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Let Claudette Inspire you….

Claudette is a retired educator with a Language Development Specialist Credential.  While she was with Paramount Unified School District she considered a Star Teacher and trained new teachers.

Claudette reports that Pilates has helped her mobility, flexibility and strength.  Not being a self starter she enjoys having a class to come to at a given time – this keeps her consistent and motivated.   She has been practicing Pilates for 11 years and it has become her exercise of choice.  She no longer slumps or slouches.  She carries her body with grace and great posture.  As a girl Claudette was put in corrective gym classes and wore a back brace, so enjoying the many benefits that Pilates has provided to her body is very gratifying considering where she has come from.

The Pilates discipline has made Claudette more aware of her body movements and position.  She reports that Pilates has made the biggest difference in her lower body  – allowing her to lose inches.  Her body is sleek and sculpted.  Claudette sees her glutes lifted and she is so thankful that her thighs no longer rub together!  Hey that is a great pay off isn’t it?

Finally and by no means lastly, because of Pilates Claudette hasn’t had an epidural injection since 2012.  Pilates has definitely made Claudette a better version of herself!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by Claudette – please make a point to do so.  She always arrives early for her 6pm Pilates class and can often be found sticking around after class to encourage a new member or share some insight with me or any other member at the studio. Five Starr Pilates & Fitness is definitely a better place with Claudette on the roster!

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Healthy February Snacks

Yogurt & Granola Fruit Kabobs

Yogurt & Granola Fruit Kabobs



  • Fresh fruit chunks of choice (apples, pineapple, bananas, strawberries)
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Granola


  1. Thread a piece of fruit onto a toothpick or popsicle stick.
  2. Dip the bottom half of the fruit piece into yogurt.
  3. Roll the yogurt coated piece of fruit in granola, to evenly coat.


Nutrition Facts:

Strawberry Kabob Per Serving (1 medium strawberry, 1 Tablespoon yogurt, ½ Tablespoon granola): 31.1 calories, 0.5 g total fat, 6.4 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrates (0.5 g fiber, 2.9 g sugars), 1.8 g protein.

Pineapple Kabob Per Serving ((1 bite-sized piece of pineapple, 1 Tablespoon yogurt, ½ Tablespoon granola): 35.5 calories, 0.4 g total fat, 6.3 mg sodium, 6.2 g carbohydrates (0.4 g fiber, 3.7 g sugars), 1.8 g protein.

Banana Kabob Per Serving ((1 bite-sized piece of banana, 1 Tablespoon yogurt, ½ Tablespoon granola): 41.5 calories, 0.5 g total fat, 6.3 mg sodium, 7.9 g carbohydrates (0.6 g fiber, 4.2 g sugars), 1.9 g protein.

Apple Kabob Per Serving ((1 bite-sized piece of apple with skin, 1 Tablespoon yogurt, ½ Tablespoon granola): 33.5 calories, 0.4 g total fat, 6.3 mg sodium, 5.7 g carbohydrates (0.5 g fiber, 3.3 g sugars), 1.7 g protein.

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What a Mom Wants…

We’re proud moms, but that doesn’t mean that all of our jewelry has to be engraved with our children’s names or that the only artwork we want on display is an abstract doodle by a 4-year-old. And it certainly doesn’t mean that we want another machine-washable “handbag.” This Mother’s Day, the items topping our real wish list aren’t exclusive to moms, they’re not necessarily practical, and they’re definitely not for sale at Babies”R”Us. Consider this a list of what we really want this year . . . or any day we need a reminder that while we’re moms, we’re also just women who love a good spa treatment.

Stylish Sunglasses

A Body Scrub Treatment

Nice Perfume


An Ongoing Supply of Wine

A Future Heirloom

Unique Flowers

A Designer Handbag

A Decorative Object

Stud Earrings

A Memorable Experience


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IV Nutritional Therapy: What Can I Expect For Nutritional Support?

