders to be fair, to share our values and provide direction.

That to me is what leaders like Mr. Mandela represent.

As a Hispanic woman, health advocate and entrepreneur I strive to one day become a strong leader in my community and emulate the leadership values that I learn from people like Nelson Mandela.

By taking daily action, living with integrity and following my intuition, I too hope to inspire others to follow their own path and let their light shine.

When looking to develop leadership skills, whether it is at home, with your peers at work or in the community, it is very helpful to look for mentors, role models that have spent years mastering leadership traits and putting them into practice.

I have many mentors but Nelson Mandela is very much at the top of that list.

I continue to learn many lessons from him, but the ones that remain timeless to me are as follows:

Inspire With Action

Motivate others with your words and actions. Give them courage, inspire them to learn more, instill in them a sense of possibility. Every action that you take will lead to a learning opportunity and will encourage moving forward movement in others. Teach others by example. If you do it, they will follow.

 

Be Better, Not Bitter

Nelson Mandela is the impersonation of this powerful lesson. He was put in jail by a brutal regime for 27 years simply because he was fighting for fairness and equality. But even while jailed, he continued to be a leader and the symbol of the struggles of South Africans.

Amazingly, after his release from jail, he became a stronger leader, not bitter or ready for revenge. He found common ground, embracing those who were once against him and helping the country bridge a seemingly impossible gap.

 

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

People fail to accomplish their goals many times because of this simple premise. Planning and organizing ahead of time is key to the success of any task or endeavor, whether in your personal or business life. Organize your ideas, write out a plan with actionable steps to take and deadlines and set out your goals.

 

Work With The Willing

Most of us have gotten caught up at least once in the emotional roller-coaster that is wanting to work with or help someone who has the talent, the potential or the need, even if that person is unwilling or incapable. Move on from those that don’t want to do or be where you want them to do or be.  

And don’t carry their burden. Let them go through their journey and spend your time and energy looking for like-minded people that you can partner with.

 

Communicate

Communication is the simple act of getting a message across clearly and unequivocally to other/s. This sounds simple in theory but communication is one of the hardest things to do because there are so many things in play (body language, cultural idiosyncrasies among others) that can get in the way and cause confusion. Nelson Mandela is a master communicator, which is one of the top traits of a great leader.

 

Become A People’s Person

Nelson Mandela is an incredibly dynamic person who was able to motivate an entire country to work together and move past a very difficult time in their history for the benefit of all. He wasn’t attached to a particular ideology or goal. Instead, he was willing to build relationships on all sides in order to accomplish his goal of a united and successful South Africa.

 

Develop Strong Character

Madiba Mandela and his followers knew that they were doing the right thing, even it was dangerous and could have caused them their freedom (as it did for many years) or even their lives. But they had strong convictions and a strong sense of character and get got a lot of respect (and followers) because of it.

5 Minute Yoga For Flexibility, Increased Circulation and Concentration

You’ve heard of all the benefits of yoga, from improving circulation and concentration, increasing strength and flexibility, to reduction of pain, better sleep, more stamina, better libido, reduced anxiety!

I mean, why would you NOT want to do yoga!?!

Well, today yoga instructor Jessica Verdina and I are going to show us a quick 5 to 10-minute yoga routine that you can do every day!

So roll up your mat and let’s do it together.

I’d love for you to do it and then let me know in the comments below what has been your experience.
Share this with at least 3 friends that you know would benefit from yoga but have no time to do it!

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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