Self Sabotage & a Summertime Soup

Would you find me lazy and thoughtless if I posted a recipe without any measurements?

What if the photo of said recipe was taken with my old iphone on top of a wood table and not a marble countertop? 

Consider the possibility that I took the photos quickly and in not a good light. Mostly because I was hungry. (Hunger plays a role in most of my decision making). 

Would you still like me?

Would you still want to eat my soup?

The thing is, I really wanted to share this recipe. There are many recipes, tips, thoughts and bits of information that I'd like to share, but other things seem to get in the way. Things like perfectionism, self doubt, procrastination and Handmaids Tale.

This is something that has come up for healing for me in this past year as I have transitioned my life from Los Angeles to Boston. I have been given the gift and curse of questioning everything when it comes to my business.

I am not a food blogger. I have fewer followers on Instagram than your grandmother, and I am SO BAD at self-promotion, not because I don't like bringing attention to myself but because I'm surprisingly un-photogenic and can't seem to take a damn photograph that doesn't make me question why my husband married me (vain, I know). That and the fact that I really only show up for my marketing when I feel like it, a strategy we all know does not lead to success.

I also know a lot about nutrition, and am qualified to give nutritional advice. I am even more qualified to teach people how to move better, something which I guarantee is life changing. Resistance training is like medicine to the body-trust me when I say that you need it in your life.

A dedicated practitioner of the beginner's mind in all facets of life, I am obsessive passionate when it comes to staying up to date on the latest health and fitness research, trends and products. My idea of a good time is experimenting with this information in my own life in order to better relate to my clients. Thankfully I have like-minded friends and a mother that also work in the industry, with whom I can have endless thought provoking discussions.

Ultimately, my main objective is to improve the lives of others, while continuing to improve my own. I want my clients to feel: confident / comfortable in their bodies / strong / flexible / powerful / able / vulnerable / empowered / knowledgeable and whatever else it is that they want to feel. I love to teach them about their bodies and what kind of movement will benefit them. I love to support them in feeling connected to the big picture and how exercise and nutrition are connected and affect/are affected by other parts of life. I know in my bones that I have the ability to do this, as I've done it before and will do it again.

But what good are skills, knowledge, empathy, etc, if I'm not reaching you?

I will leave you with this. You, too, are something special. YOU have something unique to offer the world, and failing to do the uncomfortable work of getting yourself out there is actually a DISSERVICE to the rest of us. I would tell you not to let your self doubt get in the way, but who am I to talk?

Let's both take action right now. More specifically, imperfect action. One small step, together, toward our goals.

Mine is posting this insanely delicious, gorgeous, easy on the tummy, farm-to-table soup without any measurements. What's yours?

Local Summertime Carrot Soup


  • Bone Broth
  • Carrots
  • Kimchi  
  • Ghee
  • Micro Greens 
  • Salt/Pepper



Chop or grate carrots and heat up in a pot with the bone broth at about a 1:1 ratio. Once the carrots are cooked through, pour them in a blender with the carrots and kimchi. Blend to your desired consistency. Transfer back to the pot and stir in ghee and add salt & pepper to taste

Note: I bought every ingredient from the Boston Public Market. Feel free to substitute for anything that is local to you. If you prefer not to use animal products you could replace the bone broth with mushroom and the ghee with coconut or avocado oil. 



A Meditation for Any Occasion

One of my favorite ways to practice mindfulness is with a body scan meditation. Not only is it a great way to tune into your body but it can also encourage you to notice your thoughts, emotions and sensations without judgement and then allow them to eventually pass as they do. It is also calming to the nervous system which is why I have been known to talk clients through it after a workout, or even beforehand if they are feeling stressed or ungrounded. Try it before bed, first thing in the morning or any time you need to check in. It is literally the LBD (little black dress) of meditations.

"You are the sky. Everything else, it's just the weather." -Pema Chödrön 

"You are the sky. Everything else, it's just the weather." -Pema Chödrön 

Body Scan Meditation 

Lay on your back with your palms facing up or sit tall in a chair with both feet planted on the floor. 

Close your eyes, and start to tune into your breath. Are your breaths deep and satisfying or shallow and quick? 