From the Blog of  Belle Vie Medical Wellness & Aesthetics

We all know that one person who seems to have a secret to buzzing through life. Maybe it’s a friend who never seems to get sick. Perhaps it’s a family member who always has a ton of energy, no matter what the day might throw at them.

If you’re wondering what secret they’re using to support higher energy levels, a powerful immune system, and a general sense of greater well-being, it’s time to reveal it to you…

It’s IV nutritional therapy at Belle Vie Wellness & Medical Aesthetics in Cerritos, CA!

Why IV Nutritional Therapy?

IV nutritional therapy is an excellent treatment that’s designed to support your body’s individual needs. IV nutritional therapy delivers a precise cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients directly to your body.

At Belle Vie Wellness & Medical Aesthetics, we use a variety of different IV cocktails to ensure that your exact needs are being met. Here are a few samples of what we can design to help give your body more nutritional support:

  • Meyer’s Cocktail: This cocktail is chock-full of every nutrient your body needs to look and feel its best. It is a great first choice for clients who are new to IV nutritional therapy!
  • Hangover Drips: If you partied a little too hard last night, our hangover/hydration drip can help counter the effects of too much alcohol consumption. This drip is also excellent for clients who suffer from dehydration or who need to hydrate after suffering a recent illness.
  • Stress/Fatigue Drip: Feeling a little low in energy? This drip can support higher energy levels or just give you the boost you need to enjoy an upcoming event.
  • Weight Loss Drip: This drip is excellent for clients who may need a little more support during their weight-loss activities. There is also an athletic drip for clients who need nutritional support for intensive training.
  • Beauty/Skin Health Drip: Want to look your absolute best? This drip can help support the growth of healthy nails and hair, while encouraging a beautiful glow.

You’ll discover which drip is right for you during your Belle Vie consultation.

IV Nutritional Therapy at Belle Vie

To learn more about our IV nutritional therapy treatments, schedule a consultation at Belle Vie Wellness & Medical Aesthetics in Cerritos, CA today or call (562) 865-0802!

Belle Vie Wellness & Medical Aesthetics also serves the greater Los Angeles, CA area

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Broccoli Cheese Bites

  1. 2 cups broccoli, cooked and chopped
  2. 1 cup cheddar cheese
  3. 12 Ritz crackers, crumbled
  4. 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray mini muffin tin with non-stick baking spray.
  3. Cook broccoli.
  4. Combine broccoli, cheese, 10 Ritz crackers, and egg in a food processor until everything is well combined.
  5. Spoon mixture into mini muffin tin until about 3/4 full.
  6. Sprinkle with Ritz crackers.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until crackers are slightly browned on top and mixture is fully cooked.
  8. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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10 ways to help your child succeed this year

Helping your child with his homework doesn’t mean doing it for him! Get 10 tips for the best ways you can assist your child during homework time so that he learns and grows from his assignments and scores some A’s this school year.

Provide a Suitable Environment and Materials

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Summer Hydration

Being well-hydrated is essential for good health. Consuming water is necessary to keep the body’s systems functioning properly. This is especially important to remember during the summer months when we need to increase our fluid intake to counteract warmer temperatures and higher humidity.

         Tips for staying hydrated

Hydration is vital to our overall health and well-being. In addition to helping the body function properly, water helps regulate body temperature and flush out waste. The following tips can help you stay hydrated:

  •   Drink six to eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day. This is a general recommendation that will change based on age, chronic conditions, and activity level, so check with your doctor for the specific amount that’s right for you.
  •   Bring a reusable water bottle to work and drink from it throughout the day, refilling as needed.
  •   Drink water during your meals. Not only can it help you stay hydrated, but it can help you feel more full, which can help prevent you from overindulging at mealtime.Not a huge fan of drinking plain water? Consider flavoring it with slices of citrus fruit or a splash of 100% fruit juice. Or, experiment with the water’s temperature—see whether you like it better cold from the fridge, chilled over ice, or at room temperature.

