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In honor or #GivingTuesday, I’d like to share a few thoughts and inform you about a really amazing Grief Support Center.

For as long as we have lived, the holidays have been a time spent with loved ones. When we think back to the best holidays and best memories, we think of our family and how they enriched those moments in our lives. However, for those of us who have lost loved ones it becomes harder and harder to celebrate such supposed joyous occasions. This has been one of the hardest times of year for me. Obviously, birthdays and Fathers Day hit hard but it is Thanksgiving into Hanukkah into Christmas into New Years that I anticipate anxiously. Sometimes I think, how do I celebrate my family if we aren’t ALL together. Holidays magnify this loss thus the need for support during this time may be your greatest. We can’t deny these feelings, push them deep down and pretend they don’t exist. That’s not healthy. We must lean into them and lean into support centers like The Benjamin Center. I specifically lost my father to Cancer, so if you are like me and have lost any member of your family to cancer, you must take advantage of ALL that The Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center offers. It is a free of charge program of emotional and psychological support for people with cancer and their families. Their mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge. strengthened by action and sustained by community. My mom has been going for 3 years and has found such relief. 

Please check them out if you are feeling those holiday blues like I am. Or, if you feel inclined to donate on this awesome day that is #GivingTuesday go to https://www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org/ and click the Give Tab.

More info. here:

Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center — Cancer Support Community (CSC) offers free of charge services of for cancer patients and their families of group support, short-term counseling, over twenty healthy lifestyle classes per week (such as yoga, meditation and Pilates), educational workshops with world renowned physicians and complementary practitioners, social support and family programs .  Founded in 1982 by Harriet and Harold Benjamin, Ph.D., Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community) has been an integral part of the Los Angeles cancer care community for over thirty years.  CSC Benjamin Center is the founding organization, generating a national and international affiliate system of over 50 locations, which includes Gilda’s Clubs, named for Saturday Night Live comedian, Gilda Radner.  Cancer Support Community provides services at its home location on Bundy and La Grange in West Los Angeles and also serves the greater Los Angeles area, extending from Malibu to Downtown to El Segundo and Sherman Oaks. CSC also serves the underserved Spanish-speaking population at two downtown hospitals, White Memorial and California Hospital. For more information about CSC Benjamin Center, call 310-314-2555 or visit www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org

 For a list of CSCs across the country and internationally, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org

10 Easy Breakfasts for Your Morning Rush

Morning is often the most hectic time of the day. Not only do you have to get yourself fed, cleaned, dressed, and looking presentable, but you probably have to do the same for your kids, and let’s be honest, your husband. We all know breakfast is super important and helps you handle the day with a clear head, but who has time to cook breakfast. Oftentimes we resort to eating, cereal bars, Pop Tarts, or nothing at all. But we’re here to tell you that you can cook each of these breakfast’s in under 10 minutes, and they are all as nutritious as can be.

1. Avocado Toast


Find recipe: I Bake He Shoots

So simple, just make some toast and smash a ripe avocado on top of it. Finish with cracked pepper, sea salt, and maybe a squeeze of lemon.

2. Egg in the Hole with Fried Tomato


Find recipe: Cookies or Biscuits?

Use a glass to cut out the hole in a piece of whole grain toast, and crack an egg in it right on the frying pan!

3. Good Morning Oatmeal


Find recipe: 24 Carrot Kitchen

Make some healthy, rolled oats and top with fresh fruit and nuts!

4. Banana Bread Overnight Oats


Find recipe: My Fitness Pal Blog

This recipe should be prepped the night before, which means zero prep time in the morning!

5. Tropical Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl


Find recipe: Food Network

Greek yogurt is smooth, creamy, and filled with protein. Just add some fresh citrus, guava, bran flakes, and pistachio to give it some crunch.

6. Blackberry Smoothie


Find recipe: Only Pure Nature

Whatever fruit is in season should be the star of your morning smoothie!

7. Black Bean Breakfast Bowl


Find recipe: All Recipes

This filling breakfast is packed with protein and will keep you full for hours!

8. Poached Egg with Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash


Find recipe: Huffington Post

This recipe is great if you serve sweet potato and brussels sprouts the previous night, just reheat and add a poached egg on top for a delicious and nutrient-rich breakfast.

9. Hot Quinoa Cereal with Greek Yogurt and Pistachios

Find recipe: Oprah

Quinoa makes the perfect hot cereal, just top with greek yogurt, honey and delicious pistachios!

10. Ezekiel Bread with Sunflower Butter and Banana


Find recipe: Moni Meals

Experiment with new spreads on your toast, like delicious Sunflower seed butter, and add banana and chia seeds!

This post was originally published on Laila Ali Lifestyle

Combat Fatigue With These Easy Yoga Poses

The daily stresses of life can take a toll on you. You get up earlier than you want to, get hunched over your desk at work, stuff all your meals in your face because you’re late. You’re running from one thing to another and you’re just tired. Luckily, your body has your back (ha!). If you show it a little bit of love, it’ll love you right back. Try these easy yoga poses to fight off fatigue.

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PURE BLISS

Last week I had the most perfect Summer Friday! I worked out, went to my painting class and then met Paige at one of the most beautiful and relaxing spas in Los Angeles, Tomoko. Everything about this place is perfection! From the decor, to the mood lighting, to the yummy teas and treats, and perfectly in sync massage therapists. 

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Drink your Way to Clear Skin

Hydration is key to maintain your health, and while water and even lemon water can do wonders when you ensure you get your 64-or-more ounces per day, but ask anyone who’s had a bad bout of acne, and they’ll confirm: water everyday will not keep the acne at bay completely.

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