You would have to be living under a rock to not know that consuming more fruits and vegetables (heavy on the vegetables) is a cornerstone of good health and well-being.

Does your skin glow? Is your digestion running smoothly?

Do you have unstoppable energy and a v...

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Posted by Jennifer on May 30, 2017

I can't believe summer is here. I feel like I just got past Christmas!

Well, with summer comes a little less stress hopefully and an abundance of activities to explore. Being outdoors is key as the weather lends itself to adventures and relaxation.

To accompany your summertime pursuits, I am pa...

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Posted by Jennifer on May 22, 2017

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."

– Joseph Campell

What makes you feel alive?  I mean truly alive, connected to the world around you…mind, body and spirit?

So alive that you feel the sensation of...

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Posted by Jennifer on Apr 24, 2017

“The ancient Taoist sages learned everything from their keen observation of nature. They followed the changes in the seasons, the movement of animals, the properties of medicinal plants, and the pattern of weather in the sky.  They knew that we are part of this grand symphony called nature.”


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Posted by Jennifer on Apr 17, 2017

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do...

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Today’s Rise Up Well is a simple reminder of the power of surrender. I have found that I tap into my greatest inner strength when I let go and let God take over.

For you it may not be God. It may be the Universe, a higher power, spirit,...

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Posted by Jennifer on Mar 13, 2017

In today's rise up well, I want to share with you a story that deeply resonated with me, and I am  betting that it will cause you to stop and reflect as well.

One behavior that I have struggled with on and off throughout my life is that of LETTING GO. Often I have held onto resentment...

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Posted by Jennifer on Mar 06, 2017

Chances are there are some circumstances in your life right now that are a bit stressful.

With stress always comes complication.

With complication comes overwhelm.

With overwhelm comes what is so commonly termed “paralysis of analysis.”


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“Almost everything in my life that looked like a failure has turned into a success.” –Warren Buffett

I have been simplifying my life recently, and because I really don’t watch TV I decided to cut back on all those hundreds of “why is this even on TV“ chann...

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Last week I shared important information for everyone regarding your home and the environment. 

As I had mentioned, one issue I have to be vigilant about on a daily basis is mold due to my exposure in the past to black mold. In part one of Dr. Mao's...

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Important information for everyone regarding your home and environment. 

I am lucky to work with some incredible health practitioners, especially Dr. Mao my acupuncturist:

Dr. Mao is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology and a Diplomate in Anti-Aging. He is current...

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Posted by Jennifer on Jan 23, 2017

A miracle. God only knows how long I have been praying for one of those.

Okay, not just one, or  two or three …but several.

I bet you have a couple of miracle’s you would like to see come to pass in your life. If you have been following my story ..

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Posted by Jennifer on Jan 16, 2017

For years I lived in the dark because it was easier to stay there. Why? Because I could be unseen and unheard.

There is something our subconscious understands about the dark: It's a place to hide and not be challenged. However, pain and sadness lie t...

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Posted by Jennifer on Dec 23, 2016 under

I will never forget this picture. Two weeks prior I had been through one of the most painful times of my life...a total hip replacement. 

The agony of that surgery was just the beginning. Recovery is often more painful and challenging than the immediate procedure itself. 

On the particular day ...

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Wow! I cannot believe Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner. If you're like most people and think that Southern California is warm and sunny, I have some news for you:

I actually had to wear my ski jacket, leg warmers and scarf on my walk last night!

One of my favorite things a...

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1.5 billion people worldwide are challenged by chronic pain.
I can’t even begin to count the number of individuals I have run into this past week who are dealing with some form of pain. Shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, ankle, neck and the ever so annoying...back p...

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Posted by Jennifer on Oct 31, 2016

I spent last weekend immersed at an incredible 3-day retreat and intensive mastermind – the very first Urban Monk Retreat hosted by Pedram Shojai, former Taoist monk, a Qi Gong master, film maker and founder of He is also a best-selling author and an accomplished physician of...

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Posted by Jennifer on Oct 17, 2016










What if I told you that at the end of one week you would be healthier, happier, more peaceful and productive as well as age better?

Pay attention closely to this Rise Up Well and that might just happen. 

When it comes to health and wellness, my brother ...

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Posted by Jennifer on Oct 10, 2016

(Image Courtesy of Whole Life Nutrition)

One of the perks of being in the holistic health field is the amazing people I get to meet on my journey.

I have had the good fortune of working with, as well as being treated by, groundbreaking pioneers of wellness and nutritional ...

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Posted by Jennifer on Sep 26, 2016













I have a new kitten and her name is Happy.

I figured that when I am feeling down or overwhelmed and my kitty comes running up to me, “Here comes  Happy,” would be an instant mood lifter. You know what? It really works.

Well, last night while ...

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Posted by Jennifer on Sep 20, 2016







I love this time of year.  Yes, even where I live in Southern California, we have seasons.

The summer has passed and the crowds are gone...yippee! The air is crisp and the ocean is a more vibrant blue with cooler winds and transitioning currents.

As the seasons bring c...

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Posted by Jennifer on Sep 12, 2016 under

Willy Wonka had it right


“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.”
–Willy Wonka

Children are magical. They can build medieval forts out of a sofa or live in a backyard castle among the trees. A child can close their eyes and ima...

