Pilar Gerasimo

Experience Life Magazine | Founder & Editor-in-Chief

An internationally respected healthy-living expert, Pilar Gerasimo is the founding editor of Experience Life, an award-winning, whole-life health and fitness magazine that reaches more than three million people nationwide. Pilar’s central passion: Empowering people to live their healthiest, happiest lives so that they can give their best gifts – and thereby help change the world for the better. Pilar is the author of a chapbook, “Being Healthy Is a Revolutionary Act: A Manifesto for Thriving in a Mixed Up World,” and also the creative force behind “101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy,” a popular mobile app and interactive infographic available via RevolutionaryAct.com.She has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards and National Magazine Awards, and also as executive editor of Healthy Living for the Huffington Post. A Fulbright Scholar, holds a B.A. with honors in Comparative Literature from Mills College. She lives on an organic cooperative family farm in western Wisconsin with her three-legged pit bull pal, Frida.

Pleasure

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin P?

Even small doses of pleasure can raise our levels of immune-boosting chemicals. Recently, at a healthy-living conference, I had one of those quickie-checkups. In five minutes, you get a blood-pressure reading; plus a finger-stick blood draw; a computerized printout of your triglyceride, cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and a mini-analysis of your results from the attending health pro. Amazing!

News Media

Treat Media Consumption Just Like Binge Eating

A few months ago, as I was wrapping up the next day's work preparations and shutting down my electronics for the evening, I noticed a new email in my inbox. It was a New York Times News Alert informing me that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The brief email offered few details but informed me that President Obama would be appearing on TV imminently with an announcement. Compelled, I clicked the link to the promised live-video stream and waited, looking at a placeholder screen and this message:A few months ago, as I was wrapping up the next day's work preparations and shutting down my electronics for the evening, I noticed a new email in my inbox. It was a New York Times News Alert informing me that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The brief email offered few details but informed me that President Obama would be appearing on TV imminently with an announcement. Compelled, I clicked the link to the promised live-video stream and waited, looking at a placeholder screen and this message:

Pilar Gerasimo

The Pursuit of Healthiness

None of the positive changes we hope to make as a society can be sustained without the energy and resilience of a whole lot of healthy, vital people. I have often remarked that one of the best things about editing Experience Life is hearing back from our readers that the magazine is making a difference for them as they pursue a healthier way of life. I also love hearing that they appreciate the conscious choice we’ve made to be different from a great many other health-and-fitness magazines.

Life Work Balance

Balance Schmalance

I am probably not the best person to ask about work-life balance, because, frankly, I work all the time. I get up early, do my morning practice (a mini yoga/meditation/reflection routine that can range from five to 15 minutes long), grab breakfast and a cup of coffee, and then go to my desk. From there, I work like a woman possessed — right up until I need to go work out, or I get hungry for lunch, or I feel like my brain is shutting down. Then, for a little while, I make it a point to do something fun and relaxing that doesn’t involve too much thinking.

A Manifesto for Thriving in a Mixed-Up World:<br/>Ten Truths We Hold to Be Self-Evident

A Manifesto for Thriving in a Mixed-Up World:
Ten Truths We Hold to Be Self-Evident

In case you haven't noticed, we live in a society where the idea of health and fitness is wildly popular these days, but actually becoming a truly healthy person can be mighty tough to pull off. There's a reason so many of us are sick, overweight, depressed and stressed out: We're living in a society that is wired up to make us sick, overweight, depressed and stressed out. We can change this mixed-up reality. We can reclaim our well-being and create a better, more blissful world. But it's going to take some revolutionary moxie to make it happen.

Meditation on Nothing Lotus Blossom

A Meditation on Nothing

There’s something about the promise of variety, novelty and sheer quantity. The other day, while I was at my trainer’s studio, I noticed a popular women’s fitness magazine on the coffee table. Mixed in with the usual headlines (flat belly, sexy legs, yada yada yada), one line with an eye-popping number grabbed my attention: “860 MOVES FOR A HOT UPPER BODY.”