Take a few more moments simply noticing your breath. Feel free to bring your hands to your stomach or your heart if you are needing a little extra TLC. 

Starting with your right foot, begin to notice the physical sensations of your big toe. Move your way slowly through the other toes, then the arch, the top of the foot, the heel, the calf etc. 

Continue this process throughout your entire body allowing thoughts or feelings to pop up but trying not to let them pull you with them. Just breath and notice. 

You might take note of one side of the body, ie the left hip feeling different than the other side, ie the right hip. 

You might also notice where you may be holding tension, for instance in your jaw. Feel free to let the tension go if you can. 

Finish with the crown of the head, and when you're ready take a moment to notice your entire body as a whole. Sit with that for as long as you like. 

To come out of the meditation start to wiggle your fingers and toes, much like coming out of savasana. Take a few big stretches and gently flutter your eyes open. 

There are plenty of recordings of the body scan online, so feel free to use one of those. That said if you can remember the simple steps you'll find it lovely to do it in silence on your own. Enjoy!





Staying Inspired

I am constantly on a mission to find things that inspire me lest I become stagnant in my life. 

In my mind, health is all about the ways in which we show up for our lives day in and day out. A million tiny decisions which all add up to become essentially who we are and the way we interact with ourselves and the world around us. It is no secret that I take a holistic approach to healthy living, so I consider everything from spending time with loved ones to reading a thrilling novel to eating a big salad acts of self care.

I can only hope you can relate to the experience of swimming in a sea of enjoyment when it comes to your health. Long leisurely walks, fun workouts, colorful food, trips to the farmer's market, good coffee, laughing with friends and delicious sleep, not to mention an episode of Friends (and another, and one more after that). I like to see it as a decadent mix of discipline and luxury - enjoying this body and mind we are given, as well as that of others, including mother earth.

Cheesy or not I'm going to say this: In a time of such overwhelming uncertainty, it is of the utmost importance that we strive to become the best and brightest versions of ourselves. These days I find myself feeling more strongly than ever before about the importance of what I do. I believe that a conscious lifestyle creates a foundation of strength and kindness that is necessary to make the world a better place. 

After doing some work to improve my gut health and bring more plants into my diet I currently find myself swimming in that health sea (not the most romantic sounding term), which inherently makes me more aware of the inspiration that envelopes me. I'm sure the gorgeous weather we've been having here in Boston doesn't hurt either. 

That being said I know myself, and perhaps you can relate: what comes up always comes down so I am making sure to enjoy this moment while also taking in all the wisdom I can to keep me going when it all comes down.

I'm known to send random emails, texts and Facebook messages to various people in my life sharing things that are of interest to me. I thought I'd share them with you as well, in hopes that it brings at least the tiniest glimmer of stimulus into your day!

This is what's been goin' on with me these past few days:

S-Town Podcast: Described as a gothic fairytale, this 7 episode story is odd, tragic, funny and hauntingly beautiful. I may have listened to the whole thing within two days, and plan to listen a second time. 

The Model Health Show: This podcast talks about all things health and fitness and is ideal for both experts and novices alike. The host, Shawn Stevenson is smart, humble and open minded. The latest episode about mental transformation was particularly full of gems and I recommend you put it on first thing tomorrow morning. 

Where to invade next: After many suggestions my husband and I finally watched this documentary and found it nothing short of delightful however disturbing at points. Michael Moore goes into various countries with the intention of learning what could be useful to bring to the US. My favorite section was Germany, where every day they are reminded of their dark history. By first acknowledging, honoring and grieving the darkness they are able to grow into the light and maintain a peaceful society. Beautiful!

Slow fashion: I've found that once you start giving a sh*t about what you put in your body, you start to notice the quality - or lack there of - in other areas of your life. For me it started with the products I use to clean my house and put on my skin, and after happily switching to natural and safe alternatives my interest (and disgust) has now moved to my wardrobe. I realized that I've spent my entire adult life with a perpetually crowded closet yet nothing to wear, and to make matters worse I have no idea under what conditions these clothes were made. I haven't the faintest idea who had to suffer to make something that sits in the back of my drawer, and frankly that feels entirely not ok to me.

