Lori Rischer’s philosophy is that living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. “It’s easier to be happy when you’re healthy”, says Lori, “and when you're happy, you're a nicer person.”
Her journey began when she started doing yoga and noticed her own life and health improved. She wanted to share that experience with other people so she became a teacher. Lori was certified as a Yoga Therapist at Loyola Marymount University with Dr. Larry Payne in their renowned yoga therapy program. She also received a teaching certificate from Earth’s Power Yoga in Los Angeles.
“I’ve always been active, but as I got busier I realized it was harder to find time to take care of myself,” she says. And no truer words could be spoken! Lori has kept incredibly busy as a national radio promotion/marketing executive at Island Def Jam Music Group, working closely with superstars such as: Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Neon Trees and Taio Cruz.. She also spent several years at The Firm, one of Hollywood’s top management companies based in Beverly Hills, While there, she signed OneRepublic and was on the management teams of mega artists such as Enrique Iglesias, OneRepublic, Ice Cube, Mandy Moore, Korn and many others. Her work has been widely recognized by the music industry. In fact, she was named the 2010 Promotion Executive Trendsetter by FMQB Magazine and the 2010 Executive of the Year by SIN Magazine.
Combining two of her passions-- Music & Yoga-- Lori teamed up with KIIS-FM and 98.7 (KYSR) to be the Yoga instructor for their popular Yoga On The Pier and Yoga On The Beach summer promotions for the last three years. The series has been named Huffington Posts’ “Five Best Summer Workouts” and was featured in the LA Times, Malibu Magazine, LA Yoga Magazine, Pepperdine Times. “It is the highlight of my summer!” Lori exclaims.
Lori is also the co-creator, co-executive producer and host of the new celebrity health and fitness show from SkeeTV, Rockstar Health & Fitness. “Everyone is interested in people who are in the public eye, so we found an opportunity with Rockstar Health and Fitness to focus on some of their healthy lifestyle secrets,” Lori says. The guest artists include: Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), OneRepublic, Canadian superstars Hedley and Kim Glass a 2008 Olympic silver medal winner.
Giving back to the community is another important way Lori wants to create balance and a healthy lifestyle. She supports a number of charities that are very close to her heart. In 2008, Lori received the highest honor from the Make A Wish Foundation, the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, for her work in helping make wishes come true. She has also lectured at the Make A Wish Worldwide Conference. Additionally, in 2008 she was inducted into the Mentor Hall of Fame and this year, she completed her ninth year as a volunteer working with inner city teenagers for Youth Mentoring Connection. She is also on the Leadership Council for A Place Called Home, a community center in South Los Angeles for at-risk youth. The Los Angeles City Council recently honored Lori for her contributions in making the city a nicer place to live.
Vegan recipes, food trucks and blogs have been popping up everywhere I turn. Instead of ignoring them, this carnivore has decided to embrace them. I'm not ready to try an all plant based diet or go gluten free, but I am open to trying anything once and I decided to discover these finds a little more.
There is a big misconception that Vegan food is tasteless and not filling. I'm here to say as a non-vegan that I've sampled here an there to find that's not always the case.Check out these Vegan Food Finds that have sprouted into my life...
YU - Yum Universe is a blog turned website supporting a healthy lifestyle free of anything you choose. The site offers free recipes, informative pieces on how to incorporate healthier alternatives in herbivore/omnivore households, glossary where you can look up those "shi shi" terms and ingredients you've only spotted at Whole Foods. If you're looking to make the lifestyle switch, YU has membership plans that will help you through the change.
Native Foods - "What are you going to eat today?" The question that haunts most of us with basic kitchen skills and bare refrigerators. Native Foods has a couple of locations in LA and several more in the surrounding areas serving beautiful dishes that not only look good, but taste good too. Earth Bowls, Nuevo Native Nachos, Scorpion Burger, lavender lemonade, OC Raw Chopper and more are all vegan and waiting for you to give them a try. They even have kid options.
Seabirds Truck - I found the Seabirds truck on the Cooking Channel and followed them on Twitter before the show was over. They are on my "To Try" list and serve organic plant-based food. Their Beer Battered Avocado tacos were just one of the dishes showcased on the show and they looked amazing. Check out their full menu and upcoming stops on their site: http://seabirdstruck.com/