With the holiday season upon us, many people tend to ignore their own needs and instead focus on what gifts to get their loved ones, what friends and family members to entertain or console, or what foods (usually junk!) to serve at parties. But this is a time of year when it's really important to take care of yourself -- perhaps more so than any other time of the year.
So join us tomorrow morning at 9 am EST for a special Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show devoted to Smart Self Care: Don't Rob Yourself! Tips to Treat Yourself Regally.
Please note that the show is at a different day and time this week, but remember: If you miss the show live, you can listen afterwards, at your convenience.
My guests for the "Smart Self Care" program will be two very special women -- acclaimed natural foods chef Andrea Beaman, HHC and "Get Thin for the Camera" coach Donna Sonkin, HHC, AADP, both of whom I had the pleasure of meeting and befriending, thanks to the innovative Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where we all went to school. (Andrea serves on the faculty there now and is one of the most popular instructors.)
In this special Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show, Andrea, Donna and I will cover a variety of topics, including the need for "me" time; the types of foods that are preferable to eat; the value of chewing your food; the importance of understanding food labels; the role of exercise and pursuing passions; the benefits of meditation; and the need for ample sleep.
We'll also discuss the fact that many people in the healing and health counseling profession tend to neglect their own needs.
Now for more info about these two inspirational women.
The energetic Andrea Beaman is an acclaimed natural foods chef, inspirational teacher, author, food expert and TV host, who is dedicated to spreading information about natural healing and organic living.
She was a featured contestant on Bravo’s hit reality TV show, "Top Chef"; she appeared on "The View" as a food expert; and she was a natural foods chef for "Dinner Date" on the Fine Living Network and "Living Well" with Oz Garcia on Lime.
Andrea currently hosts "Wise Up!," a health and wellness show that travels across the country in search of life-enhancing activities, alternative therapies, holistic health and organic foods. Andrea also is the featured “healthy chef” on Peoplejam.com, and she is currently shooting over 100, two-minute recipes to be downloaded via mobile phone.
The prolific Andrea also teaches around the country at food and wine events, health expos, colleges, and healing centers. In addition, she is on the faculty of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Cooking School, and she teaches over 2,000 students annually. She also offers popular, fun, high-energy cooking classes. (If you're not in New York and you can't attend Andrea's lively classes in person, you can get recipes, monthly topics, food tips, health counseling and other health-related information at her website.)
Andrea is author of The Whole Truth – How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, and You Can Too! and The Eating and Recipe Guide – Better Food, Better Health. Her third book, Health is Wealth – Learn How to Make a Delicious Investment in Your Body, will be published in 2008.
Meanwhile, the dynamic Donna Sonkin is founder of the acclaimed "Get Thin for the Camera" program, which helps actors, models and performers of all types get thin and healthy in an enjoyable way.
She teaches her clients how to cook healthfully and how to make great food and exercise choices. She is a strong believer in the concept of listening to your own body's special needs in order to live a happy healthy life.
Donna, who has worked as an actress, offers a variety of services for her clients that go by the creative, clever names, "The Red Carpet Treatment"; "The `It-Girl` Indie Princess Treatment"; and "The All About Eve Starlet Program."
In addition, Donna has lectured to students in New York University's Altlantic Theater Company program, associates at Credit Suisse, to doctors at Cornell affiliate Wyckoff Hospital, to middle school students at the School at Columbia University and the Girl Scouts of America.
Catch the "Smart Self Care" radio show now.