It finally dawned on me that this is no way to live; that if I take the same approach to my wardrobe as I do to my food I may actually enjoy getting dressed in something besides fitness apparel while also clearing up unnecessary clutter. All the while supporting companies that actually take human welfare and the environment into account. My first step is to simply stop acquiring more clothing for a while and making due with what I have. In the meantime, here are some resources for you:

  • My good friend Megan from The Mass Minimalist who recently had a similar revelation of her own.
  • finny + dill, an ethical fashion blog I am enchanted to have discovered.
  • The Curated Closet,  a minimalistic fashion blog and book which educates us on finding our personal style and choosing high quality clothing. 

My little family: Have you seen that viral video of the little girl yelling into the mirror about everything she loves in her life? That's me. I love my husband! I love my cats! I love my parents! I love my friends! I love my apartment! I-love-shrimp-cocktails! *Clap*. The list goes on.  

Boston in the Spring: Words can't really do it justice. You'll just have to come and experience it for yourself. 



Baked Fish w/ Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice

Hello, friends!

I thought I would pop in and share a  meal has been on regular rotation in my household lately and has yet to disappoint. 

In an attempt to feel bright and clear headed for the onset of Spring I have been focusing on my gut health and am making sure my meals are nutrient dense and easy to digest. Taste is still a main priority, of course, and I am enjoying getting creative in the kitchen with a variety of clean proteins, healthy fats and all the colorful fruits and veggies I know do my body good. 

Naturally once a successful meal makes its way into my life it is likely I will repeat it again and again. Some may call it obsessive, but I prefer to think that if it ain't broke don't fix it. 

Without further ado, here it is in all its simple glory - light, satisfying and perfect for lunches and dinners alike. Feel free to use any type of fish or even chicken or tempeh. Honestly, you can change the whole damn recipe if you'd like. It is your life, after all. Enjoy!

Baked White Fish:

(Serves 2)

  • 1lb White Fish such as Halibut, Cod or Haddock (I buy mine at the Boston Public Market)
  • Avocado Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Chili Flakes
  • Pink Sea Salt & Pepper 

Preheat oven to 350. Place the fish in a Pyrex or other baking dish. Coat each side of the fish with a generous drizzle of avocado oil and lemon juice and sprinkle on the chili flakes, salt and pepper. Place dish in oven and cook 15-20 minutes or until flaky.

Mediterranean Cauli-Rice:

(Serves 2)

  • 1/2 Bag Frozen Cauliflower Rice
  • 1 Cup Dinosaur Kale, finely chopped
  • 1 Cucumber, diced
  • Handful of Olives, diced
  • 2 T Fresh Parsley, diced
  • 2 T Ghee
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • Pink Sea Salt & Pepper 

Heat up the ghee in a skillet and add the cauliflower rice and kale. Heat until cooked through and add in a sprinkling of coconut aminos, fish sauce, sea salt and pepper. Remove from heat and combine with the cucumber, olives and parsley. 



Pick Me Up Potion

I've always had an affinity for medicinal tonics and hot drinks. Show me something that's healing, tasty and novel and I'm sold.

Perhaps it was my obsession with witchcraft as a kid. I was crazy for Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Craft, Hocus Pocus and The Wizard of Oz, and bought several earnest books about witchcraft which I have kept front and center in our bookshelf, mostly in order to startle the cat sitters when we are out of town.

I truly believed that one day I would develop magical powers. (Here's lookin' at you, 30th birthday). The closest I've come to that, however, is experimenting in my kitchen and finding various ways to use interesting ingredients that promote health, wellbeing and mental clarity. After all, we now know that witches were healers. 

There is a huge part of me that has learned to be grounded and minimalistic in my approach to wellness. Eat whole foods that are grown locally and sustainably. Eat 3-4 well rounded meals per day with appropriate amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Walk a lot and do intelligent movement in the gym. Enjoy yourself when out with friends and family. Have fun, be kind and never deprive yourself. Let me just say, as a disclaimer, that this part of my approach is entirely responsible for keeping me healthy. It is my foundation, and without it I would be unstable. 

Yet I find myself wanting a little extra, which is not to say that you should too. It's just that I personally crave a sprinkling of fun and enchantment on an otherwise uncomplicated situation.