    Hydration and Exercise

    When exercising in the summer heat, it’s especially important to stay hydrated. You need to consume water to replace the fluids lost during physical activity. The amount of water needed will differ from person to person, depending on body size, sweat production, climate, and the type and intensity of exercise performed.

    A good rule of thumb is to drink water before, during, and after exercise. Try these best practices for mild to moderate exercise:

    •   20 to 30 minutes before exercise: Drink at least 8 oz. of water
    •   During exercise: Consume 7-10 oz. of water every 10-20 minutes
    •   Within 30 minutes after exercising: Drink at least 8 oz. of water

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2016 Fitness Trends


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Breakfast Pizza!

Try this clean food recipe…yum!

Breakfast Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Pizza for breakfast or breakfast for dinner, either way, these gluten-free cauliflower crust pizzas are the perfect start (or finish) to any day.


  • 2 Pounds Cauliflower
  • Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan, shredded
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ Teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fresh marjoram, chopped
  • ¾ Cup Mozzarella, shredded
  • ¼ Cup Pizza Sauce

Yield: 2 breakfast pizzas

Oven Temperature: 400° F

1. For these cauliflower crust pizzas, you’ll need about 2 pounds of fresh cauliflower. Spring has sprung, so I used green, purple and yellow heads for my recipe. It probably seems weird to see cauliflower in such bold colors but cauliflower is a, well… a flower. The part we consume is the plant’s immature flower head, packed very very tightly. When they do bloom, these flowers aren’t particularly sexy so they make a better pizzas than say a corsage.

Colorful Cauliflower

2. Cut off the florets and pulse them in a food processor until finely chopped. If you’re using white cauliflower, it will sorta look like snow. I guess the yellow cauliflower looks like snow too but, well, you can see where this is going. Anyway, measure out 3 cups of the cauliflower as that’s all you will need for the dough.

Yellow Cauliflower

3. In a large skillet, cook the chopped cauliflower over a medium-low heat until tender. This will take about 5 minutes. Remember, you’re still have to bake it so don’t over cook it!

Green Cauliflower

4. Transfer the cooked cauliflower to a cheesecloth-lined bowl and let it cool slightly. Then wring out as much water from the cauliflower as you possibly can by twisting the cheese cloth tighter and tighter. This will affect the texture of your “pizza” crust so it is very important. If you don’t get enough of the water out, then that means soggy pizza.

Purple Cauliflower

5. Combine the cauliflower, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/8 teaspoon marjoram, 1/4 cup mozzarella, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in a large mixing bowl. Beat one egg and add it to the mix, combining all ingredients with your hands, forming the dough into two separate balls (heh balls).

Cauliflower Pizza Dough

6. Place each dough ball on a piece of parchment paper and form into a thin circle. Lay another piece of parchment over the top and roll them even thinner. You should be able to get two 6-inch pizzas from this recipe.

7. Bake the pizza crusts at 400 degrees F in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes. You can tell their ready when the mozzarella cheese begins to bubble up from the crust and turn a golden brown.

8. Remove from the oven and cover each one with about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce. Then top them with 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, or more if you like. This is about the minimum you’ll need but I know everybody has their personal ratio for sauce and cheesiness when it comes to pizza.

Cauliflower Pizza

9. Place your toppings on the pizza being sure to create a well for the egg. I even dig a hole into some of the sauce and cheese because these eggs like to move while cooking! You don’t want it to slide off. Really, any toppings will do but I used chopped kale and minced garlic on one pizza, sliced cherry tomatoes and fresh basil on another, and red onion, black pepper and thyme. You can do whatever you want which is what makes pizza amazing. By the way, I find these little breakfast treats are a perfect way to use up leftovers.

10. Crack an egg into each pizza well, and then transfer the pizzas (still on the parchment paper) to a baking sheet or pizza stone and bake them for 15 minutes, until the whites are set.

Breakfast Pizza



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Approximately 8 weeks ago Five Starr Pilates & Fitness launched its Five Starr XR training program.  The regimen provides customized personal training in an 8 week challenge format.  The program is designed to be tough but rewarding and has proven results!  The two key elements of the XR challenge are nutrition and exercise.  Designed to reset your body, shake you out of your old ways and help you develop new and lasting healthy habits.

