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Rockstar Health & Fitness With Armin Van Buuren  0

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My day doing radio promotion with Armin van Buuren was a lot of fun! We were out promoting his new hit single “Another You” featuring Mr Probz (who had a big hit with his song, Waves). He is one of the biggest DJ’s in the world and last year he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance recording for his single, “This is What it Feels Like” featuring Trevor Gunthrie. We grabbed a few minutes to talk about his healthy secrets and how he makes time to take care of himself while touring the world, and creating hit music.

Check out the interview:

Nathan Sykes With Rockstar Health & Fitness  0

Nathan SykesNathan Sykes is following in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake and Nick Jonas. They both evolved from massively successful boy bands to heartthrob solo artists. Making that transition is not an easy one. Many have tried and failed but Nathan will not fall into that category.

Born with an incredible musical talent, he started signing when he was six years old. By the age of ten, he was winning local competitions. He joined the British boy band The Wanted when he was 16. I had the pleasure of working with the band for a few years. We shared a lot of fun memories (including adventures in London, NYC, LA, San Diego and Las Vegas) and big success. Their first single, “Glad You Came” went all the way to #1 here in the US. I watched as they went from being unknown to heartthrobs.

Nathan is now launching his first solo project and has a powerhouse team behind him (Global Entertainment). He is incredibly talented and really fun to hang out with so I am thrilled I get to also work with him on his new project. The first single is a fun uptempo song called, Kiss Me Quick. Recently, while he was doing a bunch of press for the new song, we grabbed a few minutes to find out his healthy secrets and all about his new music.

You can watch the Rockstar Health & Fitness video interview here:

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Rockstar Health & Fitness With Jared Leto  0

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I will never forget the first conversation I had with Jared Leto. We originally met in 2008 when I was working with his former management company, The Firm. We were in NYC and I took him to do a radio interview at Z100. He had just finished filming the movie “Chapter 27” where he played Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon. He had to gain 60 lbs for the role and it was the details of how how he did it that hauntingly stayed with me. He told me he he would set his alarm in the middle of the night to wake up so he could eat cereal, ice cream and pizza. He would eat so much that he would have to sleep propped up with pillows or in a recliner so the food wouldn’t give him excruciating heartburn. He got so sick from the weight gain he could barely walk, and would use a wheelchair to get around the set. He developed gout and said his body was continually in pain. He felt toxic, lethargic and depressed. It was a quick dose of reality to see how miserable life can be if you don’t take care of yourself. Which we know is a conscious choice.

It is important that Jared operate at the top of his game so we can all enjoy his multi-talented abilities. Jared is one of the biggest rock stars in the world as the lead singer/guitarist for the band, Thirty Seconds to Mars (who recently I had the pleasure of working with again). In addition, he is such an incredible actor that in March 2014 he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Jared recently released a documentary called “Artifact” that is a must see! It is a true story of how his record label tried to sue his band for 30 million dollars, and they document the entire process. Having grown up in the music business, this movie was especially fascinating to me and I knew everyone that was interviewed. It’s a modern day David and Goliath story. It also inspired their latest album Love, Lust, Fatih + Dreams, which had 3 big radio hit singles (including my favorite “Do or Die”). You can find the movie on Netflix, iTunes or Amazon, and I highly recommend it.

After our initial conversation about the horrors of his weight gain, I couldn’t WAIT to now learn his healthy secrets. The first secret he shared with me was that he loves to workout in nature. That is something we have in common, which explains why we frequently run into each other hiking in the Hollywood Hills. There is something incredibly powerful about exercising outdoors. You can easily reconnect with your center by taking in the beauty all around you… which is also a form of mindful meditation. His favorite outdoor activities are hiking, and snowboarding. He gets the majority of his workout running around on stage while Thirty Seconds to Mars is performing. He is known for his high energy performance that includes climbing up poles and practically hanging from ceilings. Meditation is also something he practices regularly. This allows him to maximize his creative genius and continue to evolve as an artist. Which is something else we have in common, meditation is one of the most game changing aspects of life you can practice. It will take you to a whole other level you didn’t know was possible. Some of the most successful people I have met have a strong meditation practice. Jared is a big fan of using the app for meditation called Headspace.

When it comes to his diet, Jared is a vegan, or as close as he can get. I found another common thread in our healthy lifestyle secrets. “It’s all about moderation” he told me. Clearly it’s working for him, in 2014 he was named PETA’s World Sexiest Vegetarian. I found it ironic, when the band was recently on tour with Linkin Park and it was called the “Carnivore Tour” which thankfully included a vegan chef backstage. HIs favorite foods are popcorn, vegetables, and he loves hot chocolate with almond milk.

 

 

Rockstar Health & Fitness With Fashion Icon Laurel Berman From Black Halo  0

We met on a wild adventure in India. The irony is we live a mile apart in LA, but destiny had our paths crossing nearly 10,000 miles away from home. As we shared our life-changing journey exploring the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, and Delhi, I discovered she was a top fashion designer. I was already well aware of the famous dresses from her line, Black Halo. One of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets, her clothes are designed to make you look five pounds thinner and two inches taller with her expert cuts and high-end material. They are the perfect “day-to-dinner” or “boardroom-to-bar” dresses because they are elegant, yet powerful and sexy.