I become giddy at the mention of wild mushrooms, pearl powder, collagen, kombucha, matcha or ashwagandha. If only you could have seen me the day I read Amanda Chantal Bacon's Moon Juice Cookbook. Heart pounding, I ordered a juicer, nut milk bag and dehydrator faster than you can say "lusty adaptogenic brew". (This is the kind of language she uses to describe her Hot Sex Milk on p. 121). I have found few things more seductive, food wise, than this book.  

I also find it exciting to learn of the benefits that humble kitchen and pantry staples such as cinnamon, turmeric, pink sea salt, parsley, lemon and ginger possess. 

That time I went overboard at the Moon Juice Shop

That time I went overboard at the Moon Juice Shop

This recipe is in a similar vain to Bacon's recipes. A zingy hot cocktail to leave you balanced, sharp and light on your feet. Matcha is stimulating yet calming, and boasts 3x the amount of antioxidants than regular green tea. Lemon is all kinds of healthy with its high vitamin c and phytochemical limonene content. Ginger is stimulating in its own way while also being soothing to the digestive system. Finally, the Beauty Dust. An absolutely delightful mix of beautifying herbs!

Pick Me Up Potion

8oz Hot Water

 1 tsp Matcha Powder

1 inch piece of Ginger Root

1/4 Lemon with the Peel 

1 tsp Moon Juice Beauty Dust  (feel free to substitute with a green or collagen powder!) 

Throw all the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Enjoy!

At the risk of sounding cheesy I believe that life is brimming with magic when we are willing to acknowledge it. I see it with my clients all the time - when low back pain disappears, energy increases and it just becomes easier to physically move through life. How starting the morning off in a positive way changes the course of their entire day. 

I feel that magic when my stress melts away while chopping vegetables for dinner at the end of a long day; when I take a moment to look up at the trees on a wintry dog walk through the woods with my mom; when I'm walking home in a pure state of bliss after a delicious yoga practice. Heck, sometimes all it takes is a great cup of coffee. It may not be the type of witchcraft my younger self had imagined, but it feels pretty magical to me. 



Ode to an Olive

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who love olives, and those who don't. My husband is the latter, and quite frankly I pity him. 

To say he is missing out is an understatement. In my mind olives fall under the category of "foods sent to earth from heaven above", along with bananas (nature's cake), dates (nature's candy) and cocoa powder (nature's brownie mix). A salty, fatty little morsel to pop in your mouth whenever the mood strikes. 

Hungry while cooking dinner? Pop an olive. 

Feeling snacky mid afternoon? Pop an olive (or ten). 

Find yourself hangry at happy hour? Pop 3 olives because DIRTY MARTINI. An adult drink for adult people who are no longer interested in mixing Smirnoff with gatorade. (I never did that). 

Need something into which to dip your crudites? Olive tapenade!!

The list goes on. Olives taste wonderful on a salad, on chicken and fish, or mixed into tomato sauce. They provide a nutritious punch and a sophisticated taste. Needless to say, I have them on hand at all times.  

Let's take a quick moment to celebrate healthy fats. Once vilified, they are back with a vengeance and we are all healthier and happier for it. Glowing skin, healthy brain functioning and satiety between meals, don't mind if I do! Olives also happen to be high in antioxidants, nutrients and minerals and have a high water content making them an ideal snack to gorge oneself on. <insert winky face> 

I also find it quite charming when a fruit masquerades as a veggie. Who's to say a fruit can't be savory? 

Way to go against the grain, kalamata.

Do your thing, picholine. 

Here's to you, nicoise for not giving into societal norms.

Quick shout out to the avocado who's on a similar path.

I just wanted to show some appreciation for a food that I love. A staple in my diet and kitchen. A real, whole, mostly unadulterated food that is as yummy as it is healthy. This is not to say that you too should eat them, but rather a casual suggestion to give them a try.

STEP 1: Walk yourself to your favorite market and peruse the antipasto bar. STEP 2: Try a few different mixes and see which ones you like best. I often gravitate toward a greek mix with chili. STEP 3: Serve them to company or hoard them all for yourself. STEP 4:  Repeat steps 1-3 for the rest of your life. 

Or not. It's totally up to you. 







