Latest shoot with Kerry Mann, certified holistic health and wellness coach, leading a 10-day sugar detox this coming month.
If there was one thing I would get on a soap box for, it would be for our collective to consume less sugar (which is in nearly EVERY processed food) and simultaneously have access to proper nutrition (organic and pesticide free fresh FOOD) . The impact of our modern day nutrition continues to have radical negative consequences on our overall well being.
I originally went behind the camera to begin to document the impact of SUGAR and mental health. It is a subject that I am deeply passionate about and advocate for GREENS and VIBRANT, ALIVE nutrition.
According to Mark Hyman, MD, sugar consumption is more serious than we think.
- Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine.
- There are 600,000 processed food items in our environment, and 80% of them contain added sugar.
- 90% of kids and 50% of the U.S. population drinks soda once a day.
- One can of soda a day increases a kid’s chance of obesity by 60%.
- You have to walk 4 1/2 miles to burn off one 20-ounce soda.
- 15% of our calories come from sweetened beverages.
- Obesity (not just being overweight) has risen from 9% to 36% since 1960. It’s projected to hit 50% by 2050.
- Nearly 70% of Americans and 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight.
Imagine if all children were given fresh, organic vegetables at school? Imagine if proper nutrition began from early developmental years and was accessible to ALL economic structures?
Our nutrition is directly connected to our neurology and ability to be vibrant, healthy, fully alive & functioning humans.
So, what do we do about it?
I say education and putting our dollars in support of local farmers and products that is vital.
Show up humbly in service to others.
Imagine if we each begin our day with this intention. Asking the question, "How can I be of service?" ripples out and ignites unstoppable potential.
Try it out. What do you have to lose?
Recent editorial with actress and prolific acting coach, Jana Lee Hamblin, who embodies this wisdom and bestows upon all she interacts with.
Why do you do what you do? What is the reason you get out of bed each day?
What about when life gets really tough?
In each photo shoot, I love discovering the WHY to each person.
In a recent shoot with Rachel Joy, she shared her journey of working in the cardiac medical industry for the past decade, watching people in the operating room die of literal broken hearts.
From her intimate experiences in moments of life & death, she has witnessed the impact of someone who has stuffed away their personal dreams, not resolved a relationship or forgiven a loved one, or perhaps neglected themselves to the ultimate tipping point of life & death.
As a teacher & leader, she is now working one on one with people in following their hearts, their deepest longings and healing pain.
I personally believe that when we open our hearts, we allow LIFE to move through us.
"Peace comes when our hearts are open like the sky, vast as the ocean.." ~Jack Kornfield
Thank you Linda Wagner for your giving heart, and talented hair & makeup.
When we are vulnerable, raw and authentic, this is where undeniable beauty lies.
In a recent shoot with well known actress Jana Lee Hamblin,
our entire crew came to the shoot with true vulnerability in how we were feeling that day.
In being authentic and open, we all felt more connected, understood, and shot timeless moments with Jana Lee.
A huge shout out to Emily Mercer for flawless hair & makeup and being vulnerable :).
I have been very silent most recently.
The outer world has been filled with historical events of tragedy, overwhelm, and uncertainty. Witnessing the discord, and unfortunate acts of violence and discrimination has put me into a place of deep introspection. Rather than reacting in anger, hate, and fury, I sat back to reflect.
I realize that our words are very powerful, and do matter.
It has been over six weeks since I have written or shared anything. As I resurface, I feel a profound resilience of opportunity and a coming together to stand for a new way of being.
You see, I believe that the most difficult times are the most profound moments when our hearts can begin to open. When our hearts are open, we begin to know our truth.
I write this to share we must now come together with ONE VOICE.
ONE VOICE of possibility, heart, and kindness. We are each connected, and together, we are powerful.
I am featuring an Empowered woman, Bethany Jacobs, from a shoot we shot last June 2016.
We captured the radiant elegance she embodies, and the iconic ability of women. Bethany is an acclaimed actress who began to use her voice to declare what she most wanted in her life. This act alone has brought her so many opportunities, and has even inspired me to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT.
What are you inspired to SAY? To VOICE and EXPRESS?
Big thank you to incredible team:
House of Lolo, Wardrobe.
Kristal Passy, Assistant.