April 4, 2017

A Lesson in Acceptance

Most of us have one body part we dwell on more than others, wishing it could be different. For me, it’s my stomach. I have very little body fat overall, but my tummy sticks out like a 5 year old – unless I get really thin, and then I lose my ass completely! The Star tabloid once mused I was pregnant because a photo of me in a short dress at a premiere showed a protruding abdomen. Nope, just a regular day for Alexandra. Because of 5 surgeries that cut through my abdomen, my belly button looks weird. When I appeared in a magazine in a bikini a couple years ago, one reader commented the photo was retouched because “no one has a bellybutton like […]
April 1, 2017

Get Fit & Healthy For The Summer!

It is Spring, with its April showers, May flowers and the refrain Oh my gosh I have to get in shape before summer. I can help. Let’s start with you being more specific: what does “getting in shape” really mean to you? Does it mean losing 5 lbs, or having arms that are more toned? Write down your desired outcome as specifically as you can. Yes, grab a pen and paper – studies show people are more successful when they write down their goals. Then, decide what 3 things you need to be doing consistently by the time Memorial Day comes around to get to this desired outcome. Is it going to the gym 3 days a week? Or drinking 80 ounces of water a […]
February 14, 2017

How To Fall In Love Again (Backed By Science)

When passion and intensity wane in a relationship, it is easy to think there is something wrong with you, your partner, or the relationship. However, the obsessiveness we have in the first year or so of being with someone cannot last – our biology is not wired to live every day of our lives in the fog and sexual frenzy that a new love brings. We would never get anything done, we would not pay enough attention to our children and homosapiens would have died out long ago. Researchers have found that there are several aspects of human nature that make a relationship feel stale: Negativity bias is a tendency to give more weight to negative than the positive – perhaps you have experienced getting […]
September 1, 2016

Apps for Staying Fit & Healthy When You Travel

It is easy to get out of shape when you go on vacation or when work takes you on the road. Here are some travel apps that will help you maintain your health habits when you are not at home: Food Related Apps: Happy Cow – For vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters, this app will find vegan and vegetarian markets and restaurants all over the world. I was filming in Bulgaria and this awesome app came up with veg friendly restaurants near my hotel. Food Tripping – This app gives you suggestions on nearby healthy food places (United States only). Cronometer – this app gives you detailed calorie counts for hundreds of foods from around the world. I use it myself, even when I am […]