What is The Champagne Diet?

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My inspiration for this blog was quite literally inspired by a glass of champagne.

My story is one almost every woman can relate to. I've struggled with the scale since childhood. Up 10 pounds, down 5, contorting myself into ungodly positions to zip up my favorite jeans. Feeling less than beautiful, suffering from self-esteem issues, dating guys who were bad for me, settling for less - you know the drill. Until one day I was over it.

After exhausting every dieting option under the sun, I sought the help of a good friend and coworker at MTV who assured me that all I had to do was focus on eating rich, nutritious foods, and exercise. Fair enough. But my burning question was - could I still drink? Mama needs her cocktails. "Of course!" she replied. "Just drink champagne."

Cue dramatic pause.

Champagne? I could drink CHAMPAGNE!? With just under 100 calories in a flute of bubbly, it seemed like the perfect addition to my Happy Hours, and much healthier than sugar-laden cocktails and bloating beer. And come on, who wouldn't want to drink champagne? It was love at first sip. Couple that with the fact that I felt like Zsa Zsa Gabor while drinking it and immediately, I was sold.

Unfortunately, champagne wouldn't suffice as a substitute for daily  meals (wouldn't that be fun?) so I started following a wholesome diet awash with fresh veggies, delicious fruits, lean proteins and whole grains. Exercise was a must, but it needn't be rigorous bootcamp classes or anything crazy. I made sure my workouts were enjoyable. I began to view my gym time as "Me Time" and suddenly exercise became just as beneficial for my brain as it did my body. Dessert, of course, would come in the form of a flute (or two) of bubbly or a glass of wine.

And just like that, The Champagne Diet was born.

Although I lost close to 30 pounds on The Champagne Diet, my new-found obsession for all things sparkling went much further than weight loss. And it was more than the calorie count that got me hooked on bubbles. I noticed that whenever I drank champagne, I felt hot. I stood a little taller at the bar when I had my hand wrapped around a delicate flute of bubbly. Champagne made me feel beautiful, luxurious and sexy; things I hadn't felt in years. The way I felt rubbed off on the choices I was making in my life. Before I knew it, I had shed a few pounds, as well as a few bad boyfriends. I was unstoppable.

Champagne became the metaphor for my new life.

Suddenly, I began to celebrate everything - including my so-called flaws. I realized I'd never be that stick thin girl I struggled to be my whole life. Sure, I lost weight, but I still had curves, lumps and bumps, and it was okay. Better than okay; it was who I was, and I quickly realized its what shaped me into the woman I am today. I began to accept everything about myself, and I never felt more confident.

The Champagne Diet is about celebrating our lives, our bodies, and our health, every day. Why should champagne be reserved for swanky parties and New Years toasts? We should be allowing the best into our lives daily! That goes for champagne and all the wonderful things we each deserve: a fabulous career, healthy and loving relationships, good food and all things we are passionate about.

Our mantra here is simple: live your most effervescent life, celebrate yourself, and always leave room for a glass of champagne.

And I'm not just the only one who is on board. The Champagne Diet has been featured in Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Cosmo, The Daily Mail, MSN, and many other publications worldwide. I've appeared on TV shows across the country to spread my sparkling message including Good Day Chicago, Good Day Austin, and the nationally syndicated Better Show.

I've published four Amazon best-selling books that have been inspired by my message: Sparkle: The Girl's Guide to Living a Deliciously Dazzling, Wildly Effervescent, Kick-Ass Life, The Champagne Diet: Eat, Drink, and Celebrate Your Way to a Healthy Mind and Body, Fearless & Fabulous: 10 Powerful Strategies for Getting Anything You Want in Life, and Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur . You can check them all out here. 

This blog tells my story, and I invite you to join me for the ride. I suggest you come back often if you love Moet-ivation (I post a lot of it!) Don't forget to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts (I've kind of got a thing for social media. Don't say I didn't warn you).

I hope that you can stay awhile! But first - go pour yourself a glass. (You didn't think we were doing this with milk, did you?)


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Enjoy genuine Champagnes from France! www.champagne.us

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  1. I love this!!!! And I always drink champagne when I go out. :)

  2. I think I just met my life coach

  3. I love this! I recently started plant based eating, and I am having a hard time quitting beer.....maybe switch to bubbly? Come say hi to me lollipopsicle.net

  4. You are very inspiring! I recently found this blog, and I read it daily. Thank you for the motivation and tips. Now, I just need to buy some champagne! :-)

  5. There's always champagne in the cooler in my home! And I absolutely agree: there's something attitude-changing about sipping champagne... and as a result, I now collect vintage champagne glasses! Love your blog!

  6. I just discovered you on IG and instantly searched for your blog. OMG- where have you been my entire life? You are telling my story.... "living your dreams fearlessly and my relationship with wine"..... I am on Amazon right now about to purchase ALL of your books! You are amazeBALLS....