Needless to say, my closet is now packed full of her designs, and I receive more compliments on her clothes than any of the other designers I wear. I heard the best compliment last week when I was in NYC wearing her cobalt blue, Jackie O dress. A gentleman approached me and said, “That dress is stunning and just screams, ‘You’d better have serious game to even approach me’.” I laughed and immediately texted Laurel to tell her it should be the tagline for Black Halo’s newly launched line of evening dresses, Black Halo Eve by Laurel Berman.

Since traveling through India together, Laurel has become one of my best friends—so I know firsthand how committed she is to a healthy lifestyle. Her favorite workout out is yoga, which she practices four to five times a week; she also rollerblades for four hours every other Saturday. When she travels, she visits her favorite yoga spots in each city, and sometimes sends her rollerblades on ahead to her hotel so she can cruise through Central Park or Golden Gate Park and enjoy the outdoors.

Her Favorite Yoga poses

Humble Warrior: Because she loves forward folds—and this one is more active. She drops her head to release the tension in her neck and shoulders anytime stress begins to build; when needed, she even deepens the release by adding eagle arms to the forward fold. She told me the stretch is amazing. I just tried it and she’s right!

Tumbling Tree: I love the name of this pose, which is basically moving from Warrior 3 to standing splits without falling. She loves the balancing aspect of the pose, and says that when the body is in balance, it colors every aspect of your life, creating balance throughout.

Laurel loves the transitions in her practice, the poses between the poses. She focuses on the breath to keep them smooth and purposeful without falling out of the pose during exit and entry. This represents another skill that helps her in her daily life…flowing smoothly through life’s transitions is easier once you master it on the mat. The main reason why she loves the practice of yoga is how it benefits the mind; having more control over her thoughts and emotions—not letting them run wild helps in her fast-paced professional and personal life. She moves through life with grace and style thanks to her yoga practice, healthy lifestyle…and great wardrobe!

 

Rockstar Health & Fitness Workout Playlist Comes To iHeartRadio  0

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One of the best parts about the holidays (& life in general) is spending time with people you love. That is true soul food. It’s so great to catch up with family and dear friends or maybe stopping by to visit a neighbor. It’s fun to share thoughtful gifts and create new memories. In my family, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and laughing. Luckily, we are an active bunch so there is always some sort of exercise and outdoor playing around.

My favorite way to workout is listening to great music when I am exercising. When I was teaching KIIS-FM yoga on the pier series, I was well known for my incredible playlists. Which is why iHeart Radio asked me to create a workout playlist for my Rockstar Health & Fitness radio station. It is so fun to combine my favorite things: exercise and music.

My playlist has so much good music that I guarantee you will hear songs you love regardless of your format preference. You will hear current hit songs like Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”, Hozier “Take Me to Church”, Lindsey Stirling “Shatter Me”, Fall Out Boy “Centuries” to great hip hop from Tupac or Big Sean to Classic Rock from Ozzy Ozbourne or Van Halen to some incredible surprise songs that will definitely put a smile on your face. More importantly it will motivate you to move your body and add a fun element to your workout. Inspiring you to burn those extra calories we always consume around the holidays. Remember, “it’s not a choice, it’s a lifestyle”

CLICK HERE to check out my updated workout playlist.

 

Rockstar Health & Fitness With Lindsey Stirling  0

Some people are blessed with a talent that seems to come from another world. Since I have been fortunate to work in the music business, I get the opportunity to meet people with this type of talent. Recently, I’ve been working with the incredibly talented musician, Lindsey Stirling. Lindsey is a violin player, the type of artist you want at your party… and to hang out with on weekends.

A few things to know about Lindsey….she has more YouTube subscribers than Katy Perry or Justin Timberlake, with over 730 million views. She had the #1 debut album on it’s release week….plus, she sells out tours around the world, and has the ability to make the violin sing directly into your soul.

We are currently promoting her new single “Shatter Me” (featuring Lzzy Hale from Halestorm on vocals) at radio. Having spent a lot of time with Lindsey, I have identified a couple of reasons why she is connecting to the public on such a massive scale: First, her unbelievable talent and second, the interviews she gives inspire me. The combo of talent and inspiration is certainly working!

After she was publicly humiliated on national TV a few years ago, she never gave up, and came back to prove her critics wrong. Lindsey is living proof that the power of believing in yourself, despite the critics, will take you to a life beyond your wildest dreams!! She also is incredibly healthy and lives a clean, toxic-free lifestyle. Find out what she told me about her healthy secrets, here…on another Rockstar Health & Fitness Extra:

Rockstar Health & Fitness With Iggy Azalea  0

I have been a fan of Iggy Azalea for years. I worked with her at Island Def Jam in the early days, and we were recently able to spend time together while out promoting her music. I have always been amazed at how her body is in such amazing shape and couldn’t learn her healthy secrets fast enough!! She definitely helped me get me ready swimsuit season by telling me about the squat challenge.