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Posted by Jennifer on Aug 29, 2016

Yesterday at 5:30 am, I entered the dark spinning class room at SoulCycle, as I consistently do 5 times a week. I have always arrived there before everyone else and proceed to warm up for at least 15 -20 minutes.

I get my mind focused, my intentions set, my muscles engaged and I plug into the zone. Spinning is not just an exercise class to me; it is a life altering transformational experience that helps me to grow tougher mentally, psychically and spiritually.

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I felt called to send a simple message....a message we often forget.

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Posted by Jennifer on Mar 21, 2016 under ,

Why do you need this ancient healing remedy?

Dr. Gary Null, a very well-known doctor, says it best:

“Black Cumin Oil is probably the single most important oil you can put in your system. Every time you take black cumin you are stimulating your immune system to fight on your behalf and increase natural killer cells.” 

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In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective. - Dalai Lama

We love it when our life just flows, when everything clicks and we have a vibrancy and joy that is unmatched. We feel unstoppable. But then it happens—your life gets stuck, your mojo is gone, you start to feel sluggish, scattered, overwhelmed, and anxious, like you’re caught on a treadmill going nowhere.  The worst is that you can’t even begin to think about how to pull yourself out of this paralyzed state.  The Dalai Lama is 100% right when he mentions PERSPECTIVE, but when you are so far in the dark, how can you possibly open your eyes to the light?

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Posted by Jennifer on Mar 07, 2016 under ,

I will never forget my first time using bone broth. I had heard amazing facts about it's healing abilities for quite some time. Healing abilities such as:

  • Gut and digestion health.
  • Joint health and healing
  • The ability to have you look and feel younger
  • Peaceful sleep and the ability to fall asleep easier
  • Immune support—(makes sense, so much of our -immune health comes from gut health!)
  • Stronger bones
  • A TON more energy!

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Posted by Jennifer on Feb 29, 2016

“Jen, dear, you should try writing, it might be interesting.”Those were some of the last words my Nana ever wrote to me.  Ironically years later, I began writing and it has blessed me ever since.

My Nana passed away February 29th 1992, a loss many have never recovered from. I especially was radically transformed by her death. She was the first person I knew who had died. I was going through a life-threatening situation myself and because of her passing, I became aware of my own mortality. I realized that I had to change my situation or I would die too. I truly believe my Nana gave me her strength when she went to heaven.  In fact, I know without a doubt that she breathed life back into me with her last breath. I know this because I was at a desperately low point in my life and going down fast. When Nana died, I suddenly found the will to live and began to make changes that would allow me to heal. I had never been able to find such power until she was gone.  I have felt my Nana’s spirit with me from that day forward. She is with me now and guides me daily….I can bet some of you have a “Nana” in your life too.

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Posted by Jennifer on Feb 22, 2016

 Thirty Two vials of blood….I think this was a record for me. I was at the lab once again gathering information for my doctor as we put together the puzzle pieces of the chronic illness issues I am currently dealing with. Note, that I say “THE chronic illness” because I do not identify myself as such nor do  I  choose to live into the diagnosis, and…I say CURRENTLY,  because I accept my present situation but it is not going to occupy my life forever. I know that my words steer the direction of my life so I am careful to use them wisely.  Something we all need to consider.  Do I enjoy this frustration, overwhelm and discomfort? No way! Does it make me angry and question God? Absolutely …but I do not doubt God…not even for a minute because I understand the role of faith and hope. If we lose that, then how are we supposed to get through tough times?  You don’t have to believe in God, but a life without hope and faith will indeed be a struggle.  It’s normal and okay to be upset and ask the dreaded question…WHY ME?  I can bet you have asked that question yourself when you meet seemingly insurmountable circumstances, devastating loss, pain and suffering or when you find yourself in a rut. 

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Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.

Stop for a moment and think about how often you look outside yourself for answers...
The next time you are challenged....which sh...

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I believe in PINK. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. -Audrey...

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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are headed - Lao-Tzu
Get quiet with yourself today, if possible out in nature....ask yourself are you really living the life you were born to live? Are you headed in the direction that you know is in your soul? Or are you living someone else's...

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Posted by Jennifer on Jul 12, 2013 under

During my teenage years, I struggled with a life threatening illness and almost died. But I know what it's like to overcome and have so much more energy, resilience, strength, compassion, peace, productivity, passion, well being, creativity and authentic health. To me, life is a journey. It is abou...

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Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. - Agnes de Mille

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During my teenage years I suffered from Anorexia Nervosa. Hospitalized for two months, I almost died. After falling to a life threatening body weight of 85lbs, I made the conscious decision to fight back…. Having a strong faith, I summoned the strength to take my anxious initial step into the unkn...

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Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity.  When you don't think you can, hold on. - James Frey

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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. - Henry David Thoreau 

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Posted by on Aug 03, 2012 under

We live in a land of great opportunity and resources. We have the freedom as well, to make choices everyday that will impact our wellbeing.  Why not give our body, mind and spirit the best advantage as we journey through the miracle of life itself.  When we make the decision to live in the realm of optimal wellness, we can produce transformational changes that lead us to the ultimate level of living….the level of Higher Health.

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Whether or not one manifests disease or attains wellness, relies a great deal on the condition of the human, or host.  A question to ask is, “how am I contributing to my present health.”  Why not give oneself the best possible chance to live at a state of higher health, the level in which we were born to live. 

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