Foods I (Still) Rely On To Prevent An Upset Stomach (Interview)

When going out to dinner with friends, do you feel anxiety while looking over the menu, as you search for an option that won’t put your digestion in turmoil?

Maybe you even feel like there’s something wrong with you, because you have so many “food issues.” You constantly worry about what to eat, because you struggle almost daily with constipation, bloating, or heartburn.

Not just that, but your energy lags and brain fog stop you from being productive towards your big dreams.

If this is you, know that you are part of the 91% of women that say digestion issues get in the way of their daily life! That’s why I’m so glad that my friend Nadya Andreeva is on a mission to end the bloating and constipation epidemic spreading among women in the Western world in her new book: Happy Belly: A Woman’s Guide to Feeling Vibrant, Light, and Balanced.

Nadya is a fellow wellness expert, specializing in digestive health. I’m super excited to share a special interview I did with Nadya, where I reveal my own story and issues with my belly, the foods that I still rely on to prevent an upset stomach and lots of tips to help you in your journey. Check out the interview here!

Home Remedies For Sinus Infections

You’re suffering from a sinus infection and it’s awful! I know, I’ve been there. You may even be on antibiotics but heck, you still have to wait up to 10 days for relief and suffer through bad nights and exhausting days while your body fights the infection.

Well, suffer no more!

Here are a few awesome tips that you can start doing NOW and that will get you feeling better in a matter of MINUTES.

These are real easy home remedies that have proven to be extremely effective to thousands of people. I used them back in the day (fortunately I haven’t had one of those nasty infections in years) and my clients also swear by them.

 So give them a try and please, let me know how you feel! Have any of these helped you? Which one?

Watch Me Get Hypnotized!

In this follow up video about the topic of hypnosis, I actually went a little crazy and agreed to let Grace hypnotize me in front of the camera!

I thought it would be awkward and that I’d have to delete the video but the experience was very very sweet. Check out my mini-hypnosis session and see for yourself what it is all about!

What did you think? Mumbo Jumbo or inspirational? Let me know in the comments box below!

The Power of Hypnosis

Do you believe in hypnosis? I must admit I didn’t until I met the woman I’m interviewing on this video.

In fact, I tried hypnosis as part of a therapy session years ago and I thought it was a bunch of bologna! But when I met Grace, she was very graceful (and patient), explaining to me what hypnosis was and more importantly, what it wasn’t!!

Check out this interview to learn more.

What’s your opinion about this controversial topic? Did we convince you to at least do your own homework and find answers? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Why is Working Out So Important

I admit it, I hate working out! That’s right, I said it! I don’t like gyms, people screaming at me to “motivate me” or weight rooms.  But I recognize how essential it is to shake your butt on a regular basis.

That’s why I decided to interview my friend and fitness expert Sylvia Nasser. Sylvia can teach you to love workouts and motivate you like no one else I’ve ever met and I wanted to get her take on why working out is so important and how you can get motivated to shake you butt as well!

Check out the interview below!

So… do you struggle to find time and motivation to exercise? What do you normally do as a workout? Let me know in the comment section below!

How Not To Get Sick (When Everyone Else Is)

Are you the kind that gets sick every other month? I mean, you get the flu in the fall/winter, you catch all your co-workers germs, get the summer cold that only a few get.

In a nutshell, you’re sick of getting sick!

So how do you protect yourself from all those germs, strengthen your immunity and stop getting sick when everyone else around you is?

Check out this video to learn more!

Which one of these tips are you most likely to implement first? Let me know in the comments below!

My First TEDx Talk!

A few months ago I was invited by the amazing women at Barnard College to be part of their TEDxBarnardCollege event.The video is now available on YouTube and of course I immediately wanted to share it with you all here.

My talk is part personal story, part motivational message. I poured my heart and soul into this talk, shared things that most of my closest friends didn’t know about and in the process, became stronger and wiser.

I’m sharing this talk with you here in hopes it can inspire you in some small measure. Thank you for listening!

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!

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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