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!

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Many of the common substances and materials you find at home can contribute to allergies, asthma, developmental issues in children, skin irritation and the toxicity of your body.

I believe that any weekend could be a perfect moment to do some serious “Spring” cleaning around your house.

So I decided to give you some simple strategies here to ensure that your home is no longer consider a hazard zone.

You will be able to replace a few key items so you can become an even stronger Wellness Warrior.

If you pick one room per weekend, in roughly a month’s time your house will be a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable place for you to live in.

So tell me, which one of these rooms are you tackling first and why?

If you have already made some of these changes, how have them changed your life? Share this with at least 3 friends!

 

What Do Food Labels Mean?

You probably know what some of the food labels out there actually mean but for others, you hope for the better and just go with it.

And since you are a conscious, Rebel Wellness Warrior, it is important that you are educated regarding what it means when someone is selling you something they claim to be “cage-free” or “all natural”.

So, let me go through some of the most commonly used food labels to find out what they are and what they truly mean. Check out the video below for details!

So tell me, was there one or more that you had no idea what it meant?

Did you think something meant something but now realize it means something else?

Let me know in the comments below.

Share this with at least 3 of your friends, because they too deserve to know!

Living Your Purpose – My interview with Kristen Domingue

Today’s topic is about inspiration, following your instinct and allowing your life and dreams to go from good to Great by Living Your Purpose.

I recruited the help of Kristen Domingue, a branding expert and founder of Ignite to help us delve into this topic more in detail. Kristen’s brilliant words help us awaken to our life’s purpose and then help us stay motivated and focused in order to live that purpose.

You and I both came into this world for a reason and are still here for a reason!

We must honor ourselves and the world around us by following our calling, awaken to our life’s purpose and living like we mean it!

We go deep on this one so don’t miss it!

Go ahead, click below to check out this powerful interview!

How are you honoring yourself by living your purpose? What specifically are you doing TODAY to bring you closer to your calling?

Let me know by leaving a comment below! Looking forward to hearing from you….

Ayurveda 101 With Nadya Andreeva

Ayurveda is an ancient practice that literally means “Science of Life”. It has been practiced in India for thousands of years and it is becoming increasingly popular in the western world as people move towards finding alternative treatments to compliment western science and prevent diseases.

I have always been very curious about the benefits of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic body types, Ayurvedic products and its wonderful uses.

So I asked my fellow health coach and friend Nadya Andreeva, a self-described modern Ayurveda girl, to come to my aid and help answer my (and probably your) basic Ayurveda questions here.

Nadya has gracefully agreed to let me pick her brain so you and I both can learn a little bit more about Ayurveda and how it can help us.

Check out the video here!

Amazing, right!?

If you’re still curious about Ayurveda, please leave a comment below. I’ll make sure to ask Miss Nadya and share her answers with you here!

Got Any Yoga Questions? Get Your Answers Here!

If you’re anything like me when I started practicing yoga, you are extremely curious, highly interested and a little intimidated about this yoga thing.

What is Yoga anyway?

Is it good for my health and wellbeing?

These are other questions are answered here!

Today I’m interviewing Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE. She’s a fitness and yoga instructor and popular YouTuber.

She’s giving us her take on the ancient practice of yoga, explaining its benefits and answering the questions you would want to ask her.

Check out the video below.

Have more questions? Leave them below and I’ll make sure to answer them as soon as I get them!

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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