The Rebel Within

If we learned anything from The Babadook it's that the more you try to suppress something the bigger and scarier it becomes.

Self improvement is difficult, and we all have that inner rebel who wants nothing more than to conflict with everything we are striving to become.

It might tell you to skip the gym when you know how great you'll feel afterward, or perhaps it suggests you order a pizza when you already have the ingredients to cook yourself something enjoyable and nourishing. (I'm guilty of both, by the way). It might even tell you to keep going, to keep on hustling, when really what you need is some self care and a good nights' sleep. I understand how the less mindful decision can be the easiest in the moment, yet it can be the most damaging in the long term. 

For a long time, my inner rebel kept me from reaching my goals. Time and time again, I tried my best to will it away, telling myself I would have more discipline in the future. Lasting changes do not happen that way, however. You cannot simply delete a part of yourself through sheer willpower and discipline.

Plus, why would you want to? Eventually I learned that this shifty inner voice was not just a saboteur to my chances at leading a happy and healthy life. It was an important part of my personality which I'd been trying to silence in an effort to be the perfect picture of health. To measure up.

It was trying to tell me that I will never be the type of person who is willing to torture themselves in the name of fitness. That I am a die hard lover of good food. That I will never let the pursuit of a "perfect body" overshadow my personal life, and that as much as I greatly enjoy the act of challenging my mind and body, I also value restoration and recovery. 

I consider it a blessing to have learned to listen to what this voice has to say. The more I mindfully sit with it and simply notice its presence, the less powerful and menacing it becomes. Not only that, but it has helped me to shape a sustainable approach to mental and physical wellness that takes into account the person that I truly am.

So instead of giving into the lie that says "no pain no gain", I program my workouts so that they feel good in my body. I treat myself afterwards by lounging in the steam room. I get massages. I drink good wine and eat good chocolate. I also eat an abundance of (mostly) seasonal and local foods that are as nutrient packed as they are stunning to look at. For me, this system of give and take -  of challenging and pleasureful - runs like a well oiled machine. And it has me feeling more sharp and vibrant and beautiful than ever before. 

I'd like to encourage you to tune in and listen, without judgement, to the voices within you. By simply acknowledging, honoring, and sitting with them you may discover something integral about yourself. A part of you which may need some love and attention, and simply to be heard. 





No Bake Brownie Bites


No Bake Brownie Bites

I am excited to introduce to you a very old and dear friend of mine - one that has been with me through thick and thin and most importantly, through the most powerful of sugar cravings. 

 I come from a long line of coffee and choco-holics, and I really never stood a chance against the monster that is my sweet tooth. I had thought that my love for sweets was at odds with my desire to feel good but that all changed the moment I discovered raw vegan desserts. 

Don't let the "raw vegan" part scare you. These desserts are sweet, but not too sweet. They are nutrient dense. They are full of healthy fats which makes them virtually impossible to overeat. They are also, dare I say, fun to prepare. 

I should admit that I was living in Los Angeles at the time of this confectionery discovery. Close your eyes and envision every health-freak stereotype imaginable. All while I was busy making green smoothies, spiralizing zucchinis and pretending to like the taste of chlorella tablets, there was a little New England girl inside of me who just wanted a King Size Hershey's Bar. Enter a book that changed my life: Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet . Before you utter a peep let me tell you that the cover is amazing, and don't you dare make fun of it. After cooking my way through Cornbleet's simple and unpretentious cookbook I was shocked to find that every single recipe was to die for, and her brownies (p. 142) were no exception. My Raw Brownie bites are adapted from this very recipe. 

To quote our friend Hippocrates, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food".  These brownies, in my opinion, are the embodiment of this statement. Why should we have to sacrifice our health for an innocent moment of snacking bliss? 

If you are the type of person who loves dessert, more specifically chocolate, even more specifically rich chocolatey brownies, this recipe is for you. And if you are not this type of person, I frankly cannot trust you. 

All you need is three ingredients. THREE. 