When I first did the challenge, I hated it. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to not only do squats everyday but to do them by increasing amounts! After I saw the results in my legs and glutes, I kept doing them. Now they are part of my regular workout routine. I do squats a few times a week, and have found that I enjoy them (well not when I’m actually doing them but like how they make me feel stronger…and look better in a swimsuit!). Iggy also loves to play tennis. She inspired me to sign up for classes again, which I am doing this month.

I am so happy she finally had her break thru success with “FANCY,” as I have always believed in her amazing talent.

 

Rockstar Health & Fitness with LP  0

They say there is no such thing as a coincidence. I believe it. I have been a big fan of LP for years, as I have watched her explode on the LA music scene. Her ability to command a room through her powerful performance and incredibly beautiful voice will leave you speechless. I have always wanted to interview her, especially when I found out she is a big fan of yoga. With her new album, Forever For Now, coming out June 3 on Warner Brothers Records, now felt like the perfect time. I spoke with her manager, who is a close friend, to see if there was anyway I could spend a few minutes with her, or maybe share a yoga class. Since we both have crazy schedules, I figured it would be next to impossible to set something up…and then two days later a “coincidence” happened. As I was about to begin my morning yoga class with one of my favorite teachers, Joan Hyman, I turned around and guess who was literally right next to me in class? You guessed it, LP!! We quickly laughed about the crazy twist of fate that had us side-by-side on our mats that morning. You learn a lot about someone through their yoga practice. What I learned about LP that day was that she is incredibly strong with a powerful, yet peaceful, presence. I was definitely impressed and inspired by her practice, just as I am by her music. With her powerful and unique voice, she has been described as a cross between Jeff Buckley, Florence & the Machine, and Janis Joplin with a style and sound all her own. She is equally gifted as a songwriter and has written songs for artists like: Christina Aguilera and Rihanna (including the song “Cheers”, which I worked at Island Def Jam Music Group. It was a big hit!).

When it comes to her health and fitness routine, we have a lot in common. Our favorite exercise activities are yoga and hiking. Depending on her schedule, LP tries to practice yoga three to six days a week and hike at least twice. When she is traveling, she takes her yoga mat on the road and streams the class from her favorite teachers…or hits local studios. The yoga pose she enjoys the most is triangle (same as me) because it doesn’t take a lot of effort and you feel the benefits throughout your body. It’s also good for working tight hamstrings. In addition, we have similar eating habits which are basically vegan with occasional fish, eggs, and cheese (as I like to call it a “veg-aquarium”). Her daily dietary supplement is Green Vibrance which she calls her “back up nutrition,” ensuring she gets all the greens and probiotics she needs. According to LP, “If you are on this earth you have to take care of yourself; you want your life to be the best it can possibly be.” We all benefit when someone with this much talent operates at the top of her game. Be sure to pick up her latest single, “Night Like This”, my favorite LP song, “Into the Wild” (which you will recognize from the Citibank commercial) and her new album, Forever For Now, ASAP! You will see what I mean about her mind-blowing talent. Visit her online at iamlp.com

Her favorite vegan recipe:

Lentil Dahl

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 heaping teaspoons turmeric
  • 2-3 teaspoons ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 whole green chili, grated, or cayenne pepper to taste
  • teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups lentils

optional:

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 3-4 handfuls baby spinach

  1. Soak in the lentils in spring water for at least 30 minutes (soaking decreases cooking time).
  2. Cook onion and garlic in a splash of coconut oil over med heat until soft.
  3. Turn down heat and spices and cook for five minutes.
  4. Add lentils with enough water to cover them, and heat to a boil, then simmer until soft.
  5. Add spinach and fresh cilantro if desired.
  6. Stir every ten minutes until done. Usually takes about 30 minutes to cook.
  7. Top with fresh coriander if desired.

 

Lori Talks With Deepak Chopra  0

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You know when you are in presence of greatness, you can just feel it. There was something really special about spending time with Deepak Chopra. His energy was calming, positive, powerful and inspiring.  Deepak is the author of over 75 books in 35 different languages and 25 of them have hit the NY Times bestseller list.

I have read many of his books and one of my favorites is “Seven Spiritual Laws to Success.”  I also love his new book “What Are You Hungry For?” It is amazing!  It’s based on the idea that if your life is not fulfilled, you are not going to fill it through your stomach.  It offers insight into the damage done to the body from the toxins in our food, as well as providing ideas for a healthier lifestyle.

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When my friend Felicia, who handles his PR, offered me the opportunity to interview him at his LA book signing, I couldn’t believe it! I have been a big fan of his work for years.  He has single-handedly improved the quality of life for millions of people around the world.  It was so fun talking to him and if given the time, I would have asked him a million questions.

Watch our Rockstar Health & Fitness EXTRA interview to find out what he told me about his healthy secrets and the importance of avoiding toxins in all areas including: food, relationships and environments.  You will also learn some other fascinating information that he share with me:

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