Describe yourself in 3 words...
Focused, decisive, open.
How have your children inspired you in your media career?
Time with them is so valuable so my time at work is efficient and productive. They motivated me to create something meaningful with PURIST based on my need to do the best for them.
You are now publishing a new magazine, The Purist, centered on wellness. What are your personal health and wellness regimens?
I try to eat dairy-free due to a lactose intolerance, and gluten-free because grains are the cause of so much inflammation and sickness. I order the mixes from actress Jennifer Esposito's new website, livingfreejennifer.com, as she has perfected yummy formula.
Everyday, I drink green matcha tea with coconut milk, green tea, vitamin C. I make a juice of celery, cucumber, ginger and lemon.
I try to sleep 8 hours a night, but mostly that's wishful thinking with three kids ranging from ages 7 to 14.
I exercise almost every day, whether it's surfing, spinning, or yoga.
When you are not busy with work, and your 3 beautiful children, how do you spend your "me" time?
Me time is generally catching up on anything I haven't been able to finish--a book, my integrative nutrition homework, and every now and then a television series. I also like to do quick Transcendental Meditation sessions as I was fortunate enough to learn from the master, Bob Roth. Cuddle time is also "me" time--it soothes and feeds my soul.
What has been your favorite feature you have covered to date?
I love all my stories--but especially the ones where I learn something. Environmentalist Alex Matthiessen wrote a piece for me on the carbon tax which was so eye-opening, http://thepuristonline.com/2017/06/climate-crusader/ , I also loved the story that actress Christa Miller wrote about how she learned to minimize her packing and essentially all the unneccessary extras in her life, http://thepuristonline.com/2017/08/christa-millers-packing-nightmare-turned-out-to-be-a-blessing-in-disguise/ . That is the beauty of wellness--it's a state of mind.
What values do you hope to instill in your 3 children?
Every day is a learning experience as a mother and there are no tools to prepare us for each and every situation. But ideally I hope to instill a strong sense of kindness, confidence, and self-love as it pertains to their well-being in them. Those are the tools for navigating the world around us, as well as the tools for loving others properly as well as our environment.
What are your favorite children's activities in the hamptons?
We love to surf--all my kids do--and cook at home. There is always some form of music too. My daughter, Bella, sings all the time and has a great blues-y voice. Whether it's Mama Mia, Hamilton, some pop song, the Police or Dolly Parton--she loves it all.
What has been your most memorable family vacation?
Any trip that involves a physical activity is a great one. I like my kids to convene with nature and I love skiing in beautiful Jackson Hole where I grew up visiting with my dad every spring. We also discovered the new Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont this year, which was super fun. The annual ski trips have instilled a fearless effortlessness in them. Last New Year's we went to Nosara in Costa Rica, a sleepy, healthy surf town, which we fell in love with too.
What is your beauty regimen?
I love this new eco-line called Ayuna from Barcelona, Spain. It truly earns the compliments my glowing skin sometimes gets. I also love the organic oils called Uma--the wellness oil and energy oil. I put a touch behind my ears to give my day a boost.
Do you have any tips on how to incorporate your kids in your wellness routine?
I drag my kids everywhere and encourage them to try lots of sports. My son Mario loves tennis and Bella love soccer. They all come surf with me and I make sure to get the out and physically active every day, especially in the summer. I also serve them healthy offerings, but they don't always indulge in them. It's hard to break bad habits from processed and fried foods they get elsewhere, so some nights cooking involved three different meals. Parenting, as are children, is a work in progress.