For approximately 12 Brownie Bites:

Walnuts - 1 Cup

Medjool Dates - 8 or 9

Cacao Powder - 1/3 Cup

Pit the dates and literally chuck all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until they are completely ground together. Pour the mixture into a bowl and roll into bite sized balls. Feel free to dip them in coconut flakes or add any other flavorings that interest you, such as vanilla extract or cinnamon . Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

The exciting thing is that real, unprocessed chocolate, or cacao, has amazing health benefits. It is packed with antioxidants and is known to be a powerful mood booster. A superfood powerhouse, if you will. Cacao powder is also said to be effective at curbing sweet cravings. Could it be more perfect for us chocoholics? 

In addition to the nutritional wonder that is cacao, this recipe uses raw walnuts which, if I may be so bold, are very delicious and f*cking nutritious.  They are basically my everything. I'm perfectly content eating a handful of them, raw, straight out of the freezer. Chopping them and toasting them in the oven for a few minutes will make your house smell like heaven and literally melt all your troubles away, but I digress. Walnuts are good for you. Healthy fats, omega-3s, bla bla bla. 

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Dates are full of sugar, Georgia". Seriously? Calm down. Calm down right now. All sugary foods were not created equal! Sweet, sugary delicious dates have so many redeeming qualities it will make your head spin (but not from the sugar high). Dates have far too much fiber to affect your blood sugar negatively the way other sweeteners do, especially not when paired with the badass walnuts and cacao. They are good for your digestion and contain tons of vitamins and minerals. So talented, the date, and yet so humble. We could all afford to be a bit more like them. 

Simply put, these 3 ingredients bring so much to the table that they are all this recipe needs to be as delicious as it is nutritious. 

I just love them. I can't get over them. I have been making them for at least 5 years now and the deliciousness of them never ceases to amaze me. My mom makes them once a week claiming they "keep her out of trouble". 

I suggest you try them. They pair wonderfully with an afternoon coffee or tea, a real pick me up, and are also great as a nighttime treat. 

Thanks for reading! 


A Few Words About Me


A Few Words About Me

Hello, friends! 

I can't tell you how delighted I am to be writing my first blog post in over a year. My old blog, Things Georgia Says, is no longer in existence. This is fine with me as that blog has already served its purpose. What started as an outlet for me to discuss my affinity for cooking, exercise and all things healthy living lead to a life changing career transition - one that took me out of the exhausting, all encompassing entertainment industry and into the world of health and fitness.

Early on in my blogging days

Early on in my blogging days

While this transition offered its challenges, I have ultimately been provided more than I could possibly ask for in a career. I am able to make my own schedule and decide when and how much I would like to work. As a creative person who requires a good amount of downtime and leisure (no shame in admitting that!), this is such a gift. 

More importantly I have met too many wonderful people to count. Lifelong friends, clients who've become family, and my beloved husband, David, whom I met on the very first day of my first personal training job. 

David &amp; I

David & I

In addition to these treasured relationships I have learned to love and care for myself in ways I never dreamed possible. It was my steadfast belief in the idea that knowledge is power which first prompted me to investigate the influence that my lifestyle might have on other aspects of my life. This started as daily trips to Gold's Gym where I would lift heavy weights with my guy friends before going home and banging out whatever Film Scoring homework I had hanging over my head. It was the first time in my life when I truly felt on top of the world. 

My lovely client, friend &amp; soul sister, Edina

My lovely client, friend & soul sister, Edina

Now, almost 10 years later, the picture has grown more nuanced. It still involves the heavy weights and the protein powder (plant based, of course), but it would not be sustainable without the addition of mindfulness, self-acceptance and kindness. Some days it looks like 10,000 steps and yoga or HIIT training, and others it looks like a full day of reading murder mysteries in my pajamas. I will never claim to be a perfect picture of health and happiness. Every day is different, and I, just like everyone else, sometimes wish this weren't true.

I have happily moved away from calorie counting and into the colorful, creative and beautiful world that is intuitive eating. As my ethical and environment impact is of great interest to me, I enjoy local, seasonal product and the delicious experience of picking it out at my local farm stand each week.  

Finally, this line of work has taught me to appreciate my struggles. If it weren't for my own hardships involving my health, body image and mood, I would be less able to empathize with others and probably would not have become a personal trainer in the first place. I am thankful for every difficult moment in my life as it motivates me to continue evolving. I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you, hopefully providing support and inspiration along the way. 

Take care, and thank you so much for reading!