How blessed are we?! Team Mind Body Go was invited to cover New York Fashion Week's most innovative event - the FFF series - it merged many of our loves, fitness, fashion and food all together in one amazing day and it featured the best of the best, including trainer and former #1 world-ranked boxer, Michael Olajide Jr aka Elcuerpo de Papi (Body Daddy), who is the only guy you go to if you just happen to be a Victoria's Secret Angel who needs to look her best for the runway or posing for millions in her undies. We learned more about this amazing man and how his methods and techniques are the most sought-after. And we of course share laughs and have tons of fun along the way. Check out the magic! And his winged shoes - which, p.s. I absolutely adore his reasoning behind wearing them, it might surprise you, and he shares it with us!
Humble, kind, endearing and a total mega badass rockstar - just how we like it!
XOXO, Mucho Love, Light and Blessings!
Come on in to the saltiest, yet happiest land of all... Breathe Easy in NYC. You all know I am always up for a great wellness adventure, so when I get a call to try out a salt cave??!! I'm in. To get your dry salt therapy on, you can either chill out in a massive Himalayan salt land or opt to lay in a fabulous alien-like salt incubator. I opted for both lol. I started in the bed and after 15 minutes there, joined my friends in the magical cave where
We at Mind Body Go love us some Marilu! She truly has that special "Hennergy" thing going on, and let me tell you, it is infectious, fun and totally our style. Sonia, Jaycee and I were so blessed to take part in her Always Event in New York City where she lead an 80's-themed Aerobicising class (you def want to click "read more" for those photos;) and the following week she invited us to be on her radio show. During the show we danced, laughed, shared our love for health and wellness and revealed some very personal stories and experiences! Check out
Sheer amazingness! Raw genius! You haven't truly eaten until you go underground, Chef Daphne Cheng style. I am in absolute pure health bliss after my seven, yes seven-courses of fine vegetable dining at Suite Three Oh Six, Tribeca NYC. I'll pretty much let the pictures speak for themselves but will say
In This Interview... check out my go-to healthy snacks & workout techniques that will get you leaner and happier!
NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority?
AC: I actually had a really unique fitness upbringing that I feel very fortunate for. My parents were fitness center owners and my dad was an avid runner, so before I was even three years old he put me in my first road race! So, needless to say, I grew up in the gym lifting weights and training very hard-core as an elite athlete. It wasn't until I got much older that I realized how abnormal my intensely athletic childhood was, but I wouldn't change a thing – it allowed me to travel, meet amazing people, learn about grit, determination and pushing yourself to achieve dreams and goals. I was able to run cross country and track on scholarship for the University of Alabama, so I truly feel blessed to have had parents who instilled in me that fitness, health and wellness are a part of everyday life!
NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?
AC: Great question! I am a juicing/smoothie-making queen! My morning ritual is
I'm so thrilled and blessed to say I'm hosting a new, LIVE, amazing and fun health & wellness show, VLC, for national television network~ Veria Living Television!
Our show is interactive! We get to take your questions and answer them on the show!
Feel free to give us a call (1.844.DIAL.VLC), tweet me your questions (@AlysonCharles), or submit them via Veria's website!
Each of us hosts have our own unique wellness experiences and perspectives, which is what makes it so great! We have East/West Medicine expert Dr. Robin Berzin, dance & fitness goddess Jaycee Gossett, fun foodie Robyn Youkilis, beauty & fashion guru Sonia Baghdady and our resident male, journalist Matt McClure!!
You can watch VLC on Cablevision & Optimum (channel 164), Verizon Fios (channel 162), Dish Network (channel 218), Apple TV, Roku and Veria Living GO!
I hope to connect with you on our awesome, intriguing and informative show!!
Don't You Just Love Fall?! It's Such A MAGICAL Time!
Any new change of season is a great time to re-set and change ourselves as well and one simple and delicious way to do that is with organic juicing! My morning juicing/smoothie-making time also serves as my daily ritual where I take time to love and honor myself. While prepping the lush and healthy ingredients I always feel so grateful to have them and my mind, body & soul are so grateful to ingest them :)
Here's The Fun Fall-Colored Recipe...