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
If you have yet to have the Flickable experience, I highly recommend it! One of the shows I am co-creator/co-host of - Mind Body Go, is all about showing you what's hottest in health and wellness, and Flickable is definitely on our hot list! In fact, it registers FIRE on our sizzle-o-meter.
It's vegan, all-natural, cruelty-free, super tasty and mega chic!
Check out our full, crazy fun interview with Flickable founder, Kevin, to see what the hype is all about!
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
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!!
Here's what I know for sure...
It is so important to take great care of yourself. To nurture yourself. To accept yourself, embrace and wholly love yourself. And do all that you can to feed and fuel your soul in a healthy way, ESPECIALLY when you are going through a really tough time.
Leeches on my liver? Sure! Why not.
When we began lining up interviews for my video series, In AWE with ALY TV, I just KNEW I had to cover leeching!! Why? Well, as is the case for so many things in life that you can't really explain, I was just drawn to this topic and simply knew I needed to make it happen. So I did and off to the Silesian Holistic Center in New York I was for some good old-fashioned Leech Therapy! And I say old-fashioned for good reason - leeching has been used for centuries, dating back to ancient Egypt where Cleopatra is said to have undergone leeching many times.
But why me, why am I undergoing leech therapy?? That has been the #1 question since word has spread of my AWE-inspiring experience and I did it for a few reasons...
The official InAWEwithALY TV episode on leeching will be up and added very soon and you will DEFINITELY be up close and personal with both me and leeches so you can immerse in the full experience yourself! In the meantime, I will say that I was indeed scared at first and those little guys did make their presence known when they bit down but after learning more about them and making friends with them as they worked their magic on me, my fear turned into reverence! Proof right there of what amazing transformations can happen when you just open your mind a little bit, learn and experience something for yourself and be witness to all the AWE that's delivered to your life!!!
It's also important to know that the FDA approved leeches as medical devices in 2004 but it is unfortunately a "dine and die" experience for them because after feasting on your lymph and blood (it's actually over 80% lymph and the rest blood, contrary to popular belief that they only suck blood!) they have to be killed. It's also cool to know that their saliva contains over 140 enzymes believed to cause and accelerate chemical reactions to rebuild and regulate blood cells, strengthen the immune system, correct malfunctioning organs and detoxify the inner ecology of the body as a whole! Such complex, fascinating, sacrificial and helpful little guys!! While I absolutely loved my leeching experience and will absolutely be going back for more, I am not here to tell you that leeching is for you - only you and your intuition and advice from your medical professionals can help guide you to that answer. Click here to learn about the natural facelift through leech therapy that celebs like Demi Moore are known to get and other medical issues the leeches help with :)
Enjoy the pics below and stay tuned for my official Leech Therapy Interview, coming very soon!
"The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about."
:: Wayne Dyer
UPDATE!!! BIG Blood-Sucking Update!