Everything's Right…with Matt Wertz

June 5, 2008

Last night I saw one of my very favorite people, Matt Wertz, in concert here in San Francisco. I’ve known Matt since back in 2001 and have followed his musical career ever since. Extremely talented, witty and laid back, Matt’s music embodies exactly what I love about listening to tunes: that feeling when you’re in such a great mood, everything seems right in the world and all you want to do is drive with the windows down, singing along to the melodies. Pure WIT joie de vivre!

Having helped Matt put on a couple shows in the past, I’m clearly an avid fan of his, but I can’t promote him enough. He is so darling and his music is personal, sweet, sincere and meaningful. Listen to his lyrics and I promise you that you’ll actually find enlightenment or commonalities and recognize that you’re not alone in what you’re going through- whether it be a breakup, a death in the family or a struggle to find what you’re meant to do in life.

His newest album, with Universal Republic, drops August 19th. Until then, check him out on iTunes and for your listening pleasure, I’ve put some of my favs below.

A Perfect Matt Wertz playlist:
1. Faith & Compromise
2. Sweetness in Starlight
3. Everything’s Right
4. Counting to 100
5. With you, tonight
6. 5:19 (first single being released off of the new album)
7. Somedays
8. Wesley, Why?
9. Wade Through the Night
10. All I Know

SHOP MY FAVORITES

Kick craves to the curb!

May 26, 2008

Things I crave (on an unfortunate regular basis) include:

  • cupcakes
  • frozen yogurt
  • homemade fettuccine with prosciutto and asparagus (so so so good!)
  • granola

So what’s a WIT to do when she must satisfy these cravings? Typically, if you’re like me, you seek, you find, you devourer. But (thank the lord!) new studies are showing that we can actually teach ourselves how to think about and handle these cravings differently so that we aren’t gorging on our favorite treats. Below are the highlights of the article that sparked this whole post, but for the entire story, head here. And might I just say there are some wonderful “Amen” moments tucked throughout the article so take a deep breath and start to kick those cravings!

***article and photo courtesy of MSNBC***

Snack Smarter

You can’t help being hardwired to yearn for unhealthy fare, but you can minimize the damage by stashing light versions of the flavors you crave most, suggests Keri Gans, R.D., a spokeswoman in New York City for the American Dietetic Association. Love ice cream at night? Stock up on 80-calorie Skinny Cow Skinny Dippers. Can’t miss that crunch in the afternoon? Keep crudités at your desk.

Schedule your splurges
To keep urges from taking over your life (that’s what bosses are for), schedule a specific time to enjoy a reasonable portion of your favorite treat. If you know ahead of time that you will savor a sweet snack at 4 p.m., it should be easier to ignore your desire for it at noon.

Wait it out
Some urges — like texting your ex-boyfriend at 12 a.m. — are better to let pass. Ditto certain food hankerings: Most go away within 20 minutes, Roberts says, so hold off for that amount of time.

Beware the witching hour
There’s a reason you have potato chips on the brain in the late afternoon rather than at 8 a.m. After a long day, you’re fatigued and suffering from low blood sugar, explains Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia — meaning you can’t muster the emotional energy to overcome your yearning. If you’re truly hungry, have a healthy, filling snack to raise your blood sugar to normal levels. Then grab some ammunition against mindless snacking: Pop an Altoid to perk yourself up.

Ditch the diet mentality
“When you cut something out of your diet, you’re more likely to overeat it when you do encounter it,” says Janet Polivy, Ph.D., the study’s lead author. In other words, restricting your diet primes you to obsess. Instead of swearing off sweets, pare down your portions, says SELF contributing editor Janis Jibrin, R.D.

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Most common cravings

— 31% of women report chocolate is the food they covet most.
— 24% of women say their strongest desire is for salty snacks.
— 10% of women admit they regularly long to eat ice cream.
— 10% of women crave brownies, cookies and cakes.
— 10% of women pine for carbs, such as pasta and bread.
— 7% of women wish for protein, such as fish and meat.

Source: A study from Tufts University in Boston

Accept defeat — occasionally
File this under
best news ever: A recent small study from Tufts University in Boston found that women who sometimes gave in to their yens still lost weight. The trick is to make those occasional bites truly satisfying so you don’t go back for more, says Joan Salge Blake, R.D., nutrition professor at Boston University and author of “Nutrition & You” (Pearson/Benjamin Cummings).

Make peace
Quit fighting with yourself over food and you might banish cravings for good. “Tell yourself, ‘My mind is having a craving right now.’ Pretty soon, you’ll see that the impulse to order something fattening is not the same as actually ordering it.” Use this mental trick the next time you’re at a restaurant and the siren song of a bacon cheeseburger threatens to derail your healthy plan. Breathe, count to three and select the grilled salmon and green salad. Then eat them serenely.

WIT Therapy

May 22, 2008

Let’s face it, every WIT should take care of her skin– moisturize and slap on sunscreen. I have to confess, I’m a product junkie. I’m a sucker for trying the latest and greatest organic lotion, lip plumping gloss, gravity defying mascara, eye-popping liner, and illuminating-mineral-zinc-xyz-powder. I digress.

For years, I have used the same Clinique “dramatically different moisturizing lotion,” a staple product in my entire household that even my younger brother started using, to freshin’ up his already uber-soft face. (I hope he isn’t reading this.) I have combination skin– more dry than oily, some days a mess, but most days just normal with a few occasional stubborn breakouts. After years of using the same familiar yellow lotion, I decided to try Philosophy’s “Hope in a Jar,” a top selling cream that is acclaimed to be.. well.. hope in a jar.

Photo Courtesy: Sephora

One word can describe the cream- decadent. It’s light, airy, smells a hint of eucalyptus (I think I just made that up), cold to the touch and truly wonderous. I’m quite the sucker for clever lines, and I HAD to buy after I read the jar, “Where there is hope, there can be faith, where there is faith miracles occur.” Sold. What better way to start my day, therapy for the skin and the soul. Now let’s hope this jar can work wonders in the dating world.

A little more about Hope in a Jar:
Hope in a Jar
What it is: A therapeutic daily facial moisturizer for all skin types.

What it is formulated to do:
The original formula of Hope In A Jar was originally created for the medical market and is a world-renowned skin cream. For years, plastic surgeons have been recommending this formula to patients in pursuit of younger, healthier skin. Results can be seen and felt within days – a healthy, rosy glow to the skin that doesn’t require makeup or cover up.