During the 8 weeks clients meet privately with their trainer 3 times per week for one hour sessions.  Each hour includes strength training, cardiovascular training and stretching.  During the 8 weeks clients are taught the basic fundamentals of healthy eating to help each client make better choices and develop new habits that support their specific lifestyle. Each meal plan is developed and customized to support the rhythm of the client’s life.

The XR Challenge is designed to support clients comprehensively….accountability..hard work…support and dedication = EXTREME RESULTS!!

Our first two clients, Lina and Wendy completed their first challenge on 8/8/14.  Here are some things the ladies had to say about what they learned, gained and LOST during their personal challenge:

FSPF:  What made you commit to a personal challenge?  Why now?

Lina:      “Because it is never too late.…I am diabetic and decided this year to start cycling at Five Starr Pilates & Fitness and try to lower my blood sugar naturally.  I heard about the XR program and with the encouragement of Karrie, my personal trainer, I made the investment in myself.  Karrie was a big part of me joining.”

Wendy:      “I decided to take control of my health once more after having my 3rd baby….During my last pregnancy I had gestational diabetes and since diabetes runs in my family I decided to take action.  I began my journey in January cycling at Five Starr Pilates & Fitness.  I hit a plateau in a few months then after discussing with my husband I decided to do the challenge.”

FSPF:     How did you find time for yourself?

Wendy:     “I turned to my entire mom, dad and husband all took turns taking care of my little ones so that I could make my appointments and attend cycling classes….it has taken a village.”

Lina:     “The challenge is ME time…after work it (the studio) is my place to be.”

FSPF:     Did you follow the eating plan religiously?  Were you perfect?

Lina:     “No, I was not perfect, but I did learn how bad foods have a bad effect on my body.  I followed a better eating plan, but during my 2nd round on the challenge it is my goal to be close to perfect.”

Wendy:     “I have been following a clean eating plan since January.  I most definitely was not perfect.  I love to cook, and I love my wine!  I go on date nights with my husband and on vacation with my family.  Yes, I allow myself to indulge once in a while.  However, I have learned to control how much I allow those indulgences.  I notice that when I eat better, I feel better and I can exercise with more energy.  I enjoy that feeling.”

FSPF:     Speaking of perfect, Have you learned anything about the notion of  perfection and your ideas concerning fitness and eating perfection?

Wendy:     “I have learned that there is no such thing as being perfect.  We just strive to do our best and remember we are human.  I have learned to be patient with my body and love it for what it does for me.”

Lina:      “I am a work in progress…I am a REAL, HEALTHY, STRONG WOMAN”

FSPF:     Why did you choose a challenge like this at Five Starr Pilates & Fitness instead of a big gym or warehouse gym? 

Lina:     “Many reasons.  First, it is cozy which makes me feel comfortable.  The studio puts me in a good mood because it is so clean.  The staff is welcoming, they know your name and they are like your cheerleaders always cheering you on.  The studio is intimate so I am not worried about other people staring or judging me.  It doesn’t feel like a gym, it feels like a spot you to to laugh, talk and sweat it out.”

Wendy:     “For me, the studio is right around the corner from my home.  It is such a nice clean gym.  I feel like I am at the spa!  I am completely in awe of my trainer, Karrie.  It makes it a million times more special when the person training you really gets what it is like to love food and to work out hard.  I have had other trainers…I was very disappointed in them.  I have gone to big gyms and also enjoy them, but they can’t compare to the comfort I feel and the camaraderie I feel working out alongside other women who are there to be healthy and are not there to just flaunt their cute outfits.”

FSPF:     What was the most important thing you learned about yourself during the challenge?

Wendy:     “I have learned that I can stick to an exercise routine for a long period of time.  I am now that person who is constantly at the gym causing people to call ME a gym rat…that’s ok with me.”

Lina:     “I am stronger than I thought I was…I underestimated myself”